We Rented Our Home Out for a Weekend on HomeAway and Here’s How it Went


If you follow us on Instagram, you already know that we rented out our Farmhouse on HomeAway for Memorial Day Weekend. We had plans to be away in Oregon for the long weekend, so when the last-minute booking came through, it felt like a win-win. But how did it turn out?

All photos from Our Farmhouse // sources and more information available here

I should back up and mention that while this booking was last minute, we were already planning on renting out our home for a few weekends on Airbnb this summer (you can read why we like to rent out our primary residence here). But this booking came up the month before our first Airbnb booking, so our home was far from ready. Let me emphasis that: our home was super, duper, EXTREMELY far from being ready for guests. In fact, we’re in our ‘rental busy season’ with our rentals in Seattle, so our life has been kinda crazy and the Farmhouse was a wee bit neglected.

Getting the House Ready

The Farmhouse is ~2900sf and has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. So it’s probably no surprise that it was a big job getting the home ready for our HomeAway guests. Every room needed tidied and a deep clean. Ugh. Thankfully Nana took the kids for the day, so Garrett and I could focus on cleaning (and packing for our vacation). In the end, it took Garrett and I about 9 hours to get the house ready, or 18 hours of scrubbing, organizing, and styling combined.

Admittedly, that is a TON of time to spend cleaning and tidying your home. But here’s the deal: we were cleaning and tidying our home. It felt like every minute we scrubbed and vacuumed and put toys away was self-serving because we were going to get to enjoy our clean home after our guests went home too. That’s definitely the number one thing I like about renting out our primary home vs. our rentals (that are 200 miles away in Seattle) – the time spent cleaning and maintaing the property is for our pleasure too. Plus it’s much easier to work at a house that is 0 miles away. And now that we got this big clean out of the way, preparing for our Airbnb host weekends should take a fraction of the time. Phew!

Of course it was possible that the guests would be awful and leave our home messier than it was to begin with. But with only a 2-night stay, the odds were that the home would be in great shape when we returned. Honestly, we’ve found that most guests are respectful and leave the house relatively clean. After years of renting our Seattle properties out on Airbnb, we’ve had only a handful of messy guests. And even those guests could be cleaned up after in a few hours.

The Host Experience

So how was our host experience? The proof is really in the homecoming. Did they leave a wet load of laundry in the washing machine? Did they sacrifice a lamb in our living room? Did they take out the trash? Those were the questions that went through my mind when we were driving back home.

Well, I’m happy to report that there was no wet load of laundry, no dead lamb (thank goodness!), and the garbage was bagged and left in the trashcan by the road. And the house was almost as clean as we had left it. The guests’ sheets were still on the beds, so those needed stripped and washed. And quite a few leaves had blown in one window in Daphne’s bedroom. A couple sinks were in need of another clean too. But all in all, the house was much cleaner than my kids would have left it after 2 nights 😉

To get the home back ready for us, Garrett and I tag-teamed our homecoming. Garrett cooked a quick dinner with the kids while I ran around and tidied and cleaned. It took me about 1 hour to strip and make the beds, collect dirty towels, touch up the bathrooms, and vacuum the floors. And best of all…our home was the cleanest it’s been in a very long time!

Would we do it Again?

In the end, Garrett and I were both happy with renting our home out for the weekend. Do we want to do it every weekend? No. But renting the house out once in a while – especially when we had plans to be out of town anyway – is a great way to earn extra income and keep our home cleaner.

This was our first time using HomeAway so I’m planning to do a comparison between hosting on Airbnb and HomeAway at some point. In the meantime, is there anything else you’re wanting to know about renting your home out for a weekend? Or if you’ve done something similar, what was your experience like?


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How to Make Budget IKEA Curtains Look Like a Million Bucks


I wanted to circle back to Daphne’s nursery today and share how we made her pinch pleat curtains on a budget. All told they cost us about $50 per window, which includes the IKEA Tibast panels. Originally, I had been planning to sew my own pleated curtains, but this is way cheaper than I could have made them for (and no sewing machine required!).

Read on to see how we put these curtains together (and don’t forget to pin this image for easy reference later!).


