Our First Antique

Ever since the Christmas tree came down, this corner has been looking particularly lonely.

20130213-225357.jpgWe had a floor lamp there before (since Matt is morally opposed to overhead lighting), but it looked sort of awkward. So I’ve been trying to find a console table or something similar to put over there. I tend toward shiny, new, modern furniture, but none of my usual sources turned up anything that was tall enough, shallow enough, or under $200 enough. We have a place, Nostalgia, that specializes in mid century furniture and is in fact the only antique store I’ve ever enjoyed setting foot in. So, we thought it was worth a shot to stop by while we were in the area on Sunday. After wandering half the store with no luck we rounded a corner and BAM! There it was: the cutest little bookcase with nice wooden legs and sliding glass doors. It was tall enough, shallow enough, and definitely $60 enough.

20130213-210908.jpgAlthough I kind of like the color, it’s wood veneer, so I’ll be painting it. I’m going to keep the legs the natural wood color, since they are solid wood. The rest is going to be white with maybe grey on the inside. Any thoughts? If the weather’s as nice as it’s supposed to be tomorrow I’m going to take it outside and prime it.

First seedlings of the year

My onions are sprouting!

20130212-233053.jpgThis is my current seed starting station, in our guest bedroom. If you come to stay with us between now and May, it might be a little…bright. Most people adjust the lights up and down. But if you’ve got lots of board games, you can adjust the plants instead!

20130212-233419.jpgMatt’s afraid the neighbors will think we’re growing marijuana due the fluorescent glow emanating from the window.

Also, I just finished ordering all my seeds for this year and a second (gala) apple tree. Shopping for pumpkin seeds was definitely the most fun; almost as much as looking at pumpkins in real life! Am I the only one whose husband has to pry her away from Home Depot in the fall?

If you’re ordering seeds too, do it soon before all the good varieties sell out!

Middle Colors

Last week, Matt and I got a humidifier. Exciting announcement, I know. But I’m excited about it! Although my skin is horribly dry every winter, I’ve never had a humidifier before.

When it comes to household items, I tend towards things that get the job done and look good doing it. In the case of the humidifier, that combination is pretty hard to come by. But after some looking around online I found the perfect balance of form and function: the middle colors humidifier.

It’s a little hard to come by since it’s made by a Japanese company, but apparently Brookstone has recently partnered up with them and their version is available on Amazon (with free shipping!). We went with the white one.

20130210-214356.jpg So far we really like it. It’s pretty quiet, which is good since we mostly run it in the bedroom while we’re sleeping. It also has an aroma diffusing pad that you can put a few drops of fragrance oil on to make the room smell extra nice. I happened to have a bottle of my favorite scent from Bath and Body Works (Autumn) to try out, and it smells delicious. It’s also every bit as pretty as the pictures (although it’s hard to tell from my photo!), which is a must for something that has to sit out in my house for half the year. We’ve only had it a few days so I can’t tell if its helping my dry skin problems; but I sure hope it does!