Monday, August 23, 2010

Living-Room Progress

Well, it's definitely come a long way from where it was in the beginning. . .

And from where it was post-painting and during the move-in. . .
It now looks something like this. . . it will probably always be a work in progress, but I like hanging out in here now.
And for those of you who like all the details . . .

The Weiman end tables were a Craigslist score.
The little red lamp was from an "antique store" in Portland.
The arch lamp was a Craigslist score.
The awesome orange fish pillow was a surprise gift from my friend Kelly.  It's Anthropolgie.
The orange chair was a Craigslist find, as was the Coffee Table.
The sofa was a Craigslist find as well, but has sadly seen better days.  It needs to be repaired.  Again.
The old corduroy chair I found at our local thrift shop for $10. It needs to be reupholstered.
The milk jug art is by my friend Brandon, the one next to it I did, and the one by the red mirror is by my amazing Aunt Trisha.
The mirror was a few bucks at Goodwill, and I just spray-painted it a high-gloss red.
Like the books peeking out at you from under the sofa?  Yeah, they're holding the middle of the sofa up right now.  Classy, eh?

The Maple Tree

This post is to honor the absolutely gorgeous maple tree that has to sacrifice its life so we can keep our house.  Don't guilt trip me.  I already feel HORRIBLE.  If it weren't so close to the foundation. . . if it weren't already UNDER the foundation. . . if concrete was impenetrable, we would so be keeping the tree.  It keeps half the house in delicious shade all the live-long day.

It was actually scheduled for removal last week, but our arborist up and moved to the other side of the country.  Don't get me started.  Anyway, we were able to find a local company that will do it for $50 less than the other guy.  Yippee.  And they're taking out that weird plumb sapling thing that's right up against the front of the house, and chipping a few stumps we have laying around.

So, before it's gone, here is our beautiful maple tree. . .

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Dryer

Our dryer broke this week.  I am not a fan of Amana brand appliances.  Bleh.  This dryer was so horrible we actually couldn't run it unless we were going to be in our offices with the doors closed and headphones on.  It was that loud.

I know what you're thinking: why not just run the dryer when you're out of the house?  That would have worked, except that this dryer was so special it couldn't turn off when it was done.

I went straight to Craigslist to see if I could score a white Kenmore or Maytag dryer for a decent price (preferably $75 or less).  Yes, we would some day like to have a matching washer/dryer front-loading eco-friendly uber set.  But right now I'd rather have that money for closet storage systems.

Anyway, within a day I found a lady who lives in our town with a Kenmore dryer.  Turns out she needs family pictures, too.  So I said hey, why don't we do a trade?  And can you deliver?  Yes?  Sweet.  So we now have a QUIET, good quality, white Kenmore dryer for which I will only have to pay with an hour of photography time. 

I even found a guy [also on Craigslist] who picks up scrap metal for free, so he came on the same day and picked up the old broken dryer.

I was all happy and excited.  I went to plug in our new dryer. . . only to realize it was a four-prong cord instead of the 3-prong we needed.  Argh.  But only a temporary argh, because I learned you can buy dryer cords at the hardware store for less than $20, and it's really, really easy to change them out.

So, this is how to change a dryer cord from a 4-prong to a 3-prong.
Here is the previous cord situation. . .
I just used my drill and unscrewed the wires to prepare for the new cord. . .
The cord I got for $14.99 at our local hardware store.  The center wire is neutral, so it goes at the center, with the left and right wires placed accordingly.
I screwed them in nice and tight, bolted the back door back down, and ta-da!  It took about 5 minutes, and it works perfectly.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Closets [sasquatch photo style]

Bet you thought I died, huh?
I didn't.
I've been dying to work on the house though, and get more pictures up, but what can I say?  It's wedding season.  I'm working like a crazy person [in a good way].

I am very excited about an upcoming project though.  My office closet is very nearly done.  Just a little more paint and organizing.  And thanks to my fabulous friend Maricar, our hall closet [above left] and bathroom closet [above right] are going to be receiving serious makeovers next week!  Those photos, by the way, are what the closets looked like with the previous owners and are taken with my iPhone.  Sorry.  With the help of my friend, the Elfa closet system, and a handy 25% off sale, they are going to be brand new closets.


Saturday, August 7, 2010


Yesterday I decided I'd about had enough and I tackled a bazillion projects.
Okay, not a bazillion.  But a lot.
So many that I ended up on the phone saying, "Moooooom, I need help!"

The terror that has been my office has been raising my stress level, so I took yesterday to tackle it.
In one day I. . . [with help from my amazing mom]

1]  Installed the curtain hardware in the livingroom and office
2] ironed and hung curtains in the livingroom and office
3] Installed curtain tie-backs
4] Cleaned up 80% of my office [the rest will get done on Sunday. . .my day off]
5] Washed and dried all the dishes in the kitchen
6] Did laundry
7] Vacuumed
8] Installed toast on my computer and burned about 14 back-up DVDs
9] Installed lighting in my office closet
10] Hung up all our artwork in the livingroom [it had been on the floor in my office]
11] Went to IKEA and bought the other shelf for the Hobbit's office, put it together and moved it in
12] Took out all the trash and recycling

Let's just say, my office doesn't look like this anymore . . . it will still be far from finished this week, but it'll be a heck of a lot better.

And now I'm going to go shoot a wedding.
I'll be back later with some pictures.  After I collapse on the couch tonight with some frozen yogurt and a mindless television show.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Dining Nook Curtains

Well, as you've probably gathered, I've been extremely busy and haven't had a huge amount of time to work on the house.  I had to go to Portland this week though, so I took advantage of the fact and made a quick IKEA stop to pick up some more of their curtain-hanging stuff.  While I was there, I found these awesome dishtowels and thought they'd make fun curtains.  So last night, half asleep, I got these put up.  A little light diffusion+privacy= happy.

The dining nook has come a long way.  Remember the before?