Headboard Shelf Progress

We took advantage of a weekend at home, and got to work on our master bedroom headboard shelf.

David did most of the work, and Estelle and I lent a hand when we could.

The headboard shelf is held up by 3 rectangular frames attached to the floor and walls. The boards facing out are screwed into these frames, and the 2 pieces that make up the top sit on top of everything. The top boards can come up when we need to access that space.

Since we are literally taking away 8 sq. feet of floor space in an already small room, we will use this is as off-season clothes storage. Our gift wrap storage container fits perfectly, and I think we could fit 4 in the space.  File bins fit perfectly too, and we could stack 3 high if we go that route.

The next 3 shots give you a better idea of what is left to do.

To Do List:

  • Fill screw holes and sand the headboard
  • Install baseboard at wall patch area, install quarter round throughout the room
  • PAINT – headboard will be white, walls will be white and Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue (top swatch), trim will be white
  • Find an attractive extension cord/power strip for our lamp, it will be hidden behind the headboard
  • Buy the FJELLSE pine bed from Ikea, chop off the head board, sand, paint it white
  • Buy plastic bins for headboard storage
  • Move the two file cabinets down to the basement
  • New window treatments, probably some inconspicuous white cellular shades
  • Rework existing wall art and restyle the headboard contents
  • Maybe a new duvet cover, and dye existing off-white duvet covers and blankets

That was a productive weekend. Thanks to David for all of his hard work! Have a great week.


Storage Solutions

We are home this weekend, getting haircuts and working away on a master bedroom headboard shelf. By we, I mean David, since he’s doing most of the work. Hopefully, I can post progress photos on Sunday.

A couple weekends ago, we house, pet, and pool sat for David’s family in the country. Their treasure-filled 18th-century carriage house had some inspiring storage solutions, and I thought I would share! First, a little more about the house paraphrased from David’s aunt. The house dates to around 1750, along with the barn. It is rumored that George Washington and his horse may have stayed there at some point before crossing the Delaware River. The carriage house was converted into a human home about 35-40 years ago. In 1994 an addition was built with our master bedroom, master bath, living room, and the pool.

The idea of this post came from the unique way David’s aunt repurposed an antique low boy inherited from Grandmom’s house. She put her TV on top, and filled the drawers with DVDs. It’s as if the drawers were made for them!


This wall nook in the kitchen would be hard to replicate in most homes, but I like how it aligns perfectly with the kitchen counter.


Our bathroom may not be big enough for anything more than the necessities, but I loved how David’s aunt used this quilt rack as towel rack. It adds a little historic charm to an area of that house that is a more recent addition. I also really loved the star fabric of the shades, and an ornate red rug is an unexpected bonus in a bathroom.




Obligatory pool photo!


After we got home from our weekend in the country, I tried to think of some creative storage solutions we have going on in our own house. I’m sure we have plenty, but the one that came to mind was our bath toy storage. Although the claw foot tub is pretty awesome, it’s severely lacking in places to put anything. We had have a handy wire storage tray that goes across the tub since moving in, but what to do with all those bath toys that keep reproducing?  I’m not even sure how I thought to use the Ikea BYGEL container attached to our wire tray, but I did, and it works for the smaller things. I sought out ideas for additional bath toy storage, and saw the wire tiered fruit hanging baskets somewhere out there on the world wide web. We already had ours hanging in the basement, so I promptly moved them to the bathroom. The hanging baskets work so far, and drain into the tub, and almost remain out of sight behind the shower curtain. The tiered hanging basket came from Ikea a year or two ago, but I couldn’t find it on their website. Here is something similar. We actually removed one tier, and that basket hangs in the kitchen.




That folks, is a wrap. Have you come up with or spotted great storage solutions lately? Have a great rest of the weekend!




A Surprise Pirate Party

To those of you who are not aware…all three of us will be adding new titles to our repertoire in September/October of this year. I will be Tia, David will be an uncle, and Estelle will be  a cousin. My sister and her new husband are expecting their first child, a boy, on or around September 27th, 2012. They are also moving down to Florida in a matter of days. Estelle thinks they are moving to Disney World, but that’s not quite true. Last weekend, we squeezed in one last visit while they were still a quick drive away.

