Farmhouse Living Room // The Prettiest Chandelier


It’s been a couple of weeks since we talked about the Farmhouse living room, and I’m dying to show you what came in the mail!  The prettiest chandelier I ever did see…

The Grit and Polish - Rose City Chandelier GlobeThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Chandelier 1Sources: Chandelier | Sofa | Rugs, top and bottom (similar) | Side table | cotton blanket (aka the softest blanket ever!)

When it came time to pick out an overhead light fixture for this space, I knew I wanted something sculptural and eye-catching.  I briefly thought about trying a more modern-shaped light like this, but I was skeptical that it would feel appropriate in our 105-year-old home or be something that fits in with my decor style.  So instead I focused my search on something timeless, pretty, circular (to break up all the square lines in this room), and brass.  When I saw the Rose City Chandelier on Rejuvenation’s website, I knew it was the one!

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Being the reformed blogger that I am, I immediately approached Rejuvenation to see if they’d be interested in partnering with us on this project.  To my utter amazement and joy, they agreed.  So I’m thrilled to tell you guys that this post is in partnership with my all-time favorite lighting store, Rejuvenation (who also has awesome house wares too, by the way…I mean, could this and this be any more beautiful or perfect for my home?)!!!

Of course, installing new lighting in old homes is tricky.  You never quite know what will be behind those switch plates/fixtures/outlets.  Not only is there sometimes extensive out-of-date wiring (I’m looking at you knob and tube), but often you get a mix of old and new wiring, which makes even the simplest task, like swapping out a light fixture, super unpredictable.  In our master bedroom, we found extensive knob and tube when installing the new overhead light, and decided to change it out, which lead us to rewire most of the upstairs.  When we took down the fixture in the living room, we unfortunately found more knob and tube.  But this time we decided to take the easy road: install the fixture now and add rewiring the living room light to our to-do list.  So we got to work taking the old and not-so-pretty fixture down (finally!).

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After we removed the old fixture, we opened up that giant Rejuvenation box.  To Wilder’s utter delight, it was filled with those water-soluble peanuts, which entertained him (and Brooks when he woke up from his nap) for hours.  Thank you Rejuvenation!

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Installing the new chandelier was quite easy, although the sheer size of it made this a 2-person job (it’s 36″ wide).  We started by turning off the power to the fixture.  Which for Garrett meant turning off the switch to the light, but most responsible (and safe) adults would turn off the breaker.  For the record, I’d always suggest you take the responsible adult route and turn off the breaker when working with electricity (that applies to you too, Garrett)!  Next we removed the back panel of the fixture and installed that to the ceiling, finding both joists and lathe to attach to.

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Garrett connected the fixture’s wires to the house wires using wire nuts, and then screwed the chandelier to the back plate while I held it up.  To keep the fixture protected, we left the bubble wrap on while mounting.

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Lastly, we screwed in the light bulbs (okay, so we drove to town, bought light bulbs, stopped by the taco truck for lunch, returned home, and then screwed them in), affixed the globes and voila!  The prettiest chandelier I ever did see…in my living room!

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As with most Rejuvenation fixtures, the length is customizable so we went with 40″ measured from ceiling to bottom of globe (for reference, our ceilings are 9’6″).  It’s definitely on the low side for a living room fixture, but since we’re planning to add a large, board-game-friendly coffee table beneath, I think it’ll be the perfect height.  We also have a ‘no ball throwing’ rule in our house (technically more of a guideline), so I’m hoping we won’t have to replace any of those hanging glass globes anytime soon.  But I suppose it’d be a small price to pay for having such a beautiful fixture.  And for having such fun, energetic little kids 😉

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Now that the chandelier and sofa are in, I cannot wait to finish decorating this room!  Garrett mentioned that he doesn’t like the jute rug (something to do with too many browns in here), and I see where he’s coming from.  I’m planning to keep the rest of the finishes light in color, soft to the touch, and lots of vintage to make sure we achieve a comfortable, welcoming, farmhouse-esque feel.

