Monday, October 31, 2011

comic book banner

The thread and bias tape was around $5 and I purchased three comic book sets for $6. Total, $11.
double wide bias tape (and my new pink pin cushion)
other than the paper being a little delicate, this was super easy



I added it to Young House Love + Bower Power's (unofficial) Pinterest Challenge. I read about it last week and it enough to nudge me to finish the banner. Love!

pumpkin hunt

Pumpkins are a big deal in our neighborhood. Its an unspoken "we welcome you, fall. we're friendly. and you can come trick-or-treating here." I hoped to have a fun family outing to a pumpkin patch but it just didn't happen. So yesterday I headed to the grocery store and picked from the leftovers: bottom of the box, moldy pumpkins. I'm happy with ours. They're imperfectly beautiful, don't you think?

What fall traditions do your neighborhoods have?

ps. I did something a little out of my comfort zone today. I linked up with a bloghop from muchloveilly. If you are visiting today, welcome!


Friday, October 28, 2011


We have family in town! Lee's brother, Uncle Mike, is visiting us for a few days, then my parents (Grandma + Papa) are visiting for a week. We love having visitors. In all the preparation I haven't blogged about our bedroom progress. Consider this a small pause, and hopefully you'll see a post or 2 next week.

(ps) our 6th anniversary is tomorrow! We met in Savannah 8 years ago...I'm so happy we wed there. I can honestly say I had no clue we'd end up in Minnesota. Lee Fain, you are my best friend. I love life with you!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

accent wall inspiration for kid's rooms

closet space (love the grey crib and yellow mobile)

gold + white wilderness wallpaper (a designmom house tour)

cheerful swedish bedroom. and proof that wallpaper can go on a window wall
gender neutral shared bedroom 
chalkboard and wallpaper.

I love this trend. Do you have a favorite? You can also find these on my kids@home and accent wall boards...

working in the basement... progress

Lee and his buddy Chris took down the last of the paneling on Saturday. We had an old built in desk and when they pulled it out they found mold behind it. SOO glad its out of our house! They also took down the old ceiling tiles. Lee has a lot of ideas for the space (my favorite--polished concrete floors), I'll ask him to blog about it!

Monday, October 24, 2011

our new light

Lee and I both have a background in product design and often each our own taste in new purchases. So Friday as we wandered through the IKEA lighting department we came across this red brasa pendant. And we both liked it! So of course we bought it...under $50 and it gives our landing some personality. We had a plain ceiling-mount light before. Also, we also purchased a bedframe for our room! Will post pictures soon.

In other news, our little guy's room was on Ohdeedoh last week! You can see it here. If you are visiting from Ohdeedoh, welcome...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

store credit

We have a $60 store credit to Pottery Barn Kids or any of its affiliates. We've had it for several months and I can't decide how to use it. Here are my top picks from Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teen, and West Elm. We could definitely use more storage. Or a good lamp. What would you buy?
24x36 Batman Puzzle $19. Medium Wire Crate Storage set of 2 $55. Chalkboard Storage Bin $19. Gray queen fitted sheet $32.

Benjamin Moore Ben Paint $35.95. Perch Glass Lamp in yellow $69. Glass Bubbles $9-24. Large Basket $54.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

autumn at aadmodt's

Growing up near the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, if we wanted to experience the change in season we trekked north to the Smoky Mountains. Fall in Minnesota is filled with color, chilly weather, cider and pumpkins. I love it. Monday we met friends at Aamodt's, an apple farm in Stillwater with plenty of space for tots to run and climb.


Monday, October 17, 2011

evolution of a chalkboard, part 2

A few months ago I painted a chalkboard for our kids. It took on a decidedly different look after our little guy dumped water on the still drying chalkboard. (You can read part 1 here...) 
To give the artwork some depth we glued wood strips to the back. After finding the studs (no pencil handy so I used a white washable crayon--worked great!) To hang it we used a product called Hangman. It was designed with a built in leveler and was so worth it.

Project complete!

Friday, October 14, 2011

estate sale tips

1: Join a mailing list. A few years ago I signed up for emails from a site devoted to estate sales. The weekly email shares how far each sale is from our home and includes photos. You can also check craigslist (garage sale section).

2. Check for images. For example, this sale has 72images with a lot of stuff...including some trains, cars, a few old signs. More stuff sometimes means cheaper prices.

3. Go to the sale. The best way to judge condition. Were they smokers? Was the basement water-logged? I noticed antique books at a sale a few weeks ago, but they were covered in mold and bindings were broken (and for resale, condition matters)

4. Divide and conquerIf you have kids, try to go solo. The sales are usually on multiple levels so strollers won't work. One of my favorite estate sale visits was with Lee on my birthday, he sat in the car with our kids while I looked then we swapped.

5. Take a risk. If its $5 and you like it, buy it! Its a fraction of what you would spend at the mall. If its a big ticket item, throw out a lower price. A few months ago I spotted a mid century curio cabinet. I offered $80 in cash. He moved his price down $20.

6. Go the last day. If you aren't looking for anything in particular, go on the last day. Prices are usually marked down 30-50%.

7. Reflect. Its humbling to walk through years of a family's life. I often see their faith in the material they owned. When we find old Bibles and theology books, we buy them. By buying an old book or piece of furniture you are preserving its future.

Any other tips? I'd love to hear them!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

basement storage wall gone!

Lee's been hard a work in our basement. With the old storage and walls gone, he will paint drylock on the outer walls and will add a wall around the furnace/water heater. We also have 1 more wall to remove (it currently houses a built in workbench)...

Meanwhile I will help organize. I have bins and bins of baby + kid clothes, any ideas for storing them? We're probably going to need a few of these

wall + storage Lee tore down last month (notice the brown paneling on the left?)
yep, he removed all of it Saturday. good thing we have a dumpster in our backyard!

notice the concrete? thats new square footage
and lost treasure unearthed... (a toy gun and wooden nickels. one from stone mountain!)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

rummage sale

Baby girl and I visited a sale friday at a nearby church. Didn't find much in the toy, art, or kitchen departments...then I discovered the books. Great, old, classic books. Right now our classic kid books are on a top shelf in B's room. I'd like to display a few on his wall--any ideas for that?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

bed designs

Last weekend Lee created some bed concepts. We're will see which design is affordable to build and hopefully end up with a custom bed. Do you have a favorite? Mine are concepts s and c...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

goodbye bedroom set, hello floors

the bedroom furniture sold and picked up saturday!
which led to me pulling up carpet this afternoon...

bag of fun (just kidding!)
minor injury. mrs. incredible bandaid a coincidence? i think not

carpet roll-up

almost done!


So much better (you can see a photo with carpet here). And in case you are wondering, we won't keep the mattress on the floor permanently! Lee modeled some designs in sketchup...I'll show those later this week.