Easiest Halloween How-To Ever: Poison Bottles

Poison BottlesThe poison bottles were so easy, it’s almost not worth a blog post.

  1. I spent about a month collecting interestingly shaped bottles and jars. I ran them through the dishwasher and Goo-Be-Goned them to make sure there was no remaining adhesive goo.
  2. Once dry, I sprayed them with a few coats of Krylon Looking Glass separated by around 15 minutes each.
  3. Other than the fancy mirrored spray paint ($10), I really didn’t want to spend money on these, so I copy and pasted some labels off of the internet into a Word doc (I’m sure there were copyrights on some, so I’m not providing my doc – but here’s some on Google image)
  4. I printed the doc, cut out the labels and Mod Podged them on the painted jars. Even easier would’ve been to buy some Avery white 8.5 x 11 shipping labels and print on those. But when the mood strikes, you make it work! I haven’t had any issues with rippling or peeling thus far.

Poison Bottles

And that’s it!



Top 3 Items on My Halloween + Harvest Wish List

I’m always looking for super unique, quality seasonal decor. For cheap. My goal is to eventually be able to buy new (real) pumpkins each year and call it good. Or a Christmas tree, or Easter eggs. You know, the perishables.

Here’s what’s currently on my fall decor wish list, but I will probably hold off until next year or a post-holiday sale (for the brass pumpkins). But if you haven’t started decorating for fall, it’s not too late! Start here.

  1. West Elm Brass Pumpkin ($14-$24)West Elm Brass Pumpkin
  2. Aluminum Candleholders (DIY) Tin Candles
  3. Skeleton Wreath Hands (DIY)Hands Wreath

What do you think? What’s the most creative thing you’ve seen out there lately?



The Reveal: Halloween Home Tour 2015

And when some bloggers say “home tour,” they really mean it. I mean “come see three vignettes in my teeny teeny home.” And you guys, I have no energy to stage cord-free, shadow free photos. You’ll get the idea.

This year, I purchased a few new items.

  1. Fun and versatile felt balls that I can re-string with a few different color schemes (hello, Husky games!). Purchased over at GroopDealz ($13.99)
  2. A very exciting and unique burlap leaf runner from Home Decorator Collection ($23).

… and I completed a few projects that were on my list from last year:

  1. Poison bottles (instructions are coming soon!)
  2. Pumpkins on black candlesticks (which I already had from our wedding). They actually aren’t shown in these images because I have them scattered around the house.

What’s hilarious is that I didn’t even realize those ideas had been marinating in my head all year. I did both projects without referring to the list from last year!

Without further adieu, my three vignettes.


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(covering up a ghetto area of the wall…also that’s a changing table we’re using as extra storage, complete with child lock)Bluea and Orange Halloween T&T (12) Bluea and Orange Halloween T&T (13)


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PS – Does anyone else love the HULU Christmas Fire “movie”? I work from home and have my digital fire log going in the background…it’s great!

Coming up next: the items and projects on my wish list for next year! Maybe I’ll even remember to look at it this time.



Laying the Foundation: Halloween Home Tour 2015

As we discussed last year, Tristan and I are on Team Jesus, so we don’t really do anything witch-y ghost-y curse-y in terms of decorations. We go for what I like to call “eerie over evil.”  So, anything that one might find on Sherlock Holmes is fair game – crows, spiderwebs, old books, feathers, leaves, skulls, etc.

I love decorating for Halloween because I also get a chance to use my very favorite colors in FULL FORCE (rust, orange, gold, black, white, gray).

In case you missed it, here are the last few years’ worth of decorations… check ’em out!




This year, I’ve also added touches of blue glass and blue chinoiserie, my new obsessions. I have a separate post eventually coming that will attempt to summarize just how versatile of an investment these pieces are (baby showers! bridal showers! Fourth of July! Seahawks tablescapes!), but for now, I’ll start by sharing the harvest-y looks.

