The Grand Reveal: Queen Anne Cottage Bathroom!

I’m so excited to share the first AFTER photos of our upstairs unit in the Queen Anne Cottage … tempered slightly by the fact that we moved before the unit was fully staged, and these snapshots are pretty bad.

As a reminder, these were the key inspirational images (full inspo post here):


Here’s the befooooooooore:

And here’s how it all came together! I’ve included pictures “in the nude” and with accessories, some super-imposed.

1- West Elm, 2- Houzz, 3- Wayfair, 4- Macys, 5- Misty Lee Cosmetics, 6- Lucky Clover (does not include liner), 7- Ballard Design, 8- Overstock

Sink – OfferUp << Check OfferUp, Craigslist, Let Go and search terms like “vintage trough sink,” “antique sink,” “retro schoolhouse sink,” etc. We paid $75 for ours unfinished. We paid a small fortune to get it and the clawfoot tub refinished, but we are so thrilled with the results.

VanityDragotta Designs on Etsy << LUUUURVE their stuff, and the owner, Jonathan, is super easy to work with and great at customizing pieces to your liking. We were in a pinch to get the vanity in before the sink was refinished, and he rushed the order for us over Christmas! Cannot say enough good things :). Here’s a better shot of the vanity before we added handles/towel bars from Wayfair.


Tile FloorTile For Less … I look forward to any rendezvous with my gal Rainbow at the SoDo store. She suggested a linen finish to add warmth and I love how it turned out!

Medicine Cabinet – Amazon


1- Lucky Clover, 2- Lowe’s, 3- Etsy, 4- Macys, 5- Ribbon Bazaar and Amazon, 6- Barneys

Well folks, what do you think? It’s weird to sum up hours and hours of research (me) and manually labor (Tristan) into a single blog post and essentially two photos, but I’m hopeful that you get the jist.

Would love to hear your feedback! 🙂




Torie & Tristan Do VOX DOCS!

Not this weekend but next, Tristan and I are embarking on what I would call a collision of, like, five fabulous things I’ve always wanted to do.


First of all, we haven’t gone away for a weekend together where visiting family, working, or last minute sickness wasn’t involved. Even our first official “vacation” as a married couple was a mission trip to Tijuana. I’m ready to STEP IT UP.

Second of all, film festivals. How does one go to a film festival? Here in Seattle, we have SIFF, which I hear about each year. And peripherally, I have acquaintances and professional contacts who attend or sponsor the film festival…but no one who I’m close enough with to ask the question – HOW? Hence I’ve never gone. Does one just Google & buy tickets? How do I pick a film that won’t be too art-y and/or make me feel dumb?

Third, wine tasting in Leavenworth, the only part of Cascade Valley Wine Country in which I have yet to imbibe. I visited Leavenworth in December with some girlfriends and popped my head into the new Hard Row to Hoe tasting room, which apparently is just one of 26 walkable wineries in the cute Bavarian village. So I’m ready for more!

Thus I present – The 2015 Vox Docs film festival. When a former client presented us with the opportunity to go, I knew it was a match made in heaven.


Hosted at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth, Wash., the March 20-21 festival is all about showcasing the best documentaries of the year. Documentaries! My very favorite! I mean, after all, isn’t this blog basically a documentary? Hmmmmmm…

Here’s what’s great about documentaries… it’s hard for them to be too abstract or art-y for me when they primarily analyze and present facts. That’s not to say they aren’t still highly creative and artistic, of course.

In case you’d like to come and hang out with Tristan and I, might I entice you with the lineup? I’ve pulled the highlights from each movie’s description. Sounds pretty juicy!

Friday, March 20

Keep On Keepin’ On – 7pm opening night film with special guest, Justin Kauflin 

Shot over the course of five years by first time filmmaker Al Hicks, KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON depicts a 23-­year­-old, blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, and music legend and teacher Clark Terry, now 93, who was Quincy Jones’ first teacher and mentor to Miles Davis. Terry broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC – on The Tonight Show.

Saturday, March 21

Point and Shoot – Noon

Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, POINT AND SHOOT follows Matt VanDyke, a timid 26-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who left home in Baltimore in 2006 and set off on a self-described “crash course in manhood.” He bought a motorcycle and a video camera and began a 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East. While traveling, revolution broke out in Libya, and Matt joined a new Libyan friend in the fight against dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and was captured by Gaddafi forces and held in solitary confinement for six months.

