There is nothing like blogging about how I don’t have time to blog, to make me blog. So this morning I took pictures of some of the tidier, more organized parts of the house to share with you! (Plus, Dee cheered me on. Thanks Dee!)
We have IKEA’s Adel White cabinets in our kitchen. The fronts have a smooth vinyl finish that wipes clean like a dream. We LOVE them. Most of them have solid fronts, but this bank of upper cabinets for dishes has glass fronts. Since all of my dishes are blue-and-white, all matchy-matchy, I think it looks very nice.
Here is a peek at the turquoise floor and at the perfectly matching Keep Calm And Carry On poster. I wore a necklace with the same image in the same color at our wedding last summer, so I have a soft spot for it. It’s a good slogan to stick to, I think.
Sparks’ internal clock set itself to “summer hours” when the time changed last weekend, so instead of going to bed before me and sleeping almost as late as I do, he is staying up later than me and getting up around (gak) 4:30. Every morning when I wake up he has already gotten chores out of the way, and filling up the new Expedit shelf with all of his LPs was Monday morning’s miracle. Frankly, I’m shocked that his records all fit… I thought he had way more than that.
PS, I love his records. He says that every time I mention them online he feels geeky, but for people my age, collecting vinyl is the epitome of cool hipsterness. Bask in it, sweetie. Do you know how much fun I have looking at your copies of Sergeant Pepper, and The Wall?
Here is an artsy upwards shot of one curtain panel. The Great room has two glass slider doors in it, and each one is flanked with these. They are 100″ tall, which is much taller than the sliders but which accents and compliments the very high ceilings in the room. Because the sliders have miniblinds in them, the curtains didn’t need to be functional–so I took a page from Southern Living and hung them on individual small rods, rather than big ones.
And here, ah me! are my books. It took me two evenings to unpack them… it’s a frustrating snail’s pace to get things done at, but when one commutes and works full time and cooks dinner and eats it and cleans up after it, and tries to get in a good brisk walk, and also a snuggle on the sofa with one’s honey… there’s precious little time left in the day for this kind of thing. So it took two nights, but now it’s finished. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me feel to have the books out in the Great room like this. In the other house they were put away in a back bedroom, and though I didn’t consciously realize it, that depressed me. Books Do Furnish A Room, you know. I don’t care that they’re chaotic and disorganized, I love them and they make feel good about the house and about my life.
As a note… any portion of the house I haven’t shown you yet… is still a wreck 😉