Recommended Reading: 7.17.2013

I’d love to tell you about all the progress we’ve made on our side yard this week. I really, really would. But instead, I’ll just point to a thermometer and you’ll understand why we have managed to do very little wood wielding. I suspect by October it should be cool enough to pick up where we left off. (I jest, I’m totally planning on getting Nick out there this weekend when it dips down to a cool 24 degrees.) But for now I’ll stick with reading tips on how to edge my garden via That’s My Letter and pinning, pinning, pinning.

While I attempt to pick up steam (literally?) on that project, Sue is dreaming about a  new project with her luck from this week. She is the winner of a wall stencil from Olive Leaf Stencil via Ottawa blogger Tanya from Dans Le Townhouse. Sue is plotting out ways to use it in either her home office or her master bedroom. I’m plotting out ways to use it when she’s done. I love the Ikat stencil shown here. No pressure though Sue….

And what self-respecting, self-proclaimed house snoop wouldn’t love the blog, It’s Great to be Home? I love following blogger Liz who works as a realtor, but as a separate income she and her husband flip houses. They’ve just started their 7th flip and share all their progress along the way. I love Liz’s style and watching it all come together. If you are the type of person who can’t see the potential in a less-than-move-in-ready home, this is the blog for you; she’ll impress you. And if you have a kitchen reno in the works, check out her 6th flip if you are considering using Home Depot cabinets in your kitchen.

centsational girl - dresser-view-from-doorI’m thinking of heading to a familiar Scandinavian big box store and buying another IKEA Billy bookcase. You can’t have too many, right? (Nick: “Wrong! You can have too many, Meredith.”) Ignore him. I sometimes do ;-) Kate from Centsational Girl is the queen of making the Billy bookcase look like a better version of itself. I might steal this same idea for my son’s room. And his table legs might be getting a coat of blue paint to match.

If you’re looking for fun things to do while staying cool this week — have you considered underwater photography? Check out the results that Toronto-based Lindsay over at Little House Blog managed this week. I’m totally with her, baby legs might be the only cute subjects in pool photography ;-)

May the force of an air conditioner’s breeze be with you,



PS — Amanda from my “What Wood You Do?” mood board had her kitchen painted and chose the paint behind door #3. I am dying to get over there and see the final result. I think it is going to look fabulous when it’s all done and accessorized.

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1 Comment on Recommended Reading: 7.17.2013

  1. Meredith Newberry
    July 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Wait…maybe I’ll change my mind. Underwater photography might be great for both kids and DOGS!!


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