Wednesday, March 31, 2010


I have this crazy old toilet. It has a scary cast iron pipe and a tank that is probably, most likely, terribly inefficient. Yet somehow I really like it and I don't want to get rid of it. I'm wondering if I can replace the tank and keep the bowl? We have a lot going on lately with the anticipation of house guests, spring cleaning and lots of painting happening. Be on the look out for more appropriate pictures soon! Spring is springing everywhere and the trees in the neighborhood are obliging.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I'm in love...

with a cleaning product.
Those of you who know me, realize how inappropriate and wrong this is for me. Cleaning is usually such a drag and definitely not my favorite activity. After buying this, I cleaned on top of my kitchen cabinets, and scrubbed 2 bathrooms from top to bottom in record time just so I could inhale the heavenly fragrance.

Mrs. Meyers Clean Day in Geranium! I tried the lavender scent a few years ago and it was nice and all but I didn't buy it again. Yesterday I went to the Waverley Ace Hardware (that is located in a repurposed old post office, tres cute) and I tracked this down by scent alone. I actually went there for paint but the scent was so irresistible it came home with me too!
My sister also strong armed me into getting a Shark steam mop that is pretty freakin' awesome, so I'm well on my way to becoming an OCD cleaning junkie.

The crazy rain has kept activities at a minimum and an unplanned spring scrub kinda crept up on me. What are your plans for spring?

It's electric, part deux

These are the lights that need replacing

1/ classy bare bulb in the back staircase needs a sconce, I'm looking for something gilded and delicate, and we are planning on painting this staircase a deep turquoise
2/ the second landing has a plaster ceiling medallion and is currently sporting another classy bare bulb- the medallion makes it difficult to find a good one
3/ entry light with a home depot fixture that doesn't fit at all, will be replaced by the Edison bulb in a glass sphere (see last post)

If you happen to see anything, drop me a line.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

It's Electric

i've been seesawing back and forth on light fixtures for some time now (read six months) i have a huge fear of buying the wrong thing and of course i have been trolling the interwebs because I'm not happy with what I see in the local home stores. It is difficult to balance classic and modern. We have three lights that need replacing in very high traffic areas. I had a them all pre-purchased in my mind and then i decided to confer with M who agreed on only one of them, sad. The picture above is the light that we actually agree on, a handblown glass sphere encased Edison bulb, for only $149, or only $124! if you count the 4 year old gift card that I used to buy this baby from pottery barn

this is from anthropologie for a cool $398

or this beauty from ylighting
found on remodelista for $475

So pottery barn might not be your speed but don't underestimate it. xo
some other light ideas that i've been eyeing, schoolhouse electric (thanks to anna at door sixteen) and remodelista

Thursday, March 4, 2010

today was fast and unremarkable, but this picture makes me actually stop and take a breath and smile.

next up light fixture musings, what does one put in a house that pre-dates electricity?

but for now a moment of peace and a cup of hot tea...

image found on le love