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

 

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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

Bummer.

Brendan got sick yesterday, and I’m pretty certain that I’m coming down with whatever he has… That’s a major downside of sharing a bed.  It’s almost impossible not to catch what your partner has!!

More to come later.  For now, I’ll leave you with Judy.

Friday! Hurray! Hurray!

Hi there,

sorry about the long absence, I have been busy with real-life stuff, and haven’t had the chance to partake in much blog-life stuff. How are you guys doing?  Did you have a good week?  Do you have any weekend plans?

Brendan and I are going to take Wanda the Honda (our car) to get an test today. Hopefully it won’t take forever.

Yesterday, I painted our coffee table grey- which turned out to be bluey grey really, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.  Pictures to follow soon though.

Tomorrow night we’re having some friends (!!!) over for dinner, which is very exciting.  New Jersey is starting to feel a little more like home, and a little less like a place that would be good to leave.

I hope you all have a stellar weekend, full of fun and productivity.

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

Sunday Night Recap

Howdy!

How were your weekends? What did you do? As promised, I made my Game of Thrones meal, and it was spectacular. The meat pies, which I made with ground veal, lamb and pork (this is usually what’s referred to as a meatloaf mix, I guess- I use it for meatballs), were the best thing we ate last night.  They were such a pain to make, but it was completely worth it.

Making the filling was a cinch, but making the pie dough thin enough (but not too thin!), while still reaching the edge of the each hole (what should I call that? I don’t even know), was very difficult.  In the directions they say to use a glass to cut out the pie dough, but I have larger muffin tins, so I used to a coffee cup, which was the right choice for the bottom part.

I might as well admit that I forgot to take pictures throughout this process because I was literally doing five things at once… Timing was everything.  I get into a zone where I can cook a bunch of things simultaneously sometimes, so there was no time for pictures.

Anywho, I rolled out the dough further after  cutting it out, and then delicately put the dough in each hole.  The top part (which I do not have pictures of was *such* a pain.  If you decide to do this dish (which I recommend you do!) cut out very large pieces of dough so that there is tons overlap, then when you are ready to place the top part on,  you will be able to cut the over lap down, just enough so you neatly pinch the edges  of the top and bottom together.  Also, next time I make these, I will definitely be adding more meat to each pie. I was afraid that if I put too much in, it would somehow  end up tearing the  top and all the juices would run off the side… It didn’t happen, and I think that the pies will look more attractive if they are mounded on the top.

The Fall Bread Salad I made was delicious.  Unlike the recipe, I used pine nuts instead of hazelnuts (what I had on hand), my salad dressing was made out of red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, and I  used ciabatta bread. Super super tasty, and easy to do in a hurry.

And because no Game of Thrones meal would be complete without some sort of bone to gnaw on, I made Honey Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Tarragon,  I did not roast a whole chicken, I got some drumsticks and made only enough for the two of us.  I have to say, we didn’t really like this chicken.  It was kind of sweet (and I halved the amount of honey used!) and the tarragon came off as kind of sweet as well… I probably won’t make this again… At least everything else was a success! Especially my cake!

For dessert I made Lemon Tea Cake with Blueberry-Red Wine Sauce, and it was delicious!

There is something very soothing about baking. The aromatics of the cake were excellent (tart and lemony, yum!), and it was so simple to make.

The only thing that I’ll say about this recipe, is that the blueberry red wine sauce needed tweaking.  I added sugar (maybe three tablespoons) to the recipe, because it was bitter.  The red wine when it began to boil was not very pleasing to smell, but I have to say that the end result was very good. It tasted kind of like a blueberry mulled wine.

Here’s the sauce before it boiled down a little.

And there’s the finished product.

I just love trying new recipes out on Brendan… No disasters so far. : )

That’s all for now.

xoxo,

Katie

p.s. I am working on my shades… DIY post TBA.