Farmhouse Friday 05/11/18

Happy Friday! Guys, I’ve really fallen in love with Spring this week. Fall used to be my favorite season and then Summer and now Spring is giving me a run for my money. It’s just so beautiful. The flowers are in full bloom, the grass is oh so green, and in-between all the sun we’ve had the best rain storms. Keep it up, Spring, and that top spot will be all yours!

Our Farmhouse // master bedroom // Skyline rug (on sale!), Swing-arm sconce (on sale too!)

I snagged lilacs from Nana and Papa’s old house last week. I can’t quite believe this, but their home sold within 10 days and we moved the last of their stuff this past weekend. It’s the end of an era. Garrett and I started dating when we were 18, about a year after they built that house and there are so many wonderful memories wrapped up in it. I drank my first wine cooler while dipping my feet in their jetted tub with my sister and future sister-in-law. I played countless games of Perudo and cribbage around their dining table. I spent my first Christmas as a mom there and too many birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries to count. And of course, I fell in love with an incredible man there at that house. Needless to say that home will be missed. But we’re all very excited for new memories at their new home, the Porch House!

Well it’s Friday again and I’ve found lots of great links from around the web. Grab a cup of coffee and dig in.

Modern traditional style (and furniture). I’m very, very in! I often find it hard to define my style, but it’s definitely along those lines. Also: the alternative names readers gave are even better: ‘Millennial Primitive’, ‘Modern Country’, ‘Contemporary Farmhouse’, and ‘Minimal Traditional’.

The Why of Financial Independence (an oldie from Choose FI podcast). “Not only is this about happiness and reclaiming your time. But it’s about freedom. It’s about freedom to have potentially decades back in your life that otherwise would have been spent at a job that you may or may not like.”

Reusable wool dryer balls. Do you use them? I’m a recent convert and kind of obsessed.They decrease drying time (when we’re not line drying) and cut out dryer sheets altogether, something Garrett is dead set against using.

via: NY Times // design: Leanne Ford // photo: Tessa Neustadt

Leanne Ford is a very talented designer (and new HGTV host) and her little cabin in the big city. I sure can appreciate her love of white and neutrals.

Made these smashed chickpea salad sandwiches this week. The verdict: easy and good (my 4 and 2 year-olds ate them too).

Does outsourcing unpleasant chores lead to happiness? It’s an interesting question. Maybe you shouldn’t outsource everything after all. 

Have a great weekend…and enjoy the Spring!



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Farmhouse Friday 5/4/18

Happy Friday! Can we talk about the joys of a clothes line for a minute? I know, it’s such a simple thing but also kind of profound for me. Garrett put a clothes line up behind the Farmhouse last month and it’s blowing my mind. Nothing, and I mean nothing, beats that line-dried-fresh scent in my book. For you too? Plus air drying uses the sun and wind to dry instead of consuming energy and racking up electricity bills so it’s really a win-win-win. I’m all about small life victories and decreasing our footprint where we can.

Another fun happening from around the Farmhouse lately: egg hunts. It turns out that if you let your chickens free-range they will nest in places besides their nest boxes. So we’ve found caches of 12 plus eggs all over our property plus the odd one or two in the bottom of the stroller (yes, really!) or in the corner of the deck. It’s kind of like a daily Easter egg hunt.  Now how do I get them to lay Cadburry Mini Eggs instead of regular eggs;)

This podcast had Garrett and I both nodding our heads and laughing our asses off. Real estate investing is not rocket science but it is best done creatively and with a sense of humor. Also: vacuum the truck…it’s great advice that we’ve taken through our week!

The complicated world of a couple who both parent and own a business together. I can so relate!

I saw these pendant shades hanging in a Seattle restaurant last week and thought they’d be perfect for Daphne’s little reading chair so I hunted them down online! Can you believe that price (they were at a fancy restaurant, so I was worried they’d be way more expensive)?! I’m making my way to a store today to pick one up!

Sometimes the picture perfect life is an unhappy place to live.

source // photo by Jamie Beck

I’ve really been enjoying following Jamie Beck’s year in Provence on Instagram (the photo above is actually from Florida). She’s an amazing photographer and shares a lot of the behind-the-scenes from her photo shoots and life in France. From a recent post on her blog about traveling back to the US: “The limitations I have in France actually make my life easier. It is supposed to be the opposite, having everything possible is supposed to make like better but it doesn’t for me. It’s just … too much. The paradox of choice. Too much noise in my head. Too much packaging screaming at me for attention.”

