Saturday, October 8, 2011

Calm


Whew. You would not believe the swirl of activity, the disasters narrowly averted, and the incredible marathon of manual labor that the last week has been. Last Friday we closed the sale on our house and promptly left town for a wedding at the mysterious and sublimely beautiful Bohemian Grove (the wedding was fabulous, by the way, and I made the hats for the entire wedding party -- in all the spare time I've had lately). We came home early Sunday morning and set to work painting, cleaning, and assembling furniture in the new place, not quitting until late into the evening. For the next 3 days, Mark would spend all day working on the place, and as soon as I got home from work I'd change into my grubby clothes and we'd continue working until close to midnight.

All this effort was because we had already booked our first renter for Thursday, so we had a definite deadline for completing all the work. It was an immense effort but we pulled it off, and despite a couple of near misses with our furniture deliveries, everything worked out in the end and the place looks great.





Last night we finally allowed ourselves to relax a little, cracking open the bottle of champagne that our realtor had given us at closing (which I'm finishing now by way of a mimosa -- ok, my third mimosa). In the meantime the new job has been great so far, and I'm starting to settle in and get a feel for my new responsibilities. I'm looking forward to next week, when I won't be burning the candle at both ends.

Oh, and it's Fleet Week here in San Francisco, which is one of my favorite times of the year. On Thursday my new coworkers and I watched the arrival of the Blue Angels from our office building which sits perched above downtown on the 16th floor, a perfect vantage point that looks out over Telegraph Hill and the bay. This weekend Mark and I will be able to watch them from the window of our living room, or while enjoying the pretty fall weather out on the front deck.

Things are calm again. I'm taking a deep breath and spending a moment enjoying the city again. I spent the morning cuddling the dogs, and now I'm drinking mimosas. Life is good.

Jacket: La Redoute
Top: Ann Taylor
Pants: Cynthia Steffe
Necklace: Rhapsodia
Earrings: Leslie Danzis
Shoes: Bettye Muller
Bag: Foley + Corinna

14 comments:

K.Line said...

The place looks fantastic! Amazing work...

Shybiker said...

Wow, that's a lot of activity. I knew you were busy from your absence and am impressed at what you accomplished. You deserve a drink of something nice!

Sara L. said...

I'm enamored with that second bedding! Where did you find it?

Audi said...

Sara L: Isn't it pretty? It's from Overstock.com. I would provide the link but their website appears to be having issues at the moment. The duvet set is called English Garden.

LPC said...

Glad to see you back. Thanks for the intro to Foley + Corinna, I like their stuff. Amazing work on the apartment.

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

What a beautiful job you and Mark did! I am happily jealous of your having great views from both work and home. To me, that is a great joy in life. Relax and enjoy!

christine said...

Awesome place!!!

I love LaRedoute and was so sad when stopped selling their clothing in the U.S. So, jealous of your great jacket.

Between Laundry Days said...

Wow, color me impressed! I love the new digs.

And I'm glad you're feeling calm and centered. It's a nice feeling, ain't it? :)

ReaderRita said...

I'm really diggin' the neckline on that top. Not just a plain v-neck- it's got a bit o' flair!
...And speaking of flair- Beautiful job on the apartment! You definitely (and absolutely not surprisingly) have a real gift for decorating!
I have a question about the rentals, though- how are you assured that people won't steal the gorgeous furnishings? I figure you vet folks a bit before you rent to them, but I was just wondering. (Perhaps I am too cynical? It's just that I grew up in a big city and have unfortunately seen way too much...)

Audi said...

ReaderRita: Actually we require a refundable security deposit, but also since our house looks right out over both of our rentals and Mark works from home, it would be pretty tough for anyone to make off with anything bigger than a towel. ;-)

Celynne said...

Glad to hear all is well! Moving and such is always a lot of work but there's nothing more satisfying than settling into your new home after all the work is done.

Fawn said...

It looks great! And the table with pitcher fits right in!

Healthy and Homemade said...

Fantastic job decorating, it looks wonderful!! =D

ReaderRita said...

Oh it's great that they are both close to your house- that's insurance against shenanigans and a real boon to cleaning up after a rental, I'd wager!
I love all the artwork throughout the apartment, BTW...