Happy Friday + Links 8/18/17

Happy Friday! How was your week?  Our’s was good and busy and productive and completely unproductive all at the same time. Ha!  Thankfully the Porch House is coming right along under Garrett’s expert tutelage and I couldn’t be happier with how it’s turning out.  I got to sneak over there last week with the kiddos to take some progress photos plus we did a shot with the family for a fun sponsored post we have coming out soon.  I got some of my favorite shots of our boys, ever, so I’m excited to share it with you guys!  Actually some of you who subscribe to the Grit and Polish emails got a sneak peek already (whoops 😉 but there’s more to come!

The Grit and Polish - Bryant House White Kitchen Renovaiton.jpg

Garrett and I have been doing a lot of chatting about turning another one of our Seattle rentals into an Airbnb.  The Bryant House (that’s the kitchen above) is up for rent September 1 and since our short-term, furnished rentals do so well over there, we’re really considering it.  Of course that would mean completely furnishing and outfitting the house over 3 days at the end of August, so that’s the hang up.  Timing is tight.  But furnishing a house in 3 days sure sounds fun to me so stay tuned on that decision…

Well it’s Friday again, which means I’m sharing lots of great links.  Grab a cup of coffee and jump right in.

The architecture of this Budapest renovation gets all my heart eyes!  Sidenote: the last concert Garrett and I went to was George Ezra…love his voice!

Ten small ways to be happy…because we could all use a refresher.

Katie Hackworth Kitchen

source / design by Katie Hackworth / photos by Belathee

Katie Hackworth is such an amazing designer (and in Seattle!) so no surprise that her most recent kitchen is, well, amazing!

An indoor playhouse…what a FUN idea!  I could see this being a life saver in the cold winters around here!

I posted this kids book on my Instagram stories last week, because it’s so cute that I had to share.  The illustrations are just SO sweet and it captured both my 4-year-old and my almost 2-year-old’s imagination.  Psst: I spotted the book at Costco earlier this week too.  And did you catch that?  I went to Costco…with 3 kids!  I’m pretty sure we were walking birth control but at least we are stocked up with enough peanut butter to last through the apocalypse 😉

Speaking of books…I need a new one to read.  Any recommendations?!  Preferably something light, easy to read, and easy to pick up and put down every other page because 3 kids be makin’ me busy 😉

Have a great weekend!




Happy Friday + Links 8/11/17

Happy Friday! How was your week? I hope you managed to enjoy the heat or avoid it completely if you’re in the smokey Pacific Northwest like we are.  If you haven’t heard, the air quality around our parts is nasty right now due to wild fires in Canada, and it’s kept Daphne and I mostly inside for the better part of 10 days.  Which, for the record, is like 7/8ths of her life so far.  Thank goodness for AC!

Speaking of Daphne…that little girl has us all head over heels in love.  The boys keep sneaking kisses all over her little head, which they know they’re not supposed to do when she’s sleeping, but I can’t bring myself to be mad about it.  Not even when they wake her up, which happens approximately 10 times a day 😉  And honestly I’m no better because I obsessively sniff her head, trying to memorize that perfect newborn scent, and pick her up whenever I have free hands – even if she’s dead asleep – so I can get a few more newborn cuddles in before she leaves us for college. But really, it’s all going so well.  Somehow it’s been easier welcoming baby #3 than it was baby #2, and I’m not really sure why that is, but I’m going with it.

So it turns out that there’s a whole world outside our Farmhouse and I’ve been seeing glimpses of it on the internet.  So grab a cup of coffee and jump in!

A behind the scenes look at one of my favorite brands, Farmhouse Pottery.

My mother-in-law stayed with us for a week after Daphne was born to help out with the boys (yes, she is amazing!) and left behind this book.  It is the sweetest and has the best message and I can’t recommend it enough!  Sidenote: my favorite pet is the Narwahl 😉

Cup of Jo Apartment

source \ photography by Alpha Smoot

Joanna moved and of course her new place is stunning!  Sidenote: I’m obsessed with that vintage trestle desk!

Another baby girl in the world (and another 9 pounder!).  Congrats to the Marcums.

Speaking of babies, sleep deprivation is a thing.  I remember after Wilder was born, Garrett and I were like walking zombies and it was haaarrrddd!  Learning to live on 4 hours of sleep.

West Elm’s having a sale on seating and this couch is so good!

Have a great weekend!



