We did it! We found a little house in my favorite neighborhood that we fell in love with! We’re moving in next month and I can hardly wait. The owner is nearly finished with the renovations and it is so lovely! We’ll be renting, so that we can save a little more money before we buy, and so we’re sure this is where we want to commit. But I can imagine us staying in this house for a few years at least!
One of the things I’m most thrilled about is the gigantic back yard. There are three levels (top two shown below). There will be a small patio area, a grassy area above and a huge space for gardening at the back of the yard. I plan on growing as much food as possible! We’re thinking greens and herbs and onions and garlic and… what else grows well in Western Washington? I’m hoping eventually half of what I eat (at least in the summer!) comes from our garden.
images via my iphone
Lately we’ve been spending quite a bit of time house hunting. It is exhilarating and exasperating. The first open house we went to had 20-ish other folks there at the same time as us, desperately filling out rental applications as fast as they possibly could. We took our time checking the place out first, and needless to say, did not get the place. Boo! On to more failures – no shows by owners, the strong smell of animals… it’s been a tough couple of weeks. But we are getting a much clearer picture of exactly what we want in a home (a fresh scent, for starters). Maybe I should just start with getting a coffee table? We’ve been in this apartment two years and still don’t have one.
I want something with a little visual interest, but I’m not great at committing to interesting furniture.
What’s catching my eye:
nook table via apartment therapy
urban outfitters gallery table
or maybe just something simple that fits into my current aesthetic…
rich brilliant table
At this point, anything besides my weird old wood side table things from college would be good idea.
Who doesn’t need a little handmade in their home? I don’t do much crafting myself, but I love these sweet and silly cross stitch pieces from Ruggles Made. Adorable!
images via ruggles made
The long awaited return of Shanna Murray is here! I fell in love with her gorgeous hand made pieces long ago. The wall decals, downloadable art and giftables in her shop are so lovely. And she even did a few things for West Elm! Her photos and art have been gracing the backdrop of our laptop for months now and these new prize ribbons just in time for Valentine’s Day are the sweetest.
images via shanna murray
I will cover the bedroom from wall to wall with paintings like these. Gorgeous.
michael carson via the jealous curator
One of the things I’ve been working on slowly is building my kitchen. I’ve had quite a few keys pieces passed down to me by my aunt Kathy, who is a genius is the kitchen, our very own Martha in the family. Most of the other things we have were gifted for our wedding, although I have bought just a few since then, as we’re pretty short on space here in our current little apartment. I’ve been consulting the experts (mostly smitten kitchen, the kitchn and Martha) and putting together my list of to-do’s:
My Current Haves:
Great chef’s knife
Zesters & graters
One good baking sheet
2 basic heavy skillets
Large wood cutting board
13×9″ casserole dish
Large Metal Spoons (slotted and solid)
Sieve (with fine mesh)
Small Cuisinart Food Processor
Quality Salt & Pepper Grinders
Cast iron skillet
1 1/2 quart saucepan
4 quart saute pan
Heavy Duty Mixer
Large Cuisinart Food Processor
What are your kitchen must-haves? Am I missing anything key? I’m hoping when we move this spring we’ll have the kitchen space to invest in some of the large pieces, particularly the food processor! I was making falafel tonight and had to do it in so many tiny batches because of my itty bitty little processor. I’m so thankful for even the little one though!
image via the design files
So, it’s official, we’ve decided to move. Soon-ish. Hopefully. But we’re not quite ready to buy yet. After much discussion, the official plan is to rent in the neighborhood we’re hoping to buy in for a year, to get a feel for the area first. But I still want a house! A yard! And not just any yard, I want to grow vegetables. A few springs past we grew vegetables in pots on the top of our apartment building. The greens flourished, but everything else was a bit pathetic. I think we made poor choices for our grey Seattle weather. A friend mentioned that root vegetables do well here. Carrots, beets, parsnips, rutabaga, radishes, turnips, potatoes, onions…! Hooray! I’m really hoping we find a place this spring with a great yard.
Have you ever grown anything successfully? Any tips for this newbie gardener/dreamer?
image via jackson free press
We put off home buying to have a little fun this year and to pay down our debt a bit more. While I’m desperate for more space, a co-worker suggested renting in the neighborhood we’re thinking about buying in first. I think it’s brilliant! Our lease isn’t up for a while, but we’ve started looking. The one thing I’d love this time around is a true dining room. Two years back when we moved into our current apartment, we didn’t see ourselves entertaining much. Particularly during the holiday season, I’d love the chance and the space to host a dinner party! And I have the new year’s on my mind…
good times / DIY glitter mason jars / dot garland / champagne lollipops