PDCo Home: Fireplace

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What questions do I get asked most often when it comes to PDCO home? That’s easy; where do you get your light fixtures? Annnd, how do I get my fireplace to look like that? I went through light fixtures in our PDCO home reveal post so today let’s take a closer look at the PDCO Fireplace! Something most of us don’t realize, until we start looking into installing our own fireplace, is how much detail goes into it. Today you can consider me your fireplace fairy godmother! I’ll take you through every decision we needed to make to get our fireplace to look like this. And every detail you’ll need to make when you’re getting a fireplace installed.

Where to start?

If you’re from the Spokane, WA general area then highly recommend Falco’s Spokane for all your fireplace needs! They truly are the full package; they’re easy to work with, have quality products and do quality work! I love that they are a one stop shop for finding the right unit AND installation. After finding a fireplace supplier, your next step is to decide what type of fireplace you want. Gas, Wood or Specialty? The exact model we selected is the Kozy Heat Bayport 41 gas fireplace. A fireplace is a big focal point in any space, so one thing to consider is the style of your home. Not only with the shape and size of the unit, but all of the “media kit” items inside the unit! There are fireplaces that lean more traditional, transitional, modern, etc. so make sure the fireplace you select fits the home you’re dreaming up.

Falco’s has details about each fireplace unit and here’s what they have to say about the Kozy Heat Bayport 41 direct vent gas fireplace. “Direct vent gas fireplaces don’t require a chimney or existing fireplace for successful installation – they can be installed almost anywhere, even on interior walls and in modern homes. The Bayport 41 Log is energy-efficient, easy to operate, and provides an exceptional level of heat output, making this fireplace a great investment that will give years of good service.”

We really wanted a fireplace that put out heat. Many fireplaces are fine for just aesthetic purposes, but some people don’t realize that there are special units that are more for the functionality of heat output!

Let’s personalize it!

After selecting the exact fireplace unit we began to put together the details. Our home is definitely more modern, but still cozy and soft. We knew we wanted our fireplace to have a minimalist appearance. I kept all this in mind when selecting a fireplace, but also when going through all the details. The easiest details to select were the black gloss enamel panels for extra reflection and glow. The black full rectangular framed screen front was exactly what we needed for the sharp lines next to the drywall edges. These two things definitely took our fireplace in the modern direction we were wanting to take it.

We also customized our media kit to our personal preferences. I get lots of questions about this specifically! We selected the driftwood rock media kit but we asked them to eliminate the rocks with yellow tones. I’m a pain, I know 😉 We added the black glass media kit onto that to also increase the reflection and glow. And there you have our customized Kozy Heat Bayport 41 direct vent gas fireplace!

What matters most!

Your fireplace surround is just as important if not more important than your fireplace unit, when we’re looking at the aesthetic aspect of things. For a cleaner look we went without a hearth and mantle and chose to do a built-in ledge instead. The detail of a ledge gave me the room to “dress up” our fireplace while still not making it too busy for what we were wanting.

We brought our fireplace surround all the way up to the ceiling. In our PDCO home final reveal, I talk about how this brings your eye up making your ceiling heights seem even taller. It’s a must-have in my opinion when designing a fireplace wall. We also brought this drywall all the way to the floor with a very clean line so no base trim was needed to finish it off. We painted the whole thing in the same color as our walls. I wanted a minimalist look but felt there was enough detail because of the ledge and the angles of the vaulted ceiling! I’ve been going back and forth on adding a white oak ledge on top of the existing ledge to add a little warmth, but haven’t fully decided.

The Frame TV

I recently released a blog post talking about our Samsung Frame TV details. But a few details I wanted to add here are how we don’t have any TV “parts” sitting on our ledge and how we got away with that. We included an outlet in the spot where we’d be hanging our TV above the fireplace. So, the plan was to plug in the TV and everything would still look very clean. However, the Samsung frame TV does have the “brains” of the TV in a separate box that you plug into the TV. This allows for a thin TV screen, making it even more identical to an art piece.

That said, we still didn’t want to have any boxes sitting on our ledge. So, we decided to drill a hole through our wall (behind the tv). Then we drilled another hole through the side of the fireplace surround. We fed the cable through so the box could sit out of sight – once we find the right cabinet of course!

I hope I covered all the questions you have regarding putting together your own fireplace package! If I did miss anything, comment below!

