Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall Table Decor

One of the things that I told myself in December as I undecorated for Christmas was that I was going to decorate the dining room table for every holiday. I have done it for the most part, but sadly didn't take pictures of them. I hit Valentines Day, Easter and St. Patty's, but missed the July 4th holiday mostly because we were absurdly busy in June and then went on vacation for the week of the 4th. But, alas, Fall is here and I threw some old stuff in with some things I bought at Hobby Lobby (ON SALE) and the Dollar Tree.

Here is our Fall Decor. I am anxiously awaiting changing it up for Halloween!! My husband LOVES Halloween, as do I, so each year a bit more things get added to our house....

When? When can we start putting out our Halloween stuff???

PS - For my camera-talented blog friends. I'm still working on getting better at photos, but still haven't quite caught on. I did do a lot of these doing exposure bracketing which helps get the light right. But, it's clearly still a work in progress!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Black Laquer Furniture

If you've read one or two of my posts, you know I love, love, love the 11 drawer dresser from Restoration Hardware for a ree-dic-u-lous amount of money.

SO, for now and until we buy our next house, we're stuck with this lovely bedroom suite. It was the first 'grown-up' furniture I bought for my first apartment after college. It was cheap and it is horrible.

And here are upclose shots of the brass accents.

But, oh no, they are not brass at all, but a plastic paper stuff that can be pulled off revealing a purple grayish piece of plastic. UGH...UHHGLY.

And here is the carve out where the plastic thingy can pull right out.

I've recently been thinking how in the world can I refinish this stuff to make it look updated. Afterall, it wouldn't be a complete waste of time if I made it look somewhat presentable as we could use it in a guest bedroom in our next house.

I've done google searches hoping to stumble onto a blog that has done this exact exercise, but have had no luck. I do have a couple of ideas, but I thought if I pushed it out there I bet I could get some of you really creative types to come up with something far better than I could ever come up with on my own.

SO, any suggestions? Any experience updating old cheap laquered furniture? I just can not bear to look at this stuff for much longer! You'll get street cred of course when the project is done!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Kinder, Gentler Winter?

I grew up in the South. Hand in hand with that was the arrival of the annual Farmer's Almanac. I remember my dad bringing home several copies from work. It was a given that the almanac would be at local businesses for distribution every year. What blows my mind is that this thing is still in publication and has been every year since 1818; and many farmer's still rely on this information when planting their crops.

I recently heard on a radio news report that the Farmer's Almanac is predicting a milder winter than last year. That only seems expected considering the amount of snow fall we had last year from New England all the wall down to Florida. Heck, I have pictures of my parents' beach house with snow on the beach. Snow on the Beach! It sounds like some kind of crazy concoction with ice cream that you could order at your favorite neighborhood bar!

Last year's almanac "predicted that February would bring widespread snowfall, including many blizzards. That prediction proved all too accurate, with snow blanketing states as far south as Florida and a beast of a storm – dubbed “Snowmageddon” by President Obama – shutting entire cities down throughout the Mid-Atlantic region."

In further reading the 2011 Winter Outlook, it is predicted that Old Man Winter will have a Split-Personality this year with colder than normal temperatures for those of us on in the East (even down to FL), milder than normal in the West and near normal for the middle of the country. There is also a prediction for 3 major storm systems. "In terms of precipitation, three storm tracks are expected to predominate during this upcoming winter season. One will be across the Gulf Coast and Southeast, delivering copious amounts of precipitation from lower Texas across the South (Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia) into the Mid-Atlantic region. A second storm track will be oriented across southwestern Canada into the Great Lakes, producing a procession of fast-moving “Alberta Clipper” systems that will bring snowier-than-normal conditions to parts of the Northern and Central Plains, and to the Ohio River and Great Lakes region. As these clipper systems move off the Atlantic Coast, colder-than normal conditions will move into much of the East. Disturbances sweeping in from the Pacific are expected to bring above-normal precipitation to parts of the Pacific Northwest. All things considered, when comparisons to last year are made, we believe that for most, it will turn out to be a “kinder and gentler” winter overall."

There are a lot of other fun things in the almanac like zodiac and astronomy AND they have stepped into this century and actually have a website. Here is a link if you are interested in ordering the hard copy or poking around the site.

To sum it up, the radio did not have it exactly right, unless you live on the West Coast. Looks like we here in the East will be in for another cold winter. I would like to see at least one snowfall. Only this time it would be great if it happened during the week so I might miss work instead of the weekends! After all, it IS an anomaly to get that much snow in central Virginia and so everyone does get out and take pictures and snowboard down snowy streets, and do things that make us look like tourists in a northern city.