Bryant House // Living Room Airbnb Makeover

The Grit and Polish - Bryant Airbnb Living Room long

THE BRYANT HOUSE This is part 2 of our Bryant House Airbnb makeover.  See more of this series here: part 1 (why we turned a traditional rental into an Airbnb). sources: couch, hanging chair, blue stripe throw, blue dot art, side table, rug (similar), pillows (IKEA) The Bryant House's living room is spacious and full of natural light. … [Continue reading...]

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Happy Friday + Links 9/15/17

jenniferbunsa friday post

Happy Friday!  So glad we made it!  Garrett, Daphne, and I took a trip to Seattle this week and came home with half a ton of tiles for the Porch House.  Literally, 1000 pounds of tiles!  We're going with a vintage, garden feel for the floors (which obviously means 12x24 slate ;) and classic white subway on the walls (you probably guessed that … [Continue reading...]

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Bryant House // Why We Turned a Traditional Rental into an Airbnb

The Grit and Polish - Bryant Airbnb Living Hanging Chair 3

THE BRYANT HOUSE This is part 1 of our Bryant House Airbnb makeover series.  Stay tuned for more... We recently converted one of our Seattle rentals into a furnished Airbnb.  I'll be sharing the quick transformation of the Bryant House (we did it in just 3 days!) over the next few weeks here on the blog, but today, I wanted to begin with a … [Continue reading...]


Happy Friday + Links 9/8/17


Happy Friday!  How is your September shaping up?  It's kinda blowing my mind that Fall is just around the corner, but with the excessive heat and wildfire smoke, I'm almost ready for it.  Leaf piles, sweaters, pumpkins, apple cake...that doesn't sound too bad.  Plus our pear tree is finally producing, so I'm figuring out what to do with those (any … [Continue reading...]

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Six tips to Keeping a Clean House (with young kids!)

The Grit and Polish - Sissy's Living Room Bench All

My twin sister (and editor of this blog), Terry, keeps one of the tidiest houses I've ever seen.  Seriously, it's like walking into a magazine!  And if you're thinking that she spends all of her time cleaning, rest assured she does not.  She has 3 small kids, works part-time, is a fitness nut, and edits 2 posts for this blog every single week! … [Continue reading...]


Life Around the Kitchen Sink

The Grit and Polish - Porch Kitchen Boys in Elkay Sink 1.2

THE PORCH HOUSE this post is sponsored by Elkay Our boys, Wilder and Brooks (4 and 22 months) are little rascals.  They are curious, loud, bold, adventurous, and a wee bit wild.  But best of all, they have the most amazing ability to turn just about anything into a good time. In fact, that's one of my favorite things about being a mama, … [Continue reading...]

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Happy Friday + Links 8/25/17


Happy Friday!  Well guys, it's on!  One newborn, two adults, three days, and an entire house to furnish... Yup, we decided to turn the Bryant House into an Airbnb and it's happening next week (Monday-Wednesday).  We went back and forth on this decision - Airbnb has a variable return and there's a sizeable initial investment, plus we really weren't … [Continue reading...]

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Life Update // Our Big Move One Year Later + An HGTV Update

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse 1.2 7-14-16

THE FARMHOUSE Well it's been one year since we quit our jobs in Seattle, packed up the kids, and moved to a Farmhouse in the country.  We've spent the year *retired*, which really means managing our rentals, spending lots of time as a family, taking on the Porch House renovation (plus filming it for an HGTV pilot), having a baby (!!!), and … [Continue reading...]


Happy Friday + Links 8/18/17

Katie Hackworth Kitchen

Happy Friday! How was your week?  Our's was good and busy and productive and completely unproductive all at the same time. Ha!  Thankfully the Porch House is coming right along under Garrett's expert tutelage and I couldn't be happier with how it's turning out.  I got to sneak over there last week with the kiddos to take some progress photos … [Continue reading...]