Monday, July 29, 2013


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Chris worked all last weekend with corporate events and a skate competition so it was a low-key weekend for me.  Those are definitely needed after busy work weeks!

We did go out to the Cheesecake Factory Saturday night and went to the Maryland Live casino. It was my first time going, and although I usually find casinos to be loud and obnoxious (besides the fact that I get horrible anxiety about losing money) I had a great time! Chris showed me how to play the roulette table and we walked away with a good amount of extra money - which meant I was able to shop on Sunday with my mom while he was at work ;-)

I had my eye on this console table at World Market and a similar one at Anthro. Our dining room buffet and wood carved side table from World Market look great and are a good quality, but when my mom and I saw this table in person it just didn't meet our expectations. It definitely looked a tad cheap and my mom was highly against the wheels on the bottom - especially if we would keep this as a console table with babies. It wasn't very sturdy. 

No lie - I was definitely a bit disappointed. I had this image in my head from Pinterest that I pinned AWHILE ago and now I had to start at square one. I loved the industrial feel of the console table, but I definitely agreed with my mom (even though I didn't want to) that it wasn't a smart choice for when we have kids and I wanted to invest in furniture that would last awhile.

We decided to run into a few other stores and grab lunch. 

We decided to try out a new-to-us restaurant called Matchbox in Bethesda. I wish I snapped a photo of their outdoor dining space - it was set up really nicely and I loved all of their planters!

We started off sharing a bowl of their cream of crab soup - it was SO good and lots of crab! Just how we like it. This was definitely a winner in my book since most cream of crab soups can leave you with a stomach ache (from the cream and butter) or feeling full, but this was light and creamy - and no tummy aches for us!

I ordered their veggie black bean burger - the chipotle mayo made this. I definitely need to start making these again at home per my moms request. 

My mom got their cuban sandwich - it was a little too salty, but still tasty. 

After lunch we headed to the Container Store to check out what they had. I ended up coming home with a shoe organizer for our hall closet and a striped tote that could have multiple uses. My mom loved this garage set up.

After shopping around, my mom spotted this console table at Pier 1 and convinced me that it would be perfect. It is sturdy, light and open (not a heavy wood) and will last us for a very long time. AND it was within budget of what I wanted to pay and looks almost identical to a Pottery Barn one I found that was twice the price. 

I'm brain storming ways to style it - stacks of books, pots of leafy plants or succulents, lamps(?) and a new mirror. I like the fact that its extremely long (the picture doesn't do it justice) and there is room beneath for baskets and/or stools! 


  1. I am looking for a long wooden console table too! My living room needs some majorrrrrrr work.

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