IKEA Tibast curtains (or panels + pleating tape)

Pleating hooks

Curtain rings with eyelets


Needle and thread (optional)

Step 1 // Attach the Pleating Hooks

IKEA’s Tibast curtain panels already come with pleating tape on the back of the panels. If your curtains don’t have pleating tape, you can buy it here and sew the tape on the back of your panel (here’s a tutorial on that). Pleating curtains requires pleating hooks, which can be found on Amazon or at Ikea. The main thing about the hooks is being consistent with a pattern. With our four-pronged hooks, I put the first prong in the 4th slot, and than a prong in every 3rd slot after that. I repeated this for every pleat, and then used a single-pronged hook at each end of the panel. Consistency is key. And patience. This is definitely the longest step and best done on a couch with a movie and glass of wine (just don’t spill!).

One quick note about this step, make sure your curtains will cover your window once pleated. Pleating will considerably narrow your panels, so if your curtain will be opened and closed, make sure the curtain ends up wide enough to cover your window.

Step 2 // Add a stitch in each pleat

You could stop here and leave the curtains pleated, but adding a stitch gives them the pinch. Turn the curtain panel over and with a needle and thread, synch the pleat near the base of the pinch. To do this, I tied the base of the thread, ran it through the pleat once and then back, pulled tight, and tied the thread. Hot tip: pick a color of thread that’s similar to your fabric so you won’t see it (I used white)!

Step 3 // Iron!

I hate ironing. In fact, it’s been a solid 3 years since I pulled one out. But if you want these curtains to look like a million bucks, this step is key.

Step 4 // Hang curtain panels using rings with eyelets

I hung our curtain panels from rings with eyelets (found here in different finishes). If you find that the hook on the leading edge of your curtain comes out of the eyelet easily, just tighten the hook down with pliers (i.e. close the hook into a loop). I find it’s necessary if you use your curtains a lot.

That’s it! Please let me know if you try this tutorial. I’d love to hear how it goes! And if you have any tips, leave them in the comments so all of us can benefit from your experience.


curtains / pleating hooks / curtain rods / curtain rings with eyeletswhite quilt and shamsbed sheets / overhead light / jute rug (similar) / Skyline rug / dresser / dresser knobs / bird pillow fabric / unicorn stuffie / nightstands (DIY) / lamps / dresser / dresser knobs / black pillow fabric / glider / bird prints (Crow and Orange Crowned Warbler, free downloads from here) / picture frames (DIY) / paint color: BM Simply White

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Daphne’s Nursery // the Reveal Video


We (read: Garrett) put together a video of Daphne’s finished nursery. It has all the pink and whimsy you saw in the One Room Challenge room reveal, plus a better look at how the room flows. Check out the 3-minute video here.

If the video won’t play in the post, click through to YouTube to watch it. More info and related posts are below.


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House Hacking // 3 Reasons to Rent out Your Home for a Weekend

During the One Room Challenge, I mentioned that we are renting out the Farmhouse this summer for a few weekends as a vacation rental.  As the Farmhouse has added bookings, we have scheduled weekends of camping and family visits, which we’re all looking forward to. But when I’ve shared our summer plans with friends, I’ve gotten some questioning glances. So I thought it would be helpful to outline a few of the reasons we like to house hack our primary residence here today.

As long-time followers of the Grit and Polish already know, house hacking (i.e. getting others to pay part or all of your rent/mortgage) is our M.O. We’ve been doing it for 10 years and I truly doubt we’ll ever stop. House hacking has set us on a path to owning 5 homes, retiring at the age of 34, and living a pretty fantastic life all around. Low-fee sites like Airbnb and HomeAway have made renting out your home for a weekend (or longer) easy, and I’m guessing some of you may be considering it too. So today I wanted to share 3 of the reasons we decided to rent out our primary residence for short stays this summer.

One // Get paid to go on vacation.

Let me repeat that: get paid to go on vacation!  Most of us don’t need another reason to take a trip, but if you did, having someone else subsidize your adventure is pretty compelling.  So far we have reserved a campsite on the San Juan Islands and scheduled a longer visit to my sister’s house during summer bookings. We’re all much more excited about those trips than we would be spending another weekend at home. And a couple of winters ago, we did a longer 2 week booking when we lived at the Dexter House. We got to spend that time in the country at my in-laws house, relaxing and having one of my favorite Christmases ever, while earning thousands of dollars. Not too shabby.

Two // Less clutter

It’s easy to let stuff creep into your life. A few extra toy baskets here, a couple cast-off bins of old books there and suddenly you’re making space for things you don’t really have space for. Stuff seems to attract other stuff in my experience.  And it’s a slippery slope that can leave your home feeling cluttered if you’re not careful. For us, the best way to fight the slow creep of stuff is to invite others into our home. There is no better reason to keep your living spaces tidy and clean than inviting others to share those spaces with you. So host a party, invite a house guest, or better yet, rent your home out for a long weekend.