Here was my inspiration:

Blue and Orange Trend Watch via Torie and Tristan

1 – Our Southern Home 2 – Tokyo Ninja 3 – Stone Gable 4 – BHG 5 – Decor Adventures 6 – Bejing Notebook 7 – Stone Gable

Fun and different, no?



Remodel and Living Room Decor Update

And just like that, I felt like blogging again. I think it was a combination of me finally decorating for a holiday again (Halloween & Harvest reveal coming soon) and that the remodel of our downstairs unit is finally starting to look exciting.

Here’s our progress report.

Before (on demo day, August 2014):

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After (looking same direction, taken this week):


In the interim, while NOT helping out with the remodel, I started decorating upstairs a bit more. Our our plan has always been to live upstairs while redoing the downstairs unit, move downstairs while we redo the upstairs unit, then move back upstairs and rent out the downstairs. So, you can imagine why I was hesitant to put a ton of effort into decorating and/or purchasing furniture for the upstairs unit before all of said moves. Well, I got over it, and I’m glad I did.

Here was my original inspiration. I bought curtains, a leather chair and a rug for the living room, and procured this amazing table at a garage sale that converts from a console to a dining room table that seats up to 8. It even stores 4 chairs inside the base. It’s like that IKEA one everyone has, on crack. It’s solid wood and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to part with it.

Here is how the living room looked right after we moved in. It stayed in this sad little form for a good six months.


And here is the last full length picture I took of my living room when it was clean.

T&T Updated Living Room

I’ve since rearranged the pillows and added cognac leather chair in the corner. Here’s two fuzzy snapshots to give you an idea.

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T&T Updated Living Room

I also had two parsons chairs reupholstered, so you can see those and my console/dining table in my upcoming Halloween decor reveal!

Thanks for tuning in.



Small Kitchen Solution #1

Our kitchen is galley style, like in many old homes, and we are planning to knock out a wall to open up the space. Seriously, I’m almost annoyed saying “open up the space” because it’s such a buzz-phrase in the home renovation world. But anyway, that’s the plan.

From our last apartment, I know that Tristan and I don’t eat at counters with stools. Just being realistic. And a solid half the reason I wanted to buy a house was so we could have at least two other people over for dinner at a time. So although our kitchen is still quite small, we’re researching how to still get a kitchen table in there, someway, somehow.

One idea I like is the peninsula-to-bench-to-table idea. No idea if there’s a better term out there for this, but someone should definitely come up with one.

It looks a little something like this –

Kitchen Bench via Torie and Tristan (2)

Kitchen Bench via Torie and Tristan (4)

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What do you think of this idea? My favorite ones are the oblong wood tables versus the round tables. Any other ideas we should consider? Would love to hear other ideas!



Living Room Decor Inspiration

As you may know, Tristan and I are in the process of renovating a home we purchased in August. It has a downstairs and an upstairs unit. We are living in the upstairs unit and are redoing the downstairs for renters. Tristan enjoys the physical labor involved with renovation whereas I enjoy the “research” phase (largely conducted on Pinterest). Certain manual projects have been fun, though, and it’s nice bonding time.

It will be a few months until we are ready to do the upstairs, but by golly, I’ll be ready. Here are two inspiration images:

Living Room Inspo

from Your Nest Design

Living Room Inspo 2

Spread from Small Room Decorating magazine, Fall 2013

Here is the living room we moved into.

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Here’s what it looks like now:

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Fairly simple, since as mentioned in my previous post, we don’t want to have to move anything extra when we redo the living room.

And here’s my final vision!

Living Room T&T

As you can see from the picture of our current living room, I already have:

  • the lamps (vintage)
  • couch (similar here)
  • ottomans (similar here)
  • trunk (vintage; not currently out)
  • some of the pillows
  • two mocha curtains (not currently out)

Once we complete the upstairs renovation (thus providing wainscoting, paint, and hardwoods), the main pieces I’ll be looking to add are:

  • the 8×10 rug (the one shown is from Walmart and is just $180!)
  • yellow pillow
  • white pillows
  • brown leather chair
  • yellow voile curtain panels
  • gold framed art

What do you think? I’ll keep you posted on our progress, and share other room inspiration posts.



