Decorating Inspiration of the day

While cruising my Twitter homepage, I saw a post from @simplifiedbee about decorating using maps (see the post here, it’s great!).

I have that space between the office and the living room that is a bare, gray wall just waiting for a great project.

Blank Canvas!

I keep promising Chris some sort of New York themed decor somewhere in the house, but I wasn’t having any really inspired ideas until the map post. Now I’m starting to think that maybe something fun like a large map of the subway system in New York would look great there.

If you’ve ever seen me in NYC you would understand how in awe I am of the amount of choices you have to get anywhere via the subway system. Want to get to Brooklyn? 4,3,5,6,R,Q,S,T,J,or M trains. Take your pick!

Then again, maybe this map idea would be a better theme for that bedroom of ours that could use some serious sprucing up.. any thoughts?


Beer Cap Table

For a long time now Chris has been talking about wanting to make a beer cap table top. This consists of him getting as many different beer caps as possible, making a table, and then adhering the caps to the table. The idea is really cool when finished, and even when it’s in the process of being built!

Every time we head to the liquor store Chris tries to find a new kind of beer that he hasn’t tried before. We of course have all of the essentials in the collection, Magic Hat, Sam Adams, Corona, Bud, you name it. Then we have the weird ones. Ones that you will only find 6 of on the table because they tasted a little…. rough?

Beth helped out a ton too by sending us California beer caps. We have a bi-coastal table!

Anyway, this project has been in the works for as long as Chris has been legal to go buy his own beer (read: 3 years). No one should get the idea that all we do in our house is drink beer. I promise, we don’t 🙂

Chris finally decided that he had enough caps to start the table:

Here are a few

And a few more!

He drew the outline of the table on a piece of cardboard so that we could make sure we liked the layout before we were stuck with anything permanent.

Cardboard Cutout

It took a few false starts and a debate about pattern vs random, but we finally picked a method we liked and got to work. Chris wanted the outside edge to be each different beer cap with no repeats:


More Outline

Then we created 4 sections which were outlined with Magic Hat bottle caps and started randomizing the caps within each section.


A little more filled in

One Section done!

2 sections done!


Once Chris has some spare time he is going to cut the actual table out of this:

Real Table

And then he’s going to grid it off. Our biggest problem was the caps moving once we had out them in place. We kept finding small spaces where none of the caps would fit since they were not lined up properly. Hopefully the grinding will help us keep things in line!

Once it’s done the table is going to go on the blank wall where the China cabinet was:

Designated location

And on that note, I’m falling asleep at the computer. Chris and I hit the gym this morning, followed by a quick run for me, and then off to the Marathon! I had a total blast cheering on the runners, but now I’m as tired as I was the year I ran it myself!

I hope you all enjoyed your Marathon Monday!

Rainy Day = Project Day

I wanted to thank everyone who decided to help me out with my mystery project. Thanks to Grandma, Chris, Coach, and a few others, my collection of toilet paper and paper towel rolls is growing!

Thanks everyone!

I’m pretty sure my family has given up hope that I will ever be completely normal, and the people at Coach have just gotten used to my antics (Ask them someday about the “White Girl Seizure”..) so when I started asking for empty toilet paper rolls, no one even blinked an eye!

The weather is comepletely miserable out and since I finished reading the trio of Hunger Games books (amazing, really. You should read them! I managed to put away all three books in just over 4 days.) I have to find something else to do until someone recommends a new book (hint hint hint), and my nook re-charges.

So on that note, I am off to watch more paint dry!


Chris and I woke up this morning to 60 degree weather and sunshine. We decided it would be the perfect day to go get some plants for the house and maybe do a little work on the backyard/jungle. We got in the car, rolled down the windows and headed of to the Home Depot.

When we got there we found a bunch of plants that I liked right away. Within minutes the cart was full and Chris and I had 5 plants, 3 planters and some dirt.

Full Cart!

We loaded everything into the car and headed home.

When we got back to the house we decided that (knowing me) our best bet would be to bring everything into the backyard for me to re-pot the plants.

Everything I need

We ended up picking up 2 larger plants for the livingroom:

Big plant #1

Big Plant #2

I also picked 3 smaller plants for the kitchen. I went with another small aloe plant, and two other little ones that I don’t know the names of, but look really cute.

Little Plants!

Then I got artsy (per usual) with the camera:


Have I mentioned I love my camera??

Anyway, back to the planting. In typical Kate-Style, I managed to get more of the dirt on me than in the planters. Eventually there was enough dirt and the plants were planted.

