FINALLY! We are BEYOND excited to share our BIG NEWS with YOU!!!
The excitement is so NEW (we literally JUST signed closing papers), I almost don’t even know where to begin. Words. Which words….
As you may know, I grew up on a little apple farm not far from here, and I’ve always hoped to live on a similar small farm with my own family. Well, sometimes an adventure presents itself when you’re least expecting it.
Labor Day Weekend 2017: I told my husband I was 1000% happy where we are, and I didn’t even want to look at moving right now (we almost purchased some property last Christmas to build a new home, and ultimately felt it wasn’t the right time or situation). And then, he got the bug to look at real estate online (Sunday of Labor Day weekend). He found a very interesting property…literally a stone’s throw away from the property we almost purchased last Christmas…but this one had the DREAMIEST driveway that I’ve admired for years. We drove right out to see it and….LOVE. AT. FIRST. SIGHT.
I mean, I don’t know if you understand. I am a DRIVEWAY GIRL. For some reason, I’ve always been obsessed with country lanes and driveways, something like…oh, I don’t know…THIS ONE??????????? A little further up the driveway is this little nugget: (below)
Oh hi there, Mr. Gazebo, I LOVE YOU. And the trees are obscuring it in this shot, but THERE IS A WEATHERVANE ON TOP. I’m not yelling at you. I’m telling you in a very excited voice that there is a DARLING weathervane on top of this little cutie. And electrical already in place. Sure, he needs a little love, but OH THE POSSIBILITIES.
What’s that?? Oh, you want to see the HOUSE???? Ok…here she is!
Angels are singing. Do you hear it? Maybe it’s just me…we are already so in love with our new home. 🙂 We have big plans for this place. The main house was built in 1890 by an Oregon Trail Pioneer, and then additions were added in the 1960’s and early 2000’s. We’ll be renovating the entire inside before moving in (work will start next week and we hope it will be completed by April 2018!), a little work to the outside, a fresh paint color, new landscaping…ohhhhhh so. many. things.
Ryan and I sat on this front porch one sunny day in October, and he said, “I think this could be our forever home.” Tears.
The house has huge potential, but the PROPERTY. The property is what grabbed my heart and felt like home from day one. Wanna see some pics?
There are a couple cute little outbuildings with HUGE potential…I can’t even. I’m so excited.
Once we were hooked, we were wondering what our kids would think. Would they want to leave a neighborhood? We took them over and showed them and…THEY LOVED IT. Meant to be.
We were then excited to walk our parents around the property and share our vision with them…we were relieved to hear they didn’t think we were nuts…no matter how old you are, it’s always comforting to have your parent’s approval, right? 🙂 Here we are on that very special day: (below)
My dad (to my right in the hot rod t-shirt) has always been up for an adventure. I mean, he and my mom left their comfortable life in southern California (where they were close to ALL of their family) when we were little kids, and bought an apple farm in Oregon. Aaaaaaand they knew NOTHING about farming or apples at the time. Dream-followers, adventure-seekers, putting their trust in God. And that’s how we want to be.
Our word for this process from the beginning has been ADVENTURE. And today, on the day we signed the papers, my phone alerted me to a “memory” from August, just before this whole thing started. A pic I was compelled to take while on vacation: (below)
What a fun little “God-wink.”
As of today, the beautiful leaves are all off of the trees, it’s cloudy and cold, but we’re still in love with the place. Totally and completely.
Sooooo, you might be wondering. WHO is gonna do all of this renovation? So glad you asked. We are over the moon to have an amazing team in place for the renovation. My sweet friend, Jayme, and her talented husband, Nolan, at Fridley Custom Homes, have agreed to take on this project. I’ll be doing the interior design, but I’m no builder. We knew we had to have the BEST, and we feel so blessed to have the Fridleys on the project. They know us, they know our vision, and their expertise has already been so helpful.
