Archive for March, 2011

March 30, 2011


When you walk into our house through the front door, you enter into the most pitiful entryway ever. The walls are blah and the floors are awful. Our goal is to have an entryway that is actually inviting and sets the tone for the rest of the house. So to accomplish this, we think wallpaper and a hardwood floor is the way to go.

As with every house project, we are full of ideas, but actually doing it is another story. So I’m not sure when we will get around to this, but I thought I should at least start shopping. We know we want to stick to neutral color tones and since it is such a small space, price isn’t too much of an issue. Here’s a few of our favorites.

Clockwise from top left: Muscat by MissPrint; Stone Trellis from the Banbury Collection by Cole & Son; Loops by Aimée Wilder; Leaves by MissPrint; Deco Damask from the Octave Collection by Cole & Son; Squiggle from the Vivienne Westwood Collection by Cole & Son

But our absolute favorite wallpaper is A Stone’s Throw Away. It was designed by Joy D. Cho of Oh Joy! for Hygge & West. The color is perfect. The size of the pattern is perfect. And, we agree on it. You can’t get much more perfect than that!


March 13, 2011

Thinking outside the (mail)box

Recently, I noticed that our slightly wobbly mailbox has become even more wobbly. In our neighborhood everyone has curbside mailboxes, and our wooden post has been looking pretty ragged. Knowing we might need to replace it somewhat soon, I’ve been on the lookout for various types of mailboxes to see what’s out there and what we might like since I’ve never had to purchase one before.

The other day, as I was pulling out of the driveway, I realized that our wooden post had given way, and our mailbox was lying in the street. Apparently, replacing the old one needs to happen much sooner than originally expected. Luckily, my ever so handy hubby was able to work some magic and put our post back together…for now.

There are some really nice mailbox designs out there if you are willing to fork over some major cash. We won’t be doing that, but I can still look, can’t I? Here our some of my favorites:

Here’s a teak mailbox from Semigood Design. You can get this baby for a measly $1,800.


Here’s another teak option that is almost just as pricey ($1,664) from Unica Home.


I love this modern design by Hector Perez that I found at Apartment Therapy. This one is much more affordable at $199.


I stumbled upon this simple yet sleek design at Real Simple. It’s even more affordable at $167.50.


Last, but not least, is the Bobi Classic I found here for $259.


March 7, 2011


Today, as I write, I have an enormous smile on my face. Over the past week, we have started to see our vegetable garden grow, and I’m over the moon about it. I know, I’m a huge dork, but seriously, it’s very exciting!! So much so, I found it necessary to call Alex at work to inform him of this news. And now, we can’t stop going outside to look at our new little green babies.

We ended up planting one row each of zucchini (pictured at left), carrots, green onions, broccoli and green beans. We keep being told we planted the zucchini and green beans too early, so we were very excited to see that so far everything is growing and doing well. As this is a learning experience for us, we now know to keep our eye on the zucchini and green beans, and if necessary, we can always replant them in a month or so.

We also planted tomatoes, onions, and peppers in small pots in the house. And by small pots, I mean cans, jars and plastic containers we pulled out of the recycling bin. So far, everything except the peppers are growing, but I’m not going to let that get me down. Not when there is so much other growth happening.

Here is close-up shot of the rows in our garden. If you look closely, you can see some green sprouts. We still have a million leaves in our backyard. I’ve mentioned the plethora of leaves before here.

Here’s a shot of one of our tomato sprouts that we keep inside during the day. And we just planted those seeds one week ago!

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