Three // Earn a financial return on your effort

This is a big one for us. We all spend time maintaining our properties (a lot of time if you live on a 3 acre old farm like us) and you probably spend money furnishing and decorating them too. So why not earn some money on all that time and effort? Renting your home out for a weekend or a month essentially turns chores into an investment. And that shift in thinking to a landlord/real-estate-investor perspective can help some (read: my husband) enjoy a home that might otherwise feel a bit like a ball-and-chain.


photos of Our Farmhouse // entry / master bedroom (and here) / officeBoys bedroom / master bathroom

Getting your home ready for guests is a whole separate topic that I won’t go into here, but I will say that in the past 4 years of hosting on Airbnb (including 2 of our homes in Seattle on a full-time basis), we’ve only had a handful of finicky, unpleasant guests and even fewer super messy/disrespectful guests. Have you ever rented out your primary residence? Would you ever? We’d love to hear why or how you house hack! Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

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The Farmhouse // Daphne’s Nursery Reveal (ORC wk 6)

This is post 6 of our Spring 2018 One Room Challenge makeover of Daphne’s bedroom. You can catch up on the rest of the series here: inspiration/before, design, repairs, art, bed frame. Thanks for following along!


It’s one of my favorite days of the year…ORC reveal day! Not only do I get to show you Daphne’s finished bedroom, but there are literally hundreds of other new rooms to fest your eyes on! It’s a good day for all of us home lovers 🙂

(psst: all sources are linked at the bottom of this post!)


Before I jump into this historic/summery/feminine space, let me do a quick introduction for those of you who are new to the Grit and Polish. I’m Cathy (hi!) and that beautiful human being is our 9-month old daughter, Daphne. She was born right here at the Farmhouse last July – all 9lbs of her – and we named her after her daddy, Garrett (middle name). She’s had our entire family smiling ever since.

Garrett and I have been renovating old houses in Washington state for a decade now. We got our start in 2008 when we bought our first fixer-upper in Seattle and quickly became DIY renovators, house-hackers, and landlords out of necessity. You can read more about our journey here. After years of moving into, renovating, and renting out old homes with our kids in tow, we retired at the ripe old age of 34 to an old farmhouse in the country. A decade later, we’re still landlords, house-hackers, and DIY renovators and have shared our work on HGTV and the Home Love Network. Early-retirement and house hacking aren’t terms you frequently hear on home blogs, but they’re a big part of our journey and we hope to talk more about those going forward.

Now about that bedroom…

Daphne’s Bed Frame

We wanted to create a space for Daphne to grow into and that could do double duty as overflow guest space for our local Labor Day Rodeo and also for when we rent the Farmhouse out when we travel (yup, still house-hacking;). For those reasons, having a large bed in addition to the crib made sense. And when I found this beautiful cane bed pop up on Craigslist, I knew I had found the one. Did I mention it was also FREE…?! Yeah this bed frame is going to go down as one of our best Craigslist scores, ever!

If you’ve been following our One Room Challenge, you know that we considered painting the bed frame. There’s already a lot of wood in this room and I wasn’t a huge fan of the finish on the bed. But now that I’m seeing the bed in the space, I kinda feel like an idiot for even considering paint. It’s perfect as is!

Design Goals and What it all Cost

My goal for Daphne’s nursery was a historic, whimsical, and youthful space that feels like a summer breeze and is comfortable for both Daphne and adults to spend time in. Lofty goals, I know, but I think we got just that. This room is comfortable, bright, feminine, and full of textures and patterns for little fingers and eyes to explore. It’s youthful without being too kid kid, if you know what I mean.

Thankfully we were able to use a lot of furnishings we already had, so we spent less than $500 on this One Room Challenge. We’ve been working on getting rid of stuff (despite my keep-it-because-you-never-know-when-you-might-need-it mentality) so I was happy to put some of our favorites to use. Like the left0ver marble countertop from the Porch House kitchen on the nightstands. My grandmother’s old mirror. The layered jute and wool rugs we bought for Brooks’ nursery. Bedding, quilts, and pillows. Auntie Terr’s crib skirt. The simple dresser. And the oversized glider that we DIYed last Fall. Using what we had meant spending less, consuming less, and throwing away less. A win-win-win.

