Hi everybody. Thought I’d post about my newest obsession today – anything ever touched by Brad Eberhard. He is represented by the Thomas Solomon Gallery in L.A. If you like his work, check him out!
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April 26th, 2012 by Your Day Simplified
Yea the weather is getting warmer and I love when we get to change out our closets from Winter to Summer. It always feels like I have a new wardrobe. As we are bringing out our summer clothes and putting away our bulky sweaters, take a minute to think about the best place to store your unused items. Make sure your clothes are clean because insects will be even more attracted to the smell of food or perspiration mixed with their favorite synthetic fabric.
If you do have the closet space, consider having your hanging items enclosed in a wardrobe bag like this. Dream on!!!!!
Storage bags like this are a great option because they have a cedar insert which repels moths and other unwanted critters but I like that there’s still a little window to see the contents.
I loved this box because it is just the right size for all those boots. My mom is constantly on the hunt for boxes because she thinks they’ll always come in handy. This trait has begrudgingly been passed down to me so I try to save boot boxes when I buy the boots but plastic will keep every element and insect out much better than that cardboard if you’re storing your boots/shoes in a less than ideal place.
If you have the space or HATE ironing as much as I do, I’d recommend giving all your items enough space in their containers so they’re not crushed when you reopen them (unless you want to wash them again- maybe not a bad idea).
If you don’t mind ironing, like a certain mother of mine who irons the sheets… I love the idea of space bags!! These are from the Target website.
I read somewhere that if you use cedar products, they should be replaced every 3 months. I’m not sure how absolute that rule is but if you know or have other storage tips, please share below!
April 24th, 2012 by Your Day Simplified
Good Monday Morning! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. There has been PROGRESS at the new home site. Yippee!
When I drove around the corner and saw this first picture, my jaw literally dropped. I couldn’t believe they were able to accomplish this much in a week. We have had glorious spring weather so I guess that has a lot to do with it!
This picture and the one above are from the SE angle of the front of the house. They are wrapping it and sealing it as they go. They promise us that the house will be VERY energy efficient! I think this is one of the steps along that process.
The 3 windows are on the west side of the family room and the other 2 windows on the main floor will be the dining room. Yep, that is my small back yard. I have been having fun looking on Pinterest for small space landscaping ideas!
We will have an alley-load garage which I am very happy about. The garage will connect directly to the mudroom (or as I like to call it, Diana’s purse and coat room).
This is the north side of the house and there will be another house right next to us. I’m glad that there aren’t too many windows on this side.
I am standing near the front door when I took this shot. I am looking into the family room.
The stairs are on the left after you walk in the front door.
That little wall is the tiny division between the dining room and the family room. The family room, dining room and kitchen are all an open space area! That way I can cook and still be a part of what the rest of the family is doing.
On your right when you come in the front door will be the library. It has a pretty view to the East since there is open space across the street. It might be nice and sunny in the mornings to enjoy breakfast.
There is a hint of a barrel vault that defines the entry from the rest of the house. In the near future I will need help deciding how to define this space. Paneling, different color, ????
Here is my favorite room!! Any guesses??? Even though I am not a great cook, I do enjoy spending time in the kitchen. It seems like everyone always wants to be in the kitchen so I am thrilled that this is so open. Even after 30 (almost) years of marriage, I am still not a very good cook but I have been told that I can whip up a fantastic German Chocolate Cake. I love baking. I love the precision of it all. I love following a recipe so I guess that is why I lack in the creative cooking dept. But, boy oh boy, if you come to my house you will never want for a chocolate chip cookie. They are always around!
That is the pantry door on the right and the laundry room door on the left. I have chalkboard ideas for the pantry door on the outside and cork on the inside so I can hide all those reminder notes.
This is looking towards the mud room and the garage!
So far this is the only mistake that has been made. I didn’t want these 2 arched open bookcases in the Master Bath. The master bathroom is kind of narrow and long so I wanted as much width as possible. Unfortunately the arch on the ceiling has also been finished to end at the bookcase but they will take all of that out and rebuild the arch so that it ends at the wall. I just didn’t need open bookcase /clutter catchers in my bathroom. I would rather put a cute bench or skinny piece of furniture in that space.
This is the loft. Our builder, David Weekley, has been so amazing. This used to be 2 rooms and 2 closets. They reconfigured it for us so that we could have a large open space. They also built a small closet elsewhere to make up for the 2 closets that we didn’t have room for. We plan on putting a pool table and seating area in this space. In other words this our version of the “Man Cave”. Although at our house we might call it the Lizard Space. My husband loves the sun so I can just see him sitting in the 2 far corner windows soaking in the sun!
We will have a guest room up here on the 2nd level
And last but not least, my craft room! I will have a view off to the East like I described before so it should be nice and sunny too!
Thanks for coming along on our framing tour. Windows will be in next week and possibly some of the electrical!
Kayla and I are thinking about doing a few product reviews on our blog. Do you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see us review??? As simple as Velvet Hangars or maybe a new labeling machine. Anything that you would like for us to try before you purchase? Just let us know!
Happy Day to all!
