Archive for October, 2010

Justin and I just celebrated our first anniversary.  We decided to get out-of-town for a week.  We spent most of the spring and summer planning and saving for a multi city trip in Europe.  The trip itself isn’t what I would call restful or relaxing but it did give us both tremendous insight into other cultures and we got some amazing pictures.

My husband Justin collects glassware, specifically, beer mugs.  He typically tries to pick one up in each new place he visits, whether it be somewhere here in the United States or on a rare trip abroad.  While he was buying his mugs I thought to myself, should I also be collecting something?

Collections are tricky.  They add a feeling of obligation to any trip you take because you find yourself looking to pick up a new piece, but at the same time, they give you a tangible memory of your travels.  They also take up space, which, as I start to gain control over clutter in our space limited condo, I’m starting to realize is just too valuable.

Justin can have his beer mugs, I think that I am going to be a collector of digital memories.

Do you collect anything on your vacations?



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In honor of Columbus Day, I woke up on this day off from my regular job itching to finish a project.  For those of you who know me, I’ve been a plethora of excuses for why I haven’t finished a furniture project lately…

For some time now I’ve had my eye on our downstairs, half bathroom.  It is very bland and was just begging for a quick update.

When Justin bought our condo, every square inch of paintable space was the same beige, muted yellow.  Over time, we’ve reclaimed walls here and there and added color.  We’ve figured out in some of the bigger not-easily-paintable spaces that putting a coat of white paint on the trim changes the entire look.  (The trim and ceilings are also this same color!)

I have always been inspired by the half bathroom that Sherry and John painted in their house.  I followed their instructions on how to create stripes and recreated a similar look.

Now all we need are some accessories and perhaps some framed pictures.

– Kate

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