It’s finally Friday!

I’m so happy the weekend is a mere six hours away! This week hasn’t been all that bad, but I’m escaping the city for a few days, and I’ve been looking forward to it forever. I’m not going on vacation or anything, just to my parents’ house for a neighbor’s annual pig roast party tomorrow night (I may be from the country, but I’m not a hillbilly, I swear).

But it’ll also (hopefully) be a really productive weekend in terms of the apartment. I have a few DIY projects to work on – and I can actually buy spray paint out in the boonies, unlike in the city limits. And I’m hoping to make it to HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby and IKEA – a hefty goal if I say so myself.

Speaking of IKEA, they just released the 2012 catalog! Well, actually, it’s not up on their site yet, but if you follow this super secret link, you can view the whole catalog right now. That should KEEP YOU BUSY OVER THE WEEKEND…

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I want that Wednesdays

“I want that Wednesdays” are a series of posts that, well frankly, are just of things (real estate, decor, food, etc.) I like. Egotistical, right? I’m hoping in time it’ll help me define my personal tastes. Let me know if you love it/hate it/can’t get enough of it.

It’s not very often that the item featured in a “I want that Wednesdays” post is actually within my reach, but that’s not the case this week. One of my favorite design blogs, Design*Sponge (listed under Resources FYI), is coming out with a book! And not just some dinky paperback, but a 400+ page, glossy behemoth. The previewable (yeah, that’s not a word) spreads look beautiful – and more importantly, full of ideas!

I’m definitely adding this to the wish list. If you’re interested, you can get it for half off (that’s $17.50, even $35 is pretty darn reasonable for a classy coffee table book) if you pre-order it from Barnes & Noble using this link. But do it now – the PRESALE ENDS FRIDAY!

*PS – This is Urban Nesting’s 50th post! Yaaaaay!

Before and after: Kitchen light

I hate florescent lighting. Who doesn’t? So when I moved in, I desperately wanted to change the god-awful kitchen light. My landlady Sharleen gave me (well, really, my electrician father) permission to do it, but once we got the old light off, the wiring was prehistoric. It looked to be a much bigger job that we’d expected, so we bailed (after some sparks…). Very disappointing.

But then Sharleen decided to hire an electrician to work on something in her part of the house, so she had him change my light too! He must have realized what a pain it was because it took him two or three visits to get it figured out (and still, I think he did it some ghetto way instead of ripping all of it out and starting over…). But I have a new, non-florescent light! It’s not what I would have picked out, but IT’S AN IMPROVEMENT NONETHELESS.

Mexican siesta and fiesta

This weekend was the first weekend that I had absolutely nothing planned in… well, as long as I can remember. I’m kind of a big deal, ok? No, but seriously – It. Was. Glorious. Plus, I took Friday off for some much needed r&r. I wish it could have lasted forever, but alas it’s Monday again. Wah wah.

But with the free time on my hands, I figured I’d actually breakout the cookware and make something homemade for the first time in the new apartment. Yes, I went over 25 days without ever making more than a frozen pizza or a salad… sad, I know. I even have a great new set of pots and pans from Pampered Chef (thanks, Mimi!).

So I landed on shrimp fajitas with guacamole and Mama’s famous salsa. It all turned out surprisingly well, very fresh and tasty. I’ve made the salsa a handful of times now, and while it’s not quite up to Mama’s standards, I thought this batch was particularly good. Or maybe THAT WAS THE CORONA TALKING…

Pieces of the puzzle part II

Acquired another element for the living room – a cute little bookshelf! I paid $20 for this puppy from a nice woman a few blocks away via Craigslist. In all honesty, it might not stay around for too long. I just needed something to show off some of my stuff so I actually know what I have. Eventually I’d like to get some kind of bookshelf/bar to go in this space. But it works for now and is, conveniently, the same color as my rug. Ah, HARMONY IS GOOD.

Pieces of the puzzle

With everything that’s been going on, I haven’t had much time to shop around for accessories, but I did get one big thing – a new rug! I’m not sure what the rules are about putting rugs over carpet, but I’m doing it anyway (from what I read, it seems to be an acceptable practice). The colors are EXACTLY what I was looking for, and it was even on sale! It’s certainly not a high-quality item, but I love it just the same.

Fantastic end table, huh? Eventually everything will get pieced together, including covers for those two naked pillows on the couch. But it’s funny how a rug really can TIE THE ROOM TOGETHER.