I have a few new housey things to show you:
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is true. They will eat everything.
For now, the herbs are living in the bay window. They've done well in their little containers so far, though the dill is looking a little sad. We might have to transfer them to bigger pots if they're going to stay inside.
Society6 designed by Emily Rickard. I love her colorful work so much. In her bio she writes, "I think people should be surrounded by art that makes them feel joyful!" I couldn't agree more, and her work does just that! I will probably be ordering more of her stuff in the future.
my own Society6 shop, I wanted to test out the quality of their products. I've heard from people who ordered prints and phone cases, and everyone had positive things to say. But I hadn't heard anything about the pillows. The material is a bit stiffer than I thought it would be; Peter described it as "starchy." But as a throw pillow on the sofa, it's just fine. The print quality is excellent, and the colors are vibrant and true. By the way, Society6 is offering free shipping worldwide again till Sunday. They sure do love to offer free shipping over there, and I'm glad they do! I think I will take advantage of that myself this weekend when I have a bit of time to browse.
handmade bench by Etsy seller Signed & Numbered. We needed something just inside the back door to house the detritus that follows us in from the backyard (muddy shoes, watering can, etc.). I've mentioned before that our house is tiny; we don't have a mudroom or covered porch. I wanted something small and unobtrusive since this space is essentially in the dining room. A typical large entryway piece of furniture with coat hooks and cubbies wouldn't do here. I also wanted a pop of color because there's a lot of wood and neutrals already going on in this part of the house.
Signed & Numbered and saw that they will make this bench in just about any color you can imagine, I knew instantly it would be the perfect solution. And it is! They also offer a couple levels of distressing in every color (and custom color combos). I'm not really into shabby chic or faux vintage, so I just opted for solid red. It's a really great shade of warm orangey red too.
I ordered the succulents you see on top of the bench from another Etsy seller, Sargeant Sailor. I was a little worried how they'd fare being shipped in a dark box all the way from CA, but so far they're doing ok. They'd probably perk up if we could have several sunny days. (It's been overcast and rainy here in DC a lot this May.) I also need to pot them properly as they're still in the plastic containers they were shipped in.
We have much more to do in this back half of the dining room. A lot of bloggers, maybe even most bloggers, wait to post photos until each room is decorated just the way they want it, but that's not really my style. I like to see progress shots along the way, and I think other people do too. I also resist the urge to only show perfect, "finished" corners of my home. That's not reality, at least that's not my reality. So with that in mind, here's a really rough sketch of what's planned for this back wall:
I've been looking at cabinets and sideboards, both vintage and new. It's challenging to find something with the right proportions for that small space. And, as is typical for me, everything I really love is way out of our budget. But I'm confident I'll be able to find something eventually I can live with that also doesn't clash horribly with the modern/industrial/rustic/mid-century thing we've already got going on in this space. That sounds like a horrible mishmash of styles when I write it out like that, but it's good, I promise.
So that's all for now! Our new chair for the living room is coming Friday, and we'll probably start testing paint colors soon. We're still undecided about whether we're going to paint ourselves or hire painters. We got an estimate from one company that was $750 for the living room/dining room, which is way more than I want to spend. Anyway, I'll keep you posted.
Anyone else in the midst of decorating chaos? Feel free to share links in the comments. I'd love to see what other people are doing in their homes/apartments. xo, Mary