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Friday, October 24, 2014

finally friday

there is alot of stuff going on this weekend. so much that i'm not sure what i'm going to choose to do. 

tonight we are going out to dinner and possibly heading out to the lost and found  anniversary party (6-10pm) tomorrow it's work/play day. 

not sure how that is going to play out yet. there are a lot of things i would love to get done including but not limited too, finish painting the dining room, head to the rotary antique show and visiting the lululemon grand opening celebration in breton village

not sure which one is going to take top priority...my guess is the paint. i would love to just have one room halfway done. at least i have a dining table i could move into the room. so paint, paint and more paint! 

sunday i think we are going to go check out a church in the area, have a nice lunch and probably unpack a bit more. since half my clothing and most of my kitchen is still in boxes. 

what are your plans for the weekend? anything exciting i should know about?

happy friday!

xxoo abby 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

take it off

ok so one room at a time.

last weekend wallpaper come down and many of you want to know what worked?

let me start by telling you i tried EVERYTHING. it took me for friggin ever before i figured out what worked.

i tried steaming, water, prayer everything.

here is what worked.

DIF - GEL. it comes in a clear squirt bottle from the home depot. there are two different types of DIF i tried the water based version and it helped a little but took a mass amount of time to chip away. the best thing was the dif gel. its by far the messiest but if you want to take wallpaper down in a breeze you must use this product.

my dining room had one wall that was plaster and the gel took a bit of the wall with it but compared to sitting there chipping away at it for hours...i'll fix some drywall.

available in the paint department of home depot. 

while you are there pick up the plastic paint scrapper and some drywall repair. 3 birds with 2 stone. 

here is after 14 hours of work. (i found the gel the last 4 hours...sigh)

so now that everything is torn down...let's put it back together. 


my friend dann has been such a HUGE help in helping me pull this room together. i am having a hard time pulling the trigger on anything because i know that this house is our "forever home" i know that it can be changed but i feel decisions are really heavy. so i'm grateful for a friend who has a great eye and knows my taste.

i wanted to stray away from the traditional farmhouse look. this house is alone kind of hidden so i wanted it to have more of an earthy feel. i loved the colors dan suggestion. we are painting the baseboards with 4, the walls with 3 and the windows and ceiling with 1. i ordered the fabulous light (5) from cb2. it was a great deal! $200 for a huge nice pendant light $5 shipping. here is the best part: i ordered it monday it was on my doorstep by wednesday. i'm now a huge CB2 fan.

i'm saving my pennies for the wall sconces from schoolhouse electric for the 2 sconces and the dining room chairs.

what do you think so far?

happy thursday!
xxoo abby

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

farmhouse guest bathroom

i vowed to only work on one room at a time in the new house but that doesn't stop me from giving you whats coming up after we "complete" formal dining room.

let me give you a status update on that bad boy.

this past saturday morning i went to home depot around 8am, started wallpaper project around 9ish. worked straight through lunch and into dinner ran out of wallpaper stuff (i will do an entire post to how to strip wallpaper) (without killing someone) and then had to make another home depot run and called it quits around 10ish at night.

sunday morning stripped more wallpaper and did it some more after church.

joe came home from hunting and helped me start by painting the ceiling. then yesterday i started in on the beadboard and the trim. you'll have to wait for pictures.

so i figured while i have the supplies handy once i'm done with the formal dining room i will move on to the guest bathroom. this bathroom is the only bathroom on the main floor. it has a door that leads straight outside to the pool deck and the other door leads into the side entrance of the house.

it's covered in pink tile with green flowers which personally, i kinda am digging. i think the tile is going to stay. however the 90's country chic wallpaper has to go. i might even paint the trim. might.

the trim is really beautiful but i feel it clashes with the pink tile.

there are also wood lockers in the room as well as a shower and toilet. quite possibly one of the weirdest toilets i've seen but it's kinda cool

kinda love this tile

nipple light needs to go. 

i can work with this sink but the faucet has to go and the terrible wallpaper 

the faux marble towel holder must go as well. 

so you can get the full spectrum of ugly wallpaper 

as you can see joe set the full toilet paper on top of the empty roll. 

so what do you think? how do i make this tile color work? wood trim..paint or keep? 


happy wednesday!

xxoo abby 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

she asked me how to spell orange

"she asked me how to spell orange" 

please tell me you know what movie that is from . (watch mean girls immediately) 

i know i've said it like a million gagillion times but i.love.fall. i love it for the food, drinks, clothes, everything. 

i have yet to locate the boxes with my boots in it so i've been "getting by" still wearing my flats. i hope to dig those out soon. sigh sigh sigh 

so lets chat about this outfit. i wore this when i met my friend annette in zeeland for lunch (she happens to be a photog too) we went to public and had my absolute favorite salad ( the leroy street, poppyseed dressing, gorgonzola and cranberries). it was a mild day. when the sun was out it was smoking but as soon as it went behind a cloud freezing. best to dress in layers. 

i have these j.crew pants in like 10 million colors. seriously plaids, embellished, cotton, wool and more. j.crew does a great job of creating "work pants" that accent the female form. just an fyi i size up when getting them in wool and normal size in the cotton. 

quick story about these slacks...i was trying them on the dressing room and bent over to check my phone and they split right up the ass. yep ripped right open. i had two choices. confess or bolt. 

i confessed. luckily the sales associate assured me that there was an issue with this run of pant in their store and it's happened to at least two other people. i chose to believe her. thankful also that she shipped a pair from another store to my house. alas, they are still in one piece. 

