Today was my day off form the Salon. So I should be refreshed right? Well I am just the opposite, completely drained after a long day of shopping. I never remember interior design being so overwhelming, but then again I was only painting a bedroom, decorating a dorm room, or furnishing an apartment, never a whole house.
It is overwhelming days like these, when I am grateful that my new home is small. Because I do not have space for tons of furniture, I am willing to spend a little more on my purchases. I am going for quality not quantity.
When I first moved into my house in May, I was looking through a magazine and came across a picture of the cutest front porch.
Ever since this picture has been my inspiration and it goes everywhere with me!
So I started my hunt for the prefect outdoor piece online. I originally fell in love with the wicker loveseat at West Elm.
Unfortunately, this piece measures 68 inches long, when my space is only 56 inches. It was originally $1500, marked down to $500, but it is online only and final sale. So I had to let it go, and keep looking.
Today, I checked out World Market, Crate and Barrel, Home Goods, and Pier 1 Imports. I ended up finding a loveseat very similar to the one at West Elm in Pier 1 Imports.
This piece is called the Ciudad Loveseat in Mocha. I like this piece because it is wicker but contemporary. This piece reminds me of the one at West Elm but it is smaller, measuring 45 inches long and 27 inches deep, perfect for my space. It is also on sale for $226, and returnable, just in case. I am getting the cushions in a blue color called Maui, however they are on back order, but should be available in two weeks.
I am pretty excited about seeing the final space. And if all fails I will just return everything and go for my boyfriend’s idea, two chairs and a table.
Do you have an outdoor space? What do you have on your front porch?
"There is a time of year in New York when even before the first leaf falls you can feel the seasons click. The air is crisp. The summer is gone. And for the first night in a long time you need a blanket on your bed."
In May, my boyfriend and I became home owners. And although we have done a lot to move in and unpack, we are still getting settled. My focus which was once the inside living room has been put on hold, because we are waiting for our Ethan Allen sectional to arrive. Hopefully it will come in late September. So for the time being I am now concentrating on my outdoor space.
Most people buy outdoor furniture for the Spring or Summer. But when I think of Spring, bad allergies comes to my mind. And as for the Summers in DC, they are just way to humid, to enjoy a day sitting outside. So Fall time has become by far my favorite season. And in the DC area, it is actually, the most beautiful time of year.
My outdoor space will be an extension of my indoor space.
So this is what I am imagining….
A gray wicker love seat, overflowing with funky patterned cushions and pillows.
A cozy hand knitted blanket draped over the side.
A side table or chest of some sort.
An outdoor rug.
A pot of flowers, or possibly relocate my lemon tree.
My porch is tiny tiny tiny. It will a challenge for me to find furniture small enough. If for some reason I can’t find a small enough wicker love seat, then I might consider a large chair, but my hunt starts tomorrow, so we will have to just see what I can find. It will also be a challenge to have all of the things above with out making the space over crowded. But I love a good challenge! So let the challenge begin.
I just want to wake up and be able to sit outside sipping on my morning tea in my new outdoor space. I want to relax, during a cool fall evening, outside knitting or reading with a nice glass of wine. I think it will be an enjoyable, comfy spot for my dogs too. The most important thing about my outdoor space is to make sure it screams COZY.
Summer is ending soon. I can feel it. The early mornings are cooler. The evening’s air has a bit of a chill. Are you guys ready for fall?
You have probably heard this so many times before, but this summer has been extremely busy for me. I’ll just give you a quick recap.
Home Owners: On May 24th, our two year search for the perfect affordable home in the Washington, DC was finally over. My boyfriend and I became home owners to a vintage brick 1950s duplex. Immediately, I was in love with it. We were so lucky because instead of a fixer upper, our home’s kitchen and bathroom was updated just the way we wanted. However, we still needed to paint, build a closet, buy furnisher, plant me a mini farm, and the list is never ending so I will spare you. But as you can see, my mind that normally is busy thinking about running and knitting, became occupied with thoughts about the house.
Yep that is my beautiful Kitchen!
Cool sink in the bathroom!
Paint color, New rug, TV mounted on the wall.
Travel: And then we traveled. Literally, five days after we moved into the house, we left to the Wild Wild West for a total of 10 days.
Boise, Idaho- for 3 days.
Yellowstone National Park-went to parts in Montana and then Wyoming. Spent two days there and a night.
Jackson Hole Wyoming
Oregon- for burgers at my bf’s Uncle’s burger joint called, Burger West! Next time you are in Oregon you have to check it out.
Craters of the Moon
A bear in Yellowstone!
Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Caving in Craters of the Moon!
Bison in Yellowstone!
More Travel: For the month of July, my Grammy, went from being healthy to having surgery. Unfortunately, she had complications during surgery, and was just not able to recover. Some days were good, others were bad, but after three weeks of being in ICU, she passed on the Friday after her 84th birthday.
Even though it was only for a day, I went up to MA. I canceled my clients and left early that Wednesday morning to be with Grammy on her 84th birthday. It was hard to see her in that state, but boy was I thankful I was there with her. Along with many other memories, I will always remember that day- seeing her tears run down her cheek when my mom and I rushed in the hospital room. Making her laugh as we talked about haircuts and color. Putting lipgloss on her lips. Feeling her squeeze my hand. Kissing her cheek and having her kiss mine back.
My Grammy, Dot Flathers.
Work Travel: I got back from MA Thursday morning, and then went straight to work. Then Sunday morning I headed back to the airport to catch a plane to LA for Sebastian Training. Sebastian Training was intense but fabulous. I learned a lot of great techniques and met some amazing other hairstylists. On Wednesday night I took the red eye flight home and landed Thursday morning, and then again went straight to work. I worked Friday and Saturday to make up some days.
More Travel: The following Wednesday, I went back up to MA, for my Grammy’s burial service. It took place of Thursday, Aug 9, 2012. It was a very beautiful service, and was exactly what she wanted. Her closest family was there. We prayed some short sweet prayers, and laughed and cried as we shared stories and memories.
All of us Girls.
I stayed for the rest of Thursday and some of Friday. In that time I was able to go my Grammy’s house. I was also able to hit up North Hampton, and of corse I stopped at a yarn shop. However, in the end, right before our flight was about to take off, the coolest thing happened, we saw a rainbow. You may think this doesn’t mean anything, but the ironic thing is, that when my grandfather, Pepe, died we saw a rainbow as well. A rainbow symbolizes beauty and peace after the storm. I believe this rainbow symbolizes my Grammy.
Grammy, the beauty and peace after the storm. Grammy, in heaven- a beautiful and peaceful place. Grammy, smiling down on us, giving us beauty and peace, letting us know, she’s alright, everything is ok. Closure.
Finally time to Knit: So as you can see I have been super busy and emotional and all that jazz… but I will say that while sitting in the airport I was able to decide on some future knitting projects. Also, this summer I have had the opportunity to visit two different Yarn shops, one in Idaho, and one in MA. I can’t wait to blog about them, and share the yarns I found there.
Fall time: Another thing that I am looking forward to is cooler temps, fall time. Fall is my favorite time of the year. During the Fall time, things slow down. I’m able to find the time to knit and run.
This was a long post, but I will be posting some shorter posts this week. So stay tuned.