Happy Friday + Links 6/23/17

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 swing on the porch, but for now, large blankets on the lawn covered in books and picnic fare will have to do!  What are your dreams for summer?

Before I get into the links today, I wanted to ask you a favor.  Tell me what you’d like to see more of on this blog.  I’m guessing that if you’re here, you like old homes and renovations – and I’m not planning to change any of that core content – but what else are you interested in?  Would you like to hear more about Garrett and my experiences as landlords, Airbnb hosts, or early ‘retirees‘?  Are you curious how we fill our days when we’re not flipping a house, wrangling our boys, or filming a pilot for HGTV?  Maybe you’d love more information and tips on the financial side of rentals and what it takes to retire young?  And what about our country lifestyle and wild kids.  Are you interested in any of that?  Or perhaps you’ve been hoping for something else entirely.  I’d love to hear from you!  Leave a comment here or reach out on Instagram or send me an email.  Thanks in advance for being awesome 🙂

There was so much good stuff on the internet this week, so let’s grab a cup of coffee and jump into it.

I changed my Instagram username to thegritandpolish.  I know, groundbreaking stuff.

What a great, honest podcast from Chris Loves Julia this week.  I love hearing about what goes on behind the scenes on blogs, and I’m not surprised in the least to hear that it takes two full-time people to keep a blog like CLJ running.

This Scandinavian home has all my heart eyes.

A moody picture of Wilder’s birthday cakes that didn’t make it into last week’s recipe post.  Sometimes I spend hours taking and editing photos only to realize that they don’t fit the feel of the blog.  Ugh.  Sidenote: I had a piece (or two) of each cake and they were delicious. Second sidenote: #eatingfortwo, at least that’s my excuse for another few weeks.

We have mosquitoes at the farmhouse.  So. Many. Mosquitoes!  So this cute candle just might be the ticket.

How a family of 4 eats for $150 a week in Waco Texas.  I ate up this food budget diary…no pun intended.  I’m strangely (or not so strangely…?) always interested with people’s spending habits, especially when it comes to grocery budgets.  Yeah, a little strange…

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source (photos by Marili Forastieri; produced and styled by Zio & Sons)

A renovated 1700s farmhouse.  And it’s a stunner!

Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for being here.

xoxo

-Cathy

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Vintage Find // Farmhouse Office Cabinet

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The largest piece of furniture at the Farmhouse is the cabinet that sits just inside the office.  It’s 5.5-feet wide and 8-feet tall and built so solidly that it took 3 men to move it from the antique store where I found it.

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But before I delve into the cabinet, I wanted to tell you the story behind it.  It’s a tale of serendipity – the stuff of old home lover’s dreams.  And it has made me fall in love with our little hometown even more, because this is the kind of thing that could only happen in a small town.

But back to the cabinet.  The moment I saw it, I had to have it.  Not only was it beautiful (SO beautiful!), but the fir wood looked like it would match perfectly with the Farmhouse’s fir woodwork.  Actually the entire piece – from the crown molding down to the old latches – looked as if it would fit perfectly at our Farmhouse.  So much so, that I had the fleeting feeling that the piece had been made for our Farmhouse.

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But at $1,400 and no immediate need for a pantry cabinet, I couldn’t justify the purchase.  So I sulked away empty handed.

Fast forward two months to our mailbox.  I found a hand-addressed letter there, which turned out to be from a previous resident of the Farmhouse.  She had written to inform us that there was a large cabinet at the local antique store that had originally belonged in our Farmhouse.  Quite obviously, my interest was piqued.  Even if it wasn’t the pantry cabinet that I had fallen in love with, I had to bring whatever piece of furniture she was talking about home.

The former resident went on to explain that the cabinet had originally been in the kitchen and then later moved to a closet.  It had been painted and then stripped.  And in recent years an owner removed the cabinet from the Farmhouse, and placed it on the 3rd story of a local victorian home.  Finally it had been brought in to the antique store to be sold.  And there it sat.