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Happy Friday + Links 7/28/17

Happy Friday!  How was your week?  Mine was slow – to be expected when you’re 41+ weeks pregnant – but also really good.  There was lots of time spent at home with Garrett and the boys, waiting, walking, and napping.  But most importantly, the raspberry vines are overrun with ripe fruit, which really makes it impossible to be anything but happy.  By the way, I scheduled this post on Thursday, so check on Instagram to see our baby girl when she arrives.  If she’s not here soon, I’ll be induced, so we’re really down to ‘any day’ now!!!

Well there was lots of great finds on the internet this week.  So grab a cup of coffee and dig into these links:

Seven questions to ask yourself before buying a fixer upper.

This week’s #howyouhome topic on Instagram was a call to see unique architecture in your home. This is how I answered the question, but I’d love to know what your response would be.  Do you have anything really unique?  Or maybe you are more like me and love all the architecture in your home…?

The Grit and Polish - Nursery Crib and Pregnancy 41+5

Sometimes you end up more pregnant than you ever thought possible (like 41 weeks and 5 days).  But a little extra time during pregnancy can be a good thing too.  I started working on the nursery last week and our crib just arrived (I priced it everywhere and it was cheapest at Target).  We still need to buy a mattress and crib sheet before baby can lay in here (I stole Brooks’ mattress for this photo and this blanket is covering it), but it’s a start!

Park and Oak Kitchen


This kitchen blew me away and apparently half of the internet feels the same way because I’ve seen it everywhere. But it’s too good not to share here.  And no surprise, but it’s by Park and Oak Design and part of their #POwilmettereno project.

I bought this dress in 2 colors and I’m hoping they’ll be the perfect summer dress for hanging around the Farmhouse (and for nursing).

Getting a wee bit excited to have an adult drink again!

Wishing you the happiest of weekends.



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Happy Friday + Links 7/21/17

Happy Friday!  I hope you had a good week.  We’ve been having lots of fun with the visiting cousins at the Farmhouse this week.  Frog hunting, water balloon throwing, fruit picking, and eating lots of good food has felt like a real summer vacation and a great distraction from being very pregnant.  Now if I could just have this baby before they head home tomorrow…

I jumped back into the Porch House this week on the blog, and I’m super excited to share more about that renovation with you guys.  It really is a beautiful home and I feel so fortunate that we can bring it back to life.  Garrett’s been making a lot of progress on the construction side of things over the past few weeks.  He just passed all the cover inspections (electrical, plumbing, framing, insulation) so it’s basically full bore ahead now.  And guys, that means we’re getting to the good stuff!  Dry wall is going up, siding is being repaired, floors are being laid, and pretty soon we’ll be tiling, painting, wallpapering, and finishing this beauty.  I really can’t wait to see how this renovation turns out!

Well did I mention that it’s Friday again?!  Like always, I’ve got lots of links for you, so grab a cup of coffee and jump in:

Farrow and Ball‘s Game of Tones paint line.  Honestly, I’ve been looking for a good transition to talk about Game of Thrones all week (so thanks Farrow and Ball!) because guys…how good does this season look?!


My Tips to Surviving Your House Renovation are on Architectural Digest (!!!).  Sidenote: we definitely took our own advice on ‘surviving a renovation’ advice, when we camped out in our friend’s living room for a week during last summer’s 6 Day Kitchen Reno.  Also: I love this photo of Garrett 😉

Karrie’s and Lauren’s HGTV pilots are both going to air, and I’m super excited to watch them!

Meg Ryan via AD

via Architectural Digest

Leave it to Meg Ryan to have one of the prettiest New York City lofts I’ve ever seen.  For the record, I have a giant crush on Ms. Ryan’s style.  Her beach house is still one of my favorite renovations ever!

My mother-in-law made this plum buckle the other week and it was SO good!  I had never heard of a buckle before, but I’ll definitely be adding this recipe to my cake roundup!

I’ve had a lot of readers ask for a step-by-step guide on how we build range hood covers (like at Dexter), but unfortunately we always seem to get almost finished with them before I think to photograph the steps.  Thankfully, here’s a how-to from Home Talk.

My sister ordered this from the Nordstrom sale, and now I’m craving one just like it!

Have a great weekend, guys!



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Happy Friday + Links 7/14/17

Happy Friday!  I hope you had a great week!  We (the boys and I) made our very first jar of raspberry jam using fruit harvested from the Farmhouse this week.  That’s been a goal of mine since we moved to the country, so I was pretty excited about it!  Of course, the boys love eating raspberries right off the vine, so we only made a small batch, and left the rest of the berries for picking.  We are getting 15lbs of raspberries from a local farm today, so by the end of the weekend, we’ll have raspberry jam coming out of our ears!

