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.

xoxo

-Cathy

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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?!

Tessa Insta

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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!

xoxo

-Cathy

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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 🙂

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse ID Sofa 1

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.

xoxo

-Cathy

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Happy Thanksgiving + Links

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  After driving 1,700 miles, we arrived at my brother’s house hungry for some turkey (and stuffing and mashed potatoes and squash and salad and granny rolls and pumpkin pie and carrot cake, and well, wish my tummy luck with all this food).  We had quite the epic journey driving through 6 states and stopping at Utah’s Dinosaur Mueseum (probably Wilder’s favorite stop), Dinosaur National Monument, Arches National Park, Monument Valley, and the Grand Canyon.  Mother Nature, you sure do know how to show a girl a good time!

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Thank you for all your comments and encouragement on Tuesday‘s post!  I couldn’t feel more loved or excited.  I can’t do this without you, so thank you for your continued readership and support as we grow the Grit and Polish!

Now onto a few happenings from around the web, just in case that Turkey comatose has you sitting around today…

// It can be hard to outfit an old house with modern furnishings successfully, but this Brooklyn space nailed it!

// Sometimes bloggers’ homes are tidy illusions, styled for the photo shoot before returning to real life.  So this post by Wit & Delight about making room for motherhood felt like a breath of fresh air.  Sometimes (read: often) there are baskets of unfolded laundry in my home!  Just thought you should know that.

// This is the perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends!  I’ll be thinking about this all year.

// There was a time when One Tree Hill was big in my life, and Peyton and Lucas were my favorite couple like ever.  That really has little to do with this next link, except I’m talking about another OTH alumni, Sofia Bush.  Her new space is so soothing and interesting and I love it so much more than her faux house from the show!

// Okay, totally nothing to do with Thanksgiving or homes, but I love reading birth stories, and Bodhi’s is a good one!

// I love hearing about people who live life a little different, espcially when old houses are involved!  Chelsea and Brandt are legit old house flippers in Portland that I got turned onto via Instargram.  They do amazing work and you can’t help but get lost in their project archives (which you can check out here).

Now go get your pie, you deserve it!  And thanks for being here, truly!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Happy Fall Leaf Blowing + Links

Happy Friday! It’s been a doozy of a week and I skipped my usual links in yesterday’s post, so here I am on a beautiful Friday to share what’s kept me online (and up past my bedtime) this week.

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source: at_towns_end via Instagram

I’m dreaming of a kitchen like this beauty for our farmhouse.  It belongs to a new favorite Instagram-er, which I’ll share more about in a minute.

Garrett and I have an eventful weekend coming our way at the farmhouse.  I’m sure you remember all those beautiful Ash trees around our property?  Well fall has hit hard, and those glorious trees have made one never-ending leaf mess out of our yard.  Garrett showed up with a leaf blower a couple of days ago, and I could have kissed him on the spot.  Sure they are loud and obnoxious, but whoever invented that contraption gets a gold star from me!  We’re planning to blow the leaves into one giant pile and, I’m sure you can guess the rest.  Yes, I’m talking about leaves and it makes me wonder, what has my life come to…in the best possible way?!

Now on to the good stuff.  Grab an extra cup of coffee and check out a few of the fine wonders the internet has to offer:

Do you guys follow Joy the Baker?  She’s one of my all time favorite bloggers and her home turned out so beautifully.  It’s inviting and interesting and seems exactly like Joy herself. No, I don’t actually know Joy, but when you follow someone’s blog for years, it feels like they are one of your friends…you get it, right?!

As a surprise to no one, I’m completely obsessed with fireplaces right now (did you see yesterday’s ORC post?).  All my favorites are right here.

I checked out this article for the fireplace and stayed for the amazing house tour.  It’s a beauty…don’t miss it!

This Instagram account has me all excited (that’s her kitchen above).  We’re practically neighbors (okay maybe not, but we both live in the Pacific Northwest) and I can’t wait to see how her farmhouse turns out!

Hope you have a great weekend!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Happy Labor Day + Links

THE FARMHOUSE

Happy Labor Day! It may be September (how…?!), but I’m just not ready for Fall.

So we’re soaking in summer this weekend. We’re grilling dinner, eating ice cream, and dining alfresco. And celebrating one little guy’s special day…my nephew George’s first birthday! Auntie Sis (that’s me) made two birthday cakes for him, one he can destroy and one for us to enjoy.

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(Those stunning bowls are from Farmhouse Pottery and were the sweetest house warming gift from my sis!)

Georgie and his family are coming into town tonight along with two other families (ten house guests in total…!!!) for the local fair and rodeo. So Garrett and I are stocking the pantry and scrubbing the floors, not to mention making a whole lot of beds!  Wilder keeps asking, “are they coming today? today?”. Well today is the day, buddy.  TODAY!

Wilder's bedroom, currently

That’s Wilder’s bedroom, which is far from finished, but it’s a start nonetheless. His cousins will be camping out in here with him tonight and I’m sure a whole lot more silliness than sleep will take place. But hey, isn’t that what weekends like this are all about when you’re young?

In case you already finished your cleaning for the weekend, here are some cool things to check out from around the web:

// Loving this renovation. What a beauty.

// Eyeing 59 national wonders.The National Park Service turned 100 earlier this month so go ahead, take a moment to appreciate nature. Also: thanks Orlando for reminding me and sharing your childhood home!

// Serving this potato salad and our favorite local bratwursts this weekend.

// Reading this. In another life, I fought forest fires and rappelled out of helicopters, so this is making me nostalgic.

// Coveting these housewares: this hammockthis chair, and these mugs.

// Baking my way through this cookbook (well I’m on cake #1, but I have plans…).

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Happy Labor Day!

xoxo

-Cathy

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