Happy Friday + Links 4/21/17

Somehow April is half over and we’re here at another Friday. Thank goodness because I’m ready for the weekend!  Tomorrow we have no plans which means pancakes, picking daffodils, and a family hike if the weather holds out.  My kind of day!

bathroom my domaine

source: My Domaine

We’ve been getting ready to tackle the bathrooms (all three of them!) at the Porch House, so I’ve got tile and claw foot tubs on my brain.  Anyone in the Ellensburg area know of or have a claw foot tub they want to part with?  There is something so soothing about taking a bath in an cast iron tub, don’t you think?  Or is it just me?  Garrett wants to buy a new free standing tub, but I’m looking for a vintage claw foot one first because this beautiful old house could really use a beautiful old tub.

Star bright farm bathroom

source: Star Bright Farm

I’ve got lots of links for you.  So grab a cup of coffee and dig in.

A pretty tudor renovation from Studio McGee.  I’m a little sad about the moldings but what a beautiful home!

All the bathrooms I love in one spot.

A cheery entryway.  I’m certain this wallpaper would make me smile every time I walked in the front door!

Garrett and I have a Mother’s Day planned at the Farmhouse this year with the boys and our moms.  I proposed brunch, but really that’s a ploy to feed them before we get them to help us plant our summer garden 😉  And speaking of Mother’s Day, I asked for this which just so happens to be on sale right now!

Summer is coming, and though you might not find this pregnant lady in a swimsuit (mostly because I’d have to buy a maternity one…and getting to a store is tough these days), the mama in me loves a one piece.  Here are some great ones!

Some great crib sheets in case you have a baby girl on the way 😉

xoxo

-Cathy

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Porch House // Introductions & the Exterior

THE PORCH HOUSE

**update: I got a little ahead of myself in sharing the exterior transformation of the Porch House with you guys.  I’ve been asked to wait to publish the photos until after our pilot airs so that you guys can see the transformation first on HGTV!  Thanks for your patience 🙂

The camera crews have gone home and life has *almost* returned to normal around here.  Even now, we’re still catching up on sleep and family time from all those looong days.  Filming a pilot for HGTV was a whirlwind!  Exciting and exhausting but soooo much fun.  Our whole town seemed to find out about the pilot, and excitement was palpable in the community.  While we felt so lucky to be in the talented hands of our film crew, production company, HGTV exec, and contractor, I wouldn’t have minded a couple more days in our 16-day filming/renovation schedule just to cut down on all the late, late nights and to eat dinner sitting down once or twice.  If this pilot airs and you notice that I look a little disheveled, know that I was in do-makeup-in-the-car mode, was up at night a lot with a sick kiddo, and I fully admit that you’re seeing 8-day hair with plenty of renovation dust in it (don’t worry, I did shower every night).  Ha!

HGTV pilot aside, I wanted to introduce you guys to the Porch House because it is an awesome house in its own right.  I’ll be sharing more of the renovation that we completed in front of the cameras if/once the pilot airs, including the kitchen/sunroom, living room, and master bedroom.  You may have gathered by now that we didn’t actually complete the whole house renovation in those 16 days, so we’ll be continuing the renovation over the next 2 (ish) months at a more reasonable pace while we prepare the house for sale.

The Porch House was an off-market property, meaning it wasn’t listed for sale, but our realtors had an inside scoop that the owner might be interested in selling.  The house had been a rental for many years and was in a bit of disrepair.  Thankfully lots of the original charm was in tact like moldings, windows, tall ceilings (except where they had been dropped), and a wrap-around porch.  The home was built in 1900 but the history is a bit of a mystery.  We’ve heard from previous owners and neighbors that the home was actually built somewhere else in Ellensburg and moved here in the early 1900s by oxen cart.  The house definitely has the look of a farmhouse, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was originally built in the country, but one neighbor thought it was built in the historic district by the university, which is where I grew up.

With this renovaiton, my goal for the exterior was to highlight the farmhouse charm and historic feel of the home.  What that meant was improving the landscaping, replacing anything that had been updated in the 70s (i.e. the front door and the upstairs windows), and giving the color a drastic change.  The original wood siding was in okay shape, but blown-in insulation holes, cracks, and general wear over the years had left it in less than ideal condition.  Garrett had the great idea of painting the body of the house in a dark, matte color to hide some of the wear, which I liked because it would also serve to give the HGTV cameras a big ‘before and after’ transformation without us having to do a ton of big changes.  Turns out the painters and pressure washer did such a nice job prepping the siding for paint that we wouldn’t have needed the dark color, but I’m so glad we did because the end result is stunning (if I do say so myself)!

