Happy Friday 7/13/18


Happy Friday! We came down to Portland this week for a family wedding and snuck in a few extra days for some summer fun. We drove through the Columbia Gorge (Hood River, you are a new favorite!), spent a day at the beach, and walked 15 miles through Portland with a stroller full of kids. Voodoo Donuts, Powells Books, Deschutes Brewery, and the city splash pad were all on the agenda. It's been a really good week! We're back at it again today, exploring Portland and hanging out with family. So I'll get right down to it...I've rounded up lots of great links from around the web. Grab a cup of coffee and dig in.

This kitchen has so many good elements, but it's the wood cabinets that stopped me in my tracks.

Rick Owen's minimalist home in Venice is interesting and beautiful, but it's the fashion designer's unique take on 'home' that held my attention: "I needed to create a space that was severe and avoided any kind of sentimentality or attachments, a blank slate to completely obliterate, to concentrate on listening to what I really want." Thoughts?

We got a question about our Dexter fence this week so I thought I'd include a link to the space here. Despite it's small size, this private "yard" is one of my favorite outdoor spaces (in large part because it's so low maintenance and so private!).

Almost everything in life worth accomplishing is difficult. That and more inspiration for living your best life.

It's just as you thought: no one is using those formal living spaces anymore.

Instagram added a new "ask me a question" feature and we've been getting some fun questions - from how we met to how we got started on renovating/renting properties. I'm saving all of our responses here in case you're interested.

Brett and Kara's HGTV show, Home to Last, premiere's tomorrow (more details here)!

Have a great weekend!