Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bathroom Before and After


The main floor bathroom remodeling was a slow train coming.  From the floor to the ceiling, I hated almost everything about the bathroom when we bought it.  It was dark and dated (not vintage).  I liked that there was a bathtub but hated the wainscoting.  The sink was rusted out and the hot water didn't work.  It literally had a taped sign over the hot water faucet saying "no".  The only light fixture came from a large, metal medicine cabinet with a unflattering light attached.  And the floor was ugly vinyl that never felt clean.  One day I decided I had to rip up the bathtub wainscoting to see what was underneath.  It was a clawfoot bathtub!  Unfortunately, it took us another two years to replace the floor and pluming to actually have a functioning bathtub and sink. It was the one thing I really wanted fixed before baby was born.  We literally had the bathroom complete two days before I went into labor.   But I was so happy to have it completed.  Beyond being glad there was a sink in our bathroom, it was so wonderful to be able to soak in a beautiful tub after giving birth.  It felt like heaven.









I painted my parents passport pictures from the 1970s.  My dad hates that his picture is above the toilet.  But I figured if you can't have a sense of humor with your art in the bathroom, where can you have a sense of humor?



We tried to go as cheap as possible while still having it match the rest of our house. We got the pedestal sink from the Habitat for Humanity restore for $30.  The mirror is an antique my dad found at a garage sale for $5.   The rug is from a flea market for $20. Thanks for looking!




Saturday, July 12, 2014

before and after: nursery


It has been quite around the blog lately, but has been super busy in my actual life.  I put the blog and shop on hold as I got ready to have my first child.  There was a lot of work to do to get the house ready and unfortunately as I got closer to my due date, I lost all of my energy.  But  luckily, I have a great husband who helped make my dream home come true.  I have a few before and afters to show you. My favorite is the little nursery.  The before room was actually that blue.  I mean blue walls, blue ceiling, blue carpet, blue curtains.  Even though we were having a boy, that wasn't the design we were hoping for.  



The nursery theme was based off of a yellow and green rug we bought in Santa Fe a couple years ago.  Most of the decorations and furniture we used were recycled from around the house. The crib was my sister's that she used with her children.  The art I painted or was my family's.  The only new items were the rocking chair my mom and dad gave to us and the pillows we bought from ebay.   We really wanted a neutral, positive room that felt relaxing.  We wanted the room to look like a child's room, yet all the pieces could be used in other rooms as the baby gets older and wants to decorate the room in his own style.





Right now baby is sleeping in a basinet in our room.  When we are ready for him to sleep in the nursery, I will switch out the quilt for actual crib sheets.


 We were lucky to get so many wonderful children's books.  This baby's library is better than mine!


 One of my favorite pieces in this room is the coffee table my husband made when he was young.  It reminds me of being up north, where we both lived.


Friday, February 28, 2014

oscar dresses

The  London agency Mediarun Digital created a wonderful illustration of every Oscar dress worn by the Best Actress Academy Award winner starting in 1929. 



I think its so interesting that Katharine Hepburn chose not to attend any of the awards.  I imagine her in a great pantsuit anyways. 



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

wedding


wow, its hard to believe its already february.  life has been going by so fast. i have been slowing down the etsy shop with everything kind of a whirlwind right now.  along with that end,  i meant to post a few photos from our wedding but just never seemed to have gotten around to it.  but we were so happy how it turned out.   here are a couple images.










for those interested:
   photographer: www.danistephenson.com
   location: schustersfarm.com
   dress and sweater: vintage (surprise!)
   suits: mens warehouse
   flowers: madison farmer's market
   all else: DIY or ask!


Monday, December 2, 2013

cyber monday sale!


stop by the shop everything is 30% for today only!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

shop update!

well, it has been a busy month or so over here.  Man, a lot has happened and i hope to post about it soon!  in the mean time, here is a great shop update from different decades but beautiful items.  check out the shop!





Sunday, September 1, 2013

on the home front: key lime pie



do you have a special family recipe? we have a couple, some are related to our scandinavian ancestry and some are just family favorites with so many good memories around them.  this is one of our family favorites.  in honor of my mama and a very special birthday she just celebrated, i want to share this family recipe.

key lime pie:

graham cracker crust
  • 1-1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped almonds
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • preheat oven to 370 f
  • combine all ingredients, blend well
  • line bottom of 10" pie plate (press down a little)
  • bake 8-10 minutes
  • remove crust, put on pie rack and let cool
  • reduce heat to 350 f

pie filling
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1-14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 c. key lime pie
  • 2 tsp/ grated lime rind 
  • beat yolks in mixing bowl. pour milk until consistent
  • pour mixture into crumb crust. 
  • bake 15 minutes
  • transfer to cooling rack..
  • make sure pie is cool before adding whip cream

whip cream
  • 1/2 pint whip cream
  • powder sugar
  • drop vanilla
  • whip cream until stiff. add sugar and vanilla and beat until very stiff
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