Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Little Treasures

Since moving into our new place, it has been difficult to not just go crazy with buying new home decor. Pair that with the fact that Dan and I currently don't own enough furniture to even fill the place - we are pretty much thinking about shopping constantly. With that said, we don't want to just fill our house with random furniture because it is easy. We want to look around, search and find things we really love. This may take awhile, but we are okay with that.

But...that doesn't mean we haven't bought some stuff :) It's part of the fun of getting your first place, right? While we take the time to define our combined styles and find pieces that speak to both of us, here are a few things we have picked up in the last couple of weeks:

1) Ljusas Ysby Table Lamp from Ikea. Love these. At $80 a pop, they are on the more expensive side for Ikea, but still a great deal as far as lamps go.

2) Linen Hemstitch Tissue Box Cover from Pottery Barn. I always like to have tissues by my bed, but hate the way they look. These tissue box covers are so sweet and simple and I love them. I got mine without the monogram, as I am not a huge fan of monograms, but they look cute either way.

3) Organic Cotton Pintuck Duvet Cover from West Elm. This bedding spoke to me from the moment I saw it. I thought about it for a few weeks then decided it had to be done. Plus, I got it on sale - so what's not to love?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Mini Catch-Up

Hello there!

So sorry for the lack of posts lately. I keep trying to figure out how to balance my ridiculous work schedule with posting on this blog, which I really enjoy, but can't quite seem to get it right. It seems that, at this point in production, most of my hobbies have taken a backseat to the simple needs of eating and sleeping, which is about all we have energy for when we get home.

With most films that are live action, meaning with real actors, etc., the hours are crazy but filming usually only lasts a matter of months. However, I work in stop-motion animation (think The California Raisins, Wallace and Gromit, etc.) and making a feature-length, stop-motion movie takes a couple of years. We have now been in production for 10 months, with another 8 or 9 months to go, working 12 - 14 hour days (including weekends).

It is during this point in making a movie when you have to keep looking forward. You have to keep your eye on the prize and remember that you are involved in making something special, that will be seen by many around the world. You have to remind yourself what you love about film and the process in which it is made.

You have to take care of yourself. This is a big one.

Dan and I had a talk this past weekend that we need to slow down. We need to say 'No' more often. It is just a basic necessity at this point. We need to sleep when we feel like sleeping. Rest when we feel like resting. Do nothing when we have the chance. It is very easy to adapt a very unhealthy lifestyle while making a movie and since we don't really have the time or energy for working out like we were this time last year, we must do whatever we can to stay fit - both physically and mentally.

Perhaps I sound like I am being dramatic, and I get that - but it is simply impossible to explain our lives right now to those not in it. There is a general bond amongst everyone here at work rooted in the extreme nature of it. Perhaps that is why so many in the film industry marry others in the film industry.

So, I will try to post more. I have so many projects going that I want to share, but I will have to do it in my own time - when I have the energy. In the meantime, I hope you are all enjoying your summers!!

Also, in case you are interested, here is a link telling you a little bit about this movie we are working on: IMDB

See you soon...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Our New House: An Inside Look...Finally

Wow...has it really been a month since my last post? Holy moly - where has the time gone? Actually, I do know where it's gone. Since moving about a month ago, I have had exactly 3 weekends in the new place. Two of those weekends I was out of town and the rest of the time I have been basically at work or sleeping...and that pretty much sums it up. The last month has been a true whirlwind (hence the lack of posts) and I am now looking forward to a calmer couple of weeks.

So...the new house. I LOVE living in it. I LOVE coming home to it. I LOVE that it's ours. It's a very peaceful place, which is what Dan and I need, especially right now with the hours we are putting in at work. Believe it or not, I have not had a chance to really take some proper pictures of it lately, so the pictures I am going to share are from moving day. Before the moving truck started to get unloaded, I handed my camera to my sister and asked her to run around and take photos. We have already started to change things and make it our own, but at least for now, you can see the bare bones.

The Stats:

3 Bedroom
3 Bath
1,660 Square Feet

Here is the front entry way, and then what you see from the entry way (2nd pic actaully taken when we were viewing the home...aka - that's not our stuff). The house is 3 levels in all, but here you have the downstairs, which leads to a bedroom/bathroom and a door to the garage. This will be our guest suite, as we like to call it.

View from the downstairs towards the front door.

Downstairs bathroom, which is connected to the guest room (which I don't have a picture of...oops.) Planning on some changes to this bathroom.

In the downstairs guest bathroom, there is a door that leads to this outdoor area. It is not very big and quite plain, but for right now, that is perfect for us. We simply don't have the time or desire to deal with keeping up a yard (or garden, for you English folk out there). I think at some point we may put pavers down or add a deck/patio, but we'll see. For now, it is what it is.

Okay...heading back up the stairs now, here are picture of the main living area. The little alcove with the hanging light (which we plan to change) is our dining room. The second pictures are basically taken while standing in that alcove area.

Here is the kitchen (and my Step-Mom, on moving day). There is a big pantry, which you can't see in this picture, that I love. It's not a huge kitchen, but it is plenty of space for us. I love the granite counter tops and that I have a gas stove - whoo hoo! We are planning on changing the color of the cabinets, but that will come a bit later.

Off the kitchen is this little room that is full of light. (Sorry for the darkness of the first pic, by the way.) The owners before us had it set up as a little sitting room, and I think we may do the same. It is just such a cozy little space. We have already painted over the dark red, to try to warm it up a bit, but that will be in another post.

Off the main living area is this balcony, which I adore. Our entire place backs onto this green space full of trees, a little creek and frogs that chirp at night, which I love. Nobody can see into our windows, and that is a rare blessing in a tightly packed, attached townhome community.

From the main living area, there is another set of stairs taking you up to the top floor, where there is the master bedroom, another guest bedroom and two more bathrooms.

Here are a few pictures of the master. The color on the wall is probably not one I would have picked, but I really like it, so I think it might stay.

Here is the en suite master bath. We love the tub (it's big) and there is a sky light, which is nice - but we have plans for this room (and all the bathrooms, in fact). The color of the cabinets has got to go, as does the pea soup paint color.

Last but not least, the 3rd bedroom. Pretty plain and simple. I think this is going to be sort of like an office/craft room/etc. kinda space, which I am looking forward to having. I finally get to be in a house where papers don't have to end up on the kitchen table and the computer printer doesn't have to be next to the couch. Amen to that!

Also - must find a way to cover up that electrical box. HELLO that thing is UG-LY!

So, there you have it. It's a basic look at our new place. I can't wait to show you pictures of what we have started doing to it, and what our plans are. I wish I could spend every second there, but, I am having to accept that not everything will happen right away.

Things like that are hard to accept when you are a type-A, oldest child like myself. It defies my nature, but, that is okay. It's the nature-defying stuff that makes you a well-rounded soul, so I am going to try to just go with it.

See you soon!

PS - I forgot to mention all the bathrooms have heated floors. I didn't even know I needed these in life until now, but I am not sure I can ever live without them again.
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