Saturday, 31 March 2012

Invisible curtain tracks?

Does anyone have any ideas as to how this seamless curtain look was achieved? I know that they normally fix the tracks to the ceiling to achieve the seamless look, but here... there is a cornice.

I am confused :(

Any ideas?

The Amazing Lace Skirt

A few weeks ago Monica and Whitney asked me to participate in their newest blogger series, The Amazing Lace Skirt. They are sending their lace skirt traveling all over the country to different bloggers to see how they would style it. 

I was sporting a tiny baby bump and it was snowing outside so this is the best picture I could get of  me in the skirt. Plus I feel like a complete idiot trying to model in a picture. 

Just take a look at how these cute ladies have modeled this great skirt. 
I could only wish to look as chic. 

Hope you are all having a great weekend! I'm up in Bear Lake hanging with my family and enjoying LDS General Conference

Friday, 30 March 2012

Layout Pics

Here are a few pictures that show the layout.

Standing in the family room looking at the stairs. On the other side of the stair wall is the dining room.

Standing in the family room looking toward the living room. You can also see the coat closet and the boys' linen closet, which opens into their hallway.

This shows, from L to R, the pantry (angled walls), doorway to laundry/mudroom, doorway to dining room.

Standing in the family room looking toward the kitchen. Behind that is the master bedroom. We took a chunk off the back wall to make a large closet. The closet space (next to the bathroom) was annexed into the laundry room for a half-bath.


Every single day I am absolutely amazed at how quick the build is going. When I left home this morning the house looked like this:


When I got back around 1:30 it looked like this:


When my sons got home at 4 it looked like this:


Amazing! Those are my boys running to check out their rooms. And the pile of scraps they could have for the fire pit. Not sure which they were more excited about.

Since I'm trying to be very honest about this whole thing, I admit that I had a big ol' panic attack today. And it was all due to this:

As you can see from the picture, part of the house has OSB sheathing, and part has Dow. The OSB was recommended because we're having stone along the front, and it provides a sturdy base. The Dow sheathing offers better insulation and water resistance. So we decided to spilt the difference.

When I saw the Dow sheathing we chose I honestly thought we made a huge mistake in choosing Dow over OSB. After I had taken several pictures I went home and, as I tried not to hyperventilate, hit the computer to research it. Now, this is something that we really should have done when going through our choices during the planning process. We did a little bit of research, but should have done more. What I found reassured me, and after holding a piece in my hands and trying to break it I felt a lot better. Now, if someone shoots our house or tries to hack through the wall with a machete we'll have problems. However, in either of those scenarios we'd have bigger problems than a hole in our house.

This is our back yard. I wish this was grass, but it's a wheat field. Actually, I'm glad it's not grass or I'd have to mow it.

I ran out of room on this page, so I'll add another post for additional pictures.

Does anyone have Sheridan Ultralux Medium Support Polyester Pillows?

MrB and I are sick of our Dunlopillo Latex Pillows and I would like to buy some new ones, but not latex or feather ones...
I saw these Sheridan Ultralux Medium Support Polyester Pillow (currently $30 at Myer), are they good? I know, I know, it is recommended that one try out a pillow in store before buying ... but  the thing is ... I don't think I will be able to get MrB to come along, and besides, I find the whole pillow testing in shops thing a bit awkward :(
What pillows are you currently using? Are you happy with them?

Feature Friday: Dixie Delights

Today I am featuring Amanda's beautiful home from the blog Dixie Delights. Here is how she describes her style:


den 1

den 2

nursery 1
nursery 2

basement 8
basement 1

basement 3
basement 4
basement 5

Thank you so much Amanda for sharing your home with us! Check out more details on her blog here.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Which lamp with our bedside tables?

Which one of these three table lamps do you think will work best (and hopefully won't date) with our bedside tables? I've resized them all, so they should all be in proportion... 

Our bed is black leather.

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Rejoist! (Get it?)

The framing crew rolled into town bright and early today. I didn't get to the site until after 11, and pulled up to see this:

Most of the joists were down, and they were starting to work on the flooring. I couldn't believe how much had been done in only 3 hours! The supervisor came up to introduce himself and we chatted for a few minutes. He was very nice, and answered the few questions I had. I'll be the first person to admit I know nothing about construction, but it looked like everything was very solid. Seams were glued and nailed down the entire length and the sill was heavily bolted on. I also noticed a layer of waterproofing between the basement wall and the sill.

After I took these few pics I had to run to town for a few hours. By the time we got home we saw:

The garage was almost completely framed. The flooring was down and the hole for the basement steps was cut out.
By the time the crew left for the day the garage was completely framed. Can't wait to see what happens tomorrow!