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(L)overstock

Posted on July 22, 2011. Filed under: Home, Newlywed |

Yep, I’m back already. Here’s a short little story that I had to share since I’m all about Overstock these days.

I got Adam a present. Yes, it’s from Overstock. No, I don’t have a problem.

He’s been wanting one of these for years. He wanted to register for one when we got married. I wouldn’t let him because I thought it was silly to register for this particular item, let alone that it retailed for over $100. He had one at a condo he shared with some friends in grad school. Unfortunately, it wasn’t his. We’ve both been looking around for them at every department and home improvement store we go to. The dollar sign$ were too many. We kept holding off. Yes, I threw up a $ as an S. I’m cool like that. So what, pray tell, is this present?

Well, you have to keep it a secret because Adam doesn’t know yet. He’ll find out this evening, hopefully before he reads this blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the Jedi of all garbage cans

 
 
Why it’s a motion-sensitive garbage can!!!! Look Ma! No hands! Some critics out there may say that this is such a waste. No pun intended. Or that it’s another piece of technology that will break. But we know from experience that you get used to having this silver Yoda around. It sure is nice when you’re cooking and you have your hands full. You just stand in front of Yoda and he opens right up. You don’t have to worry about putting something down, messing up the lid, or banging the swinging lid into the cabinet behind it – which is what happens now.  At $48, it’s a much more affordable option than installing a $1,000 trash compactor. And Charlie Sheen, eat your heart out because I’m winning again. This product is now $60 on Overstock. If anyone has remedial math skills like me, that means I saved $12 or 20%. At Macy’s or BBB, it retails for over $100. I cannot stomach paying $100 for a garbage can even if it does have “the force”.
 
So that’s my random present to Adam. I got him a garbage can. I think he’s going to love it!
 
Did you know that Adam has never seen the old Star Wars movies, Episodes IV-VI? I’ve seen them all, multiple times. How’s that for weird?
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I Fell in Love with this Rug, with this Rug, with this Rug (to the tune of Usher’s “I Wanna Make Love in this Club”)

Posted on July 21, 2011. Filed under: Home, Newlywed |

I’m noticing a theme to my post titles lately. My love for hip hop/R&B is out of the closet now.

I knew I was taking a gamble when I ordered a rug for our new bedroom off the internet. But I am notorious for taking risks.……

Yeah, right.

I am a bargain hunter, though. And if this rug looked anything like it did online in person, I was getting a helluva deal. If you have never perused Overstock.com for hours like I have, then you haven’t lived yet. You can get so many different things there for bargain prices: faucets, window treatments, furniture, rugs, clothes (two of my dresses that I wore to showers for my wedding came from Overstock), dishes, doorknobs, tools, appliances, scrapbook supplies, sewing machines, galore! You can even get rubber gloves, diapers, and one of those weird ball chairs for your office. Overstock is sweet!

I was always reluctant to buy something as important as a rug on Overstock. What if it was threadbare? What if it was uhhhhgly? We would have to pay a fortune to ship it back! But when John and Sherry over at Young House Love successfully selected a big area rug for their family room off of Overstock, I knew it could be done.

Ever since we started looking for houses back in March, I have been perusing the rug collection on Overstock. You see, Overstock does not guarantee to have the same things day after day. They are called Overstock after all and that’s essentially what they have: leftover stock that’s in limited supply. So one Friday when I was searching for a living room rug, I found this baby and I knew I had to act fast. It wouldn’t work for our living room, but I thought it might do the trick in our master bedroom. We have Macy’s Hotel Collection Rings bedding which I recently discovered is being discontinued. Boo! Anyway, our bedding is this pale metallic silver with aqua blue interlocking rings. Our walls are a pale aqua blue as well.  I really wasn’t sure what I was looking for in a rug. I thought about jute or sisal, but I didn’t think the natural look would pair well with dark furniture and silver bedding. Then I thought about one of those super plush Flokati wool rugs in white or cream. But I’m afraid that would stick out and not blend with the smooth geometry of the bedding and the cool colors. Plus, Flokati wool requires special maintenance. You can’t just run any ole vacuum over it. I know I didn’t want a solid blue or gray rug because it would be obvious if it didn’t match. So basically, I had no idea what I wanted, but figured I’d know what I wanted when I saw it. Sound familiar?