Top 10 Halloween & Harvest Decor Ideas 2014

I enjoy decorating for Halloween. It’s mainly about the colors – orange/rust, black, white, and gold. The color maroon bores me to tears, so Thanksgiving decor is only so-so for me.

Tristan and I are on Team Jesus, and prefer to not decorate our home with witches, ghosts, goblins or devils, but skulls and artistic cobwebs are fair game. I think this is because Christians have skulls and Christians battle cobwebs – these are facts of life. I also get tons of pumpkins so that the decor can transition into Thanksgiving.  Here’s proof – exhibit A & exhibit B.

Since we’re remodeling, my seasonal decor plans are minimal. Heck, my regular decor plans are minimal – I don’t want more objects/furniture to pack up when we put in the hardwoods. Therefore, I’ve decided that for Halloween and Christmas, I will focus on a festive porch, since the porch won’t change. And I’ve never had a porch before, so it’s a fun research project :).

I originally wanted two large topiaries for the porch, but at $150+ per piece, I knew it’d be a tough sell, as they offer no value other than aesthetics. Instead, I settled on two trees from Home Depot for $12 each – guilt free, and they still accomplish the overall look. I also added a new doormat and (duh) pumpkins.

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If I were going to go all out decorating this year, here are the 10 cute, simple ideas I’ve stumbled upon recently (click on the image for source):

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How simple to just pop some pumpkins on a candlestick! Love this idea!

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Another use for the natural? Hollow out some butternut squashes and put some flowers inside! Or even hay/wheat could be festive and less expensive.
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Finally – a use for those Mardi Gras beads you’ve had since college:Halloween and Harvest 2014 6

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I am definitely going to do this in the next few years with artificial sunflowers. Each bloom takes up a large amount of surface area so you wouldn’t have to buy very many to cover a ball, and could reuse them year after year for multiple occasions. If you’ve seen our wedding pictures, you know I’m a huge fan of the flower ball. If you don’t want to hang them, you can pop them into a vase for a centerpiece (like we did for Easter using our wedding balls).

So simple and chic:

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I love the black and white contrast! For less effort, you could paint three pumpkins and just put “BOO.”

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This might be the very first time I’ve ever referred to a lawn ornament as classy. Technically still a ghost, but an elegant ghost for sure:

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This is pretty chic, you know, as far as poison goes.Halloween and Harvest 2014 10

If you don’t already subscribe to Better Homes & Gardens’ weekly e-newsletters, I highly recommend it. It turns out that several of these ideas I’ve pinned over the last few months were pulled from there. If you’re looking for other ideas, check out my Halloween & Harvest board on Pinterest – you might even find some adorable kid costume ideas because I can’t help myself.

What are the cutest ideas you’ve seen this year? Anything related to porches? 🙂



New Home Tour – The Before

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Hi Folks! It’s been a busy month for le petit Rynning family, partially because of our mission trip to Mexico and partially because we just bought a house! We feel so blessed and humbled by this home, especially after building small homes in Mexico without plumbing or electricity for families in need – quite the contrast. I will share more on that amazing trip in a later post.

Here is our little bungalow in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle.

For Sale

Here are the For Sale pictures with staged furniture – they give you a better idea of the space and scale.

For Sale 1

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For Sale 2

For Sale 3

For Sale 4

For Sale 5

Here are some house pics “in the nude,” as we were just about to move in:





Does everyone see the size of that closet?! Yeesh. Tristan and I didn’t even try to share it.

“DINING” ROOM (TBD if it will actually fit our kitchen table)






Here’s a wide angle looking towards the front door:

Wide Angle Door

And here’s a shot looking away from the front door.

