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Archive for August, 2009

Admittedly, our (night) dreams are few and far between at the moment.  That’s because our (day) dreams are getting the best of us and we are obsessed with getting our Dream dolled up.  We’ve been hard at work… fodder for many a future post.  For now, here are some of the projects we’ve been tackling early on:

  • Entertainment Exhibit

Our dilemma…

Lovely built-in niche for our TV and stereo in our rental home.

Lovely built-in niche for our TV and stereo in our rental home.

Without this fabulous niche, we have nowhere to put our television.  In fact, we bought the TV to fit in it.  We would love to hire a talented contractor to put a custom niche in our Dream (a popular thing to do in the Southwest), but that expense (one comma, two digits on the left) is not a priority right now.  Clearly, we needed something to store our electronics and hold up our TV… So, after endless and fruitless online searches, we found the perfect piece at one of our favorite local consignment stores, My Sister’s Attic.

Crate & Barrel media cabinet -- a steal!

Crate & Barrel media cabinet -- a steal!

The great thing… it matches two other Crate & Barrel pieces we already had (Craig’s List and charity auction steals!).  The salesperson told us it came out of a model home, so it’s barely been touched. We checked online – and realized the price was right – 50% below retail.  YES!

We can’t wait to show you how it looks in the new space!

  • Who’s the fairest?
Mirror, mirror on the wall...

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

The 44″ x 32″ beveled glass, solid wood mirror was advertised on Craig’s List as a “Pottery Barn large mirror” – with a link to an image on PB’s website. The price tag still affixed to the back is a dead give-away.

Pottery Ba-what?

Pottery Ba-what?

Clearly, unlike our media stand, this is not a true steal. However, it is a dead ringer for a PB mirror that sells for hundreds.  So, for about 85% off retail, we’re not complaining.

Stay tuned to see this hanging in our guest bathroom… painted a fabulous shade of blue, which leads me to…

  • Color me SOMETHING!

Our dream sat on the market for quite some time – prompting the owner (read: bank) to give her a bit of a face-lift.  That included fresh, white paint on all the walls.  While we’re grateful for the fresh coat that covered from what we hear – horrendous colors – we don’t want to live in a wash of boring white.

We were thrilled to hear about a free paint give-a-way online.  However, after some research, we discovered free paint = bad paint and we decided to invest in higher quality liquid love for our walls that will require less coats and last longer.  After asking how and asking now at our local Sherwin-Williams, we decided on the perfect palette:

at least it's better than white...

at least it's better than white...

Perfect?  Not so much.  Thank God for samples! We did heart the blue (Breezy) and white (Greek Villa), but the two shades of brown were not going over well in our space.  Big time bummer, because…

Cork Wedge... best paint name ever for our Dream

Cork Wedge... best paint name ever for our Dream

I loved the name of this paint color… and it is a precursor for some decorating choices.

Just because we’re getting higher quality paint, doesn’t mean we’re compromising on our “never pay full price and always pay cash” vow. We scored our paint during a 30% off sale! Also, we’ve decided to focus only on the areas where we and our visitors will spend the most time – kitchen, family room and guest bathroom. So, we bought just enough for those areas.

Stay tuned for some cork-y decorating and what paint color we did end up with.

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The Dreamer's "just moved" postcards

The Dreamer's "just moved" postcards

That’s the image we used on our “Just Moved” postcards (many of you are thinking, “Duh…”).  It’s the same postcard we used to go “public” with this blog. The model is our resident camera-hog, our English Bulldog, Bowdoin (beau-din) posing in front of the house.  However, it wasn’t the first design – and for the sake of giving our little poser some blog face time, we thought we’d show you the first draft:

first draft... a bully in the boxes

first draft... unpacking a bully...

Cute pup, huh?  Yeah.  We’re lucky.

Loved the pic.  Didn’t love the verbiage.   Since “mom” and “dad” both write for a living, we knew we had to come up with something more creative, hence “There’s a new _______ on the block.”  Fill in the blank…  Is it kid?  Dog?  Bully?  Well, that’s for you to decide.  For fun, here are some out-takes from our photo session:

No Leash?  I'm FREE!!!

No Leash? I'm FREE!!!

This tongue is money.  Srsly.

This tongue is money. Srsly.

Where's Bowdoin?

Where's Bowdoin?

You have no idea how good I'm being right now.  NO idea.

You have no idea how good I'm being right now. NO idea.

I own this 'hood.

I own this 'hood.

Catch ya later!

Catch ya later!

Bowdoin is famous!  Check out his appearance as “puppy of the day” on The Daily Puppy or his crazy noises on YouTube.

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