The landscaping also went through a big change.  We are lucky to have some great friends who are killer landscapers (you may remember Julia and Garrett from their kitchen renovation last year).  Julia and I designed the landscaping to fit in the space and use what was available locally at this time of year.  Julia and Garrett put in some loooong days with us, and by the time they left, the landscaping was done!

Soon I’ll show you guys how the exterior turned out (spoiler: it’s SO good!).  In the meantime, here’s a look at the colors and materials I selected.

the Grit and Polish - Exterior Inspiration Collage

sources: porch light | metal basket | mailbox | corbels (similar to our’s)

I’m planning to be back on my Tuesday/Friday post schedule so stay tuned for that, at least until baby arrives and we’re back to turmoil 😉

xoxo

-Cathy

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We’re STILL Filming a Pilot for HGTV

THE PORCH HOUSE

Sorry for the radio silence around here.  It’s been a busy (and exciting) couple of weeks.  In case you’ve forgotten, we’ve been working away on the Porch House renovation under the watchful eyes of HGTV cameras.

The Grit and Polish - Porch House Living Rm Progress

Renovating a house – well the majority of it, at least – in 16 days, is crazy.  Renovating a house in 16 days and filming the process for HGTV is pure insanity.  We have put in some looong, hard days at the Porch House over the past 2 weeks.  We’re renovating, landscaping, and staging this house at light speed all while filming scenes and interviews in front of the cameras.  Yup, insanity!

Luckily, this whole experience has been as fun and rewarding, as it has been exhausting.  We’re fortunate to have a great show runner and crew behind us, who keep things moving smoothly and the mood light and fun.  We also have a great contractor on board who knows old houses and does amazing work. Lots of family and friends have stopped by to lend a hand, which always makes the job site more fun.  Oh and did I mention that the Porch House itself is really amazing and full of hidden gems?!  We found a 5-foot-wide pocket door hidden in a wall two days ago, and I’m not sure I’ve ever been more excited in my entire life.  Garrett may even have referred to the door as my unborn child :0

The Grit and Polish - Porch House Floors and belly

Thankfully, we’re in the final stretch now.  Construction and staging wrap up on Wednesday (or more likely, early Thursday morning) and the reveal will be filmed on Thursday.  I’m really looking forward to seeing how this renovation turns out (and finally getting some sleep!!).  But I’ll definitely miss the folks that we’ve shared this journey with and the excitement this pilot has brought to our community.  I’ll share tons more about this renovation and the whole HGTV pilot experience later this month, but in the meantime check out my Instagram Stories for daily updates.  And wish us luck in this final stretch…we’re going to need it!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Farmhouse // Some Old Photos of Our Home

THE FARMHOUSE

Farmhouse Old Picture with Car

One of my favorite things about old houses is the history, and not just the history hidden behind the walls and underneath the carpets.  I love hearing about the people who lived in a home before us.  The way they lived.  How they reconfigured and redecorated the spaces.  The parties they threw.  There is so much magic in that connection to history!

When we moved into our Farmhouse last summer and met our 90-year-old neighbor at the mailbox, I was beyond excited to learn that he had grown up in our Farmhouse (his dad and grandfather built it).  He shared a little history of the house every time we crossed paths at our mailboxes, and I found myself really looking forward to those run ins.  Garrett and I planned to have our neighbor over for dinner once we settled in, but unfortunately he passed away before we could schedule a time to visit.

We were fortunate to also meet our neighbor’s daughter and grandson (the latter of whom we actually went to high school with…how can you not love small towns?!).  Neither of them ever lived in the Farmhouse, but they spent plenty of time here visiting family and inherited the family photos.  We had the two of them over for dinner with their families last month and let me just say, it was absolutely magical to have the fourth and fifth generations of the original owners of our home, sitting around our table.

Farmhouse with two in front 1965

Thank you Debbie for sharing these amazing photos!  It’s so special to get a peek into what this old home looked like and see the people who lived in it.  And for the record I think this old house is about the prettiest country home I’ve ever seen, back in the early 1900s and today (and yes, I realize I’m 100% biased!).  Garrett and I are still pinching ourselves that we get to raise our kids here and call this beauty home.

Farmhouse Man and Cars

I’d love to hear from you guys.  Do you love the history of old homes like I do?  Any good stories from your own home or family’s home?

