Cabin

We Bought a Cabin!

October 14, 2019

A-frame style chalet in the woods.

We bought a cabin! Wow. Well, it’s not really a cabin, it’s more of a chalet or a mountain house or an almost-a-frame. It’s pointy and it’s in the woods on a mountain by a lake. And we kept it a secret until now. It almost didn’t happen (a few times), but that’s another story.

Through the whole process, with each hiccup, we kept asking ourselves where this plan came from, how we started at a conversation about our future in our current home and ended with the decision to stay here and buy a second home. It’s terrifying and exciting all at the same time. I’ve definitely woken up feeling like I’ve made a huge mistake, but I’ve also been so energized by the idea of this house.

So why did we take this leap, what are we even doing?

  • Having a vacation home, a place in the woods, has been a dream of ours.
  • If we choose a home in a popular vacation spot, we could Airbnb* it to offset the costs and even make money from it.
  • Investing in real estate could yield more of a return than a savings account and sounds a lot more fun.
  • In the words of Julia and Chris Marcum: don’t wait.
  • I manage my anxiety about the state of the world by preoccupying myself with projects and if everything goes under, maybe the safest place is a cabin in the woods.

*Real estate investors snapping up affordable housing to Airbnb in big cities is a growing problem. We feel ok about Airbnbing this property in this specific neighborhood because it is largely second homes and seasonal rentals and was priced accordingly. Seasonal visitors help support the area’s economy.

The idea of this cabin sparked something in my brain. And my brain hasn’t been so active, so completely creatively obsessed (we say that word all the time but it’s always hyperbole, but honestly, it’s all I could think about) in what feels like too long. The stimulus that is this cabin dream awoke a part of my brain that’s been in a solid snooze for months, probably since we made over our bedroom for the last ORC.

The idea of buying a second home where we could entertain friends and family, get away, enjoy nature, and offer that same experience up to others through short term rentals was too enticing for my brain to leave alone.

And I have to say that the internet plays a role – we all fell hard and had our hearts broken along with the ChrisLovesJulia and their A-frame cabin, and I watch Kim and Scott of Yellow Brick Home renovate their treehouse (and their new two-flat project) with admiration. I’ve been glued to watching John and Sherry of YoungHouseLove‘s Cape Charles duplex renovation and am always in awe of The Grit and Polish and how they’ve retired in their 30s, supported by their rental properties. And I can’t not mention Emily Henderson‘s incredible Mountain House, which is like a more grand version of our pointy house.

What we wanted was an A-frame or cozy cabin with good bones, room for improvement, with a view of something worth looking at. With all this rolling around in our heads, we found an a-frame-ish chalet on a mountain by a lake I went to every summer with my family growing up. What got us hooked on this home was the exterior and THAT VIEW of the mountains. The interior is very nicely kept – this is certainly not a gut job – but pretty bland/standard/builder grade with lots of warm knotty pine and walls painted builder-beige.

Tell me more about that house.

The house has 2 floors with a loft. There are 2 private bedrooms (the kind with doors, walls, and ceilings) and an opportunity for an open bed area in the loft. It has 2 full bathrooms, one is an ensuite attached to the master, the other is in the basement. The loft has its own powder room and there’s another off the kitchen on the main floor. Outside the home are a firepit, outdoor shower, and sauna.

It was built in 2004 and is at the top of a mountain ridge that overlooks the lake. Our new house does not have a lake view (the homes on the other side of the street do) but we really love that mountain view. The house sits in a wooded development near a boat launch attached to a large, manmade lake.

So what’s the plan?

We know what we want the end goal to be in the broadest sense – we want to create a space that has the comforts of home but that feels like somewhere different. Our timeline is loose because we don’t want to stress ourselves out and because life has brought us some surprises: see my health update I hid in my last Friday Catch Up post. It would be amazing to wrap everything up by the time peak rental season arrives (May-August 2020) but we just aren’t going to rush it. We can and will enjoy this home as it is right now.

