Archive for March, 2008


My new happy little furnishings are home, but they are sad…

March 28, 2008

Thank God for Zipcar!  I checked-out a Tacoma and picked up my sofa and chair (thanks, Mike, for helping me unload it!!), then ran to Oakland to pick up my rug.

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG they are soooooooooo cute.

They are also so pitiful looking all wrapped up in plastic still.  Good motivation to get the living room painted!  (Stick a fork in the kitchen, at least it’s done!)


Lampshades are more than just for wearing on your head

March 28, 2008

I am trying to involve my daughter, Haley, in as much of this re-design as she will tolerate.  (Zac Efron is much more interesting than rugs – most of the time 🙂 )

I love the shape of my hanging lamps and now that the big purchases are made I need to start looking for economies, so I have been torturing the child with ideas for things to cover the shades in 🙂 The rug is such a dominating pattern that I want to add girliness with texture.

Presently, they are stock turquoise (shocking, huh?) Skimra lampshades


Capiz Shells…though I don’t think the coolness would translate if they weren’t all dangly-riffic…

Coordinating Fabric…. *yawn*.  I am making curtains out of steel gray satin to tie in with the baseboards, but covering the lamps in it may just make me lapse in to a coma.

Feathers!…  Haley thought I should be committed when I suggested this, but how girly would that be????  (And apparently I’d have company in my feather-covered loony bin!)  (And I swear, I thought of this before I found this pic!)

Little mirrors… to pay homage to our favorite housekeeping/go-go dancing song, Shiny Disco Balls 🙂




More of the ugly…

March 28, 2008

Apologies, but I have been standing at death’s doorstep for more than a week and I’ve only just taken one step back from the brink 😦

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The before pics, warts and all – Part I (NSFTWWC*)

March 17, 2008

* Not Suitable For Those With Weak Constitutions

 Knowing I was going to undertake this massive project I pretty much abandoned all efforts at domesticity.  My housekeeping apathy was justified by the reading of the book, the obsessing over paint swatches, the birth of this blog…  Honestly, I think it also exaggerates the issues in our space and makes them painfully clear.  You can see where accumulations form, what previous “fixes” failed miserably, and removes any shred of doubt I may have had about how dire the situation has become.

Tomorrow I will post more Befores, then I will post my Week 1 pics.  It’s a more accurate view of what our home looks like on a daily basis, but the trouble spots remain undeniable.  Hopefully they will also reassure those of you ready to call CPS. 🙂

 Photos are small so as not to leave any lasting damage on your optic nerves…

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Let the purging begin!

March 14, 2008


Hallway – Done!

March 14, 2008


Hallway Before:  coat rack cluttered, accessories from apartments (and relationships) past, walls closing in on you – even before you get inside!  My daughter and I are very good about hanging our coats and bags when we come in, but the space is easily overwhelmed by our stuff and overflow spills all over the rest of the house.

Paint throughout my apartment is white, old and almost completely worn away – down to the sheetrock in some places.  Trim and baseboards are sickly green-yellow.  This theme is “Neglected” and apartment-wide.  This hallway sucks the joy out of you as soon as you open the door 😦

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Prove you love me

March 12, 2008

This Saturday or next… come over, pick up a paint roller, and help me crank this bitch out! 🙂

I want to see my new happy sofa and my happy chair in a happy newly painted living room.

I’ll love you forever.  I’ll buy pizza, beer, hook you up with a speed-ball 😉 …  anything

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