Happy Friday + Links 11/3/17

Happy Friday! We spent another full week working on the Porch House and oh my it’s getting soooo close to being done.  Of course it’s always that last 10% of a renovation that takes the longest, so we’ll see when we actually get this house on the market.  But soon!  Can you believe it’ll be the first house we’ve ever sold?!  Six old houses and six renovations later and we’ve never parted with a house yet.  Of course, that will make selling the Porch House all that much harder for me.  This house has been such a big part of our lives for the past 9 months.  We filmed our HGTV pilot here.  Gave Daphne her first bath here.  And we’ve put so much love into this house.  Cue the tears for this sentimental mama.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Paint Mask Removal C and D

Of course, there will be some positives to selling the Porch House too.  Mainly another family will get to appreciate it.  Plus Garrett and I could use some down time after a busy 9 months and the kids could use a more predictable routine for awhile.  We also have a few pressing projects to attend to at the Farmhouse like our water pressure, which appears to have dropped off the map (ugh), and a certain baby girl’s nursery that needs decorating.

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

A family compound in Maine.  One of the most beautiful new construction homes that I’ve ever seen, and it’s mere feet away from a home built in the 1700s.

Julia rounded up 15 of her favorite Instagram home accounts with under 10k followers and we made the list!  Thank you to all those who nominated us…you guys are the best!  Now go check out the others on the list because there are some great folks there.

The lovely Floret Flowers is offering mini courses (for free!).  How to make a market bouquet…how to make cut flowers last longer…so fun!

I’ve been stalking this rug for a good 6 months and it’s finally on sale.  But why does buying a rug feel like such a big commitment…?

How to add character to basic architecture.

Do you have what it takes to live with open shelving?




Happy Friday + Links 10/27/17

Happy Friday!  How was your week?  We spent most of our’s over at the Porch House, as a family, alternating between tiling the master bathroom, playing with the kiddos, and counting down the minutes until Nana is back in town to take these wild boys off of our hands for a few hours 😉  For the record, that’s not until Sunday (#nanacomehome !).  Ha!  It really was a great and productive week!  One of my favorite things about working on the Porch House is that the kitchen is already done, meaning we get to cook and eat and have a finished space to hang out in while we finish up the rest of the house – a real luxury when you’re renovating an entire home.  Garrett brought over veggies and beans and all sorts of other ingredients to make soup this week.  The whole house smelled like Fall and it was pretty special getting to share a meal here, as a family, before we sell the house.  But in the meantime, we’ve got A LOT of work to do!

The Grit and Polish - Porch Kitchen Soup long

Well it’s Friday again, meaning I’ve found all sorts of great links from around the web.  Grab a cup of coffee and jump in!

Emily just bought a mountain home and I can’t wait to see what she does with it!  Also, love how much she appreciates nature.

Have you seen Ashley’s mural that she’s painting for her home office during the One Room Challenge?  I am obsessed!  My house next please, Ashley!

Brooks’ nursery is on the Boo and the Boy, my favorite source for kids room inspiration.

Speaking of nurseries, I finally pulled the trigger on this wallpaper mural for Daphne’s nursery during their 25% off sale.   Goodness I can’t wait to put it up (after we finish the Porch House)!

Thinking that this might be the perfect way to use up the last of our sausage from last year’s pig.

A beautiful Farmhouse renovation, which started, like so many things…on Instagram.

Have a great weekend!




Happy Friday + Links (10/20/17)

Happy Friday!

The Grit and Polish - Ravenna Kitchen Daphne and Mama

It’s been quite a week around here.  Two trips to Seattle for Airbnb turns.  One design consult for a kitchen (so fun!).  And one hardwood floor refinish that’s finally done!  Add in household chores (like those three loads of laundry sitting on our guest bed that have yet to be folded), caring for our little humans, material sourcing for an upcoming project, and a handful of dance parties with a couple of strapping young lads (yes, I’m talking about Wilder and Brooks 😉 and it’s been a busy week.  Next up, we’re tackling the Porch House master bathroom tiles and bringing all the kids to help out. Yup. Wish us luck, ’cause we’re going to need it 😉

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

Some of my favorite bloggers shared a “no make up” home tour this week.  As in no styling, just the real deal.  And it was refreshing!  Sidenote: I would like to move in, House of Brinson.

Are you overspending on your groceries?

