jord wood watch + a giveaway

Have you seen these amazing wood watches all over social media?!

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I’ve admired them from afar for quite a bit. But a few weeks ago, JORD asked me to review one of their watches!

Talk about a happy mail day when this beauty arrived in my mailbox!

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I think it’s even prettier in person.

I selected the Fieldcrest watch in zebrawood and maple.  I love the color variation of the wood.

I feel like this isn’t just any ol’ watch either.   It’s interesting. It’s WOOD!

* The wood comes from West Africa {how cool is that!?}

*The natural zebrawood and maple are hand treated with tung oils

*It comes with a scratch resistent mineral glass (I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a scratched watch face before and it flat out stinks!)

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My personal favorite things about this watch are:

*It feels like a decorative bracelet, yet it’s so functional! It’s another beautiful piece of jewelry.

*It’s a conversation piece!  I’ve had lots of comments and questions about this cute thing.

*And it’s SO LIGHTWEIGHT!  Honestly. Whenever someone comments on my watch, I take if off and show them how light it is.  I’m barely aware that it’s on my wrist.

So now to the exciting part! JORD is doing a giveaway!!  The contest winner gets a $75 e-gift code to the JORD shop.  And all other entrants (Did you  read that?! ALL OTHER ENTRANTS!) will receive a $20 e-code just for entering the drawing.  It’s a win-win either way! You either get a $20 discount – or a $75 discount!

To enter click the image below:

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 or go to this link:  https://www.woodwatches.com/g/athomeinthenorthwestblog

The contest will close on September 18th at 11:59 pm.  Both the $75 and $20 codes will expire on January 31, 2017.

. . . this post was sponsored by JORD wood watches . . .

Master Bath Renovation – Week 9

Things continue to progress with the master bathroom project.  Slowly.  But it’s progress nonetheless.

I think we’re nearing the end.

Only a few more weeks.  But didn’t I say that a few weeks ago?!  Oh well. Hopefully only a few more weeks.

Our windows are stuck in a truckers strike. Seriously.

So we are waiting for the windows. Because they can’t put trim up until the windows are installed. And they can’t paint the bathroom until the trim is installed….I think you get the point.

But we have some forward progress and it’s pretty exciting.

Countertops got installed.  Bathroom faucets too.

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I love the handles!

The shower fixtures were {mostly} installed. A tile cracked so now that the tile is fixed, they can come finish the plumbing fixtures.

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 And quartz was put on the shower seat and ‘curb’ going into the shower.

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Quartz was also put around the tub.

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As you can see, we’re nearing the finish line!!

I have some friends coming to town mid July and the contractor tells me we SHOULD be done by then!

I hope….

jen

Master Bath Renovation – week 6

Here we are, six weeks into the bathroom renovation.  This week, things really started coming together because…

…our tile was installed!

I love seeing a vision come to life. Something that was once on paper, slowly installed and creating a real life visual.

Pretty exciting.

I’m just going to dive right into the pictures. Because that’s what everyone wants to see, right?!

You may have seen this one on instagram…

our floors!

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And the shower….

(please pardon the iphone pics)

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What do you think?!

I absolutely love it.

Every bit.

Counters and sinks were installed yesterday. So make sure you come back next week for a week 7 update!

jen

If you’ve missed previous weeks, click below:

week 1, week 2, week 3/4, week 5

Master Bath Renovation – week 5

This wasn’t the most exciting week on the renovation home front.  Our tile was backordered.

Ugh.

The first backorder date was May 18th. Then it was due on the 20th. Then it was supposed to be  in on the following Monday, available to be picked up Tuesday. And so on and so on and so on.

Finally, Friday the tile arrived!

In preparation for the tile, the subfloor was laid down (that’s the orange part). And the heating element for the floors was woven in as well (that’s the red wire).

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Now you’re probably saying “Show me the tile!”

That’s what I’ve been saying all week long.

Here’s a sneak peak.

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The 2″ white hex will go all over the bathroom floors.  The shower floor will have a cement look with this 2″ gray mosaic.  The shower walls and  counter/bathtub backsplash will be white subway tile. And the shower niche will provide a bit of contrast and interest with this carrera marble.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that we get some tile laid this week!

jen

If you missed any of the past weeks of the master bathroom renovation, click below for:

week 1week 2week 3/4

Master Bath Renovation – Week 3 and 4

We’re one month into the bathroom renovation.  While week 3 did have some forward progress, it didn’t produce the most exciting of pictures. So I’m combining my post to include weeks 3 and 4.

If you’re just joining me, or in case you forgot, here are before pictures for you.  I wish they were worse pictures so you could really appreciate the age and status of the bathroom. But the light was (surprisingly) shining bright that day, washing out the striped wall paper.  And you can’t see the broken towel bars.  Though if you do look closely, you see a broken light on the far right.   Now that I’ve pointed out all the bad parts, here are the before pictures:

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And here are a few inspiration pictures for you to see where we are headed:

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Now on to the exciting part…current day!

They cut the hole for the bathtub and put up the wood trim on the outside of the tub area.

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And the shower made some progress too.  I’m not sure what you officially call this step, but it started to look more like a shower. So that’s a plus in my book!

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And the cabinet installation is now complete too.

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The tile arrives tomorrow. So I’m hoping we see some tile installation this week!

Stay tuned for more progress next week.

If you missed a previous post, click HERE for week 1. And HERE for week 2.

jen

Master Bath Renovation – Week 2

With Mother’s Day, I slacked on writing my week 2 master bathroom update! But things are moving right along.

I mentioned last week about my decision to shiplap or not to shiplap.  And after stewing about it one entire day, we said yes.  So this past week was mostly about getting the shiplap on the walls!

First of all, some of you may be asking “What is shiplap?”  Basically, it’s wood planking.

Let me know you a few inspiration pictures before we see my bathroom.

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via the inspired room

Aren’t those bathrooms lovely!?

So you can imagine my excitement when I saw this laying in my driveway last week!

The shiplap arrived!!!

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It took most of the week to get it on the walls.  And while these may not be the worlds most exciting images to you, they’re pretty fun for me!

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I had a few people confused about my bathtub, one of which was my son.  He thought we might climb up a ladder to get into our new bathtub!  A hole will actually be cut for the tub and the tub dropped INTO the hole. So it will be a regular ol’ bathtub. Not a fun ladder/slide combo. Though that would be fun! Just probably not safe.

Also, the walls will be painted! My mom already told me that the bathroom looked like a sauna.  That’s only temporary! The room will be brighter and whiter when it’s finished.

My light fixtures arrived too.  I love them.  Though I’m questioning how they will fit with the rest of the bathroom.  They’re an dark/blackish color. Not a rubbed bronze.  Restoration Hardware calls it Aged Steel.

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Sherry Hart with Design Indulgence says that every room needs a little bit of black. So I’m hoping that these lights will coordinate ok and not look out of place.   Also, the curtain hardware will be black/aged steel, as will the hooks for our bath towels.  So I think in the end, it’ll all work together just fine.

So that’s it for week 2!  Yesterday started with a day of cabinet assembly!  Make sure you come back next week for another update.

If you missed it, click here to read about he master bathroom week 1 update.

jen

Master Bath Renovation – Week 1

Our master bathroom is old. Almost 20 years old to be exact.  While the colors were neutral, the striped wallpaper and gold accents have filled their duty and it was time for them to go.

For years, we’ve talked about renovating.  We’ve gotten bids.  Then we’ve done nothing.  But this past week, our time came!

I emptied the bathroom of all its clutter and decor.  The kids peel off loose pieces of wallpaper. And last Monday, the demolition began!

Here are a few before pictures (Due to the light from the windows, you can’t fully experience the striped wallpaper. My apologies!)

