Are you considering a bedroom refresh for your little guy (or girl?) I’m going to share my son’s recent bedroom refresh he is 8 years old. He already had some existing baseball elements but now wanted more of a football theme. Since I didn’t want to eliminate the existing baseball decor I decided to mix in some football elements with out making it an overly “themed” sports space. How do you do that? Keep the look classic and add a few modern touches with lighting, rugs and bedding. Keep reading below to see more!
His space wasn’t bad it just needed a refresh, a new lay out and bigger bed. So it all started a few weeks ago when I arrived home from a girls weekend to find my son’s twin bed was disassembled and replaced with bunkbeds. This was somewhat of a surprise because we had the bunkbed in our garage for a little while given to us by a family member that no longer needed it. We promised Griffin that we would change his bed to bunk beds because he’s in the sleepover stage. I wasn’t expecting it to be set up the weekend I was gone!
In my OCD mind I was planning to repaint his room, maybe order some new bedding and get everything in order AND THEN set up his bunkbed. So when I came home from the girls trip to the bunkbed plopped in the middle of the room with complete chaos surrounding it I was a bit surprised and the decorator in me needed to take action ASAP. I thought it was sweet, of course that my boys were busy building while I was away. So I quickly put together a design board of my inspiration for his new space.
For the new wall color we decided on Behr Green Agate (Griffin’s choice for the feature wall) and then Behr Blueprint for the rest of the walls. These are darker color options but I wanted his room to feel cozy. Nervous about going dark? A room that get’s a lot of natural light (like his does) and a room that you want to feel like a blanket wrapping you up, you can definitely go with a darker color in! I think darker colors create a space that encourages coziness and sleepiness, which I love for a kids bedroom 😉
For the feature wall we taped off 10inch marks and taped lines to act as yard lines. It’s super easy! We just first painted the wall white, then measured and taped off the lined being careful to use a level for straightness (not sure we got everyone perfect but that’s ok!) then we painted the green of our choice right over the lines. I added the yard line numbers with stick on decals from a craft store.
For the bunkbeds I knew I wanted to try out Beddy’s Beds. Beddy’s Beds is a genius, all in one bedding sytem, it’s like a sleeping bag turned turned into a fitted sheet. If you’ve ever had a bunkbed and tried to make that bed up in the morning, you want to scream right? With Beddy’s you literally just zip up the sides and it’s made! I’m excited to share that Beddy’s is offering you guys a 20% off code just use JORDECOR at check out! I went with the Modern Gray line of bedding. So far Griffin loves it he says its super soft and comfortable plus so easy to wash and of course put on the bed!
I wanted to bring in touches of black and gold to go against the green/blue and gray combination. My husband and son are big Green Bay Packer fans so there is a bit of a nod to that. I’m a Patriot girl myself but I wanted this to be a special room for them to bond and talk football! I do plan on sneaking in something patriots when I find it!
For another touch of modern black I brought in these cool inexpensive lights so that kids could enjoy reading in bed or if they needed to get up in the night they would have access to light close by. We haven’t put the wire covers over them yet but we plan to do that soon. What’s great about these is they don’t need to be hard wired in so no electrician needed.
I reused a lot of the wall decor we had from before just put it on a different wall and I love that it peaks through the bunkbed and adds interest to that far wall. The football pillow covers come in a set of four and are so inexpensive. I love that they have the black silhouettes of football players.
I had originally wanted a dark navy rug but after seeing the walls I knew the rug had to be light and balance the room. I found this awesome white and black stripe rug that just feels so preppy yet modern at the same time. I’m not too concerned about it getting dirty because the kids don’t eat in their rooms or where their shoes upstairs (99.9 percent of the time anyways). Plus for under $100 I can’t complain if it gets a little beat up!
To make all his existing metal furniture work with this new room, I spray painted it a mat black. The locker cabinet and the shelf unit were both blue before and the simple black made them a bit more modern and pop! I love how the rug just ties it all together and the golds play so nicely with the blue and green. I have to say this might be one of my favorite rooms in the house. The best part is seeing how HAPPY he is every time he walks in here. For one last accent wall… I decided to add a fun wallpaper decal to his little book alcove.
This is the brick removable wallpaper I used for his little alcove, I felt painting inside dark green or blue would have made the room too dark. I love that the faux brick brings in a bit of an urban vibe and adds another texture/ layer/ pop visually to his room. It really is just so fun! I think it’s safe to say many sleepovers are in our future now 😉
Three things left for his room; a new flush mount light fixture, big kid desk and some type of bean bag seating for his reading area. Definitely in that order too! His light fixture is a boob light and we ALL know how I feel about those! XXXX 😉 I’ll update you once his desk area is looking a little better. Notice I didn’t focus on that side much?! Because it’s a mess! 😉
Thank you all so much for stopping by and checking out his new and improved big kid room!! It definitely has some sports vibes with out being too cheesy or theme-y.
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This past weekend we hosted a Unicorn Spa Birthday party with 9 of my daughters friends! I’m excited to share some photos from the party and the activities we did to keep them busy for a 2-2.5 hours. The party was mostly inside our house, our house isn’t huge so we didn’t have a large party it was just the right size and thankfully with some extra helping hands the party was a huge success!
