Life & Trying to Make the House Look Pretty

August 16, 2012 — 2 Comments

My little helper

I know it has been a while! Life has been busy, fun, frustrating, tiring and everything in between the last few weeks. I’ve been trying to stop and enjoy some time with the kids before school starts. With my little man getting ready for kindergarten, there is going to be some adjusting. As part of the getting ready for fall, I have been trying to get the house in better order. It has been a painfully slow process. I did manage to get some of the shelves up in the Playroom. I am planning on adding a second set on top and some additional wall shelves. That will probably take a while, but at least we have some cubbies to start to put the kids stuff in.

Playroom Shelves, up but not organized!

Meanwhile, I saw that Jen from Rambling Renovators is going to be writing a book called Blogger Style. She is taking entries for interiors designed by bloggers (due by September 15th). It is a pretty exciting opportunity, even if my own chances of making the cut are small. I have also been meaning to put together a house tour for my blog for ages, so I am trying to use this as a catalyst for taking some pretty pictures of the house. I tend to get bogged down in the actual construction of things, and it feels like I never get around to the final pictures and staging. So for the next couple of weeks I am going to focus on the pretty aspect of my house and try to ignore all of the other unfinished big and small projects and put some makeup on her. After all I think she deserves it! I have certainly been pinning up enough pictures on pinterest for inspiration.

Kitchen Counter in progress

As part of this process I actually need to do a little shopping (mostly from around the house but it is also time to pick up a few things to make the house feel fresh). I am working on taking some photos now, so I can take a look and tweak things before I shoot better photos. It is amazing the things that are obvious only after you take a photograph (eek, those window sills need to be cleaned and I really need to oil the counters).

Kitchen Counter in progress

For example, the area on top of the piano had become a dumping ground. I am hoping by paying some attention to it, I can make it more of a focal point.

Piano w/ new lamps and kids artwork

I bought these new lamps yesterday at Homegoods. They were are really good deal ($29 a piece) and I really liked the height and shape.  I don’t care for the color. I am now trying to decide what color to paint them. I am currently thinking about red or blue.

Red Lamp Option

Blue Lamp Option

What do you think?


2 responses to Life & Trying to Make the House Look Pretty

  1. So great to hear that you’re applying for the book! There’s nothing like a deadline to help you knock some of the To Do’s off your list. Thanks for the mention :)

    • Jen- Fingers crossed I can actually get most of my to do list done! I am really excited about your book! There are so many blogs out there doing great stuff that totally deserve to be showcased.

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