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. we’re halfway through the Porch House reno already (well, the main parts of the home, at least).  You can see my increasingly- frantic daily progress updates here 😉

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We’re Filming a Pilot for HGTV!

THE PORCH HOUSE

We’ve been working on something really big behind the scenes around here and I’m so excited to finally share it with you. We’re filming a pilot for HGTV!

The Grit and Polish - Sizzle Filming 3 10-2016

The pilot is for a 30-minute show currently titled ‘Rehab Crazy’, and if it gets picked up, it will focus on Garrett and I as we renovate old houses in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  The kiddos will make an appearance too, of course. But before I get into more details, let me back up and start at the beginning…

Last year I got an email from an HGTV exec asking if we’d be interested in doing a TV show.  It was totally crazy, but not altogether unprecedented.  We get emails from production companies asking us that same question about once a month or so (and we aren’t the only ones).  We even filmed a sizzle on HGTV’s dime in 2015.  A sizzle is a short, 5-minute clip that gives the network an idea of who you are and what you do and takes 2+ days to film.  The first sizzle was a really fun experience, but didn’t lead anywhere (you can read about that experience here).  It was the type of opportunity that doesn’t usually come around once let alone twice so we never expected to get that email from the HGTV exec last Spring.  But we were sure flattered when we did!  So we happily filmed a little introductory video of ourselves and our projects and sent it to her, which she pitched to her team.  Can’t you just imagine a bunch of HGTV folks sitting around a conference table watching yours truly and my peeps in a self-produced iPhone video?!  Talk about a cringe moment!  Thankfully they liked it and we found ourselves filming another sizzle, which was shot over two days.  During our road trip last Fall, we got the call that HGTV commissioned a 30-minute pilot about us!

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Garrett and I were immediately tasked with buying an old house to renovate for the pilot, which was convenient timing since we were already looking for a renovation project in Ellensburg. We closed on the Porch House in February and dug into pre-production for the pilot.  Let me just say, that I had no idea how much work goes into a 30-minute show!  Both the network and our production company have been busy preparing for the shoot and making sure we craft the best show possible. The filming timeline is super tight so Garrett and I have also been deep in construction prep to make sure we can actually pull this whole thing off.

We don’t know if our pilot will air yet or not – I’ve been told that HGTV makes plenty of pilots that never see the light of day – but we hope it does!  Either way, we’re excited to tackle our renovation on the Porch House, put together the best possible pilot, and soak up this crazy experience.

The Grit and Polish - Sizzle Filming 5 10-2016

I’m hoping to share updates during filming over the next couple of weeks via Instagram Stories.  Once the crew goes home and we can take a breath, I’ll share more of the Porch House renovation here on the blog.  In the meantime wish us luck!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. these photos are from the Sizzle filmed last Fall and taken by me and our great onsite Producer, Michael.

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Happy Friday + Links (3/24/17)

Happy Friday!  Good things are happening around here…we’re ready to jump into the Porch House kitchen reno next week and I just bought a fir cabinet for the Farmhouse.  The cabinet I found at our local antique store and truth be told I’ve been eyeing it for a couple of months now.  Imagine my surprise when I received a handwritten letter last week from a previous homeowner telling me that the cabinet actually came out of our very own Farmhouse!!!  Obviously I ran down to the store and bought it, despite not having a place to put it at the moment (it’s 5′ wide and 8′ tall).  The whole cabinet and story surrounding it deserves a separate post, but I shared a peek of it on my instastory.  Suffice it to say that everything feels right in the world now that this cabinet is coming home 🙂

It’s raining again here in the Pacific Northwest, which isn’t so bad when you have a cup of coffee in hand and a little internet to peruse.  Here are a few of my favorite happenings from the week:

Jersey Ice Cream Co blue kitchen

source / designer / photo

This blue kitchen feels so fresh.  Side note: Jersey Ice Cream Co can do no wrong!

Have you tried making any of your own cleaning supplies before?  I’d really like to try this laundry detergent DIY from Yellow Brick Home…it seems pretty easy!

Did you guys check out the new HGTV show Home Town?  I love the small town setting and all the old homes!  ps here’s a peak into their own home, an old Mississippi craftsman.

BrePurposed DIY Tassel Throw

source

I’ve been coveting Bre’s tassel blanket every time it shows up on her Instagram feed and come to find out, it’s a DIY!  I really want to try this one!

