Retro Oxford shoes
A Victorian silver tray from Chairish.
Purse strap from Salt
Retro Oxford shoes
A Victorian silver tray from Chairish.
Purse strap from Salt
Sr. Elizondo and I went to his daughters new home this past weekend. It was early evening and as soon as I stepped into her home, I was transported to cozyville.
I told her how relaxing her home is and she told me everybody says that when they visit her. During the visit, I tried to figure out what was it in her home giving me these mellow vibes. She showed me each room and her new home purchases, and I was giving each of the rooms a quick study. Her decor is looking great, but nothing in particular stood out to me as the cause of the cozy. Then I realized…it was the lighting. While my house is full of energy saving, bright white/blue toned lights, she has the yellow toned bulbs throughout her home. It made all the difference.
So if you’re wanting your home to feel more relaxed, try changing your lighting. The room below shows alot of options.
BTW: I’ll be purchasing a few yellow toned lightbulbs this week.
I’ve been in the process of switching out the bottom floor of our home to a more updated look. It’s one large space that includes a tv/dining/kitchenette/bathroom. I recently posted the new and improved dining area. Now for the “tv zone”. It’s a long, but not wide space.
Here is the before pic. The L sofa was just too large for the area, the coffee table very traditional, and the rug had a peculiar odor to it(???). The grandfather clock…well…it is Sr. Elizondo’s. I was lucky enough that he was willing to take it to his office at work. We’re still in a debate over the Beatles pictures.
Here’s the makeover still in progress, but with the major pieces in place. I bought two love seats in navy. I prefer them facing each other, putting the second one where the chairs are, but it is the area for watching tv. I gotta give this win to Sr. Elizondo.
I chose armless faux leather chairs. They’re surprisingly more comfortable than they appear. They did needed some color and the gold throws are perfect. The white/black chair sadly no longer fit in the space.
Because the space isn’t wide, I thought a glass coffee table was the best bet. I’m still working on the decor for it.
And the knobby rug has both grays and goldy-cream to it which I liked. I wish I had bought a rug the next size up, but this was the largest one they had. Maybe down the line I will replace it, but I’m okay with it for now.
I’m a firm believer you cannot have too many pillows and pillow covers are probably one of the best things ever invented. My pillows get switched out often. This is a recent pillow cover buy from West Elm.
My next buys for the family room are end tables, finding something for the far corner with the guitar, and wall and table decor. The walls also need to be repainted…never-ending…
One of my big frustrations is having a dining table for 6 when the family is currently 7 and growing. There is always an odd man out at get togethers/holidays. So I said farewell to my dining table (which I loved) and passed it along to Sr. Elizondo’s newly married daughter.
Here’s the before pic. I never disliked this space with the exception of it feeling a tad too traditional for me and the decor of the house.
The wall banner is now balcony decor, and the barstools are also with the newly married couple. We purchased a new, more modern table that seats 8-9 people comfortably.
The table is a dark gray marble with greige upholstered chairs and bench. The square shape is perfect for the squared alcove. I like a table grouping in the center, instead of one centerpiece. I’m thinking of adding some modern candlesticks too.
Lastly, I’m obsessed with the blush colored linen tablecloth from Zara Home. It might be my favorite thing I’ve purchased for the house recently.
For those of you that don’t know, I put up hummingbird feeders on my balcony and now have a constant steady stream of the hummingbirds coming to visit. I’ve had a new visitor the past few days. A little birdy is coming to visit, but I’m not sure it’s for breadcrumbs. You see, he’s either in love or in hate with himself.
On my balcony is a wall plant holder that has a mirror. It currently has a geranium growing in it. Our new little balcony friend has discovered himself in this mirror. He comes and sits in the geranium, staring and tweeting loudly at himself for long periods of time, at least twice a day. By long periods of time, I mean over an hour per visit minimum.
A perfect picture of a hummingbird below, but it’s the bird in the planter I want you to see. That’s him.
This Crate and Barrel chair.
The ability to cook puff pastry perfectly. (‘m 4/4 failures. I give up.)
