The Bathroom as we Knew It

Sorry for the radio silence you guys! Jay and I have been working like mad beasts to get this bathroom finished so we’ve been pretty consumed with a world full of tile and toilets as of late. Very glamorous :D

So, this is the official shot of the bath pre-demo days.

Bathroom Upstairs Before

It was fine, really, and in complete honesty we could have just cleaned the hello dolly out of it and bought a nice shower curtain and called it done. But I knew sooner or later I’d want to gut this baby, and my mantra is “no time better than the present” ;)

Plus, my kid sister Rachel is moving in next week (WHHAA??) and Jay and I have been using the bath off her room for the past 6-months, so we wanted to spruce up this upstairs bath so that we had a nicer place to suds up in the am.

My biggest beef with this space was that it was just ugly, and not really my jam.

Black Diamond Tile in Tub

It was redone (to look vintage) sometime in the 90’s. As we started in on the demo work, we realized how poorly the work had been done, which made me feel better about ripping it all out :)

Although it may be functional, another ugly vote (in my book) was the ginormous mirror that took up half the bathroom. Oh, and the light about it, not so much man, not so much.

Large Bathroom Mirror

For the last few months I have been scrubbing lots and lots in this room, and there are certain stains that just did not want to budge. Kinda gross, kinda ugly.

Updating Tile

And overall, it just felt like the room was getting eaten up by stained tile. On the walls, in the tub, it was just a bit overwhelming.

Another annoying detail – the only storage – in the entire bathroom – was this little rinky dink medicine cabinet.

White Medicine Cabinet

It just wasn’t a very functional space, so you know me, I got the itch to fix it.

Here is my inspiration board for the space. We’re finishing up the tile work today, and I should definitely have some details on the space for you next week! :D WOOT!

Bathroom Renovation

Coasting Through Life | Giveaway!

The holiday season is well upon us (is Christmas seriously next week?!) and there’s no classier way to entertain than with a set of fancy pants coasters. Cocktails and coasters, the yin to my yang, the butter to your jam – basically – the best party accessory ever :)

So if you’re in the market for some nice party coasters, go ahead and roll the dice, and enter your name in for this week’s giveaway from Details By Me!

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Win: A set of coasters from Details By Me 
When: December 16th – midnight on Tuesday, December 23rd
Winner: Announced on this post, next Tuesday!

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Shelfing It

Whew! It’s been a busy week over here. We’re well into our bathroom renovation and I’m so excited with how it’s coming along! We’ll have some progress photos of the space up later this week for you all to check out (get excited!).

In addition to demoing and rebuilding our upstairs loo, I took 30 seconds this week to do a first round of accessorizing on our newly refurbished built-in.

Remember this guy?

Vintage Built In

That turned into this guy?

Adding Shelves to Builtin

Well I decided there’s no time better than the present and snooped around the abode for some accessories to add into the space.

It’s most definitely not finished, and it’s leaning a bit too traditional for me right now, but hey – it’s better than an empty cabinet, right?

Built in Bookcase

It was fun to be reunited with lots of the little treasures we still had packed away.

I love, love, love these little bookends I found thrifting a while back.

Marble Bookends

They are the perfect bookends for the (imperfect) books we found stashed away in our attic when we moved in.

Antique Books

They’ve got some water damage on them, but from a distance, it’s hard to tell :D

Our little happy pig found a new happy home. Fitting that he overlooks our Dining Room where this preggo lady pigs out quite often.

How to Accesorize Bookcase

Right now, these little gold guys serve no function other than ornamental, but when we add in a little bar on the bottom shelf, I plan on using these for stashing some mixer essentials.

Accessorizing Bookcase

And above it all, Honest Abe sits looking pretty. Another fun thrifting find. :)

Abe Lincoln Bookend

What were you all up to this weekend? Anybody else renovating a bathroom?

Christmas Time Is Here

Yo, shame me now, but being straight here – Jay and I have never decorated the house for Christmas. Knowing us, it’s probably because we were unpacking from one of our many moves, but this year we finally felt settled enough to spread some Christmas cheer.

I’m so, so glad we did. I love coming home and turning on the lights and I love sitting in our living room and just basking in the soft glow of the tree. It’s absolute perfection.

Blogger Christmas Tour

We decided to keep the tree simple this year, and just used a bunch of gold ornaments I paid a few bucks for a few days after last Christmas.

Gold Christmas Tree

It sparkles ever so nicely at night.