I’m off to scour my favorite vintage and salvage shops (not to mention our garage) to finish up this room.  Wish me luck!  And in the meantime, I’ll leave you with a few other rooms we’ve remodeled using Rejuvenation lights (BTW none of the fixtures below were sponsored, we just really love their stuff!).

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Dexter kitchen, Imbrie | Wilder’s bedroom, Jefferson | Dexter bathroom, Fords Mill Double | Farmhouse masterImbrie

Thank you Rejuvenation for making such beautiful lighting and partnering with us on our Farmhouse living room!  I love you guys <3



p.s. more on this room: pulling up the carpetspaint, picking out the sofainspiration, and getting the sofa!


Happy Friday + Links 2.17.17

Happy Friday!  Thank you for the very kind response to our pregnancy announcement on Valentines Day!  Although Garrett and I couldn’t be more excited to meet our baby girl, I’m pretty sure we’re going to be busy for awhile with a four-year-old and two kids under two.  Growing up in a family of 4 kids, I had two siblings within 15 months of me (my twin sister and my next older brother), and it was just SO fun!  I’m really happy for our kiddos to have similar sibling closeness, but now that I’m a mother, I wonder how my parents stayed sane with so many toddlers in one house.  Wish us luck 😉  And if you’re in a similar situation, please drop a comment and let me know how you manage to keep your sanity (or just get the laundry washed) with so many little people!

Since it’s Friday (!!!) I have lots of great links for you.  Grab a cup of coffee and dig right on in!

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Lindsea‘s Instagram account is a constant source of inspiration for me.  Not only does she own an old farmhouse in the PNW (!!!) but she collects and sells antiques and has the most amazing decor style.  I’m not the only one who thinks so, either…Country Living featured her home last summer!

It’s President Day weekend meaning there are lots of sales!  Here are a few things I’m eyeing to spruce up our home for Spring: a beautiful vasepillow cover (it’s 70% off!), this planner, a capiz hanging light (for baby girl’s nursery), a pretty phone cover, and really everything at Anthropologie (their sale stuff is 40% off).  Plus Nordstrom is up to 40% off and Williams Sonoma is offering 20% off one item.

Have you guys heard of “hygge” (pronounced HOO-ga) yet?  It’s the Danish mindset of living cozy at home through the long winter.  And I’m 100% on board!  Check out how a couple folks are implementing hygge in their own homes: here and here.

I’m so excited to be pregnant at the same time as one of my favorite bloggers, Julia of Chris Loves Julia.  Also, my lady friends Beyonce, Lauren Conrad, Ciara, and Amal Clooney are also expecting…in case you were wondering.

I thought Garrett and I were pretty savvy on how to earn income off your home, but we’ve never tried this.  What a great idea, Stefanie!

This is one job of a President (and their staff) that you probably never thought of.  The article is intense and amazing and worth a read.

That cute dress I showed you on Tuesday features Rifle fabric’s floral print and I’m obsessed!  I found these pillows with the same fabric and they’d be perfect for my little girl’s nursery.




A Valentines Day Surprise


Happy Valentines Day!  We’re celebrating the holiday with lots of chocolate and cake and extra snuggles with my little ones.  Speaking of little ones, I wanted to share some exciting family news with you guys.  I mentioned last week that Garrett and I have come up with the perfect use for the nursery (once Brooks moves into Wilder’s bedroom)…a nursery for our baby girl to be!!!

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That’s right, I am thrilled to announce that we’re adding a third baby to our brood and she’s due in July.  We found out the gender super early this time with a DNA test (at 10 weeks, I think), and let me just say I AM THRILLED to be having a girl.  I absolutely love having boys, but I’ve always wanted a daughter too and since this is *probably* our last baby (I only said probably to appease Garrett…I’m like 99.5% certain we’re done), I was really hoping for a baby girl that could be my partner in crime forever.