Life Itself – 2pm

Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access to Roger and Chaz during the final four months of his life. In that time, they captured Roger’s fighting spirit, his sharp sense of humor, and the ways he directly inspired filmmakers, family and fans.

Citizen Four – 5pm

CITIZENFOUR is the chilling firsthand account of the Edward Snowden saga that plays out like a modern day spy thriller. CITIZENFOUR places you in the room with filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s during encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).  CITIZENFOUR not only shows you the dangers of governmental surveillance—it makes you feel them. After seeing the film, you will never think the same way about your phone, email, credit card, web browser, or profile, ever again.

The Overnighters – 7:30pm closing night film with special guest, Jay Reinke

The Overnighters documents the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota, where tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up with dreams of honest work and a big paycheck under the lure of the oil boom. However, busloads of newcomers chasing a broken American Dream step into the stark reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep. Local pastor Jay Reinke risks everything to help them.

Oh Em Geeeee! I’m so excited. I’m probably most excited for the The Overnighters, as my dear friend Bre and her husband having been navigating the Williston oil boom since they got married in Oct. 2013. She talks about her experiences on her blog, Bon Bon: The Life and Times of an Oil Boom Wife. Did I mention she lived in a trailer with a newborn in -15 degree weather?! And, two hours to the nearest Target.

Tickets for are weekend pass are just $45, which includes access to all five films and the opening night after party. Individual passes are also available. Purchase tickets here:  http://www.voxdocs.org/tickets/ Lodging, childcare info and more is here: http://www.voxdocs.org/directions/

We’ll likely spend Sunday doing some light wine tasting before heading back over the mountains. And of course, I have to visit the adorable boutiques I found on my last visit.

Join us?



Life Update

No, nobody’s pregnant. But there’s a lot going on around here! In early December, I rather suddenly decided to quit my job and venture out to start my own business. Tristan, meanwhile, has been in a very busy work season and in his spare time, hard at work on our basement. Oh yeah, the basement. Turns out I’m not as interested in the behind-the-scenes prep work. So, even though a lot has changed, it’s not exactly what I would call “blog-worthy” at this point. We had to raise our house slowly over the course of two months in order to install a new beam. Now that that’s completed, it shouldn’t be long before we’re ready for tile, cupboards, sinks, painting, etc. – you know, the fun and pretty stuff! I’d imagine I’ll feel more motivated to share updates at that point. 🙂 For the first time in my adult life, I opted to skip holiday decorating and a tree, since our house is in flux anyway and I’m an all-or-nothing kind of gal. But in the haze of new business meetings, filing my official business paperwork with the state, breaking two cell phones in two days, and my laptop crashing the moment I got my work desktop created and organizzzzed…there were some fun, festive moments.  Oh, and the cherry on top was when Tristan’s car got broken into and his work laptop was stolen when while on our way to get MY new laptop. But back to those festive moments: I went on my first girlfriend’s getaway since being married. Three friends and I ventured over the mountains to a Bavarian village called Leavenworth, which is basically the Christmas capital of the world:



During the tree lighting, it’s WAY too crowded. This picture is pulled from their website, but is completely accurate…EVERY SINGLE DECEMBER DAY.

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It’s kind of hard to tell, but there are lines to get into the stores.


Out to dinner at Visconti’s

Tristan and I are actually headed back out to Leavenworth next month for the Vox Docs film festival…more on that later! I also participated in a gingerbread house making contest, which I won (yay!), despite feeling very ill-prepared. People clearly had done some Pinterest research, and brought stained glass made of sugar and green hedges made of Rice Krispie Treats. I brought frosted mini wheats.

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When I saw this experiential event produced by Sound Excursions, I knew I needed to go. Crafts? Wine? The smell of pine? COME ON!

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And, I did manage to throw like twelve New Year’s cards together (i.e. late Christmas cards). I still have dozens of leftover Thank You cards from our wedding, so I repurposed some of those.

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Anyway, here it is practically March and nothing has changed. I’m still acclimating to my new business (which I’m happy to report is going well), and as I mentioned earlier, we are still renovating. This month, we also started preparing for our second annual Tijuana mission trip. We do have some other exciting trips planned, and I’m starting to have an interest in the kitchen again, so I do hope to post more frequently in coming weeks and months.

Come back and visit!



