Saturday, March 31, 2012

'Greening' up the house with bamboo flooring

We're on our way out the door to get some estimates on bamboo flooring. I'm so psyched for this. Not only is is sustainable and functional, but it's really inexpensive. Some of the varieties are even harder than oak flooring. Nice way to update the house (getting rid of carpeting that is old and rife with dust and God-only-knows what else!), but we'll be working with green technology. Read about it here How to Build a House blog and stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What are you reading?


 I have a long list of books in my to-read pile. Last summer I found a treasure trove of books at a library sale in Cutchogue, on eastern Long Island.  I have yet to attack the list. (I'm mortified to admit that!)

So far, I've completed the 'Bible of Savannah', Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I also read The Memory Keeper's Daughter. Now I'm into Heaven is for Real, which I bought my husband for Christmas and then took over for myself. Still waiting to be read are The Mermaid Chair and Confessions of a Geisha. And everyone is raving about The Hunger Games. My mother-in-law bought me Sarah's Key, thinking I would like it. I have yet to find out.

Just not enough hours in the day to do it all, but I'm going to try. Admittedly, I'm a very undisciplined reader and I do it in spurts. And, I still prefer paper books as opposed to the modern digital phenomena.

How about you? What's on your reading list or your just-completed-reading list?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Oh, yeah! My junking finds and I have BIG plans!

I need a space where I can do my design work. My older son is moving his junk out of the house to his new apartment and I decided to take one of the smaller rooms and make it my design space. It's a project in itself, but something I've wanted to do since we moved in 13 years ago. Deciding I needed something bigger and better than my plastic folding table, off we went on Saturday to a favorite antique shop, COUNTRY JUNQUE in Bayport, NY. Bayport is a lovely little town with gingerbread houses and shops, not far from the Atlantic Ocean beaches of the south shore of Long Island. The owners of this shop have been there forever (I'm hearing since 1984) and their prices are unbelievably reasonable.

First thing I found - pink transferware! Last time I was there, the cupboard was bare. This time, EUREKA!! Got this cute little pitcher and matching mini plate for a steal and according to the markings, they are quite old.

(I think sometimes people clean out grandma's house and don't realize what treasures they have.)


Also found this nice bowl to add to the collection on my wall and at this point, I'm really a happy camper. BUT -- I came to find a suitable work table...

The gorgeous pine farm table in the front of the shop was perfect, but the ticket said $500 - about 10 times what I wanted to spend. On the way into the shop, we had seen a maple table and laughed that our moms had the same table when we were growing up. My husband insisted that this must be the actual table his mom had.

Taking a closer look at the maple table, we find it has two pull-out leaves and a crossbar underneath that adds support and could hold (maybe) a storage basket or a box. In my head, I wanted to find something for $50, but would probably go as high as $100. You know, the best thing for the lowest price kind of thing. Surprise -- Price on the tag - $75. Okay! Then the owner said, "But I'll let you have it for $65." This must be my lucky day! SOLD!

SO, here she is. I'm going to paint the bottom black and refinish the wooden top. I'm breaking away from my paint-everything-white trend. The walls will be a creamy color and the trim a little darker, accented with black furnishings -maybe a bookshelf to go with the desk and two ladderback antique chairs my mom left to me. I can't wait!!