|Photo Credit: Amazon.com Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children|
SmartyGirlHome Readers, I’ve finished unpacking! Yay! This means that I blog regularly again!
Unfortunately, the moving company was a day late because of a truck breakdown in Coalinga, so my husband and I spent one more night “camping” by using my martial arts mat and our heaviest blankets.
Nik and I read military history and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, respectively, on our pre-owned Kindles. My book pick was especially spooky and perfect for a camp out. Note to self: get sleeping bags.
In the Dark: Before Moving Day Confirm if Each Room Has Ceiling Lights
Also please learn from me, my girlfriends: assume that the moving company will not arrive before nightfall. Does every room have a built-in celing light? Arrghh! That’s my frustrated growl. We selected this two-bedroom apartment because it is filled with light, during the day, because of its numerous windows. However, since we were spoiled in our previous place in Los Angeles we assumed that overhead there were ceiling lights. As a result, we were short one table lamp and one floor lamp.
Disclosure: I have not been paid to promote AffordableLamps.com. However, I want to disclose to readers that I am a former employee of the fab internet home lighting store.
If we had two weeks, I would suggest that my husband order Craftsman table lamps and floor lamps from AffordableLamps.com because I drooled over such home lighting when I worked for the aforementioned etailer in Santa Monica.
However, we didn’t have time so we didn’t get such a bargain at an unnamed competitor with a retail shop nearby. Though only the floor model for the floor lamp was available, the clerk at the competing home lighting retailer did not offer a discount.
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Kathy Ireland Pacific Coast Lighting Floor Lamp|
We should have expected that. But please keep in mind, that I favor my previous employer naturally.
In addition, though Kathy Ireland brand lighting from Pacific Coast Lighting is attractive, we were dissappointed again by this rival retailer: they sold us a bent table lamp. The table lamp came from their ajoined warehouse pre-boxed.
After some Q-bert language, my husband was able to bend the aluminum so that they lampshade could rest levelly rather than askew. It looks fine now but we were a tad annoyed.
We paid $129 for the floor lamp and $48 for the table lamp. I am convinced that we could have gotten a better deal online with my first choice company but remember my disclosure statement.
My husband’s first pick would have been a House of Troy brand “Great Gatsby-esque” antique brass floor lamp but we could not afford it at the competitor’s retail shop. He also wanted the antique brass floor light fixture with two reading lamps attached but that was even more costly.
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Blue and Gray Kitchen Floor|
Personalize your Kitchen and Bathroom: Use Magnets, Candles, Mirrors and Faux Flowers
During our first 48 hours at our new apartment, my husband and I made two trips to Target’s housewares section. Yes, I am embarassed to say two trips because we forgot items.
1. Found a cheap $14 over the door mirror framed in white wood for our hall. We looped it over the hall closet door to the water heater so we could be free of swaying mirrors on the doors of our home office or bedroom. My husband gave me a high-five for anticipating that problem!
2. Found $5.99 20″ rolls of rubberized mesh Contact shelf liner at Ross. Why did I chose this over the adhesive kind? I use these for multipurpose non-skid padding for underneath cutting boards during food prep. That’s another trick I learned.
3. My retro-roller skating Ken & Barbie magnets are up! These were a gift from my husband when we were in Los Angeles. He also bought me a zombie Monster High doll from San Diego’s Comicon but she is still in my one of my storage trunks. I plan to display her later in the home office. What are some funky magnets that you keep?
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Green Bathroom Tile Challenge|
4. I received a layered blue and white candle as one of my farewell presents. Thank you, Kammy! It reminds me of Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, Hermosa and all the other pristine beaches in SoCal.
I used it to claim the new apartment’s green tile bathroom for my own. Later, I plan to do something to harmonize the decor in the bathroom. For now, my faux white roses and “beach” candle are my personal touches.
5. What else can make a house feel like a home? Give yourself and your sig. O some time apart to recreate. Imagine the outing bringing home positive thoughts and new memories for your dwelling. In other words, the positive experiences will be intangible souvenirs that follow you home.
My husband went to Best Buy to get our apartment a router for our wifi and then treated himself to the local gelato shop, Naia in Walnut Creek.
In contrast, I jog/walked the Lafayette Reservoir. I kept my eye out for SmartyGirls. I watched one silver haired jogger step up and down from benches along the reservior trail and followed suit. I felt my heart work harder.
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Apple Tart from Lafayette La Boulange|
Just in case you mistake me for a Mrs. Goody Goody. Don’t be too quick to condemn. I rewarded myself with a stop at the La Boulange next to Powell’s Candy store in Lafayette.
The photo above is a La Boulange apple tart that my husband had for lunch. I didn’t have my camera handy, earlier that morning to capture my chocolate croissant, because my exercise clothes didn’t have functional pockets to hold a digicam.
The service is unsmiling but the chocolate hazlenut croissant has a distinctly crackly top that is filled with real crushed hazlenut paste as opposed to Nutella from a jar.
I recommend it. The pastry was served on a red and white checker cherry patterned plate. I could only drink half of my soy milk cafe au lait. It was larger than a lunch portion cup of French Onion soup!
Wish List for next set of experiences:
1. Check out Chez Panise or at least find out about food revolutionary Alice Waters’ volunteer opportunities.
2. Interview one Performing Arts administrator so that I get to know the artists in my new neighborhood.
3. Take up my landlady’s invite to one of her gardening club events.