Planted Plants

Chris and I brought them inside and put them in the kitchen and livingroom.

Apparently the plants got kind of heavy when Chris was carrying the big planters up the stairs. As I was coming up the stairs I ran into this:

That's not right...

Whatever works, right? 🙂 Which reminds me, we do need something to decorate that spot with…..

The little plants went in the kitchen on the counter.



The big plants went in the livingroom on the tables.

By the Window

By the door

So there you have it. I FINALLY have the plants that I’ve been wanting for a while. They look great, I love them, and I can’t wait to add more!

Next up, fixing the backyard…..

What to do with toilet paper rolls, paint, and a rainy day.

So I was stuck at home on Tuesday with no car, no great new project to start, and a lot of rain. It was looking like the start of one of the most boring days ever. I hopped on Google and started hunting for fun craft ideas with things I already had in the house.

I stumbled across this post from a girl who had taken toilet paper rolls, painted them and then cut them into small sections to create some pretty cool wall art. I decided it would be the perfect project for the boring spot above the “fireplace” in the livingroom:

Lonely wall

I started hunting for toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, and anything else I could find. I headed down to Grandma’s kitchen and found the end of a wrapping paper roll – score!

I also found some black paint and broke out my hot glue gun and “portable craft table”.

Mobile craft office!

Then I got to work measuring 1/2 inch sections of the rolls.

1/2 inch sections!

Then I painted them black, and cut them into slices. It took me forever, and I literally spent half the day watching paint dry! Once all of the sections were dry, I started piecing them together like a puzzle and hot gluing them in place. I managed to only get burnt once, which I thought was a huge victory.

Between 2 toilet paper rolls and the one wrapping paper roll I misguidedly thought that there was going to be plenty of slices to take up a huge part of the wall, boy was I wrong! I barely was able to cover a 1/4 of the wall!

This is where the story gets interesting. I put out a plea to Grandma to save all the empty rolls that she could. Then I went to work and stated swiping the empty rolls from there. One of the mangers caught me with an empty toilet paper roll in my bag, and gave me the look that said “Do I even want to ask about this?!”.

Somehow I managed to explain and only turn a light shade of red.

I’m going to hold off on showing you what it looks like so far since it’s not even remotely done. What I will do though is put out a plea to all of you that I see on a pretty frequent basis to save your empty toilet paper/paper towel/wrapping paper rolls for me! The more I have the better this masterpiece will be, and the sooner you’ll get to see it!

Window Garden

For 4 years in college I had an Aloe plant that was given to me by a really close friend. That plant lived through multiple moves, my crazy schedule (which led to it not always being cared for perfectly) and general college life. Finally, one fateful day, my poor aloe plant gave up. It didn’t go slowly, it went all at once. All of the arms fell off when I went to go move it from one apartment to the next. I think it was protesting the move, but either way, I was pretty upset to see it go.

For the last 2 years I had been without a plant. I love having (easy to care for) plants in my home. It probably comes from my parents who have always had plants in our house.

When Beth and I were younger we had our own plants. Beth had a red geranium (named Philpot), and I had a pink one (named Sara. Yep, we named our plants!). They would live on our front steps in the spring and summer when the weather was good, and then in the winter they would live across the street at our neighbors home. Our neighbor, Elizabeth, would always keep our plants in the front window of her house so that Beth and I could see them from the street. I don’t remember how long those plants lived for, but we looked forward to getting them back every spring.

I currently have one lonely little “lucky” Bamboo plant in the kitchen. It started out with a friend, but the friend gave up on life within a day. The one little bamboo survivor, however, is thriving. It currently lives on the mantle under the clock.


Now that I have the lovely cabinets, I want a little indoor garden to help spruce up the place some more.

I was stumbling around on Etsy the other day I came across a bunch of people who were selling adorable little succulents in different small containers like this one, or this one, or this one. While the dinosaurs aren’t exactly what I was going for, it’s still an adorable idea!

I’m hoping I can get a certain someone to take me to get some plants this weekend, so all I need now is some suggestions for what to get, and an idea of what to put them in. Any thoughts?

New Design

Any thoughts on the new design?

I figured I should probably make the blog a little more “custom”. The background picture just happened to line up perfectly to have brickwork lining the left hand side. The only downside? You miss the most important part of the picture!

Here it is so you can see the whole thing:

See what I mean?

Anyway, let me know what you think of the new design!