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Sit Like an Egyptian

March 3, 2011

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Hee hee.

Doesn’t it look like a Cleopatra chair?

It’s actually called a “chaise lounge chair” *ahem*.

I am looking to replace the living room furniture in the near future. I’m tired of the cat-scratched sofa and the two funky, upholstered orange throwbacks from the 1970s that were found curbside…. :-p I don’t particularly like the straight-back chairs and I don’t like futons, bean bags, or Barca Loungers. I actually prefer to lounge on a long couch, but I can’t fit it into my small office very comfortably.

Lounge chairs seem to be very nice. There’s a lot of them at the Chaise Lounge Chair Store, with a variety of styles and colors. I prefer the more traditional styles (I’m not terribly find of contemporary anything), but the store has some pretty eccentric styles that are amazing! I may get one for my office some day, that and a papyrus fan and a slave who feeds me from a cluster of grapes….

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See Grass!

March 3, 2011

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No no wait. Not GRASS as in this:

Grass as in this:

SEAGRASS. As in Seagrass Rug.

Sorry, I misspoke. :S Seeing real, green grass is about two months away yet. :'(

But there’s plenty of seagrass to sea see at Seagrass is nice because it’s made of natural fibers. The rugs at have latex backing for extra durability. And seagrass is WAY better than that plasticky indoor-outdoor carpeting. Seagrass is a plant that grows underwater– and therefore would be perfect for the floor of my front porch! :-p Our house is too old for gutters, so when it rains, it pours. And it all collects in front of the front porch, ugh. I have to rip out the deck and rebuild the rotting wood. And get gutters, of course.

Anyway, the seagrass rugs are so nice! Very affordable and some have pretty black or brown borders. You can also get bamboo rugs or jute rugs there, too. Check it out! šŸ˜€

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Super Gifts For the Home Owner

December 16, 2010


Well, have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Maybe you’re stuck with a few of the “hard to buy” people on your list. Ooo I have got some great ideas for you! I found a wonderful website that has LOADS of home products and more stuff.

I have four teens. I NEVER know what to get them. I mean, they can *only* have *so* many mp3 players and earbuds sets, right?

How about some new bedding by Egyptian Peddler? I love these! The purple zebra striped set is stunning.

For the in-laws who seem to have everything… I’ll bet they don’t have this! Isn’t it adorable?! It’s one of the new products by Heritage Lace– a lace door panel for Christmas/winter season. I love it!

And how about a simply smashing gift for your favorite home improvement blogger, eh? šŸ˜‰ šŸ˜‰

That’s a “Gustav Becker Cineca Melodies in Motion Wall Clock.” I’m nuts about clocks, especially Rivercity clocks. I love that one!

Anyway, the site is They have some really nice stuff. Some of it is a little pricey, but there’s a holiday sale right now, and the prices are very reasonable. There’s free shipping on orders over $55 (which will not be difficult to obtain) with coupon code HOL55. Enjoy!

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More Interesting Mailboxes

November 28, 2010


Since my husband is a part-time rural carrier for the post office, we are more sensitive than most to mailboxes. And some of the styles and sizes of mailboxes are… well, not so hot. Here are some of the wackiest mailboxes I have found on the Internet.

Don’t know what to do with your yard junk? Heck, weld it all together and throw it up front for the mailman to wrangle with!

I wonder why these folks can’t afford to get a nice mailbox…

šŸ˜ Will the mailman dare open this for a nice surprise?

OK, where the heck is the door on this thing?!

:-p Bad taste. Most mailmen would cringe to use this one, but I dare say I know a few who probably wouldn’t mind…

This is actually kind of cool. Creepy, but very unique.

Photos courtesy of UglyMailbox.xom,,, and

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Couldn’t Wait…

October 20, 2010


I hung my beautiful giant clock up in the kitchen. I had promised myself to wait until the kitchen was completely finished, as a means of motivating me to keep on keeping on with this endless project, but I just couldn’t wait. I couldn’t!! The clock was BEGGING me to go up on the wall.


The thing is huge, and weighs perhaps 20 or 30 pounds. I was no mean feat hanging this sucker. Because there is no central stud on this wall, I had to cut open the drywall, insert a block of wood between the two flanking studs, and patch the drywall back in. It took about 4 days (spackle had to dry, we had to repaint the area, etc etc). But FINALLY, it is up! I absolutely love it.

