Friday! Hurray! Hurray!

Howdy,

Happy Friday! I probably shouldn’t say anything, but I think my mom might be coming out to NJ this weekend! It’s not a for sure thing, and it’s very spur of the moment, but I haven’t seen her since Thanksgiving, and it would be so nice to spend some time with her, so she can see my home and where we live. I hope it happens!

What are your weekend plans? Will you do anything exciting?  Brendan and I found basically our dream home the other day, and will be attending an open house on Sunday.  Of course, we can’t get this house until I have a job, but it just went on the market in February, hopefully I can find something *anything* so that we could at least entertain the idea.  I feel like it would be a wonderful place to live and raise a family (but that’s waaaaaay down the line).

That’s all for now.

xoxo,

Katie

Chesterfield Love

Hi,

Recently I’ve spent a long time trolling the internets  for Chesterfield couches.  I absolutely love how this couch is retro, but modern, and very comfortable looking.  What do you think about Chesterfield couches? Would you have one in your home?

I love this room.  It may be too flashy for my own house, but I love the baby blue Chesterfield.

I love this black leather Chesterfield.  It’s funny, when Brendan and I got married, I told him (sweetly) to lose his black leather bachelor furniture.  If he had had a Chesterfield, I’d probably be writing this blog while lounging on it right now.

I love this one.  It looks well-used and extremely comfortable.  Wouldn’t you love to curl up on this couch to read? I know I would.

LOVE THIS. This would probably drive Brendan nuts, but I would so get that couch…all the furniture actually.

 

That’s all for now, folks.

xoxo,

Katie

 

Anchors away my dear, anchors away.

Hello there,

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love all things nautical.  I love nautical clothing, but I also love nautical decor.  I think that this room might become my perfect maritime space.

I’m not big on having a lot stuff covering every surface, but I do like the looks of the rope.

I love the old map.  I’ve always thought that maps were cool, so there would definitely be one in my nautical room.

And of course, TONS of stripes! EVERYWHERE!

Seriously, I love stripes and nautical-wear so much, our future children will be wearing stuff like this, all the time.

That’s all for now… Surprisingly enough, I didn’t find a ton of stuff on Pinterest. Ah well. I’ll have to keep looking.

xoxo

Katie

The Room no one Talks About

Our house is a four bedroom two bathroom house.  So far I have only shown you two of the four… One is Brendan’s (cough messy cough cough) man cave office space, the other, well.. It looks like this.

This room, which we have been calling the book room, is currently book-free because I’m planning to paint it.  I have a nice grey that might be good, but I’m still thinking about it, and anyway, I still need to choose a color for the inside.   Anyway, this is the only furniture we have in there… This is a big house, and we have very little furniture.  I like that we have just enough furniture in our guest bedroom, our living room , and our kitchen.  There’s no clutter… But I have to say, the lone bookshelf is just a tad too minimalistic pour moi.

Brendan and I envision having a really calm space with a seriously comfy chair for reading in there, but  I think it’s going to take a while to really make that happen.  I’ll be posting a concept board soon!

That’s all for now!

xoxo,

Katie

 

Friday! Hurray! Hurray!

By Grace Robertson

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you all have had a good week.  What are you doing this weekend? Anything exciting?

I got my ukulele in the mail yesterday, so i’ve been practicing, and having fun with her. Sadie (the Ukulele) and I are going to be good friends. This Saturday I’m having a ukulele lesson with my best friend Stephanie over skype, so that will be fun.

via Deviantart.net

Brendan is gone for the weekend,being brilliant for a bunch of economist types at a conference in Boone North Carolina, so Dexter and I are all by our onesies… er, twosies. To stave off the sadness I plan on taking advantage of the beautiful South Jersey weather and paint something outside.

via crush cul de sac

Now I know I said that my roman shades post was coming this week, but in our rush to put them up, I forgot to take a few key pictures, so I need to take one  down to get them.

Instead of sharing my shades, I thought I would share some things that are inspiring me as of late.

Bar Carts: I love how old school it is with the crystal and the blue glass. The flowers are such a nice touch. I would love to have this in my house.  The only problem is, Brendan doesn’t really drink, and I really like mostly gin based  drinks, sooo… It would be a sort of empty bar cart lol.

via Elements of Style

Campaign Chest are the best. I have plans to make a few for our Asian styled bedroom.

via Apartment Therapy

via Fashion Loves by Me

Mint and gold… What a great color combination. I’ve basically run out of rooms to decorate. but if I had another, it would be done in these colors.

That’s all for now. I hope you have the best weekend ever.

xoxo,

Katie

Kelly Green

Hi there,

I’ve been thinking a lot about Kelly Green colored  accent furniture.  I have a bright Kelly Green purse, and when I see it sitting on my couch, I can’t help but be interested in  throwing in some bright green accents.

