Monday, October 29, 2012

Tar-jay Fun Finds: NB

While my nearest and dearests were working on the drywall the other day, I was masquerading around Tar-jay killing time (and staying out of the way.)  With so much going on at the house, I'd forgotten that Nate Berkus' new home collection had finally made an appearance!

So I picked up a few trinkets.  By no means will they necessarily stay where they are.  Mostly I was looking for a place where they would escape (the majority of) the dust.

I'm not sure what it was about this spiky thing, but I loved it.  He sorta reminds me of a sea urchin.

The bee-hive bowl was the first thing that drew me in.  I thought it would make a nice landing for things like keys or loose change.  It could possibly find itself relocating to one of the bathrooms for a place to keep rings and jewelry.

Finally, I loved the pattern on this pillow.  Yes, I probably could have made it myself for much cheaper, but it's such a pain in the butt to find an exact pattern once you see one that you like.  I'm thinking that this will make it's way into the new family room, once all the dust settles (literally!)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dust Bowl

You might guess from the title of the post that we've incurred quite a bit of dust around here.  In the words of my little speech kids "you are cowwwwwwwwwect!"

Eric and my dad worked tirelessly yesterday to hang as much drywall as possible.  They got so much more finished than I would have thought!

Daylight! (6 hours later)

Good-bye beautiful brick.  We could have been friends if you'd gone across the entire wall.  Oh well!

Let me mention that it's a REALLY good idea to use lots of tarps or plastic when dry-walling.  My boys started cutting stuff in the room before informing me that they were ready for my plastic, resulting in this:


Fortunately I sprung into action and got everything covered before they could make too big of a mess.  Unfortunately, I know the dust will get much worse before it gets better...

Now we've got a good barrier going.

We're making progress!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Family Fun Day

On Sunday, my side's clan got a rare chance to get together that wasn't Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Technically it was supposed to be a winery trip, but the music was kickin' so it turned into a full out groove session!

Everyone-young, old, relative, and new friends-shook what their mamas gave 'em.

My dad made lots of new friends that day :0)

We had a blast!  But of course, we missed those who couldn't be there.

Can I get a "awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww" on this one?! Look how cute my parents are!

Have you put on your boogey shoes lately? ;0)

Monday, October 22, 2012


Here's a look at the project that's causing my house to look like this:

I know it's only temporary and it will be so worth it, but life always feels a bit more scattered when your house is in shambles, doesn't it?

My boyfriend worked super hard last week.  Everything came down-the paneling, carpet, and ugly linoleum that was hiding under the carpet.

Isn't the exposed brick pretty neat?! We're bummed that it's not all the way across this wall.  Couldn't you see some kind of built-in shelving across the top with some painted brick looking sa-weet?!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall Foliage

(Insert generic reason for not blogging. I.E: busy, IEP's, messy house, etc.)

Oh my the house is a mess right now!  Let's just say that the mancave is completely bare.  Operation Mancave Make-Over is in full swing!

But we'll get to that later.  Currently I'm loving my fall front porch. 

I can't bring myself to pitch my summer petunias.  Go figure that the one year I didn't end up killing all my fleurs was during the worst drought since the Dust Bowl. 

The one casualty of the blistering heat-my fancy, flameless candle.  Poor, pitiful candle. (Eric actually thought I was trying to be artsy and bought it that way-ha!)

We (and by "we" I mean my awesome boyfriend, otherwise known as my husband) also planted a couple of mums in the empty front flower bed-which you might remember is empty due to this little project

Obviously we still have a long way to go before this is finished, but we really liked the color it added.  And hey, at least it's a start.

Can you believe that this sweet lil' lantern was only $2.50 at Home Depot?  Thanks Home Depot for feeding my other obsession-lanterns.

The plan is to update tomorrow on the status of the mancave.  Stay tuned!

Monday, October 8, 2012

How're They Holdin' Up?

Happy Columbus Day! 

Just thought I'd re-visit my ORB'ed doorknobs that I spray painted back in June.

For the most part, they're holdin up like a champ!

Only one small set back-the locking mechanism.  We don't mind it at our house since it almost looks like it was meant to be that way.  I would also like to note that this was the "shiny silver" handle, while the rest of our doorknobs are scuffed up and brassy.  The paint has held remarkably well to the brass knobs.