September Superlatives

It’s that time again! When we take a moment to look back on all that we’ve done in the past month at a glance (and gather all the links in one handy place for ya). And of course we tossed in some never-before-seen stuff, just because we’re over-sharers. This month felt pretty scattered since we did everything from finding secondhand night stands and starting to stencil some walls to building a 13 foot desk, altering a light fixture, framing out a mirror, making free art, and beyond. So let’s take a walk down memory lane, with yearbook-esque superlatives. Why? Because that’s our idea of a good time.

Most Pro-Banquette: Starting off the month with a half-baked idea to add a kitchen banquette.

Most Pro-Banquette (Runner-Up): The continued discussion on the topic in this follow-up post, which included a reader submitted rendering (where I looked a little bit like a receptionist).

Least Pro-Banquette: Ending the month with the exciting revelation that we’re over the banquette idea and happy to our true love: a peninsula.

Weirdest Giant Metal Chicken: This girl (aka Beyoncé) that we spotted on our way to Delaware (if you don’t know how she got her name, you must read this (warning: there’s profanity, but it might be the funniest thing on the interweb).

Best Deal: Our $11 yard sale night stands, which we added to our bedroom (along with a faux gold banding treatment on our bedposts).

Least Appetizing: Our empty fridge after Hurricane Irene, which we refilled with a coupon-tastic trip to the grocery store. (Update on that: we put in a $250 “spoiled food claim” with our electric company, who actually accepts those – so we don’t have to worry about insurance premiums going up or meeting a deductible at all – hooray!)

Most Improved: Our $1 (each) orange secondhand cabinets became slightly-taller, white office built-ins thanks to some wood and paint.

Most Tall, Long, Dark & Handsome: The 13-foot wood tabletop made for our built-in desk out of framing lumber and dark stain (for just 27 beans).

Most Inebriated: The walls in our office, after getting their Moonshine on (see what I did there? Moonshine is the name of the paint color, but also a reference to alcohol…).

The Josh Groban “You Raise Me Up” Award: Our office light fixture, which got hung higher (no more head bumps for me), sprayed indigo, and covered with a discounted drum shade.

Most Grounded: The trim that we added to the bottoms of our desk to give it a more built-in look.

Most Secretive: These never before seen parts of our house that we hadn’t highlighted before now, like our spaceship-like sunroom roof line:

The “You’ll Be Missed… But Not Much” Award: The tree growing on our house that we finally removed (to avoid any risk of foundation damage), along with trimming some overgrown shrubs nearby.

Most Persistent: Not giving up on this bathroom mirror framing project (even after a false start with too-small trim and, oh yeah, the whole thing crashing down after the first attempt).

Most Photogenic: Our television. Yes, we have a weird habit of taking pictures of the TV to document decor inspiration.

Easiest: Making a fast & free food coloring print for the hallway frame gallery.

Easiest (Runner Up): Sherry’s simple faux cross-stitch that she broke out to make a personalized anniversary gift for her brother and his wife.

Most Likely To Result In Claw-Hands: Stenciling the walls of the office, which isn’t exactly a quick project – but should be well worth it in the end (we hope to share final pics on Monday).

Best Sentence Ever Uttered By A Sixteen Month Old: “Iss my hoo hat.” Which was said by Clara after insisting that we help her put on a jacket and a crocheted hat (that looks like an owl) over her pajamas. Such a snappy dresser.

Most Three Dimensional: My take on the pros & cons of three different 3D interior design tools.

Most Intense: All of the Blogiversary posts last week…

… so if you missed any of those – here’s a quick recap of what was covered:

So there you have it. September at a glance. What have you guys been up to this month? Have you ever made a list of accomplishments to look back on? It’s nice to take a break from adding things to our to-do list and take a moment to appreciate what we’ve accomplished. Just for a minute. Then it’s back to that $%@**&ing stencil…

Psst- You can check out July’s superlatives here and August’s here.

Pssssst- We’re so excited about the curated collection that we put together for Joss & Main (it comes out this Tuesday!). Click here to sign up and get alerted when the sale goes live!


    • Lucy S says

      I’m with Valerie about Clara. She is just so cute! And, I loved that from when my own kids were in the “language acquisition” stage…you can really see how their minds work! Hoo hat, indeed!

  1. says

    I love this monthly post! It reminds me of all the little things you do in a month to make your blog so great – as well as all of the big things I tend to remember. I don’t know where you find the time. Blogging is hard work.

    My favourite thing this month was all the pie charts. Geek heaven.

  2. says

    I rarely actually laugh out loud at things on the internet, but “Iss my hoo hat” got me. Hilarious.
    My daughter has an owl hat, too, but she’s too young to realize it or name it.

  3. says

    Hahah I love the Beyoncé story. I couldn’t stop laughing at work!

    Sherry – you’ll be able to get through the stenciling, I promise! It took me three days to do a single wall at our old place (granted, I had a paper cut out I traced and painted in but still). It’ll look wonderful at the end and you’ll be so glad you did it.

    PS – Clara looks adorable with her hoo hat on!

  4. says

    “The Josh Groban “You Raise Me Up” Award” takes the cake for the best title. Who wouldn’t want to win THAT award. Sherry, are you feelin’ the carpal tunnel creeping in? I remember after I tackled our stenciling project, My right wrist was AACCCHHHIINNNNGGG.

    • says

      Weirdly enough my sorest part is my lower back and my forearms. The underside of my forearms actually. I think from holding the stencil flat and the whole dabbing motion. So strange.


  5. Pasc says

    So regarding your giant metal chicken, I thought I would give you guys a taste of Manitoba, Canada by directing you to this site that has a list (and pictures) of giant (sometimes quite bizarre statues, that are features in towns across Manitoba.
    It’s worth a click!
    My husband’s parents live in Glenboro, I never get sick of this giant camel!

  6. says

    You guys are amazing. You are so productive! All that in one month. Wow.

    I can’t wait to see how the stencil wall turns out… I know it must be bad if YOU are complaining about it because you guys are usually the sunniest most positive people about everything. It makes me feel in pain just thinking about how difficult and tedious all that stenciling must be. But I’m sure the finished product will be worth it :-)

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