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PDCo Home: Hardware

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Hardware. You either love it and everything about selecting it, or it stresses you out. Whichever one you are, today’s post is for you! And if your blood pressure usually goes up from just mentioning hardware, then maybe today we can change that!

our go-to resource

I often think of hardware as an accessory for your home. Just like we choose rings, earrings, and necklaces to wear with our outfits, hardware is the accessory we choose to dress up our doors and cabinets with. But it’s not just an accessory for our homes — it’s absolutely essential due to its functionality! For our home and for 99% of our projects we select all of our hardware from Spokane Hardware which is also known as Hardware Hut online.

If you are local to Spokane, Washington, I cannot recommend Spokane Hardware enough! They have the greatest selection of cabinet hardware, door hardware, and so many accessory options too. It’s so nice to go to their showroom and easily browse different hardware options, many of which you may not have thought about searching for online. I love doing this because it opens my mind to other options, while also allowing you to see the true color and feel of the hardware before purchasing. For those who aren’t local, you can also easily purchase the hardware through their online website. Their team is always so helpful no matter what I’m looking for and they are an incredible resource for finding hardware solutions for the trickiest problems! So, whether hardware shopping stresses you out or not, Spokane Hardware and Hardware Hut are your places!

The Logistics for cabinetry hardware

There are a few things to consider when you are hardware shopping. First, I normally like to use a combination of a knob and pull in each space, but you can use the same combination of hardware throughout your entire home! If you do decide to change it up, I’d recommend keeping the finish the same. However, in rare cases, I’ll change up the finish if it really makes sense for the aesthetic of a particular room!

Another thing I see people worry about is what type of hardware they should get, such as pulls or knobs. I’ll share how we do it most of the time and why. Almost every time, we vote for knobs on cabinet doors. I personally think a pull on a cabinet drawer gets too visually cluttered. The exception to this is very tall cabinet doors, like a pantry cabinet, that may need a longer pull to hold the weight of the door. Knobs are incredibly versatile, and I love using them on doors and drawers! We go back and forth between knobs and pulls on drawers in our designs depending on the aesthetic we are wanting to achieve. Every once in a while, we will throw in a special piece like a cabinet latch, cup pull, finger pull, or other unique design to change up the look.

How We Did it: the kitchen

Next, I’m going to share all our PDCO home cabinetry hardware details! For our home, we wanted a fairly minimalist look, so we chose to do knobs almost everywhere.

Starting off in the kitchen, we used all Top Knobs Nouveau II Round Cabinet Knob and a Top Knob cabinet latch. For some reason, I couldn’t find the Top knobs cabinet latch, but this Emtek Cabinet Latch is the same look. Please keep in mind though, that brands usually have slight variations to their finishes! So be very careful mixing different brands, especially when it comes to brass and bronze finishes.

The knob placement depended on how long our drawers were. Since most of the drawers weren’t wider than 36″ we just used one knob in the center of the drawer. There was only one spot, which is the tilt-out under our sink, that we used two knobs due to the length. The latches we used are beautiful but have a lot of detail, so using them sparingly is important. I like placing them under a sink, or a special pantry cabinet. We love the visual interested they added!

How We Did it: the primary bathroom

To keep that minimalist look, we carried the same finger pull knobs throughout our home so you also see them in our primary bathroom. We also stuck with the beautiful oiled bronze finish, which was the perfect brown tone. It’s not too stark like black would have brought, and not too flashy like satin brass. The oil rubbed bronze finish from Top Knobs is very different from the standard oil rubbed bronze you typically would see. It’s a favorite of ours!

Even though the drawers on our vanity are pretty large, I LOVE the very simple look of keeping one knob on each drawer. It’s modern and simple, but feels so warm due to the finishes we chose for this vanity.

How We Did it: the kids’ bathroom

The only room we changed the style of cabinet hardware in is our kids’ bathroom. I wanted something a little different in here! Something that was easy for the kids to use and also that added a little extra charm. We selected these from the Top Knobs line to make sure the finish matched the rest of the home. The exact ones we selected are the Top Knobs Egg Cabinet Knob.

Kid's Bathroom Oak Vanity
Door hardware

When it comes to door hardware there really aren’t many guidelines! But the main consideration is the ease of use between a lever and a knob. We recommend levers for families with children as well as those considering a home for aging in place, due to levers being easier to grab and use. From an aesthetic standpoint, we select a finish that coordinates with one of the other finishes we’ve selected for the home. At PDCo Home, we matched our door hardware finish to our plumbing fixtures which is a satin brass.