When I found this cream and gray rug with a modern damask design I was all aquiver at the image of the bedroom trifecta I had in my mind: beautiful, modern bedding – check; slightly more traditional, color-complementary rug – nearly a check; silk panel curtains in silver or blue – no check yet. I’m so tempted to make a joke about rugs and drapes, but I won’t go there… Hehe. Now a few things about our rug:

  • 8 x 11 – a good size for a queen bed
  • Super cheap for the size – $330 and FREE shipping – it’s since gone up a little bit in price (yay me!)
    • Side note: I’ve been looking at area rugs on all sorts of websites and in Dalton, GA, the carpet capital of the world, and the average price of a rug this size can be $600+. If it’s made of superior materials, they usually start at $1,000.
    • Modern take on a traditional damask design – bringing in some understated tradition to our contemporary bedding
    • The gray is actually a silvery blue – PERFECT for our bedding
    • The description states that the rug is poly-acrylic and wool. I was confused. I’m fine with having an acrylic rug in the master because it really won’t have much foot traffic whereas a living room rug would have to endure the repeated treading stomping of feet and paws. But if it turned out to be wool, I would have been quite pleased with myself. It didn’t. Oh well…
    • Had fantastic reviews

A huge thanks goes to my husband who gave the final nod of approval and risked having to ship back 70 pounds of design disappointment. He was so easy-going about it, as usual, and seemed to like it himself. It arrived at our apartment approximately 2 days before we closed on our house. So my darling husband lugged the 70 pound beaut down three flights of stairs at the apartment to the car and inside the house up another set of half-stairs. Bless him. If it had been just me, I would have rolled it onto a tarp and drug the thing all the way to the house up Peachtree Road. (I was preparing for this just in case Adam told me he wanted to wait for the movers to do it.) I had to have the rug over at the house pronto because Adam did not want to unwrap/unroll it until it reached its final destination. I simply had to see it in all its glory. So here he is in an empty bedroom mostly unfurled.

Looking good, right? He looks a little more blue in these pictures than he is in person; he is a bit more gray.

And here he is after move-in day underneath our bed. Excuse the lack of curtains, wall décor, etc. We have quite a bit of work to do in here still.

Note that these pictures were taken with a lower quality camera. The rug looks very pale in these shots, but it’s darker than the bedding giving the room some contrast. The gray in the rug is more of a graphite and the bedding is a very pale platinum, almost pearl, with aqua rings. The rings on the bedding aren’t as defined in real life either and you can see the blue more. Trust me. The rug and the bed look divine together. Not busy and washed-out like these pictures.

I think I did pretty well on this one. In fact, I’m patting myself on the back right now. Has anyone else taken the plunge and purchased big items over the internet? Once, I accidentally bought a $2,000 TV on Amazon. Luckily, I corrected my mistake after I looked at my order confirmation. They send those for a reason, you know. Anyway… Have you bought area rugs or furniture or other scary items that most sane people like to examine in person before purchasing?

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I Like to Move It, Move It

Posted on July 14, 2011. Filed under: Home, Newlywed |

That’s a major lie. I HATE moving. I hate it worse than cottage cheese. It’s worse than finding toe nail clippings in the carpet. It may be worse than having one of those 24 hour stomach flus. At least those are over in 24 hours. The pain of moving is dragged out over weeks, sometimes months. All the packing, and box collecting, and address changing is so time consuming. Then there is the actual moving, the heat, the strange men picking up a box of your under things. Then the boxes and furniture are delivered in piles and heaps throughout your once empty – but clean – house. And the worst part…UNPACKING. Ugh. I will quit complaining. I know everyone else hates moving too. Unless you’re going to an exotic locale with just a knapsack, moving sucks for everyone. At least we don’t see ourselves picking up and moving again any time soon.

