Monday, December 24, 2012

All I Want For Christmas...

As promised, the plasterer started our hallway and living room project right on schedule: 
"before Christmas". 

Seeing how today is Christmas Eve and there is still much work to be done, I'm afraid the beautiful tree I envisioned illuminating our bay window is going to have to wait until next year. 
I've been seriously stressing that the plasterers wouldn't finish in time for me to move the furniture back in the living room, decorate a tree, and make my house look "holiday perfect" in time for my guests. It is time to let all that go and accept that the situation is beyond my control.  

This afternoon my family will begin arriving from near and far. There will be plenty of laughter, good conversation, tasty food, and cute little babies to hug and kiss. I may not have a Christmas tree, but I do have a wonderful family to share the holidays with.  

So from myself, Chris, and our two furballs, 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Two Legs are Better Than Four

I've been on the hunt for the last several months for a small console table to place under the new mirror we bought for our hallway. The problem is that our very narrow hallway has really narrowed down my furniture options.

The idea of a "two-legged" console table turns out to be the perfect solution. ("Two-legged" console can't be the real name of such a thing. A gold star to anyone who can tell me what these are called).

Much slimmer than the four legged variety and because they don't have hind legs that bump up against the baseboard, we gain a precious inch by being able to affix the table directly to the wall. 

Now...where to find and purchase such a thing? You all know by now how cheap I am, so I started at my local Salvation Army. I knew it wasn't likely that I'd find exactly what I was looking for there, but I figured I could get a full size table and have Chris cut it down to just the two legs we need. After many visits, I finally found it. 

Marked down to $35 (from $135!!!), it is curvy enough not to be boring but plain enough to let the mirror be the star. All we'll need to do is cut it down and paint it. 

On the way home from picking it up, I noticed that Chris was lost in thought. 
He said he was wondering what kind of saw he'd need to use to cut it. "Oh, that's simple," I told him. "You'd use a table saw". 
"That makes no sense. Why would I use a table saw?" 
"Duh, Chris...because it's a table. To cut a table in half you'd use a table saw."

I'll be here all week ladies and gentlemen. 

Monday, December 10, 2012


Sorry for the lack of posts lately, friends. Truth is, we don't have a whole lot of action going down on Hazard Ave that's post worthy. We're waiting on the plasterer to do his thing before we can start doing our thing. Hopefully, he can get us on his schedule before Christmas. Waiting on this guy to start and finish is really putting a crimp in my holiday decorating plans. Did I mention we're hosting a houseful of holiday guests this year? Yeah, he BETTER get us on his schedule before Christmas.

The irony is not lost on me that if we'd done the work ourselves, it would be done by now.

Soooooo, we're taking advantage of the break in the project schedule to enjoy our weekends. In fact, we just returned from a night in Boston. I love Boston any time of the year, but especially around the holidays. It feels so magical, like I just walked onto a set of a movie.

 I mentioned in a previous post that we like to stay at The Eliot whenever we're in town.
 This is the lobby.
Trust me when I say it is even more beautiful in person.
I'm not sure I've ever seen so much marble used all in one place.
Staying here makes me feel way more glamorous than I actually am.
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