All of our interior door hardware is from Emtek. The door levers are the Emtek Modern Helios Door Leverset with a Stretto Narrow Trim. With this narrow backplate, planning ahead is important! It requires a custom bore hole size. You must order your doors with this specific bore size, or have the bores drilled on site. I’m so in love with this look! The pocket door hardware is the Emtek Narrow Modern Rectangular Solid Brass Mortise Pocket Door Privacy Latch. It’s a sleek look and matches our narrow backplates on the other doors perfectly.

Our front exterior door is the only one that we didn’t select from Emtek’s line. I wanted something very unique for our front door and this Sun Valley Brass Bandbox Handle x Handle Mortise Lock Entry Set makes such a statement! I was obsessed from the moment I saw it. The entire Sun Valley Brass collection is stunning, with products ranging from modern to traditional styles. There are a lot of finishes to select from, too! The brass is a living finish and has antiqued so beautifully, adding warmth yet contrast with our black front door.

There you have it! A full hardware tour. I know many of my clients get stressed thinking (and overthinking!) about hardware and the millions of options and combinations out there. Sometimes, it really is okay to keep it simple!

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North Trail Residence

Waterfall quartz edge

While we don’t get every project professionally photographed due to cost, I still love to share snapshots from my phone to document the process! The North Trail Residence was one of our new construction projects that wrapped up last year! Located in a rural area with gorgeous mountain views, this project holds true to traditional cabin materials and colors while still featuring modern touches.

With new construction projects, I get so excited when the framing is complete, and the space starts to take shape. This home has an open concept with lots of floor to ceiling windows to brighten up the whole interior!

New Construction with a view
Let’s Move IN!

I think one of the hardest points of any project is once the sheetrock is up. Because once you are able to walk through every individual room it starts feeling more like a house. At that point, wanting to have your home finished and waiting months for it to be done gets even harder! It feels oddly close to completion, yet so much is left to do.

Spokane home with a view
New Home Interior
Hardwood Floors

Getting the floors installed and stained at the North Trail project is different from many other projects. We selected a real hardwood instead of an engineered or other prefinished product. Once the wood was installed and ready for finishing, we got to personally select the perfect stain for the space. We use a sample color as a reference for what we wanted to work toward. Then our installer mixed and adjusted the stain until we were happy with the color. The last time we did this was on our Post Street project – oh, how I love this process!

Brand-new flooring
Custom hardwood floor stain
Stunning Tile

Throughout the home, we wanted to make sure the tiles made a statement! But also kept true to darker hues and an organic aesthetic. For the walk-in shower in the primary suite, we used a dark large-scale tile for the walls and ceiling. The space is very large and has natural light coming in from a window. The clients wanted this space to feel cozy and cave-like, but we balanced it with a light-colored stone mosaic floor. Above the vanity in the primary suite, we also used a darker tile that we brought all the way up to the ceiling. This tile is incredible up close – it’s a natural stone and has what looks like little fossils throughout! We kept the floors light and simple to once again balance light and dark tones in the space. In the powder room, we used small wood-looking hexagon tiles for a statement!

Custom Kitchen

The cabinets within the kitchen and the bathrooms were all custom with a beautiful rich stain color. To help modernize a kitchen (and entire home!) with dark cabinets, we selected a light-colored backsplash and countertop. The waterfall edge on the end of the long counter was another way to incorporate a modern detail and add more light colors visually! Throughout the home, we also used the same soft white color to showcase crisp lines and help reflect all of the natural light.

Dark cabinets with white countertops
Waterfall quartz edge

When a project has a month or two left before it’s finished is probably the hardest! At this point it seems like mostly everything is done. The flooring is in, the cabinets are installed, the toilets and sinks are where they need to be and even working! For a client and a designer, the finish line is right there but you can’t cross it just yet!

the final touches

The North Trail Residence has been fully finished for a while now and it was a joy to assist these clients with selecting some finishing touches like rugs and furnishings! Many times, after a remodel or new home construction is complete, our clients realize their old belongings just look out of place! This may be due to a change of style, or their furniture or rugs are starting to show signs of wear. They then look to us to help through the last details!

I love helping with these last stages because we already have gained so much momentum on the project, as well as trust when it comes to understanding your style and needs. It’s a great time to start thinking of furnishing and decor needs for your new spaces well ahead of your end of construction timeline, so that we can get these pieces ordered and in place when it’s move in time!

If you have a project on your mind for 2023, be sure to reach out! It’s time to start planning your design to meet that timeline! You can contact me or book online here.

