Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Five Month Review {2015-2016}

I hope you are all having a great week! It seems like it's finally decided to head towards spring around here. It's pretty warm and sunny outside today and the boys have been getting much dirtier than usual lately.

Since I haven't done a review post since last September, I thought it was time to do one! I started feeling bad about that and how I've only written 15 posts since then, but then I realized that I really can't do it all. I still have classes and schoolwork, housework, two boys to parent, and a husband to hang out with.

I get a little time to write and work on house projects but usually I end up falling asleep before I can get to them. Add in a recurring eye issue and tada! Not a whole lot accomplished. I enjoy what I am doing immensely though!

And so, I'll just jump right into the review!

Vintage modern boys' bedroom/nursery using blue, green, and accents of red and yellow.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Disappointed Shopping, Recliners, and a Rug

I hope you all have been doing great this week! I have missed being on here as much as I used to be. The last couple of weeks especially have been really full for me. We all got sick and then I really had to buckle down on school work to make up the time I spent nursing sick kiddos.

My math classes this semester are definitely not as easy or as enjoyable to me as English and History were last semester! Math was never my best subject and it has been a few years since I last opened a math book so right now I'm currently taking no-credit developmental math classes to catch me up to college level math. I have discovered though that when I understand the "why" behind a concept, I like it more. Just how my mind works. Unfortunately, it seems most teachers just teach the skill, not the theory behind it.

Anyway, after all the craziness that has been the last couple weeks, Hubby and I decided to leave the kids with the grandparents and go chair shopping. Our Ikea wicker chairs have seen better days(they've never been good for curling up and reading a book in anyway) and the $2 green chair has completely busted. So I thought it was time to splurge with the tax return and get some extra nice armchairs for our living room.

Off we went to LazyBoy to see what stylish, non-recliner-y recliners they had.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Pantone Color of the Year 2016

Guys.

Guess what I found at Target?

Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Old style coming back: culottes.

Pleated culottes.

2015 Word of the Year

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed ringing in the new year! We did not intend to stay up until midnight but we ended up reading, writing, and watching several humorous episodes of Jeeves and Wooster and The Big Bang Theory. I came away thinking, as I always do, that I need a Jeeves in my life. An immaculately dressed British valet doing all my housekeeping and fixing everything I mess up?

Where can I get one? Can I get one that comes with a blue police box?

Ahem.

Anyway, now that I've wandered off into nerd-dom and probably lost half of you, I want to bring up one of my favorite things to do for the new year. Every year, I pick a Word of the Year. A Word of the Year is a goal of sorts. It is a word to define one's hope for, and approach to, life in the coming year. I started doing it a few years ago after I started blogging and saw all the cool bloggers doing it.

Cool bloggers pick a Word of the Year. I'm cool and I'm a blogger. That makes me a cool blogger too which means I can pick a Word of the Year. Something like that.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Oh, the Eighties...

I get a kick out of old decorating books. They make me both appalled and happy at the same time. I also make really funny faces when I look at them, complete with random eye-twitching. And you know what guys?

I have one book from the eighties.

The 1980s.

The decade of everything big and bold and overdone. I'm a child of the '80s, but let's face it, '80s style should stay there. My hair would never make it.

So just for funsies, I thought I'd go through this gold mine of outdatedness and share my absolute favorites with all of you. I'm kind like that.

Let's start with carpeted bathrooms, shall we?

A humorous look back at decorating styles from the 1980's using Mary Gialliatt's, The Decorating Book, as the source material.  A bathroom with green carpet. Lovely.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Picking a Paint Color for the Craft Room

Ok, I am so excited because I'm finally seeing the end in sight for our little craft/exercise room! It's been so cluttered and junked up for too long and I've slowly been chipping away at it. For two years.

Last year I worked on reducing the amount of stuff I had. There are still a few things I'm holding onto that I probably shouldn't have but I have a whole lot less than I did! Even after that, I'm still having a storage issue. That has been the main hindrance to making this room organized and functional.

I've figured out a furniture layout that I think will work. I'd love to have a small table to work at in this room but, unless I find a great deal at a thrift store this year, the table will have to wait. So right now I'm focusing on creating that storage I need that's functional but looks nice too. I'm planning on hanging shelves on one wall and I wanted to get the painting out of the way before doing that.

Usually it takes me forever to decide on a paint color but this time it took me one day. I'm usually up nights thinking about colors for weeks and asking Hubby's opinion every two seconds on three shades of gray-white that he can't tell the difference between. Not this time. I'm so proud of myself.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Home Goals 2016

You want to know something really unfortunate? My new goals for our home look very much like they did last year. Ok, totally like they did last year. I think I got maybe two things done off of last year's list. I suppose that I just got worn out with life, the universe, and everything. I did get some decluttering done, though not as much as I would have liked.

So this year, I have all these ideas that are mainly built on last year's unaccomplished goals. I like to call them "rollover goals." Too many of my everyday to-do lists are like this, which is also unfortunate.

The lists for 2015 and 2016 may be very similar, but I'm always getting more ideas so the execution will not be what I originally imagined last year. I also get to mark a couple things off the list, like completing the boys' room. Here's what's next on the list!

1. Storage for the powder room.

If I had the money this year, I love to replace the old medicine cabinet with a mirror, put in new lighting, and put in an outlet that's not connected to a light fixture. Since that's not going to happen, especially since we're renting, storage is the next thing this little room needs.