Oh, and did I mention that we inherited some month-to-month tenants? The former owners of our home rented the house to their good friends and neighbors who are building a new home across the street. The tenants have run into a lot of issues with the build of their new home and we are certainly not going to put them out on the street. Although this means we don’t yet have free use of the house, we really appreciate the way they are caring for and watching out for the house. We know they want to get out of our new house and into their new house ASAP.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t have content to share! I’m gonna share more photos of the home and some trusty SketchUp floorplans so you can get the full picture. And I’m still thinking through the style of this home – I’ve been collecting tons of inspiration images on my Cabin Pinterest board. And once we’ve chosen a direction, you bet there will be mood boards.

This house needs a name.

We’ve been collecting name ideas for MONTHS with no clear winners. But it really needs one both because every house should have a name and because you bet it’ll have its own IG account and hashtag.

And why didn’t we invest in fixing up another old house?

We live in a 1929 home full time and we love it. It is full of charm and surprises and we wouldn’t have it any other way. For our vacation home, we wanted something that felt different and required less of the blood, sweat, and tears that an old house demands (and is worth). But don’t worry, there are more old houses in our future.

Friday Favorites

Friday Catch Up: Fall Accents, House Updates, and More.

October 4, 2019

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mid century dresser living room kivik sectional

Oh my goodness, where have I been, what has been going on? This post is chock-full of updates from projects we’ve bailed on, 1 thing I promise I’ll actually do, fall goods I’m eyeing, One Room Challenge FOMO, and even a very personal health update!

House Project Updates

  • Things we got estimates on this year and didn’t end up doing:
    • Exterior Painting – We really, really wanted to have our home’s exterior trim painted this year (and I did a whole post about our plans). We hired a painter and then we waited. And waited. We accepted an estimate in May for work to begin in June. And when August rolled around and the painters never showed after not returning my calls and voice messages, stringing me along with random “you’re next on the list” and “we’ll be there Monday” texts, we’d had enough. So we fired them. And I vowed we’d find another painter and move forward. We got one more estimate but we just didn’t have the fire in us anymore. I really do believe this is a project we’ll follow up on, but probably just not this year.
    • Rewiring – Twice this year we’ve had electricians come out to give us estimates on having our whole house rewired. We’re looking at pricing north of $20k and 4-5 weeks of daily noise, dust, and disruption. We’re putting this one off too.
  • And a thing we’re actually gonna do before Thanksgiving
    • Stair runner! If you follow along on with my stories, you know I think I’ve found the perfect runner for our bare wood stairs. Our corgi, Penelope, is 11 years old now and the poor little lady has arthritis and trouble with the steps. I first saw this Annie Selke Dash & Albert runner on I Spy DIY‘s stories and knew it would look great on our steps. A couple of people DMed me to say that the horizontal lines would never look perfect (especially on old stairs like ours) and would sag over time and bug the heck out of me. I’ve got some ideas to really lock the runner in place and shim it out so everything is even on our uneven stairs. SO many people recommended Young House Love‘s stair runner install tutorial and I have to also recommend Yellow Brick Home‘s tutorial for homes.com.

One Room Challenge FOMO

The fall 2019 One Room Challenge started this week and I have to admit I miss participating! I’ve taken a break from participating as a guest this year but hope to jump in again next year. This time of year is the busiest time for me at work and last year’s challenge on top of work stress nearly broke me. BUT  I am still a little sad I’m missing out. BUT I’m sincerely looking forward to following along, and am so happy with how the challenge has grown and glad to see more diversity AND so many former guest participants as featured designers.

Fall Finds

fall home accessories

[ 1. side table | 2. iris lamp | 3. green grid pillow | 4. brown grid pillow | 5. cedar stack candle | 6. apple cider donut candle | 7. rug | 8. table lamp | 9. plates and bowls ]

Fall, is that you? I. am. ready! Though I’m not the type for fall decor (you won’t find me with more than a few tiny pumpkins) I do love “fall” colors. They are moody, after all, just like me. Here are some fall accents I’ve been eyeing – and I definitely already snapped up those pillows, and that little table is next.

