This past Sunday I went out to the Long Beach Antique Flea Market to track down some funiture for our front entry way and I did a good job! In less than 1 hour I managed to score a new table & mirror for the hallway. They are perfect.
The table is kind of low but a great height to compliment the mirror which is a bit extra-long. I am hoping to get the mirror mounted this weekend & find some cool stuff to put on the table. My cats seem to think it belongs to them but I say No Dice! (Don't mind all the picture frames underneath - that is my temporary storing spot while I figure out where to hang everything.)
I've decided that decorating a whole house can be a bit of a challenge. Especially when you have a tendency to draw towards bold colors... like grass green & navy blue. It makes choosing accent pieces a bit confusing sometimes. But that's ok - the challenge has been exciting.
This last weekend, my friend Tina & I went to the Rose Bowl flea market/swap meet to check out the furniture selection. I was lucky enough to find 2 chairs & a table right of the bat & they are now patiently waiting in the guest room until we can dig out the living room enough to put them in their real home.
The chairs definitely need to be recovered.. peach is not in my palette. But they are a great shape & I love their aesthetic. The table is pretty sassy too.
So, thanks to my friend Jaimee (http://www.crabtastic.blogspot.com/) I found some killer Poppy Fabric at Harts Fabrics(http://www.hartsfabrics.com/). Mark even approves of it... but alas, they are out of stock. Boo! So, dear Harts... please restock this fabric soon so I can recover my chairs & have a beautiful living room with one navy blue wall & 2 poppy covered chairs.
We had a baby shower today for the one and only male developer on our team. His wife is due next month so we invited them both for a celebratory luncheon held on our back patio... we had to kick the motocross riders off the track before lunch started.
I decided to make cupcakes for our event. I LOVE to bake & with my new kitchen I figure I'll be doing it quite often. I have to admit the cupcakes themselves left something to be desired (Boo, Martha Stewart!) but the chocolate ganache frosting & my attempt at decorating were pretty decent.
Here's my efforts at flexing my cake decorating muscles.
Foxy & Freddie are our cats. They are not adjusting well to our move. As you can see, they are not sure what to make of all of the boxes all over our house. I can tell that they recognize certain things (they should... it's all the same stuff) but they can't really seem to grasp their new surroundings. I am hoping they learn to embrace their new home... or they may go live in the garage. Maybe...
Freddie is our "special" cat & she has a thing for hiding in the refrigerator. She started doing this last year & I thought I broke her of it but it looks like she has reverted back. I think it is a coping mechanism. I am apparently not allowed to lure her out with treats as it rewards negative behavior. Is it really necessary to use child psychology on my cats? Anyway, before you call the pet authorities on me, she does not stay in the fridge.. I usually have to pull all of that stuff out underneath her and grab her. Lately she's been holding on for dear life which makes it more challenging. I can practically hear her little cat voice snickering as I say lots of bad words trying to get her untangled from the bottom shelf with out knocking over our beer selection... don't tell me you didn't notice... it is quite impressive, we know.
So, here's to hoping that our cats regain some sense of normalcy as the boxes become fewer and fewer.
Well, we moved this last weekend and what a chore that was! We packed up our 24' truck on Friday & moved the whopping 16 miles from Costa Mesa to Orange. We are very excited to be in our new house & creating our own home. It has been fun however tiring.
Mark's dad & step mom came down on Saturday & helped us out with a little yard work - Mark & his dad tackled some sprinkler heads & I planted an herb garden with my step-mother-in-law (wow, that's alot of hyphens!).
Left: Mark & Dale digging out a sprinkler head
Me & my baby herb garden.
Things are progressing well. Can't wait to share more of our journey with you!
..Lawn Mower! And Weed Whacker too... but I don't have a picture of that. When we closed escrow our lawn was about 8" tall.... and now that we've had a pretty rainy week, we have about 12" of grass. So, we went off to Sears yesterday & made our first major purchase as home-owners. Would I have preferred it to be a washer & dryer? Yes. But I am very happy to have a nice mowed lawn now. Yay for Sears!
So our house came painted nicely but in all sorts of colors that we can't stand so Mark and I decided to repaint almost the entire house. This sounded much easier than it has turned out to be... especially because we picked crazy bright colors & nothing easy. You can see the progression below. We think it's going to look rad!
I've been toying with the idea of starting one for so long & lately have been inspired by many friends that have them. So, here we are!
Maybe you're wondering about the name of my blog... Lepperchaun. This year, for St. Patrick's Day, my husband & I decided to make shirts that said "Lepper-chaun" on them - the joke is that our last name is Lepper... Lepper-chaun... Leprechaun... anyone? Well, I think it's clever.
My husband, Mark, and I just bought a house (closed last week) so we are getting it ready for moving in - the big moving day is in 3 days! We are not ready. I'll be sure to post plenty of pictures for everyone to see. Should be quite the event!
More to come - Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday!