Adventures in Puppy Rearing

Ben's in Palm Springs for work this week (I know, tough life, right?) ;-) so Ivy and I are braving it alone until Friday. She got sick last night and I'll spare you the details, but I'm still dealing with the aftermath today. I think it's from a soft bone we gave her so we're sticking to hard bones from here on out. Lesson learned!

I stayed home today to clean up, take care of her, and honestly, catch up on some rest.  Raising a puppy is a new practice in patience for me. I've definitely been spoiled the past few years because all I had to worry about was going to work and paying my bills. Now with my first mortgage and a new pet, I've had to rearrange my priorities to make sure I'm taking care of everything the best I can. It's weird how you get so used to flying "solo" so adding anything to the mix sort of throws you off kilter.

With that being said, through all the frustration and stinky messes, when she saw me crying this morning and jumped into my lap it made all my pent up frustration and anxiety melt away. I mean, that face . . .

my little shadow
always sniffin'


Decisions, Decisions

I know I've been posting a lot of house-related stuff lately, but with spring's arrival I have been feeling even more inspired. Right now, my mind is obsessed with my office because I've been working on some side projects, meaning I've been spending a lot of time in there.

With that being said, we really need to remedy the light situation because the floor lamp isn’t cutting it after the sun goes down. 

I perused the internet and came up with some different options and need to make a decision ASAP. I've posted the links and pricing below. What do you guys think?

//1 $156.00
//2 $159.00
//3 $108.72
//4 $99.90
//5 $170.99 


operation paint the whole house before spring: complete

Somewhere in the midst of this treacherous winter I got the idea in my head to take advantage of being a slave to my home and paint every. darn. room. (with the exception of the kitchen and the bathroom because they are being gutted . . .eventually). It started so innocently with the office, and then the sun room which quickly turned into the hallway and now lastly, our bedroom. We technically could have done our spare room too, but it's a neutral color right now and honestly it's just a dumping ground that serves as space for an air mattress for our friends who want to stay over ;)

I had such a hard time picking a color for this room but the thing that swayed me to choose a darker and moodier blue was when Ben pointed out that we don't actually hang out in there a ton and it's mostly for sleeping, so even if it did turn out super dark, it doesn't really matter. That lead to us picking Behr's UL220-20 Atmospheric. (The ceiling is Behr flat white ceiling paint and the trim is the same as the rest of the house- Behr semi-gloss bright white.)

Some Friday night, messy room before's:

 Conquering the ceiling and the trim:

And finally, the walls! With help from my very best painting helpers, our mamas:



Next up are:

// Building a window seat 

// Adding crown molding

// Replacing the bedroom door + hardware



CL // the mecca of all things furniture

Decorating for me is both a completely satisfying and completely torturous process. I waffle between being obsessed with any changes I make to jumping into the next project without taking a breath. I’ll spend months scouring second hand stores and Craigslist for the perfect item only to constantly have one little thing that's off enough for me to pass it up.  This week, I decided to plug in my usual "leather armchair" search into CL and this beauty came up. 

The structure! The beading! The price! I immediately emailed the seller and snatched it up. It needs a little lovin' as the wood is worn and there are a few tears, but I love how how it is so much sleeker than the recliner. Sorry Ivy!

And speaking of our office, big changes are happening. We've decided to turn this closet into built in bookshelves to accommodate our growing collection. A couple months ago, I had cleaned out and organized it but it quickly turned back into my hoarder's closet and took my desk along with it.

We're moving this desk to the basement and putting the new chair, a reading lamp, an ottoman and a side table in its place. And because my CL stalking is never done, I'm hunting for this next . . .

reading lamp

Have you thrifted anything good lately?

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