LIttle by Little

My computers are busted.  Yes, computers, plural.  Five years ago, at the end of law school, I splurged and bought a MacBook.  It was so lovely, so fine.  It made me feel woozy because of its aesthetic delights.

It was not to last.  I am hard on the things I own.  This is not so good when it comes to computers, especially expensive to purchase and repair computers.  *I am why I can’t have nice things.*  After going through one hard drive, one power cord, and one battery, I’m done putting money into the MacBook.  Its battery no longer holds a charge and I get the spinning wheel of death all the time when I try to browse the intertubes.  Truth be told, I gave up on the MacBook a while ago, and my friend loaned me an old Compaq laptop she didn’t use.

The Compaq served me well for many moons, but now the port where the ac adaptor gets plugged in is broken.  That is a little spot that often breaks in PC laptops (but not on Macs because of their fancy little magnet ac adaptor things), and it’s pricey to fix.  Luckily, my friend isn’t mad that the computer has been broken – it’s actually had a long and happy life.  At some point, I will try to get it fixed, if only to rescue the pictures that are trapped on it.  Sadface.  Until then, I am borrowing my work computer to get some personal writing done.  Shhhh, don’t tell my boss.  I’d much rather be spending my money on Elephant Culo than on replacing a laptop, but I think I will get a Chromebook and make do with that as long as I can.

Phew.  All of that said, my sweet mom made the curtains for my kitchen!  Between the computer debacle and discovering that the camera I couldn’t find is actually broken, I *still* don’t have great pictures to show you.  But it has been far too long, so, without further ado, I present to you crappy pictures of an untidy but cheerful Elephant Culo kitchen.


Above is from the living room.  That bookcase was a gift from a friend who is moving, and I stinking LOVE it.  Seriously. Love. It.  You can’t see it here, but it sits on a metal frame, so it’s not as bulky as a piece that went to the floor would be.  My favorite lamp is plopped on top of it.  I used to have two of those lamps.  My mom gave them to me as a gift after I saw them on a Young House Love Target shopping post and fell in love with them.  Sadly, when I was moving, one of the lamps was broken.  R.I.P. Target lamp.  But now I can feature the one that was left.  And this shot features something else – my tools all over the kitchen table.  #reallife


I just hung up matching cafe curtains over the sink.  They are adorable.  I will take a picture soon, promise.

Now that I’ve lived here for a month, I’m recognizing other things I’d like to change.  In the kitchen, there is a flush mount boob light (you know what I mean when I say boob light, right?) that has got to go.  Initially, I wanted it to go because it’s a f’ugly brass boob light.  Now I want it to go because it only has one 75 watt bulb in it, and it’s maxed out.  What a pitiful light fixture.  It’s a dim-watt, as my mom would say, and I’m putting it on notice.

There is also a corner of the cabinets between the dishwasher and the kitchen sink that is pretty much unusable.  There is a skinny door, and it allows me to get to the shelf directly behind it, but there is about a two foot by two foot area that is unreachable.  I’d like to go on the outside of the cabinets – the breakfast nook side – and add a door over there.  WILD right?


Monday, rainy Monday

Today wasn’t a good day if you are a roofer, but it was a fine day to be painting indoors.  The first coat of agreeable grey is up in the den on the paneling, and I love how it looks.  My brother is of the mind that no paneling is good paneling, and he was lobbying hard for me to rip it out and sheetrock that room.  But you know, I really like how the painted paneling looks.  It adds texture, a little bit of charm, even.  And this way, instead of spending money on sheetrocking and labor for ripping out the paneling and installing the new sheetrock, I can put money somewhere else.  That makes me REALLY like the way the painted paneling looks.  I also loved the way the brick and paneling den turned out in Young House Love’s first house, so I know that painting my den will work out, too.

My breakfast nook light fixture showed up from Wayfair the other day, and today I opened it up at the new house.  It is so big!  I mean, it’s the exact size it was advertised as, it’s just that in person, it’s a different thing than seeing it online.  It’s going to be awesome when it’s installed and the cabinets and countertops are in…can’t wait!

Suzani Harmony Red Twill

The fabric I’m going to use in the kitchen and breakfast nook is also on its way to me.  I haven’t figured out yet how I’m going to use it.  I’m thinking cafe curtains over the sink and maybe some simple drapes for the big window in the breakfast nook.  People still do cafe curtains, right?  There is currently a bamboo shade over that window.  It looks a little wonky because it’s not hung properly, but I’m going to fix that and keep it, I think.  I like the bamboo shades.  More texture, nice for privacy.  A couple of long panels on either side of the big window with the bamboo shade at the top will look really nice, especially with my vintage repo chrome table in front of it and that red pendant light above that.  Can you see it yet?



Moving on up!

Or at least moving on.  I received word today that the servicing company has purchased the loan, or conditionally approved it, and three minions people at the originating company are working on getting all of the conditions met to get this beast of a transaction completed.  I am a happy camper!  Thanks Don and fancy VP man.

Carpetgate is getting addressed with the help of my always fabulous real estate agent, Mary-Brett, who is going to grab samples for me from ProSource so I can pick them up tomorrow night.  This would all happen while I’m not in Raleigh during the day.  Time is ticking on the work, though, so I want to make this decision soon SOON soon.  Meanwhile, back at the house:

Dumpster is here!  I named him the Green Monster, no offense to Red Sox fans.  I love my dumpster.  I threw some trash in there tonight, and it stayed in there.  Thing works like a charm!

Lots of other stuff showed up, too.

Shingles, lumber, roofing nails, tar paper, and vinyl for wrapping the windows.  Hell yes!  Put all this stuff on the house!  Do the things to it!  I have no idea how most of this works!  Beware of flying shingles!

Painting supplies have descended on the family room, or maybe this is the den. I think I want it to be the den.

Primer is on the walls (and on the carpets, too!).

This den looks 2,000% brighter with the walls just primed.  The walls were begging to be painted.   You’re welcome, pine paneling walls, you’re welcome.

This is actually an improvement on the ceiling fan.

Primed cabinets. Slight issue with wood under sink. Slight meaning wood is totally rotten and donezo.

I’m still in love with this guy.  Doesn’t the new trim up there look nice?  Such an improvement over the wood valance that was there before.

And my friend and partner in renovation crime Dave came over and got the royal tour (same as the peasant tour, just use “we” instead of “I”) and then we poked around in the half-bath.  We dry-fit the pedestal sink and things are looking good!  We also took down the horrible, no good, very bad mirror.  It was just resting in the mirror clips.  At one point it was glued to the wallpaper, but the wallpaper had just slipped off the glue.  I also shredded some of the paper right off the wall with my bare hands – it’s really hard to resist that once that stuff starts pealing up.

No more mirror! No more 1980s vanity! Hello pedestal sink, you little minx, you!

Now I’m wondering if I can find some flooring at ReStore to take care of this little area.  Perhaps some Pergo?  Hmmm…Anyone want to hire me for some odd jobs?  Resume rewriting, manual labor, child watching, cooking, etc?  I have so many projects to fund!

I’m so happy to have so much progress to show y’all.  We are really moving now, or, as Mamacita que Bonita would say, now we’re cooking with gas!



Pendant Light Party!

I pulled the trigger on a new light over the breakfast nook.  His name is Rouge LeMerde, because he is red, and he is the shit.

I am in love with my light fixtures.  I am also probably ill.  Just to refresh your memory, he will be hanging out mere feet away from this sexy little number over the sink.


Excuse me.  I need to be alone.