Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Smithsonian- Free Tickets!!!

Yup, you read that right! Go here to claim a ticket for yourself and a guest to any Smithsonian (or affiliated) museum on September 29 2012. We are headed to the Seattle Art Museum. Tons of museums to choose from- where are you going to go?

On a side note- sorry for the lack of posting. We are nuts with transitioning to civilian life and moving cross country!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Design Your Own Crib Bedding

Just found the coolest thing ever:

Yep, you can actually design your own custom baby bedding, right down to the last detail. The tool has 40 bazillion fabric choices. Once you've picked your first swatch, you have the option of asking it narrow down the remaining swatches to those that coordinate perfectly, just in case you're worried about white backgrounds matching ;)

It's pricey as heck, though. I probably wouldn't ever pay that much for something my kids are ultimately going to get some yucky substances on. My puppy dog ensemble (see below) would have set us back about 500 bucks. I'm sure the quality is amazing- our kids are just too rough on their bedding to justify it.

I do think it's a great way to try out different patterns and colors if you're planning on making your own crib bedding. Most of the patterns shown can be approximated at JoAnne's.

But, just for fun, here's what I came up with:

And one of their prefabs:


Disclosure: none needed...pretty sure my assessment of their pricing will preclude my ever being asked to shill for them. But, wow do they have some pretty stuff!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Craftsman 1204 MLS Pictures

They're here!!! Our Northwest MLS# is 401198, but here's a preview. Once again, a huge thank you to our amazing realtor, Ms. Danya Wolf and our equally fantastic photographer, Larry. Without further ado:

Covered teak porch, view from rose garden

Mature fir, cherry, and pear trees encircle the property

Hand inset rock leads to floating rose garden

The open floor plan of the great room encompasses living, dining, and original fireplace

Original fireplace has been professionally retrofitted to accommodate wood stove
French doors lead to the spacious master suite
Master bedroom features dramatic crown molding and custom site-built his&hers closet
Custom antique double sink console

Slate Roman spa- the perfect spot for a luxurious bath or shower
Spacious gourmet kitchen
Fenced yard, river rock chimney, and enormous side porch

Entry from access alley
Montage with view of 2nd bedroom-currently, nursery

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Cover of Real Estate Weekly

Gah!!!! We made the cover of Real Estate Weekly!!!! Can you tell we're completely over the moon?! Yeah, ok, it's a free publication, BUT it reaches 4 counties and typically only features super high-end homes, so we're ultra thrilled that the editors thought our reno was front page worthy. THANK YOU!!!!!

Our realtor just sent over the proof page and we wanted to give you a sneak peek- btw- can our realtor write a description, or what?!

Fingers crossed for an mls number within the next couple of days!!!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fall Inspiration

Well, we are impatiently waiting for our house to hit the MLS and for our amazing photographer to finish up his final edits to the (2 day!) photo-shoot so that we can share them with you all. In the mean time, here's some fall inspiration...whether you're still in the thick of summer and dreaming of cooler temps, or if, like us, the trees are already changing color, this should give you some great eye candy/food for thought. Enjoy! Hopefully, we'll have the professional pics of the house- and our mls listing- up for you guys by Friday!

Functional decor, though I'd skip the soda and load that puppy up with Pumpkin Ale! Blue Moon and Pyramid Brewery both make a delicious one:

This mini pumpkin and ribbon look would be super easy and super cheap to pull off- periodically, Michael's will load up a big crate of seasonal ribbon on deep clearance (look by the entrance).

Unpopped corn- genius and so appropriate for a fall or even Thanksgiving look. I think the candles would look just as good without the leaves, too:

Source: via Sami on Pinterest

Whether you choose to suspend these or not, it doesn't get any simpler than mason jars, acorns, and white votives:

These fall leaves look great in simple floating frames- it would be so great to take the kids on a walk and let them pick out their leaves, then help frame and display them:

Source: via Ashley on Pinterest

I actually had one of these this morning: Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte is amazing, with or without the cool froth art. Oh, and the Salted Caramel Mocha is to die for, too!

Source: via Summer on Pinterest

Gorgeous shade, right? I think most of us have probably been told at one time or another that we "can't wear orange." Bull! Obviously, if you have bronzey/gold skin (like my lucky mom) it's easy, but everyone has a shade of orange (and red, too!) that they look freakin' awesome in. Even me. Who is ridiculously pale. If I can pull it off, so can you!

If you aren't ready for that much orange, why not pick up a couple of clip-on flowers at the craft store and put them on your shoes? No commitment and so cute:

Source: via Allyson on Pinterest

And for those of you who just can't handle orange: go green!

Happy Wednesday, y'all!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Refinished Dressers

Remember the dresser refinishing ideas I shared a while ago? Well, I finally finished them. I only remembered to take a "before" of one-oops- but I'm really pleased with the results. All told, I put about 50 bucks into each one...not too bad. Here they are:

Our dresser:

Not too bad, considering that this is what we started out with:

The kiddos' dresser turned out pretty cute, too, I think:

And once again, sorry for the picture quality...the name of the game this week was to get it done fast. Happy monday, y'all!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Weekend Wine Pairings

 Busy weekend ahead! I had my last 2 wisdom teeth pulled this morning and tomorrow we have a professional coming to take pictures of the house, which should be on the market by this coming Tuesday!!! We thought we would share some of our easiest and most impressive pairings, just in case any of you are having company.


This Kim Crawford is one of the pricier ones on our list at about 14 bucks, but it is certainly delicious. I find it buttery with notes of pear and vanilla. Perfect with shortbread cookies.

                                                                                     Source: via Heather on Pinterest

The Fun, Hip, and Trendy:

This has to be one of my new favorite wines... Starborough Marlborough. Bright and refreshing, the hubby and I like to enjoy a glaa with garlic stuffed olives. About 9 dollars a bottle and worth every penny- it drinks like a much more expensive wine.

                                                                           Source: via Benjamin on Pinterest

The Spanish Red:

My husband actually introduced me to this wine when we were dating. It's mellow enough to drink alone, byt has the presence to stand up to just about any dish. Odd as it sounds, you canot beat a glass of Las Rocas with a bacon avocado cheeseburger...absolute Heaven! I've seen this wine as cheap as 9 bucks and as pricey as 17, so it just depends upon your retailer.

                                                                                       Source: via Andie on Pinterest

The Quirky:

Not everyone loves wine and sometimes it's just too hot for it any way.  One of our favorite beers is from a Seattle based company; Red Hook ESB, which stands for English Style Bitter. Oddly enough, it is anything but bitter. Smooth and wirh a hint of molasses, this beer is scrmptious with ginger snaps. You must try it, you'll be glad you did!

Happy weekend and Labor day, y'all- I'm off to ice my jaw :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Modern Home

We always thought we were old house kind of people. Lately, though, we've been thinking about building (several years down the road when/if we ever figure out where we want to live). And we're craving something a bit more modern this time. We know we want to keep it sustainable, too.  Here's what we're looking at:

While the interior is a little stark for our tastes, I'm loving the use of metal, frosted glass, and concrete in this home:

Source: via Milena on Pinterest

I probably wouldn't incorporate quite this much glass into our home, but I love the way they sited the house to work with existing trees. Such a gorgeous green view:

The house and the landscape blend so seamlessly:

This is the hubby's favorite- he likes the corrugated and stacked entrance. Maybe part of an old repurposed shipping container?

Source: via Callme on Pinterest

Wooden and white:

Quite possibly the most perfect beach house:

What do you think- could you live with and love something this modern long term? Or would you get sick of it after a while?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Simple Table Setting

When we aren't staging our home, we really like our dining table to look something like this:

However, we are in the process of selling, so we knew the table needed to be dressed for dinner. We've all seen those gorgeous place settings in magazines; chargers, multiple plates, and lavish centerpieces. They're undeniably beautiful, but for our table we wanted something a bit simpler that we could actually use. We didn't want to have to go out and buy much, since we'll be moving soon. What we came up with was very inexpensive, but (in my opinion) looks lovely. And it's functional!!!

We starteed by clearing everything off of our table. If you know us, you know that our dining table is unfortunately a catch-all for the stuff that I'm never quite sure what to do with. You can read more about all that here. We got all the crap off of it and gave it a good scrubbing:

I picked four very simple seagrass-colored placemats up at Ikea for about 2 bucks each.

We arranged them in a square, which didn't leave us much room on the table for a centerpiece. The hubby actually came up with the 3 small glass cubes filled with different small potpourri in brown, cream, and green. I love it, especially since it a) fits in the space allotted and b) doesn't hamper conversation, as so many centerpieces do.

We skipped the chargers and just started layering our dishes...dinner plate on bottom, then salad plate, then soup bowl.

We took our color cues from the centerpiece and found these yellow/green/white napkins with pear motif...I think a large napkin typically photograps better, so we actually bought kitchen towels made from a thinner fabric and put a simple napking ring on top and just sat them in the soup bowl:

The final touches were our wine glasses and silverware and we were done:

Ideally, I would have loved if our plates and bowls would have been different colors.  And someday we'll have a table that is big enough for a runner and placemats. But, for low budget and small space, I'm pleased with the results. If you needa  little more place setting eye candy, I've thrown in a few favorites...enjoy!


                                                                                        Source: via froggymama on Pinterest

                                                                             Source: via Katie on Pinterest

                                                                                              Source: Uploaded by user via Kate on Pinterest