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Rich mahogany     

Posted by Katherine Putnam on September 7th, 2010

“I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.”

Well, major fail on the blogging front. I don’t know that I can even say that I’ve been busy. I’ve had things I’ve been doing, but I definitely have had time to blog and just kept putting it off.

What have I been up to? Well, until recently I was filling in at the otolaryngologist’s while a few other employees took their turns at vacation time. Boy does working at a doctor’s office change the way you approach your own doctor’s visits and appointment scheduling phone calls! (Have all your information ready, be concise and to the point, be patient…..)

I’ve also been continuing the search for a caterer and have started (with Mom’s help in all things) collecting items to create table centerpieces. In other wedding news, Natalie got married this past weekend! It was so exciting to help out with the preparations/event and I know I was very blessed to be a part of this special day!

My most favorite piece of (recent news) is that Chris is now about a month into his new job in Harrisburg (in computer networking, of course) and is moved into his new apartment. I have to be careful not to say “our apartment,” as that will give the wrong impression, but it will be ours after March 26th! We’ve spent the past few weekends moving Chris’s belongings down from New York and working on the apartment. The landlords are incredibly kind, generous people who have allowed us to paint the apartment whatever colors we want (and reimbursed us for the supplies); they also replaced all the carpeting and replaced the bathroom tile/medicine cabinet/lights. The apartment is one unit in a four unit house; it is small, but two stories with two bedrooms.

A few pictures:

 The bathroom was uniformly creamy in color with bad lighting and a rusty, ghastly medicine cabinet. The combined effect? A creepy, poorly lighted bath that gave all who entered a lovely, jaundiced look.
  We painted the bathroom walls a medium blue and replaced the cream paint on the trim and door with white. New, better lighting (exposed lights over the new medicine cabinet–as pictured–and a new overhead fan/light–not pictured), lighter tile and a bright, colorful curtain from Target greatly improved the look of the bathroom. Don’t you think?
  Not too much to say about the spare room yet. Eventually it will be the office, but for now it’s standing empty. It has, however, been spruced up a bit…
  It’s a little hard to tell with this lighting (no lamps in this room yet and a cloudy day when I shot), but the spare room is now a warm, peachy orange color. I can’t really pull off orange with my coloring, so I was excited to use the shade in a room.
 The master bedroom currently serves as sleeping quarters and home office for Chris, but eventually it will pare down to just a master bed. Proposed bed spread? A neutral but slightly mod mix of grays. Picture that with the new wall color…
  I like to refer to this color as a testament of Chris’s love for me. I had thought about doing a purple bedroom when we repainted my current room at home (before I went with a color scheme reminiscent of–though not inspired by–Gryffindor) and have had the color scheme on my mind ever since. I’m very glad that Chris is man enough to let me paint the bedroom lavender.
  The downstairs is pretty cool: all one room with the open stairs in the middle. We plan to stain the (now) bare planks of the stairs a dark color to match the ceiling beams; we’ll also paint the railing black. That project, however, will take a little while, so we started by tackling the boring white walls.
  We got quite a chuckle out of the name of this color: “Caruso.” Name aside, I’m absolutely in love with this shade! The room looks so much more alive and the kitchen cabinets went from fading into the walls to standing out.
  Thanks to Target and Big Lots we made a huge leap into furnishing the living room. The couch and love seat are super comfy, and the lime green pillows have since been joined by colorfully–orange, lime, turquoise, brown, cream—striped pillows. And, if you look closely, you’ll notice that this is the only picture that shows the new carpet.

We’re going to have a lot of fun rounding out the furniture/design of the apartment, especially finding a cool way to work with and around the staircase.

I hope to start doing a bit better with blogging. Keep a weather eye out for more apartment pictures as we continue to work on what, in seven months, will be our first home!


Katherine Elyse

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