Farmhouse Office // Chair + Trestle Desk Pairings


Our backordered office chairs recently arrived and goodness, what a difference they’ve made.  Who knew that a comfortable/tilting/swiveling/rolling office chair would be the key to an enjoyable work space?!

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sources // office chair (lower back version here) / trestle legs / sketch book / brass wall frame

Okay that was a facetious question.  A comfortable seat is obviously a key ingredient to any good work space, but honestly, I was surprised just how key they have been.  Suddenly I find myself sitting in the office any chance I get.  And that makes these chairs worth every single penny…especially considering I bought them during a 25% off sale 😉

Strangely West Elm seems to have discontinued our high back Helvetica chairs, but they still have the lower back option plus there’s a TON of other great chairs out there.  So today, I thought I’d share a few great office chairs paired with my favorite style of desk (and what we have in our own office), the trestle desk.

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top chair / top desk / middle chair / middle desk / bottom chair / bottom desk

Really all of these pieces could be mixed and matched, but I paired them as I did our own office, with a mix of natural and light elements.  Our desk is of course a DIY project with Ikea trestle legs and a marble countertop (it’s actually the rest of the 3’x8′, 2cm slab we bought for the Porch House kitchen backsplash), but I love these options too, especially the center one even if it’s not technically a trestle desk.

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Well I can’t wait to finish up our office, but in the meantime, you can get caught up with what we’ve done thus far here: office design, office cabinet, and a progress update.



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Master Bedroom Update // Preparing for Baby (and a home birth)


We made a few changes to our master bedroom recently in preparation of the arrival of it’s new tenant, our baby girl.  With her due date just a few days away, I eagerly got this space finished up last week.

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all sources are listed at the bottom of this post

I’ve always liked having my babies sleep near me when they’re little, at least until they slow down on night nursings.  So putting a hanging crib up in our master bedroom was pretty exciting.  Isn’t the crib lovely?  I first saw it here and immediately bought it for Brooks back when space was tight at the Dexter House.  Not only is the crib easy to fit virtually anywhere you have a couple of square feet to spare, but it also helps to soothe the baby by bouncing and swaying whenever they fuss.  (For the record, I’ll pull the pillow and stuffies out when baby arrives.)

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The other new addition to our master bedroom, is this old Ikea unit, which we’re using to store baby’s nighttime essentials: diapers, wipes, swaddle blankets, burp rags, and pj’s.  That way we won’t be running back and forth to the nursery (where the rest of her clothes are stored) in the middle of the night. I may eventually swap the shelving unit out for the antique hutch that used to be in our bedroom (and just change her on the bed), but that piece is currently at the Porch House being used for staging (yes, the Porch House is still under renovation).

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Those are the essentials we have for baby in our master bedroom, but we have made a few other additions/changes in preparation for a home birth.  We’ve done home births with all of our kiddos thus far (Wilder at the Bryant House, Brooks at the Dexter House, and now baby girl at the Farmhouse) and have enjoyed them.  ‘Enjoy’ is probably not the right word here – labor is labor and they don’t call it that for nothing – but being at home has made for a more comfortable and peaceful birthing process for me.  My favorite part is waking up the next day in my own bed.  Yes, I am a homebody through and through 😉

Speaking of our bed, you may have noticed it’s made a little haphazardly in that photo.  In preparation for labor, I made the bed with sheets and our usual quilt, covered that with a waterproof mattress cover, and then made the bed again with our not-so-nice sheets and a blanket we can quickly pull off.  That makes for easy cleanup and a quick tuck-in after baby is born.  And in case you’re wondering about the sensibility of a wool blanket on our bed in the summer, Garrett needs it since I have the AC on full blast and still can’t stand more than a sheet.  The joys of pregnancy 😉

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Another addition I’ve made to our bedroom is lots of lavender, which is supposed to be a calming scent, so I have it on both sides of the bed.  My nightstand also houses my favorite Ina May labor-prep book, a couple of kids books, and lots of enjoyable paperbacks for those long nursing sessions to come.  Plus there’s a giant-sized box of Tums tucked on the bottom shelf because pregnancy indigestion is a real thing.

