Entry Update: Painted Front Door

A few weeks ago, we had the first floor painted in our house.  It was crazy having painters in the house, shuffling furniture around, moving wall decor, etc.  But it was worth all of the effort!  We’re really happy with the finished product.

I have more pictures to share, but I’ll start with our entry.

The front door was white, and since the painters were here, I figured I’d have them paint the inside of the front door too!

Here is the before …

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Yellow walls and a plain white front door….

And now, the after!

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Since I don’t have yellow walls, I can now accessorize with yellow.  Like the Target rug below!

DOOR Kendall charcoal benjamin moore .... rug target

And my deer head.  Dan wasn’t fond of it at the beginning.  But I think he’s warmed up to our little friend!

Front door after ... doors benjamin moore kendall charcoal  ... walls benjamin moore classic gray

Here are the details:

wall paint color: benjamin moore classic gray

door paint color: benjamin moore kendall charcoal

deer head: kirklands

wreath: target

ribbon: amazon.com

And here’s one last look at the after.  I’m over the moon with how it turned out!

painted front door with benjamin moore kendall charcoal - at home in the northwest blog

jen

The Boston Marathon

Today we have a guest!!  Let me introduce you to Dan, my husband! I know you’ve seen pictures of him before, but I believe this is the first time he’s ever written on my blog!

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This April, Dan will be running 26.2 miles. In Boston!  He got this hair brained idea last April and has been training ever since.

But before he gets there, he has to raise $5000 for a great cause….childhood obesity. And we need your help! If you’d like to donate, please click here.  And if you’re curious, read his story below (in Dan’s own words)…

 Last April I went to Boston to support my friend, Chris, who was running the Boston Marathon for the first time.  After watching him finish and experiencing the amazing atmosphere, I immediately called my wife, Jen, and said:  “I want to do this next year!”

What’s funny about that is I have never been a runner.  Ever!  I tried running track in middle school.  My personal best was coming in NEXT to LAST on the 800 meter sprint.  Yeah!  Yes, I’ve done sports that involved running… but when it came to just going out and running for the sake of the run….well, the couch seemed just comfortable enough!

In fact, the couch has always been a very comfortable place to be.  While I was active in high school and college, my life became more sedentary the older I became.  This isn’t surprising.  Most of us experience this… life and responsibility get in the way of being active, right?  Besides… who wants to get up and go get sweaty and stinky and have burning, achy muscles when we don’t have too? Sounds reasonable.

But with that decision comes the baggage.  And by baggage I mean the pounds.  Probably 30 of them and their closest friends.  They liked to hang out around my waist line and upper thighs.  Lovely!  Of course it didn’t help that in medical school all you feel like you can do is sit around and study.  Then comes residency where you are provided all the doughnuts and soda pop you can enjoy while working 6 days of the week.   Needless to say, I didn’t emerge from this experience looking my best!  My rock bottom was looking at my new driver’s license after moving back to Washington state and seeing double chins and jowls.  Jowls!  Like a hound dog!

So, several years ago my wife and I started working out again.  We started with joining a gym and then an outdoor “boot camp” group.  We added weight lifting and focusing on nutrition (goodbye doughnuts and soda… I loved you so much).  What was even better was watching our kids get into it.  They wanted to “work out” with us and even try to eat healthily.  It’s great to think that we have hopefully instilled a lifestyle in them and tools that they can use throughout their lives. (They still give in to McDonald’s, but only once in a blue moon.)

Now it’s April 2014, and I’m on the phone with Jen saying I want to run in the world’s most prestigious marathon.  She’s actually laughing on the other end!  Remember… I’m not a runner.  I don’t think I would time qualify for the Boston Marathon if I could DRIVE it!  But I remain undaunted.

We start looking  into ways that I could pursue this dream.  A friend of ours suggests looking into the American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA).  (Thanks Tammy!)  This is a charity that focuses on childhood obesity and changing how our youth exercise and eat… and this strikes a chord.  This was a charity I could get behind and really support!   It resonated with my own personal struggles, as well as what I want to impart to my own children.  And let’s face it, as an ER physician, if we could eliminate obesity… well, my work life gets a whole lot easier!

So here I am today.  I’ve been running 4 or 5 days a week for the past 8 months.  I’ve done two half marathons.  Guess what… I actually enjoyed them!  But now it’s time to tackle the big one… and I would love your help and partnership.

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If anything I have shared resonates with you and any struggle you, a family member, friend or co-worker has experienced, then I encourage you to help kick obesity in its fat ass!  With your help we can continue to ensure that our next generation can be healthier and fitter than every before.   Please take to the opportunity to donate on this website.

