apple Our Fifth House: March 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Distracted

I haven't been around the blog world much this week.  I've been washing clothes, shopping, packing, and planning for our Spring Break trip.  Blog world is being replaced by DISNEYWORLD!  I am soooo excited!

Last summer we took the kids to Disneyworld for the first time, and they both loved every minute.  In fact, they loved it so much that we pretty much started planning a return trip when we got home.  We booked our trip months ago and made all of our reservations too!  We even typed up a little excel spreadsheet of our trip itinerary because we're totally nerdy like that :)

I'm really looking forward to doing this again.



Housekeeping folded our towels like the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, and my daughter went bananas! 

Why would we go back so soon after our last trip?  Because there is nothing sweeter than this!


Because the look on her face when she met her favorite princess - Ariel, The Little Mermaid, was priceless!  (waterworks!)  Because they grow up so fast and I don't want these magic-filled childhood days to pass us by.

Although I feel the need to say sorry to Ariel.  As she's been replaced by Rapunzel.  Don't be too upset Ariel; you're still in the top five.

For me, these moments are so special.  I grew up very close to Disneyland in California, so the house of mouse has a special place in my heart.  I've loved the mouse and his girlfriend since birth, I think.  In fact, my favorite design color scheme is black, white, and red :)  I also had a Mickey Mouse themed bathroom as a kid; don't be jealous ;)

So, is anyone else distracted by Spring Break plans?  Any trip planning or mountains of laundry being washed, dried, and folded into suitcases?  I may need a vacation from my vacation when I get back ;)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring Has Sprung

Or at least it would be really nice if it did!  We had some really warm, sunny bust-out-the flip-flops-and-get-a-pedicure days, and then BAM, back to cold, cold, cold!  We even had a little ice!  I think spring may need to be wooed back in, so I asked my kitchen to help me out in the wooing department.

Winter may be partying outside, but inside we're gettin' springy with it!  Yes, that was a Will Smith song reference.  Don't act like you don't love you some Fresh Prince.  I may or may not have the theme song to the show memorized ;)  You'll never know for sure.


I was going for easy-breezy-spring-don't-tease-me :)   I already had everything but the fresh flowers which were about $10 at Kroger (the big gigantic Krogers have great floral departments - lots of good stuff to choose from with plenty of manager's specials!).  In case anyone was wondering, Kroger is a grocery store.

This table runner is actually just two cotton dish towels (Willow House) that I overlapped in the center of the table.  I laid it down vertically rather than horizontally for a little added interest.


I used my Willow House glass domes (love them!).  This one is sitting on top of a black metal pedestal that I picked up at Goodwill a few months ago for $2.  The white plate is a retired Southern Living piece (the dress me-up plate) that I've had forever.  Oh, I forgot that I did also buy that little bunny place card holder for $1.50 at the Hob Lob, so I guess I didn't already have everything - close though.  I used a little chalkboard vinyl to make the bunny's sign.  


This tray is from the Smith and Hawken line at Target.  I bought it last fall.  I'm thinking the hubs needs to bring me breakfast in bed in this tray on Mother's Day (Did you read that babe?  Good -we're clear then - scones will work perfectly - thanks! ;).  The teapot I've had for a long time.  I have an obsession with white teapots that I've yet to share with you all.  Using them as vases makes me so happy it's scary!  These glasses we've had since our newlywed days.  I filled them with some white rocks and candles.


I adore them!


I also filled a white pitcher with some hydrangeas (they are my all time favorite) for the kitchen counter!  I bought this pitcher a while ago at Kroger for $7.49.  (Here's a tip - the gigantic Krogers that I mentioned above have home sections in them.  They have some pretty great stuff!  They also have a clearance aisle that is filled with treasures - for realz!)


The white milk glass bowl I bought at a thrift store here in Lexington almost 10 years ago!  I love its scalloped edge.  Now, do you think those apples are real or fake?

Never mind the random lines drawn on the chalkboard.  My girl said she was going to draw me some bunnies? 

Ok spring have I wooed you enough?  Will you please come back and stay for more than a week this time - pretty please - with a sweet little white ceramic bunny on top?  I'll make waffles with strawberries and real whip cream if you come back for good.  Deal?!

What about you?  Are you ready for spring?  Or are you wooing like I am?  If you're enjoying weather above 40 degrees right now, I kind of hate you ;)  But mainly I'm just green-green-green with spring envy!





