Sunday, June 26, 2016

Second Quarter Goals Update: The livingroom

Much like the one room challenge,   my goals this year are specific and small and focus on one thing at a time. I started with the  bathroom and it almost killed me was a success.

The second quarter is finished  (April-May-June) but the living room isn't.  I'm giving myself one more week before turning my attention to the upstairs office. I feel like I got a late start, which I did. Bronchitis in April put me out of the game for a while. 

I started this with the goal of getting curtains up, the nail holes filled and everything painted a fresh white. The curtains are up and the nail holes are filled but everything is not yet painted. Somewhere along the way, I bought a new couch.

The old couch was never "me" and I couldn't stand to make do with it another minute. Combine my over-eagerness to get rid of it with a deep discounted Memorial day sale at Ashley Furniture and the bottom line is, I unexpectedly bought a new couch.  I sold the old one so that helped. And I LOVE the new couch, so that helps justify the purchase even more. I really feel like the house is becoming mine and reflecting me more and more.

I have not so distant plans to paint all trim and baseboards fresh white, to touch up the wall paint in a few spots, all things I already have and will cost nothing to accomplish.

I have very distant plans for a rug and coffee tables and probably a chair and throw pillows and all the little decorative things you think of when you re-do a room, but the bank account just laughs and says not any time soon.

The curtain rods were by far the hardest part of this little makeover, and surprisingly heavy and difficult to maneuver.  Not hard just not as easy as it would have been to just buy a long curtain rod, find it delivered by UPS at my door, and put it up.  But I didn't want to spend $135, and I couldn't get it from yard sales (how I've outfitted rooms before) so I DIY-ed it with help from  this blog.  

Two 10 foot pieces of electrical conduit: $5.90 each (I had to buy two 10 foot sections and cut one to add to the long one. So I still have an 8 foot piece in the garage which will probably be another curtain rod in a different room some day.)
Little thing to connect two poles together: $.68
3 cans of bronze metallic spray paint: $5.76 each (I would have never believed it would take 2 1/2 cans of spray paint for this but it totally did. I had to go back twice to get more.)
Curtains: Free from another room
Curtain hook: Free from another room
3 curtain brackets: Martha Stewart $8.97 each

I spent about $55.  The main point of having the curtains is privacy and security,  and the sheers are not doing the job in either of those things.  They are a placeholder until I find curtains I really want at a price I can really get them, probably from TJ Maxx. (something like this or this but both of these are not quite right.... the search continues).

And, in all truth, this still would not be done if I did have some help.


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Monday, June 13, 2016

stitch fix

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One of the happiest days is the day I get home and find my stitch fix box  sitting quietly at the front door.   Seriously!

This month was box #11 for me. I have slightly mixed feelings about it. On one hand.... its a little expensive.  But on the other hand, I like the surprise, the finding it at my doorstep, the brands I wouldn't have seen or picked out by myself, and there is something to be said about the service, of having cute clothes that fit you and match the other things you own come straight to your door.

Its been working out that I usually keep one or two items from each box.  The two things I kept from my latest stitch fix box, a lightweight navy blue sweater that has elbow patches on the back of the arms in fuchsia (like this)  and the most comfortable, stylish and flattering pair of green crop pants (like this).

I love these green crops and they fit really well  but.... they were expensive.  I've told myself before I could find something similar cheaper but the truth is.... I cant.  Its not like a cute top, where I have the consignment store to run to every weekend.  Pants are hard to get right. I'm not going to spend the time and energy (and a precious Saturday) to go from store to store looking for something similar in my size that is cheaper.  In the end, considering everything, I have a really stylish pair of pants I love and think it is probably worth it to avoid the rest of the hassle.

Its the whole bird in the hand thing...  I find Stitch Fix works just like everyone said it would work. The longer you get the box the more they get to know you and start sending you things that are more your style and fit.  The things I returned this month......  the sleeveless blue and white denim shirt. It was super soft and comfy but too distressed for me. I honestly don't know where I'd wear it or what I would pair it with. I didn't have to think twice. It went back in the box immediately.

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I debated heavily on this striped sweater, it was such a good fit and a light weight and perfect for the spring/summer. In the end though, I sent it back. It was not the right color for me and no matter how much I tried to make it work, the color was just not for me. (looking at it now, I still struggle... note to self in future... if your struggling with the decision this much, just keep it....)

The color on the coral top was perfect for me and I loved the open work at the top. I really struggled with whether or not to keep this top, however, I didn't like the billowy effect of the blouse.  It went back too. (no regrets on this one).