This project has been a dream for years, something I imagined and designed in my head over and over again. It is always crazy when something, like an idea, that lives in your mind comes to life! We’ve had this unused closet and corner in our master bedroom that we wondered what should we do with. We thought at one point about extending the one full bathroom into a bigger bathroom. However, we ultimately decided to convert the closet and unused corner into our own little luxurious master bathroom. I still can’t even believe that we have our own bathroom now, separate from kids that in itself is a gift!
My goal four our bathroom was to make it look and feel timeless and luxurious. The nice thing about renovating a smaller bathroom is that it allows you to splurge a little on materials and fixtures because you’re not needing as much of them. Less square footage to tile, one vanity vs. two, one mirror vs two etc, etc… Every product I chose was a careful selection to make this little bathroom feel special and high end. I wanted to walk in and feel like I was visiting a hotel!
Let me explain some things that changed from the initial design- we opted to do a pocket door instead of a barn door. We wanted to save on space and not have anything bump out into our bedroom like the barn door would have done. We also liked being able to repurpose one of the original doors of the home into the pocket door to keep everything consistent in the house. Next, the lighting changed from two because the wall was too narrow for a side by side sconce light situation. I was happy to find a cool tube light that fit horizontally above our big statement mirror so it worked out perfectly.
Initially, I was only adding a shower head but because of the ceiling height we had to mount that in the corner so Ben wouldn’t bump his head on it and it just made sense to fill the other side of the shower wall with a hand held nozzle too and I love it for cleaning the glass too. The vanity we went with is a little different than this but the same cottage kind of vibe. I was really looking for maximum storage because Ben and I both were never able to have our toiletries in the bathroom before, there just wasn’t enough space. It feels like a luxury to have our toiletries in our own bathroom!
All the tile is from Merola Tile, I was so excited to partner with them and use their beautiful products. I’m so happy with the quality and the look of all the tile! I will link the exact tiles we used at the bottom of this post for you to reference.
I cant believe that bright beautiful corner full of scallop tile was once a dark cedar closet that we weren’t even using. We were so happy with our contractor Chaiss Construction, there is no way we could have done anything like this ourselves. With an older home especially we needed someone that really knew what they were doing. I love how the floor pattern actually makes the small bathroom look bigger. The pattern of the each tile expands to make a larger design and THAT is the reason it gives an illusion of a larger space. A lot different effect than the pattern in the kids bathroom.
I decided to carry the champagne bronze finishes around the shower just to keep that cohesive however in other areas I added polished nickel to give it a mixed and more collected vibe. I think these special touches make it feel more luxurious and unique.
I love the reflections in the space, from the glass to the vanity from the vanity mirror to the shower… every view is pretty and a little sparkle-y! Wall color is called Collingwood by Ben Moore and its a nice soft neutral not too light not too dark, it is gray but leans on the warmer side.
I added a single cafe curtain to the lower portion of our windows because we have a home behind us, I like the simplicity of them and that we can keep the lower part covered yet still have the natural light and sky view from above. It feels like we are more in the country when really we are in a full blown neighborhood!
All of these niche products you can find at the Home Depot, I love that we can use this to display our pretty soaps and bath products. Plus it adds a little bit of a luxurious feel and statement to this specific shower wall.
Adding this half wall and placing the valves on it is a decision I couldn’t be happier with! I love having the additional ledge to place products on or even a candle. I love looking at more of the scallop tile vs. the toilet. It just dresses the bathroom up and keeps the other shower walls clean and less cluttered.
Here is a better view of the half wall from further out. Here you can also get a better look at the glass enclosures. The glass is from Dream View Shower Doors. The glass is so beautiful and is really the crowning jewel to the space it just look so sophisticated, we couldn’t be happier with it all!
I shared on an earlier post the simple line artwork I made for the wall above the toilet that you can find HERE. It was easy and inexpensive and something that I think adds interest to that wall with out stealing the show. I may add different photographs or artwork once they right ones come along but for now this is perfect.
