Details…More Details

I owe you all a house update, but we’ve really just been working on a few small details. You know, the details that take forever to finish, and no one really notices or cares? Yup, those ones.

Our open shelves in the kitchen were in need of brackets for support, so those went up the other day. Here they are without the brackets…

open shelving in kitchen

And now, with brackets! Not glamourous or life-changing, but important.


I’ve also been in the midst of painting our front door black. But first I had to do a little priming…

black front-door

And then painting (yes, believe it or not, that’s the SUN in this photo!)…


Once the front door has been touched up (glossy black paint can be very tricky), I’ll snap a front door “after” photo for you.

I’m also painting our hallway, and more trim…I swear, the painting in this house never ends.


Schoolhouse School

Those of you who’ve been following this blog for awhile know I’m sucker for a good party. I love it all – the hosting, cooking, cocktailing, decor and everything else in between. I even have proof here, here, and here.

That’s why I’m over the moon excited to share with you a workshop I’ve been working on at Schoolhouse Electric. It’s called Schoolhouse School, and if I could attend this event, I’d do so in a heart beat (and I’m not just saying this because it’s my project!). At this one day workshop, experts from our creative community, along with widely acclaimed artist Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, will teach students the fine art of calligraphy, styling/hosting, and flower arranging. Other entertaining tips and tricks will be covered throughout the day as well – think gift wrapping, serving the perfect cup of coffee, and creating a few noteworthy cocktails too!


What’s specifically on the agenda?

- Calligraphy by special guest artist Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls (2 hour class)
- Flower arranging by Anna Mara Floral Design (1 hour class)
- Styling, party favors, and table-setting by Commonwealth (1 hour class)

For more information, and to sign up for the event, visit the workshop page here.

Hope to see a few of you there:)!

The Wigwam

Morning! As I’ve mentioned before, Kyle and I worked our little fannies off this summer. We both love our jobs, but it’s nice to have a finish line at the end of a busy season, and ours was sunny Arizona last week.

We stayed at a darling historic hotel named the Wigwam. The place has individual casitas that are incredibly charming and cozy. I almost died when I saw our room for the first time – the fireplace killed me. Love. The Wigwam was originally built in 1918 as a gathering place for the Ohio-based executives of Goodyear Tire & Rubber who discovered the West Valley of Phoenix as a prime location to grow cotton for rubber production. In short, this place has some serious history, and that makes it so easy to love.

I didn’t take too many photos, as sleeping, eating, and relaxing aren’t anything to write home about, but here’s a quick snapshot of our time away + the beautiful Wigwam…









Going on vacation for us is like going to couple’s therapy. We actually get to really talk, spend quality time together, and relax. It’s the best, and just what we needed.

Now it’s time to hunker down in cloudy Portland and enjoy Fall…bring it on!

{TGIDIYFriday} Vanilla Extract

Friends! I am back for a special edition TGIDIYFriday craft. In all honestly, life has been outta control busy for myself and the hi, friend ladies. But, let’s be honest. We’re suckers for a good DIY, and with the holidays approaching, we couldn’t resist. Plus, the key to vanilla extract is timing and patience. Therefore, if you make the extract in October, it will be ready to go by the holidays. We’re all about planning ahead and prepping holiday gifts in advance, and this craft is certainly one you can make ahead. So head on over here to get your vanilla extract holiday gifts in gear!


DIY vanilla extract

DIY vanilla extract

The beauty of this craft? It can be used for a long time – vanilla extract keeps for many years if stored properly – at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.

Happy weekend to you!