The Curtains

One thing we did buy was the curtains. We found these pink cotton numbers at IKEA and they were $40/pair. I also bought pleating hooks and added a stitch on each pleat to give the curtains a more finished, tailored look (do you want me to do a DIY post on that?). I had debated whether to go with a fun pattern or the pink, but in the end, I love how feminine and simple these curtains are.

The Crib Nook

The crib nook is perhaps my favorite space in this room because I’m obsessed with sleeping babies. Really, there’s nothing better in my book! We originally converted the closet to a sleeping nook for our second son. This small space is dark and quiet and Daphne sleeps really well in here.  Eventually, when Daphne outgrows her crib, we’ll move her to the full-size bed and turn the nook back into a closet.

Every morning when we get Daphne up, she’s standing at the side of her crib, staring at the wallpaper. It’s such a fun print! And the graphic black and white is just right for little eyes. We bought it at Anthropologie a couple years back and I still love it.

DIY Projects

We ended up doing quite a few DIYs in this space. We updated the antique bed frame to accommodate a modern foam mattress. Garrett built the nightstands out of old table bases and marble remnants. We made the picture frames for the bird prints and masked girl. And I dusted off the sewing machine and sewed a number of the pillows in this room. I also made the poms on the bird pillow using alpaca yarn. Phew!

Original Art!

The round painting hanging over the nightstand was created by Kati Kleimola. She’s a talented artist and also happens to be doing her own One Room Challenge on her dining room. This painting is our first piece of original art at the Farmhouse and will definitely be a keepsake. Thank you Kati!

The teacup on the books is from Daphne’s great-great-grandmother. I tried to incorporate a few family antiques to give this space a sense of belonging and nostalgia. The photo is also of me and my siblings in my mother’s summer garden here in Ellensburg, circa 1986. The rest of the art in the room is linked in the sources below.


Sources // paint: BM Simply White / bed frame (vintage) / white quilt and shams / bed sheets / bird pillow fabric / unicorn stuffie / overhead light / jute rug (similar) / Skyline rug / curtains / pleating hooks / curtain rods / nightstands (DIY) / lamps / dresser / dresser knobs / crib / wallpaper (similar) / crib sheet / crib skirt / black pillow fabric / blue pillow fabric (navy version) / glider /

Art // round flower painting / rabbit print (vintage, Frank S. Guild) / Kitten Bandit Print / Flower Child / Crow and Orange Crowned Warbler (free downloads from here) / baby’s back

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The Farmhouse Master Bedroom on Home Love Network


A couple of months ago, I mentioned that we had some mystery visitors at the Farmhouse. Well today I finally get to share who they were: Candis and Andy Meredith. This is the couple behind Old Home Love, this awesome home book, and founders of Home Love Network! They came to Ellensburg to film our master bedroom for their One Room Challenge Series! And it was incredibly fun to work with this down-to-earth couple who I’ve been following and admiring since before their series aired on HGTV!

You can view our Farmhouse Master Bedroom video here (via Facebook).

Four other makeovers were included in the series and can also be viewed here!

psst: room sources can be found here

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The Farmhouse // Daphne’s Nursery: The Bed Frame, finally! (ORC wk 5)


This is post 5 of our Spring 2018 One Room Challenge makeover of Daphne’s bedroom. You can catch up on the rest of the series here: inspiration/before, design, repairs, art, bed frame. Thanks for following along!

Well it’s definitely been a busy week around here but Daphne’s bed frame is in and oh goodness am I glad we didn’t paint this beauty!

In the end, we decided to give the bed frame a good cleaning and install a platform for our favorite foam mattress and that’s all. I’ll share more on that process later, but the bed is looking pretty good, especially considering it was FREE! I’m still shocked that we were able to snag this beautiful frame at $0, but then again they say all the best things in life are free. I say all the best things except old houses 😉

With Daphne’s bed frame in, the next step was finding the right balance of textiles. And that’s a task I’ll be working on right up until photographing the reveal next week. I found these cotton curtains at IKEA and now we’re debating about pleating them or just clipping them (you can see the two options in the photo above). Let me back up and say, did you know that you could pleat IKEA drapes (at least these ones)?! You need to buy pleating hooks, but even so, we’re talking less than $25 a panel, all in. And that’s definitely cheaper than I could have made them for. Garrett actually prefers the curtains clipped (the option on the right) so I’m thinking no that. If you have a preference for how to hang curtains, please do weigh in and help make the decision easier!

