Saturday, January 11, 2014

We built a table....

and I'm back.

We built a table! Totally out of odd ball left overs. This base is made of two different pieces of iron that don't match.... (it came out of a barn)

the wood was 4 boards we got for free from a neighbors barn, and we paid the local Amish 10 bucks to plane them.... 

then we glued, and sanded, and we got this.... 

and I stained, and stained, and poly'd and we got this..... 

Friday, April 12, 2013

I hate my living room.

As seen in this post  I have a hate/hate relationship with my living room.

It's an odd shape. It's furnished in cast offs and hand me downs. It's FULL of furniture...and it's where we spend the most part of our time as a family. The boy plays there. We eat in there (I know..I know. but the Mr. likes watching TV...) we do everything pretty much in there except cook and sleep...and sometimes one of us does sleep. It KILLS me that a room we use so much is a room I hate. The boys don't feel this way, just me by the way. Give them a TV, a remote and a comfy sofa.

I spent a good part of today re arranging the furniture. I swear, it's like re arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. I hate it just as much now as I did two hours ago. The only difference is that the carpet is now clean.

I have to go back and see what I can do with it.

wish me luck

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mid-Century Modern Lane brutalist furniture

I want these.  Words cannot describe how much I want a set of this furniture.  I want the bedroom set....


and I want the dining room pieces...

Once I saw one of those stupid DIY shows where they try to makeover rooms for under a grand. I hate those shows, BUT, I remember that they had their carpenter do a headboard like this with wood scraps. I might have to try that, as these pieces are super, duper expensive. Especially since they are only vintage Lane furniture pieces. 

Maybe this will be my new summer project? 

PS I am so glad to be back! 

Friday, February 8, 2013



I've had to take an unplanned break. We all got the creeping crud, and my Uncle (the one I'm named after) is dying. Real life just intrudes sometimes...and although I have a tablet, I'm not good enough with it to post stuff on the fly. BONUS- we're digging out from a foot of snow that fell last night. My car is just a small bump right now- I can see where it is (I think) but can't actually see any part of it that resembles an actual car.....

BUT- we are signing the contracts to set up at a new antique show this summer - I have purchased far more furniture than I can ever use-I'm setting up my Etsy shop again, AND I'm drawing and sketching again- I want to start making my dolls soon.

Sorry. Maybe next week will get better. It's all I can do now to just keep the house reasonably clean, the laundry done and the family fed......

Friday, January 11, 2013

My favorite bedroom of 2012

from here- HAND  It's in French and honestly, there isn't a lot of info on the site. I think this is a guest house.  It doesn't matter...I love this room. I don't NEED a calm bedroom, but this one sure is. The room itself is very simple, with minimal furniture and decor, the colors are wonderful, and I love the exposed stone fireplace with the wood cabinet on top. The TV up there is the clincher for me. as there is nothing better (to me) than having my Mr. bring me coffee in the morning on Sundays and watching a little TV.

I could live here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

My favorite kitchen of 2012

"The clients for this project were a young family with a very modern aesthetic. The trick was to take their hundred-year-old Northwest Portland house and make it feel fresh and current. Photo by Lincoln Barbour"

                                   Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

I have to say, that I love every room I have seen by this designer. I would hire her in a minute to re do my house if I had the money.  I love everything about this room, the dark wood floors, the white cabinets that sink (!) , and especially  the light and bright color of the kitchen overall.

Here is the other side of this beauty...

I have serious kitchen envy.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

New year, new living room

Christmas is now officially over at my house. The trees are down and out in the backyard near the bird feeders (we put them out there every year- they provide cover and shelter for the tiny birds out there. In the spring we move them to the woodpile). All the nutcrackers are packed away, and so are all the little go gaws and knickknacks.  After much deliberations, and two broken backs trying to move this furniture over and over again, we came up with this......