There you have it, our new master bathroom reveal. Every time I step foot in here I look around and have to pinch myself. I’m so happy we invested in our home. I feel we will enjoy and grow as a family so much better in it now. It makes such a great use of this little extra space we had and weren’t utilizing. Everything is linked below for your reference. Thank you all for following along on this journey. I hope you enjoyed seeing the final outcome. Let me know below if you’ve ever done a big renovation like this or if you’ve just been dreaming of one. You never know, it sounds cheesy but one day that dream may become real!
Hey Friends! We are about halfway through our summer bathroom renovation, which is good timing because we are about half way through summer. My goal was to have everything back to normal (ish) by the time school starts in September. If you didn’t see on Instagram in early July we gutted our one and only full bathroom and are converting our old master closet into a master bathroom! So far it’s been going smoothly. We have an amazing contractor that is kicking butt and moving the project along! We have GC’ed our own projects before, like when we did a basement over at our first home but now with two kids and busy work schedules we knew we needed someone that could handle all the permits and all the sub contractors. Plus, all the unforseen issues that can come up when renovating an older home.
This week the walls are going up and the plaster is being done. So far all the permits have passed and the rooms are really starting to take shape. As we move closer to the plaster phase and the tile phase I know the choosing paint color phase is also getting closer. I’m gitty with excitement to finally have updated bathrooms AND our own master bath! Sharing a bathroom with two growing kids was getting a bit challenging (to say the least).
All the tile for the bathroom projects are from Merola Tile which can be found at Home Depot and I’ll link them below for you so you have the names for them. The kids bathroom will feature this cool navy blue start pattern on the floor, an organic looking subway tile and then a hex pattern inside the niche wall. I’m going to bring in other touches of blue with accessories, some flat black in the vanity light and wall hooks as well as chrome finishes.
The tile for the master bath is a bit more sophisticated and timeless. My goal and vision for our bathroom was to create a luxurious feel in a small bathroom. To accomplish this I choose statement fixtures in champagne bronze (which I’ll link again at the bottom of the post) and then I will mix in some polished nickle in the vanity light and faucet. Both of those finishes have warm tones so they will mix together very nicely! The tile is neutral and I plan to keep the color scheme neutral as well to let the tile be the focal point. I chose this beautiful design for the floor and the scallop for the shower walls with a soft gray grout to keep the design subtle. A simple white penny for the floor with dark gray grout colors to carry in that contrast from the field tile.
How’s that for some moulding inspo? As you can see from the in progress photos we decided to do a half-wall in our master to give a little separation from the toilet area and shower. We would love to do some type of wood moulding detail. Definitely, in the kids bathroom we are doing a simple board and batten with hooks for towels, painted in Decorator’s white and then a pop of bold color above that.
The reason I’m not doing a color on the board and batten is because I want the kids toilet to blend in with white wood work as it’s the first thing you see when you walk up our stairs. It’s an unfortunate placement for sure, but it’s not something we could afford to change.
Keep in mind that the paint colors will only be on a the above sections of the wall due to the use of some type moulding (board and batten, etc.) inspired by the above pictures.
I’m so excited about the potential color I chose for the kids bath! I love that it’s called “Comet” and we have a star floor. Promise it’s not an outer space theme! 😉 It’s just a coincidence as I was looking for a bold color with blue/gray almost slate, it also will have a little purple undertone in certain light but since it’s in a kids boy/girl bathroom I think it is perfect. Comet will only be on two small wall sections, it will bring a nice balance to all the white tile, toilet and vanity in the room.
For our bathroom I choose a gray/beige color called Collingwood. I wanted something a bit traditional and neutral but that wasn’t too warm, too cool, too light or too dark. This will make all the white tile and white vanity pop. All the trim and if we do some type of moulding will be in Decorator’s White. Now I just need to decide to add a moulding detail to our toilet nook area or just paint it all Collingwood and move on?
That’s all the updates I have for you now. Thank you for stopping by! I can’t wait to share the final reveal with you all.
