Sunday, September 19, 2010

Lovely treats for Fall from Pottery Barn!

Whether you hit up Pottery Barn for a major shopping spree (some items here are as low as $14.99!) or try to use some of these pics for inspiration, you've got to admit these photos just get you in the mood for some leaves on the ground, crisp air, and apple cider!

My general rule is I don't put any pumpkin-style stuff out until Oct I think I'll be planning a scheme until then!

Friday, September 17, 2010

For a million bucks....

Well, $945,000......this Providence, RI condo could be yours!

I love searching for MLS listings in the million dollar range because that's what will prob be my next purchase-----KIDDING!!! No, I just always wonder "What would a million buy someone?"

Anyway, this is an uber-sleek modern streamlined condo, which is weird because its exterior begs for a little New England shabby-chic Vineyard style vibe......nevertheless, I could definitely host a party here I think!!!

It sits on the hill that overlooks downtown Providence, giving it a spectacular view and potential for many floors, as you can see in the first photo.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

2 fall scents I'm loving right now....

Yankee Candle's "Mountain Lodge"

Slatkin & Co's "Leaves" by Bath & Body Works

I don't know why it took me so long...

To update you all on my caulking adventure!!! It looks pretty darned good for my first try. It definitely has a few places where the caulk bunched up when I pulled the tape off (I think I waited too started to harden faster than I anticipated). But, nothing a razor blade can't cure!

I definitely need to get my butt in gear and give my grout a good cleaning though! Any tips on good products for this besides the obvious (bleach)?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Caulking the tub!?!

EW, look at the old seam between the tiles and tub.....I know, gross, huh!?!? Well, after one year of living here and seeing it get a little worse and realizing, "hey, you need to get this caulk redone....." every time I shower.

So, I read up a few helpful posts/videos from people who have done this before....

1. First, I googled and read a few DIY pages.
2. Then, I read Young House Love's caulk how-to tutorial from their former bathroom (the one they just renovated.) Here's their tutorial!
3. Then, I watched some DIY videos online (one suggested using an old gift card or credit card to edge the caulk, wiping the excess clean.....I tried this, I didn't love this tactic (maybe I didn't do it right...) I preferred wiping it with a covered finger (used the Lowe's bag I bought the caulk in!)
4. Then, I asked some girls on the Decorating Board on The Nest for experience tips.....THANKS, girls!!! They gave me some ideas.

I have NO idea if the caulk job will be a success, but from judging the way it looks so far (with the tape still on the tub), it may come out just fine for a first-time DIY caulk job!

I grabbed a few tubs of the caulk from Lowe's, they were about $4.50 each. (I also have an old health insurance card there for the credit card wipe trick which I failed to master......)

First, I learned that I should fill the tub to make it heavy and give the most expansion possible between the tiles and the tub. Then, I taped either side of where the caulk would go....

Here it is after caulking & wiping the excess with my finger covered in a plastic bag----ps, I found that holding the tube in my left hand and keeping my right hand in the plastic bag, ready to wipe, worked the best--just back & forth, apply caulk, wipe clean; apply caulk, wipe clean.

I'll keep you posted on the final result after I pull the tape in a few hours!!

PS, I can't shower in this tub/shower for 24-48 stuff!


Friday, September 3, 2010

The "I'm not 100% ready for fall" shelf change....

So, I snagged this box of vase filler from Target for $9.99 and grabbed my existing apothecary jars, threw the vase filler in strategically (picking certain colors to sit next to each other...) and then boom, done. Easy! 5 minutes later a different look!