Pictureframe Wall

Hello there!

Our second big decorating project is taken from something we found on YoungHouseLove.com. Those guys had the brilliant idea to create wall paper by using monochromatic picture frames from floor to ceiling on a wall. Genius right?  They even figured out a great way to figure everything out was to create a bunch of templates, measure out where the hanging device will be, and mark it on the paper template. This way you can move the templates around on the wall to lock down a layout, and then just bang in the nails when you’re ready!

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Blog? What blog?

Wow, has it been awhile! Sorry for the delay, we’ve had a lot going on! We got engaged (yayyyyy!!!!) and then the whole Thanksgiving thing and now we’re getting into Christmas and soon it’s going to be New Years & 2012 and then the world is going to end ZOMG!!! Just kidding about the world ending, we’ve already survived a few raptures I think we’re good. Anyway …

In the interest of being good bloggers, I wanted to share a journey with you. A journey of organization and homeying up our little basement apartment. You see, we are basically renting a tiled & drywalled box with a bedroom & a bathroom & a pretty sweet laundry situation (aka: FREE & FUNCTIONAL!!). And a fireplace. And an updated kitchen. Okay, so maybe it’s a little nicer than just a box. We’ve already painted and have been very careful about our decorating style & choices, making sure everything we do will benefit the space and open it up more. We painted our dining room table white since it’s in a dark corner, we painted a wall peanut buttery (even though it looks orangey in these pictures for some reason) to warm up the living space, we put mirrors up to make it seem bigger, you get the idea. Another thing we’ve tried to focus on is defining the living and dining space, since it’s an open floorplan. Our furniture is arranged to define a living room, which also boasts an area rug (thanks Target!). Now it’s time to show our “dining room” some love. The one thing we don’t own or have space for is a China cabinet. So, we got ambitious and decided to create our own version that would fit our space. I’ll take a custom China cabinet any day!

My parents are downsizing and gave us this amazing little wine rack/table thing from Pier 1. It’s silvery wrought iron design with a rattan surface that makes up the table. Not only does it have space for a gazillion wine bottles, it’s very clean looking and very cafe like which is kind of what we’re going for in the dining room. Here’s a photo:

I was amazed at how perfectly it fit the small space we have! And just LOOK at how many wine bottles I have yet to buy!!! Very fun. So this will serve as the bottom part of our modular China cabinet. The bottom shelf will eventually be outfitted with small baskets to keep things in. Next on our list was to FINALLY buy some shelving to use up the space on that wall and give me a place to put stuff! I’ve been wanting shelves since we moved in last April, so you can imagine my excitement when we went to Ikea for some small glass jars on a day that just happened to be right after payday. After standing in the Home Organization section for about 20 minutes, we finally went with black iron brackets and white shelves to tie in the white form the dining set & the black from the mirror frame & the bookshelves housing our beer & wine glasses. Here’s a rough draft of how it will look:

I swear the shelves are perfectly level, apparently I was falling over when I took this picture. This is the preliminary set up. The second shelf will go just above Santa’s head so that we can still put stuff up there like decorative plates & candles and you’ll still be able to see them. I think it already adds some much needed height & depth to the room! Now, you may be wondering why we didn’t put the second shelf up. We didn’t get lazy or quickly loose our inspiration, oh no. Nothing like that. Nope, we got home and realized we only bought 2 brackets, when it actually takes 4 brackets to put up 2 shelves. Heyoooooo! Nobody’s perfect, right? And after all, that just means another trip to our favorite place 🙂

So that’s all for now. I’ll post a picture of the final product after said trip is made!

An Adventure in Dog Washing

Even when you’re living on a budget, you still gotta take care of your pets. In the interest of saving money, Jackie and I decided to shop around for cheaper (and nicer) groomers in our area. The first place we tried in Waltham was the last. Cody came home a little traumatized although he looked great, but we had spent $45 and he was so sad when we picked him up. And, the groomer told us that Cody doesn’t know “shush!”. No lady, he is not used to being in a crate all day and being  yelled at while you prod & touch him with things that make lots of noise. After a bit of searching, we found a self-service dog wash in Newton and decided to take the Code-man there for a bathtime adventure. We were a little nervous, but Cody made us proud dog-parents by behaving like a perfect gentleman.

