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weekend update part 2

By 9/30/2007
remember those shelves i asked for your opinion on in the kitchen (that approximately 2 of you gave)? where to put them, how many, etc?
well, finally, i put them up! after procrastinating for 1.6 years, i did it! and i love them! it worked!

here's the wood getting stained:

i bought the hanger things from the container store, and they were pretty easy to install. just 1 screw in the stud.

and some closeups.

including seasonal display which will change...seasonally.

paint by numbers. artist = grandma

tiny white things display, including jonathan adler tiny giraffe i bought myself as a reward for putting shevles up.

weekend update

By 9/30/2007
this weekend many things were accomplished. brian had class so i was flying solo and sort of manically drinking coffee and working on 34 projects.

i (with much help from parents) planted new grass in the front yard.

also planted a lovely smelling gardenia

brought a pumpkin home for the porch

(see that claire?! its coleus! i planted it like you told me to and its doing just fine!)

and ate another food shaped like a heart: a sweet potato.

By 9/29/2007

candy dishes are one of my favorite things to search for on ebay.

they're so pretty and different, and you can use them for so many things - vases, a makeup holder, etc.

love this picture display.

By 9/27/2007

i can't seem to make it work in my house. it just seems chaotic.

vole central

By 9/27/2007
this weekend i'm going to try to plant grass in our front yard. this will be the third time we've tried.
a lovely family of voles has set up residence in our yard, hence the failed attempts at a lawn. they make tunnels that uproot the new grass, so it never quite works out.

i hate them. i wish they'd go away.

i was researching them today, and here are some of the highlights of my finds:

"These images show the tiny eyes, small, delicate feet and stubby tail which help identify voles." -tiny and delicate indeed!

"Do remember that voles are wild and unpredictable" - oh, i will.

"Don’t entice other voles to return." - yeah, like i do.

"Because of the unique behaviors of voles, it is very difficult for an amateur vole-trapper to know how to get rid of voles. Shooting is not a good option to get rid of voles." -on to plan B

"Call United Wildlife’s vole-trapping specialists at 1-888-488-1415 and we’ll give you our volees. We charge incrementally per vole and number of service calls. Prices will vary depending on severity of the vole problem. Depending on the amount of voles and where they are living, you may be able to assist us with the vole problem as we are dealing with it. There is no free government service that takes care of vole control. The good news is, insurance companies will often pay for some, if not all, of the costs incurred to get rid of voles. " - hunh!

"If voles should choose to die near your home or business, the dead-vole odor may emanate into the living quarters, causing headaches and nausea." - this is not good on many levels.

one time paris caught a vole.


By 9/26/2007

i think these bird cake toppers are the sweetest thing i've ever seen.

esty member cottonbirddesigns has a shop, and her creations are so lovely.

i love before and afters

By 9/26/2007
domino has a new slide show of renovated spaces

i have no talent for identifying changes that can be made to make a space better. i see if for what it is, and i work with that. i wish i had more vision in that regard.

dash and albert rugs

By 9/26/2007
are my new favorite.
more here

bookcase of the day

By 9/25/2007

love it.

halloween wedding

By 9/25/2007
better homes and gardens has an article about the most fantastic halloween wedding.
i love halloween. expect more of this in the next month.
directions on how to make the invite here

By 9/25/2007
aloha friends!
how is everyone today?

i think this recipe journal is fab. i'd like one.

important updates

By 9/24/2007
the cable railing on the deck is finito.

i ate a piece of pork that was shaped like a heart.
that's all.

just a tiny bit more

By 9/24/2007
because this, and halloween, are pretty much my highlights for the next while.


By 9/24/2007

oh, might have to get this one.

bon weekend

By 9/21/2007

DSC01290, originally uploaded by foohqwah.

i'm off to the beach!
today is techinally the last day of summer - and this weekend is supposed to be HOT!

pretty things to look at for today

By 9/21/2007

from flickr users decor8, bungalow8, liquidskyarts, and yvestown

i can't wait

By 9/21/2007

did i mention i can't wait?
because i can't.

By 9/20/2007
i think this headboard is notable, for its price and use of nails.

the perfect fall dress

By 9/19/2007

don't you think?
get it here

bookcase of the day

By 9/19/2007


By 9/19/2007
its national talk like a pirate day!!

celebrate with these:

chalkboard paint

By 9/19/2007

anna's bathroom has a wall painted with chalkboard paint. its great for parties.

burrr... chilly this morning!

By 9/19/2007
perhaps i need this
skull henley from delias

poof ball hanging!

By 9/18/2007

from adam's birthday

anna's nursery proposal

By 9/18/2007

this is fun!


By 9/17/2007

lots of catching up going on over here.

the weather this weekend was such a welcome change. i was so motivated i vacuumed the sofa, including every single cushion, opened up all the windows, and repainted the fireplace. terribly interesting huh? anna had a superb suprise party for adam on saturday night, which i'll post pictures of asap, and she found out this morning she's having a BABY GIRL!

on the agenda for this week:
1) finally put up shelves in the kitchen
2) paint the molding we had installed last week
3) have a fall dinner party
4) finish the invitations for my cousin-in-law's shower
5) start the invitations for jennifer's party

hope your week is off to a good start! its the last week of summer - enjoy it!

hello fall!

By 9/14/2007

is this you?

By 9/14/2007
i found this article about anthropologie's retail philosophy at Oh Happy Day, and its fascinating.

check out how they describe their average customer:

Ask anyone at Anthropologie who that customer is, and they can rattle off a demographic profile: 30 to 45 years old, college or post-graduate education, married with kids or in a committed relationship, professional or ex-professional, annual household income of $150,000 to $200,000. But those dry matters of fact don't suffice to flesh out the living, breathing woman most Anthropologists call "our friend." Senk, 46, says, "I like to describe her in psychographic terms. She's well-read and well-traveled. She is very aware -- she gets our references, whether it's to a town in Europe or to a book or a movie. She's urban minded. She's into cooking, gardening, and wine. She has a natural curiosity about the world. She's relatively fit."

they go on to say: The Anthropologie customer is affluent but not materialistic. She's focused on building a nest but hankers for exotic travel. (She can picture herself roughing it with a backpack and Eurail pass -- as long as there is a massage and room service at end of the trek.) She'd like to be a domestic goddess but has no problem cutting corners (she prefers the luscious excess of British cooking sensation Nigella Lawson to the measured perfection of Martha Stewart). She's in tune with trends, but she's a confident individualist when it comes to style. She lives in the suburbs but would never consider herself a suburbanite.

The Anthropologie woman is not so much conflicted as she is resistant to categorization. Her identity is a tangle of connections to activities, places, interests, values, and aspirations. She's not married with two kids: She's a yoga-practicing filmmaker with an organic garden, a collection of antique musical instruments, and an abiding interest in Chinese culture (plus a husband and two kids). It's no coincidence that Julia Roberts is the celebrity avatar of Anthropologie. Not only is she a frequent shopper (along with many of Hollywood's strongest-minded women, including Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, and Madonna), but her bohemian-chic wardrobe in The Mexican was Anthropologie sourced.

wow. what do you think? is this you?

beaver crossing

By 9/14/2007
ty pennington's living room is a little creamy/taupey/yellowy for my taste (i'd like to see some more bright white in it i think). Ha! listen to me, giving decorating advice to ty!

anyways, i do really like the sketches he blew up and framed. he says he drew them while living in japan one year.

jhill design desk calendar

By 9/14/2007
jennifer hill has a new calendar for 2008, and just like this year's, its gorgeous. i just placed my etsy order for the desk calendar! it lives on my desk and makes me happy everyday!