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Of course there are quite a few other supplies we have on hand for the home birth: a box of medical supplies from our midwife, old towels, trash bags, a large bowl, an inflatable tub, and hoses/adaptors to fill said tub up.  It’s great to have everything on hand, but I’m secretly hoping this labor goes so fast that we won’t even have time to set up the tub 😉

You may remember that our 4-year-old, Wilder, is not much of a sleeper and usually ends up in a sleeping bag on our floor sometime in the night.  Well that hasn’t changed.  I’m not sure how Wilder’s continued tenancy in our room will play out with the frequent night wakings of a baby, but I’m hoping that it will be the kick Wilder needs to finally stay in his own bed.  All night long!

A mama can dream anyway 😉

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Sources: hanging crib, Kindekeklein | pillow in crib, Serena and Lily (color discontinued) | unicorn head, Target | bed, Restoration Hardware (ours is from the outlet) | sconces in Aged Brass, Rejuvenation | cord cover, Amazon |Claire Elsaesser print, Etsy | white pitcher, Le CreusetIna May’s Guide to Childbirth book (highly recommend!) | Skyline rug, Rejuvenation | plaid throw, Pendleton (ours are from the outlet) | overhead light, Rejuvenation (6″ Jefferson in old brass with 14″ Classic Opal Schoolhouse Shade) | curtain rods (on sale!), Restoration Hardware | drapes, Pottery Barn | Wilder’s sleeping bag, LL Bean (similar)



p.s. our master bedroom reveal from last November and surviving a not-so-good sleeper.


Farmhouse Nursery // 9 Finds for our Baby Girl (So Far)


Considering that our baby girl is due in just ELEVEN days, this introduction to her nursery is a little overdue.  But before I dive in, I want to wish you and your’s a very happy Forth of July!  This has always been one of my favorite holidays, and even though we haven’t stayed up late enough to watch fireworks in a few years (four years to be exact…ahem, babies ;), I still love the excitement of the day.  May your holiday be safe and full of perfectly-cooked hamburgers, dazzling fireworks, and spiked sweet tea (or maybe just sparkling water if you have a similar condition to me).

Now on to the nursery…

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I’ve been collecting ideas for a baby girl’s nursery since I found out that I was pregnant with my first baby, almost 5 years ago.  In my heart of hearts I always doubted that I’d have a girl – I’m not really sure why – but it made dreaming up a girl’s nursery all the more fun.  And for the record, I am beyond excited to have been wrong!

Collecting dresses, furniture, vintage decor, and sweet accents for this baby has been a real joy.  And I’m excited to show you what I’ve found thus far!

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Baby girl’s nursery won’t have a theme, per se.  It’s more of a feeling I’d like to evoke: eternal summer, with a healthy dose of country, vintage, femininity, and a sprinkle of whimsy.  That sounds like a lot, but hopefully it all comes together seamlessly, anchored in white, and with the feeling that everything has been collected over time (which wouldn’t be too far from the truth).

So let’s talk about what I’ve found for the space thus far (similar products shown in place of vintage, one-of-a-kind, or items I couldn’t otherwise find):

1. RUG

I’m reusing a couple of rugs that we already have for this space: the beautiful 5×8 Skyline rug (shown above), layered over a neutral 8×10 jute rug.


I still adore the wallpaper that we put in the nursery’s closet, so it is definitely staying, but this time the closet will function as an actual closet instead of housing the crib like it did for Brooks.  I imagine putting this dresser in the closet, in front of the fun wallpaper, since there is plenty of room in there to change a baby’s diaper and hang up lots of cute dresses on a traditional hanging rod.


This basket came from our local antique store and I adore it!  It’ll be used for extra storage – probably blankets or books.


