House Update – Seattle WA

Buying a 102 year old home is an exciting adventure. Jon and I both felt something when we walked in this home last October. The house was not without it’s quirks and functionality challenges but our emotions were in deep with the story, history, location, and just about everything. What I think sealed the deal was when Raja and Dudley became SO excited when they visited and since we moved in this past April, our whole herd has never been happier. The beach is a 5 minute walk and the grocery store and restaurants are just a 7 minutes walk. We love it here so much. I will caveat that with, this has not been an easy process. We have made many sacrifices and living in a construction zone for months on end is a true test on your patience, communication, and willingness to preservere. With that said, we are so grateful and lucky we are able to go through this process to make this home our own. We are still certainly in the midst of a lot of to-dos but are super pumped about the progress. Each progression photo has further descriptions of the sourced materials and alterations made. The first photo of each progression is that of when we first saw the house, staged for the sale.



Living Room:

  • We tore out the laminate flooring and uncovered character grade oak under. We will be refinishing it in time.
  • We also replaced the front door (craftsman style) with a salvaged dutch door and repainted it “Instant Delight” (aka bright yellow). It adds a happy cheer to the teal exterior color.


  • Where the kitchen begins – that right wall is the outside wall of a bathroom. We removed the bathroom to make additional space for the kitchen and pantry. In phase 2 we will be adding a bathroom to the back of the house which will join my office and the library. My office is that door to the right next to the dining room table.
  • In ripping out that bathroom wall we needed to add a support beam. We opted to expose the beam for a rustic look. We will be staining it and roughing it up a bit.


A photo of the pups – just cause.;)


View from my office:


View from dining room table:



  • This is a better visual of the walls demoed to the bathroom and the kitchen expanded.

VA_0727The Pantry:

  • The pantry was an add-on. It was not part of the original plans but man oh man are we happy it was added. We opted to have electricity outlets added in the pantry so we could run the microwave and other appliances and not have them on the counter. We also sourced the shelving from a cabin which was torn down on Lake Washington. The backing on the pantry is whimsical wallpaper and it will continue to the left when the addition is built. We will add open shelving using the same wood over the mural.
  • The final addition to the pantry is that I will make barn style doors to hide our goodies in the pantry but for now it’s not too shabby.:)VA_0726


  • We tore out EVERYTHING. Jon and I demoed it all and sold everything on craigslist – to include the granite.
  • We added a window above the sink.
  • We had home decorators white shaker style cabintry installed (40% discount on the cabinets).
  • We were originally going to do concrete counters but they were too expensive. We opted for Zinc sheets instead (250.00 a sheet – we only purchased two for the whole kitchen). The zinc is a reactive metal and will patina over time, giving it a rustic look, which we cant wait for! Additionally, the zinc was wrapped around 2 inch MDF – giving it that super sturdy look. We wanted something a bit more substantial than the typical 1 -1 1/2″.
  • We added custom built ins at the end of the island to store cookbooks and our records. Those will be painted white.
  • We sourced a gorgeous farm house sink from home depot (30″ x 12″), the faucet is from amazon – Kraus pot filler/commercial faucet.
  • Drawer pulls/knobs are anthropology and just installed those yesterday.
  • We carried the old white rustic oak throughout the house, primarily because of the pups and the price as well. Instead of sourcing reclaimed douglas fir flooring (original flooring) at 6.00 sq foot, we went for the oak which is character grade, with knots and color variations, to keep it as close to the original fishing cabin style.
  • All the appliances with the exception of the stove were purchased from sears outlet (minimum of 40% off)
  • The stove we purchased from Albert Lee and is a dream machine. It is a double oven in the compact size of one appliance.:)
  • Pendant lighting from Etsy.
  • Island hood purchased from amazon.
  • We will be adding in subway tile for the back splash and will be adding trim above the cabinets to make them look more custom.


View from back to front:VA_0730

Front to back and last image is back to front:

That’s it for now. Will post more updates soon!!!!




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Elegance, Wit, & Classic Details Flood this DC Affair

 Sally and Tom, you both are such amazing people. Your charisma, laughter, playfulness, and love is infectious. I cannot describe how warm and welcoming you make everyone feel and that spirit in both of you is a genuine light not often found. I wish you both so many years of joy! XO

P.S. – Those aisle shots!


Hair | O Salon

Makeup | Shawn Iuculano 

Dress: custom made by Angela Holt

Shoes | Jimmy Choo

Tux: vintage (Bride’s father’s and had it tailored)

Florist: Philippa Tarrent

Cake | Fancy Cakes by Leslie

Venue | Sulgrave Club

Church | Holy Trinity 

Caterer | Sulgrave Club

DJ | Bruce Pike

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Seattle Breeze on the Steps of the Puget Sound



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