Ever since we found out baby’s gender, I’ve been dreaming of how I’ll change up the nursery.  I’m thinking touches of pink (it’s never been my favorite color, but after 2 boys I’m obsessed with it) and feminine dresses hanging on cute hooks (even though I’ve always been more of a jeans kind of girl) and a dresser that’s low enough for diaper changes and wide enough to fit all my nieces very cute hand-me-downs (thanks Auntie Terr for hanging on to them!).  The full-size bed is slated to go to one of our rentals, so I’ll likely fill that space with a new antique daybed – I’m thinking a twin-size spindle bed – or some fun toys like a play house or tall stuffed animals.  There’s plenty of time to decide on the nursery since baby will be in our room for quite some time after she’s born.  But oh goodness, I am EXCITED!

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dress | pig (old; equally cute hippo here) | quilt

For those of you into pregnancy and such things, I’m 18 weeks along and finally out of the yuck stage.  I was definitely sicker with this pregnancy than the previous two.  And tireder.  And I’ve had way more food aversions.  For those reasons, I had a feeling we were having a girl.  Luckily, both Garrett and I are home right now, so I’ve been able to take it easy; naps and baths have been my salvation.  Of course, we’re about to start a brand new renovation (aka the flip house), so life will get hectic once again.  But that’s nothing new.  It seems that we just can’t renovate a house without a baby on the way 😉



p.s. Brooks’ birth announcement and my pregnancy with him (Wilder was born before I started this blog).

p.p.s. We’ve been reading this new sibling book with the boys. We’ve had a few such books, but this one is definitely the cutest!


Happy Friday + Links 2.10.17

Next week is Valentines Day and it’ll be pretty low key around here, like always.  Most importantly, there will be a cake, which the boys will *help* me bake.  There is something so sweet about the mother-son (and father-daughter) relationship when it comes to Valentines Day, don’t you think?

Growing up, my dad always gave my sister and I roses on Valentines Day, and it meant the world to us.  It was like even though we didn’t have any admirers that day, we still had our flowers and an awesome dad.  And that was pretty great.  Eventually I’d like to start a similar tradition with my boys, but for now, we bake together.  Nothing says love like sugar, right?!

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Now that I have dessert on the brain, let’s jump into some links from the week.  Grab a cup of coffee (and maybe a donut…it is Friday after all) and enjoy:

Tessa’s Instagram account is amazing if you’re into sweets.  Tessa not only shares recipes on her website, but she also authored one of my favorite cake cookbooks (and that’s her pup above!).

Learning to love an imperfect kitchen.  I loved reading this (how did I miss it back in July?!). There’s something so much more comfortable and welcoming about a kitchen that shows wear and imperfection, don’t you think?

A few candy-free Valentines card suggestions.  I love the bird whistle one!

These books would make great Valentines Day gifts for little ones (and they’re all on Prime!): one, two, and three.

Ten of the most popular chocolate recipes from bloggers.  And this homemade breakfast cereal recipe is SO cute.  We usually have Scottish Oatmeal or another hot cereal in the morning, so what a special treat this would be for the kiddos!

THIS house!  Actually I should call it a grain-mill-turned-house.  If I had to pick just one style to call my own, it’d look just like this.  The old beams and tall ceilings are everything.

May your weekend be slow and lasting!




Farmhouse Nursery // The Current Version


We’re taking a break from the living room makeover this week to share our progress in the nursery.  You may recall that the nursery has undergone quite a transformation since we moved into the Farmhouse.  The room always had great bones, but it took a lot of work to bring the space up to snuff.  Thankfully, it was well worth the effort!  Somewhere along the way, the nursery turned into one of my favorite spaces in the house, and one of the hardest working.  Not only does Brooks sleep in here, but the space doubles as a playroom and an overflow guest bedroom.

We’ve always seen this as a temporary room for Brooks though.  We’d like our boys to share a room.  We’ve even tried to have our boys share a room, but we abandoned the plan after too many sleepless nights.  After the better part of six months, we’re ready to try again, or at least, almost ready.  As soon as we get the courage to move Brooks into Wilder’s room we’ll get to rethink the nursery (stay tuned for our plans on that), but in the mean time, here is a peak at what the nursery looks like today.  And I must say…I love it!

