May 20, 2018:

Hola!

Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...

Jan

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Cool Hacks: West Elm Reclaimed Wood Buffet and Hicks Pendant Light

Hola!

I'm not particularly fond of the term "hack" to describe modifying an object to turn it into another form of the same object (like the ubiquitous "Ikea hacks") -- to me hack signifies a person who smells like a bar the morning after (if you ever worked in a bar and cleaned up after hours you know exactly the smell I'm talking about) -- a rummy, if you will -- and is just going through the motions performing his or her craft or trade.  A perfect example of a hack was the role performed by Paul Newman in the excellent 1982 movie "The Verdict" in which he played a washed-up, burnt-out lawyer with a drinking problem.

Be that as it may, I do love the idea of making something "low" look like something "high" at a minimum cost, and to that end one of my favorite websites is Knock Off Decor.   I visit it often to see what you genius d-i-y-ers out there in blogland are doing with your creative selves!

This morning I saw two projects that just blew me away:

The first one is a "Reclaimed Wood Buffet Ikea Hack" that was done by Aniko at Place of My Taste.  Aniko fell in love with West Elm's "Reclaimed wood and lacquer buffet" that has a price tag of $1,199 plus $100 delivery surcharge.  Yikes!  It sure is a beauty, though, I do have to say so:

Photo:  West Elm website.  

I won't go into the details of how Aniko transformed her already owned Ikea buffet -- you'll want to check it out for yourself and marvel at how she did it.  Suffice to say it was sheer creative genius and I love, love, love the result -- take a peek:

Photo from Place of My Taste - Ikea buffet refaced with reclaimed wood!
The second transformation that transfixed me is by Brynne of The Gathered Home, who took an Ikea light fixture and created the look of a Hicks pendant light.  Now darlings, I confess, I had no idea what the hell a Hicks pendant light was until I read about it at Brynne's blog.  Pretty cool looking, I must say.  How do you all find these things -- is there a secret cult of people who do nothing but scan online sources day after day after day, looking for such things?  Ha - of course - Pinterest and Houzz!  Can you tell -- I don't get out very often:

The "large size" Hicks pendant light
at Circa Lighting.

Above, the large size Hicks pendant light at Circa Lighting, retails for $735.  I haven't even spent that much on a sofa, let alone a single light fixture.  Are people nuts?

Below is Brynne's amazing transformation of the Ikea Vaster pendant light, which retails for around $90.  Visit Brynne's site and follow along step by step how she did it.  Honestly, other than the cord not having a chain, I wouldn't know the difference:

Brynne Delerson's amazing
transformation of an Ikea Vaster pendant
light to a "Hicks" pendant light.
Cropped photo from The Gathered Home.

Now I must stop this and get to the Pick 'n Save, and then sweep up half of ton of nut shells outside -- it's supposed to get up to 40 F today, woo woo!  

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