Pinterest Hold Out No More

pinterest-homeShould I feel embarrassed or proud that I’ve never joined Pinterest until last week? Either way, I joined Pinterest last week! And it has become abundantly clear that I’m a fool for holding out for so long. Keeping things simple and minimal is a general life goal that Pinterest seemed in opposition to. Even though I highly value organization and visuals, I always saw it as a rabbit hole time suck. Until my inspiration and ideas organization – that consisted of bookmarking links and also tearing out magazine pages (I know…sooooo pro) – passed into the realm of mega time waste. So I decided to give Pinterest a shot, late to the game, as always.

I’m still trying to transfer and consolidate my virtual and physical mess, but so far things are really working out. I can’t believe how clarifying (not to mention, efficient) it is to have images laid out in one convenient place. I’m making decisions left and right, especially in spaces that have baffled me for so long. The family room, for example, that has seen rounds of fruitless rearrangements finally has some direction.

I have no idea what I’m doing and don’t get the social media aspect of it at all (socially inept all around here!), but I’m loving it for my own thought processes and organization. If you want to follow along, here I am. If you are a Pinterest veteran, tell me everything I need to know!

Porch Freshess

mid century turquoise front door entry cone light exteriorHeeey! Here with some porch freshness today: a new door color (same old door), a new doorbell button, a fresh coat of exterior paint on the wood and eaves, and the removal of a handrail. It all adds up to a much cleaner look!

Why am I painting the same weird scrolly old door again when there is a new door taking up space in the garage waiting to be hung? Umm, mostly because I’m crazy. Secondarily, because I have a hunch the new door is gonna be a long time coming. Hanging doors is one of our most dreaded house jobs and I foresee it continually dropping to the bottom of the list. Considering that, I was ready to move past the coral, which was only supposed to be short lived. The color was fun and all, but certainly wasn’t doing the exterior paint color any favors. I tried out a bright turquoise this time around, a color that seriously brings out the best in the tan exterior. It’s the same color I used on our backyard mosaic wall: Behr water park.mid century front door porch turquoise bright blue aqua bullet planter cone light vintage mailbox

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mid century bullet planter porch Behr Water Park waterpark

mid century double cone exterior light brass

rejuvenation starburst doorbell mid century vintage star

mid century letterbox mail box bamboo brass

mid century front door porch turquoise bright blue aqua bullet planter cone light vintage mailbox

mid century turquoise aqua blue front door entry

mid century turquoise front door entry cone light exterior

mid century rittenhouse long chime doorbell door bell emersonWe finally switched out the old doorbell button for this starburst repro from Rejuvenation and rewired our long chime doorbell so that it actually works again! (Read more about them here.) How cute! How loud! It was disconnected for so long to address some electrical iffies that we all forgot how boisterous and wonderful our chimes are. The back porch doorbell only warrants one ding, but ringing the front door button produces an entire song! This massive beast, made by Rittenhouse, is 4.5 feet tall and is one my favorite original fixtures in the house, even though kids constantly crash into it when barreling down the hall (…or intentionally slam it when they are pissed to get a rise out of me…totally works). mid century rittenhouse long chime door bell

mid century rittenhouse long chime door bell Losing the rail (which you can see more of here) along the wall has been a huge but subtle improvement. So subtle that I think I’m the only person in the world who actually notices. But trust me, when you do notice, the streamline hits you hard. I’m hoping to remove the other side sometime down the line, but I need to verify handrail codes and patch concrete and all so, not now. The rail’s last hurrah:

mid century front door porch turquoise bright blue aqua bullet planter cone light vintage mailboxI have almost given up like 20 times on the paint-your-house-yourself fool’s errand that I’m on. I joked that it would take a year, and it’s almost been that long. Granted, I rarely work on it. But when I do, it’s full days of backbreaking, exhausting misery. Looks good, though!

As for this plant, it’s not gonna make it, is it? This south facing corner spot is a certified killer. It’s in shade for most of the day but then is pummeled with the strongest sunlight for the last few hours of the day. The heat radiates off the walls, killing all life. Everything sunburns. Any ideas internet? I’m going to try a full-on spiky cactus next, but I fear even that will burn in these conditions and, as a bonus, also possibly impale someone???mid century bullet planter porch

I think changing door colors might be my thing. It’s like a quick and cheap outfit change for your house. Better, right? (Though side by side this looks like a gross baby shower.)

    mid century front door porch turquoise bright blue aqua bullet planter cone light vintage mailbox

    mid century turquoise front door entry cone light exterior

    mid century turquoise front door sputnik entry light

The end. Thanks for reading! (Itching for more, more, more door talk?…go here for a mega-post on vintage door hardware. xoxo)

Master Bathroom Stuff

bathroom black white gold brass walnut mid century vintage fixtures delta trinsic world market starburst sconce logan terrazzoHi guys! Homeschooling is requiring some initial start-up investments of time but I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I won’t bore you with the details for now, but we are so incredibly glad we gave it a shot. At a minimum, it’s allowed us to travel to our hearts content. We’ve been to Sequoia NP and Davis in the past few weeks with more trips on the way. And I see my kids all the time. Dream come true for me!