The Grit and Polish - Nursery TeepeeThe Grit and Polish - Nursery Day Bed 3The Grit and Polish - Nursery Bed SideThe Grit and Polish - Nursery Wallpaper Nook 2The Grit and Polish - Nursery CribResources: teepee, Wayfair |teepee pillows, Anthropologie | curtain rods, Restoration Hardware | jute rug, Rejuvenation | brass side table, Urban Outfitters | mirror, One Kings Lane | diamond pillows, Serena and Lily | dark gray pillows, Ikea | quilt and white pillows, Pottery Barn | whale, Land of Nod | throw blankets, Pendleton | overhead light, Rejuvenation | sconces, Rejuvenation | wallpaper, Anthropologie | crib, Pottery Barn | rocker, Amazon (similar) | selected books: Chicken Chicken Duck, Waiting, Zen Shorts, DinoblockThe Going to Bed Book, Flip-o-Saurus | rope bed, vintage | dresser, vintage | paint, BM Simply White

This space hasn’t always looked so good.  Here are the before photos and how we transformed this space from dark and dingy to light and bright:

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Those carpets don’t look too bad, but believe me when I say that they smelled like dog and all sorts of stuff I’d rather not think about. So we ripped the carpets up and then painted the walls, updated the electrical and lighting, built shelves, and refinished the hardwood floors.  We also wallpapered over the floral print in the large closet (which is where Brooks’ crib is).

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Phew!  All that work took us the better part of 6 months, the length of time we’ve lived at the Farmhouse.  We took our time, working on this room as we had the time, energy, and money.  And about that last criteria, since this room was always temporary for Brooks, I tried to keep the decor inexpensive and versatile.  You’ll notice a lot of vintage furniture and hand-me-downs from Wilder.

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Brooks’ crib is in the door-less closet, which is 6’x6′.  It’s proved to be the perfect little nook for a baby, fitting just the crib, a rocker, and usually a stack of books.  Brooks loves winding down in here, staring at the wallpaper, and reading a few stories before bed.

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The full-size bed, which I style as a day-bed, hasn’t gotten as much use as I thought it would.  We have a guest bedroom downstairs, so this room has only seen occupants on Labor Day, when we had more friends and family than we did beds.  Brooks and I also use this space to cuddle up when he’s up at night teething or sick.

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Garrett and I have been thinking a lot about what we’ll do with this room once Brooks moves in with Wilder.  I’m excited to say that we’ve finally come up with the perfect plan, which I’ll share next week.  I cannot wait to see how this room continues to evolve!

So that’s the whole nursery/guest-room/play-room, at least for now.  I’d love to hear what you guys think of it!



p.s. Wilder’s second nursery and big boy room.  And an update on Wilder’s current bedroom here.


Happy Friday + Links 2/3/17

Happy Friday!  There are a few days left to enter the $500 Interior Define giveaway, so if you haven’t already registered, you should!  Your home will thank you 🙂

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Over the past few months, Garrett and I have been looking for a new project, which I’ve mentioned briefly on the blog and a bit more in depth on Instagram stories.  The project is a new one for us…a flip! We love buying and fixing up properties, but we have yet to try our hand at selling said properties (we’ve always kept our renovated properties as rentals or our primary residence).  Our search for a flip has been marked with frustration due to the lack of inventory – apparently fixer homes are in short supply in central and western Washington – so we’ve had a lot of trouble finding a suitable property.  Until now.  I think we’ve finally found the one!  So we’re drawing floor plans and planning out finishes, and I’m officially in my happy place.  This is going to be an exciting and interesting renovation for a few reasons (which I’ll get into at some point), but I’m looking forward to sharing more with you guys in the Spring!

Now on to some cool stuff that’s going on outside of my bubble.  Grab a cup of coffee and dig in:

Old Home Love is releasing a book and I for one, could not be more excited about it!

This kitchen has me really inspired.  I love the dark butcher block – it’s so warm and classy looking.

Need a new show?  I watched the entire first season of The Crown during a recent stomach bug and it’s great.

You might want to bookmark this post from Young House Love.  It’s a great resource if you ever decide to add hardwood floors, feather them in to an existing floor, or are just thinking of refinishing.

