Thursday, April 30, 2009

Family Photo Album - 1958

Clearly this dinner occurred on a warm summer evening, so I like the juxtaposition of the holiday table cloth. My grandfather really enjoyed photography -- particularly family portraits. There are two other cameras in the photo -- love it! This was taken in 1958 in Reseda, California. My mom is the little tyke on the right. It's rather striking how much my grandfather and Erik look alike in this photo ... don't you think?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

In the Morning

The eastern light streaming through our dining room window is a morning treat. It's been great making these daily discoveries...the delights and quirks of our little bungalow.
We've set up the dining room, though things will likely change in the near future. A larger table is in order. That chandelier you see sitting on the chair in the corner--it needs some new parts from Hippo Hardware before it can be installed.
 Nonetheless, we're enjoying this space--especially the built-in buffet and the ample storage it provides.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Let's Start Living

I think we can officially say that the living room is done, save a little furniture and artwork rearranging here and there. Oh, and new curtains are needed.
To recap, the living room project included adding the window you see here, skim-coating the textured walls, new paint, refinishing the wood floors, caulking the ceiling molding, installing a ceiling fan, and making a bulletin board-type frame for the Paris map. Remember what it looked like before?
I've been using this French linen sheet as a "slipcover" on our ugly couch-- it was a wonderful 50-cent estate sale find. However, I just checked what they are selling for on ebay ($300-400+!) and I'm wondering if I should rethink this sofa cover-up strategy!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Inspiration in the Neighborhood

Now that we're having some nice weather in Portland, Erik and I have been taking regular evening strolls through our inner northeast neighborhood to soak up all the great garden inspiration here. With camera in hand, we captured some favorite features that might get incorporated into our front yard landscaping.
Two-tiered rock wall (with lots of moss of course) - check!
Big stone slab steps -- love 'em!
Lots of natural-looking plants that spill over the wall -- definitely!
And a handsome parking strip that isn't all grass.
I'm so ready to transform our yard now!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Big Inspiration

This picture encapsulates a huge amount of my decorating inspiration while growing up. My cousin's bedroom -- perfect in every way, it seemed to me. I loved her books, her artwork, her cozy mismatched furniture. Oh how I wish I could step back in time and be in that space again...but memories (and photos) will have to do.

Monday, April 20, 2009

I Can Dream, Can't I?

It's TOTALLY not the right time for us to get a dog (with all our remodel projects and such), but that doesn't stop me from longing after all the cuties I see on Flickr! :-)
1. Maisie And Dylan, 2. dog day, 3. In bed, 4. Ginny

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Family Photo Album - 1945

Classic photo from 1945. My grandmother (on the left) and her friend, Doto (short for Dorothy?). My grandfather worked for L.A. County Road I think that's why they were hanging around all that heavy equipment.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hands & Knees

Now it's time to paint the art room floors. The guest room is looking fabulous--so airy and bright. Can't wait for the whole upstairs to be done so I can set up shop.
Same process as the guest room; however, this time we started with primer to save our brain cells from being subjected to three coats of the oil-based paint. This way, there will only be two.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Next Big Project

Landscaping. Both the front and back yard need a lot of love.
Although they provide some privacy, those rhodies mostly just block the views from our porch and picture windows. The pipe railing is a little unsightly, too.
The front yard has two nice trees--a Japanese Snowbell (which you can see here) and a Japanese Maple. Unfortunately, the yard just slopes down to a not-so-attractive lava rock wall at the sidewalk level. It would look great (and be a lot more usable) with a two-tiered retaining wall.
Bricks. Ivy. Chain link. There's lots to do back here. We like the espalier apple trees, though. We hope they grow back.
This will be our vegetable garden with raised beds one day.
And here's our little potting shed off the garage. Has a nice southern exposure. Sweetness!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Reinforcements Are Here!

The parents arrived to help out with a few projects around the house. First task was hanging our pot rack in the kitchen. My dad also built some bed platforms, installed shelves in my art room, fixed our bathroom door that wouldn't shut, patched some holes in one of the kitchen cabinets, and cut some wood for future improvements to the upstairs banister. Whew!
Mom did some major cleaning and organizing in our potting shed. The white and gold buffet on the left used to be in our living room on Clinton St. No room for it in the new house, but provides great (and charming) storage for gardening things.
Thanks to Mom again, we now have veggies growing in the backyard. Lettuce, chives, radishes, herbs. Wonderful! She also tidied the front porch in a big way:

We rearranging the living room furniture, turning the couch on a diagonal. Definitely helps make the sitting area more cozy.
One of our projects was to make a frame for our giant Paris map. Dad and I purchase some fiber board for the backing and molding for the trim. Boy, was that fiber board hard to cut straight and not a whole lot easier to install!
At the end of the day, we were all tired. Very tired!