A Health Update!

Warning – if you don’t want to hear about my uterus and surgery, skip this section. This could probably be its own darn post, and I really tried to keep this short and sweet, but I could talk about my uterus for days. This story starts in July, during a routine exam, when I found out my IUD was missing. To track it down, I had an ultrasound which revealed I had a uterine fibroid that had displaced my IUD. When the ultrasound tech said “you know you have a fibroid, right?” to me, alone in a dark room, all I could say was, “what’s that?”

And that’s when I learned that a uterine fibroid is a noncancerous tumor in or attached to the uterus. They are super common, a large percentage of women will have a fibroid or fibroids in her lifetime, most likely in their 30s and 40s. What I found out later, after getting my ultrasound report, is that my fibroid is large. At its largest dimension (at the time of ultrasound) my fibroid measured 9.7cm. I had to google how big that is in inches and it still didn’t make sense.

Was it like, the size of lemon? No, bigger.

How about a baseball? No, bigger.

How about a softball? Yep.

I did hours of research online, reading the same articles over and over again and then deciphering more complex medical studies. Symptoms I’d been having started to make sense – why do I always feel like my bladder is full? What are these weird cramps? I found a fibroid specialist in Pittsburgh (in a special fibroid-focused department in a hospital for women) and waited another month to see him. I was so well informed by the time I saw the doctor that nothing he said was a surprise. I’d need surgery. He’d try to remove the fibroid laparoscopically but it might be too big (they don’t like to do that type of surgery for fibroids 10cm or larger) and an open surgery might be necessary. And I’d have to wait until December.

So that’s my health update. I am ok, I am lucky, I am very uncomfortable with my uterus enlarged to the size of a 16-week pregnancy. Some days are fine, some are painful. My life has been changed by worry and maintaining proximity to a bathroom. Mostly, I’m worried about how much it is growing during the months I wait for my surgery. I’m worried about someone asking me if I’m pregnant. I’m worried about losing my independence and the month of December. I’m worried about not knowing what kind of surgery to plan for.

If you’ve had to live with fibroids or have had surgery to remove a large fibroid, I wanna hear your story.

Old House Design The Scenery House

Choosing Our Exterior Trim Color

June 24, 2019

brick tudor exterior 1929

I love our brick home but I don’t love the color of the trim. It matches the mortar almost exactly and that’s just not the exterior element I want to emphasize the most. I heard from our neighbor that the trim was last painted 2 owners ago. She watched as the owner hung out of the windows to paint the trim and said she thought it looked very dangerous. I also learned that the color is called peanut butter and I’ve never heard a more accurate color name.

In addition to switching up the color, we also want to have the trim painted as a chance to repair some very crackled and weathered paint and wood. The trim and paint at the front of the house are actually in very good condition but the back and right side are the “weather” sides and have not fared nearly as well. We decided to hire painters as this project is beyond our abilities and I get nervous about either of us that high up on a ladder.

Paint colors for brick exterior trim.

We scheduled the painting to begin the first week of June but they have yet to show up. We’ve had a very rainy spring in Pittsburgh, so I’m sure their schedule has been thrown off. And we didn’t have to give a deposit (probably for this very reason) BUT I can’t say I’m not salty that my check-in phone calls and voice mails have not been returned. The bright side here is that means I get to spend more time agonizing over my color choice.

Sherwin Williams exterior paint swatches with brick.

Red brick homes with black trim are my favorite kind of homes. But more often than not, the roofs on those houses are slate or gray asphalt. Our home has a medium brown roof, which no doubt was chosen to go with the peanut butter trim. I’ve been worried that going super dark or super black on the trim would look out of place with the roof.

Sherwin Williams paint swatches for exterior trim.

