What a tease

Today started off 63 degrees and looking like this:

And now it looks like this and the temperature will be down to 28 degrees by tonight:

And no, I didn't change the setting on my camera to b&w...it really is that grey outside.
Spring: you are are taking way too long to get here!!

New den

After months of being in denial, I finally faced the facts this weekend - the yellow in the den just wasn't working. Back in September I spent so many hours painting that room, and I didn't want to admit that I didn't love it because that meant painting again. But then my mom came to town and we found these great curtains, and when I realized that the curtains weren't going to work with the wall color, it forced me to fix the problem. Here's what the room looked like before, and trust me...the color looks a lot better in this picture than it did in real life. Most of the time it looked almost like a neon orangish-yellow, which was strange because it didn't look that way at all in our old apartment. Anyway, here it is before:

And here it is now!

This room is tricky to get a good picture of, but hopefully you get the idea. Here's a close-up of the new curtains:

They're heavy and have texture and they really make the room feel like a DEN. Finally! :) I'm so sore from painting all day, but it was worth it. I've been slacking on house projects lately because of the cold weather and it felt great to make a decision to do something and then just do it.
I hope everyone has a great week!

snow

I am SO over winter. It was 16 degrees this morning and my face feels like its going to crack off. A few mornings ago it was 5 DEGREES. This is no way to live! But on the bright side, at least we got a little snow. It didn't really stick, but it was pretty to watch...


My mom came to visit last weekend so we could look for fabric. She was going to make curtains for our den, but we ended up finding pre-made curtains for 50% off so we got those instead. They are supposed to come in today, and once I get them up I'll post some pictures.

And finally, how great was this? I woke up yesterday in a terrible mood but this cheered me right up :)

Bedroom wall art

I finally figured out what to do with the big blank wall in the bedroom! Before Christmas I was in Sears and found all these white frames with white mats on sale...50% off or more. As soon as I saw them I knew exactly what I wanted to use them for - an art wall in the bedroom. I got all of the frames for less than $50, then enlarged a bunch of photos at Walgreens for less than $10 (and less than 1 hour). Together they are sort of an adventure hall of fame for me and Seth...driving out west a few years ago, our first beach trip, rafting down the Nantahala, etc. All of the shots were taken outdoors and several involve water, blue sky, and/or sand, so the colors ended up coordinating too.

I'm hoping that seeing these pictures every day will inspire us to have always have more adventures in the future :)

No I haven't taken the tree down yet

But I'm making progress. Since this picture was taken, the stockings came down along with all lights that could be seen from the road (plastic candles in the window, lights around the front door). So from the outside no one can tell that we're the weirdos with our Christmas tree still up on January 9th :) I'm not making any promises, but the tree is probably coming down this weekend....its time.

Part of the reason I haven't wanted to take it down is because that corner will be empty. We moved the chair that was there before over by the built-in bookshelves on the other side of the room, and it turns out that it was meant to be over there. Which means I need to find a new something to put in the Tree Corner. Hopefully I can find a cool chair for cheap at a thrift store to put there.

All in all I'm feeling pretty frustrated with the living room. Its not awful or anything, but there are several issues that I just can't seem to resolve. The main issue has always been the size of the room...still haven't quite figured out how to decorate a room this big. And then there's my newest dilemma: the rug + coffee table + couch situation. Our old rug was shedding like crazy, plus the color wasn't working (too much brown), so I found a orangey-red rug over the holidays for a great price.

Its not such a bright red in real life...not sure why it looks that way in the picture. But you get the idea. I think its an improvement, but something still isn't right. If money were no object, the first thing I'd do is get the couch re-covered in a neutral, non-patterned fabric and find some throw pillows to tie everything together. But since that can't happen, I'm focusing more on the coffee table/rug issue...the combo of the red color of the rug and the fake wood brown on the coffee table is just bugging me. And now I'm also wondering if the coffee table just needs to be wider all together. I just don't know. Should I paint the coffee table? Get a new one? Any other suggestions? I can't seem to figure this one out. Here's a view from the other side of the room if that helps (its a better representation of the color, too):

On the bright side, I finally figured out what to do with the huge blank wall in the bedroom...hopefully I can post pictures of that tomorrow. Goodnight!

Happy 2009!!

I know everyone says this, but last year really flew by. I can't believe that we just started the last year of this decade. I got a great surprise to bring in the new year...Ryan came to town from Chicago! He spent New Year's Eve with us, and since his birthday was the day before I threw him a little impromptu birthday/new year's party.

I had a lot of fun putting all the food together, and it made me realize how much I like to entertain. That may be one of my resolutions this year...to have people over more. I especially had a good time making the mini burgers. I made them once when I was a kid and I've wanted to make them again ever since. Aren't they cute? They're made with vanilla wafers and peppermint patties (here's how if you want to make them too). I'm so glad to know now that New Year's Eve is best spent doing something low-key. All we did was hang out, eat snacks, have some drinks, and play the Wii...and it was perfect!

After breakfast at the Waffle House, we took Ryan to his parents' house in the country and hiked around their farm. It was freezing but so great to be outside in the sun.

I loved starting the year off doing something playful and running around outside and being with people I love. Hopefully that will be an indicator to how the rest of the year will be :)