I'm on the lookout for a cocktail ottoman for the library. We currently have a bench from the old apartment doing its best in that spot, but it really doesn't belong there. Our library is dark and cozy, and I'm trying to fit as much seating as possible into our little house, so a cocktail ottoman should be just the thing. Naturally, I'm at an utter loss for what color or style would look best. Chances are I'll go with what speaks to me, cohesion be damned.
I sadly did not get to spend the weekend outside working on my (farmer's) tan and garden, thanks to the rain. Instead, I decided to finish a project I had started a few weeks ago, then forgot about and left in the shed for a while (sorry Edward).
These x benches are so good for a bit of color and occasional seating. Perfect for our little house. They also looked like a fairly straightforward project, which is just my speed. So why not give it a try?
To start, I ordered myself a pair of these benches from Target (and hey look! On sale now!):
Edward and I are celebrating our one year anniversary this weekend. A year later, and some things stick, while others are gone. I know we had centerpieces at the wedding, and I'm told the food was good, but I only have vague recollections of either. I also know that I spent a lot of time worrying about which dance floor to rent, and while I spent a lot of time on the dance floor, I certainly didn't pay attention to the color. Then there are little random items around our house or in my purse that immediately bring me back to that lovely week in Charleston.
The library is quickly becoming my favorite room in the house, which means it's also the room I want to do the most work in. I am thrilled with the wall color, which we chose after going through about a million different sample jars of slightly different shades of green. We've also got a pretty decent whiskey collection started up here, with our Ardbog Scotch, Cody Road Rye, and Rowan's Creek Bourbon. I've got some artwork in mind for the blank space in the chair nook, and we'll need some killer lighting there as well. I'm on the lookout for a small ottoman or pouf to go with the chair, and then a larger cocktail ottoman to serve as coffee table and seating. I suppose we could use some bookshelf styling, although I'm a stickler for the Dewey Decimal System. No color coded shelves in this room.
Every Spring my brunette self starts to dream of going blonde. It would most likely be a disaster, but what can I say? I feel the pull of bright, beachy hair.
A quick Pinterest search of blonde hair and dark eyebrows (because no one is going near my eyebrows) brought up some inspiration. It also brought up some disturbing evidence that people on Pinterest don't know what the word "elegant" means (hint: it rarely involves glitter). Let's just ignore the fact that I'll never look like Cara or Karlie, and delve in.
Our dining room is coming along nicely. It needs work, but it's a slightly more finished room in an unfinished house. The dining chairs we have here were free, and originally covered in a lemon yellow naugahyde that was... something. My sister-in-law and I spent a Sunday afternoon recovering them in this peacock blue velvet fabric, and it came out much better than my first attempt at upholstery. (For the record, two people can recover 5 dining chairs in the time it takes to watch Mystic Pizza and half of Bring It On. Do not attempt on your lunch break.) The only problem? We just have the five chairs. I assume a sixth existed at some point, but it's nowhere to be found.
I'd really like an even number of chairs before our next dinner party. Specifically, I'm looking for a pair of end chairs that will look good with what we have now. I've already documented my love of the Milo Baughman dining chair, but I just don't think they'll work with the existing chairs. We don't have to keep them, but it's hard to pass up free chairs. Especially free chairs that remind me of Jojo, Daisy, and Kat.
So, who wants to look at end chairs?
I've kind of had a thing lately for the peacock chair. I love the idea of some crazy drama at either end of our table. My only concern is that we're not exactly luxuriating in space around here, and they might take up more room than we really have.
We're off to Charlottesville, Virginia to spend the weekend with friends, hooray. I'm bringing one of my favorite appetizers, pomodori al forno. It's delicious, can be made way in advance, and manages to meet my garlic quota (which is quite high). The downside to this recipe is that it takes forever, the upside is that it's a largely unattended forever, so you can live your life while the tomatoes roast in the oven and then marinate in garlic (did I mention there's garlic?).
And if you haven't already, head over to Design Sponge to see more of Andrew Mau's Rhode Island apartment. I love this because it's pretty, duh, but also because he was able to bring in his personal style while respecting the historic nature of the house. And he made it look that good for just an 8 month stay. I can only imagine how my apartment would look with an 8 month lease (hint: it would look like a pile of cardboard boxes in a bare room).
Raise your hand if you're ready for hammock and cocktail hour.
This light was high on my list of things to go when we first moved in, yet somehow it keeps making the cut. It's so funny and weird that it's starting to cross the line from bad ugly to good ugly. This line might be finer for me than it is for others.
It's our one month anniversary in the new house, and when I think about the work we've done so far (and try not to worry about all the work we have left to do), the standout for me is the paint. Our first step after closing was to exorcise the buttercream paint from almost every room in the house. It makes such a difference to have color on the walls that feels intentional, instead of blandly crowd-pleasing.
I had a general idea of what colors I wanted, but even something as seemingly specific as "dark olive green" turned out to be laughably vague when it came to choosing paint. Lucky for me, I had the help of a good friend with impeccable taste, and together we looked through a million paint swatches to put together the color scheme of the house. Here's what we came up with.
Our kitchen color isn't shown, because it's a whole big thing. We're planning a bigger renovation eventually, but until we do that it's going to stay that sad, apartment-looking buttercream (with cheap floors and mismatched cabinets). It's an ugly kitchen, but it's our ugly kitchen.
Today we're going to play a little game of Marry, Kill, or We're Effing Stuck With It For Now: Home Edition. Last week was all about garden inspiration. Now it's time to deal with the our actual yard, and all the good, bad, and ugly that entails. Get ready for lots of weeds and random wires.
A couple shots from the sidewalk:
Welcome! I'm Arielle, and this is Scotch & Nonsense. Whether you've come for the home projects, the recipes, or the cocktails, I'm thrilled you're here and I hope you'll stay a bit.