Our painters are going to use Sherwin Williams exterior paint, so I grabbed the darkest brown paints I could find. And then on a second trip, grabbed even darker colors. I made Andy display the swatches against the trim in different spots around the house as well as holding them up high near the roof over the front door.

Black magic swatch with brown roof.

Sherwin Williams black magic and black fox.

Our two favorite colors quickly became Sherwin Williams Black Magic and Black Fox.

And because visualizing paint on something as big as a house is tough, I mocked up some options in photoshop.

Exterior Trim Paint Option 1 : Black Magic

Brick house exterior with SW Black Magic trim.

The first Sherwin Williams black paint option we gravitated toward was Tricorn Black, though it felt a little too intense to me. SW’s Black Magic is a slightly softer black, but still has that boldness we’re looking for. This option says, OUR TRIM IS GREAT, and brings out the darker notes in the brick.

Exterior Trim Paint Option 2: Black Fox

Brick house exterior with SW Black Fox trim.

When I first posted that we were thinking about the perfect Sherwin Williams color to go with our brick exterior, SO MANY people DMed me to say how highly they recommend Black Fox. And they were right. It looks so good with brick and goes well with our brown roof. This is a super subtle option, one that lets the brick speak a little louder than the rest.

Which is your favorite, which one would you choose: Black Magic or Black Fox?

Furniture The Scenery House

Bedroom Updates with Article

June 10, 2019

Article Level Bench and Luxu Chair

This post is in partnership with Article. All opinions are my own.

It’s been seven months since we made over our master bedroom for the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge (see the master bedroom reveal here) and I’ve been thinking about what we missed. Design challenges are great, but I’m a big fan of taking things slow: slow decorating if you will. It’s so important to take your time and see how you’ll use your space, how you’ll live in it, to determine how you should furnish it. Time lets you see what you forgot, what is too much, and what will bug the heck out of you.

One of the major focal points of the room is the fireplace surround (with electric fireplace insert) that my father and I built together. I wanted it to serve as a cozy spot to curl up with a book or a cup of coffee, but it’s been missing a comfy chair that would make that possible. Another bit that’s been bugging me is the visual emptiness at the foot of the bed. Early in the planning stages for the room, I knew I wanted a bench, but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I skipped it. And I can tell you that every time I looked at photos of the room, my eyes burned a hole in that empty space.

Article Level Bench with Fireplace

Enter Article, who reached out to help add the finishing touches to our bedroom. Article has original, modern furniture pieces that work beautifully with my modern traditional style. I am a huge fan of mixing furniture styles so a room looks collected (but not eclectic) rather than that straight-from-the-catalog, bought-all-at-once look.

What I like about Article is that they offer a range of modern pieces unique to them, at prices that are fairer than what you’ll see at most furniture retailers. If you’re like me, an introvert through and through, shopping for things from home without ever having to talk to a person is extremely appealing. And if you’re an overthinker and chronic worrier like me, it’s soothing to know that if you don’t like what you’ve ordered, there’s a 30 day satisfaction guarantee. That means if you don’t love it, they’ll come and get it out of your life with a refund minus the original shipping fees.

If you’ve ever added furniture to your cart only to abandon it once you see the shipping fees, Article’s $49 flat rate shipping (or free for orders over $999) is for you. And if you want that extra level of luxury, there are affordable options for in-room delivery and assembly for you at check out.

Let’s get a better look at that furniture.

Bedroom with bench at foot of bed

Our new Level bench in bella tan leather is exactly what I had in mind for the foot of our bed. I’ve mixed a lot of wood tones in this room, so I knew a wooden bench wasn’t the way to go. The black metal legs are modern and simple and the tufted leather is classic with just the right amount of texture.

A king size bed wants a 60″ bench for things to look right, and benches this size at this price are very hard to find. Functionally, we needed a place to stash our extra pillows and blankets, and a place to sit and put on socks in the morning.