It was surprising to see how skinny he is without all that fluffy fur. Crazy what happens when you start eating right and drop 10 pounds or so! We were also surprised by how fine he was, he wasn’t freaking out, he was a little nervous but he didn’t whine or try to nip at us or tremble. He was a tough man and stuck it out (with a little love, of course).

This is Cody’s Sonic the hedgehog look.

This place is called BYOD Dog Wash, in Newton, and we highly recommend it. For $23 (yep-half the price), you get a dog wash with the works, and even a nail trim. And, you get the satisfaction of knowing he was thoroughly washed because you’re doing it yourself. We didn’t ask if they had shears or clippers, we like to keep his coat long. However, they had everything else you could need: shampoo, conditioner, brushes, industrial dog tubs and hoses, blow driers, and even aprons so the humans don’t get too soaked. The staff was very friendly and helpful too, which was great! They checked in on us to see how he was and helped set up the tub & the blow drier. We highly recommend this place if you’re in the area, or something like it! I couldn’t get over the price, and we were in and out with 4 minutes left on the 1 hour meter!

That’s our adventure for the day!

Hanging a Mirror


We finished up a really quick project this weekend that we’d like to share.

Some background: We take our shoes off before we come into the house, and it resulted in a mass amount of random shoes cluttering the door/closet area. So we decided that a shoe rack or a bin would be ideal. I hate clutter, so even my organized things need to have a door or curtain that covers it up so it looks neat. I opted for a bin, but the only place we had to put them was directly behind the door. Whichever bin or rack we put there needed to be wicked thin so that it didn’t interfere with the door opening. Our solution? Recycling bins from Ikea.  These are very thin, and attach to the wall. Before our Ikea trip, we checked the dimensions on the website to make sure the bins would fit below the door stop that’s in the middle of this wall. Luckily, the measurements worked out so we made our way to Ikea to get this project going. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of this process as this blog was actually born out of this particular adventure. Anyway …

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A Failed Project

Hey everyone!

Jackie here. We’ve officially had our very first (of many, I’m sure) project FAIL! Lesson learned: Do not spray paint when it’s humid out. It’s probably like golden rule #1 for any DIYer or craft person, but like we’ve warned you before we aren’t those people. We throw caution to the wind! We look danger in the eye! We heed no warnings! We spray paint when it’s really sticky drippy humid out! *GASP!* OH THE SHOCK AND HORROR! No really though, it was bad. Read the rest of this entry »

Epic Cuteness

We warned you, be prepared for total cuteness domination!! *Cue epic music*

Cody is just too cute, so feast your eyes on our adorable guy!! He’s in this position 75% of the time. He’s like his mom and likes to hang upside down. Don’t ask, its just a thing.

But First, Some Backstory

It all started in 2008. Mike and I met on Match.com in December, after a few weeks of emails, phone calls, and texts we had our first date/meeting at Macaroni Bar and Grille. I remember telling my girlfriends that if I was having fun and liked him, we could keep the good times rolling and go get ice cream after dinner. I am proud to say we were sitting in the gazebo outside Coldstone Creamery on a 40° New England winter night. A year later we decided to take the next step and move in together. In May 2010 we moved into our first apartment with one of Mikes college buddies. We had a huge place that fit every need of ours at the time. While we struggled to make such a big place our own without ostracizing our other roommate, we put our heads together and made it work. In April 2011, Mike and I got our own space and I could finally rescue my 5 year old Border Collie Mix (enter: Cody! aka bubz) from my parents house. After a busy summer, we find ourselves focusing on how to make our apartment feel cozy. I like to call this, Operation Cozy Up The Space. Read the rest of this entry »