Sunday, August 2, 2015

Couch Saturday

How has everyone's week been? We've seen a little relief from the heat (read: 90 instead of 105) and it's been so nice to be outside for a little bit. 

Friday morning is was only in the mid-70s, so I took my laptop and worked from one of our outdoor spaces for a few hours. It was nice to be able to break up my work day and enjoy the weather (especially before all the students are back on campus!). It was my last half Friday for the summer, so I tried to soak it all in this week.


That afternoon I did a little bit of thrifting. I was really, really tempted to find a home for this chair. How crazy is this?


Saturday was deemed Couch Day Saturday. I had told my mom and sister this week that I wanted a Saturday to sit on the couch and hang out with them. I miss seeing them all the time! MG was cooking a Boston Butt for 8 hours, so she had no where to go. We all piled in at her house and helped a little to get their house together for a evening get together.

Being the nice sister she is, Paul and I were invited!

She had a great appetizer spread and bar set out. There is nothing better than spinach dip and King's Hawaiian bread.


I'm sorry I don't have a picture of her glorious barbecue, because it was amazing. We were all so full at the end, but we made room for hot fudge pudding I made. There's still a little in my refrigerator that I'm tempted to eat for breakfast...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Always Catching Up

Woof. I always look at my blog and wished I blogged so much more! My excuse? "I'm too busy." I need to get better!

What have we been up to lately? A whole lot and yet nothing really to report all at the same time.

Here's a few fun pictures from the past week:

For one, farmer's market zinnias. These flowers always make me think of the Riverwood home, Mamaw.


Summer parties. 


Iced coffee... because it's too hot for anything else.


And a picture of KT, because. If I were here, I'd be so hot in this heat. Thankful our a/c can semi-keep up!


Sunday, July 12, 2015

House Progress: Grout Renew

Ever since we bought our house, our kitchen floors have not been my favorite. I've tried every trick possible to clean the grout - baking soda and vinegar, acid, swiffer mops - everything! Nothing seems to look like they were cleaning or lightening the grout like I wanted.

Before:


I remembered a post from Young House Love about a product called Grout Renew that is essentially painted on the grout line. I was willing to give it a try.

While it said to use a toothbrush, I found that a small paint brush worked best. It took two days and many hours - there were plenty of times I wanted to quit.

Progress:


But, ahhh, it was so worth it in the end. Our kitchen (and tile) looks completely new.


Before and after:

I hope I don't have to do this for a long time, but it was worth it for a quick kitchen makeover!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

June, June

June has slipped up on me! Granted, there has been so much going on. Last weekend the second Sanjanwala sister was married! Their set up was so beautiful - on the groom's family land in Pickens.


It doesn't hurt my feelings one bit that the reception food was Indian.


Sital and Kiger stayed with us over that weekend and we headed to our favorite brunch spot, La Finestra, the next morning. It never disappoints. We are all infatuated with their certain Bean Fruit road made specifically for them. We all ended up with bags to take home.


Now, beach week has begun! That REALLY snuck up on me. Right now I'm typing from this precious cottage that I found online. It's a block away from Ocean Springs' downtown, so we walked to everything last night. Shortly we'll be walking to TatoNut for donuts!


Paul and I dream daily about what it would be like if we could add on a screen porch. We were in heaven sitting out here yesterday evening!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Wedding Bells

Months and months of planning came down to this weekend - Sital finally got married! We've been talking to each other about plans and details every day for so long. It's hard to believe it's finally over. My calves are sore, I'm tired, our house is dirty, but I wouldn't change a thing.

Festivities started Friday morning with a mendhi ceremony where all of Sital's close female friends and family members received henna. Each design was freehanded and completely different!


Sital had her's applied the night before and it took six hours. It's customary for them to write the groom's name somewhere on in her design. Kiger had to find his name on her on their wedding night!



That night we held their wedding eve bash at our house and had so much fun. I'm sorry I don't have any pictures. Since there is no wedding party and they knew they would already have rehearsed the ceremony, they wanted a party for all of their family and out of town guests. We were happy to throw it for them with the help of Kiger's mom!

Bright and early the next day Sital and the female side of her family used our home as their spot to get ready. Kiger and Sital had their first look in our backyard and it was so sweet seeing Paul leading him out there with his eyes closed.


Just before the ceremony. 


After a few wardrobe changes. We had such a great time. So good to see my best friends, especially since we are spread out all over the country - Denver, Nashville, Orlando and Oxford.


Today we tried to take it easy, but we are working to finish up the next magazine. We send it off the the printer next week!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Has it been raining a lot where you are? I feel like it has been constant rain the past couple weeks and we're about to get slammed with another week of rain. April showers bring May flowers, right?

Another thing about April - it's packed with things to do. I've taught my first social media course for the season at the college where I work for their community enrichment series (a three hour night course), we've had tons of community events and we're slowly but surely working on some house projects.


One of our favorite events of the month - First Thursday in the neighborhood.


Every week this room develops further and further. Last week we mounted a floating shelf out of a cool plank I found in our garage shop from years past. We'll have a blog about that project soon!


We've also rearranged our dining room a bit to accommodate our new retro dining set that I bought off eBay. Those chairs are some of my favorite pieces in this house.


We have a new Thai place in the neighborhood about a mile from our house called Surin. I can't quit the Super Crunch Roll (top). 


It's also officially sandal season. I ordered these sandals online from Target and they're so comfortable.


The backyard is in full bloom. Look at the azalea bushes next to the garage!


Our friend Julia (above) is one of the meteorologists for the local NBC affiliate and last night we got to go watch them as the 6 o'clock news ran from the weather center. Paul loves seeing the behind-the-scenes of productions, so he was in heaven learning about all the different aspects of filming and making a news package. Where we were sitting was probably five feet off camera and it's a little nerve wracking to think that one wrong camera move and you could be on air!


Last night was another concert series in the streets of Fondren. So much fun to see all our friends and neighbors out enjoying a cool spring evening. Our friends Craig and Lori have started a popsicle cart that they take around to events and pop-up in the neighborhood during the week next to the Capri. Their avocado pop is probably my favorite at this point.

Hope you guys have a great rest of the weekend!

Monday, March 16, 2015

How I Got A $6,400 Mid-Century Sofa For Less Than $500

We're nearing the one year mark on owning our home which means for almost a year now, our front living room has been empty (see progress pictures here). We've had other projects we wanted to work on and, honestly, I couldn't find what I wanted. Where we live, it's hard to find mid-century modern furniture without paying a royal fortune (and that's when you can find it).

Step forward to last week. I went into one of the home decor consignment stores I visit from time to time and lamented to the ladies in the store that I still couldn't find a good sofa. One of them told me they'd seen one recently posted by another store, but it had been a few weeks and, oh, it was orange. "BUT THAT'S WHAT I WANT," I said and furiously looked it up on my phone. 

And I died a little bit on the inside because this was the photo posted:


Let me tell you, your mind will do irrational things when you want something. I was on a mission. I envisioned someone swooping in right before I could get there. I went out to my car and gave them a call. The sofa was STILL THERE and currently going for $560. That night, I showed Paul the photos and he liked it. I went the next day to look at it, haggled with them and bought the sofa for $485. I was pretty happy with myself.

I started searching online because I knew this was an incredible piece. This is what I found:


Oh, you know, a refurbished and reupholstered version for $6,400 online. Ours, to our knowledge, has the original fabric.

Here was another similar model we found:


I couldn't have been more proud of this purchase.


And the cat approves.

Can't wait to show you how the front room is finally shaping up!

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