I’m sure this isn’t surprising, but Chip and Joanna’s Target line (Hearth and Hand by Magnolia) is SO GOOD! Bold that and add a couple more exclamation marks, because it’s really that good.  The collection is just a preview right now (bummer!), but is released on November 5th.  Get those clicking fingers ready, because this collection is sure to sell out quickly!  Here are a few of my favorites:

How to update a ho-hum fridge.  This DIY is seriously good!



Jersey Ice Cream Co shared their latest remodel on Remodelista and – no surprise here – it’s stunning.

Are you on the faux house plant band wagon?  I almost bought this fake fiddle leaf fig tree (because it’s only $60 and I can’t keep a real one alive to save my life) but talked myself out of it at the last minute.  Do you have any favorite low-light plants that are indestructible?

Bryan and Catherine’s Instagram account.  Follow them!

Have a great weekend!



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Happy Friday + Links (10/13/17)

Happy Friday (the 13th)! Perhaps it’s the chill in the air or the fact that having a newborn has kept me at home more than usual this Fall, but I’ve been making small tweaks all over the Farmhouse to get our home ready for the cold months ahead.  And by that, I mean cozier and comfier before the weather forces us indoors.  I must admit that even though we’ve lived at the Farmhouse for over a year, many of the rooms feel far less than homey.  This house is larger than our previous homes, and we moved in with very little furniture (since we used much of our furniture for our furnished rentals), so it’s been a process to get our home decorated.  It doesn’t help that I’m one of those people who likes to live in a space for awhile and get to know how it will function best before we spend money on furniture.  And while I think it’s a great design philosophy in general – especially if you don’t want to waste much money on making design mistakes – it can mean waiting a long time before spaces feel just right.

The Grit and Polish - DIY nursery glider final close

I’ve been trying to change that as of late with small tweaks around the Farmhouse.  I moved the large hutch from the office into the living room for much needed toy storage, bought a couple of large, cotton blankets for cuddling up with the kids, found a cozy armchair for our bedroom, made a glider for Daphne’s nursery (seen above; DIY post coming soon), and rearranged the couch for a cozier feel.  And I don’t want to over sell these small changes, our house feels one million times cozier! 😉  I’ll share more of these tweaks here or over on Instagram soon, but in the meantime, I’d love to hear what you guys do to get ready for winter.  Especially if you make any changes in preparation for long days with cooped up kids!

Well it’s Friday again, which means I’ve scoured the internet for all sorts of good links.  Grab a cup of coffee and jump in.

Having lost our beloved dog earlier this year, this tribute to ‘the greatest dog in the world’ really hit home.

Picky eaters…do you have one?

I love seeing kids at work, and that includes Jenna Dewan Tatum doing her dance thing.

Did you watch ‘The Big Short’?  It’s a good one.  And this guy who you may remember from the movie, just won the Nobel Prize.  Consider me impressed!

We bought these string lights for the Farmhouse last summer and will put something similar above the Porch House patio (bonus: they’re on sale!).

Boxwood Avenue Kitchen


Chloe’s blog, Boxwood Avenue, is such a fun one to follow.  You never know if you’re going to see a beautiful kitchen (oh my that Lacanche range!!!) or her goats or a made-from-scratch recipe.  Plus right now, Chole is taking part as a featured designer for the One Room Challenge and it looks like we’ll be seeing her on TV soon!

Speaking of TV, Lauren’s show got picked up!  Excited to see more ‘Best House on the Block’ on HGTV next year.

PSA: one of my favorite online stores (emphasis on online…a necessity when living in a small town!) for decor and textiles is having their friends and family event.  Use code ‘HAPPYDAYS’ to get 20% off of everything, including markdowns!  Here are a few favorites, including the super soft baby blanket I bought for Wilder 4 years ago, which is still one of my my go-to newborn gifts:

Pretty sure Daphne’s nursery is going to get a few of these!

Have a great weekend!




Happy Friday + Links 10/6/17

Happy Friday!

We had a couple of really lovely days this week, working as a family on the Porch House, preparing to finish the hardwood floors.  I often get asked how we renovate old houses with our kids, and while there is no magical formula, I do know that it takes patience, persistence, and a high tolerance for chaos.  Oftentimes, it’s just when I’m ready to throw in the towel and head home that the boys surprise me by sweeping the floors or digging through the planter boxes for worms or making up a game of their own…together…happily…without prompting and without bickering.  That right there, is parenting gold.  Of course, I do have some tips for renovating with kids, but I’ll save that for the post I’ve been meaning to write for a good 2 years now 😉

The Grit and Polish - Porch Boys and Mama on Island .3

Speaking of family, that little guy in the red is turning 2 next week!  I can’t help but feel all the mama feels about my kids aging, but on the other hand, I’m kinda surprised Brooks isn’t 2 already.  He certainly has the will of a 2-year-old and can throw a fit with the best of them, plus having another baby has a way of making an older baby feel all grown up.  Everyone says that Brooks looks like me, which is neither here nor there, but it warms my heart all the same.  We’ll be celebrating this sweet kid this weekend with cake (of course!) plus cars and a couple new tools for his tool box.