Happy Monday! I’m back with my new summer series Board On a Budget! With your help on Instagram stories, I choose one room & one store to shop from to create an affordable design board for you to shop from. I’m hoping this series gives you ideas for stylish items for your home. Last week I had you vote on two stores, however I made an executive decision to scratch the other stores when I remembered that today is AMAZON PRIME DAY! Their farmhouse line Stone and Beam is on serious serious sale. I love the simplicity of a lot of Stone and Beam’s pieces.
I’ll tell you, over the years I’ve had great success purchasing items for my home from Amazon. Everything from sink faucets, light fixtures, rugs, furniture, faux plants and more! If you do your homework AKA read a ton of reviews, you can definitely find some affordable pieces that will add style to your home, not to mention the convenience of Amazon prime shipping!
Today I pulled together a cozy modern farmhouse bedroom with a splash of color all for under $1500- yup you read that right! I’m so excited with how this board turned out and I think you will love the prices even more. Let me know in the comments below your favorite piece. I think adding an accent wall in Benjamin Moore City Shadow will really make the space feel warm and cozy, it will also make that headboard pop. I love that the rug and the lamp add that pop of color too. To make the wall feel bigger add a mirror behind the lamp. There are so many cool mirrors on sale today for Prime Day too which I’ll link below too.
The dresser is such an amazing deal even though it is the most expensive of the items, it isn’t under the Prime Day deals but I loved the style of it so much I had to include it. I would place this dresser on a different wall probably adjacent to the bed and paint the other wall colors a soft white like Alabaster by Sherwin Williams or Simply White by Ben Moore.
Keep the bedding classic with a neutral stripe and then add throw pillows seasonally or pull from the colors of the rug. I also thought this grouping of square frames was classic and simple and a great prices as well!
I hope you guys enjoyed my Board on a Budget this week! It was so fun to shop a bedroom all from Amazon! I hope you don’t mind I switched the store at the last minute. There are so many great deals happening today! I’m a huge fan of Amazon Prime and the ease of shipping right to your door. Let me know if you grab any of these items!
Happy Monday! I’m back this week with another round of my new Summer Series called Board on a Budget!! I truly believe that great style can be achieved on all budgets. Whenever I start a new project I also create a design board to visualize how all the various items I’m loving will come together in a space. Each week this summer I’ll create a design board for one room, from one retailer for a set budget that you will help me vote for, on Instagram stories. I thought this series would be a fun challenge for me to source and select affordable home items from some of my favorite retailers. I hope it will inspire you and give you ideas of what affordable products are out there. Great style doesn’t have to come with a great BIG price tag. The biggest challenge for most people is putting it all together. I think these Design Boards will help you visualize different looks for different spaces.
This week, based on your votes, I’ll be decorating a living room from TARGET. I set the budget for $1500 dollars. Target, Target, Target… my happy place. The one sad thing I can say about being on Cape Cod a lot in the summer is not having a Target close by. I’m usually at Target 2-3 times a week when I’m at home (I hate admitting that out loud lol) I haven’t been in soooo long. I’m sure Ben is happy about that! Luckily, you guys voted on a living room from Target for this weeks Board on a Budget. I was so happy to go online and browse all my favorite Target brands like Opal House, Threshold, Project 62, Hearth and Hand and more! It was so fun sourcing some awesome living room products that are all still available (that is the tricky thing sometimes). Target never disappoints in the stylish & affordable category. I found some great pieces that I think you will love! I’ll link everything at the very end of this post.
Let’s start with the RUG. You guys know I’m a huge fan of rugs, they not only set the foundation, they can also set the whole tone of the room. I found this rug and my heart went pitter patter. I’m also a sucker for navy! Here is the rug that set the tone of the room:
Next, I wanted a classic simple looking SOFA that would work the warm tones in the rug but wouldn’t break the bank. This sofa is on clearance and is under $400 right now, it would be great in a smaller living room or sitting room, make it more comfy by adding layers of throw pillows. For a bigger space get two and put them across from each other to create the perfectly balanced sitting area.
A living room needs more than a sofa to really make it feel complete. Either a second sofa mirroring it or a set of these ARM CHAIRS or other upholstered chairs would be lovely. I loved how sophisticated these cane backing chairs are, probably the most expensive thing in the room but they are so classic and versatile. You can add a throw pillow for a pop of color and comfort on the back.
