Monthly Archives: February 2011

The chairs are here!

Two posts in one day? You lucky ducks…

This weekend has been full of interesting things. As you read a few days ago, I found some sweet chairs on Craigslist and recruited my friend Claire to come with me to pick them up on Saturday…you know, so I wasn’t the next Craigslist victim.

We had a lovely day and the chairs are beautiful (definitely in need of some TLC). I swung by her house around 11:30 and we made it to the chairs shortly after noon. We crammed them in the back of my 2001 go-cart hatchback and bungee’d the trunk shut so that nothing would fly out. Then, being the foodies we are, we went for lunch and a drink at On the Border. We both had soft taco’s although Claire was healthier than me (as usual) and opted for mahi mahi instead of pulled beef brisket topped with fried onion strips…oh well! You can read more about the food on her healthy living blog Dine-and-Dash.

Back to the chairs… Here they are in our formal living room. I think this is where they’ll live 99% of the time.

Now, as I mentioned, these need a revamp 1) because they do not match, 2) because they are pretty beaten up and 3) because these fabrics are awful. Gag. I’m thinking we’ll either paint (white) or stain (very dark) the legs and wood trim around the backs. Just so you know, I’m totally torn. For once the Mr. actually wants me to paint something and I feel like they should be stained. I’ve seen cute versions both ways…

We’ll also be reupholstering them ourselves. For the fabric, I’m pretty sure I want to keep these solid and I’m also pretty sure that they need to be velvet; it just seems like the right choice for the chairs! Maybe a light beigey blue color? Using (poorly, might I add) handy dandy photoshop I’ve come up with the picture below which is (as of today) the direction I’m thinking.

Needless to say, your suggestions, opinions and personal experiences/recommendations are more than welcome! I’ve found tons of images online, and photoshopped a few other options that further confuse me!

I think we’re definitely favoring the stained legs….

Today the Mr. took care of the yard, mowing (and simultaneously picking up pine cones, leaves and sweet gum balls), doing a little landscape removal and then planting a garden. Busy guy!

In case you were wondering, these bushes were super close to the house and in the way of the walkway from the garage to the back porch…we basically hate them, so now they are gone!

(this photoshoot was cat approved)

And, to wrap things up here, a mirror update. I tried to hang these suckers today…but as you can see from the picture below, the hooks are really close to the top which means even when the wire is pulled tight you’ll still be able to see it (and the nail it’s hanging from) on the wall. Not ideal. At all. FYI – this was also a cat approved project, especially the wire.

Any thoughts on the chairs are appreciated. Also, suggestions for a better way to hang these mirrors!

Hope you’ve all had fantastic weekends. 🙂

SB

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Things I’ve learned from watching cooking shows.

So, this is going to be a really random and semi out of place post…but…that’s what this is all about, right?!

Last weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday morning, I wound up watching some random local cooking channel. I don’t know why, I don’t know what channel, sorry. But, I learned a lot!

1) When cooking meat on the stove top (I’m assuming this could really be applied to all types of cooking) don’t crowd the pan. Placing too much meat in the pan, and placing the pieces too close to each other, will cause the meat to steam as the heat causes the moisture to release. Who knew!? Maybe you did, and it makes sense, but that would totally explain why sometimes (when I’m cooking a little carelessly) the meat doesn’t turn out as nicely as others.

2) When cooking scrambled eggs, cook them on a low heat and stir them continuously. Is this tedious, yes. Is it faster and easier to cook them on high heat and stir only occasionally, yes. But, cooking the eggs on a high heat causes the proteins to bond more strongly to each other and can make your eggs rubbery (they can even take longer to digest!), yuck. And, this is not something I learned while watching the tv show, you should remove the eggs from the heat about a minute before you think they’re done(they should still be a little shiny). The residual heat in the pan will continue to cook the eggs and they will not end up overcooked. Add salt, pepper, and any fresh herbs in the last minute or so of cooking so that they maintain their taste and color.

3) When you’re entertaining and plan on preparing a salad ahead of time, put the dressing in your serving bowl first and then add in all of your lettuce and toppings. You can then place this aside, or back in the fridge, and not worry about the lettuce/toppings getting soggy. When it’s time to serve simply give the salad a toss and you’re done. It may not seem like this would save much time – but I bet it actually does!

4) People prefer brownies with a mix of about 70% unsaturated fat and 30% saturated (not what you expected, right). The channel did a taste test of boxed brownies vs. homemade, and the split was about 50-50. Interesting.

So, there you have it. Clearly I wasted a lot of time watching this channel because if each topic was a thirty minute episode, and I watched four… oh well. What are the weekends for anyway?!

Happy Sunday!

PS. I just made scrambled eggs over low heat and stirred them continuously. Yum. They tasted pretty good. Maybe that’s because it’s 10:30 and I just ate breakfast though…

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Slipper chairs.

Ahhh, awesome Craigslist score.

I’m heading out tomorrow with my friend Claire to pick up these beauties for $100 smackeroo’s.

I’m picturing them stained a little darker, and with some new fabric, in the formal living room (but easily pulled into another space if needed).

Suggestions on fabric choice? I’m thinking velvet. Either turquoise-ey or a light blue with warm beigey undertones.

Will share more pictures on Saturday 🙂

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Blog name.

I’ve never been 100% in love with this blog name… I just kind of decided to give up the search for a perfect name so that I could actually start posting somewhere.

So, what do you think? Would you rename? Would you like to see a little poll with other options?

Help!

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Quick mirror update.

Good news! I sent out the search crews (aka, my mom) and she found TWO of the mirrors in her local TJ Maxx store. Not before dragging my husband out (after working out) to two stores, without directions, after work yesterday though…

Search OVER!

What’s the best deal you’ve ever scored for your home? Anything you’ve lusted after and then found a fantastic ‘look for less’ deal on?

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Hunting.

No, not the kind of hunting that involves stomping around in the woods… The kind that involves one sweet Marshalls/TJ Maxx/HomeGoods score that, in turn, has left me calmly looking running ALL around town like a maniac searching for two additional matching pieces….because I know they exist. I. Know. It.

What are the magical pieces? I’ll give you a hint.

(image from Crate & Barrel)


(image source unknown)


(image from Grandin Road)

Yep, mirrors. Big beveled mirrors, in mirrored frames!

Now, if you’re in the Charlotte and surrounding area and you find yourself in the general vicinity of one of these stores, I expect that you’ll take a quick run in to the store, straight to the mirror section (like I’ve been doing) and do a little due diligence in scoping out the final missing piece. Meanwhile, I’ll be coming up with excuses to go out of my way to stores I haven’t already scoped out.

Wish me luck.

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Inspiration.

Happy Saturday, dear readers!

I’m sitting here with a massive headache/hangover and wishing I had exercised a little more self-control last night. Oh well. 😦

Anyway…

I just love this picture. Every time I look at it I feel happy and jealous because I really want to throw (or have thrown for me) a party like this with balloons everywhere. It might be random…but so am I!

Any exciting plans for the weekend? My parents are in town to watch the Superbowl at our house this weekend so today we’re heading out to do a little shopping. Keeping my fingers crossed that I stumble upon something wonderful for the house!

SB

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