Walk All Over Me

Mmmm – is there anything nicer than having something soft and cushy underfoot? I knew our Living Room was missing an area rug, I just didn’t know how much of a difference it would make with this room. Everything feels so much more put together and cozy now.

Last week, I told y’all that we got all twitchy and decided to start moving furniture around. Ok, yes, I was the only one that developed a twitch, but my sweet husband offered to help me maneuver furniture around this joint since my knocked up condition limits my hee-man lifting capabilities. As of last week, our Living Room looked like this:

Olive Sofa with IKAT Pillows

Rug … give me a ruuuugggg. Can’t you just hear those floors calling out for mercy. They knew it, I knew it – so I gulped and clicked buy for our new Flor tiles. Added bonus, we waited to pounce until we had a 25% off coupon in hand, which helped ease the pain a bit.

After we added some soft cush underfoot, things looked like this!

A Tisket a Tasket Flor

I LOVE this carpet you guys! As much as I will always have a soft spot in my heart for natural fiber rugs, I’m loving that we decided to switch it up in here this time around.

A Tisket a Tasket Oatmeal

In the end, we decided to go with the style – a Tisket, a Tasket, in Oatmeal. It’s neutral and goes perfectly with our existing furniture.

Custom Size Carpet Squares

In some spots, you can see the square edges more than I’d like, but overall, I figure that’s a small price to pay to have a rug that’s more washable, and swapable, in the event we have an accident on it down the road. I by we, I mean Jay – he’s prone to accidents, poor guy… ;) Oh and the cat, and the future little human – I guess they might fall into that category, too. Accident prone.

Flor Review

Our ottoman was scooting all over the place pre-rug, so it’s nice to have everything a bit more stable, and stuck in place, now that we’ve installed the rug.

Tufted Linen Ottoman

One thing I did notice on the rug, is that the edges looked a bit frayed when we first installed everything. I came back through with a pair of scissors to trim along the edges, and we haven’t had any issues with additional pilling.

FLOR Carpet Review

We also noticed after assembling the rug, and adding our furniture back in, that we were actually a row short of ideal.

In the name of symmetry and more cushiness – I ordered a final row to finish off the room.

Custom Sized Flor Carpet

Has any one else ordered FLOR tiles before? What do y’all think of them?

The Grit and Polish | Guest Post

Hi there! I’m Cathy the old-house-loving, renovation-crazed blogger behind The Grit and Polish. My husband and I are serial renovators living in Seattle with our young son and energetic pup. We’re just wrapping up our third full-house renovation, a 1926 tudor we call “the Ravenna House”. When we bought the property last year, it was un-livable. There was no heat or operable windows in the house, and a colony of rats lived in the attic. It’s taken us 12 months but we now call this giant fixer our little home.

Mary asked me to do a house tour for you guys today, so let’s get started in the living room. We didn’t need to do a lot of work in this room – just paint and refinish the floors – but this room has been a little contentious for my husband and I. I want a couch. He doesn’t. And what do you know, there’s no couch in there, but I’m not giving up yet.

Ravenna House - Living Room Mantle.jpg

Ravenna House - Living Room Layout.jpg

And here’s a peak into our kitchen. This space has seen the biggest transformation over the past year. We removed the original cabinets, demo’d a wall, re-plumbed and wired the room, had custom cabinets built, bought new appliances, infilled and re-finished the wood flooring, and tiled the enormous backsplash. Phew, I’m tired even thinking about all that work, but it’s beautiful, right?!

The Grit and Polish - White and Marble Kitchen and Flowers

The Grit and Polish - White and Marble Kitchen

The Grit and Polish - White and Marble Kitchen with Professional Stove

I’ve received a lot of great feedback on the herringbone backsplash, but if you want to know the truth, it was a pain in the ass. It took us two days just to lay the tiles. And I’ll have nightmares about those custom, angled cuts for years to come. This will be our one and only herringbone tile install.

Let’s move on to the bedrooms. The Ravenna House has a small footprint – about 800sf – with only two bedrooms on the main floor. Here’s the “master”:



And here’s our son’s nursery:



Truthfully, those photos are a little outdated. I’ve been working on a little update of my son’s bedroom but haven’t quite gotten it finished yet. You can expect new photos of the nursery up on the Grit and Polish in a month…or so.

