What’s on Your…Coffee Table

THE RAVENNA HOUSE

This post is part of a collaborative series called, “What’s on Your…”.  It’s a real-life glimpse into 9 bloggers homes – the good, the bad, and the messy.  Each month we’ll focus on a new surface like a bedroom nightstand, a kitchen counter, or a bookcase.  And today, we’re looking at a furniture staple in the living room:

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Oh the living room.  This space has caused quite a stir over here at the Ravenna House.  We’ve had it arranged every which way, but we’ve finally settled on a layout that’s comfortable and practical.  This includes an old trunk that we use as our coffee table. It was Garrett’s mothers and has been in the family for decades. It’s got an aged patina and it’s big and boxy and the perfect height for lazy feet.  Besides, looking at the well traveled trunk gives me a bit of wanderlust, which is always welcome around this house!

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We usually keep the coffee table top pretty simple. Just a tray, some reading materials, a candle, and whatever toys Wilder’s thrown on it.  I really love having fresh flowers up there, but we haven’t quite figured out how to do that without a certain someone tipping over the vase and pulling the flowers off the stem.

Currently, this book is my coffee table reading material of choice along with a stack of current This Old House, House Beautiful and Country Living magazines for those free moments of reading.  Okay, so free moments may be wishful thinking when you’ve got a wild toddler on your hands, but a girl can dream!  I top my coffee table off with my favorite Anthropologie candle and one of Wilder’s animal figures, which I tend to find in unexpected spots all over the house.

Check out these other ladies coffee tables!

xoxo

-Cathy

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What’s On Your…Kitchen Counter

THE RAVENNA HOUSE

This post is part of a collaborative series called, “What’s on Your…”.  It’s a real-life glimpse into 9 bloggers homes – the good, the bad, and the messy.  Each month we’ll focus on a new surface like a bedroom nightstand, a kitchen counter, or a bookcase.  And today, we’re looking at another hard working surface in the house:

Kitchen COunterOur kitchen is truly the heart of our home.  We spend a ton of time in here cooking, eating, playing, petting the dog, and everything in between.  And it often looks like it.  Usually there’s a stack of dishes drying next to the sink, apple slices on the counter, and a half-finished art project or two by the window.  Last week our countertop was full of baking supplies as I whipped up a loaf of cinnamon swirl bread.  This cinnamon swirl bread to be precise.  And yes, it was delicious!

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Later that night, Wilder and I hung out in the kitchen and enjoyed hot-from-the-oven cinnamon swirl bread.  It was glorious.  One quick look at our kitchen counter after all was cleaned up, because who doesn’t love a clean countertop (especially because this seems to only happen when company comes over…)?

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Don’t forget to check out these other ladies’ kitchen counters!

More on our DIY kitchen renovation and resources here.  Did you catch our Q&A about the renovation over at Bob Vila?

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Do you follow Andy and Candis on Instagram?  Do it!  Get the back story on their old house renovations before their new show breaks on HGTV!

p.p.s. A beautiful new old farmhouse in Connecticut.

p.p.p.s. Here is some serious kitchen eye candy to get you through your day.  You’re welcome.

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What’s on Your…Bathroom Vanity

THE RAVENNA HOUSE

This week marks the first post of a new collaborative series called, “What’s on Your…”.  It’s a real-life glimpse into 9 bloggers homes – the good, the bad, and the messy.  Each month we’ll focus on a new surface like a bedroom nightstand, a kitchen counter, or a bookcase.  And to start things off today, we’re looking at one of the hardest working surfaces in the house:

What's on Your Bathroom VanityLike so many old houses, our little bathroom vanity is a pedestal sink.  We don’t keep a lot on it, just a bar of soap, a towel, and occasionally some fresh cut flowers (or evergreen trimmings in the winter).  And since 19-month-old Wilder just started potty training, including washing his own hands, he is often on, in, and under the vanity.

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The potty-training thing often involves no pants (to Wilder’s complete joy).  So you’re welcome for those sweats 😉

For the moments that this bathroom is sans kiddo, our vanity looks more like this:

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So tell me, what (or who) is on your bathroom vanity?!  And check out what’s on these other ladies’ vanities:

Brittany at Brittany French
Kristy at Design Chic
Brenna at Domestic Charm
Elizabeth at Little Black Door
Mary Keller and Heath at Southland Avenue

More info on the Ravenna House bathroom resources and renovation herehere and here.

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Check out all these other awesome bathrooms I’m drooling over!

p.p.s. What it’s like to have four kids.  Looks like I owe my mother a big ol’ apology for being her fourth.  *sorry mom*

p.p.p.s. A lovely updated old farmhouse in Maine.

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