We should probably all take a moment to appreciate those french shoes.  Seriously, have you ever seen anything sweeter?!  I kinda feel like I need to apologize to my daughter in advance for all the floral dresses and vintage-inspired shoes she will be wearing.  Hopefully she likes feminine outfits.  But if not, I figure I have a good 18 months until she can voice her opinion on the matter, and I intend to live it up 😉


My mom sewed the 2 pillows in the picnic basket (thanks mom!!!) from fabrics I’ve collected.  The floral pattern is a Rifle Paper Co print (I included the pink version in the links above) and the striped pillow is actually 2 dishtowels from Anthropologie sewn together. I’ll layer these pillows over some others that I’ve collected plus I’m hoping to sweet talk my mom into making that fun dragon print fabric into another pillow too 😉


I bought three animal heads from Target a few months back after eyeing them for pretty much forever. They are just too cute and should add a fun, whimsical touch to baby girl’s nursery!

7. ART

You guys may remember that we put art/book ledges in this room back when Brooks was a baby, and I’ll be keeping them for baby girl.  I’m collecting some art from Etsy (shown above) and will likely pair them with some vintage pieces or photographs.


The animal knobs on the dresser came from Anthropologie and were marked down over 75% off (I always love a good deal!).  But I could only find 3 bunnies and 2 lions, so I’m on the hunt for one last nob (the missing nob is conveniently hidden behind the hanging dress).


Speaking of the dresser, I bought this one to store clothes and put a changing pad on. When our boys were babies, I used antique dressers as changing tables in both of their rooms, and both times I regretted it (for the functionality aspect only). When you have a wriggly baby on a changing table and are holding them down with one hand, and the other hand is wrestling stubborn, antique drawers to find wipes and a change of clothes, it’s just not pretty.  So I’m happy to say that this dresser’s drawers open easily!

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I always intended to add a pop of color in this room by painting the dresser, but I’ve been dragging my feet because I can’t decide which paint color to use.  I’d love to get your input, so hop on over to Instagram on Wednesday to check out the options and tell me which color you like best!

You may be surprised to hear that even though I’m due in eleven days (!!!), I’m in no rush to get this space put together. Baby girl will probably come late like her brothers did, plus she’ll sleep in our room for awhile after she’s born.  So we have plenty of time to get this room ready and I’m going to take my time to make sure it gets put together just right.  Plus this is almost certainly (like 99.99% certainly) the last nursery I get to design for my family, so I want to enjoy it!

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on what I’ve collected so far!  Any must-haves you have when designing a nursery?



p.s. What this room looked like when Brooks was in here and where we started from.


Farmhouse Office // Progress Update


It’s been awhile since we’ve looked at the Farmhouse office (besides the beautiful story behind our pantry cabinet) so I wanted to give you a look today.  Even though the office isn’t quite finished, we’re already using it to get some much needed business done.  We manage our rentals and renovation projects from our home, so having a dedicated space for all of our paperwork and office supplies has proven invaluable.  Honestly, I’m not sure how we survived so long without a real office!

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The vibe in the office is moody and historic with the practicality of a modern workspace.  The best of both worlds, if you ask me. This room is right off of our entry and the dark walls provide a stark contrast to the lighter spaces throughout the main floor.  I chose the navy color intentionally to make this room feel like it’s separate from the living spaces (which will all be white), but apparently a single dark room in a house is also a trend (according to Ms. McGee that is).

This room has a large east-facing window, which allows a view of our side yard and garden.  We get great morning light in here but the room takes on a cozier by late morning when the sun is filtered through the large elm tree standing directly outside.  Inside, the room is anchored by the double-sided marble trestle desk – a DIY that Garrett and I put together.  I still have work to do in here, but I love how this room is shaping up so far.

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The framed Oregonian paper is something I remember from my childhood.  The story goes that my grandpa’s beloved dog, Sam, chipped his tooth in a dog fight, so my grandpa gave him a gold crown with diamond inset.  Sam sat in my grandpa’s dentist chair for the procedure, while the Oregonian photographed it for a story, and the whole thing has been a fun part of our family history ever since.