To donate, please click HERE.

dan

Minted Artwork

Happy 2015, everyone!

Over the past few months, I’ve started slowly updating our master bedroom.  It’s been a LONG time coming!  Why is the master bedroom often the most ignored room in the house?  I will be posting some pictures of the bedroom on the blog soon.  I just hate putting the ‘before’ shots up because let’s face it, it’s not pretty. But I will be vulnerable and share the ugly truth….just not today.

Over the holidays, I ordered our Christmas cards from Minted and started looking through their art marketplace to decorate our bedroom wall.  They have an incredible amount of art! And at reasonable prices too!

There is everything from photography….

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…to abstract art…

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…to drawings and paintings…

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Did you know that Minted also has some really fun save the date cards? Dan and I are approaching our 18th anniversary in a few weeks.  Maybe I was just in a fog, but save the date cards weren’t much ‘a thing’ when we got married.  But they’re so handy now…and so fun to receive in the mail!

Here are a few of my favorite save the date cards from Minted….

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or this simple one….

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And this doesn’t even scratch the surface of what Minted  has to offer!  Basically, if you have ANY paper needs, head over to minted.com! I’m sure they have what you need!

I plan to continue browsing minted.com’s art section for our master bedroom.  And I’ll be sure to blog about which pieces we choose!

jen

Merry Christmas 2014!

m e r r y    c h r i s t m a s !

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I’ll be signing off for the remainder of 2014. But I’ll be back in the new year with more interior design posts!

jen

Simple DIY Wall Painting for Christmas

A few weeks ago, I found this great {and simple} DIY Christmas wall hanging at Emily A. Clark’s blog.  {If you don’t already follow her blog, it’s a must read!}

I loved it so much that I made my own!

SIMPLE DIY PROJECT WITH DUCK CLOTH HOT GLUE GUN AND PAINT

I’m not an artist. And I can say that it was really easy! Just head over to Emily’s blog for a quick tutorial on how to make your own.

I made several for gifts and it was neat seeing how each one turned out different than the other.

I wasn’t sure where I’d hang mine…..and it finally landed in my powder room!

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DUCK CLOTH WALL HANGING SIMPLE DIY PROJECT

Thanks for stopping by today! Hard to believe that it’s only a few more days until Christmas.  I hope you’re ready to celebrate and can avoid the mall these next few days.

jen

Christmas House Tour – Part 2

Welcome back!  Sorry for the delay in getting the rest of my Christmas pictures to you!  Emmie was in a local production of the Nutcracker, so our weekend was quiet full.  It was so much fun, and quite exhausting at the same time.

A few days ago, I shared Part 1 of my Christmas house tour.  Thank you for coming back to see the rest of the house!  I won’t add much text….just scroll down to enjoy some more pictures….lots of pictures!

I ditched the standard tree skirt this year and went for a $12 galvanized bucket from Home Depot instead.

GALVANIZED BUCKET AS TREE STAND

We only have one Christmas tree. So it holds all of the ornaments.

Emmie helped me decorate the tree this year too, so the spacing isn’t perfect.  And the tree has a slight lean to it. And we were short on lights this year, too.

my tree with kid ornaments

It’s not magazine worthy, but it makes us smile.

SANTA DECOR ON TREE

Our powder room has a bit of a neutral feel….

Neutral shelves in powder room

And yet another burlap wrapped tree!

SIMPLE TREE AND GLITTERY REINDEER

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O HOLY NIGHT PRINT

BOTTLE BRUSHES, CANDLES AND PINE CONES

And the front porch…

FRONT PORCH

FRONT PORCH

LANTERNS ON FRONT PORCH WITH GREENS AND PINECONES

BOOTS WITH GREENS

 Thanks for coming on my holiday house tour!  And if you missed part 1, click here.

jen

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Christmas House Tour – Part 1

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Today I thought I’d show a few pictures of Christmas around my house.  I kept it simple this year.  And both Dan and I agree that it’s our favorite decor year yet!  Here are a few images around my house…..enjoy!

Since I have so many pictures, I’ve divided it into two parts. Today, let’s take a peek at part 1!

Simple tree wrapped in burlap

I wrapped a lot of little trees in burlap this year…

BURLAP and RIBBON WRAPPED TREE

And some may argue that black ribbon is a bit unconventional, but I like it!

I just received this darling antler pillow from Kendra with So Vintage Chic. She runs a great store on Etsy.   I love her linen pillows.

antler pillow and blanket

antler pillow cable knit pillow

 We’re in the process of getting bids on having the main floor painted and mantel redone. But for now, we still have a yellow room….So I made the most of it with my mantel decorations.

merry and bright chalkboard mantel

What’s that? More burlap wrapped trees!?

