Tuesday, December 24, 2013


I think we can officially say phase one of the kitchen is done.. or at least close enough. We still want to switch out the lights, especially the terrible track lights above the sink, and need to figure out something to do with the front side of the bar (paint? wood?) but all in all, I'm super happy with the results so far. Taking that half wall down opened up the kitchen to the living room so much, and just look at that beam! The open shelving is just enough storage, don't miss the cabinets at all. In fact anyone want them? They are currently sitting in one giant piece in the garage.

I had every intention of documenting the process of the shelves and beam, but life happened and documentation did not. Know that it all went fairly smoothly though, minus the fact that we measured the bottom piece wrong and ended up at Home Depot a few times in one day. I'm starting to find that to be pretty standard with these projects, and am getting quite fast at navigating that place. 

All the wood is reclaimed, which we then sanded and stained. Can't recommend doing that enough, it's a fraction of the cost and adds so much more character. If it's a little too rough around the edges, some sanding and stain changes the look of the wood completely. I realize this is not a revolutionary concept, but I was surprised by how different they looked. Again, no photo evidence of this, opps.

In case you need a little reminder of what was torn down, here is a little before and after:

Next up: Countertops, hood, tile.... oh man.

ps- excuse the terribly grainy photos. 

Friday, December 13, 2013


This is proof that 2 hours and a can of paint can transform a space. Nobody should have to live with a purple and yellow sponge painted bathroom. Nobody. We're talking DOUBLE sponge paint people. GOD WHY.

This bathroom will someday be totally gutted and remodeled, but let's be honest that's like #4,569 on the list of things to do. In the mean time, we decided to slap some paint up and call it day. I seriously can't emphasize enough how much better it is. If you're hating a room, or even one wall just paint the damn thing, you'll be so much happier. Also, you can always count on a super dark grey to make any room instantly sexy. Just a little design advice from me to you.

On the list of things that should probably still happen to this bathroom:

• Paint trim/rest of walls.. maybe
• Do something with that mirror - I think it was stripped at one point, and it could be saved, or just ripped out. It's also about 1" deep, so it holds like nothing.
• New toilet seat (the sexy side of home renovations)

I'm happy to report our home is now sponge paint free.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Check it! I'm excited to share the snowboard and skis I designed for Red Junction, an awesome new venture at the foot of Mt Baker. This boutique shop specializes in powder boards and skis, making a small quantity of high quality products. Go check them out! And if you're feeling super supportive, buy a board ;)

Friday, December 6, 2013


This feels slightly tacky due to the time of year, but what the hell. Buying a home has made me want to update just about everything we own. After a while that same bookshelf from ikea you've had for 6 years just needs to be replaced. Aside from the big pieces though, there are a few small things I'm determined to work into new abode.

1 // New silverware - how does it always end up we have 47 spoons and 4 forks? It's a mystery. The gold flatware is probably not Will's favorite, but I dig it. 

2 // Oh paper straws, you're so worthless, but I'll always love you.

3 // I've been eyeballing this runner for a while, think it needs to live in my hall

4 // Our hipster kitchen wouldn't be complete without the Kinfolk cookbook, now would it?

5 // We need to replenish the plant life in our house, the move managed to kill most of it

6 // Not that we have room to hang anything else in our tiny home, but I still want this huge buffalo hanging somewhere. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013


This beautiful font that would be fun to use on a poster or something... even just blowing up a letter and framing it would be cool. And just $10! See the entire thing here.