The last room on the main floor is the bathroom. When we began renovations a year ago, we were thrilled (THRILLED!) to find original hexagon tiles below the pink linoleum flooring. It was a real trick to pull up the linoleum, but worth every grueling, sweaty, second. We also relocated the sink, tiled the shower surround, had the original tub refinished, updated the plumbing and electrical, painted, and added wainscoting over the cracked plaster. Here it is, the great white bathroom.


Bathtub Refinish with Baby 3

In the year that we’ve owned this house, we also finished the basement into a family room, bathroom, and bedroom (a tour for another day), and completely transformed the backyard. Well that last bit might not quite be done yet, but it’s in progress! I mean, are you ever really finished with an old house?!

Thanks for hanging out with me today! If you’re interested in our renovations, you can get caught up here.

Arrow in My Heart | Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday! The extremely talented Ashley, from Star and Arrow Designs is giving away a print from her shop this week. If you’ve got a little one, you really don’t want to miss this giveaway – her artwork would be absolutely perfect for a munchkin room!



Win: Any print from Star and Arrow Designs
When: October 28th – midnight on Tuesday, November 4th
Winner: Announced on this post, next Tuesday!

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Deal of the Day

I get tons of emails from readers on the roman shades we purchased for our Living Room and Bedroom, and I wanted to let y’all know that they’re on super sale today if you’re looking to stock up for your own abode!

Ending today – you can use code 4FAMILY to get an extra 25% off (woot!!). Every so often JCPenney runs this special, and I’ve been holding off on purchasing matching shades for our Dining Room and Kitchen until I could snag a deal again.

Best Affordable Roman Shades

Dover Cordless Roman // Bamboo Woven Roman // Custom Textured Roman Shade // Burnout Bamboo Cordless

This deal is only good through the end of the day (10/27) so be sure to stock up while the getting is good! :D

Trinity Park Home Tour

You guys know how much I love crashing my neighbors houses, so when we got an email a few weeks back about volunteering for the bi-annual Trinity Park Home Tour in exchange for some free home tour tickets – I was all over it. Some civic goodness and some jaw dropping houses all rolled into one afternoon, it was almost more than I could take.

Of all the homes we toured, you better bet I had a favorite. It just happened to be the first one we went through and it was fine. The details on these homes were absolutely out of the ballpark.

Trinity Park Home Tour

All of the homes we went through were property’s that had been extensively renovated. Many we’re well over 100 years old and they all just exuded so much character.

This house had a fireplace in virtually every room. This one in the Living Room was one of my favorites – don’t you just love that color on the tile?

Original Refinished Fireplace

Without a doubt, my favorite room in this house was the kitchen. This is a glimpse of it off of the oh so gorgeous butler’s pantry (and you know I love a good butler’s pantry).

Butler's Pantry Off Kitchen

Now I know y’all would be wanting an up close detail shot of this beauty and it does not disappoint. Between that wine cooler and those gorgeous counters, I pretty much want to put this lovely looker in my pocket.

Butler's Pantry

Here is a view of the kitchen, so you can see the whole kit and kaboodle. I love how they mixed marble counters on the periphery and put in a soapstone counter on the island.

Renovated Kitchen Marble Counters

One of my favorite details in the kitchen was a built-in bench they had added in under the window. A kitchen can be so nice to hang out in, but it’s often short on seating, so that’s a perfect solution for reworking the space to me!

Kitchen with Fireplace

Ok, one more shot of this room. :) Check out this amaze-balls detail with the exposed brick in the corner of the room. Loving the open shelving, too. Swoon.

Exposed Brick in Kitchen

Downstairs, the home was renovated throughout, with large and open rooms. This is a shot of their dining space, which connects the living room and kitchen.

Modern Dining Room

Upstairs they had a cozy Master, that led into a fully renovated bath and walk-in closet. This house was full with lots of people touring it at the time, so this is the only shot I got of that room. You can see another fireplace, peaking in on the corner. How cool would it be to have a fireplace in your bedroom??

Cozy Master Bedroom

In addition to the Master Suite, the upstairs also had another finished bathroom that was a jaw dropper. Check out this beauty.

Red Bathroom

Not going to lie, going through these amazing houses kinda sorta made me want to burn my house to the ground and start over. :D Not really, but kinda! Most of the homes we toured are $1 million properties, so I guess I can’t really get too jellsy about it. If I win the lotto though, you’ll know where to find me! :D

Planner Fever

Lists – love them, need them, have to have them. Now, a list of my life organized in a cute and succinct and chic little booklet, now that’s just too much to handle for this organized crazed women.

