With a few hiccups last week, progress in the painting department has slowed dramatically around here. I’m definitely anxious to start knocking things off the to-do list left and right, but in the meantime we’re officially in limbo land. I’ve got a busy month coming up with projects and work-related obligations, so I’m feeling the itch to get the house feeling much more comfortable before all of that happens. Also, as of April 1 I’ll be in the new studio when I’ll need to get to work on getting all of that stuff unpacked and organized so needless to say I’m not super enthusiastic about the thought of having two completely unsettled spaces. So today I thought I’d share a few snippets from the moving diaries. Namely, a few of the things we have gotten unpacked and settled that are keeping me sane in an otherwise crazy house.
Our last kitchen was so teensy weensy that my much loved vintage canisters (scored on Etsy a zillion years ago) were tucked out of sight and out of use for over a year. Here one of the first things I did was wash them up and put them into use. The flour and sugar canisters hold extra partial bags of flour and brown sugar, while the coffee and tea canisters are loaded up with my Nespresso pods and a selection of favorite tea bags. (The rest are tucked in the cupboard above.)
In the cabinet that serves as the pantry, I’ve been working on getting all of our various grains, sugars, flours and seeds into mason jars and canisters. You know, instead of spilling and dumping all over the cupboards and onto the floor. In the front here we’ve got steel cut oats, chia seeds and flax seeds which we use on the regular. Behind and above there are canisters of quinoa, brown rice, barley and lentils. Even though I hate lentils. I keep trying to like them. Eventually I’ll give up.
One of the things I like to do whenever I move is make the place smell like home immediately. This candle by the Fleur Collection (in their Figure fragrance) is one of my current favorites and it was lit within minutes of us walking in the door to start dropping boxes. A big cylinder vase holds clementines. We eat tons of them so I just fill up the vase every week so they’re in easy reach and we can grab and snack at will. Plus it just looks pretty. I like pretty.
While these salt and pepper shakers look vintage, they’re actually reproductions that I picked up while in Portsmouth, New Hampshire a few summers ago. If you’re new around here you may not know that New Hampshire and Maine are my favorite road trip destinations. I snagged these babies at LeRoux and have been carting them with me from home to home ever since.
Elsewhere, this is going on just about everywhere you turn. Paint chips. Taped to everything. Seen here, I’m trying to make up my mind on a cabinet and/or wall color in the kitchen. Sometimes I think with the right paint color I can convince myself to deal with the 80s oak cabinets and other times I’m sure it’s a lost cause and they’ll need to be painted. Stay tuned on that one! To the right, I’m pretty close to deciding on a color for the front door, but what do you think? Any suggestions? The door opens up into the dining room so I think a fun hit of color could be really great in that room.
The painting that has gone on has definitely already made a big improvement! The walls of the living room are Sherwin Williams Aloof Gray 6197 and soon the dining room walls will be, too. It’s a cool, mid-tone gray with a slight green undertone to it, so it avoids looking too blue. It’s soft and moody and changes throughout the day which I really like – during the day it’s crisper and cleaner, at night it reads darker and cozier. Such a fun color.
More paint chips! The second from the top on the left strip is the aforementioned Aloof Gray. I’m debating the lighter shade above it (Sherwin Williams Frosty White 6196) for our bedroom or possibly the laundry room. Maybe the bathroom? I don’t know. Clearly there aren’t a lot of answers here. These moody teal and navy colors on the right are currently contending for a place in the little bedroom with the built-in desk as well as possibly to cover up the cheap faux wood paneling that runs up the stairs. Although maybe that’d be a good spot for the Frosty White? Again. I’m still sorting this all out. There’s lots of taping up paint chips and moving them throughout the house a few times a day. Then pausing, scrunching up my nose, tilting my head and then having two-sided conversations with myself about what’s working and what isn’t working so much. At least I’ve been able to scratch some options off the list entirely. That certainly helps!
And finally, this is Sassy! B’s parents have been in Hawaii on an amazing cruise for the last couple of weeks so Sassy has been hanging out with us while her mom and dad are off touring waterfalls and volcanoes and trying to avoid the last bit of winter. This is pretty much what she does all day. Follows me around, perches someplace comfy and stares at me, trying to figure out what I’m doing when I’m fussing with paint chips for the 96th time in a day. So stinkin’ cute.
Fingers crossed that pretty soon I’ve got something closer resembling real progress around here to share! In the meantime, I’m just trying not to drive myself crazy. It’s a constant battle, friends. Constant battle.
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]