Though I was not there to work on it this week, big changes were afoot at our new place. Mom got our curtains hung over the patio doors, bringing us some much-needed privacy, as the twelve foot bank of windows face the street, even though we're on the third floor. Buying the curtains was a epic undertaking: I spotted them at Pier 1 Imports on the day after Thanksgiving, where they were on a three day sale. We didn't know what length we'd need, and we were in St. Louis, so we guessed and grabbed the longer ones, hoping for the best. The store didn't have enough to cover all our windows, so when I got back to Chicago, I had to have Dad drive me to two different stores to pick up the remainder while they were still on sale.
|The only photo I took that even has a hint of the curtains in it. Oops. Also, the vase on top of the entertainment center is awaiting its mate from Crate and Barrel. The original they sent me was scratched, and the replacements are now back-ordered.|
More noticeably, we finally got our couch! The sofa was a custom order from Crate and Barrel, and it was our housewarming gift from my parents (and my Christmas gift as well, since I went over budget when selecting it.) I love the ultra-soft wide-wale microfiber corduroy material, and I think the accent pillows (which were my color palette inspiration for the entire room) really draw the look together. I can't wait to spend evenings on the couch with Justin, watching movies on our new television. It's an image I conjure up again and again as I try to console myself that there's a light at the end of the tunnel regarding this move. Thanks Mom and Dad!
Those ottomans are a story all of their own: I spotted them at Crate and
Barrel months ago, but they were out of my budget. I waited for them to
go on sale, but they were still too pricey. Justin so happened to
receive a $100 gift card to the store at his company Christmas party
(ah, the private sector...), so I finally ordered them using his gift
card to bring the price into the realm of affordability. Evidently,
however, Mom had already purchased them for me as a Christmas present,
so she and Justin had to engage in an elaborate subterfuge, as I had
sent him to the store to pick them up in an effort to save on shipping.
He ended up having to return them on my behalf and getting a refund for
both of us, and when I arrived at the condo, Mom had put bows on her
ottomans for me.
|You'll have to excuse the mess in the kitchen area. We are moving after all!|