My daughter loves getting her nails done and loves unicorns so what better party theme than a Unicorn Spa party? Right? I’ve been very excited for this party since we decided on the theme. Unicorn stuff is everywhere so it was easy for me to find great party decor to make this a super cute part for my 6 year old!
The party started at 1:30. I knew there wouldn’t be too much time for sitting and eating a meal so I kept the food simple with fruit, veggies, snacks, cookies and homemade rice krispie treats. Since the party theme was a spa I decided to hire a face painter to give the girls unicorn make up AKA a lot of glitter and jewels! Best to do this part outside if possible. Once the girls arrived they waited for their unicorn make up before coming into the spa. They even got lipstick!
Girls entered into our kitchen and had a pink silk robe and a pair of flip flops waiting for them (I got the flip flops on clearance from old navy online). It was absolutely adorable seeing them all putting on their robes. It honestly made me want a spa day with all my girlfriends! They grabbed a snack and some pink lemonade before heading into the spa room!
For our Unicorn Spa favors I purchased these buckets from Party City for $1.50 each and filled them with; a pink loofa (found at target dollar spot) this unicorn mask sheet, a bath bomb (also from target) and this pretty hair clip.
Our Unicorn Spa was actually our playroom that I rearranged so that we could fit more kids in for pedicures. All of the pedicure and manicure things I purchased at the dollar tree or family dollar store. They have everything you need there for this and all very reasonable. I rolled a plastic sheet underneath a plus rug to make it extra cozy. I got baskets an filled them with a pumice stone, filer, nail brush and a little towel to dry their feet. I also got plastic gloves for my helpers to wear if they wanted to.
I’m so lucky my family was willing to help me because there is no way I could have attended all these little girls cute feet! Once they were done getting their pedicures I made a little manicure station on the outside of the playroom so they took turns going between manicure and pedicure stations. I also printed out spa and unicorn coloring sheets and had that on the floor with some markers so they colored while their nails dried. I was nervous about smudging happening all over my house but luckily the coloring sheets helped.
After nails came HAIR! These girls got pampered. I hired a local girl that works at a salon to do the girls hair. She set up a little braid bar and gave the girls whatever braid they wanted so this was the last party of the spa day. Once they were done with their hair they could sit at the table and get ready for cake and ice-cream! I made sure to also purchase mirrors at the dollar store too because they wanted to see how they looked of course!
I always find that I’m much more into the party decor prep vs. the party food prep. The food is where I always feel like I just don’t have enough time or energy left. I should have definitely asked for some help or planned in advance with a baker. The cake is a GROCERY STORE CAKE. Baking is really not my thing and I’m not ashamed to admit that, you can’t always do it all right? I added this adorable unicorn cake topper and gold candles to my store bought cake and it looked amazing!! Plus 6 year olds don’t really notice the difference right?!
I added simple gold touches to the table with a gold paper runner, gold cups and straws. I let the birthday girl pick out the fun napkins and she loved the rainbow. I used some pretty gold votive candles I already had on hand which added more sparkle. I picked up some simple white roses at the grocery store too and it just made the whole thing look so glam and fancy. I took out the greenery and put them in mason jars to keep it minimal and fresh. The back wall I put up a “Happy Birthday” banner with a fun balloon banner to really make a POP.
I’d say all in all the party was a huge hit! The girls seemed happy and I think this age is the perfect age to do something like this. There were times they had to wait for their turn and they all did with no problem. The coloring pages and music also made the party super fun too! We did some freeze dance when we finished up in the Unicorn Spa room. I’m so happy I enlisted the help of my family members but also that I hired a couple professionals to come in as well. I hope you enjoy seeing photos from the party and that it gives you some ideas for future birthday parties you might host! Definitely start planning and purchasing your decor/favors before. Target, Amazon, Dollar Tree, Party City and using stuff from my own house was really helpful.
Also as a gift here are two downloads one is a party favor tag and the other is the welcome to the party sign that I created for the party. Feel free to print and use them just please give me credit or tag me of you do!
Thanks for stopping by and checking out our fun Unicorn Spa Party!
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Are you stuck with organization in your kitchen? Are you finding it challenging to store all your pantry items and unable to see everything you have. I was constantly purchasing duplicate cleaning items and pantry food items because our organization was so haphazard. All of my best efforts to try keep our cabinets organized would fail after a couple weeks. In this post I’m going to share how ShelfGenie came to our rescue and transformed several of our kitchen cabinets. Now, our kitchen organization game has never been better and several weeks later it is still going strong.
If you are wondering what is ShelfGenie? Shelf Genie implements custom home storage solutions aka organizing wizards. If you’re struggling with storage in your kitchen (bathroom or closet) than you will appreciate the transformation that Shelf Genie provided for us. It’s not that we were with out the storage space, it’s that the space we had wasn’t being utilized efficiently for us. The gliding storage system that Shelf Genie provides allows you to see and reach every item in your cabinets with out having to bend down or push and shove things to the side. The whole process from start to finish took 3-4 weeks and begins with the home consultation.
