Fall Favorites

Remember when I said it was hard to blog when it’s actually sunny in Portland? Well, it’s pouring rain right now, and for whatever reason, blogging seems easy peasy.

Fall is sorta here (you can literally feel it in the air) and I have a serious itch to shop and update my wardrobe for a new season. Here are a few things I’ve been eyeing lately….

Fall Favorites | Restored Style

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I know nothing matches, but I wasn’t trying to color coordinate. It’s just a quick collage of the things I love.

What item should I save my pennies for first?


Home Exterior…So Close!

Friends! I am here! And back in action. Summer in Oregon is too short to spend in front of a computer, but I promise, I’ll be a better blogger now that the sun isn’t shining as much – or ever.¬†Plus, I have plenty of good updates to share with you!

We’re labeling the Summer of 2013 as the “season of waaaay too much yard work”. I can’t tell you how hard Kyle worked on our yard. He spent hundreds of hours weeding, watering, and planting nearly 100 plants. And then there was bark dust. So. Much. Bark dust. I can’t even talk about it. It literally took us a month to spread it all. Never again.

We’re not totally complete with our exterior project + yard overhaul, but we’ve come a long way since we bought the home last Fall, when it looked like this:





Now, it looks like this….








What’s still left to tackle?

  • Select and install new exterior light fixtures
  • Beef up column on porch
  • Paint front door
  • Plant a few more plants
  • Hang address (kinda important!)

And then, believe it or not, this rather HUGE project will be completed. Can I get a heck yes?

Life, Lately

It’s official. Blogging is hard in the summer. Especially when you live in a city that only sees the sun a few months out of the year. There are outdoor happy hours, trail runs, weekend getaways, and everything else in between that seem far more important than sitting in front of a computer. When the sun is out in Portland, you bask in it, because before you know it, it’s gone. For a long, long time. So that’s where I have been…I’d like to think that’s an a-okay excuse:)?

Besides enjoying summer, we’ve been, well, enjoying summer. Which also means weddings, ¬†adventuring, and barbequing…here are a few iPhone pics to get you caught up on life.







Oh yes! And how can I forget. We’ve been spreading A LOT of bark dust. Ugh. It’s officially the worst job ever. Sometimes grueling house projects end up as a decent blog post, but not this one. I CAN tell you our new fireplace sconces will be here early next week…which means a fireplace reveal is in the works.

Happy summer weekend to you!