On The Home Front

Just a few little things happening around the house that I thought I'd share (from my iPhone because I don't have time for the big girl camera.)  My birthday is coming up and this year I asked for more blue and white. I kind of forgot about my birthday to be honest. It's somewhat anti-climactic after you have a baby. But I've received some lovely gifts already. 

My in-laws gave me these blue and white Ralph Lauren lamps after I had inquired about all of the pretty new ones they've added to their own home.  I was soo excited when I opened them to find they had gotten me a pair! 

They've found a home on our antique console table upstairs.  I love that you can see them from downstairs when you walk in the front door. 

I also started receiving random pieces of blue and white in the mail and couldn't figure out where they were coming from. Not a bad problem to have. A couple of them found a spot in our kitchen. 

Of course, they were from The Suze. Usually if a blue and white ginger jar mysteriously shows up at your house, it's from The Suze.  That's how she rolls. 

Finally, our new sectional for the basement arrived. It's huge and so cozy. Because of the hard turn in the stair well coming down to the basement we had to get creative with the sectional pieces. These are things I don't think about when selecting furniture so I'm glad Kip does. It's hard to get a good picture because there's no natural light down there. 

There's also a small child who had to break it in before we were allowed to sit on it. 

The fabric is a grey velvet that I'm hoping will hold up well. We're still trying to get it organized and cleaned out down there so it's a bit of a mess. I want it to be a fun place to play and curl up in the winter. Having an obnoxiously big sofa to curl up on is a good start for our cozy basement.  I'm now on the hunt for some colorful throw pillows, an ottoman and maybe a colorful rug for layering.  I'm seeing lots of pink and lavender. 

Btw, the wall color is Benjamin Moore Sage Tint and I love it. Very relaxing and calming and looks good with almost any color. 

So that's all on the home front.  I'm going to look for some stuff to zhuzh up the basement today.  And, of course, I'll share them with you. 

Enjoy your Monday! 


  1. I love your lamps, Jennifer, and I LOOOOOOVE that grey velveteen sofa. You will LOVE how it holds up., I had two chairs in that material that held up beautifully through a whole family of 4 kids and now one of my daughter's took them for her home. xo Diana

  2. Oooops- PS Happy, Happy Birthday!

  3. Well first happy birthday....ginger jars are a perfect gift always! Glad to see Edward breaking things in for you...great looking sectional btw and lets face it normally they are quite ugly, but this one looks great and loooooove the velvet!
    Things are looking good!

  4. Happy Birthday! I'm loving your blue and white! I hope it makes you smile every time you see it.
    Missing the basement thing here in so cal.....I love em!

  5. Happy Birthday Girlfriend!! I love your new pieces especially the Ralph Lauren Lamps!

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  6. umm..so...i'm gonna need The Suze to send me some blue and white for my upcoming bday as well (could ours be as close as our kids'?!?). Love your new lamps! I've also been shopping for a sectional for the very same reasons. Our family room needs to be about the cuddles and comfort...I just can't stomach that price tag yet. Love the color of your basement!!

  7. LOVE those lamps on that table. And everything else, per usual :-)

  8. Jennifer,
    I think you must have very thoughtful in laws to purchase just the right thing for your birthday. They are perfect. I need a Suze to send packages to my address. Is it at all possible that you could pass it on to her? The sectional is perfect for your room.


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