A quick note on campaign dressers: I am in love with them.  Some day I plan to accessorize a plan dresser with campaign style hardware for our bedroom… At the rate we’re going, it’s going to be awhile, but a girl can dream, can’t she?

Isn’t it *such* a great color? I am seriously (more maybe just cerealy) considering getting some nice Kelly Green accents up in here.  Do you have a color that you’re wanting to introduce into your home? What is it?

Happy Thursday everyone, the week is almost over.

xoxo,

Katie

The Problem With Renting: The Stove

Howdy,

Sometimes it can be hard to make a nice home in a space that is not yours.  In my experience, little touches can greatly improve a lack-luster space, because let’s face it, sometimes no amount of scrubbing and cleaning can fix something like this:

Here’s a close up: brace yourselves, folks.

I’m pretty sure that these drip pans have been there for years.  I have spent a lot of time scrubbing these with little improvement.  So we decided to do something about it.  Last weekend we went to Lowes and picked up some drip pans.  It is important to note that there are a lot of places that sell drip pans, like Target and Ace hardware, but they were all too expensive.  We got four drip pans at Lowes for twelve dollars, whereas at Target, they were selling two drip bowls four nine or so dollars.

I should also mention that there are different drip bowls for different over types.  Our oven is a  Frigidaire, so we picked out our drip pans accordingly.  The packages of drip bowls will be labeled clearly, so you will be able to easily chose the correct kind for you oven.

When I removed the burner and the drip bowl I cleaned the stove top thoroughly, then put in the drip bowls and burners.

Doesn’t it look so much better!?

So, there’s one way to improve your rented space!

That’s all for now.

xoxo,

Katie

Easter Weekend

Hello again friends,

Sorry about the long absence.  Let’s just say taking on a massive project (roman shades) while preparing your large home for weekend visitors is  more than one person should take on.  Things got dicey at Casa de L the morning before Brendan’s parents got here.  Poor Brendan is a champion among men for putting up with my crazed desire to finish my blinds and mop the floor… Simultaneously.

But all of my insanity paid off. Drum roll please.

Yep. I am so glad they are finished. I will be posting a DIY this week, along with price comparisons, so you can see how much it costs to make it yourself, and how much it costs to buy them.

Easter weekend was a lot of fun.  Having Brendan’s family here was a lot of fun.  It is always nice to have family come and visit.  We had lots of delicious food and fun together.  We even dyed eggs!

My Mother-in-law Scottie and I made a board for drying dyed eggs that we found on Here is a pictures of our eggs… And our lamb and potatoes that we had for our Easter dinner. YUM!

Okay… So that’s not a  great picture, but it’s the only one I have (sorry!).

We had a great weekend. Hopefully everyone will come back soon.

What did you do for Easter?

xoxo,

Katie

Anne Harper

I was on Pinterest last night, and found this gorgeous painting done by Anne Harper.  Now, I don’t usually go for abstract paintings, but something about this really grabbed me, so I thought I would share.

You can get a 12X16 print of it for $46.00!

Here are some other examples of her work:

I just love the use of color in them. I can’t help but think of a poem by one of my favorite poets, Billy Collins, here is an excerpt from The Brooklyn Museum of Art

“I will now step over the soft velvet rope
and walk directly into this massive Hudson River
painting and pick my way along the Palisades
with this stick I snapped off a dead tree…”

I would definitely love to step into any of her painting just to slide down the abrupt slopes, and swim in strange pink pools.  So very cool.

Maybe some day we will have something like that hanging on a wall…

That’s all for now.

xoxo,

Katie

 

 

The Facts, Jack.

Okay, let’s be honest.  Everyone has some sort place in their house where they really hope no one sees… Or wait, is it just me?

There is  a house,

and in that house there is a pantry,

a tiny pantry,

where all my perishables are hiding.

Well, maybe not hiding, more like bursting forth, with a not-so-charming robustness.

See? Pretty bad, right? Brendan and I talked about buying an inexpensive shelf to put some of our non-perishables on, to give our sad little pantry some dignity… But thus far nothing has happened.

Now, I have never been really great at organizing things (somewhere my Mother is reading this nodding her head), especially a lot of things in a small space.  We bought those pop top storage containers when we first got married, and those have helped us a lot, but we only have so many of those,and a lot of other things in there…  So, what’s a girl to do?

First, I pulled everything out of the cabinet; and began to sort things, canned foods went together, breads together, etc.

Then I made sure that I didn’t have doubles of things.  I threw away things that were almost finished, because someone doesn’t like to throw away the remnants… I won’t name names though…

So here is the semi-finished product:

I’m not satisfied with it, as of yet. In my dreams, our pantry looks like this.. Yes, I do dream of beautiful organizational systems…

We have such limited cabinet space in our house, so it’s hard to fit everything we have into our tiny, but adorable kitchen. We will continue to look for a solution to our storage problem, and keep you posted if there are any changes.

That’s all for now.

xoxo,

Katie