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Sometimes days end differently than you expect them to, and I had one of those days on Sunday. I went to sleep in a totally different place than where I woke up; it was crazy. And obviously, this means I rearranged our bedroom.

Here are a couple of pictures of our bedroom from March 2011:

It hadn’t changed much at all since then, except we swapped out the floor lamp for a different one.

Hadn’t changed much… until Sunday, that is. We hadn’t been thinking about rearranging things in there at all, but I was standing in our bedroom, trying for the 17th time to come up with a solution for our one minuscule closet so that my clothes could move back in with Andrew’s. While we were in Boston last weekend, Bailey mentioned that one of her friends had used some Ikea wardrobes, which ended up looking really nice. So I was thinking about where in the bedroom we could put a wardrobe, and every placement seemed oh-so-wrong.

This floorplanner.com layout may help you visualize it:

I wouldn’t want to put a wardrobe in front of either window, of course, and I felt that swapping one in for the dressers would make it seem like there was a hulking nightclub bouncer crowding us as soon as we walked through the bedroom door. Didn’t seem that relaxing. Looking at this image, I guess it seems like we could put a wardrobe where our bench was and put the bench at the foot of the bed, but for some reason this floorplan LOOKS a lot more spacious than it FEELS, even though I double-checked my measurements. That is to say, the bench at the foot of the bed made that thoroughfare way too cramped. I know because I tried it once.

At this point, I was still standing in the bedroom, getting more frustrated about this whole clothing-storage dilemma, when I realized that we hadn’t ever really entertained the idea of the bed on a different wall. We had dismissed that idea on move-in day and never looked back.

Et voila.

The new floorplan:

I was even inspired to hang this mirror that I’ve had for at least a year:

Another angle:

When Andrew came in from doing leaves, he said it seemed like “it should have always been this way,” which of course, delighted me, but I think Widget is the biggest fan of the new furniture arrangement, because now he can hop on and off the bed at will, using the bench as a step-stool.

So the wardrobe, if and when we have one, would take the place of the Malm dresser that has the capiz mirror above it. I’m liking this idea; gotta cram more storage into this room somehow. Speaking of storage, did I mention that the bench is a STORAGE bench? It’s our teeny-tiny linen closet, where I keep the extra set of sheets for our bed. It’s from JCPenney. Oh, what the heck, here’s a whole source list to round out the post:

  • duvet cover and pillow shams: Restoration Hardware
  • duvet: Overstock.com
  • sheets and pillowcases: Macy’s (Lauren Ralph Lauren)
  • euro pillows: Macy’s (Martha Stewart)
  • bedskirt: Ralph Lauren outlet
  • bench: JCPenney
  • rug, dressers, nightstands, curtains, set of three flower pictures, black frame: Ikea
  • curtain hardware: Bed Bath & Beyond (I think!)
  • bedside lamps: Macy’s
  • capiz mirror: Homegoods
  • piggy bank: Target
  • ampersand: Restoration Hardware
  • silver flower pot and peace lily: gifts from neighbors
  • small silver jar with lid, floor lamp: gifts from my mom (found secondhand)
  • capiz frame: Marshall’s
  • decorative silver bowl: Macy’s (Michael Aram)
  • oil-rubbed bronze door hardware: Lowe’s

ONE more thing. I can’t resist sharing a vintage shot of this bedroom, from when we first moved in (aw).

Oh, Malm dressers. You’ve been with us through so much.

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I know, I know. It’s been awhile since we’ve posted, but we haven’t done much lately on the home front. Instead we’ve been relaxing some, cooking and grilling some, entertaining some, reading some, chillaxing in general.

Get this – I did get some iron-on hem tape for the living room curtains, so that’s a work-in-progress. One panel down, three to go!

Also, my little tomato plant has a fruit:

I tweaked our dining room arrangement a tad, and Andrew painted THE REST OF THE TRIM in there. Woot! The amount of untouched trim in this house is dwindling.

Little tweaks in here aside from the trim-painting include: hanging the blue painting of the couple in the field (a homemade gift from Tricia circa 2004), moving the bar cabinet over, and pulling two of the six chairs away from the table to make it feel less squanched (that’s a made-up word, btw). Oh, and putting into use some bottle stoppers we’ve had sitting in a drawer for the past two years.

I had about a week there were I went through some cleaning-out-junk-drawer insanity, and these stoppers either had to earn their keep or git. So that’s the story of how we became fancy people who use bottle stoppers.

Still to come in this room: gotta paint the walls (we are going to use the spare gallon of paint we already have, which matches the color in our bedroom and my “dressing room”) and gotta hang an actual curtain rod. Holy moly. It’s been almost two years. We really need to do that.

Sorry for the lighting in the photo above. I’m playing around with the settings on my camera; maybe one day photos on this blog will be of a consistent quality.

Aside from the two immediate (and by “immediate” I mean “at top of the list… whenever we happen to get to the list”) projects concerning paint and curtain hardware, I want to reupholster the chair seats and paint the hutch. We also are considering rotating the table 90 degrees (an idea my mom had), but don’t think that orientation will work until after we run hardwoods all the way into the adjoining kitchen.

Wow, I was looking for a picture to demonstrate the transition from hardwood to linoleum between the dining room and kitchen, and I came across this never-before-seen beaut:

So many things wrong with this picture! Hardwoods not yet refinished, permanent doormat mark along with the huge grate in the floor (um, neither of these issues have been addressed yet…), lacy curtains still on the door, yellow trim along the floor, black (broken) dishwasher not yet replaced, eagle-adorned switchplate over the counter… This is the type of picture I post that embarrasses Andrew.

