Farmhouse Living Room // The Prettiest Chandelier


It’s been a couple of weeks since we talked about the Farmhouse living room, and I’m dying to show you what came in the mail!  The prettiest chandelier I ever did see…

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When it came time to pick out an overhead light fixture for this space, I knew I wanted something sculptural and eye-catching.  I briefly thought about trying a more modern-shaped light like this, but I was skeptical that it would feel appropriate in our 105-year-old home or be something that fits in with my decor style.  So instead I focused my search on something timeless, pretty, circular (to break up all the square lines in this room), and brass.  When I saw the Rose City Chandelier on Rejuvenation’s website, I knew it was the one!

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Being the reformed blogger that I am, I immediately approached Rejuvenation to see if they’d be interested in partnering with us on this project.  To my utter amazement and joy, they agreed.  So I’m thrilled to tell you guys that this post is in partnership with my all-time favorite lighting store, Rejuvenation (who also has awesome house wares too, by the way…I mean, could this and this be any more beautiful or perfect for my home?)!!!

Of course, installing new lighting in old homes is tricky.  You never quite know what will be behind those switch plates/fixtures/outlets.  Not only is there sometimes extensive out-of-date wiring (I’m looking at you knob and tube), but often you get a mix of old and new wiring, which makes even the simplest task, like swapping out a light fixture, super unpredictable.  In our master bedroom, we found extensive knob and tube when installing the new overhead light, and decided to change it out, which lead us to rewire most of the upstairs.  When we took down the fixture in the living room, we unfortunately found more knob and tube.  But this time we decided to take the easy road: install the fixture now and add rewiring the living room light to our to-do list.  So we got to work taking the old and not-so-pretty fixture down (finally!).

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After we removed the old fixture, we opened up that giant Rejuvenation box.  To Wilder’s utter delight, it was filled with those water-soluble peanuts, which entertained him (and Brooks when he woke up from his nap) for hours.  Thank you Rejuvenation!

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Installing the new chandelier was quite easy, although the sheer size of it made this a 2-person job (it’s 36″ wide).  We started by turning off the power to the fixture.  Which for Garrett meant turning off the switch to the light, but most responsible (and safe) adults would turn off the breaker.  For the record, I’d always suggest you take the responsible adult route and turn off the breaker when working with electricity (that applies to you too, Garrett)!  Next we removed the back panel of the fixture and installed that to the ceiling, finding both joists and lathe to attach to.

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Garrett connected the fixture’s wires to the house wires using wire nuts, and then screwed the chandelier to the back plate while I held it up.  To keep the fixture protected, we left the bubble wrap on while mounting.

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Lastly, we screwed in the light bulbs (okay, so we drove to town, bought light bulbs, stopped by the taco truck for lunch, returned home, and then screwed them in), affixed the globes and voila!  The prettiest chandelier I ever did see…in my living room!

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As with most Rejuvenation fixtures, the length is customizable so we went with 40″ measured from ceiling to bottom of globe (for reference, our ceilings are 9’6″).  It’s definitely on the low side for a living room fixture, but since we’re planning to add a large, board-game-friendly coffee table beneath, I think it’ll be the perfect height.  We also have a ‘no ball throwing’ rule in our house (technically more of a guideline), so I’m hoping we won’t have to replace any of those hanging glass globes anytime soon.  But I suppose it’d be a small price to pay for having such a beautiful fixture.  And for having such fun, energetic little kids 😉

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Now that the chandelier and sofa are in, I cannot wait to finish decorating this room!  Garrett mentioned that he doesn’t like the jute rug (something to do with too many browns in here), and I see where he’s coming from.  I’m planning to keep the rest of the finishes light in color, soft to the touch, and lots of vintage to make sure we achieve a comfortable, welcoming, farmhouse-esque feel.

I’m off to scour my favorite vintage and salvage shops (not to mention our garage) to finish up this room.  Wish me luck!  And in the meantime, I’ll leave you with a few other rooms we’ve remodeled using Rejuvenation lights (BTW none of the fixtures below were sponsored, we just really love their stuff!).

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Dexter kitchen, Imbrie | Wilder’s bedroom, Jefferson | Dexter bathroom, Fords Mill Double | Farmhouse masterImbrie

Thank you Rejuvenation for making such beautiful lighting and partnering with us on our Farmhouse living room!  I love you guys <3



p.s. more on this room: pulling up the carpetspaint, picking out the sofainspiration, and getting the sofa!


