Category Archives: Bathroom

Random Things I Am Liking Lately

Hi — thank you for your encouragement yesterday with the One Room Challenge.  It’s time to motivate my husband to start painting!

Here are a few random things that I am liking lately.  Remember these posts from back in the day?

One Kings Lane has so many beautiful and accessible pieces of great art these days, including Michelle Armas, Brittany Bass and Jennifer Latimer, some of my favorite artists.  Check out this sale: In Fine Form.

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{Bester by Michelle Armas}

This is my go-to summer t-shirt this season.  They are so soft, wash well and are the perfect length.  I used to buy Target and Old Navy tees, but found that they shrunk immediately, got stretched out after a couple hours of wear, and were so thin that they were see-through.  I have upgraded this year.  They come in a ton of colors and they are now on sale for $19.99!  If you order online, they run true-to-size (Ms fit me great).

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{J. Crew Vintage Cap-Sleeve Tee}

Have you tried Blue Apron?  Each week they deliver the ingredients for three full meals to your door.  I have been loving it, especially the pre-measured portions and the minimal weekly meal planning.  Of the 9 meals that have been delivered so far, this one was the best!

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{Blue Apron Beef Ramen Noodle Soup with Choy Sum and Enoki Mushrooms}

This bathroom designed by Sherry and John Petersik of Young House Love is seriously perfect.  I love that nothing is “to the trade” and all so accessible to everyone.  I seriously COVET those shower tiles.

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SHMBath-Blue-Tile

{Photo source and full post HERE}

Have you read this book?  I loved it.  I am trying to whip this stressed-out voice in my head into shape and not let the small stuff constantly derail me.

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And, finally, here is my new fave Tar-jay find for under $20.  He is prominently on display in our family room.  In person, mine is a little more distressed and imperfect.  Kind of like me.  🙂

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{Nate Berkus Tortoise Shell Box, Target}

Happy Friday!  Have a fabulous weekend.  xxoo

My 2013 Design Resolutions

Ok, 2013, let’s do this!

I try to make design resolutions each year and I am running at about a 50% success rate at keeping all of them.  So, in addition to re-painting and organizing our entire new house (eeep!), here are my 2013 design resolutions:

  1. Use more fabric and mix pattern with confidence.  I am comfortable with a dash of pattern or a pop of color, but I am paralyzed by the selection and price tag of committing to any “custom” fabric selection (like bed skirts, shams, curtain panels or duvet covers).  But, there are a lot of affordable fabrics out there and patterns can be mixed without a huge commitment.  Time to inch outside my comfort zone!  {Design below by Jamie Meares of Furbish — she is the master of mixing pattern and color}furbish
  2. Invest in at least one piece of original art.  Again, I am often paralyzed by the selection and price tag of original art, so I end up buying a bunch of cheap stuff to put on the walls, and when you add it all up, I could have spent $150-300 on a really beautiful, impactful piece of art.  {Gorgeous original painting of the Low Country (one of my favorite spots on earth) by Carol Cerny for sale on Etsy framed for $150}.etsy
  3. Be more deliberate about furniture layout.  In our last house, I felt like we had a lot of “dead space” that could have been used more effectively (hello, our entire living room).  Before just putting furniture where it fits, I want to really examine each room and think hard about the best furniture layout. {I like the layout below with functional seating, table space, storage and flow.}furniture
  4. Add “cubby” built-ins at the back door.  Our new house does not have a coat closet near the back door.  So, everyone comes in and sheds coats, purses, work-out bags, shoes, gloves, scarves, you-name-it, in a trail from the back door into the kitchen.  We really need a space to organize all of our stuff when we walk in the door.  {I like the shoe trays and ceiling detail on these below}. cubby4
  5. Explore bathroom renovation.  My daughter has a half-bath off of her new bedroom, and we have a full hall bathroom shared by 3 of the bedrooms upstairs.  I would love to explore converting the half bathroom into a full bathroom (and only having 2 bedrooms share the hall bathroom).  The logistics of the water and drain may prove to be cost-prohibitive, but I would love to check-out the option. {I love this tub/shower design for a girl’s bathroom.} bathroom14
  6. BLOG MORE!  I am going to try to blog at least once a week in 2013.  I would love to get back to posting 4-5 times a week, but my family and work schedule make that really challenging right now.