Posting and projects have, obviously, taken a temporary backseat while we figure out new routines so I’m checking in with a vague bathroom update today. No visible progress exists in the actual room to show, only visible deterioration, as we repeatedly run into dodgy and dangerous wiring additions. We’ve been patching repairs only to add new ones every week. So much so, that we’ve decided to rip it all out and rewire everything. It sucks, but better to do it now than have an electrical fire later. I can’t remember a more snowballing DIY project. Decisions that were made with consideration to the existing wiring and it’s quirks (boring ceiling lights and fan) no longer hold water, so we’re starting over and returning some things. Lame. The bright side is that all the setbacks and backtracking have given me ample time to change my mind a hundred times and collect stuff that will eventually go in the bathroom…if we ever get to that point. Here’s that stuff:

delta faucet bathroom trinsic champagne bronze high arc brass gold bathroom fixture sinkThe Faucet. It was a close call between this Delta Trinsic faucet in champagne bronze and this black Delta bar/prep faucet. There clearly isn’t a wrong choice between them but I couldn’t say no to the gold.

Sconces. We’ll probably end up with these wonderfully wild Iron Throne-esque sconces from World Market (whaaaat????). I am obsessed with their shape, but the finish would be so much better if it was less antique brass. They have been selected and nixed about 10 times already but – for today – they are the chosen ones. That vintage white and gold swag light and its matching pair have my favor on alternating days. Again, not a wrong choice here.

Mirror. We’re hanging that vintage walnut mirror up. It’s so freaking heavy. I honestly don’t know how the wood will fare, but it’s not in tip-top shape as is, so I’m giving it a go because I want to.

Floors. Terrazzo tile has been unexpectedly hard to track down. But good news! I found great stuff in the most unexpected place: Costco. I complain about that mess of a store weekly but this gives me renewed respect. I will do a post all about the tile soon. It’s true love. For now, just look at that aggregate goodness! Squeals all around, right?

Countertop. I know I said before that the cultured marble is staying but since the place is literally torn to shambles, the time to replace the counter is now. (But man, that cultured marble sure can take a beating. I am dying my hair as I type, for the first time in 10 years because three gray hairs in my bang part have pushed me over the edge! I did a number on the construction zone, splattering and staining everything, except that indestructible plastic counter.) I already bought and sold a granite countertop that I wasn’t feeling and now we are exploring other options with a focus on surfaces that are cute but cheap…maybe even the terrazzo? I can’t stomach a surface that will cost more than the entire bathroom update because that is not what this is about.

Sink. Please, please don’t make me pick out a sink.

Walls. We need bright in here so the white walls stay (or, at this point, get repainted white). But this is heading towards every other trendy black/white/walnut/brass bathroom out there and that is sucking. I’d love a little wacky (like all the beauties I shared before) but not so crazy that it competes with the dressing room next door, seems completely out of place with the bedroom, or turns my face funny colors when I look in the mirror (orange bathroom problems). So here I am. I’m not sure if having a painted wall design right next to all that painted bamboo walls in the dressing room is overboard, but I’m going to try it because wallpaper is impractical and tile, at least the tile I want, isn’t cheap. I haven’t settled on the exact design but it will be black on white to tie in those black cabinets and make everything else pop. Maybe like the crosshatch in the photo or maybe some large geometric abstract design like this.

Hardware. The vintage copper oblong square/oval pulls are already on the vanity. Either the lucite pull (CB2) or the double cone gold pull (etsy, no longer available) will end up serving as towel hooks on the wall, but who the heck knows anymore…bathroom black white gold brass walnut mid century vintage fixtures delta trinsic world market starburst sconce logan terrazzo

The bathroom is the stupidest project ever undertaken and I’m not sure if it will ever come together beyond these photos, so this may be the end of the line for this one. But even if this project has aged me by years, let us not end on a discouraging tone friends: I just washed my hair and NOT A GRAY HAIR IN SIGHT OVER HERE!!!! :)