Four Legs + HOUSE: Newburgh

Vacation looks like this.

Well, it looks like this for at least another 30 minutes. Then I really have to get up and get busy.

As I’ve mentioned, I usually spend my vacation time working on the house, and this week is no exception. I have a rough outline of what I’m trying to accomplish before next Sunday, but my basic plan is just to move through the house gradually, completing as many projects as possible in one room before moving on to the next.

But: I will paint the living room windows. I will. (The insides, at least.) Because it has been four years (!) since we bought this house, and there is just no excuse for them still being covered with peeling yellow paint.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to keep the dogs from going totally bonkers while workers climb around on the roof. I think they’re installing the roof hatch today, and maybe finishing a chimney. Tomorrow…basement windows? I hope so. As fun as it’s been having rotting plywood instead of glass for the past four years, I’m looking forward to this little improvement to the underbelly of our domicile.

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31 Comments

  • Reply Michelle April 19, 2010 at 9:57 am

    My vote is for the couch at least for a little bit longer… lots of luck accomplishing your list!

  • Reply elisabeth April 19, 2010 at 10:01 am

    My father almost always used his vacation time to rest and relax on the couch AND to do work around the house. Painting, sanding, building. Make the best of the time and really, do whatever if is you WANT to do.

  • Reply Live a Colorful Life April 19, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Your toenails rock. It’s time to get out the polish for sure!

  • Reply PhillyLass April 19, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Oohh! Looking forward to updates! Your projects always turn out so well!

  • Reply Tess April 19, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I can relate to the peeling yellow paint. We have been in our house for 5 years and still have tons of little projects like that! It really bugs me!!! Someday…

  • Reply heather April 19, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I have peeling yellow paint around my windows too. Good luck with all of your projects – I can’t wait to see the results!
    And pretty toenails! I’ve been wearing grey recently too. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Anna at D16 April 19, 2010 at 11:28 am

    p.s. The toenail polish color is Essie Chinchilly (a light, warm gray), in case anyone is wondering. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Dan April 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    New white slipcover on the Karlstad? Nice! Good luck with the projects– as always, psyched for the before & afters.

  • Reply jennifer in sf April 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    You’ll have to be strong to fight that double furball cuteness! Good luck with your projects.

  • Reply Jean April 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    wow, that is pretty impressive that you’d spend some of your vacation in the basement of all places!

    Good luck, looking forward to seeing the results.

  • Reply Sue April 19, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I would love to have 2 little furry dogs laying on me to keep me warm…can’t wait to see what you have in store for us, have a nice vacation. You’re getting really good at telling us who, what, where everything is from, but you didn’t tell us who makes the nail polish πŸ™‚

  • Reply Anna at D16 April 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    @Sue: Yes, I did — scroll up a few comments. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Mirjam April 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Hi Anna!
    If this is what holiday looks like, it sure looks good πŸ˜‰ . You already did so much. When I have a few days off, I always make a list of jobs needed to be done. At the end of the holiday they’re still on my list… I have a few days off next week, so I might take your good example! Hope you also can enjoy your well deserved holiday!

  • Reply Sue April 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Oh, my bad, I guess the brand is Essie, πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amanda April 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I love the phrase “underbelly of our domicile” πŸ™‚

  • Reply Anna at D16 April 19, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks, Amanda. πŸ™‚ I think that sounds much nicer than “basement”.

  • Reply Raspberry Swirly April 19, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    I am in love with that bright pink pillow. And I’m glad you’re not dead! I was concerned.

  • Reply Barb F (Australia) April 20, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Enjoy your hols!

  • Reply jennifer April 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

    i vote for more piles of puppies time πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rachel Kay April 20, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Aw, looks like the dogs are enjoying you being on your holidays πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jacquelin Seybert April 20, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    My idea of vacation too except my dog is too crazy and hyper to let me relax!

  • Reply melanirae April 21, 2010 at 9:28 am

    she’s ALIVE!

  • Reply Stasia April 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Snuggling with the pups is definately a must on vacation! I can’t wait to see before and after pictures πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rachel (Little Bits of Lovely) April 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Puppy time looks waaaay more fun!

  • Reply urban flea April 22, 2010 at 1:58 am

    that looks absolutely perfect right now… ugh. just a little fyi, i’ve given you a wee award over at urban flea, i’d love for you swing by and check it out. have a lovely rest of the week!

    xo urban flea
    http://www.urbanfleadesign.net

  • Reply danielle April 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    just a quick note to tell you that reading your blog is a total treat! my boyfriend and i are currently trying to assemble a new apartment after just moving to seattle, and i come here all the time for inspiration! also, i love your eames era style!

    thanks!

  • Reply Katie*Belle April 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Your pups are so cute! My dog does the same thing whenever I’m home with her. I hope you have a great week off.

  • Reply raru April 23, 2010 at 6:45 am

    so beautiful dogs πŸ™‚ love them all πŸ™‚
    thank you.

    happy happy friday!

    xoxo,
    raru

  • Reply Jenny M April 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    That is exactly what a vacation should look like! πŸ™‚
    I just adore your little doggies. <3

  • Reply Amy April 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I looove that chair, but I’m having a hard time finding it in your archives…where’d you get it again? Love the doggies too πŸ™‚

  • Reply Anna at D16 April 24, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    @Amy: Here are the details on the chairs. πŸ™‚

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