cape cod house | renovation progress

This last week we finished tiling the bathroom. If you’ve been following along, we were going to shiplap the bathroom, but decided to subway tile instead for better moisture protection and I love the way it turned out! It’s a pretty small space so we kept everything the same color instead of breaking up the walls with different colors and changed out the aluminum window making the tiny bathroom appear just a bit bigger. The light in there is magic & I love the pop of bronze from the fixtures!


before & after | the craftsman part 1

Two years ago we bought our first home. I remember the day we moved in was a family event with every Nelson and Grush helping us. It was momentous for us- 5 months pregnant standing on the porch of our first home where we would start our family & create so many memories within these walls.

We got right to work trying to do as much we could before Ivy’s arrival. The dining/living area was first. The original wood floors were painted white, but preserved all these years under carpet. Billy sanded them down and they are one of my favorite things about our home. A lot of the molding was torn out, but these big picture windows were still intact, so we re-created the molding throughout the room from wood found at a salvage yard and stained it to match. I will forever love old homes and restoring all the character and history they hold.

The day we moved in ^ 🙂

Throughout the demo process, the reoccurring question was, why!?, Why would you board up these cute little windows? The entire downstairs walls were covered in these tongue and groove cedar planks + popcorn ceiling + the biggest brick hearth you’ll ever see. I like to call the theme the original owners were going for, ‘medieval dungeon/I love sconces’ and they did such a good job. It was so dark, but now it’s filled with so much light!

Billy just finished tiling and building a new mantel for the fireplace and I painted it a dusty grey green. I love brick but this wasn’t my favorite. Our goal is to always stay true to the style of the house so we added these wood details to make it feel craftsman. We still have a few things to finish in this space, like window hardware & a new front door. If we ended up living here a while I would love to move the TV out of this room and upstairs so that the living space could be focused more on connection. It’s so easy to just turn the tv on, but I feel like if it was out of sight it would become more of a special occasion instead of, lets just turn it on because we are bored.

We’ve been in this house a little over two years now and it’s been a slow process renovating our first home. I love being able to share all the hard work we’ve been doing, so stay tuned for more. We are finishing the backyard, last details in the kitchen, then onto the laundry room and bathroom!

 

 

 

 

sweet magnolia handmade

My dear friend, mama, maker, Julia of Sweet Magnolia Handmade. There are not enough beautiful words to describe this lady. I loved spending time with her in her happy place where she creates the sweetest, softest baby things. Check out her instagram and etsy here!

homemade soap + essential oils

You know those moments where it dawns on you that you’re officially an adult or mom or … old? Like when you see high schoolers and they look like babies or when you get excited about things like a new vacuum, coffee pot… and soap. I’ve been experimenting with essential oils and making our own household products. I love all things natural and herbal. It’s so interesting how we are given all these plants, each with their own purpose, able to heal any ailment; from cannabis oil curing children’s seizures who are seizing up hundreds of times a week- how miraculous, to tea tree oil curing diaper rash and any fungus of the skin, aloe vera curing perioral dermatitis and frankincense curing cancer. I’m fascinated!

There’s so much to learn and play with. I’d love to hear how you use your oils too and I’ll be sharing once in a while what I’m doing over here.

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To make soap all you need are these foaming soap dispensers, Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap, water and any essential oil you like. I use Eden’s Garden ‘cleaning’ in these bottles to wipe down surfaces in the house, floors, counters, everything. We don’t even have any other cleaners and it leaves everything so clean and smelling amazing, plus it’s non-toxic, double plus, it’s way cheaper to make it yourself. In our hand soap, I like to change the scent for the season, so for these winter months I’m using ‘fighting five’ (thieves), but my favorite blends are this, this and this.

To mix: for both the spray bottle and soap dispenser, I fill the bottle first with warm water almost to the top, then add a couple tablespoons of Castile soap and 10-20 drops of whichever essential oil you fancy. That’s it!

*Jazz hands*

 

2016

a year on film

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Being still has been such a challenge for me this past year. I am usually reflective and reminiscent as the year ends, but when I think back it all just feels swept up like the wind. How has it come and gone so fast? Looking back at these photos, oh how she has grown, though each day feels the same, there’s been so much change, so much. I cannot even process it all and even now, I find it so hard to quiet myself and just be. That’s something I want to be intentional with in this new year.

Our wild girl has grown from a baby into a toddler this year. From crawling, to standing, walking, now running. First words, first kisses, first steps, first plane ride, first beach and salty waves, first mountains, picnics and waterfalls. And so much more to come!

Life as three is more different than I imagined. It’s way harder, but also more beautiful in ways I’d heard it could be but couldn’t really imagine because we had never experienced life outside of us before. How my heart, my love, joy has grown is something otherworldly.

 

Rachel

Love! You will cherish these pictures even more as time passes. What a beautiful year!

I think it’s called MuMu. 🙂 There’s a link to it on my photography website if you look for their wedding:)

Jessica

I’m curious, where is the bridesmaid dress you are wearing from?