Hillside Residence: “Before”

Before Kitchen Renovation
Before Kitchen Renovation

Our Hillside Residence Project is a traditional home that sits on 50 acres of land. The home is surrounded by open fields that end at a beautiful tree line and sits on a hillside. Our clients have been living in this home for 20 years, which they had also originally built. This home has a beautiful structure and 20 years ago was exactly what the clients wanted and needed. However, the home is no longer functional for our client’s needs and the finishes and designs have become outdated!

This renovation project consists of taking over a bedroom to expand the Primary Suite (similar to what we did at our Pittsburg Residence!) and reconfiguring the whole suite, remodeling a guest bathroom, and adjusting the main spaces of the home to provide a larger pantry and a storage and cleaning closet while also updating the kitchen and powder room. The main spaces will continue to be an open concept, but with new finishes reflecting a traditional yet natural aesthetic.

THE PRIMARY SUITE FACE LIFT

The primary suite was feeling plain and dated. There were also some significant tile issues due to the steam shower. The closet was too small, and for these empty nesters, it made sense to take over an adjacent bedroom and let their suite become the new priority! There were certain parts about the bathroom layout that we felt could be adjusted to create a better flow of traffic and have a more pleasing use of square footage. Our clients also asked for one additional change to the primary suite, which was to expand the entrance to the suite. To do so, we are breaking down another wall that backs to the adjacent guest bathroom. Since that bathroom is able to be decreased in size, this adjustment will easily allow us to add a double door to the primary suite, creating a beautiful grand entrance of our clients’ dreams!

GUEST BATHROOM RECONSTRUCTION

This bathroom space is very linear with two separate rooms. One is used for a double vanity and the other for the shower and toilet. This layout easily allows multiple people to use different areas of the bathroom at the same time. However, it’s now feeling way too large and closed off from what our clients currently need! As previously mentioned, the wall by the entry door will be moved. The bathroom will be smaller and reduce the vanity to a single sink. We will also remove the wall separating the vanity from the toilet area so the space feels larger.

THE KITCHEN update

They kitchen currently has two islands, with one that sits at a bar height. Even though this main space is fully open, the high-top island creates a separation. It cuts off the kitchen from the dining room and living area. Our plan is to remove both islands, then bring in a single larger island at counter height. This adjustment will reduce the pinch points around the dining room and living room. In the past, arranging furniture has always been difficult due to the kitchen island! In the new kitchen layout, we reconfigured the perimeter cabinets and appliance locations, allowing for more cabinets and a better flow to the space.

White Cabinet Kitchen with island

Besides a change to the flooring and all finishes, the other major change to the space will be the ceiling. Right now, you see wood planks with a lot of knots and a golden orange finish. Since we have so many changes to the light placement, we would need to adjust the ceiling detail as well. The clients love the wood, but not the knots, so the plan will be to freshen up the whole ceiling with new wood planks. This will also allow us to move lights according to the new layout without issues.

Wood paneled ceiling
PROJECT SCHEDULE

We came to a decision with our clients to approach this project in phases, especially with the increased lead times. We didn’t want to start everything at once and then have clients with a home that isn’t livable with continued delays. The primary suite and guest bathroom was completed last year, and the main spaces of the home just recently wrapped up! We’ll share another blog post soon to show some of the process!

If you have a project on your mind, be sure to get in touch! You can contact me or book online here.

Frame TV: Vintage Art Roundup

When people come to our home, we get asked about our TV all the time! Our Samsung Frame TV is one of the biggest conversational pieces in our family room. We didn’t originally plan to hang a TV in this space because let’s be real, they are not aesthetically pleasing. Who wants a big black box on their wall 90% of the day?

We may not have wanted a black hole over our fireplace, but we eventually realized we did want a TV. It was right around the holidays when we realized how nice it would be to have friends and extended family over to watch Christmas movies. The rest of the year, we’re pretty much fine with snuggling in our bed with the kiddos to watch a movie! Anyway, I’ve been admiring the Frame TVs for a few years now, so I knew that if we were to put up a TV, this would be it. And really, it was the best decision to get one! They’re aesthetic and functional — the two things when paired together that I can’t say no to!

The best part about them is how easy it is to change the art or photos when you get tired of it. There are so many good ones to choose from! Some people like to share family photos, but I prefer paintings and other art in my personal home. Below you will find a list of my favorite vintage landscape art. These are ones I use in my own home! I added links to take you straight to the store. While the TV is an investment, the digital art is very affordable. They are something you and your guests will enjoy for many years!