I'm linking up to Centsational Girl's Fair Weather Forum, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Tatertots and Jello Weekend Wrap-up, and Designer Garden.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Pinch-And-Clip

I've had numerous e-mails from curious readers on my "pinch-and-clip" method for hanging curtains with drapery rings.  I thought rather than e-mailing each person individually that I would write a post for all to read.  So here's the 411, the low down, the method to the madness, the deets on how to hang curtains using the pinch-and-clip method.

Custom window treatments are beautiful but can be very expensive; and it's no secret that I don't know how to sew.  So how do I get a (somewhat) custom look without breaking the bank?  I use stitch witchery and the pinch-and-clip method.  I "mistreat" most of my windows - shhhh, don't tell anyone mmmmkay.



I typically prefer drapery rings.  I just like the way they look.  If you're making your own curtains using drapery rings allows you to skip over making a rod pocket.  Skipping steps is my idea of a good time!  Enter the pinch-and-clip method.

It's so easy.  It gives you more of a custom-made look (in my opinion).  I don't always use this method.  It really just depends on the look that I'm going for in the room.  Anywho, basically there are 2 different ways to pinch and clip.

The first way is to pinch a little fabric from the back (the side that faces the window) and then clip your drapery ring on the pinched fabric.  I typically clip the rings on about an inch to an inch and a half down from the top.


This will give you a sort of relaxed pleat look as it just gathers the fabric a little bit.  You will not see any of the clip from the front; you'll just see the tops of the rings.

For the second way, you pinch the fabric from the front (the side that faces the room) then gather and clip the pinched fabric on the back.




This way gives you more of a traditional pleated look.

The pinch-and-clip method gives you a few other options when hanging curtains with drapery rings.  It's a nifty little trick for the can't-afford-custom-window-treatments crowd!  Do you have any tricks up your sleeve?  Any window mistreating going on in your home?

Here are the completed mistreatments (in the hubs office/man cave) using the first pinch and clip method mentioned above.
I rarely (if ever) line my diy curtains because we have blinds on all of our windows so it's really not necessary.  

On a side note:  Hope you all had a great weekend!  We sure did; the Kentucky Wildcats are headed to the FINAL FOUR BABY!!!!!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bam! Boo!

It's been really sawdusty 'round these parts lately.  I know when it's all said and done our new floors are going to be gorgeous!  I honestly can't wait!  We basically figured that since we had to replace the kitchen floor that we would go ahead and rip out the white carpet (that we haven't already kicked to the curb) that we've despised since move-in day and get it all done at the same time.  This was not our original plan.  We had been saving our pennies to put a roof over our deck and screen it in because we've both always dreamed of having a great outdoor room that we could use throughout the year.  Well, the water issue in the kitchen sort of made us change plans.  Dream diverted, I guess.  Because of this decision to put down new floors, we were free to choose anything we wanted without having to think about matching the small amount of existing wood in the entry foyer.  So the entry foyer, the office, the dining room, the kitchen, and the family room will all have the same flooring!  I think it's really going to give the house a nice flow from room to room, whereas now with all the different floors things feel a bit chopped up.

We decided on Morning Star Bamboo Flooring.  We knew we wanted hardwood floors and going with an eco-friendly choice just seemed like a no-brainer for us.  How does it compare to traditional hardwood price wise?  We have no idea.  We didn't even check the difference because (not that we're the greenest peeps in the world) we felt really strongly about the whole save the trees thing.




While the particular type of bamboo we selected has had most of our family members crying, "No, don't do this!", we couldn't be happier with our decision.  We've chosen a very dark (almost black) flooring.  We like dark floors.  We've heard all the pros and cons (mainly cons) on why a dark floor is not a good choice - shows dirt, dust, scuff marks more easily/ hard to keep clean/ blah, blah, blah.  We don't care.  We plan to live here for a looooonnnnngggg time.  Of course, plans can change :)   You know we're movers and shakers at heart!  We chose the dark floor because we don't just like it we love it, and I'm kind of a swiffer queen so I'm not scared of the upkeep.  All in all, you have to go with your gut sometimes, and choose what you love!

Morning Star uses mature bamboo that's been growing for at least four years, so it's had more time to harden; and they finish their flooring with a seven-coat process to make it tough as nails (their words not mine)!  Add that to their 30 year warranty and we were totally on board!  As far as the dark color we chose, well, I ain't scared of no dust :)  - or ghosts for that matter in case you were wondering :)

Hopefully, next week I'll have some progress pics.  And then I'll reveal the actual name of the floor we chose.

