Bathroom Makeover: Tile Accent Border {Day 18}

November 24, 2014


Since the wallpaper, the last phase of the bathroom makeover, was fairly quick taking only a day from start to finish, I was able to move on the next step pretty quick.  With the completion of the dynamic + bold wallpaper, I am feeling so happy with how the bathroom is coming along.  There were a few points that I questioned my decisions + selections, but I feel the wallpaper really pulled it together and added the interest needed to make this new space + funky against the stark white tile.  It's all about the balance and the contrast... Onto the next phase to get this space done.  I'm on … [Read more...]

Bathroom Makeover: Installing Wallpaper {Day 17}

November 20, 2014


If you follow along with me on Instagram, then you may have seen a few sneak peeks of the next phase of the Bathroom Remodel... the WALLPAPER!  Tile is done (well mostly) and after 17 days of cutting, grouting, tiling, I never want to touch another tile again in my life.  Now we know that's not true.  But in all honesty, it was a big job.  Totally doable for any skill level, but just time consuming! As I move forward with this Bathroom Makeover in 30 Days Challenge, the walls are now adorned with pure beautiful. Take a look... Can we say dynamic?!  What do you think?? The … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: 15 Monogrammed + Personalized Gift Ideas for under $25

November 18, 2014


I am ready to shop, shop, shop for the holidays!  And I like nothing better than a great sale or deal, don't you?!  Even more so when I give or receive a gift, I feel it's so important to be meaningful.  Yesterday I shared 15 gift ideas for under $15 (perfect for a teacher, friend, hair dresser, or special person you want to extend gratitude to) and today I am sharing even more favorite gift ideas. This time... 15 Monogrammed + Personalized gifts ideas under $25. 1 - Personalized Pillow > $24 2 - Kate Spade Business Card Holder >$24 3 - Repurposed Wood Block Art >$10 4 - … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: 15 ideas under $15

November 17, 2014


The Holiday season is fast approaching.  This time of year is ideal to show your appreciation for those that are apart of your life in some way.  Whether a teacher, bus driver, hair dresser, or mailman, it's nice to give a little something to show thanks.  But is an affordable, but pretty (and useful) gift possible to find?  YES! I have found 15 perfect gifts for under $15... 1 - Kate Spade Set of 2 Notebooks >$12 2 - Fur Ear Muffs > $10.39 / Cable Knit Ear Warmers > $11.99 3 - Nose Eyglass Holder > $5.99 4 - Wax Seal Kit > $15 5 - Gold Earrings > $7.99 6 - Totes … [Read more...]

Bathroom Makeover: DIY Tips & Tricks on How-To Tile + Grout a Bathroom {Day 5-16}

November 12, 2014


It's Day 5-16 for the next phase of this Bathroom Makeover in 30 Days Challenge. The tile is done.  I could not be more happy.  It wasn't difficult, but it took a long time.  Rightfully so since this 5' x 8' space is almost completely covered in tile. Before this I had only tiled small areas - a fireplace surround, a kitchen backsplash, and a bathroom backsplash (and a few floors but that was using luxury vinyl tile). But this was a mega job.  I was nervous and I got overwhelmed at times.  BUT it's complete and it feels so good.  And looks good too.  I'm still no expert, but I surely … [Read more...]

Nature Inspired Holiday Decorating: Countdown to Christmas

November 7, 2014


Do I dare say it...???  Christmas is less than 7 weeks away.  Happy about that or not so much? I am excited about the coming Holiday season (especially since last year I was in my 1st trimester and feeling sick as a dog), but I am certainly not rushing the time away.  The Holidays are not only a time for gathering & giving, it's also about being thankful and reflecting on all our blessings (hence my latest DIY creation that I shared yesterday - Chalkboard Wood Garland). As the seasonal decorating fairies start to take over my brain, I am really feeling the urge to bring the outdoors … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Wood Garland

November 6, 2014


Can you believe it's November?  I'm breaking away from the bathroom for a bit (the remodel has taken over my life) to start thinking about this years seasonal decor. Every year, we enjoy displaying our Christmas favorites, but at the same time we like to introduce new elements & of course, make some fun festive creations (like last years pallet Christmas Countdown).  Even though we typically start the process of unpacking the holiday boxes before Thanksgiving arrives, we certainly don't overlook the beautiful Holiday of giving.  For that tricky time when we're transitioning from one … [Read more...]

Bathroom Makeover: Demo {Day 2-4}

November 3, 2014


It just got real.  No more dreaming or fantasizing about a new bathroom, because it's happening NOW. So it's Day 2 for this Bathroom Makeover in 30 Days Challenge (day 1 was putting together the plan of action and by day 30 my goal is to be finished) and the DEMO HAS BEGUN! Instead of me jumping ahead and sharing what it looks like now (a hot mess with walls missing), let me show you what it looked like before... Yes, the space was fine, but it needed updating.  All the fixtures had seen better days.  The tub was an insert style and very dated, while the shower/tub fittings were … [Read more...]

Bathroom Makeover: Plan of Action {Day 1}

October 29, 2014


I'm at it again...  another project!  And this is a biggie.  I know, I know.... I haven't even waited 0.05 seconds before starting something new, but this project has been in the works for over a year and I'm thrilled that my thoughts + ideas are actually coming to fruition!  So the next big remodel... the hall/kids bathroom. This bathroom got a mini DIY revamp about 3 years ago, but it's been used & abused by two kiddos, so it was time to put my design expertise to work and create a space that would handle the everyday splashes & wear of two busy bees. Of course, I can't start … [Read more...]

China Cabinet Makeover {Reveal}

October 23, 2014


It's done!  What a journey it's been for this china cabinet. Upon finding this diamond-in-the-rough on Craigslist and rescuing it from a dilapidated garage that housed chickens, roosters, and a few other unknown animals (I was afraid to even look around), the once trash-bound cabinet now sits beautifully in my dining room with a vibrant new color & a complete designer makeover... It has been quite the task of getting her to this point, but she's complete! We can't appreciate the 'after' without looking at the 'before'.  Remember what she looked like a few short weeks … [Read more...]