Archive for February, 2011
Our entry table from the old house naturally landed right next to the front door of the new house too. It has lived there since day one without much second thought. Until recently.
Just for fun we moved it to a new spot and ended up liking it there more. It wasn’t a major relocation. It just sorta “drifted” down the hallway a bit.
The new spot seems to suit it better for some reason. It’s probably a combination of these 3 things:
- It moved from an unpainted rough looking space to a painted area that feels more polished.
- Visions of the previous owners’ furniture linger in our minds (they had a console there too).
- It was waaay too small to balance out the built-ins on the other side of the future dining room.
The only dilemma we had about the shift was how to center the table. You can actually see in the pic above that it hugs one door frame pretty closely while leaving lots of extra space on the other side (see below).
After looking at it in a bunch of different places on that wall (centered, cheated a little, totally flush on the left, etc) we opted for this “off-center” wall placement because of how it looked from the kitchen – the view we’d be seeing it from most often. See? Looks perfectly centered through the kitchen doorway. Warning: ugly paneling alert.
Of course now we can’t just recreate the same symmetrical frame arrangement above it like we had in our first house because it’ll look crazy crooked. But who wants a house clone anyway? Not this guy (points to self with thumbs). So we’ve hatched a new frame plan to finish off this little vestibule area. Yes, I just said vestibule. 500 points to me.
We’re actually thinking we might go crazy and fill the walls with white frames of all different sizes & shapes for a mixed-and-matched-collected-over-time vibe. We figured taking the collection nearly floor to ceiling will help address the negative space next to the console, while also creating an awesome gallery for personal photos, kid art, old maps, favorite fortune cookie fortunes, and everything else we love to slap in a frame. It’ll almost be like wallpaper since the arrangement will be so dense.
You know, kinda like this and this and this. But different because those pics are probably full of real (read: expensive) art and most of ours will be DIY & Etsy & images from old calendars. You know, the whole champagne taste on a root beer budget debacle (I’m a soda guy, just go with it, ok?). And speaking of saving loot, fortunately we already have tons of white frames sitting around just waiting to be hung. See them all leaning against the wall in the guest room?
Oh and as for what will go where it once lived near the front door in the future dining room, we’re keeping an eye on cragislist for a bigger more proportionate cabinet or buffet for that zone. Details to come when we find “the one.”
Psst- Ack- we just learned that Facebook changed everyone’s options. Grrr. So if you’re not getting our posts in your feed anymore, simply scroll down to the bottom of your Facebook Home Page and click “Edit Options” and then choose “Show Posts From All Friends And Family” instead of just those people you interact with most often. Leave it to Facebook to keep us on our toes…
***This giveaway is no longer accepting entries – scroll down to see who won!***
Thanks to V-Day, we’re straying from our usual home improvement & decor related prizes in favor of some customized and sentimental jewelry from Lisa Leonard Designs. Lisa brings a certain DIY spirit to her necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other body bling – hand cutting, polishing, and assembling each piece carefully for that “made with love” feeling. She actually helped us celebrate V-day last year by giving away $100 gift cards to two winners – and this year she’s raising the stakes and giving away THREE benjamins worth of her meaningful designs to three random lucky winners. Happy Valentine’s Day indeed.
- PRIZE: An $100 gift card towards any purchase at Lisa Leonard Designs.
- TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the words “HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!” and…
- BONUS QUESTION: … tell us how (and with whom) you’re celebrating today. Something romantic with your true love? A quiet evening in with a good book and some hot cocoa? A romantic night with your kitty or pooch? Feel free to comment with “Crappy Valentine’s Day!” and tell us why this holiday just ain’t your cup of tea if that’s the case.
- GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Wednesday, February 16th at 8pm EST
- NUMBER OF WINNERS: Three
- PRIZE SHIPS: Anywhere in the world!
- USUAL STUFF: One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winners will be selected using random.org and announced on Thursday as an update to this post. That’s right, come right back here on Thursday morning for the announcement of our winner. Good luck…
Random.org has selected three people to dish out some bling to and they are… Megan (whose husband made her pizza for V-Day), Tera (who was spending the evening at a concert with her husband) and Kyle (who was doing dinner with her husband… after doing some laundry first). Congrats ladies!
Did you get that candy conversation heart reference in the title? Those things crack me up – especially the new-aged ones that say things like “Text Me” and “Tweet Me.” Hah. Anyway, the point of this post is just to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. And to share some gratuitous Clara pics. These are actually the same photos that we sent to our family & friends along with a funny little V-day card with a Burger-esque chihuahua on the front (gotta represent for both kids, you know). Heck you guys are friends too, so just pretend these showed up in your mailbox:
Gotta love that $1 stuffed candy heart from Target’s dollar spot. Quite the perfect V-day prop when you have a baby who loves sucking on her fingers in photos if they’re too idle. And yes, there was lots of high pitched singing and frenetic dancing by mom & dad to capture these pics. No shame in that. You gotta do what you gotta do when there are three sets of expectant grandparents waiting by the mailbox for their cards.
And on the subject of Valentine’s photoshoots, of course we took Clara’s weekly photo with some heart-y fabric. John even worked some photoshop magic on the week number (which is usually in a circle). Check out the other 38 pics and project deets here.
Ok, enough baby-pics. I’m like an old lady at the mall shoving a wallet insert full of kids photos at anyone she passes. Anyway, whether you’re celebrating V-day with your pet, spouse, neighbor, friend, whole fam, favorite magazine, ceramic animals, or even throwing an anti-v-day party, we hope it’s a day to remember. And speaking of remembering – in an effort to find more balance (one of our resolutions) we’ve decided to take it easy today and just enjoy each others company and celebrate V-day as a family of four (chihuahua included). Especially since it’s also Clara’s 9 month birthday. We can’t believe she’s been “out” longer than she was “in.” Baking her felt like it took forever, but time has just flown since she was born.
We’re not abandoning you guys for reals though. You know we’re nothing if not blog obsessed. We’ll still be dropping by this afternoon with a love-filled giveaway, and tomorrow we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming. We might even have some dining table pics to share. Woot. Until then, big wet kisses are coming atcha from the whole Petersik clan. Don’t worry, we don’t have mono.