I later found out that the cabinet had been bought while our letter sat in the mail, but thankfully it was returned before they got it out of the store (it turned out to be too big for the buyer’s space).  And there were other interested buyers too.  But serendipity was on my side.  When I went back to the antique store, the store’s owner was delighted to find out that I was the new owner of the Farmhouse – she was familiar with the history of the cabinet – and walked me over to the piece in question.  It was, of course, the pantry cabinet I had fallen in love with all those months ago.  Happy to reunite the cabinet with it’s original home, the store’s owner offered me a discount and I happily brought the cabinet home.

Sweet, sweet serendipity!

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To say this piece is solid, is selling it short.  It’s built like no cabinet I’ve ever seen.  The backing is 3/4″ tongue and groove flooring strips (no doubt the same material that still graces our floors) and the sides are at least double that thick.  Even the cabinet doors are an inch thick.  Garrett and his dad had to separate the cabinet’s top from it’s base to get it from the truckin to the Farmhouse and even then, they needed a hand cart.

After a little research, I believe this piece should actually be called a stepback cupboard.  But since I plan to return it to the kitchen where it originally sat (someday….years in the future when we remodel the kitchen), I’m going to keep calling it our pantry cabinet.  In the meantime, I love having it in our office.  It looks and functions great as storage and makes my heart swell every time I see it.

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Well that’s the story behind our beautiful pantry cabinet turned office storage.  I’m so happy to have it back home!  Next week I’ll give you a progress update on the rest of the office including all the sources from this post.  Until then, I hope you have a great week!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. a vintage spool bed.

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Happy Friday + Links 6/16/17

Happy Friday!  You guys…Father’s Day is THIS weekend!  It kinda snuck up on me this year, but I can’t wait to celebrate the dads in our lives, especially Garrett.  He is such a dedicated and downright awesome father to our boys.  We’re all so lucky to have him in our lives.  I know everyone says that, but really guys, this one is a keeper.  Garrett asked for a hike and a trip to the brewery on Father’s Day, so that’s what we’ll be doing.  Of course there will be a homemade card, drawn by a certain 4-year-old.  And Brooks will be in charge of providing extra snuggles because goodness he’s a good snuggler when he puts his mind to it.  And I’ll be doing my best to keep my feet moving forward on our *hike* which is surely to be more of a slow meander with 2 kiddos and super-pregnant me along for the adventure 😉

Anyway, happy Father’s Day to all you hard-working dadas/grandpas/uncles/friends out there who are fighting the good fight – tackling bath time, giving shoulder rides, and loving those kids more than life itself.  You make their world go round.

It’s time to grab a cup of coffee and dig in to all that the Internet has to offer!

Victorian Farmhouse Insta

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These guys are restoring an 1892 Victorian Farmhouse and it’s gorgeous.  Definitely an Instagram account worth following!

A preschool in the woods.  This is pure amazing.  Sidenote: this book is now on my Amazon wish list.

The top 50 baby names of 2016.  Garrett and I settled on a sweet baby girl’s name about 4 1/2 years ago (for the record, it’s not on the list) but we himed and hawed over a middle name until about a month ago.  I love what we came up with and I’m crossing my fingers it fits our baby girl when we meet her next month!

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I’m crushing hard on this window bench by DeVol Kitchens.

A stylish, family home in 484 square feet.

Tips for shopping at a Farmer’s Market.  We always end up buying way too many pastries and the kids usually leave with cherry stains all over their cheeks, but the local fruits and veggies at our Farmer’s Market just can’t be beat!

Hope you have a great weekend!  Now go celebrate those awesome dads in your life.

xoxo

-Cathy

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Almond Cake with Rhubarb Strawberry Preserves

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Our oldest kiddo, Wilder, turned 4 this week, which has me feeling all the feelings.  On the one hand, I can barely remember a life without our wild child in it, but on the other hand, wasn’t he just born like last year?  Ugh, these years are short.  One thing that’s for sure though, I really love the person that Wilder has grown into.  He’s gregarious, active, considerate, and always, always loves to have a good time.  So naturally, we had to celebrate!

Birthdays are a special occasion around our house and they always include a homemade cake.  I spend weeks planning out the perfect pairing of cake and frosting and spend way too long decorating the concoction.  It’s a tradition that started when Wilder was born (he was born at home so I asked my sis to whip up the Poshusta family apple cake recipe in our oven on the day he was born) and has continued for every birthday for everyone in the family.  I’m a bit of a baking addict so channeling the sugar highs into one decadent, celebratory cake (for every holiday, of course) has not only been fun for me but also better for our health than the weekly cookies and cupcakes I used to make.

