7th House on the Left

So, I’ve been heads down this week wrapping up a few graphic design projects for clients as well as working on a huge revamp of my graphic design business. But ya’ll don’t want to hear about that stuff. You guys are here for house stuff. Whilst I’ve been up to my eyeballs in designs, emails, sketches, notes and such, it dawned on me that I totally forgot to mention a semi-major furniture change around here…

Sold Dining Table // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Yep, she’s out of here. Sorry for the nasty photo – it was taken at night, with a cell phone. After literally months and months after realizing this dining table and chair combo wasn’t working for us, we listed it on Craigslist and ended up selling it within 48 hours. Really, it was a great table – amazing quality and gorgeous finish – but it just wasn’t jiving with the style we’re aiming for. This table was more suited for a traditional or transitional home and we’re going for a “rustic modern with a touch of vintage” vibe – if that makes any sense whatsoever.

Now that the room is essentially empty, it’s like a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders and I can breathe again. It’s time to start from scratch, people!

I’m not 100% set on a table and chair combo for the “new” dining room just yet. We’ve already sealed the deal on a table (I’ll be sure to post photos of that pronto – I’m in head over heels in love with it) but I’m completely lost when it comes to the chairs. I’m not going to rush into a decision and buy 8 chairs of something I think I might like – that’s what happened when we bought the first dining room set, and it ended up weighing us down (style-wise) for two years. This time, I’m going to take my sweet time and wait for the perfect ones to come along – even if we have to sit at the table with office chairs for a while.

All of that to say… the traditional table is gone, we’re starting over, we bought a new table and we’re on the hunt for chairs. Do any of you have comfy dining room chairs that you particularly love? Share them in the comments so we can get some ideas!

You guys know how I love a good design-related quiz. A few months ago, we all tried out HomeGoods’ Stylescope quiz and it was a lot of fun to read everyone’s results and see how accurate you thought it was (and that thing was pretty dang accurate!). Well, I have another fun one to pass your way…

Lonny Magazine's What's Your Spring Style? Quiz // 7thhouseontheleft.com

This quiz is by Lonny Magazine, and I came across it on Twitter earlier this morning. Seeing as how I’ve been a fan of Lonny since day one, I had to try it out. The purpose is to find your “Spring Style”. With Spring (supposedly) around the corner, I thought it would be fun to take it for a spin.

Lonny Magazine's What's Your Spring Style? Quiz // 7thhouseontheleft.com

The quiz is only 10 questions long and has a mixture of visual and “situational” questions – like your fantasy vacation home spot. One thing I love about quizzes like this is that it makes you think about things you wouldn’t normally think about or sift through styles you wouldn’t normally consider. I don’t drink, so I did hit a snag when it came to the “Your signature cocktail” question. I just picked a random one and went to the next question, haha.

Lonny Magazine's What's Your Spring Style? Quiz // 7thhouseontheleft.com

So, 10 questions later, my result was “The Jock”:

Salmon-colored pants, trips to the Cape, family games of touch football—you’re not afraid to let your inner prepster fly. After all, you’ve never met a stripe you didn’t like. Naturally, your home follows suit with nautical details and plenty of references to good ol’ Americana.

It’s accurate, at the same time it’s not – if that makes any sense. Maybe it was the cocktail question that threw it off, haha! First off, I’m not a fan of nautical accents in our space – though I really dig the rustic touches that sometimes come along with that genre. On the other hand, I love crisp white, “preppy” accents like stripes, and trips to the Cape are my jam.

Click here to take the quiz for a spin. Share your results with the class! It would be interesting to see everyone’s “spring style” and if they think they’re results were accurate or not.

All images from here. This post was not sponsored by anyone. Just recanting my Twitter finds.

HIS + HER FAVORITE THINGS

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So, it’s that time again – time for another round of His + Her Favorite Things! Even though March has finally rolled around, we currently have 5+” of snow and ice on the ground. That’s just crazy. But, without further ado, here’s a round up of what Ash and I have been digging this past month…

His Favorite Things // 7thhouseontheleft.com

ONE // As soon as Valentine’s Day was over, stores everywhere pretty much packed up all of the pink, heart-shaped items and brought out all things pastel and spring-related. Despite feeling like this was rather strange (with the weather still being so wintery – we currently have 5+” of snow on the ground), this guy was happy because that meant Peeps were now “in season”. No, they aren’t the healthiest things ever, but I love them for a treat around this time of the year – and Ash tolerates them because she hates them… but I married her anyway.  TWO // We’ve had two different stick vacs for small cleanup jobs around the house, and we weren’t too happy with either models. Luckily, we finally found our favorite of the stick vac bunch. It charges by sitting on the stand (so that you don’t have to worry about taking the battery out every time you use it) and the middle section pulls out for use as a “dust buster-style” hand vacuum.  THREE // With this movie getting so many awards the other night, I figured it was time to watch it for myself. I honestly didn’t go into watching it thinking I’d like it that much (I usually like more fiction in my science fiction), but I really ended up enjoying it. I don’t know if it’ll be going on my top ten list or anything, but it’s definitely worth a watch. FOUR // I’m definitely not one for hair products, moisturizers, etc., but the last time I got my hair cut, the hair dresser used this stuff and it’s been a favorite ever since. This stuff is seriously awesome as a leave-in conditioner for my hair and beard. Plus, it doesn’t leave me smelling like a bouquet of flowers. FIVE // I love my office and its dark grey walls, but it has a tendency to be a little dark in the evening. Ash has been helping me pick out a lamp for the room and this lamp is a little pricey, but I think it would be absolutely awesome to bring some industrial character to my otherwise modern work area.

Her Favorite Things // 7thhouseontheleft.com

ONE // We purchased one of these beauties a few months ago and love it. I love getting up in the morning and having a smoothie included in my morning routine. I’ve been sticking to the same one every morning (apple, banana, strawberries, blueberries, spinach, sliced almonds and flax seed), but I’m looking for a new concoction to try. If any of you guys have a favorite smoothie recipe, pass it along in the comments. (I love ones with lots of spinach!) TWO // I was an avid InStyle reader for years, but ended up letting my subscription expire. I recently started up my subscription again and realized how much I’ve missed it. To me, a perfect night of down time involves a hot beverage, the latest issue of InStyle and my notebook to write down products I want to try out. THREE // Okay, so I know beauty vloggers have been around for yeaaaars, but apparently I’m just now getting the memo. I came across Fleur DeForce while looking for some info on a new face cleanser I wanted to try out. First of all, I love her accent. Second of all, her coloring is similar to mine, so her makeup suggestions are always great. Another favorite of mine is Essie Button. She’s really funny and, again, has similar coloring. I love both of their monthly favorite videos as well as their “beauty haul” and “empties” round ups. // FOUR // I’ve been on the hunt for a new makeup bag, and I fell in love with this one at first sight click. The fun colors, ikat(ish) design and polka dots had me at hello. FIVE // For the past few months, I’ve been on the lookout for a new foundation and, let me just say, I have found the holy grail of foundations. I could really go on and on about this stuff, but I will refrain. I actually found out about it through Etsée’s video showcasing it’s awesomeness. Tarte’s Airbuki brush is the icing on the cake for this product.

So how about you all? Any particular favorites this month?