Up your Cinco de Mayo game with these easy homemade tortillas. We make veggie tacos at least once a week and these tortilla have become a go-to. Once you taste homemade, you won’t go back to store bought!

An oldie but timely post on how to shop Craigslist from the Makerista. Spring is the time for home refreshes, right?

Have a great weekend!



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Farmhouse Friday 4/27/18

Happy Friday! Have you gotten any sunshine where you live this week? It was so beautiful here in the Pacific Northwest that I was reminded exactly why it is we live here 😉 I wanted to thank all of you who came out to the meet up last week. It was really fun to meet so many ‘home people’! One thing that struck me was how many of our conversations revolved around house hacking, rentals, and real estate. Seattle is a hard market to buy in these days, but so many people are living creatively, making their housing situation work for them instead of the other way around. I find it inspiring!

With less than 2 weeks left on the ORC, our entire family is hard at work on Daphne’s nursery. We’ll be spending a little more time on that project this weekend (it goes a little slower with three little people helping 😉 plus we’re prepping our rentals for summer, which is our busy season. Honestly, we’ve been overly busy too often this past year, so I’m not looking forward to feeling that way again. When we quit our jobs and moved to the Farmhouse we thought things would slow down, but if anything, they’ve been more chaotic. So we’re looking to pare down this year, really assess what we want to be doing and focus our effort in that direction. Hopefully that will mean more family travels, time outside, and creative work and play.

Well it’s Friday again, meaning I found lots of great links from around the web. So grab a cup of coffee and dig in!

The amazing connection between generations of woman. I find this so very special.

Jersey Ice Cream Co is at it again! And this Historic Catskills retreat does not disappoint! Also, Percy can really make a piece of furniture. That four-poster bed has me weak in the knees!

via Francois Et Moi

This back hall makeover (above) is really good and so simple in the best possible way.

I broke out my trusty Birkenstocks this week and that is definitely one of my favorite feelings of Spring. Other favorites: the sun on my face while I swing below a large tree. Listening to the choir of frogs outside the Farmhouse at night. Being in the yard during that golden hour in the evening with my family.

I have to admit I’ve never made an ‘olive oil’ cake but this one sounds so interesting I may just have to try it!

Have a great weekend



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Farmhouse Friday 4/20/18

Happy Friday! I hope you had a good week! We were up to a little bit of everything this week: Daphne’s bedroom, spending time with the kids at the Farmhouse, a working trip to the Tacoma converted garage project, turning our Airbnbs in Seattle, and helping get Nana and Papa’s country house ready for sale. All in all, it was a fun week, but I’m definitely ready for the weekend! Speaking of the weekend, if you’re in Seattle tonight (Friday), come to our meet up at Fremont Brewery from 4-6pm! We want to build community with all of you DIYers, renovators, house-hackers, old home enthusiasts, new home enthusiasts, homebodies, etc. Plus the boys and I baked a double batch of chocolate chip cookies yesterday and they aren’t going to eat themselves!

Tacoma Converted Garage project // salvaged light fixture from Second Use

Let me back up to the Tacoma converted garage project for a minute. For those of you who don’t remember, this is the 50s-era converted garage owned by Garrett’s sister (it’s the old garage behind her 1800s duplex, which was converted to a rental unit decades ago). We got some work done over there this week on the rough-in plumbing and planning/design. We’ll be getting into this project more here on the blog next month (ish) but you can see a tour of the space in my Instagram highlight reel (@thegritandpolish). While old houses will always be my jam, it’s definitely a fun change of pace to work on an industrial/modern/timeless project. I literally cannot wait to see this project come together!

Well it’s Friday again, so I’ve rounded up lots of great links from around the web. Grab a cup of coffee and dig in!

This home tour is just right for Spring.

I recently started reading this architecture book (on the recommendation of my friend), and I am enamored. It’s all about designing homes and the architectural elements you should use and those you should avoid. I’m only a week in (and admittedly my ‘reading weeks’ are light these days), but love the authors’ thoughts on building a home “in which we love to live over time. That’s how a building proves its worth, not just in the short term, but forever.” Amen. Also: in my book, that’s why design matters. 

source // designer: Christine Dovey // photo: Ashley Capp

A designer’s kitchen goes from pink and pretty to chic and contemporary. I’m a (big) fan of the chic and contemporary!