This year, Wilder requested a chocolate, rainbow dinosaur cake, which had me really scratching my head.  Thankfully, at the last minute, he changed his mind.  I pitched two cakes: a simple chocolate cake (I used the recipe on the back of the Hershey’s coco box) with vanilla buttercream and an almond rhubarb cake stacked with whipped cream.  He was happy with those.  Originally I planned to make mini cakes for everyone, but with the birthday party guest list at 40, I decided to make one mini cake for Wilder to blow out his candle, and larger cakes to serve to the masses.  Today, I wanted to share our almond cake recipe with you guys.

This almond cake is sooo good.  It’s dense and nutty, but still sweet and moist.  My mom, who has had her share of birthday cakes in her day (my whole family is a little obsessed with baking), told me it was the best she’d ever had.  And guys, I might just have to agree.  The cake recipe originally came from the Macrina’s cookbook, which I’ve been baking out of since my sister-in-law gave us their cookbook 10 years ago, and has evolved into a recipe all it’s own.  The rhubarb, strawberry jam was inspired by Molly Yeh’s recipe.

Almond Cake with Rhubarb Strawberry Preserves

*this recipe makes one 9″ layer cake or 4 3-layer (or 6 2-layer) mini cakes

 

for the cake

3 large eggs

¾ cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt

2 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

8 ounces butter, at room temperature

1 ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 ½ cup granulated sugar

¾ tsp baking soda

¾ tsp baking powder

½ tsp ground sea salt

1 ½ cups almond flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)

Grease two 9” round cake pans with butter and line bottom with parchment paper. Combine eggs, yogurt, almond extract, and vanilla extract in a small bowl and whisk by hand until combined. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat butter on high until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the dry ingredients into butter and mix slowly until combined. Increase mixer speed to medium and mix for an additional minute. Scrape bowl down, add half of the egg mixture, and mix until combined. Scrape down bowl and repeat with the remaining egg mixture. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake in 325-degree oven. Start checking for doneness at 25 minutes (toothpick should come out clean). Let cool on a wire rack.

for the rhubarb jam

2 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb

1/2 cup strawberries

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 tsp sea salt

juice of 1 small lemon

In a medium saucepan, combine the fruit, vanilla, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture gets thick, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat, add in lemon, and let cool. Jam should be stored in the fridge.

for the whipped cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tbsp powder sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

In a small bowl, beat cream, sugar, and vanilla with a hand-held mixer until stiff peaks form (or use your stand mixer).  If you don’t use right away, store in fridge.

assembly

9″ layer cake: After cakes cool, remove one layer from pan and place on a cardboard circle atop a cake stand or plate.  Cut the top of the cake flat with a large knife (and share the top with your kiddos to make their day!).  Spread a generous layer of rhubarb strawberry jam on top of cake and then spread 1/2 of the whipped cream over that.  Place second layer on top of cake and spread the remaining whipped cream on top.  Decorate with slivered almonds and sliced strawberries.

Mini cakes: Place cake rounds on a cutting board.  Using a biscuit cutter, cut out rounds from each layer.  Follow assembly instructions above.  You can stack cakes 2 or 3 layers high, but 2 layers are more stable, especially if serving to kids.

Do yourself a favor and make this cake for whatever event you have coming up (or can dream up).  Just be sure to let me know how you like it!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Brooks’ birthday cake from last year, and my nephew George’s first birthday cake.

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Happy Friday + Links 6/9/17

Happy Friday!  How was your week?  Garrett and I took the boys on a last minute camping trip in the San Juan Islands this week.  It rained and goodness the ground feels even harder when you’re 34 weeks pregnant, but seeing our kiddos explore more of the PNW and delight in ferry rides and beach combing was worth every bit of the discomfort.  Oh the joys of childhood!

Speaking of our kiddos, we are celebrating Wilder’s 4th birthday this weekend.  If you’ve been following this blog for long, you’ve probably already gathered that celebratory cakes are my thing, so you can expect to see me in an apron tomorrow, doing my darndest to create the chocolate dinosaur rainbow cake of Wilder’s dreams.  I can’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday…unless, of course, it’s baking the chocolate dinosaur rainbow cake of Wilder’s dreams in the kitchen I’m about to show you.

