Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Quick PSA: Add A Warm Water Spigot

Living in Seattle, we have pretty mild temperatures.

So when we get sun, we must take advantage!


One of the best upgrades we made when building our house was to add a hot water spigot to the front and back yard.

First of all, I realize that this is a major first world LUXURY. The fact that millions of people globally don't even have clean water, yet my kids have WARM clean water to PLAY in, is not lost on me.

We have been longtime supporters of this global organization that supports efforts to get water to developing nations.

Second, this has totally revolutionized how my kids get to enjoy the Seattle sun.


And I love that.

So this is a quick PSA that if you are building your home, and have the opportunity to add these little luxuries to your build plan, DO IT. 

It'll extend your outdoor play by several months, and make you the hit of the neighborhood.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Think Pink…Thrift Store Baby Doll Bassinet Makeover

I don't have many opportunities to use pink in this house.


But despite the mounds of blue that exist in my house, I really do love a good pink.


This is a new revelation for me too.

So when I spotted this darling vintage baby doll bassinet while thrifting last weekend (for $2 mind you), I knew it'd look so sweet with a few coats of Country Chic Paint's Vintage Cupcake.


It had clearly been well-loved by some sweet little girl before (I love imagining the story of these pieces when I get them…as if they have feelings).

I cleaned up the bassinet with a wet cloth, sanded gently on the flat surfaces with a 220 grit sanding block, and then slapped on two coats of paint in Vintage Cupcake.


Always wanting to "rough it up" a little, I finished it off with a coat of Antique Wax, let that dry and buffed it out with a soft cloth.


I love how the Antique Wax adds so much more dimension to the color.


I'm minorly in love with these hand-sewn dollies that look like they belong perfectly in this sweet bassinet. 

They were loaned to us just for the day, but were originally made by her.



I love my boys, but it was fun to pretend with this really girly pink, and these really girly dolls.

Even if just for the day.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Encouragement

The sun is out today, and this is the promise that I see true in my life today.


I hope you feel it too!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dining Seating Area

I'll keep this short, but I just wanted to share a few pictures of this cute new bench seating area I put together after scoring that amaze storage bench from a local blogger friend, Anneke.


It feels extra springy to me with the accent pillows (from here) and faux boxwood wreaths.


This is going to be so great for entertaining, great for storing tons of stuff, and maybe even a new timeout spot. :)


I just love it!


Happy sunny Tuesday!

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

2014 Country Chic Paint Bloggers

I've been sharing with you recently some fun furniture re-do's as I've been experimenting with the new Country Chic paint line (see here and here).

And then a couple weeks ago, I got some exciting news that I had been chosen to be a part of 2014 Blogger Squad for Country Chic Paint!


I'm so excited to partner with these ladies and Country Chic paint as we all take our own spin on breathing new life into old pieces, and tackling new creations.

Plus, you'll be seeing a lot more before and after's from me!

Once this rain ceases at least. ;)

And in the meantime, I'd love for you to check out all the other contributors both on their blogs and our Pinterest Board

Jane from Mamie Jane's
Melissa from While It Rains
Rachel from Maison de Pax
Lindsay from My Creative Days
Krista from The Happy Housie
Jen from Migonis Home
Stacey from Embracing Change
Heather from Inspire Me Heather
DeDe from Designed Decor
Carissa from Carissa Miss

Happy {rainy} Tuesday!

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I married my best friend in 2006, and we started a family in 2010. Our house is still a work in progress in becoming a home - who knew there would be so many projects with new construction?! I love flavored coffee creamers, reality TV and anything Husky sports-related. My confession is that I only make boxed cookies, don't do grocery delivery (they don't have samples!), and am slightly obsessed with being a mom to boys.

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