Playing musical bench here. Thanks to Black Friday, I got an inspired "nelson platform bench" on All Modern for a fraction of the price. That'll replace the west elm Midcentury Upholstered Bench that's hiding all my daughter's toys (seen here). Then, I'm moving the west elm bench to this dining area. And the old bench that was here is going to cousin.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
I signed up for dessert for Friendsgiving so I opted to make pumpkin pie, which I've never done before. Can I say it was super easy?
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1 ¼ cups evaporated milk (or half and half)
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1 frozen deep-dish pie crust
- Heat oven to 425°F.
- In large bowl, mix filling ingredients.
- Pour into pie crust.
- Bake 15 minutes.
- Reduce oven temperature to 350°F; bake 40 to 50 minutes longer or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.
- Cool 2 hours.
- Serve or refrigerate until serving time. Store in refrigerator.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
In addition to my Brad Pitt plant, I added Maddox and Pax. I'm bringing the family back together! I just need Knox and all the boys will be together again. ;-)
Anyways, my plant process is that I start with a pot then add the plant to match. The white pot is from Rolling Greens Nursery and the brass is from Urban Outfitters. My favorite is the mini Japanese pot was gifted from my cousin. All my plants need to be succulents as I'm seriously forgetful when it comes to watering.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
This is just a different view of my living room. It's still pretty plain and don't know what to do... help!!
Monday, November 7, 2016
Just a quick update on the guest room. I found the idea to hang our fedora hats (that we don't wear) in my previous post. I wanted to keep the room a bit masculine since we dubbed it "Pat's room" (aka guest room). He comes and visits every so often so I want to make sure it fits his personality. Without damaging the pat (pinning the hats on the wall), I hammered a nail on the wall, leaving some length so the hat can sit on on the nail. Then, to keep it in place, I added some museum putty.
Friday, November 4, 2016
Finding inspirations for Pat's room. Last time I did anything to the guest room, I just added the brass sconce. Since Pat left most of his belongings here, I assume he'll be coming back and reclaiming the room. So, I want to make it more of his style. You see, he's a historian professor, fluent in several languages (including French, Italian, German, Russian, Spanish, and some Chinese). I'm hoping to make the room more masculine with a modern twist.
Our master bathtub is complete! It's been 4 days since the project completed and I can't tell you how much I enjoy using the new bathtub. The room feels much brighter and roomier now that the shower door is gone. The old bathroom was just an eyesore and I never let any guest see what it looked like. I was ashamed. But now, not anymore.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
At last!! This wall is complete! Just a simple, yet big (43" big, BIG!!) to fill up the space. Nothing busy but a mirror to open up the space.
This wall is about 82" wide so having it empty for so long made that part of the room seem bare. I knew I didn't want to hang any pictures because I'd get bored real quick. I even thought about another picture ledge. But because where the sofa is situated, it's a slightly narrow walkway and I didn't want anyone to bump into it. Then I saw Amber Interiors blog and she had a massive brass mirror by the entryway for one of her clients. That's when I knew I wanted a gigantic mirror. It had to make a statement.
The mirror had to be round with a simple, thin frame. Nothing ornate or decorative. And everything about my living room is grey, white, and blue. I wanted to add some warmth, so the mirror's frame had to be either brass/gold or wood. I spent months looking for the right mirror. I told myself I was going to take my time until I found the one I that love. I also had a budget so I knew a mirror that size wasn't going to be cheap. The CB2 Acacia Wood Mirror ($299) was reasonably priced but when I measured my wall, 40" seemed like it wasn't big enough. I really LOVE the CB2 Infinity Brass Mirror ($229) but it was only 36".
I searched every possible site online and a few weeks ago, I found the Uttermost Junius Round Mirror. It's 43" and priced at $363. I noticed that the description mentioned that it has an antique finish. Some had complained about it but looking at pictures and reviews, it didn't seem that bad. Some loved it because they knew what they were going to get. So, last week, I told myself that if I didn't get it now, I never will. I found the mirror on lamps.com and purchased it there because it was tax-free and free shipping. Less than a week later (this past Monday), it was delivered. While we had some guys working on our master bath, they offered to hang it up for me. That was awesome because I'm always nervous about punching holes into the wall.