Well it’s Friday again so grab a cup of coffee and dig in to all that the internet has to offer:

Friday Gray Wade Design

Gray Wade Design Development via Instagram

Gray Wade Design Development constantly has me inspired on Instagram, but their Old Village kitchen (pictured above) stopped me in my tracks.  After seeing this, I was ready to demo our Farmhouse kitchen (good thing all of our tools were safely with Garrett at the Porch House ;).

Our Farmhouse master bedroom and the 6 Day Kitchen Reno made it onto ElleDecor.com recently.  Check out the article on navy and gold here.

This quick deck makeover (for under$1500!) was beautiful.

I love seeing the spaces people work in, especially interior designers, architects, and design/build contractors.  Because I know that these guys not only need space for the pretty stuff (design and inspiration), but also need organization and storage for the mounds of paperwork, invoices, drawings, and all the other less-than beautiful things associated with renovating and building.  Studio McGee’s office doesn’t disappoint.

10 tips from Farrow & Ball’s colour consultant to read before you paint!  “In light spaces paint them light and in dark spaces keep the colours dark, turn the rooms into jewels.” – Joa Studholme.

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Related: I’ve been secretly dreaming of a pink dining room.  I don’t think I have the staying power to really go with pink – the color preference likely has more to do with the gender of the baby in my belly than what fits our family and home – but I’ve loved looking at inspiration, like this room and this one.

xoxo

-Cathy

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Farmhouse Entryway // the Kids’ Alphabet Wall

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With our almost-4-year-old finally interested in letters, I knew it was time for an alphabet wall at the Farmhouse.  I wanted something fun for the kiddos, but also a bit more grown-up for us adults to enjoy too.  I searched everywhere for the right alphabet cards and finally found them on Etsy.  We decided to hang them in the entryway, at least for now.  The letters will surely get changed out for something a little less juvenile as the kids grow, but for now, we all love them here.

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alphabet cards // clipboards // wood push pins

Cute letter cards, right?  I happily paid way too much for them because how can you say no to these sweet animals?!

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So far the boys are getting a lot of use out of the alphabet wall.  Wilder likes to sit Brooks and I down on the stairs and pretend he’s the teacher, standing on the bench and pointing out letters for us to repeat.  Sometimes he even lets me switch roles with him and will recite the letters I point out, which couldn’t be more adorable!

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Hard to believe that boy turns 4 next week.  4!  Next thing I know, Wilder will be off to college and I’ll be one of those moms who sends way too many care packages and embarrasses him with daily phone calls 😉

But I digress.  This little bench nook of our’s measures only 4’4″ wide and has a sloping ceiling, so it’s awkward to say the least.  But awkward spaces like this are usually some of my favorite rooms in old houses.  They feel so fun and whimsical and I can’t help but think how much I would have loved these awkward spaces as a kid.  This bench nook is no exception.  Our boys love hiding here and have already logged hours of quality coloring/visiting/silly time on the bench.

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I asked our old neighbor’s daughter what they used to use this space for, and apparently it was the telephone nook.  How sweet is that?  Can’t you just imagine a giant antique telephone sitting on a table back there?  And oh my what fabulous late night gossip sessions must have gone on in here!

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xoxo

-Cathy

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Happy Friday + Links 6/2/17

Happy Friday and welcome to June!  Goodness it feels to be here.  On the back end of all that cold and snow, and with nothing but sunny skies and fresh veggies (and a baby!!!) in our foreseeable future.  Howdy summer, we’re happy to have you!

Lauren Liess Kitchen Dreams

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Before I get to this week’s links, I have to tell you about my new design crush, Lauren Liess.  Her style is simple, beautiful, and natural and I want to live in every room she designs (like that kitchen!…swoon).  Lauren isn’t exactly new on the design scene, but somehow I’ve been totally oblivious to her work my entire life.  Thankfully a kind Instagram follower pointed out that Helen Norman (as in Helen of the beautiful farmhouse we featured here on the blog a couple of weeks back) photographs for Lauren and I quickly found myself on Lauren’s Instagram, spending way too much time ogling her work!  I wouldn’t recommend following that link unless you have at least 2 hours to kill 😉

Well it’s Friday again, so grab a cup of coffee and dig into all that the internet has to offer:

I finally pulled the trigger on these office chairs for our home office since they were 25% off this week (sadly, I think the discount code ended last night).  They’re on backorder and won’t arrive until July, but I still can’t wait!

