Raise you hand if you spent time with friends outside around a fire-pit this winter. I think it was one of the only ways to stay safe and feel connected.

We had a heat lamp, but needed more fire. So, like a few other COVID projects, I challenged Dear Husband with making me a fire table JUST LIKE THIS ONE 🙂 Little did I know he could actually make it happen.

Restoration Hardware Toluca Linear Fire Table

The mountains in the background would have been amazing too, but I won’t get too selfish here.

Retail prices is about $9,000 for one of these babies from RH

Ah, the garage. Where all the magic happens. Don’t judge the background too harshly. We fixed that all up with Brent’s custom built-ins….post coming soon.

So, in a nutshell building an 800 lb cement fireplace means building a mold as seen below. Then one fills it with poured concrete (a very messy job) and then breaks the mold. And then one begs children to try to move cement fireable in through the house without getting hurt. That part took literally two hours.

It’s always a family affair and I love it that way!

Oh, and Brent knows how to do all the mechanical work to make sure so that helps.

We’ve gotten so much use out of it and it’s so pretty to look at.

Stanley Tucci and Italy

There’s nothing I love more than a good documentary. And one with a great host is even better. Have you all seen the new foodie documentary with Stanley Tucci as he eats his way through Italy?

It is so well done. Beautiful sites, foods and interesting information. My family is from Naples, which is where the first episode is filmed and it is so fascinating. I watched it twice!

Masaniello is my maiden name and my grandfather came over on the boat. I love learning about my legacy.

The show is on Sundays at 9:00pm on CNN. I DVR it in case I’m asleep! Warning – you may want pasta after watching 🙂

Swivel Chairs

Swivel chairs are very exciting. I didn’t know I needed them until I needed them. I’ve been updating the family room and was really excited to add these. I think they can open a room and make the adjoining area part of the conversation.

I have a few cats that agree.

These are from Restoration Hardware in the perennial fabric collection. If you choose this type of fabric dirt and wine and stains wipe right off. And it’s been true. I even risked getting the white because I was convinced and so far so good.

I haven’t purchased the big items in about 10 years. I’m pleased with the change and the brightness of the space. editing down helps too!