April 22nd, 2012 by Your Day Simplified
Happy Friday to you all! Let’s wrap up my mini tour of Hungary and Vienna, shall we? After much editing, I have only 40 (haha) pictures for you. I got a few questions about what I ate over there so I’ve included lots of food pics. You’re welcome…
This is a picture of Buda Castle. We went on a free walking tour of the city which was excellent though you should tip at the end!
Looking back from Buda Castle to the Pest side. Originally two cities, Buda & Pest, Buda is very hilly and right on the other side of the Danube, Pest is completely flat! On the left is their house of government and on the right is St. Stephen’s Basilica. You can see they’re the same height (not a coincidence) though the Communists attached a 5 foot red star to the top of the government building to make it taller while they occupied Hungary. Oh, men!
This is the first art that was put up in the city after the fall of Communism that wasn’t propaganda. You’re supposed to rub his thighs and make a wish, which is why they’re such a different color.
Next is the “Love Tree” where people write their names on locks and attach them to the gate around this tree and throw the key in the Danube….though some have number combinations hahaha.
A pic of Emma and me in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica, which was named after Hungary’s first king, Stephen who lived from 975 to 1038. This Catholic church was completed in 1905.
A Hungarian ambulance….???
The Szechenyi Baths in Budapest. The Turks left the Bath Culture behind and these are some of the most famous ones in Hungary. Each pool was a different temperature! Budapest has lots of natural springs so the Turks were happy to invade. Luckily, one day it was warm enough to enjoy the outdoor ones as well.
Some cute traditional Hungarian baby clothes. Allllllmost bought one for a future bambino but restrained myself.
A restaurant front in Budapest. It was all wood and I just thought it was beautiful.
Now on to Eger, a town in Hungary’s wine country. They have some of the best wine but just don’t have the resources to sell it around the world. Next time you’re picking out some wines though, try a Hungarian one! Bonus points if it’s from Eger!! There was also a medieval castle mostly in ruins now and it is also known as a bustling university town these days. My favorite place we went!
There was an underpass that was completely graffitied and I thought it was amazing! Took a LOT of pictures but here are a few. I want to do something cool with all the graffiti pictures I took there. Any ideas??
A walk-thru McDonalds…
There were about 50 wine cellars all clustered together where we went tasting. They were all about 10-20 steps down which was super cool (literally).
The proprietor of one, Theresa, pouring us a glass!
Our room key in Eger.
The Belgian Beer Cafe, which I’m a sucker for. Love the beer towers and beer bubbles you can order for the table!
A little segment on the Hungarian food…
This is lamb with figs and chestnuts. There was a little cilantro on top and was my favorite dish I had!
A typical Hungarian breakfast of Langos (pronounced “langosh”) which was fried dough, sour cream and grated cheese. I had pepperoni and tomato on mine though unlike Subway, I was charged more… A whole 20 cents. Yes, Hungary was super cheap!!!
Since I loved my fig and lamb dish so much, I went with fig & cheese stuffed pork (yup, fried) another time. Yes, the Hungarians are generally overweight…
Emma usually went with “X” covered in cheese and it was always delicious. Potato croquets with gooey spiced apples inside as well.
I went with another pork dish and mushroom gravy also because I was looking forward to some potato croquets like Emma’s. Sadly, these didn’t have the apple filling but were just as delicious. They love sour cream over there!
The goose with plum sauce (and fried dough) concluded my meat/fruit quest. Emma’s chicken and cheesy couscous I believe.
This is Palinka, a fire-enducing liquor that will stay with you for hours. Mine was peach flavored. One was plenty for the whole trip!
That having been said, on to Vienna!
First stop was getting some hot chocolate…
Weinnerschnitzel… (found out that Vienna in German is Wein so Weinnerschnitzel is German for Viennese Schnitzel). Emma got her Something-with-Cheese dish, home-made noodles if I’m not mistaken.
…and apple strudel! Sorry it’s blurry.
We took it pretty easy in Vienna (especially after our huge inaugural lunch) and did some window shopping.
This is a sofa made of stacked pillows made from old jeans! So creative.
One cute store was obviously upset over the scaffolding/construction in front of their store and knitted these to cover the posts.
Since I was over there for Easter, they had lots of stalls set up for the Easter Markets (also more famous for the Christmas markets). One of the stalls had bunnies!
We also got to tour Schonbrunn Palace, where the Hapsburgs lived and Marie Antoinette grew up! We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside but I took lots of the gardens. This is looking back at the palace from the back fountain.
Loved the way they cut the trees. Very manicured, much like Versailles!
Finally I thought I’d share 2 of my purchases.
The Hungarians are famous for how many grandmasters of chess are from there. They also have the largest number of Nobel Prize winners per capita of any country. Guess there’s not much else to do in Hungary haha. So I bought a very Hungarian-looking chess set. Only $40 (told you it was cheap there)!
I also started a little collection of wooden, hand-painted eggs. They were all over for Easter so I’ll decorate with them for the spring season from now on!
That’s all; thanks for stopping by! Glad to be back home!!
April 19th, 2012 by Your Day Simplified
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