Tuesday, September 29, 2009
If you want to keep it close, here are a few owls you can wear:
Coach has this cute owl keyfob ($38)
Kate spade has a snazzy owl coin purse ($125), and a cool purse ($425):Marc Jacobs has a great owl pendant for fall ($98):
But, what's in it for home decor?
This guy will surely add some interest to your entry way (modernpoverty.com, $95):
Or, add this table lamp to your space (1stdibs.com)
Just for fun:
Add some whimsy with these sheets from potterybarn kids ($14+):
It's easy to get hooked by this owl pillow (Orvis, $49):
Small and Simple:
Grab a ceramic white owl pitcher from urban outfitters for $18. Drop $28 at Anthropologie for the cutest sake pot you have ever seen.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Go ahead, tell me what you think! It's anonymous. . . I swear!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Either way, it's time to start some fall landscaping at DC Rowhouse. But, before we begin that, the painting needs to be finished in the kitchen.
So, hows the kitchen going you ask? Well, it going great! I love the overall look and have begun to feel comfortable using all the appliances. LOVE the ice maker. Wouldn't give that up. Though, I wish there was an ice maker that made perfectly square glam ice. No dice on that one (no pun intended).
Now, the stainless surface of the appliances does get finger marks pretty regularly. But, hey, it just gets you to clean more. And, same goes for the white cabinets, any little mark shows. Again, more cleaning there.
But overall, the new kitchen was worth every painstaking moment of renovating.
Monday, September 21, 2009
and I thought: that would look mighty nice on my front door. But, a wreath? Really? I am all for a fresh wreath around Christmas, but a faux cattail wreath? I don't know. Then, what? Would I have to get a special box for it? I walked away... but I still kinda want it.
What's your opinion?
Friday, September 18, 2009
Nina is a gray and white house cat, she likes canned tuna, sinks . . .
Then, there's Dylan. He is a black and white house cat. He likes head rubs, garbage bags of clothes:
And, food . . . especially if it belongs to someone else:
Ah, Dylan . . . he's a portly fella. He weighs in at a whopping 24.5 lbs. That's not a typo. TWENTY FOUR (and a half) POUNDS! He's like a dog. Not even a small dog. Nina, weighs 9 lbs. or less. Here they are in a basket together:
Precious, right? They're in love. Well, you can see one of them has an advantage as far as size. Sometimes Dylan likes to use Nina as his pillow (as you can see in this fuzzy photo):
So, what to do. It's diet time. His goal is to lose about 8-9 pounds. Let me tell you, he is not looking forward to it. He stuck up his nose at the "special" food for days (alright, maybe hours). . . until that pesky hunger of his got the better of him. Can he do it? Stay tuned. . .
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The best part is how "they" stacked the wood to one side. We haven't mowed the lawn since. This weekend it'll be time to get a new lawnmower. I'm sure that will be anything but enjoyable.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Here are some of my tips for setting a contract for home repair/renovation/improvement/etc:
Have each item to be done written on a separate line so everything you discussed is in the contract
I've had a "contract" given to me that says something like "600 feet of flooring to be resurfaced". That doesn't cut it. You need exactly what it to be done explicitly spelled out. So, in the case of the floors being redone you would need to write out the number or square feet, the stain to be used, number of coats of finish, and any other extras like the quarter round etc. This way both of you know exactly how the job will go.
Create a time line (it can be flexible and given a few days/weeks cushion time)
This is a little tricky. But, you want something in there saying it will take X number of days or weeks. You can add a line saying "any additions to the project will extend the length of time to complete" to make sure that you have some wiggly room. But, the idea is that you and the person you hire know when the project should be completed.
Draw a diagram if the work involves building
For our kitchen, I included the diagrams I made using the IKEA software. This shows exactly where all the cabinets needed to go. But, for the fireplace reframing I included pictures of what we wanted it to look like as well as some dimensions. Since you probably won't be hanging around every second while they are working, it helps to have a reference point.
Manage your money
Typically, I do a 1/4 of the total price to start, 1/4 when it's halfway done, 1/4 when it's 3/4 done and I give the last 1/4 after I have done thorough inspection of the project. The exception to this rule is if you need to buy the materials. But, make sure the materials are delivered to your home and stay in your home. This way, if the contractor walks off the job - you still have the items you paid for.
What are your tips for writing a contract?
Monday, September 14, 2009
Too many thoughts came at once and my brain was on overload. This is not my typical style. But, I love it. And, by "love it", I mean I have an unhealthy over-googling obsession with it. I love the white linens, the ruffles on the curtains, the wallpaper, the teal accents, and the rug. Oh, the rug.
West Elm has a similar rug:
But, it doesn't have the navy/white flare I need.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
We got home last night and my first thought was, "we have to mow this scraggly lawn". But, alas, since our mower was stolen, that will have to wait.
The end of summer is bringing about all the projects yet to be done that the summer sun makes it too hot for. Plantings, painting, and outside work are all on my list. . .
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Same look for half the price. However, the finish is a little different. The Potterybarn table has a much better finish to it and probably holds up a little better in the end. So, is this something where you should buy the "splurge" version of?
Tuesday, September 1, 2009