Finding a Fixer
 We have a winner! Or should I say, "loser"?

We have a winner! Or should I say, "loser"?

 I love beautiful palm trees but this is hardly paradise.

I love beautiful palm trees but this is hardly paradise.

 This one had a real "she shed" vibe.

This one had a real "she shed" vibe.

 You never know what you will stumble upon.

You never know what you will stumble upon.

People always ask me how I find my projects. My response is “it is never the same!” They seem to come to us in million different ways. It could be a call from an agent, or a homeowner that knows what we do and wants to sell off market. It could be someone who wants to collaborate, a reassignment, a friend, or even an acquaintance. However it happens, it is always fun to receive that call! And, once we get word of an opportunity, we are off to check it out.

On this outing, we were looking at two possible “new construction” projects.  Both homes we were called about are considered tear downs.  But you can be the judge.

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As we choose our projects, we are definitely armed with the info we have gathered online but a visit to the neighborhood is critical. These are some of the new construction homes that are in the area.

 Boxy but beautiful!

Boxy but beautiful!

 This one is just my style. I think I will always love the simplicity of black and white.

This one is just my style. I think I will always love the simplicity of black and white.

We know their sale and/or asking price which helps us decide what our potential return on these two properties if we stay on budget.

After all of our searching we found our little "diamond" in the rough. Sometimes the uglier the fixer the better. But, we love it!

 Sold! We bought this one!

Sold! We bought this one!

Thanks Michelle!

Our Latest Kitchen Remodel
 I love EVERY part of this process!

I love EVERY part of this process!

We have several great projects in the works right now and I am so excited to share them with you! Our project closest to completion is a sweet shingled Laurelhurst home we are totally updating top to bottom. This home is getting a complete facelift and what a sweet space it will be. Let's start with the kitchen.

 Here's what we had to work with.

Here's what we had to work with.

 This kitchen really needed some light and space.

This kitchen really needed some light and space.

 Now the kitchen has tons of light! But, we didn't stop there...

Now the kitchen has tons of light! But, we didn't stop there...

 Voila! We have access to the new outdoor space with the addition of these french doors.

Voila! We have access to the new outdoor space with the addition of these french doors.

 Can you believe this view from the new deck?!

Can you believe this view from the new deck?!

One of the most important updates on every one of our projects is the kitchen. Everyone wants a new kitchen and we are happy to oblige. We put careful thought into maximizing the space in each of our remodels as we know this is a big deal for future homeowners. Here's what inspired us, how we cleared the space out to the studs and the new design for the kitchen. 

 Demo and clean up are all a part of the fun process of transformation.

Demo and clean up are all a part of the fun process of transformation.

Our current project is now being drywalled - so trim, paint and cabinets are next. But before you see the finished project, we are having way too much fun sharing the before pics! (After all, that is why they call it a fixer-upper.)  

 Next, we drywall.

Next, we drywall.

 Another view from the kitchen. This remodel is really coming along!

Another view from the kitchen. This remodel is really coming along!

 I always start by asking my favorite cabinet company to provide a great design.

I always start by asking my favorite cabinet company to provide a great design.

After designs are rendered, we are off to the races tweaking the plan - picking cabinet colors and finishes, finding the best countertops, backsplashes, appliances, etc. This being a smaller kitchen, every inch is important. Take a look at some of our inspiration:

I think we nailed it!  Cannot wait to share the final product.  This home is about seven weeks to completion! Yahoo!

Still Time To Shop The Nordstrom Sale!
 I'll never get tired of shopping this  great sale!

I'll never get tired of shopping this great sale!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is firing up all forms of social media as everyone weighs in on what they think is the best of the best. Well, this Seattle girl grew up on this sale. I remember my mom taking my sisters and me to the Anniversary Sale for back-to-school shopping starting in about junior high. I've been shopping this sale so long, I was even there when “Famolare Get There” shoes were all the rage!

 A girl can never have enough booties!  Get your pair here. 

A girl can never have enough booties! Get your pair here. 

We always got to pick out two pairs of shoes and a pair of jeans as well as several other great finds from Brass Plum (now BP). After shopping the sale, my mom made it clear that we were not allowed to wear any of our new clothes until the first day of school! It was tough deciding which pieces would make the cut. So, we carefully organized our purchases in our rooms and tried them on over and over throughout August.

As Nordstrom people here in Seattle, we still find ourselves looking forward to this sale. Whether shopping for our families, our homes or ourselves. We know what lovely people make up the Nordstrom family and the great things they have done for Seattle (and now all around the country).

So, cheers to a fun sale and great shopping!  Here is what we added to our shopping cart online and scooped up at the stores. Yes, many of the pieces we wanted were sold out on day one and two and the site got overwhelmed early, but here's to hoping they restock some of these items.  Have a great time shopping – we did!!


Click on an image to shop!

Obsessed with Outdoor Covered Spaces
 This lounge is year-round because of the addition of a vaulted ceiling. Now that's smart square-footage!

This lounge is year-round because of the addition of a vaulted ceiling. Now that's smart square-footage!

I absolutely love the growing trend of covered outdoor spaces. Rain or shine these areas just add so much style (and square footage) to your home. In the last year, we have been busy with three projects that have included these spaces, adding value and a unique vibe to each home.

 Once this fireplace with tile from  Home Depot  was finished, we were ready to MOVE IN!

Once this fireplace with tile from Home Depot was finished, we were ready to MOVE IN!

At my recent project in Laurelhurst, we incorporated an outdoor space for lounging, dining, and entertaining. With the addition of a beautiful stacked stone gas fireplace, an outdoor heater and TV this space will be usable most of the year. (Even in rainy Seattle!) Choosing to vault the roof over the lounging area, we kept the area open over the eating space. Created on an elevated deck this fun entertaining space feels like a bit of a tree house. Who wouldn’t love that?!

 This outdoor room is even better at night!

This outdoor room is even better at night!

 Make this beautiful addition to your home – you won't regret it.

Make this beautiful addition to your home – you won't regret it.

If you have been eyeing this trend of creating outdoor rooms – let your mind go wild and see how you can incorporate it into your own home. Definitely less expensive than an interior add-on, it may change the whole dynamic of your home. Bring the outside in! It is truly the best of both worlds!

Here is some inspiration for you from our project!

by Best Choice Products at Amazon.com

by Bungalow Rose at Wayfair

by Gertmenian at Amazon.com

by Odyssey at Astria Fireplaces

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by MSI from Home Depot

Sharing the Details: Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
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Give me a kitchen I can cook in and still be a part of the action and I will happily prepare whatever you order! The kitchen we installed in our latest Seattle remodel project is one of my favorites. Outfitted with great cabinets and high end appliances, ample work spaces, beautiful countertops, a traditional backsplash, and a view of everything happening around you and it is definitely a cooks dream! Add in two beautiful pendants and some shiplap detailing on the oversized island and I am completely in love with the function and style!

 The best view is of family and friends! While prepping for meals, guests and loved ones can interact with this open concept kitchen.

The best view is of family and friends! While prepping for meals, guests and loved ones can interact with this open concept kitchen.

 

Here are the details that make up this  perfect Modern Farmhouse kitchen!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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10. Island Slab

 
 
 
 
 
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See something you are curious about? Feel free to ask questions. And, stay tuned for our next post with even more details from this beautiful home!