On the Couch (Or Confessions)

Remember LAST spring when I rented my place on Airbnb for the first time? Remember when I thought it was going to be a short-lived experiment?

Well, 15 months later I’m still renting it to travelers from Egypt to Australia and everywhere in between.

It takes a toll on me. I’m not going to lie.

Even though my friends are awesome for letting my big beast and me stay with them, it’s hard not to be home. Sure, I have streamlined my packing process and my after-hours check in procedures so I don’t have to wait for international travelers at all hours of the night, but if I’m being honest, I’m ready to stop for a while.

I’m ready to finish the repairs and upgrades my place desperately needs, to have a proper dinner party on my yet-to-be-christened mahogany table, and I’m ready to know all of my shoes are in my closet instead of a bag on the floor.

So, I finally rejected a couple of requests from Parisians and blocked a week off my calendar. Now I can stay home to deal with my place… and the mail that gets neglected when I’m living like a nomad.

I tackled the refrigerator upgrade last weekend with middling success (see injuries here), and now I’m ready to replace my couch.

My parents bought my current one for me when I graduated from USC, and it had two removable slipcovers back then. Four rescue dogs, 45 international travelers, and 13 years later, I’m down to one slipcover that is absolutely in tatters.

It’s time for an upgrade.

See?

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Horrifying furniture AND photography.

The challenge is finding a sleeper sofa I don’t hate for under $1,000. I found one that wasn’t bad at Cost Plus, but it didn’t have removable (read: washable) cushions, and it only pulled out into a twin, which won’t really work for a lot of reasons.

It was CLOSE to being right, but…

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Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

I found another option I don’t despise online, but it’s hard for me to commit without seeing it up close.

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OBVIOUSLY not with those atrocious throw pillows. Source

Also? It only comes in pebble which wouldn’t be catastrophic, but I think I want dark gray.

I’ve been scouring Craigslist for over a month, but that has been a bit of a bust thus far.

So… I confess I’m not quite sure what to do about the couch, I’m a bit sick of renters, I’m tired of living like a refugee… and my other confession?

I have writers block.

I know that sounds crazy considering I wrote two blog posts this week, but it’s really just procrastination because I don’t know what to do with my pilot, my second feature, or the first feature I’m converting into a novel.

I’m just not feeling that inspired.

Now that I’m home and rejecting rental requests for a while, I’m going to make myself write.

Hold me to it, K?

Thanks, internet.

My Psychedelic Menagerie (Or I Want to Redecorate My Living Room)

My living room evolved over time and ended up kinda loud. There are a lot of birds and bright colors. Basically, it looks like a psychedelic menagerie of sorts.

Every time I try to photograph the elements, I end up with a dog in the picture.

Living room decor from Dogs Dishes and Decor

I was trying to take a picture of the entertainment center. Pay no mind to the crooked, off-center deer head. That situation was remedied with a hammer, a hairdryer, and a pack of gum. No, really….

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This was an attempt at photographing my rug. It looks like my spaniel is using it as a Slip ‘N Slide.

Anthropologie Lamp Shade on Dogs Dishes and Decor

I was trying to take a picture of my lampshade, and my dog sat up. (I ultimately put it on a different lamp, but it started here.)

Anthropologie pillow on Dogs Dishes and Decor

Here’s my throw pillow up close. Albus is very into it.

You can sort of see the elements in context from this angle:

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Again, a dog in the photo. I think he’s angry he doesn’t receive royalties for appearing on my blog.

And this angle:

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I am in desperate need of a new couch, but I have been putting off the purchase. I also need to reposition the Beymer prints, but I have one more to frame, so I haven’t bothered….

So, anyway, that’s my living room. And even though it’s not quite done, I find myself restless and wanting to redecorate. Not because I don’t like the room but because I also like these rooms:

Mary McDonald on Dogs Dishes and Decor

I mean can we talk about this wall by Mary McDonald? Source

Caitlin Wilson Anchors Away

Remember when I said I was obsessed with Caitlin Wilson? Well, these are her Anchors Away pillows and I need them in my life. Source

Annsley Interiors on Dogs Dishes and Decor

I live for this room by Annsley Interiors. Source

I’m thinking of moving toward the beach in the next year. Maybe that would be a good excuse to overhaul my aesthetic.

What do you think?

Happy Birthday, ‘Merica (Or This Patriot’s Digging Red, White, and Blue Decor)

I got up at 6 this morning and went for a five mile walk with the dogs because I’m mental like that. While wandering down La Cienega, I saw these chairs. They were staring at me like brightly colored candies in this window, and I was like, “Yes, please. Get in my life.” Since I have absolutely no place to put them, nor would they match any furniture I presently own, I photographed them instead.

Erika Brunson chairs on Dogs Dishes and Decor

I mean, just LOOK at these Erika Brunson chairs! They’re all crisp and sharp. And delicious.

As I imagined some sort of scenario in which I had an actual need for these chairs, I realized that I have been seriously neglecting the décor part of Dogs, Dishes, and Décor lately. And given that today is Independence Day, I figured I should make some attempt at being patriotic, so… here are some rooms I love that are giving a nod to Old Glory.

You might be taken aback by the understated nature of these rooms, especially when you compare them with those bits of Pepto pink perfection, but I’m nothing if not full of surprises. (And contradictions.)

Red White and Blue Decor from Dogs Dishes and Decor

OK, this is coral, but it’s close enough…. Source

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Lynn Morgan Designs. Source

Red White and Blue Decor on Dogs Disehs and Decor

Micky Hurley, Designer. Source

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Micky Hurley, Designer. Source

Happy Birthday, ‘Merica. I’m putting on my navy and white bikini just for you.

#0fftothebeach