Sunday, February 9, 2014

Swap Meet Finds, Part 2

These are our PCC Swap Meet finds from December.

The lamp looks like jade, although I doubt it is for the price we paid.  We had to get the lampshade separately, and we picked one in a hurry at Lamps Plus so we wouldn't have bare bulbs staring our families in the face at Christmas.  Ideally, I'd like to find a more "boudoir" style shade for it.

I don't have the skills to photograph the mirror without everything reflecting in it, but the most stunning aspect of it is the carving on the supports. 

We have it on Rob's dresser right now.  Someday I'll have a dresser to put it on...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Shady Business

We went to the Pasadena City College swap meet over the weekend and made two great scores.

We aren't sure what we'll do with these lamp shades, but they were too great of a deal to pass up.  We've talked about using them for pendant lights in the breakfast nook, but we need to see how that area feels once the remodel starts before we make lighting decisions.  We also thought they might make a nice set of sconces for over the piano.

This chair is solid oak and will be  my desk chair; now I just need to get a real desk.  It cost LESS than a comparable chair at Ikea.  Woo-hoo!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Getting Warmer

This crazy-looking thing is our heater.  It connects to our super efficient hot water heater (see photo below), and pumps hot water through special tubes in our basement floor.


We turned it on last night for the first time since before Christmas.  It's radiant heat, so it takes a couple of hours to kick in, but once it kicks in, the whole house gets toasty.  And the floors are SO warm against bare feet.  : )

Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Minor Breakthrough

These windows are the only way into our attic.  You have to use a ladder to get up on the porch roof to get to them.  We'd like to change that.

We had an architect come by to look at the space to make sure it's feasible to put the number of bedrooms we want up there.

There's plywood on the joists so you can walk around, but it's not everywhere.  He managed to find one of the open spots.

It was like something out of a slapstick routine.  I was just sitting in the living room working when there was a thud.  When I went to check it out, there was a leg sticking through the ceiling.

Thankfully, he wasn't hurt, and the way I see it, we got a jump start on the demolition for putting in the staircase. 

Friday, January 31, 2014

A Rose in Any Other Season

It's the last day of January and the roses on the fence already started blooming.  Insane.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Coming Together

Here's a couple more photos to show off the new paint in the living room and dining room, as well as the refinished wainscoting.

We got really lucky, and the woman who did the wood refinishing for us had just finished a project at the Gamble House.  She had access to the paint formulas that were used to recreate the original interior paint scheme that Greene and Greene created and gave them to us.  That sage green we used is a totally period appropriate reproduction.

The plan is to paint the music room in the same color scheme, but it took us three full days to do these two rooms and I fell off the ladder, spilling an entire gallon of paint all over myself. It's safe to say we won't be rushing to start painting again any time soon.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Take Our Cue from Here

There is only one wall in the basement where it would be logical to have a pool cue rack.

It's a tight fit on that side of the table, so to keep the rack from interfering with your shot, it's recessed between the studs.

The framing of the rack is made from wood leftover from other projects in the house.  The back is made from aromatic cedar to keep bugs away, but it's already losing its scent.