Loggia

Loggia.  Weird word, right?  A loggia is an architectural feature which is a covered exterior gallery or corridor that is usually on an upper level.  The outer wall is open to the elements and usually supported by a series of columns or arches.  It’s amazing what you can learn when you look up a simple word in the dictionary on your iPhone.

We aren’t getting a loggia nor do we currently have a loggia.  But it does have something to do with this post.  Anyways, a while back, I shared that we’d be painting the exterior of our house with Sherwin Williams Felted Wool.

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Oh and in case you are new here or if you just need a refresher, here’s what the exterior of our home looks like:

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Near the end of that post I told you that we needed to decide on a paint color for the vinyl siding that we have on our house.  I thought by sticking with a color on the same color strip, that would make things easier than easy.  But boy was I wrong, because nothing is ever really that easy.

After about 5 or 6 test pots of paint, 10 or 12 trips up and down the ladder, some moola spent at Sherwin Williams and 1,492 eye rolls from my husband, we came up with a winner.  It’s the color Loggia.  It’s a color I would have never chosen at first (hence the multiple test pots and so much money spent on samples) but boy does it look AMAZING with the Felted Wool.

loggia  felted-wool

Don’t they look really nice next to each other?  Colors never come across just right on a computer screen but the Loggia is a nice, warm taupe color.  If you want to see how fabulous it really looks, you’ll just have to come over.  I’ve already put a little bit on the siding (in places where it won’t be conducive to use the paint sprayer) and am loving it already.

At the rate I’m achieving things, by the time I get our house painted, it’ll be time to paint again. 🙂  But seriously, I hope to spend most of my “spare” time in the next couple of weeks on this project.  J.C. and I are feeling more and more at home out here, but really feel like the exterior of our home hasn’t been touched by us yet.  So, hopefully after the paint is up and we change a few other things, it will feel like we are pulling up to “our” home… instead of his grandparents house that we bought three years ago.

Have your heard the phrase, “Home is wherever I’m with you.”?  Well, for us, that’s a pretty true statement.  I would rest easy at night knowing that J.C. and Jackson were by my side, no matter where we were.  But, since we are here, we want it to feel like home… not just a house, but our safe place.  A place that we want to return to at the end of the day.  Our home.

 

 

Office Chair Debacle

Hey guys!!!!  I obviously don’t have much time to write posts but I did want everyone’s opinion on which desk chair I should buy.  I’ve been using a dining room chair as a place holder for FAR too long.  I have to drag it back and forth (which is a first world problem, I know) and it’s not that comfy all day either.

At first, I didn’t want wheels because that wasn’t “chic” and “stylish”… but then I remembered that I have a baby.  And wheels means I can whip around and see what’s going on a lot faster than no wheels.  So, I’m getting an office chair that rolls… on wheels.

I put together a little mood board of the options I’m looking at.  They are all adjustable in height and also offer free shipping.  The best part is that all of them are under $200.  I put a picture of my desk on the moodboard as well.  Just a little note to hopefully make your choice easier: 1) there are floor length, dark grey/navy curtains just to the right of my desk, 2) my desk is just behind the living room area, like still in the living room but sort of seperated and 3) also to the right of my desk is one of our leather living rooms chairs, which is a nice rich, camel color.

I say all of that to let you know that there is a lot of “heavy” around my desk which is why I’m leaning towards something lighter in color for my office chair.  And btw, the desk isn’t as gray in real life.  It’s got more of a warm tone to it than the photo portrays.  So here’s the moodboard:

chair options

Really and truthfully, I’m having a very hard time deciding, which means I kind of like them all.  But who needs 5 desks chairs?  Not I!  So, weigh in for me and leave some feedback.  I’d appreciate it!  I’m off to change a very stinky diaper… I wish I was joking… but I’m not.  🙂

 

Hello all…

Well hello there.  It’s been since September 30th since we spoke last.  I sort of feel bad about that but at the same time, I’ve been super busy since then and don’t remember having a single week that was “normal” for me since that date.  What the heck is normal anyways?

I’m not sure that I evaluated my decision to start blogging again well enough, because I obviously don’t have time to devote to it.  Actually I do have time, we all have time.  I just find myself choosing other things over blogging.  I really like to write (in a journal and on here) because it’s a bit of a release and an outlet; however, I’m not sure if I can fully commit.