So, there you have it.  I tried to be ambitious, but not undertake so much that I would be overwhelmed and get nothing done!

What do you think?  What are your design resolutions for 2013?

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Y’ALL!

P.S. For past design resolution posts, check out 2009, 20102011.  2012 is missing because I was having a baby!  🙂

Catching You Up and Moving On….

Hi!  It’s been a crazy busy few months and I have really missed feeding my creative side with this good ole blog.  I have noticed that some of my favorite design blogs go on hiatus every now and then, and maybe that’s what happens when life gets messy.  I hope that I am back to regular posting sooner rather than later.

So, we are moving!  We have been mulling this over for a while and found a house that we couldn’t pass up, so we closed our eyes, opened our checkbook and took the leap of faith that is required when buying a new house first, then selling an old house, and moving 4 people, a dog and a life, and ALL.THAT.STUFF.

We were so lucky and had our house professionally photographed before we moved out!  The house may be featured by a local interior design blog, so I will keep you posted as all of that unfolds.  I am so excited to see “real shots” of our house.

In the meantime, the next few posts will be a “virtual tour” of the house.  I took these pictures on the day the house hit the MLS.

I will start with the neverending  bathroom “facelift”.  The idea was originally conceived in 2009 in this post.  I don’t have a true “before” picture, but here is one in progress:

 

And here are a few shots of the bathroom now:

We worked hard, but smart, on this bathroom!  The vanity and the light fixture are both Martha Stewart for Home Depot.  Can you believe it?!   I bought the mirror at a consignment store in Savannah for $15.  The shower curtain and the bath mat are both really affordable West Elm finds.  Our floors were professionally installed and by far the biggest splurge in the room, but we used the largest and least expensive marble option.  The wall color is Sundance by Benjamin Moore and a great yellow for a small space — not too bright, but not dull or mustardy.  Oh, and I love the Orla Kiely patterned Method hand soap.

If we were staying in the house, I would have replaced the floor grate with something more interesting and fresh, and would have bought a custom shower curtain that would have hung from the ceiling on a stainless steel rod, but because we knew we were selling, we went for cheap, easy and good enough!  🙂

Stay tuned — I hope to be back with the rest of the “virtual tour,” and of course, LOTS of ideas on the new house!

Floating Lights and Vintage Chairs

Yes, that is a swimming pool in the dining room. 
(The attorney in me is wondering about the home insurance premiums and the existence of a kid-proof fence!) 

Although this set-up could provide for some very interesting dinner parties, it’s the playful light fixture arrangement and the modern vintage chairs that caught my eye.  You could totally recreate this look on a budget using your traditional dining room table. 

For  lighting,  purchase a few affordable Ikea ceiling fixtures and throw in a couple battery-operated pretty paper lanterns, all hung at varying heights over the dining room table.   

May I suggest the Ikea Fillsta Pendant Lamp ($49.99):

FILLSTA Pendant lamp white Diameter: 31 " Cord length: 71 "  Diameter: 78 cm Cord length: 180 cm

And the Ikea Maskros Pendant Lamp ($89.99) (my almost-neighbors John and Sherry from Young House Love recently used this in their bedroom):

IKEA PS MASKROS Pendant lamp  Diameter: 32 " Cord length: 71 "  Diameter: 80 cm Cord length: 180 cm

And the ubiquitous Ikea Knappa Pendant Lamp ($34.99):

KNAPPA Pendant lamp white Diameter: 18 " Height: 14 ¼ " Cord length: 15 ' 5 "  Diameter: 46 cm Height: 36 cm Cord length: 4.7 m

And add a few of these which operate on batteries (so no electrician required):

White 16 Inch Round Paper Lanterns

And you are in business.   The floating white lights would look amazing against a saturated wall color like a peacock blue or an emerald green.  

As for the companion modern chairs, Target and West Elm are good inexpensive options.  I love my Target chairs (found here online for $79.99 for 2, but are almost always cheaper in the store):

Or West Elm has these Scoop-Back Chairs for $158 for 2:

Scoop-Back Chair

Add your traditional dining room table (which no one will even notice because of the cool lighting and unexpected chairs), and you got yourself a gorgeous dining room on the cheap!  Oh, and throw in a pool too, if you are so inclined…. 