I’ve been researching planner options for like – a year – and I’ve got a list of some of my favorites that are currently on the market.

Best Day Planners


Lilly Pulitzer // Simplified Planner // Day Designer // Erin Condren // Pattern Play

I love them all (so fun, so bright, so organized!) but I have a few leading contenders. Two actually. :D

Day Designer

Ok, yes – I know. It says $59 dollars and it’s a little wee planner chock full of not gold, but paper (a lowly priced commodity last I checked). That being said – let’s just say it’s full of magical paper that organizes your LIFE with the wave of a hand – err – pen.

Here is a close up shot of the daily planner page. I’m in heaven.


Just look at all that organization. Hubba, hubba – MEEEOOOOWW.

My favorite features about this planner:

  • Today’s Top Three: I’m prone to making To-Do lists that can get a bit hairy (i.e. long) I love the idea of prioritizing the essentials and making sure they’re done before my head hits that pillow.
  • Don’t Forget: I forget things. Often. I think that’s why I love my lists ;)
  • Big Ol’ To-Do List: Did I mention I like lots of To-Dos on that list? This one provides ample space for me to add in a laundry list of items. Plus, did you notice the check boxes. Yes, that gives me extra gratification and YES I love them.

Only gripe. Wish the dinner section was larger. We don’t go out often, so this would be a locale for me to put in our meal – which I like to include our sides for. It’s a bit tight for that.

Simplified Planner Review


Oh my. Here’s some more gorgeousness coming right on up!

Love this one, so many fun colors to pick from, it’s just beauty at it’s core – and $1 cheaper for all you eagle eyed viewers out there.

Here is a close up page from this lovely looker.

Simplified_Planner Page


My favorite features about this planner:

  • Monthly Tabs: Love the colorful monthly tabs on this one. The idea of just hopping to a month to see what we’ve got in store (vacays, deadlines, etc.)
  • Dinner Space: I like that this planner gives more space for dinner time planning. Since we almost always cook in, this gives me more space to plan our meals.
  • Elastic Band to Hold Closed: One feature this planner has the the Day Designer does not is an elastic band to keep it closed. Since I wouldn’t want the pages to get creased, and may want to add additional notes (sticky, etc.) I like that feature.

So do you guys have a favorite planner? What helps you to bust out the tasks at hand each day?

What Bored Pregnant People Do

When we started our Living Room journey, the room looked like this. I liked it, because it felt cozy and all fireplace-y.

Living Room Furniture Arrangement

We had some extra space behind the sofa, which would have made a nice locale for a console table and some artwork.

Couch Location in Living Room

Let’s call this my second favorite arrangement. I like it, but it had a few dings in my mind as well.

So in the name of opening up the room a little bit, we then experimented with this (highly unfinished layout). I hated it.

Large Open Living Room

Well last week we started doing some final measurements for our FLOR rug, and this crazed pregnant lady got to thinking. Let’s try furniture configuration 3.0, shall we?

Olive Sofa with IKAT Pillows

This option still focuses on the fireplace, but created more of a conversation area.

My favorite feature, is that the sofa peaks into the view of the dining/kitchen area now, so I feel more connected with my husband the chef when he’s cooking dinner.

Here’s a vantage from the newly finished Dining Room. The rooms just all feel much more connected now, which will be nice for baby watching down the road.

IKAT Throw Pillows

I’m so glad we grabbed these tufted arm chairs from TJ Maxx this summer. They were less than $250 each, and they really help to fill out the space! (For TJ Maxx shoppers, you know what a miracle it is to find TWO matching items in one trip!)

Tufted Linen Chairs

As much as I’ve toyed around with the idea of replacing our current ottoman with an actual coffee table – now that we have a mini Sell on the way from Babyland, I’m thinking this upholstered number may stick around a bit longer so we don’t have any sharp corners.

Ottoman Tufted Linen

And although I have lots of love in my heart for our tufted highback linen chairs – I’m even more excited about my latest thrift find that cost me a whopping $8 :D

Bamboo Side Chair

It’s the perfect addition to our empty little nook to the right of the armoire. Love, love, love it :D

Oh, and we’ve officially got our FLOR tiles in da house now! I’m so excited to show y’all a final shot of how the space is looking with the new carpet in next week!

Pixel Pride | Giveaway!

Water colors and state pride, it’s like butter and jam. It just goes good together. Actually watercolor and anything – maybe it’s a trend lately but I’m loving it (have you guys downloaded the waterlogue ap? so fun!)

