Monday, August 31, 2009

she has the karlstad

I'm rethinking the sectional. It is everything I like BUT since we're only in this house temporarily and don't know where we will land next, it's just not feasible to buy a giant sectional to drag from home to home where we will be downsized and a sectional won't fit.

Home skillet Anna at Door Sixteen has the Karlstad sofa in dark grey because her dogs ate her old sofa. Even has some yellow pillows on the thing, looks sweet.
We will be adding this chaise thing to it so Matt can put his feet up and play his video games comfortably and then we won't be needing an ottoman cause the chaise will allow us to put our feet up. I think we could both fit on it when watching movies. I also like that a giant chair won't be obstructing the view to the area where the docksta is anymore...
Sometime this week I'll be dragging Matt to Ikea to check these couches out in person. ONLY couches. So I say...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

one thing leads to another

Matt & I visited Grandma & Grandpa Plank and in conversation, I mentioned I was on the lookout for an old time radio. Grandma said she had one and I could have it. She said she'd ruined it by painting it yellow but I think she made it awesome. I did however put some other fabric on top of the mushroom fabric.
And it found a home next to the kids books on the shelf.
Which meant I had to move the flowers up to the top shelf...
Which mean I had to move the tealight thing up to the mantle
Which still isn't right but I don't hate it. Maybe taller candles would look better with it?

Saturday, August 29, 2009

karlstad & sofa stuff

The sofa I really like from Ikea and not because it's reasonably priced is the karlstad sofa. It comes in lots of colors and bemz makes even more covers for it:
Well what do you know it comes in a sectional form. Dark grey, slipcover, for the reasonable price of $999. Reasonable yes, cheap, no. Couches are expensive and we have to be nuts about it because we spend a great deal of time on it. Matt really just wants something to prop his feet up on and a sectional works great that way.
I bought a larger ottoman at Target last week, one I'd been wanting for a long time but guess what, it's too small. It works great but I want a bigger one. I think the one I bought will go great in the office and I was thinking maybe we could add an ottoman that matches with the sofa like this one and you got a whole set of propping up your feet goodness.
And IF we added a little side table ($20 at Target) for placing a beverage and remotes on, would that be the icing on the cake?

Friday, August 28, 2009

top of the table

What does one do with the top of a dinner table when it is not in use?

I like the idea of having it permanently set with plates and all that but with el perro and los gatos, they'll get their hairs all over it and probably break something so NO.
I've been trying lots of stuff for the dining table. I bought a runner for $5 at Marshalls and put this stuff on it that I already had lying around and I like it for now.
I'm certain it will change.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

thing i want, things i bought

Off topic, I want this:

Matt rarely unprompted makes positive remarks about something in the house. He likes everything but when he saw this candle arrangement, without my asking what he thought, he said, "That looks nice, I like that". That's husband gold right there.

I bought that curvy glass candle holder on the left from Target. It was $5.00.

It is enjoying its life with other curvy sisters. *wolf whistle*

Off another topic, I miss this one:
Not the one in purple, I could use less of her.

double life

I lead a double life. Los Angeles entertainment production employee by day, homebody wife by night and weekend. Some people ask if I'd ever move out to LA and I say no. Yes the commute kills but I wouldn't trade in feeling like I've really left that crazy job in one place and my real life in another with Matt, our furry friends, real friends, and family.

That being said until tomorrow the production life is winning and I miss the home life.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Got some candles for free left over from work. Did this to our fireplace:

I need to put something on the opposite side of the candelabra that is not what it is now nor what it was before. Ideas?

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Friday, August 21, 2009


I have a thing about keys. I love the whole concept.

Anyway, I saw an idea I want to implement for our hotel. Vintage room key tags. Just put the logo and the number 18 on the back and voila, nostalgia.
If I had $150 I'd totally get this vintage key from the Disneyland hotel on ebay.
Okay I have $150 but Matt would never let me spend that kind of money on a key.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


You know what I find infinately adorable?