Well it’s Friday again, meaning I’ve combed the internet for lots of great links.  Grab a cup of coffee and jump in!

Birthdays.  They call for this bedtime story.

Did you catch my introduction this week to the One Room Challenge?!  I’m super excited to join in again and also to see how all the participant’s spaces turn out!

A greenhouse renovation.  It’s a dream of mine to have a greenhouse on our property so this was extra fun for me!

My go-to cute work boots (well, technically booties) are marked down!  And by work, I mean renovating, farmers-market shopping, errand running, and pretty much everything else this busy mama does;)



Melissa’s dining room reveal went live this week and – no surprise here – it’s lovely!  Related: vintage chalkboards and I are in a lifelong relationship.

I recently picked up one of these for the Farmhouse.  Winter is coming and I’m making the best of it by stocking up on anything that will encourage cozying up, reading books, and/or sipping on hot drinks.

This wedding!

My friend Ashley has such a beautiful home and it was featured on Design Sponge! Check it out here.

With all the bad in the world this week, I wanted to end this Friday post with a favorite quote from Mother Teresa: “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”  That’s just what I’ll be doing this weekend, and I wish you the same!



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Happy Friday + Links 9/29/17

Happy Friday! How was your first week of Fall?  Oh goodness me, it’s been a busy week around here.  And certainly not a productive one either, unless you consider finger painting, muffin baking, story reading and dressing up as a dinosaur productive (okay, maybe it wasn’t so unproductive after all ;).  Garrett was out of town on a mountain biking trip with friends, and it was my first time going it alone with all 3 kids.  And while it was sure fun, it was also a wee bit exhausting.  Thankfully both grandmas came by to help out this tired mama with bedtimes and general life.  For the record, I think grandmothers are worth their weight in gold!

Well it is Friday again and I’ve rounded up some great links from around the web, so grab a cup of coffee and jump in!

My absolute favorite kids book for Fall.  My boys love this one so much that I wind up reading it throughout the year.

Friday bedroom pic

source // photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay

There’s something really lovely about this bedroom.  Perhaps it’s the drapes (vintage, of course) or the simplicity of the whole look or the lack of perfection, but I really, really love it.  BTW, I’m eyeing this same bed frame for the next time I spring for a non-antique bed…like in 6 years 😉

Say it ain’t so.  Chip and Jojo’s announcement caught me completely off guard this week and I’m feeling a little sad about it but also happy for them, you know?  I think you have to admire when people do what they need to do even at the expense of fame, fortune, and all the traditional notions of success.

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski’s Brooklyn townhouse.

This Halloween costume is just too good! ps this site has tons of great costume DIYs if you’re still needing ideas.

Loved this post from Mary. I’m motivated to find a good kid’s consignment store myself (any suggestions in Seattle or online?).  I’ve been on a quality-over-quantity/frugality/minimalist kick as of late, which means I’m closely watching what we spend and what we bring into our home.  Related: Melissa is picking back up her Minimalism series and I’m really excited about it!

Couldn’t be more excited for John and Sherry of Young House Love to take on (another!) beach house.  This renovation is going to be good!

Cle Tile


I’ve been watching Natasha’s kitchen renovation on Instagram stories and her new backsplash stopped me in my tracks. It’s gorgeous!  She’s using the same tiles as @thisoldhudson (show above) and I’m officially obsessed with them.  Dreaming of a project where I can use these beauties!

Give me all the Fall apple foods: baked apple cider donuts (I have this pan), cardamom spiced whole wheat apple cake, tahini caramel apples, pumpkin apple overnight oats.

A beautiful beauty routine.



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Happy Friday + Links 9/22/17

Happy Friday!  Can you believe it’s Fall already?!  I’m not quite sure I’m ready to give up summer produce and sunshine, but I’m certain I can get into Fall if there are more breakfast picnics on tap 😉

The Grit and Polish - Fall Waffle Picnic 3

blanket (similar) // boots

We are working hard trying to wrap up the Porch House renovation, so I’ll have more of that project to show you guys soon.  Garrett spent the week priming and painting much of the house and even has the white eyelashes to prove it. 😉  Soon we’ll be wallpapering the powder room and tiling the oversized master shower, which I couldn’t be more excited for!  I’m planning to get over there today or tomorrow to check out the progress, so follow my Instagram Stories for a sneak peek of those spaces.