This home is so beautiful and simple. That mantle is giving me all sorts of ideas.




Farmhouse Living Room // Our Sofa is Here! + A Giveaway



The Farmhouse living room is really coming along!  The walls are painted, the black and gold outlets are updated, the carpets are gone, and…the sofa is here!  As I mentioned on Friday, having a sofa is a game changer for my family.  How we survived for this long without one, I’ll never know, but I’m beyond excited that we finally have a cozy spot for the whole family to gather for story time, movies and maybe, just maybe, an afternoon nap or two (a mama can dream)!

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You may recall that we chose Interior Define’s Harper Sofa in Oxford Blue velvet back in November.  We debated something more formal for our space (like their Rose sofa, which we love at the Dexter House), but in the end, we opted for the Harper because we wanted the space to look and feel inviting and comfortable.  The sofa is all soft edges and low profile coziness, and we couldn’t be happier with it!

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At 8′-6″ long, the Harper sofa can fit our entire family plus some (as in three more kids, according to Garrett…not going to happen), which was definitely a requirement for us.  The beautiful dark blue color, a choice I was a little apprehensive about, gives the sofa a slightly more-formal feel, which is prefect in our space.  The sofa is deep enough to really curl up on, which I love, and Garrett couldn’t be happier with the firm seat cushions.  Perhaps the prettiest detail, if I have to pick just one, is the back of the sofa, which was an unexpected and pleasant surprise.

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Our Harper sofa retails for $1,900, but Interior Define has customizable-pieces starting at just $1,000 and that includes free white-glove delivery and a 365-day return policy.  Pretty awesome, right?!

And speaking of awesome…today we get to give one lucky reader $500 to Interior Define!  To enter, check out Interior Define’s collection, register your email address here, and then leave a comment below with which item you’d choose!  The winner will be announced on 2/8.  Good luck!

  • Giveaway open to continental US readers only
  • Entrants must enter their email address here
  • Giveaway ends Tuesday, February 7th
  • Giveaway winner will be randomly selected from the email entry list
  • Credit must be used in a single purchase.  Returns will be refunded store credit minus any restocking fee.
  • Credit must be used by July 15th

A giant thank you to Interior Define for partnering with us on this post and giveaway.  They make great sofas and we love having them in our homes.  I hope you do too!

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Resources for this room: sofa (in Oxford Blue velvet) | side table | rugs: (which I snagged from the nursery until we find a permanent solution for this room) top rug, bottom rug.



p.s. more from this room: pulling up the carpetspaint, picking out the sofa, and inspiration.


Curtains, Affiliate Links, & Happy Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Friday!  This Friday is so much more glorious than the last because we finally have a couch to lounge on, and that makes movie night SO MUCH BETTER!  Even if we will have to watch the Peanuts Christmas movie yet again 😉

What are you up to this weekend?  I’ll be working on our living room, trying to find some pretty things for this space.  One thing I’ve been struggling with is curtains.  I had always imagined flowy white drapes (they just scream country to me), but now that I’ve gotten a glimpse, I’m just not sure.  Hung high or low, long drapes seem to distract from the millwork.  Perhaps no curtains at all is the answer (like Julia mentioned in last week’s podcast).  Or maybe something simpler like roman shades.  What do you think?!

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One ‘behind the blog’ item I wanted to share with you today is that I’ve started using some affiliate links.  For those of you who don’t know, affiliate links are customized links to products that we use or love.  Those links allow this blog to receive a small commission when the item is purchased.  Affiliate links won’t affect what I use/recommend and don’t affect how much you pay for the item, so they seem like a win-win in my book…and a good first step towards making this blog profitable, a goal I set for the Grit and Polish last November.

DeVOL kitchens Instagram Inspiration

source, more on deVOL Kitchens in a minute…

Now on to the good stuff.  Grab a cup of coffee, and check out some great happenings from the internet this week:

There’s still time! Enter to win the Chris Loves Julia Lowes Spring Makeover and you could be looking at a new kitchen or bath!

Manhattan Nest is one of my all time favorite renovation blogs – do you follow it?  I cannot wait to see how this bedroom turns out!

