Wednesday, June 27, 2012

the hunt for the perfect sofa

Lorimer Sofa | $849 - $1,049 | West Elm

Things I like: the wide arms, the color, and the wooden legs
Things I don't like: nothing, really

Henry Sofa | $599 - $1,099 | West Elm
Things I like: grey velvet, it's assembled in the USA out of 70% recycled materials, and the price is great! 
Things I don't like: I wish that the arms were a little bit wider, but throw pillows could up the snuggle factor.

Petrie Apartment Sofa | $1,599 | Crate and Barrel
Things I like: tufting, cushion shape, and the height that it is raised of the ground
Things I don't like: I wonder if it's just a little bit too trendy
Petrie Leather 76" Apartment Sofa | $3,899 | Crate and Barrel
Things I like: love the color of this leather, and it would really set the tone for our living room
Things I don't like: All I can think about is sitting on the leather in the middle of August...
Davis Sofa | $1,299 | Crate and Barrel
Things I like: I love this fabric. It is perfect. I also like the shape, and the fact that it is slightly raised off of the ground
Things I don't like: is it weird that it bothers me a little bit that the back support juts out on the sides?
Bolla Carbon Sofa | $1,199 | CB2
Things I like: I love this sofa. It might be the one. I love, love, love the color & fabric. I love the shape. I love the  cozy arms, and the feet.
Things I don't like: I'm wondering if the back is too low. I need to conduct a seat test.
I recently volunteered to host a group of ladies in our home in two weeks, and now I am totally fixated on pulling our living room together. I would love to throw some fresh paint on the walls, buy a new couch, buy this media console, this lamp, and a rug. While I know that all of that won't happen in the next two weeks, it's still fun to look around and see what I would buy right now if I could. Realistically, I might be able to paint the room (although that may not be possible due to J's fish tank). I would love to get a new sofa, but I'm not sure that's really where we want to spend money at this moment. I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

Have you ever bought a new sofa? What do you wish you would have known before you made your purchase? 

Monday, June 25, 2012

our weekend

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We had a pretty low-key weekend which started out with a trip to Angels' Stadium for the Angels vs. Dodgers game (unfortunately, the Dodgers lost). I love going to games on Friday nights because they do fireworks after the games. Even though we love the Dodgers, Friday night fireworks are definitely more fun after a home team win!

Our Saturday consisted of a trip to Home Depot so that we could work on some projects around the house. As Justin and I were picking out paint samples, plant pots, refrigerator light bulbs, and  recycle bins, I couldn't help but think of Will Ferrell in Old School: "Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, and Beyond, I don't know, I don't know if we'll have enough time."

I wasn't feeling very good, so our "pretty nice little Saturday" ended with some takeout Chronic Tacos and the movie In Time from Redbox. I am almost guaranteed to love any movie with a plot centered around the concept of time, and this movie was no exception--it was a sort of futuristic Robin Hood with a little bit of Bonnie and Clyde thrown in for good measure. It made me want to revisit the Vonnegut literature that scarred me in high school.

Sunday I was able to meet up with my oldest friend, Jessie, for a little coffee date. We have been friends since we met in Sunday School when we were 9 years old, and over the course of the last 18 years we have kept in touch through several cross country and Trans-Atlantic moves, walked together at our high school graduation, went to Biola together, toured the British Isles, and even had our weddings 2 weeks apart! Jessie and her husband just moved to the States from Germany, and they have decided to settle down in Southern California! It was so good to catch up with her, and I am so looking forward to having her down here.

Overall, "a pretty nice little weekend." Now, I am bracing myself for a very busy Monday at work which will hopefully result in more busyness at work. 

Can you believe that it's summer, and that this is the last week of June? I'm still trying to figure out what happened to the whole month of May...

Friday, June 22, 2012

current must-reads

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Happy Friday! It's been awhile since my favorite blogs post, and I've been reading some great new (to me) blogs lately that I think you might enjoy, too. So, here are my current must-reads from the internets:

  1. Simple Lovely
  2. The Coveteur
  3. Garance Dore
  4. The Beauty Department
  5. Into the Gloss
  6. Leslie, Life & Paris
  7. Little Brown Pen
  8. Heart of Light
  9. Justina Blakeney
  10. Skinnytaste
Apparently I'm into all things French and beauty-oriented at the moment. Which blogs are your favorites right now?

Have a lovely weekend : )

Thursday, June 21, 2012

patio table

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We finally found a patio table that fit our small space and that both of us liked. We found it at Target (my all-time favorite store)When we saw it go on sale, we decided to go for it, and I am so happy that we did! I had been wanting to get a patio table basically since we moved into our place because 1) we live in Southern California where we can eat outdoor year round and 2) we live on a quiet and peaceful cul-de-sac in a lovely neighborhood. Having a table out on our deck makes it the perfect spot for Saturday morning coffee with a good book or dinner with family and friends. 

In keeping with The William Morris Project theme (sorry for my long absence--I hope to keep up with it through the end of the year), this table is both beautiful and useful. 

Now we just need to get the matching chairs (however, I really love these outdoor chairs) and an umbrella (this one "goes" with the set, but I prefer this color)! It's a work in progress, but we're slowly making our house a home.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

baking powder biscuits

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Happy Summer Solstice! Since it's the official start of summer, I thought that I would share this recipe from my Grandma Steele. I probably call my mom to get at least once a year, so I thought I should post it here so that I don't have to bug her or my sister anymore. 

These baking powder biscuits can be used for many things from chicken pot pies to my personal favorite: strawberry shortcake. You can adjust the sugar in the recipe depending upon what you're using them for or your personal taste.

Baking Powder Biscuits
Makes 12 biscuits

2 c. flour (I use whole wheat flour and they turn out fine)
3 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2-4 T. sugar
6-8 T. butter
2/3 c. milk

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Cream butter and sugar in an electric mixer. Slowly add the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined. Drop mixture onto baking sheet and shape as desired. I like mine to look a little bit rustic since that's how my mom always made them while I was growing up. Bake for about 12 minutes or until slightly golden on the top. Allow to cool on a cooling rack.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

the ocean institute

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Two weeks ago my family (minus Jackie) came down to visit, and we decided to check out the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. We happened to be there on World Oceans Day, so there were all sorts of fun little projects (like painting an ocean mural or dissecting a fish) scattered throughout the Institute. We learned some interesting shark facts--did you know that a shark's fin feels like sandpaper and was actually used for sandpaper until it began to be manufactured? Or that coconuts kill more humans than sharks annually? I'm still a little bit skeptical on that last item...

We were all looking forward to taking a tour of the Pilgrim (did anyone else watch/read Horatio Hornblower?) only to get there and find out that they only had tours of the ship on Sundays. So, if you decide to check out the Ocean Institute, you may want to go on a Sunday instead of a Saturday.

Overall we all enjoyed the museum, but agreed that it would have been a lot more fun if we'd had a small child or two with us. Or if we could have toured the Pilgrim...

On Sunday, my mom, Valerie and I joined my mother-in-law in heading up to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I carried my camera around all day and took no pictures--such a bummer. But, we found some little treasures, and when we could walk in the heat no more we headed over to Congregation Ale House for some lunch.

It was such a nice weekend with my family--looking at these pictures makes me miss them even more than I already did.