Archive for January, 2011

January Superlatives

Note: This is a retroactive post that I cobbled together in December of 2011 so I could make this page full of monthly recaps for the entire year (our first in our new house!). Yup, I’m just a bit type A. So here’s what we tackled throughout the month of January – high school yearbook style.

Best Deal: Somehow snagging an energy efficient front loading washer and dryer for $638 (not each – total!) thanks to a ton of stacked discounts. And then we took it down another $75 by getting an energy efficiency rebate from our county. Huzzah!

Most Likely To Have A P-Diddy Reference: This post about rearranging our built-ins. It was hard! But so worth it.

Best Looking: Our tall, dark, and handsome built-ins, once we added a few coats of deep teal paint.

Most Ourdoorsy: Our leafy new duvet for the master bedroom. I must admit it looks pretty cute with a pooch and a baby on it…

Most Hilarious: Discovering that we subconsciously take on our biggest most house-disrupting projects every. single. year at the same time: over the holidays. What’s wrong with us?

Most Calming: Ripping out some crowded corner shelves to give our fireplace room to breathe. Oh and there are a bunch of caulking tips in this post for anyone dealing with wall holes.

Most Likely To Do Secret Demo: Me, while John’s watching Clara. I couldn’t stand the granite lip around the sink in the master bedroom, so I made it look a lot less sinky (and more funriture-y) by ripping that baby out and then caulking and painting.

Most Reflective: Hanging a mirror in front of a window to make sense of our bedroom sink (now we can look straight ahead when we brush our teeth instead of craning our necks to see things in the medicine cabinet that used to hang on the wall to the right).

Hardest To Remember: The name of the soft blue-gray-green color that we used to paint our master bedroom.

Most Disturbing: This post about the mirror that used to live on the back of the guest room door (that’s right, it reflected your entire body as you sat on the porcelain throne).

Most Popular: This post about what we were almost named surprised us by being one of the most commented posts of the month.

Most Overdue: A video tour of our new house (finally). If you’re on a smart phone you’ll have to click here to see it.

Most Welcome Additions: Our new energy efficient front loading washer & dryer. And yes, I can actually reach the buttons!

Most Romantic: Painting the mirror above our sink white, which makes for some pretty dreamy contrast in the evening.

Best Supporting Napkin: This gal, who pretty much inspired our entire house palette.

Sweetest: Finally hanging things on the wall in Clara’s nursery. Oh and we included details about how we secured a mirror over her crib so we’d never have to worry about it falling or getting knocked down.

Biggest Fail: This baaaad choice of a shower curtain for the guest room. Oh well, live and learn. And thank goodness for returns.

Biggest Tools: Us, as we detailed all the tools and DIY supplies that we own in this post (yes, we actually laid them all out on the rug and took photos like crazy people).

Most Indecisive: Picking a soft gray wall color for our living room, hallway, and dining room (yup, we painted a bunch of giant swatches – and it worked!).

Most Cloud-Esque: Painting our giant living room and extra wide hallway that carefully selected soft platinum gray color. It was lots of rolling and cutting in – but totally worth it.

Best Discovery: Finding this amazing note hidden in our hall bathroom by the previous owners.

Most Sore: Us, after painting all of the wood trim in our living room white.

Most Likely To Result In A Giant Piece Of Furniture Being Delivered To Our House: This rundown all about hunting for the perfect jumbo-sized sectional.

Most Swatch-Happy: This post about bringing home a ton of fabric samples while searching for the right one for our bedroom curtains.

Weirdest Post I Ever Did Write: This one about some new Target pillows. I’m such a dork.

Most Rambunctious: Burger going cray-zay on our new bed pillows.

Most Domestic: Me and my master bedroom curtain undertaking (ok, so it didn’t actually include sewing, but there was some ironing involved).

Creepiest Inanimate Objects: Our cabinets, especially since they’re always watching us

Biggest Surprise: Our giant Ikea sectional’s arrival (aka: Karl, since his formal Ikea name is Karlstad). Here we are putting him together on video:



Somebody’s Watching Me

Something about the knobs in our kitchen make us feel like we’re being watched.

Maybe you don’t see it, but after staring at them for the last few weeks, they’re starting to look a little something like this to us:

My favorite is the pirate.

But something’s definitely going to have to be done sooner or later. We feel like we’re living in that crazy Geico commercial – only without the good fortune of a stack of money sitting nearby (with some techno music blaring in the background). Speaking of which, we highly recommend playing the Geico commercial below while looking at the picture above. It really enhances the whole experience.

Now we can’t eat breakfast without singing “Somebody’s watching meeeeeeee.”