Daring vs. Darling: Which will you be this Valentine’s Day?

By Abby
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Hopefully your significant other has plans to take you out. (We’re certainly hoping our other halves are making such plans.)

So what are you going to wear? What do you want to say to your partner without using any words? ♫Are you ready for love? ♫

Are you a daring, sexy bad-a**, barking out a demand: “Take me to your bedroom!” (in your best robot-alien voice). Or are you a darling pretty-in-pink, whose outfit says, “I’m ready to be pampered!”

Daring vs. Darling: Which will you be this Valentines Day?


No matter how you spend Valentine’s Day, we hope you’re with the one you love! 💓

How to Wear Pantone Colors of the Year: 2016

By Abby and Elle

Yes, you read that right: For the first time, Pantone has introduced two colors as their color of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

We’re not entirely keen on wearing clothing in these colors, but we would absolutely consider accessorizing with them. Rose Quartz and Serenity complement a host of other colors including silver/grey, mint green, navy blue and burgundy, just to name but a few.

We do applaud Pantone for the reasons it chose these colors. According to its website, “…we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”

So don’t feel shy about mixing in a little Rose Quartz and Serenity into your 2016 look!

How to Wear Pantone Color of the Year: 2016


Bathroom Redo: Demolition Day!

By Elle

IMG_0421Our half-bath off the back hallway and laundry room (subject of a future post) longed for a facelift. After we retiled the floor in the back hallway and laundry room, we skipped the flooring in the half bath because it was one of those “one job leads to another” deals. We needed to replace the toilet, and we wanted to tile the lower walls with marble — so there simply was “more work to be done,” and we just left the flooring alone.

Finally, “bathroom demolition day” came along. We ripped out the toilet (actually it was more of a gentle removal), ripped out the sink (that description’s pretty accurate), and peeked inside the wet wall just to make sure we had enough insulation since our wet wall is also an outside wall, and, in case you spend January and February hibernating, it’s been pretty dang cold these past few winters. Dealing with frozen pipes is not on our bucket list.

The bathroom’s not finished yet, but you can see from the photos below that the plumbing and construction parts are complete. (Full disclosure: Wherever I write “we,” what I really mean to say is “he,” as in my man. He’s the labor. I just bring him cold drinks and then blog about the results.)


It sometimes pays to take a peek behind a wall. Yeah, I was hoping to find a treasure, a wad of cash, an emerald ring. Here, we found nothing but trouble.

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Trend Alert: Box Bags and an Amazing Discovery

Abby & Elle Upstairs FashionBy Abby and Elle

Box-shaped handbags returned to the fashion scene several months ago, and there’s no sign of slowing. Elle has loved box bags ever since she laid eyes (and hands) on this one, picked up for a pittance at This Way Out, the vintage shop located in the basement of the Beachland Ballroom.

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How to Copper Your Front Door

By Elle
I’ve been waiting two years to paint my front door, and, for a change, I’m glad I didn’t get around to it right away.  I’d settled on painting it cinnamon with olive trim, but then I discovered a paint kit that would give the door an aged copper look.  Oh yeah.

It was impossible to paint the door in just one day; the primer alone took 12 hours to dry. So that the paint can set, the outdoor temperature must be above 55 degrees, and luckily our mild winter weather gave us several perfect days to complete the job.  Gimme a fist bump, El Nino!

Take a look at the photos below, and read how we did it.

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion

Front door, before. We felt the black shutters, not to mention the carriage lights, dated the house, landing it right back in 1972. (Ignore the wretched “landscaping;” we’ve improved it by leaps and bounds since this photo was taken.)

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