Quickly launching ourselves into the winter and holiday season, I’ve been working on a few modest home projects over the last few weeks that improve the space but don’t necessary warrant a whole unique post.
1. I brightened my kitchen, au-naturally.
Window screens are great during the summer for obvious reasons, but even when they’re spiffy clean, the filter that they cast on a room or looking out into the yard irks me. That’s why I’ve made it a habit to remove the screens that sit inside the window, like these kitchen windows that open outwardly during warm weather.
Shown here, the screen on the left has been removed, the screen on the right is still in place. The absence of screens allows a lot more light to pour inside, and also makes a big difference in how well you can see the backyard too. Crisp and clean? Or gray-washed? You decide. It’s very hard to photograph well, but try it for yourself and enjoy the difference it makes. (Psst: Not to get all out of order, but that’s a sneak peek of a new kitchen light. You’ll see it over on DIY Network’s blog soon.)
2. My living room dimmer switch died again (within 2 months from when I fixed it last).
It’s the dimmer functionality itself that fails me. The on/off switch still remains usable, but with six 40-watt bulbs on the chandelier on full-blast, it gets a little bright up in this place. I’m beginning to doubt the brand, but gave it one last try; this time I purchased the premium model that prides itself in being more efficient + eco-happy. We shall see.
If anyone else has a brand of choice, please let me know. I prefer this style of dimmer because it’s subtle and fits my three-switch plate nicely.
3. I started my “winter garden”.
I was gifted paperwhites and an Amaryllis recently. The Amaryllis holds its own in the ceramic pot that it was delivered in (it was a Target Smith & Hawken kit) but I divided the paperwhites into two smaller IKEA pots. Can’t wait for a little winter flower action.
(Psst. Last winter I tried reusing bulbs that I had already forced to open indoors. Did not work. Just FYI.)
4. I DIY’ed another doorbell.
The door on the side of the house had an old, yellowed-plastic 1950’s doorbell on it (very similar to the one I updated at the front door just this year). Following suit, I whipped up another driftwood doorbell and installed the piece quickly. Although replacing one issue unearthed about 4 other issues with that entryway; the old doorbell encasement was somehow connected to a piece of aluminum trim, which pretty much fell off in my hands, exposing some pretty yellow paint (that I first saw when we redid the siding last fall) and many holes. This will be a springtime project when outdoor painting is more appropriate. Until then, just use the front door, OK?
5. I started a special Holiday video for you guys.
More to come on that. Here’s a sneak preview. Yes, I’m under a table, looking like I’m up to something, and appearing very washed out.