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For those who have asked, our baskets are from here.  I already shared all about our large cabinet and the lovely story behind it, but for the record, I’m so smitten with it!

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The view from our office into our entryway is one of my favorites.  The white and wood look of the entry is everything I love about our historic farmhouse.  I’m still looking for a larger, brass mirror, but until I find the right one (at the right price), the entry table will stay styled as is.

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That navy color with the wood trim.  It gets me every time!

Once our office chairs come in (BTW they are on sale right now!) and I finish the room up, I’ll do a full reveal, but in the mean time, I hope you enjoyed this progress shot.



p.s. the Farmhouse office design and storage.

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Vintage Find // Farmhouse Office Cabinet


The largest piece of furniture at the Farmhouse is the cabinet that sits just inside the office.  It’s 5.5-feet wide and 8-feet tall and built so solidly that it took 3 men to move it from the antique store where I found it.

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But before I delve into the cabinet, I wanted to tell you the story behind it.  It’s a tale of serendipity – the stuff of old home lover’s dreams.  And it has made me fall in love with our little hometown even more, because this is the kind of thing that could only happen in a small town.

But back to the cabinet.  The moment I saw it, I had to have it.  Not only was it beautiful (SO beautiful!), but the fir wood looked like it would match perfectly with the Farmhouse’s fir woodwork.  Actually the entire piece – from the crown molding down to the old latches – looked as if it would fit perfectly at our Farmhouse.  So much so, that I had the fleeting feeling that the piece had been made for our Farmhouse.

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But at $1,400 and no immediate need for a pantry cabinet, I couldn’t justify the purchase.  So I sulked away empty handed.

Fast forward two months to our mailbox.  I found a hand-addressed letter there, which turned out to be from a previous resident of the Farmhouse.  She had written to inform us that there was a large cabinet at the local antique store that had originally belonged in our Farmhouse.  Quite obviously, my interest was piqued.  Even if it wasn’t the pantry cabinet that I had fallen in love with, I had to bring whatever piece of furniture she was talking about home.

The former resident went on to explain that the cabinet had originally been in the kitchen and then later moved to a closet.  It had been painted and then stripped.  And in recent years an owner removed the cabinet from the Farmhouse, and placed it on the 3rd story of a local victorian home.  Finally it had been brought in to the antique store to be sold.  And there it sat.

I later found out that the cabinet had been bought while our letter sat in the mail, but thankfully it was returned before they got it out of the store (it turned out to be too big for the buyer’s space).  And there were other interested buyers too.  But serendipity was on my side.  When I went back to the antique store, the store’s owner was delighted to find out that I was the new owner of the Farmhouse – she was familiar with the history of the cabinet – and walked me over to the piece in question.  It was, of course, the pantry cabinet I had fallen in love with all those months ago.  Happy to reunite the cabinet with it’s original home, the store’s owner offered me a discount and I happily brought the cabinet home.

Sweet, sweet serendipity!

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To say this piece is solid, is selling it short.  It’s built like no cabinet I’ve ever seen.  The backing is 3/4″ tongue and groove flooring strips (no doubt the same material that still graces our floors) and the sides are at least double that thick.  Even the cabinet doors are an inch thick.  Garrett and his dad had to separate the cabinet’s top from it’s base to get it from the truckin to the Farmhouse and even then, they needed a hand cart.

After a little research, I believe this piece should actually be called a stepback cupboard.  But since I plan to return it to the kitchen where it originally sat (someday….years in the future when we remodel the kitchen), I’m going to keep calling it our pantry cabinet.  In the meantime, I love having it in our office.  It looks and functions great as storage and makes my heart swell every time I see it.

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Well that’s the story behind our beautiful pantry cabinet turned office storage.  I’m so happy to have it back home!  Next week I’ll give you a progress update on the rest of the office including all the sources from this post.  Until then, I hope you have a great week!



p.s. a vintage spool bed.


