Friday, August 19, 2011

My first mood board

As I mentioned earlier, I've been doing some thinking about our dining room curtains. Well, as you can see, I've actually been thinking about a lot more than that. Using a program called Polyvore, I developed my first mood board related to our future dining room:)
Dining Room Mood Board 2
It was my first time using the program and it was actually a lot of fun. I'm sure I'll get better and more proficient the more I use it. Here's a little breakdown of the room.

Table, wood chairs, and bench:
Sourav dining table, middle chairs, and bench (world market = around $900)

Curtains:
Sand Accacia Curtain panels (world market = $199)

End Chairs:
Linen Hayden dining chair (world market = $180 each)

Everything else we already have. I just pulled a random red lamp, white chest, and dark light fixture to fill the space in with items similar to what we own. Now this room makeover carries with it a pretty steep price. Guess I'm going to have to figure a way out to get the look for less.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The lonely table

Last night I decided to re-arrange some furniture. Shocker, I know... Patrick and I have been using this little white chest as a dresser in our bedroom since we moved in, but all along I've known that I wanted it to end up in the dining room. This chest was also gifted to us by my mother (as was the table you may remember) and it too sat in my kitchen growing up. I guess I just thought the table looked lonely without it. It needed its long lost friend to come back. I couldn't stand it anymore so while Patrick was out I made the move.



I think that it looks wonderful in its new home. Plus, I finally found a good place for my favorite lamp. Now I just need to get some pictures in that frame and hang it up on the wall and it will be a much happier little space. I'm also getting close to deciding on curtains, but all that's going to have to come in another post I'm afraid.

So you may be wondering if we have a replacement dresser in our bedroom. The answer is no. Unfortunately the dresser was home to mostly Patrick's clothes. So this is what some of Patrick's clothes are going to look like for a little while. Sorry honey!


Patrick is a really good sport about this kind of thing. I think he enjoys it actually. He never knows what he is going to come home and find:)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

25 things

I've done some thinking the past few days (can be dangerous, I know) and decided on a year long project of sorts that is more personal in nature than my one-project-a-month gig. I guess it is because I'm getting older... not that I feel old. I actually just turned 25 on Saturday and I think this is going to be my best year yet (I say that every year). It is kind of like a bucket list I guess, but it only pertains to things that I want to do this year. So while things like having kids, traveling to Italy, and visiting the Great Wall of China are all things I want to do someday, they're not on the must-do-this-year list.

It actually took a lot more thinking than I thought it would mainly because I decided to come up with 25 things. I know it is super cheesy but maybe it will inspire you to do the same. We only get to live life once, right?

1. Take a road-trip. I've never done it before. I've dreamed of traveling across the country stopping wherever me and my roadies please and yes, I realize that it wouldn't in actuality be as glamorous as it sounds. I've gone so far as to plan an actual trip to the Grand Canyon with a friend that was supposed to take place during one of our college spring breaks. It got canceled. Maybe I can revisit those plans.

2. Visit a museum. I know this may sound bizarre, but I think I need more culture and education in my life. Personal enrichment is important. I'm not particular on what kind of museum it is, but it should be one that I haven't visited before.

3. Dance every day. I love to dance. I miss dance. Why shouldn't I dance every day? Spontaneous dancing in the kitchen counts. Pique turns and cardio hip hop in my living room are acceptable as well. Confession: I purchased Zumba as a birthday gift to myself. Should be arriving at the church any day now (couldn't have the bear eating my present).

4. Read 12 books. I need some type of goal to push me to read. I figure a book a month is a good goal. I may be able to knock out a couple this month since we'll be going to the beach for a little R&R.

5. Skinny dip. I've done this before when I was younger and I remember thinking it was fun/terrifying because I didn't want to get caught. There is something so liberating about swimming naked. I realize that this could be a difficult one to accomplish now that I no longer have a pool in my backyard, but I am up for a challenge.

6. Pick up a new sport/hobby. This really could be anything and at this point I have no clue what to pick, but I'm sure something will pop up.

7. Go camping. I haven't been camping in what feels like forever. I also have all this gear that is begging to be put to good use. It doesn't even have to be backpacking (which I would love). Car camping will suffice.