Pixels and Wood is offering any print from her shop for the winner this week. Here are a few that y’all can pick from!

Like this print (customized for your state!)

Home Is With You

Or this fun one!

Life is Short

And for a rustic space, or rustic nursery perhaps – I adore this one!

Fortune Favors the Brave

Enter the giveaway, here.

Win: Any print from Pixels and Wood 
When: October 21st – midnight on Tuesday, October 28th
Winner: Announced on this post, next Tuesday!

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Farmer Jack

First off, can I start off by saying that I love the fall. Like want it for breakfast, lunch and dinner can’t get my fill – bring. it. on. Something about 70 degrees and sunshine down here is just too much for me to take some days. Perfection.

So, adding to the list of things this lady finds perfect – y’all – check out this farmhouse table Jay built. Disclaimer – online it said this plan would take you 8-12 hours, it took us like 8-12 days. Now it really wasn’t that hard, it was just tedious. And had lots of steps. And my husband liked it a little too much – ya know – like he would go out there and tinker for an entire evening and I would be all like, awesome!! so, it’s ready for stain tomorrow, right? And he’d be all, well actually no, I cut a board and sanded it. What can I say, the man found some peace and solitude out in the garage and now he’s a bonafide table maker. Our neighbors even stopped by and asked Jay to make them one!! Ha ha (that went right to his ego)…

DIY Farmhouse Table

This table, makes this wifey, very happy. See, we’ve been sorta slumming it in the dining room category. We, eeerr I, made an executive decision that the old table just wasn’t working in the space so I went and sold it on craigslist. I figured, sell the table, pay for the supplies on the next one, right?

DIY Farmhouse Table

The thing that makes me the happiest about this table is that we can sit six people at it! That’s legit entertaining category right there, y’all!

Up close, it’s got a super nice, subtle stain on it. After some failed attempts, we landed up going with minwax golden oak.

Golden Oak Minwax Stain

It’s the stain we used on the floors in our first house and ever since, I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for it.

Now the arrangement is nestled to the right of the room (as you look at it from the kitchen) so the chandelier needs some … reconfiguring. I’m also thinking it needs some spray can action.

Moving Chanelier

I got super excited about styling up this room so I decided to add in a few more accessories.

I’ve actually been having some fun rearranging our living room (more on that later this week), so I grabbed the bamboo chairs we had in there previously and added them to either side of the doorway. Lil’ cuties.

IKAT Pillows

We’re also artless in this corner of the house, so I grabbed some of our dollar finds from thrift stores up in the mitten and popped them right in.

It’s a lady, and a pig. I may or may not have made up a song to accompany these two fine fellas for serenading every time I pass them :D

Folk Artwork

So overall, we’re chalking up this DIY as a big fat win. I’ll have a play by play post on building the table up soon!

Here’s another close up shot of the beauty to feast your eyeballs on in the mean time. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be doing some crazy hair waving head banging. It’s feels good to be back in the dining room business.

Farmhouse Table

Chairish is a Word I Use to Describe

Y’all know I’m obsessed with thrifted duds, and one of my favorite online stops for vintage chic furniture is Chairish (especially for non-local clients that are looking for quality pieces with much lower prices). If you’re not familiar with Chairish – be prepared for an addiction to set in, in three …. two …. one.

Here are some of my favorite vintage finds on the site right now.


This trunk would be awesome extra storage in a nursery.

Ginger Jar Lamp

Perfect for an office, or extra lamp in your living room.


In love with the lines on this Mitchell Gold Claire chair.

Vintage Bamboo Rocking Chair

This rocking chair reminds me of the furniture my Aunt and Uncle have from the Philippines. It’s gorgeous!

One of my favorite things about designing spaces for clients is stepping outside my normal style zone to embrace something outside of my typical palette. I mean, as lovely as a linen skirted parsons chair is, it’s well, sorta quiet and understated. Here is one of my favorite modern chic office looks, which all centers around an incredibly rad emerald green high back chair from Chairish that I think would look pretty amazing as a place to park your booty. You can browse all the accent chair they have on their site, here.

Modern Chic Office

Gold Chandelier // Emerald Zebra Print // Libby Side Table // Emerald Chair // Juniper Rug // Mirror // Fiddle Leaf Fig // Lamp // Desk // Bicycle Print // Be Kind Print // Whitney English Day Planner

So what do y’all think? Green with envy over that chair or what! Emerald just might be my new color :D