Hello there! I took an impromptu vacation from the blog last week, and now I'm dipping my toe back into writing. I've got no excuse for the absence except that it's summer, and my computer screen isn't exactly tempting me at the moment. However! I've got some new (to me) pieces that I just had to share. I hope you're not sick of rattan or burl wood yet!
Hello! I hope you all had a delightful holiday weekend. Ours was great right up until last night, which we spent at the emergency vet with Hugo (the 65-lb doofus on the right who thinks he can fit into that club chair). He decided it would be great fun to eat a corn cob. I hope the ensuing unpleasantness at the vet has cured him of that particular craving from now on.
All of which is to say that my post is a bit later than usual today, but I'm excited to share this room tour with you. Back in the winter we played Marry, Kill, or What to Effing Do With It in here, and since then I've made some changes. It's not done (I'm not sure I'm ever done with a room), but it's at a good resting point. Who's ready to jump in?
You know the projects I mean. The projects that are too boring to share with friends or on social media, but that improve your daily life all the same. Think cleaning the gutters instead of painting the dining room. In this case, it's our brand new kitchen sink. It won't set Pinterest or Instagram on fire, but it's getting some much-deserved love from me today.
It's been a minute since I shared updates of our house, and that's because not much has changed around here. But that doesn't mean I'm not thinking about what needs updating, and that means it's time for a round of Marry, Kill, or What to Effing Do With It? Today we tackle the dining room. Who's ready to dish out some tough love?
When Edward and I were considering buying our house last year, one of the key selling points was the double lot. It meant that we could have the city environment we wanted and a space to garden, entertain, and let the dogs run. The downfall, of course, is that gardening requires hard work, time, and patience. On a good day I can manage maybe two of those items. Three at once is a big ask.
We've spent a couple weekends now working in the garden, and while it still has a long way to go, we've made some major improvements. I don't think a garden is ever "done" the way a room can be done, so we'll just call this progress. For a little comparison, let's check out some before shots. Warning: grab your smelling salts.
My first thought on seeing our house was, "If we buy it, we've got to paint that door." I don't like that shade of bright blue, and I definitely don't like it against the gray-blue trim. It's not working.
So why is our front door still bright blue a year later? Indecision, mostly, with a healthy dose of procrastination. I've toyed with the idea of of painting the trim of our house since day one, and that of course would affect what we paint the door. I think a Charleston green trim would look fantastic with our white exterior and red copper roof. Sadly, the combination of cost and hassle (going through approval from the historical society, for one) for that project makes it a bit prohibitive at the moment. So I'm living with the blue-gray for now, and thinking about a door color that will work with the trim and not make me wonder whhhyyyyy every time I walk into our house.
I've decided that this is the year of my successful garden. Full disclosure: I've been saying this for about five years now, even back when I had an apartment and kept herbs in planters on the balcony. It hasn't come true yet. Last spring we had just moved into the house, and while I was excited to garden, I held off on any major work because I wanted to see what the conditions were first.
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.