Master Bath 2.0

Isn’t it refreshing what a difference some paint can make. For thirty bucks, you really can’t beat the transformation it helps to bring to a space, y’all. Case and point. Our Master Bathroom.

Double Vanity in Bathroom

Our dark green, dated and well – ugly Master Bathroom. This was actually one of (the?) last room we painted in our house because truth be told, I think we were both just so stinking happy to have a loo that had 2-sinks and a walk-in shower that we really didn’t care that much about the paint color. But if you know me, you know 4-months is actually an awfully long time to sit on my laurels on NOT paint something, so we got to gettin’ and painted that joint!

Updating Exhisting Bath

It came out a bit greener than I thought the color would look (after slapping some samples on the wall), but overall, I’m pleased with pudding with how it looks.

Here is a view of the color up against the floor, which is NOT going to change for at least another year. Hold me to that internet world. See, Jay and I had a bit of a preview on how well this tile was laid when we went to remove the laundry room tile. Yeah. Not a huge desire to do that for the entire room.

Upgrading Bathroom Tile

Not planned at all, but the color actually is sorta matchy matchy with the little accent color we have going on around the shower interior, so there’s that.

Updating Master Bathroom

One nice thing about this bathroom is that it has a little corner dedicated to extra storage for towels and such. I’ve got plans to try and rehab this little looker to make it look a bit more in sync with the updates I plan to make down the line (think crisp and white and bright).

Built-in Bathroom Storage

I don’t want to spend much on the reno, so it’s going to be a work with what we’ve got rendition ­čśë

Speaking of working with what we have, we’ve been making some subtle upgrades to the space to help the room feel more put together. Like scoring these sconces for 70% off on craigslist.

Bathroom Hardware Update

I didn’t even take pictures of the old lights. Trust me – they were ugly ­čśë

This is a vantage looking in from the door to our bedroom. The shower needs to go eventually, along with the vanity, but for now the color is so much better.

Master Bathroom Renovation

I’ve also got to get rid of these two-toned faucets. Not working man.

Updating Bathroom Hardware

Overall – things feel much better and it feels really good to finally have all the really dark and outdated colors in the house switched out for colors that feel more like us!

For anyone looking to recreate the look – the color was Benjamin Moore color matched at Lowes.

 

Pretty Pillows and Curtain Calls

Ok – so remember this post? With our blerg bedroom. And then this post with our slightly less blerg bedroom with some lamp action?

Confession. I got my shop on y’all. I mean – Homegoods/Target style – but it happened. And it was pretty much a glorious thing. Sometimes the shop gods are just on your side and when they are – you roll with it.

It started with these little ottomans. They’re technically storage ottomans – but that’s just funny talk since they have like 2 inches of interior “storage” capacity. But they’re cute, right? And they cost less than $30 each. WOOOT.

Ottomans at End of King Bed

I love, love, love how they look at the end of the bed and added bonus – the little human thinks they are da bomb for climbing up and snuggling like a ninja. Another added bonus, Mom and Dad no longer have to lift the nugget up since he can climb up all by his big self just like a little dog with their little bed steps. It’s so cute.

So, when you give a moose a muffin… I found these winner winner chicken dinner pillows at good old HG. I lurve them. They are my one most favorite thing that I’ve ever owned in my life. I love how they look up against the white duvet. And that pattern – divine.

Tribal Lumbar Pillow

And then – same trip – I found 96″ curtains! I have only ever found 84″ curtains at places like TJ Maxx and Target so finding out that HomeGoods now carries long curtain was the cats pajamas. Did you all know this? Have I been living under a rock?

Homegoods 96" Curtains

This is what they look like up close.

Sources for Inexpensive Curtains

Here is a view of our little room that could with all our spicy nicey going on.

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

Oh and I also got this little blanket for the end of the bed. It was 20 bucks. I couldn’t help it. I could help it, I chose not to help it. I know I have a problem. It’s hard to see from the photos but the blanket has a cool (subtle) geometric pattern on it and it’s incredibly soft.

Here is another view of everything meshed together. I know it’s a lot of different colors and patterns, but so far, I’m liking it!

Revere Pewter in Bedroom

Oh my gosh – it’s so much better than what we had before!

Master Bedroom Before and After

Rugtime

Ok – so for the longest time in our living room, we’ve had a white rug. Which is like dangerous before a child and after a baby it’s just really nutto. I mean – truth be told – the cat was the main problem with all the vom action he had over the years. He would like go out of his way every. single. time. to puke on the carpet. And then along came Henry …

Benjamin Moore Pale Oak

This rug has been with us through many a house. As we were recently bidding adieu to it, Jay said kinda nostalgically that it was the first real rug we ever owned. lol. And it kinda was and it’s literally made it into (4) houses now, and really, I can’t say that for many other pieces of furniture. Here it is below in our Master Bedroom in our second house.

