Meet Cassie {An Introduction and Mini Home Tour}

Hello! It’s Courtney here today to share a special announcement! Over a year ago we introduced you all to Michaela, our “long lost sister” and kindred spirit. We love having her share her inspiring projects and ideas here on The Inspired Room. We are looking forward for her continued posts! Today, I’m very excited to be introducing you to another kindred spirit and friend of ours, another “long lost sister” to add to the blog family:

Meet Cassie {An Introduction and Mini Home Tour}

Meet Cassie {An Introduction and Mini Home Tour}

Meet Cassie! Cassie and I met my freshman year at Seattle Pacific University when we lived on the same dorm floor. She was a sophomore at the time and had probably the cutest dorm room on our whole floor (which was a fun discovery for me since I had been planning my dorm room many months in advance, ha!). Her well-decorated dorm room made perfect sense once I realized she was majoring in interior design as well. We later both got to know Michaela (who was also an SPU Interior Design student), and the rest is history! We all graduated from the same college with degrees in Interior Design. I’ve always appreciated her great sense of style, creativity, and strong talent for design.

She now has an adorable little family and a house near Seattle! And, as is required of the sisters (me, Kylee and Michaela), she has a Goldendoodle! Can you believe it? Michaela has an English Creme Golden Retriever (Hope), Kylee has a Labradoodle (Bella) and we have our Goldendoodle (Jack) and Labradoodle (Lily). So, obviously, she is a kindred in more ways than one.

Every time I saw photos of her house or creative projects I knew you all would love following along with her and her ideas as much as I do.

Meet Cassie {An Introduction and Mini Home Tour}Michaela and Cassie a few years ago

So, recently we asked Cassie if she would be interested in sharing a bit about herself and her home on The Inspired Room, and we were thrilled when she happily said yes! She’ll be popping by here on occasion to share anything from bits of her house, to DIY projects, to inspiring decorating ideas. We know you will LOVE her and enjoy what she has to share with us! So without further ado, let’s welcome her to the sisterhood!

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Hello friends!

I am so very excited to get to know you and chat with you here on The Inspired Room! Today I will share a few things about myself so that you can get to know me, and show you a bit around my home.

I went to SPU and majored in Interior Design, just like Courtney (and Michaela) did! Although I took a break from design after my graduation, I continue to foster my creativity at home and in my personal time. I was married my last year in school to my husband, who is a designer and software developer. We both love working on projects together and share a passion for creativity and good design.

Meet Cassie {An Introduction and Mini Home Tour}

After multiple teeny, tiny apartments in downtown Seattle, we moved out of the city to the small town of Snoqualmie and bought our own home two years ago. Along the way, we gained a dog (a goldendoodle of course!), a new baby, and are now expecting another new baby!

Needless to say, my hands are usually full. Full of everything from diaper bags and puppy leashes to paintbrushes and baking pans. I enjoy the often challenging task of creating a home that is both beautiful and practical for where we are at in life. Our home isn’t perfect everyday (honestly most days), but I love doing my best to give it character, love, and warmth.

Since moving into our home, we have tried to prioritize certain spaces. We began with our downstairs, since that is where we often host people and spend time as a family. Our downstairs has an office, 3/4 bath, living room, dining room, and kitchen.  So far, my favorite room here is our dining room.

Meet Cassie {An Introduction and Mini Home Tour}

Our entire home is painted a very light grey-beige, and although I usually like neutrals, I knew I wanted a deep, rich navy  for our dining room. I couldn’t be happier with how the color turned out (it’s Seaworthy by Sherwin Williams)! I also love the light fixture we chose (it is from Pottery Barn, but no longer in stock). Watching my husband hang it was one of my more stressful moments!

Meet Cassie {An Introduction and Mini Home Tour}

Our living room is still a work in progress, and probably will stay that way while we have young children. Our front window faces the street and park, so that’s where our dog, Summer, likes to make herself at home.

Upstairs, we have really enjoyed making progress on the kid spaces. Evalyn, or Evie as we usually call her, is 15 months old and about as lively as they come. We loved making her nursery special and working on it was one of my favorite ways to pass the time while we waited to meet her. There are many details I love in her room, but the ones I like the most are probably the quilt that I made for her and a few prints I found on Etsy.