Last year I also got these stockings at World Market. I LOVE them, and I love that I thought to get extras for our kiddos. Certainly did not know last year that kiddo #1 would be well on his way to us!

Traditional Christmas Stocking

I love these stockings though because they’re simple and understated and they look so stinking nice up on our mantle. I’m in love.

Mantel Decorated for Christmas

Our living room is my favorite place now! I’m not sure if we’ll ever take it all down I love it so much! :D Can’t wait until next year when I can sit in here with a baby that’s out of my belly with a glass of wine in hand. 15 more weeks people, it’s coming!

Decorating House for Christmas

Gift Guide | For the Ladies

Well we got the men covered on Monday, so I’m back with some great gift ideas for all the ladies in your life. Your sister, your wife, your mumzie or your bestie – we’ve got something for them all.

Again, everything is made in the USA!! Woot!!

Let’s start with the under $20 group.

Gift Guide Under $20

 

Maison Blanc Tin Candle $8 // Rachel Rhinestone $8 // Rifle Paper Pocket Notebook $10 // Kiehls Lip Balm $8 // The Balm Highlighter $20 // Let’s Get Lost $18

Ah sisters, where would the world be without them. Sister-less, what a horrific proposition. Well if you still are giftless for that sister in your life, look no further my friends, look no further.

Gift Guide for Sisters

Gold Foil Pocket Notebook $10 // Repurposed Wall Art $24 // Embroidered IKAT pillow $19 // Cocktail Maker Kit $30 // Almond Lip Balm $5 // Smooth Infusion Hair Treatment $26

And we can’t forget the mommas of the world :)

Gift Guide for Moms

Pink Peony Votive $25 // Kiehls Helping Hand Essentials $28 // Lab Magnets $22 // State Tablet Holder $38 // Burt’s Bees Shea Butter $20

Happy shopping!

Bearded Beauties | Giveaway!

If you didn’t find a perfect gift for your man yesterday, than I’ve got the perfect solution for all of you with bearded or mustached men in your life. :) OneDTQ has got some absolutely awesome goodies for your hairy men folk and today, they’re offering Calming Beard and Mustache Gift Set.

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Their stuff is made right here in America, and it’s pretty darn perfect for some holiday gifting :)

Win: A Calming Beard Gift Set from the OneDTQ
When: December 9th – midnight on Tuesday, December 16th
Winner: Announced on this post, next Tuesday!

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Gift Guide | The Men in Our Life

Oh December. How I love thee. How I love thee infinity more now that I live in a climate with 70 degree December days. :D As Christmas get’s closer, I wanted to put a few fun posts together for holiday gift giving.

Added bonus – every single item sourced below is made in the U S of A. We’re all about supporting our local economy as much as possible, so domestic is always our holiday shopping preference! Today’s post focuses on the men in our lives :)

Shop on!!

Gift Guide for Dad

Old School Men’s Bi-fold Wallet // Woven Silk Tie $49 // Frye Leather Conditioning Cream $9 // Field Note Portfolio $42 // Wood Flask $23 // Fullsteam Beer $4

Normally my list for Jay would circle around bike stuff, but after 3-years of getting him bike lights for Christmas, I thought it would be fun to switch it up with some new goodies :)

Gift Guide for Your Man

Wigwam Rebel Fusion Socks $13 // Steiners Slim Fit Tee $18 // Kiehls Essentials for Him $31 // Essential Shoe Cleaning Kit $16 // Beer Making Kit $40

What’s on your Christmas list? I’m starting to get a jolt to my system to finish up our shopping – I can’t believe it’s only a few weeks away!

Devilish Details

Our kitchen, aye ca rumba, our kitchen. In my head, I always think that hiring things out will make them faster and better and well – something I don’t have to worry about. I think it’s because we do almost everything ourselves that I sorta forget that it can suck to depend on someone else to finish things/start things/do things. I mean – totally – don’t get me wrong … it can also suck when you have to do it, but at least you have control over the project. If everything looks like a big fat zero at the end, it’s sorta on you. :D Or your husband. ;)

And so, when we bought this house in APRIL, and started our kitchen renovations, we thought the 4-6 week time frame that Home Depot gave us is what we’d be looking at. My friends, we were wrong. SO WRONG. I kid you not, the last details on the kitchen officially happened last week. As in late-November.

It may have taken half of 2014, but man, was it worth it.

Kitchen Before

Do y’all remember when our kitchen looked like the photo above?

Now. my friends, it looks like this.

