Thursday, December 29


I have said this before, but this quote speaks to me. I love Telluride and I love winter in Telluride. I just can't deny that I love summer in Telluride even more...simply magical. So, this quote always reminds me that summer is just a state of mind.

Happy New Year!
All the best for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2012.

[from: design is mine, isn't it lovely?]

Wednesday, December 28


Inspiration for today?
I want to just curl up in either of these nooks, pull the curtain and/or shut the doors, and curl up with a good book.

Monday, December 26


I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Mine was full of friends and food (too much food!). It was lovely, relaxing, quiet. But, I have been sick - so sick - entering week two here.

So, posts may be infrequent until the new year.
Love to you all.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012!

Saturday, December 24

Happy Holiday!

Another year!  
Love y'all! 
We are hitting the road tomorrow.  
California highway 1 for the week. 
Pictures to follow. 
For now, a lovely Arizona Inn gingerbread house.  

Thursday, December 15

Kitty Love

It is no surprise, I love cats.  I know.  I am going to turn in to a crazy cat lady.  
Here are some cat prints in our home to prove my obsession. 

 [Enjoi T-shirt stretched on canvas] 
[Poster given to my by my sister]


Tuesday, December 13

All I want for Christmas...

On my wishlist to Santa this year...

Antler hook. Not sure where I would put it, but I am sure I would find a spot.

This watch. MCB says I can't have one - since he already has one of his own. I don't care. I love it and want one anyway.

I continue on the hunt for the perfect pair of black boots worthy enough for me to drop some serious money on. These are a top contender.

I love this neon scarf. The perfect pop of color.

I have nowhere to use such a fancy bag, but darn if I don't love it. Like lots.

Sharpies. Obsession is not strong enough of a word.

These hand towels. Yes.

This is a good reminder.

I know I have already posted about this bracelet. Too bad. It is lovely.

This cutting board would fulfill my OCD tendencies.

Yes, another scarf. I am sort of into this loopy scarf things all of a sudden. This one looks light and versatile enough to sport year round here in the mountains.

What are YOU asking from Santa this year?

Christmas. The Tree.

This weekend we finally got our Christmas Tree. Every year, a group of us goes out to a beautiful ranch outside of Telluride to cut down our own trees. It is a very classic western type of thing: sleigh rides, cowboys, hot coco warming over a fire, and Santa - of course.

A couple of photos of our tree this year...

Since Ben (my roommate) was out of town last year for this event, he got to pick out and chop down the tree by himself.

Then this happened.

All was saved though. The biggest (and possibly my most favorite) tree in the condo to date.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 9

Shed Series: Random Bits/What Makes a House a Home

So as I mentioned in the last shed post, we are done touring the rooms of the shed. I wanted to end the shed series though with some other images...and have decided to name this post: Random Bits/What Makes a House a Home. Because any house is more than just the rooms inside, it is the people and the memories that make it "home."

MCB - the man, the myth, the shed owner. Do you notice all the red walls behind him? I cannot express how happy I am that they have disappeared. MCB was a busy worker-bee in this picture and throughout everything (mostly) kept that cute smile on his face.

The flooring. Oh boy. There was lots of flooring. Even Anabelle here is amazed by all of the flooring. Thank goodness for MCB's folks - both sets of parents were amazing throughout the entire shed renovation. Thank you Chris, Becky, VW, and Molly!

MCB painting doors on a lovely sunny day.

At one point there was no sink or stove in the shed. Thank goodness for instant coffee (even if it is Starbucks) and a Jet Boil. We would not have survived without these things.

Thankfully the fridge remained plugged in during the renovation. We had cold beers. We drank them. What remained in the fridge throughout the renovation? One sad Bud.

A much needed coffee upgrade arrived once the stove got installed. Yay!

Building furniture, painting, cleaning, and more can be exhausting. Here I am at the end of my rope one night. At least the couch was finished for me to curl up on.

Finally, pretty things have a home. MCB's favorite coffee cups are unpacked.

Our first breakfast in the shed. Things are coming together.

MCB - self portrait. The man has a home he can live in now. A shower and a new robe does a man good - he is happy - thumbs up to the shed.

Our first dinner in the shed. MCB cooked salmon caught in Alaska by his Uncle. It was, as you can imagine, delicious.