Farmhouse Nursery // The Current Version


We’re taking a break from the living room makeover this week to share our progress in the nursery.  You may recall that the nursery has undergone quite a transformation since we moved into the Farmhouse.  The room always had great bones, but it took a lot of work to bring the space up to snuff.  Thankfully, it was well worth the effort!  Somewhere along the way, the nursery turned into one of my favorite spaces in the house, and one of the hardest working.  Not only does Brooks sleep in here, but the space doubles as a playroom and an overflow guest bedroom.

We’ve always seen this as a temporary room for Brooks though.  We’d like our boys to share a room.  We’ve even tried to have our boys share a room, but we abandoned the plan after too many sleepless nights.  After the better part of six months, we’re ready to try again, or at least, almost ready.  As soon as we get the courage to move Brooks into Wilder’s room we’ll get to rethink the nursery (stay tuned for our plans on that), but in the mean time, here is a peak at what the nursery looks like today.  And I must say…I love it!

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This space hasn’t always looked so good.  Here are the before photos and how we transformed this space from dark and dingy to light and bright:

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Those carpets don’t look too bad, but believe me when I say that they smelled like dog and all sorts of stuff I’d rather not think about. So we ripped the carpets up and then painted the walls, updated the electrical and lighting, built shelves, and refinished the hardwood floors.  We also wallpapered over the floral print in the large closet (which is where Brooks’ crib is).

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Phew!  All that work took us the better part of 6 months, the length of time we’ve lived at the Farmhouse.  We took our time, working on this room as we had the time, energy, and money.  And about that last criteria, since this room was always temporary for Brooks, I tried to keep the decor inexpensive and versatile.  You’ll notice a lot of vintage furniture and hand-me-downs from Wilder.

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Brooks’ crib is in the door-less closet, which is 6’x6′.  It’s proved to be the perfect little nook for a baby, fitting just the crib, a rocker, and usually a stack of books.  Brooks loves winding down in here, staring at the wallpaper, and reading a few stories before bed.

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The full-size bed, which I style as a day-bed, hasn’t gotten as much use as I thought it would.  We have a guest bedroom downstairs, so this room has only seen occupants on Labor Day, when we had more friends and family than we did beds.  Brooks and I also use this space to cuddle up when he’s up at night teething or sick.

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Garrett and I have been thinking a lot about what we’ll do with this room once Brooks moves in with Wilder.  I’m excited to say that we’ve finally come up with the perfect plan, which I’ll share next week.  I cannot wait to see how this room continues to evolve!

So that’s the whole nursery/guest-room/play-room, at least for now.  I’d love to hear what you guys think of it!



p.s. Wilder’s second nursery and big boy room.  And an update on Wilder’s current bedroom here.


Farmhouse Living Room // Our Sofa is Here! + A Giveaway



The Farmhouse living room is really coming along!  The walls are painted, the black and gold outlets are updated, the carpets are gone, and…the sofa is here!  As I mentioned on Friday, having a sofa is a game changer for my family.  How we survived for this long without one, I’ll never know, but I’m beyond excited that we finally have a cozy spot for the whole family to gather for story time, movies and maybe, just maybe, an afternoon nap or two (a mama can dream)!

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You may recall that we chose Interior Define’s Harper Sofa in Oxford Blue velvet back in November.  We debated something more formal for our space (like their Rose sofa, which we love at the Dexter House), but in the end, we opted for the Harper because we wanted the space to look and feel inviting and comfortable.  The sofa is all soft edges and low profile coziness, and we couldn’t be happier with it!

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At 8′-6″ long, the Harper sofa can fit our entire family plus some (as in three more kids, according to Garrett…not going to happen), which was definitely a requirement for us.  The beautiful dark blue color, a choice I was a little apprehensive about, gives the sofa a slightly more-formal feel, which is prefect in our space.  The sofa is deep enough to really curl up on, which I love, and Garrett couldn’t be happier with the firm seat cushions.  Perhaps the prettiest detail, if I have to pick just one, is the back of the sofa, which was an unexpected and pleasant surprise.

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Our Harper sofa retails for $1,900, but Interior Define has customizable-pieces starting at just $1,000 and that includes free white-glove delivery and a 365-day return policy.  Pretty awesome, right?!

And speaking of awesome…today we get to give one lucky reader $500 to Interior Define!  To enter, check out Interior Define’s collection, register your email address here, and then leave a comment below with which item you’d choose!  The winner will be announced on 2/8.  Good luck!

