I am coming to Newport, do you have any suggestions?

There’s a Guide for that! I recently launched a comprehensive Newport, RI Travel Guide. I am updating and adding to the guide regularly. You can also find more posts about Newport in the Travel section of the site here along with other Rhode Island content.

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The Cozy Ranch

How did you whitewash your floors?

Craig did a light sanding with a floor sander we rented from Home Depot and then used a waterproof stain and sealer (color tint: Pinto White), finishing with a coat of water-based polyurethane (in satin finish). Craig talks more about the process in this podcast episode.

How do you keep your house/bedding clean with cats and dogs?

Lots and lots of vacuuming. We bought a Dyson last year and it was quite possibly the best purchase we’ve ever made. Our house is small which makes it easier as well. I wash our sheets/bedding in hot water and change it 1-2x/week.

Where can I find that paint color?

You can find paint colors in the blog posts for each room:

Master Bedroom
Living Room
Bathroom
Kitchen

Where is your couch from?

We have the Hugo Sectional from Rove Concepts in Vintage Solstice. You can read more about it here. 

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Pets

What breed are Nora and Fuji?

Nora and Fuji are both American Staffy mix.

Where did you get Nora, Fuji and Hunter?

We got our cat Hunter first from a rescue in Brooklyn. Shortly after we adopted Nora from Red Hook Rescue a network of dedicated volunteers and foster homes that often pull dogs from high risk situations. Recently we adopted Fuji from Forever Home Rescue in Massachusetts.

I'm thinking about getting a rescue do you have any advice?

I wrote a whole blog post about it here with some advice from our trainer Wally. We also recorded a podcast episode with our trainer which you can find here.

Where is Nora and Fuji's bed from?

Nora’s big cozy basket bed is from Design Dua and we have the size large. Sometimes if they’re feeling extra cuddly Nora and Fuji can both fit in it.

Nora, Fuji and Hunter's Instagram

Instagram

How Do I Find Outfit Details From Your IG?

The easiest way to shop my outfit posts on Instagram is using the Liketoknow.it app, my profile is here. Everything is linked there and all of those posts can also be found on the blog here.

How do you edit your Instagram photos and what filters do you use?

I pretty much exclusively use camera photos (no iPhone) so everything is first edited in Lightroom (post coming on that soon). I then use a VSCO filter (app can be downloaded here). I use filters at a light intensity and my favorites are A6, A4, S2, J2, HB2.

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Photography

What camera do you use?

We shoot primarily with the Sony A7III and 55mm f/1.8 lens and the LeicaQ. We also have the Fujifilm X100F for travel, the DJI Spark and the DJI Mavic Pro. I shoot a lot of my Youtube content on the Canon G7X. You can read all about these cameras and see images from each in this post. 

How do you edit your photos?

Coming Soon!

Camera Equipment

Blogging

How did you get started blogging?

I started my blog (formerly known as Prosecco & Plaid) while living in NYC working for an HR Consulting firm. It was just something I wanted to do for fun as a creative outlet. Not long after we moved back to Newport, we realized we had a unique opportunity to do something a bit different. I ended up quitting my job to pursue blogging full time and Craig eventually came on full time as well. More on that journey here. 

Do you have any tips for someone starting a blog or trying to grow their blog?

My biggest piece of advice would be to find your niche and be authentic. Quality over quantity. Craig and I also talk about building a brand in this podcast episode.

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