Farmhouse Entryway // the Kids’ Alphabet Wall


With our almost-4-year-old finally interested in letters, I knew it was time for an alphabet wall at the Farmhouse.  I wanted something fun for the kiddos, but also a bit more grown-up for us adults to enjoy too.  I searched everywhere for the right alphabet cards and finally found them on Etsy.  We decided to hang them in the entryway, at least for now.  The letters will surely get changed out for something a little less juvenile as the kids grow, but for now, we all love them here.

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alphabet cards // clipboards // wood push pins

Cute letter cards, right?  I happily paid way too much for them because how can you say no to these sweet animals?!

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So far the boys are getting a lot of use out of the alphabet wall.  Wilder likes to sit Brooks and I down on the stairs and pretend he’s the teacher, standing on the bench and pointing out letters for us to repeat.  Sometimes he even lets me switch roles with him and will recite the letters I point out, which couldn’t be more adorable!

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Hard to believe that boy turns 4 next week.  4!  Next thing I know, Wilder will be off to college and I’ll be one of those moms who sends way too many care packages and embarrasses him with daily phone calls 😉

But I digress.  This little bench nook of our’s measures only 4’4″ wide and has a sloping ceiling, so it’s awkward to say the least.  But awkward spaces like this are usually some of my favorite rooms in old houses.  They feel so fun and whimsical and I can’t help but think how much I would have loved these awkward spaces as a kid.  This bench nook is no exception.  Our boys love hiding here and have already logged hours of quality coloring/visiting/silly time on the bench.

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I asked our old neighbor’s daughter what they used to use this space for, and apparently it was the telephone nook.  How sweet is that?  Can’t you just imagine a giant antique telephone sitting on a table back there?  And oh my what fabulous late night gossip sessions must have gone on in here!

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Farmhouse Office // Design Plan


Somehow we’ve managed to live without a home office for the last 8 years and it’s not for lack of wanting one!  But we really just haven’t had the space…until now!  With baby girl’s pending arrival in July (meaning I won’t be getting out a lot) and paperwork piling up from running 5 rentals and renovating the Porch House, I decided it was finally time for a dedicated office.  And thankfully, Garrett agreed!

Directly off the Farmhouse entryway is a small room (11.5’x9.5′) with large windows and an oversized pocket door.  It has no closets meaning this space has probably always been an office or library (or sitting room?) and it’ll be perfect for Garrett and my shared space.

With Garrett on board, I picked out a paint color and persuaded Garrett to spend one whole kid-free day at the Farmhouse with me.  We painted, pulled up carpets and hung new light fixtures.  Here’s what the room looks like:

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The navy blue is moody and cozy and surprisingly spacious.  It’s perfect for this space.  But that didn’t mean that the color was an easy decision for me!  I was actually very tempted to go with white in here – white looks so beautiful with our wood moldings and really goes with the whole historic, farmhouse vibe I’m going for in this house – but at the last minute I selected BM’s Hale Navy.  The main reason for the darker color is that I wanted this space to feel like a real destination and separate from the nearby living spaces at the farmhouse (which will all be white).  Going dark is so hard for me, but every time we’ve done it (like the Dexter guest bedroom, Julia’s kitchen, and the Porch House exterior) I’ve loved it.  So I trusted my gut, and went with the dark color.  In the end, both Garrett and I really like how it turned out!

I mentioned earlier that we also pulled up the carpets in this room (which, for the record, I’ve been itching to do for a good 9 months now!).  We found spots of missing finish and more of those carpet stretching scars we found in the living room, but thankfully there’s no damage that a throw rug can’t cover for now.  Speaking of a rug, the one in the picture above actually belongs to the nursery (it’s the Skyline from Rejuvenation and has floated around a few rooms here at the Farmhouse), but I had it in here to check scale.  For this space I’m planning to use a cowhide, as you will see in the design plan.  We are also planning to buy real office chairs for this room – say what?! – but I’m waiting for them to go on sale (any day now West Elm…!).

