farm kitchen story board

Restoring this sweet 1920s cape cod kitchen to its former glory almost feels like preserving history. I love these old homes and making them shine again. We loved the cove around the window and are keeping the original upper cabinets & hard wood floors because they have so much charm, but my favorite detail is how the kitchen window opens from the middle to a view of the backyard. Not sure what those type of windows are called, but I’m naming it a Cinderella window because every time I see it I can just picture little birdies singing on the window sill as the future owner cleans and cooks! (obviously watched too much Disney)

Here’s our inspiration for the kitchen renovation.

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The walls & upper cabinets are Wedding White. The lower cabinets are Natural Silver Wool.

Antique brass cabinet pulls &  matching faucet.

We are doing a built in storage bench for a breakfast nook. Pic via Better Homes & Gardens

We found shaker cabinets here: Inspiration photo: Devol Kitchens

It took everything within me to do a different counter other than marble, but I finally settled on Viatera’s Snowstorm. It’s one of the few quartz I could find that looks good with the marble backsplash to satisfy my obsession! Our home has marble counters & I have no complaints. Nothing is more beautiful to me, but wasn’t sure if everyone is so forgiving, so we went with quartz for this home. Our counters have no stains yet (we’ve had them a year), but there are a few spots with etching. It doesn’t bother me at all because in 100 years it will have that nice patina, right? 🙂 For us the classic beauty of marble outweighs any amount of maintenance. If you decide to do them in your home, go with honed instead of gloss because it doesn’t show etching as much & you’re supposed to seal it once a year.

Floating shelves for extra storage. Crazy about these!

Farm sink & schoolhouse light!

Here’s a few pictures of our progress so far…

 

 

the tiny bathroom story board

We are restoring a tiny 1920s cottage we purchased in an auction a month ago… without walking through! We did peek through every window 1000000 times & were confident we could make this little home beautiful again. The current state of the bathroom is a bit scary! While the rest of the house has been painted the loveliest shade of white, the bathroom is still lath and plaster, but also it’s THE tiniest bathroom I have ever seen. Before we closed on the house we found an old clawfoot tub to restore to keep with the era of the home. Clawfoot’s are heavy, but not too long, I didn’t even question if it would fit, but it ended up being 1 inch, 1 inch(!!!) too long…so we are saving it for another home. I ended up finding a 54” tub from Signature Hardware that will fit perfectly. We had to go all out and have the soaking tub to make up for the fact that this bathroom is so tiny. It’s going to be the sweetest little oasis!

Here’s our story board. All these pretty textiles are just piled in one of the rooms waiting to be installed, I cannot wait!

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The tub & pedestal sink are from Signature Hardware

School house vanity light- Wayfair

Marble Hexagon tile is for the floor, ah! Iron towel hooks, antique brass faucets-Amazon (i know, right) The tile was only $8 a sq ft, whaaaat!

We will be doing a DIY shiplap 3/4 of the way up the walls

Paint color throughout the house is Glidden’s Wedding White

and here is the current state of the tiny bath…

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Rachel

*afters

Rachel

Ahhh, this looks familiar! We remodeled the bathroom in our 1920s craftsman a couple years ago. Love your design selections! 😘

Can’t wait to see before and agrees when you’re finished! Would also love to see before and agrees of your own home. 😍😍

our island

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Our first vacation as three.

There were some challenging days on this trip, but I’m choosing to remember the sweet things because there were so many of those too!

We didn’t snap very many photos, which is different for me, but also refreshing to just enjoying every moment for myself and not live them through a lens😊

These are the things I want to hold onto forever…

We stayed in a home over looking the cliffs on the lush north shore.

We drank coffee outside on the patio every morning facing the jungle with towering avocado trees. Avocados the size of your face!

Our skin and lips dewy, salty, sandy.

Every day we picked plumeria and I would watch as Ivy smelled every flower and wanted to place them behind my ear.

We spent almost every day at our favorite hidden beach lined with fiddle fig trees on one side and coral reefs at the other.

Ivys little naked bum running around chasing chickens and her little voice saying, “bok bok”.

 

 

summer skin

“Home is the nicest word there is.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder

This season of life has brought with it a different pace and one that at first was so foreign but now is refreshing, slower, richer and full of meaning. As summer ends, a years gone by, and I truly feel like a mother. Content celebrating and savoring each day, so simple but full of love.

H a p p y.

I have a path, a sense sailing true north. Making a  h o m e.

I’ve never been more at peace simply being here. Present exactly where I am in life and holding on to each day, actually living and not concerned with things going on outside these walls, but being absolutely enamored with the love we make with in them.  img_1036 img_1120

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loving from a distance

Removing something from my life that’s been the center for so long I couldn’t see how much it was affecting me negatively.

Saying goodbye to my camera.

Still a little hard to say, but the freedom in selling most of my gear has been liberating. I didn’t realize how freeing it would be till I finally took down parts of my site and announced I was stepping away for a while. Once it was official, peace and a little adrenaline flooded in, relief.

I have been so discontent with everything from my small town of no possibility to even at times, the weather and trees😆. Saying no to something I thought was my life’s passion has made me so weirdly happy and it’s kind of confusing! The daily striving to succeed, be valued, be somewhere else, the competition and drama. It’s over and it’s amazing:)

Not sure what the point of sharing all this was, but if something in your life isn’t sitting right, take time, lots of time if you need, to step back and really look at everything. Whats consuming your thoughts and causing reactions, these negative feelings. If you find something that’s a constant source of anguish or destructive thought  then remove it. If you can’t remove it for some reason, love it from a distance and heal.

It was hard at first to even think of possibily quitting my dream, the only thing I feel truly good at… but as time went on, hurtful things kept happening, further confirming that my vocation wasn’t right…this wasn’t supposed to cause more pain than joy. And as the months have gone there have been changes in my heart & mind  happening too, new ideas and dreams to aspire, learn, a hint of direction. So if you’re in a place of discouragement and constant struggle to find joy in your work, there’s is something else for you, so many things. Find the thing that will bring you true peace and joy or maybe one day if you wait it will come to you and when it does, grab onto it.

 

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Rachel

If you make it over to Spokane, please stay with us! Although, admittedly, Eastern Washington is not nearly as charming as Southern Oregon. ☺️ Glacier National Park is so incredible, but it’s a trek, even for us! Maybe close to 5 hours east.

If you need any recommendations, you have my email. 😉

You are the sweetest and I wish we lived closer. I’m am so happy you came down this summer and I know we will meet again. I’ve been wanting to explore Washington!

I will definitely always have a film camera and be taking photos 😊 I could never ever stop!

You always know just what to say and I appreciate you and your heart so much! Xo

Rachel

Oh and I hope you continue this blog. I love it so much!

Rachel

Oh Laura, this makes me feel so grateful that I was able to reconnect with you this past summer. I cherish the pictures that you took so much… I spend time looking through them at least once a week!!

I admire you so much for making a difficult decision. Sometimes when we let go of things like this, we find that they make their way back to us in the most roundabout way. Southern Oregon is so lovely–I envy you so much!! I hope that life moves slow for you and that you can really savor this precious season with your family. You are so gifted with a camera, but I am certain that this is not the only talent that you have to share. You have an eye for beauty and light, and this will serve you well in all that you pursue.

Whatever you do, I hope that you keep a film camera around to capture memories with your family. These will become family treasures!