Let There Be Light

Sorry we haven’t been more frequent bloggers over the past two days. We’ve spent Thursday and Friday stuffing our faces and being thankful for fabulous family and friends… and for the fact that our new pendant light from CB2 is finally hung over our new dining area. Here it is as seen from the kitchen:

Pendant from kitchen

And from the “living” side of our living/dining room:

After pendant

It’s amazing how dragging a table and chairs into one side of our living room and adding a light fixture creates an instant dining area that everyone thinks has always been there. It’s like it was meant to be! Getting that pendant lamp added only cost around a hundred dollars- a small price to pay for a brand new eating space that works perfectly for “open living” lovers like us. And since we conveniently placed our dining area right off of our kitchen, it’s easy to serve and set the table thanks to the close proximity.

Speaking of the kitchen, the electricians also rewired that room as well (it’s a total lighting makeover- we’ll blog about our five new recessed lights in a little while) and hung our seeded glass pendant from West Elm over the sink as well (ignore the ugly ceiling marks, we’ve got some spacklin’ to do).

New kitchen window

Oh and we got new windows for the ENTIRE HOUSE. Which make all the difference! See how sparkly new they look in the photo above? Now the whole house is a lot less drafty than it used to be with 50+ year old windows everywhere. And our new double hung versions with Argon and Low-E are tax write offs, too. What more could an old house ask for? It only took the window guys about three hours and after I spent the next day repainting all the window molding a bright glossy white, it was a total facelift for every room.

Hope everyone else is having a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend. We’re off to stomp around our old stomping ground- NYC- for the next two days (where we met and fell in love). Should be fun and freezing. Of course we’ll keep you posted about everything from the new CB2 store in Soho to Burger’s take on the big apple.



Sittin’ Pretty

We ordered a new couch for the living room. And we can’t wait to get it and replace our soon-to-be-repossesed loaner couch from John’s sister. The only bad thing about the new living room couch is that it proves that we overpaid for our couch in the den. We got the den couch from Pottery Barn a few months ago in a time crunch. It’s the most affordable and timeless model they offer (the PB Basic) and we even got it in the least expensive fabric option (gorgeous and dog-durable twill in a light tan color). We heard from our friend who works at the decorating magazine that Pottery Barn couches generally hold up a lot better over time than Crate & Barrel couches, so we felt really good going with that model.

It came to about 1600 clams with delivery and all the other extras that aren’t included in the $1299 price tag, but we felt good knowing that it would last us a decade or two. Then John’s sister told us about a local store called Sofa Design, maybe as a hint to get her loaner sofa back. There we learned they sell Rowe sofas, the exact models that Pottery Barn offers, for less. So for a mere $1200 we snagged a gorgeous white sofa with square arms for a sleeker look to differentiate it from our den couch. And that price included delivery, two throw pillows in a custom fabric of our choice, and a stain resistant treatment to keep our couch lookin’ as good as new. Here’s the new living room couch, which we got in a white linen looking twill (again, for the dog-durability).

The new couch should arrive around Christmas, at which point we’ll have two couches with easy-to-care-for slipcovers that should last us a looong looong time. And it’s nice to know that we saved $400 this time around, too.