Living room details

I snagged a couple more touches for our living room last week, yahoo! Per usual, they popped up when I wasn’t specifically looking. I had anticipated all we needed to “complete” the room was a rug and some new throw pillows, but of course I happened upon these ikat lamp shades before the perfect kilims or rugs ~ 

New lamp shadesI love the deep blue of the shades with the muted, earthy tones of our cave painting reproductions ~ 

Cave paintings

(Those, however, are not new. They’re my grandparents’.)  I also grabbed this yummy candle. At first sniff, I was worried it would be too sweet, but actually Reserve Moonsparkle emits just the right amount of sweet and fresh perfume. 

Reserve moonsparkle candleThey offer a lot of other options, as well. A good hold over till I can stock up on Diptyque candles next summer in France 🙂 


Festive table setting

I love this table setting from my cousin’s wedding last weekend ~

I usually tend toward a more antique aesthetic, probably because I love nothing more than my Gramma Rose’s china I use every day ~


… so that when everything is all put together (and I actually have table linens, etc), I’m thinking of a setting like these …

Retro table setting






Some of those are a bit springy, but it’s got me thinking about setting the perfect Thanksgiving table, which I’ll be handling this year. I’m on the lookout for more inspiration. What is your favorite kind of table? Simple, antique, elegant, rustic, eclectic?

Phew. It has been one of those (couple) days. Every time D and I turn around something else is going awry ~

Don’t these potatoes look pretty? I thought so, too, until I spilled them all over the floor the ninth time I took them out of the oven. The recipe only called for 40 mins but they needed minimum an hour at 425 degrees. Hasselback potatoes are yummy, but not when they are not fully cooked :/

This is how I wanted the sofa in our front room to look like. I was ecstatic, in my quest for affordable and attractive seating, to find reasonably priced slipcovers from Pottery Barn.

Alas, after two hours of fighting with the mushroom version I ordered (it looked far more gray online), I had to accept I had not yet solved our seating conundrum. So we still look like this ~

I’m actually pretty happy with the balance, that ikat pillow on the right and my coffee table setup, but this sofa is definitely a Monet, looking better from far away.

We did accomplish a back yard cleanup on our day off (so relaxing) and I was not at all happy to encounter this guy ~

I’m not kidding, I saw him when I was getting rid of brush from an earlier in the summer project, and then again at the dump where we take all our yard waste to be mulched. A nice older gentleman that fit the bill for “Farmer Joe” promised me it was not a Black widow. I didn’t believe D, but I was happy to oblige Joe.

All of these things, however, paled in comparison to the storm that hit us yesterday evening. I was innocently pinning and enjoying some piece and quiet whilst D was bowling (no thank you for me) when a sea-worthy gale began pounding relentlessly on our not so new row house ~


When D counseled me to take refuge in the basement (tornado warnings), I moseyed downstairs only to find water everywhere, and infiltrating our house  through three different windows. Ix-nay South American vacation 2013 for new windows? Blech.

Now I acknowledge that these problems pale in comparison to many in all corners of the globe. We have a house and the luxury to take days off work to get projects done. Whining about new couches when there are students going back to school without any school supplies is completely bratty, I get it. But sometimes, you just. need. to vent.

At least I’ve learned Hasselback potatoes can definitely not cook all the way through in 40 minutes, Pottery Barn slipcovers take far longer than 20 minutes to style (and run HUGE). As for important housing needs, well, that can’t be solved in a quick blogpost. We’re looking for a solution though 🙂