Monday, October 25, 2010


Here is a terrible photo of the primed foyer. I took a couple of better photos (I swear!) but I can't get them to work on this computer. I also don't have Photoshop on this computer which contributes to the ugliness.

You may remember this foyer in its prior knotty pine splendor. I'll post a pic for old time's sake:

That photo is from one of our initial walkthroughs, so that isn't our stuff. But anyway, there's all kinds of wrong with that paneling. It is as though you are viewing the front hall from another person's house.

So here is the foyer now with the primer:

Yay! I think it is a million times better already. It is quite stark in its primer-ness but I think that it will look great in BM Woodlawn Blue. I am going to let it sit for a while to make absolutely sure the knots don't bleed through the primer, Zinsser BIN -- which, by the way, is just a beast. We had the room quite well ventilated and it still felt like I had done a couple shots of shellac by the time we were done. blech.

Monday, October 18, 2010

fox knocker

He is now ready to greet you at our side door.
I can also see that I need to find a razor blade to tidy up the paint job around the window panes on the door.

Friday, October 15, 2010


In searching around for mud room paint color inspiration, I stumbled upon this Ralph Lauren Paint ad. Love it.

No, I won't be painting our mud room emerald green. But how lame would it be if I hung up bridle brackets? I guess what I am actually wondering is how well they would hold up coats? Might have to take a trip to the tack store to find out.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

toddler-friendly food

Cooking for my 13-mo-old has been a challenge. It doesn't help that we've moved into an unfamiliar kitchen and are still locating odds and ends in strange places. (Where are those cookie sheets again??) We've also been generally overwhelmed and cooking falls by the wayside. It is something I need to get a better handle on.

I've been following the very nice and aptly named blog Cooking with My Kid for a while. I'm sure it initially caught my eye through Ohdeedoh. It has many recipes that look not only child-friendly but appetizing to adults as well. Tonight I tried out her recipe for Baked Spinach & Rice.

I did not take a photo, but here is the lovely picture from the blog:

Looks yummy, right? The best part was that my toddler took one bite and then opened her mouth EXTRA wide for the next bite. Good deal.

I modified it a little bit just because I only had cheddar (not mozzarella) on hand. But I think that the cheddar was the way to go.

Baked Spinach & Rice Recipe from Cooking with My Kid
Prep Time: 25 mins (mostly unattended)  Cooking Time: 30 mins
1 package rice pilaf
1 box frozen chopped spinach
1 cup mozzarella cheddar cheese
2 eggs
1/4 cup lowfat milk
Defrost spinach and squeeze dry. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Cook rice according to package directions and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in chopped spinach, cheese, milk and eggs. Pour into greased square baking dish and cook for 30 minutes or until set. Let cool for 5 minutes before cutting into squares for serving. Serves 4 to 6.

Monday, October 11, 2010


It may be have been the lifting of heavy objects during our move, the stooping over my not-quite-toddling toddler as she's learning to walk, or the sitting at my computer which was on a short and ergonomically-incorrect table. Maybe it was a combo of the above, but my back is killing me.

It is slowing me down.

We did make some progress with unpacking more boxes, assembling an Expedit bookshelf (not the big one which scares me), and some reorganization of furniture (more heavy lifting!) So things are feeling better and a bit more settled around here.

My computer has been relocated to the living room and this was my view this afternoon. You can see that my cat has had no problem settling into his new digs.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Your days are numbered, trees.

I'm usually the last person to get excited about chopping down a tree. I love trees! Seriously, trees rule.

But despite driving past our house a million times before I spotted the For Sale sign, I had never even noticed it. It is situated within a grove of overgrown shrubs and arborvitae. I never knew arborvitae could get this large, and even our arborist seemed a little impressed.
 Is there a house back there?
Look how tall they are! They tower over our 2-story house.

Looks like these bad boys, plus their little shrubby friends, and their pal juniper Joe are all coming out some time in November. I am pretty stoked to actually see what the front of our house looks like.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

good finds

We have way too much stuff, but I went out and got some more today.

I visited a local flea market which I will definitely be frequenting from now on. I found this lovely mirror which will go in our front hall. It was $27. Win!

I can't even believe I was contemplating buying similarly priced (or more expensive) mirrors from Target and Home Depot.

I also found this adorable Swedish plate made out of enameled tin. It was just a couple bucks, and it made my daughter happy. Horses? Swedish? Like mother, like daughter.

Monday, October 4, 2010

the nook

I hate taking photos at night but I did it anyway. Look! A space without boxes! Hurrah - it is our kitchen nook. I'm so relieved this table fits in this space. It isn't perfect, but what is... And our Stendig calendar seems to make sense on this wall which is good because I think it belongs in close proximity to the table.

I need to figure out what chairs would suit the table and the space. I've been wrestling with this for a long time now and I've just decided that when our 13-month-old is out of her high chair, it is officially time for new chairs. These chairs that we have are 10 years old and were 20 bucks each at Ikea. They've served us pretty well although the seats are breaking and the frames are Gorilla-Glued together.

I've had my eye on a few chairs at West Elm:

There must be something in the curve of the table that is leading me to these curvy-backed chairs. I'm leading towards the second chair in chocolate, but the website is no longer selling them individually which makes me think they might be getting rid of them. D'oh.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Martha, please help me get organized.

We've been slowly moving in and spending most of our time getting the old house ready for being a rental. Surprisingly taxing, it has taken almost every moment of my spare time. Those few other moments that I've had (like this one, and I really should be unpacking or doing something useful) I've been looking around online at sources which might help me get a little more organized. Of course, this leads me to Martha Stewart. I love the woman's eye. Her color schemes are great and she does have a ton of really useful ideas. (The woman herself has always struck me as strangely uncharismatic. But I guess that is neither here nor there.)

It is the little things like these hooks on the inside of a broom closet that are such genius. It really does make things so much easier when everything has its place. Now I need to create those places.

I know it is as likely that our garage would look this great as it is that my husband would wrap up a hose so neatly. (To be fair, neither would I.) But still it gives me some hope.

Uh oh, baby is up and chattering.

Friday, October 1, 2010

photo op

I'm just dying to take photos of our lovely new home, but unfortunately this is what I see at every turn:

Just about ready for the pages of House Beautiful.

Well, at least our stoop is looking a bit pretty. My daughter and I went mum-shopping and picked up a couple of tiny pumpkins as well. And are those asters? I have no idea. I just love, love, love fall. (And I'm ready for some fall weather -- enough with the 85+ degree days already!)

Did you know that it is October? Yeah, I can't believe it either.
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