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! 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.
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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!