Friday, February 26, 2010

example #3

according to apartment therapy, we blend a traditional fireplace with modern art. who'd a thunk it?

AT: Traditional fireplace & Mod Art (by ann-dabney)

Thursday, February 25, 2010


BFFs (by ann-dabney)
friday and her bff, cascabel

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

yeah, you're talking to two of AT's newest bloggers...

Photo shoot (by ann-dabney)

that's US alright! we just learned today that we got the gig.

thanks to all who clicked over and took a look at our post and even more so to those who took the time to comment. you guys ROCK.

after a bit of training, it looks like we get started in mid-march. so stay tuned for our first post and behind-the-scenes tidbits.

Friday, February 19, 2010

bad catholic girl

once upon a time, i was a good catholic girl. now, not so much.

it's one topic that can bring instant tension between my mother and me. she views my not attending church every sunday as a slap against my family, even though i've explained over and over again my decision has nothing to do with family but more about the church's stand on abortion, gay rights, women's rights, etc.

now that we've moved down the street from a catholic church, the topic has a tendency to come up more often. when we first moved into our house, my mother and aunt attended mass there just to scout it out, i am convinced. she reported, "ann, they have good music there. you will like it." um, no.

about the closest i come to a catholic church these days is this once or twice a year.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

chinese new year dinner

perhaps the most delicious homemade dinner we've ever had. thank you, peggy!

Chinese New Year Dinner (by ann-dabney)

Chinese New Year Dinner (by ann-dabney)
shrimp and vegetable shumai

Chinese New Year Dinner (by ann-dabney)
smoked red snapper (smoked using green tea leaves)

Chinese New Year Dinner (by ann-dabney)
chili shrimp and smoked snapper

Chinese New Year Dinner (by ann-dabney)
pan-fried noodles with scallops and snow peas

Friday, February 12, 2010

another AT house blogger

again, not ours, but you can read it here.

diy console table

can i just say finding a good console table for a reasonable price is nearly impossible? or rather, they are never on craigslist.

after seeing this nifty article on making a rustic bench in this month's readymade magazine, we decided to try our hand at a console table using the same concept (just a little taller).

we found an old joist in a local salvage shop for cheap.

Joist (by ann-dabney)

ordered a couple of hairpin legs from (good name, huh?).

Leg Installation (by ann-dabney)

screwed in the legs.

Hairpin Legs (by ann-dabney)

voila, nearly instant table!  (picture below photobombed by you-know-who)

Photobombed! (by ann-dabney)

we're pretty happy with the result. it's modern and rustic, but most importantly, sturdy. i think a little lamp would look great on one end.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

decal dream

it's not that the coroplast on our windows isn't cutting it. actually, it works great.

but wouldn't something like this be much more fun?

surfer's-turf-house-interior-bathroom-wind (by ann-dabney)
via dwell

i am fantasizing about a cloud scene on our storefront windows. not only would it provide privacy, it would eliminate the need (notice: i didn't say "desire") for artwork in our big room all together.  plus, it would be art that could be seen from the inside and out. I WANT! I WANT!

anyone know any vinyl decal artists?

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Friday, February 05, 2010

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

coming soon: AT house tour

a couple of months ago, apartment therapy put out a call for new house tour contributors from various cities. dabney and i heeded that call and gave a tour of our own digs as a writing sample (a.k.a. "secret project"). honestly, we're hoping that the addition of AT credentials might just give us the perfect excuse to go snooping around st. louis's coolest places.

we learned the other day that we've managed to make it to the next round, which means sometime over the next few weeks, our sample will be up on the AT website for all the world to see (and possibly pick apart). so, dear readers, we ask that when our time is up - that you'll be one of our kind commenters.

there are other folks who are vying for spots. so far, just this one post has made it up on the site.
amy & stephane's minimalism meets hoardinghouse tour

more soon...

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

this is the house that dayquil built

we've been battling sickness around here. first dabney, now me. in the past 5 days, we've gone through three boxes of kleenexes, two bags of lozenges, and 1/2 dozen dvd rentals.

i hate being sick.