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The new bathroom will still be very neutral. White subway tile with gray grout.  A 2″ hexagon tile on the floor.  Carrara Marble in the shower niche for our soap and shampoo.

I pulled together a few inspiration pictures to help share my vision…

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 We wavered back and forth on adding shiplap to the walls.  And after much discussion and deliberation, we says yes to shiplap.

By the end of day one, this is what the bathroom looked like…

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It amazed me how quickly the room got emptied!

It was pretty much a gutted shell of a bathroom, with the exception of the two shower walls.

By the end of day two, they had built a new tub surround (we’re getting an oval soaker tub instead of a corner jetted tub).  The shower was also made a bit deeper.

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And the dumpster out front, is full of the remnants of our old bathroom.

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The builder should be here again tomorrow.  They’ll be putting up shiplap as well as delivering the bathroom cabinets!

I’ll post another update at the end of the week.

Thanks for following along!

jen

The story behind our Christmas Card – 2016

Merry Christmas!

As the Christmas season approached, I was scrambling to find a picture to use.    We didn’t do family pictures this year. So that left me searching iphoto.  Thankfully, I came across one from my cousin’s wedding this summer that I thought would do just fine. Not my favorite picture, but good enough.

I found a card company I’d never used before. And I found a design that worked with our picture.   Wanting to get our Christmas cards ordered and done early, I placed the order.

When the package arrived in the mail, I was so excited…until I opened it up.

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 I wasn’t happy with the print quality. And I wasn’t happy with the quality of the image {It was too dark.}  So I emailed them, requesting a full refund.  Much to my surprise, they quickly responded. They apologized. And they refunded me in full.  I sent the package back in the mail {but I did keep one for myself – pictured above!}.

So that put me back at square one. No picture. No Christmas cards.

The day after Thanksgiving, we went to get our Christmas tree.  I packed the tripod to go with us, in hopes that we could snap a good picture.

Thanks to a cold snap that we were experiencing here in the northwest, there was tons of frost that morning.  When we pulled into the Christmas tree farm, we found a spot that hadn’t yet seen the sun.

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I bribed the kids with the promise of a can of pop and treats in the car after our cold photo shoot. And for the most part, they cooperated.  Even despite frozen toes.

Dan has an app that allows his iphone to be used as a remote to the camera.  And while I would occasionally run back to the camera to readjust the settings, the pictures could be taken with the phone/remote behind our backs.

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So while Dan fiddled with the camera, the kids and I could look at pictures on the phone!

Thankfully, we got some great pictures!

I had a few people ask me if the frost was photoshopped into the picture. Or if it was real.  But as you can see, it’s indeed real!  {Though I do wish I knew how to create frost with photoshop!} While we were darn cold, the frosty morning provided us with some festive pictures though.

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We took a few variations of pictures to give us flexibility with designs.

 I found this one on minted.com and it worked perfectly with our picture!

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Hard to believe Christmas is just a few days away.  I think this holiday season has flown by faster than any other.  I’m hoping we can sit back and soak up these last few days a bit.

Wishing you a very joyful Christmas!

jen

Christmas Home Tour {Part 2}

Welcome back!!

Yesterday, I shared part of our home, all decorated for the holidays.    And today, I’ll show you some more!

Come on in! We’ll start at the front door.

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We moved the bench and shelf from the entry and pulled this cabinet in for a change.

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The jumbo picture of our kids is an engineering print from Staples that cost less than $5. I had some art in this frame that I was tired of. So I painted the frame and added the picture of the kids instead!

Simple trees, and old toolbox with pinecones peeking out the lid add some color to the entry. With the addition of some twinkling lights on the trees too.

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Instead of garland on the railing, I hung wreaths this year instead.  I miss the glow of the lights that are usually there, but I enjoy changing things up a bit.  And behind that, you can catch a glimpse of the gallery wall that we updated when the entry was painted this past year.

