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Life Lately on InstagramCoffee Maker here or here (30% off) / Mug Rack / Chemex / Mug Hooks – Ikea

It’s been awhile since I did an Instagram Lately post! It’s fun now and then to share a few snippets of our life behind the scenes and random updates from our family’s Instagram feeds here on the blog!

But first, I want to send a big thank you and Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful mom :). And another thank you to my kids, you make your mama so proud every single day!

This little coffee station is at my girls’ townhouse, isn’t it the cutest?

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Last week my girls and I had these delicious smoothie bowls one morning during a breakfast meeting. Basically it’s a fruit and yogurt smoothie, but in a bowl topped with fruit and granola. So good, and good for you.

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Last Sunday our whole clan (fur kids and humans) took an afternoon drive to Snoqualmie Falls. It’s only about 45 minutes from our house, so it’s a great spot to escape to if you are local.

The weather was absolutely beautiful here, so we couldn’t resist getting outside. It was nice just to spend time together enjoying the view.

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If you ever watched the TV show Twin Peaks you might remember this stunning setting!

Weird show, beautiful view. :) The Salish Lodge sits up above the falls, it’s all so picturesque!

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It was so refreshing to be able to outside after such a long winter inside. The dogs had a blast.

We had all four dogs with us and we overheard someone say we looked like a straight up a circus. I agree. Ha!

It’s quite a scene to walk four furry doodles.

Life Lately on InstagramDay Bed // Rug // Sign // Stool // Curtains // Shades

I have to say, though, that I think Jack is really just a homebody at heart. Lily loves being outside, but I have to say Jack seems to be the happiest inside with his people.

Speaking of Jack, Friday was his sixth birthday!

Can you believe it? It seems like only yesterday we brought him home from the farm.

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Lately my girls and I have had fun making essential oil rollers. We use them for everything. Our happy roller blend is my current favorite. I use it like perfume every day, it smells divine!

We don’t miss artificial scents or unnecessary chemicals in our home one bit! Please let me know if you’d like more details on the oils we use and how we use them.

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Blue skies and pink blossoms!

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This weekend I got into a real redesign frenzy. Before I knew it, I had come up with a new vision or idea for every single room in our house (except the kitchen, I’m not redoing that, ha!).

Pretty much no room will look quite the same as it does in this post, so stay tuned for the updates to this room and others in the upcoming weeks :).

Life Lately on InstagramChalkboard / Memo Board

Speaking of design updates, I always have such good intentions of updating the seasonal art on my chalkboards, too.

But alas, this one still has fall leaves on it. :)

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Curtains / Quilt Lamp & Mirror: Ashley Home Store / Blue & White Check Pillows / Polka Dot Pom Pillow / Glass & Wood Diffuser

I’m really excited to be able to focus on some smaller projects again now that the kitchen is complete. It is fun to always be working on the house, even in small ways. Our guest room is one of the rooms that will be getting a little spring refresh!

I love to come up with new ideas and enjoy how rooms can evolve over time.

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We’ve been mulling over a possible small change or two in this room over the next couple of weeks, too. Design is kind of like playing dominos, one little change seems to lead to everything changing!

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I haven’t forgotten to show you the new floors in my office! Hopefully this week I’ll have the post up.

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Swanson’s Nursery – Fiddle leaf fig goals

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Someday I’d love to have a little gardening shed like this in my backyard.

I don’t love going to shopping malls, but I absolutely love going to plant nurseries!

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It’s a real wild rumpus when the pups get together every week.

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Our Lily has the sweetest face and disposition, she is by far the most calm of our pups.

If you’re on Instagram, you can follow all of the pups @doodlesathome or on Facebook here.

Life Lately on InstagramBotanical Art Prints from Ballard Designs / Rug / Door color Ozark Shadows BM

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This sight gave me quite a little fright out of the corner of my eye. :)
You can follow Jack and his antics on Facebook and Instagram, too.

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You can follow us on our Pure & Lovely Instagram (@pureandlovelyliving) to get our wellness tips and healthy home ideas. And if you follow my girls on Instagram @kynoelle or @courtneylane1 you will likely even find out where we went to coffee and maybe even what we ate for lunch. :) Because I’m sure you’ve been dying to know ;)

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If you ever have the opportunity to come to Seattle, Kylee uses the hashtag #KyleeinSeattle on Instagram to showcase some of her favorite places to eat, drink coffee and hang out in this beautiful city we call home.

Hope you all have a great Sunday!

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See our previous “Life Lately on Instagram Posts”: One // Two // Three

You can follow along with our Instagrams below:

The Inspired Room // Pure & Lovely // Jack the Goldendoodle // Doodles at Home // Kylee // Courtney

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress

Hey there! It has been awhile since I’ve done an official progress report on our dining room. I’ve shown bits and pieces as things developed, but I’ve been wanting to catch up in one post with all that has changed in here since we moved in. So, today’s the day.

We still have quite a few more ideas for future updates, but I am so happy we’ve made enough progress that we feel so much more comfortable in this room now. So let’s take a look back at where we started and see what we’ve done so far, shall we?

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress

While this room had lots of great light and a view at the window, the room itself did not particularly speak to me as it was :). The window and light were off center, the doorway to the kitchen (before the kitchen was remodeled) was just kind of small and uneventful. The floors were pretty orange and shiny from some sort of new finish coating. They’ve actually started to mellow out a bit since then, but we are still probably going to refinish the floors at some point.