Article Level Bench

Article level bench leather detail

Texture on texture on texture on texture. *chef’s kiss*

Article Level Bench and Luxu Chair

Now let’s get a look at that chair! It’s Article’s Luxu Chair and it’s a gem. I love it both turned toward the fireplace and turned outward, facing the room. It’s such a sturdy piece but not too heavy for me to move. When I ordered the rug for our bedroom, I was counting on more of an olive color punch. I’ve been searching for the right green chair to bring out the green tones in the rug and this is it! The cedar green velvet has just the right olivey-gray hue to pull out those olive tones in the rug and add that extra color I’ve been craving.

The cedar green colorway has been retired BUT the Luxu is still available in a super luxe navy called nightshade. And if you’re still hunting for the perfect green velvet chair, Articles still has some solid options.

Article Luxu Cedar Chair

That velvet is seriously SO soft truly elevates the whole piece – it looks muuuch spendier than it is! The seat is on the firmer side, which is perfect for me because soft seats are trouble for my old bones. The back cushion is plush and is stuffed with a fiber down blend. The width of this chair is nice and generous, not quite a chair and a half but definitely roomier than your average lounge chair. There’s lots of room for me to sit with my legs curled up or with a corgi at my side.Article furniture luxu cedar chair

Just look at that profile. The tapered walnut legs are a nod to midcentury design, which fits in with so much of the furniture on our home.

Our master bedroom feels so much more finished and comfortable now. Every piece feels intentional, useful, and thoughtful, which is my goal for every room in my house.

Do you have any Article pieces in your home? Have you been wanting to order but have questions? Ask me!

Before and After The Scenery House

The Blush Bathroom Gets Custom Roman Shades

April 3, 2019

This post is in partnership with Alva

Our blush bathroom was one of the first rooms in our home to get a makeover. The previous owner had 3 different window treatments on these windows and we swapped them out for just 1: a light diffusing roller shade. After a while, I noticed that our roller shades just weren’t providing enough privacy for all the things one does in a bathroom. The bathroom sits at the front of our house and looks across the road at our neighbors. Although I don’t think our neighbors spend a lot of their time trying to look into our bathroom, I’d like to just save everyone from every kind of embarrassment. Once I realized the true need for privacy, I started dreaming of adding a custom flat roman shade.

The original windows in our home are one of my very favorite features and they deserve something special. I’ve always loved the look of roman shades in bathrooms so I was so excited to partner with Alva for my first ever window treatments made just for me.

How to Order Custom Window Shades: Order Swatches

To get started, I ordered free swatches (order your swatches here) from Alva to compare 5 different colors of their Belgian flax linen. I ordered graphite, spruce, natural, oyster, and mist. I was drawn to the graphite (a deep charcoal color) thinking it would complement the bathroom’s pencil tile and black accents. I also picked two neutrals, natural and oyster, because you can’t go wrong with a neutral. Oyster is a warmer, creamier shade of white vs. Alva’s optic white, which is a truer, bright white. For fun, I added spruce to my sample order, I liked that it had just a hint of color while remaining on the neutral side. And for a very safe, can’t-go-wrong-with-gray, option, I picked mist.

The samples arrived in a matter of days and I paced around the bathroom wondering which to pick. When in doubt, take it to Instagram — I put it to a poll in my stories and it was a dead heat. 50/50 between natural and oyster, 50/50 between mist and spruce. BUT I got the most excited, passionately decisive DMs about the spruce (I see you, Yellow Brick Home). It was a favorite of mine from the start because while it’s pretty neutral, it’s got the right amount of special to it. And I cannot resist pairing green with blush. AND I can’t stop using green throughout my home, and I hear that cohesive design is a thing, so my gut told me spruce was the way to go.

How to Measure for Custom Roman Shades

how to measure for custom window shades

I decided on an inside mount for my shades and measured using Alva’s measuring tips as a guide. Chances are your windows are not perfectly square (especially if you have an older home like mine), so it’s really important to take 3 measurements of the height and width of your window and to go with the smallest of the 3 when you order.