I guess my question is, would you rather me just quit or would you rather see posts on a very random, when-I-can schedule?  We have done some projects that I’d love to show you.  It’s just hard to find the time to take the photos, edit them to look pretty and then write and edit a post.  🙂  Leave a comment and tell me what you think.  Should I stay or should I go?!

Felted Wool

Normally when I think of wool, I think of being warm but also being a bit itchy.  You know those green army blankets that are made of wool?  They are super warm but not so soft and snuggly… am I right?  But now, my feelings for wool have changed.  And for the better!

J.C. and I have talked about painting the exterior of our house, which is brick (enter huge gasp) since day one.  The color of the brick isn’t necessarily our style and when something doesn’t feel right to you, what does the average human want to do?!  Change it!  And change we shall.  Here’s how she looked last time you saw her… in this post:

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The only changes to this pic are that now ALL of the bushes are gone.  Like zip, zilch, zero, none.  And as soon as we did it, we both stepped back and smiled.  Now when you pull up to our house or just drive by, you can actually see the house.  And the both of us think it makes the house look a little bigger.  We have plans for some landscaping down the road, but that will probably have to wait until next summer.  Let’s get back on track shall we?!

Sherwin Williams is where we buy every bit of our paint.  For rental properties, house flipping, interior, exterior, EVERYTHING!  They have amazing colors, really good customer service and run sweet deals all of the time.  Just recently they had all of their paints marked 30% off so I started putting pin to paper paint to brick to see if I could find the perfect color for our exterior.

I started off with At Ease Soldier.

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I liked it but I felt like it might be a little too boring.  It was nice but didn’t make me squeal with excitement.  Plus it seemed a smidge light, so we decided to try something a little different.

Next up was Connected Gray.

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Don’t let them name fool you… there was nothing gray about it.  It was more of a true army green to me than anything else.  It was alright but really a little more green than I was hoping for.  J.C. seemed to like it a good bit, but I think that was only because he was comparing it to the previous color that we weren’t so in love with.

We have a little pump house… remember?  I posted about it here.  Every time I tried a color on the brick, I also painted a swatch on the pump house (well except for the At Ease Soldier).  Why you ask?  Because I want it to be the same color as the house.  The Connected Gray was not doing it for me AT.ALL on the pump house so it was officially a bust.

Next up was Oyster Bay.

oyster-bay

Does that ring a bell anyone?  Yes, no, maybe?!  It is the color that I painted our shutters out front (well two of the four anyways)  Ooppss.  You can read all about why only two of them were painted and see that color here.

I figured if I liked it on the shutters (and since I had some left in the paint can), I might as well try it out.  It looked really nice on the pump house but was SO wrong on the brick.  It looks like a dirty white with a green tinge.  Bleh… no thanks!

At this point, I was feeling a little hopeless.  And J.C. was starting to ask how much dough I had spent on the samples. HA!  I told him not near as much money as us painting the house a color I absolutely hated and then having to do it all over again, dear.  I think he said something about me probably being right.  🙂

So, back to Sherwin Williams I went.  This time instead of picking colors out of the green family (we are looking for a greenish-grayish) color, I went to the grays.  I brought home about 3,712,904 samples and we finally narrowed it down to Intellectual Gray, which is a gorgeous gray with slight green undertones.

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I went back to Sherwin Williams (how many trips is that so far?) and got the sample.  I couldn’t wait to get some on the brick.  I could tell as soon as I put it on the house and another swatch on the pump house that we were getting warmer.  Letting it dry gave us a truer feel of how it would look.  I told J.C. that this was really close but we should probably try the next color down.  Just one shade darker…

And voila!  Magic!  Slam dunk baby!  We found a winner in Felted Wool.

felted-wool

It looks amazing on the brick, awesome on the pump house and will set our house apart from all of the other 1970s ranch style brick homes in the world.  I’m so stoked about getting this bad boy painted that I can hardly stand it.  Here it is on the house and pump house (keep in mind the brick is basically and the pump house is basically white so the same color looks totally different):

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So, our plan is to paint this fall.  After it cools down a smidge but before it’s freezing cold.  Oh and just in case you are wondering, my definition of freezing cold is anything below 60 degrees.  Call me a whimp, I don’t care.  I wasn’t made for cold weather.  Also, we need to beat duck season.  My husband loves to duck hunt on Saturdays so we need to at least be started before that gets going, which is normally around the 3rd weekend of November.  I already have our amazing babysitter booked for next weekend so that we can do the prep work (prep work is the WORST – but necessary).