It goes with the kitchen design so well, has that bronze-y finish and an “Old World” feeling. It matches the ceiling fans exactly.

Below the clock will be a long mantle-like shelf. My iPod dock will sit on it. Yes! We got an iPod dock! My Hubs picked it, and it is really high-quality. I’ll have more on that, later. And oh yeah- under this mantle shelf will go a heater… whenever we get those installed. šŸ˜ The forecast calls for flurries on Friday! I’m a little nervous because the basement window is still not filled in, and we have no gas lines for heaters yet. :S Both The Hubs and I have been totally swamped at work, and have absolutely no free time at all. *sigh*

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Great Bed & Bath Store

October 8, 2010

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I got my towels from last week. They are super!


I’ve never had such luxurious towels. I am getting so spoiled, I tell you!


These are from the Bamboo Boucle Towel Collection. And they are in *ahem* plum. LUSH, I tell you. LUSH!

If you’ve been wondering where to get some really exceptional linens, home accessories, and window treatments, look no further than Wow! The selections are superb. Donna Karan is a high-quality brand name. The towels I got are practically heirloom quality– well-made, thick, meant to provide not just “use” but “enjoyment” and “beauty” as well. The bedding is especially beautiful. I love the decorative pillows, but look at the sheet sets! Aren’t they sweet as anything? That’s the DKNY City Clover Sheet set. So perfect for a little girl or teen.

There’s a lot of such beautiful home accessories at You can browse the website to order, or use the store locator to find a store in your area. It’s very easy to order online, and the photos are very descriptive. Warning: Resistance is futile. The stuff is SO beautiful it will be very, very hard to choose just one thing!

Just so you know: sent me these towels for free in exchange for mentioning them here. All opinions are absolutely my own!

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New Curtains From CurtainWorks!

October 7, 2010


My new curtains from came in! They go marvelously with my living room, don’t you think?


I am ecstatic at how beautiful they are, and how very well made they are. The kind folks at CurtainWorks gave me three sets for my living room. I absolutely LOVE these curtains! They are the perfect color, the perfect style, the perfect size!


Well, they don’t go with that lousy pink/blue couch we have. I greatly dislike the color of the couch (we got it used). We are going to be replacing it with something more suitable for our room. I want the living room to have a beige and red color scheme, with maybe some green accents.


About these curtains– they are the Arlington Jacquard Wide Width. I LOVE THEM, and I will be buying more for the rest of the house. They are of excellent, durable material– thick but not so thick that they are ugly. These will be perfect as both summer and winter curtains. They come in several colors, and are VERY affordable. These 84-inch drapes are usually $25 per panel, which is very comparable. I had shopped and shopped around a great deal this summer, looking for proper window treatments; and I think CurtainWorks has the best selection for the best prices. The material is really exceptional, I’m just so happy with these curtains. I have been to dozens of stores both online and locally, and I just haven’t found anyone who can compare with CurtainWorks. I’m really, really impressed with them.

In the past, I have always sewn my own curtains, because curtains at the stores were always so expensive, and I had the time to sew my own. However, I am too busy to sew my own stuff now, and the price of bulk material has really gone up in price recently. In my local craft/material store, I spotted some curtain fabric for $50 a YARD! Whoa!


CurtainWorks also sells curtain accessories. They sent me this absolutely exquisite iron birdcage finial drapery rod. It’s so beautiful. As soon as I get the curtains for the other rooms, I will use this rod for my kitchen window.


So I’m very impressed with CurtainWorks. I recommend them heartily! The prices are good, the curtains are EXCELLENT. And they sometimes have sales. Currently, there is a summer clearance sale going on, so it’s a great time to nab some nice curtains for very low prices. Next time you’re looking for some beautiful curtains or curtain accessories, definitely check out CurtainWorks!


So you know: CurtainWorks sent me these curtains and the finial rod for free, in exchange for me writing about them. All opinions are absolutely mine! And I mean it when I say that I love CurtainWorks and these curtains! I personally recommend them!

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New Kitchen: The Laundry Alcove

October 5, 2010


In the new kitchen is a laundry closet, or “alcove,” as we sometimes call it. Honestly, I didn’t want the laundry appliances in the kitchen… but I had no where else to place them. We had to shoehorn the closet into a small corner of the kitchen. It looks “OK,” but it’s not the best choice, in my opinion.


