Light up my life

12.01.2010

Last year, my old colored light strands finally bit it.  Enough individual lights had burnt out that I’d gone through all the replacement bulbs, and I was ready for a change to white lights for this year’s tree.  If I was buying new lights, I wanted to buy LED for the energy efficiency and the promise of long bulb life.  However.  I can’t stand that blue hue of white LED lights.

Luckily, the fine makers of LED Christmas lights have finally (maybe this isn’t really new news, but it is to me!) come out with warm white lights!  AND – they have some that don’t have those goofy looking facets that the early LED lights had!  They now have a shape that looks like traditional white lights, but I opted for these smooth spheres.

source

Hooray!  Now I just need to locate another spool so that my tree doesn’t look naked.  Also, I need to get a tree.  Might be a task for this weekend!


Turning my Attention Outside

03.25.2010

I tried my hand at gardening last summer, and I got exactly four strawberries, lettuce, tiny peppers, and a TON of green beans. I’m really good at growing green beans. (part of that problem might lie in not building the garden until July…) I’ve always thought I had a black thumb as I’ve killed many a houseplant. Seriously, even a cactus. BUT, last fall I had my husband create a shelf for me in the bare spot above our sink, and I’ve had living herbs there since. Maybe not thriving, but living.

This isn’t the best image, but my little plants are just visible.

I’m operating on the theory that my plants aren’t thriving due to their eastern exposure. The problem is that none of my south-facing windows gave me a great opportunity for plants, as you can see in the photo above. The south-facing window is just adjacent to my refrigerator…so it’s not really ideal to put something in front of it! However, inspiration has struck – I CAN utilize the OUTSIDE of that window, as well as the two others on that side of the house on the first floor. Enter – window boxes. I think they will work out quite nicely on my Cape Cod home, and give my kitty something nice to look at when she wedges herself into that window sill. We’ll enjoy them as well…and on the chance they don’t fill in nicely, luckily they’ll face my backyard and passersby will be none the wiser!

With that, here’s a roundup of the images I’m using as inspiration…and a friendly reminder to my husband as to what I’m aiming for him to build!

http://www.weneedavacation.com/Cape/3315.htm

Casa Sugar

http://www.hooksandlattice.com/fatiandwibox.html

http://www.flowerwindowboxes.com/Blossom-Window-Boxes.html

Apartment Therapy

Country Living

What do you do to dress up the outside of your home?

-Kim


It’s raining, it’s pouring

03.11.2010

It’s umbrella weather today…so a chic umbrella stand is a welcome alternative to the puddle on the floor! Here are some favorites!

allmodern

http://www.kyouei-ltd.co.jp/unbrella-pot.html#

Plushpod

I think I like this last one the best….

Modern Poverty


I’m done with winter

03.08.2010

Doesn’t this image from the latest issue of Lonny’s profile of Lizzie Bailey just have you itching for spring? (We’ve started to consistently break the 40 degree mark here in Wisconsin – I don’t think I’ll be able to take any more snow!!) The houndstooth rug, the yellow pop of the raincoat. I’m really loving the wide tone on tone stripes – I often see them too narrow and that sort of makes me dizzy.

What says spring to you?


I'm done with winter

03.08.2010

Doesn’t this image from the latest issue of Lonny’s profile of Lizzie Bailey just have you itching for spring? (We’ve started to consistently break the 40 degree mark here in Wisconsin – I don’t think I’ll be able to take any more snow!!) The houndstooth rug, the yellow pop of the raincoat. I’m really loving the wide tone on tone stripes – I often see them too narrow and that sort of makes me dizzy.

What says spring to you?


Oh Wisconsin

01.25.2010

It’s almost February.  It’s cold here.  And dreary.  And if it’s not dreary/foggy/rainy/snowing….it will be sunny, and 14 degrees.  (That’s actually the forecast for Friday, and that’s the HIGH.)  It’s difficult to feel inspired when you’re riding a wave of vitamin D deficiency, but I’m trying.  The image above, which hopefully links to Kindred, is my winter desktop image for the second year in a row, and it helps.  It’s so simple, and so warm looking.  Also, it makes me want to knit, which I am slowly learning.  (My husband is thrilled, because it means I bought a ton of yarn, and tangled it into a giant knot when trying to wind it into a ball, and got frustrated, so he was nice enough to untangle it without strangling me with it.)  I also plan to adopt someone’s grandmother so that she can teach me more than the absolute basics.

-Kim

What do you do to keep inspired in the depths of winter?


Coastal Christmas Trees

12.30.2009

I know, I know, Christmas is over. But the holidays aren’t, so these images still feel appropriate. I love the juxtaposition of the Christmas tree with the clear, blue ocean behind. Not something you get in Wisconsin!

-Sara