I like the title of this article: “Day-Ruining Study Shows How Drinking May Shorten Your Life“. You should probably wait until Monday to read this one (especially if you’re meeting us at the brewery tonight ;), but definitely good information.

I just love this ritual and can’t wait to read more of ‘treasury’.

Sixteen ways to decorate your home for free. This could come in handy should you, say, ban shopping for a year (or a month).

Design inspiration from Instagram this week: a simple bedroom, pink in the bathroom, everything pretty, and this whole situation!

Have a great weekend!




Farmhouse Friday 4/13

Happy Friday (the 13th)! For you folks in Seattle, Garrett and I will be doing a meet-up next Friday (4/20) from 4-6pm at Fremont Brewery. So if you’re in town, come chat with us…about houses, renovations, kids, house-hacking, the weather, anything! We’re chatty people and we want to meet you! Per our usual, some or all of our kids will be with us, so don’t hesitate to bring your little people. And if there are any changes, I’ll update you on Instagram, so check there. We’re excited to meet you!

About this week: we staged Nana and Papa’s house is two hours. Two hours! It was crazy and super fun and our kids were troopers. We’re hoping to get back over there to take photos since we didn’t get the chance, but in the mean time…

It’s Friday again, so grab a cup of coffee and dig in.

I watched a couple great shows online this week: the One Room Challenge series debut (I’m sooo impressed by what Candis and Andy are doing and Natasha‘s beautiful space) and Nate and Jeremiah’s show. Both are so good!

house_1924 // design and photo: Leigh and Ben

Leigh and Ben (of house_1924) are some of my favorites on Instagram and this little set up here has me weak in the knees!

So very, very impressed by the imagination and gumption of Josie (aka Moonshine Penguin) and her husband. Honestly I’m not quite sure what to say about this post/article/bio, but read it. Especially if you’re interested in house-hacking, early retirement, what to do with money, and living a fuller life on less. It’s SO inspiring…and now a boat seems like a good idea.

The Henhouse Kit Shop is up and running with lights you can assemble yourself. This is So Cool!

The Minimalist Kitchen is here! Melissa at the Faux Martha is one of my favorite bloggers (and has the prettiest home!), so of course I already ordered her cookbook!  Tell me I’m not alone!

Dining room design rules. Pin this because you’ll want to go back again and again.

Have a great weekend!




Farmhouse Friday 4/6/18

Happy Friday! This week seemed to fly by…for you too? We started in on Daphne’s nursery at the Farmhouse for the One Room Challenge and I couldn’t be more excited. Pretty sure this room is my favorite space at the Farmhouse, architecturally-speaking, because of the large windows, southern daylight, and a prime view of our century-old elm trees. Just the stuff of my country dreams 🙂

On a budget/earth-conscious/minimalist note, I’m trying to use up a lot of the house decor we already have for this room. After our Spring clean last month, I took stock of what we have (pillow covers, furniture, stuff) and basically it’s time to use it or give it to someone who will! I definitely have a pack-rat mentality (but I might need it someday…) and HATE throwing things away that I spent money on but we own five homes, four of which are furnished and decorated, so if I haven’t used it by now, I probably never will. Just giving myself the hard punches this week.

Well it’s Friday again, meaning I found lots of great links from around the web. So grab a cup of coffee and dig in!

I’ve been dreaming of buying a roomba lately. Do you have one? Do you love it? My sister mentioned a study (or theory…don’t know where it’s from, unfortunately) that spending money to eliminate negatives from your life can actually makes you happier. So if you love purses, buying another purse won’t make you happy. But if you hate messy floors (like me…errr everyone) but have a hard time keeping up with vacuuming, than a roomba could make you happier. Theoretically. Well that’s definitely true.

source // Hayley Pannekoecke’s family home

A colorful Australian home that’s full of family and life. Related: this deep mustard tone is the perfect compliment to pink. You may be just be seeing this combo in Daphne’s room.

We listened to this podcast recently. Financial independence is such a great goal (which is why we kept moving into and renovating fixer uppers) and I love hearing different people’s approaches. Speaking of which, there are a lot of great finically-focused podcasts out there. Do you guys listen to any?

