7.30.2014

Midcentury Dining Room Table and New Chairs

So, about 2 months ago.  I decided to sell my dining room table and chairs.  This was our first real dining room table and chairs that we bought 11 years ago.  We bought it out of necessity and it was the right price. It has totally served us well, but I was ready for something new or old (as it turns out).  You know, sometimes your taste just changes.  

Well, I found a Swedish made midcentury dining room table and chairs at a local antique mall and decided I needed to sell mine in order to buy the new one. And, it sold right away, to a friend.  So, I went back to take a better look at the table and decided that the chairs were a little wobbly and and I didn't want to deal with tightening chairs for years.  So, we were without a table.  But then when I was in San Diego a couple weeks later and did a little craigslist hunting and found this gorgeous Danish Mid Century table for just $350 (and actually he took $300 for it).  It really is too good to be true.  It's in mint condition, no water marks or scratches and I LOVE it.  And it's teak!



So, now to find chairs to go with it.  I've always love these bent wood chairs from West Elm.  I love that they stack and I'm just drawn to the modern, sleek shape.  I bought one and brought it home to see if I liked the two together.  And I think I do.  The colors are not exactly the same, but I'm ok with that.  So, I think the plan is that I'll buy a total of 4 of the West Elm chairs and 2 of the metal ones.  What do you think of the metal ones on either end of the table?  I like them for the nice color contrast and the casual feel they bring to the room.  My built-ins are pretty formal and we aren't really all that formal.  I want the space to be clean and pretty, but also relaxed.  

With the leaves out.
It's nice and compact with the leaves in.
The leaves slide in under the table top.  No need to store them in the back of a closet.
A better look at the table and chair colors together.
Please excuse the yucky iphone picks I took late in the evening.  My built-ins are actually white, not a nasty yellow like they appear in this picture. 

Really, I want your opinion.  Do these chairs work with the table?  And do the white metal ones on either end make sense?  In my head they do, but I'm weird (I like manikin hands).

Here's another look at the old table.  My new one is going to be pretty great, when I get some chairs.

7.29.2014

Moroccan Style Rugs

Having a house with all hardwood floors, great area rugs are a must.  I love the ease of cleaning hardwood floors, but especially with kids, you need a few soft places to land.  Rugs also give you a great opportunity to add a little pattern and color to a space.  Good area rugs can be an investment, so I like to keep the colors neutral and play more with the pattern.  I fabulous rug can really make a room. Moroccan rugs are everywhere.  Every good blogger owns one.  I thought I do a little hunting for some great, reasonably priced options.  And I hit the jack pot on Wayfair.  I'd happily put any and all of these in my home.  
1 // 2 // 3
4
5 // 6 // 7

A great Sisal rug is always a great option as well, but I think number 4 is calling my name.  It could be pretty fabulous in my bedroom. Do you have a favorite from these?

Do you need a great rug for a room in your home?  I've got a special deal for O+P readers.  Wayfair is offering my readers 15% area rugs !!!!! Just enter the code RUGLUV20 at checkout. The code is only good from 7/31 to 8/4.  Wayfair hardly ever does promo codes, so this is a pretty great deal.  Happy rug shopping.

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7.28.2014

Blackberry Basil Buttermilk Ice Cream

Well, what a week.  We are finally headed home.  We (mostly my brother Joash) worked for 6 straight days on Riley.  It really was my dad, Lonnie, Joash and I on it for a good solid week. He's not even cute yet, but he's super strong and safe.  As soon as it cools down in Bakersfield, I'll start working on painting him.


We managed to do a little blackberry picking around my parent's place in Eureka, CA.  We made three batches of jam - classic blackberry, blackberry basil and blackberry mojito jam.  We also made a big batch of blackberry curd and my mom made the BEST ice cream, Blackberry Basil Buttermilk.  So, as promised, here's the recipe for this creamy, fresh frozen treat.


Blackberry Basil Buttermilk Ice Cream

3 cups of heavy whipping cream
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup sugar
4 eggs
3/4 cup blackberries pureed (plus a couple extra berries)
6 basil leaves

In a blender or food processor blend the berries and basil together to make a puree.  In a sauce pan over medium, heat cream, milk and sugar until sugar dissolves.  Whisk the egg yolks in another bowl.  Take 1 cup of the hot cream mixtures and whisk it into the eggs.  Then pour the eggs into the cream mixture and whisk well.  Cook over medium heat for 8 mins, stirring constantly.  Do not let it boil.  Remove from heat and whisk in the blackberry and basil puree.  Mash up a handful of whole blackberries with the back of a spoon.  Stir the berries into the prepared ice cream mixture.  It's nice to have just a few chunks of the berries throughout.  Chill the mixture completely and then freeze according to your ice cream maker instructions.


7.25.2014

Friday's Fabulous Five - Pretty Pastels, Patterns, and Pineapples

Happy Friday!  It's been a busy week of Riley repairs.  It's so good to see him strong and sturdy again.  He's 66 years old, so he's a senior citizen, and his age is definitely showing. 

This little round up was actually meant for last week, but in the hustle and bustle of prepping for my mom's 60th birthday party, I didn't get a chance to post.  But, these are some Summery DIYs you don't want to miss.  There's pretty pastels, patterns and pineapples (of course).  Enjoy and I hope you all have a great weekend!  






