Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dear Interwebz: pick my colors?

OMG I just found the best thing combing through this Hennessey House Blog's archives.  Well, first off, the Hennessey House blog is pretty awesome to begin with, but then there was this color palette generator link.  LOVE.

For example, I told it to find me some nice colors that match this totally gorgeous print I have been drooling over for like a year now and the color palette generator was all like, "hey, how about this?"

My friend Tom says I have a thing for creepy little girls, but I think they are adorable.

Afterwards, I told it to try again with this print that, again, I am madly in love with and the color palette generator told me, "OK, sure, hon, how about these?"
OK, seriously, beautiful, octopus, pirate chick with an eye patch?  How can you NOT love this?  For serious!

I am completely smitten.  I think that octopus pirate chick color scheme is basically something I could design an entire home around.  It is intended for web design, but I am not picky because I am actually pretty terrible when it comes to color choices.  

I bet my husband would be super ticked if I told him I wanted to paint the whole downstairs the lightest color on the 'dull' palette for octopus pirate girl.  Still, it sure is pretty.

The prints are from this etsy shop, by the way.  Full of very pretty stuff. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

shopping for others

I am an over-researching, indecisive shopper... when I am shopping for myself.

Shopping for others is totally much easier and so I am today shopping for my friend Roman who bought a big huge fancy house and needs an accent color, some carpet, and some lamps for his bedroom.

(The background color is the current color he has the room painted, and the bed is similar to what he has in there.)

He asked for a carpet that's not boring, and said he hadn't found a green he liked yet, but given the other colors he gave me (including the burgundy he said he liked) it really seemed like it fit in to the room.  He was also looking for lamps, but I threw in some bedding just because.)

It's not super fancy, but it does fit into his style of house.  

The FLOR tiles can be picked up and taken out if he decides he hates the green stripes in three or four years.  The lamps really work with the style of his furniture.  Roman seems like a kind of stately, modern kind of guy with a traditional streak.  I think it works for him.  

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Time: it happens whether you like it or not.

OK, guys, for serious, here is a picture of my son.  My little baby!  He's so tiny, right?

He looks totally happy.

Right?  Tiny?

No he is turning FOUR tomorrow.  How is this possible?  I do not know.  Here is my schedule for tomorrow, in any case:

  •        9:00 am - pick up cakes, drinks, snacks at the market
  •        10:15 am - show up at kid's party*
  •        10:30 am - try to be festive and pleasant
  •        1:00 pm - relax for fifteen minutes at home
  •        1:15 pm - put out snacks and last minute tidying up
  •        2:00 pm - family/friends party**
  •        5:00 pm - kick out remaining family/friends
  •        6:00 pm - cry a little and then order a pizza (HOW CAN MY BABY BE FOUR!??)
  •        7:00 pm - stop thinking and eat too much of the remaining pizza
  •        8:00 pm - put my big boy to bed in his big boy twin sized bed and then maybe drink a beer

*At 4, you are old enough to realize that your friends from daycare have parties with all their daycare buddies and you want one, too.
**Your mommy, however, realizes that if she were to invite all your daycare buddies and their parents and siblings and your grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins and close family friends who have been coming to all your birthday parties since we brought you home from the hospital, that would be be like 80 people. 80 people is not a 4 year old child's birthday party.  80 people is a WEDDING.  So, two parties.  

To relate this back to actual renovating news, I will tell you that although the kitchen is still glorious, the deck that was supposed to be done for tomorrow is not even started.  Also, the trim in the downstairs is half deep dark turkish coffee brown and half bright white.  Except that it's like 50/50 in each room, not just that certain rooms are a certain color.  

Ah, well, it will all be OK.  Right up until 6:00 pm, and then it will be OK again by 8. 

Happy weekend, people. 


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Failure & Powder Rooms

I am a failure at blogging!  To be honest, I have been cooking for the past two months and my kitchen has not been in a state fit to be seen by the internet.  I'm so sorry, internet.  Plus, it's hard to get good pictures since my room is so high contrast (dark dark cabinets, light light countertop).  I still love it, though.

Today I spent 6 hours cooking.  I am trying this thing where you cook 3 meals worth of 6 or 7 recipes and then try to eat off of that for a whole month.  If this works out, I will almost definitely need to get another fridge for the basement (which has been the plan since the tiny fridge in the old kitchen broke).

In other news, I am making fantasy powder rooms.  Perhaps one of them will go in the space where my old kitchen was.  A powder room + mudroom could be nice in there.

Check out my fake stuffs:

This one is a bit cheaper, but I'm kind liking the pedestal sink.

I am in love with this vanity and faucet combo.

So besides the fake powder room bits, this weekend I cooked or prepped and froze

lime honey scallops X2 
twice baked potatoes X4
stuffed shells X 5
marinated tofu for stir fry X 2
rice for fried rice X 2
freezer cole slaw X 2 (hey, it says it works.  we'll see.) 
chocolate rice pudding just cause it's awesome
i also have all the requisite parts for veggie sloppy joes 

Now we just need to eat it all.  Oh, when I was cleaning out my freezer to make room, I found tons of stuff I made and could not id.  Labeling, folks!  If only I were smart enough to do that before.  The new stuff is all labeled, so I'll let you know how it goes.