  • Giveaway open to continental US readers only
  • Entrants must enter their email address here
  • Giveaway ends Tuesday, February 7th
  • Giveaway winner will be randomly selected from the email entry list
  • Credit must be used in a single purchase.  Returns will be refunded store credit minus any restocking fee.
  • Credit must be used by July 15th

A giant thank you to Interior Define for partnering with us on this post and giveaway.  They make great sofas and we love having them in our homes.  I hope you do too!

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Resources for this room: sofa (in Oxford Blue velvet) | side table | rugs: (which I snagged from the nursery until we find a permanent solution for this room) top rug, bottom rug.



p.s. more from this room: pulling up the carpetspaint, picking out the sofa, and inspiration.


Farmhouse Living Room // What We Found Under the Carpets


Well, we finally pulled up the living room carpets late one night last week.  My oh my, what we found beneath was glorious!

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The living room hardwood floors – softwood technically, since they’re fir – are far from perfect, but they look pretty darn great considering that they’re 104-years old!  We had to remove approximately 1,000,000 carpet pad staples, and there were some gouges that needed fixing (I’ll share our DIY spot repair method with you guys another time), but the rest of the floors were in great shape. Phew!

From the picture above, it’s obvious that the living room hardwoods were refinished at the same time as the dining room floors, and I’m guessing that a subsequent owner laid the carpets.  I can’t tell you how much more I like both of these rooms now that the flooring is continuous between them!

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Full disclosure, Garrett and I pulled up a corner of the living room carpet months ago, so we knew that the floors beneath were in pretty good shape.  But we’ve been renovating old houses long enough to know that just because a corner looks good, doesn’t mean you won’t run across significant staining, large gouges/scratches, or other anomalies that may require a full floor refinish.  Needless to say, I breathed a deep sigh of relief when we pulled up the rest of the carpet and found the floors in such good shape.

Now that the carpets are gone and the walls are painted, I cannot wait to start decorating this room.  The sofa arrived yesterday and now I’m looking for the perfect chandelier (the current one is killing me!), side chairs, and vintage furniture.  As I mentioned on Friday, I don’t expect this room to be done for a good month or two (or three?) so this room will keep evolving, but I’m pretty excited to finally use this space for more than toy storage!

In case you forgot what the carpeted room looked like 6 months ago, here’s my original house tour.  You can also catch up on this room’s paint, sofa, and inspiration.




Farmhouse Living Room // Picking Paint


We finally started work on our living room makeover this weekend!  It’s a space that I’ve been excited to tackle but didn’t want to start until I knew that our custom sofa was on its way.  So after receiving an email from Interior Define that our sofa would arrive later this week, we cleared the room of toys and painted.

In truth, I’ve been going back and forth on the living room paint color for a good two months now.  You’d think that after five home renovations, I’d be more decisive about color, but alas, I find it a unique challenge in every home and every new lighting scenario.

I’ve always imagined a light wall color in our farmhouse living room – both to keep the space feeling airy as well as highlight the wood trim and blue velvet sofa that will anchor the room (I can’t wait until it arrives!!!) – but I couldn’t decide between white or a light neutral.  All of the upstairs bedrooms are painted Simply White, and while I love the color in those spaces, I found myself contemplating whether the living room couldn’t use a cozier color.

My paint color indecisiveness was spurred on by these two inspiration images.

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1. Sam Allen | 2. Park and Oak Design

Such lovely living rooms, right?!  I should note that while I don’t know the exact paint color used in the rooms, the top paint sample is BM Revere Pewter and the lower sample is BM Simply White.

In the end, Garrett voted for a wall color other than white (and deep down I was leaning that way too).  So decision made.  My first inclination was to use Balboa Mist on the walls, a color I’ve been eyeing on Pinterest for months, but after sampling it in the space, it felt darker and colder than I wanted.  So I went with my go-to warm grey – Revere Pewter at 50% tint.  I used this color at the Ravenna House, and loved it.

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After painting the Farmhouse living room walls last weekend, I have to say that I still love Revere Pewter (at 50% tint) as much as I did three years ago.

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The lighting in those photos is awful (we finished painting yesterday evening), but hopefully you get a feel for the color.  In case you’re wondering, the walls above the picture railing as well as the ceilings are painted with a flat ceiling paint tinted in Simply White.  I am really digging the look of the white over the Revere Pewter on the walls.

Next up, we’re ripping out the carpets.  Fingers crossed that the hardwood floors underneath don’t need to be refinished like the upstairs floors did.  Wish us luck!



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Our First Christmas at the Farmhouse


Merry Christmas everyone!


