Thursday, July 19, 2012

Husband vs. Designer

I married a man with, I have to say, pretty good taste.
He doesn't ask for a man cave.
He doesn't want to hang a neon bar sign anywhere in the house.
or even in the garage.
He understands that quality generally comes with a surcharge
on things like furniture.
And, if I mention I want something for the house, i don't get an eye roll, or 
a "we don't need that".
Instead, I get a simple "sure".

Yea, it could be worse.

That being said, tiny sirens should have gone off last weekend 
when i started to walk out the door to go fabric shopping, 
design board in hand, and
he said he was going.

I'm sorry, what?
I want to come.
You'll be bored.
No i won't, I want to see what Holly decided.

So...i show him her board 

She thinks we should break up this ginormous wall maybe like Emily did here...
But i'm afraid it's going to compete with the arches and the window..... 
Let's do wainscoting instead, like that one girl's blog you showed me...
I'm not sure, that's more work than I had planned.
It's definitely more formal...
(At this point, I'm like, what have i done....)
Right...but we need a more traditional look in there, not so....informal.
(what he means is cottage.  i heart cottage. He hates cottage and he's trying not to say that.)
Babe, it will achieve the same thing, trust me.
(fast forward an hour later and we are at Lowes, instead of Calico Corners)

So....this is where we are post -weekend...
And....i really am digging it.
I'll admit it.  It looks dang good.
And...yes, it does make me all squishy inside to know that 
he can do this stuff. 

Hoping to make some progress this weekend, like putty, sanding and painting.
Now...about that floor....

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Today, I am

... working a 12+ hour day.

..Staring at my dining room that's torn apart (But i do have a roof, Megan!)

..Missing my colleagues that are no longer with our company, and feeling a little overwhelmed and sad all at once.

...wishing i could sleep half as soundly as my husband did last night.

...hoping my kids are enjoying camping this week, as much as I am enjoying NOT camping ;)

...going into the kitchen to refuel with more coffee...


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Well, when all else fails, bring in the pro...

I gave up. 
Between trying to NOT get laid off
and trying to keep my Shaklee business going...
I could not focus on what to do in my dining room at all.

I would look at Tara's posts about her new house
and think, dang it, what is wrong with me?
We've been in the house 2 years and still moving 
at a snail's pace.

Tara, btw, you have over-achiever's syndrome.  
....or maybe i'm just lazy.

Yea, probably the latter. 

Anyway, where was I?
Oh, yea, my dining room.

Yea...I gave up.
 And my usual back up, dear step-daughter, 
you know, the one working on her design degree at FSU?
The one that has some kick-butt ideas
and could totally do this for me?
Yea, she's got like a life now.
Boyfriend, job, summer school 
not to mention sitting on some board of directors for dance marathon.
I mean, how dare her. 

So, i emailed Holly.
I think I first fell in love with Holly's style almost 10 years ago
through either the Great Impressions web board
or Southern Living message board.  
I can't remember.  
What i do remember is she had this entire RL/cottage/classic vibe
that i was in love with.
and i remember some small antlers sticking out of the top of her Christmas Tree
serously, you would have to have seen it, it was AWESOME.

We emailed back and forth a few times, i gave her some input on 
what i was seeing that i loved (here and here)
and asked her to help me marry the
ideas together.

And she came up with some awesome ideas...
and...I'm off to get started.
With Holly's number safely saved to speed dial :)


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th!

I hope everyone is planning on a spectacular day!
I know we are here~
We are going
(drumroll, please....)
which feels AWESOME.
Especially since i've been on an airplane non-stop lately.
I'll leave you with some pics from last year's visit 
to Grandma and Grandpa's in Virginia... 

And yes, one snicker's covered small boy watching the parade.  
Life is so good.  Let's not forget that OK? 
 Have a most awesome 4th friends.