Before + After; Front Door

Before + After; Front Door

Today I’m sharing a quick before + after with you! I never really thought about painting doors until recently (I think I saw something on YHL). We were having a very tough time choosing paint colors for our living room, as you can see by our many swatches in the before photo (I still don’t love it, but it is better than seeing the scuff  marks all over the walls–more on the wall color in another post), and this yellow was one of the colors we loved but decided not to go with. Then it struck me! Paint the door this color! I also painted the trim, and well, the wall was painted in between these shots. I also cleaned and touched up the hardware, and we finally turned our peep-door right side up! I’m not sure if it was ignorance or a prank, but almost all the outlets and such were turned upside down in this apartment… (strange). For the record, because this is a rental I did not paint the exterior of the door, just the interior! Anyway, what do you think? Improvement, no?
Living + Workspace Series:
• (09/15/11) Living + Workspace Layouts
• (09/29/11) The Midas Touch ← mood board
• (10/04/11) Building Our Own Coffee Table
• (10/13/11) Living + Workspace; Built-in Sketches
• (11/11/11) Living + Workspace Update
• (11/14/11) Bookcases
• (11/22/11) Painting a Projector Screen
• (03/30/12) Before + After: Antique Lamp
• (06/19/12) Living + Workspace: Current Layout and Mood
• (06/20/12) Living + Workspace: A Revealing Update

A year of Laelia’s Outfits

A year of Laelia’s Outfits

I posted A Laelia Outfit #1 on March 31, 2011, so last Saturday marked a full year of Laelia’s outfits! Let’s take a look back:

Laelia’s outfits started as a way for me to document the tiny pieces of clothing that I love before they went back out the door as she wore them out or outgrew them. The project has also taught me a lot about photography and how to photograph objects, and it has been great to think about new ways to photograph outfits! Also, a lot of my readers really seem to like them, so it’s pretty awesome that other people share my happiness.

Most of Laelia’s outfits come from Old Navy, baby GAP and Target. While I guess that can sound a little boring, it’s nice to think that most people have ready access to these stores, and they are very affordable! (I mostly shop baby GAP during sales). So few people can see Laelia’s outfits and be discouraged; you can get some adorable, affordable stuff at a local store! Some items are hand me down items, and I’ve been on the lookout for some good resale children’s shops in my area with moderate success.

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Before + After: Antique Lamp

Before + After: Antique Lamp

The other week I finally got my act together and polished this old lamp and bought a new drum shade for it. This lamp was my grandmother’s, and she gave it to my mom when she was 17, and my mom gave it to me when I was about 15. And by gave, I mean I usurped it and it went into my room, and then came with me to college, and then sat in storage for 3.5 years until Tyler and I moved in together! The old shade was the one my mom had on it, but I re-upholstered it with the Anna Maria Horner fabric (sketchbook – ivory) that we had all over the old living room. This was probably the third or fourth time I had recovered it somehow. I decided I really still love the AMH fabric I used here, and I really wanted a drum shape shade, so I just bought a new shade. :) It definitely sits in this room much better then the old shade which was competing with everything else in here. I realize now, I haven’t really done an update for the living + workspace, or any “before” shots, so I should put that together soon. We are definitely not in a full-blown “reveal” state, but I want to start posting more “in progress” shots, especially considering how many months this room has taken to come together…
So anyway, back to when I got this lamp when I was in high school; This was my favorite lamp when I was growing up (I love the glass/crystal detail… I thought it was magic when I was a kid), so when my mom asked if I wanted it in my room I jumped on the chance! But, there was this thing going on in the late 90s where no one wanted anything to do with anything yellow gold or brass; instead, silver was all the rage! Like an idiot I painted this lamp with a silver marker so it would match all the other metals in my room (this was a primary concern of mine. I even spent my after-school-job money on brushed silver knobs for my desk. I guess I’ve been into this stuff for a while, huh?).  Never give an antique lamp to a 15-year-old with metallic markers! Or, at least make sure they know how to repair it later! So, I got out my trusty bartender’s friend and brass cleaner, and set to work. The silver pen came off rather quickly, only to reveal a layer of black gunk. We realized it was sooooooo dirty we really needed to take it apart.

We soaked all the bits in a vinegar/water solution and scrubbed with all manner of cleaners. I even scraped out years of gunk with a toothpick for hours! The results were quite impressive!
We might have over-scrubbed in a few areas, but it certainly closer to its former glory, and now it is BRASS again (♥)! What do you guys think?! 

Living + Workspace Series:
• (09/15/11) Living + Workspace Layouts
• (09/29/11) The Midas Touch ← mood board
• (10/04/11) Building Our Own Coffee Table
• (10/13/11) Living + Workspace; Built-in Sketches
• (11/11/11) Living + Workspace Update
• (11/14/11) Bookcases
• (11/22/11) Painting a Projector Screen
• (04/06/12) Before + After: Front Door
• (06/19/12) Living + Workspace: Current Layout and Mood
• (06/20/12) Living + Workspace: A Revealing Update

How to Hang a Mobile

How to Hang a Mobile

Today, I’m going to show you how we hung our favorite blabla knit mobile! :) A few people have asked me how we hung it, and we had to re-hang it since we moved the crib after we moved out all the office furniture, so I figured, “why not photograph it?”! Also,  I felt I should share it as a part to sharing the quilt wall. I took this opportunity to paint the wood block white and gold. I don’t know why I ever even stained it black in the first place! What was I thinking… You can revisit what it used to look like in the old office|nursery tour.
Materials:
1: Museum Putty
2: Wood Block Moulding, with a 1/4″ hole drilled into it. (We did this ourselves, they do not come pre-drilled).
3: A large paperclip!
4: A Staple Gun
5: A cute mobile!

Step 1: Straighten your paperclip, but leave the smaller curved edge.

Step 2: Slide the paperclip through a hole in the knitting at the length at which you want your mobile to hang, so as not to damage the mobile string.

Step 3: Insert the paperclip into the hole.

Step 4: Pull the paperclip and the mobile string through the hole, but do not free the string (there should be two strands of string).

Step 5: Staple the string to the wall at the point where the paperclip was. Be sure the staple goes around the string, not through it. (This is Tyler’s hand!)

Step 6: Make four balls of museum putty.

Step 7: Place one ball of putty at each corner.

Step 8: Pull the wood block up to the ceiling while keeping the string taut. (I was doing this one-handed so I could photo it, but you get the idea, right?)

Step 9: Secure the woodblock in place.

And it has never fallen even once! :)

A Laelia Outfit #30

A Laelia Outfit #30


Cardi: baby Gap
Checkered Dress with  zig zag trim: Carters
Bow Shoes: H&M kids

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