Coral Front Door

Those Palm Springs houses put mine to shame and gave me some renewed enthusiasm for house projects, though time will tell how short-lived. Inspired, I eagerly painted our old front door the day after we got home before I even unpacked.coral pink front doorTo clarify, this door is on its way out as a new one sits in the garage waiting to be installed. Again, just call me crazy. But I’m sure it won’t be replaced for a least another few months and I’m so sick of looking at the beat up beige interior of this one. I took this opportunity to go peachy coral for a moment with some unused trim paint from the garage. I guess I’m going through a phase after my daughter’s bedroom. I can’t get enough of it and, though I don’t want this for the front door long term, it’s fun to switch things up. The color isn’t a dramatic change from what used to be on the exterior, but it looks so much better. Why didn’t I do this years ago? Oh, because of all the other projects I’ve been saying that about. Do you find my lack of baseboards disturbing?
coral pink front doorIn other incredibly exciting front door news, a new-to-me vintage escutcheon arrived! I’m pretty obsessed. It’s the original model of the reproduction Samba escutcheons that Rejuvenation sells. After so much internal debate about what knob/escutcheon to get for the new door, my heart kept coming back to this. I really prefer vintage and Rejuvenation stopped selling their escutcheon seperately from the knob, which I don’t love in combination with this plate. Waiting it out finally paid off. I was thrilled to have this NOS piece fall from the eBay sky a few weeks ago and now it’s all mine! Adding this to the list of fixtures I need to plunder if ever we move out of this house.mid century door escutcheon plate brutalist rejuvenation sambaThe house exterior is demanding some major painting and landscaping, so I’ll be outside if you need me. xoxo
coral pink front door

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Accent Paint Colors are Hard

midcentury 60's fence and gate pink peach barndoor barn door xThis is our driveway fence. We have a corner lot so our garage and driveway are accessed around the corner at the back of the house, next to our backyard. I’m pretty in love with this cute curvy fence so I was happy to go at it during my fence painting frenzy (that I’m still deep into, BTW). Painting the fence the same color wasn’t the most exciting change ever, but it looks so much better! You never realize how shabby things look until they aren’t anymore.fence

fence prime

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midcentury fence and gate barndoor barn door xSince I couldn’t change the house color, I liked the idea at least switching up the trim. That proved harder than I thought. Accent colors, at least for me, are hard to get just right. I always need a few tries (and I always resort to mixing colors myself) until I get the result I see in my head. The previous trim color totally worked with the existing colors and I didn’t dislike it in the mix, but I didn’t like the color itself. I can only describe it as a dusty 80’s pastel purple pink mauve. I was trying to go more pink and less purple. I’ve had a few swings at this trim color and I’m still not sure I’m loving it. I started with a punchy coral (Behr California Coral), which seemed like a great idea, but was terrible. My house looked like the Madonna Inn, but not in a good way:behr California Coral

fence and gate

fenceThen I watered it down with the fence color for a more wedding dress pink (who else got married in pink?). It’s OK. If I’m gonna have a coral/blush fence, this is the shade I’m looking for. It’s not loud enough to be an eyesore but still fun…but I might hate it. I was in a stranger mood last week than I am right now. Right now, it feels cartoonish, but I think that’s the state of mind I was in when I chose the color (Edward Scissorhands houses!). I’m gonna sit with it for a few weeks and see how I feel. fence pink

fence 1962 ford thunderbirdIf it hasn’t grown on me (and so far it hasn’t!), I’m going for a standard taupe, like the trim in this photo below. I shared this awhile back; it’s a hotel in Palm Springs that I LOVE the look of. My house just happens to extremely similar in color (and my front door will be orange one of these days) so taupey grey trim would be a safe bet, apparently. If anything, it looks way more mature than my insane pink trim. (UPDATE: the pink did the opposite of grow on me so I went with taupe.)Orange front door mid century modern

source: Palm Springs Life

In bad news, we found termite damage and actual termites in our driveway/backyard fence. That has been a bummer, though not completely unexpected. We tented 2 years ago, but if you live in the Southwest, I think it’s safe to say that termites are slowly chewing on your property 100% of the time. Unfortunately, these fence posts were put directly in the dirt, which is bad practice here. If there is no wood touching the soil, the termites can’t access it and don’t eat it. So, now, there is really no way to protect the fence from termites. All you can do is prolong the death of your fence through “population control”, which sucks. I hate using crap like poison. But we aren’t in a position to redo the fence correctly at the moment and it would be stupid to let the termites proliferate and spread back to our house (if they haven’t already). So, poison it is! In our backyard. Yay.fence 1962 ford thunderbirdIn good news, grasscloth went up yesterday! I’ll get some pictures up next time. xoxo

