Minimoon to the PNW

Yes, we’ve been married for almost three years now so this post is a little late to the game but it’s been in the drafts and is still a must share! We had such a great time exploring the Pacific North West that we had to throw together a little guide for you all. Thankful for friends who show us the ropes in their cities!!

First on our Seattle list was a stop at The London Plane. It was equal parts beautiful and delicious and Megan could have purchased everything in the store. Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 001 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 002 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 003Views from atop

Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 004 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 005 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 006 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 007Coffee stop #1 was at Elm Coffee Roasters Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 008 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 009 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 010 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 011We, of course, then had to make our way to Pike Place Market and were immediately drawn to, what else, mac n cheese. Beechers has THE most incredible mac n cheese and if you don’t eat anything else, you should definitely make your way there. Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 012 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 013 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 014 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 015 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 016The OG Starbucks is crazy. We didn’t even brave (or care) to go inside. I mean, just look at that crowd! Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 017After getting out of the crazy that is Pike Market we ventured to another side of town and made our way to Milstead Coffee.Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 018 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 019 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 020 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 021We made our way to Gas Works Park with our friends Hun and Grace. It’s such an interesting park but it has the greatest views of the city! Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 022 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 023 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 024 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 025 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 026 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 027 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 028 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 029 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 030Had to. It’s a must, right? This was such a great view of the Space Needle too! Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 031 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 032 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 033 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 034After all of our site seeing Grace and Hun brought us to Westward which was amazing. If you’re into seafood it’s a must. Right on the water and so so so good!Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 035Another really fun spot we stopped at. Love that view! Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 036 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 037 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 038 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 039 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 040 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 041 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 042 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 043 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 044 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 045 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 046

The next day we hopped on the ferry and headed to Bainbridge. It’s a cute little town across the water. We walked through shops, stopped for ice cream and then totally missed the ferry and had to wait for the next one. whoops! Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 047 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 048 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 049 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 050 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 051 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 052 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 053 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 054 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 055 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 056 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 057 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 058 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 059 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 060That night we found ourselves at the adorable Sitka and Spruce, which is a family restaurant of The London Plane, which we loved! Some of my favorite things are in this photos, warm olives, BREAD, and that gold ring. After this we found a theater and enjoyed a movie!Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 061 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 062On our last day in the city we stopped at Oddfellows for brunch. That eggs Benedict though, oh man. Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 063 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 064When in Seattle, you go to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. It was hands down the coolest Starbucks and really gorgeous too! Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 065 Mini Moon to Seattle - Bravwel 066

Next on the trip, Portland! We rented a car and drove down to Oregon the following day. It was a really nice drive and we ended it at the Ace Hotel.

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Almond Blossoms – One of our favorite things about where we live

Every February the Almond trees in and around the Central Valley start sprouting tiny little buds. These buds turn into the most beautiful blooms and the orchards become these magical, white pieces of heaven (well, to me at least). I love this time of year and driving around town and seeing the blossoms always makes me so happy. They last three weeks, tops, so I was thrilled to finally have an afternoon free to have our talented friend Lauren Westra snap a few photos of Adam and I in the blooms. I will treasure these photos, Lauren! Thank you so much for taking the time to help make these memories for us!

My dress is an oldie from Brick and Main

Adams shirt is Goodfellow & Co from Target

Beam-ing with excitement!

Do you like what I did there?! We’re talking about beams on the blog today and dang, it’s going to look so good once the ceiling is done. This week has been a little slower in the demo department. Adam finished ripping out everything out of the bathroom. Adios pink/peach/whatever color you are tub and sink, and we’ve been trying to decide on tile for the floors. We love a simple hexagon (of course in white) but recently, aka last night, we thought, maybe we could be a tad bit more fun? We’ll see what happens there.

I painted almost identical paint swatches on the wall to try and pick the perfect paint color for the house. I swear there’s a difference, you guys. And I think we’re going to go with Swiss Coffee, which seems to be a pretty popular one so I’m guessing it’s a great color!  AND, Adam ripped out the nasty fireplace insert and holy smokes, it already looks 10x better, even with the spider webs and dirt!

But, the topic for today is beams, so let me get back to that. So, if you remember us talking about our plans for this weird, half wall in our videos then you’ll recall we wanted to knock it down and extend that load bearing beam into the wall attached to the kitchen. Well, yesterday on our lunch break, my Mom and I decided to get to work on it, and twenty minutes later we made progress! The guys are getting the beam work in the attic done this weekend and we need to stain our beams (more on that below) and the guys need to come back and sand and patch the ceiling, and, and, and (that’s literally what my brain feels like right now).

