Sunday, October 26, 2008

Two lamps of interest were in the newspaper this morning.

The tripod floor lamp from CB2:

And the adjustable metal floor lamp from West Elm:

The lighting in the living room is hard because there is no overhead lighting and the furniture will mostly float in the room, making cords problematic.

This lamp also caught my eye because it looks like an oversized table lamp to me. Not sure if it will work, but it's interesting to me.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Living Room Plans

We FINALLY might actually possibly be considering maybe purchasing living room furniture and a rug. Maybe. Here's the plan:

The sofa and chairs are from Room and Board. The rug is Karastan. The fireplace wall will be painted blue and the doors on the niches removed. The other 3 walls will be a cream/golden tan. The sofa will be in blue and the chairs in the brown. I think the chairs will really pop against the blue wall and white trim. I like that the tufting on the sofa seat is echoed in the chair backs. We have collected a few silver candlesticks and other decorative items and have moved the dark wood round coffee table into that room. We have a bit of measuring to do, but I think this will work really well. What do you think?

Dinner today: Meatloaf, Alton Brown's Stove top Macaroni and Cheese, salad

Is it Fall yet?

Long time, no blog, ay? Just finished a quilt for Ava Riley. Apparently I've been in denial for the past, oh, 11 months that there is a new baby on the way. Whatever. It's done now, and LBK says it's one of his all time favorites. I'm not sure I rate it that high, but I do love it. I used a charm pack of Flutterby, a Moda fabric set by Tula Pink. It's girly without being pink and floofy. All the patterns look like florals and stripes and geometric prints, but they all incorporate snails, caterpillars, butterflies and ladybugs. I couldn't find yardage for the "solids" so I subbed in some others, and I love the fabric on the back.

So how is the To Do List? Some good, some bad, and some really ugly:

  • Mom's quilt? Still not done. It's about 1/2 quilted. I didn't intend for the top to be one Christmas' gift, and the quilting the next Christmas' gift....
  • LBK's chair quilt - not yet started, but next up on the list
  • Tommy's quilt - done, but forgot to take pictures! Must email Tommy's mom post haste.
  • Gardening - done for the season. Shade garden complete. One side is pretty sunny, so next year I will have to add some more sun-friendly things on that side. Also have to order Orange Marmalade Hostas in the spring. When we rake leaves, I will use the lawnmower to crunch lots of leaves for winter cover/composting.
  • Kitchen valances - vegetable fabric purchased, next up on the list
  • Also must start planning for Christmas crafty and kitcheny goodness. Limoncello, I think, this year since we have all turned into lushes. Cookies of course. Maybe some dishtowels for everyone.