Even though I’ll likely use our office more than Garrett, I really wanted both of us to feel comfortable in here, meaning I picked design elements that we’d both love.  The desk and lights are feminine and airy, which was what I was dreaming of, while the chairs, cowhide, and vintage accessories feel darker and grittier, which feels much more like Garrett.  Hopefully it all balances out to a coed office space where we can both happily design, manage, and do everything else for our construction projects, tenants, and blog.

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sources: light // rug // chair // trestle legs // magazine rack // clock // art // floral pad // brass scissors // vintage adding machine

I’m really excited to see how this space turns out!  Here’s a look back at the evolution of this office since we moved in last summer.

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There’s lots left to address in this space like storage, functionality, and how we’re accommodating the kids (because those little buggers are sure to sneak in here from time to time ;).  But I’m really excited to be putting together a beautiful home office that both Garrett and I will love.



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Farmhouse Entryway // Progress!


As I mentioned last week, the Farmhouse entryway is still a ways from completion, but it already looks and functions a whole lot better than it used to!  I really love the direction this space is taking – historic, functional, bright, and full of authentic country feelings.

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The lilacs were cut on Mother’s Day, while we prepped our garden for planting.  I wish they’d stay colorful and vibrant in a crock like this all year round because they make me so very happy. But alas, I’ll have to settle for a house plant or something when the blooms fade.

The entry table is an antique, which I bought in town a couple of weeks back.  I had Garrett cut it in half lengthwise so it wouldn’t protrude too far into the hallway.  With 3 doors, 2 pocket doors, and a staircase in this space, I didn’t want furniture to stifle flow.  I really love how it turned out!

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You may recognize the bench from the Dexter House mudroom.  We swapped it out for a bank of theater seats last weekend (I had a few extras laying around from when I found these for our master bedroom).  The bench is actually an 1800’s church pew and only 18″ deep, so it fits in the small nook by the stairs perfectly.  The bench is also much easier for 19-month-old Brooks to get on and off of than folding theater seats.  I’m pretty smitten with it in this space!

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This room still needs a giant mirror over the table, a new overhead light, an indoor/outdoor rug, storage for kids hats and coats (I’m toying with a row of shaker pegs above the bench and around the stair nook), and additional lighting over the bench.  And at some point, I’d like to swap out the stair runner because that brown kills me.

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Next up, I’ll share our office project with you guys (did you catch that glimpse of a navy blue wall in the picture above?!).  In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you guys think about our entryway progress!




Farmhouse Entryway // Welcoming, Historic, & Functional Goals


As I mentioned on Friday, I have a little case of pregnancy nesting going on.  Actually that’s a total lie.  I have a GIANT case of pregnancy nesting, and it’s getting worse everyday!  There’s not a room at the Farmhouse that I haven’t wanted to fix-up/clean-up/make-more-efficient.  Ahhh!  Thankfully Garrett is all patience and kindness towards his super-pregnant, hormonal wife and agreed to help make over our office and entryway.  Today I wanted to show you what I’m thinking for the entryway, because I have big goals to make this little space more inviting and functional, while highlighting the historic feel of our 115-year-old farmhouse.

The front entryway is the main entrance to our Farmhouse and gets a ton of use by our family and all our guests.  Getting two young kids ready and out the door without leaving a giant mess in our wake is struggle enough, so I can only imagine how challenging this will be after baby girl’s arrival this July.  With that in mind (and with my pregnancy nesting urges), my primary goal for this space was organization:  a place for putting on shoes, storage for those shoes and other kid treasures that always find their way into the entryway, hooks for hats and kids coats (we adults hang ours by the front door), and a place for keys and mail.