The first step in the process is booking your free consultation. If you are interested in learning more and having a space quoted you can do so by clicking HERE. I have to be honest the consult was almost as fun as the install day. I wasn’t expecting to get so much out of the consult, I felt like a sponge soaking up all the designer’s organizing knowledge. Our design consultant went through every cabinet in our kitchen and offered ideas plus helpful tips for where items should be stored. I had never thought about pots and pans being in a smaller but wider space and cups dishes being in another cabinet. However, having someone with lots of expertise in kitchen organization, advise me on our storage situation made so much more sense through their perspective. I had a lot of “ah- ha” moments. Needless to say when she left I organized ALL the things she gave me tips on!
Next the designer walked me through the various wood color, sizing of drawer units and what would work best for our needs. Once I shared my specific struggles with particular spaces and cabinets, lay-out etc… our designer got to work creating the perfect personalized storage solution for our kitchen. Lots of measuring and looking at what type/size items fit in the problematic cabinets, helped guide our designer to create an amazing visual on her ipad which gave me an idea of how it would all look finished. Once we discussed the design and dream scenario was of course pricing… to stay with in budget I edited down the dream plan to only the most crucial areas for our kitchen. I love that we have our design saved to revisit if when we decide to add more down the road. Plus the products are also under a lifetime warranty if anything should happen to them, which made me feel confident in this investment to our home.
Now I want to show you the situation we had in our cabinets, be warned this is not a pretty site to see and this is a couple weeks after I had our cabinets all organized for back to school. All my attempts to stay organized in these cabinets failed….
The bottom is semi organized thanks to the baskets (baskets are always my go to for organizing any closet or cabinet). But when you have spaces that are this large and items that are this small there is a lot of wasted space. ShelfGenie took into account every item that would go into these, wall to wall cabinets and created a design that would completely use every inch of space.
Before install day the installer scheduled a time to come in and do a final measure before the cabinets would be officially on order. It goes to show how meticulous ShelfGenie is about creating a customized design for your space. This middle meeting for the installer to go over the space and design was super quick. In addition just meant that the next time he visits, with our gliding storage system, he would know exactly where the shelves would go.
As you can see the installer is using items I already have existing in my pantry to help determine the spacing of the gliding storage systems. It was helpful to be here, on the official install day just to double check and confirm where I wanted everything to go. Also, in the top left corner we chose a fixed vs. gliding vertical system. This is perfect for storing serving dishes, baking sheets, cutting boards and items that are flat and were just leaning on the sides of our interior cabinetry.
Under the sink was such a disaster. I could never find nor fit my cleaning products. I always ended up with duplicates because it was so cluttered. This is how it looked the day the installer arrived.
This is how it looks after ShelfGenie installed the gliding shelf below the sink. Now I simply glide my ShelfGenie storage system out and can easily access and see every cleaning product we have… it’s like a miracle!
This is my favorite spot, our new pantry area! Located on the right side of our fridge. It was a disaster before and I hardly could see what food items/ canned goods we had. Now everything is perfectly in reach. I even have a drawer specifically for canned goods!
I still find the baskets helpful for small items, as I do like to take things out of boxes when I can. Now snacks are easily in reach for the kids. I used the baskets at the front of some of the gliding shelves as it looks pretty to see them when they are all closed. On the opposite side of our fridge is where we have a lot of our serving dishes, mixing bowls and bulky kitchen appliances. Having our mixer on a pull out shelf is so amazing!! I never wanted to use our mixer because it was so heavy and cumbersome for me to get in and out of the cabinets.
I can’t begin to express how much these shelves have made our kitchen function so much better! It’s truly made such a huge difference to our organization and weeks later it still looks just like this! Everything has a place and I can easily access everything we have/ need when we need it! Thanks so much to ShelfGenie for providing us with these high quality storage system! My kitchen finally feels complete and the best it has ever looked ( + functioned)!
Thank you for stopping by and checking out my ShelfGenie collaboration it’s so fun to get to work with companies and test out products that improve the way we live in our home. As always I appreciate your support!
What’s up witches?! (he he) Are you excited to see how our farmer’s porch is shaping up for Halloween? Do you have young kids that are sensitive with Halloween? Are you looking for ideas on how to make your Halloween decor more spooky and less scary? Take a look at the items I use to decorate our farmer’s porch to get the kids excited for Halloween with out making them frightened for Halloween
My kids have always been sensitive when it comes to scary Halloween decorations, I can’t even go into certain stores or aisles this time of year because most Halloween decor freaks them out. Especially the talking, moving, noise making decorations it will send them screaming for the hills. It’s honestly a little entertaining to watch, I know that sounds mean. I don’t intentionally try to scare my kids trust me! It’s hard for them at this age especially to distinguish real vs. pretend. At home I’m always careful about what I display this time of year because I want them to feel safe in their home but I know they love to have a little spooky vs. scary going on.
I love these items because they are inexpensive and easy to find at various stores like Dollar tree, Target, TJ Maxx, Amazon, Thrift stores, Christmas Tree shops (to name a few). These are all the stores I typically shop at for my seasonal decor. I love mixing from retailers because you know you will create something one of a kind.
Another tip- I don’t go over board at my house in Halloween Decor, I will focus on a couple areas like outside (mostly on the farmer’s porch this year) and then the playroom our our mantel. The areas I do choose I of course get really into it. It’s such a quick month and I don’t like going too overboard because someone has to clean it up and that some one is me 😉
Layering elements is the key to making your Halloween display interesting and eye catching. I love that the buffalo check pillows and pumpkins add a classy touch to the farmer’s porch. I also like bringing in pops of orange, I think that really makes it have the Halloween vibe.
