welcome: new entry way hooks!

February 2, 2009 at 10:43 am | Posted in After, Before, During, Our Back Hall, Our Dining Room, Our Living Room, Projects | 2 Comments

Our entry way has been a constant source of annoyance for us.  There’s just not much space near the door, and we have no closets on the first floor that would be convenient to hang jackets in.  And someday, I hope to change the front door to something a little more 1920s and a little less 1950s.

view from the living room

view from upstairs

Because there is nowhere near the door to hang our jackets, they would usually end up hanging off of dining room chairs.  Resulting in something that looks like this:

Uggh.  No matter how clean the place is, the jackets just make it look messy.  They’re the first thing you see when you walk into the dining room, and they don’t really scream sit down and grab a bite to eat.

The only other coat-hanging option we had rigged up were these two little coats next to our back door.  You know, the back door that we cannot use because we had to rig up a lock system that we can’t unlock from the outside.  The back door is another source of annoyance for yours truly.  Someday everything in this house will work as it should, right?  Sigh. (quietly reminding self why old houses are great.)

It’s not very handy to have the only coat hooks in your house located next to a door you can’t use.  Just so you know.

So, yesterday, after I found out that my deadline on the biggest work project I’ve done yet is postponed until June and I just worked the past 2 weekends without needing to, JT and I went out and engaged in a little retail therapy.  Specifically, we picked up this little beauty from Urban Outfitters.  We had seen it a few weeks ago and both liked it.  And this time, we were especially psyched because it was on sale for $9.99 (compared to it’s original price at $25).  Score!

Here’s our new coat hook in action.  Much better!  No more coats making the dining room look messy!  And everything I need to leave the house (hat, mittens, coat, shoes) are all conveniently located near the door.  Love it!

Now, if only our shoes would stay organized… but that might be another mission for another day…


Back to Normal (well, almost)

January 14, 2009 at 9:35 am | Posted in Our Home, Our Living Room, Silly | 1 Comment

Over the weekend, we cleaned up most of the Christmas decorations in the house. Sigh. I still can’t believe it’s over… But, now we’ve got new resolve to start our kitchen remodel and continue our work on the study (also, I’ve got a huge project on my desk at work that is due in 3 weeks! So now I’m going to throw in some pictures and you’re going to pretend it’s actual blog content. Sound good?).

We are totally those obnoxious neighbors that leave their lights on entirely too long. But I love how they look under a fresh coat of snow (even if we only have 1.5 trees worth of lights. Yep. One-and-a-half. Because that evergreen next to the stairs is half dead.)

Here’s the fireplace. I left my apothecary jars filled with pinecones, berries, and fake snow on the mantle. I figure they’re good for another 2-6 months (depending on when it stops snowing, and when I find motivation to put something else in them. Because, let’s face it: with the condition of my kitchen and bathroom, these are the last of my worries).

Besides making me want to paint and decorate the living room, this picture reminds me to mention that the one bit of Christmas that I left up was this Santa riding a giant sheep.  It was a present from my Gramma, and it seemed unfair to pack up after spending only 5 days on display.

I know, I know.  You’re all like, “What?  A giant sheep?  Seriously?”

The back story is that when I was 14, my Gramma and Grampa took me to England! (I know! I am a lucky girl!)

Here is my 14-year-old self enjoying the English countryside (yes, I’m holding a ferile chick, but remember that these were the days before bird flu). One day, my grandparents took me to Wales. We saw tons of sheep woolies. Everywhere we looked – woolies! When we stopped for lunch, we saw woolies… wherever we were that day, there were woolies! And, then, we all went to my grandparent’s friend, Sheila’s house for dinner. AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT SHE SERVED FOR DINNER!?!? Woolies. I cried. And that is why my gramma buys me woolies. Cute, no?

Fireplace Weather

November 7, 2008 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Our Living Room | 3 Comments
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Look what I woke up to this morning:


I then spent most of the morning daydreaming about Christmas cookies and Santa. And fires in the fireplace.

One of my favorite things about winter is being able to cozy up to a nice warm fire. Especially since we tend to be relatively conservative with the heat. And by conservative, I mean that you can often find us wearing 2 sweaters and a hat inside the house during winter.

We moved in last December, but didn’t have our chimney swept until 2 weeks ago. And, it’s a good thing we had it cleaned out – the chimney sweep found 2 dead birds and a few nests (I know, because he showed them to me). The chimney sweep also gave the chimney and firebox a thumbs-up, and we were so happy to hear that – fireplace fixes can be costly!

I also managed to talk him into taking the ugly old brass doors off of the firebox – they were stained, worn, and didn’t close properly. I am so pleased with the new look of the fireplace without the doors – I think it looks much better!

Before – with brass doors (our black metal firescreen is attempting to hide them)

After – Sans old doors, + fire

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