Adam and I finally moved into our first home last Saturday. We bought the house 3 weeks ago, but decided to do some painting and blind installation before we moved in. I wanted to be able to walk into the kitchen in my pj’s without giving the neighbors a show. You can’t blame me. And since the lease on our apartment doesn’t end until the end of July, we were in no hurry. It really did take 3 weeks to paint, install blinds, fix some outlets, clean, switch out toilet seats (a must), etc. In fact, we didn’t get to all the painting in that time. Those full-time jobs sure do put a damper on getting stuff done! Just kidding. If we didn’t work, we wouldn’t have a house. And we love our jobs.

I was pretty nervous that a 17’ truck wasn’t going to be able to hold all of this:

Almost all of the stuff... yes there was more.

Guest Room/Office at the apartment

This is what our apartment looked like for about 2 weeks except for the pile progressively expanded until we couldn’t walk to the thermostat without risking bodily injury. And these pictures don’t include the washer and dryer, the living room, or our bedroom. When Adam pulled into the parking lot at 8:30am with a 17’ truck, I was skeered. It looked so tiny. There was NO WAY everything we had would fit. But miracles of miracles, almost everything went in the truck because we hired all-star movers. (I will put their contact information at the bottom of this post.) They are A-mazing. We’ve used them 3 times and they are super cheap. We reserve and drive the truck; they do all the loading and unloading – i.e. the hard stuff. Here’s a timeline of pictures: 

20 minutes and counting…

And this is what it looked like after 45 minutes:

so empty, so sad. But Scheff looks good!

 

Empty Guest/Office

 

A few small items that wouldn't fit in the truck

They were done loading in an hour and 20 minutes even though they emptied the apartment in less than an hour. It took some time to cram it all in the truck. It was a puzzle I couldn’t solve. They ended up putting our TV in their van, which I didn’t know about until after the fact. But apparently Adam is very trusting. My paranoia conjured up the scenario of our movers peeling out of the parking lot with our flat screen and screaming, “Sayonara, suckers!”, but they didn’t. That’s because they are SUPER!

Unloading went so much quicker due to the fact that they weren’t hauling all the stuff into a 3rd floor apartment – hallelujah! I think they finished in about 30 minutes. And here is what it looked like after a 17’ truck emptied out, plus a dozen carloads over 3 weeks:

Kitchen. There's more on the near side of the peninsula.

Master Bedroom

 

Guest Bedroom

Eeek!

We have our work cut out for us. I couldn’t find my shoes this morning, we’re digging through suitcases, and the bathroom is full of mini-shampoos and travel bags. Adam mowed the lawn Sunday and re-wired some outlets (yeah, that’s my man!). It’s worth all the work, though. We’re so happy to finally be in a house. And I think I will have a difficult time not writing about all the things we are doing to it. So get used to it!

The Movers:

At Your Service Etc.

770-899-0639

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The Fumes are Getting to Me

Posted on July 12, 2011. Filed under: Home, Newlywed |

I apologize for my blog absence. We had the Big Arse Move this weekend. I’m sure you understand. I can’t find my underpants. True story. Don’t worry. I found them before work this morning. That was probably way too much information… See title of post. That explains this paragraph’s stream of random thoughts.

This post is a little more picture heavy and a little less wordy. I can hear your shouts of joy. Keep it down.

So if you’ll recall, I talked about paint here and posted some pictures of the contenders for make-overs here. Now that we’ve refreshed our memory on the before shots, let’s take a look at the before and after shots in succession. Please forgive my amateur photography skills.

Guest Bedroom:

This room was painted Papa Smurf Blue for the previous owners’ little boy. I was afraid it would take more than two coats, but luckily it didn’t.