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Here is the other side of the entry.

Flanking the door are the kids Santa pictures.  We go see him every year.  And while the pictures make for a busy display on the wall, it’s fun to watch the kids grow up year to year in the pictures.
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By the kitchen sink, I added some berries, ribbon and pinecones to the fern.

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Can you see the cute playhouse that I showed you yesterday just out the window?  I love that view.

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This summer we had a window seat built in the kitchen.  And just a few weeks ago, it was finally painted! We’re still waiting on the cushion to be made.  But I love how it adds so much seating to our kitchen. Comfortable seating!

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And since our family room and kitchen are an open concept, the window seat helps blend the two areas together.

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And there’s the cute playhouse again, just out the window again!

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And once again, more pinecones and red berries!

That wraps up our house tour this holiday season!

Thanks for following along!

jen

Christmas Home Tour {part 1}

Welcome!

Today I’d like to share a few rooms of my house, all decorated for the holidays.  I got an early start this year. I dragged the bins out of our attic before Thanksgiving, so things have been decorated for a while now.  But I neglected to take pictures until this week.  Of course, I also waited until it was dark and rainy, thus making for poor lighting.  But thank goodness for a tripod!

If you were walking into my home, I would like to think I’d offer you a cup of coffee. Or something to warm you up. But we’re not coffee drinkers.  So you don’t want me making you a cup o’ joe!  But I’d probably offer you a diet coke or some water – with the option of ice or no ice {I always choose ice. It make a drink more fun.}

OK. On to the tour.

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This bench isn’t typically behind the couch.  It’s originally from the entry, but last winter when we painted, I moved it over to the window in this room.  And now that we have a Christmas tree in that window, the poor bench has moved yet again.

The chalkboard above the fireplace is a recent addition to this room.  I was inspired by House Seven.  She has a similar one in her dining room that I fell in love with. So I buzzed over to Lowes and had them cut me a piece of plywood. I painted it, added some stained trim and the project was complete!

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I ordered a really long strand of these micro lights on Amazon.  They were inexpensive {$15 for 33 feet}, and they are DIMMABLE!  So instead of being a bright light that hurts your eyes, I can dial it down to 10% and it gives off a nice glow.

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And here is the tree.  We are at the stage of life when our tree has no theme.  The main idea with our tree is ‘anything goes’.  I add lights and red wooden berries. And the rest is a hodge podge of random ornaments.  One of which is an old Safeway receipt that Jack looped a piece of ribbon through.  It was the sweetest little ornament made by a toddler. So it still hangs on our tree all these years later.

I haven’t typically blogged much about the living room, because I didn’t love the room.  I was tired of the yellows walls and dark furniture. But we had our main floor painted this past winter.  And a few months ago, I had Dan help me switch the couches between the playroom and the living room. And I’m starting to love this room again! It’s so much brighter. And much more neutral, giving me more flexibility with my decorating.

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The couch is from the Pottery Barn and it has been well loved.  The cushions have been jumped on. Slept on. Moved around. Thrown around. And they show the wear and tear.  But it’s a really comfortable couch, and I find that we sit in this room a lot more now.  And last week, we added this rug from Rugs USA.  It’s a nice added layer of texture to the space.

I typically display Christmas cards on a little metal wall hanging.  But this year, I added some twine to an old door that I have leaning against the wall instead.

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Greens, ribbon and pinecones were added to the top of the door.  And when a card arrives in the mail,  we just attach it with a clothespin!

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This year we took down our play set since the kids had {mostly} outgrown it.  But we kept the cute house part of it because it had too much character to get rid of. And if no one wants to play in it, we can use it for storage.  My mom had the idea to add a wreath to the door,  which I love!  I can look right out my kitchen window and see this!
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The lights were leftover from summer.  So all we needed was the wreath, ribbon and rubber boots!

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Thanks for reading!  Please come back tomorrow for a few more pictures of our home!

jen

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