Happy Valentine’s Day! draft
Celebrating love and family with these guys is THE BEST!

Celebrating love and family with these guys is THE BEST!

I wanted to share this post for months, but it seemed like there was always something else that came up, so I kept putting it aside. Until now – Valentine’s Day! Let me be clear. I am not a big Valentine’s Day gal but, I am ALL for celebrating love.

My sweetheart David and I met through friends and connected instantly. And after several years of dating, we decided to make it official! David was excited to get married but wasn’t so sure that he wanted a traditional wedding. We could have gone to a beautiful tropical destination with our kids to tie the knot. 

Finally! We made it official!

Finally! We made it official!

But for me, it was more about celebrating it all – life, love, family, and friends. Both of our parents were healthy and ready to celebrate with us. Our brothers and sisters had always been a big part of our lives. Our kids would only make it more fun. And, I always loved to celebrate. So, we did it! And what a celebration it was. 

The wedding was beautiful! It was unpredictable, sweet, wild, and fun! And because I just couldn’t decide between 2 gorgeous dresses, I wore a fun little flirty dress for the cocktail hour and then changed again into a slinkier number for the ceremony. Great food and fun cocktails, lots of dancing and carrying on… David and I loved every minute of being together with the people we love the most surrounding us.

It was a bit unconventional as far as weddings go. Cocktails and appetizers were served first, then dinner was laid out, and it wasn't until the second round of cocktails that the ceremony started! My brother performed the ceremony, and our six kids stood beside us as we laughed and cried through our vows. I wouldn't have changed a thing!

So, cheers to an imperfect life full of perfect moments! Cheers to everyone who is willing to take a chance! And, cheers to creating your own love story – whatever that may be! And, last, but not least, here’s to my amazing husband who reminds me every day that our life together was meant to be!

All photos in this post taken by Katie Parra Photo

Villa Project: Master Bath 1
From teeny bedroom to ensuite!

From teeny bedroom to ensuite!

With each renovation project, I have several fun transformations in mind that hopefully will manifest the way I have them designed in my head. Because we have no blueprint for many of our renovation plans, we aren’t always sure about the outcome. So, I need my guys to keep the faith that my vision is going to work out and more importantly – be beautiful! My team is typically very supportive when I propose an idea and this design was no exception.

The all to important demo process!

The all to important demo process!

For this project, one of those transformations was taking a small bedroom and turning it into a master bath. I had some “must haves” on my needs list; 2 vanities, a shower, enclosed closets and so I could keep the master bedroom as spacious as possible, we also needed vaulted ceilings. 

Here it is! We created a space with clean lines, pretty details and everything you need for the perfect master bath. Check out the transformation and let me know what you think!

This cozy bedroom now feels spacious with vaulted ceilings and a new master bath.

This cozy bedroom now feels spacious with vaulted ceilings and a new master bath.

Instead of one long vanity, we installed twin vanities with lots of extra storage.

Instead of one long vanity, we installed twin vanities with lots of extra storage.

Who wouldn't love a closet in their master bath? So convenient!

Who wouldn't love a closet in their master bath? So convenient!

These acrylic handles offer clean lines and glamour to the closets.

These acrylic handles offer clean lines and glamour to the closets.

Isn't this a great use of the old closet?

Isn't this a great use of the old closet?

Vintage-style, marble hexagonal tiles are not only pretty to look at, they are soothing on your feet.

Vintage-style, marble hexagonal tiles are not only pretty to look at, they are soothing on your feet.

Hard to believe how we fit SO much utility into what was once unusable.

Hard to believe how we fit SO much utility into what was once unusable.

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!