Happy Friday + Links 11/24/17

Happy Friday!  Are you still deliriously happy from all that pie and stuffing?  Me too 🙂  Portland was just as fun as I thought it would be, and I’ve gotten such sweet comments on my sister’s beautiful new (old) home over on Instagram.  I’ll have to share more photos on the blog soon, but here’s a peek at her dining room.

The Grit and Polish - Terr's House table T, W, and C

So lovely, right?!  The walls are covered in a soft orange grass cloth and the beautiful chandelier was left by the previous owner.  This dining room was the perfect place to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner (along with the second table set up in the kitchen to accommodate all 20 people in our family).  Yup, it was a good one!

And while I can’t say if my sister went this route, here is the best advice I’ve heard on prepping for guests:

“Two things to do before you have people over: 1) Make sure the powder room’s trash can is empty. 2) Shove all clutter and paperwork in a closet or the basement or a bathtub without organizing or putting a single thing in its proper place.  Seriously! Busy, happy houses are messy! So many people tell me this is what they stress out about most before guests arrive.  Why?  Crash clean the rooms that count, and order Marie Kondo in the morning.”  – @dinneralovestory via @cupofjo

Yeeesss!  I’d love to see a shift away from perfectly-styled, perfectly-decorated, perfect homes. Our homes should be places that bring us joy rather than a source of constant anxiety over what’s out of place or how our decorating measures up.  You know?  Let’s make home a place we love, even though it isn’t perfect, and do without the stress!

Well it’s Friday again (Black Friday!), so you know that I’ve scoured the internet for the best sales out there plus a couple other links in case you aren’t in the shopping mood.  So grab a cup of coffee and dig in:

A conversation with Rebecca Atwood.

I’m totally intrigued by this duck cloth shower curtain, which needs no liner and is machine washable.  Anyone tried it yet?

jersey ice cream in Arch Digest

Jersey Ice Cream Co via Architectural Digest / photo Sal Taylor Kydd

How to give a new home character.  Jersey Ice Cream Co nails it…of course 😉

Loved listening to this podcast.  I’m totally intrigued with minimalist design, especially in homes with kids.

And speaking of podcasts, Ben and Jerry sound like the coolest ice cream makers there ever were.

A peek behind Jojotastic’s sponsored renovations on her tiny home.

And now for those sales! Here are the Black Friday sales at a few of my favorite stores and I’ll update this list if I find more!

Anthopologie, 30% off everything!

Amazon, Amazon fire tablets are down to $49.99 (seriously considering buying 2 for the boys!)

Target, up to 40% off Home (love these organic cotton, printed sheets)

Home Depot, tons of deals like $200 off this miter saw and $100 off this saw stand

West Elm, buy more save more, plus 50% off select furniture

Rejuvenation, buy more save more, plus this 3×5 wool rug is $37! and this wool zipper pillow is 75% off

Hanna Anderson, $25 kid’s PJs + 25% off everything else (I’m thinking matching Christmas jammies!)

J.Crew, 40% off everything + free shipping

Nordstrom, 40% off or more on Ugg Slippers

Have a great weekend!



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Happy Friday + Links 11/17/17

Happy Friday!  Goodness what a week’s it’s been.  We finished the Porch House’s master bathroom and closet for Thursday’s ORC reveal (with like two minutes to spare) plus we’ve wrapped up plumbing and electrical, trimmed out the powder bathroom, worked on the mudroom and upstairs bathroom, and touched up paint all over the Porch House too.  It’s been crazy and productive and we haven’t spent more than a couple waking hours at the Farmhouse in weeks, but the end is finally near!  And that means we have lots of progress to show you guys!  Next week we’ll be starting in on the mudroom here on the blog and it’s going to be a good one.

Well it’s Friday again – and can you believe it’s the last Friday before Thanksgiving?!  Eeech! We’re going to spend the holiday in Portland with my family at my sister’s new (old) house.  I can’t wait!  There’s going to be lots of hanging out, time in the kitchen, way too many treats, and constant chaos – the kind that can only come from 10 young kids occupying one space.  It’s going to be wonderful!  Now on to those links.  Grab a cup of coffee and dig in!

It was ORC reveal week, which means lots of great design on the internet.  One of my favorite parts about the ORC is getting introduced to new bloggers/Instagrammers/home-lovers/designers.  With that sentiment in mind, here are three of my favorite ORC reveals from new-to-me folks: one, two, three.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Master Basket

Sometimes the $150 rug on top of the $6k bathroom/closet renovation is what everyone notices.  Ha!  I love it too, and here is the link for those of you who have asked.  I actually just ordered the red version too since it’s on MASSIVE SALE today.

Also from today’s Premier Sale, I bought 4 of these throws for gifts and our Airbnb’s.  We already have 2 and love them!  I’ve had this 8×10 indoor/outdoor rug in my cart so many times before but this time I bought it because it’s $179!

A beautiful living room from Old Home Love.  Related: do these two never sleep?!

Instagram Stories is 8 months old and killing Snapchat.

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source // the faux Martha

The prettiest centerpiece, errr turkey, I ever did see.

Light bulbs.  Guys, I have to admit, I know nothing (other than I hate florescent) but I am eager to learn.

Have a great weekend!



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Happy Friday + Links 11/10/17

Happy Friday!  We received a fun bit of news this week…the new name for our HGTV pilot!  It is now being called MASTERPLAN.  What do you think?  Garrett and I both like the new name better than ‘Rehab Crazy’ and can’t wait to see the finished episode (which might not be until it airs…eeech!).  We’re still waiting on an airdate; I’ll pass that along when we get it!

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Goodness, what a fun experience filming our pilot was, although it was probably 16 of the busiest days of our lives (check out my Instagram to see a pic of this space from those 16 days…crazy!).  Speaking of busy, we’re sure in a busy period again, although at a much healthier pace.  We’re finishing up the master suite for next week’s One Room Challenge reveal and the rest of the house in the next few weeks.  It’s all getting so close and I can’t wait to share more of this beautiful home with you guys.

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

#complainsgiving Silly and totally engrossing.  I spent an hour reading through the comments and couldn’t stop laughing.  Check it out and weigh in.

You can thank this for Anthropologie’s wonderful smell and, apparently, for encouraging us to spend money.  Related: the discussion of “atmospherics” in this podcast kind of blew my mind.

The most anticipated renovation of 2018.  I’m not sure when A-frames made a resurgence in popularity but I’m 100% on board!

Celebrities visit the New York apartments they once lived in.

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The prettiest holiday table scape.  This picture single handedly made me excited for Christmas dinner and to finish our dining room.

The most beautiful photos of…ice fishing.  #dedication

A new rug obsession (yes, my rug love is fickle 😉  But at 30% off I’m so tempted…

Need a new show?  Stranger Things is as good as you’ve heard!

We got a flat tire on our way home from Seattle the other weekend and guess what?!  We ended up stuck on the side of the road at the top of the pass for 3 hours while we waited for roadside assistance because we couldn’t find our lug nut adaptor to change the tire ourselves.  Gah!  It was the middle of the night and all three kids woke up confused and exhausted.  Consider this a PSA to get your car’s emergency gear in order for the winter months.  Oh yeah and guess where that adaptor was hiding…in the glove box. Ha!

Have a great weekend!




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:

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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:

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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 😉

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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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