Archive for February, 2008
When this Sunday lived up to its name (and brought us beautiful weather in the mid 60s) we contemplated several parks that we could visit to take little Burger for a long walk. In the end, our love for Richmond’s old neighborhoods won out and we ended up hitting up Park Ave instead.
Richmond’s Park Avenue slices right through The Fan, one of the coolest and most historic parts of the city (and former home to our cousin Erin). There’s no shortage of homes to admire, so we’re glad we remembered the camera.
Here’s a sense of what the colorful streetscapes look like:
Did you see Burger and me in action in that last shot?
Sherry was especially enamored with a lot of door designs that we spotted. She’s planning to repaint our yellow door sometime soon and is “in the mood for red” at the moment. Here are a couple of entryways that were especially inspiring to her (there were also a lot with elaborate glasswork and cool house numbers- but we were doing our best not to get arrested while taking photos on people’s porches):
And if you’re interested in making Park Ave your home, we saw plenty of “For Sale” signs and even got a chance to pop into an Open House – a gorgeous home with 2000+ sq. ft, 10′ ceilings and lots of historic details for $399. It was definitely a nice place, but there’s no way we’re leaving our home sweet home anytime soon.
Ok, so we’re in the middle of finally getting that crown molding installed (that I got for John as one of his Christmas presents). But you may not realize, I certainly didn’t, that it takes a lot of prep before crown molding can go up. Everything has to come down off of the walls and all furniture has to come into the center of the room so that the ladder can easily navigate the circumference of the space. So here’s what all of our living room stuff looks like crammed into the third bedroom.
But enough about the molding. When it’s completely finished we’ll have some purty before and afters for ya. But the purpose of this post is to share the switcheroo I pulled on our best-purchase-ever-Ikea-shelves. Since I had to take everything off of them for the crown installation, it was the perfect opportunity for a little presto-chango. See, they used to house everything from frames to vases to plants to books to shells to canvases. And they had a broad range of shapes, sizes and colors on display.
I thought bringing in some kitchen items (dishes, bowl, mugs, etc) would make sense now that the side of the room that houses our shelves has semi-recently been turned into our dining area. And lo and behold, I adore the end result. It’s a lot simpler when it comes to the color palate (it’s pretty much exclusively white and green) and it just feels so fresh and new (it never hurts to change the scenery every once in a while). So without further ado, I present to you my new shelving arrangement:
Thoughts? Ideas? General musings? Haikus?
I love surprises, and John’s an expert at pulling them off. He’s done everything from arranging for my best friend to fly in for my birthday to pretending to go to work and retuning home 5 minutes later to say that we’re going on a trip to the beach. So from time to time I like to stage a little sneak attack of my own. And when I saw an amazing leather arm chair at Target.com, I just had to order it for him asap. It’s usually scary to buy furniture without actually seeing it (or sitting in it, in this case) but the 5 star rating accompanied by a bunch of rave reviews made it a no-brainer.
And when it arrived two short days later it was everything I hoped for and more. It’s big and super comfortable, the leather is soft and supple, the coloring is a rich brown tone- it even arrived almost completely assembled. And it looks great in the corner of our bedroom (since our room’s similar in size to the guest bedroom, we’re always looking for ways to make it seem more master-y). Here’s a picture that does it absolutely no justice.
But what I really wish you could see was John’s reaction when he got home. There were a lot of excited outbursts followed by what can only be described as a Tony Soprano moment. John sauntered up to the chair, took a load off, and pretended to smoke an imaginary cigar. The only thing missing was his club jacket. Absolutely priceless.
And when I mentioned that I scored the chair (which was originally around $500 with shipping) for a mere $230 thanks to a few promotions, he raised his imaginary cigar in my honor.
(Half of a post by Sherry)
John here. Ok, so I’ve pulled myself out of my new chair long enough to write the second half of this post. One the best parts of getting that surprise yesterday was not only the fact that my wifey scored another great deal, but the fact that I already had a little surprise in store for her.
Mine wasn’t quite as creative, but it went right along with the tradition I set back when we first got the house. And how can you go wrong with flowers?
This little bouquet from ProFlowers.com arrived on our doorstep today (afterwards, I told Sherry not to read into the fact that it was called a “baby bouquet”). I had attempted to order an arrangement short enough to fit on the kitchen counters, but no luck. So, here it is in the living room instead:
I promise it’ll look even better once the lilies and irises bloom – just in time for our company this weekend (see, I was thinking ahead!). But the best part, if I do say so myself, was the sweet note that came along with it… but it’s private so you’ll just have to trust me.
(Other half of a post by John)