a quick note on the top...you can see i'm still obsessed with my madewell boyfriend button up. the colors just seem to go with everything. i loved mixing the orange in the plaid with the jcrew lightweight sweater. and of course my polka dot tennies. 

happy tuesday! 
xxoo abby 

outfit on abby
orange top jcrew old similar here and here 
shoes kate spade sold out. similar here and here 

Monday, October 20, 2014

weekend recap.

wallpaper is the devil.

correction: bad wallpaper is the devil.

it took me all friggin weekend to tear all of it down in just the dining room.

friday night i worked on some blog things (including a scarf tutorial)

i then headed into the big city (woodland mall) and met my friend lisa at the macys sale and then to dinner. dinner after she introduced me to the store lush. i know i know i never went to one before! i'm hooked! i bought a few of their bath bombs and an awesome sea mist spray for your face. it's life changing. 

saturday morning i woke up bright and early went to home depot and grocery store. 

i came back and got to work peeling down the wallpaper 

the next 12 hours went something like this. 

binks slept

i peeled wallpaper

binks slept 

i took down more wallpaper. 

there was a chinese food break and one more home depot run in there. i worked for about 12 hours saturday. 

sunday morning i woke up early again. had a cup of coffee and peeled more wallpaper down (for about 2 hours) 

i headed to church to watch a friends bambino get baptized and then to her house for lunch. i was so excited to have a lunch that wasn't from a take out box or cereal bowl. 

i ran to the byron center house (yep still own it) and grabbed a few more things, home depot to grab yet more supplies and then to meijer to pick up some real food for dinner. 

i peeled more wallpaper for about 2 hours project hour count 15 hours. 

we washed all the walls with tsp and joe put a first layer of paint on the ceiling. we called it quits around 8pm and had our first home cooked meal in the new house (i had to dig out my cooking supplies) we had roasted brussel sprouts and potatoes with a truffled parmesan sprinkle and grilled pork tenderloins. we watched happy gilmore and called it a night. 

happy monday!

xxoo abby 

Friday, October 17, 2014

finally friday

it's finally friday! i've never been so grateful for the weekend. and so excited to get to work!

i'm sitting here right now watching the sun rise working from home waiting for the cable man to come so i can watch my beloved food network.

i've been dying out here without it. dying.

so what is on the agenda for this weekend?

friday night - i hope to take a bunch of the wallpaper in the formal dining room down. i hope to get it all done in one night. i think i can do it. especially if it comes down in big pieces.

saturday - here is hoping that all wallpaper will be torn down and we can safely begin the formal dining room painting process. i'm pretty sure i will be painting and unpacking all day saturday.

sunday - going to watch a friends bambino get baptized and then more house work. sounds eventful right? maybe. perhaps?

in the meantime here are some pics from around the farm lately.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


last week while in vegas for my big girl job was very very very eye opening in a number of ways.

first i read the book #girlboss cover to cover over the the course of a four hour flight. that is what really kicked my brain into gear over the week.

lets start with the book and then we'll move on to application shall we?

it is very rare for me to read a book that isn't a cookbook or pure vacation smut. (shopaholic series anyone?) i'm a gal who likes a mindless read on vacation or flipping through cookbooks or something that has alot of pictures. like magazines.

but there was something that drew me to this book and once i started i could not stop.

sophia goes into great detail on how she started NastyGal.com. she literally was living as a "freegan" and built her business from the ground up. she surrounded herself with people she trusted and her gut instincts. she talks about being a female entrepreneur and business owner. surviving in the world of ecommercce, gracefully dealing with haters and building a successful enterprise.

she does this all while using humor and her natural wit to tell the story. i think that's why i liked it. it was a real story about being a female business owner. no steps, no real instructions, just how she followed her instinct.

i would recommend this book to all ladies (and even some men) that are running their own business and need a success story. a real one. where the person tells of the stumbles and failures AND successes.

ironically enough i read this book as i was on my way to a convention and trade show that is heavily male dominated.

ironically enough all of the seminars i attended were about how to get women into the convenience stores. how do we get woman to shop inside a gas station? clean bathrooms? women like clean bathrooms. fresh healthy food offerings? yes women like to be skinny. women like healthy options.

i can tell you how to get women into gas station. refrain from calling them "honey" "sweetie" "darlin" that's a start.

but i'm not going to go down that road.

here is the funniest part of this entire trip.

i go to a marketing seminar. trends for the next five years. how to be successful? get women into stores.

i leave pondering their suggestions and may i note they were good applicable suggestions. trust me, i'm a lady. well i'm at least a woman.

i literally walk out the door to the trade show floor where i am greeted by a sexy nurse handing out energy drink samples, a sexy cop in a plastic suit handing out plastic handcuffs with a phone number for background check companies on them (she kept using the word naughty). the monster girls are wearing basically thongs walking around while MEN (not woman) MEN stand there with their mouths open clapping like loser baby seals.

i literally said out loud. these folks are full of shit. again, me being a woman the last thing i want to think of is what my body would look like in a sexy nurse costume going down a giant blow up slide. and after that how much i would love an energy drink.

so how do we circle back to #girlboss? if we are going to market to woman (in any business) you have to KNOW your customer. and i can guarantee only 5% might actually be sexy nurses, cops etc. (aside from real life sexy nurses, cops and marketing people).

if you are in any business where your target is women and/or being and excellent business lady. read #girlboss for a little perspective.

trust me, i'm a sexy marketing person.

xxoo abby