Saturday, November 22, 2014

Getting Settled

We are almost completely settled in our new place. I knew when I saw our new kitchen that I wanted a pop of apple green. I'm loving this tea kettle. 

The biggest change (although, I don't think that is the right word) we made is our kitchen table. The white kitchen table we had in our red kitchen was our true taste when we lived in a high-rise in Bellevue. We had a tiny apartment with a "view" of the space needle from our kitchen window. The table was a perfect fit. 

We also bought a craft table with two book shelves. We used this as our kitchen island in the "Centerway" house. It was more streamlined than the island counter that was originally in the kitchen. It also complimented the kitchen table. 

Anyway, we let the buyers of Centerway keep the two kitchen tables. They were such a good fit there and we don't have room for both tables in our new place. 
After we got settled and got comfortable in our space we tried to decide what to do about an eating surface. Our first thought was to get bar stools. But here's the thing...the back of my legs begin to hurt when I'm in a bar stool. And I just really wanted to "sit" down for dinner.

We found these amazing chairs before we found the table. They have the mid -century modern look that I love and they have the great green (retro) color. They are surprisingly comfortable. 

Once we had the chairs the table was a pretty easy find. It's a nice addition to our small and cozy place. 

The credenza was in the office/loft in the Centerway house. I'm loving it here. We don't have a fireplace here so this credenza works nicely as a sort of mantle.

That's all my news for now. Have a great weekend!



Sunday, November 16, 2014

What I'm Reading

It's been a while since I read a book that grabbed me and held me captive. This summer, as part of my "clean out" project, I read lots of books that had been waiting on my bookshelf. Looking back I realize that they were non-fiction I do and did enjoy them.  But fiction can be so wonderful.

As I get older I find that it is harder and harder for me to get my interest piqued. I'm sure I've shared that I have a low tolerance for boredom so it's imperative that I get pulled in to a story quickly...or I just don't have the "stick to it ness" to, well, stick to it. When I go to bookstores I usually end up with seven or so books to sit down and evaluate. I read the book flaps. And read the first few pages. It may be me and my lack of focus these days, but I haven't been able to find a book that said..."You can't put me down". At least in a while.

That changed last Sunday when I finally decided to get the book I've heard (read) so many great recommendations for. And, I'd like to thank everyone in blogland for mentioning this lovely book: Eleanor & Park.

I also love that all of the blogs did not include spoilers. And I promise no spoilers here!

Here's my quick blurb: It's a love story and a coming of age story with all of the real and raw emotions that come with that.

Below is what I said on Goodreads. 

If you've read Eleanor & Park I'd love to hear what you thought.

I'm linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fun and Funky Deli Downtown

A few weeks ago I met a friend for lunch. We met at a local deli in a renovated tobacco warehouse. Tobacco warehouses are what makes up the historic downtown area known as the Brightleaf District.  Get it? Brightleaf? It's the name of the tobacco leaf that NC and VA developed before the Civil War. The new way the leaf was was cured produced a bright/yellow milder tobacco leaf. 

I didn't mean to turn this into a history "thing".  But I do love how the city is reviving and embracing the older buildings and giving them new life. 

The deli is one of my favorite places to spend a few hours. It is such a cool place with hardwood floors and nooks and crannies. There are so many fun things to look at. I love all the retro things they offer.  It a fun eclectic place to have a sandwich or a dessert and something to drink. And then walk around and imagine all of their fun things coming home with you. cMy friend's office is in the same building. The area is such a cool place. If I were a tourist here I would think it is a funky hip place to live and work. And actually it sort of is. 

The downtown area is being re-built with new high rise  condos and apartments that are perfect for transplants from more metro areas. The trendy new residences should continue to make our downtown a vibrant place. The cost to live downtown is out of my price range. My guess is that it's out of most "locals" price range. But it's likely transplants from DC or NYC or even SF will find the new housing fairly and marketably priced. 

Here are a few things that I did not buy...but totally wanted to.