How much better will that look!? I love that you’ll be able to walk into the living area and see our gorgeous dining table (oh ya, that we bought this week, you know, before we purchase floors) I linked it here and am SO excited about it!

Here’s a little of our inspiration for our ceilings. At first we figured we’d just paint everything white, I KNOW guys but we just love how clean it looks, but we’ve now decided to keep the beams a wood tone to warm up the space a bit. I love this image below and it was our very first inspiration photo.

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via Pinterestvia Studio McGee

Adam found this great post about how to age new wood and it looks exactly like how we want ours to look so fingers crossed we can do it right and it looks like this!! Take a peak at the blog post here if you want to try it too!

Be sure to follow our Instagram for more recent updates and polls about brass or brushed nickel in the bathroom. Ps. Brass wins 😉

Demo Day (ahem, weeks) – Week Two in the Bravwel Home

Week Two!! SO much has happened since we got the keys to our house. We ripped out all of the flooring, even though most people think we are absolutely batty for doing so. It was really dark laminate with carpet in the bedrooms and none of it was our style so we decided this was the time to redo it all. We ripped out all of the flooring on day two and have been looking at a ton of flooring samples trying to pick a favorite. We talk about some of our plans for this coming week in the video so be sure to check it out. Plus I posted some progress photos below and explained a little about what’s going on.

Adam and our Uncle (who is the best contractor and is helping us SO much) widened both entryways into the kitchen and I can’t believe how much better it looks! We’re getting all new paned windows in the front of the house (since ours are all OG single paned and are just so bad) and moving our Jetsons style vents out of the middle of the rooms in the living area and kitchen. Adam realized very quickly that he did NOT want to tackle removing the popcorn ceilings himself so we hired some guys to come this weekend and take it all down for us. It would be easier to do ourselves if it wasn’t painted over popcorn. So it’s much tougher to scrape off and Adam has a lot of projects to do already ; )

We’re really excited about our new plan for the ceilings in the living and dining area. This beam that’s running through the rooms is load bearing so to make it easier on the eyes we’re ripping off all of the drywall and wrapping it to make it look like a true (pretty) wooden beam and then running beams across into each room, four on each side! Oh, and taking down that random half wall so the space is more open.

I also have big plans for that fireplace eventually. Ripping out that insert, building a wood mantel and just sprucing it up a bit. I already can’t wait for all of the holidays so I can decorate it!

If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen my post talking about how much I love the light in this house. This photo was taken on the first day we saw it. I walked in and just felt happy. I love natural light and since there are windows everywhere in this home it’s full of light at all times of day. It’s seriously the best!  

Oh goodness, the bathroom. The only thing halfway new about this space is the toilet. Adam ripped out the bench thing that say behind the tub so we can have a big tub (hopefully) I mean, that cast iron pink tub and sink have definitely been in there since the beginning. Adam got the bathtub out to find SO MUCH dirt underneath. I had no idea that happened but apparently over time, rodents get underneath the house and end up kicking up dirt into the space. Our Uncle even commented about it being the most dirt he has ever seen. Soooo that’s fun.

I already can’t wait to show you next weeks updates. I have a feeling a lot is going to change. We have a big weekend of projects ahead and I’m off to the hardware store to pick out some paint samples! Hope you all have a great weekend.

xo Megan & Adam

A Farmhouse Renovation by The Design Hunters

Last year Megan photographed this gorgeous renovation for our friend Veronica Valencia of The Design Hunters. Veronica completely renovated this gorgeous farmhouse into the coziest (yet still masculine) home, and it’s bringing so much inspiration to us during our own renovation. I mean, those door handles alone are giving us all of the heart eyes.

You can see more and read a little FAQ with Veronica on Jillian Harris’ blog here. But for now, feel free to scroll through and take a look at some of our favorites from the transformation.

V also has a line out with Select Blinds and since we’re wanting some roman shades for our kitchen and breakfast nook window we’ve been eyeing these and already have a few favorites picked out! You’ll see these all around this home and they look so amazing!

I love how bright and airy the home feels yet it still has moody aspects that make it so warm and inviting. Can we talk about that bedroom? All kinds of moody happening in there and I love it! What was your favorite part of this farmhouse reno?

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