This midcentury renovation in Seattle is SO good! I usually gravitate to older homes, but you could twist my arm into this one 😉

Some inspiration from Instagram this week: a beautiful wallpapered nook, a scenic farm, a fixer schoolhouse, and this gallery wall.

source // photo and design by Natasha Habermann

I’m so excited to watch some of my friends take on the One Room Challenge again! My gal Ashley is doing her master bedroom as a featured designer (yeeesss!), Natasha is doing her historic living room and entry, Kaitlyn is finishing her laundry room, and Sarah is doing her mudroom (guys, she’s taking on this space from scratch while knee deep in a kitchen renovation…GO Sarah and Emmett!). Catherine and Bryan are joining too and everything they touch is gold! It’s going to be a good six weeks!

Have a great weekend!




Farmhouse Friday 03/30/18

Happy Friday! We got home from Portland after finishing up Winnie’s bathroom and our house was soooo clean. It felt great! Honestly, walking into a clean home has to be one of my favorite feelings, ever. I think Spring cleaning should be a yearly occurrence. Okay, okay, I know it is a yearly thing for most people, but I mean for us. I’d like to take a couple weeks every year and take stock of our stuff and really dial in on what we can do without. Because the Farmhouse is that much more enjoyable when it’s not full of stuff weighing us down.

Speaking of the Farmhouse, we’re going to join in the One Room Challenge this Spring (it begins next week).  I’ll wait until next week to share which room we’ve picked, but feel free to guess away in the mean time.  Anyway, I’m super excited to keep making progress on this beautiful home of ours.

In other breaking news. I’ve managed to avoid buying a single bag of Cadbury mini eggs until now. And if I can save { most of } them for the kids’ Easter eggs, I’m pretty sure that means my life is a raging success. Ha! But seriously, Cadbury Mini egg love is real.  Tell me I’m not alone.  We keep Easter pretty simple around here. A slow meal, an Easter egg hunt (chocked full of chocolate plus a little bit of money and rocks), and some down time for reading and relaxing (hopefully). Any big plans at your house?

Well it’s Friday again meaning I’ve rounded up lots of great links. Grab a cup of coffee and jump in.

This is probably the best (and most entertaining) article I’ve ever read on food and healthy eating. If you make it to the ‘oat milk’ part, tell me if you laughed out loud too 😉

The cutest Easter eggs I ever did see. Really, ever.

These are what Daphne’s going to be wearing this summer (and every summer). Thanks for sharing your hand-me-downs Winnie!

It’s been 8 years since Daniel started one of my favorite renovation blogs, Manhattan Nest!!! And this post commemorates that but it’s also insightful and relevant to all things.

Instagram inspiration: Everything about this. Also, my goodness, this house (and kitchen reno!).

Love the look of cement patterned tile, but they’re not in your budget? Check out Amber’s amazing (and inexpensive) solution. Also, there are 6 people using this bathroom during this project…I’m so impressed!

And about those Cadbury mini eggs…its not too late (they’re on Prime!) :0

Wishing you a family-filled, fun weekend!




Farmhouse Friday 3/23/18

Happy Friday! And welcome to Spring. Are you feeling that freshness in the air?!  I sure am. We spent the first few days of Spring cleaning out the Farmhouse. We got rid of stuff, organized other stuff, and scrubbed everything. A clean house just feels good, you know?! Plus we’ve been spending too much time on housework and shuffling clutter lately instead of enjoying our home and little people. So we’re hoping that more organization and less stuff will help us switch those priorities…

Our Farmhouse // boy’s bedroom

I had one of those really cool experiences yesterday where I got to meet some people that I’ve admired for years. Garrett and I welcomed them at the Farmhouse, and my head is kind of spinning with it. I’ll share more later (I know, I know soooo secretive 😉 but I have to say that I’m completely amazed at how readily we can connect with like-minded (and not so like-minded) people in these digital days. Social media and blogs often get a bad wrap, and for valid reasons, but my world is so much bigger because of them. I’m constantly being inspired by what other people achieve and how they live. Amazing times we live in!

Well it’s Friday again meaning I have lots of great links for you. So grab a cup of coffee and jump in!

If you had asked me in high school what I thought ‘family life’ would look like, I’d have probably have said something like the Bucket List Family. What do you say, Garrett, should we sell it all and go?!

This moody office stopped me in my tracks. What a thoughtful, cozy space! And speaking of cozy – this bedroom is one part cozy and one part Spring. Perfection!

source // design by Anne McDonald Design // photo by 2ndTruth Photography.

A 100-year old duplex turned Airbnb with the talented Wit & Delight team. I love how airy the space feels despite (or maybe because of…?) all the woodwork. Related: duplexes make the best house hacks!

