Happy Friday + Links 1.20.17

Park and Oak Design Happy Friday 1.20.17

I had a little IT issue this week and lost all of my work from the past week, which means all of your lovely comments on Tuesday's post disappeared.  First off, thank you for the kind words on the paint color, and second, if you didn't get a chance to see my answer to your question, write another comment and I promise not to let the blog monster … [Continue reading...]


Farmhouse Living Room // Picking Paint

Sam Allen Living Room in My Design Chic

THE FARMHOUSE 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 … [Continue reading...]

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Happy Friday + Links 1.13.17

Emily Sue Photo via Instagram

Happy Friday!  If you follow me on Instagram you already know that I'm back home after a spur of the moment week in Manhattan to visit my old friend (who became my sister-in-law 11 years ago) and her brand new baby boy.  Baby Arthur was only 4 days old when I arrived, and I promptly ignored everything on my to-do list for a solid week of newborn … [Continue reading...]

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The Best of 2016 on the Grit and Polish

The Grit and Polish - Guest Bedroom 4 copy

Happy New Year!  To say that we're excited for 2017 around here is a complete understatement, but before we dig into the new year, I wanted to look back at 2016.  Last year was a big year for my family.  There were big changes and fun renovations and lots time spent together as a family. In no particular order, here are 8 highlights from 2016 on … [Continue reading...]


Our First Christmas at the Farmhouse


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 … [Continue reading...]


Farmhouse Living Room // Inspiration


THE FARMHOUSE 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 … [Continue reading...]


The Cost of Refinishing our Hardwood Floors Ourselves


THE FARMHOUSE On Tuesday, I shared the process we used to refinish our hardwood floors at the Farmhouse, and today, I want to tell you what it cost.  As a reminder, we refinished about 600sf of fir floors. Here's a breakdown of the expenses: $120 Drum sander rental (2 days) $160 Drum sander sanding belts (20 @ $8/each) $40 Sand paper … [Continue reading...]


Refinishing our 104-year-old Hardwood Floors Ourselves


THE FARMHOUSE 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 … [Continue reading...]


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


THE FARMHOUSE 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 … [Continue reading...]