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Forgotten Nooks

Forgotten Nooks

So I am assuming, since I have yet to be contacted by anyone, that I did not win the HGTV Dream Home. I am genuinely shocked that I did not win.2014 HGTV Dream HouseI was dedicated; I filled out and submitted my little forms twice a day.  Don't be fooled, these form-filling out sessions were taxing and semi-exhausting. They took me at least 3 minutes to complete every day.I'm totally not even into lofted ceilings anywaysI was confident; I had basically quit my job (shhh...don't tell my boss), packed up my little rental townhouse in Beijing and was mentally residing in Truckee, CA. I could just picture myself rolling around town in my huge, not-so-environmentally-friendly GMC truck, rockin' out to a little Taylor....heading for Target, no doubt.Beau would have HATED that room. All those stripes...psh.I was deserving; I was...well...admittedly, I was not that deserving. News flash: there are FAR more deserving people in the world than me. Frankly, I am already pretty spoiled and haven't done much (anything?) to warrant someone giving me a fantastically amazing house in a super cute little mountain town where one my best friends currently resides.Why would anyone want a full sized washer and dryer and a whole room to do laundry?But, man, it really would have been nice.  Nice. Ha! #understatementofthecenturyAnd this would have been your room. So with my dream house dreams dashed (at least until next year), I figured I better unpack those boxes and settle back into reality. And that reality consists of living in a house with many little forgotten nooks that are begging for me to attend to them.I don't know about you, but if I turn my head in any direction, in any room,  in my house I can find a little nook (sometimes a big nook, sometimes a whole room) that has been totally neglected. It drives me crazy. It is just a constant reminder that my to-do list is exponential and that my motivation to complete the tasks on that list does not match my desire for them to be complete.In some cases, I have just been lazy and failed to put stuff away.IMG_4285In other cases, I have some ideas for a space but have just lacked the time, resources and/or ability to get it all done.For instance I have some good ideas for this corner but it involves building shelves. And then there are those really *special* spots where I am just stumped in terms of what I should do to make it work.Uh...as is the case for my tiny green kitchenBut I gotta do SOMETHING and quick, before I lose my mind. As, someone important (Jefferson? Nietzsche? P. Diddy?) once said, "there is no time like the present." This poignant statement hits so much closer to home when you are 7 months pregnant and wake up sweating in the middle of the night with the stark realization that if you don't do "it" now, there is a strong possibility that "it" won't get done for at least 3 more years.It's now or never peeps. So here is the plan. I have chosen 3 forgotten nooks to focus on. While I would love to think I am going to tackle all the orphaned spaces in my house, I am going to try and set myself up for success and start small. It is the responsible lazy thing to do. The goal is to tackle each of these spaces in the next 2 weeks and report back with an after photo of each little space.Why 2 weeks? I know, it seems excessive. But keep in mind that I live in Chiggity China (i.e. Target does not exist), I work (unfortunately) and the simple act of sitting up or walking up the stairs gets me seriously winded. So two weeks it is. I love being my own boss.Here are my forgotten nooks:1. Window ledge in Family Room (and general surrounding area)Heeeellllooo random shitAs you can see, this ledge has become sorta the collector-o-shit. It currently houses plants, lanterns, an old gym bag, a box of stuff and unused planter slidey things. I know, I know, so inviting!It is not just the ledge that needs attention though. This whole little area seems to just collect anything and everything that we don't want and/or don't know what to do with. Rubbermade box and assortment of give-away items...your days are numbered. So what is the plan for this area? No idea. Clean it up for sure. But hopefully I will also find a way to make it more interesting.2. Shoe storage areaI promise...it is even worse in real lifeMaybe its because when I sit on the couch I have a clear view of this part of the house, but it drives me absolutely crazy. It might be because the walls there are not painted. It might be because it, again, tends to collect random objects. Whatever it is I can't take it anymore. It must change. It MUST become a least quasi-cute.Plan? Ummm...yup...I'll get back to you on that.3. Downstairs Bathroom Shelf and WallsBoring ShelfIt is just not that functional or that cute. I would like for both of those things to be addressed.Feel free to pin this ;)The walls are obviously in need of something too. They are all tile which is intimidating but I am gonna try and find a way around that.The plan? Hang something to add life to the walls and gussy up that shelf somehow. Pretty vague, huh? Yeah...that is because I don't really know what I am gonna do:)Notice a theme?Two weeks folks....check back in on March 19th for an update. Hey and if you have any forgotten nooks just hanging about waiting to be remembered, maybe you wanna play this game with me? Come on, it'll be fun!Now get to work!Me? I'm gonna start...tomorrow.

Moody? Join the Club.

Moody? Join the Club.

The Benefits of Pollution

The Benefits of Pollution