vild blomma | oregon floral design

Sisters, these two. The kind of women you know and can never have enough of. Their light & way of seeing life, beauty makes them so dear to me, my soul sisters (actually Billy’s sisters- but, I know, meant for me all along).

Flowers, plants, are in our bones, wrapped around us.

Grandpa Nelson had fields of gladiolas & a little yellow flower truck. Growing up, all the Nelson children, plants at their feet, ran through the paths of their father’s nursery, surrounded by hills & every potted plant imaginable.

I think some things are just in our blood, a calling that’s been there since the beginning and one that when you listen to it, you find your life’s joy. All of us siblings have big dreams and somehow they all align with each others. It’s taken time to grow up & we’ve grown together. We have visions of land, wild, open and sprawling green. Flowers, a nursery, a river, a homestead. Sharing our days and to see all our children grow, wildly and together. Living simply and sharing what we have with each other. Im excited to see what the rest of our lives will hold.

So I’d like to share part of this big dream. My sisters, Hannah & Sarah of Vild Blomma Floral, the name inspired by their Scandinavian ancestry, means ‘wild flowers’. Their garden is humble, but full of color, just like their spirits. You can follow along on their Instagram to see more of their beautiful garden, arrangements and faces!

Aprons from Portland Apron Co.

Alex Apland Pottery | Makers of Oregon

Our town is small, but full. Full of so many makers, people pursuing their art and helping others along the way. Alex is a potter and every year she holds a dinner, making bowls for a benefit called, Soup for the Soul. Local restaurants make soup and our community comes together supporting the homeless by filling their own unique bowl. The money from each bowl purchased goes to feeding the homeless.

before & after | cape cod kitchen & bath

In November we finally closed on a tiny cottage here in our home town, just a few blocks from where we live. It’s our first flip, not counting the house we are living in, and Billy worked day & night to finish it in just four months ( wishfully hoping it would close before our taxes were due) #selfemploymentproblems also #cryingourselvestosleep over the chunk we owe this year. We hired out the exterior paint and roofing, but other than that we did everything else!

So here it is! This sweet little house is just under 900 sq ft, 2br & 1 tiny beautiful bath.

If anyone is interested in more details about the buying process, rehab breakdown/cost and all that stuff, let me know and maybe we can put together a post like that!

Ok, here we go!

The kitchen…

What we love most about flipping a house is not the “flipping” at all, I don’t really love that word because in my head I don’t really see dollar signs and shortcuts or cover ups for a quick profit. We love the restoration part. Making the character in these old bones shine again. This is just the beginning of our remodeling journey and I’m so excited to see where it takes us. The joy I find is this: seeing something that used to be beautiful and well crafted and bringing it back to life while at the same time creating a functional space for a family to live and making our little town just a little bit more beautiful again. These wood floors were covered with a few layers of flooring and Billy sanded them down, they are like new again! We kept the upper cabinets and added in a few things, like the clawfoot tub, school house lights & restoring all the ropes for the pulley windows. All these things complimented the old charm of the home, and at the same time are still really beautiful and now functional.

 

The breakfast nook/laundry area

 

and the bathroom!

You can view this post to see all the bathroom sources & paint colors and this post for the kitchen.

Other sources:

Bathroom tub & Sink: Signature Hardware

Blue linen napkins: Not Perfect Linen

Bathroom towels and towel hook, all faucets, market bag, bathroom floor tile: Amazon

Bathroom baby products: Minerbs made here in Oregon!

Bathroom mirror, vases, baskets, brass kitchen hooks, bistro chair, vintage botanical prints: Thrifted

Tub shelf, nook table, nook bench/pillows, laundry tabletop, range hood cover: We made them 🙂

Laundry print: My print shop!

Kitchen rug: Ikea

Cookbook: Sprouted Kitchen

Nook shelves: Cascade Iron co. an Oregon shop

Aprons: Portland Apron co. aslo an Oregon shop

Kitchen counters, backsplash, appliances and pretty much everything we used to rehab: Home Depot aka our second home

Lights, kitchen sink: Wayfair & Overstock

Interior Paint: Glidden Exterior by Happy Homes Painting: Sherwin Williams (photos to come)

Roof by Church Roofing

 

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!