It’s a winter wonderland out there!  We have four inches of snow at the Farmhouse with even more forecasted before Christmas.  Needless to say, we’re pretty excited for Christmas around here.  Settling down into our forever home has given some added weight to Christmas this year, and I’m looking forward to sharing Christmas Eve dinner with family, leaving carrots out for Santa’s reindeer, baking way too many cookies, and creating lasting holiday traditions with our boys in our forever home.  So yeah, Christmas is feeling extra special this year!

Here are a few Christmas scenes from around the Farmhouse.  There is a tiny human pulling ornaments off Christmas trees in our home, so don’t judge the tree:)



Happy holidays!  I’ll be back in 2017 with a wrap up of 2016, but in the meantime, I’ll be spending time with family, baking, and eating my weight in treats 😉



p.s. I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I love how these ladies (here and here) are using Flor tiles!  How awesome would that look in a boys room?!

p.p.s. At this point, I’m just hoping to have all my gifts here and wrapped by Christmas, but these are what I aspire to!  And in case you’re late to the holiday decorating game this year, here’s some great inspiration!

p.p.p.s. Have you seen all the old houses I’ve put on my Instagram Stories lately?  Well we’re looking for an old fixer to renovate and sell in 2017 (!!!).  If you know of one in the Ellensburg or central/western Washington area, let me know!

p.p.p.p.s. Thanks for being here!  You guys keep me motivated to write and share our renovations and I wouldn’t keep doing it without you!  I love all your comments and emails and just your presence here.  So truly, THANK YOU!!!


Farmhouse Living Room // Inspiration


With the temperature hovering far below freezing these days, we’ve been spending a lot of time inside.  Which means I’m even more excited to craft a functional living space for us to enjoy this winter.  A couple of weeks ago, I shared the sofa we ordered for our living room, and today, I want to share my inspiration for the space.

I’ve mentioned before that we’re casual people, and we want our living room to reflect that.  The blue velvet sofa will be the focal point of the room, but I’m also planning on incuding 2 vintage chairs (if I can find them), a large neutral rug, off-white walls, drapes, and vintage furniture storage for toys and TV equipment.  We’ll be pulling up the carpet, and I’ll let you in on a little secret: the living room carpet was laid AFTER the floors were refinished.  Which means we won’t need to refinish these floors (phew!).  That’ll save us time, money, and a lot of dust.

Okay, now for the inspiration.  Here are three living rooms that mixed a blue velvet sofa and vintage pieces to stunning results.

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Hannah Carpenter | Lonny | Design Sponge

I don’t think our space will turn out quite as eclectic as these rooms – we are afterall in a historic farmhouse – but I love them as inspiration.  What do you guys think?  Are you into these living spaces?




Refinishing our 104-year-old Hardwood Floors Ourselves


If you followed along on the One Room Challenge, you already know that we refinished our hardwood floors.  And oh what a difference it made!  We went from paint-splattered hardwoods hidden under stained, rust-colored carpets


to these lovely hardwood floors…


You might be surprised to hear that despite being hardcore DIYers, Garrett and I rarely refinish our own hardwood floors.  The first time that we tackled refinishing floors ourselves, we found it to be timely, labor intensive, and super disruptive to our lives since we were living in the house.  Plus the finish didn’t seem to hold up nearly as well as a professional finish.  After that experience, we hung up our belt sanders and called in the pros to finish our hardwood floors (like at Ravenna and Dexter) and they turned out beautifully!

For some reason we decided to try our hand at refinishing the upstairs farmhouse floors ourselves this time, which totaled about 600sf.  It came down to a matter of schedule (it had to be right away so I could finish the One Room Challenge on time), money (we didn’t have thousands to spend on a professional refinish), and the fact that we just moved to town and don’t know any floor refinishers here.  Plus refinishers usually require a minimum hardwood area, and I’m not sure our 600SF would have been enough for a professional refinisher to bother with.  For all these reasons, we got busy and did the job ourselves.

In the end it was a biiiig job, but totally doable.  It was just as disruptive and labor-intensive as we remembered, but I think we ended up with a much more durable finish this time.  And because we were dealing with time and money constraints, doing a DIY refinish on the floors was absolutely the right choice for this project.

