I made a promise to myself that I would finish one space before the baby was born. Luckily, I’m not overly ambitious. I chose a wall. A single wall. Aiming high.
Said wall is the landing at the bottom of our stairs. Our front door opens up into the living room and I wanted some sort of spot to feel like the entry way. So about six feet away from the front door are stairs and the landing serves as our entryway.
I love how it turned out!
I got to use wallpaper for the first time and it was all I hoped for and more. I got the grasscloth here and I’m really impressed with it. The pink Blu Dot console table I purchased five years ago and saved up for months to buy it. It still is the furniture piece I would take with me in a fire. Can you imagine – my huge nine month pregnant belly, my toddler in one arm and the console table in the other? Priorities. The mirror is Serena and Lilly. The bowl was a gift from my parents about seven years ago; it’s from Gumps. The lamps are Jonathan Adler but were a New York City craigslist score about three and half years ago. The precious dog is from Home Goods.
Now, everyone can come over, ignore every single unfinished room and feast their eyes on my stair landing. Honestly, guests have been known to walk right by the landing and I have been known to turn them around and make them look at it. Don’t you wanna come over now?
Technically, it’s not completely finished; I’m on the hunt for the perfect white porcelain basket weave umbrella stand to put opposite the dog. A decorators job is never finished, I tell ya – even for a just a wall.
In other news, last week, I had mentioned that we would have our final pre-baby BBQ and my ideas for the tablescape. Well, on the day of, I was feeling very girly so I switched gears to pink; I’m thinking the girl we have arriving in about two and a half weeks has put pink on my brain. So, here is the little table I put together for a fun BBQ with friends…
And that’s all the news from Lake Wobegon.
Don’t you want to meet this lady?
Play dress up all day in her closet? (I may never get out of her tutus)
And gab about wild, fun and amazingly over the top decor ideas with her all day long?
To see more of her house tour, check it out at Apartment Therapy.
Also, I’m selling that exact chandelier that is in the bottom photo above the Saarinen table. It’s fabulous in person, large and in charge and it’s no longer sold anywhere. So, you get to be a one of a kind, pretty much. E-mail me if you’re interested in purchasing – email@example.com
I’ve always been a huge fan of Moravian Star Pendants. I’ve used them a couple of times in client’s homes and they always come out great.
I’ve also always been a huge light hoarder. Okay, so “always” is an exaggeration. I could’ve cared less about lighting as a kid. But, it quickly became an obsession of mine not soon after. My husband isn’t too fond of keeping tons of lighting in our garage. So lucky for him, one light that I purchased four years ago at a small antique store is out of the garage and up in our front entryway.
Here is the front of our home before – notice the boring, shrug of shoulders lighting…
And thanks to my wonderful handyman (yes, I have a non-Graham handyman), here is the after…
So grateful that I hoarded the light for four years and then moved into a Spanish home so that the light felt appropriate. It all worked out in the end.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a weekend recap. But, this one included some decor since I went antiquing so I thought I’d share.
Graham, Josie and I escaped to the beach for the weekend for my 34th birthday. Baby is coming very soon so I wanted a weekend of calm just the three of us. And I’m experiencing those feelings that I think all women have with their first born and how you just want to soak them up while your attention is undivided.
I mean how could I take my eyes off of this little one…
There was plenty of R&R accomplished. We sunbathed -
We farmers marketed…
And we antiqued!!!
Of course, I wanted everything that I saw. But, alas, decisions had to be made. It was this pair of antique child size outdoor rockers that made it home with us – a pair for our girls.
The cute baby model made the trek back with us too. Score!
Hope you all had a great 4th! We had a wonderful time relaxing at the beach. And Josie was as cute as apple pie, if you were to ask me.
After Graham constructed the outdoor table, it was my turn to get to work. So, I got out my trusty welder and made ten metal bistro chairs…
Either that, or I purchased them here . You can decide what the truth is.
Two days after the chairs arrived, we had a BBQ and the chairs worked out great. They were comfortable and I really love the white metal against the redwood table.
I also purchased seat cushions from here for some more comfort. They didn’t arrive in time for our last BBQ but we’re having another one in two weeks so I’m excited to dress up the table with the cushions -
Here is how I’d like to set up for the tabelscape -
Happy 4th of July everyone. I hope that you have an awesome time wherever and however you spend it.
Josie and I will be cutting this week extra short and we will be heading to the beach with family. I can’t wait to watch the fireworks show boom over the ocean while we cuddle around a bonfire. It’s a fantastic family tradition!
Tomorrow marks Graham and my six year anniversary. The years have flown by. In reflection, I thought of a sermon that was recently given at a beautiful wedding we attended. It was about how love is not just about the Saturday nights out, it’s more about the Monday mornings. Basically, that it’s not all roses and romance – mostly it’s day to day routine that you’re entering into and that it’s important to love and respect your partner on the day to day.
Graham and I at the wedding last month
So today, I just want to thank my wonderful husband for all that he does on the day to day.
Get a load of this – I have never emptied the diaper genie. When it gets full, it’s Graham’s job to take it out. The situation started because of apartment living, it was really hard and gross for me to carry a baby and a bag full of stinky diapers. Now, I don’t have an excuse except that our marriage is all the more happier with it remaining Graham’s job. Sorry that he got the sh$t end of the stick on that one. But, I do change way more diapers then he does.
Since I’ve become pregnant again, the vast majority of weekend mornings, Graham gets up and gets Josie out of bed in the mornings. He brings her to me and then treks downstairs for her milk and then we all get to cuddle in bed. But he has to do the hard part of getting out of bed while I get to remain warm under the covers.
When I say that I’ve had a bad night sleep in the morning. Graham responds with, “I’m sorry you slept poorly.” That’s really all I want to hear. Nothing more and nothing less. Just the perfect acknowledgment and sympathy and then we can both move on with our days.
If we are going someplace as a family, Graham always drives the car. He knows that I hate driving and let’s be honest I’m a terrible driver so he’d rather I not drive. But, it’s nice and it works for us.
Last night, Graham opened a new can of peanut butter for me because I couldn’t get the top off. He then proceeded to stir it up for me (as you have to do with the natural peanut butters) just to be nice.
There are plenty of other day to day blessings that Graham gives to me so that even in the most routine of days or months, our marriage is still pretty fantastic. Overall, it’s been an absolutely wonderful 2,190 days being married to this guy…
“Carving” a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Turkey