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Weekend Update: clearing the head and the teen’s room

January 5, 2014

THANKFULLY no before pics were taken but instead of cleaning the floors and buying flowers, per The Cure, the kid’s room got gutted.

Apparently we won’t be following directions – entirely 馃槈

You may recognize more than a few things in the discard pile (like my precious and done silver vanity). But onwards and upwards!

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The huge TV, vanity, desk chair and SIX bags of trash went. The computer armoire and top bunk are slated to go. All that will be left is a twin bed, a dresser, bookshelf and W I D E open space that’ll be her own personal music studio.

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Taking the top bunk off = breathing room

We need to paint next weekend – but lots of trim and picture rails means a lot less to paint! We’ve settled on an ultra modern color palette. Can’t wait to see it all come together.

Next weekend we’ll finish her room and start ours. By the end of January our house will be much, much improved!

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Circling Back

January 3, 2014

Remember why I started this blog? Redoing my apartment, inspired by he book Apartment Therapy.

I have signed up to do the “January Cure” in our house. Three people, 1 big dog, a dirt accumulating passion, and a house that’s roughly 1,000 sq. ft. …. three years of living there means it’s time to re-evaluate, clean, organize and prepare for the next 3 years.

Assignment #1 was making a project list. There are only 3 really troublesome areas (both bedrooms and paperwork), but here’s the grand damage…

Sun Porch

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Better storage

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Wash windows

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 New rug

Living Room

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Better lighting

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Repair couch

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Clean gray couch

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Mantle decoration

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Paint side table

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Hook up DVD player (get a Blu-ray?)

Dining Room

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Repaint chairs

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Deep clean b/w rug from Haley鈥檚 room and put under table

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Clean and reorganize built-in

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Replace overhead light

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Thin out picture rail 鈥 rethink photos

Kitchen

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Repair ceiling over sink

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Paint

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Storage corner (tool boxes, files, dog food)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Aluminum behind stove

Our Bedroom

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 DECLUTTER

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 New dresser

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Reading lights

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Artwork

Haley鈥檚 Room

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 DECLUTTER

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Paint walls

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Break up bunk bed

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Paint dresser

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 New bed linens

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Projects: big and small

February 4, 2013

Projects come in all shapes and sizes – but the size is often more determined by the emotional outlay required to complete it than the physical expenditure.

BIG PROJECTS THAT SEEM SMALL

I am the Queen of Pain Avoidance.聽 If it makes me uncomfortable I will go to amazing lengths to push it to the bottom of my To-Do List.聽 Dealing with the deluge of incoming mail at home is boring聽and ungratifying.聽The lack of pleasure I receive dealing with it results in MOUNTAINS of mail that gets stashed in a bag or box or some such聽receptacle聽do be dealt with at some vague date in the future.聽Needing to find something in that slush pile takes so much time and frustration.聽 This leads to imagining THE most stylish and efficient solution that will CURE ALLLLL MY WOES… when I can find just the right cabinet, or when the exact thing I want goes on sale.

See what I did there?聽 I’m still avoiding it.

So I end up with this.

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This started out as a the pile that grew in the corner of the dining room when we moved in 2.5 years ago.聽 When we threw our Christmas Eve Eve party it took over the only meager (and not at all clear) corner of our bedroom.聽Yesterday morning I dragged it out back into the light of day.

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Such busy little bees we were

January 31, 2011

Ok, all y’all know that decorating is just about my most favorite hobby in the world. Moving聽in to this house has been a very long process… more settling in than decorating. This weekend we finally got around to some PROJECTS – YAY!!

A big fat gigantic THANK YOU goes out to The Man for being a perfect project partner! He helped when I asked, did an amazing job, and steered clear when I was acting a total maniacal bitch not so pleasantly.

First up… The Man and his friend finally got rid of the God-awful, non-functioning light fixtures over the fireplace. They are much more appropriate to the house and cast a lovely light, if I do say so myself!

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Submitting to retail therapy – against my will

November 19, 2010

Shopping, oh how I hate thee! Let me count the ways!

I am sitting here in a completely empty office in the dark save for the one light in my cube. The only sound is the soft whirrrrr of my computer fan and the HVAC. It is very calm and peaceful and I kind of wish it were like this all the time.

