Thursday July 29, 2010

It seems like we spend so much time working on the “big” stuff in the house (painting, installing, fixing, replacing) that we never get around to the little details.  The comfy touches that make a room feel inviting.

Over the long 4th of July weekend my husband (and our kind, hardworking friend) ripped up our old, stained, and tattered living room carpet and put down new bamboo flooring.  I took advantage of the room being empty to paint trim and completely rearrange the furniture.  I’ve spent the last few weeks sewing and adding all of those much needed finishing touches to the room.

It took me a year to finally stumble onto a furniture arrangement that suited the shape of our living room.  You can’t see it but I took this picture from behind the couch.

My new curtains.  I’m sorry it’s not a great picture… too much light coming through the window to see the details.  I got this designer length decorating fabric at the Home Fabric Store for $3.00 a yard!  I was able to make curtains, and a table runner and I still had plenty of fabric left over.  I love that store!  I don’t allow myself to go in very often because I can get a little frenzied.

Made some new toss pillows for the chairs and believe me they get tossed, all the time.  My husband hates decorative pillows.  He thinks they are couch parasites; completely unnecessary and a total waste of space.

These are my coffee bean bag pictures.  Justin and his dad roast coffee and they had a small collection of large burlap coffee bags with coffee logos printed on the side.  The green coffee beans are shipped all over the world in these bags.  I loved the graphics, the fonts, and the color scheme so we purchased large frames from Ikea and put them on display.


… and this has nothing to do with decorating but, I made Focaccia bread the other night.  The recipe was so simple and tasty; I thought I would share.

2-1/3 to 3 cups of flour
2 T chopped rosemary (I omitted the rosemary)
1 T sugar
1 tsp salt
1 package of yeast (2-1/4 tsp)
3 T olive oil
1 cup of warm water (120-130 degrees)
2 T grated Parmesan cheese

Mix 1 cup of flour, rosemary, sugar, salt and yeast in stand mixer.  Add 3 T. of olive oil and the warm water.  Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth (occasionally scraping the sides of the bowl).  Stir in the remaining flour until mixture forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  Kneed 5 to 8 times on a floured work surface, place dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise for 30 minutes.  Gently push dough down and divide in half.  Flatten dough into 10 inch squares (this recipe makes two) and place on a greased cookie sheet.  Let rise 30 more minutes.  Once dough has risen carefully make depressions about every two inches with your finger.  Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

We like to slice ours open and make warm turkey sandwiches with pesto mayo and provolone cheese. 
So. darn. good.

P.S  Once again I have (unknowingly) uploaded a batch of pictures without resizing them.  Which means, in one fell swoop I shot my allotted photo uploads for the month and am now on photo probation.  No more picture posts for the rest of the month… bummer.

4 thoughts on “Thursday July 29, 2010

  1. Anonymous

    I just love to read your posts!  Your decorating skills are fabulous!  I TOO love the Home Fabrics Store that I cannot allow myself to go into very often. Or I take Jayne and Lincoln with so I KNOW that I won’t stay too long!  Thanks for sharing your gifts!

    Kathy Cragin


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