This weekend I'll be rolling around on our partially finished new floors pinching myself in disbelief and taking breaks from that to watch me some basketball!  Go CATS!  Sorry for your loss Duke (not!)!  Have a great weekend!




P.S.  I am not affiliated with Morning Star Bamboo Flooring in any way.  They did not pay me to write this post.  However, if they'd like to be affiliated with me, I'd totally be down with that ;)   Seriously, call me!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It's Gettin' Crunk In Here

Or how 'bout it's tore up from the floor up!




Any guesses what's going on here?!?!  Here's a hint.......it starts with "b" and ends with "oo" as in the "ewe" sound.

Oh yeah - and my dining room went from this


to this :)


Hahaha  - jealous much :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring Cleaning - The Coat Closet Plus A Consignment Update

In truth, this really isn't spring cleaning; this is more of the old "operation organization" that was on the list.  Either way it feels good to get it done.  The first closet I tackled a few months ago was the master that the hubs and I share.  We kicked the clutter ghost out of the house back in January.  Those who were along for the ride back then probably remember these terrible images.



Sorry if I just scared you.  I'm happy to say that it currently looks like this and still does to this day! Pinky swear!



Woo to the hoo!  Why am I mentioning a closet that I already organized rather than just showing you the coat closet that I tackled over the weekend?  Well, because you might remember that when we de-cluttered we made 3 piles - trash, goodwill, consignment.  The consignment pile went to a store here in the L-E-X called Apres Vous.  This was our first time ever consigning our clothes.  We just received our second consignment check the other day!  The first check was for about $80 and the second was $87.24 to be exact.  We've earned almost $170 for getting rid of things that we were no longer wearing (or didn't fit anymore)!  So, I just wanted to give you a little update on the consignment front.  It's seriously worth the effort, which really isn't much.  Apres Vous requires the clothes to be on hangers (just use wire ones- the cleaners will give them to you for free) and ironed.  Every consignment store works differently, but I think it's definitely worth checking into in your area.

Ok, so on to the coat closet that I tackled this weekend.  I don't have any scary before pics to show you because I was on a roll.  Just imagine shoes thrown in there and an assortment of different hangers with items just basically here, there, and everywhere.  We had already pulled all of the unwanted items out of there back in January, but we had never taken the time to get things organized.  I decided to separate each area into sections - the kid's coats, our coats, and the hubs shirts.  He keeps his casual shirts down there (this closet is in the basement right next to the garage door) because he only really needs them on the weekends.  I also pulled all random hangers out of there and decided to only use white plastic hangers.  Luckily (again with the luck! :) we had enough!  I think using all of the same color/type of hanger really makes things look more organized (just my opinion).


Sorry these aren't the greatest pics.  It's a narrow hallway without any windows. 
I also used some of the left over chalkboard vinyl that I purchased from Michaels and used here and here to label things because, well, labels make me happy :)   I used a pair of scrapbook scissors to cut the vinyl, and I'm obviously not very good at cutting a straight line - oh well.  The plastic bins we already had, so I decided to use them to store small items that we like to keep in the coat closet.  I like to have this stuff right by the door where we go out to the garage because it just makes things easier to find when you need them.


I even pulled everything out and vacuumed inside the closet, wiped down the baseboards, and used a handy dandy Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove all the scuff marks!

This is also where we keep the chargers for our electric tools - it's nice having an outlet in there!  Oh yeah, and the hubs has more shoes than I do!  It's ridiculous!  He keeps his "casual" shoes down here, and yes, you are seeing correctly those are cowboy boots :)   He's from the South y'all!
All in all this project cost me - nothing!  Except for about an hour of my time.  So. have you been doing any spring cleaning or organizing lately?  Anyone else consigning their unwanted clothes?  I'm saving my consignment money for something special!!!!   Awww- yeah!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I Got Lucky

We're talking about design here peeps - get your minds straight :)  I think there may actually be something to this whole horseshoe myth.  I'm not usually the girl who scores the awesome furniture deals at the goodwill.  I've never found anything like say a gorgeous headboard ( I still kind of hate her for this ;) ) in someone's trash, although I have no problem dumpster diving if I did happen to see a trashy treasure worth picking.  I'm the girl who does "o.k." finding reasonably priced furniture that we can afford to purchase.  However, the other day at Meijer my luck totally changed!