Summer Cottage

Wetlands

Highland

Coffee Creek

Brush

Marigold

Dutch River

This last one is the one currently displayed in our home. It’s very special as it reminds me of a painting my grandmother had in her home. I remember sitting on her lap while she rocked me and staring at the painting, dreaming about how peaceful it looked. I love the deep earth tones in this piece, and it brings together so many colors we have throughout our home as well!

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PDCo Home: Final Reveal

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After moving into our home a year ago, it felt like a constant struggle to find furnishings and décor to finish! When I’d find the perfect counter stools, they were out of stock. When I’d find the perfect coffee table, the lead time was months out. And I’m sure you’re all familiar with this and possibly facing the same things! So here we are a year later, posting our long awaited PDCo Home reveal! I’m excited to share the elements that blend textures and colors to bring in depth and warmth! Before we jump in, I wanted to note that we have blog posts that outline the whole process. I’ll have some linked throughout this post as well!

Kitchen of my dreams

Even playing “house” as a little kid, you start to dream up your own kitchen, right!? Of course, once you get older those dreams become more and more extravagant. I love that I now get to share something that started to bloom in my heart as a child!

The earthy tones and natural materials that you’ll see through the entire home truly welcome you into every space. This is perfectly portrayed through our kitchen. The first thing I knew I wanted is an island for gathering around. It’s the precious moments baking with Finn and she’s able to climb up onto a counter stool. She loves to help in the kitchen, doing dishes and playing in the water in the sink. My favorite part of the island is the paneling detail we added to the back. It adds so much character and texture. I carried this detail over in the pantry, and it’s something I obsess over!

I selected a grey quartz countertop that has a lot of variation in detail and tone. You can read about how we decided on our countertops here! It paired beautifully with our cabinets and has such a soft feel without stark contrast. I wrote a whole separate blog post on our cabinets herebut I’ll do my best to summarize! Two things I knew for sure is that I wanted white oak and an inset detail with a slab door. We had to go through a whole lot of trial and error with the stain because of the inset detail. In the end the amazing cabinet crew at Faber were able to get us the look we wanted and we didn’t have to compromise on style or color!

As an overall aesthetic, I didn’t want high contrast anywhere. This held true for the hardware, as black would have packed too much punch. I searched high and low for a warm brown tone, and found it with the Top Knobs brand at Spokane Hardware/Hardware Hut. I’ll be sharing a full post on hardware soon! The warm tones in the hardware paired beautifully with the satin brass accents throughout, like our faucet from California Faucets and oversized pendants! For the backsplash, I selected a glazed zellige tile from Riad Tile with uneven edges and texture on the surface. This added so much visual texture to our kitchen!

Family Room

When drawing up the plans for PDCo home, I knew I wanted an open concept that connected the kitchen, family room, dining room and even the entry seamlessly. The trick was to make sure these spaces blended and complimented each other without competing! Another element we added to the home is an outdoor/indoor aesthetic. The family room shows this off the best! We placed the three panel sliding door on the west wall of the family, arranging the house plans perfectly so that we’d always have the perfect view of the setting sun. I wouldn’t trade the glow it pours into our home in the evening for anything!

We are located in the PNW and because of this, a fireplace was non-negotiable. But also, who doesn’t want a pretty fireplace in their home?! We worked with our favorite local dealer Falcos to find the perfect design, since I had a pretty specific idea of what I wanted for the interior media kit. More information coming on this soon! We went with a very simplistic surround with built-in ledge, and brought the whole thing up to the ceiling. We can’t express enough how happy we are with the Samsung Frame TV for our family room! It’s amazing how many people still don’t know about this TV that looks just like an art piece! I’ve also made a blog post with all the different pictures we love that you can display on your TV!

Dining “Room”

The dining space sits right next to the kitchen, in a little bump-out of the house so it still feels like its own space. Making sure this corner got lots of natural light just like the rest of our home was important, so we added another black framed window, which adds an architectural element to the space too! I selected a beautiful handmade cream and brass light fixture. I love that it spoke to the uniqueness of our home and brought a fun element into our dining space. The art piece is one I’ve loved for many years, and it brought so much life to the room! I look forward to freshening up the furniture and rug in the room in the future, but for now, it’s the perfect stress-free zone for playdough parties and food messes!

Powder Room

I added this powder room in after reworking our plans and I can’t believe at one point I thought we wouldn’t need it! It sits right off of our entry and is a little gem of our home. The vanity matches the custom oak cabinet stain that we have throughout the home. But in this room, I had the idea of playing off the kitchen paneling detail in a small scale! I love a good vessel sink and this travertine bowl was a beautiful natural element for the room. Paired with the wall mounted brass faucet, this combination brings a smile to my face every time I see it!

Transitional Spaces

Walking towards our primary suite, you go through the most stunning transitional space you didn’t know you needed until now! My favorite way to dress up a hallway is a wall of glass! It pours a gorgeous amount of light in and you think of it as it’s own little room. The glass door on the left wall takes you out to our newly-paved courtyard. I’m excited for the exterior area to be furnished so we can spend summer evenings here!

Primary Suite

Our primary suite went through many floor plan iterations over the years but ultimately I’m so happy with the end result! Our bathroom brings me just as much joy as the rest of our PDCo home – haha! The natural light definitely plays a huge role in this! We stuck to natural tones in here, which ties this space in perfectly with the rest of the home. We carried the custom oak cabinets in here, this time with a full overlay drawer set for a more modern look. The wide drawers are so functional for bathroom storage, but I couldn’t resist playing with aesthetic details like the thick quartz countertop with a tall backsplash. Brass plumbing fixtures from Newport Brass were carried in here as well and I love the warmth it brings to an otherwise neutral space.

I designed this bathroom with a big list of wishes in my mind! A soaking tub, a double walk-in shower, a double vanity, open shelves for extra storage, and a direct connection to the closet! The wet room helped to utilize the square footage the best but is also a look I love. We used a thin rectangular tile in a matte finish on the walls. The color variation between each tile added the visual interest needed for such a large area of tile. We opted-out of installing a glass shower door and I now love how the wet room seamlessly connects to the rest of the bathroom.

More to Come!

Well that’s a wrap (for now!) on the PDCo Home reveal! Thanks so much for all your love during this home building process of ours! If you like what you see and have a project of your own that you would like to discuss, we’d love to hear from you! Check out our services and let’s chat!

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Must-Have Baby Items for 6-9 Months

Must-Have Baby Items 6-9 Months
Must-Have Baby Items 6-9 Months

These days we are gearing up for more play, and playing with food, too! While Ashton is still primarily bottle fed, it’s been good to get some feeding essentials on hand for the occasional times when we experiment with fun flavors! If anything, it’s an opportunity to get him into his highchair so we can eat dinner without playing the baby version of “hot potato!”

I remember with Finley, we bought a set of plastic baby spoons and after just one wash, the colors faded and the spoons wore down so fast. Yikes! I wasn’t going to go this route again with Ashton, so I was super excited to find beautiful spoon sets on Amazon! The available colors change frequently, coming in and out of stock, so keep checking back if you love the color set we got, which is called natural and dried thyme!

I know these bowls are going to be a winner as snacks and meals become more common for Ashton! They are silicone which is basically my favorite material for everything (toys, dishes, bottles, etc.). It’s so easy to clean and doesn’t break! The bowls also have a suction bottom, so they won’t go anywhere when baby decides to try to clear off the table himself! They also stack easily for easy storage. And finally, of course I couldn’t resist picking a few different colors! We bought a few in the natural color and a few in the dried thyme to match the spoon set mentioned above! We plan to eventually expand our set with their silicone plates as well.

Another lesson learned the second time around – I hate cloth bibs! They get so stained, dirty, and I felt like I constantly had to keep on the wash to prevent leftover food remnants from growing mold! This round we invested in just one silicone bib and called it a day! While it’s a little bulkier around baby’s neck, it’s so much easier to clean! Ashton doesn’t seem to mind how it feels, either.

If you learn of any theme here, it’s that silicone is overly used in this household! We got rid of most of the baby toys as Finn outgrew them, so we had to pick up some new staples. What’s childhood without stacking rings?! These aren’t your traditional stackers that fit over a center post, which honestly threw me off at first. But after doing some playing, we found out you can stack the rings in all sorts of combinations, which is even more fun! Ashton mostly just loves to chew on them right now!

Ashton has outgrown most of his newborn blankets and swaddles! With the extra-long and rainy Spring, we needed something bigger and also something with some weight to it to keep him warm. This muslin swaddle is so soft, I definitely considered buying one for myself too! If only it came in an adult size…

If you snag any of these goodies, I hope they find just as much use in your home as they have had in ours! Can’t wait to see what the next few months bring with new phases and stages!