Anabelle enjoys the sunshine in her new home. The light in the shed is amazing.

Beside coffee, a few of these may have helped get us through the harder times.

A few of MCB's favorites: coffee, his favorite coffee cup, new counters, and the amazing sunshine in the shed. What a great way to start the day.

The IKEA shelves have proven their worth in many ways. The latest discovery? They do a great job of drying skins after an early season ski touring session.

The infamous grolla. Yum.

MCB partakes. And makes a wish (part of the custom).

The shed gets photographed for a magazine spread. Not sure if they make it available digitally. If so, I will be sure to share the story/layout with everyone here.

Cheers to a happy home!

Yep, the shed is pretty wonderful. Nothing like a cold beer on a cold night to celebrate a job well done. Come by soon to share a beer - promise there is more than a lonely Bud in the fridge now.

See you soon.

Thursday, December 8

I want...

In case anyone is wondering. So lovely.

"dot, dot, dash, dash is YOUR very own monogram on a special morse coded bracelet or necklace." From here.

Shed Series: Bedroom

So, here we are - at the end of the shed series. The shed is small and there are only so many rooms to cover. And the bedroom, that is the last room to visit. First, get ready to get your mind blown by the awesomeness of the bedroom, cause it is pretty darn amazing. Sadly though, this is our last room...but keep checking back to this here blog for updates. A house is not a static thing and lots will change - and I will be sure to share all that happens around the shed.

With all this said - how about we take a look at the bedroom.

Before. Sigh. This image is - again - the only "before" image we have. As you can see there is one window. Since the bedroom (and entire downstairs for that matter) sits below the ground, this is a window well that only lets in a little light. To note: this image was taken at night, it is not this dark all of the time.

Here you can see the former owner's bed - propped up on cinder blocks to provide storage under the bed. The furniture placement is pretty awkward here. This room is small - like seriously small - so to stuff it with so much furniture made it feel even smaller.

A "during" shot. The carpet was ripped out and this is before the walls were painted. Again, before the epic IKEA adventure, some space planning took place.

Following the epic IKEA adventure, a l-o-t of furniture building took place. The biggest project of them all was the construction of the bed. I believe it took about 3 hours total to put this monster together.

And, here I am after the bed was finally finished. Yippee!

So, now that we have gutted the room, installed new floors, painted, and built all of the furniture...let's get a tour of the completed room. Come on in...

Here is the bed. And that is basically it. Honestly. This room is small - minute actually. So all that fits is the bed...which is fine since all you do in a bedroom is sleep anyway.

Everything in here is from IKEA. The headboard was a genius discovery by MCB. Since there is really not enough room for proper nightstands, this headboard has these adjustable shelves that sit off the ground. The photo above the bed is from MCB's friend (and talented photographer) Nick Wolcott. The lamps are ones I had in storage that I had in my apartment in Savannah. These lamps clamp to the headboard - freeing up much needed space on the shelves for other items.

Here is the only closet in the entire shed. The room is too small for a door, so I bought a curtain and a tension rod from Target as a solution to cover up the closet. This closet holds all of MCB's clothes and the large water heater.

So, here is the bed. It is so cozy and comfortable. But...there is a secret hiding in this bed.

And, voila! The mattress sits on special hinges that allow it to lift up and stay up. The room is too small for any type of storage that slides out from the sides or the ends or anything like that. So, this IKEA box spring is genius as it lifts up for easy access.

Here is MCB's side of the bed. He has a random collection of things on his nightstand shelves. Questions about anything? Ask in the comments section.

And, here is my side of the bed. I have my own little collection of things on my shelves too. And, below the shelves...a basket. This is what I am allotted. I have a basket for my clothes since there is very little storage. Occasionally I transfer clothes between my house and the shed, but really, it has been amazing to discover how very little I need and the various combinations of outfits I can create with only a few items.

So, this is the bedroom.

Hope you have enjoyed touring around the shed. Like I said, make sure to check in often as I will be sure to post shed updates, but also to share other projects happening around my house, friend's houses, Telluride, and more.

Thanks for visiting! Plan a trip to Telluride to visit in person soon or swing by the shed if you are in town for that cocktail I mentioned.