Monthly Archives: May 2011

May 18, 2011

Printer Envy

Alright, I think I’ve officially worn out all the ways to work Envy into the title. Can you guess what this post is about? Yep, not that exciting but since I’ve neglected to share our printer news for over two months now I figured it was time. Especially considering how totally pumped I was when we actually bought the little diva and when I first spied her here. She’s beautiful.. ya know, for a printer. But for everyone’s sanity around here we’ll go ahead and make this quick and to the point. There’s really only so much you can say about a printer other than it’s fantastic. Basically, we researched, we bought, we love, love, love.

My absolute favorite quality, that I never considered before she came home with us, is how much she resembles all of our media players. Granted we have not one single extra inch of space beneath our TV for her, but possibly one day it’d be an option. She’d blend right in with the cable box, dvd player, and game systems. Secondly, she’s shiny. What girl doesn’t love shiny things? And you could say that touch screen and fun apps almost make printing fun.

We’ve already used her several times for printing photos placed throughout the home which have come out near perfect. She’s an all-in-one meaning she prints, scans, and copies plus everything is completely wireless. Bonus points for no ugly cords cluttering up the desk area, a huge advantage when working with such a small space from the get-go. For a printer used just for basic home needs, we splurged a little at $199, but we’re willing to take the hit for all of the awesome extras. Did I mention she’s shiny?

 

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May 17, 2011

Dot Dot Dot

I went for it. My very first canvas painting (if you want to call it that). Surprisingly, I’m thrilled with it. It’s far from anything professional, ha, but it gets the job done. It has taken our office area to a whole new level. It’s bright, it’s fun, and ohhh-soo colorful. Of course I went for colors that were already working their way into our home. A little teal, olive green, mustard yellow and a few neutral grays.

Jen’s Lipstick Dots paintings that I wrote about here were my inspiration one hundred and ten percent, plus some. I love the sheen that her paintings have, which mine is lacking. I haven’t sealed the painting with any kind of protection yet so that may be something I go back and try to tackle. Although, I should probably just leave it alone. I tend to make things worse when I get brilliant ideas like adding that cherry on top. We’ll see… For now, I’m loving it.

Our office area has come a long, long way. Considering a few months ago we didn’t even have a desktop.

You can see how much life the new artwork brings to the space.

On the opposite side of the arch opening leading to the dining area lives our new yellow bookcase (more details on that here) so the painting really helps balance things out. The two together not only draw your eyes up, making the space feel larger, but they somewhat draw you in towards the dining room as well. Please ignore the madness currently taking place inside the bookcase. Work in progress.

You can see how flat the painting reads in this close-up. A little metallic might do the trick.. any suggestions?

May 16, 2011

Pull Up a Chair

You guys are going to have to dig way back into your memories to have any clue what I’m writing about today. Remember oh… three months ago when we posted about our dining chair roundup? Well, we finally came to a decision and took the plunge. We went with West Elm’s Scoop-back Chair. She’s sleek, slender, and the contrast between the chairs themselves and our dark rustic table is perfection. They’re super easy to clean, which is one of our top requests with Zoey and future bambinos running amok, and surprising comfortable. We saw similar designs at Target and Ikea at half the price but feared that their light weight design just might not make it to Zoey’s second birthday. So, we opted to pay a little more up front for West Elm’s version that are super sturdy, but at 80 bucks a pop they’re still really affordable compared to most. So without further ado, our new dining chairs :)

With several months without any chairs at all, we’re just now realizing how empty the room felt prior. And meals are an entirely new level of excitement. You mean, we don’t have to sit on the couch and cradle out plate in our laps? Sweeet.

The most thrilling part of this entire process for me wasn’t even the actual purchase. If I haven’t mentioned before, we live in the Cincinnati area, which sadly had to say farewell to our West Elm a few years back. Thankfully though, I wasn’t quite as obsessed as I am now so the goodbyes weren’t anything too terrible. Point of this ramble? We got to take a little road trip to the nearest store in Columbus where the hubs witnessed my Very First store experience post obsession. I imagine myself to be incredibly embarrassing, which explains the point at which he stopped following me and just watched from a distance. I made a pact with myself that we were shopping strictly to pick up our new chairs and since we left with just one of these adorable ceramic owls in hand, I’d say it was a success.

Anyway, back to the dining room. These pretty purple flowers are draped across our entire house. Part of my Mother’s Day gift from Z and the hubs. Fresh flowers are key to my happiness around here. They really just brighten up any space. I’m a huge believer that if you feel as if your space is “missing” something, try some fresh flowers, window treatments, and lighting.

Speaking of window treatments, it’s even more evident how lacking the dining space is now. We’re thinking a medium to dark gray would help ground the space and make it feel just a tad more intimate.

Overall, we feel that the space has come a long way. We would still love to add a nice runner (I’m thinking “DIYing” something burlap), window treatments, and possibly a new chandelier. Other than that we may just be calling it a day… yea, who am I kidding.

May 15, 2011

Cocoa & Hearts

If you haven’t been over to Jen Ramos’ new site “Cocoa & Hearts” well… you’re probably living under a rock, not to mention missing out on some seriously kick ace artwork. Jen featured our Nursery a while back and as I’ve said before, Amazing gal. Yea, that’s a capital A. I take inspiration from her blog practically daily and her new site is no different. Check these beauts out.

I’m head over heals for the adorable dots. Unfortunately the price just isn’t in our budget, but I’m thinking of trying my hand at a piece of my own. We’ve been in some desperate need of artwork for our new office space and a piece like this would do the trick. Now, I’d like to say that I have a fairly creative side to me but painting just isn’t part of that. I completely draw a blank every time I try to do something abstract but I think I could handle some dots. Maybe. It’s a risk. I’m definitely not going in with the idea of having anything close to Jen’s quality of work, but hey… maybe it’ll turn out “OK”. Maybe.

May 11, 2011

Here Comes the Sun

Our beloved bookcase is finally nearing completion. Things around here are taking about 20 times longer these days. Having our house on the market has all but drained us energy wise. Which, for those of you following, we’ve had a boatload of buyers come through, but still no luck. Meh… with time. On to better things.

Hello, beautiful sunshine yellow.

 

She arrived more than a week ahead of scheduled delivery, yipee! And hubs surprised me with her assembled after coming home from a day out with my family. That man knows how to keep a girl smiling. We opted to keep the included back piece off. It came it two separate pieces and since we planned on painting the back out anyway we just picked a new piece at Lowe’s and cut her down to size. We didn’t want to take any chances with a seam down the middle. Ended up costing us only an additional 6 buckaroos. Well spent. Here’s a look at what we started with before paint and backing, just for kicks.

We plan on filling her with mostly white accent pieces that will really pop against the yellow backdrop. Maybe some teal and olive green mixed in since we’re pretty crazy about those colors as well. We still need to go back through and fill in a few screw holes with putty and touch up with some white paint for the finished look but I couldn’t wait to share with you guys until then. And if you didn’t notice, that’s Miss Medallion Jewelry Box front and center, our awesome find last week. She’s everything I expected and more :)

 

Until we have a good collection of items to fill up the new space we’ll have to leave you with these next few photos for some eye candy. They’re our main inspiration as far as styling a bookcase. Keeping it simple, clean, and as streamlined as possible.