House Porn

A friend recently sent me the architectual designs for a condo they are remodeling.  I shut my office door, put on some jazz on Spotify and let myself go.  The more stressed or anxious I feel the more I need the release of house porn.  Aspirational photos, design ideas, fabric samples, oh yeah baby.  I may never use you, but,oh, yeah, give it to me.

I can go on a tear sometime.  Lately I was fascinated with the idea of a copper sink.  I love apron sinks, but a copper apron sinks, now that’s living.  So pretty, and rich, yet earthy.  Needs some good lighting… Or I get fixated on wallpaper or rugs.  Right now I’m keen on a Greek key pattern.  I’d love one for my office.  Rex has a new blank wall since we moved his bed and now I’m looking at colorful wall decor. Rocket ship? More clouds?

We have a really beat couch.  It had been used and rode hard by our family and when my stepson’s Ben’s cats arrived the poor thing became a scratching post.  It’s now dead couch walking.  Ben and the cats are moving soon so I day dream about what couch I will get.  I’m thinking sort of streamline, yet comfortable enough for a Sunday NY Times lay about in the warmth of the sun coming in from the window. Something that does’t smell like cat for starters.

I get myself worked up wanting to buy just one special, pretty thing for my house.  Then something like this appears

Yes, the dishwasher died.  I think this gaping hole might be the first thing I need to tackle.

There goes that sink/rug/coach fund.


Easy kid decor (spons review)

One of the last task of the summer was doing something about the blank wall in Rex’s room.  Not that he was up at night worrying about it, but every time I walked into his otherwise cute room I mulled over what to do.  Wallpaper?  Expensive, I could paint something, but it would look like the illustrations for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, if I was lucky.  Create something myself?  If I wanted a large ransom note on my sons wall.

Seemed unwise.  Just as I was eyeing the large stickers of Wall Candy Arts in a store I got an email from them asking me to review it.  These are already created colorful scenes that can be peeled off and placed on a wall anyway you like.  Sounded easy… but would it be? I’m NOT crafty.  The have lots of different designs, but when I showed Rex the choices online he chose the city skyline.  This is how it worked for me and my kids.

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