CURTAINS are so important too, since the rug has a bold pattern I chose a soft simple curtain and I love how these have a soft blue and dark blue threads mixed together (TIP- makes them look more expensive) They tie in so nicely with the rug and come in a variety of lengths (colors). A lot of people go too short with their curtains and you always want to hang your curtains HIGH, WIDE, LONG (TIP- makes your windows look big and beautiful). These are also on sale for under $30 a panel. Such a good deal!
I fell in love with this navy coffee table with drawers, which you don’t see very often. I thought it was really different. I love that it has storage for games, magazines or other things. I’d add a cute tray, stack of books or basket with a candle and vase next to that. Plus it is UNDER $100!
For the lighting I added these cute floor lamps, I think they are sleek and affordable plus you can turn them to the arm chair seating area or keep them flanking the side of the sofa. Perfect for small space living as well. Or replace with side tables and table lamps if you have space/budget for it.
So here it is the full reveal of this weeks Board on a Budget all put together from Target, I’ve included a set of wall art to pull the look together, and some of my favorite affordable throw pillows that won’t compete with the rest of the room.
Please let me know what you think! Target is such an amazing place to grab great home decor items on a budget. The trick is putting it all together to make a cohesive look that doesn’t scream any one store. Look to add one or two focal point pieces in the room and then work the other pieces around that. Thank you for stopping by today!
This summer I’m starting a fun series called Board on a Budget. I love creating design boards for myself and for clients. Whenever I start a new project I create a design board to visualize how all various items will come together in a space. Each week this summer I’ll create a design board for one room, from one retailer for a set budget that you will help me vote for on Instagram stories. I thought this series would be a fun challenge for me to source and select affordable home items from some of my favorite retailers. I hope it will inspire you and give you ideas of what affordable products are out there. I believe great style doesn’t have to come with a great BIG price tag. However, the big challenge for most people is putting it all together. I think these Boards on a Budget will help you visualize different looks for different spaces.
This week, based on your votes, I’ll be decorating a dining space from WALMART. I set the budget for $500 dollars which for a dining space is tough! Typically a dining table on its own costs more than that- nevermind the entire space! I’m so excited to share how this budget friendly board turned out. My preference is to not overly match your dining furniture. I went with a smaller version of this table and two chairs to stay under the $500 but originally I had the larger version of this table and a bench on one side. But in the end to keep it under $500 I had to keep things small. This would be perfect for a small living situation, apartment, condo or city living. Walmart has some really stylish dining chairs that you can buy in sets! This is a great way to save. I love the classic look of these white chairs. I could fit four (two sets) into the budget. Finding an affordable rug that I actually liked was a little harder until I saw this one! It’s neutral and very cozy in this round trellis pattern that could work with a few different styles from farmhouse to traditional or more transitional. For the walls I’d add a pop of color with a pretty blue – gray or even a subtle green. To add a focal point in the room I went with this cool hexagon light fixture. Add some greenery from your yard as a centerpiece in these super cool test tube vases for another pop of color.
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Friends we have two exciting home projects beginning this summer, starting early July! I have been waiting and dreaming for this and it’s finally happening!! We are planning to remodel our upstairs full bathroom (our one and only full bathroom) and add an additional master bathroom. EEEEK! If you could only see me right now, I’m literally typing this gitty with excitement. One full bathroom was fine while the kids were little and didn’t require much physical space, but as they continue to grow we are beginning to out grow our one tiny bathroom.
When we purchased our home 6 years ago we knew we eventually wanted to gut the upstairs bathroom but the timing was tough, I was pregnant with Autumn and Griffin was only 2. Plus, financially it was just too much to take on all at once. Not to mention it would have left us with out a shower or bathtub. So we decided to put the full renovation on hold and instead, we update a few cosmetic things like the pink bathtub which we had sprayed white, the pink toilet and the extremely dated vanity. I even tiled right over the pink floor tile. It actually didn’t look too bad once we did a coupe cosmetic updates, plus took off all those handle bars.
