Four Legs + HOUSE: Newburgh

Oh, we need a weekend.

All four of us need a weekend. Right now. Not to relax, but to catch up. So that some day, years from now, we can relax. The plumber is coming tomorrow to fix a leaky spot, and then we’ll be able to finish up the kitchen pantry. I’ve been living without adequate kitchen storage for the better part of a year, and I’m getting desperate to have those precious 9 square feet back.

Other weekend plans include preparing the garden (Remember the garden? Yeah, me neither) for some sort of patio-type thing, finishing repair work to the windows in the scary, unused back room (yes, it still looks like that, minus the tub and sink), repairing a chew-hole in the sofa (I do NOT want to talk about it), and maybe a trip to IKEA to start picking up some of what we’re going to need for the downstairs bathroom (and possibly taking a peek at what’s hiding under the 27 layers of tile we have to pull up).

If there’s time left over (!), it would be nice to go out for breakfast.

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  • Reply Grace O'Sullivan September 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Have been observing from afar for some time now, and really enjoy your musings and of course all the visuals.
    On the issue of time, in the words of Ferris Bueller “Life goes by pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”.

    Keep on blogging!
    Grace (from Ireland)

  • Reply dana September 25, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    i know you don’t want to talk about the sofa, but i wanted to let you know that i feel your pain:
    see that part in the bottom on my couch? we’re working on teaching chloe (the dog in that pic) that the couch is not a chew toy. and i have no idea how to fix what damage has already has been done. urgh!

    by the way, i love reading your blog. you’ve really inspired me to only buy things for my house that i love. your attention to detail is impeccable.

  • Reply erin@designcrisis September 25, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Sounds like you have busy weekend prepared! I desperately need to do some gardening, too, but it’s still too dang hot here…

    Stupid Texas.

  • Reply Adam September 25, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    I SO know what you are talking about! I’m about ready to throw in the towel, close my bedroom door and not open it until spring. As it is I will spending the weekend skim coating the bedroom walls and praying it won’t take as long as I know it will. I haven’t felt this down or frustrated since I don’t know when. Sorry for using your blog to vent. I don’t know when everything spun out of control, but I hope it spins back soon. I can’t wait to see what you do with the downstairs bathroom! Your plans for it look amazing!

  • Reply Vicki September 25, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    I, for one, think you should make the breakfast a priority.

  • Reply Elisabet September 26, 2008 at 2:36 am

    Oh, so sorry for your sofa, I know the feeling, my cats kind of ruined the side cuschions (leather) of our Bruno Mathsson Pernilla chair. My husband ususally whines about all the damage the cats do to our sofa and his loudspoeakers, but this one we don’t even mention. It is too much. We just pretend it didn’t happen. So we can go on loving our cats.

  • Reply Barb F (Australia) September 26, 2008 at 4:46 am

    Hi Anna,

    I only discovered your blog fairly recently and have been reading back through the archives. Let me say that when you read it all at once it feels as though you have achieved everything super quickly! Having said that, because you are feeling so stressed at the moment, you should take a minute to look back at what you have achieved since you guys moved in and pat yourself on the back – because it truly is amazing.

    I was wondering how you were getting on with your lovely little garden. Have you managed to keep everything you planted alive? (I ask because as hard as I try, I seem to have a bit of a brown thumb….). I am in Australia and we are in the midst of a terrible drought with tough water restrictions – so planning a garden (like I am for our home) takes on a whole new dimension. I know you already have a plan for your garden, but below is a link to a site that provides tremendous inspiration for me. Brendoar Moar has a show here on the Lifestyle Channel and I am in love with his work, particularly the interesting things he comes up with in terms of hardscaping. Have a look at some of the ‘after’ shots (in all your spare time!).

    Anyhow, just wanted to say I love your blog (we have a very similar aesthetic), and also to enjoy your weekend and give yourself a least a little break.

    Barb F

  • Reply Katja September 26, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Go out to breakfast first, then it’s nicer to do everything else! :)

  • Reply nina September 26, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Oh don’t work too hard! Though on the other hand: imagine how satisfied you’ll be when your house is really really ready some day… Isn’t that a destressing thought? ;)

  • Reply dana September 26, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    by the way, your favorite mugs are on sale at c&b in case you need a few more:

  • Reply joanna goddard September 27, 2008 at 11:51 am

    oh, what cute pics! hope you have a productive weekend with a little bit of time to relax, too! xo

  • Reply Liberty Street September 27, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    It sounds like you’re really busy! Well, whenever you have a chance, email me and we can talk Newburgh!

  • Reply Gypsy505 September 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Cute puppies!

  • Reply Stephanie September 27, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    I just discovered your blog tonight via decor8 and I am loving your tales and photos about renovating your house. It looks as though it is coming along beautifully – even if it is a lot of work.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply bethany joy September 28, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    What kind of dog is Bruno?

    Your garden is awesome… We just installed a new Cedar fence after a rough storm and I finally started sealing/staining it today. Your home and dogs are lovely and keep me inspired to add to my husband and I’s first little house (bought in March).

  • Reply kristy September 29, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Oh yes I remember your garden. I keep coming back here in the hope of seeing an update!

  • Reply mgu September 30, 2008 at 3:38 am

    I hope you don’t mind I posted about your bathroom tiles in . I couln’t help myself.

  • Reply Lizzie September 30, 2008 at 4:54 am

    Your dogs are so adorable! I have been following your reconstruction/interior designing of your house – I am in love. I love all the progress – everything!

    Your bathroom is amazing, I want it now.

  • Reply Maria Inês September 30, 2008 at 6:05 am

    What a lovely blog. I’m loving it:)

  • Reply Stephanie September 30, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Love the dog photos… have a great blog…i am new to blogging. i will def come back to visit yours!

  • Reply Only Good Things October 1, 2008 at 3:20 am

    I know exactly what you mean! At the moment a spare year would come in especially handy.

    P.S. I must say that I love your blog and it has actually inspired me to start blogging again. Drop by once you catch up. xo

  • Reply porter October 1, 2008 at 8:10 am

    These guys are just too cute!!

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