8. Sleep under the stars. I don't even have to be camping to accomplish this one. I mean, I guess I could sleep on my back deck but the star gazing just isn't quite as nice with city lights interfering. However, it wouldn't surprise me if it occurs when I go camping. It would make a lot of sense to kill two birds with one stone.

9. Go on a wine-tasting tour. I am kind of cheating on this one because I know for a fact that I will be going to Napa, CA in September for a conference. I made a phone call Friday to reserve a spot for a tour of 4 different wineries. 

10. Learn new recipes. Now when I say "learn", that is what I mean. I want to know them by heart and love them. They must be new, meaning that I have never made the food prior to today. Should be interesting. I hope Patrick is ready. This is right up his alley.
11. Skydive or bungee jump. I'm probably more likely to bungee jump, but we'll see what happens. Don't worry mom, I won't call to tell you when I do it. I won't even tell you once it's been accomplished. You just go on pretending your precious daughter has her feet planted on solid ground.

12. Spend an entire day in bed. Patrick is welcome to join me, but no, I don't mean that kind of day in bed. Although, I'm not opposed to the idea. Being sick does not count on this one either. I want to stay in my PJ's all day, drink my coffee propped up on a pillow, watch movies, do sudoku puzzles, eat, and pretend like there is nothing else in the world I need to be doing.

13. Go on a long hike. I guess thinking about spending a day in bed made my brain long for some activity. I like hiking and I really love long hikes that take you miles from your car and deep into the woods where you can hear yourself think. Distractions fade, your lungs fill with fresh air, and it just feels great.

14. Visit the Birmingham Zoo. I have now been living in Birmingham for approximately 7 years and I've never been. This should change, I think.

15. Have a picnic lunch. Doesn't this just sound lovely? I'm already planning the menu in my head. Definitely need to wait for the outside temps to cool off a bit though.

16. Snowboard. I haven't snowboarded in years. I probably will have to work on it for a day before it comes back to me, but I'd like to ride down a mountain again. 

17. Go rock climbing. I miss beating some rocks. I haven't been bouldering or route climbing in about 4 years. It's hard to believe that I used to hit up boulder fields 3-4 times a week my Freshman year at Samford. I also remember hitting up Foster Falls, Sandrock, and Horse Pens 40. Oh, to have that kind of time again!

18. Ride a roller coaster. This shouldn't be hard to accomplish. There is just something about roller coasters that puts a crazy smile on your face.

19. Work on my Spanish. I really need to work on learning to speak Spanish. It would help me so much at work. 

20. Visit the Coca-Cola factory. I remember when I was little and visiting the Coca-Cola factory was so cool. Somehow, I missed out on the adventure. I remember several of my friends talking about how awesome it was to try the different types of cokes. I always thought, 'no big deal, I'm sure I'll visit sometime when I'm in the area'. Well, I've been in the area a ton and never gone. I guess it is time for me to make a point of it.

21. Surprise Patrick with something nice. I love my husband. He deserves a nice surprise. Now I might have made my job harder given that he's going to read this, but I'm pretty sneaky.

22. Get a massage. I really need to call and get this one taken care of this week. It will be a little treat to myself.

23. Learn to drive a manual. This one should be fun and frustrating. Any willing and able volunteers out there? Oh yeah, I need to learn on your car too... Also, I haven't got a clue how it's done. It's not rocket science though.

24. Finally watch Dumb and Dumber. Don't say it...I KNOW! I promise I am an American. And yes, I've been informed that I'm the only person on the planet that hasn't seen it and yes I've been missing out on all the jokes that pop up in conversations. Patrick is always having to jump in and say, "oh, she doesn't get it because she hasn't seen the movie." Then I get to hear the lecture of how I need to watch the movie all over again.

25. Partake in the ever popular BYOB and painting experience. I don't have a clue where I'd put the painting or if I'd even want to keep it, but it could be fun. Painting was never something I showed much talent in during art classes. My teacher just kind of looked at me with sad yet knowing eyes. She saw my pain. Maybe it didn't turn out right because there was no wine in my hand. Perhaps that is the answer!

Well, there you have it. My 25 things to do while I'm 25. That is, if you are still reading my random posting. Now get out there and make some of your own fun plans for the year.