Summer Basement Project

October 7, 2016 § Leave a comment

This post really should be called Years-Long Basement Project, for it has taken more than this summer’s effort. It has been in the works for a long time, but I think we’re finally achieved the most important.

We knew we didn’t want to finish our basement, per se, because we have plenty of living space as it is. But we didn’t know what the “something” we wanted to do was. And that turned out to be the biggest problem – because we weren’t set on anything specific, for the longest time we couldn’t decide on a plan.

I’ve always found the color of unfinished concrete incredibly depressing, however, so it had to be painted at the very minimum. I landed on the idea of a darker floor and white walls, and found inspiration photos both for the space in general and for a green floor.

Mr. E worked on roughly finishing the ceiling a few years ago:

Ceiling Test After

Then life happened again, and the project pushed off as non-critical. Last summer we had the walls treated with a white water repellant and the floor painted.

Painted Basement North Wall

We then started adding shelving and rearranging the space, but stalled yet again – which turned out for the best, for we needed to have a lolly post added to address structural issues.

Basement New Support Post

This past summer we finally built a little more storage and arranged everything both in the garage and the basement. (I’ll post about the storage we built another time.)

We have boxes and bins and bags to group the smaller items and protect them for dust (and spiderwebs). Items are in zones: pantry-related (extra cans, jams, bottles); additional food prep items (like canning jars and Mr. E’s brewing supplies); household supplies (like light bulbs, batteries, recyclables to go out, paper products to go in, potting soil & plant pots); tools and the like (hammers, screw drivers, drill, etc.).

Finished Basement East Wall

We also have a few large storage tubs for seasonal items and decor, some pushed into corners, some on the shelves. The heating vents are still visible in all of their silvery glory, which sometimes bugs me, but not enough to take action.

Finished Basement South Wall

The main achievements are the improved color situation and sensible storage. Ahh, it’s so lovely to have dedicated places for everything!

Green Watercolor Splot Wallpaper

October 3, 2016 § Leave a comment

Hey, that looks familiar:

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IKEA.

Indeed – it’s very similar to the blue watercolor splot wallpaper I posted two years ago.

Found via IKEA’s Livet hemma blog. Sadly, there are no details about the wallpaper that I can see; the post is advertising the Sällskap series. (NB. Swedish only.)

(Note: I do not not publish sponsored content, or accept gifts or discounts to write about products. Blog posts are based on my personal opinion.)

Colorful Styling from Sweden

September 13, 2016 § Leave a comment

A while ago I discovered the blog of Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke, stylists and home dec journalists from Sweden. It’s so lovely to see cozy, colorful Scandinavian style – not everything and everyone in the Nordic countries revolves around modern monochrome minimalism, you know. 🙂

Just a few favorites:

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Sanna & Sania / Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke.

Lovely blue and white front hall with touches of pale wood from an article of theirs in Hus & hem magazine some time in 2015.

Sanna Sania Kitchen Bench Pillows Sept 2015 12

Sanna & Sania / Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke.

Detail from a dream kitchen with white and blue.

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Sanna & Sania / Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke.

Scene from a small pine cottage.

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Sanna & Sania / Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke.

More blue and pale wood.

Whoops! That’s almost only blue and white and wood. Well, I do know what I love. 🙂

 

An Adorable Arm Knitting Project

May 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

Aaaaaah!

Anne Flax Twine Arm Knit Bunnies

Anne at Flax & Twine.

Such a pair of cute (and huge!) arm knit bunnies. This fun project is by Anne at Flax & Twine; go visit her blog for more pictures!

Kitchen Rag Rug & Marimekko Poppy Curtains

October 13, 2015 § 2 Comments

Weslie and Kristina’s north Texas kitchen is not only lovely, it pings my Nordic radar. And no surprise: Kristina is Finnish.

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Weslie and Kristina’s kitchen. Found via House*Tweaking.

I LOVE the rag rug on the floor! Lots of white and a little blue, green, and red, plus a dash of black, with varying stripe widths. Goes really well with the modern look, including the red Marimekko Unikko curtain fabric. Apparently it’s a handmade vintage piece which was a gift from their sister-in-law in Finland.

Found via House*Tweaking.

Quick Project: No-Sew Sheer Curtain for Back Door

June 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

Our back door has a huge window on it. Since the door faces south west, the nook it opens to gets unbearably hot in the summer. For a long time, we’ve wanted a sheer curtain there to block the sun. I finally got one made. Here’s the back door before:

Back Door Before

I used scraps of the same sheer fabric we used elsewhere in the house, round elastic, eye screws and small nails. Voila!

Back Door After

Much better. 🙂

Chatty Tom Turkey

May 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

Last summer and previous winter (i.e., winter 2013-2014), we had a big wild turkey flock hanging around the neighborhood on and off. This past winter (of the dreadful snows), there really haven’t been any turkeys around to speak of. About a month ago, though, a we sporadically saw a lonely hen. About two weeks ago, a tom came wondering in after her, displaying like the end of days were near:

Turkey Mating Dance 2015

First the hen didn’t pay any attention to the tom. Later, we saw the two standing side by side, heads in different directions, twirling around once, after which he stepped away a little ways diagonally and to the side, all puffed up. It looked very dance-like. Sometimes she would then sit down in the grass, as if sitting on a nest of eggs. We were speculating that that was a part of their mating dance, but since that was the extent of the activity we saw, it’s only a guess. Later that same afternoon, a second hen appeared from somewhere and hung around the pair (shown in the photo above).

The three turkeys wandered off at some point, and we didn’t see them together for days. The tom passed through a few times on its way to the neighbor’s birdfeeder in the past week or so. This week, he came and actually spent pretty much two whole days on our back yard.

Tom Resting

This tom seems to be very chatty (compared to the turkey “brothers” that visited us last spring). He keeps gobbling! It doesn’t seem he’s trying to chase other toms away, nor to call hens ’cause there’s no-one else around. We’re wondering whether he might be protesting the construction noise next door.

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