Another recent development around here is that I have a self-imposed glow-box (TV, computer, iPad, cell phone) shut off time of 9:30, and I’m 15 minutes late for that, so I really gotta go now. The curfew doesn’t apply to talking on the phone though. Call me.

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Before Andrew and I were suburban starters, we were downtown dwellers. Baltimore has a bad rap – mostly deserved – but we enjoyed our time in Charm City. It was the first place we lived together, where we worked together, and where we got engaged. When we moved there, my aunt gave us her old street maps from when she and my uncle lived there.

I haven’t had much use for it because I always use the GPS on my phone, plus the maps are out-of-date, but when I pulled it out of a drawer I was cleaning out, I had a flash of inspiration. We’ve had an empty frame hanging on a wall in the office (Andrew’s “brag wall,” which I inflicted on him). So I pulled the map of downtown Baltimore, trimmed it to fit, and here we are:

Here it is amongst Andrew’s awards, etc:

The brag wall is kind of turning into “Andrew Cannarsa, this is your life…”

By the way, I don’t think I’ve shared my little office set up. I’m working from home now, so I had to rearrange this room and nix a lot of clutter to make it more functional.

This room also serves as our guest room. It was largely ignored for a very long time after we moved in, but we’re slowly working on it and coming up with plans to improve it. We 100% plan to paint it and get different curtains (and hang a real curtain rod over the desk). We’d also like to add an area rug. Beyond that, we’re still toying with ideas, like maybe replacing the twin-sized bed with a pullout couch and adding a TV. Who knows? Maybe I’ll clean out another drawer and get another stroke of genius.

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Here’s an interesting phenomenon I’ve noticed the past two springs. Right around March or April (depending on the weather, I guess), I start to see these signs pop up everywhere:

image from here

Some of you may know that my mom and her sisters LOVE yard sales. Growing up, I tried to participate as little as possible.

Then, our neighbors had a moving sale, and I offered them $20 for this granite-topped kitchen cart:

The granite and the wood-tone don’t go with anything else in our house, but hey, the kitchen’s a complete disaster anyway, and the cart adds a lot of function: a drawer and two shelves for extra storage, a bit of extra countertop work space, and a place to hang dish towels.

So I guess I’m kind of a convert, but nothing crazy. On Saturday, Emily and I drove around to some yard sales (we started with ones that were posted on craigslist, but really, from my limited experience, it seems like the best ones are always the ones we stumble across from following those handwritten signs). Emily is my bargain-hunting buddy; she was with me when I found my Goodwill table too. She never buys anything though. Weird.

Aside from some books, here’s what I got:

$5 cast iron Christmas tree stand. They were asking $6, but I don’t know if you know this about me – I drive a hard bargain. For the past two Christmases, I’ve told Andrew that once the holidays are over, we’re going to buy a deeply-discounted tree stand so we can get a live tree the next year. And two Christmases in a row, I have done exactly not that. But 2012 – the year of the live Christmas tree!

The only other thing worth noting were these glass ornaments that I got for 25 cents. They were asking 50 cents. Again: hard. bargain.

They are the type that allow you to jazz them up, either by popping off the top and shoving something inside or by decorating the outside. I might try to do this snazzy glitter trick I saw on pinterest:

image from here

Stayed tuned for that happening. Most likely around June 2014.

Does anyone else out there buy used stuff? There were a few things I passed on, like a $3 set of little Pampered Chef nesting glass bowls with lids and a $10 three-tiered shelf with baskets. I couldn’t think of an immediate use for either, so I think that’s a good rule of thumb. Andrew and I are a little bit stuff-averse, so the less useless junk we have around, the better.

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I know we’re keeping you guys in suspense with the bathroom reveal, but we’re still putting the finishing touches in the room. Soon!

In the meantime, our birthdays bookended the big bath project. Mine was the Wednesday before we demo’d, and Andrew’s was Sunday – the day after we were able to shower in our own house again (that’s a good birthday present, right?).

Even though the bathroom has been commanding 98% of our attention (and funds), we both managed to gift the other with something decor-related.

First up, Andrew gave me this decorative ampersand, which I’ve been coveting since at least the fall:

Ampersands are so hot right now (right, Nora?). This one’s from Restoration Hardware – otherwise known as Mecca – but there are a lot of options on Etsy, too (like these and this). I put it on top of our little china hutch for now; it’ll probably move around the house from time to time. It can also be mounted on the wall.

Meanwhile, Andrew’s been complaining about our TV stand in the living room for some time. You can see it here:

It doesn’t look so bad, but the middle was starting to sag under the weight of the TV, and the back was open, which did nothing to hide the tangle of wires back there. Also, we’re starting to move away from the blond-colored finish toward darker finishes, like the frame for our wedding photo above the mantel and the Goodwill side table by our chair-and-a-half.

The old TV stand was starting to get under Andrew’s skin. Hence, this secret little project:

Yup, I bought it, hid it, and assembled it on the down-low and swapped it in for the blond one when Andrew wasn’t looking.

So the blond TV stand now lives in the basement, along with all our other semi-homeless home goods. We are plotting to find one big ottoman to replace both the beige microfiber ottoman and the blond Ikea Lack table, a pair of stools to go under the big window (which can serve as foot stools or extra seating in a pinch), and an area rug. Down the line, we’re thinking we want a smaller armchair in place of the chair-and-a-half too. And once we’ve misplaced all this living room furniture, we’ll be well on our way to furnishing our basement and turning it into a second, bigger, casual living/TV space. After we eradicate the snakes, of course. Yikes. Snakes.

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