Happy Friday + Links 7/21/17

Happy Friday!  I hope you had a good week.  We’ve been having lots of fun with the visiting cousins at the Farmhouse this week.  Frog hunting, water balloon throwing, fruit picking, and eating lots of good food has felt like a real summer vacation and a great distraction from being very pregnant.  Now if I could just have this baby before they head home tomorrow…

I jumped back into the Porch House this week on the blog, and I’m super excited to share more about that renovation with you guys.  It really is a beautiful home and I feel so fortunate that we can bring it back to life.  Garrett’s been making a lot of progress on the construction side of things over the past few weeks.  He just passed all the cover inspections (electrical, plumbing, framing, insulation) so it’s basically full bore ahead now.  And guys, that means we’re getting to the good stuff!  Dry wall is going up, siding is being repaired, floors are being laid, and pretty soon we’ll be tiling, painting, wallpapering, and finishing this beauty.  I really can’t wait to see how this renovation turns out!

Well did I mention that it’s Friday again?!  Like always, I’ve got lots of links for you, so grab a cup of coffee and jump in:

Farrow and Ball‘s Game of Tones paint line.  Honestly, I’ve been looking for a good transition to talk about Game of Thrones all week (so thanks Farrow and Ball!) because guys…how good does this season look?!


My Tips to Surviving Your House Renovation are on Architectural Digest (!!!).  Sidenote: we definitely took our own advice on ‘surviving a renovation’ advice, when we camped out in our friend’s living room for a week during last summer’s 6 Day Kitchen Reno.  Also: I love this photo of Garrett 😉

Karrie’s and Lauren’s HGTV pilots are both going to air, and I’m super excited to watch them!

Meg Ryan via AD

via Architectural Digest

Leave it to Meg Ryan to have one of the prettiest New York City lofts I’ve ever seen.  For the record, I have a giant crush on Ms. Ryan’s style.  Her beach house is still one of my favorite renovations ever!

My mother-in-law made this plum buckle the other week and it was SO good!  I had never heard of a buckle before, but I’ll definitely be adding this recipe to my cake roundup!

I’ve had a lot of readers ask for a step-by-step guide on how we build range hood covers (like at Dexter), but unfortunately we always seem to get almost finished with them before I think to photograph the steps.  Thankfully, here’s a how-to from Home Talk.

My sister ordered this from the Nordstrom sale, and now I’m craving one just like it!

Have a great weekend, guys!



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Porch House Kitchen // Before + Inspiration


THE PORCH HOUSE It's been awhile since I talked about the Porch House here on the blog, and it's high time we get back to it. As a quick reminder, Garrett and I bought this 1900 home early this year as a flip project.  We quickly got down to the business of renovating, tackling the kitchen, sunroom, living room, master bedroom, and exterior, … [Continue reading...]


Happy Friday + Links 7/14/17

Park and Oak Bathroom

Happy Friday!  I hope you had a great week!  We (the boys and I) made our very first jar of raspberry jam using fruit harvested from the Farmhouse this week.  That's been a goal of mine since we moved to the country, so I was pretty excited about it!  Of course, the boys love eating raspberries right off the vine, so we only made a small batch, and … [Continue reading...]

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Master Bedroom Update // Preparing for Baby (and a home birth)

The Grit and Polish - Master Bedroom hanging crib

THE FARMHOUSE We made a few changes to our master bedroom recently in preparation of the arrival of it's new tenant, our baby girl.  With her due date just a few days away, I eagerly got this space finished up last week. all sources are listed at the bottom of this post I've always liked having my babies sleep near me when they're … [Continue reading...]


Happy Friday + Links 7/7/17

Hacker as a Puppy

Happy Friday to you!  We've had a bit of an up and down week around here.  There's so much joy and excitement in our home as we prepare to welcome baby girl (I'm 39 weeks pregnant), but we had a sad event happen last week that left us all teary-eyed and reeling.  Our beloved dog, Hacker Pschorr, passed away after 9 years as part of our family.  In … [Continue reading...]


Farmhouse Nursery // 9 Finds for our Baby Girl (So Far)

The Grit and Polish - Nursery Design Ideas Dresser

THE FARMHOUSE Considering that our baby girl is due in just ELEVEN days, this introduction to her nursery is a little overdue.  But before I dive in, I want to wish you and your's a very happy Forth of July!  This has always been one of my favorite holidays, and even though we haven't stayed up late enough to watch fireworks in a few years (four … [Continue reading...]


Happy Friday + Links 6/30/17

The Grit and Polish - Dexter Me Making Bed

Happy Friday! Garrett and I spent a couple of days in Seattle this week making beds, cleaning toilets, trimming hedges, and rearranging furniture at our Dexter and Ravenna Houses.  We left the boys in Ellensburg with Nana and that made this work trip feel kind of like a baby moon.  (I know, my vacation standards are loooow!)  Besides all the … [Continue reading...]


Farmhouse Office // Progress Update

The Grit and Polish - Office Update flowers

THE FARMHOUSE It's been awhile since we've looked at the Farmhouse office (besides the beautiful story behind our pantry cabinet) so I wanted to give you a look today.  Even though the office isn't quite finished, we're already using it to get some much needed business done.  We manage our rentals and renovation projects from our home, so having … [Continue reading...]

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Happy Friday + Links 6/23/17 (I need your input!)


Happy Friday!  It's officially summer (!!!), which means all my produce and lazy day dreams are about to come true.  The boys and I will be sampling raspberries off the vine and arugula fresh from the garden and we won't be sorry about it.  Not one bit.  Someday the Farmhouse will have a well-placed hammock tucked back in the trees and an oversized … [Continue reading...]