At 4:00 everyone brought their kiddos in to trick or treat.
My sister, also creative director over here, dressed up her 2 boys, Charlie and Sam, as robots. She hand made the costumes with help from our mom. She used everything from an oven thermometer to little nyquil packs to create the perfectly home-made bot costume.
Another favorite was one of our media gals and her daughter dressed as Miss Hannigan (complete with a flask in her stocking) and Little Orphan Annie.
At 4:00 everyone brought their kiddos in to trick or treat.
Last night Jeremy and I finally carved our pumpkins with our friend, Ashley.
His is on the left, mine is on the right.
Ashley carved a unicorn with a lady leg wearing a boot.
You can't see it in the dark - but my pumpkin is throwing up out of the right side of his mouth (you may have to click on the photo if it's cropped off, like it is in my web browser). Jeremy's pumpkin is horrified.
For some reason when I was a kid carving pumpkins seemed SO hard. Cleaning out the pumpkin was just impossible. Carving through the pumpkin was even harder - I didn't have much upper body strength as an 8 year old paired with a very dull steak knife. Now as an adult I can fully appreciate my blossomed biceps and the handy pumpkin carving tool sets (with little miniature saws that tear right through the pumpkin skin) available at wal-mart resulting in a perfectly carved puking pumpkin.
In the next couple of weeks Jeremy and I are going to tackle the hallway. We need to install a new light fixture, paint and organize my closet. My closet is also the hall closet.
I keep my clothes color coordinated and recently purchased 100 wooden hangers (8 for $3.95 from IKEA) to hang all my clothes on. We're going to reorganize a little so everything fits a little more efficiently. Currently everything is crammed in there and wrinkling my clothes. I decided that if I have more than 100 pieces it's time to edit my closet anyways.
We also got the KNAPPA light ($24.99) to hang in our hallway.
I love the idea of elevating a mundane space with the use of color, decoration, etc. I've always thought our hallway would be a fun space to add a dash of bright color. Today on Design Sponge
I noticed a striped hallway in a sneak peak.
I love this. I think we could do something like this in our hallway but with perhaps with brown and cream or brown and tan instead of black and white (though I do love black and white stripes).
What do you think?
This was an event filled weekend!
Saturday there was the annual OKC Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween parade. Our client, Buck The Norm, decided to enter the parade and I was given the task to coordinate and produce our float, costumes, etc. with another co-worker of mine.
This is our float - a huge 14' x 8' billboard.
What is "the norm"? The norm is debt and overspending.
Here's an example of a norm pimp (yes, Jeremy was recruited to participate). I spent hours and hours safety pinning those dollar bills onto six sweat suits.
Our norm pimps were carrying the norm monsters (finger puppet = norm monster). We had 3 guys to each monster.
Here they are in action.
Behind the norm monsters was the billboard.
And behind the billboard we have our buckers.
They say "BUCK THE NORM!"
We had those buck the norm speech bubble protest signs made. We attached flash lights to the poles to light up the signs. Each bucker was dressed in a solid color.
The event was a success! It was a lot of hard work but it paid off. Everyone looked great and had a lot of fun.
So I keep on thinking that next year the interior of our house will be completely done and we can move on to landscaping.
As it gets colder outside I find myself wanting a firepit.
(ignore Mrs. Palin on the right)
This is our backyard now:
Except now our deck is set up with a patio set (thank you Jeremy's mom and grandma), a grill and two shiny schwinns.
I don't have a photo facing the opposite direction but the yard goes back pretty deep. It would be cool to have a path going from the deck stairs to the fire pit... I'll map it all out and try a few different layouts when executing a little landscaping is a little more feasible. For now it's just a day dream.
So... every Sunday night Liz comes over and we watch True Blood and Mad Men. These shows are so good that I pretty much live for Sunday night.
So when Liz told me she wanted to be Joan Holloway for a Halloween party I just about died.
Liz gathered some thumbnails for us to study. She brought over some liquid liner and an I Love Lucy wig. We pinned the wig and applied a ton of make-up, threw on some gold jewelry and voile - you've got Joan.
Here's a polaroid of the finished look. Taken in my kitchen, next to the brownies Liz made.
In this picture you can see the Michael Graves toaster I recently purchased (I was craving toast) and our cute Halloween kitchen towels hanging on the stove.
So remember how I ordered a ton of frames and spent a good evening filling them with photos?
Well, I finally started hanging them!
I still have a few more to fill - and the next time I place an order at Urban Outfitters (which I'm known to do often) I will order another batch of frames. I want to fill the wall, floor to ceiling and even over the arch doorway.
Also, while I was in Atlanta Jeremy's mom and grandma brought us a plant!
I love it. It adds a little bit of height and a little bit of life to that corner that nobody knew what to do with.
I will be in Atlanta this weekend.
All work and no play - I'll be filming a commercial.
Meanwhile Jeremy will be working on the house doing the following:
- wiring both Fado lights in the kitchen to one switch
- installing the knew Knapp light in the hallway
- painting the hallway
- painting the baseboards in the bathroom and touching up the wall paint
- grouting the tile in the kitchen
- chalkboard painting the pantry area in the kitchen
- cleaning out bedroom #3
- painting bedroom #3 with chalkboard paint
Okay - actually he's going to be playing Call of Duty or Gears of War on xbox. But that is a list of things we need done before we can have our holiday housewarming (tentatively planned for December '09).
