beach house update III

This project has officially taken over my life. Luckily, the end is actually finally in sight. (although I’ve thought this before and been proven wrong.) T. and I are down here right now and will actually finish painting the inside of the house this weekend (this is attempt #3 for this particular project.) Then we’re back next weekend to install more light fixtures, hang another medicine cabinet, paint a new headboard, sand and paint bedside tables, do some yard work, hang more art, sew a million throw pillows . . . OK, there’s still a lot to do, but at this point most of it is the fun stuff.

This* has turned out to be a giant job, much bigger than I realized when I started, and while I do feel like it’s taken over my life lately at the same time I’m really thrilled to be doing it. I moved around a lot as a kid (when I started high school it was my fourth school in four years) and this house has really been one of the biggest constants in my life, and is in many ways the place where I feel the most at home. It’s nice to be giving it some love and attention after everything it’s given me over the years.

Oh, and that shot on top is of the new kitchen wall color – Benjamin Moore’s Wales Green, #2028-50. I momentarily panicked after I put the first coat on, because it seemed really bright, but am actually pretty happy with the way it’s turned out.

*For those of you who don’t know what’s going on (because I’m not sure I’ve ever actually explained it here) for the last six months we’ve been redecorating/working on my family’s house in West Marin county. It’s been in the family longer than I have, and we’re going to start renting it out this year for the first time ever, so have been doing some updating as well as needed maintenance.

beach house update II

T. and I have been at the beach house since Sunday, doing some work but also having fun – friends came out for a Memorial Day barbecue today. Things are starting to coming along – this weekend, among other things, we waxed the floors and put together the new Flor tile rug in the living room (thanks to our friends Bill & Beth for helping with both jobs!) Here’s a peak:

there’s still a fair amount left to do, mainly lots of throw pillows to sew for the window seats (which are currently being recovered) and sofa, painting the kitchen/dining room and hallway, switching out light fixtures, finding a coffee table . . . OK, the list is still a little bit long. But *lots* of progress has been made, and before the end of the summer I should be able to share all the before/afters with you.

beach house update I

So far we’re still on schedule with the painting – the bathroom is finished, the bedroom is mostly there, and we’ll start on the living room and dining/kitchen today. But I thought I would take a break and share this photo:

On Monday we painted that niche blue (Benjamin Moore’s Summer Nights, #777) and hung the new flat screen TV in it. The TV is off center because that’s where the studs are, so I need to figure out a way to make it look more purposeful. Also, right after I took this photo T. decided to arrange the books by color, but my mom is getting here in a minute and will promptly make us rearrange them, which I’m fine with (I’m over books done by color.)

OK, back to work!

plants, painting, and photos

please tell me I’m not the only one who accessorizes my plants

T. and I are at the beach this week attempting to get the entire inside of my family’s house there painted. It’s not huge, and as of now we’re on schedule (bathroom got painted last night,) so I’m hopeful that we’ll finish. Our internet here is pretty fussy, so I probably won’t be posting too much. However, I’ve been quietly working away on a new blog for the last few weeks, and I’ll try to be updating that. It’s just photos, and I’m not sure if it will be interesting to anyone who doesn’t know me, but you can check it out here.

flor choices, and I love Martha

This is the giant selection of Flor tile samples I’ve ordered over the last few months in preparation for picking one for the living room at my family’s beach house. We decided pretty quickly to go with Flor, because it means that when renters (aka barn animals, according to my mom) spill/stain/ruin part of the carpet we can just replace it. The small square in the middle is the couch fabric – we’re leaning towards something solid, at the moment my favorite is the corrugated rib in Brook, from the Martha Stewart Collection, seen in both the upper left corner and bottom row on the right (um, in between orders I apparently forgot what I’d ordered the first time, so ended up with some duplicates.)

I’m also going with Flor in my front hall, mainly do to the weird dimensions of the space, which means that I cant find anything standard that will fit correctly. These were the colors I was picking between for my front hall – I’m going with the orangey one in the middle, velvet twist in Cinnabar, which is also from the Martha Stewart Collection.

Oh Martha, I thought I didn’t really like your Flor collection, but apparently I was wrong, and they are actually my favorite. How exactly do you do that trick, the one where everything you touch turns to gold?

of course

I’ve been looking for new bedside lamps for the beach house, and had a pretty specific shape in mind. I’ve been scavenging Craigslist and eBay, because in my mind these lamps are vintage. And then today I found the closest thing I’ve come across yet. . . at Urban Outfitters of all places

In my mind, this lamp I was looking for was a color, but the price on this one is *great* so I’m thinking that maybe I can spray paint it? (I do love my spray paint – for a small selection of my belief in the material, see here, here, here, and here.) Or live with the white, which I actually kind of like.

ps. I’ve been working on updating my blogroll, for the first time in . . . a very long time. So check it out (to the right) and hopefully I’ll be done in the next week or so . . .


one of my great-aunts made these stepping stones, years ago, maybe even before I was born. They’ve been sitting, semi-buried, in the backyard at my family’s beach house for at least a decade. Recently they were moved to form the new walkway in front of the house, a much more fitting placement, don’t you think?


I really like them.