It’s been an exciting few months, one reason being that DIY Network, that awesomely inspiring group that I’ve now partnered with for an astounding 18-months, has been actively working to relaunch its blog. The new blog features an all-new easy-to-navigate design, is complemented by many more dedicated contributors, awesome navigational style, and a fresh new way to present tutorials. Welcome to Made + Remade!
I am so unbelievably excited to be a part of this. Those are my little faceted clay push pins shown below, you can read the full post here. I also wrote about how to clean a top-loading washing machine, because gross, do you realize how often you should really be doing that?
In the likes of other Scripps Networks blogs like HGTV’s Design Happens and The House Counselor, Made + Remade caters to its unique audience of people that love to do things and make things by offering an assortment of trending topics in the categories of Make It, Fix It, Learn It, and Find It.
I’ve been really excited at the opportunity to see what the other DIY-loving contributors have been coming up with, and suspect you’ll like seeing more diversity in topics and projects from other ordinary peeps. The new blog does some double-duty by linking directly to contributor’s instgram, Pinterest, and other social accounts via their bio pages, so if you like their style, you can get even more inspiration from them through other channels. Also, in the right sidebar you can sign up for easy weekly emails to receive content to your inbox. Cha-ching!
Head on over to Made + Remade when you get a chance today or this weekend, and see everything that’s new for yourself.
When we started to imagine how our new home might look, might be designed like, Pete and I thankfully found ourselves with a very similar point of view. These conversations were had many months ago, when we thought we might be lucky enough to find ourselves with a modern ranch, and rightfully, all of those discussions and decisions ended up influencing every home purchase we’ve made since last October. No sense on wasting money on items that aren’t going to translate to our, how do I put it, next stage of life? We figured that for where we needed to upgrade, we would upgrade right, and where we could get by without until we were in a new house, we would. That’s why we still only have one good frying pan and one acceptable pot (without a lid) and for whatever reason, 14 mixing bowls.
Our thinking and planning even 100% influenced our wedding registries that were set up last November, which we had organized through accessible–but modern and contemporarily-influenced–Crate & Barrel, CB2, and Fishs Eddy. Despite the current frying pan/pot situation (for which we plan on investing in within the next few months), we had really focused on the kitchen in our registries, knowing that that’s where we needed the most long-term help. It helped, of course, that upgrading our home to a more modern collection allowed us to start fresh and ask for classic “forever pieces,” things that aren’t trendy colors or likely to be swapped out next season. So far, it has been great, and the fact that we use our gifts daily is a bonus because I’ll probably forever think of Beth when I’m making a casserole (last week, Beth!) and Amy when I’m serving something delicious on our Marimekko plate (all the time, Amy!). In registering at the stores we did–and therefore receiving awesome things–we began to transform our kitchen in a way that could carry on to our new, more modernly-inclined home. And, I think it goes without saying that if you’re not in the specific niche to be creating a wedding registry to make over your entire kitchen, you can also gather classic pieces from these same retailers without breaking the bank (hello, affordability!).
We do have the dinnerware and glassware shown below, but also have a bunch of other items in mind that would be a perfect (and affordable) fit:
Newgate Wall Clock, West Elm // Fishs Eddy Flatware, Fishs Eddy // Oldham + Harper Puffer Fish Sauce Dish, Fishs Eddy // Fawn Mug, i love stuff // Calendar, Marimekko [out of stock] // Oldham + Harper Fish Dishtowel, Fishs Eddy // Marta Barware, CB2 // Lotta Sugar Bowl, Fishs Eddy // Mercer Dinnerware, Crate & Barrel
Now that everything’s out in the open after last week’s emotional tales, I’m ready to dish on other things.
For one thing, I unleashed a new board on Pinterest dedicated to designing our new pad, so go ahead, check out some images that are making us giddy. And be forewarned, from here on out I’m just going to talk about the house now as if it were a 100% sure thing; we should know more this week, nothing has been finalized yet.
And secondly, I’m not sure whether or not you’d know this: We’ve been storing a huge table in our house since early November. In our sunroom. And in our living room. (You would have had to have watched my latest home tour video from last fall closely to notice it.)
See, Pete and I found and fell in love with the beautiful, hand crafted Danish modern mahogany table last November at the The Shops on West Ridge (I actually alluded to the event here). The Night Of Lights event is a huge draw for The Shops, a co-op-like venue in Greece, NY, and it drew an equally humungous crowd the evening that we were there; everything in stock was offered at 20% off, and many other vendors had their own items discounted to sell, so when we found it, we couldn’t say no.
While it was sale priced to move at $295, with store discounts and a few gift cards, we actually only paid $125 for this beauty, a mere fraction of the price we might have paid buying a solid hardwood table from any retailer. We know from the seller that it was a handcrafted piece from a local woodworker who used it in his own home with his own family for decades. (The background of the next photo happens to be a clipboard, not the tabletop if you’re curious.)
The timing of the event and the subsequent purchase aligned perfectly with our cheery and mostly optimistic state after we had put an offer in on a house last fall. We already knew that the home’s open floor plan dining/living room would warrant a beautiful, huge table, and moreover, we knew that our current shoddy dining room table would never work well in the space. (Side note: The current dining room table seen here is in horrible condition–steer clear of Pier 1 if you’re looking for investment tables–mine was thankfully just a floor model marked down from $699 to $50, and I’m so glad I didn’t pay more because the surface has worn really poorly.)
Within the mid-century brick ranch house that we first fell in love with last October, the new table’s modern form and sheer size would have been perfect. We bought the table because, well, we wanted it for that house, but went into the investment knowing that if it didn’t end up fitting, or if we didn’t end up getting that house, or if the table wouldn’t work in another future house, we would just sell it and hope to get our money back. So, against the wall of the dining room it sat for months.
I suppose it’s worth mentioning just how big this new table is, because you’re probably asking yourself why we didn’t just replace our current table immediately when the new one came home (in two pieces, via two Jeep trips to The Shops). Measuring 8′ long and 42″ wide, it never would have fit. In fact, it extends 3 whole feet longer than our current table, so it would have either cut off a pass-through into the living room, or access to our sliding glass door. It would have looked ridiculously out of place with our small pendant lights.
The frame of the new table is also a bear, which is why it has held court in the sunroom since November.
But check out the pretty details, including the little metal feet.
Our only reservation about the table is that it’s slightly lower than our current table and most traditional tables, measuring 28″ from the ground instead of the common 30″. You wouldn’t think it would make much of a difference, but it does for knee space, which means we need to boost the height or source some slightly short chairs and hope that we can make it work.
Here I am, almost 6 months after the fact, still wondering if we’ll ever be able to put this table somewhere. We still hope it would work in the new home’s dining room (I did take measurements and am cautiously hopeful that it wouldn’t look oversized for the space).
In the meantime, it’s been in our house uselessly for so long that recently Julia asked us “how long that piece of wood was going to be against the wall.” “Seriously? You know it’s a tabletop. You were with us when we bought it.” “Oh, that’s right, the table, I forgot it was a table. A GIAAANNNNNNTTTTT table. Against the wall. Weird.” And she went about her coloring, and speaking of arts and crafts time, it’ll be a seriously great coloring surface someday. It’s solid, with no identifiable seams, and smoother than a baby’s bottom. It’s color, I adore, especially the way it pairs so nicely with the sideboard that I refinished last summer. It’s like it was meant to be.
Can’t wait to see it in place.