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mumford music melts my heart

Posted on: 2.26.2012

everyone has that "go to" band that just always improves their mood. one of the first things that made me fall in love with jon was our similar taste in musical artists. we both appreciate an old world song with simple raw talent. Mumford & Sons could not represent this any better. literally every song they have out is genius. on our trip to Rabbit Hash over the Summer we listened to Mumford the whole way down. it was mine and jon's first trip to anywhere together and the songs now and forever will hold a special place to me. amazing band. amazing sound. amazing songs. check them out! 

going thrifting on a thursday

Posted on: 2.23.2012

work today was blah, the weather was even more blah and my mood... well, to sum it up... was blah. over the years, one thing i love to do by myself to perk up my mood is go to antique shops. i have my favorite shop, though, that is a total diamond in the rough. i have no idea why such an amazing antique shop is smack dab in the middle of fairfield ohio but i won't complain or ask any questions. 
 i usually don't go to the antique store or flea markets with a specific item in mind; you'll only be let down if you don't find it. but today, in the back of my mind i kind of, sort of, maybe a little desperately needed to find a set of antlers for my dining room wall. i'm wanting to do a collage of just completely random things. i have a piece of art that a friend of jon's made him in highschool and a few other things i have found online that i think will make the cut. i'm really excited about it, especially because i haven't found everything i want... actually i don't even know what exactly it is i'm looking for yet. i'm lucky i have a man that trusts my decorating tastes and let's me fly free with it. i came home today carrying a giant letter "e", a set of elk antlers and a metal tin with a parrot decaled on the front. in my mind, it's going to be gorgeous but i could understand his concerns if he has any!
 i litereally stood at this wall of letters for a good 
10 minutes trying to decide on which one to get. 
 i went with the "e"
 one of those "so ugly, i love it" pieces
 aisle after aisle of glorious crap!
my final goodies!! 

now that i'm home, my antlers are taking an 8 hour bleach bath before getting tacked up on the wall. 
another convenience of having this utility sink in the hallway. 
 Gracie tried to help me think of a layout for the wall. 
happy so far with how this wall is going to turn out!!

life lately

Posted on: 2.22.2012

told by my iphone pictures

1/2 moon table

Posted on: 2.21.2012

my aunt had given us a side table when she found out we got a new apartment. i loved the shape, the height and sturdyness of it. totally solid piece of furniture... but not my favorite color. i love green when decorating and knew i wanted to do a bright fun coat. now, in life, there are always tough decisions to make. what career will you choose? what city will you live in?  and what shade of green do you paint your new table... the bright green? the super bright green? the bright bright green? i went with the darker of the three and couldn't have been more pleased with the color as it dried. it's still a little tacky (it's still drying) but i'm excited to put it back in its place covered in our knick-knacks.
note to self: projects like this are better left for me while jon just enjoys the view from the couch. 

some little kitty,  who shall remain nameless, thought it would be fun to track through my painting area and run across the hardwood. thanks, _____!! 
i gotta say, i'm obsessed with many features that our apartment came with. and when we first moved in, this utility sink in the middle of our hallway wasn't really one of them. i thought it was a complete eye sore, but the more times that i walk by it, the less times i notice it.  when our landlord gutted his apartments he kept the art students in the area in his mind. the sink was so students could clean their brushes with ease in the livingroom. genius idea i suppose and today, i fell in love with this amenty just like artsy kids before me!

and voila!

my happy little table back in its nook of the living room

some pics of our new home

Posted on: 2.08.2012

thank god! we are FINALLY settled into this new dream home of ours! it took about 3 weeks to get the place organized and up to my OCD standards, but i couldn't be more proud of how it turned out. it's enormous, yet just the right amount of space for us... and our new kitty! Jon's mom gave us a precious cat from her house and i'm already in love with her. on moving day, we thought that we had lost her out the front door, but it turned out she had just found a new fun hiding spot under the floor board in our kitchen... which i quickly blocked with a shoe. here's a few pics of the place!
 the green couches are from home reserve which was the best site i could have found in my last apartment. i had a tricky stairway that no couch could travel up, so this site that offers buildable couches was practically my only option. they come in 3 boxes; stuffing, wood, and fabric and you literally build the couches yourself. i love them. so durable and they were dirt cheap.
 the couch was a splurge that we made but i'm glad we did. it totally brightens up the room and is beyond comfy. and all three pieces split apart so in time, it can be rearranged should i choose. winning! the wood piece on the ottoman was $2 in the "as is" section at Ikea and has worked out perfectly to sub in as a coffee table and the basket is from Target. 
 i'm so obsessed with these high ceilings... and so is my 6 foot 8 boyfriend! 
 this pig is the ugliest thing i have ever layed eyes on but when I saw it for $2 at a thrift store, i had to have him! he's solid metal, heavy as hell and covered in shiny metallic paint. the little suitcase was used to hold old rollerskates back in the day and was $15 at an antique store
 a glass jar filled with old and random matchboxes from different restaurants and hotels 

 these glass candle holders are from CB2 and were a steal. I bought them a year ago not knowing what they would be used for and i love them over the dining room table. plus, they look gorgeous with tea lights hanging over the table. fishing line is amazing! 

 this hideous dresser was given to us by a guy we work with as a "house warming gift" i think he was just trying to get rid of it.. but i'm kind of growing fond of it. and the gumball machine has been with me since i was a baby. that thing will probably be with me forever.
 i love our kitchen. all new appliances, granite countertops and an unreal amount of cabinet space. 
 i'm trying so hard to build us up a decent wet bar. i got this cart from Ikea years ago and still love it. and the brown tray was from Pier 1. it's a work in progess! 
 that chest is another obsession piece of mine. a guy on craigslist sold it to me for FORTY dollars 2 years ago and it's my favorite decor piece that i own. i pray he will soon find a tv stand for his monster television so that my trunk can breath again.. hopefully at the foot of our bed :) 
ps get a load of that exposed brick. Gah!
 i got this map when we went to Yellowsprings, Ohio. it was in an old bookstore and was a brochure of all the haunted places in Ohio. I loved it, unfolded it and had it framed... for a couple hundred dollars. Gulp. But, even though it cost me a little bit, I love it and think it's really different and unique.
 and last but not least, our pretty kitty. her name is Gracie and she is adorable. Calm most of the time and, most importantly, matches all of our furniture. 

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