JUST WAIT til you see the INSIDE. Keep your eye out for a post next week with tons of interior pics in the current “before” state. But until then, we’d love to know, are you coming along on this journey with us? We can’t wait to share the whole process…the “before”, the demo, the new surface selection, the ups, and downs, the “after”… just ALL OF IT! You in? Let the #renovationontheprairie BEGIN!!!!!
Wellllllll, Merrrrrrry Christmas! I’m so excited to have you here today. This won’t be the fanciest holiday home tour you’ll see this year…but that’s why it’s just perfect for our little family. A simple palette of fresh greens, festive Christmas reds, rustic woods, and plenty of heart.
It always starts with a little inspiration to spark an idea. A song, a feeling, a color…well, I’m pretty traditional when it comes to Christmas colors (give me all of the red & green!), so I decided to go with a song…for some reason I couldn’t shake the tune from “All is Well” for days. Literally. For days. I scrounged up an old rustic board from the garage, and painted the words on it…YES! Just the push I needed…the rest was easy. An old door as a backdrop, fresh cedar garland, and some buffalo check pillows…DONE!
Simplicity = IMPACT. Which is very lucky for this girl, because simplicity was the ONLY way to go this year.
A fresh wreath from Lynch Creek Farm and a darling mat from Fifth and Grace were fun additions to the front door area.
Ok, brrrr! It’s cold out here! Let’s go inside where it’s cozy. 🙂
In the entry, a chalkboard is a fun backdrop to this sweet, delicate wreath (found at a local holiday bazaar, made Laura Jenkins, find her etsy shop here!). Laura has the most AMAZING booth every single year, and my sister and I always rush directly to see her stuff first!
The darling “All things lovely” bag was a gift from my sweet friend Abby…you can find her on Instagram @mrsabbychic. What a thoughtful surprise!
Wanna know a secret? I had a completely different thing in mind for the mantel…but when I started in on my “idea”…ugh. Not so great, my friends. NOT SO GREAT. I stepped back and felt defeated for just a second, until I remembered this beautiful sign from Vine And Branches TX. Oh, and let’s not forget the cutest little x bench EVER. Wait. A bench on the mantel? WHY NOT?? More fresh cedar garland and some white lights were the only finishing touches needed. (Note: cedar garland is GORGEOUS, but can dry out fairly quickly and look a little crunchy. The freshness can be prolonged with a misting of water every couple days.)
This cold-weather season calls for plenty of cozy throw blankets and pillows for days! Make yourself at home…in this house it’s totally acceptable to shove extra pillows out of your way. 😉
Let’s get to the main attraction around here, the TREE! Simple, “airy”, humble, unexpected. We had so much fun going to cut this beauty in the foothills of Silverton, Oregon. It’s a wild Noble Fir, and the high elevation where it grows causes this “spaced out” look…our FAVORITE!
This type of tree allows the ornaments to be displayed so beautifully…you can really see and appreciate each one. These tree banners are a pretty addition this year, made by Laura Jenkins.
Home sweet home.
Sophie seems to love it. 😉
The hutch is always a fun little spot to remix each season…and this old “cabins” sign got dragged back in from the garage. Using old things in a new way is the most fun! Free decor! 😉
I’m sharing a few close-ups with you…sometimes the little details get lost in the big picture!
The dining table was kept ultra-simple this year, and I must say, I LOVE it. And guess what? We actually have room to EAT here, instead of moving a huge vignette out of the way. 😉 You’re welcome, family.
The kitchen is clean & simple too…with just some essential baking ingredients to decorate the island. Now, what to make first?? 🙂
The chalkboard repeats our theme this year, “All is Well.”
This year I thought it would be fun to add a faux tree to our bedroom, and it makes it feel so cozy up there! Wanna see?
My favorite thing this week has been to enjoy the tree lights each night while reading or watching tv…I can’t believe we’ve never put a tree right there!