Speaking of the weekend, my sister and her kiddos are on their way to town!  With my due date quickly approaching (ahem tomorrow), my sis is coming up so she can be here for the birth.  She’s been at all of mine and I’ve been at her’s, so perhaps her presence is just the comfort I need to get labor started.  And if not, she’ll be a great distraction from my impatience!  Side note: if you have any good labor-inducing remedies, I’d love to hear them.

Well it’s Friday, which means time to grab a cup of coffee and check out these links.

The best way to eat fresh raspberry jam: make these biscuits, cut open and lather with butter and a healthy dollop of fresh jam.  So incredibly good and the perfect wrap up to a summer dinner.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Lavendar Entry Crock

I shared this picture of our entry on Instagram last weekend.  We have lavender everywhere at the Farmhouse right now and I love it.  Not only is it one of my favorite flowers, but it’s supposed to be calming, which is never a bad thing.  These blooms were a gift from my mother-in-law’s garden.

An adorable baby announcement (I really want one of these of our family!).

Park and Oak Bathroom

via @parkandoakdesign Instagram

This bathroom designed by the talented Park and Oak Design dua, stopped me in my tracks.  It’s just so beautiful!  And now I’m dying to see more of their #POwilmettereno project!

A hammock roundup that will have you feeling all the summer vibes.  I’d love to get a large one like this for the Farmhouse!

Casa Zinc via Cococozy 7-14-17

via cococozy

This is a tour of Casa Zinc in Uruguay from a couple of years ago, but I find myself going back again and again.  Because it’s just that good!

Peas are one of my garden favorites, and we’ll definitely be trying this quick recipe when our’s are ready!

Have a great weekend!



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Happy Friday + Links 7/7/17

Happy Friday to you!  We’ve had a bit of an up and down week around here.  There’s so much joy and excitement in our home as we prepare to welcome baby girl (I’m 39 weeks pregnant), but we had a sad event happen last week that left us all teary-eyed and reeling.  Our beloved dog, Hacker Pschorr, passed away after 9 years as part of our family.  In the course of one day, Hacker went from the healthy and energetic pup we had always known, to a seizure-ridden dog unable to stand and unresponsive to medication capable of knocking out dogs twice his size.  My sister-in-law/vet rushed to our local animal hospital and gave us the sad prognosis: there was little hope.  At 6pm, we had to put Hacker down.

Hacker Boy was one of the good ones.  A beloved member of our family.  My running/hiking partner.  The fetching star at every dog park he went to.  Our boys’ first pet.  And a frequent pain in my ass.  But goodness did I love that dog!  And while he didn’t deserve to go like that, I am thankful that his illness didn’t drag out (it sounds like he either had a brain tumor or got into some nasty toxins).

We will miss you Hacker Boy!

Hacker as a Puppy

Despite the sadness, we did manage to have a lot of fun around here.  Since I’m super pregnant, we found someone to help with our Seattle rentals, meaning less awkward bed making for me and more time for hanging with the boys, nesting, and baking/canning/etc at the Farmhouse.  It’s been a blessing having this extra time with my boys before baby arrives and uses up all my attention.  But for the record, I’m ready for our sweet little girl to get here already!

Well it’s Friday, meaning it’s time to grab a cup of coffee and dig into these links!

I took the boys to pick out a “welcome to the family” gift for baby girl, and each selected one of these adorable stuffed fruits/veggies (how cute is the green bean?!).

How to afford home projects while building financial freedom.  Kim has her head on straight and there’s lots of great advice in here (especially “Don’t be normal.”).

Hooray for blue and white kitchens!  And a double hooray for including the 6-day-kitchen reno!

How to foster creativity at work (or just life in general).

I’m on the lookout for a comfy glider.  With every pregnancy, I’ve promised myself one but have yet to actually buy one.  That’s probably because they’re so dang expensive.  I’ve been dreaming about this one or this one, but they are such splurges.  I’d love recommendations if you have a cozy rocker/glider that you love, especially if it didn’t cost a small fortune!

It recently hit me that I’m about done being pregnant…forever!  Which means I get to indulge in the occasional beer, glass of wine, and most definitely these tequila popsicles!

Hope you have a great weekend!




Happy Friday + Links 6/30/17

Happy Friday!