Here’s what we used:

// Materials

Drum sander (rental)

Orbital finishing sander (rental)

Palm sander

Belt sander

Wood filler

Polyurethane, satin finish

Putty Knife

Pad applicator

Dry rags and Vacuum

Safety equipment: ear plugs, glasses, respirator mask

Here’s what we did:

Step 1 // empty the room and prepare for dust onslaught.  Because there will be So. Much. Dust!  I recommend removing everything from the room and then hanging two layers of painters plastic on the doorways.  Dust will still leak out, but these precautions will keep most of it contained.  (Tip: it’s best to paint walls/ceilings before refinishing floors so you don’t get paint splatters on your brand new floor!)


Step 2 // we started sanding with a drum sander because our floors had a lot of layers to remove.  Our 104-year-old floors are covered with layers of paint splattered on top of a thick coat of finish.  Drum sanders can take some serious wood off your floors, so I’d only recommend using one if you have a similar situation, otherwise skip to step 4.  We used our palm sander and belt sander to get the edges and corners of the floor where the drum sander couldn’t reach.  We used 36, 60, 80, 100 grit paper for this step.  In all, this step took us about 18 hours for 3 bedrooms.


Step 3 // we cleaned all the dust off of the floors using a vacuum and then dry rags.  Make sure rags are bone dry (make sure the rags are bone dry or you’ll raise the grain on your hardwood floors and have to sand again).

Step 4 // Once the floors were free of dust, we filled cracks with wood putty and let it dry overnight.  We filled the seams between boards that had seperated a little and any large gouges or cracks.  Again our floors are 104-years-old so there were quite a few of these spots!


Step 5 // Using an orbital finishing sander, we sanded the floors using 100 grit. This machine is square and was able to get right up to the edges, so no need to pull out the palm and belt sanders to sand the corners.

Step 6 // we cleaned up the floors again using dry rags and a vacuum (see Step 3).  At this point, it’s important to make sure every last spec of dust is up, otherwise it’ll be permanently captured in the finish.  If we weren’t 100% sure, we vacummed twice.

Step 7 // If you want to darken your floors, this is where you would add stain, but we skipped this in favor of a natural floor.

Step 8 // Now that the floors were sanded and clean, we applied a thin coat of polyurethane using a pad applicator.  We poured a little of the polyurethane on the floor and then pushed it around, following the direction of the grain, with the pad.  We followed our products drying instructions, which was 2+ hours.

Step 9 // Once the floors were dry, we gave them a light sand using 100 grit sandpaper on the orbital finishing sander.  You don’t want to scuff up the floors or remove much finish, so keep a light sand.  This step is just to get rid of any imperfections.

Step 10 // We cleaned again…urgh, I hate dust! (see step 3)

Step 11 // Next we added 3 more thin coats of polyurethane (for a total of 4), letting each coat dry completely before adding the next.


Step 12 // the last step was to clean…again!  This time we vacummed the floors, walls, and ceiling to get rid of all lingering dust.  Honestly, you’ll probably find dust everywhere, even outside the room!  We also gave the floors a quick mop with water before moving furniture back in.

All-in-all the process took us about a week of work, drying time, and supply runs.  With kids in the mix, moving out of the upstairs for that long was definitely inconvenient, but on the plus side, we saved a bundle.  I’ll tallly up the cost and share that on Thursday.

I’d love to hear from you guys.  Have you ever refinished your own floors?  Any tips or different methods you used?




What’s going on at the Farmhouse // A list of projects


We’ve started a lot of projects at the farmhouse since moving in this past July (many more than we’ve finished…), so today I wanted to recap them.  I mentioned before that we’re taking our Farmhouse renovation slowly.  We’re going from room to room and working on those spaces as inspiration or necessity strikes.  Besides the One Room Challenge, we’re not on any prescribed timeline, so we’re working on rooms as I find pieces, inspiration, and time.  It’s hard to live in a house that’s only partially furnished, but I think that houses evolve best over time, so we’re giving ourselves the luxury of time with this house renovation.

Here are the spaces that we’ve started at the Farmhouse:

Brooks’ Nursery – this was the first space we started, but it got put on the back burner when we started the One Room Challenge.  Brooks sleeps comfortably in the wallpapered crib nook already, so there’s no huge rush to work on it anymore, but I’m still trying to source drapes and bring more color in here.  I don’t want to spend much money decorating this room because it’s just a temporary stop for Brooks (he’ll eventually move in with Wilder), but I still want it to be a comfy space for him and overflow guests.  Here’s what the room looked like before we refinished the hardwood floors.  You can read more on this room here.


Wilder’s Room – I haven’t shared much about this room on the blog yet, but I will soon (ish).  The room is not done – I have plans for an accent color and more storage in here (Wilder has grown into quite the collector of EVERYTHING) – but this is what Wilder’s space looks like now.


