Archive for March, 2012

The New Rug in Residence

Posted on March 5, 2012. Filed under: Home |

Thought I’d share what all the excitement is about at our house. We have a new rug for our living room – finally. And I was très crafty about it too!

Here she is:

Don’t mind the rest of the things in this room. Everything will be changing. Well, maybe not the collection of throw pillows I’ve slowly acquired. I keep telling my husband we won’t keep all of them so he’ll get off my case! Hi, my name is Meredith and I have a throw pillow problem.

So the story goes like this (in bullet points):

  • Paint
    • Painted room cream last August from this pretty blue (it may be pretty, but this color blue is a little odd for a living room.

This wall is the accent wall with a tone on tone stencil. Very much in progress. It’s pure agony. I’ll write a whole post about it once it’s complete in 10 years.

  • We are furnishing this room: couch, chairs, occasional tables, the works. This couch is going bye-bye.
  • I’m trying to decide on window treatments
  • I realized I should pick the rug out before the window treatments because there are less rugs to choose from than fabric/curtains
  • I wanted to get rug before big couch arrived so we wouldn’t have to move big couch more than once
  • I went to rug store
  • They let me borrow a rug for 24 hours
  • I took rug home and rolled it out in living room
  • We liked it
  • I found it on – you guessed it! – overstock.com for 65% off what the rug salesman wanted to sell it for
  • We wrestled the rug back in my car and I brought it back to the rug store, much to rug guy’s dismay (I do feel bad about not supporting the local retailer, but when I can save us HUNDREDS of dollars, that’s what I’ve gotta do.)
  • I ordered rug on overstock and a rug pad
  • They arrived 4 days later – free shipping too
  • We wrestled all 104 lbs. inside and after much tugging, huffing, and puffing, we have a rug
  • She’s pretty
  • I’m in lurrrve
  • Expecting armchair and ottoman in 2 weeks, couch and other chair in 4-6 weeks
  • No future puppy allowed in this room
  • P.S. I found curtains that I think are the perfect match at Pottery Barn. They are ridiculously expensive. Somebody move and give me your “new address” coupon to PB, please. That’s the only coupon I’ve ever had from there and we used it on our kitchen table and chairs. It was a worthy cause, but WAHHH!
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Crepe Murder

Posted on March 2, 2012. Filed under: Gardening, Home |

We committed what Adam believes to be Crepe Murder a few weekends ago. I disagree. It was painful, but it needed to be done.

I don’t have many “before” pictures. So sorry, peeps. I was too busy holding the ladder my husband was on and dodging falling tree limbs. One caught me on the arm – nasty bruise. Ouchy. But Adam got nailed in the chest at least twice. Landscape at your own risk.

This picture is the best I have to show you how big this tree was before its haircut.

See that one limb Adam has yet to cut? The whole tree was about that size – approximately 40 feet tall. We practically cut it in half – with our bare hands. Well, we cut it in half without the use of power tools. And when I say “we”, I really mean my dear, sweet husband.

It took about 2 hours. Adam lopped off as many branches as he could. For the ones that were too thick, he used a pull saw. For branches he couldn’t reach from the ladder, he climbed up in the tree. I gathered all the fallen limbs and branches, cut some of them shorter and stacked them in a massive pile.

See our trash pile?

Oh Lordy! We were on pins and needles all week hoping the county would take it. And they did. I swear they’ll take a dead animal as long as you leave it on the curb.

For those of you that don’t know – and I didn’t until we acquired a yard – crepe myrtles are supposed to be cut back nearly every year in mid-February (at least in Georgia). It looks like our crepe myrtle hasn’t been cut back in years. (Lots of things haven’t been done to our yard in years, but that’s another story for another day.) It’s the largest tree of its kind I’ve ever seen. We did our research and we knew were supposed to cut the branches a little above where they split into a v. We are slightly concerned we cut it too far back. But it didn’t split into too many v’s above the point where we whacked it. We’ll let you know how it looks come spring, but I’m glad it’s shorter. It was getting awfully close to our power lines.

We have big plans for the yard in 2012:

  1. Re-seeding grass (again)
  2. Landscaping the slope that was formerly host to a TON of Old English Ivy
  3. Installing a fence
  4. Landscaping around the mailbox and making repairs
  5. Cutting back the azaleas (they are crazy)
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