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Lauren Liess, blue lake house // photo: Helen Norman

My Amazon wish list is now topped by…surprise, surprise…Lauren Liess’ book, Habitat: the Field Guide to Decorating.  Side note: that bedroom! Those textiles!

Flush mounts…ugh.  It’s so hard to find good ones, but thankfully Studio McGee put together this roundup!

I’m still thinking about a rug for the Farmhouse entryway.  I’ve resolved myself to an indoor/outdoor rug because we have kids and a dog and I really don’t want to constantly worry about dirt (because it’s inevitable).  I have my eye on this one and this one but I’m not sold on the whole recycled plastic thing.  Anyone have experience with one of these rugs?  I sure love the whole clean-it-off-with-a-hose thing but I always prefer natural materials.

I can’t read a word of this country home tour (are they in Sweden?) but the pictures are stunning!  That bathroom linen cabinet is perfection.

Planning to try out this hummus recipe this weekend.  I’m always on the hunt for healthy recipes my kids will eat too.

Hope you have a great weekend!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Farmhouse Office // Design Plan

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Somehow we’ve managed to live without a home office for the last 8 years and it’s not for lack of wanting one!  But we really just haven’t had the space…until now!  With baby girl’s pending arrival in July (meaning I won’t be getting out a lot) and paperwork piling up from running 5 rentals and renovating the Porch House, I decided it was finally time for a dedicated office.  And thankfully, Garrett agreed!

Directly off the Farmhouse entryway is a small room (11.5’x9.5′) with large windows and an oversized pocket door.  It has no closets meaning this space has probably always been an office or library (or sitting room?) and it’ll be perfect for Garrett and my shared space.

With Garrett on board, I picked out a paint color and persuaded Garrett to spend one whole kid-free day at the Farmhouse with me.  We painted, pulled up carpets and hung new light fixtures.  Here’s what the room looks like:

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The navy blue is moody and cozy and surprisingly spacious.  It’s perfect for this space.  But that didn’t mean that the color was an easy decision for me!  I was actually very tempted to go with white in here – white looks so beautiful with our wood moldings and really goes with the whole historic, farmhouse vibe I’m going for in this house – but at the last minute I selected BM’s Hale Navy.  The main reason for the darker color is that I wanted this space to feel like a real destination and separate from the nearby living spaces at the farmhouse (which will all be white).  Going dark is so hard for me, but every time we’ve done it (like the Dexter guest bedroom, Julia’s kitchen, and the Porch House exterior) I’ve loved it.  So I trusted my gut, and went with the dark color.  In the end, both Garrett and I really like how it turned out!

I mentioned earlier that we also pulled up the carpets in this room (which, for the record, I’ve been itching to do for a good 9 months now!).  We found spots of missing finish and more of those carpet stretching scars we found in the living room, but thankfully there’s no damage that a throw rug can’t cover for now.  Speaking of a rug, the one in the picture above actually belongs to the nursery (it’s the Skyline from Rejuvenation and has floated around a few rooms here at the Farmhouse), but I had it in here to check scale.  For this space I’m planning to use a cowhide, as you will see in the design plan.  We are also planning to buy real office chairs for this room – say what?! – but I’m waiting for them to go on sale (any day now West Elm…!).

Even though I’ll likely use our office more than Garrett, I really wanted both of us to feel comfortable in here, meaning I picked design elements that we’d both love.  The desk and lights are feminine and airy, which was what I was dreaming of, while the chairs, cowhide, and vintage accessories feel darker and grittier, which feels much more like Garrett.  Hopefully it all balances out to a coed office space where we can both happily design, manage, and do everything else for our construction projects, tenants, and blog.

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sources: light // rug // chair // trestle legs // magazine rack // clock // art // floral pad // brass scissors // vintage adding machine

I’m really excited to see how this space turns out!  Here’s a look back at the evolution of this office since we moved in last summer.

