Friday, August 19, 2011

A love affair

... with glassware.  
I got these cups for my wedding registry as my 'nice glasses' and just plain glass tumblers for my 'everyday' but I love the recycled glass cups so much that my intention for these cups have flip flopped with the plain glasses. I use them everyday and 

They are very hefty and don't feel like they are going to break in your hand. 
I only have the low ball and high ball tumblers not the goblets but 
I highly recommend them. I got mine here: Target 

Not bad for awesome cups.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Updating that old ceiling light

Our house came with some pretty interesting things; One of them being an old ceiling lamp that hung in the kitchen. I knew it had to come down but I wondered if we could give it a new life.
(Sorry this picture is so crappy)

I'm pretty in love with drum shades at the moment and after seeing this picture, I thought, "I could make that." These people were charging $69 just for the shade. crazy.

I went to Wal-Mart, found a lovely drum shade for $14.44, and took some spray paint to it. I decided on a more subtle pattern instead, but all it took was about 3 strips of painters tape. Jerry took the old glass cover off of the old ceiling lamp, and spray painted the base with a dark brass color. Then with a nip and a tuck and a little bit of glue, he attached my shade to the old/new lamp.  He also did my wire work for me and installed it... I'm no electrician.

But I'm pretty in love with the way it turned out and I only spent $14.44 (and an hour or two of my father in-law's time)  :-)

Here lately

We have officially moved into our of about 3 weeks ago. Our current project has been the hardwood floors. I love hardwood floors but I absolutely love rustic hardwood floors. They are so homey and inviting. You don't feel like you have to tip toe around or don't have to fear dropping anything or making marks. The marks are what make them interesting. These are some of my favorite hardwoods...

 ^ I got this picture from my fab cousin's decor blog.

Our hardwood floors were definitely in the rustic category but needed a little help...or more like a lot of help. The first room we (Isaac and my father in-law Jerry) started on was Isaac's office/music room. We (Isaac and Jerry) sanded the floors with a hand sander, mostly in the spots that needed it most. And then Isaac stained the floors with Minwax Jacobean color wood stain. 

We let them dry for a good 3-4 days, even though it probably only needed 2 days (so smelly it burns your nostrils!) and then I (and I proudly mean all by myself) Polyurethaned the floor. I used a fast drying Polyurethane so the floors were 100% dry in about 10 minutes, but I left the fan on for the next 5 hours just to be sure.

Before (I loved the original color so I wanted to keep them similar)

I have to say, I'm so happy with they way they turned out. And I LOVE the color combination of the white trim, navy-grey wall color, and the new color of the floors.

The rest of Isaac's office... we're still working on it but here's what it looks like so far.

I love his wall of guitars/ bass

That is an elephant at the bottom of the picture if you're wondering. There's an inside story as to why Isaac loves elephants but I got this little guy at Hobby Lobby for 75% off marked down from $160. I love good deals. But this poor little guy blends into the walls so much that I'm thinking about painting him a funky color of some kind... 

We'll see.  

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I heart these colors


Pictures from design seeds. Great place for cool color schemes.

I love these colors so much, I chose this color scheme for Isaac's office except we are doing a true red instead of a coral (because I love the coral so much we are using it our bedroom).

This is the color we painted Isaac's office walls.  Pretty in love with it I have to say.
By far my favorite color choice I made in regards to the house.

Pictures of his office to come.