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Posted by  on Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

I have been busy this month. I was out in Northern California for my cousin Craig and his gorgeous wife Molly’s amazing wedding. It was in Trinidad, overlooking the Pacific, and it was magical.

Craig and Molly

In addition to the family festivities, Steve and I hiked in a Redwood forest, hit up a farmer’s market in Arcata, and drove down the coast to a Napa bed and breakfast.

Redwoods

We came home and moved the next day into a 2 bedroom that became available on our floor. Everyone I tell this to has the same reaction; that moving down the hall is a piece of cake. I tell you from experience that is not the case. Yes, it was easier than getting a truck, dealing with stairs and packing everything carefully, but we had our own set of complications. The guy who was moving out of our new apartment, handed over the keys at 1 pm on the same day we needed to move in. Both apartments were being painted and the floors refinished, as we moved in, and out. Or my personal favorite, everything needed to be moved into one room and we spent days digging ourselves out. It was all well worth it in the end. We are still getting settled, but everyday it feels more like home.

Steve and I have been trying to figure out the best way to organize our new, shiny, walk-in-closet. First I called California Closets, just to get an idea of their cost and process. They were way expensive, especially for a rental apartment.  Then we thought of getting a bookcase  that we could use as shelving, but after pricing it out, it wasn’t a great option either. So this past weekend, Steve took matters into his own hands and impressed me by building me the closet of my dreams!

closet heaven

Two levels of poles doubles our hanging space, and the white particle board shelving system goes 9 feet up and 48 inches across. He did such a great job on the closet, I am just dreaming up new projects for him.

While Steve was hard at work on the closet, I got to work on painting the bathroom. I have been envisioning this teal blue color to spice things up in the black and white bathroom. I was a little skeptical, so I only got a sample of the paint (thankfully). After I used up the sample, I stood back and immediately hated the Caribbean-esq vibe. This is only one coat, and I imagine if I continued that the bathroom would become incredibly dark and overwhelmingly teal. But there is a small part of me that still has hope for the teal, maybe I can paint some frames or something and get over it. Either way, I want to hear what you think about the tealtastic bathroom.

Teal Bathroom

Teal Bathroom; love it, hate it, or paint something else with it

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Trish:

I steered you the wrong direction with my approval on this. Tealtastic is not the new black. Blank canvas time.

But love your closets! Great job Steve!

Can’t wait for Augustinos tomorrow.

Smooch.

July 14th, 2009 at 4:24 pm
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April:

Sorry Kristin, tealtastic is a bit much. I will brainstorm and give you an alternative color suggestion if you’d like. Tell Steve he did an awesome job on the walk-in and that Phil and I are moving on Aug 1st in case he’d like to spiffy up our closet as well. I want to see more pictures of the new place!

July 15th, 2009 at 8:50 pm
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I should have consulted with the expert (April) on this one for sure. I am going a lot more subtle. Will save the bold colors for one wall in the living room. Tealtastic is officially retired.

July 16th, 2009 at 10:24 am
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Joni:

Hmmm… maybe it needs to be seen in person??? ;)

July 18th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

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