Happy Memorial Day Weekend. It certainly feels far different from last year thankfully. I hope you are able to enjoy time with family and friends. Thanks for joining Annie, Mary Ann, and me for our Sunday Fun Pottery Barn Linen Curtains & more.
SUNDAY FUN POTTERY BARN LINEN CURTAINS & MORE
WHY WE MOVED AND WHY WE ARE MOVING ON
So many have asked, and both Elizabeth and Mary Ann have been plagued with the question”Why did they move away from that Beautiful Home?” Neither of us has a serious illness (at least not that we know of!), we aren’t broke, and we aren’t getting a divorce. Why did we move? We planned to sell our Chualar Canyon home in a couple of years when Steve retires. We wanted to be able to travel more and not have to worry about maintaining ten acres, a large garden, and a 5,000 sq. ft home that we were only living in a small part of. Our fabulous realtor and friend Sharon Swallow (whom I would highly recommend) suggested we go for it now rather than wait. We felt the timing was right to take advantage of the crazy real estate market now. Our lake house had been on the market for a year and we figured it wouldn’t sell (we have an eyesore next door), so we thought we would move in there until we figured out what to do. Guess what they both sold within a week. We were fortunate to have owned this little house. It had been a rental for almost 30 years. So, we had to ask our wonderful tenant to leave and here we are. The move was and still is a huge ordeal. Think moving out of two homes at once. Luckily our kids have helped (and I do mean help). We still have a garage filled with boxes, as well as a basement (yes this house has an unfinished basement yippee!). We now have a working kitchen, a washer, and a dryer (as of yesterday, don’t get me going on that one), and hopefully this week we will have a second bath. The house is really quite charming, I will post more photos when we get our shades. Some of the windows aren’t too pretty! I am hoping to get the courtyard garden planted next weekend. Right now we have dirt in the front courtyard and back, and dead grass that we will resod when it dies. I am sure our neighbors thought the Beverly Hillbillies moved in. I think we will enjoy it once we can at least get the courtyard planted! Baby steps!
Update, we are not going to paint the fireplace surround. I am actually loving it. I have been trying to research it, as many of you think it may be a Batchelder Design. I would love if that were true, but I have a feeling it is just of the Batchelder style. Handcraft Tile in San Jose has been handcrafting tile since 1926. If I were to guess (only a guess), that is probably where it came from. If you know more, please chime in. I have not found the tiles in his catalog.
POTTERY BARN BELGIAN LINEN CURTAIN PANELS
FYI I ended up using the Pottery Barn Belgian Linen curtains in almost every room of this house. I chose the color linen, but there are several other colors available. I planned to show them at a later date when things were a little more presentable, but I did not want you to miss the sale. They are on super sale right now. They are lined and have a great look for the money (see above). I don’t know where you could find a lined linen curtain panel (they also have long lengths) for this price. I also used their rods in my other house and here. Unfortunately, they are not on sale. They have a corner unit (which I needed in my dining room) so I went with them for consistency. Target has these rods that are more reasonable as well that get good reviews. Sorry I don’t have better pictures. I barely got them steamed. I am also not a “curtain puddler”, but the floors in this 1930″s house are uneven. Also a word to the wise, they appear and disappear daily, you have to be patient. I had to buy mine in segments. I also bought a few on Ebay.
OUTFIT OF THE WEEK
Anyone else dreaming of a vacation? We are going to Hawaii in September, and plan a few small getaways this summer. I know if I wait until September to look for some beach essentials I will be out of luck. Don’t you hate that? When I saw this beach skirt from J Crew I knew I had to have it. If I am out in the sun (which is rare especially now with no garden!) I want a good hat, sunscreen, and my legs covered! Love this strapless suit from J Crew. I think the skirt could be dressed up with a linen shirt for the evening as well. I have raved about these flip flops before and they are cheap! I am normally a Jo Malone fragrance person, but this beachy scent from Bobbi Brown has me smiling!
SHOP HIT THE BEACH OUTFIT OF THE WEEK
I love this tankini from Athleta. I noticed this week that the tankini is no longer available in several sizes. I intended to feature it in my outfit of the week but noticed therewere very few sizes left. If they have your size I highly recommend it. I have it in black. There are several on Ebay here.
TEN BEST BEACH READS FROM GOODREADS
I am aching to get reading again, any suggestions? I don’t know about you but I enjoy something a little lighter when traveling like a good mystery. This list is on my radar.
OUTFOOR FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES
If you are thinking about purchasing any outdoor furniture and accessories, now is the time. There are a lot of great sales out there right now including this one from Serena and Lilly. Everything is 20% off.
TINA FROM ENCHANTED HOME’S MEDITTERANNEAN SALAD
I haven’t cooked anything interesting this week. I spotted this recipe on Tina’s Sunday post, and it looks delicious. She also posted gorgeous pictures of her rhododendrons in bloom that I know you will enjoy, and she also recommended the Bobbi Brown Beach scent that I featured in this week’s outfit of the week.
That’s it for me. You might also enjoy Patriotic inspiration from the past. Tomorrow we are heading up to spend the day with Summer and family, can’t wait! Thanks for joining us for Sunday Fun Pottery Barn Linen Curtains & more. I know it is kind of all over the map. Things are hopping around here. For those of you who love fashion, next week I am teaming up with Jennifer and Sarah and we will be talking about black and white. Thursday Mary Ann, Annie and I will be joining a great group for summer picnic ideas.