Ravenna House Tour on Lemon Grove Blog

Happy Wednesday guys!  Just wanted to drop a quick line and let you know that the Ravenna House is featured on Lemon Grove Blog today.  Check it out here, and while you’re there take a look at Mary’s lovely old house!

Thanks for having us, Mary!

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New Orleans!

The Grit and Polish - New Orleans French Quarter

Well guys we're back from vacation (did I tell you we were going on an anniversary trip to the South?!) and making some good progress at the Ravenna House. We started laying pavers in the backyard and the windows are officially replaced (and look great).  But I'll save all that for next week.  Today I want to show you a few pictures from the most … [Continue reading...]

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Inspiration for our Slow Moving Backyard Reno

Al-fresco Dining Victoria Pearson via Pinterest

THE RAVENNA HOUSE Our tiny backyard renovation is moving slow.  Really, really slow.   It feels like we renovated half of the house in the time it's taken us to remove a garage, lay some gravel, and cut down a few trees.  Now it's October - just about rainy season here in Seattle - and we find ourselves with a giant dirt and gravel pit in our … [Continue reading...]

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702 Park Project

Sarah at 702 Park Project (one of my absolute favorite blogs) invited me to do a guest post today.  You should head on over and check it out!  So why is Sarah's blog one of my favorites?  Yup, you guessed it, I'm obsessed with her old house!  It's a 1902 American Foursquare, which they've been renovating from top to bottom, and it's … [Continue reading...]

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Building a Handrail


THE RAVENNA HOUSE When we first bought the Ravenna House, the basement stairs were downright dangerous - every step was a different size and the treads were broken and mangled.  The riser heights varied between 4" and 8".  (For those of you who haven't had to rebuild a staircase, the treads are the horizontal pieces you step on and the risers … [Continue reading...]


New Windows for this Old House: Before

Old Home with Original Windows 1866 via Pinterest

THE RAVENNA HOUSE Guys, I'm bummed.  Really, really bummed!  I can't believe I'm saying this, but we've decided to replace the windows in the Ravenna House. I know. Old windows are the best.  They're probably my favorite feature in an old house and one of the first things I look for when we're touring a new property.  They are, simply put, … [Continue reading...]


Someone Else’s Amazing Kitchen in Portland

Jessica Helgerson-Alhambra Kitchen

I ran across this amazing kitchen via Jessica Helgerson Interior Design and I had to share it with you guys.  It has all my favorite elements: steel windows, wood beams, classic cabinets, and white for days.  And don't even get me started on the brass lighting and floor tiles!  If we had a kitchen to renovate right now, this would definitely be my … [Continue reading...]


A Backyard Pruning Masacre

The Grit and Polish - Backyard tree removal

THE RAVENNA HOUSE We have had a couple of productive weekends.  Lots of college football, family gatherings, and working around the house.  Bubba and I cleaned up the kitchen, made mushroom pasta for lunner (you know, lunch-dinner), and took lots of photos for an upcoming guest post I'm writing for one of my favorite blogs (more on that … [Continue reading...]

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I Heart Costco Art

The Grit and Polish - Costco Photographs

THE RAVENNA HOUSE I've been working on decorating Wilder's nursery lately and I wanted to give you guys a little peak. Aren't they lovely images?  They hail from Costco.  Yup, Costco!  Did you know they sold art? Best. News. Ever. Right?! Costco.com has an expansive gallery of everything from Monet to historic photos of the 1950's … [Continue reading...]

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