Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Home Tour--A Simplified Approach

One of my favorite seasons is fall here in the Northwest.  You see, I grew up in a desert in Southern California where there were two seasons--hot summer and mild summer.  Leaves didn't fall.  The only thing that changed color was the grass, and that was because a different kind of grass got planted to grow in the cooler months.  My first fall in the Northwest was when I was 18 and had moved here for college.  I remember driving and walking on the sidewalks just overwhelmed by the beauty of all the colors of the leaves. It was as if my childhood dream of jumping on piles of leaves (like I'd seen on cartoons) was finally coming true! Each year, I love this season more and more, well, maybe not the leaf-raking part, but all other aspects I suppose.

My approach to life is a pretty simplified one.  When it comes to decorating, I like to focus on a few areas and sort of "sprinkle" a little fall into our home. Biggest reason you might ask?  Clean up--I hate the cleanup. Too many knick knacks make dusting hard--not that I really dust all that often--but if I were to do more dusting, it would definitely get in the way.  Also, the big cleanup at the end of that particular season.  Too much stuff means I cannot conquer it in one nap time, and as most mothers know, projects are measured in "nap time" units.  Like, cleaning my baseboards will take me "3 nap time units" which mean I will instantly deem in unnecessary.  I'd much rather watch an episode Jill & Jessa: Counting On because that is only "1 nap time unit" and, well, is much more enjoyable. All that to say, if decorating takes me much more than 2 nap time units to put up, and 2 units to take down, it's not gonna happen.

So, here is my Farmhouse Fall Home Tour.  I must confess that I really, really need to learn to use our camera.  I'm terrible at it, and thus resort to my phone.  My promise to you--I will learn in the next month!

Want to know a funny thing?  This mantle is way different than I usually do for fall.  These pictures were on a wall that just got painted, and I put them up here for safe keeping while I painted.  Then I realized I loved seeing pictures up there.  My hubs is not a fan.  He thinks it looks cluttered.  I might be in a bit of a stubborn phase right now, and fear if I take them down, they won't make it back up, so I decorated "around" it all!  The only "fall touch" I put up here are some of our hops.  They look beautiful as fresh cuts, and even more beautiful as they dry out.

This is in our kitchen where our fish "Spaghetti" usually resides.  Well, he is no longer, so I'm using it for a spot to show off this beautiful plate from Home Goods.  It was my only fall purchase last year.

Our dining room hutch.  The birds, the lamp, and the book were all my late grandma's, who also loved to decorate.  Something I realized I picked up from here was using "found" objects in everyday decor.  I remember her collecting pods from her trees and pine cones while camping to decorate for the different seasons. As a kid, I thought it was weird, especially when she'd pull the car over to get a few "cuts" of something.  Well, I've become her.  My mom does the same, so perhaps, its genetic.  

My "tablescape" is not really complete, but I'll give ya an update when it is.  I need to go to the market sans kiddos so I can really take my time and pick out my perfect pumpkins for here, but we all know how that goes!  For now, here is my unironed runner (sorry, Mom! I'll get to it one of these days!),  more hope (big surprise), and candles.  I really love candles, did I mention that before?

This guy is my purchase for this year, from Home Goods, of course!  She's made of leaves and is just the coolest.  

It's kind of hard to get the angles right to show you this area, but I promise, it's prettier in person!  Remember, I am camera challenged right now.  

Some fresh maple leaf cuts from our yard, and of course, a sprinkling of hops.  

And last, but not least, the changing colors of our hydrangeas.  

Hope you enjoyed my little tour, and thanks for stopping by!  


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Remodel in Full Swing

Right now, I'm feeling a bit like a kid at Christmas. Our first remodeled bathroom is starting to take shape, and our flooring is almost completely finished. After all the planning/dreaming/imagining, we are starting to see some progress. So far, I have learned a lot about remodeling.  First thing is staying on budget is extremely hard, especially in an older home.  There are bound to be obstacles "lurking" behind the walls, under the flooring, and in your plumbing just waiting to be discovered and give you sleepless nights.  Second, if at all possible, be on site throughout, or at least in the beginning of the day.  Communication between the contractor and myself has been difficult  on days that I work because grabbing a cell phone call when you are mid-endoscopy procedure isn't exactly Kosher. Third, make sure to ask about permits and like before the contractor give you a bid, that way, there aren't any "surprises" later.  I'm sure all have some more pointers soon! 

So, here is a little sneak peak of the flooring, that is somewhat finished in our laundry room.  Ignore the mess--our home is full of dust, debris, and clutter right now. What's a girl to do?!

Notice the laundry going? I've been without this guy for over a week! Feel like I'll never catch up, but how can I complain when I've got these pretty floors to walk on now! There will be a pocket door added here to make this room WAY more functional.  In case you are wondering what type of flooring this is, it is Pewter Travertine from Contempo Tile.  The gals I worked with here were super helpful and let me make a complete mess of all of their displays so I could see my vision play out. Another perk of this place--they had a kids' play room which allowed me to focus on the tile, and have happy kiddos to boot.  Score.  

Since our garage is currently a storage spot for the construction stuff, I've had to wait on fall decorating.  Oh, and I broke the string that gets me into our attic for said decor, so I'll have to wait for the hubs to fix it for me.  Since I'm antsy, and can't wait for him to fix it, I decided to bring a little of the current Idaho "fall" into our home.  Just a few clipping of our trees, remaining blooms, and hops, and I instantly had a little fall effect.

Hope you've enjoyed a little update of The Gray Abode for now.  Have a great day!


Friday, September 2, 2016

Farmhouse Inspired Screen Door Makeover

Almost the minute we moved into our home 2 years ago, the screen door on our front door got some "love" from one of our boys.  Fast forward a few months (now the youngest was walking) and it quickly was getting double the "love" from both of our boys.  Before we knew it, the screen door was breaking as fast as we could fix it.  Here we are 2 years later, with an ever-growing upkeep list with our home, and we needed to address it. To buy a new and well-made one was going to have a hefty price tag, so we began to think.  And by we, this time, the true credit as goes to my hubs.  He said, "what if we made the bottom part solid?" Light bulbs went off in my head.  I remembered countless farmhouse style front doors that had this "X" on the bottom half, and I knew I just needed to find a picture of a screen door so my sweet Daddio could help me figure it out.

So, here is the picture I sent him.  My poor dad probably loathes Pinterest between my mom, sister and me! I wanted the bottom, however, to be completely solid, and thus boy-proof.

Here is the screen before. The picture was taken after one of several repairs to the screen where it had been pushed out by tiny humans.

And here is the after.  Whatcha think?! Not bad for a less than $15 fix!

Hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing and safe Labor Day Weekend!