Garrett and I got started on this space during an impromptu work day last week while the kids were with Nana.  We painted the walls and ceiling in my favorite white (BM Simply White), bought and retrofitted an entry table, and recycled the perfect antique bench from another one of our houses.  Here’s a sneak peak of how this space is looking.

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I’ll show you more next week, but basically we have all the major pieces in place.  Which means it’s time for me to start looking for decor (which will probably be a slow process since we have a lot of other projects going on at the Porch House still).  Let’s talk about my decor plans in here: add a large, brass mirror over the table, maybe some hat hooks or framed historic photos, a pretty new or vintage overhead light fixture, additional lighting over the bench, and someday, I’d like to replace that awful brown stair runner!  Here’s a roundup of what I’m dreaming of:

The Grit and Polish Farmhouse Entry Decor

paint / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

The end goal is to have a welcoming, wood and white entry that looks reminiscent to these:

Made in Heaven inspiration


Lucy WIlliams Interiors Inspiration


Pretty, right?  And since any good transformation needs ‘before’ photos, here’s how the entryway looked when we first bought the Farmhouse.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Through Front DoorThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Living Rm

Next week, I’ll share all of the current photos of the entryway.  Hopefully you’ll like it as much as I do.  And in the meantime, if you have a lead on an antique-looking brass mirror that’s 60″ tall and 30″ plus wide, let me know!  Have a great week.



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Farmhouse // Moving the Boys into a Shared Bedroom (and how it’s going)


A couple of weekends ago, we rearranged Wilder’s bedroom and moved Brooks in with him.  The transition hasn’t been without a few hiccups, but it’s going soooo much better than I ever expected.  The room has become so much cozier with the two of them in here, and somehow I love the space even more than I did when it was just Wilder’s room (you can see what that looked like here).  So today I wanted to show you what the boys setup looks like now.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Shared Bedroom 2The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Shared Bedroom Wilders Bed 2The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Shared Bedroom bed closeupThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Shared Bedroom stuffies

sources: overhead light // drapes // roman shade // rug (similar) // rug pad // comforter // duvet cover // striped throw // plant hanger // stuffed animals //dinosaur backpack (no longer available, cute option here) // plaid blankets // table lamp // ukulele //dinosaur figurines // crib // animal heads (no longer available, cute options here)

As I mentioned on Friday, moving the boys into one room was one of those things that I had worked up in my head as a huge deal.  We had tried this transition once before when we first moved to the Farmhouse but failed after a couple of nights.  Looking back, I think we failed because Garrett and I were busy and tired with moving so didn’t have the bandwidth to deal with it.  We knew that we would try again at some point but we kept putting it off and putting it off.  Then last Saturday, Garrett and I were Spring cleaning and one of us said, ‘hey, let’s put Brooks’ crib in Wilder’s room’, and that was that.  A couple of hours later, the boys had one shared bedroom.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Shared Bedroom both beds

Both of the beds are now pushed against walls, which should limit any falling out of bed.  Wilder is a very active sleeper and every once in a while he’ll just kind of tumble out of bed.  Just last week it happened, and I found him laying on the floor still totally asleep.  Ahh to sleep that hard!

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Shared Bedroom from Door

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about our matching twin bed frames since finding them on Craigslist last year.  I don’t know the story behind them, but they’re definitely antique, a wee-bit on the narrow side for a modern twin mattress (we have to sort-of squeeze the mattress into the frame when we put sheets on), and have a lovely dark stain on them that looks nearly black.  I always planned to put them in one room not only because I love the look of side-by-side antique beds but also because we hoped that Wilder and Brooks would share a room by the time that Brooks was ready for a big-boy bed.  And from the looks of it, we’re just about there!

As I mentioned earlier, we’ve had a couple of hiccups since moving the boys into one room.  The first being that Brooks has almost completely refused his crib since making the transition to a shared room.  I’m not entirely sure why that is, but after 20 minutes of crying on Saturday night (in my arms and in his crib), I finally laid him down in his big boy bed and he was instantly quiet.  So I tucked a blanket over him and watched from the door as he dozed off.  We hadn’t planned on having him in a big boy bed at night so young (Wilder made the switch at 2, and I thought we’d repeat that), but if he keeps sleeping through the night then he can sleep wherever he likes!

