Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Signs I'm Spending Too Much Time Thinking About the New House

  • While watching Juno (the first movie I've seen in an actual theatre since Keira Knightley's Pride and Prejudice) I found myself wanting to examine the counter-tops in Jennifer Garner's kitchen. (Yes, I am aware that her perfect brand-new house symbolizes the literal and figurative sterility of her life, in contrast to the flawed but genuine house where Juno lives amid circa-1986 wall-to-wall floral wallpaper, but that didn't stop me from admiring the way Garner's front door is situated between two well-shaped rooms.)

  • While eating my lunch yesterday, I found myself examining the various shades of yellow in my scrambled eggs. (I decided that a deep yolk yellow would be perfect for the walls of my new kitchen.)

  • While watching Northanger Abbey on PBS's The Complete Jane Austen (an adaptation that reconciles me, somewhat, to the fact that online quizzes always tell me Catherine Morland is the Austen heroine I most resemble), I found myself debating the merits of 9-foot ceilings on the main floor.

I feel like I've turned into a cartoon-character, but instead of having dollar-signs bulging out of my eyes I've got floor plans, paint chips, and counter tops.

46 comments:

Grilled Pizza said...

I so hope we get pics when you are there!

Omaha Mama said...

floor plans, paint chips, and counter tops, oh my.

I think it's all very exciting. And you are using images in your life to create your cozy home. Sounds brilliant to me.

And maybe a little crazy. :-)
Have fun with it.

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Yes. You know it has gone too far when you are eyeing restaurant furnishings. I'm still regretting that I didn't put in stainless steel counters and table with tubular wood and metal chairs in my kitchen. Talk about durable!

the dragonfly said...

A bit crazy, but also fun.

I'd love to see that egg-yolk-yellow kitchen!

bubandpie said...

Suburban Correspondent - Yes, it's a bit frightening how often I've thought of the recently redecorated McDonald's we went to last weekend as I examine colours for my living room. (What do you think of green and brown? A very trendy pairing!)

Naomi (Urban Mummy) said...

But oh, isn't it fun? Enjoy!

minnesotamom said...

I do that all the time...it's nice to have someone to share my disease!

Did you like Juno? Husband and I are looking for a movie to see in the theater (it's been over 2 years; we're rather picky).

Jolyn said...

Oh, yes. And physically straining to peer behind Meg Ryan in her character's NYC apartment in "You've Got Mail". That's when it all started for me. I'll never forget that antiqued pottery barn desk in her kitchen. Real furniture in the kitchen! and not just built-ins. It was an epiphany for me. Luckily I've never (yet)had the opportunity/curse to design a house from scratch.

Gwen said...

So Northanger Abbey is good? I just TiVO'd it last night .....

Planning for a new house can be so fun. Enjoy it, I say, since there's also so much about moving that .... isn't.

Swistle said...

Ha ha! When we were redoing our downstairs, I had to pause an episode of Gilmore Girls so I could run go get a pile of paint chips and try to match Luke's yellow walls!

Mimi said...

Oh that's funny. I don't remember the countertops though ... But I did just buy the Juno soundtrack from iTunes. Love it! Makes me feel hip and angsty.

Yellow is a VERY good colour for a kitchen.

bubandpie said...

Both Juno and Northanger Abbey get the thumbs-up from me. I like the way all the characters (even the minor ones) in Juno have dimension and complexity - the ordinary, real kind of complexity, not the "oh look at us our characters are so complex!" kind. And NA has a surprisingly modern, casual feel to it, but I think that suits the light-heartedness of the novel. Plus it gave me a whole new appreciation of what a good guy Henry Tilney is.

Mad Hatter said...

Yes, Juno gets it, fundamentally. Knocked Up stunk in comparison.

And I was jonesing for the soundtrack all throughout the movie. I gotta say, though, Mimi. Doesn't our very desire to own a soundtrack make us unhip? That's what I've always been told (as I secretly amass soundtrack after soundtrack and tribute album after tribute album).

B&P, I think we need to get our kitchen done this spring so if you come across any particularly lovely counter-tops in film, please advise me.

Beck said...

I managed to completely miss Northanger Abbey and now I'm kicking myself. Dang.
There is NOTHING quite as much fun as decorating a new house. I LOVE it.

Julie Pippert said...

I have TIVOd that entire Masterpiece series. :) Who needs Hollywood writers. LOL

Be careful with that thought process...once begun, it is hard to end. :)

Enjoy it; I like it.

b*babbler said...

Isn't the Jane Austen series positively delicious? I'm looking forward to Sunday night with an all-new enthusiasm!

I feel like I've turned into a cartoon-character, but instead of having dollar-signs bulging out of my eyes I've got floor plans, paint chips, and counter tops.

At least I'm in good company!

cinnamon gurl said...

That happens to me more often than I care to admit. At the moment I'm trying to decide between building an addition so we can turn our current kitchen into a laundry room/second bathroom and then have a new kitchen that opens to a new family room with a gas stove, and just selling and moving to a house that already has a second bathroom and family room with a fireplace or stove. Your last post on the house sent me into a tizzy of internet house shopping and I even thought maybe I wanted a new house too. But I don't think we can live in a new subdivision, as nice as a new house could be...

Kyla said...

Did you enjoy Juno? I mean, outside of the decorative inspiration.

Cyndi said...

Sounds fun but distracting. So, your not going with Iraqi gray?

Kathryn said...

And so goes the life of a someone who is building a home.

Pieces said...

Yellow is perfect for a kitchen.

