14 Foot Ceilings

Oh Christmas Tree
December 11, 2009, 2:40 pm
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It’s that time of year again, Christmas cheer, parties, trees, overeating, lots of drinking…you know the drill.  We’ve had our tree up since the Saturday after Thanksgiving (it actually fell on our nephew, making us go out and buy a new tree stand).

My dad happens to grow Christmas trees as a hobby, and so we get a real tree every year.  This year we managed to get one of his largest, at around 8 feet tall.  My husband aspires to have a larger tree, but we will see when that happens.

As far as other decorations, I don’t go too overboard.  I would, but we have cats, and I have a husband who can only take so much.  We have a few stockings, but never fill them, as we don’t really do Christmas presents to one another anymore.  We’re not good with the gift giving, we usually end up exchanging as soon as we have both done our shopping.  And what’s the fun in that?

So instead we just host a party, have yankee swaps, and exchange gifts with our families.  And this year we won’t be doing too much of that either, as we are going to Mexico in the new year with my family.  Which happens to be infinitely better than material things that I want but would never actually buy for myself.

I won’t make you empty promises of pictures from our party, but darn it, I’m going to try.  It looks like it’s going to be smaller this year than average, which will make for a nice intimate holiday party with way too much food.  But that’s how I roll, I like to be prepared.  I feel it’s better to have too much than to run out of food.  And besides, who doesn’t like leftover beef stew or mac and cheese?  And not to mention all the lovely desserts…


November 30, 2009, 2:50 pm
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…was a total success.  We had tons of food (of course), lots of wine, and great company.  Here are a few shots from the day.  I hope to update my other blog soon with more recipes of things we ate, but for now here is the table.

We had no trouble fitting 10 people around it, since we do the food buffet style.  I can’t believe that Christmas is just around the corner!  We got our tree this weekend, and more about that later.  I’ll leave you with a photo of my nephew, watching one of his dvd’s about shapes or animals or whatnot in the corner.  He was perfectly content in his little nook.

November 16, 2009, 3:21 am
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The husband and I just returned from a nice long weekend in Charleston, SC.  We got married down there and haven’t been back since.  The weather wasn’t exactly what we were hoping for, although it was beautiful on our last day.

Besides reading a lot (and yes, I read some trashy romance novels while on vacation), we ate a LOT of fabulous food (more reviews on my other blog), saw a movie, and went to the aquarium for the first time ever.  Well, the first time being at that aquarium.

It was a great break from reality, especially after the crazy fall we have both had.  Now, I’m terrified that Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away, and of course we are hosting!

I am trying desperately to come up with a great tablescape to go with my table, and I’ll be sharing that once it starts to come together.  I had a bit of a failed trip to both Christmas Tree Shops and Home Goods, but there are other options out there for me.


November 9, 2009, 1:35 pm
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I know I have been slacking lately, life has been busy, and things are sort of just starting to calm down.  I have some new posts in the pipeline, like my coffee table, what I happened to do this weekend, and more.  I just have to get my pictures off my camera so I can properly share with you.  We also upgraded to Windows 7, so that’s been slowing things down a bit as well.

Tomorrow I am off to the beautiful city of Charleston, where I promise to take lots of pictures and share many stories with you.  For the time being, here is a picture of a fun apple pie I made.  Random, yes, but also fun.  I had gotten a new pie kit, and it came with cookie cutters, so naturally I went with the stars.  Because I’m a 12 year old girl.

Oh, and you might wonder why there is no book club review for October?  Well I didn’t have time to read the book, that’s why.  I already read this month’s book months ago, so I’m all set!

My New Dining Table
October 12, 2009, 3:14 pm
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I can’t really say dining ROOM table, as all the rooms are open to each other.  So it’s the dining area table, but that implies that it’s small and undefined.  And this table is anything but.

When we bought our condo (actually, before we had finally closed) I somehow came up with the idea that we should get a giant farm table for our dining space.  The space could handle it, we like to entertain, we “called” Thanksgiving AGES ago, and we had previously been using my awesome 50’s retro kitchen table, but it was time to change it up a bit.  That table didn’t really fit in the space all that well to begin with, and didn’t go with my chandelier so much.  It was more of a kitchen table, not a dining table.

I set out upon a journey, starting with craigslist.  Now I normally love craigslist, but I don’t know what it was lately, hard economic times, people just being crazy, but everyone wanted top dollar for their old and outdated dining sets.  I’m not really a set kind of girl, so it took me a long time to weed through all the ads that didn’t apply to me.  And people, if you paid $5,000 10 years ago, there is no way I should be paying $2,500 now.  That doesn’t work out so well when you sit down and think about it.

I was like Goldilocks, no table was just right.  This one was too small, I hated the finish on that one, this one was far too expensive, etc.  People would give us suggestions, but nothing worked out quite right.  So I resigned myself to the possibility that we would not have our table in time for Thanksgiving.  Far worse things are going on in the world, but that made me pretty sad.

And then, one day, Apartment Therapy stepped in.  I follow them on my reader, and normally just look at the pictures for design inspiration.  But one day I actually read an article, an article about a man in RI who makes farm tables.  Well, I happen to live in Boston, and since RI is super tiny, that’s not very far away.  I checked out his site, and that was it.  He was reasonable.  REASONABLE rates for a custom built farm table?  What?!  What alter-universe was I living in?

I contacted him, we went to see his workshop, and next thing you know, we had commissioned a custom built farm table.  The man who made our newest member of the family is David Ellison, of the Lorimer Workshop.  He is incredibly friendly and welcoming, he’ll show you around his workshop, help you pick stains and finishes, and make the table to the size that you want.  And he delivers.  Well, I assume just in the “local” area.  I’ve never had something custom built before, and also never been so excited about a piece of furniture before.

He keeps you involved in the process, sending photos along the way, and letting you pick whatever stain and finish you like.  We struggled with the stain, as we have dark brown floors, brown leather furniture in the living area, and not a ton of bright color everywhere else.  The stain is actually a bit darker than the above photo, but I am in love.  You can see the woodgrain oh so well, and the character of the wood really comes through.  He uses reclaimed wood, which is both good for the environment, and also you never know what you are going to get with it!

We will be getting new chairs (and updates on that when we do), and plan to host many, many dinner parties around this new beauty.  In the process I also somehow was able to convince my husband to let me paint the coffee table teal, so I can’t wait to share that when it’s finished!

September 27, 2009, 2:10 pm
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September 14, 2009, 1:38 pm
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It’s the new Monopoly.  Have you played?  We bought it on a whim at Target one day, and it’s been sweeping our groups of friends.  Everyone we introduce it to is totally hooked.  The game of world domination, who wouldn’t be?  And like Monopoly, it can go on for hours.  I am such a competetive player, and still haven’t won…so that also makes me a sore loser.

Look at that picture.  What fun!  It’s like an advertisement for the game.  We played with some neighbors a few weeks ago, and they got SO into it, and one of them totally got into our camera and lens.  Well, they have the same camera, but not the amazing lens.  That lens rocks my world, by the way.

P.S. When you have no money to spend, board games are the best entertainment ever.