Phone Photo Friday


February rush hour at dusk. Dark blue and gray and lots of glowing red dots.

“It’s Lonely in the Modern World”


For all of you out there who think modern design is cold, impersonal, empty, lonely … here’s your confirmation.

Unhappy Hipsters. Very funny photo documentary blog. One of my recent favorites:

At the art opening, he’d been convinced the blank canvas symbolized endless possibilities. Back at home, it was just one more reminder of his own desperation.

(Photo: Raimund Koch; Dwell, April 2009)

Paint Decisions


We’re considering a few paint choices for the bathroom walls, each in the pale greenish bluish gray range. I saved this photo a while back because I thought Sherwin Williams Window Pane would be perfect with our teal blue and green shower tiles.

(sorry I can’t recall the source.)

But, it’s too light & bright:

Here’s Contented (below):

Rainwashed: (Fitting name.)

And our current top choice, Sea Salt:

Sea Salt actually looks—on the chip and in the above photoshop mock-up—like Window Pane in my inspiration photo, don’t you think?

(Sidenote: I think Sherwin Williams has the best colors. They also have a very cool, interactive Color Visualizer on their website. And they just opened a new store in our neighborhood. Yay!)

Which color do you think works best with our tile?

Bathroom Renovation Stage 9


The shower is DONE!!

Well, 95% done anyway. We’re eventually going to install a 2nd shower head—a rain shower mounted to the ceiling. But that’s a little further down the priority list. Most importantly, the shower is now functional.

Sunday we went shopping for shower curtains and it was SO much more fun than shopping for thin set and grout and tile sealer.

Since we don’t have the 2nd shower head yet, we have some plastic bags stuffed into the hole where the controls will go. Classy, huh?

Despite the plastic bags and the yet to be painted walls, that first long hot shower on Sunday night was so glorious!

Tomorrow you’re welcome to give your opinion on our paint color choices.

Catch up with our bathroom renovation progress:

Bathroom Renovation Stage 1

Bathroom Renovation Stage 2

Bathroom Renovation Stage 3

Bathroom Renovation Stage 4

Bathroom Renovation: Tiling!

Bathroom Renovation Stage 5

Bathroom Renovation Stage 6

Bathroom Renovation Stage 7

Bathroom Renovation Stage 8

Concrete Shower Pan Goes Down Smooth

Wise Words


“Yet, in the maddening maze of things, And tossed by storm and flood, To one fixed trust my spirit clings; I know that God is good!” — John Greenleaf Whittier

Phone Photo Friday


Setting this idea aside for Miss Future Offspring.

Door or No Door?


I had intended to post a bathroom renovation update today but … we didn’t quite finish the shower yet. We’re SO CLOSE! Hang on until next week to see pictures of the finished shower, ok? It will be worth the wait, I promise.

Besides I need your help with something.

See those two horizontal cabinets above? (Please excuse my messy countertop.) Well, the hinge that holds the door open is broken on the bottom cabinet. IKEA doesn’t sell the hinges separately from the entire cabinet and the only other online retailer we can find sells them for $80 a pair. Sheeah … $80 for some hinges!

However, I am tired of holding the {heavy} door open with my head while I delicately put away antique tea cups. Two days ago I had an epiphany … I’ll just take the door off! After all, open cabinets look good in other kitchens, right?

So here are some after pictures with the door off:

I need help. It looks unfinished to me. What do you think? Does it need painted or something? Take the top door off too? Should I just put the door back on? Fork out $80 for some hinges?

Literal Music Videos


You may have already seen these around the web. The idea is to take a music video with random images that have nothing to do with the song and match the lyrics with what’s actually happening in the video. Hilarious concept. This one is my favorite:

Take On Me

Search for “literal music videos” on YouTube to find lots more.

Gold Cortez & Granada Green {MCM thrift store finds}


Jason and I have been collecting various patterns of mid-century modern dishware from around town. We keep finding pieces from this collection in olive green and gold. They’re glazed ceramic with scallop, half-circle patterns around the edges. It took a lot of research but we finally found the names (they’re unmarked.) Gold Cortez by Homer Laughlin Co. and Sheffield Granada Green. Homer Laughlin is best known for Fiesta Ware.

So far we’ve collected in green: a dinner plate, 5 tea cups, 3 saucers, a coffee carafe and a pitcher that I use for tea. In gold we’ve found: 4 bowls, a coffee carafe (gave away) and most recently: 3 dessert plates and 6 saucers. The most interesting thing is that we’ve found them all over Nashville: an estate sale, a yard sale, a vintage store and 2 different thrift stores.

I wrote this post when we found the bowls. The the olive green coffee carafe makes a great vase:

(Christmas 2009)

(April 2009)

Happy Groundhog Day!


It’s Groundhog Day and we have snow on the ground. Not a good sign for an early spring. Being from Pennsylvania, February 2 was always a fun little holiday and a worthy cause for a party in elementary school. Will Phil see his shadow? Will we have 6 more weeks of winter?!

Random fact: my granny was from Punxatawny, PA.

Buy that cute little groundhog and/or read a brief history of the holiday here.