Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Steampunk Table

Tyree made a teak top for the Steampunk Table. I love it. I've been too scared to put anything on it yet.

- Posted by Janet

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Covers sewn!

- Posted by Janet

Oh Wisteria!

We knew we were going to have to design some sort of free-standing trellis for this wisteria plant, otherwise it would rip the front of the house off. I had no idea how fast the stuff grows until now.

You may remember we had to butcher the front side to paint enough to pass the inspection. Tyree felt bad about it afterward. Turns out he need not have worried.


I'm thinking we should build something like this:

...in front of the house, completely free-standing and train the plant away from the structure. It grows so fast I almost think we could prune off the branch closest to the house each year and let it grow towards the front of the trellis.

- Posted by Janet

The Couch Project Phase III

This project is moving right along. The faux-down pillows arrived on Thursday and while Tyree was down at the studio painting last night, I made the covers. I used the cotton drop cloths again. They sell one at Home Depot that is 6 x 9. I bought 2 of these and after they were washed, I cut them into strips 30 inches wide. I folded them into pockets and sewed the two unfinished sides and turned them inside out.

This is what the back of the pillow envelope looks like after I stuffed the pillow in. I can just chuck them in the washer anytime. Stay tuned for the futon covers. Right now I just have more drop cloths draped and tucked under the cushions themselves, but I plan to sew fitted covers next.

- Posted by Janet

Location:Fountain Farm

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Couch Project: Phase II

Here's where we're at so far. I've ordered a case of pillows to go along the back wall. Pretty comfy, I'd say and we are using the living room about twice as much now.

- Posted by Janet

Location:Fountain Farm

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Couch Project

We have an ongoing effort to make everything everything in our little house do two things. I fell in love with this daybed thingy from Pottery Barn which costs about $1200 or so. And I wanted 2 of them, end to end along the living room wall. Not in the budget. Se we designed our own.

I sketched it out and made a cut list. Tyee did all the cutting yesterday and I started painting today. We'll see how it all comes together!

This is what we're using for a couch right now.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Exterior Paint.....

Am I nuts for loving these paint colors on a little house?


We're sort distilling our belongings down to the stuff we really like as we go. We're almost completely out of the old house, though some work remains. I'm glad we've had all this time to get it done.

This is the awesome wisteria plant that we're going to have to rein in for the health of the stucco. Dad, the light pink parts are stucco. Real stucco. Yes the colors are gross. What were they thinking?

This is the backyard, looking off the deck. There's a pretty cool corner store and an awesome antique store behind us. He's the guy I bought my first book press from. I would love a flagstone patio to replace some of the grass, and more privacy plants. Maybe like this.

Conor's room, with drum set, in the green he chose. There's a big blue papasan chair behind me.

Another view

The living room is starting to come together. Todd's painting in the background.

Except this completely insane mountain of books we chose to keep. Looks like we're going to be whittling away at the book collection further. Keep your eyes open for a book sale soon. Of course, about 4 cases are comic books, too. They won't be going anywhere.

Theta guarding the precious library until bookshelves are constructed.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Forgive me the quality of the photos....I took them with my cell phone on this rainy gray morning. As you can see we are about 1/2 moved in. Tyree will be using his woodworking skills to construct us a custom bookcase for the wall that's covered in book boxes, and he'll be making the base that will hold the custom couch. I was saying to my dad yesterday, it is a bit like a boat dealing with a house this small. A place for everything and everything in it's place.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Fresh Start!

We're moving! I wanted a fresh start with a new address and a new look for the new house.

Just to get everyone up to date, we bought a small house just a few blocks from here in the Fountain District. The neighborhood is a lot busier than here, being sandwiched between Northwest and Meridian...but that means only a block's walk to some great restaurants and about 100 yards to the ReStore, where after leaving my position there 5 years ago, they still give me an employee discount.

We have this month to get moved and get the rental in order, which is nice. I wanted to post some before and afters of the new house, but I didn't manage to take any before shots before we started painting. So these are from the real estate listing. The furniture and color choices were those of the previous owners:

The front of the house, soon to be repainted and fenced. Emmett, we need you this summer!

Living Room

Living room towards the kitchen



The old house served us well for many years. We dismantled the raised garden beds, and the chicken coop. The chickens went to reside at Addie's house, where I am sure they are happy in the palace that Cary and Dave built them. You can read about their new place here on Addie's blog. We'll be taking some of our favorite plants with us.