We still need to pick a color for the siding, which is on the eaves of the house as well as under the carport and the fascia.  I’m going to make my life a lot easier and pick a color that is on the same swatch as Felted Wool.  So, it will be in the same family… just lighter.  Here are my options:

amazing-gray      wordly-gray

I have no clue which one it will be.  I’ll more than likely have to go get a test pot (or two).  The good thing is, I only have two options, which will make my life much easier.  I like easier!  So, this post is already over 1,100 words, which seems really long.  I need to wrap this thang up!  Let me know what you think of our Felted Wool.  And if you are free anytime between now and duck season, we could use a extra set of hands!

 

 

 

Rug Round Up

Hello there!  Hope your day is going well.  I have had a very productive day today so I figured I’d be a little more productive by writing a post.  My best friend and her husband just recently bought a new-to-them house and are renovating it… from top to bottom.  They’re doing EVERYTHING!  I feel like I’ve been there and done that before.  Oh wait, we have done that before. HA!

Anyways, she basically has me on retainer as her interior designer.  Weird thing is though, she still hasn’t paid me 🙂  But even so, I’m still “working” for her.  She messaged me the other day and asked me to help her find rugs for her girls rooms that would – 1) stand up to kids and 2) look timeless.  Both of those are very important.  Oh and they are doing a lot of their buying at Home Depot, so she told me the more options I could find there, the merrier she’d be.

Buying a nice rug is like buying a good bra… it’s going to be an investment.  Rugs aren’t something that most* people buy new every week.  I would think it’s safe to say that when people buy rugs, they keep them for a while or rotate them between rooms.  So, spending a little dough on a rug isn’t so bad when you realize that you’ll be getting some really good use out of it.

So one of the bedrooms has aqua, orange, white, and grays while the other room has pink and blue.  I figured that we didn’t need to choose something that would clash with other patterns she may be using in their rooms so here is what I come up with…

For the aqua/orange/white/gray room:

safavieh boston orange rug

Isn’t she pretty?  It’s low pile so it would be super easy to run the vacuum over.  It does have a pattern but it would play very well with other patterns/materials in the room.  The 8 x 10 cost about $285, which is a really good price for a larger rug.  And the brand is Safavieh.  We have a couple of their rugs and have been very pleased.  This one is a winner in my book!  (P.S.  My blog is just like before.  You can click on the picture and it will take you straight to the site I found it on for more info, details, pricing, etc.)

vintage rug

Isn’t it lovely?  I just adore the vintage look and pretty colors.  I think this would be timeless and could definitely “grow” with her little girl.  The brand is nuLoom and for a 8 x 10 it’s about $270, just a smidge less than the other one.  (Sorry for the crummy picture.  That’s the best I could get off of the website.)

And for the pink and blue room:

vintage rug blue

Well look at that!  It’s the same rug from above… just blue.  I fall pretty hard for a “vintage look” rug so these had me at hello FOR SURE!  It the same price as the orange, $270 for an 8 x 10.

shag blue

Because what little girl doesn’t want a thicky, shaggy blue rug in her room?  My niece would freak over this rug so I’m assuming that every other little girl would too!  The brand is Safavieh… but this time it’s a little more expensive – $335 for a 8.5 x 12.  That is a little bigger than the others so the price might be justified.

I know that’s only two options for each room, but that’s how my BFF rolls.  She wants me to pick a few that I think would be great and then she’ll pick from those.  I like to make people’s lives easier so this was truly my pleasure.  And who doesn’t like looking at pretty rugs?!

I’m not sure if she is going with any of these 4 options, but I thought a post like this might help some of my other readers.  Choosing a rug can be overwhelming because there are SO many different ones out there.  Short or low pile, patterned or solid, natural or synthetic fiber, etc., etc., etc.!?  HELP!

I do have one last bit of advice… make sure the rug is the right fit.  Obviously a rug that’s too big for a room just won’t fit.  And a rug too small will make everything seem out of balance and wonky.  If you are wondering how big (or small) of a rug you should purchase, jump on Pinterest and type in “area rug size guide”.  There are all sorts of guides to help you make a decision!