The second hiccup is that bedtime now takes a good hour plus.  Both boys are so excited to look across the room and see each other, and there are giggles and squirms for way too long.  Of course, I find it soooo sweet, so even if it means an extra hour at bedtime right now, so be it.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Shared Bedroom both bedsThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Shared Bedroom Blackout 1

For the Spring we have light comforters and duvet covers from Ikea on the beds.  Garrett and I are really careful to keep fire retardants out of the boys bedding and PJs, so natural linen duvet covers were an easy choice, even if they’re a little more expensive.  Of course Wilder already got green marker on his duvet cover, but thankfully they are are two sided so we’ll just have a ‘bad side’ for everyday and a ‘good side’ for photographs and guests 😉   I also bought these summer throws for the boys’ beds during West Elm’s one day sale a few weeks ago (and they’re still on sale!).  I’m not sure they’ll be heavy enough to have on here with a sheet alone, but Wilder runs hot (soooo hot…and soooo the opposite of his mama) that it’ll probably be enough for him.  If not, I’ll layer them with a simple white cotton blanket.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Shared Bedroom books

Probably my favorite part of finally having a shared bedroom is shared story time.  When the boys were in separate rooms, we read stories to each of them separately before tucking them in.  But now we shut the blackout blinds (an essential with these longer Spring days), snuggle up in one bed and read a couple of stories before tucking the boys in their own beds.  And I love it!  There is something so special about spending this time together, and it makes this mama’s heart very happy.  I know there will be nights when one of the boys is not happy, and I’m tired and this whole situation is totally exhausting, but right now it’s everything.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Shared Bedroom cribThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Shared Bedroom stuffies 2The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Shared Bedroom

For the record, I hung that plant up for the shoot.  I’m going to have Garrett relocate the hook over the nightstand so the plant is not over a bed (because it’s heavy and plus I don’t want to risk water draining onto a bed).  I’m on the hunt for an alphabet poster or paper tiles for the space as well.  Wilder is finally getting into letters, so it’d be fun to have a spot for him to see them!  I haven’t found one that I love yet, but I’m looking…any suggestions?!

The closet is probably both of the boys’ favorite space in this room, so I wanted to give you a peek.  I’ve mentioned before, but this space has been basically a storage ground for Wilder’s collection of ‘stuff’.  We finally hung up costumes and boxed up a lot of Wilder’s stuff so this space is at least a step above an eye sore now.  Someday I’d like to turn the far end of this closet into a kid hangout spot with cushions and pillows and everything comfy but for now there are a few boxes and stacks of books back there and that’s just fine.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Shared Bedroom Closet 1 The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Shared Bedroom closet 3 The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Shared Bedroom closet 2

So that’s our experience thus far with our two boys sharing a room.  I’d love to hear any tips or stories you guys have about shared bedrooms….seriously!  Growing up I shared a bedroom with my twin sister until high school, and I still have fond memories of laughing the night away.  Sure there were plenty of arguments but I think it taught me a lot about compromise and living with others.  At least, I’d like to think so 😉

The one thing I haven’t mentioned yet (and have been dying to!) is that the nursery is now empty!!!  I’m chomping at the bit to get started transforming that space for baby girl.  But since she’s not due until July (and will sleep with us for a few months afterwards), I’m trying to keep my focus on thePorch House since we still need to finish that renovaiton and sell it, hopefully before baby girl arrives.  Honestly I’m trying not to even think about the nursery, but somehow that hasn’t stopped me from buying plenty of things for that space 😉



p.s. how we deal with Wilder not sleeping through the night.  Wilder’s room at the Ravenna House and his room at the Dexter House.  The latter was also featured on coco+kelley last year.

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