Meet Cassie {An Introduction and Mini Home Tour}

Meet Cassie {An Introduction and Mini Home Tour}

I am big on reading, which means we have quite a library started. We installed these little book ledges in the nursery, but also store some books out in the playroom.  Being that we live in the Seattle area, we get a lot of rain. This means we spend many hours indoors playing, so a playroom was kind of a “must” on our list. Our playroom is currently in the process of getting pulled together, but so far I am so happy with the rug we chose and our storage solutions.

Meet Cassie {An Introduction and Mini Home Tour}

We are on a journey with our home. We have made many improvements, and we still have many more on our list. I am excited to share more with you from around our home and some DIY projects along the way!

Cassie

10 Tips for a More Romantic Week

10 Tips for a More Romantic Week

It’s Valentine’s Week! Are you setting a more romantic ambience around your home? If you have little people, romance can sometimes (OK, oftentimes!) be a challenge.  While our own kids-in-diapers-days are long over at our house, we are entering into the teen years with our son and my husband and I are both really busy throughout the week, so trust me when I say that no matter what stage of life you are in, creating romance has to be a priority! It’s all about the mindset and setting the right ambience.

Here are ten tips for a more romantic ambience at home:

Set a pretty table

Are you eating dinner on plastic or otherwise ugly plates? Or, heaven forbid, eating in front of the TV every night? Bring out the pretty dishes and set the table this week! No need for fancy china, I collect lots of white plates from discount stores like HomeGoods and TJ Maxx. Make your table romantic with pretty table settings and a couple of candles — it is a simple thing to do but it sets the tone for a romantic evening.

Bring home flowers

Stop in a grocery store or florist for some affordable carnations or tulips or other pretty flowers and create a few small bouquets in the bedroom and bathroom. I find affordable flowers at Costco and Trader Joes!

Tidy up the bedroom & bathroom

If the laundry piled up on the bed during the day, or the kids flung their pull-ups or undies across the floor, or if your cereal bowl is still on the bathroom counter, take just a few moments to freshen things up. Seeing unsightly reminders of your long day will kill the romantic ambience pretty quickly.

End the day earlier

If you tend to be tired in the evenings, do as your grandparents probably did and try having “supper” instead of dinner. Meaning, eat earlier if you can! The earlier you can eat and clean up, the more time you have in the evening to enjoy relaxation. And adjust the kids bedtime if you can pull that off! It is nice to have a couple of child-free hours in the evenings.

Another tip my husband and I used to use when our kids were young was to feed the kids separately once in awhile. Then we’d put them to bed and have our own dinner together, just like having a dinner date at home!

Freshen up the scent

If your house smells like leftover fish tacos after dinner, air things out! Spray some perfume here and there or use a diffuser for essential oils (here is where I got my diffuser and my oils come from here) to freshen up the house. Or bake something yummy for dessert!

Turn on the mood lighting

As the daylight starts to fade, turn down the bright lights in the house, too. Use lamps instead of overhead lighting. Once the kids have gone to bed, light candles to lend a pretty glow to end tables.

Light a fire

If you have a fireplace, use it! We have a gas fireplace so it is easy to flip on a switch for instant warmth and ambience. If building a fire is impractical or you have a nonworking fireplace or no fireplace at all, set up a bunch of candles to give off light and sparkle. This tip works best if your little ones are already in bed, as a safety precaution!

Get creative

Are you turning into an old married couple with a predictable evening routine? Gulp. If you usually clean up after dinner, put the kids to bed and then watch TV the rest of the night, try mixing up the routine by playing a board game next to the fireplace or reading out loud to each other curled up on the couch. Or, re-read your love letters or re-live your memories of your early dating days. At first you might think it sounds corny or forced, or you might think your old routine is pretty comfortable, but routines can get a little dull! And dull is not very romantic.

Music to your ears

Instead of flipping on the TV every evening to fill the silence, try some more romantic background music instead.

Attitude check

By the end of the day, I am usually really tired. I work hard right up until the end of the day. Not only do I need to end my day earlier, but I need to shift my thinking from work and housekeeping to setting a romantic tone — both around the house and in my attitude.

What’s one thing you could do this week to create a more romantic home?

Pillow Sources (from back to front)

1. Anthropologie

2. Williams-Sonoma Home

3. Made from an Antique Grain Sack

4. West Elm

10 Tips for a More Romantic Week
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