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress

We decided since it isn’t a large or grand formal dining room (and not a grand house), we might as well embrace it for what it is and work on a cozier breakfast room vibe.

While we still plan to add larger baseboard moldings, we already installed a planked wood wall on the right side of the room. We wanted to bring a little more architectural interest to that wall and to cover up the doorbell we weren’t going to use.

The whole room is painted a fresh white (Simply White by Benjamin Moore). We sampled all sorts of other colors and neutrals just in case something else felt right, but nothing looked as good as Simply White with our architecture or natural lighting.

Since our table didn’t fit comfortably in the center (it made it feel too crowded all the way around and didn’t leave any walking path), we decided to pull the table under the window to give it more of a “banquette” layout. We were really drawn to want to sit there, so we just knew it would feel like a bright and inviting place to eat!

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress

For a “banquette” we found the perfect pinstriped upholstered dining bench from Ballard Designs. It was exactly the right height to fit under the window sill and long enough to seat several people. It’s firm so you don’t feel like you can’t sit up straight at the table, but soft enough to be super comfy.

It’s called the Bristol Bench (ours is 72 inches long). There are lots of wonderful fabric options to choose from; we fell in love with the Navy Vintage Ticking Stripe.

Dining Room Makeover: Before & ProgressGood Housekeeping Woven Wood Shades in Bali Abaca (find discount code at end of post!)

We installed cordless and lined woven shades for those super bright afternoons. The shades are not fully raised in these photos, so you can see what they look like when they are partially down. We lower them often to cut down on some of the glare, but when the shades are totally up they don’t cover any of the window at all. We left them all the way up most of the winter!

We hung the blinds directly on the wall (outside mount) above the window, the shades have a great bracket system that made it really easy to install and also makes them really sturdy. (You’ll find a discount code for SelectBlinds window coverings at this end of this post!)

The shades offer great texture and along with a long black rod and our funky Anthro barn owl curtain panels, they add personality and cozy up the dining space. Not only can curtain panels make a less than stellar window feel more substantial and complete, but it’s easy to change your mind and switch out panels anytime you want a different look or even remove them entirely.

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress

We really had to stick to a small budget for this room, so we are mixing and matching furniture we already had with our new bench. We’ve had our table forever (it holds a lot of family memories!). While it’s a bit old and rickety and we may replace it someday, it still works well for our family. We actually love the oval shape and size and the ability to add or remove leaves.

You might remember our rattan chairs from old dining room. Not only do we still love the chairs, but we decided the low backs are nice on that side of the table.

The vintage cane end chairs actually belong to my daughter (they are on loan, ha!). We originally thought we’d use our parsons chairs in this room, but they are happily residing downstairs instead for now.

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress

The other new addition to the room was our ombre beaded light fixture, I love the color and the coastal/island twist it brings to the room. To save money on rewiring the location of the light (and to keep it flexible) we decided to just hang a hook in the ceiling and loop it over. We like that casual look, anyway!

Dining Room Makeover: Before & ProgressStriped pillows

With the banquette bench holding down one side of the room, our buffet cabinet adds weight to the planked wall side. Right now we have a seagrass rug in this room to ground the space and help pull together the seating area.

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress

Last, but not least, the arched doorway! So many of you offered advice when we were trying to decide what to do with our dining room and the kitchen doorway. While I wasn’t sure what you guys would think of the idea of rounding the doorway into an arch, the overwhelming consensus was to go for it! And we did!

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress

We didn’t have enough room in the kitchen remodel to make the opening bigger or to remove the wall entirely, but the soft curve changed everything both from the kitchen side and the dining room side! We didn’t install any trim around the door on the dining room side to keep it simple and similar to other openings in our home.

Dining Room Makeover: Before & ProgressKitchen Tour with sources

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress

I love the personality the rounded doorway brings to the dining room and it is a really nice addition to the house overall. There is a second rounded doorway in the kitchen, so it’s fun to see the repetition!

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress

All in all, we feel like for such simple changes it’s come a long way!

I know we’ll do more, but it’s great to feel like we can call it “done,” at least for now (however long this phase of “finished” lasts, ha!).

Do you tend to decorate in phases over time? My house is always evolving, but I do love when a room finally feels “done enough” to call it finished, even though I know it really isn’t :). 

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress

Room sources:

Bristol Bench from Ballard Designs (Navy Vintage Ticking Stripe) – many fabric options and size options

Blue and white dishes – Ballard Designs Bunny Williams Campbell House Dinnerware Collection

Seagrass Rug

Light Fixture or this similar one (multiple sizes)

Glass door cabinet in antique taupe

Rattan chairs (out of stock) or these similar ones

Gray and white stripe pillow covers

Rattan shelf – flea market find

Framed art: Crane / Peacock

Navy curtains

Wall color: Simply White Benjamin Moore

Kitchen Reveal and Sources

Woven Shades: SelectBlinds (Bali Abaca). To order any window coverings from Select Blinds, be sure you use my special link HERE to ensure you’ll always get the best price available. If you use my link when you order and my discount code DESI9N you’ll receive an additional 5% off the very best price offered anywhere!

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress

Dining Room Makeover: Before & Progress
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