Guest Bedroom - where Papa Smurf used to live.

And here we are after two coats of Valspar Cincinnatian Hotel Nichols Taupe eggshell.

Guest Room

View of Closet Doors I Would Like to Remove Someday...

Some darker lighting for contrast

Looking good, right? It better with a paint name like Cincinnatian Hotel Nichols Taupe. All Nichols needs for added pressure is some Roman numerals at the end. If you’re Nichols, VI, you better not fail at anything. For reals. The taupe actually has a hint of lavender in it which I surprisingly like. It gives it a little pizzazz. It will look swell once we get the bedding in there. I promise. We really like how rich the color is. Never mind that ugly brown vent. The headboard for the bed will cover it up.

Master Bedroom:

For some reason, this room was a dusty pink. I don’t know about you ladies out there, but my husband refuses to sleep in a pink room and that makes me glad. If he had walked in there and said, “What a great color!” or even “This isn’t that bad”, I would have been concerned. You may think I’m crazy, but that pink paint also clashed with the floors. It is possible to do this. Ask my mother. She knows everything.

See how that pink clashes with the floors? Look closer!

We decided to lighten this room up a lot – and boy we did – by painting it a very pale aqua blue, Valspar Lament Blue eggshell. While we were painting, we could see that the room was a dark teal before with baby blue trim. It must have been like a cave in there. It probably took 4 coats of that pink to cover it up. The room looks so much bigger now with a lighter color. The blue looks great with our bedding and once we get everything moved in, it will be super!

Adam edging away

Master Bedroom before touching up Window Trim

Ahhh.... No more pink!

Master Closet:

We weren’t planning to paint the master closet, but it was pretty disgusting. And it was painted a very, old beige (say 20-years-old). A sure way to get rid of previous homeowner smell (not that it was bad, just not our smell), is to paint.

It’s hard to see the difference in pictures since we don’t have any decent before shots, but it was drastic. Just take a look at that ceiling. Adam painted this puppy all by himself with a little help from me on the shelves. We used a bright white semi-gloss in order to reflect more light and make it easier to see in there. And Adam wasn’t stingy either. He painted everything white: walls, trim, molding under the shelves, and door frame. It looks so much better!

White Closet

Hello clean closet!

We plan to paint the ceiling after we, and by “we” I mean Adam, repair the attic entry. We’re not looking forward to taking everything out of the closet to paint the ceiling, but the difference from wall to ceiling is obvious and kind of gross now that we have fresh, white paint on the walls. And there wasn’t time to do it all in the 3 weeks before move-in. Darn!

Kitchen:

There really wasn’t anything wrong with the kitchen before. At least we didn’t think so. My taste just doesn’t jive with yellow walls. So we painted them. Like I mentioned here, it was difficult to pick the right color due to the cabinet color.

Yucky Yellow and a really bad picture

The added challenge in selecting a paint color is the fact that I wanted green. In case you’ve never picked paint colors, green is one of the hardest colors to select. I can’t be too dark, too gray, too brown, too yellow, too blue, too beachy, too 1960’s, etc. Ugh. I was so relieved when I settled for Behr’s Topiary Tint.

Ignore the mess. Check out the green!

We didn’t think anything was wrong with the yellow before, but now that we see the green in here it makes the white trim and bead board pop! It looks so much better. I know this color green may not be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s fine. It can tend to look a little too hospital green in pictures. Once I get window treatments in here, it will look nice.

Speaking of window treatments... Adam installing some blinds. I will do some Roman shades eventually.

So far, this is all the painting we have done. It’s a lot, but we’re not finished yet. We wanted to paint the spaces we would live in the most before we moved in – kitchen, bedroom, guest bedroom – and compromised on painting the other spaces until after move in day. What’s left to paint? The pantry (it’s dirrrty), the halls – more on that later, the living room, and the closet ceiling.

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