Saturday, April 25, 2009


i have a lot of it. the movers unloaded three Door to Door storage units in 2 hours. My dining table made it unharmed and looks TEENY in my new dining room! It seemed so big in the last house. By the way, i highly recommend door to door. the three units held my entire 3 bedroom house worth of stuff easily, storage was about $200 a month and when i was ready for it they brought it to my house in philly (from baltimore) for about $1500. Add in the $200 bucks i paid on each end for people to load and unload and it feels like a steal of a move (i hadn't planned on 7 months of storage, that part hurt).

so, my furniture is in and now i have to try to make it fit into my house. i bought a lovely new entertainment center right before i moved....never even installed it and there's no place for it in the new digs. ugh.

so, here's the current dilemna...

see that, that is my couch being too big.

since it is too big it doesn't quite fit in this layout, there is a gap behind the couch, not a huge deal really, but annoying:

so, i thought maybe I'd try something funky and move the couch to the middle of the room...., of course i didn't get a good picture of where it was positioned in the room, but here's the layout:

These pictures shows the rest of the room:

Right now the tv connection is on that wall where the tv stand lives so i have ot lave the TV there. i would have it moved and flip the room around, but i don't want to put the couch over the big 'ole vent.

the rabbit cage, which is admittedly unattractive will probably go in that corner where the paint cans currently live. that windowsill is nice and deep and I'd love to have it set up so the bunnies can hang out on it if they want...

so, that's the space, any brilliant ideas on how to arrange my furniture?

Thursday, April 09, 2009

More floors...

and i fear i dont' like them! in theory i liked the idea of the beveled edges. more realistic, right? but the actual boards on the selected floors are rather short and it doesn't help that my mostly fabulous but right now not making me happy contractor laid them in this sort of brick pattern.

first, some wide shots of the floor...looks pretty nice, i'm happy with the light color.

But then you look closer and see this:

See what i mean about the "Brick" pattern?

Oh well, guess i best learn to live with it, because it's done now!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


Sunday, April 05, 2009

Renovating is dirty...

and not in a good way.

So, progress is made daily. the kitchen and laundry room tile was installed, but i did not get a picture of it before spackling began. this is what it looks like now:

the grout was supposed to be dark gray, and obviously did not turn out that way. so once the spackling mess is cleaned up, i'll be dying the grout lines.

the walls are quite spackled now. but everything else is just DIRTY. here are some pictures to show just how dirty..

in other news, my floors spent a week in Baltimore. the shipping company repeatedly tried to deliver them to a random house in elkridge, MD. this would be great, except i dont' live in elkridge maryland! they finally made it though and are now stacked in the middle of the disaster awaiting installation..

in other renovation news, the upstairs isn't being completely ignored. the "second guest" room has this lovely popcorn wall which also contains glitter. yes, that is right, a glittery popcorn wall!

it seemed obvious that the only color choice to go with a glittery wall was pink! the ultimate little girl princess room! yes, i'm 34. so what? i can still love an ultimate little girl princess room! so, pink it is! think pepto. it's only two walls and one wall has 2 doors and the other 2 windows, but it still very very pink.

and apparently if you are going to have a pepto pink room, you have to offset it with a baby blue room. it wasn't supposed to be quite so baby blue. i am planning on doing a metallic top coat, so that should tone down the baby blueness.

A bit of advice to anyone who is planning on living in their house during renovations.