As you walk into the room this is what you see....the short wall has the two chair, and two small dressers that act as tables and storage in here (with an 8 yr old you can never have too much storage). The drawers hold drawing supplies, DVDs and video games.....

This is how it looks as you face that wall.... yes, the devil picture IS too small for that space. I need to find something new....nothing at all makes that space look too spare. 


This is the living room as you look into it from the door. Sorry about the crooked lampshade and bright red Lego thing under the TV (which we are replacing in the next week or so- YEA!!!! 42 inch maybe??)  The large round table is gone and replaced with the Danish Modern long table I bought 6 years ago for 25 bucks. I loved it but with a toddler it wasn't practical. I kept it in the basement storage room until I could pull it out and use it again. I love it. 

This is how it really looks though. The boy playing Lego's and all......

There is a gap between the bookcases because that is where the ONLY heat register is. Function is number one with me... and without that vent we would freeze our patooties off. 

It works for us for now....but in the spring we have to move everything around again. I can't wait....(sarcasm off) 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

My favorite living room of 2012

From here 

There's not much that I don't love about this space. Number one, it's got space. number two, look up. That light fixture with the skylight- to. die. for. Third. This is a loft. I mean, what a loft was and should be. Not those silly studio apartments that are foisted off as loft living now. The space, the industrial feel, the dark brick with those great architectural pillars...I am drooling and it's not a good look.  Add to that the fantastic furniture- not too much and not too little- and that great art on the back wall and you have where I want to live for all time tied up in one fantastic look.

I have found (my) heaven on Earth.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Make room for the important things.....

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

From here.. 

Make room for the important things in 2013.

Friday, December 21, 2012

It's snowmageddon!

And we have lost power off and on for a few days now....I expect it's going to get worse before it gets better so........

Merry Christmas people! I might not have another shot at this. The storm is coming in hard here with gale force winds and lots and lots of blowing and drifting snow. It's CRAZY out there and we're just going to hunker down and ride it out.....

It's a winter wonderland right? 

This one below is from last year...but it looks the same this year- take my word for's just too windy to go outside and take any photos.... 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

living room redux

We cleaned the carpet, painted the walls, stained the trim, took down the broken blinds, changed out the green bookcases for dark wood ones,  and moved around the furniture. We still need to fix the coffee table situation, and when the tree is gone, then re move the furniture around. But, it's better. And I really like the new color. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Art Wednesday- Joseph Comellas

Ok, it's a day late. Sorry. This is "Morning Dance" by Joseph Comellas of Santa Fe New Mexico .

It's a small original painting. I love it. The colors in this picture are more washed out here than they are in person. This is pretty vibrant painting in blues and purples. It's one of my favorites.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The living room fiasco through the years

I should probably say right off the bat that I hate my living room. I have always hated this  living room. 9 years and counting I have mostly hated this space.   There are a lot of reason. I hate my sofa. Sofas. Whatever. I hate the fake fireplace wall. I hate the lack of usable wall space (there is NONE) and I hate the shape of this room. It's 14 ft wide, 19 ft long with an angled fake fireplace wall. The carpet is gross and the ceiling is worse.  The windows are huge though, and the view is nice.  Not an equal trade off, but it's something.
 So, here it what it looked like 8 years ago. Please remember that I had a new baby, just had a horrid car crash AND was battling cancer. The LAST thing on my mind was decor. It shows.

The little baby on the couch is now 8 1/2 years old. 

When I finally did something, it was this. Above and below. New rug, covers on the horrid sofa. I painted out the atrocious fake wood paneling. We changed out the door.  This looks more like a play room (and it was) than a living room.  Above was the "winter" look, below, the "summer" I love that sofa- it's in my basement now, but it CLASHED with the wall cover something awful......

Then I did this. Now, this was the basic look I was happiest with, but the sofas we falling apart. 

and the chairs were very uncomfortable. Also, the fake fireplace was giving me migranes. It was cold and didn't work right. 

