Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Office.

We're most proud of what we've accomplished in the office. It became functional quite quickly, and when we finally get around to the finishing touches like trimming off the shelves and adding crown molding, it's going to be magical

The view from our bedroom across the hall is my favorite. That chair is my dream, and the chickenwire frame, from our wedding, displays fun notes and cards.

The walls are BM Patriotic White, which is actually a very light blue.  The ceiling is BM Hale Navy.  Desk legs, shelves, and trim on three walls is BM Simply White. The desk is epic.  The sitting desk is just shy of 7-feet long, while the standing desk is the width of the room and just over 10-feet long.  We used 4x4 pieces, painted white, as legs.  The cabinet (that doesn't have drawers and we plan to fit for doors), was $1 at a garage sale.  We need to finish that if only to have rideable storage. 

The sitting desk, again.  The cork board is mostly pretty things; the strips are rewritable and we use it for a running project/savings list; the letter has a lot of wedding bits that I want to include in my wedding scrapbook my cousin is making if she doesn't already (she probably has it covered, but it feels so weird to throw some things away after working on it for over a year, right?!); and fun pictures - one of cats driving a car from my sister and one of a moose dunking his face in Alaska.  Note about the whiteboard strips - they're magnetic and on a piece of metal, but we moved some around the other day and noticed rust underneath. So we'll be figuring that out. 

A lot of the tchotchkes are in limbo.  We have shelves in the basement I'm still playing with - moving things between the living room bookshelves and basement shelves, with the office catching everything in the end.  The Warhol soup cans hold pens; the hive vase holds phone cords and the like; and I have a variety of plants I'm trying to grow.  The room gets a good amount of sun, but I can't convince much to stay alive in here.  

The Alice in Wonderland print is the entire book, printed on a poster with Alice and the Cheshire Cat outlined.  My roommate got it for me years ago, and I finally got it framed for the room.  

The daybed is Zach's childhood twin his parents sent our way on a low profile frame we snagged on a killer West Elm sale.  I made the four euro pillows.  It's a nice lounge spot, and Henry is often sleeping there.  It's great to have an overflow bed in the event friends crash after a night in the basement bar. 

The closet side is in need of the most work.  My mum made shelves on the left side soon after we moved in.  Like all the other closets, we destroyed the doors, so we need a new solution. I haven't painted the trim on this side (thus the creaminess). I mostly ignore that this side exists because its progress contradicts our desk accomplishments too much. 

It's stuffed to the brim with planned projects and supplies for things we don't know what to do with.  It needs attention. 

Since these pictures, we've added bamboo roller shades.  The look isn't as seamless as we'd have liked, so as soon as I frame out those, we'll do pictures and a tutorial if it goes well.  

Monday, February 23, 2015

Picture This: Week 8, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

February 16, 2015

Watching The Bachelor while Ellie watches me. 

February 17, 2015

A weird stomach bug has meant a lot of temperature taking. 

February 18, 2015

I came home mid-day to finish work after I forgot my CD drive, and the cats were all too needy. 

February 19, 2015

It was fate. I bought it that evening.

February 20, 2015

We celebrated Zachles' birthday Friday with the best [and strongest] cocktails.

February 21, 2015

Currently in the fridge: bees. 

February 22, 2015

February date night! My sisters had us front and center for Daniel Soss - super funny. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ticket Shadowbox.

I've been wanting to recreate this project since my friend Jen's anniversary in September. After a glass-blowing class one Saturday morning, Jen came over to do some crafting. Top that for a craft-tastic day. She had originally seen the project on Pinterest - a shadowbox with an opening to include tickets.

Months later, while perusing IKEA, I happened upon a shadowbox and remembered that I also needed a ticket showcase.  So I picked up a Ribba. 

Then, a couple weeks later, I had the time to execute.  I started by taking the frame apart and marking a line I wanted to cut in the top.

We had used the oscillating saw to cut the slit in Jen's shadowboxes, but I was alone, and steadying the frame and the saw was not going to work well.  Instead, I used a drill and methodically increased the bit size. In between, I used an exact knife to cut/stab between the dots and through the outer and inner frame. 

It took just as long as you'd imagine.  It was terrible and I'd recommend a partner and an oscillating saw. It'll take a fraction of the time.  After that, I didn't have the patience to paint over the opening I'd just drilled/scraped/scoured (and I plan to paint several frames in what should be an epic spray paint session this spring).  I cut out a piece of gold sparkly card stock for the back because I'm of the current opinion that gold sparkly is neutral.  I gathered the few tickets I could find quickly, and hung it on the wall to surprise Zach.

He was coming home from a 30+ hour workday event, so he didn't see it. He liked it upon direction.  I haven't decided on it yet, but Jen also used glass etching cream to write "ADMIT ONE" and outline Mickey Mouse on hers. It looks awesome and I can't prove it to you because I didn't have the foresight. 

My favorite thing is how cool this will look as it evolves. Every ticket is a memory, and they peek out from behind each other. It's easy to adjust, too - I kept shaking it like an etch-a-sketch when I wanted something else in the front. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Picture This: Week 7, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

February 9, 2015

Monday nights have become girls nights - Henry watches The Bachelor while I work. 

February 10, 2015

Screenshot pictures are lame, but it's constellation earrings. 

February 11, 2015

Late nights at the office are softened by snaps of cats accompanied by Eminem lyrics. 