Simple books, skeletons and spiders make this an exciting and fun Halloween display for kids with out being too scary or overwhelming.
Moscow mule cups are my favorite this time of year for festive holiday grown up drinks. I added spider stirrers I found at the Target dollar spot and they instantly have a little spooky vibe. If you added dry ice it would also give a really cool effect and look like a spooky drink. Obviously just for decoration!
I layered the mummy cloth over the window frame, just in the corner then I over lapped this spooky wreath I found at Target, next I clipped on these bats from the Dollar store. I love leaning pumpkins outside too it just makes it playful and cute which is the kind of Halloween my kids enjoy!
I really hope this gives you some ideas for the Month of October. It’s fun to celebrate these holidays while my kids are little, I know it goes fast and they will soon be so big! I manage it by just choosing a couple areas and focusing on them with Halloween decor. So tell me are your kids sensitive (aka scared-y cats) at Halloween? I hope this gives you some ideas of ways to layer items, and adding simple decorations in layers to create a cute spooky Halloween display!
Ok, so now that it is officially F A L L I can finally share with you a bunch of fall decor inspiration with out wondering “hmmm, will they think I’m crazy decorating for fall, pre-fall?”. I’m excited to share with you some fall art ideas for your living room or any blank wall in your home. I’ve been enjoying our living room art ledges SO much. Sometime around last January-February we decided to take down a gallery wall and add ledges for framed art/photos etc… ever since that change I’ve really enjoyed switching up the art and mixing in different pieces for each season.
Here is a look back at what I’ve done the past few seasons/holidays…
If you are looking to decorate a main wall area in your home-and stuck on what to add I encourage you to consider adding ledges and simple clean line frames of varying sizes that you can swap out seasonally. It’s so easy and there are so many different things you can add to the frames. Here are some ideas…
Frame pressed natural elements (leaves)
Local art studios/markets
If you noticed from the past seasons I tend to choose a color scheme or a focal point and work off that. I always use a couple elements that wouldn’t be expected for example a small wreath, cutting board, banner, vase with flowers…or other seasonal decor. By mixing in other decorative elements to the framed artwork it really adds another layer of interest to the wall.
I’m really excited to show you guys what I did with the ledges this fall! I started with a package of two black and white wood framed signs from the target dollar spot because I noticed that their frames matched the wood ones we have on the ledges. I also loved the cute sayings about fall. I fell in LOVE with THIS set of art prints on Etsy and just had to include them in some frames. They are inexpensive because they are for download. I prefer this because I can quickly get the files emailed after purchase and bring them to a local print center. It’s such a quick inexpensive way to find wall decor, plus supporting an artist! Once I added these pumpkin harvest photos it basically took the whole display to another level.
At first I tried making all my own art, which was fun but it was too much of the same thing. Once I mixed the photographs with my scrapbook paper abstract art (which I made by simply tearing paper in my color cheme and layering/overlapping it) the combination of fall signs overlapping the harvest photographs, is a lovely juxstaposition and adds more dimension to the ledges.
To finish off the fall art ledges and bring in more detail, I added some small wheat picks that I found in the target dollar spot section, I slid them between the overlapping frames and I love the texture it adds to the whole display. The pumpkin cutting boards peek through behind the frames giving more depth than just wall space. The twinkle lights just make everything extra cozy, too.
There you have it! My fall art ledges were very inexpensive, I didn’t even spend over $25 to change out this display, it was very easy and I love how cozy this wall space feels in our living room. What do you think of my fall art ledges? Do you have a favorite of all the seasons so far? I’m not sure I can decide! But fall has my heart for sure.
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!
Today I’m sharing my fall mantel with you! I’ve been trying to keep my fall decor more simplified this year, maybe it’s from catching up after finishing our double bathroom renovation which kept me behind on life a little bit. No matter the reason, the beauty is however you decorate your home is that it’s yours and you can do as much or as little as you’d like. Some years I find that I go all out in certain areas, like the dining table or my front door and the living room is really simple. So far my dining room only has a few touches of fall and I’m ok with that at the moment. I don’t think every area of your home has to be an all out reflection of the season, I just really enjoying bringing in touches of the outside inside, gradually and in certain areas of our home.
This year I’m really feeling metallic colors for fall. So I’ve incorporated brass, silver and copper tones into our fall living room. I used a mix of metal candle holders I’ve been collecting. I found a bunch of these at local thrift shops (like Savers) and Target (I’ll link a bunch below) and spaced them through out the length of mantel to create a sophisticated modern/vintage look. I also decided to mix different candle sticks in gold, ivory and an off white to make it even a little more interesting.
I added the leaves to the all with 3m double sided tape to add another layer of interest for fall decor. I also spray painted them outside with metallic spray paint, instead of the bright orange and yellow they were before which was way too bright. Now they look really soft and aged. I purchased this mirror at Homegoods years ago and I just love it. It reflects light and has a cool hammered texture. I use it as a simple focal point and just layer and build my decor around it. I’ll link some similar mirrors below.