I also sewed a couple of new pillows for this room this week and pulled out some others from storage. The final look will be more edited, but I’ll wait until we finalize the furniture and art for that. Speaking of furniture, Garrett’s building me two nightstands with marble tops today and I can’t wait to see how they turn out! Honestly I can’t wait to see how this entire space turns out in less than 7 days (queue the beads of sweat on my forehead). In the meantime, check out all the designers/bloggers spaces here!

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The Farmhouse // Daphne’s Nursery: Art (ORC wk 4)


This is post 4 of our Spring 2018 One Room Challenge makeover of Daphne’s bedroom. You can catch up on the rest of the series here: inspiration/before, design, repairs, art. Thanks for following along! 

Two weeks left to finish Daphne’s bedroom…eech! I think these last two weeks are when the ORC magic really happens. Garrett might say it’s more like this is when the sleep stops (ha!) but either way, you get to see everything come together and it’s magical.

This week I ordered the final art prints for Daphne’s bedroom. We ended up with a mix of prints from Society 6 and Etsy, some free downloads that I printed online (here), and an original piece of art which should be here very soon (!!!).

I talked Garrett into letting me (read: us) make wood frames for this space. Solid wood frames are hard to find at a reasonable price, especially with a little patina, so we made our own. Both of the two above were DIY’d and I bought the glass and backing from Michaels. I hope to share a DIY post on those with you soon, but you can catch sneak peeks of our DIY endeavors on Instagram stories. Here are five pieces of art going in Daphne’s nursery:

Sources*: Kitten Bandit Print // Flower Child // American Goldfinch, Crow, and Orange Crowned Warbler (free downloads from here)

Last week I finally got my sewing machine out too. Thankfully sewing does seem to be like riding a bike and after putting together a couple of pillows, I feel almost ready to tackle the curtains. We decided on the inexpensive DIY option – which means we’ll be dying and hemming IKEA panels we already own – and see how that goes. If that DIY fails, we’re only out the cost of the dye and I can still order some floral/whimsical drapes.

Base shoe also went in this week, which really fines the space off. I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing more finished looking than base shoe in my book. Of course why in the world we waited a half to install this I can’t imagine!

That’s it for this week. Next week we should finally bring finishes back into this room and update the bed to accommodate a foam mattress. Speaking of the bed, I’d like to put together a DIY post for you on how we update the frame so let me know if you have any questions or issues to address with antique beds!

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The Farmhouse // Daphne’s Nursery: Repairs, Trim, and More (ORC wk 3)

This is post 3 of our Spring 2018 One Room Challenge makeover of Daphne’s bedroom. You can catch up on the rest of the series here: inspiration/before, design, repairs. Thanks for following along! 

Somehow we’re already on week 3 of the One Room Challenge and I’m feeling a wee bit behind. Honestly, I’m still waiting on some materials but am chomping at the bit to get started on those DIYs I outlined last week. Pretty sure this room is going to be a mad dash at the end, but like all good house projects, it will get finished. Eventually 😉

Paint and Trim

Although Daphne’s room was in good shape when we started this One Room Challenge, we did have to do some repair work. A couple weeks ago, I had Garrett remove the book ledges to make room for Daphne’s dresser, which meant patching a few holes in the plaster and scraping caulk lines. Of course holes and scraping can quickly turn into larger holes and more scraping and in the end we had a fair bit of patching to do. Old houses, you know?

We also did some ceiling repair from a leak (evident in the top left of the photo above). I’m not sure leak is quite the right word, but last winter we got a ton of snow and cold temperatures and an ice dam formed, causing moisture to penetrate the roof, drip through the attic, and damage the ceiling. Ugh. And before you ask, yes we called our home insurance to see if this was one of those Chris-Loves-Julia-Got-A-Free-Roof deals, but alas, it was not. So we repaired the damaged areas and will see if there’s anything to be done with the roof later this year. In the mean time, this room got fresh primer and paint on the ceilings.

Before this room is done, we need to install base shoe. That’s one of those tasks we never quite get to until the 11th hour, or the One Room Challenge comes around 😉 One molding item we did get to was installing the cool interior corner pieces (I call them plaster corners, but I’m not sure the technical term). These were removed when we originally painted the room a year plus ago. Somehow these beautifies didn’t make it back on the walls at the time but we finally installed them yesterday!

