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Guest room | Mood board

June 3, 2016

Once we decided we would be gutting this room I’ve had some time to come up with fun ideas to implement once the dirty work was done. Below is the original product plan for the room. We inherited a neat white-washed bedroom set that I think will compliment the pastel color scheme we have going here. Part of me can’t believe I’m decorating in pastel’s. But I’m so excited to see this come together!


Sabina Shibori Euro Sham | 2. PetalFlynn Single Wall Sconce | 3. Stand Table lamp | 4. Cowhide patchwork pillow | 5. Brace Wall hook | 6. Hex boxes by Sydney based design group Evie | 7. Hanging Curio Cabinet | 8. Marin, curated by Minted | 9. Cut ceramic Planter

Other items that I’ve come across that I love and may find some way to use are below…

Faux Shagreen Tray by West Elm


Trigg Wall Vases at CB2


Totem Candle Holders at Rejuvenation Hardware


This is just a taste of what is to come, I can’t wait to share the reveal once the room is finally put together. Hope this was helpful!

Guest room | Inspiration

May 26, 2016

Things have shifted into high-gear around here with the impending arrival of my girlfriend from college who will be staying with us for a few weeks… We love hosting friends, and are looking forward to having a bright, cozy guest room for them to stay in. Although it is worth mentioning that construction has hardly slowed the traffic through this old house. We still had friends happily bedding down on an air mattress when the guest room was just drywall and boards over the windows. Seriously! You guys know who you are, and you are awesome.


Color: Window Pane by Sherwin Williams

I have been compiling photos and dreaming of our finished guestroom since before we tore into the walls. This weekend we finished up the trim, windows, baseboards, crown-molding and Nick caulked ALL of it. He is a MASTER. Really, caulking freaks me out so I can’t be in the same room as him when he’s working on it. I’d like to think of myself as a relatively calm person, but there is something about the finesse involved in caulking that causes me anxiety. But now that its almost finished we get to move onto the fun stuff, styling the room!



Pink Bohemian Bedroom by Victoria Smith from sfgirlbybay and Bri Emery from designlovefest


Source: Lauren Conrad


Source: Apartment Therapy

feathered collages

Source: Decor8

Also, how amazing is that feather collage in the last photo? It is made by a talented sister due, Clare and Joy from Mondocherry in Australia.

The room is small so I’m keeping it simple. Sheer white curtains, we might do some wood blinds in the square window because that west-facing wall gets SO MUCH SUN. It’s blinding when you wake up in the morning, and lets face it we all wake up a little squinty-eyed anyways and the last thing you need is to be sun-blind when you wake up. So yes, there may be blinds. We’ve ordered these before from Home Depot -the sales people will cut them to size in-store and they easily install in a few minutes. Currently there is no storage, and no room to add a dresser so I plan to get creative with some under-bed boxes and neat shelving. I also have a few prints that need a home and fit the vibe of this room. Stay tuned for the design + product board on here soon!

Guest room | Progress

May 7, 2016

Last time we checked in the guest room was demoed, both of the old windows removed and framed for the new ones going in.


Lots has happened since! We added insulation, new drywall and even had an unforeseen project that included the removal of the main vent stack in the house. More on that later…


We decided to do a skim- coat over the room, and opted for the smooth museum finish instead of traditional texture. This was incredibly time consuming so we enlisted the help of a friend who had lots of experience with applying mud to achieve the desired finish. You can see the finish below as the windows are going in.


We chose a 4ft. x 2ft. casement window for the south facing wall, and a 3 ft. x 3 ft. single-hung window for the west facing wall.


We finally took my Dad up in his offer to help -here he is helping Nick out in the first window.

Below you can see the almost finished room! We used tongue-in-groove cedar planking for the ceiling and painting the room in a pastel blue.

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Guest room | Demo Days

April 19, 2016

Our most recent project has been the guest room. When we moved into the house, this room had an itty bitty closet in one corner that was a huge eye-sore and not practical given the space -the room is almost exactly square at 9’5″ x 10′. It had one dark blue statement? wall and felt dingy and dark.


We painted this room with Killz primer when we moved in to subdue the harsh smoke scent and added new electrical outlets since we were doing new electrical throughout the rest of house. Before the floors were refinished we ripped out the closet which you can see below.


Amazing what a coat (or 3!!) of fresh paint can do for a room. You can see here where the existing heater vents came up through the floor. When they refinished the floors we had them patch all of these as our new ones are in the ceiling. Once the floors were finished and cured we covered them up with RAM Board and went to town demoing the existing walls.


It was a serious mess. Even though we’ve systematically torn down almost all the walls in this house it still amazes me how much debris lath and plaster creates. We even found some chicken wire hidden in the plaster. THAT was fun. But we did find an old window that had been covered up – Hooray! My main concern with this room was that it would still look dark even after we remodeled it. Not anymore! We now now have western and northern exposures in this room and I couldn’t be happier! We ordered two new windows and they should be here at the end of the month.


Why the siding around the window is cut in a “V” we have no idea. Any guesses? Also, we found out we have two layers of siding, some straight cedar planking. Which, coincidently looks SO much better than the green cedar particle stuff we’ve got on there currently. We hope this can end up saving us some money, but more research is needed.

Original Hardwoods | To refinish? Or not. 

April 13, 2016

Our current home was built in 1926, at a time when most homes were ordered from the Sears catalogue at your local store. The materials were shipped in a rail boxcar which included everything needed to build the home. Once delivered, these homes were often assembled with the help of family and relatives. There were two options for floors, oak or fir. Oak, the harder of the two was considered an upgrade, while fir came standard with most homes.

We have fir. You can see below what they looked like when we moved in.



We went back and forth trying to decide whether the floors could be saved, or if we were better off putting in new engineered hardwoods. I love a good story, and the history behind these floors was no exception. I spent countless hours mulling over what to do and working to convince the efficient, ever practical engineer in the house that they were worth it. We knew that because they are a softer, more lightweight wood they would dent easily -something hard to stomach after spending a pretty penny to refinish them. However, after a few quotes and an extensive amount of research, we decided to refinish. One of the reasons was our original floors have a much tighter grain than anything we could afford to replace them with. Below is a look at the floors after the walls had received new drywall, can lighting and fresh paint.


We brought in a professional to do the job, as fir is extraordinarily soft and someone as spastic and inexperienced as myself should never be allowed near a drum-sander. We moved out for two weeks while the team refinished them. We also timed our two-week vacation right after so that the floors could have almost a month to cure. The Swedish-finish that is recommended for floors in the PNW is really toxic and it took a few weeks for the fumes to air out completely. Below are photos of the process.


Picking the stain. We went with the darker of the two, New American because it showed the variation in the grain of the wood but hid many of the small imperfections and variances in color due to age and wear.


It took five passes on a drum sander to reach a clean slate. Naturally, there were spots around the house where it was impossible to remove all signs of previous wear. And in a few places it appears the wood was dyed by some kind of spill, but it’s character and this stain certainly showcased the richness of the fir. Note: having your carpets cleaned commercially in place is a great way to damage the wood underneath. We think this is potentially what caused the dark squares in our living and dining rooms.


The photo above was taken after one coat of stain. We opted to have them apply three coats total to give the wood a more durable layer. Fir is really soft and we were/are concerned that it is going to wear quickly with heavy traffic and dogs. See below for the finished product!


They are beautiful, and needless to say we are thrilled with how well they turned out. Whether they were worth refinishing only time will tell -there will eventually be another post on that.






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