January 31, 2018:

Hola!

Today is the Super Duper Blue Red Full Eclipse Partial Eclipse Moon, depending on where you may be viewing from.

Three years ago this day was my last day of working and I retired after 46 years of full-time work. I've enjoyed every single moment of my retirement since then - three years and hoping for twenty more, we'll see how things go...

February and March can be cruel months in southeastern Wisconsin where I live. January itself was nutso here weather-wise, with two separate thaws. I don't ever remember getting two January thaws before, and many years none happened at all.

Before I know it I'll be headed to Las Vegas to visit my friends and celebrate some sunshine and warm weather, and see a show (I always try to squeeze one in). Meanwhile, I am continuing, slowly, to make this smaller retirement ranch into a home that makes me smile in every room. I still have lots to do, including major painting projects. I keep putting them off. Seems at 66 I'm not so keen on painting as I was at 36. Gee, I wonder why...

Jan

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Look for Less: Ballard Designs "Bar"

I was onlne paging through the March, 2012 Ballard Designs catalog and stopped at page 5! Gosh, I didn't even get into it!  Saw this buffet or library table that was being used as a bar and said to myself "Self, that is tres cool!" 

Here's the inspiration image (I'm not sure the link will work correctly).  Catalog link, then click to page 5. 


The elements I singled out are:

(1) The table:  Fairmount Console, 32 1-2" high  x 65 1-4" long x 14" deep: $899.  Hardwood, made in Italy.  Worn black or distressed white over gray.

(2) The "Garden Seatl": 18" tall x 10 1-2" width, available in lime, white, or yellow, $139. 

(3) The letters on the wall: Typesetter Plaques, I did not see what material the letters are made out of.  They come in several different finishes, including black, rubbed white, antique gold, antique bronze.  Small letters 12" tall $19 each, 3 for $45; large letters 18" tall $29 each, 3 for $75. 

(4) The lamp: Bordeaux Accent Lamp, 22 3-4" high, 14" diameter shade.  Clear recycled glass body.  $129.  With Empire shade. 

(5) The framed cork board: Madison Corkboard, Acanthus and scallop walnut carved frame, black or cream, both with brown undertones.  Sizes: 28" x 24", $109; 44" x 32", $199 plus $15 shipping; 40" x 60", $299 plus shipping $60. 

(6) The clock:  L'Hotel du Vieux Quartier Clock, crackled dark chocolate face, 23" diameter, beaded brass see-through pendulum and pierced spear hands.  Decoupage over wood composites.  $129.

Sooooo, darlings, while I putter my way to slowly, ever so slowly, removing the wallpaper around the bottom half of the family room and plan my strategy for getting both the front yard and back yard grass cut and trimmed tomorrow in-between rain bursts and possible thunderstorms, this is my latest "the look for less" challenge. 

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