Monday, July 28, 2014

Random Thoughts, Mostly About Chairs

I hope y'all can handle some randomness because that's what is up my sleeve today.

It feels like a perfect fall day except that it's the end of July. This happens every year. There is always a cool down after my birthday, and then August is hot as hell. Which is great because I've put off doing all the fun summer things with my kids this year until next week.

There is a book project due at my day job and it makes me wonder yet again why anyone would ever want to write a book. But reading books? Totally my thing. I finished Those Who Save Us over the weekend and started the first book in the Gabriel Allon series.

Are you using Chairish? They teamed up with some bloggers (not me) in the last few days to promote their service, which is described as an affordable middle ground between Craig's List and 1stDibs. 

I haven't actually bought anything on Chairish yet, but I did find these absolutely amazing Milo Baughman chairs today. Available for free local pickup in New Hampshire or white glove delivery service to my ZIP for an extra $349.

They are "hug" chairs. A pair of chairs. They swivel! And cost less than $1,000. Pretty much perfection.

Chinoiserie Chic
The blue velveteen would be fine for now. But down the road, I think it would be so fun to have the chairs re-upholstered in Golding's Mia Multi fabric. I recently ordered a free sample of the fabric from Calico because I thought it was so close to my vision for this style of chair. Then, lo and behold, I realized I had actually seen it before here.

This is what the fabric looks like on a broader scale. I love all the colors especially the watery blue and that POP! of citron. 

Alas, the last thing I should be shopping for are chairs. Our kitchen is still all busted up (well, no dishwasher and a non-functioning teeny-tiny wall oven). We also have so many other projects that the hand-me-down recliner in our living room will have to suffice for a bit longer.

On the other hand, I did get something done today for which I feel proud: my weekly home blessing hour. I've been following the Flylady since before my daughter was born nearly eight years ago. Whenever it feels like chaos is taking over my house, it's the system to which I return. It's nice not having to think too much about what to do. I don't need to re-invent the wheel, I just need to get something done. 

So this morning I set the timer on my phone for ten minutes and cleaned. I adapted the Flylady's schedule to what works for me 1) dusting with a dry mitt/microfiber cloth (this is the one I have but you can find a similar one here) 2) vacuuming hardwoods, rugs, and the living room carpet 3) windexing mirrors, faucets, and spots on some furniture and the front door 4) mopping with a Swiffer wet wipe, and 5) putting things back where they belonged. I even managed to do a very quick swish & swipe of our main bathroom. It's not perfect, but it's a start. 

Happy Monday!

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