Thanks so much for dropping by today. It’s always a treat to have you here!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
So Tiny Houses are all the rage these days…but WHAT IF you got the chance to deck one out in FARMHOUSE STYLE? I jumped at the chance to be involved in the design/decorating of this tiny house for a very special client…and just in case you didn’t get to come and tour it last weekend, I thought I’d share a few pics!
We decided to keep the exterior classic & rustic with a beautiful cedar shake siding…that way it will blend in beautifully with its surroundings here in the Pacific Northwest.
This tiny home is built on a 30′ trailer, so it can be moved easily. It’s just under 400 square feet, including the loft, a true tiny treasure! The builder was Jim Ash, of Daystar Tiny Homes. Ready to step inside?
There are always hiccups in any project, and this one was no different. The loveseat we originally ordered was too large for the space when it arrived, so the homeowner will be ordering a custom size. We quickly ordered this darling little settee in time for the open house, but a slightly larger piece will be better for everyday life. 🙂 The custom coffee table was made by Garden Gallery Iron Works, along with the bar stools (above left)…and so many other fun touches that you’ll see in a minute! Most of the decor you’ll see is from Garden Gallery as well…oh, we had so much fun shopping for the finishing touches!
To the right of the entry is the bathroom, including a pretty little vanity and shower. (below) The barn door is a great space-saver, but also reinforces our farmhouse look! I love the stained door, set off by lots of white shiplap walls.
There’s a little staircase to the right of the above pic, leading to the loft. The cozy loft area will be used as a guest room for the homeowner’s granddaughters and friends as well. (You can see a view up to the loft below!)
How cute is that loft space?? Garden Gallery Iron Works also made the beautiful railing…such an amazing addition!
Let’s talk about this darling kitchen & eating area!
This kitchen features a full size range (I mean, you HAVE to be able to make cookies, right?), a full size refrigerator, and a beautiful copper farm sink. There are more cabinets to be added above the counter on the right side, but you know how things go with construction. Things always take longer than planned! You may notice the fridge is up on a platform. Any guesses why? To accommodate for the wheel well! This home is built on a trailer, remember? This made the middle of the home a perfect spot for the kitchen, as most of the wheel well is covered by cabinetry. 🙂
Here’s a closer look at the sink (above)…so gorgeous! The countertops are a Corian-type material (provided by Pacific NW Marble & Granite), much lighter than granite or quartz…perfect for a tiny home!
This set of cabinets will be kept open, to keep things feeling “airy” (but will be painted white when finished). The high ceilings in this home really help it seem larger than it is…plus, great opportunities to accessorize! 🙂
This little bar area is a fun dining space.
Let’s go see the master bedroom, shall we?
Gah! This beautiful bed is a custom design by Garden Gallery Iron Works. So unique, and completely perfect for this sweet homeowner. And did you spy the little nightstand? It was found literally on the side of the road. My hubby repaired it, and I gave it a fresh coat of paint & pretty hardware. It’s just the right size for this bedroom.
This bookcase, to the left of the bed, will be a great spot to display books and family photos.
This pretty mirror will reflect light from the patio door behind me (the tiny house is currently sitting inside of a big shop until it’s completed…just imagine how bright it will be when sunshine pours in the windows!)…and have you noticed the stained beams running across the ceiling? LOVE!
Work continues on the house this week, and after that? This fun, bubbly homeowner will get to enjoy her home sweet home! Here we are at Ashley Furniture Home Store in Salem, Oregon, furniture shopping for the project! (below)
A huge thank you to Garden Gallery Iron Works and Garden Time TV for inviting me to be a part of this fun adventure! If you missed our segments on Garden Time TV, you can view them here!
Soooo? I have to know! Could YOU live in a tiny house?
Soooooo there’s this amazing family. They are dear friends, and just the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. Their family has grown a bit over the last few years, and they were ready for an organized home office/homework room.
With 4 biological children and 3 blessings adopted from China, these 7 incredible kiddos needed a spot. A spot to do school projects, homework, play games, and just hang out…away from the main living space. And the kicker? The office is the first room you see when you enter their home…so it needed to be welcoming, inviting, and organized!
