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:

IKEA_sallskap_inspiration_4

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.)

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Dark Green in a Bedroom

September 28, 2016 § Leave a comment

Dark green is Mr. E’s favorite color. I like green, but incorporating it into our house has been a bit of a struggle. (Especially since the house came with yellow walls!) I’ve long been keeping an eye out for dark green in any home dec photos I come across just in case they might offer a solution.

Looking for something else, I found this photo in an older folder. It’s from a magazine that’s probably long recycled now, so unfortunately I don’t have any idea who designed the room or when.

Dark Green in a Bedroom

I don’t much care for the details, and the closet wall is positively repulsing to me, but I really like the colors of the bed and bedding. So, it stays in the inspiration folder.

End of a Season – Again

October 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

Fall’s undeniably here again. The overnight temps have dipped below freezing a few times already. Daytime temps are also inching closer to wintry numbers. We’re roughly in a mid-50s to low 60s Fahrenheit / 12-16 degrees Celcius range after a late weekend & early week in the 40s F / 6-8 C. I guess these will be the last wild flowers of the season:

Last Bouquet of 2015

The woods do look gorgeous, though:

October 2015 Woods

Hope you’re enjoying October!

Vacation in Social Media and IRL

June 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

It’s time to prioritize self care, clean my office, enjoy summer and take time to smell the flowers.

Clover Closeup

I’m taking time off from social media, plus some vacation time in real life, too.

Various Bits of Yard Work

May 15, 2015 § 2 Comments

The weather was unseasonally gorgeous and warm last week. We spent a lot of time outdoors and got a lot accomplished. I moved a bush that suffered from melting snow and ice from the roof:

Bush Move Mashup

The poor bush had quite a few broken branches. Some I cut off, but most of them I splinted with sticks and strips of fabric:

Splinting Mashup

They seem to be doing well; there are new leaves coming in beyond the breaks in each branch. Yay!

Mr. E dug a new vegetable patch and prepared the two existing ones. In the photo below, the left side will be potatoes and the right one already had cucumber seeds planted…

Potato Cuke Patches 2015

…and by the deck we will hopefully get some melons…

Melon Patch 2015

…everything fertilized by authentic bull dumpings from a local farm:

Our Own BS

In addition, we’ve raked, pruned and weeded, sawed off a dead branch, removed another that had fallen on its own but gotten stuck, taken down an awkwardly placed young pine and partly undone a small stone wall to relocate it Somewhere Else(TM).

I still want to dig up and relocate some wild plants that I want to keep but not where they set themselves up. Yesterday would’ve been a good day otherwise, but it was 86 F / 30 C after lunch, which was way too hot this early in the season for me, and I suspect for the transplantees as well.

The flowers have really come out, too. The flowering pears bear a white cloud each, there are both white and purple violets here and there in the grass, and a few other wild flowers have found their way in again. Bees and bumblebees buzz around, and birds are singing. Ah, I love spring!

We also have blossoms indoors: I updated my wreath form with spring colors…

Spring Wreath 2015

…and the saintpaulia is blooming!

Saintpaulia Blossoming 2015

Even with tree and grass pollen making my life miserable, spring is the time of the year I love most. 🙂

Floral Dinnerware

April 22, 2015 § 2 Comments

Right now I’m kinda wishing we were in need of more dinnerware. I really like this cheerful, spring-color set:

Provence Garden dinnerware set, Kim Parker. From Macy's.

Provence Garden dinnerware set, Kim Parker. From Macy’s.

This Kim Parker Provence Garden 16-piece set is available from Macy’s for a limited time.

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