Thursday, June 28, 2012

Dining Room Progress

The last time I gave you a dining room update, we left off here.

I had just repainted the walls from Benjamin Moore's Light Pewter to Benjamin Moore's Stone and decided that the painted Ikea buffet was moving on to another room.  I'd also swapped out the light fixture above the table.

That pretty much left me with a blank room to work with.  My original intention was to use a gray and yellow color scheme, but I was having trouble incorporating the yellow.  I finally decided to buy a yellow rug after seeing a lot of them that I liked.  I purchased the Argonne Rug in Yellow from Home Decorators.

Here it is in my dining room (ignore the wrinkles, it's still settling in)

I really love the pop of of color that it adds to the space.  It's bright, but the yellow is a little more mustardy than school bus which is what I wanted.

Did you notice that other new addition in the corner?  This one here:
PS: sorry for the x-rated reflection in the glass

I bought the Peterson White Cabinet from Crate&Barrell and originally was going to use it for media storage in our den.  After assembling it, I realized two things.  

1.  I didn't like it in the den.  It competed with the new fireplace and wasn't the right proportions for the space.

2.  It wasn't deep enough to fit my husband's sound system (Doh. Should have measured it first!)

So after living with it in the den for months, I got off my butt, emptied it out, and dragged it to the dining room (those felt sticky things are the best!). And I have to say that I really like it in there. 

(Ignore the mustard lamp with tags on it.  I bought it from Target and am still deciding if I like it.)

So I'm making snail pace progress, but I'm trying to avoid any other big purchase mistakes.  I'd love to swap out our dining room table for something a little larger and more modern.  I have my heart set on something like this one below.   Maybe we'll get it in time for Thanksgiving. :)

{Image from here}

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hundred Dollar Hump Day (8)

Hello!  Here are this week's finds for $100 or less:

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I love me some throw pillows and this Linx Pillow from ZGallerie is pretty awesome.  I love the colors and the print!  $69.95 each.

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I love the clean lines of this Tristan Floor Lamp from World Market.  It would work well with many different styles.  Lamp Stand $89.99 (shade sold separately).

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Wall mounted flower arrangements are really popular right now.  The Square Modern Trellis is on sale at West Elm for $9.99.  Unfortunately the circle one is sold out.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Very well, actually.

Back in this March post, I talked about how I was attempting to grow my first vegetable garden.

I started with some seeds and starter pellets indoors and then went to Aruba for a week.  I think the veggies and I both got a little too much sun.  They didn't make it while I was gone. :(

So I started over.  And they grew. And they moved outside. And now they're almost ready to eat: )

Green Beans
Cherry Tomatoes (these guys need a little longer)

I only ended up with these three vegetables.  Not quite a salad bar, but hey I have 50% of the ingredients for a greek salad (just add onions and olives, and oooh, fetaaaa).  And we can have green beans as our vegetable like.every.single.night. C'mon, I know your tastebuds are jealous.

Jake was sweet enough to build me this awesome raised planter (a little too late for these guys though), so I may start a mid-summer garden for those veggies that are late bloomers.

If you're looking to build your own raised garden bed, we followed these instructions here.  Jake claims it was super easy.  We bought some netting to attach to the white tubes to keep the little critters out (pretty important since the garden's on the edge of the woods).

How are you summer gardens turning out?  Did you get to eat the "veggies of your labor" yet? :)

Monday, June 25, 2012


Hey!  If things look different around here, you're not lost!  I'm giving Home with Baxter a little facelift, so please bare with me.  If you notice any problems with links, etc. let me know!

Oh, and by the way,  Home with Baxter just joined the 21st century. You can now follow us on Twitter @homewithbaxter!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Master Bedroom Reveal

The master bedroom is finally, officially, 90% done.  In my book that means it's DONE.  Back in May, I shared some preview photos in this post.  I was waiting for Jake to help me hang curtains before I shared the whole shebang with you.  But then we went to Israel, bought a new washer, dryer, and dishwasher, visited my family in Maine, and starting enjoying the warm weather.

Jake hung the curtains for me last Saturday but then I had to, ya know, umm, clean.  A lot.  So it's just today that the room is somewhat presentable for me to snap pictures.  I don't get the best lighting in there this time of day, so bare with me.  I know I should wait and take pictures later today, but by then the room will be a mess again, and the dog will be curled up on the bed, and I just don't have that kind of energy to clean the same room twice in one day.   What can I say?

Let's get on with the program.  





More Afters

Some of the little details

The scoop

This is the first room I "finished" in the house (all the other rooms are in some stage of redecorating) and it feels so nice to have it done. All in all,  I'm pleased with how everything came together.  I'd like to find a leaning mirror and maybe swap out the sunburst mirror above the bed for something larger and more to scale.  I'd also like to add a floor lamp near the reading chair and hang more photos.  The paint color is bold (well for me it's bold:)), but so far we both like it.  Come winter, I might decide to soften the color a bit, but it's great for this warm summer weather.

