Monday, February 21, 2011

bathroom redo has begun...

I've been thinking about how to redo my ugly green bathroom for a while. Today I made the first step:

From anthropologie....

Sunday, February 20, 2011

laundry room lust...

There is little I lust after more than kitchens; however, laundry rooms are a very close second. I love everything about laundry rooms, the functionality, the smell (clean laundry, not so much the dirty), the sounds, I mean everything. Yet, I've been living in an apartment for the last 8 years, and I can tell you that I can make due, but I just don't want to anymore. One of the things I want when we finally buy a house is a laundry room to lust for. (All these pictures came from or design sponge, but I can't remember which from where. )

And so my friends, I'll continue to fold on the couch, move the drying rack to get to the other side of the bed, hide the piles of laundry when friends come over for drinks, and drive to the laundry mat when I need to wash my comforter, but in my heart I'm cheating on washer and dryer hallway situation for anyone of these other rooms.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

peanut butter and carrot cake...

Happy 2nd Birthday Bauer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What happened when the chicken crossed the road?

He landed on my refrigerator as a cute little decal. I may not be able to raise chickens right now, but I can still have a reminder of what is to come! I love the decal craze, and for $5 from this etsy store, who can go wrong!

light lovin'

So, when A and I moved into our apartment about 14 months ago, I was dead set on getting pretty lights. I hate the cheap, ugly lighting that people usually have, especially in apartments. First thing we did was replace the kitchen chandelier. I don't have a before picture of the lighting that came with the apartment, but here is what we chose to replace it with:

We got it from Urban Outfitters, and I love it. It was fit with European lighting, but we took it to a lighting store and they rewired it for us, and they changed the color of the wire so it blended better. I'm obsessed. It really makes our kitchen unique. The whole endeavor was about $250 (initial cost, plus shipping, plus rewiring), so we had to hold off on anything else for a bit.Please ignore my outfit for a MOD party and look at the simple, but not "me" lamp in the background. This came with the marriage. Adam took bright pink lamps from his mother's house, painted them and put neutral shades on them when he moved out on his own. There were two of them and while they are fine lamps, we wanted something different. I'd been eyeing the clear ones for two years, and finally a year after the chandelier we found the best priced ones out there, that also included shades and were a good shape.

We got these from Crate and Barrel. They were $90 a piece, but compared to some of the prices we saw we were happy with it. After a certain point, it is better to just save up and get what you want instead of settling for something cheap and ugly.

The prize piece of our lighting, was the standing lamp from anthropologie that I've been ogling for about a year. We just got it as a joint Valentine's Day gift, and I'm loving every bit of it!

Again, the lamp is from Anthropolgie (with an anthro price tag too!), but the lamp shade is from Pottery Barn and was on sale! Woot! Woot! We spent quite a bit of money on lighting these last 14 months, but it makes us happy to have pretty things. I'm glad we saved for what we wanted, instead of settling for cheap, unattractive things, that won't make it past a year.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011