Friday, October 19, 2012

Layers of a Living Room

So, I haven't updated this baby in a while.  Sorry!  I will do a catch up post about us in a minute, but more is how our living room is doing.

We left off with...we bought a couch.  Then, the couch arrived, so the living room looked like this:

 Then, we found a great linen chair at a furniture clearance store! 

Next up, we definitely needed a rug.  We ordered this charcoal grey rug from  At first, we weren't sure if we liked it.  It was definitely blue-grey (apparently a common problem with "grey" rugs), which we weren't sure worked very well with our light blue couch; however, after sitting on it for a while (literally), we decided that we liked it.  It's not overly matchy-matchy, which I hate in design, so it worked out.  I also made a dalmatian print pillow (inspired by the recent interior design trend, see HERE).  I got the fabric from yard.  I still have yet to actually sew it, but that is between me and you.  I threw on our old light green pillows from our last couch, but they won't be there much longer.  Anyway, here was the next layer:

After this came the big Daniel project.  We wanted a coffee table that looked like these:
Above image: $2,795

Above image: $9,600

Above image: $1,265

We knew we wanted a "free form slab" or "live edge," as they call it, wood coffee table with stainless steel legs.  As you can see, the prices were no where near what we were willing to pay.  So, Daniel decided to make it himself.  He went to his parents' cabin and found a tree that had fallen down.  He cut out a giant piece of the trunk and hauled it to his car with his dad.  He took it to a mill to have a piece sliced out of the middle and cut to the size we wanted.  Then, he put a clear gloss on the top part of it to protect it from drinks and whatnot.  We kept it pretty matte because we wanted to wood to still look really natural and not overly glossy.  Then, Daniel bought the metal for the legs.  We wanted to get stainless steel, but thought it was too expensive.  So, Daniel bought aluminum, which ended up looking exactly the same and was cheaper.  He had the legs cut and welded together at a metal shop and screwed them on himself.  
So, here is the next layer including the beautiful coffee table Daniel made:

Some more angles:

Below is an image of the lamp I got at Homegoods and the 'F' I snagged from Anthropologie on clearance:

Also, for my birthday Daniel let me get these two Philippe Starck-style Louis Ghost Chairs.  They're not the real thing, but they look exactly the same, and at only $70 each instead of $300+ each, I said HECK YEA!

Here are some inspiration images using lucite ghost chairs: In Dining RoomIn OfficeIn Living Room 

Up next for our living room?  ART, PILLOWS, ACCESSORIES.  Let me know if you see any awesome deals!    

Saturday, August 4, 2012

We Bought a Couch...

Well, we've officially made the move from a basement apartment in Midvale to a rented condo on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City....and we're loving it!

The only problem is that our new apartment is pretty unfurnished.  We never really liked our old brown sectional, although it was our first "big" purchase as a married couple so I guess it had some sentimental value.  Regardless, we decided to try and sell it to people who came through to look at our apartment when it was up for rent.  Luckily, someone bought it!  This was very exciting to us, but we quickly realized when we moved in to our new place that we now had no where to sit and watch movies or snuggle or just relax after work.  Well, it's been almost 3 weeks and we are still only watching movies in bed on a tiny TV. 

The GOOD news is, we ordered a couch!  It should be here in about 4 weeks.  Now that we have picked out a couch, we still need to get:

1. Rug
2. Coffee Table
3. Side tables
4. Lamps (these are a MUST since we have no overheard light in the living room)
5. 2 Side Chairs

This is where I need YOUR help!  I need some design inspiration!  The rug is the next project.  Anyway, here is the couch from Macys:

We really went out on a limb and got the sky blue instead of grey or cream.  We want to get some color up in here!  Here are some of the rug ideas I have had so far, but I would LOVE your input!

CHEVRON: could get in black/white, grey/white, or even brown/white (LINK)
TRELLIS:  Grey would be safe, but I've also seen that mixing light blue with darker blues looks great too (LINK)

ORANGE:  I think that the light blue/orange would be a fun color combo (LINK)

CORAL: I love the light blue/coral color combo (LINK).  I'm also loving actual coral patterns (see below, LINK)

 DAMASK:  So many color options: yellow (LINK), red (LINK), black (LINK)

Anyway, as you can see there are a LOT of options!  Who knew a blue sofa could look great with so many rugs?  Which one/type would you pick?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Chia Seeds...wha??

Two weeks ago, I had never heard of chia seeds.  This changed when I read this post on one of my favorite blogs, THE LITTLE RED HOUSE.

It got me curious about these little, nutrition-packed seeds.  So, on my next trip to Whole Foods, I bought about 1/4 cup from the bulk bin.  I know this may seem like a pathetic amount, but these babies go for $15.99 a pound!  YOWZA!  I did see some packaged versions of the seeds that seemed to cost less than that per ounce.  I'll have to do more research.

Lots of people around the blogosphere are experimenting with these seeds and finding different ways to use them.  I was intrigued by THIS recipe for chia seed pudding (and check out the other awesome breakfast ideas on that link!).  I had heard that chia seeds soaked in water turn to gel, so I followed the extremely easy recipe, and BAM!  Chia seed pudding.  Here is how I did it:

Step 1: Mix 1/4 cup chia seeds with 2/3 cup water.  Stir for at least 3-4 minutes, until the mixture becomes thick

Step 2: Place in the fridge for 10 minutes

Step 3: Remove from the fridge.  It should have a thick, pudding consistency

Step 4: Top with your favorite fruits and be ready for an energy-packed breakfast...or snack!

I thought the pudding was really good.  The pudding itself didn't really have a taste, but it made the fruit flavors explode in my mouth!  I would definitely eat this again!

Have you ever tried eating chia seeds?  Thoughts?


