The Unexpected

A good friend of mine (edit: this guy) sent this to me yesterday.  At first I was terrified, and then I was laughing out loud, alone, in my cubicle.  Give it a chance before you freak out and close your window.  It’s totally not inappropriate.

girl with knife butters bread


DIY Farmhouse Light Fixture

Remember that farmhouse/planter light fixture I was going to make that I was ultimately unimpressed with?  Well it finally made it up to the ceiling in our new office, and I’m sort of obsessed with it now.  Here’s the inspiration:

We had to use a ceiling medallion, because apparently the ceiling used to be beige, and when the previous owners painted every inch of our house white before selling it, they painted around the ceiling fan, which I understand.  But it left a big beige circle on the ceiling, and I am NOT about to paint a ceiling, so medallion it is.  I don’t think I would’ve liked it as much without the medallion.  It adds so much pizazz.

The lightbulb is an Edison-style bulb, where you can see the filaments.  I bought the larger of the two that they sell at Home Depot, and that baby is BRIGHT!  No shortage of light in this room at night.  I typically loathe overhead lighting, but I’ll make an exception for this guy.

The assembly was fairly self-explanatory.  I used the clips that came with the planters to attach them to each other, I cut the wires at the bottom of one planter so that they’d naturally rest in the light socket, and voila.

This is just the beginning of a wave of projects I’ve been trying to accomplish at home.  Hubs is so excited to help me with all of them, too.  He’s so lucky to have a wife that will exploit his handyman skills shamelessly.  You’re welcome, honey!

Academy A{nnie}wards

When I mentioned to hubs on Sunday morning that the Oscars were on later that night, he started to panic, before I cut him off and reminded him that AWARDS SEASON IS MY FOOTBALL SEASON, and at least I don’t make him go to all of the games, so to speak.  So he mostly let me enjoy them in peace.  And while I am by no means a fashion guru, I do like looking at pretty clothes, and sometimes I even have opinions on them.  I love awards season because people get dressed up and there’s always so much drama about who looks good, who looks bad, who looks one too-enthusiastic-wave away from a nip slip, etc. and I can’t get enough of it.  These are my favorite looks from last night.

Cameron Diaz
I love that her hair is short and she keeps it that way.  She makes me feel better about having super thin hair that looks awkward once it hits my shoulders.  This picture is from the after party because I like this even better than her awards show look.  Not many people can pull off orange.

Shailene Woodley
I think most of my goodwill for her comes from the fact that a) I actually saw The Descendants last week, and b) she has risen above a really horrible ABC Family show to work with George Clooney and get nominated for multiple awards as a result.  This dress might not be the most conventional choice, but I think it suits her fashion sense, because this is a girl that will wear purple pants when everyone else is wearing cocktail dresses.  Also, she just seems really cool and smart and like she’s not taking any of this for granted.  Some people should take notes (*ahem* Rooney Mara).

Emma Stone
I love Emma Stone.  I’m not sure why.  But I think this dress is fun and youthful and looks so snazzy on her.  I appreciate that she didn’t go the strapless route.  And I have two shirts in my closet with similar necklines in similar colors.  Maybe that’s why I like this so much.

Michelle Williams
I never imagined that I would appreciate anything that Michelle Williams wore anytime, ever, because she tends to dress herself like a child who is very aware that she is adorable, and that kind of drives me insane.  But I like this.  Mostly because it doesn’t look like a 12 year old’s cotillion dress.

Gwyneth Paltrow

About A Bed

Around New Year’s this year, I decided that my big project for 2012 was going to be making our master bedroom more livable.  I spent most of 2011 getting the main floor of our house to a respectable condition, and now it’s time for the upstairs.

I alluded to the Ikea disaster that is our master bedroom in this post back in October.  We were tired of sleeping pretty much on the floor.  And the queen-size mattress that I bought from a friend about 5 years ago was forcing us to sleep butt-to-butt.  Well I am happy to report that we are now the proud new owners of a KING-size bed that forces me to actually get out of it if my phone falls off of my nightstand.

Here is the before, which I barely tidied up for this picture, because I care so much about what you think of me.  Buster is used as a size reference:

And here is the after:

{You’re welcome for the super sweet iPhone pictures.  I am equal parts cheap AND lazy.}

We have a duvet cover!  We are so grown up!  It’s embarrassing to admit, but this is the first time that I haven’t bought a bed-in-a-bag when I needed new bedding.  The duvet and shams are Ofelia Vass from Ikea in white, and the insert is from Target because I’m cheap like that.  The sheets are also from Target, but those were NOT cheap, because sheets are effing expensive, am I right?

The new bed feels SUPER tall, which I keep telling myself is probably because we were used to sleeping so low to the ground.  But it seems like it takes up a lot of space in our bedroom, which is fine because the room is fairly large for a house that was built in the 1970’s.  Although my grand plans to stencil the giant wall behind our bed now seem a little bit misguided, since you can’t see as much of the wall now that the new bed has taken over.  We’ll see this weekend when I give the stencil a shot.

I’m so scared.

Who the Heck is Bon Iver?

Bon Iver’s “Holocene” is nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammys this Sunday.  Never heard the song?  Neither has anyone else!  Here’s a link where you can watch & listen:

Sidenote: Bon Iver is a band, not a person, which is good to know.  Additionally: why isn’t the plural version of grammy “grammies”?

More Grammy infographics from New York Magazine: