Life Around the Kitchen Sink

THE PORCH HOUSE

this post is sponsored by Elkay

Our boys, Wilder and Brooks (4 and 22 months) are little rascals.  They are curious, loud, bold, adventurous, and a wee bit wild.  But best of all, they have the most amazing ability to turn just about anything into a good time.

In fact, that’s one of my favorite things about being a mama, watching these two turn the most mundane, dirty, or boring of activities into something exciting.  They can make messes out of chores and fun out of work, and I am certain it will serve them well in life.

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sources // sink / faucet (in lustrous steel)

Thankfully, our boys have this same attitude about their baby sister.  Whether it’s diapering, feeding, or putting Daphne down for a nap, they want to help and have fun doing it.  I can’t even get Daphne’s diaper off quick enough before Brooks has the wipes out and Wilder is comforting her tears away.  And when I ask Wilder to throw away the dirty diaper, he makes us all laugh by plugging his nose, holding his breath, and grinning all the way to the trash can.

Earlier this month, when the kids and I stopped by the Porch House and Daphne overheated, the boys were eager to help.  August is the heat of the summer around here and temperatures hit 104 degrees that day.  With the AC yet to be installed and Daphne’s skin flaming with a heat rash, we decided a quick bath was in order. The Porch House has a super-deep, Elkay Crosstown stainless steel kitchen sink and Elkay Explore faucet which couldn’t be better designed for a newborn bath.  Honestly, I’d been dying to test them out since we installed these beauties back in April, and I wasn’t about to miss our opportunity before this house goes on the market.

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We were lucky enough to discover Elkay right about the time our HGTV pilot started filming.  They offered us a sink and faucet for our kitchen renovation and after doing a little research, I happily picked these out.

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I can’t tell you how pleased Garrett was with the strength and durability of Elkay’s products (they are heaaavy and well made!) and I was thrilled with how effortlessly they fit in our historic/crafted/welcoming kitchen design.  We went with an undermount sink and a faucet with a pull-down-nozzle sprayer for ease of use and I only wish we had gotten to install both of these in our own home 😉  I’m really digging the look of the mixed metals (both brass and stainless steel rule in this kitchen) and am so happy with the style.  I toyed with the idea of using an apron-front sink in here, but in the end, I wanted something a little more modern and utilitarian.  Something a little unexpected and fresh.  And I love how they turned out!

But enough about design.  Let’s get back to Daphne’s bath…

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No surprise here, but our little rascals turned that bath into a chaotic sprayer-fight/splash-contest of a good time within seconds.  Daphne wasn’t having much of it, so I took her out and let her brothers play for a bit.  For the record, this is business as usual for our family.  We let our kiddos play anywhere and everywhere at home (as long as it’s not too messy), especially in the kitchen sink.  Dinner dishes commonly turn into an hour long bubble-making and/or see-how-many-pots-fit-in-the-sink session.  And it’s almost a daily occurrence that we wash these kiddos’ feet in our kitchen sink after they find, yet again, all the creatures there are to discover in our backyard pond.

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But that mess I prefer to the game that Wilder and Brooks like to play of seeing how many of mama’s baking utensils they can pull out clean from the drawer, cover in soap and water, and put back away wet and soapy.  Ha! rascals indeed.

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Pretty soon there will be three little rascals around our kitchen sink, making messes out of chores and fun out of work and my mama heart can hardly wait!

Thanks to Elkay for sponsoring this post and making really sturdy and beautiful sinks and faucets.  And thanks to you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

xox0

-Cathy

p.s. the Porch House kitchen before + inspiration and the butcherblock

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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.

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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

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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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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!

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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.

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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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