October 27, 2011

The Backyard!

Okay, so...a backyard is a backyard. We're renting our house, so I don't have the option of any major transformations, but our backyard has definitely become our favorite part of the house and feels like home.

Here's what it looked like the day we moved in...

Since then, we've added two handcrafted adirondack chairs (made by my talented father-in-law) and a fabulous fire pit made by our talented friend, Mr Eric Trine. Believe it or not, the fire pit is a reclaimed washing machine drum!  

You should see the way that thing flickers and glows with a fire in it! It reminds me of the Lite Brite I played with as a kid!

And lastly, we added lots of candles around the yard and strung lights across to really make it feel like an outdoor room. The only thing we'd love to add is a picnic table or patio table so we can eat outside!

We love spending time out here with our friends and family.

Anyone down for a s'more? We're getting quite good at making them!


October 24, 2011

Waiting for the End of the World...

This is the most bizarre thing I've seen in a long time...so I just had to post it...

A wealthy financier, named Girard B Henderson, was one of the last true believers in surviving nuclear war by going underground. His underground 1978 house, beneath a normal two-story suburban house in Las Vegas, is one of the last relics of the Cold War.

From Metropolis Magazine..."This 16,000-square-foot bomb shelter—complete with ranch house, guesthouse, pool, yard, and barbecue—may be that era’s most surreal expression."

You can read more here...
you can see the eerie pictures below...

It's like a creepy, subterranean Brady Bunch house and I am fascinated! The house can still be rented for corporate events and parties...if you're interested. :)

October 6, 2011

The Room In Which We Live

As we go from room to room, I will share with you my treasures, as well as tell you the projects I'm hoping to do and the changes I'm hoping to make.

So, let's start with the living room...

I was a little bummed when we moved in because I wasn't able to set the living room facing the direction I wanted. (Blame the tv antenna...)

I had to get creative and it's definitely a work in progress...but here's where we are at!

This is my favorite corner...

This is what I like to call my little vignette.
- My beloved avocado vintage chair (rescued from a to-be-trashed pile at my old office).
- Needlepoint...one from grandma, one thrifted.
- Vintage nightstand and fab vintage pendant lamp from my friends, the Trines.
- DIY pillow with vintage fabric.
- Vintage clock from grandma.
- Sunset magazine (the only magazine I eagerly watch the mail for).

Changes to make: Curtains. Plain white = boring. We need some texture and pattern in the room.

Next: Found this awesome mid-century chair at work, shoved in a closet. Bought it from our owner for $25! Beats $300 on Craigslist! It needs some TLC...perhaps refinishing, new foam and definitely new fabric. Preferably not green...one can only have so many green chairs!

Next: These fab bookshelves were made by the talented Mr Eric Trine and given to us as a wedding gift. (Yeah, they are nice friends and yes, I get lots of fun goodies from them.) They are filled with vintage treasures, including a few of my grandpa's cameras. I spent two full days rearranging them, and I'm still not sure I'm done...but here they are...

Other views of the living room:

Changes to make:
- Our next big purchase will hopefully be a new couch to replace my hubby's bachelor couch. And yes, it is also green! (Which will change!)
- We really need a rug in the living room...the trouble is that rugs are expensive and cool ones are hard to find! It will probably require some flea market scouring.
- We would love to get a proper coffee table so we can use our bench as a bench! (Novel idea.)

So, there you go. Room 1!

Stay tuned for more rooms and more projects to come!

October 5, 2011

Eichler House Tour!

I am loving this Eichler beauty that is coming to market soon in Granada Hills.

Not much to look at from the front, but the rest is fab!

If you're wondering what to get me for Christmas, this baby will only set you back $739,000, but boy would it make my year. :)


If you haven't yet heard of Pinterest, now you have. It took me awhile to get the hang of it, but once I did, I realized how amazingly useful it is. Not only is it useful, but it's addicting! It's easy to spend hours pinning away.

It's a pretty powerful (and fun!) tool to visually organize bookmarks, great ideas, diy projects, etc. Not only that, but you can follow other people, share ideas, and search for inspiration. I often use it to catalog great finds in magazines or save my shopping list for the house.

Here's a screenshot of my Pinterest:

I encourage you to join and find me!

Cheers! :)

October 2, 2011

A Succulent DIY Project

We have finally settled in to the new house (pictures to come) and now it's time for some projects!!

We love our quaint front patio, but I wanted to jazz it up with some greenery.

I was given this amazing plant stand by my dear friends, The Trines, when they moved to Portland. They bought it at the flea market and guess that it once belonged to a florist shop.

There are succulents planted all around our house (nice and low maintenance) so I decided to continue the theme and fill the pots with a variety of them.

The great (and cheap!) thing about succulents is that you can take clippings from an established plant, stick them in some dirt, and they will grow! I only used clippings from my yard...this was a completely free project!!

Just break off a piece from the plant, strip enough of the bottom to leave 1-2 inches of bare stem, insert it in the dirt, pack the dirt around it, and water! Simple as that!

The other great thing about succulents is that you can arrange them into miniature gardens in the same container, combining different varieties. The result is awesome!

Here's how my plant stand looks now...

Not bad for a free project! We are definitely enjoying the improved view from our front window!