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!


  1. JennyB says

    So many exciting things happening this month! I recommend your site to people CONSTANTLY and have hooked many friends. The Beyonce chicken thing slayed me. I also forwarded that to a lot of people.

    “Iss my hoo hat.” Classic. She’s going to be fashionista, I can tell!

  2. says

    Thanks for the recap! I am really looking forward to having some more meaty posts on my blog like you guys have. At the moment, I am doing lots of little projects, but even those are so satisfying when you see your hard work pay off. A list of accomplishments is a great idea. I am a HUGE list maker. I am a bit OCD about it, really. Why not make a list that can make me feel accomplished? :) But, really guys, thanks again for all your inspiration!

  3. Linda says

    What a month! So inspiring. Clara is really adorable, I looked at her monthly photos yesterday and can see she is really starting to grow and change. Love her newest fabric background, the dining room drapes.

  4. Jennifer says

    Great post! I have to ask about this “spoiled food” claim with the electric company. My husband and I are local and lost power for 5 days. How does one go about submitting a claim with Dominion Power? I would love to do that if possible! I suppose it might be too late though.

  5. melissa says

    WOW, busy month and I thought we were productive bc we managed to sand a prime a craigslist dresser for the new baby’s nursery.

    After seeing the food color paint drop post this week and it hanging as part of the gallery – it got me thinking, have you ever done a post on ALL of the art in the gallery – where it came from, or how you made it? It’s such a fantastic collection of art, I’d love to see each item and how it got there as one collective post (if you haven’t done that already and I missed it). I have a plan for an up the stairs gallery and this could be great inspiration – especially if you are a budget friendly decorator. As you can see, this thought process is purely self motivated.

    Thanks for helping me pass the morning at work!

  6. Elisabeth says

    That picture of you “sitting” at the kitchen table/imaginary banquette cracks me up every time, and the picture of Clara in her owl hat might be the cutest thing ever.

    SO in love with the stenciling project thus far. Can’t wait to see the final pics!

  7. says

    I love that you have the old library drawers in your office! I have some too and they make me sooooo happy!
    And whoa, how on earth is Clara old enough to speak in complete sentences?!
    Holy ovaries Batman! That kid is adorable!

    • says

      Haha, it’s all very jumbled but sometimes we can make things out and it’s amazing! The other day I was changing her diaper and she looked up at me and said “no poo- just pee” very seriously. It was hilarious!


  8. Briel K. says

    I love Clara’s hat! Does it come in adult sizes? haha

    I can’t believe we are at the end of September already. It feels like you guys just did the August Superlatives!

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