Maira Kalman illustrated (and always thoughtful) books.
Le Creuset French Press.
Biologique Recherche P50. Supposed to be amazing and a price tag to reflect that.
A Cheese Cloche from Crate and Barrel.
A crown for the deserving from Crowns for the People.
This open air enclosure for an edible garden.
One Special Summer, written and illustrated by Jackie Kennedy (22 y/o)and her sister Lee (18 y/o). It was a thank you gift to their parents for letting them spend a summer in Europe together.
An authentic afternoon tea.
Trying to do my small part in the world, I’m adopting low waste living. It may be at a very slow pace, but I’m doing it. Luckily, Sr. Elizondo is a natural “low waster” so he’s easy to agree with my vision. We’ve already been working on not wasting food and we rarely eat packaged or canned items anyway. So, I feel like we’re well on our way in that department.
Now I’m currently in the process to stop buying kitchen paper products, such as napkins, tinfoil, paper towels, etc. I told Sr. Elizondo I’m no longer buying these items, so once what we have is gone, that’s it. I could see he was a little nervous about napkins and paper towels.
Obviously, paper napkins are easy to replace with cloth. I just received my Ruvanti two sets, white and blue, 12 each. For two people and the occasional family get togethers, I think its a good starter set. I’m actually excited about switching to cloth.
We have one more package of paper towels to go so I have a little time to decide what will replace them. Honestly, I’m not even sure what we specifically use them for which is why I’m not sure what to replace them with. I suspect it’s just an item of convenience available on the kitchen counter. I think I will just let them run out and see what we start complaining about, if anything.
We are already repeat users of sandwich bags and tinfoil. Sandwich bags are washed and put back in the pantry and used tinfoil wiped off and put back as well. It felt a little strange at first, but it’s really not a big deal and normal life for us. When these run out, I’m thinking it’s time to put that cupboard full of plastic containers from the grocery store food to use.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I made a Costco run awhile back and have plenty of sponges. This might be the “Can’t do without” item. I’m not sure, but it’s Costco size so I probably have about a year to think about it.
Am I missing anything?
Apparently, when you start seeing baby hummingbirds standing on their nest instead of in it, they are getting ready to fly away. My last post showed one of them standing on the nest. A day later, she was gone.
Then there was one. I wonder if she is scared all alone now? She’s definitely more comfortable.
We caught her standing up and definitely being more alert about her surroundings.
The next day, she left too. I’m so happy they both made, but I’m feeling a bit of empty nest syndrome. I read that baby hummingbirds don’t return to their nests, but I still find myself checking just in case.
According to a hummingbird website I found, the mother will feed and show them where to get food for 3 days after they leave the nest and then they’re completely on their own. The website also said hummingbirds have up to 300 places they go to get food. I put up a second feeder, so make that 301 for them.
The twins are finally looking like little birds you might see flying. One of them has the beginnings of iridescent green feathers just like the mom. They’re also busting out of their nest and lifting their heads up high to take a peek at the world.
Occasionally, we saw Ladybird flying and chirping all around the palm tree for a few days. I went out a few times and didn’t see anything, but sprayed the palm (not by the twins) with garden bug spray just in case. It was still happening and I checked again. Below the palm tree is some overgrown foliage and something jumped away from me. Something that was a decent size. All I could think of were the babies need to be protected. So, I cut away most of the foliage below. It’s not very pretty, but at least it is less of a nice home for whatever creature was living there. Problem solved so I thought.
Ladybird was still chirping! WtH. I looked again and there was the predator. A salamander about the size of my hand in length climbing up the palm tree. Egads! Sr. Elizondo and I tried to get it to climb back down, but it was too fast. Before we knew it, it was gone. So now we keep an ear out for the Ladybird’s chirps. She goes vocally crazy when it’s near. Her chirps are now our call to action.
The winds are still slapping the palm leaves all around at night and the rains are beginning again. I willl be so happy when the twins fly away and join the world. Their little home is practically vertical now.
And this morning, I thought Ladybird was feeding her twins, but it was one of the babies stepping out on the nest and taking a little stretch.