Happy Friday + Links 2/24/17

Happy Friday!  We got the keys to our flip house last week, and we’re already planning plumbing routes and purchasing finishes.  It’s a beautiful 1900 home with a wrap around porch and original built-ins.  And it’s in need of lots of love, of course.  We won’t get into the main renovation work until the end of March, but I’m sharing glimpses of the house and planning process on Instagram Stories. We had a massive shopping spree on Thursday and it’s all up there right now so go check that out if you’re into salvage shops, vintage finds, and marble counters.

This is going to be a crazy project for us!  Not only are we completing the renovations on a tight timeline and featuring some of the project here on the Grit and Polish, but the process will be documented by a media outlet much bigger than this blog.  It’s going to be fun!  And I promise to share more on that front when we get closer.

Well it’s Friday again and that’s pretty awesome.  So grab a cup of coffee and jump into these links:

H2 kitchen Belathee Photo

source | photo by Belathee

Two of my favorite kitchens (here and here) – which both happen to be in Washington state and are my primary inspiration for the flip house kitchen – both used the same brass pulls and now I’m obsessed with them!

An oldie but a beauty.  This tour is a couple years old, but that front porch is worth a new look!

I’m pretty sure that vintage, wood dresser and white walls will always be my kind of lovely.

Did you catch Young House Love’s podcast this week?  It’s a good one, but I think John and Sherry are looking at brass all wrong.  It’s actually a very classic metal finish, not just a relic of the 1970s.  We’ve found original brass door knobs and hardware all over our Farmhouse and at many of our other 100+ year old houses.  I agree that the polished, 70’s brass trend will not last (nor is it my thing), but aged brass will always look classic and warm in old homes.  My two cents, anyway.

A 109-year-old‘s secrets to life.  “I’m happy with my house, it’s all I need.  I would buy one thing I would use that one thing.  I wouldn’t buy one thing and go buy another and go buy another.”  This video is a real gem, as is Richard.  “I eat ice cream every night.  It makes me happy.”  Gems.

I’d love to get one of these craft paper rollers.  They’d look beautiful (and be really functional) in any kitchen.

Garrett and I went to see La La Land last weekend (our first movie out in maybe a year…) and wow!  It was stunning and fun and surprisingly emotional.  I can’t recommend it enough!

Check out Katie Hackworth’s Instagram account if you have a couple of hours to kill.  You will leave 100% inspired.  Everything she touches (as the design half behind Seattle’s H2 Design + Build) is stunning.  That’s her office kitchenette above.

Wishing you the best of weekends!

xoxo

-Cathy

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  1. LALA Land was great. I also saw Lion and it truly was one of the most incredible movies I’ve ever seen. I was literally speechless after. Go see it!

    • thanks for the recommendation, Jo! we don’t make it out to movies often (read: like almost never), but I’ll add this to our list when it comes out on video.

  2. Katie Hackworth is my FAVE! Everyone should definitely be following… not just for design inspiration but her own personal style is fabulous!

  3. Congrats on the media feature on the flip, well deserved! Love watching your instastories, Garret acting natural was very cute. Totally agree that brass is classic. Always like your links… Very happy weekend to you two as well.

  4. Thanks for leading me to Katie’s page, absolutely love it 🙂

  5. Did you guys decide not to finish the Dexter basement? Are you just letting the current renters use it? Love following your blog!

    • Thanks Debi! We ended up choosing not to finish the Dexter Basement (and I totally owe you guys an update on that property and our decision). It’s basically just storage for our building materials at this point. The house is on Airbnb and short term folks don’t seem to need the extra storage.

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