I tore the covers off some books to give some texture and height to my candles.

candles and pinecones on torn books

And I layered my chalkboard on top of my old ceiling tin.  This was partially out of laziness, but I like how it looks!

MANTLE merry and bright chalkboard

Our front entry has a big vacant spot above our front door.  I recently purchased a deer head from Kirklands.  I’ve heard some funny comments about it, but I like him!  I added a wreath and ribbon for Christmas, which gives him a bit of color.

deer with antlers and wreath and bow

DEER WITH ANTLERS AND WREATH WITH BOW 2

I have a lot more pictures to show you, so come back tomorrow to look at more of my Christmas decor (part 2)!

thanks,

jen

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Family Room Shelf Update

Hi there!  Happy November!

Today I’m sharing some pictures from a recent project that I worked on.  I have a client that recently bought a house and did a bunch of updates to the home.  They moved a wall and created this beautiful set of built ins for them family room.  They hired me to help accessorize the room…..one of my favorite things to do!  So I brought in some lighter colored pillows and decor, giving the room an entirely new, fresh feel.

Let’s first look at a few before pictures….

…BEFORE…

shelves before

…BEFORE…

couches and rug before

And now for the fun part! Let’s see the room now.

…AFTER…

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Isn’t it pretty?  I moved a chair to the right of the tv to give the room a conversational feel.  And of course, the updated shelf decor.

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Here are some close-ups….

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FERN AND METAL BUCKET  at home in the northwest

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blue glass and orchid

And here is a quick look at the leather furniture.  I added some patterned pillows that coordinated with the room and new, brighter rug.

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leather couch with lighter pillows and rug

It’s such a bright, fresh look!  Here’s one last look at the after…

updated shelves  at home in the northwest

Thanks for reading!  I hope you are inspired by this updated room!

jen

Happy Fall! {and a peek at my fall decor}

Well, helloooo!  Did you miss me!?  I didn’t mean to take a sabbatical from my blog, but I guess summer got the best of me!

Fall is a favorite season for me – well, who am I kidding. I love all of the seasons.  But fall is a definite favorite.  Even though we’re still having warm weather here in the northwest, I dug out my fall decor.    So below, I’m sharing a few snapshots of some fall vignettes around my house!

First, the mantel.   I used some orange flowers and placed them in mismatched glass jars, then drew a simple pumpkin on the chalkboard.

Fall mantel - pumpkin chalkboard with gold frame

Fall mantel - orange flowers in vase

And in the entry, I did something similar since I had an extra bunch of flowers.

FALL VIGNETTE RATTAN TRAY, FLOWERS IN JAR

And in the kitchen, a lantern and fern combination.

FALL LANTERN - FERN - PUMPKIN IN LANTERN

This last one is my favorite fall vignette.  I love the neutral palette.  I picked the tray up a few weeks ago and really like the soft color against the dark finish on our table.

NEUTRAL VIGNETTE - FALL TRAY WITH ANTLERS AND PUMPKIN

Now if only it would start feeling like fall!  I’m over this 70 and 80 degree weather (sorry, everyone!) But I’m a northwest girl at heart and am ready for some cooler temps.

jen

Waterton and Glacier National Parks

Thursday is a big day around here…..Dan turns 40!  He didn’t want a big party, so we decided to take a fun family vacation…

ROAD TRIP TO GLACIER!

We took a ton of pictures and video. So sit back and enjoy a few fun pics! And at the end of the post, you can view the latest and greatest family video!

Our first stop was Waterton Park, Canada, which is the Canadian part of Glacier.

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It was so beautiful. And we saw our first bear there too!  Thankfully, we were in our car and not hiking on a trail at the time.

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After a few days in Waterton Park, we ventured down into Montana to Glacier National Park.

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Both Dan and I loved the one on one time with the kids….

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The weather wasn’t ideal. In fact, it was downright cold on a lot of days.  We just learned to accept the rain and make the most of it!

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Though, occasionally we’d get lucky and see a little sun!

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We tried to find a healthy balance between hiking and stopping and playing as well.  The kids were troopers!

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Most of the time, that is.  There was one day where we may have gotten a touch lost in Glacier in the pouring rain.  And there may have been two scared kids and some tears.

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Finding the trail that led us back to our car was a happy moment.

We saw a moose up close….

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Even on a cloudy day, Glacier was beautiful.

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For some reason, I was focussed on crossing the continental divide….

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Dan was kind enough to pull over for a picture.

If you’re still with me after all of those pictures, here is the video that Dan made! Click HERE to view {or click the picture below}.

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The trip was a great way to celebrate Dan.  And to enjoy some quality family time together.

Happy 40th birthday, Dan!

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