White Kitchen with Quartz Counters

A little rough around the edges (ahem, keep your eyes off the ceiling) but it is a legitimately functional space now.

Martha Stewart Wellston Cabinets

Mmmmm, suggga. Love, love, love it. And I knew we would, but to be fair I also thought the kitchen in our last house rocked pretty hard.

Here’s a shot of that bad boy.

DIY Herringbone Backsplash

And here’s the kicker – it took 6-weeks instead of 6-months.

Now I know I gave a comparison in this post, but now that things are completely settled, I thought it would be nice for all of you to hear some of the main differences we had with our Lowes installed kitchen vs. our Home Depot Installed kitchen.

Cost

It’s a bit hard to compare apples to apples on this one, since the kitchen layouts were different for each house, but overall, after lots of shopping around I have to say Lowes and Home Depot are nearly identical on their pricing.

Obviously your price is going to be swayed by add ons (interior organization, lazy susans, etc) and the overall size of your kitchen, but we found their pricing to be extremely similar.

They both run promotions often, so my advice would be to scope out the door style and manufacturer you like best, and then jump when the promotion is good. We found Labor Day weekend to be a great time to buy, since they often through in an extra 10% off for those few days. At Lowes last year they gave us a gift card for 10% of the purchase price, and at Home Depot, they just took 10% off the order.

style

Now, this landed up being my Achilles heel on this kitchen renovation. I fell hard for the Martha Stewart Wellston style cabinet.

I love a simple shaker cabinet, but I especially loved how unique the double insert panel was on the Wellston cabinet.

Here is a close up of how the doors look on the cabinets.

Martha Stewart Spice Cabinet

And here is a shot of the drawers in action.

GE Cafe Oven

Timing

This is where Home Depot started to suck it big time – at least our experience, with our Home Depot. Like slurpee until the end of the time. Lowes said 6-weeks, that’s what we got. Home Depot said 6-weeks, and that’s not what we got. Big fat sad face. It literally took 6-months to get this bad boy installed. Whoa nelly.

To be fair, we’ve always had really good interactions with Home Depot, so I really think it was the particular store we went through locally. That being said, its a bit of a gamble to know if your store might also fall into that category!

service

At the end of the day, it would have been one thing for Home Depot to just be really behind with their schedule, but the customer service was pretty atrocious along with it. Cue another whomp whomp. Again, I’m going to give the chain the benefit of the doubt and say it was just our local store that was having such a tricky time with it all. We did notice that they had a general manager switch mid-way through the reno, and that communication improved after, but still – it. was. bad.

Things like matching our end cabinet door took the longest, but you guys, it finally matches. Whattt!!!??!! :D

Martha Stewart Wellston

In the end, my best advice to you would be check out all the local options available to you and go with the one that gives you the best gut reaction. Feel free to snort laugh here, but we decided to go with Home Depot this round since we thought they’d be so much quicker than going custom, or through a woodworker. Given that we’re down here in the furniture making land, we were probably totally wrong on that. What’s done is done though and it feels pretty high faluten’ fantastic to say that the KITCHEN IS DONE!

Make that a Double

Two is twice as nice, isn’t it? Remember when I introduced you guys to our sweet little nursery addition last week?

Antique Twin Beds

The best part about our new bed, is that it comes with a matching twin bed, so it’s a set of two! For the age of these beds (80 years+) it’s super difficult to find a matching set, so I’m pretty pumped about it.

My favorite little human rooms have always centered around two flanking twin beds. Something about it just looks that much more cozy and inviting and warm. Do you guys love that look, too?

I pulled together a few of my favorites this week:

Gold Child's Room

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Lisa Ly By Ryan

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Double Twin Beds

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Two Twin Beds

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Rustic Child's Room

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Although the day that our little people room has two twins in it instead of a twin and a crib is still years away, I like to imagine what the space would look like! Hopefully we’re able to get something that looks close to these gorgeous spaces :)

A Day at the Spa | Giveaway!

Good morning everyone! Ready for some self pampering to get yourself prepared for all those holiday gatherings coming up?

Spa Gift Set The Little Flower Soap Company has some pretty sweet goodies, that are handmade in Detroit, MI (mitten pride!) For this week’s giveaway, they’ve got the plushest little spa gift set available for one lucky winner today. Perfect for pampering yourself, or for treating someone extra special this Christmas!

Win: A Spa Gift Set from the Little Flower Soap Co.
When: December 2nd – midnight on Tuesday, December 9th
Winner: Announced on this post, next Tuesday!

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