I’m at that point in my pregnancy where I’m feeling my baby move all the time and it’s gotten me SO excited for her to arrive this July.  Naturally that means I’m shopping for tiny summer dresses and sandals like these, which will be in her closet in every size and color until she’s 18 😉

Happy Birthday Dad!!!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Wilder’s Farmhouse Bedroom // The Reveal

THE FARMHOUSE

Wilder’s bedroom was one of those magical rooms that came together like, well…magic!  After coming across the matching twin bed frames on Craigslist and finding the perfect overhead light and drapes, the rest of the room just fell into place.  Most of the decor and small furniture items came out of storage or Wilder’s previous bedrooms.  The funny thing is, this room is my favorite of all of Wilder’s bedrooms and it was by far the easiest to put together.   Isn’t that the rub?  How can a space you think about and plan for the least be the easiest to finish?  Craziness.

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Resources: overhead light | drapes (LOVE these!) | roman shade | hanging chair | animal heads (no longer available, cute alternatives here) | dinosaur backpack (no longer available, cute option here) | plaid blankets | table lamp | ukulele | stuffies: bear (similar), fox, monkey (we love the Jellycats brand!) | kids ranger vest | Dinosaur figurines: Giganotosaurus, Sauropod | Dragon lego kit | books: see below scrolling bar

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This east-facing room gets intense morning light, which made blackout drapes essential.  Wilder is already an early morning person, so anything we can do to combat even earlier mornings is worth Every Single Penny!  But even with the great morning light, bedtime is my favorite time of day in Wilder’s room.  Wilder has always loved story time and snuggling, so bedtime, spent together in his bed with a favorite book, has made for some of my favorite moments of parenthood thus far.  In case you’re interested, I put together a few of our current favorite bedtime stories below:

If you have a little one with an active imagination and an interest in dinosaurs (can you tell we’re into dinosaurs?!), I cannot recommend Dinotopia and it’s sequel, the World Beneath, enough.  Garrett’s mom passed these down to us last year and they’ve become some of our favorite bedtime stories.  What I love about these books is that they are wonderfully imaginative, well written, beautifully illustrated, and best of all, they keep both our 3-year-old and us parents engaged.  Check them out!

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom NightstandThe Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom Vintage MapThe Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom ladder

That vintage toolbox is a find from the Dexter House, and it’s been Wilder’s favorite box ever since.  He stores all sorts of things in it – tools, hair clips, bugs – so not surprisingly, it’s one of his most prized possessions.  Wilder has a bit of a collector’s disposition (which sometimes borders on ahem…hoarding) so boxes and containers are his thing.  I joke that we have to shake his pockets out when we leave friends’ houses, but it’s not far from the truth!  Right now Wilder stores his collections in his large closet, but I haven’t come up with a good organization system yet, so stay tuned for a look into that space another time.  In the meantime, maybe the fact that we’re finally settled in one house forever will help Wilder get over his ‘collector issues’ or maybe it’ll bring out the hoarder in him…

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Tool BoxThe Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom Hanging Pod

As I mentioned last week, this is Wilder’s forth bedroom at the ripe old age of three.  The Grit and Polish didn’t exist back when he was a baby at the Bryant House, but here’s his room at the Ravenna House and his room at the Dexter House.  The latter was also featured on coco+kelley last year.

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom Nightstand 2     The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom Hanging Chair 2

When the boys play together in here, that hanging chair is Brooks’ favorite spot.  He loves to fall into it and swing around.  It’s such a cozy seat – it literally hugs the occupant – that it makes a great space when either of the boys needs a little quick comfort.  Nana gave the hanging chair to Wilder for Christmas a couple of years back, and I’m so glad that we finally have the space to enjoy it!

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I just noticed that we still need to add the base shoe molding in here.  Plus I’m still toying with painting the bottom of Wilder’s walls in a gray/green color.  There’s always something, right?  I should also mention that we usually have a thick, 8×10 jute rug in here, which really cozies up the space.  I temporarily stole it for the living room since we do more playing down there.  Here’s a link to our rug, but since it’s currently unavailable, here’s a similar one.

Someday soon, this will be Wilder and Brooks’ room and I’m really excited for that day to come.  There’s bound to be all sorts of important late-night talks in here.  And arguments.  And adventures.  And memories.  Isn’t that what growing up with siblings is all about?!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. what Wilder’s room used to look like and what we’ve done to it.  Also, how we handle Wilder not sleeping through the night.

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Happy Friday + Links (3/17/17)

Happy Friday!  Are you wearing green?  Goodness I hope so because it’s St. Patrick’s Day!!!!  You surely already knew that, and I probably shouldn’t mention this, but I didn’t even know the holiday was here until Wednesday night when my mother-in-law invited us over for corned beef and cabbage. Dead give away.  Luckily, I pulled it together and the boys will be wearing green shirts today, and they’ll be taking turns pinching Dada because he’s kind of a party pooper when it comes to dressing for holidays.

Anyway… we’re going to be painting cabinets for the Porch House this weekend (that’s my new name for the flip house…do you like it?).  Stay tuned to read lots on that project coming up because we’re about to get swamped with it, in the best possible way.  I’ve been obsessing over wallpaper lately and have been pinning up a storm.  I’ve noticed that I’m straying to more color and pattern when thinking about my home lately.  Is it just the hint of Spring in the air or is my design esthetic really changing…?  Time will tell, but get ready for an onslaught of wallpapered inspiration.

My Scandinavian Home Tour Image

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This is perhaps the most charming house tour I’ve ever seen.  The relaxed and fun family vibe of the space is just perfect.  It feels so homey, eclectic, and welcoming that I want to bottle it up and pour it over my own home.  And that wallpaper is giving me all sorts of ideas.

Here’s another amazing wallpapered space that I shared on Instagram yesterday (check out the whole tour here) featuring William Morris wallpaper, originally designed in 1876.  I am really obsessed with that man’s prints lately and this is the exact wallpaper I’ve been dreaming about for our Farmhouse dining room.

Johanna B wallpapered kitchen space 3.17.17

source / home of Johanna Bradford

An oldie but a goodie.  Nina Dobrev’s cool, California home.

The most beautiful flower arrangement with a step by step DIY.  This one is definitely worth trying when Spring finally comes!

I found myself completely impressed by Maxwell Ryan, the founder of Apartment Therapy.  Check out this week’s Chris Loves Julia podcast to hear more about his philosophy and start.

Apparently Thai Chicken is the most popular pinned food in Washington State.  Huh.  What’s your state’s?

“My mom raised me a feminist.”  You’re a lucky lady, Kate (and thankfully, I am too)!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Master Bedroom Update // How We’ve Survived Our ‘Not So Good’ Sleeper

THE FARMHOUSE

In honor of last weekend’s Daylight Savings – the bane of every parent’s existence – I thought I’d share a little peek into the minor change we’ve made to our master bedroom that has made all the difference in how our toddler sleeps at the Farmhouse.  Spoiler…he and we sleep much better!  I’ll be back back next week with Wilder’s Farmhouse bedroom reveal as promised.

Our toddler has never been much of a sleeper.  I can probably count the number of times that Wilder has slept through the night on two hands (plus maybe two feet) and he’s 3 1/2 years old!  Lack of sleep is one of the things that Garret and I have struggled with the most as parents, especially in Wilder’s first year, but we’ve finally found a way we can all survive.

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sconce / cord coverbed frame / velvet pillow / accent pillow (similar here) / sheet set / rug / curtains / lion / books: Pajama Time, Lama Lama Nighty Night, The Little Blue Truck / sleeping bag (no longer available, but my favorite alternatives are at the bottom of this post!) / paint: BM Simply White

Yes, that’s a sleeping bag on our master bedroom floor.  I didn’t exactly include that in my master bedroom One Room Challenge reveal, but it gets used Every. Single. Night!  Somewhere between midnight and 4 am, Wilder slides out of his bed, crosses the landing, and tucks himself into his sleeping bag next to Garrett’s side of the bed, where he proceeds to sleep the rest of the night.

And that right there, is the best thing that happened to my night of sleep since becoming a parent!

Let me explain how this all came to be.  Sometime last year, we were at our pediatrician’s office, and the doctor asked us how sleep was going.  After I stopped laughing, I launched into it: Wilder has never been a “sleeper”.  Wilder has woken us up almost every night of his life.  At 5 months old he was sleeping in his crib and waking up 5 times a night, and though sleep got better as he got older, Wilder has never taken to the all-nighter.  We’ve read and tried just about anything, including sleep training, but nothing seemed that helpful.  At 2 1/2, we were putting Wilder down in his own room but he was sneaking into our bed sometime in the middle of the night, and it worked okay, except that Wilder was a restless sleeper, often kicking us and steeling blankets.  Once Brooks came along, our bed was too full and our nights were too short.  The doctor heard us out and then surprised us by saying that she had similar issues when her sons when they were young.  She recommended we put a sleeping bag next to our bed and teach Wilder that it was his own (and *only*) special sleeping place in our bedroom, when he needed it.

It wasn’t a new or particularly creative solution – I’m sure many parents have done something similar in the course of history – but it was a respectful solution we could all live with, and one that had a profound impact on our family’s sleep and thus our lives.

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The first couple of nights were rough (Wilder really wanted to get in bed with us), but soon his middle of the night antics were reduced to tip-toeing into our room and quietly tucking himself into his sleeping bag.  The best part was that he didn’t even wake Garrett and I up.  It’s worked so well that the sleeping bag is still our policy for Wilder today (thankfully Brooks has proved to be a happier sleeper in his crib), except when he’s sick or needs cuddles after a bad dream.

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So that’s the minor change to our bedroom that has made our household majorly happier.  I’m a big proponent of doing what works for your family and your child (because goodness knows they’re all different) when it comes to sleep, so please don’t take any of this as advice.  It’s just fun to show you guys the full story of how we use our bedroom space.  And if you’ve come up with your own creative kid sleeping solution, I’d love to hear about it!

Wilder’s shark sleeping bag (a 2nd birthday gift from Nana) is no longer available, but I found some fun alternatives.  Check out the roundup below.  I’m thinking about getting number 1 or 2 for Brooks (for traveling not for our bedroom floor!).  Or maybe 4.  Goodness, they’re all cute!

The Grit and Polish - Sleeping Bag Roundup

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

I’ll be back next week with Wilder’s bedroom reveal.  In the meantime, you can get caught up on what we’ve done to his space at the Farmhouse here.  For all you parents out there, I wish you an easy Daylight Savings transition.  But if it’s not, you can sign this petition to end Daylight Savings or this one to stay on summer time permanently, aka Daylight Savings time…just saying.

xoxo

-Cathy

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Happy Friday + Links 3/10/17

Happy Friday everyone!  We battled a plague (at least it felt like one) this week, and I’m happy to say we’ve come out the other side alive.  With two kids needing mama and mama needing rest, I kept wondering how on earth will we ever do this with three kids. Like really, how?!  It was ugly, but thankfully, we’re back to getting out of the house, which means we’re back to planning and prepping at the flip house!

Speaking of the flip house, we’re finalizing plans and getting materials ready for construction to begin in early April.  I must admit that I totally forgot how much effort this part takes.  We’ve had to put all of our Farmhouse projects on hold, mainly the living room, until after the flip house.  If I’m being totally honest, the break isn’t totally unwelcome because when it comes to the living room, I have designer’s-block…you know, writer’s block for when you’re designing a space.  I’m just stuck and can’t make a choice to save my life.  Sometimes my brain just needs a break when I get to that point, and who knows, maybe now that I’m not looking, I’ll finally find what I’m looking for – whatever that may be.  Isn’t that how it always goes?

Well it’s Friday again and that sounds pretty dang awesome.  Grab a cup of coffee and jump into these links:

One of the most exciting DIYs I’ve seen in a long time.  This would make a great, quick update to any kitchen, even if you’re renting (because it’s totally removable!).

I’m obsessed with this girls room.  Side note: the Boo and the Boy always curates the best kids spaces!

We already have so much baby stuff from the boys, so I’m trying not accumulate too much more. But with a girl on the way, it’s inevitable that I pick up a few new things (insert Garrett’s eye roll here).  Like this.  She definitely needs that!

Tips for a picky eater.  Our oldest is only 3 years old but I’ve noticed that even the best eaters can be picky at times.  Anyway, these tips are great because they’re from a parent of 3 very different eaters!

design sponge kitchen tile

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This is one of the most interesting kitchens I’ve seen in a long time.  It’s giving me all sorts of ideas.  That bit of tile interest at the top of the backsplash would be so easy to recreate in a shower or on a backsplash if you’re using mosaic tiles.  It feels so historic and yet so fresh!

I bought two of these for the flip house kitchen during the 20% sale.  Our budget is super tight so it was a big splurge, but I’ve always found that the right lighting can really make a kitchen.  Hopefully buyers will agree with me.

AshleyKGoldman Instagram

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Ashley just launched her blog, the Gold Hive, where she’ll be chronicling – you guessed it – the renovation of her beautiful old home.  Check it out!  She’s also a fun one to follow on Instagram if you’re into old houses and all that 😉

xoxo

-Cathy

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