The “Fall” sign is from Christmas Tree Shops and pillows I had from past years that I repurposed I love how the oranges pop against the gray tile and it feels like classic fall to have some touches of orange mixed in as well. I’ve had this rectangular dough bowl for awhile and always use it around the house, I love it on my mantel because it can hold different decorative elements. Here I filled it with a couple fabric pumpkins I found at the Target Dollar Spot.
These pretty wheat picks were also a Target Dollar Spot find. I think they look so pretty and harvest-y (is that even a word) tucked in with the pumpkins and twinkle lights.
I always try to incorporate and repurpose decorative items from past years and then pick up maybe a couple things to give it old decor a new feel. I love the Target Dollar Spot for simple and affordable small seasonal touches. Like this precious little truck with pumpkins. I thought it was the cutest thing ever!
Something about this whole look just makes me want to get a pumpkin spice latte, light a fire and get cozy with my family. I love this time of year!! Fall is the best! Have you started decorating for fall? Do you go all out in every room or just a little here and there?
I hope you like this simple and sophisticated Fall mantel! Also hope it inspires you, too.
Thanks for stopping by!
I’m so excited to finally share the reveal of our kids bathroom renovation that was just completed! After almost 8 weeks and a full summer of showering at family’s houses, our gym, escaping to my parents beach house and other little getaways we made it work without a tub/shower in our house for the entire summer. And let me just say it wasn’t always easy or fun but it was TOTALLY WORTH IT. (I will link as many products as I can that we used in this bathroom at the bottom of this post).
Before I get to the after photos, let’s go back down memory lane and see what the bathroom looked like when we first bought the home over 5 years ago. Keep in mind this was the original bathroom of the home! We did a couple small updates like refinishing the tub white, tiling over those classic pink tiles with aqua penny rounds and adding a pedestal sink. We also took down the rails and never got around to replacing the crumbling tile that was removed when the rails came out. Yes, I showered in a bathroom with missing tiles from the 30’s for almost 5 years. Overall our updates made the bathroom tolerable for me for awhile. After living with it that way we knew we wanted to completely gut the bathroom and start from scratch. We also realized we all wouldn’t be able to survive with just one bathroom, we were running out of space. So with this decision I knew I could make this bathroom a little playful and fun for the kids. Another important feature I wanted to add was a small vanity for the kids to store their toiletries and I just wanted it to feel brighter, fresh and cool!
The statement and focal point of the kids new and improved bathroom is the beautiful star tile from Merola Tile, it has a stunning deep blue pattern that creates a dramatic point of interest on the floor. I chose a dark navy grout to compliment the star color and to help prevent lots of stains and dirt from showing.
The board and batten is a beautiful balance to the deep pop of color on the wall. The color I chose is called Comet by Benjamin Moore and absolutely love the contrast with the white and how it picks up the star color on the floor. Coincidently the name just works so well with the tile too. Love when that happens. The white is all Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore because I wanted something clean and crisp.
I had our contractor build out a little ledge over the toilet to act as a mini shelf for a piece of art to lean or to add a little plant/vase. It’s very sweet and subtle. I love this for now, however I like switching things up so down the road I may hang art over the hooks and play around with the ledge maybe a set of little succulents? But for now this looks good to me and I love my art from local artist Carolyn Mackin it really ties all the color of the room.
Since this bathroom is for our son and daughter I wanted some masculine and feminine touches but I wanted to keep this bathroom with out themes, and with out the match- matchy that you may say in stores. I really mixed a lot of purchases from a lot of different places. You’ll see many shades of blues/greens and peach/pinks.
The metals you’ll see, I mixed in this bathroom are chrome and flat black. I think keeping only one metal in a room can be a little boring. I like to mix things up and I think these fun black hooks just add a modern flare to the space instead of a traditional towel bar.
The light fixture was so fun and different and I loved that it brought in the flat black and chrome together. It’s such a nice juxstaposition with the wood too. I may still look for a mirror that is a little longer to fill that space more but this works for now and it adds a really cool and rustic touch.
Little details like this “Brush your teeth” toothbrush holder was too cute and colorful to pass up. I like adding kid items in small doses so that as they do grow I can easily swap that out. I ordered all the faucets and shower nozzles from Build.com and I love that you can purchase something from a whole line there, I made a last minute change to the style of the kids faucets and it was so easy to return and get refunded via mail (head to the bottom of the post to see the line of faucets/shower head I went with).
The vanity was an affordable option that I’m going to really see how it holds up. I like the look of it and the fact that both bottom drawers pull out and have storage for the kids toiletries but I’m a little worried with the quality. So I will keep you posted and update you on that. I will still link it at the bottom. I thought about doing a colored vanity or gray vanity but with a small bathroom I think it’s best to keep things bright with lighter colors. However the bold top half is just enough contrast that it doesn’t feel too subdued.
I’m still trying out towels I have some turkish hand towels that I love, but grabbed these kids towels for under $10 each at Walmart they are part of the Better Homes and Garden Collection, they may just be temporary until I figure out a longer term towel- I’d rather invest in our towels at this point vs. the kids, they don’t even know the difference! I will see how they hold up in the wash for sure.
The niche is everything. I absolutely love the little hex tiles, and I love the simplicity of the bath bodywash/shampoo and conditioner from Honest in their new scent which smells so good. Perfect for kids! My kids are sensitive and don’t like getting harsh stuff in their eyes. The salts are for me! I can’t wait to test them out, they smell so good!