Perhaps someday I can relocate the laundry area, when I finally convert the garage into a family room/utility area or something. I think the laundry closet is awkward, stuffed behind the back door and next to a window. I tried to make the area look as natural as possible, by adding more of the Greek-style pediment and fluted trim to the opening, and adding a window seat beneath the window next to the closet.


I originally planned for bi-fold doors to close off the laundry area, but it’s really too tight of a squeeze to fit them in. So I have to use curtains. These curtains are not my final choices: I will hang heavier drapes to help block out the noise of the appliances.

I also hung my retro tin signs. šŸ˜€


So obviously I still have a lot of work to do. We still have no clothes dryer installed yet (need to route the gas line). And with winter coming, we REALLY need to get on the ball and install the heaters (more gas lines). I am thankful we won’t have forced air heat this year. No drafts, no dust, and no threats of sickness from the 60-year old ducting system. GOOD RIDDANCE to that junky system!

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New Kitchen: The Island Workhorse

September 29, 2010


Chuck from noticed my island in the new kitchen. So I thought I’d mention it. šŸ˜€


The island is a big one, on great big casters. I cut a portion of the butcher block countertop slab to fit on it. Originally, I was going to use a simple table or maybe construct a table of my own, using the butcher block as a tabletop. But as the renovation dragged on, and my list of Things To Do grew larger and larger, I decided to shell out the bucks and get one. I bought this island at my local Bargain Outlet (a chain of discount materials here in the Northeast). It cost a heck of a lot of money: $240. For that amount, I expected the materials to be first-rate and the instructions to be a breeze.


The instructions were TERRIBLE. We had to take it apart three times due to poor or missing instructions. And the material is “OK.” But one of the stiles had been obviously cracked during manufacture, and had been glued together at the factory (in China).


We love the island– the concept of an island– and we made new parts of sturdier wood to make this work. So I don’t intend to complain about the island, per se. I just expected a lot more for my money. I wouldn’t recommend this particular island (it’s “Sunnywood”), but I do recommend the style: a big box of shelf boards with cabinet doors, and a sturdy wood countertop. We love our kitchen island for this. šŸ™‚ It also helps to direct traffic and keep passers by out of the work area. AND it makes a terrific barrier with which to play hide and seek with Livvy. šŸ˜€


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New Kitchen: The Beverage Center

September 28, 2010


While designing the kitchen, I had complete creative freedom. Of course, I did have some limits: the door here, the drains there, etc. But overall, I had an open space 12 x 23 feet to tinker with. Oddly enough, the floor plan I eventually ended up with strongly resembles the floor plan I originally sketched shortly after we moved here, over 10 years ago.

One new feature, however, is our “Beverage Center.” The kids are tea and coffee drinkers (as are their parents šŸ™‚ ), and the old kitchen was so cramped with all six of us trying to cook, clean, and make tea/coffee. I wanted to avoid the traffic jams. I therefore decided to eliminate a small, dark, and cramped pantry closet under the stairs. I closed it up and built a small alcove with cabinets. The cabinets store our teas, coffees, mugs, and etc. It’s also a place where the kids make their own snacks and lunches. I inserted a small refrigerator under the counter for the storage of coffee creamers, lunch and snack foods, and cat foods.


The base cabinet drawers hold the dinner silverware, which is a dream come true. The kids usually set the table for dinner; the silverware and other dinner serving dishes are now conveniently located in the walkway between the kitchen and dining room. No more elbowing each other to get to the silverware and dishes!


To the left in this photo is our new (and unfinished) pantry shelf. I have yet to craft wood cabinet doors for the pantry… I cannot find any doors for it, and will have to make my own. But because my time is so filled up with more important projects (we still have no clothes dryer and still have no heaters installed), the pantry will have to wait.


I also opted for butcher block countertops for this area of the kitchen, too. I was initially hesitant to do so, knowing that the kids may be forgetful or in a hurry. Standing water and food stains are the enemies of wood countertops. But I was very pleased with the results of Waterlox on the counters. And the kids have been wonderfully careful about keeping their area neat.

I’ll be blogging more about the little details in the kitchen in posts to come. šŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!

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