Friday, January 9, 2009

Saturday Catch-Up


I've been asked about the vinyl floors in our living room. The brand is Cryntel, which is made by and sold at Lowe's. Sadly, it has been discontinued in spite of its popularity.

There are other brands out there, and the price range is as varied as other types of flooring. I did a lot of research before purchasing the Cryntel, and what I learned is if you have a cement slab, you're better off going with a self-stick tile that adheres directly to the slab. If you have a pier and beam foundation, Home Depot sells a line of planks that adhere to each other and not to the floor underneath. Homeowners with slabs were not always pleased with the result if they'd installed that type of tile and vice versa.

I've also been asked about the rug in the living room. It is an indoor/outdoor, sisal-look rug purchased on clearance from Ballard's. We love it. If you have kids and pets, it's immensely more practical than a natural rug, and it looks like the real thing.

My friend, Penny, from the Comforts of Home has asked about the hatch green chili burgers at Shady Grove. Hatch chilies are grown only in/near Hatch, NM. They are harvested in late summer and slow roasted to reach a subtle flavor with a slight tang and a bit of a bite. They make nearly everything taste better.

Have you noticed my new header? My good friend, Sharon, over at Serendipity is considering getting into the biz of blog design, and Canyon Wren Cottage is her first guinea pig. Did you notice that the design incorporates an antique postcard of downtown Austin? I love it! (Thank you sweet friend). If you are in the mood for a little blog redo, please see what Sharon can do.

Finally, next week, I will be profiling my favorite design blogs. Canyon Wren Cottage covers a range of topics, but the main focus is decorating, and with the decline of so many design magazines these days, a girl's gotta find her eye candy somewhere. Have a great weekend!

16 comments:

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Thanks for letting me know about the Hatch Chili's! Your new header looks great....

It is a shame about all of the design magazines stopping their publications. I used to sell advertising for both newspapers and upscale magazines for a living. I did it for 25 years. I am so glad I am not doing it now. Magazines and newspapers make their living through advertising not subscriptions. And when the advertisers scale back it is hard to publish.
Hugs,
Penny

Lisa said...

LOVE the new header!

mary said...

I love the new header - way to go Sharon! Now that our windows are (finally) in, I am getting sooooo ready to start the remodel and get gorgeous floors like yours. The three M's love their new piggy banks - thanks Aunt Sandra!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Noticed your new header immediately...Love it! 'Cept I read it as Cottage Canyon Wren...maybe it is supposed too.

Still love looking at your LR. I did buy some of the tiles at HD...they stick together. For our Laundry room. We have already had a few "water probs" so thought it would be a good deal. I'll let you know how it goes!

And fire roasted chilis. GET outa here! Yum!! I plan on doing that with a big batch of tomatoes...then freezing them.

Whats new in Texas??

Jen r. said...

Love the header! I have pergo floor at home. We didn't put it in, but I have to say with the kids and the dogs it is super durable!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Whata cozy nest! It looks so inviting.

Danii said...

Love your new header!!And you are right Hatch roasted chili is the best! Have been in Hatch, tiny little town, all you can smell is Chili..you can purchase it mild, medium, hot, hotter, don't even go there hot!!! LOVE IT!!! Thanks for bringing memories back and thanks for stopping by at my blog

for the love of a house said...

Sandra, I love the new header and the use of the antique post card- so creative! I also love your rug- reminds me of the rug in "Something's Gotta Give"!!
Ah, Hatch chilies! We'd see the back of pick-up trucks FULL of them in NM! I must admit, I miss my chilies, jalapenos, and Mexican food!! :( Have you ever been to Angie's in Austin (off 5th/6th St. on the East side of 35. Amazing puffy-style tacos!)
joan

Amber said...

I was just going to compliment you on your new blog header and had no idea that Sharon designed it. Fantastic! Love the rug in the LR!

mary said...

Left an award for you at St Mary because you are so wonderful to me

and - like this header better

dec0r8or said...

Thanks for mentioning me, Sandra. You didn't have to do that! You just let me know when it's time for blog header #2! :)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Sandra, love the new header & look of your blog. Way to go, Sharon! I can't believe all the decor magazines going out of business either. It really is sad! I can't imagine not having a real magazine to look at & hope my faves stick around. I just started a new sub. to House Beautiful & am looking forward to getting it.

Songbirdtiff said...

Hi there! I just came over from Kari and Kijsa. You have a very cute blog with a lot of information, I'm going to have to look around for a while. :)

Judy Clark said...

Sandra:

Please check out my Son Scott's band RadioStar. They would be a fun group to check out. In fact, they are up for the best cover band in Austin award. Please take the time to vote for them. He played at SpeakEasy last week. They play CedarStreet often. Just check the schedule on their webpage

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Love your living room, it's stylish, yet still looks comfy and functional. My lr rug is also indoor/outdoor, and I love it; we are slobs with 6 pets, so it works well! Gotta run, lots to catch up on!

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