They hang out in whatever room I'm in:

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roses & ventura

I hate not sleeping next to Matt. We've been shooting this week and that means that I haven't seen much of Matt which sucks. It was made even worse when I shot one night so late and so far away that I decided it'd be best to get a hotel near the next day's location and not have to drive so much. The hotel was cheap and crappy with good service and I got some more ideas for hotel fredrich.
The next morning since I hadn't planned on staying overnight I went to Rite Aid to get some stuff I needed like socks and deodorant (I always have a toothbrush in my work bag). I love the trial size aisle of Rite Aid. Don't you? Everything's the same only smaller!
When I came home, Matt had surprised me with roses. I put most of them in this big vase:
One in this leftover oil bottle in the office:
And put a few right on my nightstand to make me feel loved:
I hope you all feel loved today.

Monday, August 17, 2009

that's it

You've been holding me back too long.
You can't stop me.
I'm doing it.

I'm gonna buy some mismatched cutesy plates, teacups, bowls so I can have a tea party a la alice in wonderland with tea and cakes.

party in a box

I like to entertain and because of that I have a little setup just in case of emergency birthdays. Or last minute birthdays, but aren't all birthdays mental emergencies?
Everything is placed in it's own galvanized bucket that were leftovers from our wedding. Napkins, utensils, plates, salt and pepper, birthday candles, sugar packets, little favor bags, scoops.
And a happy birthday banner I think Ambre bought that we've reused year after year, birthday after birthday. It's silly, but it's nice to know I can bust these out and make it look like I really thought it through and make the celebrated birthday boy or girl feel nice on their day.
I recommend it.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


I went to Target after dinner with Matt like usual and wandered. I was tempted by the mirrored picture frame and the curvy glass candle holder but I bought this for $4.88:
Evercare professional claims it is the #1 selling roller in the USA and this is their stickiest tape ever.
I dunno what I was thinking when I got a white couch but seriously, evercare is right, good roller. I have tried lots of ways to remove cat hair but a dang lint roller, old school and wasteful as it may be is still the most effective.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

home security

Tonight, I pulled up to the house, parked the car in the garage, closed the garage door and checked the mail. There was nothing there but a white piece of paper I wish to heaven I would not have looked at. Especially at 9pm all alone in the house.

"Yesterday Unit #_ was robbed and a car was stolen from their garage. The Unit was locked at the time"

OHDEARHEAVENS. I walk into the house, lock the door, and put inside the house my home security alert system. Who, for once, was allowed in the house and even on my white couch.

the hunt

It's time we got a new sofa.

The sofa we have was Matt's family circa 1987. It has a floral pattern you can see in this picture of Matt reading our guest book the day after our wedding with his new step-son in his lap.
We covered it with a grey slipcover and swore once we could we would replace it.
Ideally I'd like a grey sofa, sectional, with a slipcover. Two cats & a dog, yes, slipcover.

Ikea does offer cheaper sofas $800 for this white one that might make me change my tune. I know this will be an arduous and long journey full of highs and lows but I've got time....

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

flip it

I saw this poster, it seemed wrong.
So I messed with it in photoshop, makes more sense now.

Monday, August 10, 2009

lest we forget...

It rained on our wedding day
It wasn't ironic as much as much as it made me cry. Then I got over it and now the little mobile of a rain cloud found a home over Matt & me on our wedding day that actually makes me very happy.

and now

something to make your ovaries tingle...
Yes that is my husband holding his niece who is in fact a baby. She spit up on him earlier during the week and he was still willing to hold her. Way to go.

I spent my times with Madison explaining to her in a rational adult manner about baseball and weddings. Then I sang her to sleep with U2 who are highly underrated in the lullaby department. They may not seem logical but I swear I've put like 5 babies to sleep with Bono.Those that know me know I am not super into the babies and I was hesitant most of their visit, but how can one resist family?

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

time traveling

For a second Matt & I journeyed into the future...
According to Big Lots, we were living in the past. Yes, looking for a beach umbrella in August is ridiculous, they have ventured into the future and the future is orange
Summer is over and Halloween is just around the corner..
Oh really Big Lots?

Target was the same story. Thanks for letting me down Target and America in general for being so obsessed with the future that a nice couple wanting to take their dog to the beach with a beach umbrella in hand were out of luck in August.

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