It’s Friday again, which means I have scoured the internet for lots of great links, so grab a cup of coffee and jump in.

I’m crushing hard on these cutting boards (and they’re an additional 20% off with code FFSALE, actually your entire purchase is)!  Seriously feeling like I need 3 or 4 for the kitchen (insert Garrett’s eye roll here).

residence1 Friday from Designoform

Source // design by Johnny Andersson via design and form

So much great inspiration here.  I’m still a fan of traditional subway, but this kitchen might have convinced me to branch out…you know, to hand-formed subway 😉

WD-40. Who knew?!

Roasted veggies is just about my favorite meal these days (sidenote: what has happened to the hamburger loving girl of my youth?!).  This make-ahead idea is brilliant!

Wallpaper is so hard.  I can almost never commit (anyone else in the same boat?).  But Emily Henderson has some great options here!  Speaking of Emily, did you catch her beautiful living room reveal this week?

I’m dreaming about this coat for Fall.  It’s really not in my budget, but I’m keeping an eye on it in case it goes on sale in time for Christmas!

Have a great weekend.



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Happy Friday + Links 9/15/17

Happy Friday!  So glad we made it!  Garrett, Daphne, and I took a trip to Seattle this week and came home with half a ton of tiles for the Porch House.  Literally, 1000 pounds of tiles!  We’re going with a vintage, garden feel for the floors (which obviously means 12×24 slate 😉 and classic white subway on the walls (you probably guessed that part).  It’s going to be so pretty! Garrett and I also found a remnant for the upstairs bathroom countertop and got to chat uninterrupted for longer than we have in a week.  ha!

One thing that Garrett and I discussed on our drive was a reader’s comment from Tuesday’s Airbnb post.  The comment reminded me that what we do matters.  None of us live in a vacuum and it’s so important to consider the bigger picture of what we do – whether it’s our work or what we eat or how we spend our money – and to be aware of how our actions impact our community, our environment, and the world as a whole.  With that being said, I’m trying to approach Fall with more mindfulness, less waste, and appreciation for all that we have.

The comment was actually directed at housing affordability, which is an important topic in many urban locations, Seattle notwithstanding.  Converting long-term rentals to short-term rentals can reduce housing stock for locals and that’s one of the ways housing becomes more scarce and expensive.  Many municipalities, Seattle included, are working to limit short-term rentals, so knowing the local rental climate is important as a landlord.  I wrote Tuesday’s post because I hoped it would be interesting, perhaps even helpful, and certainly because there’s not a lot of posts like it on the blogosphere.  But I do encourage you to check local laws and consider all the impacts before you convert a property to short-term.

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

simply grove dutch door

source // design by Amy Sklar

A beautiful, simple kitchen.  Also: give me all the dutch doors!

Apparently painted vertical paneling is in, which is great, since I love it so. If you follow my Instagram stories, then you already know that board and batten will be making an appearance in the Porch House powder bathroom.

jenniferbunsa friday post

source // design by Jennifer Bunsa

A beautiful country home.  Check this one out…you won’t regret it!

Speaking of pears…oh weren’t we?  This galette is on my to-do list.  Also file this one under: prettiest food photography ever.

I have a recent obsession with picnic baskets.  Why?  I have no idea.  But this picnic basket on Amazon sure caught my eye!

Chris and Julia do a video house tour every year.  It’s so fun to peek into someone’s (uber-clean) home.  Also note: #cleangoals

In case you’re in need of a good laugh, this review on the Windi (a baby gas aid, which I just heard about from this post) had both Garrett and I laughing hysterically last night.  Perhaps it’s parent humor 😉

Hope you guys have a great weekend!



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Happy Friday + Links 9/8/17

Happy Friday!  How is your September shaping up?  It’s kinda blowing my mind that Fall is just around the corner, but with the excessive heat and wildfire smoke, I’m almost ready for it.  Leaf piles, sweaters, pumpkins, apple cake…that doesn’t sound too bad.  Plus our pear tree is finally producing, so I’m figuring out what to do with those (any suggestions?!).  In the meantime, we’re going to squeeze out every last ounce of summer before those leaves start changing!