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Must-Have Baby Items for 3-6 Months

Must Have Baby Items 3-6 Months

Time flies with babies and it’s so crazy how quickly their needs and phases change! From introducing a bottle, to cutting their first teeth, and starting to engage in play. Here are some of my favorite products we started using with Ashton at 3-6 months old!

Some cute snap-on bandanas were a must during the early teething stages with Ashton! So much drool! Rather than changing clothes all day, these bandanas were so easy to switch out as they got wet! They are incredibly soft and I’m in love with all the colors! We picked some toned down neutrals like the caramel and olive colors.

Bath time became a bit more active in the recent months, and I wanted something easy to grab and soft to chew on! This silicone boat in the origami style was just too adorable to pass up!

With me going back to work, Ashton started taking a bottle, and these silicone bottles are a favorite! Easy to clean, and soft for holding. Of course…Ashton also loves to push them around a room and chew on them too!

We’re on the move a bit more often these days, and with Ashton still loving a pacifier, keeping one on a clip attached to the car seat has been a perfect way to prevent losing them! It’s funny how pacifiers have a way of disappearing! We picked up this wood one as well as a few silicone options!

Another on-the-go essential for us has been our Tula baby carrier! Ashton quickly outgrew his bamboo wrap, but this structured carrier has been our favorite for both babies. I used it with Finley until she was a few years old! Easy for front or back carries, and all set up with just a few buckle clips! I love the velcro pocket on the waistband for tucking my phone or credit cards away!

I am so obsessed with everything from this brand! From crib sheets to swaddles, toys to feeding supplies, they have the most beautiful colors and great quality products! These stacking cups have quickly become a favorite for both Ashton and Finley, who is now 6! The cups are great for coordination, but they are also such a versatile toy. They get used in all sorts of imaginative ways!

We’ve loved returning back to some of the staples we used when Finley was a baby — it’s so good to see things holding up to use and standing the test of time with what works best for our family! It’s also been fun shopping for new things because let’s face it – baby products are so irresistible and there are always new gorgeous things coming out! I hope you find some new favorites here for your family, too!

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Must-Have Baby Items for 0-3 Months

I’ve been wanting to add more types of content to the blog for some time and one thing I’d love to share more about is our home and lifestyle, favorite products, etc. Well Ashton recently hit three months old, so I did a little round up of our must-have and favorite baby items that helped us survive the 4th trimester! Enjoy!

Our first kiddo Finn never really took a pacifier, but Ashton does! I’m obsessed with all of the fun color combinations and perfect tones of these rubber pacifiers!


These muslin washcloths are perfect! They come in a large pack, so we only needed to purchase one. They are great for morning face washes and nighttime baths! Ultra-soft and a lovely texture. We also purchased the coordinating burp cloths and swaddle towels (which doubled as a blanket for a while, too!).


Knotted gowns are super functional for all of those constant newborn diaper changes. We had a handful of them in all different colors!


Newborn mittens can always be a bit of a pain, but we loved these ones! The Velcro made all the difference for getting a snug fit and not losing the mittens all the time.


Velcro to the rescue again! Along with mittens, slippers and booties always seem to fall off babies. Not these ones! The Velcro ankle strap holds them on nice and snug and it’s been a wardrobe staple for our Winter baby!


Ashton is starting to get more interested in toys and this silicone ball has been the perfect introductory toy. Lightweight and soft, it doesn’t hurt him when he accidently knocks himself with it because of that newborn lack of coordination. It’s easy for him to hold and will serve as a good teether too!


My babies always seem to have skin issues, so a natural-healing balm is a must-have for us. We love the Baby Bum brand and continue to use them for other products like sunscreen, too!


Hoping this round up is useful for those of you expecting or in the midst of the newborn days! I know some of these will continue to be staples in our household for the months to come!

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River Bluff Residence: Final Reveal

kitchen design in spokane washington

kitchen design in spokane washington

Over the last few months, it’s been catch up time for photographing our completed projects from the last few years! Our River Bluff Residence ranked high on our must-capture list, and we’re so excited to finally share the reveal! If you’d like to look back at the progress post first, you can find it here. From beautiful and bright to moody and dark, this home has a wide array of style, but all pleasing in their own ways! The home’s floor plan and exterior was designed by architect Michael Mackin, and I was thrilled to take part in finishing the interiors of the home.