I scored these


which kind of look just like these from Overstock where they are priced at $89.99 for the pair


for $17.49 per stool!  What's that you say?  You don't believe me?!

Sorry- bad iphone pic
Well, booyah - how do you like them apples or uh er barstools?  :)  They were originally priced at $34.99 a piece and were on clearance.  I scored the last two in "stainless" - which isn't actually stainless but who's gonna run the metal test when they come to visit?  If it walks like a duck, and it looks like a duck - it's all I'm sayin'!  I love them!  I've been making a few changes in the kitchen and these fit in perfectly.  The old barstools are finding a new home either in the family room or the basement; I haven't decided just yet.  Anywho, seriously run out right now and grab yourself a horseshoe :)  It might help you get lucky too!

Hope you had a great weekend!  I did a little spring cleaning (more on that later) and watched Bambi with the kids (that movie makes me cry!).  Thumper is still my favorite character ever!





P.S.  I also took a little time this weekend to start adding some links to the Project tab up above.  Hopefully it makes things a little easier to find around here - go check it out!

Friday, March 18, 2011

For Japan

I'm Japanese.  I'm also Mexican and Puerto Rican.  My grandparents met during the Korean War.  My grandmother was a Japanese war bride; my grandfather was a Mexican American army man.  One of their daughters is my awesome mom who married my dad who is Puerto Rican (they're divorced now) so I'm what has been termed a "Japorican" (a Japanese, Mexican, Puerto Rican American)!  We're not even going to talk about how mixed my kids are :)   My grandmother came to the States not knowing the language.  She was and forever will be the strongest woman I've ever known.  I learned from her how to stand up for what I believe and to never be afraid to let my voice be heard.  She lived an incredible life.  I know the devastation to her home country would be heartbreaking to her.  Today I'm joining my fellow bloggers in a day of silence.


 In response to the ongoing devastation in Japan, Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours have teamed up to collect funds for emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies via Shelterbox.


If you'd like to make a donation, go here.
If you would like to participate as a blogger, go here.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Gettin' Lucky In Kentucky

What perfect timing for this post, and I didn't even plan it this way!  Pretty lucky, I'd say :)

Did you know that the horseshoe is a symbol of good luck?  Sure it's just a superstition rooted in folklore and ancient traditions, but I personally find these kinds of things interesting.  Not to say I believe in good luck or bad luck for that matter, but I do love a good legend.  In ancient times many believed (and some still do) that hanging a horseshoe with the opening facing up would catch good luck.  If the opening was facing down the luck would spill out.  There is some differing opinions on which way is preferred, but I personally like the look of the opening facing upward.

With the white beauty adorning my mantel, I've been on the hunt for a horseshoe to add to my gallery wall in the family room.


Oh what a lucky day it was when I stumbled across these beauties at the Hob Lob.



They were half off!  I paid $7 for the horseshoe wreath and $2 for the horseshoe (I don't have a before pic of the horseshoe because I got a little too spray paint happy, but it was the same brown cast iron color)!

I knew right away that I was going to transform the cast iron horseshoe wreath into a mirror.  I used one of the left over mirrors from the sunburst mirror project in the hubs office.  I busted out the gorilla glue (cuz that stuff is the real deal as far as strong holds go) and glued the mirror to the back.


In hindsight I would have glued it on after spray painting, but hindsight is always 20/20 isn't it?  A little painter's tape did the trick to protect the mirror from paint.  Sorry, I don't have any glorious spray painting pics for you.  The sun came out for a quick minute and there was no time for a camera :)   I did use primer first (Krylon) and then followed that up with a white gloss spray paint.

I haven't found a permanent home for the horseshoe wreath just yet, but I've got a couple of ideas.


I added the horseshoe to my gallery wall of Kentucky photography pics most of which I cut out of an old coffee table book.  I actually added a few other pictures from that book since the last time I showed you this wall.  I picked up some cheapity cheap white frames at Targay to frame a few more of my favs.  I really love the way the white frames play with the white framed art over the wine bar.

Sorry for the glare; patio doors are on the opposite wall and the sun is actually shining today!

Yep, still haven't decided what to do with the wine bar yet, but I'll keep you posted.

That's how we're gettin' lucky in Kentucky.  How are you gettin' your luck on?  We're sending our good luck to the CATS today!  Let the madness begin :)  





P.S. I'm over at Green Door Designs today talking about my favorite spring things!  Head on over!
 
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