Happy Friday + Links 9/22/17

Happy Friday!  Can you believe it’s Fall already?!  I’m not quite sure I’m ready to give up summer produce and sunshine, but I’m certain I can get into Fall if there are more breakfast picnics on tap 😉

The Grit and Polish - Fall Waffle Picnic 3

blanket (similar) // boots

We are working hard trying to wrap up the Porch House renovation, so I’ll have more of that project to show you guys soon.  Garrett spent the week priming and painting much of the house and even has the white eyelashes to prove it. 😉  Soon we’ll be wallpapering the powder room and tiling the oversized master shower, which I couldn’t be more excited for!  I’m planning to get over there today or tomorrow to check out the progress, so follow my Instagram Stories for a sneak peek of those spaces.

It’s Friday again, which means I have scoured the internet for lots of great links, so grab a cup of coffee and jump in.

I’m crushing hard on these cutting boards (and they’re an additional 20% off with code FFSALE, actually your entire purchase is)!  Seriously feeling like I need 3 or 4 for the kitchen (insert Garrett’s eye roll here).

residence1 Friday from Designoform

Source // design by Johnny Andersson via design and form

So much great inspiration here.  I’m still a fan of traditional subway, but this kitchen might have convinced me to branch out…you know, to hand-formed subway 😉

WD-40. Who knew?!

Roasted veggies is just about my favorite meal these days (sidenote: what has happened to the hamburger loving girl of my youth?!).  This make-ahead idea is brilliant!

Wallpaper is so hard.  I can almost never commit (anyone else in the same boat?).  But Emily Henderson has some great options here!  Speaking of Emily, did you catch her beautiful living room reveal this week?

I’m dreaming about this coat for Fall.  It’s really not in my budget, but I’m keeping an eye on it in case it goes on sale in time for Christmas!

Have a great weekend.



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Bryant House // Living Room Airbnb Makeover

The Grit and Polish - Bryant Airbnb Living Room long

THE BRYANT HOUSE This is part 2 of our Bryant House Airbnb makeover.  See more of this series here: part 1 (why we turned a traditional rental into an Airbnb). sources: couch, hanging chair, blue stripe throw, blue dot art, side table, rug (similar), pillows (IKEA) The Bryant House's living room is spacious and full of natural light. … [Continue reading...]

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Happy Friday + Links 9/15/17

jenniferbunsa friday post

Happy Friday!  So glad we made it!  Garrett, Daphne, and I took a trip to Seattle this week and came home with half a ton of tiles for the Porch House.  Literally, 1000 pounds of tiles!  We're going with a vintage, garden feel for the floors (which obviously means 12x24 slate ;) and classic white subway on the walls (you probably guessed that … [Continue reading...]

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Bryant House // Why We Turned a Traditional Rental into an Airbnb

The Grit and Polish - Bryant Airbnb Living Hanging Chair 3

THE BRYANT HOUSE This is part 1 of our Bryant House Airbnb makeover series.  Stay tuned for more... We recently converted one of our Seattle rentals into a furnished Airbnb.  I'll be sharing the quick transformation of the Bryant House (we did it in just 3 days!) over the next few weeks here on the blog, but today, I wanted to begin with a … [Continue reading...]


Happy Friday + Links 9/8/17


Happy Friday!  How is your September shaping up?  It's kinda blowing my mind that Fall is just around the corner, but with the excessive heat and wildfire smoke, I'm almost ready for it.  Leaf piles, sweaters, pumpkins, apple cake...that doesn't sound too bad.  Plus our pear tree is finally producing, so I'm figuring out what to do with those (any … [Continue reading...]

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Six tips to Keeping a Clean House (with young kids!)

The Grit and Polish - Sissy's Living Room Bench All

My twin sister (and editor of this blog), Terry, keeps one of the tidiest houses I've ever seen.  Seriously, it's like walking into a magazine!  And if you're thinking that she spends all of her time cleaning, rest assured she does not.  She has 3 small kids, works part-time, is a fitness nut, and edits 2 posts for this blog every single week! … [Continue reading...]


Life Around the Kitchen Sink

The Grit and Polish - Porch Kitchen Boys in Elkay Sink 1.2

THE PORCH HOUSE this post is sponsored by Elkay Our boys, Wilder and Brooks (4 and 22 months) are little rascals.  They are curious, loud, bold, adventurous, and a wee bit wild.  But best of all, they have the most amazing ability to turn just about anything into a good time. In fact, that's one of my favorite things about being a mama, … [Continue reading...]

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Happy Friday + Links 8/25/17


Happy Friday!  Well guys, it's on!  One newborn, two adults, three days, and an entire house to furnish... Yup, we decided to turn the Bryant House into an Airbnb and it's happening next week (Monday-Wednesday).  We went back and forth on this decision - Airbnb has a variable return and there's a sizeable initial investment, plus we really weren't … [Continue reading...]

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Life Update // Our Big Move One Year Later + An HGTV Update

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse 1.2 7-14-16

THE FARMHOUSE Well it's been one year since we quit our jobs in Seattle, packed up the kids, and moved to a Farmhouse in the country.  We've spent the year *retired*, which really means managing our rentals, spending lots of time as a family, taking on the Porch House renovation (plus filming it for an HGTV pilot), having a baby (!!!), and … [Continue reading...]