I didn't feel NA was very compelling. Cathy was a curious sweetie, though, and I would not be ashamed to be compared to her. Maybe NA didn't move me much because Persuasion the week before is still making me swoon.

Matriarch said...

I was quite disappointed in the Masterpiece Persuasion, but both my husband and I greatly enjoyed Northanger Abbey. I had never seen most of the cast before; they were all young English actors. I particularly liked the actor who played Henry Tilney. Tilney has always been one of my favorite JA male characters, and he got it just right. I wish the productions were more than 90 minutes though.

bubandpie said...

Sin - A friend of mine is facing exactly that dilemma - they need a third bedroom, so the addition would include a new kitchen/family room on the main floor and a master suite on the second floor. The decisive factor for her may be yard - she would never be able to buy a new house with as much yard as she currently has in her older home. The opposite was true for me - the older homes for sale right now in Small Town have quite small yards, and the lot we chose to build on will give us a much more usable back yard.

Pieces - I haven't reached swoon levels with any of the PBS adaptations, but I've enjoyed them thoroughly just because it's fun to sit down for 90 minutes and get told a Jane Austen story. I thought Captain Wentworth seemed a bit cold - I could never quite believe that he was really in love with Anne.

Maddy said...

Not at all! It's merely proof positive of how adaptable you really are to use all those moments constructively - so much more interesting than colour swatches.
Cheers

Pieces said...

True, Wentworth did seem a little too aloof. Maybe for me it was all the running, running, running at the end and I was out of breath just watching and that is why I felt swoon-ish.

nomotherearth said...

Wasn't Juno just awesome? I loved it! I actually guffawed in the theatre, and if you know me that is high praise. I rarely laugh out loud at tv.

Missing the point of your post, I know, but I just had to talk to someone about Juno.

Don Mills Diva said...

It sounds exciting to me too actually - I'm pretty addicted to home decor - if only I had a nice new house to redecorate...:)

Angie said...

Oh BubandPie, Paint chips, countertops and floorplans are the EASY part - floor - carpet - what color; tile 12, 13 or 16 inch, what color; hardwood or not? Trim - how tall, what profile? Spindles? Railing? half wall? 6 panel doors? what brick? closet layout? cabinet finish? cabinet sizes and configuration? cabinet hardware? water heater size? HVAC brand? windows brand?

It can be fun, though. It is all in your attitude. It is time consuming, though.

KEEP BELIEVING

ewe are here said...

I loooove high ceilings ... except for the heating bills.

And a yellow kitchen is always cheery.

bren j. said...

Mmmmm....counter tops....

So would your cartoon self wear a cape? What would your logo be? Maybe a paint chip??

Jenifer said...

It makes going to Home Depot and Lowes much more fun when you actually have something to buy for!

Hubby wants to go see Juno badly and I was kind of on the fence...I guess we will be seeing it now. Our annual Birthday/Valentines outing is coming up (and yours too!) so we will definitely make it Juno.

Thanks for the reco..and I missed Northanger Abbey...next time.

wheelsonthebus said...

Careful with yellow -- it is much brighter once you get it on the walls.

Emily

bubandpie said...

Emily - I read somewhere that yellow is one of the most difficult colours to get right - it's so easy to go just a bit too lemony or orangey. I'm pretty brave about the kitchen, though, because there will be very little actual wall (mostly wide entrances and cupboards).

Marian said...

Hey, take decorating inspiration anywhere you find it.

I'm hoping to watch Northanger Abbey tonight (with ironing to justify it, of course). I agree with you about the flat Captain Wentworth. I recently watched the latest Masterpiece Jane Eyre, so I'm really into it. I'll know it's too much when I start speaking elegantly with a British aaccent.

kittenpie said...

ha ha - I love that image. Right now, I've got dreams of a finished third floor. A bedroom that is ONLY a bedroom. A hallway not stuffed with boxes. Ha.

Antique Mommy said...

I know what you mean. The design thing in my head never turns off. On Sunday I sit in church, and appear to be listening itently, but what I'm thinking is "I think they should paint that recess a slightly darker shade." Then, "Why mauve? Ever?"

realitytesting said...

Oh! Did you enjoy Juno? I am so eager to see this....I'll make sure to note the counters.

Luisa Perkins said...

Have you seen the Cary Grant movie "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House?" It's a must-see for anyone in your situation!

I love my yellow kitchen....

letter9 said...

How many online quizzes have you actually taken? : )

Enjoy this -- it's probably the closest you'll ever get again to that pure, obsessive, fourteen-year-old-with-a-crush feeling.

Sue said...

Oh, Jane Austen talk! I'm a Jane Austen FREAK. Henry Tilney, sigh... Northanger Abbey was wonderfully done - and the actress playing Catherine was so charming. I thought the adaptation of Persuasion was awful.

the end of motherhood said...

MMMMMMM. Nine foot ceilings.

Girl con Queso said...

Okay, I'm not even into houses or their many accoutrements, and even I noticed those kitchen counter-tops. They were quite eye catching. I'm sure that was the point. But it worked.

Magpie said...

I've drooled over many a movie house. Woody Allen's Manhattan apartments do it for me. And I rather like the exterior of Howl's Moving Castle.

Heather said...

Don't think your alone. I read somewhere that I can't remember, so you know it's true, the most requested design over the last few years has been the kitchen/living room from the movie Something's Gotta Give. Maybe you should check it out.

Jaelithe said...

I'm like that all the time, whether or not I am buying a new house. I am constantly thinking of ways to improve the place I am living in. Unfortunately, most of these imagined improvements are rather expensive.

Catherine said...

I was SO BUMMED that I forgot to tape Northanger Abbey and missed it altogether. :(