My white slipcovered couch is here!

My white slipcovered couch is here!

Remember when I told you I had ordered a new slipcovered couch? Well, it arrived yesterday! HOORAY! This is just a first look, but I promise I’ll be back with more.

(If you notice the glow in my photos across the floor and rug, our Seattle sky was full of smoke from wildfires and the sun was glowing like an orange fireball through the smog into my house! It was really bad yesterday, even though there aren’t fires near us).

The couch was just delivered so the slipcover still has some packing wrinkles and I didn’t have time to fully set up the room or anything yet (thus the lamp perched a stool, ha!) BUT I was so excited that I couldn’t wait to show y’all.

This is the couch I have here. I chose the deep seat slipcovered with a bench cushion, 80 inches long in the Warm White Denim fabric.

The moment the delivery crew set it down in my living room I could tell I was going to love the simplicity and crisp feeling it brings to the space. I still have my dark velvet couch, it went back downstairs so we’ll still enjoy it there.

The new couch has the same washable fabric I had on my original slipcovered sofa, it’s just as wonderful as I remembered. It’s so soft and the white denim is pretty against the Benjamin Moore Simply White walls, too.

The couch is super comfy! It’s deep, so it’s going to be perfect for curling up but also not too deep to just sit and chat (and I’m only 5’2!) with the pillows behind you.

I can’t wait to put the room all together now that it’s here. (Of course I’ve been thinking about it for weeks, but it’s always so helpful to actually have the couch in the room.) I still haven’t decided if I’m going to bring my leather sofa into this room, too, or not, but I know I’ll be using a combination of my long time favorites in this room: whites + woods + leather with lots of textural warmth  and evolving colors and accessories with the seasons.

Courtney (my daughter and full time assistant for the past four or so years!) can’t wait to do a little puttering around the house this week. Undoubtedly we’ll try a few arrangements to get the right mix, so stay tuned for more photos and angles of the room!

PS. Get ready to pull out all your cozy layers … my yearly Fall Nesting series will be starting up soon. WHO IS EXCITED?! I am…I’ve totally enjoyed this summer, but the smoke is putting a damper on my outdoor activities so I’m especially ready to start nesting inside. :)

My white slipcovered couch is here!

Sources:

Sofa
Rug
Striped Pillow

Inspiration Posts:

White + Wood Inspiration Style (an oldie from 2013, but still a goodie…great style doesn’t get quickly dated so it still gets a thumbs up from me!)

Leather + Copper + Wood (still a favorite combo from my old house with the leather sofa!).

Our white painted fireplace

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Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Hey friends! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done an “out to see” post (a travel series I named as a play on my childhood love of what I called “going out to sea” on the canal in my grandparents backyard off the Puget Sound!) I’ll link to some of the other ‘Out to See’ series at the end of this post! We went out of town last week, it was so good to get away to the Oregon coast! We don’t get to go on a real vacation very often (womp, womp, womp), but when we do it’s a good reminder of why it’s so beneficial to get away (and a confirmation that I also LOVE to be home!).

Are you the same way? It’s fun to escape for awhile, but coming home again is always so sweet.

Today I’ll share a few highlights from our trip so you can see where we were. If you follow me on Instagram, I shared a few of these in my Instagram stories throughout the week! Maybe if you’re in the Northwest or traveling this way for a getaway, this will inspire a last minute summer trip. I think the Oregon coast is so beautiful, even when it’s a little chilly or cloudy. Fortunately we had really nice weather, not too cold and not too windy. And it was definitely not too hot like it is in many people’s neck of the woods (neck of the coast?) this time of year.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}
The Sylvia Beach Hotel is a place my husband and I have gone for years. It’s a quirky old hotel, well-loved by book readers and travelers.

It’s not fancy at all, but it’s got its own special character and charm. We started going here for a couple of days every winter just the two of us, when our girls were very small (especially during the years when we didn’t have a family beach house!).

