guest room

We are looking forward to at least two, hoping for three, weekends without a house project while the MIL is here. This weekend has gone by way to fast between running errands, buying beds, painting 15 foot tall walls, and cleaning. We need an exploration weekend, or two. All that said, the guest room is complete! We used our old mantle as the headboard, curtains are West Elm (they were in our master bedroom), all trinkets are Target steals and/or antiques, mirror – TJ Maxx, dresser – very old but refurbished, and knobs – Anthropologie. The cameras are finds from our time in Nashville and Virginia antique stores and the bottle – Farmers Organic gin – handcrafted heaven. It was our first gin adventure in Idaho. The botanicals are a unique combination of juniper, elderflower, lemongrass, coriander and angelica root. Like I said, heaven.  I will save our recipe for another time, after all, this about the house.

I don’t have any before photos, but picture an empty room with doo doo tan walls and a peach accent wall. barf.





Plans for the next month to include, but not limited to: sampling at least three new gins, driving North to Sandpoint, ID (#4 on the nations top ten mountain towns…our town was #1, no big deal), long talks, movies, laughing and stuffing our faces around town. We found an awesome Hungarian breakfast joint this morning. Mick ordered stuffed french toast – two massive slices – sandwiching ham, sausage and eggs. I ordered a lame healthy omelette with a side, of my very first, biscuits and gravy. X’s over eyes, died and went to heaven delicious. I know quite a few friends back east and south who would eat there


The cabinets are complete! Whoop! It really changes the space and we are pretty pumped with the results. Not only does it brighten everything, it brings a modern twist to what originally was a river cabin. We have quite a few walls left to paint, blerg. Despite my hatred of painting, I am thrilled to have the kitchen complete…it’s my happiest place.





We are also almost finished with the guest room – it’s looking supa fly and I can’t wait to put it together. Yesterday we got owned by Target and all it’s glory. We kept it under $100 which can be pretty difficult [under $100 means $98]. Yay for finishing projects and actually enjoying it!


We started painting the kitchen cabinets last weekend! Whoop. We haven’t finished yet so this is a sneak peek! We are incredibly happy with the color and more importantly that we can do this ourselves. Because they are, shall we say, low end cabinets, we can roll the paint on and not worry too much about lines or globs. The Valspar paint has been awesome! We still need to purchase new hardware and somehow change the dark brown interior shelving, but for now, this is the perfect (and cheapest) change. Next – get rid of those tile counter tops! *



*don’t hate on my glared photos – sneak peeks are free people!


poop. We have poop, lots of poop and it’s bubbling up in our 1st floor shower. This means whenever I do laundry, one of us showers or flushes an upstairs toilet, the 1st floor shower fills up with doo doo brown nastiness. It’s pretty foul and infuriating. We are learning the previous homeowners did not disclose some key information regarding the septic system, so we have a lot of plumbers in our future. Worst case we need to replace all our pipes to the septic tank, best case, we have a clog somewhere which is a much simpler fix. We lived here three days before it all happened which means a lot of the poo we are dealing with, isn’t even ours. ew.

In our trips to the depot to get snakes, plungers and other plumbing tools we grabbed a few paint samples. Since we won’t be remodeling the kitchen this year or the next, we plan to paint our existing cabinets. We can’t escape grays and I think we found the shade we like – Chinchilla by Glidden – hope it’s not too light.


In the coming weeks we will start sanding the cabinets – there is an easier option, Liquid sandpaper, but it’s incredibly toxic and I’m not down with that. If it’s not too crazy a process, I will also do to the bathroom vanities – they are pretty dank. We also plan to paint the large open space walls of the vaulted space white instead of the current gag inducing shade of peach. Looking forward to see how the space transforms! Also, Mick’s mom is coming to visit in a month and she has a great eye for decorating. Excited to hear her ideas, but more excited to see a familiar face, squeeze her tight and show her around this awesome place!