It's going to be a busy busy weekend (and upcoming week) but we have a huge fun vacation coming up that will make it all worth it. Also, we hada fun farewell this evening including a new hair cut, a lil' bit of shopping, happy hour at Iron Starr, dressing Liz up like Joan Holloway from Mad Men (styling make up, wig and jewelry - my dream job), having drinks at Will's on Western and enjoying some sushi.
See you lovelies on Monday.
Well. We ordered our furnace and installation today after meeting with the estimator.
$2,200 later here's what we've got. Boring, right?
Now I'm going to browse the internet for things I'd rather spend money on instead.
Nah, I'm sure I will more than appreciate it here in a couple weeks when the weather dips below freezing.
One of the cool things about living in Oklahoma City is that Wayne Coyne lives here too.
The New York Times featured the house of The Flaming Lips‘ Wayne Coyne and his wife Michelle Martin-Coyne last week in the Home and Garden section.
This style of house is my FAVORITE. There are probably a dozen or so scattered throughout our area.
Look at that kitchen! From the linoleum to the light fixture... rad.
Jeremy was telling me they deck out their house for Halloween. We're going to have to check it out.
Read the article and check out a few more pictures here.
When we were house hunting we toured what we like to call a "ghetto mansion" that was literally around the corner from the Coyne compound. It had a beautiful porch and awesome pocket doors throughout the house. The house needed A LOT of work that we just weren't willing to take on.
The furniture store we purchased our couch from is having a HUGE sale during the month of October.
I think Liz needs to get this couch.
On sale for under $750. What a deal!
And I have a little crush on this mirrored buffet.
In our house it would be reflecting sunlight and wood floors. It's all about context.
What a lovely weekend we had.
It included a little bit of running around the park (with a few more fall leaves than what's pictured above), watching our Sooners lose, eating some food, drinking some wine...
And watching Mad Men and TrueBlood! SO good.
We didn't get as much done on the house as I would have liked but we both thoroughly cleaned our cars and I hung a few frames. Unfortunately, I left my camera up here at work so I'll get pics up tomorrow.
Yesterday at lunch time Jeremy and I hit up Michael's (a hobby store) for some Halloween decorations. Like most people, Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. I didn't have a clear vision for how I would want our house to look pimped out for Halloween - it could go either charming or spooky being so old.
I went with both - but for now I'll show you the charming.
By Martha Stewart, of course.
My friends, Natalie (a jack of all trades - wedding & event planner, cupcake artist, designer and so much more) and Travis (a former co-worker of mine), got married this past weekend in Central Park, NYC.
And they took one of the best wedding photos of all time.
While both residing in Oklahoma, they seem to have made NYC a home-away-from-home and it seems only appropriate they'd say their "I do's" there.
Congrats, you two!
I'm obsessed with these little post-it note drawings I found today via swissmiss (see link to the right in my blog roll).
Drawn by Marc Johns.
I love them.
J & K started this blog project to document the remodel of their 1929 historical home in the heart of Oklahoma City. It has now turned into a documentation of life, food, fashion, freelance, inspiration, design, adventures and details around the J & K house.
Kathleen works as an award-winning brand consultant and designer specializing in small business branding at Braid Creative & Consulting. Jeremy is a software engineer and is the left-brain to Kathleen’s right.
You can contact Kathleen at
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Anatomy of an Outfit
Sometimes I like to get dressed and take pictures of myself. For all of my outfit posts click here.
Freelance Matters: A series about how I tackle freelance issues such as estimating, billing, to-do lists and how to fire a client.
Trekking to Everest
In October 2010 Jeremy and I trekked through the Himalayas to Mt. Everest Base Camp. It completely changed my life. Read about the entire adventure, day-by-day, here.
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What We Eat
We like to eat really good food - at least 3 times a day. Sometimes I blog about it - click here for recipes and yummy ideas.
J & K: Blog Archive
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- ► 2010 (387)
- ► 2009 (406)
- Halloween - Office Party part 2
- Halloween - Office Party part 1
- Pumpkin Carving
- Hallway - Stripes
- Buck the Norm
- Fire pit
- Mad Men and True Blood
- Frames and Plants and Things
- What's on your stendig?
- Coyne Manor
- Weekly Window Shopping
- Beautiful Weekend.
- Diamonds on men.
- Halloween! (Part 2 - Spooky)
- Halloween! (Part 1 - Charming)
- A Rainy Wedding
- Post-it note drawings
- The Crew
- FLOR Carpet Tile - Skully
- Best wallpaper ever.
- ▼ October (25)
- Eva Black | Spaces
- Emma Dime
- Life as an Artistpreneur
- Jane Reaction
- Ink & Letters
- Meg Biram | The Edit
- Sarah Von Bargen's Small Biz Blog
- Design Crush
- The Equals Record
- Emmarie Designs
- Rory Gordon
- Yellow Brick Home
- The Creatives Project
- Silly Grrl
- Photographers Skeen
- The Clothes Make the Girl
- Bringing Design Home
- Pip & Estella
- A Practical Wedding
- Kind of a Sideshow
- Sandra Juto
- Old Sweet Song
- Rambling Renovators
- Brooklyn Bride
- Design Crush
- Experiment in Poverty
- The Jealous Curator
- Making it Lovely
- Dressing on the Side
- The Oklahoman
- Young House Love
- Oh So Beautiful Paper
- A Cup of Jo
- Brooklyn Limestone
- Glamour Weddings