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I’m so happy to report on our one year houseiversary we have redoubled our efforts at making our house look more and more like a home.  We recently received a beautiful table and chair set from our friends and we bought a rug for the dining room.  I have table linens and I’m shopping for napkin rings (my grandmother will be thrilled, absolutely thrilled).  I feel downright domestic.

I can’t wait to host a brunch or a dinner party!

In other home news, my sister is buying a house in my neighborhood!  More people in my family owning real estate in Dayton – I’m very excited about this and I can’t wait until she is all moved in and settled.  I remember signing the ream of paper to buy our little piece of Dayton and although it was sort of daunting at the time, we’re making this big house into a home little by little.  I can’t wait to have another autumn here!  And as my husband says, “One year down, 29 more to go!”


No joke, this table is amazing.  My husband’s family friends were getting rid of everything they had in storage and that included this table and chair set from Heywood Wakefield, one of the best known Mid Century Modern furniture makers in the business.  I’ll need to do some research to figure out what this table is really worth and let the original owners know so that they have the option of getting it back from us if they decide they want to sell it instead, in which case we would never be able to afford it.

You may be asking yourself, “Why on Earth does Lauren have this table in the basement?”  Actually, my husband didn’t think I would like it so he got it set up in the basement instead of the dining room.  If they don’t want it back, I’m going to take the opportunity to recover the seats and thoroughly clean everything.  We also will need an area rug to protect the floor.  Looks like I have some shopping to do!

Sure, they look innocent enough, but storage ottomans were recently the topic of discussion at a trivia night (RIP) and I thought you should know what sort of things were brought up.  First of all, just to let you know a little about trivia ethics, one does not look at one’s cell phone until the trivia host takes that round’s sheet from your table.  So after our sheet is taken, we use that lull before he announces the winner to check our phones.  I was looking at my Twitter feed when I noticed House Beautiful said something like the following:  “We will be chatting soon with reknowned designer ___ ___.  Tweet us your storage ottoman questions!”

I was dumbstruck but managed to repeat the tweet to my friends who immediately started blasting their most burning storage ottoman questions right along with me.  Such as:

  • How often should I replace my storage ottoman to maintain peak freshness?
  • Can I just take my normal ottoman and hollow it out?
  • Do my blankets go to Narnia when placed in my storage ottoman?
  • Does my ottoman still exist even when I’m not in the room?
  • If I don’t use it for storage, am I limiting its functionality in any way?

What are your storage ottoman questions?

And I didn’t even do anything :)  Thank goodness for perennials.

I miss my dad on Father’s Day because I know we’d be at my parents’ house watching the Masters while my dad grills in the backyard and complains about missing the Masters to cook for us on Father’s Day.  It was a tradition that happened every year.  And every year he would say that next year we were going to grill so he could watch the whole tournament (but he secretly wouldn’t have it any other way).  Anyway, I guess I’m thinking about gardening because it was one of my father’s favorite things to do and I know he would have guilted me into doing more work in my yard by now.  So on this Father’s Day, give your dad an extra hug for always guilting you into doing what you know you need to do :)  Happy Father’s Day!

This year, my husband and I will be celebrating a new kind of anniversary.  One year ago today, we had the great misfortune/fortune of hosting several hundred gallons of water in our apartment.  It ruined our furniture and made life pretty difficult for a while, but out of that loss came something much greater – the opportunity to start over.  (Not to mention the ability to get rid of the last of Rob’s bachelor furniture – sorry honey!)

Here are some pictures of life in our peaceful little home:

I can’t stop looking at these adorable glitter encrusted blue elephants by wishdaisy on Etsy.  They would make such a great addition to my cube.  She sells them in pairs for around $40, so it might not be in the Top 10 Practical Purchases, but if something makes you smile every single time you look at it, it might actually be totally worth it. 

Here are some images collected over time of the view from my cubicle.

No, these aren’t real white butterflies (moths?), they’re fake ones from a craft store.  Also, these are technically in a small room on the other side of the wall from my cubicle.  The glass rocks here replace 2-year-old potpourri.  I assembled these for an event.  Each one also has a flameless votive candle inside.

My lovely boss’ boss brought in peonies for everyone.  They smell amazing and look so pretty!

I put together this photo calendar from Shutterfly in December 2011 and I’m so glad I did.  I love having a photo album at my fingertips while at work.

I love my orange hourglass!  It cheers me up.  And the quote photo behind it reminds me to take chances every once in a while.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour around my cube!  I figure that if I’m spending upwards of 40 hours a week here, I should probably have some neat stuff to keep me smiling.

I have been super jealous/excited having the opportunity to spy my neighbor’s garden over my fence.  They are currently trying to sell the house, and I can’t imagine that it could be on the market long with flowers like these growing in the back yard.  If anyone you know is looking for a house in the Linden Heights area of Dayton, let me know!

I have never had a lot of luck picking out nightstands.  The ones I like the best are too expensive, or they’re vintage and only one is available, or the reasonably priced ones are all humongous, etc. ad infinitum.  I’m thrilled to report, however, that I picked up a random business card, went to the website on the card, and may have stumbled upon the nightstands I’ve been looking for.

The company is called Neat Stuff! named after what customers proclaim when they see the furniture for the first time (so cute!).  In the screenshot, it ‘s the little white table.  It looks like I could either contact them and go to their house to see the tables in person and possibly order a set or I could try to catch them at one of the festivals where they will have a booth set up.  But that would mean waiting until June… hmm.  I am kind of sick of not having nightstands so I might have to speed up this process.  Updates to follow, naturally.

Over the weekend, I found an amazing pair of chairs on Craigslist.  I absolutely loved them at first sight and knew that I couldn’t rest until I had them in my house.  I called the woman who listed them and scheduled a time with her so that I could pick them up Tuesday evening.  Not only did I get two amazing chairs out of the deal, I got a chance to visit another world for a while – Brandt, Ohio is the quaintest little town, like the set from some coming-of-age movie.  I should have taken pictures but it didn’t occur to me until after we had driven out of the small town.

Here are the beautiful chairs in what will probably be their permanent home in the living room, although I have more thinking to do on the subject…