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Posts from — April 2012

Massage + Magazines

Hello peeps!  I hope that your week is coming to a wonderful close.  I know mine was rather busy but I did manage to have one day where I spent time on myself.  Not often does it happen that I set time aside with no husband, no kids – just me.  Part of my me day included a massage and what a treat it was.  Danielle, my assigned masseuse, worked on all the knots in my upper back and kept a Zen like atmosphere for me throughout the session.  Her soft words reminded me that it was time to relax and enjoy.  I also managed to hit up a used book sale at my local library and load up on books (even some audio ones), magazines, and CD’s.  Some titles included were Martinis, Food & Home Entertainment Cookbook One, Moving On, some House Beautiful mags, and more.  I’m ashamed to admit that I did also buy Tori Spelling’s latest book.  Stop, I can hear your disappointment and judgments.  I’m not trying to justify the purchase but for some reason when watching her tv show, Tori &Dean, I am continuously intrigued by her candid honesty and the dysfunctional life she leads – just like the rest of us.   Let’s just file this book under ‘Entertainment’, shall we?  Nevertheless, I discovered for the first time that my ‘me’ day was spent 100% guilt free.  This has NEVER happened since having kids.

OH my, do I love the table on the cover of this House Beautiful magazine above.  I think I’ll be curling up with this one tonight – an awesome find at the library for only .25 cents.

Images:  House of Many Hues

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April 26, 2012   No Comments

Adventures with Fabric

My latest project involves performing experiments on fabrics by intentionally spilling liquids on them.  Why would I do that you ask?  Well, I shall tell you.  A few years ago, I bought a down-filled sofa off of Craigslist for $300.  Before ever physically seeing the sofa, I knew I was going to be in for something special.  When we arrived, we drove up the driveway to a home (estate) that must have been worth in the millions.  I’m not joking – at one point I thought we were at the wrong house.  Why would these people post anything on Craigslist?  This gorgeous home boasted 9 bathrooms and over 8,000 sq. ft.  Ok, back on topic (I could go on about this home).  Once we got the sofa to home, I was able to trace its origins to a super high quality line.  With the information I was able to gather, my guess is was that it was originally purchased for thousands of dollars.  It’s got beautiful lines that are classic and ever so solid construction.  However, while the fabric is durable and in good shape, the color does not go well in my home (I kinda knew this buying it).  So now I am working on having it re-upholstered and selecting the right fabric is tricky.

If you’ve never researched upholstery fabrics, you may not know that the majority are non-machine washable – not so great when you have two kids under 4.   In fact, many even stated that only “non-water solvents” are to be used when cleaning.  What are non-water solvents?  Does that mean dry-cleaning?  I contacted one of the upholstery manufacturers and asked, “So what happens if you spill water or juice on your fabric?”  Silence.  I guess no one has asked her this question before.  She didn’t really have an answer (or want to say).  She did mentioned that it might leave a water ring or that the fabric could shrink.  I then asked, “What if I machine washed the entire fabric before it’s used for re-upholstery?”   Again, no real answer.  So I’ve setup a series of experiments in which I spill various liquids (that are likely to spill) on my sample fabric.  I’ve left the spills to sit overnight and so far the results are quite favorable.  But the ultimate test will be running it through the wash.

Some of the fabrics I’m exploring are from:

1.  West Elm

2. Pottery Barn

3. House of Fabric

4. Fabric Guru

5. Inside Fabric

Images:  House of Many Hues

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April 24, 2012   1 Comment

Furniture + Updates + More!

There has been a lot exciting things going on the last few weeks at the House of Many Hues home!  I’m not exactly sure where we left off so excuse me if my updates are a bit all over the place.

After much thought and many quotes, we have decided to hold off on getting a deck this year.  We could have changed up our design, reduced the overall size, switched to a cheaper material all to reduce the cost but my husband said something one evening that made a lot of sense.  “Let’s enjoy our patio this summer and not give up on what we want”.  And so, I’ve decided (for now) to let it go and save up the additional funds to try and build the deck we want next year.

I believe I’ve mentioned before that at one point many years ago I use to refinish wood furniture.  I have never really been able to completely let go of the satisfaction of watching a piece go from grungy to gorgeous and so I’m back in the game!  This has been on my mind for some time but due to transportation limitations (we do not have a pickup truck) I was never able to easily rescue these pieces.  While we didn’t buy a truck, we did purchase a trailer which works just as well and was a much cheaper solution.  I plan to post these beauties on the House of Many Hues Facebook page (here) which I finally got around to setting up!  In addition to furniture, I will be posting home related items for sale – some of which are from my home.  So if you have some time or are curious, stop on by!

(The pic above is my latest buy.  I am undecided on which lampshade to use but I’m leaning on the one in the picture).

I’m also working on the next House of Many Hues Newsletter (if you missed the last one, you can still check it out.  It’s located on the right side of the site).  To ensure that you don’t miss out, make sure to sign up with your email (top right side of the site).  I want to send thanks to everyone that sent supporting words regarding the Newsletter.  One suggestion that came up a few times was that it wasn’t long enough and that they wanted more material!  To be honest, I was a bit worried that the Newsletter was on the longish side so this makes me feel a little better.  Anyway, for now the format will stay the same.

Ok, that’s enough updates.  How are you doing?

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April 18, 2012   1 Comment