February 12, 2015

Favorite things: mail, valentines, and admissions to not knowing your last name in the most polite way. I love.

February 13, 2015

Office art.  

February 14, 2015

We made it to the top of Terminal Tower. Love him long time.

February 15, 2015

SNL40 and Edward Norton as Stefan is the best.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Living Space: Starting Block.

Our front living room is our most eclectic mix of furniture, and actually, maybe the majority of our furniture. This room is going to be the most difficult in all ways - to photograph, explain, decorate - so bear with me. I'll also probably avoid making any commitment to it for another year at least.

The best view I can get of its layout is a view most don't see because I was standing on an ottoman against the frame wall. We like it because it's cozy and conducive for conversation and lounging. Here's the view from the front door:

It reads more chaotic, but I like to think with a recovering of the wingback (I'm thinking charcoal with blue piping, but letting it grow on me), painting of the wall, and slow progress, it'll calm.  The view straight in from the door is of the gallery wall, also in constant slow progress. If I like it, I nail it in. I have to paint that wall as well and have been thinking of a pattern on the rug. 

Halfway down the runner is one of my favorite views - the sunburst mirror reflecting the navy wall. It's hard to look past the creamy wall with random white paint, but squint real hard.

I set up the living room with my sister the day I moved in, and it's largely unchanged since then. The room is unique in that it's connected to so many different areas. I think we need a rug to really define the space, and to comfortably lounge on when we're reading and chatting. I mostly feel that way when I look at the room from the edge of the kitchen/dining room area.  The sewing table helps, I think. 

That's mostly what we use the space for - reading on our slow weekend starts, and wine with friends after an evening of activities.  The two slipper chairs from Target from our very generous friends and family really helped to define the space and the seating.  Zachles picked the pattern - color me impressed.  Recently, I cut two thin strips of wood, screwed them into the bottom frames, and joined the two together. We could easily remove it later, too.  From the hall, the room looks totally different to me, and much more relaxed than cluttered.

Flipping to the opposite view. The wingback is on my list to recover. My mum picked that up for $8 (!!) at an antique store, and it didn't smell and the shape was great. I have very little experience in upholstery (specifically, none apart from a square stool) and have been intimidated by that project.  Recently, Zachles sent me an email with no message beyond a link to reupholstery.  Message received. 

The loveseat is on my short list. I tried, but it's impossible to sit on the thing without actively struggling to stay on it. It's constantly trying to push you off. Size-wise, it fits so well against the buffet, but that's not enough to save it. 

I want to do something fun on the navy wall. I'm thinking of a pattern, maybe in a high-gloss paint to catch the light occasionally but not be too demanding. We don't want to distract from how much we love the pallet door. The white walls will be painted the same Sherwin Williams Repose Gray that's above the chair rail in the dining room. That'll be as soon as I motivate myself to paint the trim on the two walls. I'm so over painting trim. I guess I have half of the hallway trim to retouch and properly paint as well.

The picture is all blown out, but it's incredibly difficult to get a picture of the door without knocking the wall separately it from the kitchen.  We built the door by using our kreg jig to join pieces of pallet we'd sanded and cut to fairly uniform size.  The horizontal pieces are 1x4's in the middle and 1x6's on the top and bottom where all the pallet pieces ended and needed more support.  The handle was all by itself, disregarded in a bin at Lowe's, and they told us to take it for $1. We found the door hanging kit on eBay, and on second thought, should have mounted it on a 2x4 to give the wall more space.  We had to rip off the trim surrounding the closet opening to allow the door to slide. But we're ignoring that problem.  It looks so good. The hallway has come a far way from its sconces and random holes - though the back wall leaves much to be desired. 

So it's very much in progress, and slow progress at that. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Picture This: Week 6, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

February 2, 2015

A dump of snow overnight meant working from home, while Copper watched the snow continue to fall. 

February 3, 2015

My wedding band almost made it a year. 

February 4, 2015

I'm getting used to the 'another day, another snow fall' mentality in Cleveland.  Kind of.

February 5, 2015

Surprise overdue Oreo blizzard cake! 

February 6, 2015

All over the area, there are signs about a local high school being state champs in gymnastics since forever. I was fascinated that a high school had a gymnastics team, and then we saw one of the girls in Sports Illustrated. We made it to their last competition (meet?) and I loved it. 

February 7, 2015

Countdown to Zachles' aged Manhattan - T-minus 2 weeks.

February 8, 2015

The goober would only help Zachles with his work on Sunday, though I worked most of the day. Little jerk.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Picture This: Week 5, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

January 26, 2015

I've taken to painting my toes whatever color Zachles suggests. I enjoy the unpredictability of what he'll say. This week: purple.

January 27, 2015

Our second date arrived to taunt us! 

January 28, 2015

Bowling Green, Ohio. I'm not mad I refused to get out of the car when my parents drove through. Karma must be what forced me here for work. 

January 29, 2015

Sweet, sleepy Henry girl.

January 30, 2015

I'm so proud of Zachles on his second annual Fashion/Tech Hackathon. The amount of time that went into planning, coordinating, and then hosting the 36-hour event has me in awe of his talent and passion. 

January 31, 2015

Random present dropping is kind of my thing. 

February 1, 2015

The ceiling, covered in snow, at Kent State's Rockwell Hall during the Fashion/Tech Hackathon.  I'm in love with the color and symmetry. 

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