Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pattern perfect

 Turkish pillows, mmmm...

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Busy week

I've had a crazy busy week of travel and friends and celebration but somehow i have a sorry lack of photos to show for it. firstly, jeni came to visit from wisco and became our first official houseguest. we played games and explored durham and watched the bachelorette. 
then eli and i went to a wedding in virginia and saw my mom and sister and other extended-family-friends. and some chickens!

A warmed house

This morning we had our housewarming party and our place was filled with activity and giggles and music and treats. Here is a picture of the muffins and (craft-nerd alert!) paper flags I made:
 I also made french toast and we had juice and coffee and fruit, and guests brought many more delicious treats that made quite a lovely spread.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tin can garden

I want to copy this.
via flickr

Monday, May 16, 2011

Little fixes

I finally got around to fixing up the front door area - a fresh coat of paint is my new secret to life. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Thursday, May 12, 2011


i saw this on facebook and giggled... if only kate middleton had remembered her black choker.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sitting pretty

We finally got our sofa delivered yesterday - it is the first piece of furniture we have bought from an actual store (not craigslist! not the flea market! although they have served me well...) and it is glorious. It is more maroon (less red) in person, and quite large. Here it is with an Eli for scale:

Monday, May 9, 2011

Music on the lawn

Last week I went to the super-cool american tobacco campus and saw a neat band called the small ponds.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Adventures in dogsitting

Here are some pictures from when Bracken and Thistle came to stay with us for a few days. They are sweetie sweet dogs who don't beg at the table or poo in the house or chew your furniture. They just want to be close to you and snuggle and  lull you into believing all dogs are that easy to care for.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lemurs sit like people

The lemurs were totally the highlight at the museum of life and science. they sit up like humans and look at you like they're watching a football game.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Goodbye awnings

Last week the giant metal awnings covering the front and back of the house finally came down. here is the house before:
and after:
and the front porch before:
and after:
Now that the front porch is more visible, I'm planning some sprucing up projects like replacing the old light fixture, adding some hanging plants, a fresh coat of paint, and eventually a porch swing and some new railings.
One of the most dramatic parts of the transformation was the amount of light in the house. Below is the guest bedroom with the awnings on (as you can see, they hang down and cover more than half the windows):
and after the awnings were removed:
 So much sun! Such a difference! Happy day!

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