Wide Angle From Door

If you look really hard, you can actually see that my topiaries have already found a new home by the sides of our kitchen sink! I know you were all concerned.


Oh, sweet ecstasy! I cannot believe I finally have my own washer/dryer.


Our place is actually a duplex, but the downstairs isn’t exactly livable as is. Tristan’s been hard at work demo-ing the downstairs so that we can get renters in. It’s very manly work and I’ve been so impressed by him.

This renovation is a good exercise for me because I won’t be able to immediately decorate, like I usually can. We hope to redo the upstairs floors and walls as soon as the downstairs is done, so we aren’t even taking some of our furniture out of storage or hanging things up on the walls. Eek! #mustnest #buthow

UNIT 2 (around behind the house)

Here’s the door to the downstairs:

Basement 1

Here are some interior shots from before the demo.


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OFFICE (this will likely turn into a kitchen nook)

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I wish you could all experience the smell of the carpet. Time will tell, but the most dramatic before and after transformation may just be the aroma.


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We have fairly traditional gender roles in this household. The morning after we moved in, Tristan was ripping out carpet and flooring in the basement. Meanwhile, I was organizing the kitchen.

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DEMO (3)

Though the upstairs is in a lot better shape than the downstairs, we both look forward to renovating that next. Tristan purchased a home before we got married and remodeled that, which we currently have renters living in. He’s been itching to smell the sawdust once again. Here are his plumbing plans – so advanced :).


This blog was originally designed to incorporate Tristan’s interests as well as mine, and this house project will be the perfect way for you all to get to know a little bit more of what makes Tristan tick! We’ll be documenting our progress and sharing photos, of course.

More to come!








A Star-Spangled Third

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Tristan and I had a few friends over on July 3. It was 4th of July-themed, but on a less chaotic night (i.e. less parties to compete with). None of my friends had to work on the 4th, so it was a great night to relax and enjoy some BBQ and bevvies! I talked about my Orondo Ruby Sangria recipe here, and I still have to share the super special strawberry BBQ recipe we made. This post is focused on the party itself, and of course, the decor (is there a difference?).

4th of July Eve Party

I’d done some Pinterest perusing, and gathered some 4th of July decor inspiration, then promptly ran out of time to do anything I’d planned. BUT, our friend the Star also appears during Christmas and New Year’s Eve, allowing for easy re-purposing of existing decor when in a bind.

In this picture, we see how I painted some letters and glued them onto some ribbon I already had, and draped them across a glittery star I’ve had on my front door SINCE CHRISTMAS. I would not kid about this.

Torie and Tristan July 3 party

I also was able to re-use the festive stars I had hanging during our New Year’s Eve soiree. And I really wanted to do this centerpiece, but went to three different places looking for blue bottles (no luck), and my amazing husband brought me home flowers that weren’t red (but stunning nonetheless, and still alive, almost two weeks later!). I took these as clear signs that my centerpiece wasn’t meant to be. Here’s what I came up with instead:

Torie and Tristan July 3 party

Lantern, cookies, Orondo Ruby cherries, pit bowls and firecrackers (again, left over from New Year’s Eve!).

Here’s the BBQ station (AKA Tristan’s Turf) before it was overrun with amazing food and condiments.

Torie and Tristan 4th of July cocktail party

Yay for market lights!

Torie and Tristan 4th of July cocktail party

We inherited this flag from some family members (don’t worry – it wasn’t folded into a triangle in wooden case or anything), and it was such a fun, vintage touch!

Torie and Tristan 4th of July cocktail party

Let’s zoom in on those snacks!

Yummy treats

Our little apartment reached capacity at 13 people, inside and out. Here are some brave souls who were willing to appear on our blog.

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Up next, the recipe for THE best burger I’ve ever had. Tristan and I have been eating the leftovers for two weeks and could continue through winter. It’s THAT good.