Let’s chat about the subway tiles from Merola Tile they are just gorgeous and each one has a little un-eveness to the surface that makes it feel special and handmade. I knew that I wanted something classic and simple on the walls and these tiles are perfect. I want with a soft light gray grout and it defines them just enough with out being too dark or bold.
I kept the textiles simple and the patterns to a minimum in the shower curtain and towels. However this bathmat was such a fun pop of all the blues and super soft that I figured it would be fun to try and it really just livens up the room even more! Found the bathmat recently At Home stores.
There you have it! Our kids bathroom is complete! We are so thrilled with the beautiful tile, the amazing fixtures and the wall color that ties it all together! Thanks to Mike at Chaiss Construction and all the amazing sub contractors that came in and did their hard work to make our bathroom look so wonderful.
What do you all think of this space?! Thanks for stopping by!
Are you thinking of renovating your home? Are you wondering what life will be like through a major disturbance like home renovation? Then continue reading on as I share my 5 go- to- tips to surviving and thriving during home renovation.
We are in week 7 of bathroom renovation. How have we survived almost an entire summer with out having a full bathroom you may wonder? Read on to learn more. I know this may not even be THAT long compared to some who have spent several months renovating. But when your home isn’t functioning as your sanctuary, a week can feel like a month. Any amount of time that your house doesn’t feel like your own personal space, is too long and can throw off your whole life. It can cause feelings of stress, anxiety and complete loss of control. I know this because I’ve experienced all these emotions in some way.
Let me start by saying we’ve been extremely fortunate to spend majority of our home renovation at my parents house in Cape Cod. Now, this took some planning ahead and foresight on my part. I knew, with young kids, to spend 4-8 weeks with out a shower/tub would be an insane move in the winter. When the kids are in school and we are stuck indoors all the time would be an extra challenge. Plus, traveling to shower at relatives or a friends house in the freezing cold would have been torture.
Summer has been the perfect time for us as a family to do a bathroom remodel and addition. However that was achieved with a little planning ahead. I started meeting with contractors in the fall, several months before I had any intention of starting our bathroom renovations. Don’t expect to book a contractor a few weeks or even a month out, sometimes you need to get the ball rolling really far ahead of schedule, to secure the time frame that is most ideal for you or your family to go through a home renovation.
So let’s dive in to some of the ways we made the best of our shower-less summer. Ways we coped when things got tricky and just some things we learned along the way that you may find helpful if you ever go with out a bathroom.
That’s what friends are for…. right? To help you, even when you are shower-less. Especially when you are shower-less I mean who wants stinky friends? It’s so helpful to have family and/or friends that live close by to let you use their shower when you are going through renovations. I remember one day after soccer camp another mother was doing pick up and bringing the kids back to her house and that’s where we were all do to pick up. I didn’t want to sound strange but I was desperate and I knew it would make life so much easier if Griffin just took a shower at their house. I sent out the random text explain the situation and of course they were so nice they let him take a quick shower. Luckily he is 8 and completely able to shower independently. You’ll find yourself in these situations and you literally just have to laugh and make the best of it.
You may already have a membership to a gym, and if your going with out a shower during a renovation you’ll definitely want to take advantage of their amenities. Ben took advantage of our gym membership and would often times work out, then shower at the gym before starting his work day. This was so helpful on days that going to a relatives house or being in Cape Cod with us wasn’t possible. It would be SO worth it to join a gym if you are doing a bathroom renovation just for the shower convenience!
Living with out a full bathroom for almost two months means living on the go a lot. We kept all our toiletries and weekend bags by the back door, always. There was no reason to have any of it upstairs (we were bathroom less up there). We kept all of our stuff right by the door so we could go into the first floor bathroom to brush our teeth and wash up at night. If we were going to a friend or relatives house we had a towel by the hook on the way out the door or in our weekend bag. We kept our favorite toiletries ready for traveling to and from Cape Cod, on a family trip or to the gym, & so on. The trick was having it all organized together in a way that made life a little more manageable on the go.
These are some of my favorite weekend bags and toiletry cases. I think it would have been great to have one specifically for the kids as their stuff got lost at different houses a lot.
Are you renovating a kitchen? Then maybe it’s time to freshen up your bedroom or organize the laundry room. Maybe tidy up your bathroom. Create order in the other areas of the home so they function well and put you at ease. This will help you focus on something else. For example if you are renovating a kitchen, and don’t have storage or counters, set up a place in the dining room that holds all your paper plates, cutlery and napkins. Put together a little binder of all your favorite take out places. Organize and clean the areas of the home you still have control over. Honestly, one day I was so overwhelmed with the state of my house that I focused on cleaning up my kitchen and then lit a bunch of candles on the first floor. After that I was completely relaxed and honestly forget that my upstairs was a horrid construction zone.
Now is the time to take care of yourself and ease your stress. Book yourself that hair blow out ( I did this multiple times and it saved me). Showering so many places was giving my hair a beating. I would skip days of washing my hair of course but treating myself to a blow out just gave me a little confidence and made me feel good. Try a new facial or grab a manicure (not all in the same day, well not that there’s anything wrong with that!). Spread out the treatments so you have a little way to unwind on the days that are just very overwhelming. Home renovation can be very overwhelming at times.