The parents of these sweet kids inspire me. They are so passionate about their children, giving them each a childhood to remember. Their home is full of laughter, lots of friends hanging out, and you can feel the love. Their hearts are just HUGE!
One day in late August, I stopped by to chat with them about the project. Their wish list was simple: a homework table, bookcases to store allllllll of their books, and a little desk area for mom & dad. We didn’t really talk about colors, style, or anything like that…but I knew they would be up for anything (we’re long-time friends, remember?). I mean, talk about a dream project! Working with people you love, and dreaming up a design with no preconceived ideas.
Ready to see it?? Let’s start with a “before” pic:
So the office sort of became a catch-all for furniture not being used in other rooms…not exactly homework friendly. The walls had recently been painted, and were a great neutral color, so that was a good start! Ready to see the “after?” (below)
Fresh, modern, organized. So fun! And plenty of room to add even MORE books to the bookcases…I hear there are many more in the garage! 😉 The “Kickapoo” sign was a surprise, as it is a much-loved town where this couple grew up. I decided to use a raw board for a casual, modern look, and then sealed it with a clear water-based sealer. A perfect match to the table!
Ok, and the other side of the room, “before.” (below)
Aaaaaand “after!” (below)
Ready for homework! (sorry kids!)
One of my favorite things about this re-do is the “budget-friendliness.” It doesn’t have to cost a lot to refresh a space! And this update provided tons of function and a clean, fresh look. Win-win.
The entire room started with this fun rug, the “Kronge” from Ikea. We added the Norden Extendable Table, Hemnes Bookcase, & Boja Pendant Lamp (also from Ikea), and these Lemoyne side chairs. The clock & gray storage cabinet were Target finds, and the pretty curtains were from Wayfair, although it appears they’ve been discontinued. 🙁 There’s a fun desk tucked over to the right, just for mom & dad.
So? Whatcha think? Not my typical look, but perfect for this fun, busy family. As always, the BEST part is happy clients (and friends!). I know this room will get tons of use, and I can’t wait for the next project with this sweet family!
“Always take time to stop and smell the roses.” We’ve all heard it. But sometimes we don’t realize how important that is until our world gets rocked a little. Or a lot.
I’m sure we could all tell stories about what’s been going on in our lives lately. Hard things, sad things, scary things, happy things, exciting things…and man. This week we just felt like celebrating. Why? No reason, really. Just LIFE. Instead of feeling burdened that the house needs to be cleaned, the laundry pile is a mountain, the work life is hectic as ever, and we haven’t had a home cooked meal in way too long…we challenged ourselves to a perspective change, and it all started with some beautiful flowers on our doorstep.
Are you kidding me right now? How GORGEOUS are these flowers from our local FTD florist?
What a perfect opportunity to stop and SMELL THE ROSES.
I mean, just look at the way these blooms brighten up our kitchen! Our spirits were instantly lifted and suddenly it felt like a privilege to clean the kitchen, do the laundry, and make a meal (Ummm, ok you got me. Maaaaybe I didn’t make the meal, but I DID make the cookies!). And this is what I love about FTD Flowers. They partner with local florists to ensure their bouquets are hand crafted and hand delivered with care. And no matter what the occasion is, it just feels meaningful! Ya know?
Aaaand did you see the darling leather tassels on the beautiful vase? I just LOVE little details like that!
Ok, I know. You’re thinking, ‘WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL about the flowers??’ And last week I might have agreed with you. But friends, I’m telling you. It’s the little things. This pretty bouquet has brightened my mood every day this week.
Today I moved them over to the dining table, and wow. What a fun fall centerpiece! I love how the kindness of others is contagious. And now I can’t wait to send some beautiful flowers to surprise a loved one.
So, yes. There’s a lot of unlovely things going on in the world, to say the least. But we have a chance to make a difference in someone’s day. A smile, a kind word, a thoughtful note, some beautiful flowers…all it takes is a willing heart.
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