I’ve been working on Daphne’s nursery a bit, here and there.  We have the crib up and I’ve found a few antiques for her space, but it’s far from being done.  I never could find a glider that I loved and was within our price range, so I decided to DIY one.  I’ll let you know how that goes…fingers crossed!

We’re headed back to the Bryant House this weekend to set up the second bedroom.  Garrett accidentally grabbed the wrong bunk bed frame at Ikea when we were over for our 3 day makeover, and we didn’t notice until we went to set up the bed frame.  Ah! so frustrating.  But, it turned out to be a blessing since we have one tenant staying for the entire Fall who would prefer an office, so we’ll be returning those bunk beds and putting together a quick office.  We actually happen to have this desk sitting around (we bought it for our first house) so will be using it.  More on the Bryant House Airbnb makeover and all about our experiences with Airbnb next week…

The Grit and Polish - Bryant Bedroom 2 Rocking Chair

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

Check out this backyard transformation from the Fauxmartha.  It will certainly have you dreaming of wood-fired pizzas (add that to my Fall ‘to do’ list!).


source // photo by Aimée Mazzenga

This Chicago brownstone is making me dream about the city…at least for one tiny second 😉  Seriously though, it’s soooo pretty!

One of the most interesting and thought-provoking podcasts I’ve listened to in a long time. I’m again reminded that less is more.

A beautiful attic renovation.

An interactive map for when fall foliage will be blooming around the country.

Andy and Candis have a new old-house-renovation show and it’s on Facebook.  Yes, Facebook!  Follow the link in their Instagram profile to watch it.

If we had ended up with bunk beds at Bryant, this roundup would have been super helpful!

Have a great weekend!



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Happy Friday + Links 8/25/17

Happy Friday!  Well guys, it’s on!  One newborn, two adults, three days, and an entire house to furnish… Yup, we decided to turn the Bryant House into an Airbnb and it’s happening next week (Monday-Wednesday).  We went back and forth on this decision – Airbnb has a variable return and there’s a sizeable initial investment, plus we really weren’t sure if we had the time to take this on right now – but we ultimately decided to go for it.  And I’m really excited to get this house in shape!  I’ll be documenting the process on Instagram Stories (if Daphne cooperates ;), so check over there to see the madness.  I haven’t actually stepped foot in this house in over 3 years, so it should be interesting…

Goodness it feels like we just got really busy again.  Not only are we outfitting the Bryant House by Wednesday, but the Porch House is in the ‘finish stage’.  Meaning I’m picking paint colors, tiles, carpet, appliances, etc and that’s when I’m not nursing/burping/snuggling a newborn.  Thankfully I find this stuff ridiculously fun (the houses and the baby), so excuse me if I’m too excited to focus on the 12 houseguests we have coming next weekend.  Ha!  No, but seriously, we have 12 houseguests coming for Labor Day and I haven’t planned a single meal.  Well that’s not entirely true.  One of our guests is turning 2, so I do know that there will be cake!  Goodness, I wish I could stretch the next week out for a whole year because it’s going to be a good one!

Anywho, it’s Friday again, which means I’ve rounded up all sorts of good stuff from the internet this week.  Grab a cup of coffee and jump into these links:

We’re going to a family wedding on Friday (like seriously, could this week get any better?!) in Coeur d’Alene.  We have a little extra time to explore and play so I’m looking for restaurant and kid-friendly activity recommendations!  Please, do share.


source (design: @amberinteriors, photo: @tessaneustadt)

All the beautiful textiles in one room.

Summer salads rule the dinner table at our house during these hot months.  Here are 9, none of which I’ve tried, but all of which look delicious.

I’ve often wondered this myself: is the ‘work triangle’ really how kitchens should be designed?

Dreaming of making Daphne a dollhouse like this one (fixed up obviously ;), if she’s ever into dolls!

33 Main Anne Selke


Anne Selke (as in the owner of Dash and Albert rugs) is opening up a small Inn in the Berkshires!  Just thought I’d share because it’s So. Incredibly. Beautiful!

An essential for any Airbnb property: a few good games.  This one is my favorite.

Did you guys catch the eclipse?  I was sadly under prepared, but thankfully the kids and I happened into some eclipse glasses at about 10am on Monday.  And older gentleman saw us standing in the shade outside our local library and offered us his.  He said, “I’ve already seen 3 of these” as he handed them over 😉 So we got to see quite a bit of it.  This might be my favorite photo from the event:

Eclipse photo Jasmanmander

source: Jasman Mander’s Instagram

Have a great weekend!



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