Do little things that will calm you down plus get you out of the chaos happening at your house. We faced a really big decision in the midst of our renovation that forced us to consider potentially spending another 5k and adding another two weeks to our renovation. It was a small blemish in the ceiling that caused an imperfection and we didn’t know if we should live with it or fix it. It was all cosmetic. We went back and forth for almost two days – there was no clear right or wrong. It drove me crazy. Finally we made our decision and I booked a relaxation acupuncture treatment (one of my new favorite forms of relaxing and health and wellness for myself.) I felt SO SO much better after I left my treatment. Then we completely moved on.
Somethings don’t always go as planned in home renovation, but the good news is it will come to an end. I always love the saying “this too shall pass’. It will come to an end and before you know it, it will all be a memory. Take a deep, deep breath and trust that it’s all going to come together and your home will be even more amazing because of it.
I really hope that you find this helpful if you’re thinking of renovating or are in the midst of it. You can and will get through it! Make the best of it, treat yourself at times and you will be rewarded with a beautiful home! Have you ever gone through a home reno? Any more tips to add? Thanks for stopping by!
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.
Since returning from Haven Conference 2019 I’ve been soaking in all the knowledge and just goodness from my weekend with some of the nicest and most creative women I’ve ever met. If you’re not sure, Haven conference is a conference for Home Decor Bloggers and DIY’ers that takes place in Atlanta. I started blogging about two years ago however I’ve been a home decor blog reader for over a decade. When I was an Art Teacher in between classes or when I had time, I’d read blogs like Young House Love, Bower Power and Making it Lovely, amongst others of course too (these are some of the OG’s of home blogging). They gave me ideas and inspiration for home decor projects, as we were just getting ready to buy our first home.
I really can’t believe that now I’m on the other side, as a blogger! I have my home decorating business that I’ve mainly built on Instagram. However, I wanted to connect to a platform I have ownership of, because if Instagram ever tanked you guys know where to find me. This year when they released tickets to Haven I knew I had to go! I’ve been working so hard and wanted to take another step towards investing in myself and learning the ropes of blogging. Haven is where you do that. Today I wanted to share 5 highlights of my Haven Experience. If you are thinking about blogging and not sure where to start this is the place to go and learn. Here are my highlights of the trip!
Staying at a luxury Air B & B was for sure a highlight, yes being at the hotel would have been convenient, but for a girl that loves gorgeous design- staying at this beautiful Air B & B was such a treat. Typically, attendees stay at the hotel where the conference is being held. However, myself and a few other girls; Andrea from 31 Girl at Home, Merichelle from We’re the Joneses Brendt from She Gave it a Go, Kelly from The Tattered Pew and Jennie from The Little Bird , had the opportunity to stay here! We were hosted by owner Pam Sesssions and were less than a 10 minute drive to the conference. THIS is the listing to the Air B & B we stayed in if you want to see more photos. Each room was jaw dropping-ly beautiful. Plus these ladies were some of the sweetest people I’ve ever met! If you have a moment go check out all of their beautiful blogs.
The workshops/classes range from photography, to upholstery classes, SEO, Making a Blog, Instagram Growth, Working with Brands and SO much more. Experts in the field lead the classes and offer a wealth of information and personal experience. I did a little of everything and I have to say, one of my favorites was learning how to work with local news stations to increase your brand presence on TV. As well as creating a cool display board with simple easy to use materials such as plywood, muslin, a staple gun and ribbon.
Some of the leading companies in the home category attend and sponsor Haven Conference. Everything from cleaning, to carpentry, to sinks, to paint and cement! Brands that attend go all out with their booth setups. I was so impressed with the level of creativity and eye catching-ness. I mean it is a conference for creatives after all. The Home Depot is the big sponsor of the whole event and shared their new line of home decor products from bedding to towels, which they were personalizing on the spot! Also, companies like Hoover, Rust-O-luem, Hunter Fan Co., Wagner and so many more were all in attendance to meet with us. It was so great to chat with reps from these companies and get inspired by their products for my own home projects and idea, essentially you pitch yourself to them for collaborations.
Being at an event full of creative individuals is nothing short of inspiring and motivating. It reminded me back to my art school days where everyone has a talent, and everyone is trying to hone in on that talent to share it with the world. At Haven Conference it’s the gift of home decorating, building, photography, design and more… talent is overflowing and it would be easy to feel competitive but it’s not it is a community and everyone is there to help each other improve.
I saved the best for last because connecting with others is something that can’t be topped. I’ve spent years building my Instagram account, not to intentionally become an “influencer” (I hate that word) but to share my love of decorating/crafting and to give people ideas on how to make their house a home and to make connections while I was home with two little babies. I have made so many friends these last couple of years on Instagram with people from all around the country, sharing this same passion. To meet these online friends in person and grow that connection… was the best feeling! To know I have a network of friends “colleagues” I can go to when I need advice or help is priceless.
