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martha mondays

mondays
have become
my day to re-group around the house…
do the laundry, re-stock the fridge, cook and clean.
i have lovingly named this day of the week a “martha monday”
one part martha stewart and one part my mom martha
mornings in the kitchen
making lunch box snacks:
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organic trail mix
and
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organic homemade yogurts with mango compote
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a good fridge scrub-down
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makes one feel
fresh and new
ahhhhh.
in the oven:
oatmeal flax bread
spinning downstairs:
loads and loads of laundry
good to start the week!

the office, part 1

one of the first things i fell in love with in our house was this room- the very sunny, narrow, “bonus” space just off the living room.
it was the perfect space and place for my husband’s office/music room. reid is a teacher and musician, so a home office is a necessity, but in all the houses we looked at, that would have required giving up a bedroom… until now!
let the transformation begin…
day 3 of homeownership found my mum and i quickly tackling painting the two 3rd floor rooms while my daddio got busy scraping away the dowdy wallpaper in reid’s soon-to-be office.
he made quick work of it, groovin’ to the tunes on his ipod (yeah, he’s cool like that now). though, 45 minutes in, he came upstairs for technical support, as he had just realized he had listened to the SAME song for all 45 minutes (it had been on repeat). HA! oh well….
my uncle joe arrived the next day for a week worth of work (of which the priority list was ever-changing…). due to my obsession with built-ins and reid’s obsession with reading, bookcases in the office where a necessity. i designed the set-up, complete with a wider shelf under the windows and over the radiator for bernie and lloyd (our cats) to snooze.
so, after a quick lesson from joe, i got busy skim-coating the freshly scraped walls (this brings them back to a smooth-as-glass finish, nearly as good as fresh sheetrock) and did a darn good job, if i do say so myself!
the next day my arms were ridiculously sore, but i had to get right to priming, as joe was ready to get building the bookcases on the far wall.
(doesn’t the room look better already!?!)
the stained, worn, turquoise wall to wall carpeting needed to go as well, and we were very pleasantly surprised but what we found beneath!
i landed on benjamin moore‘s new york state of mind on my first flip through the paint fan deck and decided it was the perfect color for reid’s den. i love the saturated blue that is nearly navy at night but has a wonderful bold glow in the sun-drenched space.
reid is still not 100% convinced, but with the addition of books and his great collection of jazz art, i think this color will be the perfect backdrop.
at least, I love it!
my daddio, removing the rest of the carpet…
dad and me, smiling, after a very loooong few days, but very pleased with our progress!
stay tuned for more details as we go…

bedside table re-do

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my mum and i are in the process of a mini makeover on the guest bedroom at my parent’s house on the cape.

we decided that it would be fitting to have a totally preppy, lilly pulitzer-esque guest room on cape cod. we started with two tones of fresh lime paint… and now onto the fun part… decorating!
my dad was ready to toss the antique table that had been a bedside stand-in for far longer than it should have. but, i really couldn’t give up the shape of the spindle base… love, love, love. the shape of the table in general is lovely and unexpected, and the height, perfect next to the bed.
so, i pulled out the power sander, and the transformation began!
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once i scuffed up the wood and sanded off the paint from the top, we coated the table in a few coats of high-gloss white paint.
i had my favorite pink hable construction beads in mind for the table top, but of course, the piece was shy of what i needed. i was also faced with the question of how to finish the edges of the fabric so they wouldn’t fry or look unfinished. a package of the perfect pink bias tape solved both problems! by sewing the tape around the edge of the fabric, I gained an extra 1.25″ in diameter, not to mention the piece looking much more tailored this way.
once my fabric was bound with bias tape and the white paint dry, i spread a thick, even coat of matte modge podge on the table top. then, i carefully placed the fabric evenly on top and pressed to remove bubbles. with a foam brush, i spread another, generous coat of modge podge on top of the fabric, being sure the thicker edges were coated well. 
then came the hard part… waiting for it to dry! 
there were a few times in the drying process that i worried perhaps i had used too much modge podge, or that it wasn’t even, because the drying took awhile and looked milky at times… hang in there, it will dry evenly and clear!
the final step was a few coats of a thick, high-gloss clear acrylic… again, waiting enough time in between coats is critical, but the final product?…
well worth it!

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i am just so amazed at how lovely and lady-like this dark, dingy table became!