Tuesday, October 27, 2009


When Danial and I moved into our house, we painted every room in the house in four days. Before you say it, let me: "We were crazy." Not only were we exhausted and tired of the sight of each other after four days straight, but now I'm sick of the color in our house. We painted the house three main colors: a hunter green in the living room; coffee crunch in the living room, kitchen, hall way, and master bedroom; and mohave desert in the office, guest bedroom, and guest bath. I still really like the colors; I guess I’m just sick of seeing the color in our bedroom everywhere else in the house. I feel like a bedroom should be a special place you want to be, not the room that you go into right before you go to sleep at night.

This is the duvet color that we currently have in our bedroom:
I purchased this from Urban Outfitters late 2008.  Its still in great condition and honestly has held up in the washer much better than I expected it would.  'Washable' is a MUST in the bedding that Danial and I purchase for our bedroom since "The Fergus" sleeps with us at night.  (Yes, we are suckers!)I really liked the duvet cover at first and then I realized I think I bought it because it had been months of looking until I found something I even remotely liked, so I just grabbed it before I could think twice. It’s happy and cheerful; I just don’t think it is really our style. The longer Danial and I are together, the more our style grows and molds together. I think we finally are to the point where we know what the other likes (clothes and household goods). After five years together, it feels good to finally know what his aesthetic is!Our bedroom is on the smaller side, so we opted for minimal furniture in our bedroom. Our bedroom furniture is from IKEA, we have the MALM bed, side tables, and the long 6-draw dresser in Black-Brown. We are switching out the side tables for bed-to-wall shelves. We are going to use floating shelving brackets to make the bed appear as if it is a built in unit. Hopefully a trip to IKEA will happen before Christmas so we can pick up the shelves, as well as these wall scones.  (I will probably swap the shades that come with the lamps for these shades in red.) I can’t wait to finally have a bedside light. As it currently stands, if I want to read in bed I must use either the overhead light or the dim light of the TV.Last weekend I went to Kohls and purchased the following bedroom dressings:
I loved the citrine color of the Simply Vera Vera Wang Flora Duvet. The fabric is so soft and the chevron quilting pattern is a masculine touch against the Simply Vera Vera Wang Signature Sheet Set. The sheets have a feminine pleat on the pillows and the top of the sheet. The best part is that I was at Kohls during a sale weekend and snagged the Egyptian cotton sheet set for $35!! I’m still looking for a duvet cover, bedspread, or quilt to finish off the bedding. It’s really hard to find something that isn’t too girly or too masculine and that is still cute and will “go” with the rest of our things.  I really love love love the bedding at Anthropologie, but I'd feel a little silly dropping that kind of dough for bedding that our dog will slobber all of.I've decided that I'm not buying a duvet cover or comforter until I'm absolutely in love with.  I saw the citrine duvet online and thought "oh that's cute" but then after four days of still thinking about it, I knew I needed to see it in person.  Once I touched it and realized how luxe it was, I couldn't pass it up.I will post pictures once we have our bed-to-wall shelves up and our wall lamps installed.  Until then, here is some of my bedroom inspiration:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Things you want, but don't need

Perhaps it is because I saw previews for the new Alice In Wonderland movie or maybe it’s because when I was little I always wanted one, either way I haven’t grown out of wanting a grown up tea set. I was searching online and found this fabulous set at Anthropologie.
At only $49.99 I think this is a pretty good deal considering the package-cup, saucer, cream, sugar, tea pot and lid.  I also thing this is great because it will look so cute sitting on the counter when not in use.  This may have to be one of those things I purchase for myself as a little "gift to me".  For now...I will imagine myself staring out our front window, watching the snow fall, curled up with my favorite blanket, my dog, and my man drinking out of a robins egg blue cup....

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Your love is like a Rollercoaster baby, baby I wanna ride

My hopes for the day were high.

Woke up early (Well...early for a Sunday). I cooked a great big breakfast. We needed energy for the day's plans.

Grumpy Gus was grumpy as usual. He's not a morning person, also not really an "activity" person. A Problem since autumn is my favorite time of year. Naturally I wanted to go hunting for the perfect pumpkins. Also wanted to pick up some corn stalks and hay for the front porch.

We piled into the SUV, packed with jackets and snacks for the day. I hefted my old red wagon in the back and we were ready to go.

Driving along, following directions. No problem. Then....I hit update on the trusty Blackberry to update our directions and it happened. We were officially lost. Not only lost. Lost and irritated.

Long country roads, no road signs. Good maps told me to turn into a dead end. Tempted to start my own road, but didn't. We finally got turned around somehow.

We arrived at the farm. At last! Lots of signs saying "pick your own" for apples and pumpkins. We park the car and craziness. Babies everywhere; kids with rosy cheeks. No credit card machines in sight. I'm not sure why we didn't plan to bring cash, but we didn't.

We piled into the SUV and headed back to the city. I'm not sure why I do this, but I started crying. I'm not sure if it was the hormones raging from PMS or the fact that I build everything up in my mind to be perfect and of course nothing can be perfect. Then the crying started turned into laughter when I realized how silly it was. Dan was driving and worrying about me.

I guess pumpkins will have to wait until next week....

To be a kid again....

I'm at home on a sick day today.  I've had a growing cough for about 3 weeks now.  YUCK!  I'm driving all of my coworkers crazy because I sound like a goose.  I was searching online and discovered probably the best sick day dinner (courtesy of Plum Pudding):
Spaghetti Dogs:
I have to remember this recipe for when Danial and I eventually have children.  This is probably the easiest and most fun thing I've ever seen.  I would love this if I was a kid.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Jesus loves the little children...

Perhaps it is because a lot of our friends have started their families or maybe it is because I myself have the baby bug, but I've been thinking about how Danial and I will raise our little ones (once we finally start trying).

I was raised Christian, going to Sunday school and church every Sunday. Weird because I remember being "dropped off". I don't recall my mom and dad staying for Sunday school. Weird. I wonder what they did while I was at church... Gross, I don't even want to think about that.

Anyway, while I was raised Christian and continued to go to church will friends up until 8th grade, I don't currently attend church. I still believe in God of course, but I just don't go to church. Maybe its because I had bad "church" experiences in high school, but "organized religion" has never really been my thing. I try to remember my religious learning, combined with what I feel is right to live the best life I know how. This has worked so far in my 25 years, only a few minor slip ups. Now...I realize that this works for me. Will it work for my kids? Should belief and religion just "work"? I'm not sure. For a few weeks now I feel like I should go back to church. I'm not sure where to go. I know I wouldn't fit in with soccer moms and old folks, but it’s that what church is?

Anyway...my point is...how will our kids know what they believe if we don't show them what is out there? I believe in God, I believe in heaven and hell and I do believe that if you don't try to live the best life you know how and feel bad for the bad things you do, you will go to hell (wow that is a tiny nut shell). But...the reason I believe in all these things is partly because I grew up in church, I read the Bible. I was able to build my life on a little bit of religious framework.

I feel like I want our kids to grow up believing in God. I think it’s important to believe in something bigger than you. To know that things happen for a reason. I think it’s also important to believe in heaven and hell for the time that death enters your life. Not only for when your time comes, but for when family members and pets go. I do believe that when we die, our spirits go on. Without God in my life, in the background there...I'm not sure I would believe this. I don't want our kids to live life and live losing without this knowledge.

Where the sticky part comes in is that Danial doesn't believe in God an doesn’t want to step foot in a church.
I know we have tons of time to figure this all out, but I had to get this off my chest. I feel better now. :-)
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