Switching From Nonstick Pots and Pans to Vintage Enameled Cast Iron

Cast Iron Enamel Pots Pans Le Creuset Dansk Kobenstyle Descoware vintage butter warmerI was going to title this one ‘Piss Off, Nonstick Pots and Pans’, but I thought that may come off a little aggressive. Earlier this year our house made a full switch from nonstick cookware to enameled cast iron pots and pans. Ousting the nonstick has been on the to-do list for years but there always seemed to be more urgent lifestyle changes to be made. The issue finally came to a head when our 12 year old nonstick pans started peeling, making them extra extra bad, so I finally got my crap together and found a solution. I settled on enameled cast iron, mostly for the easy of cleaning and its strong non-toxicity. Bonus: it’s P-R-E-T-T-Y!

Call me crazy – it wouldn’t be the first time – but why shouldn’t everything in our homes, even the stuff hidden behind closed white cupboard doors, be beautiful and colorful and fun? I haven’t read that book about de-cluttering and how each object in your home should elicit joy when you hold it in your hands (I almost used illicit there, ha!), but I’m sure I would fully be onboard. There is a beautiful and awesome version of most every functional object, so that’s the one I think I’d like. If I must have pots and pans, I want the pretty ones. Too shallow?
Cast Iron Enamel Pots Pans Le Creuset Dansk Kobenstyle Descoware vintage butter warmerI had a few vintage Dansk Kobenstyle and Descoware pots and pans already that I’ve been lugging around the country for years but never really using because sometimes I have a stupid urge to save things that I think are special instead of using them. One was even my Grandma’s old orange pot that she gave to me when I moved into my first apartment = especially special, even though I think she gave it to me mostly because it was more my style than hers and she never used it. But it’s lame to have stuff that you don’t use and I really try to not be that way, so the cast iron enamel conclusion was extraordinarily great because I’m finally putting these beauties to work. Vintage Le Creuset Orange dutch oven skillet ocean blue braiser white saucepanI filled in the missing pieces with vintage or used Le Creuset pots, which I’m loving. The Kobenstyles are lookers, but the quality of Le Creuset is incomparable, so much so that even 70’s Dansk design can’t compete. I bought pieces that were in good shape inside but cosmetically not perfect on the outside. These seriously last forever so, as far as I can tell, a 40 year old pot works just as well as a brand new one. I still catch myself throwing an enameled cast iron pan on the stove and cranking the heat to high like I used to do for other pans, which is a bad. But once you get the hang of it, they cook so well and they are deceptively easy to clean.

(Spoiler: I didn’t care well for that little orange skillet up there and destroyed it a few days ago, after I took these!!! I accidentally turned the wrong burner on high, came back 10 minutes later confused about why my kettle of water wasn’t boiling, but also why my normally orange skillet was bright fire red and the enamel inside was bubbling. A scary and expensive mistake. Lesson learned, hopefully, but habits are hard to break. So sad.)

MY FAVORITES:Cast Iron Enamel Pots Pans Vintage Le Creuset Dansk Kobenstyle Mid Century Cookware Flame Ocean Braiser Saute Pan Dutch Oven Saucepan ButterwarmerThere have definitely been stand outs that we use more than others, shown above. For reference, we are a family of 4, we reluctantly cook at home at least once a day, we rarely cook meat (I’m a vegan, husband is a sad carnivore living with a vegan cook), we don’t own a microwave, and we hate doing dishes. For our needs, we could get by daily with these 4 (5) pieces:

  • Le Creuset 4.25 qt Large Saute Pan/Braiser – Newer but bought used. We use this EVERYDAY for everything. Hands down the best pot we’ve got. It does it all and if I could only have one, this would be it.
  • Le Creuset 4.5 qt Dutch Oven – Vintage. I wish I could eat soup everyday but my family is not on board with that. Still, we use this a lot.
  • Le Creuset 2.75 qt Saucepan – Vintage. Maybe I just like to grab this wood handle so I c?
  • Le Creuset Small skillet, #23 – Bought used, don’t know how old it is. Love it for small jobs. ***This is the one I just destroyed, so we are now using a similar vintage Descoware one that does the job but maybe not as good
  • Dansk Kobenstyle Butter Warmer – Vintage but I think they are selling these new again at Crate and Barrel? Not a necessity but we LOVE this little guy and use it so surprisingly regularly.

 

Thank you to the industrial designers out there for making life better through design. I can’t lie and say that I now like cooking. Because it’s so lame. But it’s a better experience than it used to be because it looks like a party in my kitchen. Thanks for reading!
Cast Iron Enamel Pots Pans Le Creuset Dansk Kobenstyle Descoware vintage

P.S. I can’t seem to find a non-nonstick replacement for my nonstick electric griddle…any ideas? We used that thing a lot, probably because of my pancake addiction.