Monday, June 27, 2011

Dream House

A lot of my friends have been posting improvements they're doing to their house, or photos of things they want and projects they want to do and it's all making me crave a place of my own again!
I'm definitely ready to stop migrating around and have a house of our own (as in, buy one) but we're not nearly ready financially so to appease myself I have created a binder in which I am constructing my dream house.
It's the cutest little purply/flowery/scrolly binder you ever did see (the 3-ring binder version of the notebook on left), and within it are pictures, lists, and (eventually) floor plans. If I can't have my dream home I can at least make sure everybody knows what it would have looked like!
So the following are a lot of pictures of room layouts and colors that I love, room designs I'm going to steal, and set ups that are just genius. Enjoy!

I want at least one window in my kitchen that looks like this:

I refuse to do dishes, clean up, cook, all that icky stuff and only have a teensy little window to look out of because, of course, the view will be spectacular!

and the shower in the master bedroom? This. Very much this. A bajillion times this (except different tile and bathroom, of course. we're just talking the shower system here)

I love the look of vessel sinks. Like the old school pitcher-and-basin system of washing your face and hands but without the country pottery designs (and the convenience of modern plumbing, of course. Hellooooo warm water). Now I don't like the stand it's sitting on or the handles on the faucet, but I love the sink itself.

I want every single floor to be hardwood (except bathrooms, perhaps. those could be tile) and I would LOVE something like this, I love the color:

and walk-in closet big enough to run around in? yes please.

That rug will be black, the ottoman will be red, and we'll quietly get rid of all that animal print stuff (I don't have anything like that anyway.)

Kitchen! Lookit the ceiling on this beast. I love those timbers. and that fireplace style stone around the stove? yummy.Gas range, of course.

I don't like the color scheme, I want a mostly white kitchen with cobalt blue accents everywhere. That window needs to be wider, of course (see above) and there would be a little shelf along the window near the top that would be lined with a plethora of various sized blue bottles and vases (light shining through blue glass!) 

Floor will be light tile, and the chairs aren't really my style. I would probably opt for a plain white, straight back style, nothin' fancy. And don't get me started on the rub-sandpaper-on-brand-new-furniture-to-make-it-look-old style. I fail to see the benefit in paying for brand new and having it look old. Why not just buy old? Search flea markets and thrift shops, not only will you save a bundle but the furniture you find will have actual character!

In the interest of leaving some more dream house details for another post (because baby, I've got lots!) I will leave you with this image. That's right. Break out the Peach Mango candles and Real Simple magazine. Where's my glass of Riesling?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

You might be a mother if:

-you've ever used something other than a tissue to wipe a nose that wasn't on your own face
-the insensitive and brainless comments you received when you were pregnant still make you mad when you think about them (who DOES that?)
-you've ever been so engrossed in watching Anne of Green Gables (for the umpteenth time) that you don't notice your daughter has dumped an entire basket of folded laundry on the floor and is now throwing it in the air like giant cloth confetti
-you can tell when your kids getting sick because of the change in personality
-you can accomplish in one morning what normally would have taken you a week when you were single (laundry, dishes, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc)
-one of your kids starts throwing up and your first reaction is to catch it
-you have the lyrics to all of the VeggieTales songs memorized but can't remember where you left the nail clippers (true story...can't find them for the life of me.)
-you have hand sanitizer, baby wipes, and a pack of tissues in every bag you use (diaper bags, purses, etc)
-you've ever had hairy knees poking out of your capri pants because you ran out of time in the shower and couldn't finish shaving
-you've ever used your daughter's tiny sparkly purple barrette in your hair because you couldn't find one of your own and she has an endless supply
-your kid takes a tumble and you remain seated and calmly ask if he's okay instead of rushing to his side and freaking out
-you get your kids ready for church in 10 minutes flat and then realize you're still in your pajama pants and bedroom slippers
-you look forward to watching cartoons because they're kinda funny (Phineas and Ferb, anyone?)
-you've ever used a diaper/nursing pad as emergency undies/maxi pad
-your current floor cleaning method involves the dog more than it involves the broom

Saturday, June 18, 2011

May Movies

I know it's late, sorry! Last month's movies were "Green Light" and "Jason and the Argonauts" and I really enjoyed both!

Since I had so much fun watching Errol Flynn in Robin Hood I recorded and watched another of his films called "Green Light" (1937, directed by Frank Borzage). Errol Flynn stars as a physician who takes the blame for a colleague when he accidentally kills a woman on the operating table. The plotline in general was good, but the film didn't quite know what it wanted to be. It was 1 part religious, 1 part mystical, and 2 parts heroic romance. It could definitely benefit from an update, although without Errol Flynn to star in it, it wouldn't be the same.

"Jason and the Argonauts" (1963, directed by Don Chaffey) was my color film for May and it did not disappoint. The stop-action animation is the stuff of legend, and the rest of the effects are good too! As far as the storyline goes, it wasn't anything too exciting and could be considered boring by some, but the film is definitely worth watching if for nothing but the nostalgia factor. And in case you wanted to know, the word "Argonauts" comes from the name of their ship (the Argo) and "nauts" stems from nautical, meaning "sailors" (so basically "Argonauts" means Sailors of the Argo.) Now you know!

Go watch some old-school movies, you won't regret it. I think I'll have to watch the new Argonauts to see what they did to it.