Sunday, December 5, 2010

New Home

Wishing you a fantastic December Sunday. This will be my last post to this blog. I will now be posting over at kimberlie erin {tête-à-tête}
As I mentioned earlier, I hope to use a blog in other ways someday, so having two very trademarked names on the title won't work. I an excited to start this new blogging chapter of life.

***update: I had the new blog link wrong on the first post...oops.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Found Friday!

I've decided to be more intentional about blogging...eventually making blogging something bigger for me than what it has been. (Let's not get into my career mini-crisis right now though!) With that in mind, I'm going to try out a feature I'm calling Found Friday. I am an avid (that is such a better word than obsessive) thrifter. I like the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of knowing that nobody (at least anyone I know) will have the same thing. Fridays will now be devoted to displaying recent finds.

I am really excited about this week's find.

This is our living room.

I love the setup, but living in 750ish square feet can be tricky. I feel like our coffee table is too dark and chunky for the space. If only we had something like this to open it up and add brightness to the room...

Well, I found this at SVdP for $14.99 - I had previously seen it marked at $50, but there was so much furniture the price had been SLASHED! (Insert creepy refrigerator salesman - I'm picturing the King and Bunnies guy for all you Seattle folk.)

I'm going to get my hands on some Liquid Leaf and see how things go!

I'll let you know.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Two more reasons I love Bellevue...

As if one needed anymore reasons ;)

1. Din Tai Fung

Amazing dumplings. A. Maz. Ing.

This restaurant has been highly anticipated since announcing it would open its second restaurant in the entire U.S. in Bellevue. (The other is in L.A.)
Someone wrote in to the Seattle Times complaining that this (world-renowned) restaurant was not opening in Chinatown...ummm...have you been to Bellevue???

Brian and I have eaten here 3 times in the 6 days since it opened (we were pronounced "first regulars" by Mark, the bar manager) and the Juicy Pork Dumplings and Sesame Noodles are to die for. If you want dessert - the Sweet Taro Dumplings (pictured above) are soooo good. NO RESEMBLANCE TO POI! This taro is smaller and naturally sweet so you can feel good knowing you just gorged on root vegetable for dessert.

We can have dinner for 2 with a pot of tea for less than $30. Fabulous. And the 5 minute walk home is just enough to not feel too full by the time we get there.

2. We have a new coffee and wine bar in our building that just opened - and I can't remember the name.

We had coffee there this morning (it was fantastic) and guess what they make daily...that I a flavor-du-jour...MACARONS!

My favorite sweet in the world. Pictured is the giant green tea macaron that B and I shared. It's pure sugar but the slight bitterness of the coffee cuts right through.


Not quite right...

This Louis Vuitton bag just doesn't look quite right after being personalized with my initials. That's a steep price for a bag I could only take to a frat party.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Fluffy robe. Greek yogurt. Yellow paint.

I stumbled across this article from New York Magazine titled "50 Simple Steps to Happiness." Goodness knows we could all use a little help, so I'm sharing with you.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Before and After

One of the big projects for our bedroom was getting more storage into the room. We have a pretty long bedroom so we decided to use dressers as nightstands.
I was inspired by an IKEA Rast redo here,, but the dresser they used was itty bitty in person and would hardly hold all of B's socks.
So we went with the much larger and more usable Malm 3-drawer chest in medium brown.

We primed and painted the drawer fronts. I ordered ring pulls from Lee Valley Tools. B drilled holes and that was that. Well, there was a quick trip to Tacoma Screw in Kirkland for longer mounting bolts. We were surprised that the total for 12 bolts was $0.95 and since neither of us ever carry cash, the guy gave them to us instead of running a debit card which he said would cost $0.45 anyway.

Here is the after:

What do you think? There is one on each side of the bed - we had a new KING SIZE mattress delivered yesterday. I'll have a full bedroom shot once we get a pretty duvet for the new bed. This apartment is really coming's becoming a home.