The Academy Award nominees are out!  Have you seen La La Land yet?  I’m dying to watch it!

The most beautiful wedding.  Related: why am I still so obsessed with weddings?!

I’ve been looking for a stylish outdoor thermometer and this weather station fits the bill.  And yes, that was an affiliate link.  Just getting you used to the idea 😉

Old Home Love episodes are finally available online!  Now all you millennials can finally watch it (and yes, I realize I’m a millennial too).

In case you’re not already following the British masters of kitchen design (aka deVOL Kitchens), check them out.  And get ready for a healthy dose of kitchen envy!




Farmhouse Living Room // What We Found Under the Carpets


Well, we finally pulled up the living room carpets late one night last week.  My oh my, what we found beneath was glorious!

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The living room hardwood floors – softwood technically, since they’re fir – are far from perfect, but they look pretty darn great considering that they’re 104-years old!  We had to remove approximately 1,000,000 carpet pad staples, and there were some gouges that needed fixing (I’ll share our DIY spot repair method with you guys another time), but the rest of the floors were in great shape. Phew!

From the picture above, it’s obvious that the living room hardwoods were refinished at the same time as the dining room floors, and I’m guessing that a subsequent owner laid the carpets.  I can’t tell you how much more I like both of these rooms now that the flooring is continuous between them!

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Full disclosure, Garrett and I pulled up a corner of the living room carpet months ago, so we knew that the floors beneath were in pretty good shape.  But we’ve been renovating old houses long enough to know that just because a corner looks good, doesn’t mean you won’t run across significant staining, large gouges/scratches, or other anomalies that may require a full floor refinish.  Needless to say, I breathed a deep sigh of relief when we pulled up the rest of the carpet and found the floors in such good shape.

Now that the carpets are gone and the walls are painted, I cannot wait to start decorating this room.  The sofa arrived yesterday and now I’m looking for the perfect chandelier (the current one is killing me!), side chairs, and vintage furniture.  As I mentioned on Friday, I don’t expect this room to be done for a good month or two (or three?) so this room will keep evolving, but I’m pretty excited to finally use this space for more than toy storage!

In case you forgot what the carpeted room looked like 6 months ago, here’s my original house tour.  You can also catch up on this room’s paint, sofa, and inspiration.




Happy Friday + Links 1.20.17

I had a little IT issue this week and lost all of my work from the past week, which means all of your lovely comments on Tuesday’s post disappeared.  First off, thank you for the kind words on the paint color, and second, if you didn’t get a chance to see my answer to your question, write another comment and I promise not to let the blog monster eat it (and my response) this time 😉

Anyway…happy Friday friends!  Even in semi ‘retirement‘, Friday is my favorite day of the week, so full of potential and excitement, even though our family tends to do the same things on the weekdays and weekends (except with later bedtimes and more pancakes).  We’ll be taking a break from the living room renovation this weekend to hit up a local beer festival with friends, but I can’t wait to show you guys our progress on Tuesday.  I am still looking for the rest of the major furniture pieces for our living room (antiques, probably) so this makeover will take some time yet.  But I always think rooms turn out best when you can spend some time in the space before finishing them, don’t you?

Park and Oak Design Happy Friday 1.20.17

source: Park and Oak Design, more on them in a minute…

Now onto the good stuff…here are a few of my favorite happenings from around the internet this week:

Loved this quick guest bedroom makeover by Chris and Julia.  The layered bedding and all those textures have me ready to come sleep over!

book that both Garrett and I are into (quite the rarity).  It’s a good one!

This renovation of a 1920’s home has me dreaming of vaulted ceilings and (dare I say it) more white walls!

I’ve been looking for a jute rug for our living room, but with a floor space of 16’x15′ we’ll need something bigger than an 8’x10′.  Which rules out this inexpensive and lovely option. Dang!

This mudroom redo is pretty darn amazing.  Those cabinets are perfection!

One of my inspiration shots on Tuesday was from the design duo, Park and Oak Design.  Their gallery and Instagram account are one of my go to sources of inspiration!

Hope you have a great weekend!



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