With the help of my sister’s new husband and sister-in-law, we surprised my sister with a very small baby shower send off. I even hesitate to call it a baby shower because my sister specifically said no baby showers. We kept the invite list fairly local to DC, so friends and family living far away didn’t feel obligated to make the trip. Also, we didn’t want to completely inundate the parents-to-be with baby stuff five days before the packers came to box up their lives.

All baby showers should be coed, beer drinking pirate parties. Seriously, it was a fun time. We booked a table at Union Street Public House in Old Town Alexandria, VA. We brought some Whole Foods and Termini Brothers desserts, pirate decorations, and plenty of pirate fun for the kiddos. The fact that we had men there kept the conversation interesting when it came time to open gifts (like a breast pump).

Take a look at some photos. I used the iPhone app, PicStitch, to merge some photos together. Can you tell I love this app?


The adorable pirate party decorations are by Meri Meri, and can be found at YoYo.com. If you are not already aware of the awesomeness of diapers.com/soap.com/yoyo.com/casa.com/wag.com/beautybar.com, consider yourself aware. They offer one shopping cart for all of their stores, and free 2-day shipping on orders over $39 (using 2 of more of their stores).

After the party, some of us went back to the small apartment stacked with boxes for some crazy, blurry kid fun. It was cozy, and loud. Thank you to the gracious hosts who put up with our antics. We had a blast, and wish you nothing but the best as you move and get settled in your new home.

That is one awesome pile-on!


Blog Update

I am in the process of merging rowHOME with SouthFeasterdelphia. You can only imagine why! I will claim temporary insanity in thinking that I could keep up with two blogs. If everything goes smoothly, all of the content from rowHOME will still be available on this blog. It just might be a little disheveled for a few days. I will keep posting house updates and city life stuff in addition to all things family.

I am hoping to be back tonight or later this week with more blog posts, provided I get all my chores done.

For now, I leave you with last night’s Instagram photo. You can follow us @southfeasterdelphia.


Estelle in the bath!



Driving to Uncle Rocky & Titi’s

City Pretty: New Hope Edition

We were up in Bucks County this past weekend, house and pet sitting for family. We drove through New Hope, PA on our way across the river to the Golden Nugget Flea Market in NJ. While in New Hope for those few minutes, I spied this fun container plant and climbing plant in front of a clothing shop. I took this photo from the car while stopped at an intersection, perhaps you can see my reflection. Do you see the creepy mannequin too?


While we are the topic of plants. One of our indoor house plants has aspirations of taking over Philadelphia. The plant is called a cycad. It looks like fern, but the needles are stiff like an evergreen. We have two, and only one has these growths. I think they might be new fronds, but if so, this plant will need its own zip code in a few weeks!


Don’t let the lack of blog posts fool you. There is plenty going on over here at Casa do Feaster. I will be back soon with some updates.


The Artist

It’s mind boggling how quickly a child’s mind (and body) grows! You’ll see where I’m going with this in a minute, but for now please ogle that cute baby!

We must have had a creative bug in our britches tonight. We let Estelle practice with the DSLR with heavy supervision. Check out some of her shots. This is all Estelle. I’m not saying it’s great photography, but it’s pretty fun and she didn’t break the camera!

The next one is my favorite!

Then she took our food orders, and drew food…that actually kind of looks like food. This is really the mind boggling part, at least for us. A couple months ago it was all scribbles all the time, but over the past few weeks her hand skills have improved. She was even drawing Barbapapas in the sand at the beach.  Please don’t take this as boasting, we are constantly amazed by what Estelle’s little buddies can do too!

This is a banana. I’m not sure why this one image is smaller than all the others, and I don’t really have time to figure it out!

The leggiest E ever, but she gets the point!


Sprinkle donut.

The following was Estelle’s train of thought when picking out her new markers yesterday.

Me: “Look, Estelle, we should get new markers. Remember your old ones dried up?”

Estelle: “Yeah!”

Me: “Or do you want the little ones instead?”

Estelle: “Little ones, because I’m little.”

Estelle: (as I hand her the little ones) “No, big ones because I’m big.”

Sigh, toddler angst at it’s finest. For the record, we got the “big” markers.