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breakfast nook makeover

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August 20th, 2014 · Print Print

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I’ve written before about how when we bought our house, we had put all of our savings in to the down payment and building the pool, which meant that we had basically no budget to decorate it.  So instead of spending a ton of money on furniture or decor items, we made do with what we could find.  We bought a lot online, we kept a bunch of pieces from the prior owner, and we tried our best not to stress if something wasn’t 100% perfect. 

But, two years later, I started to realize that some of the stuff I wasn’t crazy about — the stuff that was fine for six months or a year after we moved in — was still hanging around.

Take, for instance, our “breakfast nook.”

Here’s what it looked like before:

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Big difference, no?  It was pretty awful.  That brown table belonged to the prior owners of our house — it more or less matched their decor, but it was really not my style. 

Actually, that’s too nice.  I hated it.

But it was there, and it functioned as a table, so for two years, I just kept it. 

However, a few weeks ago, Lulu and Georgia offered me some pieces from their beautiful website — and I figured this was a great opportunity to update our little nook.  I picked up a white table from Ikea and matched it to their Xandra chair.  I wanted a light, bold, breezy look for this little corner, and the clear lucite chairs were exactly right. 

I’d like to think that our home style could be described as “bold-bright” meets “rock and roll,” and this room captures the essence of that.  And it only took me two years to get here!

Ever since designing our nursery, I’ve been bitten by the home decor bug.  Look for more posts like this in the future as I tackle our house, one room at a time!

Check out the chairs on Lulu and Georgia here, as well as the picture frame and throw pillows here and here!

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that moment of panic

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August 18th, 2014 · Print Print

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It happened this week.

I was in our house one morning, feeding the dogs, when suddenly I realized that baby Bear had been quiet for about five minutes.  Not a peep.

What did I do?  Obviously, I panicked.  The kid was clearly dead, in some sort of SIDS/parental neglect catastrophe that had occurred the second I turned my back.  (Never mind that he was safely in the Pack-and-Play: in my mind, something terrible had happened.)

So I race over, and what do I find?

This happy baby.  Just sitting there, playing with his toys.  Not making a peep.

File this one under: Happy baby, Happy mama.

And, gosh, you guys.  Isn’t he so freaking cute?

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avocado and egg toasts

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August 15th, 2014 · Print Print

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So, this avocado-and-egg thing.  Is this a thing that people know about?

Because it is AWESOME.

And so incredibly easy.  I love breakfast foods probably about ten zillion times more than the average person, so I could happily eat this for lunch or dinner too. 

But adding avocado turns this simple little scrambled-eggs-on-toast dish into something even more delicious and special, and even better for you.  Basically, win-win.

So, brunch this weekend?  This is what you’re having.  You can thank me later.

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avocado and egg toasts

INGREDIENTS
1 teaspoon butter
1 egg, beaten
1/4 avocado
3-4 baguette slices, toasted
Chives
Salt
Pepper

DIRECTIONS

In small nonstick pan, melt butter over medium heat.  Add egg; season with salt and pepper and scramble.

In a separate bowl, mash the avocado and season it with additional salt and pepper.

Spread the avocado on toast, then top with the scrambled egg and sprinkle with pepper and chives.  Serve warm.

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