Here is what it looked like when we purchased the home in 2013:
Now several years later and two larger kids later, the time has come and we are ready to take on this home renovation. I mean… as ready as anyone can be to have their home a chaotic mess for awhile 😉 . The silver lining to waiting to renovate until after living in our home for awhile, which is that by doing some other upgrades, like making our bonus room off our master into a big office/closet it actually freed up our old master walk in closet. So now we have this under utilized space which just happens to be against the other full bathroom. Cue light bulb moment. This sparked the idea that while we renovate the one upstairs bathroom we should consider, to avoid having to go through renovation twice down the road, to have our master bathroom addition done all at once.
Now I want to share my design boards for our two bathroom renovations. Both bathrooms are about the same size which isn’t very big. I want them light and bright so they feel bigger. Our master bathroom will have a single shower but I want to do floor to ceiling tile and glass doors so it feels bigger and more open. I also want to add a barn door entrance to our bathroom to give it something special and to not cut into our master bedroom space. Since we will already have a door in the master bathroom which will connect to that office/closet. I think a barn door will add character and also just make it a lot more open too.
For bathroom design I alway start with tile as inspiration and to lead the overall look and feel for the space. I’m so excited to be partnering with Merola Tile for both bathroom renovations. Merola Tile can be found at The Home Depot and they sell an amazing variety of tile options at very affordable options. All tile is linked by number so you can easily find the product I’m using. I chose floor tile for both bathrooms in interesting yet not overpowering patterns.
For the kids bathroom I wanted to bring in some fun and playful elemtents with the wall art and tile. I’m in love with this Stella Azul pattern, the stars are a bit unique yet timeless and will grow with the kids. I’m planning to keep the rest of the bathroom light and bright with white subway tiles and a white vanity. However, I’m playing with the idea of painting the vanity in a fun accent color. I love to add a couple wood tones to ground the design and for a touch of rustic and a natural element.
I’m so freakin’ excited about this design for our master bathroom. We aren’t working with a big space but that doesn’t mean it can’t feel luxurious! I’m mixing some metallic elements, a bit more sophisticated with the shapes going on. I absolutely love this scallop tile, I don’t want it to be too pronounced so I’ll probably keep grout lines somewhat light in color, as well as the white penny rounds on the shower floor. For the main bathroom floor Ben and I fell in love with this black/gray design which will add that masculine element mixed with some of these more feminine details. All of these tiles are Merola Tiles and I’ve linked them for you.
I’m so happy with how this design is shaping up. I really wanted something sophisticated and timeless, but with some fun twists like the the scallop tile and mirror. I love how it feels neutral and serene.
July can’t come soon enough. I just want to get this project going ASAP. This will make such a huge difference for our family and everyday life at home, plus increase the value of our home! Win, win. Our kids are growing by the day and once we approach those dreaded teenage years I know we will not regret having our own bathroom. I’m sure if any of you have teenagers you are vigorously nodding your head while reading this. What do you guys think of my tile choices? I’m excited to try something different and stick with some classics that I love to use to like the subway and penny rounds.
I’ll keep you posted as we get closer and as the project begins! Here are some more bathroom products I’m loving!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my bathroom inspiration for our upcoming projects!
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Let’s chat about how to decorate when your home has WOOD TRIM. Lots of older home’s around the Boston area have it and the first instinct people have is to paint it white. Now I get that, I’m a huge fan of white trim, it’s crisp and clean. Plus looks great with just about any decorating style. Dark wood trim has a reputation of looking older or dated- however I don’t believe that to be true. When you choose the right pieces for your style a home with original wood trim can be transformed into an elegant-classic vibe to an eclectic-boho vibe depending on your style.
I’m so excited for my sister and her boyfriend as they just bought their first home which is what inspired this pos! It’s a charming little bungalow that reminds me of the first home Ben and I bought together. AND it has… WOOD TRIM. Everyone asked them the BIG question “Will you paint the trim white?”. The wood trim in their home, as you can see in the photos below, is the kind that’s rich and buttery with details that tell a story of the way homes were once built. NOT, the kind of detail you want to smack some white latex paint over and call it a day. If you do- hey its your home totally do what makes you happy! I was very happy they decided to live with the trim as is for awhile. You can always decide down the road to paint it if you change your mind.
