Hello out there!
A lot has happened around here in the last year and eight months. I don’t really feel the need to make apologies or excuses for taking a blog hiatus, but I will say that basically I was burned out with blogs, blogging, and house projects. I took a break to figure out what (if anything) I wanted from blogging, and now that I’ve done that, I’ll stop in from time to time. Also, for anyone who is interested, the short answer for what I want out of blogging is that I want share small updates about our house and our lives with like-minded people. Hopefully I’ll gain some feedback when we hit roadblocks, and if anything we do inspires others that’s cool, too. Plus, it’s nice to look back on where we were in our lives and with the house.
Quick wrap up of what Robert and I have been up to since I last blogged. Robert graduated from college after several years of working 40+ hours a week and going to school part time. He also changed roles at work twice, and now travels for work semi-frequently. All of this means I sometimes find myself without much to do in the evenings. (Note to self, become better at making plans with friends.)
I also changed roles at work twice, traded my car in on a new-to-me car, shattered my iPhone 4, upgraded phones & joined Instagram, and decorated my new, larger cubicle at work. (Since I my job deals a lot with sports, it also seems relevant to mention here that my alma mater won the final BCS National Championship game, kept on winning, and made it to the Rose Bowl last year.) On a somewhat blog related note, I met up with the lovely Emily, of Merrypad and DIY Network’s Made + remade. She is just as awesome in person as you would imagine, and I hope to keep up with her.
As far as the house goes, Robert and I have been making slow and not always steady progress on things. The master bathroom is still not finished, but that is a story best saved for another post. Most other things are about 95% complete. We hung refinished salvage doors on the air conditioner closet in the hallway, the hall bathroom & closet in the hall bathroom. Unfortunately the photos I took of the bathroom doors look a bit like a fun house, so I’ll save you the nausea and just post the photo of the louvered door on the AC closet. As an added bonus, I included a photo of the other side of the hallway, which I’m not sure I’ve shown before.
I sometimes think about moving that bookshelf and building a similar height built-in shelf that extends to the doorway of the “dog room”, but how many built-ins is too many? The “dog room” is going to become an office, since it gets the least natural light in the house and technically the only window opens onto the back porch. I don’t think that’s even legal for a bedroom, so… office.
In the dining room, I used some vintage glass globes to create a new, more linear light fixture to hang over our new West Elm dining table. We used some credit card points and considered it a belated anniversary present, just in time to host Thanksgiving for the first time. You might have noticed that I also painted the walls in the dining room and the adjoining library. The bankers chairs are from Craigslist, as was the china cabinet a few years back.
Please excuse the formal silverware, stack of coasters, and the holiday table runner. The extra bankers chairs waiting to be refinished are from Robert’s old office, and the abstract paintings leaning against the wall are for my sister’s apartment.
In the background, you can kind of see the new chair in the library. It was a floor model from West Elm, purchased with more credit card points. Between it and the sofa is a new-to-us side table I found on Craigslist. I miraculously found a matching one for the other side of the sofa on Craigslist a few months later, and Robert and I made a day trip out of picking it up. One of the first photos I posted on Instagram was a shot of the same corner with the curtains open after we took the Christmas tree down.
There are new curtains stacked on the side table since these are very faded (and short), and you can see from the tape on the floor that I’m trying to figure out what rug size this room needs. I love the one currently in here, but it’s too small, so I’m going to move it into the current master bedroom (which from now on will be known as the “green bedroom”).
Moving on to the rest of the (admittedly very cluttered at this stage) room. Here are the new built-in shelves that we’ve been working on. They still need lights, crown molding, and doors on the bottom cabinets, but I love everything so far.
Once the shelves are done, I’d love to either remove the tile on the fireplace, or skimcoat it with plaster. The tile has driven me batty for the last five years, but it just hasn’t been a priority. In the meantime, I rotate what paining(s) are on the mantel, and the hearth has sort of become a dumping ground for project supplies as we work on the shelves. Typically our diplomas hang to the right of the fireplace, but I took them down so they wouldn’t get broken during the chaos.
And finally, the below is an Instagram photo showing the bookshelf lights we’re making, with parts found on Grand Brass. Yes, I need to finish painting the T-11 siding by the outdoor shower. I was forced to stop thanks to a swarm of wasps, and I never really started up again.
So that’s pretty much concludes what we’ve been up to recently. I also planned out closet organizers for the green bedroom, the art room, and the future office. Whenever the master bathroom is complete (update on that coming soon), we’ll move down to the actual master bedroom, and the green room can hopefully become a nursery… someday. That’s not an announcement of any kind.
I’ll leave you on that awkward note. Should have a post on the master bathroom later this week, and may the post about closets next week.