Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Housewarming Time

Hello World.

I'm planning my housewarming. While laying awake last night I figured I might as well determine that I'm having one. So I put the date on the calendar and starting making registries. Even though we came from another household, we still need a lot of stuff. Not having a yard or room enough to entertain, we didn't need stuff. Now we do. More importantly, I'm looking forward to inviting people over. It's about time we get some family and friends love in there.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Out of Order

That's how we both feel. Totally out of order. We have no schedule. Chores have not been realigned for the new house. Our field service schedule is...well...nonexistent. Closets are not organized. My pillowcases are in one closet downstairs while the top sheets are in one place and the bottom sheets are in another. The room full of mess continues to be the room full of mess. The other room is full of dust as a result from some sanding work that had to be done. There is absolutely no order.

Not to mention that with our main floor void of life, our bedroom has become the new hot spot, which promotes laziness and a whole lot of tv watching. We have plates, cups, bowls and suitcases up there right now. I can't wait until we only use the bedroom for it's purpose. We're like bears in hibernation.

It's clear that the moving-into-our-first-house adjustment period is not over. And that's okay. I realize that a stage of life is a stage of life. What we have to do though, is not be lazy. Spring is almost here and it's time to get crack-a-lackin. We worked very hard once we got into the house and burnt out quickly. But now that we've had time to hibernate, we need to get back to it.

A light bulb just went off. With our new floors being just about paid off, I've been thinking about what I want to do with the extra money we're going to have. Finish the house! I mean of course, that should be an obvious answer but we didn't think it was necessary to consistently decorate and organize, but considering how we're feeling...SO OUT OF ORDER... I think there's more to it than just spending money and decorating. It's more so about happiness and sanity. It's been said that a room can transform your mood. It's also been said that an organized home is a happy home and I believe both statements more than ever right now. We need a place to put our filing cabinet, mails, bills, paperwork... We need to get the pictures and art off the floor...We need to keep the Ikea bags in the trunk for when we go grocery shopping so we don't have to run back in the house all scatter brained when we're already in the car. That I need a specific place to store my purses. We need to put the DVDs downstairs with the entertainment center. We need to get hubby's hobby goods and tools stored in one central location. Everything has a place and until we create those places, we're going to continue to feel out of order.

There is a caution to mention however. I do not, and I repeat... I do NOT want to get burnt out again. So here's my thought. We both get paid 2x a month, so why not only focus on the max of 2 projects per month? Of course, big projects like the kitchen will be the ONLY project we partake of for a FEW months, but I think we can manage 2 or just 1 small project a month.

Managing a household takes a lot more than I thought. I can't just come home and lay in the bed every evening from 6pm to 10pm, at least not until our house is in order. We need a routinue. We need to realign our chores. We need to determine how often we work on the house so that we can maintain our spiritual focus as well.

I'm excited though. The excitement was gone for a while. But I'm ready to make this spring a transforming one. It's going to take a lot of hard work, but I know we can do it.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Interior Design: Accessories

It's not advisable to have your accessories lined up before you get your furniture, but since I have no patience, that's exactly what I have done. Oh well! Most of this stuff comes from my last home so I'm going to give myself a pass. I'm looking forward to sprinkling these little trinkets and bobbles around the living room and into the kitchen space. There are so many nooks and crannies that I've planned in my head. I can't wait until I get my sofa and start putting the room together!

Here's a brief look at some of the stuff I have. 

I've ALWAYS wanted glass doorknobs, so when I saw these babies on Joss & Main, I HAD to buy them. I don't know where they're going yet, but I'm sure I'll think of something good.

I love the colors that potpourri provide. These have absolutely no smell to them at this point, but I can't bear to throw them away. I LOVE the colors.

Greenery has become very important to me. Having plants in a house gives it life! Another breathing, living thing in the corner or on the top of a side table makes a huge splash. I love greenery.

I don't know what I'm going to do with this trumpet shaped vase. I had tall, wooden branches coming out of it in my last place. I think I might do the same thing, but place it in the guest bedroom. It doesn't quite go with my living and kitchen area plans.

Once I saw these pictures on Joss and Main, I couldn't help myself. "All You Need Is Love". Isn't that so true? Whenever I see it, I think of one of the songs from one of my favorite movies "Moulin Rouge". That movie means more to me than anyone knows. I have very fond memories connected to that movie. "Keep Calm And Carry On". The splash of yellow with the green and yellow potpourri...Perfecto! I'm sure I'll have to repeat that mantra many times over in my future life. *giggle* Anyway, I can't wait to hang these suckers.

Next are pillows. My mom wants me to get them made so they can be original. I've taken a look at a few fabric swatches, so the next step is to find the pillows and send the materials off to my family's long time friend and seamstress. But do I have the patience to wait for them? We'll see.
It's been 3 weeks since I ordered my sofa. 3 - 6 more weeks to go until it's delivered. Ugh!

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Video: Miguel - Adore

Love the music. It has a Prince feel to it doesn't it?

His next album Art Dealer Chic: Vol 1 drops February 27th.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

The Glow

It's amazing how different my blog is now. When I first started blogging 6 years ago (it's been SIX years!!! WOW), I wrote a lot of emotional melodramatic lyrics and poems about my confused, little life. (It's funny how I can say that now.) I talked a lot about finding myself, making friends, my love affair with music and of course, men. No doubt, I was obsessed with the process to finding a husband. If I can categorize the first 5 years of this blog, I would say I was in a hunter green kind of search mode. (I have colors on the brain so please excuse the analogy.) I was confused, I was figuring things out and I was finding myself.

The past year and a half of blogging time has been more so dedicated to the things I now either love or am looking forward to. Marriage, interior design, parenting, inspiration, fashion, etc. I'm in a much more turquoise state of light if you will. A bright but inquisitive space. It's quite refreshing.

And refreshed is exactly what I felt when I happened upon The Glow - a site dedicated to fashionable and inspiring moms. Photographers, designers, painters, pr consultants...Even though I'm not a mother, I feel so connected to the images and the idea behind the site. It makes me dream and inspires me. There's so much that I could say because there's a lot of feeling inside of me right now, but the words won't match... So I'll let the images just tell it for me.

I love that these are the things I blog about now. It makes a huge difference towards my level of joy.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

My Fashion Stalkees

Olivia Palermo

Blake Lively

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