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There’s lots left to address in this space like storage, functionality, and how we’re accommodating the kids (because those little buggers are sure to sneak in here from time to time ;).  But I’m really excited to be putting together a beautiful home office that both Garrett and I will love.

xoxo

-Cathy

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Happy Friday + Links 5/26/17

Happy Friday and happy Memorial Day weekend!  Goodness what a holiday this is.  For all of you who’s father/mother/daughter/son/brother/sister/aunt/uncle/grandmother/grandfather/cousin is remembered this weekend, thank you.  I will be thinking of you!  Secondly (a very distant second), Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, which deserves about sixty exclamation marks from me!  We have fresh cut lilacs all over the Farmhouse and permanent smiles on our faces.  Wilder has already ditched his shirt for the season (hoping his pants don’t follow along with it) and it’s time to dust off the outdoor table and get the grill going because summer is finally here!

Garrett and Papa have big plans at the Porch House over the long weekend.  I cannot wait to share more on all the progress we’ve been making on that renovation soon, though truthfully it’s been more of a one man show lately since this pregnant lady isn’t quite as helpful.  So to get out of Garrett’s hair for the long weekend, I’m tagging along with my sister’s family for three days of swimming, napping, and hanging with cousins in Bend, OR.  I know, I know, I’m such a thoughtful wife ;).  Do you have any plans for this long weekend?

Well it’s Friday again, which means I’ve scoured the internet for all it’s greatness, and there are some great links here.  Grab a cup of coffee and jump in:

Are you planning to bbq this weekend?  Tips for making better burgers.  Plus how to grill your sausages (hint: use beer!).  We’re definitely going to be grilling sausages soon!

Two great podcasts from Freakonomics, which will change the way you eat: here and here.  I cannot recommend these enough!  Sidenote: wild berry picking and the local farmer’s market just moved up the summer priorities ladder.

Glitter Guide Home (2 pics)

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A happy home in Wisconsin.  So much to love about this one!  Also, now I want to put a navy sconce in our navy office.

I’m dying to buy this for baby girl.  Obviously I’m already planning our late summer outings together 🙂

Cassandra’s breakfast nook is (no surprise here) beautiful and the perfect space to enjoy syrup-soaked waffles.  Or is it just me…?

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If I wasn’t already excited about my Memorial Day plans, I’d be dreaming about an outside gathering at the Farmhouse like this.  Also, I love Beth’s goals for entertaining: “consider every moment my guests will have & make it beautiful.”

Have a great long weekend!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Farmhouse Entryway // Progress!

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As I mentioned last week, the Farmhouse entryway is still a ways from completion, but it already looks and functions a whole lot better than it used to!  I really love the direction this space is taking – historic, functional, bright, and full of authentic country feelings.

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The lilacs were cut on Mother’s Day, while we prepped our garden for planting.  I wish they’d stay colorful and vibrant in a crock like this all year round because they make me so very happy. But alas, I’ll have to settle for a house plant or something when the blooms fade.

The entry table is an antique, which I bought in town a couple of weeks back.  I had Garrett cut it in half lengthwise so it wouldn’t protrude too far into the hallway.  With 3 doors, 2 pocket doors, and a staircase in this space, I didn’t want furniture to stifle flow.  I really love how it turned out!

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Entry Progress 4

You may recognize the bench from the Dexter House mudroom.  We swapped it out for a bank of theater seats last weekend (I had a few extras laying around from when I found these for our master bedroom).  The bench is actually an 1800’s church pew and only 18″ deep, so it fits in the small nook by the stairs perfectly.  The bench is also much easier for 19-month-old Brooks to get on and off of than folding theater seats.  I’m pretty smitten with it in this space!

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Entry Progress 2

This room still needs a giant mirror over the table, a new overhead light, an indoor/outdoor rug, storage for kids hats and coats (I’m toying with a row of shaker pegs above the bench and around the stair nook), and additional lighting over the bench.  And at some point, I’d like to swap out the stair runner because that brown kills me.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Entry Progress 3

Next up, I’ll share our office project with you guys (did you catch that glimpse of a navy blue wall in the picture above?!).  In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you guys think about our entryway progress!

xoxo

-Cathy

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