Hello and happy Friday! This week didn't go quite as planned. Turns out, getting ac installed is 'kind of' a big project. For some reason, we had it in our tiny little minds that it was going to take a day. Why we ever thought that is a completely mystery. It's a huge project with lots of dust and cranes (see photo) so it kind of threw my week for a loop. But they're in the home stretch now. We got news of further delays in our kitchen renovation yesterday. They won't be starting until at least mid-February now. Grr... But in kitchen design updates, I totally chickened out about getting cement tiles. My husband did not like the one I picked out and I took that as a sign that maybe I shouldn't do it at all. That decision was soo me. I am a total wimp when it comes to being bold (particularly when it's potentially an expensive mistake) but I suppose that's common. I am totally relieved because now I won't be fretting that I made the right decision. I ended up going with a small white subway tile. Classic if not slightly boring. But hopefully I can still instill some excitement elsewhere in the kitchen. Everything else in the plan is staying put. I'm still trying to figure out the flooring but am likely getting cork flooring with a white/gray tone to keep the place light. I also ordered the pendant lights which I love and are very reasonably priced. I wanted to stay away from an uber vintagey look like in the bathroom so these are perfect. I got three in total: one for the kitchen (in the frosted glass) and two for the dining room in this clear glass. I would have preferred just two (one for each room), but the center of the kitchen (where the light will go) does not line up with the center of the dining room (where the other light will go) so I got two for the dining room to sort of flank the center of the one in the kitchen. The dining room and kitchen are the two rooms at the back of the house so symmetry is preferred since it will be open now. Does that even make sense? I would not have even thought of this detailed lighting issue had I not had a friend who is an interior designer come over and help me.
I updated the shop with a barrister bookcase and a single stack of lockers so head over there to take a look. I also found this gorgeous art-deco vase (which as you can see, I think would make a fab umbrella stand) at an estate sale yesterday. It's not a delicate piece. The ceramic is very thick and heavy so I think it would hold up well to being an umbrella stand. It's not up just yet, but if I can get some decent light, I'll have it up later today. Excuse the terrible instagram shots. It's the best I could do on this rainy day.