Even though we blog about house stuff every day it’s surprisingly easy to forget to fill you guys in on the little changes that we make… until someone sees a picture and says “wait, you didn’t tell us you did _____!” And sometimes it’s the little things that make you smile when you walk into the same room you’ve been walking into every day for the last 700+ days anyway, if you know what I mean. So since this blog is as much about over-sharing the small stuff as the big stuff, here are three oops-we-forgot-to-show-you updates.
You guys have asked where my little ceramic houses that John got me for Christmas landed, and I’m happy to report that they’ve been living it up on the kitchen mantel for nearly a month:
Aren’t they cute? The imperfectly shaped matte ceramic finish is amazing. I tell John I want to move into them (we’ll take one and maybe the Bowers can move in next door?).
This mantel still feels wintery to me (with the sweater vase, etc) but I can totally see how these little white ceramic houses can be year-round fixtures. Picture them next to a vase full of pink tulips and a few small teal and yellow oil paintings leaning up there around them. Total spring vibe, right?
Okay and the next update is one that folks have been asking for quite regularly since this post. So we’re very sorry it has taken this long for us to share full room shots of our new chandelier.
I’m sure some of you might notice that we also added pillows to all of our dining chairs, so let’s dive into that, shall we?
Step one: cut a hole in a box. Just kidding. Step one: put pillows on chairs. Done.
I tried a few combinations and ended up liking three different prints (a solid satin-y one, an ikat-y one, and an abstract chevron-ish one). They might seem sort of random in some pics, but in person they actually seem to play really nicely together since they’re all from the same color palette (literally, the same tone of blue is carried across each one, as well as two of them having the same plum and the same white hits of color). They go but don’t match if you know what I mean. Someone else might want all the pillows to match each other, or to keep them solid in color, and that works too – just do whatcha love. Bottom and middle pillow: HomeGoods a while back, top pillow: one I made from on-sale napkins here.
And since we already owned all of them this was a little free act of pillow madness executed by none other than The Girl With The Pillow Problem herself (yes that’s me). The fun thing is that the curtains are another pattern in the room, but since they also have the same colors, they seem to play just as well as they would with say, a patterned napkin or runner on the table. So if you just think of dining room pillows as 3-D patterned napkins, you’re all set. Also it might feed into your pillow problem. You have been warned.
As for if they get stained by food or if we’re worried about that – we haven’t had an issue with that yet, but none of our pillows are too expensive and precious, so we figure we can just spot clean them, remove their covers and run them through the wash, or even just pull a fast one and flip them over so the stain is on the back if something insane happens that involves a not-coming-off mark. Fastidious Downton Abbey maid, I’m not.
Oh and they tie into the dark-teal color on the back of the built-ins. And the abstract chevron-y one (along with the curtains) also have the same green color that’s on those lime green chairs in the office, so that’s nice too. Even Clara’s little yellow high chair seems to slip in there with a wink and a smile. Oh that coy highchair…
So there are three little updates that have made a few areas in the house feel a little more “loved.” Plus I knew some of you eagle-eyed readers might notice them in other pics and demand details, so there ya go. Ha! Now if you’ll excuse me we have a little Macklemore Challenge to get ready to post tomorrow. Wooooooooot! $herdog’s so excited and she just can’t hide it.
Gabriella @ Our Life In Action says
Those houses are so cute….let’s take a bet…how long can you hold off before you paint them another colour? ;-)
I also love the pillows. I know myself, and I would have gotten them all the same pattern but I love it this way so much more. I need to break that habit of having everything match. :-D
Kristen | Popcorn on the Stove says
I love those little houses! The hubs and I wanted to try DIYing a white ceramic village for Christmas last year (weird to say since it’s only January) but we never got around to it. Maybe this year slash I should probably start now :)
That’s such a cute project! Have fun!
love the little updates! those are always the best thing to do! i’m working on trying to do that myself. but right now, our place is in semi-shambles. and it’s completely out of our power.
Love your new chandelier? Do you think it would look good in a large, tall foyer?
Oh yeah as long as people won’t walk into it (a lofted area is great).
Wow, the colors in the pillows, curtains, your office chairs – – my mind is blown. Or at least impressed. :-)
Question: isn’t that dining room table a bit high? Or is it the chairs seem a little low? Like Sherry, I am vertically challenged. So maybe its just my perspective. (On the plus side, my feet might actually reach the floor in those chairs…)
I really love your vibe. Its totally in a different direction than my own (which I also love, thankfully!) but visiting your site and having a look-see is a blast. I guess the YHL abode is for me kinda like the little ceramic houses are for Sherry. A fun place to play if only in my mind.