7.23.2014

Riley Repairs - it's not pretty

It's been a busy month. I'm sorry posts have been sporadic around here. I'm out of my usual routine, with lots of traveling and I'm still going to school and getting my required courses to keep my teaching credential. Stay tuned all my faithful readers, I'll be back soon with lots of fun ideas on a regular bases very soon.

This is what's been keeping me busy this week.  Riley is in need of some repairs. On our way back from our Spring Break trip to the Napa Valley, we had a bad tire blow out on the I5. It was late at night, pitch black and the tire that needed to be changed was on the road side of the trailer.  It was nerve wracking watching Lonnie dodge semi-trucks while I kept the kids in the ditch listening to a coyote yip and howl at us very near by.  The blow out ruined not only the tire and wheel, but it ripped out a lot of the wheel well and all the electrical to the trailer.  It was a mess.  

My brother Joash and my Dad offered to help us tackle this huge job. Yesterday we began taking off the side panels to get a better look at the damage. I turns out that Riley, who was built in 1948, has had some water damage. A lot of the base of the frame was rotten and chunks were missing. We definitely have  a lot more work cut out for us then we expected. Today is day two of Riley repairs and we have 3 sides of the trailer off. I wanted to share the not so glamorous side of owning a Vintage Trailer. We found awful papery insulation, hornet's nests and a lot of rotten wood that has to be replace. I'm lucky to have a great DIY family. They are eager and knowledgable - the perfect combo.  We are trying to fix just what's necessary. I don't want to gut Riley. He's old and I really want to keep him as original as possible. But, it's going to be so nice knowing he is road ready.

Flying Creatures Once Called This Home

Yucky Insulation

The Torn Up Wheel Well

Brand New Solid Boards Going In

I've known since we bought Riley, that I'd need to paint him sooner then later. But, now that the side panels are off and we are making all these changes, paint is totally the next step. I think I want to keep the green, but I'm considering different patterns and designs for the paint job.  Here's a few that have caught my eye.





What do you think?  Do any of these or a combination of a couple scream Riley?  I also found another 1948 Kit Companion on Craigslist and it says that it has the original paint job, so it would be fun to return Riley to his original glory.  Here's the twin and the original paint job.  Don't you like the angular lines?  Doesn't it seem right to go with the original look?  I'd love to know what you think.

The Paint Job Riley Would Have Originally Had

7.16.2014

Great Air Plant (Tillandsia) Sources


I few weeks ago I posted my DIY Beaded Glass Bubbles to hold my air plants in.  I got a lot of comments asking what an air plant (Tillandsia) is and were can you find them.  The few air plants that I started with, I got at West Elm.  They are gorgeous and healthy, but I honestly paid too much for them.  I think one was $6 and the other was $4.


I haven't been able to find any locally yet, here in Bakersfield.  But, I'm really not all that surprised.  Bakersfield is a pretty big city that thinks it's a tiny cow town.  For example, our GAP in the mall recently had to close, because it wasn't making it.  Yes, LA is only 2 hours away, but I really don't want to drive there all the time.


So, I did a little Amazon shopping and tried out a few vendors for air plants and glass bubbles.  I ordered quite a few and I wanted to share what sources I found to be the best.  By the way, this is not an ad.  I just wanted to help you find some great online sources for air plants.


This set, seen in the images, was the best purchase.  It send I would get 5 different plants and I actually got 6.  They came in less then a week, were nicely packed and are healthy and strong.  With shipping I paid less the $11 for this set.


The round glass bubbles and the tear dropped shaped bubbles were smaller then I expected, but I actually think they are pretty dang cute.  Both came in sets of 6 and I think these look fabulous in a little grouping.


I filled my bubbles with a little colored sand and just sat my little plants in them.  The colored sand (bought at Hobby Lobby in the wedding section for $2.99)  adds a great pop of color.

7.14.2014

Ginger Mint Watermelon Sorbet

I'm finely back home for a couple of days.  I'm so sorry that I've been so sporadic with posts lately. Traveling to Canada, single parenting, and doing homework left me little time to get the posts out that I wanted to.  But, I'm home and it's HOT here!

Are you needing a cool Summer treat?  I've got a really refreshing dessert to beat the heat.  Nothing taste more like Summer then watermelon.  This frozen treat has a little kick with a hint of fresh ginger and mint.  And it's so easy to make.


Ginger Mint Watermelon Sorbet
1 small seedless watermelon (about 4 cups of watermelon pureed)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp. fresh ginger grated
2 tbsp. finely chopped mintpinch of salt

Start by making a simple syrup.  Place the sugar, water, ginger, mint and salt in a small sauce pan.  Bring to a boil and boil for one minute.  Pour into a glass jar and refrigerate till it is cold.  

Remove all the watermelon from rind, place in a blender and blend until smooth.  Refrigerate for a couple hours.

Drain the ginger and mint out of the simple syrup. Combine the syrup and watermelon puree, place in the bowl of an ice cream maker.  Freeze according to the directions of your machine.  Store in an airtight container in the freezer.  


What's your go-to Summer flavor?  

P.S. Got these cute little milk glass glasses at the little Idaho vintage market I went to with my sis-in-law and mother-in-law.  There were only 5 (perfect number for our family) but, I'll be on the hunt for more.