Genie in a Bottle

If I could have my most superficial wishes granted, the list would include:
1) J. Crew to debut a Home line that featured furniture, home accessories, fabrics, rugs, lighting, outdoor, and paint (by Farrow and Ball). I can't even imagine how ridiculously awesome their color palettes and prints would be. I would expect lots of fun lacquer pieces mixed in with more traditional fare. I could see some of the catalog pages looking like this...

2) Dunkin Donuts to have a self-serve half and half/splenda area. I hate Starbucks coffee but love the fact that I can add my own cream and sugar. I need the best of both worlds to combine.
3) Taco Bell to serve breakfast...seriously, if they came out with breakfast tacos, it would top my chart.
4) A combination of a dry cleaner, a car wash, and a nail salon. These are errands I would seriously like to combine. Maybe one day I'll start one ;)


Covered Patio

I've always loved covered patios and now I have one! I ordered this sectional from CB2 and the pillows are from Williams-Sonoma Home. There is a lighted fan, which is ugly but useful and we'll hopefully get a replacement over time. My next move out here is to add outdoor curtains and Clay's going to install a TV. Luckily the previous owners had a TV mount and cable lines installed, so the hard part is already done for us. Also, they left their dart board for us which Clay and his friends have already enjoyed. It will likely to be moving to Clay's Man Area...aka the garage :)The BEFORE pic...and yes, it took me over an hour to take the ridiculous coaster collection off of the walls. Each one was laminated and velcro taped so I literally had to scrape every one off and will now have to repaint the darned area. I'm pretty sure that these didn't count as a permanent fixture with the house!



Slowly but surely things are coming together...we've done LOTS of cleaning and painting, had some deliveries, put some things together, and made many runs to Home Depot and Lowe's. On Monday we got internet which has been a Godsend...I feel much less discombobulated now.

We are still working on the paint color in the den...as you can see Sherwin Williams' "Alpaca" turns lavender under the glow of the lovely can lights.
A few new items here and some old...the striped bench will probably end up in our bedroom. I adore the fireplace screen - Ebay find :)
I'm super excited about my new Suzani rug. Thanks for going to get it with me Shirley!
Out with the old red paint in with the new "Fashion Gray" by Behr. I used their new paint + primer and was amazed at the results....only took one coat and I only used half a gallon on the whole room. I also painted the chandelier which took FOREVER and I still need to do touch-up work on it. High gloss paint is pretty annoying to work with. I picked up the white lamps today - they look great on the fossilized wood console, but that won't be staying in the dining room for long.
Thanks Mom and Dad for the rug...it is absolutely perfect! Clay's parents indirectly passed the lamps onto us (they were first handed down to Sayler and Greg and then we pilfered them from their storage unit and I took the liberty of changing the color palette). Need to get some shades for those. Finally, the curtains were left by the previous owners and will come down soon and be replaced by ceiling to floor ivory silk drapes.
We had wood floor put into our bedroom since I like carpet about as much as I like socialism. They are coming to sand and stain them next week. We are also have them rip up the carpet in two of the other bedrooms and refinish the floors underneath.Clay was busy all weekend power-washing the patio...it looks much better. It's amazing how much grime builds up over time.