yesterday was spent at the beach house watching professionals install new glass in our windows and hanging vintage floats from the eaves of the shed and the studio in the back yard with my dad. in the rain.

and of course, by that I mean that I was handing him tools and deciding on placement in between running back under the porch to stay dry. Despite being a little hesitant about this project, I’m super happy with how they turned out – way to go with the design idea Dad. This one is my favorite:

ps. want to rent the beach house? check out our website here or our VRBO listing here. if you tell me you found it via this blog I’ll give you a 10% discount!

bedroom peek 2

My bedroom is finally approaching being done (I switched directions kind of drastically half way through, which didn’t help) This is the small(ish) dresser that I’m using as a bedside table – I picked it up on Craigslist for $25, partially because it looked like this:

Some hardcore cleaning, re-staining, and waxing/polishing later (no sanding, I wanted it to still look kind of old and beat up, and liked the almost-but-not-quite perfect paint stripping job that someone had done in the past) and, voila! Also, behold the awesomeness that lemon juice, salt, and 000 steel wool works on brass:

(above: before, below: after)

bedroom peak

My bedroom is (finally) approaching being done, and I figured this one corner is now finished enough to share, although I’m still thinking about painting the chair black.

The wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Temptation (1609) and I *love* it. It’s a charcoal gray with a lot of pink, purple, and blue undertones, and is gorgeous both during the day and at night. I was a little nervous about such a dark color, but my room gets so much light, especially in the morning, that it never really feels too dark. I’ve lived with it for about three months now and continue to be really happy with it.

The art on this wall is: [lower left] screenprint by Cricket Press, [lower right] painting by Annie Galvin, [upper right] painting by Zachary Johnson (whose website doesn’t seem to be up right now.) the clock is from IKEA.

(click on the photo to see it larger)

hand tooled

these are the perfect summer heels:

it’s like a vintage high heel had a baby with a cowboy boot, and that baby came out awesome. Unfortunately they cost as much as I’m going to spend registering my car next month.* And I have a feeling are the kind of shoes that never show up in thrift stores.

found via Mighty Girl

*no one tells you, or at least no one told me, that when you buy a new car not only is it going to cost a ton then, but insurance and registration will cost a ton for quite a while. Luckily for me I really love my now-three-year-old Rav4, since I’m going to be driving it for approximately another 17 years.


The world’s smallest orange tangerine tree (the fact that it pretty much hasn’t grown at all in the 2+ years I’ve had it probably has something to do with the fact that I’m terrible at remembering to fertilize it) produced a whopping seven pieces of fruit this year.

Growing food is so satisfying.

edit: looking back to last year (this is why I keep a blog) apparently the yield is actually up from five, and the tree does look at least slightly larger. Maybe next year we can hit 10, i.e. the amount of these things I eat in a day.