Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Here are some options I have found:
The mercer train rack at potterybarn.com is $169. A definite splurge for a fancy towel rack.
I guess it comes down to the budget. Ugh, the budget. "Budget" is becoming a four letter word to me. Then the question comes in, just because I "can" afford it, "should" I purchase it? Some of these home improvement shows have startled me when showing people improving their homes with no hope of return. Now, I get that a $200 towel rack is nothing to fret over, but a 35k kitchen might be. It all adds up . . .
Friday, July 25, 2008
Ah, the potterybarn single console hotel sink. I have always had my eye on this one. Now, it might be too big for the space. But, it would provide me with that vintage modern feel and some pretty nice storage space.
The American Standard. It's sort of a pedestal sink, but not. I actually stayed a hotel with this sink and I thought. . . hey, this could work! But, is that bowl big enough? I don't want to have this tiny sink bowl. What am I going to use it for? No idea, for some reason I am stuck on this thought of getting the perfect size sink. This model also has a nice glass shelf where I could perch a basket of useless items, or towels...
What do you think? What do you look for in a bathroom sink?
Thursday, July 24, 2008
One of the best piece of marriage advice came from Shaquille O'Neal's wife (yes, I know, they are getting divorced) on an episode of MTV cribs. She mentioned that having your own bathroom is a "must have". Since we have two full baths upstairs, it seems this should already be happening. It isn't. For some reason, we don't use the hall bathroom. I think the lack of light has something to do with it, the room is in desperate need of a sky-light. It is a priority. After that, we plan to renovate and make it into Dan's bathroom. Need more of an idea? Check out the idea board:
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
There are a few pertinent pieces to the new kitchen: new hardwood floors, white shaker cabinets, a white farmers sink, cabinets to the ceiling, black granite counters, and new stainless appliances. Here is my idea board:
After looking around, I found some other kitchen pieces that became a "must have": pot filler, wall-mounted faucet with cross handles, vintage cabinet latches, schoolhouse lights, and white subway tile with gray grout. As of today, this is in my budget, when it comes down to it. . . who knows! I am sure by then, living without a kitchen will drive us to a place where we agree to spend more money. Living off pop-tarts and pizza should help stop this madness (probably because we will enjoy this diet of champions). Let's hope there is some dough left for a gym membership.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I have no idea why these pictures are crooked. Perhaps I should have my leg lengths checked. . . Oh, and of course, the spray-painting is to protect our "real" house numbers
Monday, July 21, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Remember what it used to look like?! Saturday, the guys came back and added the gate for the fence and some last details, I put the table on the patio and we enjoyed breakfast there on Sunday. It was great!:
The, you walk up the fantastic steps to see this:
Gross splintered weathered floor boards. Ah, the projects never end. I wish we could have had someone come out to replace the floor boards and put in a new railing, but it was way, way over budget. In the end, demolishing the planters ourselves cost us 10% less than to have the landscapers do it. It was NOT worth it. But, I had no idea. All part of the learning process I guess. The landscapers who did our yard are Diversified Contractors. You can reach them at Diversifiedcontractors at yahoo dot com. They were timely, professional, willing to work with out budget and our specifications. I would use them again for sure!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Though this was the major step, there are still a few things left until the yard work is completed:
- Replace floor boards and railing on deck (October)
- build lattice cover for air conditioning unit
- make a storage section
- lay sod (September)
- flower boxes (September)
- waterproof and paint (late October for fence and stairs/late March for deck boards)
The guys who were working on the fence and patio were amazed by the transformation and noted our yard looks twice the size of our neighbors (though it is the same).
Hopefully I will have some pics tomorrow or tonight!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Here are some Penny pictures . . .
Back on the work front, the yard is taking shape. The concrete has been poured for the flagstone and it is making me giddy to see my vision taking place. the new stairs look amazing and then fence should start to go in today! Again, Penny has been insisting we play catch 24/7 so I will try and post some photos this evening.
Monday, July 7, 2008
The fence/patio people did not show Monday as they are "under the weather". Which is fine with me because I didn't want to get up early and go over the job again and discuss the new developments, etc. Also, shelling out dough day after day can get a little overwhelming - I like to space out my check writing.
Pictures to come later. . .
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Items in this set
Carlisle Chandelier, Linen Shades shopping in Crate and Barrel Chandeliers,...
Kipling Dining Chair, Cushion shopping in Crate and Barrel Non-Upholstered...
Kipling Pedestal Extension Dining Table shopping in Crate and Barrel Round,...
The chandelier is not the one I have already purchased (yes, I know, a little early on that one), but it give the idea. I have no idea what to put down for a rug. Ideally I would like two coordinating rugs - one for this area and one for the living room. Taupes and greens I think. Anyway... this is what I have so far.