Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Change It Up

I really haven't dropped off the face of the planet ;-) We've had a very busy summer with the sale of our home, starting two new businesses, and still working full-time jobs on top of it all.

So our house...we sold it this fall and Tanya Mock was incredible! I highly recommend her as a real estate agent as she was very professional, personable, and got us buyers immediately. I'm very sad to leave our old house as we put so much work and effort into it but excited to see what will come next.

As our house sold quickly, we were left scrambling for a house so decided to rent our friend's house temporarily as she's living out of state. So for now we have the option of purchasing something local or as we've always dreamed of, purchasing a vacation home. We still haven't decided but have had fun looking into both options.

One place we love to visit is Seabrook, WA. I always laugh when I see this cheesy sign when driving through the town of Aberdeen (Kurt Cobain's hometown) on the way to Seabrook.

The beach is fabulous and the little town is cute, quaint, and well thought out. It's a "new" town and the management team does a fabulous job making guests feel at home.

When you arrive, you go to their rental cottage to pick up your house key and this fabulous guest tote with tons of goodies! They really do think of everything!!

The last home we stayed at was the Eleanor Cottage. I picked it specifically due to the historic black/white photos throughout the home. One word can describe this cottage: DARLING!

The cottage is small but perfect for two people and two dogs. The owners of the cottage (she has to be a designer is my guess) kept the palette simple with black and white.

It's an open concept so the small living room shares space with a built-in nook/dining area and kitchen.

I couldn't find a good online photo of the kitchen so here's a photo I took. Ignore the mess as we had just dragged everything in (mostly dog paraphenalia). Did you notice the gallon of paint on the counter? Yep, it's the first thing I found when snooping through the house. I was curious as to what color the owner used on the walls.

And yes, I took a photo for future use. ;-)

It was a great weekend at Seabrook and we just relaxed and tinkered around the town, hiked, and walked the dogs down to the beach. I know a lot of people dislike the Pacific Northwest for the gray days and "gloom" but I found it very relaxing and enjoyed the tranquility and stillness of it. It felt like we were the last two people on the planet and honestly we needed that after the chaos of selling a home, moving, and working 90 hours/week. It was a fantastic & perfect getaway!

(images from Seabrook, WA)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

He Makes It Look Easy

I'm amazed how effortless Rob Machado makes surfing appear. Very talented!

Music is "Incantation" by Jesse Cook

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sleepless in Seattle and Floating Homes

Remember this movie?

The famous floating house from the movie was up for sale several years ago for 2.5 million and you can learn more about it here. Apparently all the exterior shots were of the home (then painted white) and all the interior shots were filmed in a Seattle sound stage.

But if the 2.5 million is a little much for the budget, I found this cute floating home on Lake Union.

Or how about this yellow cutie?

(all images from Windermere Real Estate)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Yeah, I could live here.

Bainbridge Island is a beautiful place to live and a short ferry ride from Seattle. In fact, many people live on Bainbridge Island and commute daily to downtown Seattle for work. I used to work at Qwest Field and had considered that as an option, but changed careers and stayed put in our little town north of Seattle. But, if money was no object and careers not withstanding, I'd take a 2nd look at this beautiful home!

Great curb appeal and it looks like a stamped concrete driveway.

Front entryway. I love all the natural light pouring into the entry way. The Northwest can get cloudy and gray much of the year so its nice to see builders take advantage of windows and allow the sunlight (or cloudy skies) in!

This looks like the family room and I love the wood floors and curved wall of windows showcasing the fabulous view!

This might be an office, and if so, what a breathtaking view!

My dream kitchen! I love the painted cabinets and they appear to be a pale creamy yellow color. The farmhouse sink is fabulous as is the huge gas stove! I'm envious of the pantry in the background!!

The master suite bathroom. I love the light fixtures!

You'll have to use a little imagination in these two rooms as they're not staged, but they take advantage of the views and were painted really nice, calming colors!

I particularly like this wall color!!

At first I wasn't sure if I like the tile in this bathroom but it's growing on me. Very creative and cute bathroom and I love the penny tile floor!

The best part of the property!

Seattle in the background.

More can be found about this home HERE.

(All images from Windermere Real Estate)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cozy Family Room

The weather has been cloudy, rainy, generally yucky...but I love to come home to my family room, light a few candles and play some good music!

What do you like to do to relax after a long day?