I’m Baaaaaack…

You really didn’t think I would go two months without blogging, did you? You did? I don’t blame you. I’ve been gone from these parts for some time and for no good reason. Apologies. The good news is that I am feeling refreshed and ready for Spring, and I’m set to share more house photos with you soon.

Now, where to even begin? The house is so darn close to being finished. Just the nagging details are left, and boy do they bug me. We are talking about paint touch-ups, trim, a few light fixtures, and the decorating details. Even though winters in Portland are less than ideal (lots of gray skies and rain), when the sun does shine, its rays brighten up our living room…and showcase my less than stellar housework…lots of dust.


The basement bathroom is now open for business. It’s not done, but we have a functional shower, sink, and toilet. Yes! Here are a few detail shots…

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The basement family room has also been initiated and has become Kyle’s haven for football watching and relaxing. We use this space much more than I anticipated, and I’m glad about that, as it was too much work to just be forgotten about:).


Oh yes! One more thing. We recently painted the god-awful guest bedroom. It was this funky green, and it had to go. Here is the “before” – the “after” coming atcha soon. We also installed new trim, but kept those lovely wood windows (one of my favorite parts about this house). And that light fixture in the corner is no more. Talk about a time warp!


Even though I feel like I barely scratched the surface of all that’s been going on around here, at least I posted something. I hope I still have a few followers out there…yes?!

Cheers to a happy week!

{2014 Edition} The Holidays

I hope this post finds you all full + happy from the past week’s holiday fun. We had our fill of family, friends, and festivities and we even got to kick up our feet for a few days too. Bliss! All of it. Even the crazy moments.

A few corners of our home felt festive, but for the most part, I kept the decor super simple this year. There’s so many more places I could have hung garland and lights, but I didn’t. Maybe next year? Here’s a few snapshots of what that holidays looked like around these parts…

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My only new addition to our holiday decor comes compliments of a dear friend – a set of vintage-like mugs from Pottery Barn. Perfect for cocoa and/or coffee!

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And after all the shopping, wrapping, baking, partying, traveling, and hosting…this is how I felt Christmas morning:). Never, ever been an early bird…


…but you’ll be happy to know I warmed up and felt really blessed. Promise!


It was surely a Christmas filled with Legos and all things Frozen. For you and yours as well, yes?!

And here’s one more photo for good measure – this is what my kitchen and home usually look like. Food out. Cleaning supplies on counters. Dishes to be scrubbed. I wanted to keep it real…because the holidays are messy. In more ways than one.


Cheers to 2015!

Happy Holidays

Morning, friends!

It’s hard to believe the Christmas countdown is in single digits.This season always comes and goes in a flash. I’m guilty of being swept up in the holiday shuffle (buying gifts! parties! baking! decorating!) and losing sight of what really matters. This year, that’s not happening…that’s my goal at least. Lots of quality time with family and friends. A few meaningful gifts. And some really, really good memories made.

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Merry Christmas to you + yours!

2014 Wish List

Morning friends! Hope everyone survived the first holiday weekend of this busy season. We spent the last few days brunching and seeing friends and family from near and far…and running a few holiday errands too!

This year has really been about simplifying for us, and I think my wish list reflects that. We are trying to buy the RIGHT thing ONCE. No junk. No buying to just buy something. We want our home to work hard for us, and we want to be surrounded by useful (and sometimes beautiful!) things.

With that said, here are a few of my picks for this holiday season.

 2014 wish list

1. Creamy peppermint hand soap - that pattern. Oh my!

2. Pour over kettle - because tea would surely taste better out of this kettle, yes?

3. Pre Montreal Sneaker - comfy + cute.

4. Postalco wall calendar - you can see every day of 2015 in one glance. YES!

5. Zinc Zig Zag hook - a girl can never, ever have too may sturdy hooks.

6. Crescent moon bird framed art - brass + black. So good.

7. Drip maple syrup - the packaging. I mean?! I die. And it’s small batch organic syrup. YUM.