It's still raining outside and there's been much discussion regarding the stone bridge over the past week, but I'm going to devote this post to other (much less depressing) things that have been going on here at the Einsel House.
First - this arrived in the mail last week to brighten the end of February:
I knew my aunt was working on this (she let me pick the pattern) but I was still surprised when it came. It's stunning - the stitches are all so delicate yet so perfect, and it came so beautifully framed. Thank you Aunt R! The sampler has found a home upstairs already, and hopefully by the next time you're in Ohio I'll have it surrounded by a collection of old family photos. : )
Another piece of news here is that Charles and I ordered new living room furniture. We had tentatively talked about new living room furniture for our 10th anniversary this summer but after spending a week quarantined in our living room - with the cheap Craiglist couch we picked up last summer - I suggested we celebrate a few months early.
Appropriately I suppose for an anniversary gift, there was a large amount of compromise in choosing furniture. In my mind I could see two wing chairs with a small round table between them against the east wall of the living room. But Charles was picturing the antithesis of a wing chair - a "Papa Chair" as he called it; think of the largest poofiest recliner you can imagine. (You get bonus points from my husband if the recliner you pictured has armrests that open to reveal beverage and remote control storage.)
In the end I gave in, our living room will not have any wing chairs. But Charles conceded some too. The chair we ordered is a conventional recliner, but it is one of the smaller recliners we found (and he will have to rely on an end table for that beverage and remote control storage). The striped fabric below is what will be on Charles's "Papa Chair" and we will get two pillows for the sofa in the same fabric.
The paint card is for "Sweet Annie" which is the color of the living room walls and the paisley fabric is what I used to make the room's curtains. I have extra curtain fabric to make a few additional pillows for the new sofa. I don't have a picture of the fabric for the sofa, but it is called "Caramel" and that's a pretty apt description. We have about five more weeks of waiting before our furniture is ready and I'm quite anxious. I hope it looks as good in our living room as I think it will.
Another room in the EH that is already looking better is the kitchen. In my last kitchen post I was not feeling so keen about the peach colored doors. Remember this:
I'm now much happier with this:
That picture is of the back kitchen door, but the front kitchen door is now also sporting a "Flannel Coat" paint job. I also replaced the tarnished and painted over brass hinges on each door with new oil-rubbed bronze hinges. I like the new hinges so much that I may have to go ahead and change the door knobs as well.
And yes, I've been contemplating new paint colors for the kitchen walls, but at this point that's a job that's rather low on my priority list. Much higher on my list of priorities is addressing some lingering issues caused by the recent flooding. Fun stuff....