Living area looking into dining area. Look at the beautiful built ins!
All wallpaper is coming down and paint is coming up!
Dining area looking into living area. I love the columns. The wood is also not this orange-y in person its just the quality of the listing photos. Notice how beautiful the light flows in, which leads me to believe that lighter or even darker colors would work in either of these rooms.
With the beautiful old trim detail also came a TON of very old wallpaper. Old wallpaper + wood can REALLY skew ones perception and vision of how to achieve an updated aesthetic with wood trim. It’s been weeks of wallpaper removal and while I helped a little with that- I thought my time (and manicure 😉 ) might be better spent on helping them come up with a plan/vision for their new casa. Below I did two e-desisn’s, one for their living room and one for their dining room. First I’m going to share some tips on how to decorate when your home has wood trim.
To make wood trim look more current and fresh, I suggest staying FAR AWAY from any warm tone on the wall. Nothing is going to make your dark wood trim look more orangey or “dated” than choosing a warm color tone on your walls (yellow, tan, orange, red etc..). I prefer neutrals, off whites, nothing too stark white, light or dark grays (depending on how much light the home gets) or jewel tones in the purple/blue/green family.
Stay away from furniture that also has the same wood tone as your trim. I’d prefer to see metals, lacquered pieces, black, distressed woods, etc… CLEAN LINES- keep your furniture mostly modern in shape- a few sleek pieces mixed with some antiques or distressed pieces will give you that mix which will give the feel of an eclectic home.
Have fun with COLOR! I’m all about bringing some color into spaces with wood trim, I love jewel tones either in the pillows, or rug or artwork. I also love the cool tones like blues/greens or really subdued washed out tones in pink or peach.
If adding color isn’t your thing its totally fine to keep it all NEUTRAL just be sure to add interest with texture, greenery and patterns for a graphic pop of interest.
Be BOLD with LIGHTING take some risks with shape and the scale of your lights and their finishes.
Now to implement some of these tips into two e-designs one for their living room and one for their dining room. Here I would say for the walls keep it neutral with Classic Gray walls or go a bit more rich with Smoke.
I love green/blue undertones with the warmth of the wood. The sofa is something my sister already owns so I was working with that as a base- putting furniture in that has clean simple lines and then some more pops of blue.
I love when dining rooms are a bit bold- it can be a room that’s great for entertaining or sitting and enjoying a morning cup of coffee. I love these chairs and how they tie in with the wood trim tones but that the table is a bit more of a modern clean look. This light fixture is a bit of a statement but I think something with edge and personality would really liven up the space and make for a great focal point. Bringing in those cool colors again with the rug (CLICK HERE FOR RUG) and wall art and I always love a great bar cart or side table for nice spirits and bar accessories.
I hope you liked this post on decorating with warm tone wood trim. How many of you have trim like this in your home? Did you find decorating with it a challenge? Do you have any more questions about a design dilemma? Email me email@example.com I’d love to hear from you.
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I started my own Decor business two-three years ago and I’ve learned it’s the small details that make a business great! Over time I’ve been working more with client services like E-Designs and Home Consults (click here for more info), which is why I want to be able to send a quick and easy “thank you” at the completion of a project. I’ll admit that I haven’t been as detail oriented as I’d like, when it comes to sending out small gestures of gratitude. Are you like me and don’t always have time to sit down, write and mail a “thank you” card? I’m either juggling the kids or trying to squeeze in working time among other things.
Since I’m usually at my computer doing work, I’m way more likely to send a “thank you” via a website service. I know you might be thinking “where is the personal touch in a website service?”. Well if you are, you probably haven’t heard of Greetabl! Greetabl is a modern way to send someone happy mail. Sending a Greetabl is way more fun than just mailing a card. Greetabl is a combination of both card & gift in one. Over at Greetabl they make it so easy to mail a personalized “hello”, “miss you”, “thank you”, “thinking of you”, or “love you” sentiment and is a go-to gift for clients, family or friends!