We just take pics from a low angle, but it seems pretty standard. You can see us all sitting in the chairs in our Christmas dinner post, and it feels pretty average. Haha!
Jackie Weedon says
…the reference to JT was very funny. Read it to my husband and he instantly laughed! Love you guys, Jackie
Camels & Chocolate says
Your built-ins are simply dreamy!
I love how the little houses can stay through the seasons! :) It would probably be cute if you decked ’em out for each season or holiday. :)
Maybe a little DIY jack o lanterns on the front porch for Halloween and an Easter egg hunt for Easter?!! Ahhhh the opportunities are endless!! :) How fun!
Shannon Loves Design
Haha so cute!
[email protected] says
Your chandelier looks great above your table as well. I have only had my up a few days and friends that have come over love it. I added the old school light bulb which looks so neat at night and the shadow of the shape on the ceiling. The pillows are a fun color. We love seeing all the changes big and small. Thanks for sharing!
I just love everything about your house. I ordered one of your amazing pieces from your new lighting collection(the Metal Strap Drum Pendant, and it’s back-ordered until April! Must have been a great hit! Keep up the great work guys. You should come to Tulsa on your book tour!
Oh man hope it’s back soon!
I love those little ceramic houses! I made a tiny house out of one of our holiday pictures for a pinterest challenge once! http://www.annabelvita.com/2012/03/14/winter-pinterest-challenge-with-free-printable/
I LOVE your pillow collection! Have you ever tried counting all the throw pillows in the house?
I always shy away from buying them because they are SO expensive for what they are. I only ever get them when they are 70% off at Target. Do you have tips on where to buy them cheap?
I’m scared to count them! Haha. Although we had a yard sale and got rid of a bunch I never use so it’s not as crazy. As for where I find them, Bed Bath & Beyond and HomeGoods.
TJ Maxx/Marshall’s also tend to have good pillows on the cheap. We don’t have a Home Goods in my town, but TJ Maxx/Marshall’s are owned by the same company so they have similar products, just not strictly home goods!
Needle little Balance says
The cheapest way to throw pillows is to sew some with an envelope closure. You just need a piece of fabric and a pillow form and 4 straight seams. There are lots of online tutorials available. Really easy. I make them often. Like these:
Because you keep the pillow form and just change the pillowcovers when you want a new look they don´t take up so much storage space.
Katie @ Suburban Fervor says
Haha! I love these, do your pillow thing! At my house I just made pillows covers and put my Christmas pillows in them instead of buying pillow forms. Use whatcha got.
Are the houses meant to be Christmas decor? Because I think they’re definitely all-year-long decor. Love them!
Yes they only sold them for Christmas but I think they should year round!
Seriously Sassy Mama says
I enjoy your updates. I am on my way to becoming a throw pillow hoarder.
Michelle @ Ten June says
YOU WIN, $her. Step one… cut a hole in the box. Way to make me laugh out loud! PS. Cute updates!
Sara Jean says
“Step one: cut a hole in a box.” LOVE THIS!!! :)
hey hey guys! I’m a big believer in the “little things” and everything looks amazing. I’ve got a question, though. I know you guys love a good rug, will you ever put one under the dining room table or will you leave the hardwoods exposed..I wonder mostly because i’m design inept;)
Functionally it would be tough (Clara’s messy and plays with Play-Doh there). It would be pretty sometime though!
Jess @ Little House. Big Heart. says
Finished our Macklemore Challenge shopping last night! So stinking excited!
And I’m glad I’m not the only one that flips over helplessly stained pillows! A stain only exists if you can see it!
How about “Susan” the pillow? :) The transformed and grown up version.
Haha love it!
Yay! I love random posts like this. John and Sherry- I decided your next project : ) DIY design your mailbox! I remember you talking about it when you replanted around the mailbox, and it would be cool to see how to spruce up a mailbox post.
I think it’s funny how the horns in the back on the built-ins kind of look like a Mr. Pringles mustache on your chandelier, haha :)
Kristin F says
LOVE the “D… in a box” reference. Love me some Mr. JT. :)
Devon @ Green House, Good Life says
Wait…ceramic houses, pillows on the dining room chairs…what’s the third update?
Full shot of the chandelier. So sorry!
I just wanted to say that today was my first day commenting (and asking a question). Thanks so much for responding right away! You guys are great and Clara is adorable.
Aw that’s so sweet! Of course!
Looks great! I’m so obsessed with the light in the dining room. I know it’s not for everyone, but I think it’s so super awesome. I’d love to see pictures of it on when it’s dark out to see how the light works in terms of filling the room without a shade?