{First image from March issue of Veranda Magazine}

My Design Resolutions

Happy New Year!  The start of 2011 feels liberating.  2010 was a great year, but it feels good to leave its baggage and the holiday stress behind me and
start fresh. 

I have been making a personal plan for the upcoming year and along with that, have been introspectfully examining my design goals and aspirations. 
Here we go:

  1. Get rid of everything that I don’t love without guilt, including gifts or family hand-me-downs.  This will always be a work-in-progress for me and I have closets full of gifts and hand-me-downs that I “don’t hate” but they never leave the closets.  Time to purge.
  2. Step out of my comfort zone and do not feel constrained by traditions and expectations.  Expectations and thoughts about re-sale value often water down and paralyze my design decisions, and the status quo remains longer than it should.
  3. Eradicate the mini-blind from all windows in the entire house!  You may want to avert your eyes….YIKES.
  4. Strike the right balance of investing in high-quality pieces while mixing with affordable, low-end accessories.  My favorite style combines classics and antiques with affordable basics.  I don’t want a house full of just antiques or full of just low-end “junk”, and with Target so close by, I tend towards the latter.
  5. Finally recover these chairs that flank our sideboard in the dining room. They were hand-me-downs that came with a furnished home purchased by my mother, and I like their shape, but the fabric is HIDEOUS!
  6. Finish my 3 ongoing projects!

I am nearing completion on Project Big Girl Room.  I need to style the dresser (now that the changing table is gone — woo hoo!), order some throw pillows, finish the wall art and maybe work on the closet-turned-secret room.

Upon a mention to my husband about wanting to re-do our downstairs bathroom, the next thing I knew, he had demo’d the whole thing.  Tile floors, vanity, mirror, toilet, light fixture — the whole sha-bang.  We are working on a yellow/gray/white bathroom update.  Here’s the current state — yikes again! (also, the yellow is much prettier in person and really not neon.  I had to use a headlamp to take this picture because the light fixture was gone!)

I have also kick-started the New Year by ordering the West Elm Zigzag Rug for my front hallway that I posted about here and here.  I will also likely order a new console and some fun accessories to spruce up the entryway to our house.  I want to get rid of the yellow curtain at the end of the hallway that currenlty serves as the door to our laundry room (we had to take off the door to fit our front-load washer/dryer when we moved in).   Here’s the before:

I would also love to hear more from my readers this year!  I know you are out there because I see you on my stat counter everyday. 
Please feel free to comment, ask questions and say hi! 
I love hearing from you! 🙂

 

{mini} Perfect Prezzies: 24 Days To Go!

How can it be December already??  Don’t sweat it — here are a few more great gift ideas.

I am loving Pottery Barn’s little birdie accessories this season.

{Bird Jewelry Dish, Pottery Barn, $19 and free shipping}

{Ceramic Bird Accessories, Pottery Barn, $14-$24 each}

Don’t you love that little jewelry tray?  And any bathroom would look better with that adorable nest soap dish and the birdie canister.

Any of these would make a perfect prezzie for someone who just purchased a new home, the entertainer or any bird lovers on your list.

My New Crush? Meet Purple.

I go through color crushes like Lindsay Lohan goes through rehabs.  (See here for yellow, and here and here for orange).  My newest paramour is purple.  If I didn’t have 729,391,182 other projects brewing, I would paint my dining room deep aubergine and use lots of linen and white with pops of earthy green (inspired by the picture below).  I just can’t get enough purple this season….

 

 

 

{Images: 1. Cerise Pink Blog; 2. Apartment Therapy; 3. Candian House and Home; 4. House to Home; 5. Coach Kristin Leather Pleated Sachel, $398; 6. London Amethyst Mini Hurricane, Crate and Barrel, $16.95; 7.  Hunter Wellies, Piperlime, $125; 8. Patinaed Pillar Holder, Anthropologie, $48; 9. You Are Love Print, The Love Shop, $29. 10.  Zambia {Faux} Throw, Z Gallerie, $99; 11. Essie, Damsel in a Dress, $8}