Choose Your Cord Control Option

roman shade cord options

Alva offers cordless, cord lock, continuous loop, cordless, and motorized cord options but there are some limitations based on the depth of your window – our windows are 3″ deep. I went with a cord lock (minimum 1 1/2″ window depth) because continuous cord requires a deeper window depth (minimum 3 1/4″ window depth) and I also wanted a white cord that would blend visually into my window frame. I also decided against the motorized option (minimum 3″ window depth) because the shade would be installed in a high-moisture space.

Alva’s shades are lined by default, which helps add privacy and gives the linen more structure, but you can also order your shades without lining. I wanted the extra privacy and wanted to keep a consistent look of white treatments on the outside of our house.

I ordered my shades and they arrived 13 days later. As soon as they shipped I received a tracking number and a couple of days before they arrived, I got an email with assembly instructions. I really appreciated the heads up, if I had needed to pick up a new drill bit size I would have had time to prepare. The email also let me know that linen is a wrinkly business and that steaming is recommended. You know I love to steam textiles.

How To Install Roman Shades

Installing roman shades

Drilling pilot holes for roman shades

The blinds were safely packaged together in a single box and included easy to follow instructions. The first step is put the included screws into the mounting holes, lift and center the shade in your window with the front edge at the front edge of the window frame, and use the screws to mark where to drill the pilot holes. Use an 1/8″ bit to make the pilot holes, then line the shade up with the holes and secure it in place with the screws – this step is much easier with two people.

Although I ordered two shades with the exact same window measurement, my shades arrived with slightly different widths. The larger shade was a tight squeeze but fit into our window, the smaller shade was no problem. Mistakes happen and what matters is how they’re handled. I wrote to Alva to let them know about the discrepancy and they let me know about the Alva Happiness Guarantee: in the event of manufacturing errors, they will send a prepaid FedEx envelope for you to return your shade and they will remake it for you at no charge. Because ours ended up working out, I kept them and everything is working properly. In the event that you make an error measuring your windows or just don’t like what you ordered, they will work with you to make it right.

Detail of linen roman shades

Linen roman shades with leaded glass window

I love that because our shades are the exact length for the window, we aren’t left with feet and feet of extra cord, dangling around looking messy and being dangerous for children. The cord pull is made of wood and painted white.

Good to know: Because I went with a cord lock, the shades came with a TON of warnings for baby safety. Cords are very dangerous for babies. Alva sent a plastic cord cleat that would keep the cord wrangled, but I chose not to use it.

Spruce green linen roman shades

I am so happy with how the spruce linen looks, the color is unexpected but beautiful and the texture is perfect. The flat roman shades really elevate the look of the space – I love that the mounting hardware is hidden.

Blush bathroom with linen roman shades and classic tile

This is what the shades look like installed and open. The cord lock moves smoothly and locks easily by moving the cord to the right, making it easy to pick exactly how much shade I want to keep down or up. I like to keep them open at a height that lines up with the bottom of the first row of our leaded glass panes.

Blush bathroom with shades drawn lit by sconces

And here is the bathroom with the shades down, granting me all the privacy in the world.

Are you ready for a custom window treatment of your own? Alva is giving away a $300 gift credit to one lucky winner. Sign up for Alva’s newsletter below for a chance to win. Sweepstakes is open to US residents only and the last day to enter is Wednesday, April 10th. One winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email on April 11th.

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I Love the Internet

March 8, 2019

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There’s so much good stuff on the internet and sometimes I get my act together to gather up my favorite things from the week to share with you. Here’s what I’m most excited about this week!

[ Room for Tuesday ]

Sarah and her husband Emmett recently moved into a newer, builder grade home and have just revealed their first bathroom transformation. They took their very boring, very dated, and very chopped-up guest bathroom and turned it into a layered and detailed traditional gem. I really can’t get over how gorgeous the floor tile is and am endlessly impressed that she and her husband tiled everything themselves AND got all of their tile and fixtures from Lowe’s.