Garrett and I spent a couple of days in Seattle this week making beds, cleaning toilets, trimming hedges, and rearranging furniture at our Dexter and Ravenna Houses.  We left the boys in Ellensburg with Nana and that made this work trip feel kind of like a baby moon.  (I know, my vacation standards are loooow!)  Besides all the cleaning and trimming, we made it to a late showing of Wonder Woman which was SO good (and for the record, late means 7 o’clock ;), plus we caught a happy hour and made a relaxed stroll through Target.  None of those things are feasible with two-soon-to-be-three young kids, so it was a real luxury!

The Grit and Polish - Dexter Me Making Bed

Well it’s Friday and I have some great links and inspiration for you guys, but before I dive into it, I want to thank everyone who weighed in on last week’s post.  Your feedback was really appreciated and encouraging and I cannot wait to get started on some new content!  This little online community is pretty special to me and I appreciate that you’re here!

Okay, now it’s time to grab that cup of coffee and dig into all that the internet provided this week:

Ship-la-what?  An answer to your burning question, what exactly is shiplap?

Speaking of horizontal boards, the king and queen of shiplap (aka Chip and Joanna Gaines) are on a magazine cover and this behind the scenes video made me like them even more.  These guys know hard work!

Burts Bris Please Sign

Loved this sign on Bri’s Instagram feed (quote by Kristin Joiner).  If we could all just raise our kids with tolerance, love, and kindness 🙂

Dying to get my hands on this cake stand or really anything from this shop!

I’ve been pretty lax in making 4th of July plans since I’ve been secretly hoping that baby girl will come that day (who doesn’t want fireworks on their birthday?!), but now that we’re almost here, I realize that we have a super fun holiday coming up with no plans!  Soooooo I’m thinking a low key bbq, kiddie pool, and these saltine/brownie/ice cream sandwiches.  Or the birth of a baby girl.  We shall see 😉

Been thinking of buying this cookbook for Garrett because those recipes look delicious and Garrett knows his way around the inside of a kitchen!

Hope you have a great weekend!




Happy Friday + Links 6/23/17 (I need your input!)

Happy Friday!  It’s officially summer (!!!), which means all my produce and lazy day dreams are about to come true.  The boys and I will be sampling raspberries off the vine and arugula fresh from the garden and we won’t be sorry about it.  Not one bit.  Someday the Farmhouse will have a well-placed hammock tucked back in the trees and an oversized swing on the porch, but for now, large blankets on the lawn covered in books and picnic fare will have to do!  What are your dreams for summer?

Before I get into the links today, I wanted to ask you a favor.  Tell me what you’d like to see more of on this blog.  I’m guessing that if you’re here, you like old homes and renovations – and I’m not planning to change any of that core content – but what else are you interested in?  Would you like to hear more about Garrett and my experiences as landlords, Airbnb hosts, or early ‘retirees‘?  Are you curious how we fill our days when we’re not flipping a house, wrangling our boys, or filming a pilot for HGTV?  Maybe you’d love more information and tips on the financial side of rentals and what it takes to retire young?  And what about our country lifestyle and wild kids.  Are you interested in any of that?  Or perhaps you’ve been hoping for something else entirely.  I’d love to hear from you!  Leave a comment here or reach out on Instagram or send me an email.  Thanks in advance for being awesome 🙂

There was so much good stuff on the internet this week, so let’s grab a cup of coffee and jump into it.

I changed my Instagram username to thegritandpolish.  I know, groundbreaking stuff.

What a great, honest podcast from Chris Loves Julia this week.  I love hearing about what goes on behind the scenes on blogs, and I’m not surprised in the least to hear that it takes two full-time people to keep a blog like CLJ running.

This Scandinavian home has all my heart eyes.

A moody picture of Wilder’s birthday cakes that didn’t make it into last week’s recipe post.  Sometimes I spend hours taking and editing photos only to realize that they don’t fit the feel of the blog.  Ugh.  Sidenote: I had a piece (or two) of each cake and they were delicious. Second sidenote: #eatingfortwo, at least that’s my excuse for another few weeks.

We have mosquitoes at the farmhouse.  So. Many. Mosquitoes!  So this cute candle just might be the ticket.

How a family of 4 eats for $150 a week in Waco Texas.  I ate up this food budget diary…no pun intended.  I’m strangely (or not so strangely…?) always interested with people’s spending habits, especially when it comes to grocery budgets.  Yeah, a little strange…


source (photos by Marili Forastieri; produced and styled by Zio & Sons)

A renovated 1700s farmhouse.  And it’s a stunner!

Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for being here.




Happy Friday + Links 6/16/17

Happy Friday!  You guys…Father’s Day is THIS weekend!  It kinda snuck up on me this year, but I can’t wait to celebrate the dads in our lives, especially Garrett.  He is such a dedicated and downright awesome father to our boys.  We’re all so lucky to have him in our lives.  I know everyone says that, but really guys, this one is a keeper.  Garrett asked for a hike and a trip to the brewery on Father’s Day, so that’s what we’ll be doing.  Of course there will be a homemade card, drawn by a certain 4-year-old.  And Brooks will be in charge of providing extra snuggles because goodness he’s a good snuggler when he puts his mind to it.  And I’ll be doing my best to keep my feet moving forward on our *hike* which is surely to be more of a slow meander with 2 kiddos and super-pregnant me along for the adventure 😉

Anyway, happy Father’s Day to all you hard-working dadas/grandpas/uncles/friends out there who are fighting the good fight – tackling bath time, giving shoulder rides, and loving those kids more than life itself.  You make their world go round.

It’s time to grab a cup of coffee and dig in to all that the Internet has to offer!

Victorian Farmhouse Insta


These guys are restoring an 1892 Victorian Farmhouse and it’s gorgeous.  Definitely an Instagram account worth following!

A preschool in the woods.  This is pure amazing.  Sidenote: this book is now on my Amazon wish list.

The top 50 baby names of 2016.  Garrett and I settled on a sweet baby girl’s name about 4 1/2 years ago (for the record, it’s not on the list) but we himed and hawed over a middle name until about a month ago.  I love what we came up with and I’m crossing my fingers it fits our baby girl when we meet her next month!


I’m crushing hard on this window bench by DeVol Kitchens.

A stylish, family home in 484 square feet.

Tips for shopping at a Farmer’s Market.  We always end up buying way too many pastries and the kids usually leave with cherry stains all over their cheeks, but the local fruits and veggies at our Farmer’s Market just can’t be beat!

Hope you have a great weekend!  Now go celebrate those awesome dads in your life.




Happy Friday + Links 6/2/17

Happy Friday and welcome to June!  Goodness it feels to be here.  On the back end of all that cold and snow, and with nothing but sunny skies and fresh veggies (and a baby!!!) in our foreseeable future.  Howdy summer, we’re happy to have you!

Lauren Liess Kitchen Dreams

Lauren Liess // Instagram

Before I get to this week’s links, I have to tell you about my new design crush, Lauren Liess.  Her style is simple, beautiful, and natural and I want to live in every room she designs (like that kitchen!…swoon).  Lauren isn’t exactly new on the design scene, but somehow I’ve been totally oblivious to her work my entire life.  Thankfully a kind Instagram follower pointed out that Helen Norman (as in Helen of the beautiful farmhouse we featured here on the blog a couple of weeks back) photographs for Lauren and I quickly found myself on Lauren’s Instagram, spending way too much time ogling her work!  I wouldn’t recommend following that link unless you have at least 2 hours to kill 😉

Well it’s Friday again, so grab a cup of coffee and dig into all that the internet has to offer:

I finally pulled the trigger on these office chairs for our home office since they were 25% off this week (sadly, I think the discount code ended last night).  They’re on backorder and won’t arrive until July, but I still can’t wait!

Lauren Liess bed

Lauren Liess, blue lake house // photo: Helen Norman

My Amazon wish list is now topped by…surprise, surprise…Lauren Liess’ book, Habitat: the Field Guide to Decorating.  Side note: that bedroom! Those textiles!

Flush mounts…ugh.  It’s so hard to find good ones, but thankfully Studio McGee put together this roundup!

I’m still thinking about a rug for the Farmhouse entryway.  I’ve resolved myself to an indoor/outdoor rug because we have kids and a dog and I really don’t want to constantly worry about dirt (because it’s inevitable).  I have my eye on this one and this one but I’m not sold on the whole recycled plastic thing.  Anyone have experience with one of these rugs?  I sure love the whole clean-it-off-with-a-hose thing but I always prefer natural materials.

I can’t read a word of this country home tour (are they in Sweden?) but the pictures are stunning!  That bathroom linen cabinet is perfection.

Planning to try out this hummus recipe this weekend.  I’m always on the hunt for healthy recipes my kids will eat too.

Hope you have a great weekend!



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