OUR STAIRCASE: THE REVEAL

 
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OUR STAIRS ARE DONE!!! Finally! From, start to finish it took approx. six months! But as my husband likes to say: the turtle always beats the hare. And yes, patience definitely paid off! They are beautiful and exactly what we wanted!


If you dare to look back at the before (and progress from week one and week five) these new stairs have completely transformed our home. It’s so airy, and natural light pours in - which is really important in Portland. It definitely makes for a great entrance into the house.

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Not only did the stairs turn out better than we thought, but our contractor gave our home a big upgrade with his awesome craftsmanship in the trim and moulding. We went with a base-trim to return the home back to it’s era after numerous previous owners did their own “upgrades.” In this he also added a very simple but very appropriate frame around our new window which I love so much! Eventually every window and door frame will have the same details. It ties in our mid-century style so well. The new window is also going to be our new standard for the house with the craftsman divided lights. We also replaced all of our floor registers from the dingy ones that were left behind that help tie in our vintage look with an antique brass finish.

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Picking the right paint and stain was probably one of the most difficult decisions we had to make in this project. Our treads are a gorgeous White Oak but we quickly found out do it’s absorbent nature we would need to use a gel stain that would give us the color we wanted while keeping the integrity of the grain while still being durable. We ended up going with a color called Candlelite that gives a rich tone without being too warm (and it matches our furniture!). Only downside is, gel stains take about five days to dry so prepared for that.
Then, I really struggled with the color, because I wanted all white walls, but Danny wanted a contrast between the walls and the trim so we compromised and went with Benjamin Moore’s “Cloud Cover”. It looks more like a Vintage White, and goes nicely with the all the wood. We had originally thought we would do all the painting and staining on our own to save money, but after we realized how tedious it was going to be, we decided to hire out the job - and it was worth every penny spent. The whole process took about a month.

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After the initial build was complete, Danny and I talked about what the functionality of this room would be besides just the stairs, since it was previously a bedroom. We never envisioned this room to be our dining room, but after placing our table in there while moving the rest of the furniture in from it’s hiatus in storage, it just made sense. The rest of our existing furniture then fit in perfectly, as if it was meant to be. But, the room really came together with the gorgeous light fixture from Schoolhouse Electric. Biggest plus side, now we have a great view of the fireplace while we have dinner or play games with family and friends.

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We are beyond pleased with how everything came out and could not be more grateful having met the people we did who made this all happen. Now to get some more plants and finish decorating!

Thank you so much David & Bryan, Nikole & Tom Peña, Bonnie Johnson, and Emily Moran. You dudes are the best. Xo.

Stair Newel - McCoy Millwork
Window - Milgard via Parr Lumbar
Paint - Benjamin Moore, Cloud Cover
Stain - General Finishes, Candlelite
Floor Registers - Home Depot
Lighting - Schoolhouse Electric
Rug - Vintage from PCC Flea Market
Chairs - Craigslist
Table - Goodwill
Bookshelves - Salvation Army
Flowers - Knot & Fern

 

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SIX STYLISH & AFFORDABLE SOFA BEDS

 

We bought this house with a guest room in mind, but as time goes on and understanding the practical everyday needs of our house, the idea of having a whole bed set up 24-7 in our downstairs bedroom/office just doesn’t make sense. And with the holidays quickly approaching and family and friends coming out to visit us more, we have been working on creating a comfortable space for overnight guests. So we started researching sofa sleepers to make the office a usable room by day and a comfortable get-away by night.

Since our house is older and the rooms are on the smaller side, we have been in search of a smaller footprint sofa bed that also fits our style and wont break the bank. After combing through what seems like hundreds of outrageously, ugly, and poor reviewed sleepers for thousands of dollars (yeah, no thanks - we have windows we want to replace!), I have rounded up six stylish yet affordable sleeper sofas!

Kiko Futon Sofa, West Elm $999
Karter Sleeper Sofa, Urban Outfitters $699
Mid Century Futon Sofa, West Elm $999
Bella Sofa Sleeper, Urban Outfitters $600
Trevor Sofa Sleeper, Overstock $600
London Sofa Sleeper, Living Spaces $700

 

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MEET STEVE!

 

We had a baby and his name is Steve!

Danny and I have always wanted a dog but it wasn't until a few years ago that we decided we wanted a Pomeranian. Story goes that we were at party a few years ago and we met the most friendly Pomeranian named Kevin, and then a few months later, another one named Samson. We were sold. But time flew, we moved a few times, and started watching our neighbor's dog, Marcel a lot. Later, we got engaged, had a puppy fund on our wedding registry, and then decided to pull the trigger shortly after we got married.

We searched for a long time to find our perfect match, but as luck had it, we finally found him. We contacted the seller and found out that she was not a breeder, but her two dogs had puppies. Exactly what we wanted.
On a Sunday afternoon, Danny and I headed to Temecula, CA to meet a few little fur balls.  It wasn't hard to figure out which pup was the one for us. Unfortunately, he was only six weeks old, so we were told we would have to wait two weeks before we could take him home.

Longest two weeks of our lives.

But, now he's here. We named him Steve. And he couldn't be more of perfect little Pom for us. He is a baby and he brings challenges but we are learning more patience, working together, and giving this little dude more love than he could've ever imagined.

Oh, and he has an Instagram @stevethepomeranian. You should follow him. Really. He's going places.

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