[ The Gold Hive ]

Ashley from The Gold Hive has been planning and replanning her kitchen layout for FOUR years and she is narrowing that biz down. She thinks about moving walls in ways my brain can’t and is working around special limitations due to her home’s historic designation. She’s got two fantastic options (one with indoor/outdoor bar seating. WHAT.) and is asking you to vote for your favorite. Go for the renderings, stay for the floor plans.

 

 

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Stacy from Blake Hill House is an absolute old-home-restoring powerhouse. I’ve been glued to her progress as she refinishes the floors in her 1880s fixer-upper. And I can’t get over her gorgeous dining room and am totally mesmerized by this timelapse of her clearing the room in preparation. She is definitely one to follow if you love old homes.

 

West Elm Hudson Lamps

[ Black + Brass Floor Lamp with Fabric Shade | Black Floor Lamp with Brass Shade | Brass Floor Lamp with Fabric Shade | Brass + Black Table Lamp | Wood Base Floor Lamp with Fabric Shade ]

I blinked and missed some stunning new lighting from West Elm. The Hudson Collection stopped me in my tracks (and by my tracks I mean the extremely speedy way I scroll through the internet). I’m not sure how long this sale will last but right now, West Elm is offering 25% off + free shipping for one item (exclusions apply) with code YESWAY.

Sunroom with arched windows fiddle leaf fig

[ Our sunroom as seen on Style by Emily Henderson ]

A really wild thing happened this week, a tour of our home was featured on the Style by Emily Henderson blog. I have looked up to Emily forever and am endlessly flattered that she chose to share this little place of ours with her readers. And if Emily helped you find me, I AM SO GLAD YOU’RE HERE. I am overwhelmed by the response and all the kind words and by how much everyone really loves the sunroom wallpaper. Thanks to an EHD reader (thank you, Frances!) I finally know the source of that famous wallpaper – it’s the Lillian pattern by Thibaut. If you haven’t seen the tour yet, please check it out!

Blush Bathroom Restoration - The Sweet Beast Blog

[ Blush Bathroom Reveal | Paint Color ]

And somehow ANOTHER great placement happened this week, our bathroom is in the April 2019 issue of HGTV Magazine. If you grab a copy be sure to tag me, it’s so crazy to see our home in print! If you haven’t seen our blush bathroom transformation before, check out the full reveal.

And finally, I want to leave you with this:

“None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after-thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.”
— Nanea Hoffman
(via swiss-miss)

The Scenery House

My Home is Featured on Emily Henderson’s Blog!

March 5, 2019

The title above is something I never thought I’d be lucky enough to type. I am so flattered and still in shock that Emily Henderson has even seen a picture of my home, let alone wanted to share it with her readers. I’ve been chatting with Arlyn, Emily’s amazing Editorial Director, since November about doing a tour and I had a million excuses as to why my house wasn’t quite ready just yet. But it was ready, it IS ready, it will always be ever evolving, slowly being undecorated and restored, reinvigorated and redesigned. I’m so proud of the work we’ve done here and I am so grateful for this opportunity to show it off.

Emily Henderson’s designs have been a guiding light for me in my own work for as long as I’ve had a space that’s my own. All of this to say, I feel like I’ve won an Oscar.

A million thank yous to Emily Henderson and Arlyn Hernandez for seeing me, seeing my home, and sharing it. See the full home tour on Emily Henderson’s blog here.

And thank YOU my friend, whether new or old, for being here. It means so much to me and my little family.

If you want to see all the rooms in my house in one place with links to more info about them, check out my House Tour. If you’re interested in learning more about the Green Guest Bedroom featured on Emily’s Instagram, check out the reveal post.

If you want to see where we started with this house, there’s no better place than my tour of the first-floor listing photos and the second-floor listing photos.

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