Thursday, July 2, 2009

House Beautiful and a Shining Star

Home Improvements:

This woman on HGTV just showed the up lighting in her house. (I don't know what you call it except up lighting where you have a ledge just below the ceiling in which you hide lights that shine up toward the ceiling.)

This brilliant woman took cheap gutters from the hardware store and painted them to match her walls. Then she had them hung just below the ceiling, threw in some lights where no one can see...heck, you could even use $3/strand Christmas lights and it would still look custom and expensive. Isn't that a great idea? (Someone out there with more initiative than I should really tackle this project and post pictures so I can brag and say you heard it here first.)

I want to put somethings out there so I can be held accountable. Ask me about my projects in exactly one month. Nesting instinct will kick in by then and I'll be moving forward on things that have to get done by September:

1. Finish my bedroom (paining, drapes, and pretty accessories.) I would love for it to turn out something like this. I also have to pick out light fixtures for the master bathroom and cabinet hardware, too.

2. Put together a nursery. The room is painted SW Blonde (which Girly Stuff says we will be changing.) All the furniture is white: crib, changing table, bookcase (5 ft tall with the cubes on top to put fabric baskets in and regular shelves on the bottom.) I'm thinking we'll buy a new upholstered club chair/glider. I have a chest in the garage from my parents' house that I wouldn't mind working in somehow. My ideas for this room are scattered and unfocused so GS taking me by the hand. Her first recommendation is that I should find white crib bedding.

More white? That's what I thought, and I wasn't seeing the all-white vision, but after I stumbled on to this pretty bit of inspiration, I'm going to trust her and go with it.


In other unimportant news, does anyone else think Clint Eastwood makes the best "human suffering" movies on the planet? Hello, Million Dollar Baby? Mystic River. Unforgiven.

(You thought I was going to talk about MJ, didn't you? Hmmph!)

We just rented Gran Torino and I loved it! It had a strangely uplifting
and sad ending; how is that even possible except for a genius like Clint Eastwood? Me thinks he was born to make movies.

I cried laughing every time Clint (playing a quick-tempered old racist) came out packing the heat against the neighborhood gangsters. The slurs were flying. Everyone knows an old bastard like that who has lived long enough that they just don't care anymore and "get off my lawn." Walt Kowalski was hilarious to me...the bigot with the heart of gold.

(I laugh when I'm supposed to be crying at movies...I've been told that's weird.)

I'm starting to feel like the last person on the planet who hasn't seen Hangover. The Micker saw it twice! Maybe I'll sneak out this weekend and see it by myself since MMA already saw it. Call me if you want to catch a movie!

Or not...I don't mind eating a whole bucket of popcorn by myself if necessary.


Tooj said...

If it makes you feel better, I haven't seen Hangover. If it makes you feel EVEN better, I don't even know the premise of the movie. :) I'm sooooo not a movie person.

Good luck with the decorating. I just got an itch to do some myself so I might have to do some painting. We'll see. We have other things that *should* be done laying laminent in the kitchen. Hmm...decisions are based on cost, and right now....cost is too much. We're cheap like that. Happy Thursday.

Aggie2percenter said...

One of my fondest memories of our early years is of you laughing hysterically at the scene in Goodfellas where Ray Liotta is pistol whipping Dr. Melfi's punk neighbor for assaulting her. The more brutal the scene got, the harder you laughed. That's when I knew you were a keeper.

Girly Stuff said...

I love the all white and turquoise!!! Glad you are on board...'cause the train had already left the station.

I'm not hanging gutters in my house to blog for you! You need them in your dining room though.

Gran Torino was not in the comedy section if I remember right. It was good, but I don't know if I "got it" totally.

Mother Hood said...

I NEED to see that Clint Eastwood movie! Not one person has said a bad thing about it.

My sister LOVED The Hangover. So, gotta see it too! I'll call you! ;o)

Jill said...

Love your dream bedroom. It's so clean and calm.

I haven't seen Hangover either and I want to so bad. Let us know what you think if you get to see it this weekend.

chacha said...

Hangover was funny - it's no Old School or Super Troopers, but it's has some very ridiculous moments, especially with Mike Tyson.

Why did you have to say Million Dollar Baby? Man, just hearing the name gives me a twang of sadness. Saw it once and bawled my eyes out and vowed to never watch is again. Same goes for Saving Private Ryan. Can't handle it.

The Micker said...

Wow, I was way behind on reading your blog. I don't know if you've ever noticed, but my mom has those ledges, and she puts rope lights on them. It looks very cool. Little Mike can reach the light switch now, and he loves turning them on and off. I guess he'll being doing that everyday soon.