Snowzilla 2016

I apologize if this is the 40th blizzard post you have read today. Feel free to skip this one.

We survived. At least so far. Washington is not known for its snow tolerance and this was no exception. The shelves were bare in the grocery stores  by Thursday. No D batteries anywhere. Handy Hubby witnessed anarchy at our local hardware when a truck filled with ice melter and shovels showed up. People were running to the truck and waving cash at the driver. Seriously. If you have 24" of snow, ice melter is not your priority. Maybe later this week, but not in the first instance. Shovels, people!!!

Fortunately we never lost power so the D batteries weren't necessary - lots of AA batteries for Wii remotes were needed though!

Here's our 2 day time-lapse photos of our backyard. Nothing too exciting. Just a lot of flipping snow!!

The best part of any storm is how our  neighbors come together. Handy Hubby borrows a neighbor's snowblower and plows everyone's sidewalks out and then they all work on driveways once the sidewalks are passable. Today we are headed out to clean off cars and try to make our way to the road. Back in 2010, it took 4 days for a snowplow to come down our street. We're much more fortunate this time since we have already had several plows come down the street - we just have to get to the street now!!

So, how did we pass the inside time?

First, I took the kids to see "Wonder" at the Renwick Gallery before the storm started and the museum closed at noon. If you are local, you MUST go. If you are coming to DC in the coming months, add this to your short list on your itinerary.  I posted several pictures on Instagram.We were SUPER lucky to go on this day because there were NO crowds. We saw the whole exhibit in an hour. Other friends who have gone said it took 3 hours to see everything with the crowds. We had a great experience.

We then made a stop at Bake Shop in Clarendon. I found a gift card that I used in full and then some. YUM, macaroons!!

Of course, the kids played outside a fair bit. They "shoveled" but mostly built snow forts and rolled down the mountains.

 And after shoveling for 3 hours we decided we were owed some mimosas. Yum.
And I made this Lasagna Soup. OMG. So good. We didn't even put the cheese on it because it was so tasty.

And we did a puzzle. Still not finished. Oh well.

And we just hung around and enjoyed our gas fireplace, chatting with friends and watching the snow. Of course, now we are taking bets on what day the kids will go back to school. I'm betting on Wednesday but that may be my upstate NY wishful thinking.


Dining Room Upgrades

A long, long time ago... our dining room had wallpaper. Then in the flurry of the mid 2000s when wallpaper was considered ghastly, we ripped it down and painted everything so it was nice and matching with the rest of the house. Now it's 2016 and wallpaper is all. the. rage. So we are putting up NEW wallpaper. Handy Hubby is not the most thrilled about this prospect because he knows first hand how awesome it is to take wallpaper down but I promised to keep the wallpaper for a bit. He's still not thrilled. Sorry. We're getting wallpaper.

I found several papers that I loved on Wallpaper Direct. I ordered approximately a million samples. I quickly narrowed it down to these. The one on the top right was my favorite pattern but it was super shiny in person. I'm just not a shiny person. Sorry to disappoint.

I love the other two. Same pattern but two color ways

In the end I decided to be a chicken and go with the gray. I didn't want to be beholden to the blue. It's one of my favorite colors and probably always will be but I don't want to have to strip the wallpaper in 6 years when I decide that I can't live with it anymore. And I might find myself single again. Just saying. Handy Hubby would NOT be happy. So the top it is. I realize it looks pink in the picture here but it is most definitely not. It's actually very close to BM Revere Pewter which I have everywhere else in my house

Before Tom the wallpaper guy arrives some time in the next few days (after Snowmaggeddon 2, I presume), I wanted to sort out the art placement. I do NOT want to be putting unnecessary nails in my wallpaper. But, it's only wallpaper so if I have to move things I'm just not going to sweat it. 

Fortunately I had this beautiful mirror that was my grandmothers. My mom tried to sell it at a local consignment shop. When it didn't sell, I knew it was meant to be for my dining room. I was a bit tired of the old look. The plates may be headed to said consignment shop, and the mirror is for sale if you are local!

This room has been mostly neglected for the past 3 years. I want to actually use it so I'm contemplating whether a new table or chairs or both might change my mind about it. The kids LOVE eating dinner in here so we need to start doing that. I also need to stop using this as a dumping ground and coat closet (JIM!!!).

Lots to work on and think about.

Thank you to Wallpaper Direct for providing me a credit towards purchasing the wallpaper. All opinions are my own.


Stairwell Upgrade - Molding Details

Our stairwell received an upgrade just after the painting was finished. Of course, that timing was completely wacked because I should have done the molding before the painting. Whoops. As a result, I did a lot of painting of the new trim in the evenings but it went pretty quickly so it was worth it.

Here's our stairwell before.

This all started because my brother added beautiful molding to his stairways earlier this year. It looks amazing and after visiting them (and our new niece!) I decided that we HAD to it too. Handy Hubby was ready to break out the miter saw so we dug into it the following weekend.

And here's the finished stairway. I LOVE it. It was really worth Handy Hubby's hard work. I really only painted it so all of the credit goes to him.

That mirror was a great clearance find from Target last summer.

Paint: Walls - Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter; Trim - Sherwin Williams Toque White


New Paint Reveal - Finally

We had the house painted over the summer and I have spent a lot of time rethinking a lot of things in my house since then. Everything is painted Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, perhaps the most overused color in the blogosphere but it's a fabulously versatile color. Here's the long overdue reveal. Apologies for the sometimes not so great pictures - these were taken on a gloomy, rainy Sunday. Also, I cleaned up the major clutter but the toys and kitchen stuff is the stuff that is always on my counters and I chose to leave thing as they are so you can see how we really live (sort of - it's usually way messier!!).

Pot of chili bubbling on the stove on a rainy, cool fall Sunday afternoon - nothing better.

And our family room which is the hardest room to photograph in the house. So many windows and views into other spaces. I never put the curtains back up and I still love the open feeling, especially on the back doors.

Here's the living room. The color really works well with the wheat colored furniture and brass accents. I would love to replace the coffee table but haven't found the right thing. I may change out the art over the fireplace with another piece that I already have.

Perhaps my favorite shot of this reveal is this one of our front door. The new paint color really sets off the painted front door. I loved it before but now I love it even more. This is also a very accurate depiction of how the color looks in person, in case you are considering it for your own space.


Our Florida Beach Condo: TV Stand Picture Wall

I just realized I never wrapped up our Florida beach condo makeover posts from May. Whoops.

The last thing we worked on after I stripped the wallpaper border in the kitchen and spiffed up the balcony was the picture wall in the living room. I have always loved Mrs. Limestone's TV wall at her shore house and have wanted to create something similar in my own home. I don't have a spot for it at our house but this wall in our condo in Florida was definitely calling out for some love!

See? Not cute - and so boring compared to everything else we have done there. I found some clipart online that I modified and play with to recreate an image I had in my head of what this wall should look like. I printed them on regular paper and slapped them in these frames (from Target).  I would really like to get some chairs to use here in lieu of the extra dining room chairs. They are really not very attractive in here. 

On the opposite wall, I further refined my photo wall to include this awesome wood fish Ipurhcaserd at HomeGoods or Marshalls for about $10.  Now if only I could convince Handy Hubby that the leather couch needs to exit.

So those are the updates for now!! Enjoy your last few weeks of summer  (if you have a any left!)