Look how cute the packaging details are! The beautiful colors and cheerful text make this such a fun little surprise to receive!
To start, simply head over to Greetabl.com then choose a pretty patterned box, uploaded three photos for a client or a friend. I included my logo and some photos of a client project. Next choose a special gift, they all fit perfectly inside the box. I thought the face mask would be a nice treat for my client to use when she wants to relax. Lastly, the most important part, write a little message! So easy and under $30. Greetabl will now be my go-to gift for client “thank you’s”! Greetabl is also offering you guys a PROMO CODE, add JORDECOR at check out for 15% off your order! Let me know how you like it. I’m excited to include a special detail like this for my clients that choose to hire me.
Friends, thank you for stopping by the blog today! I hope this gives you a new source for sending out beautiful one of a kind gifts to your own clients, family or friends! I appreciate you guys. Especially for supporting the brands that help me support my family and keep this little blog running 🙂
Since living at the beach house for the last couple of weeks it’s becoming clear the things we need to finish up. Some of the rooms are so close to being done. The living room for example is looking great besides the fact that the builder is still yet to put the T.V. mounted in the wall. He built us a unit that will go inside the wall with doors so the T.V. can be hidden when no one is watching it. In our nice white and bright beach house who wants to see a big television screen? Not me!
We are hoping that project will get finished in the next couple weeks but in the mean time I’m ready to get some bookcases up on either side of the fire place. I’ve been going back and forth about the style. Do I want it open back or close back? Weathered wood or weathered gray wood? Metal rods on the outside or not? I know that our price range is on the lower side, we don’t want to spend a fortune on these bookcases.
The need for bookcases in our space is obviously for storage and to add balance on either side of the fireplace. But also to add some personal touches like family photos, decorative items, things we collect from the beach and so on. I thought it would be fun to search online for some low price bookcases that look high end! Isn’t that always the goal anyway? 😉
Since the room is painted white, all white bookcases are OUT… I want something that will pop off the wall, I love using weathered wood tones so I definitely want something in that family. Our light fixture and the stone tile has gray in it so I’m also opened to something with gray too.
Today I want to share some of my favorite Costal Farmhouse finds from Amazon with you guys, ’cause who doesn’t love shopping at Amazon? Ever since Ben started working from home my first thought was “crap I guess I can’t have boxes come to the house with out him knowing anymore” haha. This door mat is needed STAT…
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Seriously though, on the list of the most convenient things to ever happen, Amazon is up there with let’s say drive through restaurants and cell phones. When my kids were little mostly everything in the amazon cart was stuff for them, that I needed asap, but didn’t want to drag two kids out of the house to get. However there is so much more than kid related stuff, it’s crazy that literally anything you can think of is on that website. I’m not sure how often Amazon comes to mind when you’re thinking of home decor items but let me tell you, not only as it quick shipping time, you can also find some good deals and cool decor for your home.
This is our beach house pretty soon after we moved in, I still need to find shelving for either side of the fire place. Shelving will hold art work, pretty objects, and really just make the room feel more complete. In a couple weeks, once school ends for the kids, we will be heading to Cape Cod for the summer!! So I have coastal decor on the brain. It’s been a long wait for this warm season to arrive. I’m so excited to be near the ocean, smelling the salt air and living the beach life. When I think coastal decor I like to put my own farmhouse spin on it. I don’t like to go overboard with beach “y” stuff. I like a good mix of blue, woven materials, metals and glass accents. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite coastal finds from amazon. A few of which are already on their way to the beach house! Yay for convenience and for husbands that can’t see THOSE boxes 😉
What is your favorite? Do you often purchase home decor at Amazon?
Thanks for stopping by and checking it out friends! May your boxes go unnoticed 😉
Want to hear a home decor joke?? What do you get when you put a closet and an office in the same room? A cloffice! I really should be a comedian guys, I mean seriously I kid, I kid. I can hardly remember the punch lines to legit jokes. haha I shared this room makeover on Instagram a few weeks ago, back when my website was still a work in progress. I decided to post about it because I want to recap what we did with a once odd extra room, here on my blog. I know not everyone is lucky enough to have a random extra room to make something out of. However I believe if you have a space that you aren’t happy with, empty it out, purge and start from scratch. Really think about what your needs are for your living situation. Do you need more storage? A place to get ready/dressed? A place to exercise or work? Then go from there or contact me for an e-design!
