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15 Jan

I have always wanted a treadmill. Well, not always. In my early teenage years, I wanted a punching bag. I think my parents gave it negative five seconds of consideration and said hell no. It was then that I set my eyes on a treadmill.

Fast forward some years and dreams really do come true! I would like you to meet the newest addition to our family: Sir Charles Barkley Drennen. Sir Charles joined our family this past Christmas, and we welcomed him with open arms! Well, that is until we got him home.

See, it’s a great thought. Long, harsh winters means no outdoor exercising for the majority of the year. What we didn’t realize, is that Sir Charles would be difficult. He has to be on carpet (we have old hardwood floors). He has to be plugged into an outlet that doesn’t also supply an appliance (hello, we live in a tiny apartment not unlike those 400 sq ft Ikea rooms. Every outlet serves a purpose). He’s large (repeat: tiny apartment). He has to be at room temperature (there goes the back porch). So, Sir Charles now is a central part of our home decor. Here is the sequence of events/dining room transition over a few days.

Step 1: Clear the dining area to make room.

Step 2: Take apart the carpet tiles. Some for the table, some for Sir Charles.

Step 3: Bring Sir Charles in from the cold back porch and set him up.

Step 4: Continued set-up.

Almost done!

All done!

It’s definitely an adjustment of decor, but Tom is convinced that when people come into our apartment for the first time, their first thought will be “wow, these people really prioritize fitness.” I happen to think they will think other things, but we’ve agreed to disagree on this one. For those who have not been to our apartment, where the photos are being taken from is next to the front door. So this is very close to what you’d see when you walk in. I’m not 100% convinced this is the final spot for him, but we don’t have many other options.

On a happy note, it is VERY loud for our downstairs neighbor. While I was using it yesterday, she texted me: “Everything OK up there? Sounds like someone is about to come through the ceiling.” This makes me happy because she is quite possibly the most horrible neighbor we’ve had. Her yappy dog barks all hours of the day and night (but mostly night), and her electronics have more bass than what should be allowed. She also can’t be bothered to shovel snow or pick up mail/packages/trash off our porch. We definitely do not like each other.

Oh, and I almost forgot. You’re probably wondering WHY his name is Sir Charles Barkley Drennen. I have chosen this name because the real life Charles Barkley is one of my favorite athletes. I don’t have a great reason beyond that, but I thoroughly enjoy watching him on Inside the NBA. If we ever met, I think we’d be friends. He’s also shed some lbs lately, thanks to Weight Watchers.


Save It!

12 May

Time to brag (again) and show off some freelance work we just did. Good friends Kat & Babak have hired us to create their wedding correspondence. The invitations always seem to be the main focus, but before invitations come SAVE THE DATES! Kat & Babak decided to go a bit more formal with their invitations, but gave us permission to have fun with their Save the Date postcard and really let their personalities come through.

We spent about 3 minutes brainstorming ideas before we landed on this, and knew it would be a winner. Look closely for some cute details! Enjoy!

Oh, baby!

6 Apr

As I mentioned last week, good friend Chelsea & her husband Jeff welcomed a new addition to their family a couple of weeks ago. And while distance will keep us from meeting the little man for a while, we were luncky enough to be asked to design the baby announcements! And since they’ve hit the postal stream, I feel confident that I won’t blow any surprises by sharing them (because they are just so darn cute!).

Kudos to Mama Chel for wanting to have some fun with the announcements – it’s much more fun for us that way! And unless someone else has something they’d like to share, the next birth announcement you’ll see will be for baby Philpot!

D-I-Y… More like D-I-M

30 Mar

I found something I want to make. But I’m not calling it a “do it yourself” project, I’m calling it “do it myself” project. I think it sounds more empowering.  They are probably one in the same, but not to me!

Back in December, I took a trip down to Nashville to see my girl Mandi. In true Mandi-Lauren fashion, we did some shopping. One day, we went down to this cute area of town near the Vanderbilt campus to shop some local boutiques and I found the cutest piece of art. It would look PERFECT in our “rustic-chic” Pottery Barn dream house that will someday be a reality. Someday.

I stood in the store looking at this thing, and all I could think was I COULD MAKE THAT. FOR $10. And here it was, on sale for $200. TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS!! Are you kidding me!? It’s a wood frame, around a piece of painted fiberboard, with red letters stenciled on. $10, easy.

So, this is project #1 for the summer. Hopefully it’s as easy as I’m thinking it will be!