Tagged: decanters

DIY decanter tags

Is it odd to follow up a booze centric holiday season with a post about booze? Technically, we’re talking about the outside of the bottle in this post so hopefully that’s ok. When we swapped some furniture and pulled out our fledgling decanter collection, several people asked “How do you remember what’s in each bottle.” At the time, we were relying on Aaron’s razor sharp mind (and if that failed, his discerning sniffer) to keep the liquids straight. Our collection has ballooned and a more tangible tracking system was in order.

In keeping with our minimal, industrial aesthetic, Aaron found some metal rimmed tags and tag wire.

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I clipped the string and added a liquor name to each.

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A simple twist keeps the tag in place.

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Then fill the bottle and twist the wire in back.

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Now it’s easy to tell what each bottle is holding, which is good because after Christmas and a stop at one of our favorite antique malls in Kansas City, we have a few more to add to the collection. In related news, we need a bigger bar.

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And that is about as crafty as we get around these parts… unless you count the yarn pompoms that I make each year to top Christmas gifts.

 

Furniture swaps

It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for the studio tipping point – the point when we actually move in, the point when the dining room starts to get cleared out, the point when we think “YES! This is why we bought this place.” I’m seriously enjoying the fact that it feels like we’re moving in. Nesting is at an all time high.

So it’s no shock that some unexpected furniture swaps have me doing a happy dance. First we moved our desks into the studio, freeing up space in the upstairs living room.

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At the same time, we moved everything into the viewing, freeing up a media unit that has always lived in the studio. Our initial impulse was to sell it, but we decided to try it out in the upstairs living room first.

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It turned out to be a great fit. We love that the TV is lower and therefore more in our line of sight from the couch.

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This freed up the record cabinet turned media cabinet/bar turned put-the-TV-on-there-for-now. We plopped it down where the desks used to sit and promptly filled it with all our bar parephenalia.

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It also gave us a chance to fill and display the decanters we’ve been collecting. Ultimately these will probably live in a bar downstairs, but it’s nice to use some of the fun things we own.

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Now the upstairs living room looks like this.

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It’s so much less “maybe you should do some work” and so much more “Relax! Have a drink!” Even the view from the stairs is better. Hello wide open goodness.

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This, however, is my favorite view. Looking down the hallway from the bedrooms, all you see is living room furniture instead of our cluttered desks. It makes me happy on the daily.

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Moving the alcohol back to the record cabinet freed up the white Ikea cubes and they suddenly looked like good temporary night stands.

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So now, we have bedside tables! Beside tables that are not made of cardboard and threatening to cave in!

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They’re definitely temporary, but the kind of temporary we can live with until we actually get to redo this room. Of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone. I grabbed one of our favorite lamps and pulled out gobs of milk glass to hold my jewelry.

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There’s something about a jewelry in a retail display that makes my heart happy.

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The closet, former home of jewelery stuck in plastic trays and piles of Aaron’s belts and watches, also got some milk glass. My inner storage geek rejoiced.

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Can I get a ‘hooray’ for finally feeling a bit more settled?!?