new lamp + guest post

August 7, 2009 |  Category:   happy purchases home


Finally, after years of wanting one, I snagged a vintage George Nelson lamp on eBay the other week. I know I could have bought a new reproduction but this one came with 20 feet of cord which means that we don’t have to hire an electrician to rewire and move our ceiling lights so that it can hang above our table. So what did the girls say when we first turned on the light? “We can see our food!!!”. Seriously. I don’t know how we lived without a light above our dining table all these years. Seems crazy now that we see the difference.

I’m in a bit of a frenzy because I have to make some decisions about the apartment quickly. We’re going away next Friday to our rented beach house (YAY!) and have decided to close our shops a few extra days after we come back to tackle the paint job and reassembly of the girls room and the new office. I’m totally undecided about a rug in our livingroom – something that can withstand kids and a cat – but I *think* I narrowed the gray paint choices down to BM’s Gray Owl or Silver Satin. I purchased a little bottle of Stonington Gray and decided that it was too dark, that I liked the room to still read as light, particularly when a friend of mine told me that her living room, which I’ve always admired as a gray I love, is painted with BM’s Sebring White which reads as so pale on a paint chip. I still have to decide on a color for the girls’ room but what I can’t get my head around is the logistics of painting and setting up the room while still trying to maintain normal bedtimes. Can anyone tell me how this is going to work?? Do we move Mia’s bed into Caludine’s room (tight fit!!) while we work on their room? Do we paint first before the bunk bed gets delivered? What? Help!

Here’s another question…I’ve suddenly got into my head that instead of painting the kitchen backsplash I might want to wallpaper it with something like Ferm Living’s Forest Flower. Is this a crazy idea? I’ve ordered samples and the site saids the wallpaper is washable….but…is this crazy?

By the way, you can see more details of our home over on my guest post at Decor8 which is up today. I also forgot to mention a fun interview that we did last month on Heart Handmade called the “Other Half” which interviews the significant other of an artist/business owner, but since Mark and I co-own our biz, Marichelle interviewed both of us. I’ll hopefully have some other exciting press mentions for the fall that I’m working on lately. Happy Friday!

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  • Annie from Seattle August 7, 2009 at 9:16 am

    No, the wallpaper is not a crazy idea at all! I did lots of research on this with my kitchen. I talked to several people who’d done wallpaper or crumpled kraft paper (a pretty snazzy look) as backsplash. In both cases, they had used a clear sealant over the paper to extend the life but they were cool with the idea that the backsplash wasn’t a “forever” choice. It will look fantastic! Go for it!

  • Annie from Seattle August 7, 2009 at 9:18 am

    One more thing..almost all sealants will change the color of the wallpaper a little bit, making it darker and not quite so vivid. You may want to order a little bit of extra paper and do a sample, just to make sure you are really 100%.

  • Fiona August 7, 2009 at 10:28 am

    We have wallpaper on our backsplash and we’ve had no problems with it. Humidity, grease, etc. don’t seem to affect it much. Our previous houses had paint, which showed splatters more obviously.

    Congrats on your new light – it’s lovely. Your apartment always looks so bright and sunny that I never really thought about dinner being, you know…at night.

  • emeline August 7, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I’d move the girls either together or in your room- like a super special slumber party! They’ll love the treat, no?
    For sure paint before the bed comes in, that way, by the time it comes, all you’ll have to do is put it together in the room. Done! Good luck and can’t wait to see the color!

  • patricia August 7, 2009 at 11:36 am

    beach house on the cape?

  • Jenna August 7, 2009 at 11:43 am

    patricia – beach house on the North Fork LI

  • Perideau Designs August 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Wallpaper the backsplash? Ingenius!!! We are looking into doing that as well. Agree with Fiona about showing grease spots, etc…

  • .amanda. August 7, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    oh I am a HUGE fan of wallpaper in small places, like back splashes. You can change it often and you can get a great graphic punch. Go for it!

  • jean August 8, 2009 at 7:50 am

    when i saw the wallpaper thumbnail, it took me back to the wallpaper in the bathroom of your FM house. i guess the vert. lines.

  • Liz August 9, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Good luck with the decorating, I hope that the hot humid weather doesn’t interfere too much!
    I don’t have experience with grey paint (yet) but there are lots of suggestions in this post and comments:

  • Gina August 19, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    What about putting clear glass over the wallpaper for the backsplash. I’ve seen a lot of glass being used for backsplashes lately and it looks pretty neat.
    Not sure if it’s cost prohibitive though…