Sunday, February 28, 2010


If I ever get a chance to redo the bathroom in what we hope will be our new house, I say "yes" and "yes" to the hammered copper sink and tub from Fine Crafts Imports. The best news is that they are just up the road apiece in Camarillo, California! (Saves a lot on shipping a 164 lb. tub).

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Escrow! (sort of...)

Offer #7 (lucky 7?) has been accepted! That means that we are, in effect, in escrow. Of course, Lucky 7 is a short sale. So that means that it could be 3-8 months before we even get to the inspections and what-not. And the bank could still say "no". But, it is better than nothing!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A friend just pointed me in the direction of Rejuvenation Hardware. Yes, this whets my appetite.

Friday, February 19, 2010

offer #7

A 2 bedroom, 1 bath Spanish style home with an enormous kitchen and a one-car garage in Highland Park. It is in excellent condition. The trade-off is that the lot is a bit smaller than our ideal, but this house could be an excellent investment.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

offer #6

Looks like we'll be submitting offer #6 pretty soon! It is a 1899 craftsman, two stories, four bedrooms 1 3/4 baths wit a large lot and a 3 (!) car garage located in Highland Park very convenient to shopping, transportation, and a park. And it has lovely built-ins and a couple beautiful stained glass windows! It also comes with problems, of course, like a foundation in need of repair and termite issues and a bad roof on the garage, but we've decided we're willing to give it a go!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A new home away from home

I think I've found a place where I will be spending a lot of my time in the future!

The Reclaimed Home. Check it out!

Cinema therapy

I think my husband and I need to see this movie again before we buy a house. Considering the price point we're looking in, I think we're in for a big fixer and this might be just what we need to get us up to the task!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Somebody pinch me!

(image from Big Chill, a Boulder-based company. Gotta show the love to the homies!)
Dreams really do come true! There are people out there making new appliances in retro styles! I'm one step closer to my dream kitchen!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


(image from Elmwood Reclaimed Timber)
I have become slightly obsessed with the idea of using reclaimed hardwood floors in our new house (whenever it may be that we finally come to posses one). It has gotten to the point that I am almost a little sad if the hardwood floors in a particular house seem salvageable with refinishing. There are just so many great hues and patinas to choose from, and they just have so much more richness and character. I would love to walk across floors that were once a century-and-a-half old barn, wouldn't you?

(and while I'm at it, does anyone know where I can get a stove just like the one in the picture?)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

offer #5

While we still sit waiting for the bank that owns offer #3 to contact us (it has been more than a week already!) and wait and wonder whether the first offer on #4 fell through leaving us in first place, we went ahead and submitted offer #5. It is a 1950's cottage-y 3 bedroom with a two car garage, a large usable yard and a covered patio in northwest Pasadena. We would need to scrape the popcorn ceilings and redo the floors before moving in, and probably a handful of other things but it seems to be in generally good condition and is a cute place. One of these days one of these offers has to come through for us, right?!?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Slow as...

We are still waiting to hear from the bank about whether they have accepted our offer on the 1940s bungalow in Altadena. The waiting game is such a tough one!!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

The bathroom

As soon as we get a house, I'm getting this picture for the bathroom.

I want our bathroom to be sophisticated, but I don't want it to be too fancy. It will have to be uber functional, given that the little ones tramp in and out and splash around in the bath (when they agree to a bath that is). And (hopefully soon?) they will be potty training... so our bathroom will be very much a family bathroom.

I stumbled on some bird bath images and really fell in love with the idea. It is fun and whimsical without being too childish and it is "bath" themed without being about a "bath".

Now I just need a bathroom to put this in!

picture from Lucia Johnson's etsy shop