Tuesday, February 24, 2009

home-improvement mode

I am once again in home-improvement mode. After The Husband and I complete a project, I tend to sigh with relief (as does he) and take a breather. I avoid even thinking about the next venture. However, my mind now has a few more ideas in the hopper, including a closet organization in our second bedroom. It is a somewhat-massive closet, larger than the one in our master (thanks for nothing, mid-century architects), but it's awkwardly shaped with hideous sliding doors that swing back and forth when closed.

I've considered two options. One is an Elfa closet from The Container Store (pictured). The other would be cheaper but requires more ingenuity. Ikea has large wardrobes that fit inside closets. We would simply remove the doors and slide in the wardrobes (but "simply" never turns out to be as easy when it comes to Ikea). It will likely be a big expense, but I find it a necessary one at the moment. The new bamboo floors in the den will have to wait.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Sunday, February 8, 2009

journey to montana

The Husband and I have long discussed a roadtrip to Montana: "Big Sky Country." There's something fascinating about that area of the country. Perhaps it's the untamed, Wild West feeling or all the natural beauty. We're not sure. We just know that we want to go. We are planning to hit the road in early summer with stops planned in Jackson Hole, WY, and Yellowstone. Part of my personal fascination with Montana is the fact that wild horses still roam there., but they are being threatened by lost grazing areas, which sickens me. Nonetheless, I'm hoping in our upcoming trip that we might catch a glimpse of a herd traveling across the plains...

say it isn't so

First Blueprint, then Home & Garden, and now this. Another one of my favorite shelter magazines, Domino, is folding. Having recently worked for a home decor mag, I understand how the economy is affecting the industry, but this is seriously heartbreaking. There isn't going to be a shelter magazine left that suits my demographic and lifestyle. What's a girl to do?

Monday, February 2, 2009

before and after

AFTER (thoroughly modern):

The curvy, ugly light fixture in my dining room has finally been replaced with this drum shade from CB2. It really ties the decor together in the room. The previous light was way too ornate. When the new light arrived, we were somewhat shocked to realize that it was a plug-in light! After some wire-splitting and a trip to Home Depot, however, we had it all wired and done. It really makes a difference in the room.

BEFORE (curvy insanity!):