Friday, April 8, 2011

home works /part 1

So aside from trying to entertain an unstoppable preschooler, and the rest of this ever growing neighborhood kid clan running wild around these streets during a two week Spring Break vacation, I've been delving into the closets and storage spots throughout the house - first phase of a much needed spring cleansing to eliminate all the junk we've let pile up through the four years we've been here. A week long plight that included unpacking all those forgotten boxes beneath the stairs - remnants from "the old house" we neglected to ever properly go through. Certainly this is more of a job than I had ever imagined. But slowly, as the clutter starts to clear and space opens up it feels more than refreshing. Literally, like a weight being lifted. Another benefit of the cleanse is uncovering stuff I had either forgotten or considered lost. A couple old ink prints, our entire record collection, photo albums and other odd, beloved trinkets from times past. 

Here, a couple clips from recent focus (other than reorganizing): 
Paint chips, the ever revolving over the couch art self, newly stacked book storage in the dining hutch, fabric, vintage globes, grandma's 1940's drum lamp shade, Emma Lawrenson geometric prints, Ikea Jorun Rug. 

Next up, the remodel of the upstair bedrooms and all the fun involved in picking prints and art - as well as the love affair with Benjamin Moore back in full swing. So, many, great colors! 


  1. I *love* spring cleaning. I feel like I am doing the good work when I create space in my families lives. You're so right that the weight is lifted when we get rid of and organize our "stuff".

    I love your taste in art, that you have so many books and that you love decorating. My house is going to be repainted soon (the inside) and I'm a little nuts about paint chips, too. I'm looking for colors that are bright and happy, elegant and warm without making a room feel smaller. My heart is al aflutter over cornflower blue right now. (not so dissimilar to the background of my blog, hmmm) and yellow for the kitchen. The bathroom and bedroom are still up in the air.

    Happy Spring!

  2. I love your clutter - even your clutter is cool Jessica!! And your globes, the rug and the book shelving. :)
    Have fun spring cleaning and enjoy the weekend.
    Love A xxx

  3. I'm gonna need to check out those colors- did they get new ones? I'm getting inspired slowly. Ready to sew those curtains for my breakfast nook and get on with decorating it. Filling those frames from 4+ years ago that hang empty on my girls walls.... I can't wait to see what you're working on. Always fresh and inspiring!!! :D See ya tomorrow

  4. I know, it feels so good to get that kind of cleaning and organization done, good for you! Today has been mostly about entertaining the neighborhood kid clan and house cleaning for me as well.

    I adore your little vintage desk chairs. Good luck with the remodel!

  5. Do you have any tips on framing? I keep seeing these beautifully framed this-and-thats around, and last time I checked, framing costs a fortune. I thought you might have some down and dirty tips...