DIY Manicure 6

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a  DIY manicure with you all. These posts started back when Tristan and I first got married, and I needed to address my shallac manicure obsession, and the false belief that I could no longer reach my toes to do my own pedicure. In case you’re new to Torie and Tristan, here are the previous manicures (full disclosure: Tristan not involved):

Earlier this year, I came across this fun nail/outfit combo on Atlantic Pacific, and was immediately brought back to ages 8-12, when I did all sorts of crazy nail polish combos.

Atlantic Pacific

I borrowed a few nail polish colors from a co-worker to complete my ombre look.

Multi Color Manicure

This manicure was tons of fun and very easy. Here’s how it turned out:

Multi Color Manicure via Torie and Tristan

What do you think?

I’ve been spoiled by the best pedicures ever from Kerrie at Salon Rae, and will never be able to self-create the same results. But I have come up with some tricks to make the DIY pedicure process less daunting. Also, I’ve taken a giant chill pill and realized my toes don’t always have to be perfectly painted.

When I’m getting ready to do a pedicure, I break the process out into three mornings (>5 min each).

  • Morning one: Clip toe nails before getting into shower. In shower, scrub toes and pumice feet with a gadget like this. Apply lotion.
  • Morning two: Remove prior nail polish. In shower, scrub toes and pumice feet. After shower, file toenails. The shower has softened the skin and nails, making everything easier. Apply lotion.
  • Morning three: Following shower, apply lotion. Use skewer and cuticle stick to clean cuticles and sides of nail beds. This is my favorite part. It makes such a difference and makes it feel like a real pedicure.
  • The evening of day three is when I typically paint my toenails. They are primed and ready, so the process goes quickly.

And that’s it!

Happy Monday.

-t (Tristan had nothing to do with this post)


Orondo Ruby Sparkling Sangria

Orondo Ruby Sparkling Sangria  - yum

Tristan and I hosted our first BBQ last Thursday night, and I had the opportunity to use my Orondo Ruby cherries as appetizers that doubled as a centerpiece, and in a festive drink. I am a huge sangria enthusiast, but had never tried a sparkling sangria, nor had I attempted to make any form of sangria. When I came across this recipe and picked a bunch o’ cherries on my recent trip to Orondo, I knew my moment had arrived.

Turns out, it’s not that hard! Here’s my Orondo Ruby Sparkling Sangria recipe.

  • 1 bottle chilled bubbly
  • 4 ounces brandy
  • 4 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 thinly sliced pear
  • 1 thinly sliced apple
  • 1 12-oz. clamshell of Orondo Ruby cherries; pitted and sliced in half

1. Combine pear, apple, and Orondo Rubies with brandy in bottom of a pitcher. Add sugar, cover and chill for 30-60 min.

2. When ready to serve, pour Champagne over brandy and add more sugar if desired (we didn’t).

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You will still have some leftover brandy-soaked fruit at the bottom of the pitcher after all of the sangria has been poured out. This is no problem. Simply pour a cheap bottle of red wine over the fruit, add ice, and BOOM! Red sangria. I’m serious, the fruit had soaked up so much brandy that my “red sangria” tasted quite authentic, as if I had actually tried.

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Arguably the most pleasant surprise of the evening was popping the leftover brandy-soaked Rubies straight in my mouth. They had absorbed just enough alcohol to have a bit of a bite, while still retaining their sweet flavor and crisp exterior.

Next up, I’ll share with you the national award-winning recipe that Tristan and I recreated as the main course – Strawberry BBQ Bacon Burgers.





Torie and Tristan About Town

It’s been a quiet month on torieandtristan.com, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy gathering material.

We recently attended a friend’s birthday party at Local 360, and were greeted with a balloon art bonanza courtesy of the birthday girl’s friend:

balloons everywhere

There was quite a range of balloon art talent that, frankly, Tristan and I did not possess. Who are these people, and how do they all seem to have acquired this skill?!

There was the corsage (modeled by me):

flower corsage

The poodle walking around on a leash:


The crowning of the birthday girl:

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… And us, trying to twist a brown balloon. It started to look like intestines. Then, as all of our twisting unwound itself before our eyes, just…poop.

But! Wasn’t there a dog nearby?!


Poodle Poop by Torie and Tristan

Ta-da! We rewarded ourselves with another cocktail.

These hats were made for us.


I mean, do y’all know how to do balloon art? Are we just behind the times? Maybe these friends are all parents of small children, or clowns.