Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
This is the wall that separates the kitchen from the pantry/laundry room area. It's what leads you into the garage. For us, it's one of the first things we see when we get home. Because of that, I wanted it to look a little more fun.
(I took these before pictures after everything was already up. You can see the nails where everything winds up, but this gives you an idea of how the wall evolved and the thought process involved in getting it there.)
It started off pretty bland.
I found the key rack at Anthropologie. I love that store. I love the quirky home accents they have. We've got a few all over the house. I liked the vintage look of this key rack.
I figured the key rack would be a nice tie in to two paintings I've had for a long time, maybe since college? I guessed that they'd be too feminine for the big guy. While I still think they would be for the main part of the house, he liked them just fine for this little corner. So up on the wall they went.
They were too snug in their original placement, so I spread them out. We had plenty of wall space to fill up here, so I wasn't concerned about taking too much space. But what to do with the rest of the space? It needed something to fill up the beige.
So we decided to try these vintage keys from Pottery Barn. At only $19 for the set I was pretty excited. We broke them up and tried a few next to the front door, but it really didn't work with the room or the space. So we brought the entire set back by the garage door.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
1 part borax
10 parts warm water
Combine in spray bottle. Spray on stain. Wait 5 minutes. Blot with a clean rag.
Mix vinegar and baking soda into a paste. Gently work into stain with a toothbrush. Let dry, then vaccuum completely.
Monday, May 10, 2010
We have a fence! And a patio. Granted the patio is more for us so we can entertain, but that's beside the point. Now he can go outside and run around and sniff in all the corners that he's never gotten to check out, even though we moved in 8 months ago. And that's pretty much all he did this past weekend. That's pretty much all we did this past weekend too!
Here's a look at the progression of our patio and fence. Everything you see only took John 3 days to finish. He's awesome. We're so happy with how everything turned out.
This is a picture of the first day's progress.
Day 2- patio is done! We went with stamped concrete, and it's beautiful. You can see one of the sides of the fence going up here. Since we have no one behind us, just a farmer's field, we decided to only do the privacy fence on the sides and the parts connecting to the house and work with the farmer's fence across the back. This way we get to look at the trees and bushes back there. Plus, it's a really pretty view of the cornfield.
What? We live in Indiana, cornfields happen. ;-)
Loki didn't want to come inside. He just wanted to stay. We had to bribe him with snacks to come inside.
If you like what you see and you're interested in working with our contractor- here's his contact information. It was great working with him.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
We found three mirrors at HomeGoods over the weekend, and decided that the wall above our bathtub would be the perfect place for them. It's a little dark in that part of the bathroom, like dark enough that we're planning to knock down the top half of the wall... eventually. We've got some other plans for this bathroom, but until we're ready to tackle the big stuff, we want to add a little personality with some artwork, paint on the walls, and a few other things.
So we're starting on the small stuff first.
And we're starting with these mirrors.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Here's a little bit more about Tommy's personality:
He'd be a great addition to any home!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
This is a picture of his present. (And Loki's nose. He sent kisses.)
It's a way more fun way of telling him that I'm going to Penn State than just by giving him a phone call. My mom has been helping me keep the secret for weeks. I know it's been tough for her, but he really was surprised tonight.
I got in! I start my MBA program this September. It's online, but it's the same courses as the on campus program, and the classes are designed and taught by the full time faculty. So, slightly non-traditional, but with great credibility. At the end of the program I'll have a Penn State MBA, no differentiation for the online version.
I'm already getting nervous and excited, and I'm anxious to get started. Of course, I say that now. I'm sure that after I've been going for a few months, I'll be ready for a break!
Looks like Dad won't be the only Nittany Lion in the family for long!
He sounded pretty excited over the phone tonight. I think he likes his birthday present. :-)