music room

tree of my people

i’m not over it yet. i’m still not ready to let go of my fake mini-tree.
this is happening:

yes, sunday dane and i made a run to the dollar store and two dollars later, decked the halls with balls of shamrocks. don’t let the surname fool you, we are irish.

{oh hey, look, its the wallpaper that is still patiently waiting to be hung…}


merry valentines day tree

we survived another five day week. i am borderline euphoric leaving work on fridays en route to get dane at day care.

saturdays rule.

i started taking christmas decorations down the day after christmas. the undecking process has been going on all week and is still not quite complete. its rather depressing. dane loved the tree. then it occured to me that i am a grown-up and i own this house and i can do what i want. and that is how the ALL-HOLIDAY-TREE was born.

oh valentinesday tree, oh valentinesday tree..

this is our valentines day tree which will transition into a st patricks day tree come march. the easter slash one year old birthday tree will stick around until its time for the 4th of july tree to spread 4th of july cheer… you get the idea. this tree isnt going anywhere.

i did a little weeknight crafty work to make the glitter heart frame from a cheap crappy clearance frame from michaels.


dane digs the v-day tree and sparkley heart. we’ve been hanging out in the music room quite a bit lately.

it turns out dane is the best musician in the family.
earlier tonight we hung up the second canvas we ordered from canvas4life. (love this photo… dane was only a few days old getting his first kisses from his big brother).

eventually we’ll have one more canvas to finish the wall. i want to wait until dane is a little bigger and get a good family photo.
unrelated: tonight we are eating turkey tips that cost $21. twenty one dollars! i would have never bought these if i paid attention to the price! shopping with an infant = overpriced meat for dinner. 
this weekend i hope to finally make it to ikea so we can work on our plan for this area that it is now tree-free.

music room

this room was very empty for a long time. when we were given mike’s parents’ beautiful piano, we dubbed it the “music room”. late in the fall we found these two little *settees from an estate sale for peanuts and added the round shag rug shortly before the holidays.

*settee is new to my vocabulary as well. it means ‘small couch’ in fancy talk.

we weren’t interested in a sitting room or anything formal where we would drink tea and discuss the fiscal cliff. it may not be worthy of such a hip name, but for lack of an alternative, that is what we have been going with.

at one point, i made this mood board. its so random and nothing like the room has actually evolved into.

its pretty open to the dining room so the color & design schemes need to mesh. we painted 3 walls ‘dove white’ (benjamin moore) – the color below the chair rail in the dining room. 

the forth wall – this yellowy one with the triple window looking into the front yard – i am going to attempt to wall paper with a bold pattern. never done this before. know nothing about it. but since its really not much wall, i don’t think it could go too horribly wrong… (????) 

i went to a local paint & wallpaper store (home depot does not sell wallpaper) and flipped thru many many many books of samples. i took three home and narrowed it down to two.
here they are. each time i think i’ve made up my mind, i change it.