The dog days of summer are officially here in Boston with temperatures in the 100’s this past weekend. Like many we are trying to beat the heat and stay cool. Hey, I’d take heat any day over snow and cold- so bring it! I like to keep my decor really simple this time of year and now that the 4th of July decor has been packed up I wanted to switch up some of our farmer’s porch decor to make it feel really summer-y and fresh with out going crazy or spending a lot. Today I’m sharing my Summer Porch Refresh!
Before I jump into summery photos of our farmer’s porch I want to share something pretty awesome that finally happened a couple weeks ago which inspired this summer refresh. We were long over due to have all the exterior trim of our home repainted, it was chipping for years and we knew it was time, well it finally happened!!! Ok maybe this isn’t that exciting, but it get’s better! I’m not ready to show it off just yet because now our window shutters look pretty dang… BAD. Figure’s right? One thing always leads to the next. Hopefully in the fall we will update them. They’re a redish-brown color and super faded, some even broken.
Anyways, back to the more awesome part. I knew the painter’s would be here working on all the trim around the house, even our farmer’s porch. I have been wanting to freshen up our farmer’s porch FLOOR paint and CEILING paint for awhile but haven’t been able to find the time or energy in this heat. SOOO the company that was doing our trim ended up painting it for us! *TIP if you’ve hired a subcontractor for a home project (painter, plumber, electrician etc… ) it’s worth it to ask for other smaller add on’s, chances are since they are there they’ll do it for you and give you a better deal than having to come back later for that other smaller task. So it wasn’t much more for them to do those two areas since they were literally already working on all the trim around it. YAY!
Here is our front porch at Halloween last Fall, notice the floor and ceiling?
You can see that it was a worn out brown paint with out much of a sheen to it. The ceiling wasn’t awful but it was just white and would attract a ton of bugs nesting in the corners (I guess it would have fit in at Halloween time! ;))
I like it because it’s a darker gray (in person) but not overly dark and there are some warmer undertones with out it looking too brown. It’s a very dynamic color. We used Benjamin Moore’s exterior paint in a semi gloss and I love that it has a little sheen to it.
Palace Pearl By Benjamin Moore
I like it because it’s a subtle soft powdery blue that won’t fight too much with the St. Lucia Teal on the exterior doors. We did this in an eggshell since we didn’t want it overly glossy on the ceiling.
So why blue on the ceiling? Blue on porch ceilings originally started in the South to ward off evil spirits and then over time was also used to confuse bugs from nesting on your porch ceiling as they think it’s the sky. I’m not sure if this is actually true, but it looks really pretty! I’m going to see if it works at all because we always have yucky bugs in all the corners out here in the summer. So far it’s been a couple weeks and zero bugs! This article from Apartment Therapy also does a great job going more in depth about the historical context of the blue porch ceiling origins.
I have my signature blues going on but the accent color this time of year that I gravitate towards is yellow- it’s cheery and think of how refreshing lemons and anything citrusy is this time of year.
Find some plants that like to be potted in slightly shady areas that can also withstand heat. So far my ferns have been thriving. Honestly, I’m not the best with keeping potted plants alive! So far ferns for the win! Our hydrangea plants in the front yard are having the best year ever! So I trimmed some and put them in a vase with cold water and ice cubes to perk them up in the heat.
I’m always a fan of adding lanterns outside. Plus I love that they can bring in your color scheme and add ambiance in the evening.
Always add a fun pattern or two to you outdoor area either in a rug or pillows. I love this ikat pattern rug I got from Target last year and this pin stripe pillow from T.J. Maxx. You can either mix different colors or keep the same theme going on. For me blues are my favorite especially in the summer.
For your seating try mixing materials. Buy something second hand and chalk paint then distress, or use a metal bench like mine mixed with a woven side chair. It adds interest to your seating area. Outdoor seating doesn’t have to match perfectly as long as you have a cohesive color scheme. I linked some similar options below!
Nothing gives summer vibes like fresh fruits and citrus! I love this lemon wreath which I’ve had for a couple years now (linked similar at the bottom of the post) I also think oranges or even pineapples would be a beautiful accent! I love layering my seasonal signs or wreaths over our vintage window frame it just brings so much more depth than if this was just a wreath on its own.
Thank you guys so much for stopping by on this summer day! I hope you are enjoying every moment of summer. What do you think of the colors I chose? I’m always so amazed with what a great coat of paint can do!
Are you scratching your head thinking, what the heck is a boob light?!? Many people have them in their home and don’t even realize it. If you look directly up at one, you will understand exactly why they have that nickname 😉 . I have a very strong dislike for them. However, a lot of people don’t realize what they resemble and gravitate towards them because they are so inexpensive.
I’ve been on a mission these last few years on my Instagram- trying to rid your homes of the awful BOOB LIGHT phenomenon. I will admit we had quite a few when we first moved into our current home and my plan overtime is to get rid of each and every one of them. I’m happy to report we are now down to two! Still it’s two too may if you ask me 😉 Today I want to share a variety of other more stylish options.
There are so many great flush mount choices out there. Below I rounded up some of my favorites all of which are under $100. If you’re more farmhouse or more traditional or modern… Whatever your particular style is there is something for everyone. I found a little of everything and I hope it’s a helpful resource for you if you are also slowly trying to update your outdated lighting. Ok now tell me… how many do you have in your home? You must have at least one.
I hope these ideas help you if you are in need of updating some questionable light fixtures in your home. Thanks for stopping by!