Let's Talk Cabbage

I've been experimenting with a lot of vegetables and foods lately.  I don't eat meat (except fish) so I'm constantly trying to find new, yummy ways to eat veggies. 

Last week I decided to tackle cabbage.  There are lots of ways to eat it, but I decided to roast it after seeing several pinterest recipes floating around.  The result was...YUMMY! 

Olive Oil
Sea Salt
1 Head of Cabbage

Step 1: Cut the cabbage into about 3/4 inch slices.  If they're too thin, they're not as good.

 Step 2: Place the cabbage pieces on a pan that is lightly seasoned with olive oil.  
Step 3: Spread about a tablespoon of olive oil on each cabbage slice

Step 4: Lightly sprinkle sea salt and olive oil on each piece

 Step 5: Place them in the oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes
When they come out, they look like this:


I ate these for lunch and they were SO good and filling.  Who knew cabbage could be so good!  Feel free to season them with whatever herbs you enjoy, but for me just some salt and pepper was perfect. 

How do YOU cook cabbage?

New Beginnings for the Faulk Family!

New jobs!  New apartment!  New US!

Today Daniel starts work at Williams Gas in Salt Lake City as a Data Technician.  He was really sad to leave Ice Edge, the company he was with before, but thinks that this new job will get him closer to a career in his field (and the larger paycheck doesn't hurt either!).  Unfortunately for me this means no more daily catered lunch for Daniel = daily lunch packing for Camee.  Blah.

My new job will start in August at Jefferson Academy in Kaysville (formerly Oquirrh Mountain Charter School).  I'm super excited to finally get to teach theatre full time in my own classroom!  In Park City I was the long-term sub so it never really felt like my own program and I mostly had to follow the normal teacher's way of doing things.  At American Preparatory Academy I was the assistant theatre teacher and most definitely wasn't able to do anything the way I would do it if I were the lead teacher.  While these experiences were amazing for me, I am SO ready to just be THE theatre teacher at a school.  I can't wait to meet my students and get started!  I will be teaching Drama I, Stagecraft/Set Design, 2 Video Production classes, and 2 Musical Theatre classes.  YAY!

Because we're both working farther north, staying in Midvale is just not an option.  We decided we wanted to move to Salt Lake, closer to my sisters and closer to both our jobs.  We've been looking to buy a house there, but every time we offered on one we got beat.  After we offered $15,000 over asking price on our dream house and STILL got beat, we kind of gave up...for now.  So, the apartment search began.  It wasn't easy.  Every nice complex we looked at was INCOME RESTRICTED!  As in, if a couple makes more than $35,000 together they cannot live there.  I was a bit furious about it.  I mean seriously, people making less than $15,000 are getting to live in card-access buildings with swimming pools and exercise rooms and we are looking in these nasty dumps for over $700 a month.  Something seemed off.

Well, I couldn't fix Salt Lake housing, but we did finally find a great apartment for us!  It's a condo that we're renting--2 bedroom, hardwood floors, AND, most importantly, it has a dishwasher AND a washer/dryer!  Daniel and I agreed that after living without those two items for over a year and a half, that these were no-compromise items.  I'm glad we stuck to that because we finally found a place with all our requirements that wasn't $1000 or more a month.  Hopefully we'll secure the place later today!  Here are some pictures:
Living Room

Kitchen...please note the DISHWASHER!

Master Bedroom

Second Bedroom

Bathroom...gotta get some color in here

My favorite...THE WASHER/DRYER!  Hallelujah!

Hopefully everything pans out today as we solidify our lease and then we'll be moving out next weekend.  Crazy!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I HEART Artichokes!

So today I’m sharing one of my new FAVORITE snacks—roasted artichoke!  This is one of those things that sounds fancy and difficult but is actually SO easy!  Lately I’ve made them both for myself and to share at parties. Daniel doesn't NOT like them, but they're a vegetable so he won't eat them.  Here’s how I do it with only a few simply ingredients…

 1 or 2 artichokes
Lemon juice
Olive Oil
Garlic (cloves or minced)
Sea Salt

1. Get some artichokes!   I found these for $.88 each at Sunflower Market.  Aren’t they beautiful?

2. Cut off about an inch or so off the top of the artichoke. 

3. Cut off the stem of the artichoke.  I’ve found that it practically pops off by itself!

4. Put the artichoke in a bowl (I forgot in these pictures) and immediately sprinkle the two open, cut parts with lemon juice to prevent browning.

5. Pull open the artichoke a bit, layer by layer.  This will allow the juices to seep all the way down into the artichoke.

6. Pour lemon juice (either real or from a bottle) and olive oil over the artichoke.  Make sure the juice and oil are really getting down into all the layers.  I really like to taste the lemon after roasting so I use a lot—several tablespoons for sure.

7.  Really open up the core of the artichoke and place either a full garlic clove or some minced garlic (I used minced) down into the core.  I also sprinkled some minced garlic into the other layers.

8. Sprinkle the whole thing with some sea salt.

9.   Place the artichoke on some foil.  Pour the leftover juices from the bowl onto the top of the artichoke.  Wrap it in foil from the bottom up.  Do this with a second piece of foil.  This makes sure that there is no where for the air to escape and locks in the flavor.

10. Place the artichoke(s) in an oven safe bowl.  Bake at 410 degrees for 1 hour 10 minutes.  

When they’re done…they look like this! 

Some people like to dip theirs in mayonnaise.  I mixed some mayo with a little lemon juice and some favorite herbs for my dip; however, the second time I made these I didn’t use any dip and the lemon and olive oil flavor was PLENTY.  Saves you some calories as well!

I know it sucks that they take so long to roast, but the prep is so easy that it’s worth it!  How else do you cook artichokes?