I wanted to create a bedroom retreat that felt a little "beachy" but I didn't want it to be too obvious.  We started with the Seagrass headboard and stools from Pottery Barn.  Jake requested that we go with the darker mahogany color instead of the honey color, so I obliged.  I'm happy with the choice because I think it can carry us through many different styles. I selected a jute-like woven rug, but it's actually really soft and nice on the feet which is important in a bedroom.  I accessorized with some driftwood and seashells.  The curtains have an Ikat print that add a little pattern and interest to the space.  The lamps are from Pottery Barn and add a bit of shine and shimmer against the more rugged seagrass.  I selected brushed nickel curtain rods to tie in with the lamps.  I'm on the lookout for more coral colored accessories so let me know if you find any!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hundred Dollar Hump Day (7)

Happy Hump Day!  Hope everyone manages to stay cool. Check out these items for 100 smackaroos or less!

This Adirondack Chair from is on sale for $89, regularly $149.   Adirondack chairs are timeless and I love how they're showing up in bright colors this season.

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Also from, this wooden sign is personalized with name and wedding date.  Wedding season is in full swing and this would make a great gift. $58 regularly $69.

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This Woven Beverage Tub is selling for $79 from Ballard Designs.  They suggest it could be used as a planter too.  Love the versatility.

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Drink dispensers are 20% off at Pottery Barn right now and I'm loving the look of this nautical lantern dispenser.  At $95 it just sneaks in, but could be worth the splurge.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Maine Fun

Hello hello.  What a beautiful day it is here.  I'm trying to get back into the swing of things after a great long weekend with my family.  I'm afraid the laundry closet didn't get much attention.

My Dad rented a hotel at Sunday River Ski Resort in Maine so my siblings and I went up there to visit with him.  I love going back to Maine (my home state).  Everything is just a little slower and little more easy going up there.  No, Maine didn't get hit by a summer blizzard so we didn't do any skiing, but we played golf at the Sunday River golf course.

Here's my Dad and me on a particularly pretty hole.

I stayed an extra day to hike Old Speck Mountain with everyone.  Depending on who you talk to, Old Speck is the 3rd or 4th highest mountain in Maine.  The 7.6 mile hike was beautiful, but man did it kick my butt.  Very sore legs today.  Here are some pictures of the family on the hike:

Dad, Paul, Me

Dad, Paul, Jen

Summit of Old Speck in the distance

Paul, Me, Jen

How did you spend your Father's Day weekend?  Did you get outside and enjoy summer?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Laundry Closet Update

The washer and dryer are installed.  Woo hoo!  The Best Buy guys stacked them, but I still think we can fit them side-by-side if we change our minds.

Because the installation took an extra day, it gave me some time to paint the inside of the closet.  I chose Valspar's Blue Arrow.   It was my first time using Valspar paint and it was a little thick.  I definitely think I like Benjamin Moore better.  It was also my first time painting highly textured walls.  It required a lot of "filling in" with a paint brush.  There are still some spots that I missed, but it's a closet, so I'm not going to sweat it.



I'm sorry I can't show you better pictures.  It's a really small room!  Now I'm trying to figure out some storage for the space to the left of the appliances.  I'd like to store cleaning supplies, but also save space for a wall-mounted drying rack.

We were thinking of building some custom shelving, but because we'll need easy access to the dryer vent and plug, something that we can easily remove will be better.  I have some ideas in mind!

Have a great Father's Day weekend!  I'm off to Maine to kick my old man's butt at golf play golf with my dad. :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Special Delivery

Yesterday our washer, dryer, and dishwasher arrived.  Yay!

The washer and dryer were supposed to be installed yesterday but we ran into a little problem.  Apparently I measured incorrectly or the delivery guys were lazy (I think it's the second) and they couldn't fit them in the laundry closet side-by-side.  I'm sure if there was a little jimmying action they would have fit fine because the old washer and dryer were even bigger than the new ones.  But the guys weren't too keen on that. 

They told me I needed to buy a stacking kit so they could stack them.  And they told me this AFTER they had removed and loaded our old washer and dryer into their truck.  So I ran out to Best Buy and bought a $25 stacking kit and my husband got on the phone with Best Buy and demanded they get out here again next day.  I love how he does my dirty work.  :)

So with any luck, we'll have a new washer, dryer, and dishwasher installed by the end of the day today.     I also took on a little painting project in the laundry closet, so I'll be back tomorrow with pictures.

In addition to the appliances, we had a new coffee table delivered.  It's still sitting in a box waiting to be assembled, but with any luck we'll get that done today too.  

I bought the Durham Cocktail Table from Ballard Designs.

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I really hope I like it because the matching console table is on its way too.  The tables are going in our recently remodeled den.  You can read more about that in this post.  We're slowly making some progress in there!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hundred Dollar Hump Day (6)

Today turned into a crazier day than predicted so I'm a little late with this post, but better late than never!

Enjoy this week's finds for $100 buckaroos or less.  Happy Shopping!

I love rustic touches so I'm a big fan of these Salvaged Wood Shelves from West Elm.  They're on sale now for $50-$84 (depending on size).

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Also from West Elm, these industrial Lens Sconces are pretty cool.  At $99 a pop, they're not exactly cheap but maybe for a splurge?

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You might have figured out that I love beachy/nautical things.  This Rope Knot Doorstopp from Ballard Designs ($45) is so cute! 

{Image from Ballard Designs}

These To-Go Folding Side Tables from Crate&Barrel come in 4 fun colors and can be used pretty much anywhere.  I love the idea of using them on a deck or porch.  They're on sale for $23.95 each.

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