I was supposed to come last night in NYC and am so bummed it didn’t work out. Hope it was great, although I’m sure it was!
Aw you’re so sweet! Thanks you!
Hahaha…”cut a hole in the box”! Best part of my day so far, for sure.
Megan @ Rappsody in Rooms says
Sometimes the little updates are the best. They really do make you smile! I love that you have your own chandelier design in the house too. I think that is pretty neat. And let’s all oodle over the ceramic houses again!
[email protected] says
Love the not matchy match pillows! They look really good!
I’m so excited for the Macklemore Challenge! :)
I am so glad that whole “Sue the Napkin” thing is finally dead and gone, and you’re decorating according to what feels right again.
But mainly thatthat godawful naming a napkin thing is gone. Thank you.
Wendy @ New Moms Talk says
I love how the pillows unite both rooms, and your decision to mix patterns and solids at the same table.
The houses make me think that perhaps Clara needs an extra dollhouse to keep up with the ceramic ones. Perhaps a house for Will or a doll tree house?
Cheri Moser says
Hahaha… I know several others have said it, but I had to read your “Step One” to my husband as well! Love to find those little “surprise-laughs” in your posts! That’s why you & John are both so good at this!
Diane @ Vintage Zest says
Man! Now I have that NSFW song stuck in my head… Seriously, thanks a lot!
But seriously, I wouldn’t think that those are intended for Christmas decor if you didn’t mention it. Keep rocking them!
I’m Sarah and I’m a pillow addict. They really need to have meetings for that. I’m constantly rotating them, buying new covers, etc. They’re the icing to a room’s cake.
Step Two: put wife in box.
Thanks for the inside-joke chuckle!
[email protected] says
I love the light above your table…so unique. Thanks for the update!
Where do you keep your pillow stash now that Clara’s big room is no longer storage? Or have you gotten rid of enough extra pillows that there’s not that many extra anymore?
I don’t know why, but knowing that it’s “Sue the Napkin” makes me like the pillow even more. I somehow always sort of picture Sue Sylvester from Glee.
Guest room closet! Haha!
“Step one: cut a hole in the box” just made my morning! I’ll be going through the entire Lonely Island repertoire now (in my head, as it’s generally NSFW)!
“Step one: cut a hole in a box.” <– bahahahaha. Thanks for the morning laugh :)
The chevron-y pillows look so similar to the napkins you based the house colors on! I thought you DIYed them at first!
done and done. I’ll move into the little one…less to clean. I’ve always wanted to be miniature…some of us aren’t as lucky as you Sher :)
Give the pillows a good spray with Scotch-Guard. It will help to repel a good amount of spills and splatter. My husband sprays his ties and believe me, it has save him many a good silk tie from ruin on the first wearing.
Melissa Shipman says
I have a pillow problem, too. It’s to the point that Hubs hardly lets me shop for them anymore, so I have to hunt them at garage sales and make my own!
Rebecca @ the lil house that could says
So until I heard it again today, I didn’t realize that the “this is effing awwwwesome” song was about thrifting. I also didn’t know what YOLO meant until last week. Guess I’m getting old… or I zone out in the car way too much haha
Hampshire Furniture says
The pillows look fabulous! Mixing patterns always looks awesome in my opinion. I think it adds more interest and warmth to a room.
Love the ikat pillow! I never can find such cool pillows at Home Goods! And I look every time I’m there. Lamps, oh yes. Pillows, no. Boohoo.
[email protected] says
Love the color combos in the dining room. Dark teal and greens and yellows- so bright and dynamic. Can’t wait to get some more patterns into our living/dining area. We are definitely at the very beginning of that journey. Have you guys seen Sarah 101? She says she typically uses 11-13 textures or patterns in every room. I’m shooting for that number when we reach that special “sorta-finished” place in our house.
It’s amazing! I love that about her.
With her brilliant pattern play and her daring hey-honey-look-I’m-using-my-throw-pillows manueuver, Sherry wins the “Su-pillow Bowl” by 6 tush-downs!
Sherry, what are you going to do now that you won the “Su-pillow Bowl”?
Do you think that pendant/chandelier would work in a house that has a farmhouse feel to it?? I have that one in my cart and the basket weave one in white from your collection over at shades of light and I can’t decide which would be more appropriate.
I think it would fit right in! It’s like an d metal cage so it’s beachy and cottagey-ish. Hope it helps!
suzanne rushing says
Oh my gosh. The Justin Timberlake reference is killing me! Aside from that, love all the new updates but especially the ceramic houses.