Monday, April 29, 2013

Good News and Bad News

The good news is that we finally got around to painting our living room walls and ceiling.
The bad news is that the room looks exactly the same.
White paint on freshly skimmed walls will do that I suppose.

Must. Add. Moulding.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Look, Ma...I'm In Print!

When I was a little girl, my mom sometimes woke me up in the middle of the night. She'd make a pot of tea and together we'd sit at the kitchen table to pour over stacks of home decorating magazines. Strange? Yes. But now you understand that my obsession with shelter mags began at an early age.

Little did I know then that my guest bathroom would ACTUALLY BE FEATURED IN ONE! 
Holy Moly, I don't even have words to express my excitement. 

Seriously cool, right? 

Special thanks to Elaine Phillips and Sarah Terry of Well Styled Home Bedroom & Baths magazine.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Neutral for the Win!

Phew. It has been a manic last few weeks. Heck, months. I haven't had time to clean my house much less do any renovations to it.

So it feels like a huge accomplishment to have finally picked out a rug for our living room. When I asked you all for your opinion (colorful or neutral), the response was overwhelmingly in favor of a more colorful rug. In fact, I was even in favor of a more colorful rug.

But I kept coming back to this room in the former home of Katie Lee Joel decorated by Nate Berkus. It is sophisticated in its simplicity.
Photo: Evan Joseph
In an uncharacteristically impulse move, I ordered a neutral one from Room and Board. It is so difficult to pick out a rug online, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll like it when it gets delivered in a few weeks.
This is by far the most expensive rug I've ever purchased and I have huge concerns that Georgia is going to poop all over it within a few hours. She's lucky she's so cute.
Chris sat her down the other night and explained that if she messes on our new rug he will give her away. She looked at him like she understood, but I'm skeptical. I think I'll start investing in wee wee pads.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Field Trip: Portsmouth, NH

Chris and I had the pleasure of visiting my brother and his family in the charming little seaside town of Portsmouth, NH over the weekend. Portsmouth is just a hop, skip, and a jump from the University of New Hampshire where we both went to school. I left. He stayed in the area and settled down.  I'm so glad he did because this is the gorgeousness I get to come back to every time we visit.

On our little field trip, we walked through Strawbery Banke, an outdoor museum in Portsmouth's historic district. It is considered the first neighborhood in NH to be settled by Europeans. During the warmer months, Strawbery Banke opens the doors to several buildings that have been preserved to look the way they did at the time they were built. The staff dress up in period clothing to show tour-goers how people of that time lived and worked.

I was a little kid the last time I took the tour. I think I'd enjoy it even more as an adult.

Many of the homes in this area have widow's walks, rooftop walkways said to be used by the wives of mariners who would use them to watch and pray for the safe return of their husbands out at sea. 
Chris and I dream about owning property here. Who wouldn't love living in a big white house with a picket fence with a view of the ocean? 

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