Friday, October 24, 2008

ACK! The Death of a Computer

As you know, I'm in the middle of moving. I just went back to my rental after being away for a week, to discover that my computer would not turn on. I can't imagine what's wrong, but I think it is bad. And I won't be able to handle it until I am all done moving, so it may be a while folks! Thanks for hanging in there and for all the wonderful comments!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Dream Kitchen

I'm the kinda girl who thinks the kitchen is the most important room in the house. And I LOVE my new kitchen. It is adjacent to my mango living room, so I'm not all alone when I'm slaving away.

I went with turquoise walls to really make my red kitchen things pop. It was a dark blue before, and it really overwhelmed the space, so I painted the soffits a light green. I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I'm not much on display plates, but my mother-in-law sent me these, of Charleston and Pittsburgh (two of the places I have lived) and I really dig them now that I have a place to put them. They match my color scheme, too.
I have some orange things too, and they really look good against the blue as well.

I threw away a million crappy magnets so I wouldn't be tempted to tack up too much stuff on my fridge. Here's my sweet collection. The top row are John W. Golden magnets that we bought in Wilmington, NC when we lived nearby a few years ago. We loved John's studio and it was so nice to find his work again when I discovered Etsy. The middle row were ones I grew up with that my mom sent along with me to college. Mom just sent me the Andy Warhol on the third row. It says, "You are so little" and "You are so big." It describes my dogs perfectly. Bri loves Guinness and his sister sent us that magnet. The two on the bottom right were freebies in an order from kalliart. I thought they were super cool.
I love that I have a window behind my sink. I don't know why...I just always wanted that. I like to see Happy and Little Bear playing.
This is the entry to the back door, which is connected to the kitchen and you can see through the pass-through. I'm so glad to have tile in here and wood in the kitchen. The kitchen in my rental was carpet (a really low knap, but still, carpet?!) It's a nice space to feed the ladies and to corral them before they can track mud all over the house.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Mountian Property

What, may you ask, were we doing looking at a piece of property in the Laramie Peak area, since we just bought a house in Wheatland a few weeks ago?

It turns out my husband and one of his best friends have been looking for a piece of property for hunting purposes. And though this one was pretty pricey, we loaded up in the car to go take a peek.
It was an hour and a half drive from town, mostly on dirt roads. And yes, it had just snowed for the first time this season. (Where did fall go? I don't know. They're not big on fall here, in Wyo. They skip on over to winter pretty quickly.)

It was a gorgeous piece of property, to be sure, with huge rocks and little aspen stands. But it was not quite located where they hoped it would be, and there was no good place to situate a cabin. So, thank goodness, that's off the agenda. But it was a fun ride out to the wilderness.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Monday, October 6, 2008

Joyous Tropical Colors

I have one room in my new house painted - the living room. It was a lovely mossy green but that is just not my personal color palette. I'm not sure why, but I LOVE bright, tropical colors on my walls. I figured this out in my last house, in Pittsburgh. I think I tried it there because it was fall/winter and there was snow outside *gasp!* I was longing for my warm, sunny, South Carolina home and I think the tropical colors made me feel a little bit better. Or maybe it was the Jimmy Buffett I listened to incessantly while painting... Anyway, I never did get that house decorated, but when I looked at my mango, lemon and lime walls, it made me smile. And when you find what works for you, keep doing it! So my new living room is mango.

It is bright, I can't deny, but the paint can says "Fluorescent!" Don't believe's not THAT bright. I was smart enough to paint an index card with the color I had made in Pittsburgh, which the paint store was so kind to tweak until I was happy with it. The lovely folks at my neighborhood ACE store scanned it and perfectly recreated my custom mango color.

Did I mention my new house is 101 years old? There are so many beautiful details like the door knobs and key holes. I think most of the woodwork in the house is original, too. The last folks stripped it and restained it. I can't believe we were so lucky to find a home where all of that laborious work was done already. We did a lot of that in our Pittsburgh home, which was not nearly as historic or pretty and it was absolutely exhausting. I'm a bright white trim sort of girl, but this woodwork is so gorgeous there's no way I'd ever paint over it.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The New House

Just a quick post today...gotta go do some more painting.

Here is the exterior. I can't believe how cute my new house is! It's in an old neighborhood with trees and sidewalks, and I am a block from the one-screen movie theater and a a couple blocks from the little downtown. There is great landscaping in the front (which you can't really see in this photo) and it is all on a drip system with a timer... very important here in dry Wyoming.