Then, we had picked up a lovely vintage sofa for cheap and it had been in our living room in the basement. We moved that upstairs when it became a better "sit" than the sofas upstairs. It died in about 18 months upstairs and I was left with chairs..... 

Then, we got an offer from my Aunt about a year ago. She was getting new furniture, did I want her old stuff? It was nice, comfortable and free. But it wasn't my style at all. I took it anyway. I call it a land barge. It's a HUGE 8 ft long 4 ft wide pillow back tanker truck. It's great for sleeping though, and for making pillow forts.  
The pattern is distracting. But the colors are good for this room. But I have no idea what to do with this room. It's not the sofas fault. It's my lack of vision. It's dull, and boring. Way too rustic cottage-deer shack  even for me. 
This is how it looks right now... 

Just to know, I am going to paint this room AND that new wall behind the sofa this winter. It will be a darker green than you see here..... 

This wall is giving me headaches. I took down the shelves that were there and threw up some pictures, but I need a plan for this wall..... (above) I liked the shelves, but they were dangerous with an 8 yr old boy and his friends and nerf guns and well, you get the picture. Safety first. 

close up of the land barge.... 

See just how little wall space I actually have? 

Below is the cat area. That's why there is a large piece of wood next to the desk- scratching post. She likes hiding in the ferns and sitting on the desk looking outside....

does anyone have any brilliant ideas?  I am all out. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Art Wednesday!

This is currently hanging in my entryway. Yes, it's a cemetery.  I purchased this about 15 years ago, I would guess, while I was living in Texas. It's NEVER "creeped" me out. I think it's lovely. It's a chalk.  It's signed F K G 3/98. It's in an extremely heavy walnut frame- it weighs a good 10 lbs I believe. It was framed in Massachusetts so I have always wondered how it got to Texas.
 I went out on a huge art buying binge back then, and it's never really stopped. I sadly got rid of a lot of art when I moved 10 years ago- there just wasn't enough room to pack and move it all, but I am grateful for what I did move. 

Have a very happy Thanksgiving everyone. Spend time with your family and give thanks for everything you have received this year. 

I am spending the entire weekend at home with my boys. NO black Friday shopping for me. I believe that my time is worth more than some 4 dollar waffle maker.  But if that's your version of fun, be safe. Some of those folks are nuts out there....

Monday, November 19, 2012

Phase one of table hack complete

Phase one  is done. We cut up my old dining table and installed parts of it at table height in the dining room as a bar/sideboard/shelf thing. It's NOT done yet....but here are some pictures of the installation...

We cut the table top into thirds. Each side is going to be a shelf. The middle section is going to be a test board for phase 2..... the legs were also cut and used as shelf supports. 

here is when we were dry fitting the monster... it's 12 feet long... 

and here we are today. It's even. It's installed. Into studs even. After Thanksgiving we will begin phase 2. 

Phase two involves painting out the legs white and stripping the table top and restaining  it a lighter maple color to match the kitchen. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

New project.....

This is where we are today...

The old table here..

has been removed and replaced with a smaller round one....

Leaving us with this..... 

The project should be done up then? 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Brown Saltman of California Walnut Tables designed by John Keal

These are my latest score-

aren't they wonderful? They measure about 15 1/2 by 18 1/2 with a super heavy smoked glass top and walnut bottom. I love them .Now to figure out what to do with them... I think that these 3 lined up would be a great small media center- with a smaller flat screen tv on the middle table. What do you think? 

Also, a new feature 
My art Wednesdays! 

I have a ton of art. Far too much to have hanging all the same time...although that has never stopped me from trying to do just  that. 

I am starting out with a new print acquisition of mine-

I love this more than my husband does. It needs a total re frame- I'm thinking a sleek black frame. It might end up in the "man cave' I'm doing. The buffalo would fit in down there I think, and it's far more sophisticated than some of the other man cave options out there..... 
Since I paid 3 dollars for it I can afford to splurge on the re frame at the beginning of the year.