Archive for June, 2012

If you’ve been reading for a while, you will probably  remember this chair which was purchased for the master bedroom a few months ago.

Well, it did go in the master bedroom for a while, but it never felt quite right there, so we’ve moved it downstairs next to the fireplace. 

… and we replaced it with this find from the Brass Armadillo.


Here’s the new chair in the room.

I think it goes with the bed frame quite nicely!

(By the way, you can expect a new bedding post shortly. The current mish-mash is mostly the result of poor planning and an over use of bleach.)


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Garden Update

Well, it’s almost July and its so hot here that it seems like everything is wilting… especially me. Luckily however, my garden seems to be doing very well, and that always makes me smile.

I think the garden cover that we installed a few weeks ago has really helped. The area that we planted inis not very shady, so the extra UV protection really perked up my seedlings.


… and now my seedlings are not seedlings anymore. They are full grown plants! Here’s how they look now:







Snap Peas:






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Entry Door Options

I have been collecting pictures of various entry doors for he past few days. This is the next project on our list…

We are just in the beginning stages of planning the project, but I do have a general idea of what I want. It has to be white, have sidelights and a transom with glass divisions that are similar to our french doors, and it needs to “feel safe.”

I haven’t decided which company to go with yet, so if you have any ideas or suggestions, I would love to hear them! I will say that were are very hesitant to go through Lowes again though. That’s where we purcharsed french doors, and they were extremely difficult about installation.

Here are some of the pictures I have collected so far.





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My favorite cocktail, hands down, is the Bloody Mary. I have tried several recipes at home, but all of them seemed to be lacking something… or in some cases, a lot of things. 

I had all but given up on a good at-home Bloody Mary until I found/adapted this recipe from Isa Chandra’s Vegan Brunch cookbook. You don’t even need the alcohol if you’d like to make it virgin!

My Favorite Bloody Mary

Makes 1 drink


  • 1.5 ounces of vodka
  • 3/4 cup tomato vegetable juice
  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard with horseradish (She uses regular horseradish here.)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 sprays of liquid aminos (liquid smoke)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon tabasco (If you don’t like it spicy you will want to cut this down.)
  • A dash of pepper
  • A dash of pink salt (you can use kosher)
  • Salk of celery for garnish
  • One pickle wedge for garnish
  • 3 green olives with pimento for garnish


Fill a drink shaker with ice and add all of the ingredients except for the salt, pepper and garnish. Give it a good shake. Fill a big glass with ice and a few dashes of pepper. Strain the drink into the glass and garnish. Sprinkle with a little pink salt and serve.

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Last fall, I purchased a set of glass drop sconces with burlap shades to match the rest of our lighting from Pottery Barn.

The sconces matched our Celeste and Audrina chandeliers as well as the Francis sconce in our hallway… and I have plans to get the Hundi lantern for our entry way as soon as our front door has been replaced.

I can’t find the sconces on the Pottery Barn website anymore, but here is a picture of what they looked like in our room. 

Please ignore my poor bed making skills. It was done in a hurry, and I probably should have at least centered the pillows for the picture. 🙂

As you can see, the sconces were made to plug-in, and were not designed to be hard-wired, which was a source of constant frustration for me. I attempted to hide the tacky looking wires with these burlap covers.  (Also from Pottery Barn.)

The problem however, was that the chord covers kept slipping and they were impossible to keep straight.

So, I talked to my dad about the possibility of hard-wiring the sconces and hooking them up to the switch. He told me that he thought he could to it, and this was probably the ideal time because the bathroom on the other side of the wall is already still gutted. (See here.)

On Saturday, we made a trip to purchase the necessary materials and then got straight to work! The project took a few hours, and we did run into a few bumps along the way… In the end, we wound up tearing out two more walls in the guest bathroom in order to find a place to feed the wire, but when it came to the electrical work, we didn’t have any hiccups. Thank God! 

Now we are able to turn on the sconces with the flip of one switch, and I am much happier with the way they look as well.

Now, I suppose it’s time to start considering some artwork for above the bed. I’m thinking about this piece from Restoration Hardware. What do you think?

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