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Each room is a tribute to an author, this is the Mark Twain room. We’ve stayed in this room twice over the years! It’s a cozy little room with a fireplace and a clawfoot tub instead of a shower.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

The Mark Twain room is on the ocean front (and even has a balcony!). The view from the bed looks pretty relaxing, doesn’t it? It is.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

We’ve always wanted to bring our kids here, so this time we decided to make it a family trip to show them this special little spot on the Oregon coast. Since our kids are old enough now to have their own rooms (um, obviously since Courtney lives on her own already, ha, and my son is eighteen!!) and there aren’t any large family sized rooms here to my knowledge, we splurged on rooms for all!

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}
Courtney stayed in the Jane Austen room.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Courtney even read the beginning of Pride and Prejudice and was quite proud of herself since she admits she’s not normally much of a fiction reader. You can hardly go to this hotel without wanting to curl up with a good book!

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}
There’s a third floor library overlooking the ocean that really is the perfect spot for reading. Or writing a book! I actually wrote part of my first book, Love the Home You Have right in this corner of the library! That book became a New York Times Bestseller so I guess this place worked its magic for this (then) first time author.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

My son Luke stayed in the J.K. Rowling room. I’ll give you a little tour as it’s one of the more elaborately designed rooms!

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

What better place to curl up with a stack of mystery novels than this quirky Agatha Christie room?

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

If it’s stormy out, all the better. Put a fire in the fireplace! The ocean is right outside the window so you’ll get to hear the ocean roar and the walls creak, too.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}
This is the Steinbeck room, I didn’t get to photograph all of the rooms since they were occupied but I snuck into a few! The Jules Verne room was also a cool room we peeked at this time, but I don’t have a photo of it.

I’m not sure how many rooms we’ve actually stayed in here, but I would guess we’ve stayed in about six or seven of the rooms prior to this trip (and a couple of them twice!). There’s also a dining room where you are served breakfast included in the price of the room, and you can make reservations for a multi-course dinner. You get to meet a lot of interesting people over dinner! It’s fun, but as an introvert I’m always glad to have my husband there to keep talking ha!!

While we were in the area, we visited a few of the local sights.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

The Yaquina Head lighthouse is really cool (you can even go inside during a scheduled tour, but we didn’t this time).

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

The views up here are so amazing!

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

It was a perfect day to explore.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

We even saw whales off the coast (although I don’t have a photo to prove it).

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

The views were just spectacular!

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

We also spent some time at some other favorite spots, including this dock in the historic Bay Front area. Brace yourself for this next shot.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

There are tons of sea lions here! They’ve been gathering on these floating docs since I was a kid. They are hysterical (and loud) to watch. It was pretty funny to watch them try to squeeze themselves onto the dock and all the fights that break out. We spent a long time just enjoying their antics.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

It’s a fun little area. Right over that bridge is the Oregon Coast Aquarium. We went there with our kids when it was first opened about 20+ years ago or so and Keiko the whale from the Free Willy movie was there. It’s not quite as exciting as that any more, but we went again anyway and there are really beautiful fish and other sea creatures to see.

While this was a family trip, sadly Kylee couldn’t join us this time. But she and her husband Lance kindly stayed with all of our dogs (her two and our two) and held “doggie summer camp” at my house so we could get away! I think they (the pups) had a great time by the looks of the photos she sent to me (below).

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Like I said, we had such a great time but it feels so good to be home (and I’m sure Kylee was very happy to get home, too, ha!). We sure missed our pups and couldn’t wait to crawl into our own beds.

Now that I’m home I’m pretty antsy to do some nesting around here! After a fun spring and summer of completing outdoor projects, I AM SO READY FOR FALL to get here (well, in a few weeks). How about you? Are you getting the “fall nesting” bug, too? We’ll be in full fall nesting mode on the blog, soon, too!

Have you taken any vacations this summer? Where do you you like to go to get away? If you go to Nantucket, that is my dream.

More Out to See Posts:

Magnolia + The Silos

Port Townsend, Washington

Buchart Gardens, Victoria

Victoria and Vancouver, B.C.

Leavenworth, Washington

Shopping in Snohomish

Mermaid Cottage on Tybee Island

Sylvia Beach Hotel (again!)

Sesame + Lillies (a shop in Cannon Beach)

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