We swapped our kitchen sponge for a scrub brush and it’s a huge upgrade! We made the swap to lessen our waste but were pleasantly surprised that the bristles scrub dishes better than that ol’ green standby and it gets less gunky too. Great recommendation Lauren!

I’ve been eagerly watching this kitchen take shape. It’s SO good, Mandi!

The fabulous Katie Hackworth was interviewed for Design School. I just love how she sees design… “I prefer interiors to feel lived in, collected, and somewhat informal. Furnishings and decor need to make sense, but I don’t feel restricted by rules or trends. Instead, I prefer to experiment and have some fun mixing, matching and repurposing.” -Katie Hackworth




Farmhouse Friday 3/16/18

Happy Friday! How was your week? We’ve been running around between a few different projects and things lately. Who knew early retirement would be so…busy. Disjointed. Hectic. And lovely of course too?! Anyway, lots of good stuff is happening around here and because of that I’m posting a little less on the blog. Posting less and living more – at least that’s my goal at the moment.

If you were following my Instagram last weekend, you saw that we had a lovely time in Portland. Truly, just lovely. The weather was sunny and 70 degrees and we hit up more than one brewery in our short trip. It was relaxed and fun and just what we needed. Unfortunately, we didn’t get *quite* as far as we had hoped on my niece’s bathroom. But it’s wallpapered (they selected a pattern with a designer and had it professionally installed) and my sister is adding the final coat of sage green paint on the floors as we speak. I’ll share more of this space once it’s finished!

Well it’s Friday again, meaning I’ve got lots of great links for you. Grab a cup of coffee and jump in.

I ripped out quite a few pages of my Country Living magazine when I came to this 300 year-old Saltbox home. It’s a stunner…

source: Country Living Magazine // photo by Troa Giovan // design by Jennifer and Derrick Miller

I’ve been really inspired by minimalism and the Zero Waste movement lately. Finding a way to live on this earth in an old home, with a large-ish family, while being financially and environmentally responsible and happy is right up there for me. This minimalism blog and this zero waste site are now weekly reads for me.

The best before and after! I love reading about people living creatively (ala house-hacking). Also: adaptive reuse is my jam!

Recently downloaded this and this (from Ashley’s wall!) from the MET and oh my there is so much more (FREE!) artwork to explore!

A charming apartment on Gramercy Park. “Between the identical twins making over homes on cable TV and your Pinterest board’s budget-friendly backsplash ideas, it’s all too easy to forget that inspiration can come from actual experiences: a song, a feeling, a room.” Oh so charming and an excellent reminder to put the iPhone down (Cathy!).

Just as suspected…there’s nothing wrong with your home! Yes, I can see the irony in a renovation blogger linking to this article. But really, something to think about before you swing a hammer or spend a penny.

In Rome, you just can’t escape history. And can we talk about those patterned mosaic floors?




Farmhouse Friday 3/10/18

Happy Friday! How was your week? We did something crazy this week. We adopted eight hens here at the Farmhouse (!!!). Nana had to thin out her flock of chickens and we were happy to take them off her hands. Mabel and Mertle and their 6 yet-to-be-named friends are settling in oh so well and being completely spoiled by their eager caretakers. I can’t get enough of watching them wander around the yard not to mention the farm fresh eggs!  I haven’t taken photos of them at our Farmhouse yet, but here is Nana’s flock back at her old house and a pic of our first batch of eggs (SO exciting!).

In other news, we’re finally getting down to my sister’s house to help with that bathroom and soak up some family time. And goodness am I excited. Now that we each have families, it’s harder than ever to get together, and I just miss my sis. We still talk to each other a few times a day (I know that sounds like a lot, but…#twins) but it’s just not the same as being together. I’m still holding out hope that they’ll move back to Ellensburg and buy a house right down the road from us. What do you say, sis?!?!

Well it’s Friday again, so I’ve scoured the internet for lots of great links. Grab a cup of coffee and dig in.

The other night, I went down a rabbit hole on You Tube and guys, Martha Stewart is pretty amazing. Watch this renovation show (circa pre-HGTV) and ask yourself Joanna who?!

Best article I’ve read all year. I can do better! We can all do better!

Have you guys seen the new Samsung Frame TV’s? Honestly, it’s hard to tell which pieces in Cassandra’s gallery wall are art and which is the TV!

Reality TV stars. Sheesh. (Thanks for sending this hilarious clip, Uncle Adam!)

The most beautiful restaurant I ever did see!

Inspiring women on International Women’s Day.

Have a great weekend!



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