To add to my morning zen I actually put 2 minutes of thought in to my outfit. I am accessorized. I’m having a good hair day. I even managed to put on perfume! (Yes, Rae, the French whore perfume)

And, thanks to The Man who insisted, I have $300 cash waiting patiently in my wallet for a shopping trip this afternoon.

Cue anxiety attack!

Seriously. My stomach is in knots at just the thought of stepping foot in stores and – even worse – trying on clothes.

But as I admitted to The Man as he was delivering me to the front door of my office, I’ll never improve my self image if I’m always feeling like I am wearing sausage casings.

My wardrobe has become incredibly limited and I have stubbornly refused to buy fat clothes. I am cheap and I don’t want to admit I’m not a size 6… 8…. or 10 *ACK!!!* any more.聽 It’s hard to get out from under the wet blanket of self-loathing when there’s nothing you can put on to make you feel good about yourself.

So I am going to do that thing that I hate most in life… I am going to shop. My strategy is this:聽 a few multi-use pieces, mostly in black, with lots of colorful accessories. Hopefully I’ll soon be able to ditch the fat clothes and I’ll still have a lot of cute accessories. Then I will go home and purge my closet of all but a few things that don’t fit. No more reminders of what size I was.

Wish me luck.

Oh… on a happy note here is another smidgeon of聽 progress on the home front.

You may remember this picture from the first day we were in our house. We took a LOT of crap on Facebook for our sexy TV stand (and blow up mattress and cardboard dining table) even though our real furniture wouldn’t arrive for a few more days.

Confession:聽 that was still our TV stand until last weekend. Actually it was another tote higher! HAHA

That’s fixed now with a much more practical solution…

p.s. I got another 10 straws done last night! At this rate I may have a lamp shade before the world ends in December of 2012!

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Thank God for clogged vacuums

November 15, 2010

After doing exactly nothing to the house for the entire months of September and October, suddenly progress!! Moving from such a small apartment to such a medium-sized house left us with lots of missing things. As much as I would rather be skinned alive, dipped in honey and thrown in a bear cage hate shopping, filling those holes and finishing unpacking seemed like an insurmountable task.

After rat bedding clogged the vacuum for the umpteenth time we went to Target on Saturday night to see if we could get a new filter or maybe buy a new vacuum. All I can say is thank God for clogged vacuums!聽 Funny how once you get IN the store, shopping is easy 馃槢

We got it home and immediately assembled 1 cart, 2 shelves and an 茅tag猫re – impressive!

Lucas doesn’t like it when we’re productive… he be sad doggie.

Well, you can understand why… now that there are homes for our unpacked stuff, we proceeded to upend our entire house, creating absolute chaos!

It’s ok, because we actually made some serious progress and the things we did, I LOOOOOOOVE. Seriously – I look at the little corners of progress and I am absolutely freaking ELATED.

The sun room is an awkward spot in our house. Junk tends to gather there:聽聽it is a convenient staging area for things coming and going.聽聽It doesn’t lend itself well to regular use, even though it’s the first thing you see when you walk in the front door. Its giant windows make for a sunny room with a nice view, but it also shares an awkward window with the living room. Target provided a storage shelf for Lucas’ stuff and a shoe rack to rein in the massive pile that comes from 3 shoe whores living in one house.

I think it’s now a nice place to sit for a spell… and Lucas has his own orderly bed room (since that is where he chooses to sleep any way!) The sheers let it all the light without having a clear view straight out to the street.

This kitchen has a super awkward gap between the counter and the stove. Paper bags and unused shelf organizers (and often the mop bucket) landed there. Lame. Between cooking and the dog eating the kitchen it’s a corner of EWWWW that is no fun to clean.

Now it’s splendid! We couldn’t have hoped for a better fit! The added super bonus is that we’ve reclaimed massive counter space from underneath the Kitchenaid聽and the spice rack! Our massive expanse of counter space is returning!

Since we’re having seven people over for Thanksgiving I know the dining room will return to a new and fabulous normal soon – like maybe tonight because I am SO SUPER FREAKING HAPPY!

thank you, Honey, for putting up with me! xoxo

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Tease

September 23, 2010

Do you miss the “Before and After”s? Were you on the edge of your seat, riveted, with each post?

I know you were because, honestly, card tables are high drama 馃榾

The good news is that you’ll get your fix, you naughty little minx. The bad news is that you will have to wait until Monday.

Until then I will offer you a little tease… Dining Room: from dowdy to (you fill in the blank)

p.s. Rachel shhhhhhhhh

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