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September 11, 2010

just stumbled on this painfully great vintage shop and wanted to share. So dreamy… and just to warn you this is gonna be a long one

pheeww… it was hard to save that one for last. all of this gorgeousness is available here. Factory20



September 8, 2010

the ole basement bathroom is nearing completion in my normal jumping the gun kind of way, the bad boy is already decorated my head. So here it is, some faves that if money were totally no object would be en route to my door step as we speak…

(laviva hammam towels)

(Pigeon Toe Ceramics)

Seriously this is insanely gorgeous, it would even be lovely filled with rolls of tp, which is what I would probably put in it.


(Bailey’s toothbrush holder and big nails to use as towel hooks)

(Jayson Home & Garden)

for towel storage and the likes…


and something totally ridiculous like this to keep soap or bath salt in.

now it’s time to look for something important like a shower curtain or a mirror… We’ll post after photos ASAP!


September 5, 2010

I’m about to head into the basement to start painting the widow and walls, but I’m generally excited about too much stuff to not procrastinate a minute and instead share with you all. Check out this awesome place!


Incredible, loving how playful the scale of everything is and it feels so livable and calm, and I bet that couch smells like pipe tobacco and books. I’m really feeling the idea of incorporating the chalky black color that we’ve painted the windows with into more parts of the house, maybe something like this would help:

Awesome punctured black steel pendant light “Beatty” by John Beck Paper & Steel, he shoots the lamp shades with a shot-gun to get the random holes.

and while we’re on the subject , here’s some more lovely houses.

(all from houzz)


September 2, 2010

We are in the midst of the basement bathroom renovation and have hit a wall. This is rather unfortunate seeing as how the completion of this room facilitates the beginning of our kitchen renovation, so this is just not cool…at all. Where do all of you guys get faucets from??!!??!! This is a flipping basement bathroom thus I don’t want to spend over a hundred dollars for the dumb thing, nor does it seem ok that we would spend more on a faucet than we did on the ikea sink/cabinet combo thing it is going to sit on. So, PLEASE help us!

here’s what we have so far…


the dream faucet, that at 425$ costs as much as the tile and vanity combined = bad choice.

or this one which makes me go, meh…


pretty, but much more modern than what seems appropriate for a bathroom that is surrounded by bike parts and unpacked boxes. I’ll keep it in mind for the upstairs bath.

So, we are stumped and I’d rather not finish the bathroom and then have to brush our teeth in the slop sink while we are looking for a faucet that seems right. But to put the whole debacle in perspective I’ve been threatened by mr. Broke with the purchase of this monster if a choice is not made soon…

yup, that’s a laser shooting faucet. no joke and definitely not a funny threat.

So for the good news, we’ve got whole bathroom tiled and grouted! WooHoo!

the floors still obviously need a scrub down and sealing, and paint and then a toilet, but yeah we’re almost done…

and the ikea sink combo.

So as you can see we’re going with an original vibe, something that makes sense with a 1920’s house but is also adorable. But seriously a faucet guys….

we have been working

August 30, 2010

We have, I swear! And by we I mean Mr. Broke.  But kittens, the good news is that ALL of the tile is installed in our downstairs bathroom and it should be grouted Thursday and then presto change-o the toilet and sink will be in and so labor day weekend will be just that, laborsome. But, if we do finish that means the real(fun) work can begin upstairs on the new bathroom and kitchen remodel. This will be leaps and bounds bigger than any other project that we have endured, but also probably more gratifying in the end. Our current kitchen is an embarrassment, I mean keep the lights off and hire a bodyguard during parties so that no one inadvertently gets in and see’s the mess of floral linoleum and half-assed painted cabinets kind of embarrassment.  And while we love love love our bathroom all of the floor tile is cracked beyond repair and huge areas of the subway are gone (yeah we’re good at “missing” the yucky spots when taking photos).

So here is the plan: we are moving the kitchen to a different room; no I’m not kidding, it is currently the first room that you enter when coming into the house, which is weird.  And also the only door to the back yard is in a bedroom, which is even weirder. The plan is to move the kitchen into the back so that it will have the patio door in it and move the bathroom to where the kitchen is, and so you’ll enter into a hallway/landing instead of the oven. I’m sure this makes no sense which is why we’ve made a handy 3D rendering of the plan to explain it… the grey space at the right is where the entry landing is, and the bathroom and pantry will be where our current kitchen exists.  The soon to be kitchen will be where a creepy guestroom is. So really it’s just a flip of the rooms- so hopefully no major plumbing will be involved.. hehe

This is a very high up view from where our back patio is, we have an old monks table with a stainless steel top that will be used as an island, and a farmhouse sink which is definitely not that color green, but in reality white enamel. The trusty old stove will be saved and made a little bit more trusty with the help of a vent hood, and lastly we will have a mix of butcher block and marble counters. Unlike what is shown in the rendering we are planning on having the marble wrap around the side of the dishwasher/sink area, there is a ton left over from our garbage find and this area seems the least likely to get stained by cooking splatter.

For the bathroom it would be nice to keep it close in aesthetic to what is already here, we’re trying to rejuvenate more than reinvent, so the monster tub will need to be shifted over and next on the list is finding tile to make sense, maybe more hexagon? I don’t know and am open to suggestions!!! Anyone?

One of the most exciting things about the switcharoo is that we will have a pantry.  Currently our cabinets are laughable, and I love the idea of having a kitchen that feels like a pastry kitchen or something with minimal visible storage and nice open vibe. Kinda like this one…


minus the beadboard, because its feeling a bit more country than we like. Or this one…


Light and airy but not stuffy enough to discourage you from throwing flour at someone when they aren’t looking. But what I’m really getting at is…

(emmas design blog)

Positively perfect in every way. Hmm… maybe we’ll be able to cook a holiday meal this year…

They like us, they really like us!

August 26, 2010

Well everyone today we received our first nod of approval from blog land. Samantha over at Style/Swoon posted about our library renovation, so sweet of her! And from such a talented and established designer, this is seriously making me want to get more work done and be a better blogger, so cheers!


August 25, 2010

Something about the first cool day, or maybe it was being damp and chilly in the woods for 3 days, that makes me so excited for wool socks and all things grey and/or tweedy.

1.Better than your average hamper or recycling bag 2. wall mounted hourglass, how great would this be in the bathroom to keep you on schedule when getting ready in the morning 3. Swiss blanket 4. GORGEOUS blanket 5. pretty Frenchy looking blanket 6. Kilim rug by LOOM 7. mid century chairs covered with military blankets, brilliant! 8. vintage industrial light 9. vintage desk and stool 10. another delightful military blanket