Showing posts with label need advice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label need advice. Show all posts

Friday, October 26, 2012

How's a Fragrance Junkie Supposed to Get a Fix?

flickr user: Dennis Wong
Eucalyptus spearmint, pearberry, brown sugar & fig

These are words that fill my heart with glee. Why? Because to me they mean one thing: yummy smells. I love things that smell good.

Plus, when you live with three cats and a boy, well, sometimes there are bad smells that need to be dealt with. And I'm sorry, but opening a window rarely cuts it. Plus, in my neck of the woods that's only a plausible solution about 20% of the time; it's usually too hot or too cold.

But if you've taken, or read about taking, even the smallest steps to free your life from toxic products, then you know that the vague term fragrance is a big, bad no no. It's code for toxic, carcinogenic chemicals.

I made what I consider to be major progress. I weaned myself off my favorite dealer, Bath & Body Works. No more plug-in air fresheners, spray or candles. My lotion is Burt's Bees and my shower gel has natural fragrances. I even stopped buying candles and switched to natural form of fragrance: essential oils. And everything was working pretty well actually.

Then I begin to see the cracks in my plan.

The Burt's Bees and Say Yes products I like (not love) may be 97-98% natural, but they still list the ever vague fragrance. Whhhyyyy?

And then the real kick to the gut. My beloved essential oils, that I've been using in everything from my homemade all-purpose cleaning spray to diffusing, are (may be?) toxic to cats. At least according to some sources. Toxic as in kill them if a drop gets on them. And even having them breathe in the diffused oils can be dangerous.

If you have cats in your home and are an essential oil lover, did you know about this? And if so, what did you do next? Now my choice is between killing the cats quickly with natural oils, killing us all slowly with synthetic fragrances, or dealing with a stinky house? Ugh.

I'm already jonesing to smell something good and it's only been a few days.




Thursday, May 19, 2011

Now You See It


I loved the little white picket fence in front of min hus from the moment I first saw it.

But six years later, that little fence is looking neglected. At first I thought it could make do with a coat of paint, but when I trimmed the bushes a few weeks ago I saw that it needed more than that. Boards have dry rotted. The whole fence needs to be replaced. There goes another big project for the to-do list.

But this morning I had another idea. Do I really need a fence? Plastic fences look so, well, plasticy and a new wood fence will eventually need more maintenance. What could be more simple than getting rid of the fence altogether?


Hmmm... I think it could work. Thoughts?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Light or Dark?


I got a new end table as a gift from my mom. I love it, the size, the fact that it's round. The only thing I need is another one, but it was an auction find that she painted so finding a match may take some time.

But this new addition does cause a dilemma. Every piece of "wood" furniture in my living room is a different color, ranging from brown/black all the way to white. So what should I keep, and what should go?


I prefer the light, clean feeling of the white. But I can't imagine the coffee table in white and I wonder if painting everything white will be a bit much in combination with the fireplace. The boyfriend prefers the dark black/brown color of the coffee table, which I think might be too dark.

Lately I've been thinking about leaving the coffee table alone and painting everything else white. What to do, what to do? What say you Internets?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Mini-Spruce Up

Sometimes the littlest changes make all the difference. I picked up these curtains at IKEA for the office, but once I got them home I had to try them in the bedroom first. The bedroom looks so different and new to me now. They're definitely staying!

I'm debating getting some black thermal roman blinds to put behind them. I like to block out the light to allow for my favorite bedroom activity: sleeping in. Plus if they block the drafts, even better.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Garden Mysteries: What the Frick Is This?


The picture does not do it justice; this is one wicked looking plant that is growing out form under my box hedge. Check out the bloom in the top left. But is it a friend or foe?

Actually it's one FAST-growing wicked looking plant. I swear it wasn't there yesterday when I was weeding. It seems like everything in the garden is loving this cool, wet weather.

I can't wait to see what the flower looks like.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Pillow Shopping

When it comes to decorating, purchase creep is practically unavoidable. First you buy one new decor item, which leads to another purchase, and another.

Some of the purchase creep I'm currently experiencing in my living room was planned. Part of the reason I waited to buy living room curtains, was because I needed to purchase furniture first. Of course, I got the new couch and chair last November so it still took a wee bit of time to find the perfect curtains. I also got a new rug and now I desperately need new pillows because the old green and pink ones don't go with the new blue curtains. Yep, purchase creep.

So anyway, I'm now scouring near and far for the perfect pillows (in my budget of course). Here are the current candidates:


First up, the blue pillow with brown circles sitting on the chair, was found today on sale at Marshalls. I like it, but not as well as the similar yet more stylish pillow at Target (which isn't online, what's up with that?). The other three blue pillows are from the fab Etsy shop, Ruth's Crafts. Her pillow are stylish and reasonably priced! The tempting yellow pillow is from another Etsy seller, joom.

Ideally, I would like to have some pillows with various prints and designs that look well together, but aren't too matchy-matchy. But I'm not so confident I'll be able to pull that one off, especially given how hard it's been to find anything I like in the first place.

Any words of wisdom, all-knowing Internets?

Monday, March 17, 2008

Blue or Green?


So after 2.5 years, I'm on the downhill stretch of finally getting curtains for the living room. I found them at Target of all places (first place I looked actually).

I bought a sample of each color from Target and had a mini curtain fashion show (a fantastic idea totally stolen from This Young House, thanks!) I just have to pick a color. It's definitely the blue ones, right?

I must admit that it kills me a little to pick the blue ones, because the boy said the blue ones were better from the very beginning and he'll never let me live it down. I was SURE I'd prefer the green, cause I have that green elsewhere in the room and like it. But the green curtains just don't have provide enough contrast. Drat! Now I have to go pillow shopping... although the boy volunteered to sew some. I don't know if I can handle it if it turns out he can sew and I can't.

Also, anyone know where to get cheap curtain rings? They really do make a big difference, but I need a LOT of them.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

It's Time to Lose the Blinds


After two and a half years, I'm really getting the itch to banish the blinds in my living room and get real window treatments. This is proving difficult for several reasons:
  1. I can't find many finished curtain options that will look good in the room
  2. I can't sew, so buying fabric is out.
  3. I like the wall color and don't want to change it.
  4. I'm cheap (and need six panels and hardware for three windows) and I just can't see dropping a lot of cashola on window treatments.
  5. I am decision-making challenged (ex: the great sofa dilemma). Is there a pill for that?
But lately the blinds and lack of art in the living room is giving off a sterile vibe that's driving me nuts. I may steal This Young House's idea of having a curtain fashion show, but if I can figure it out virtually, even better. Won't you help me finally make a freaking decision?

Option #1:
Target has been the front runner in my curtain search, but part of me wants something more exciting. The boy like the blue, but I'm leaning toward the green, because I already have some pops of spring green in the room and I really like it.


Option #2:
I've become smitten with these curtains from Urban Outfitters. The boy says they're tacky, but I think they'd add that bit o' funkiness that this room so desperately needs. I don't love the birds that are hidden in the pattern though and am concerned they may overpower any art and accessories I eventually add to the room (you know, in 2010).


Option #3:
Just found these this morning while surfing every freaking site I could possibly think of that sells curtains. I think these are a no go, but I did consider them for a moment.

If only this CB2 pillow came in curtain form.


Ok, Internet, this is where you come in. What do ya think? Other suggestions or places I should check besides Target, Urban Outfitters, Linens and Things, Overstock, Bed, Bath & Beyond; and JC Penney?

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