Posts Tagged ‘Apartment Therapy’


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!


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.


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!


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


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


Paint is my friend

October 2, 2008

More vesitages of the past have been re-coated in a new color – and received a stay of execution new lease on life.

Tell me that the blue/coral isn’t bad-ass!

The formerly way too islandish end table is now glossy black and will happily do until I get a mirrored one.

The shelf?聽 I’m not sure yet what its purpose will be, but it makes me happy to look at it. 馃榾


My sofa, she is supersexyfabulous

October 1, 2008

Now my sofa beckons.聽 “Come hither,” it says.聽 “Come rest your arms or your weary head on magnificent works of beauty.”

Yes, my newest UmberDove pillows have arrived and they are perfect.

*photos courtesy of UmberDove


I must own these (dammit my kitchenware addiction liveth again!)

September 25, 2008

Back in the day I used to have THE most well appointed kitchen EVER.聽 Insulated baking sheets, ramekins, you name it.聽 My Kitchenaid mixer is the sole survivor of my previous culinary dynasty.聽 I totally don’t have room for it, but you’ll have to pry it out of my cold dead fingers.聽 (thanks Mommy 馃榾 I stolded it from her!)

ANYWAY…聽 after disposing of my “excess” dinnerware left behind by He Whose Name is Not Spoken by the “Use, then throw away like it’s a paper plate method” (soooo cathartic) I have reduced my kitchen to 4 of everything.聽 I hate to do dishes.

Then I see this on Decor8.聽 Damn!

Look at those cute blue plates!聽 And they are from Ikea!!聽 (Dammit I can’t find it online, but I must have it!!!)


I heart hardware stores

September 22, 2008

This is what a typical Ace Hardware looks like in my neighborhood.聽 Can’t you see why they are like DIY vortexes, sucking me in for hours much to the chagrin of my child? 馃榾


100% pure, unadulterated “Emily”

September 21, 2008

The infamous vanity is done and I could NOT be happier with it.聽 In fact, when I look at it I *SQUEEEEEL* 馃榾

And to hold my jewelry I HAVE A STAG HEAD!!!聽 I know you wish you had one, too!I know you also covet by beautiful UmberDove tray, so go get one of your own!

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