I See London…

We wanted to make a quick post about something we’ve been working on for quite some time now…our bathroom theme! Introducing, the world’s cutest and most awesomely-themed bathroom (own horn = tooted). The theme for our bathroom is “I See London, I See France…” Pretty clever, huh?

Bathroom Decor Wide

I’m a total Pinterest freak – absorbing as much media as I possibly can at a clip, even if I’m never going to bake that fancy pie or DIY that pallet coffee table, I like seeing it, reading about it and being inspired. So, although Pinterest and the internet cannot take full credit for this idea, I must say I am always inspired by what I see out there. I’ve never seen or heard of anyone else doing this same theme for a bathroom. However, inspiration for the little details comes from all over:

Bathroom Canvas Prints

  1. White ceramic faux animal head: You’ve probably seen these before, mostly in the form of a deer an antelope, or some other long-horned creature. Ours comes in the form of the majestic, elegant creature that is…the English Bulldog. Our inspiration for the piece had to do with a few things: 1. It was 5 bucks at Christmas Tree Shops. 2. We like the faux animal head idea, especially the all-white look. And 3. This little guy:Crumpler the English BulldogThis 65-pound beast beauty is none other than Crumpler. Some of our devoted readers and followers know him well. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, just take it all in – this little bugger is a true English gent with a colorful personality and a face only a mother could love. Cheerio!
  2. White floating shelves: We used this in a different space in our last house. Now that we have a normal-sized bathroom, we thought they would make a lot of sense in this space. Now we just need to really deck them out with some more London and France-themed things.
  3. Canvas prints: These museum-quality canvas prints come from one of the many online spots where you can fashion your personal prints onto just about anything. I made both graphics in Photoshop and we used EasyCanvasPrints.com to get these fun and vibrant pieces of art slapped onto a canvas. Nice touch with the “Oui Oui”, right? Gotta love bathroom humor…

We also have an older piece of wall art featuring a sketched, black and white Big Ben. This fit perfectly with the theme, so of course it belongs in the bathroom.

Big Ben Avery Tillmon

We still have one blank wall to fill, which just means more London and France-themed fun to be had.

Our love of London comes from the time Andrew and I spent abroad, studying in Kingston-Upon-Thames back in college. You can read all about that here.

Bathroom Before and After

Tally-ho, monsieur!

Road Tripping (to Cape Cod)

This past weekend we took a road trip up to Cape Cod. For us this is a 6 hour drive and we didn’t have much time so the emphasis was more on the road rather than the destination. We left super early to avoid the rush hours into and through New York City and Connecticut. The plan worked and we were in Hyannis before noon.

Sandy Neck Light

That’s a picture of Sandy Neck Light, on Sandy Neck, a spit of land not to be confused with Sandy Hook. This view comes courtesy of the Long Pasture Nature Preserve, a very cool park run by Massachusetts Audubon.

Hyannis Harbor Anchor In Hotel

That’s a view from our hotel, and yes, it was that dreary the entire trip. That didn’t stop us from visiting the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory!

Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory

On the way home we decided to make a few stops, one of which was Jamestown, Rhode Island. Jamestown is on an island in Narragansett Bay, and was the filming location for films such as Dan in Real Life and Moonrise Kingdom. The latter was the reason we wanted to check it out. Check out a few pictures.

Moonrise Kingdom Coming Soon

That’s a still from the Moonrise Kingdom trailer and below is the way we saw it that day at Fort Wetherill. Fort Wetherill is a former fort turned park and was one of the more iconic settings in the film.

Moonrise Kingdom Fort Wetherill

So, this post didn’t really have anything to do with the house, but we’ll be getting to that. Stay tuned for some interesting things we found at an antique shop on the trip.

Bill Murray Moonrise Kingdom

Ideal Views from Ideal Beach

September 11th 2012 Tribute in Light Ideal Beach, NJ

This photo was taken last night at Ideal Beach in Middletown, NJ. Obviously yesterday was September 11th, 2012 and the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York City. Although never directly affected, being residents of the state of New Jersey, the attacks and their memory will always be a part of our lives. What you’re seeing in the photo is the “Tribute in Light” from the site of Ground Zero.

Let me give you some direct context to go with this photo. Megan and I were driving around on our way back from Target when we noticed the light in the distance to the north. All we could see was a beam extending above the tree line. We knew that just across Route 36 we could easily get to the bay shore for a clear view of New York and the memorial. I guess that makes sense, but what we didn’t realize was just how good the view would be and how clear of a night it was. One of the people you see in the photo above was overheard as saying “every year I come down here to take a look and it has never been this clear.”

While driving up we figured we would just hop out of the car, take a look and go home. After all, it was a week night and the beach was probably (technically) closed. It turns out there were a bunch of other people there doing the same thing. Taking pictures, talking and there was even one guy who lit and placed a candle by the water. Sometimes being young, I forget that there is a sense of togetherness that exists in these situations. I’m not even talking about on a larger level, or the idea that “we were all there.” I’m just talking about the feeling you get when you realize that you are a part of a shared experience on a very small, local level. Here we are going to the beach to see what we can see, and there are a handful of other people who had the same idea. And they probably acted on it the same way we did. No one made a scene or a big deal. Everyone had an understanding that we were all there for the same reason. And that’s a good feeling.