Back in February we officially grew tired of the bonus room off our master bedroom being a useless room that served no purpose other than collecting random items from around the house. Ben was seriously thinking about starting his own business and working at home (which by the way has now officially happened so good thing I got the ball rolling on this). I knew that if he were to make that jump we would need a much more functional office AKA a space not at the dining table for him to work. At the same time our master bedroom closet was not functioning very well either. It was always a challenge finding our clothes. I was so ready for a closet upgrade 😉 I mean what girl isn’t. Below is a glimpse into the bonus room before the makeover. The desk was too small for the room and floating in the middle which just didn’t make sense visually.
Sorry for the poor quality of images, these are from my Instagram Stories when I gave a tour of what a hodge-podge room this was prior to my “cloffice” plan. You can get an idea of how it lacked a true style or purpose.
I came up with the concept to combine our two needs 1. A more functional office and 2. A big open master closet to access our clothing easier, into one space. I created a design board which alway helps me visualize my ideas. The key to making this double duty room work was to subtly divide the room in the middle with a pretty rug and bench. Like this:
The first step was to completely empty the room and to donate or sell items on yard sale sites. Next was to have a closet company come in and give us a quote on what I had in mind. After doing some research I called Closets By Design to come in and do a layout/estimate for us. I really wanted to see if it would be with in our budget. Luckily it was! With a promotion they had going on for 40% off plus free install, the quote ended up being less than what we anticipated. When does that ever happen?! So needless to say we said heck, YES! It took about 4 weeks for our custom design to be made, the actual install took only about 4 hours at the most. We opted out of drawers and cabinets and that really brought the cost down.
If you are wondering about that little door, it’s a crawl space into our attic. If we need to get inside we can take the clothes down from the bottom, middle shelf and pole off. Luckily that doesn’t happen too often so having this configuration didn’t bother us. So here is the after with all of our clothes and shoes. No long crammed into that dark small closet! I actually like that the clothes hide that random little door and the radiator too.
Can you believe what a different this made?! Before this was such an awkward wall I didn’t know what to do with it. Now compared to our old closet, this new design is so open we can see all our clothes at first glance. I’ve even started to wear clothing I haven’t worn in so long because now I can SEE it! It has made getting dressed every day so much more easier and quicker.
On the opposite side of the closet is a wall of equal width and due to its sloping ceiling is awkward to design and lay out. However a long his/hers desk is really perfect their. We made this amazing 12 foot two person work desk by purchasing 3 of these and two ready to stain wood panels from Lowes. They didn’t even need cutting. To be honest we haven’t even stained them because we liked the natural look of them for now. We also grabbed two of these floor lamps from Ikea. I love how the lamps also have that vintage glam look with the white and gold. The floor lamps work well as they don’t take up any desk space.
I chose this rug (click here) with soft the greens and corals to tie in with our bedroom color scheme and this bench I found at T. J. Maxx which was very similar to the one in the design board above. I love that it is open so you can still see the pretty rug design and it ties in with the black in the beautiful crystal flush mount light (click here) and “office” (click here) sign. This bench (click here) is almost identical to the one I have and can create a subtle division in a room or just simply act as extra seating. These neutral upholstered chairs (click here) are so simple, fun and comfy. I love that they have the lace up detail on the back because you see it right as you walk down into the room. They really dress up our “cloffice”. he he
What do you guys think of our two for one room? I love that a room can work so well together yet serve two entirely different purposes. I used to keep the door to this room shut all the time because looking inside made me cringe. Now I keep it open because I love seeing the twinkle of the chandelier and the pop of color from the rug. It’s a grown up space that makes us feel confident and efficient and that is something we could all use, right?
Thanks for checking out our “cloffice” makeover friends!