Category Archives: House

Planning for Outdoor Living Already

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Durham finally got its first snow fall of the season last Thursday night. It didn’t come as early as in previous years when we got snow in early December then on Christmas day. Nonetheless, it was exciting for us who don’t normally get snow. I was also hoping enough snow would fall so that we’d have a snow day on Friday.

Of course, it didn’t happen. No snow day for me. Snow did fall, and it was a joy to see. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough to stick on the pavements and only caused a two hour delay to the start of our day.

Just a few days before the predicted day, we had sunny, 70 degree days. It almost felt springlike and my husband swears some of the daffodils out back started to sprout already.

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Is Your Home Ready For Spring?

Are you one of those super organized and on time people everyone hates and already have your garden tilled and spring cleaning done? Or are you more like me, the ace procrastinator and goddess of distraction?

Every time I walk into a room at my house lately, I see things that need to be done. Then I walk out.

Oh, I know I have to get around them somehow and the sooner the better. I can’t stand a mess, after all. I just don’t like cleaning them up.

For instance, last night I was so sleepy that all I wanted to do was take my shower and lay down. But on the way to the shower, I felt grit under my feet. I tried to ignore it but the more I walked around, the more dust and junk keep sticking to my soles.

I don’t ever wear shoes or slippers inside the house so I knew this would totally get on my nerve when I step out of the shower and have to walk around picking up grit on my newly washed feet. So I go get the broom and sweep the whole house until it is dust free. And I thought I was too tired to do anything! Well, I guess I could dig deep to find the energy when I have to.

So that’s what I aim to do this week. Dig deep inside me and find the energy to clean the rest of the house. This is not your usual wash the dishes, do the laundry and mop the floor type of cleaning. Hopefully, you do all those on a regular basis. lol! I’m using this list for How to Keep A Clean and Healthy Home as a guide. Thank goodness I don’t have to do some of these tasks but a few times throughout the year.
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Stumbled On

Yeah, I’m loving the Stumble toolbar. I had missed the ‘next blog’ button on Blogger, and the Stumble button is pretty much like that. You click on it and you get shown a random website. You can rate it whether you like it or not or just keep on stumbling until you find something you like.

Today, I stumbled on to this great bookcase, especially for people with small houses like me. My husband, I know, would love to make something like this. Won’t you, honey? 😉

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I saw these at Apartment Therapy. There are some other great ideas on there on optimizing a small space to great advantage.

The bookcase is actually a narrow staircase leading up to the bedroom in the attic. Isn’t it cool?

Knobs & Knockers

We live in an old house, built in the early 40’s so my husband is constantly renovating one thing or another. I suppose it also helps that he loves working on restoring and preserving antiques.

So how serendipitous is it that my first review me offer came from ArchitecturalClassics.com? I think I actually have come across this site before, while we were researching something or other about antiques. You see, my husband and I used to have an art gallery and antiques shop. We have since closed the shop down as he wants to concentrate more on his art work, but the passion for old things is still there.

This is one piece that he is working on for me. It’s my dresser. Aside from refinishing the mirror, this piece is pretty much finished, except that it doesn’t have any drawer pulls or handles! Hubby is still looking for the right knobs to go with this, so in the meantime, I put these $0.50 knobs that I had lying around just so I can open the drawers. So now you see why I said it was serendipitous that I was chosen to review this site?

If you have the same passion for preserving old things this site is a great resource. They sell original and reproductions of door fixtures, lamps, chandeliers, and miscellaneous stuff. They have beautiful door knobs. The house that we are in has crystal door knobs similar to the one in the photo and my husband is now in the process of restoring the doors. He has done one so far (sorry, forgot to take a photo) and it is beautiful when all the years of grime and dirt are taken off the surface and the original grain of the wood shows through again. You can’t help but want one of these baubbles to adorn it with.

The company is based in the United Kingdom, so it may take about 7-10 days to receive your order, according to their website. The prices, conveniently converted to USD, on their reproduced items are reasonable, and their original pieces are priced as expected, expensive! 🙂