Monthly Archives: December 2010

I won?!?

I never win anything. Nothing. Ever. Until today.

I entered a giveaway on the Adesso Albums facebook page for a free album of your choice – and they sent me a note today saying I was one of their winners! How wonderful! It is at this point I’d like to tell you that there are still 4 or 5 days of giveaways. You can find out more information on their facebook page (above) or on their blog. Not going to lie – I kind of want to enter again, but I’m going to resist.

For those of you who’ve never heard of Adesso Albums before they offer several similar products, but the main idea is that it’s a photo album with blank pages (made for writing on) and with a special cut out on each page that holds a picture. So…someone (or a group of people) take a picture of themselves, and then sign the page.

(image from adessoalbums.com)

I can’t wait to receive the album; I picked one of their Instant Photo Guestb0oks for the Fuji Instax cameras in ‘natural’ and plan on using it as a guestbook in our house.

If you’ve never looked at these albums before I highly recommend them. They’re such a fun idea and they were a hit at our wedding. Plus, the staff over at Adesso Albums was incredibly helpful when we placed our order (one of their polaroid products was being discontinued and they contacted us before finalizing the order to make sure we were aware and to see if we were interested in going a different route.)

So the point of this post is basically that I’m excited.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perk’d to write this post; just excited about my own winnings.

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Making progress.

And yet again I’ve been a bad blogger. I decided on my way home from work on Friday that my blogging habits have been going the way that my ‘exercise habits’ typically go – as in, I stick to them for a while, and then they dissipate entirely. 😦 I’m going to make an honest effort to be better (blogging, not exercising (at least for now)).

One of the reasons I’ve been so absent is that Mr. Hubs and I had our wood floors on the first floor redone – woo HOO! Yes, that means we were displaced from our house for about a week which was pretty chaotic. I packed up just about everything in my closet for the mix of work days, weekend mountain days and casual days. Mess.

But, let’s start with the oldest projects first… and let me preface this by saying, if you’re not in the mood to read a book, you may want to come back to this another day!

About three weeks ago we got around the painting the brass fireplace doors. We took them off of the fireplace months ago when we wanted to clean it out and scrub the brick and are SO glad to have it back up in it’s fancy new state. Our mindset on this was to clean it up, make it consistent with the other metals we’re using in the house (oil rubbed bronze and/or silvers) – in this case oil rubbed bronze since that’s the color of the curtain rod in the room and also the color of the chandeliers we recently painted.

The steps are the same we went through for the chandeliers. Take down, take apart as much as you desire, scrub scrub scrub, dry it off, paint. Easy.

Since last time I posted we’ve also had the wood floors redone! We had some water damage in the dining room that needed to be taken care of so while we were at it we also had wood floors added to the red headed step child of a room family room. We figured since we were already having to move all of our furniture out of the first floor that this was probably the perfect opportunity to take care of this project too.

Unfortunately I don’t really have a good picture of the floors, but I can show you the before (below) and you can notice the afters in the following pictures.

(pergo – ew)

(installed but not yet sanded/finished)

So, with the new floors all shiny and clean we wanted some rugs to help keep them protected and also to keep our feet warm in the winter. We went around to several carpet stores, some discount remnant stores and then the local Ollies (have you heard of them? they’re kind of like big lots…kind of) where we found a wonderful remnant for something like $70 bucks. Can’t. Beat. That. We bought some carpet pad (also cheap) at Ollies and then scrambled around to find a place to bind/surge the edges because we’re impatient like that…

Needless to say, we love it. It’s wonderful. But we’ve both decided it’s a little light to be the main carpet in a room we use so much. We considered this when we bought it and have both decided its permanent home (when we find a better color for in here) will be in the formal living room. No harm done.

On the same rug train… I was browsing around recently online looking for runners for the hallway and I found the most wonderful one on overstock.com.

(image from overstock.com)

After about 36 hours of not buying the runner I couldn’t take it any more – so I ordered the runner and the 5 x 8′ version for the entryway. And, you have to love overstocks quick (and cheap) shipping; the rug and runner were here within three days and they are even more wonderful than I thought they would be. I got a little nervous that the brown would clash with the color on our walls but, thankfully, it doesn’t. It’s perfect!

Something else that has been bothering us is our TV situation in the family room. Currently it sits on our coffee table…which isn’t too bad, except that a coffee table would come in handy! We’d been browsing around, but since the floors hadn’t been installed and had missing areas of pergo (from where we ripped out the built ins) we didn’t really see any reason to invest in a solution until now…

We knew we wanted something that looked more like a piece of furniture and less like a media storage piece, and we knew we wanted something affordable. The space is small and there is also a vent that competes for some room in that corner but we saw this and knew it would be perfect.

(image from walmart.com)

And here it is after about 3 hours of assembly (thanks for the not mentioning assembly, walmart!) 😦

We need to adjust the drawer rollers just a little but as soon as we do that it will be on its very heavy way into the family room to resolve our TV-on-the-coffee-table problem.

The other ‘major’ thing we’ve done since I went on my little impromptu hiatus is install curtains in the formal living room. I picked out curtains from JCPenney and curtain rods/hardware from Macy’s. After the dust settled from the wood floors (and also from my efforts to clean all the dust off of the walls) we picked a Saturday morning and got this done! I LOVE them. LOVE. Love love love.

So. Other than a little Christmas decorating (and I do mean little) that’s all I’ve got for right now! Have you done anything special in your home lately? Any fun Christmas decor in your home? I’m going shopping after Christmas with hopes of getting some good deals on holiday staples for next year!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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