In the kitchen:
I am so excited about our new 'home office' that resides in the nook of our kitchen. It was kind of a random spot that didn't offer much (baker's rack? Future dog bowl/feeding dish site?) in the way of possibilities. Then it hit me - we need to pay bills. (and we certainly have a lot of those lately.) I need a place for the laptop. And the calendar. And - most importantly - my cookbooks, which were one of the first items I unpacked (b/c you never know when you need to read about the Barefoot Contessa's summer salad or Tom Colicchio's cured duck breast and carmelized onions with endive warm sandwich). So after looking around a little bit, I came up with this:
In this case, the little desk slides out (and houses the laptop) but folds up when no one is at the computer. And the spine bookcase holds not only our keys, loose change, and cell phones, but also is great for displaying my cookbooks. (not to mention handy and convenient).
The desk and spine are currently on sale at West Elm ($139 and $99, respectively). The chair was a bargain since I bought it off the floor, and I've had the whiteboard calendar from Pottery Barn for almost five years. (Jen, mom to Rowan, came to visit once and liked the whiteboard so much she bought two. So now she knows what she is doing this AND next month. I told you she is organized.)
I splurged on the clock (don't tell Brian) but it's really cool and looks great with all the rest of my 'oil-rubbed bronze' fixtures. B/c that is the theme of the house.
Okay, moving on. Some little stuff:
When we first moved in, our friend Dave asked, "So, do all women sit down while getting ready?" I couldn't answer him. I replied, "Um...no? I don't know. I've lived between bathrooms for years now and have all of my cosmetics stuffed into an orange bag. No wonder I look so weird all the time" He though I should splurge and buy a big mirror with lights around it. (haha).
But I will say, the combination of the chair PLUS natural light is making my life very nice. I just plop Scotty in the closet while I get ready and I no longer have that weird line between my jawline and neck. Even today, Courtney came over and was like, "Your makeup looks really nice." I had to confess, "I sit while I get ready now. It has changed my life."
(also, US Weekly offered this tip last week - never wear blush in the summer months. Only wear bronzer. Makes sense when you think about it.)
And in an interesting course of events, no less than four people asked my opinion on something this week. My professional opinion. (Picture me tilting my head and smoothing my hair right now...my opinion? Oh, really?) The days of wearing yoga pants are still stretched in front of me, but it was very nice (not to mention flattering) that I felt kind of, well, helpful again. And not in a 'wipe-your-butt' kind of way, or in a 'you have kale in your hair again,' but in an adult, helpful, smart manner. In fact, I even hosted my first friend in the Red Chair this week. (Starbucks was present). Nothing like a quick chat to work through some interpersonal issues about life in general. Ahh, private practice, I have missed thee.
Hope you have a great weekend! Thanks for looking.