Life around our household has felt a little more hectic than usual, but then again, I do feel that things always pick up (for everyone, really!) as the seasons change and we enter the last part of the year (as much as I love my fall themed lattes, cooler air and holiday music, I’m always blindsided by how quickly it sneaks up!). Lately, we’ve been motoring along on the studio baseboards and trim, helping our friends with their entryway and prepping for a yard sale this weekend! At the same time, we’ve been looking forward and planning out the details for rooms we’ll be tackling next, while also going down a checklist of loose ends.
But because I love a good list and my brain couldn’t be more jumbled if I tried (and because TGIF!), here’s a little round-up of those items that don’t warrant their own post (just yet, anyway), but keep us busy or make us happy all the same.
ONE. Let’s start with the happy. When our coffee maker broke on Labor Day morning (spoiler: not the ‘happy’ moment), we found ourselves on a not-so-quick morning hunt to pick up a new one. No big deal. (Ha!) Our unassuming search turned into three different Target pop-ins, an extra errand (or four) and many hours later, we came home with this one – but most importantly, this tape dispenser, too!
Now, here’s the thing. We rarely go to Target, if only because our neighborhood Target is a complete madhouse at any hour of the day; it’s truly terrifying. (Fellow Chicagoans, I’m sure you understand the Elston corridor of horror?) But during the coffee maker hunt, I stopped in my tracks at the office supply section and could not pass this guy up! I’m very un-hip to the Target collections in general, but the entire aisle of shiny gold Threshold* and Nate Berkus items made my un-caffeinated self a happy camper.
TWO. Remember when our stairs looked like this? And then we spent all that time prying nails, patching, sanding and priming? That was last December. December! Soon after, we moved on to other areas of the home, calling our primed stairs good enough. And now? It shows. Without a protective hard paint and finish, they’ve slowly turned into a chipped mess once again. But! We have a game plan, we’ve picked up every last supply to get the job finished – including the floor paint for the treads. Before this month is over – fingers crossed – we’ll have satin black treads, bright white risers and a staircase to write home about. We’re simultaneously filled with full on dread and over-the-top excitement for this one!
THREE. Yes, there are a lot of little (and some not so little, see exhibit A, above!) to-dos on the agenda, but our next big overhaul will be the guest room! While we continue to save for the more extensive bathroom and kitchen facelifts, we’re pushing through with rooms that we can handle in smaller doses. We’ve had so, so many friends and family pass through in the last year (with more visits already on the calendar!), and although we have clean sheets and a bed for them, we’re ready to step up our game and create a room that feels inviting and cozy – but still quirky. With that in mind, we’ve since ordered a roll of this Hygge & West wallpaper for an accent wall, and we could just burst.
In other news (as if this wasn’t already random enough), here are a few other home-related updates for this crew:
- We took advantage of the screaming Labor Day deals and used up points from our refrigerator purchase to pick up a matching white stove!
- We’re still obsessing over the funny little nook, and we ordered this rug during a great sale. It’s now on back order (of course!), and so, we wait.
- Our front lawn is full and green after a perfect summer in Chicago, and we’re sharing the whole run down on Angie’s List! The last photo kills me; CC’s face. Ugh!
So, how are you? Happy weekend, all!
*Sadly, I can’t find a product link to this dachshund dispenser!