Friday, April 20, 2012

Snack Jar

In case you've been wondering what's been happening with the kitchen snack jar (if you've missed it's blog presence since this post), here's a photo montage...

Someday I will gravitate toward homemade kale chips before eating a peanut butter pretzel. Someday...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I Don't Always Bake

...but when I do, I prefer to bake something delicious. As were these scones. Not to brag
 (because I can't, because they were from a box and I just had to add cold water).

I have to be careful not to overdo it on the mixing and the kneading and once I got past that I felt free to experiment with other stuff--like making blueberries a last minute addition to the dough.

Nice fogged-up camera photo...

Well, it'll be another month or so until my next foray into baking. Is there anything that you like doing sporadically and are just fine with it that way?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Closet Update

I have yet to figure out a way to take a photo of the entirety of the closet that actually convey a sense of the space, but I did photo document some changes to the wall that has my jewelry and belts. There are some old photos of the framed jewelry here and here.

And here's the wall after decluttering and selling and donating some items and gaining some others (including some great gifts!).

I added more hooks for belts and more weighty necklaces, too. The hooks are actually drapery hooks that I had on hand because they came in the pack that I used for the bathroom curtains featured here.

To accomodate the longer belts, I moved the frames over to the left so there would be space for the hooks on the right. 

I probably could have arranged this a little more prettily before the photo, but I'm thinking that the updates have made it so the everyday state of this portion of the closet is decently organized.

Any small updates that you've made to organize things better? Have you done any spring cleaning to thin out the things you're not using?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bathroom Reflections

Reflection from a mirror, that is. I came across a pair of mirrors at my favorite store on craigslist. But before I get to that, let's do a quick tour of the bathroom since I've included small glimpses in previous posts (like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).  Someday I'll unearth some "before" photos and post those (before the closet was moved, a sunken tub was filled in, a shower was "un-redundanced", carpet (ew!) was replaced and paint freshened it up), but here's the current state of the bathroom:

Walking in from the bedroom (remember that garden stool?)

Going down the left side is the closet, dresser alcove and the shower.

I took photos with unnecessarily small incremental changes so you could make a flip book out of them.

It was such a nice coincidence that the dresser fit in that space perfectly. I've been fortunate that a lot of things have done that in Home Monochromatic Dynamic--e.g. the desk and the bar, which I bought before I saw this place--so I hope that good luck continues!

This is where the floor slants at a 30 degree angle I can't take a level photo:

It's obviously nearing laundry time since those vases normally bookend a healthy stack of rolled washcloths on that shelf. That robe on the right hook is Shimera and it's great.

Some shelf wrapping action.

Full circle to the vanity. Mmm, off-white beige. I've heard some good things about heavy-duty paint/sealant that could cover this--I'll be revisiting that topic at some point... 

I've never seen one of these mirrors before! Yes, its days are numbered if my new acquisitions are hung up according to plan.

Oh, what to do with the cabinets? They'll remain unscathed for now since they're not too offensive.

I'll upgrade the soap dispensers when I find a pair that I like in the right price point. Those little trays/boxes are much-needed catch-alls for all that random stuff that materializes out of thin air.

Ok, so I said I'd be introducing new mirrors, but this post got too long, I'll post the sequel to this one soon!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Summa Kumquat Laude

I'm now looking forward to beautiful arrangements like this one on a regular basis.  Because here's the new addition to the front patio...

A semi-dwarf kumquat tree! Just to be clear, I don't think I'll ever make an arrangement like the one above (from the book Bringing Nature Home with that photo featured here), but I am crossing my fingers and toes that this tree will survive where others have perished.

It's recommended to wrap the trunk with cardboard to keep the trunk from getting fried and my dad came up with the idea of using a cardboard tube. Good thing I hoard shipping supplies. (That's probably the only time I'll ever be able to say that.)

Hopefully I didn't jinx this guy's survival by posting this. I have a big shade for it waiting in the wings garage to use when the temperature gets to 95 degrees or so, but I'm thinking that getting it in the ground this early in the season will help its success.

Any springtime gardening adventures? Or bouquet eye-candy?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Credenza Drama

Drama! Action! I don't even know if I should call this piece of furniture a credenza or a console! Anxiety! Ok, only one of those exclamations is accurate, but I'm going to call it a credenza for the purposes of this post (because that's what I did in other posts here and here).

I mentioned way back when that I wanted to get around to redoing the credenza that one sees as soon as they step through my front door. The finish (besides being hastily done--admittedly so--by the previous owner...see how the stain doesn't even go to the bottom of the legs?) is too red for me and I though it could use a little more "pow!" since it is a first impression and all. It also would host the knobs/drawer pulls that I redid shown here.

So, I'm thinking of using a black stain (the same that was used for the backyard frames) and then adding a pattern or highlighting some of the shape with some metallic paint or ink. Since I'll have to sand the credenza down anyway, I decided to experiment a little too much? with a silver Sharpie.

Note the cameos of the cyclamen and the framed "Z".

In typical fashion, I waited awhile to debate about the refinishing and pattern idea. I added more doodles to the credenza a week or so later (as well as some birthday cards and a different plant). (The carpet on the stairs reads a purple-ish color in this photo--which it is most definitely not!)

Any thoughts on the patterns? Maybe the one on the right? Or the curve shapes mirroring the bottom? Or just keep it plain black?

What do you think of the new home for the drawer pulls?

PS, you can check out a few credenza inspiration pins on my "Foyer Credenza" board on pinterest by clicking on the Pinterest button to the right--or send me some additional ones!