Saturday, May 18, 2013

5 Year Anniversary!! The Gift that keeps on gifting... or cleaning...

I meant to post this yesterday when it was our actual 5 year anniversary but time slipped away! Yes, yes, 5 glorious years of marriage with my sweetie! Now, I don't get too personal or sappy ever on this blog so I'll spare you the gooey "oh so in love" crap!

We are not a gift giving couple, never Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, anniversary gifts... just not our thing, if we want something we just buy it ourselves! BUT I'm super excited about a gift we're giving each other (let's face it, mainly a gift for me!)


Woot! Woot! Our NASTY washer & dryer came with the purchase of our house and yes, they're funky but they also don't clean great, rip holes in clothes and the dryer takes 2 hours to dry a load! And with my vacation rental business I wash A LOT of linens, towels, and clothes. 

Here's my beauties:

Don't judge! Oh, and the dryer door has to be shut with that little can of dog food because the door is broken.

RIGHT?! So sad and gross... it's TIME!

What year do you think they're from!? 80's? 90's? I can't even tell!

After much research, looks like we're going with: 

LG 3.6 cu ft High Efficiency Front Load Washer (White) ENERGY STAR

And the dryer:

I am so so excited to get these bad boys! I can't believe we've even waited this long! 

From doing a little googling, apparently the gift giving goes like this:

5 Year Anniversary:

Traditional Anniversary Gift: Wood 

modern anniversary gift: silverware

Modern Anniversary Gift: Silverware

And what do you know... before even reading this I hit up an estate sale this morning and scooped up a 75 piece silverware set in flat gold! GOLD!! Place setting for 15 people in GOLD! Did I mention they're gold?! OK, not like solid plated gold but still, they are so fabulous! I'll post a pic of them once I'm home but just had to share in this post because I coincidentally bought our anniversary gift! ha! and for only $25!!! Yippeeee!!! 

Oh and if any of you out there absolutely love your new washer and dryer please send me the brand! Still not 100% on these but with over 200 five star reviews they must be good. Do y'all do the whole gift giving thing? Is it weird we don't!? 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Where have I been!? I'm BACK!

Wow, it's been like over 6 weeks since my last post! That's very UN BywaterBoo!! I apologize. Work, working out, stressing out, enjoying life in NOLA.... it sucked me in and now I'm back and in a writing mood - FINALLY!! I really only like to write when I want to write. Which may be a bad thing but I feel like it seems forced otherwise. SO, think of this post as a culmination of about 8 posts all in one! I hope your'e ready!! 

Without further ado...

Nothin' like a Bywater Searsucker Party...

Awesome party at our neighbors house. 

 Birthday Parties...

Louisiana Derby Day...

My and my "other" husband, Dr. Craig! 

Jazz Fest with my mommy!


Client Presentations...

Construction sites... 

Side note - I absolutely LOVE being on construction sites! I'm from a construction family and grew up going on sites with my dad and grandpa so it's a comfortable, nostalgic place for me! Strange maybe?? I just love watching something come to life that was just in a drawing weeks before. 

Check out the view from this house! It's in the BEST location in the French Quarter. 

 Working with cutie pie bossman... the fabulous Mr. Smith.

How fabulous is this wallpaper!? Here we are looking oh so cute in the middle of an install... 

We also hosted a blog tour! Here's Shaun in the middle of all the bloggers in town for the Kitchen & Bath show.

AND on the same day as the tour the almighty MILES REDD was in town doing a book signing and talk about his book at the Ogden Museum! It was SO fun. 

Miles speaking...

I actually captured a photo of the Grande Dame of NOLA design - Gerrie Bremermann (and our awesome work neighbor) introducing Shaun (my boss) to Miles! They were eerily similar, in a very charming way. I know someday soon Shaun will have his own book out! 

New goodies at my house:

Massive new white king headboard!

Super cool hand carved African side table! Obsessed!! Such great shape. 

Aaaand I'll finish this long and random post off with the neighborhood rooster! How gorgeous are the colors on this guy!? I could design a whole room out of him! ;) 

I've missed all 2 of you who read my little blog but (hopefully) I'm back and writing more often!! Hope you're all well :) 

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