New Post – New (Address) Post

This weekend saw our first sunny day in a long time. I took advantage of the weather by doing something that is probably only exciting to a new homeowner- I got out my ladder, hopped on my roof, and cleaned my gutters.

With this nice weather, we’ve started pulling together ideas for outdoor projects for our home. When we were house hunting, a huge draw for this property had been the giant deck. Here’s a poorly shot example of how huge this thing is, with a not insignificantly sized 4-person table and chairs on the deck for scale:


…it’s going to be an amazing outdoor living and entertaining space when we’re through with some of our plans. In the meantime, however, with the days still short and the ground still damp, we decided to tackle another smaller outdoor project: our lack of street-facing house numbers. Because so little of our house is actually visible from the street (a very nice problem to have), we decided to put in an address sign post with a solar light post top for easier night time spotting. Here’s the end project:


As you might imagine, I’m pretty picky when it comes to typographic choices in my house numbers. These floating numbers from Home Depot matched the post topper really well, and had a typographic flair I enjoyed.

All in all, this project took Kyle a couple of hours. I was pretty much no help in this process. He cut the post, drilled in the numbers, dug the post hole and filled it in today all on his own. What a guy. 🙂


Living(room) It Up

December 2015 saw the purchase of our first home – a 1946 ranch style home in Milwaukie, Oregon. We were really fortunate to find a move-in ready home, so little real work was required when we got our keys.

Over the holidays, Kyle and I spent our time off moving, unpacking, and personalizing this blank space. We’re moving a room at a time, and have made the most progress in our living room and dining room. Here’s a peek at where we are today!


Living room record station, featuring:


Front door (and part of our dining room over there!), featuring:

  • Typewriter poster
  • Front door wind chime – another wedding gift!
  • Pendleton blanket
  • Pillow – one of the many pillows I made over the holidays
  • This chair is actually one section of the couch featured below – the flexible, modular couch means this piece can be pulled out and used as separate seating.


Living room couch (and pooch), featuring:

  • Can I tell you how much I love this couch? It’s the perfect height to keep from blocking any part of that large window showing off my backyard. It’s big enough that Kyle, Osa and I can all be laying on it during a movie. And it matches this whole mid-century eclectic thing we seem to have going.
  • Pillows – these are more pillows I made over the holidays, featuring more Pendleton wool.
  • Another Ikea lamp – not sure if it’s still available for purchase.
  • A poster Kyle got from a friend who had visited China during college


Dining Room – probably the room we’ve put the most work into! Featuring:

  • A table Kyle made his own darn self! Using instructions from this blog, he spent several days planing, sanding, staining and finishing this table and bench.
  • This southwestern print rug from All Modern – very affordable and with free delivery!
  • And sitting on the picture ledge – a mix of local prints, the same log fabric from our pillows and a photo from our engagement shoot with Joe Tobiason.

We definitely have many more projects in mind – and have an office, our bedroom, and a guest room to tackle (not to mention the garage and attached bonus room!) but we’re starting to feel pretty cozy in our new home.

My Home.

This last weekend made me especially grateful for my new home. Decorating for dinner, finally getting artwork on the walls, adding in new personal pet projects- the place is really coming together. I want to share a recently finished project: my painted rug!

In this picture, I had just realized that I matched the rug. That’s what spending all night painting it will do for you. 

This was a recent Pinterest find that I decided to try out for myself! I did a little reading around, and figured it couldn’t be too hard. Here was the basic process:

1. First, I designed a couple different options on my computer. I solicited votes, and decided on the version to the right:

2. Then, I hammered my rug to the wall. Following my big painting project, I felt that I had perfected the “project and paint” technique. A stencil or taping would have worked well also. I then started painting, with the help of this handsome guy:

3. …and that was about it! I guess I didn’t really need step-by-step instructions. The materials included house paint in multiple colors, a drop cloth and a few nails, in addition to the projector to use. And just because I love it so much and it looks so great, here’s just one more picture of this rug: 


I’m also loving how that book shelf is coming along! We look smart, right? My new home is great.


Manic Monday

Just a few images from this last weekend! Kyle and our friend Allyn did very well at their triathlon, and I had a wonderful time cheering for them, wishing friends a happy birthday, taking some tantalizing food photos and doing some much-needed work clothes shopping with KP.

Today’s manic monday is pulled directly from my Google Reader, one of my favorite ways to view blogs and a great cataloging tool for inspiration.