Dear house, I love you so much!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

This week is the 2-year anniversary of owning our house! Here's a quick little check-in I did two years ago when we were knee deep in un-packing. Here's another post I did before we even signed our paperwork! Boy, was I excited. Looking at that post makes me realize that we actually have done SO MUCH to our house by ways of improvements. I expressed my frustrations about our house not being what I thought it would be after two years of living here, you can check that out here. After reading that post it might leave you believing that I don't think too highly of our little abode. It's actually quite the opposite though...

I just want to shout it out from the rooftops that I'm so thankful for this little house & I couldn't be happier that it's all ours. Our living room has seen many Friday night movie marathons, lazy Sunday naps & lots of snuggles on the couch with the puppy. Our kitchen has produced some pretty tasty dinners (plus a few mishaps here and there... lemon chicken gone wrong *cough* *cough*) and our dining room was once wedding planning central, housing everything from our invitations, to various craft projects found from Pinterest. Bottom line is - this house is filled with so many special moments & amazing memories. I feel so lucky that we get to live in it! We don't know how long we'll be living here... at some point we'll need to upgrade to a larger home (if we want to start a family...) But that's an entirely different post for another day :)

Dear house, I love you so much!

Day 1 | Day 730 (I forgot to take our one-year picture #fail)

Fall Scarf Wish List

Monday, October 28, 2013

Fall is scraf weather & who doesn't love a good scarf?! I have a mini-collection of everything from stripes, to cashmere to plaid & I have a scarf to go with any outfit combination my little mind could think up. Here are some of my current favorites that really need to work their way into my collection. Serious - I want each and every one of these below!

And because this is my blog & I can basically post whatever I want... :) 
Here is my dream scarf!

On Owning a Home

Monday, October 7, 2013

At the end of this month, Luke & I will have owned our home for two years. I can't believe it has been that long! Sometimes it only seems like a few months ago that we were looking at houses after work with our realtor. We've slowly spent the last (almost) two years making our house our home. While I do love our house (it's small, perfect for just Luke, Gracie & I), I find myself often getting frustrated with how long it has taken us to complete all the projects that we originally sought out to.

When we decided this was the house for us, we knew that there were a few things that we wanted to change. Here's what we've changed thus far...

  • Painted the kitchen & dining room from a canary yellow to a toasted almond
  • Replaced all the knobs on the kitchen cabinets
  • Refinished all the hardware on all the doors
  • Built shelves in the garage for extra storage
  • Painted an extra bedroom from fiesta red to dark granite
  • Painted the other extra bedroom from teal/purple to the toasted almond that is in the kitchen and dining room 
  • Painted our master bedroom from brown to grey

    And what a difference all that painting made! But the list goes on...

    My first must-have was a gorgeous kitchen. While ours is okay, it's not what I wanted. The countertops are a swirly green & white marble with wood on all sides (odd, yes). The backsplash is made up of two-toned white & grey tiles with images of seed packets on every few tiles. Totally not MY style. But we loved this little house so much & saw real potential in what it could be with a little love. We then came to an agreement that we'd replace the countertops & install a subway tile backsplash.

    My second must-have was built-in shelves. The first house that we toured had these amazing built-in shelves & I could just picture myself sitting on a cozy couch with a cup of hot cocoa, listening to Christmas music, in front of my built-in shelves. They just looked so cozy to me. So that was also something that we agreed we would eventually tackle; building built-in shelves in the living room around the fireplace.

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    Well, like I said above, it has been almost two years & all these grand plans of countertops, blacksplashes & built-ins haven't even been started. A meltdown or two might have taken place over the last month or so & my husband may or may not have had to pull me back into reality... Bless his heart. Bless his heart for his willingness to help me finish all these crazy projects to make this tiny house our dream home. We've dedicated the next 6 months to finishing the built-ins, countertops & backsplash! I can hardly wait; I'm absolutely beside myself in excitement! (see now that I put it on the blog, out in the universe, I'm holding ourselves accountable to finishing it!) You're all invited over in March to our "new" home! :)

    Maybe I'll finally get around to posting photos of our house now; a house tour if you will. Something I've been wanting to do for the past two years :)

    In PDX: Old Salt Marketplace

    Thursday, October 3, 2013

    Last Friday we tried out Old Salt Marketplace while double dating with one of our favorite couples. This place had been showing up on Urban Spoon's "Talk of the Town" so I decided we all needed to try it! The prices looked reasonable & everything looked delicious. As it turns out... everything tastes delicious, too! Nestled away in a cozy spot in NE, this place just felt cozy the instant you walked inside. It's totally one of those places that you can just sit & chat the night away after you've finished your meal, it's that comfortable.

    ^risotto baked inside a little squash, topped with pistachio salsa
    ^baked fish with a mustard sauce

    - Photos © Holly Copeland -

    *In PDX is a series where I feature local Portland establishments. If you would like your business to be featured, please contact me here.