Friday, March 25, 2011

carpet is GONE!

In February I mulled over how much better B's room would look without the carpet. And while Lee was on his London trip, I began pulling up hundreds of nails and staples.

Its beautiful. And oh so much more healthy for our little guy (old carpet is so icky!) We'll refinish them sometime this year but they're not in bad shape til then.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


update on the curtains--traded in the bright pink for a muted pink (MUCH better). now onto getting a corner connector + 2 rods...

Our kids sleep and wake according to the sun's rays. So we've established a need for blackout curtains. We're testing them in baby girl's room first since she has just 2 windows. I ordered these from Pottery Barn Kids but the light pink was on backorder so I ordered the regular pink. And folks, it is bubblegum pink.

Returning these for the plain white ones makes practical sense. And could be used in a different room later if we wanted to change things up. I flipped the panel to white..what do you think?

Bonamaci tiles

Lee brought back these from his trip (by Strata Tiles). My favorite is the front left. Doubtful we'll import them but I'm enjoying our growing samples collection!

Monday, March 21, 2011

kitchen flooring...

Okay folks, here is an overdue flooring update! I visited Natural Built Home on Thursday to ask some questions about sheet Marmoleum (a post about those samples here). Some unexpected negatives: 1-it can't be laid on our existing floor and would potentially need plywood (we loved how thin it was) 
2-it would have a seam 

So I checked out some alternative samples:

The cork is too thick so that was quickly ruled out but we like the recycled tile. We really hadn't considered tile up until now as I pictured it being too traditional. But we like the grey. So then my next challenge was to see if I could find a similar tile for cheaper (I do love the idea of recycled but we have to be frugal here) So over the weekend I made stops at Lowes, the Tile Shop, and Home Depot. Our favorite tile for the price is this one as is under $2/sq ft.

Now I'm reading that tile would require a concrete backing board (wouldn't that make our floor way higher?) and might really increase the installation cost.

We just haven't found the perfect solution. We really want to avoid a huge step between our living/dining room and kitchen. What would you do? 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Lee was in London last week on business. I've enjoyed living vicariously through him (I visited 10 years ago-its been a while!) He also brought me some fun tile samples, hopefully I can highlight those soon...
Oxo tower
view from the zetter



Thursday, March 10, 2011

bathroom before/after

from the house inspection a few years ago...
our (only took a year, ha!) updated bathroom
I just entered it into a diy before/after contest. The winner gets a $3300 visa gift card. A bunch of runners up get $100. They don't know I'm recommending the contest (but I'm excited so enter too if you want!) While I'm on the subject, do you know of any similar contests?

(If nothing else, it encouraged me to clean our bathroom to take the After picture!)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

la la lighting

B's room has been on my mind. The ceiling fan is broken and we've yet to find a replacement in our budget (under $100). But now I'm thinking, why don't we just replace it with a light? We already use a box fan in the summer...
top row (left to right): Barn Light Electric Warehouse Pendant $85. CB2 Eden Pendant $49. Barn Light Electric Farm & Barn Warehouse Light $48.
bottom row (l to r): Land of Nod Hangin' Around $89. Schoolhouse Electric Luna Cord $99. Pottery Barn Kids Depot Ceiling Lamp $89. Schoolhouse Electric Azusa $135

What do you think? Would an exposed bulb be strange in a bedroom? We usually use fluorescents and they're not so attractive.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Goodnight moon

Goodnight room
Goodnight moon
Goodnight cow jumping over the moon
Goodnight light and the red balloon...

B's new lampan lamp from IKEA. (and protector from monsters)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

before/after kitchen inspiration

At the moment this kitchen remodel shown on re-nest is one of my favorites. The before cabinets remind me of ours. They didn't replace their cabinets, just painted and got new doors. If we removed our uppers like they did I'd need additional storage somewhere else in the kitchen.

One more thing-from a blog etiquette perspective, does showing the link and mentioning the site give enough credit?