Master Bedroom – we completed this room last month for the One Room Challenge, and it’s nice to have one space done…at least for now.  I still dream about a fireplace in here, so that will likely happen when we find the right antique fireplace surround, but no rush.


Living Room – I showed you guys the couch we ordered for this room on Tuesday.  We’ll start tackling this room after the couch arrives, but I still need to find chairs and storage.  To say I’m looking forward to having a comfortable and beautiful room on the main floor, is a huge understatement!

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Office – so this isn’t a room that we’ve started…yet.  But both Garrett and I are ready to have a workspace at the Farmhouse so we’ll probably pull up carpets and start to work on this space early next year.  I’m imagining a darker paint color, a large table with rolling drawers underneath, and a small area of art supplies for kids who inevitably sneak in.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Office

Besides all of these rooms at the Farmhouse, we have a couple of projects going on outside of the Farmhouse, including one really exciting renovation slated for next year.  I’m excited to share more about these other projects when the time is right, but for now, let me just say that 2017 is going to be a busy year!



p.s. We’re trying to up our holiday story time around here, so I’m on the hunt for more Christmas stories.  Any that you would recommend?!

p.p.s. Something about this Brooklyn apartment seems so nostalgic and sweet.  I’m not usually one to embrace decor themes like this family did, but it totally works here!

p.p.p.s. Our due date to find a new planet for humanity to call home.  This is not good news.


Farmhouse Living Room // A Sofa for a New Room



I’m excited to tell you about a new project at the farmhouse…the living room! We’ve hardly touched this space since we moved in, other than to pile toys in there, meaning it’s a glorified playroom.  A playroom with large wood windows overlooking the wrap around porch and tall ceilings accentuated by the picture molding.  The room is full of potential and we have big goals for it!

Here is what the space looked like when we moved in:

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse office to living 07-2016 The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Living Room

Our goals for this space are a beautiful yet comfortable living room.  I debated about creating a more formal living room, but quickly decided that formality just didn’t fit our country lifestyle.  So we’re going to turn the living room into a space where people actually like to live.  We imagine playing, reading, and cozying up for movie nights with our kiddos and guests in here.

I’ll share more about the design plan soon, but today I wanted to talk about the focus of the room – the sofa.  Since sofas are often custom orders that take 8+ weeks to deliver, we picked ours out last month.  Garrett and I had such a good experience with Interior Define at the Dexter House (pictured below) that we knew we wanted to use them again for our sofa at the Farmhouse.


We get so many compliments on our Interior Define Rose sofa.  It’s held up amazingly well to our boys, overactive dog, and all the Airbnb guests that have cycled through (the Dexter House became a rental when we moved to the farmhouse).  Plus, I checked in on it a few weeks back, and it still looks brand new.  Consider this mama’s (and landlord’s) expectations exceeded!

When Garrett and I started talking about tackling the farmhouse living room, I reached out to Interior Define to see if they’d be interested in partnering on our new living room (I didn’t mention that I was going to buy a sofa from them whether they said yes or not…;) ).  And I’m really excited to tell you guys that they agreed to partner with me so this post is in partnership with Interior Define (!!!).  The best part is that I get to give one of you guys a big, fat credit to ID this winter (more on that soon)!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Interior Define, it’s a made-to-order, design-forward sofa company based in Chicago.  They have streamlined the sofa buying process by cutting out the middle man and selling direct to consumers like you and me.  The things that drew me to the company in the first place were the online reviews, affordability, free shipping, and returns (a rarity in sofa companies).


Last month, I ordered swatches in various colors and fabrics to start the design process.  They arrived at our home in a few days.  We love the beauty and durability of the Dexter House velvet fabric, but I also wanted to explore a few other options before making a decision.  I toyed with the idea of a natural linen sofa, but in the end, I settled on a lovely dark blue velvet called Oxford Blue.  The blue velvet will be the focus of our space, add an eclectic vibe to the room, and hold up to whatever our kiddos and dog can throw at it (un-capped markers and muddy paws, I’m looking at you!).

We debated about getting another Rose sofa for the farmhouse – it’s just such a pretty sofa – but in the end, Garrett and I both wanted something a little more cozy and streamlined.  I looked through the reviews and measured our space, and ultimately selected the 102″-long Harper sofa.


I ordered it online last month and can’t wait for this slightly-glamorous, yet relaxed sofa to arrive! I know the navy sofa is a bit of a bold choice for an old farmhouse, but it’s going to be stunning and most importantly, so cozy for movie night!



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