a kitchen for gathering

We’ll start in the kitchen because that’s our specialty! I love working through the technical and functional aspects of kitchen design, but in this particular kitchen, I was really excited to blend traditional elements with some clean lines! The quartz backsplash was my first encounter with this detail that I had been dreaming of trying out for several years, and I love how it feels in this space. It really lets the style of the cabinetry and the custom metal range hood show off! The hood design was also a new experience for me. but I knew it was an absolute must for this home. Picking out the exact metal finishes, tacks, and overall shape, etc. was incredibly fun and exciting to watch it come to life. I love how it pairs with the pendant lights and black/brass doors and accents around the room.

kitchen design with metal range hood

traditional kitchen design spokane

the great room of all great rooms

It’s no doubt that one of the most stunning parts of the home is the living room! With it’s extra high ceiling, double chandeliers (5′-0″ diameter each!), and Juliet balcony, it’s a show stopper. I’m particularly fond of the windows at the end, with their beautiful view framed by floor to ceiling curtains and exterior stone columns. The massive stone fireplace matches the exterior stone as well. The wood floors throughout the home bring a warm, earthy feel with their extra knots and character.

living room with extra tall ceiling height

stone fireplace in living room

no need to go out with a bar like this!

I’ve designed plenty of small bars in homes, but when I saw this type of square footage penciled in for a bar/lounge on the floor plans, I was definitely excited! We had lots of room to play and the client had some brilliant ideas for this space. It was a little scary to propose an all black room, but I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out!

custom home design with bar

custom home bar and lounge

I really enjoyed working through the details of this space! From gorgeous handmade hardware, to sourcing a vintage faucet and banquette seating, and finally the client’s incredible find of the copper bar counter! This space came together beautifully, and how gorgeous does it look with the snow outside of the large sliding doors!? What a wonderful space to be enjoyed in all seasons!

copper counter and vintage brass faucet

custom bar design

residential bar and lounge

and a space for her!

While the bar/lounge was clearly most important to the husband, I loved working with the wife on her special space in the home… the “Garden Room!” I have to admit, when I saw this titled on the floor plan, I was a little confused because I hadn’t heard of a space like this before! But ultimately it’s a combination of a beautiful sun room, sitting space, and office space for my client!

We played with the lights and darks of the home with a combination of a dark charcoal ceiling, floral wallpaper, and a white wainscot. Just outside of the room is a long hallway with similar trim details but painted the dark charcoal color as well. I love how the details around the home play back and forth with each other in such subtle ways! At the end of the hall is a guest bathroom with beautiful wood toned cabinetry, a fun patterned floor, and some great hardware!

floral wallpaper and black ceiling

black paneling in hallway

wood vanity and hexagon floors

dueling powder rooms

It’s hard to pick a favorite space in this home, but some of my favorites on the list are the two powder bathrooms! One of the bathrooms is on the second level next to his home office. Since this was “his” domain, it felt appropriate to incorporate some more masculine/moody touches to this bathroom. I love how it turned out, again incorporating some molding details, charcoal color, brass accents, and marble flooring!

moody powder bathroom

On the main level, the powder room is also quite the impression with dark walls as well! This bathroom was one of the first spaces that inspired the moody spaces and accents around the home! My favorite part about this bathroom is the brass console vanity and the vintage brass faucet!

black walls in powder bathroom

vintage brass faucet

the laundry room

Across from the main floor powder room and near the kitchen, is the laundry room. In this space, the cabinetry ties into the style of the kitchen and pantry. There are some subtle details hiding in these photos so I’ll point them out! Instead of a backsplash, we chose to go with vertical shiplap! Off to the left, there is also a little wood bench with some hooks above. They’re so cute!

laundry room with cream cabinets

traditional laundry room

a dream suite

The primary bathroom has all the features of a lovely home spa. From a steam shower, to a deep soaking tub, and beautiful views of the forest! Separate his/her closets break up the space between the wood vanities. At one end of the bathroom is the primary bedroom, and at the other end of the bathroom is the residence’s exercise room. What a great way to kickstart the day with a work out and then a jump into the steam shower!

primary bathroom cabinetry

double vanities in bathroom suite

I can’t think of a better way to end the week than a soak in the tub and admiring these views, both inside and outside, haha! How can you not admire the gorgeous light fixtures and brass mirrors?! This whole suite is a great one that I really loved the results of!

traditional primary bathroom

freestanding tub in front of window

bathroom with black interior doors

wrapping up the year!

I’m so thrilled to be finishing off the year with this beautiful home reveal! Make sure to check out the progress post here. If you like what you see and have a project of your own that you would like to discuss, we’d love to hear from you! Our calendar for booking consultations for 2022 is officially open! Check out our services and let’s chat!

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