Design Question

Before I leave you, I wanted to get your opinion on one major design struggle I’m having in this space: the curtains. There are 3 large windows in Daphne’s nursery so the window treatments will play a dominate roll in the look and feel of the room. Last week I mentioned my plan to dye some IKEA curtain panels that I already own, hem them, and add pleating tape to create a more formal look. While I’ll likely still do that, I spent entirely too much time online last week sourcing other curtains and fabric options. Basically it comes down to FOMO. Would simple pink curtains mean me missing out on my one girly opportunity for something more? Like a toile or a larger floral pattern?

Here are four images making my curtain debate that much harder:

Clockwise from top left: Making it Lovely // A Country Farmhouse // unknown // Sarah Bartholomew’s Home via the Glam Pad

Any thoughts on the curtains? Of course the DIY option is pretty much free so it’s hard (impossible?) to justify spending $400-$1000+ on 6 curtain panels. But don’t those prints leave you with a little FOMO?!

Can’t wait to share more progress next week. In the meantime, catch all the other designer’s rooms here.


The Farmhouse // Daphne’s Nursery: Design Plan (ORC Wk 2)


This is post 2 of our Spring 2018 One Room Challenge makeover of Daphne’s bedroom. You can catch up on the rest of the series here: inspiration/before, design. Thanks for following along! 

Sometimes rooms come together super easy and quick and sometimes they just don’t. Daphne’s nursery has been the latter for me. I’ve been thinking about this space for the better part of a year now – both the function and the design – but nothing was clicking. Rather than push it, I decided to put the room on hold, collect a few baby things (how could I not?!), and wait for inspiration to strike. Wouldn’t you know it, all it took was finding a FREE cane bed frame on Craigslist for everything to fall into place.

Of course this old beauty is not without its issues.  A platform must be built between the rails to hold a foam mattress. And the shiny finish and in-between wood tone looks all wrong in person, so we are thinking about painting the bed. Or trying a wax treatment. Or…I don’t know…something!  I asked folks on Instagram yesterday what they would do, and 300+ comments later, I’m no further along in deciding but I did get some great suggestions! Thankfully we did at least make some other decisions this week.

Design elements

Now that this full-size bed is anchoring the room, I literally can’t stop coming up with ideas. Ha! I’ve settled on a feminine and nostalgic nursery design that feels completely at home in a 1912 country Farmhouse. I want it to be youthful and layered but still timeless and historic. Like a fresh summer breeze. And of course there will be a healthy dose of pink and whimsy! Here’s the plan:

sources: paint color: BM Simply White / ceiling light / sheet set / dresser / bunny knob / rug / art: masked girl print, flowers painting, baby’s back print / fabric: velvet birds, linen, floral (navy) / vintage kids peacock chair (similar) / unicorn

There are other finishes for this room too – like say, a crib – but the mood board gives you an overall feel for the finished space. A couple of the design elements you can’t see include layered textures to create interest for little fingers. And all-natural materials such as cotton, wood, and wool.

We made some physical progress in here too. Holes were patched, the ceiling was repaired from a leak last winter (I’ll share more on this next week), and now we’re ready to get busy on some DIY projects.

DIY Projects

Like always, we have quite a few hands-on projects lined up for this room. BUT, these DIYs are a little different from our usual construction projects.

One // build our own large, antique-inspired wood frames

Two // curtains! I’ll be dying and hemming some drapes we have on hand. Plus I’m going to try my hand at sewing a roman shade (or something similar) for the crib nook

Three // Updating old throw pillows with poms (made out of merino and alpaca wool for added texture) and possibly sewing a new pillow or two

Four // hanging large art with velvet ribbon

Five // the bed frame! We’re going to update this beauty with a platform for a modern foam mattress.  And we need to address that finish…

For the record I can’t sew, at least not really. I have a sewing machine – a hand-me-down from my mom – but haven’t made a stitch in a decade. Hopefully it’s like riding a bike…

Video Update

We have a lot still to tackle in the next four weeks. But before we get busy, I wanted to share a video and the floor plan. It can be hard to share the feel of a room in text and photos, so hopefully this video can do more…

We’re trying to create more video content, so let me know your thoughts on that video!

Floor Plan

I talked a lot about the floor pan in the video, so I suppose I should share that too 😉 I actually love seeing rooms in plan view (it’s the structural engineer in me). It can put everything in perspective, you know? Once we finalize the furniture placement – which will be later after we put the major pieces back in – we’ll add that into the plan too. For the time being, here’s the empty floor plan for Daphne’s room:

I sure do love this space and can’t wait to share all the physical progress we’ve made next week! Thanks for following along, and you can check out all the other designers’ weekly updates here.

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