If I'm finishing my half bathroom by Labor Day I need to decide on paint colors... like... now! If you know me at all, you'd know that I'm no where close to making that decision. Well, I at least know that I want stripes AND that I'd like to do something unique with the sloped ceiling (the bathroom is under a staircase). Let me know what you think:
A. Horizontal black and white stripes on wall with pop of color on ceiling (yellow? turquoise?).
B. Vertical black and white stripes on walls (and vanity cabinet?) with pop of color on ceiling.
1. I made a good bit of progress on the bathroom this past weekend. The ugly texture is officially a goner!
I'm sorry that this is a bit off topic, but reading this post made me so angry that I felt like I needed to share.
It's more than a little embarrassing to have guests use this ridiculously ugly half bathroom. My goal is to get the tiny purple monster taken care of before Labor Day.
- remove dated mirror
- remove texture from walls/ float
- replace light fixture and mirror
- update vanity
- paint walls/ ceiling
Which projects have you been avoiding?
Ever since I asked for email subscription recommendations last January, I've been a Groupon subscriber. Some of the deals have been pretty amazing, but others weren't quite as impressive as the edgy writers over at Groupon made them out to be.
I've been meaning to bring Groupon.com back up on my blog, but haven't been inspired to do so until today:
How do you know if a Groupon is a good deal?
Before getting wrapped up in the excitement of a Groupon offer, make sure that the coupon falls in one of the following categories.
1. Using it will save you money.
Do you plan on going to that restaurant/ shop/ car wash anyways? Will you use the coupon to replace a planned expense? Don't let them trick you into breaking your budget!
2. It will allow you to afford something you wouldn't usually be able to afford.
Maybe you wouldn't usually be able to go to the expensive restaurant downtown, but the deal puts it in your price range.
3. It's an unusual deal.
Is it rare for this business to offer other coupons, sales, or promotions? If you know you can pick up a coupon in the Sunday paper, do that instead of paying upfront!
Other things to think about:
*When does the coupon expire? Will you be able to use it by the expiration date?
*What are the restrictions? Are all menu items included? Are there blackout days/ times?
*Can you combine Groupons? Will buying several coupons save money?
Personally, I'm skipping the Gap deal (although you know I love the Gap!):
1. I don't need any clothes right now.
2. I'm not really pining after anything particular.
3. I have a Gap card and get 50% off offers all the time.
If you planned on buying something in that price range, especially if it's on sale right now, go for it!
Do you Groupon? What deals do you usually buy or avoid?
PS No, my goal was not to see how many times I could fit the word, "Groupon," into one post... sorry about that!
Another one of my cell phones bit the dust this past weekend (I must have a talent for ruining these things!) and I found myself heading to Target to pick up another Go Phone (read why I use them here). I'm lucky enough to live within 15 minutes of two Targets, but I usually go over to the older one in the less affluent neighborhood. It tends to have a larger selection of the trendy home goods and a less crowded parking lot. Unfortunately, it was also sold out of the cheaper Go Phones.
Before heading ten minutes up the highway to the other Target, I checked the housewares section for sales on these cute plastic cups I've been eyeing all summer. I was excited to see that the entire collection was on sale for 50% off... but they were all out of my cups :(.
I can't say that I didn't have a tiny sneaking suspicion that a new camera might be in the old cereal box that Nate used to wrap my birthday present in... what I didn't know was that he would exceed the $250ish price tag we set for our gifts (by a lot). Anyways, meet my new
I've been on a bit of a feather kick lately.
I'm loving it. It's the perfect size for my bedside table and serves as a catch-all for the jewelry and other clutter I need to set aside before bed.
Oh, and I bet you'll never guess where I bought it... the grocery store! It was on clearance in the floral department. Strange, huh?
Have you ever come across inexpensive home decor in an unexpected place?
Whoa, just outdid myself with the lame title there...
With Nate's birthday (7/31) and my birthday (8/13) falling within two weeks of each other, things have been really gifty around here! We might share signs (Leo), but we don't exactly share gift styles. Nate really enjoys receiving and opening as many gifts as possible, while I'd rather get a smaller number of higher quality presents.
For the past year I've been stuck in a bundled cable contract (internet/phone/cable) that costs me, after taxes, a hefty $125 per month. I've known all this time that having the phone line has been a waste, but I've debated whether or not to cancel the cable tv. After a year of watching Bravo reality shows and Tour de France on Versus, it was decided that the cable would stay, but the phone line would still go.
Sounds like a simple savings, right? Eh, here's a (paraphrased) account of how my conversation with the phone company went:
Me: "Hi, I'd like to update my services."
Time Warner Cable: "Sure, what can we help you with?"
M: "Well, I'd like to cancel my phone line. I just don't use it enough to justify the cost."
TWC: "Okay, well your new monthly bill will increase by $10."
M: "...but I'm removing a service."
TWC: "Yes, but because of promotions..blah, blah... discounts..blah... price goes up"
M: "Well, that price just won't work for me. I'm probably going to be better off going with another company..."
TWC: "Let me see what I can do. . . . Yes, well, I see there are some discounts that I might be able to apply to your bill. How does $25 less sound?"
I found it interesting how he was able to find those discounts AFTER I mentioned going with another company.
So, in 10 minutes I went from having to pay $10 more for my services to paying $25 less. At $35/ month($420 for the year!), I'd say it was worth the tiny bit of haggling I had to endure!
I've heard this sort of strategy also works with the credit card companies and their interest rates. Have you ever haggled your way into a lower bill?
One of my favorite things about this blog is that I can come here to get real opinions about decisions I make in my house. You all tell me when you love a choice I make and when I'm being a tasteless bore (me? never!). I can trust you to give me real opinions and I love that. So, when most of you said, "eh" to my new pillows on Tuesday, I knew I needed to keep looking.
I saw it as fate when I was contacted by CSN stores to do another review... you know, the online resource for pretty much everything from dining room furniture to space heaters to duffel bags. With thousands upon thousands of items to choose from, how can I not find an amazing and chic pillow to add a bit of excitement to my space?!
Which one(s) do you like for my space?
*All images taken from AllModern.com