10 March 2013

Pictures of you.

A recent conversation with Sara has prompted a long overdue confession. I am an organized person. I have lists, calendars, reminders, schedules. Minus my laundry issues, I am a neat and tidy person and while I like organized "displays," I hate random clutter (don't even get me started on virtual clutter!). Alas, in hidden, dark corners, I am a total slob. Open my dresser drawers and you will discover a giant ball of clothes. Peek in either of our spare bedroom closets and you'll find various piles of wrapping paper, art from previous homes, a giant TV, tools all over the floor - total chaos. Glimpse into any of our built-in linen cabinets and you'll find more of the same. A lot of these jumbles were created when we moved in and didn't have a home for everything - stuff just got stuck places. I think it's high time to get the dark corners of my life under control. Also, while our house in general is in pretty good shape, there are still a ton of projects we want to tackle, and we've done NONE of them this year. I'm happy to report that we are getting back in the swing of things (perhaps the hints of spring have gotten us inspired) and had a very productive weekend, which was kicked into gear after an awesome antiquing outing with Hillary.

We went to the antique mall shortly after Christmas and it was kind of a bust, so our expectations were in check. We were happy, however, to discover a handful of new booths and a ton of new stuff. We both came home with some good loot, and I even scored some less common Pyrex in perfect condition, for $8!

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This dish not only inspired a mish-mash potato bake for dinner...

But I reassessed my Pyrex cabinet and reorganized some things. It's looking nice and neat now.

The big antiques score, though, was this little coffee table that I haven't found a home for yet but I'm madly in love with.

I like the yellow, but it would make more sense with our stuff if we were to paint it black - so that'll probably happen. Eventually.

Between the mess in the closet, the ceiling fan that may be the ugliest fan ever hung on a ceiling, and the leaning tower of Pisa book shelf in our "Winter Room," we started to tackle that room this morning. Here's a before -

The after isn't quite ready yet, but I am happy to report that that book shelf, which made me scowl every time I looked at it, is down and ready for the trash. Woo!

The most exciting progress I have to report, though, is a good start to my photo wall that I've been planning for ages and started putting together last week. I just started hanging stuff, and then switching it around, then adding more... Not the most logical way to go about it, but I'm pretty happy with the end result. This hallway has annoyed me forever, and now it really feels lived in. And it makes me happy to see so many smiling faces every time I pass by.

Creeper George.

We've got our beach, me on Lake Michigan when I was six, my mom's mom on the water in the '40s, and my dad's parents posing with the Florida surf in the '70s. Just love it. My favorite photo ended up getting its own wall -

That's my grandma Choppy - probably in the '60s - in a ruffle bikini, working in her garden (on the table we have a cocktail and some smokes - classic!). I inherited a lot of my grandparents' photos, including some pretty random ones (they were in the grocery biz, so there are lots of store events, including visits from Mr. Peanut [who I have many memories of meeting] and Aunt Jemima) and some pretty awesome ones, like this.

Oh, and we booked our fall vacation! Back to Vancouver, this trip making time for a few days on Vancouver Island. CAN'T WAIT! I can almost taste the oysters now..... Happy weekend, everyone!


Sara said...

I love the family photos at the beach wall! Such a great idea. The pyrex pattern is super great too!

Melissa said...

Yay antiques! And your house is three million times more together than ours will ever be!