Emmie Spets Sheets IKEA

But y’all – I was pegging for a persian rug. I’ve just had it in my head that these beauties like immediately help your house to look lived in and collected. Being a constant mover/purger, that’s something I’ve struggled with the most with our decorating – the concept of a collected over time space. We had a persian in our kitchen up north and I loved it (hides stains like a champ, too)

Antique Persian Rug

So I started the mad hunt. Craigslist, of course. Nothing. Ebay, some options (lots of them actually), but it seemed like all the ones I like were just far enough out of our price range, and I also had some analysis paralysis about spending loot on something I couldn’t see in person first. So one Saturday, I made Jay and H load up into the car for a country extravaganza to hit up an antique store out in the boon docks and it paid off big time. For anyone local to the area, the antique locale is Raleigh Furniture Gallery and they had a ROOM OF ANTIQUE PERSIAN RUGS. And y’all – wouldn’t you know it – right when I walked in, there on the floor in the main room staging some furniture was the prettiest persian I’d laid eyes on with dimensions that worked with our space to boot.

Here are a few shots of the new addition down in our living room.
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Collected and gathered look, right? It’s got some super dark navy and black in it, which, ya know – the darker the better since baby and voming cat, but also, the dark navy goes so well with our little chair we found on craigslist.┬áI love the detail on it, and think once we purchase a seagrass rug to layer underneath it that it will fill in the space perfectly.

Here is another close up shot of the pattern on the rug. Delicious.

Persian_Rug_Living_Room

This is how the room looks now when you come in from the garage.

Persian Rug Sources

It has some discoloring on one of the sides from what look like water damage at some point, but meh, kids, husbands, me – it’s bound to get some additional character marks over time ­čśë

Vintage Persian Rug Raleigh

Things are finally starting to feel like home!

 

 

Designer Lookbook | Rachel Halvorson Designs

So if I had a million dollars …. I think I might need to hire Ms. Rachel Halvorson┬á(from Rachel Halvorson Designs) dud my house up man. If you are not familiar with this woman’s work you totally need to start pinning, friends. It’s some pretty swoon worth stuff.

Obsessed with the dark cabinetry. It adds a ton of dimension to the space.

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I so love a good persian rug. With this comfy sectional it’s practical and chic.

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Fun little pop of dark in an otherwise white and crisp kitchen. Loving this Rachel Halvorson Designs kitchen.

Marble_Counters_White_Kitchen

Ummmm – yeah. With a 15 month old my coffee table neva looks like this, but a girl can dream, right?

Coffee_Table_Styling

Speaking of little ones, this looks like the perfect retreat for a small human.

Built_In_Bed

Another on point┬áRachel Halvorson Designs┬ákitchen. It’s just unbearably delish, it actually hurts.

Bright_Open_Kitchen

I’d love to find a cool little apothecary dresser like this for H’s room. I feel like World Market sold something similar a few years back – perhaps one will pop up on CL (or a DIY?).

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Her collection is stunning. See all Rachel Halvorson’s work, here.

Gourd Lamp Lookers

I have wanted gourd lamps in my house since 1953. Yes. That long. And lucky me, I finally found a set gracing the aisle of HomeGoods. Now normally at HG I can find one… but a set – this is rare indeed.

Gourd Lamp Light Blue

Oh, are y’all asking me to rewind. Saying things like – wait – they painted their bedroom, I thought it looked like this. Well it did look like that my friends – it did. I just doesn’t anymore.

Master Bedroom with ensuite

This actually falls into the category of happy accidents. See I bought (2) cans of Benjamin Moore Pale Oak, thinking I’d need all of it for the downstairs, since it’s a pretty big space. The paint spirits must have intervened because we had a full gallon left over. So although I wasn’t initially planning to paint our room Pale Oak, didn’t want to waste it, and it’s neutral enough that it’s a good “for now” color for the room.

Here is a shot of it further back, with those lovely gourd lamps flanking either side of the bed.

King Bedroom Furniture

Yes, true. It’s a very white bed. BUT – I was thinking economy style here folks. See this quilt. Got it for $3 at the goodwill.

So although I’d really like to get some more color in this room, for $3, this is a good place holder. Kinda like the “free” paint.┬á King Quilt Deal

Another fun find is this vintage bamboo dresser that I got off craigslist for $60. I had to drop want I was doing and sprint to the car, since like 270 people email this chick about it in the first hour of it being posted. I’ve always said – if you price something right on the list you know – cause it will fly.

Vintage Bamboo Dresser

I’m pretty happy with the new addition! I’m thinking of painting it Kendall Charcoal one of these weekends to really make the gold hardware pop a bit more. On the list of things to do.

Kendall Charcoal Painted Furniture

Here is a close up of our bed, which (you guessed it) we also got off craigslist. It was $40. And that, my friends, is why I pretty much only buy furniture used. Deal-o.

King Headboard

Although the room is leaning a bit traditional right now, I am liking the general direction. I think we can liven (a la the gourd lamps) it up a bit with a nice (colorful) duvet and some curtains.

Master Bedroom Mood Board

Our Master Bedroom was not my favorite room when we moved in. There are things I LOVE about the space (walk in closet, en suite bath), but the color (matching the laundry room and the nursery and office), was not my fav… See what I mean? It looks like a creepy motel room to me.

Master Bedroom Before and After

Which is why I had to get a Master Bedroom mood board going on – just to give me hope that this room could have a new beginning. Light – simple – open – airy.

 

Master Bedroom Mood Board

I want this room to have some fun pops of color, too, which is where the navy comes in. Although I’m a sucker for a neutral undertone in a room, I do love some good accents to give it a bit of spice.

This wall, for instance, against the closets is in need of attention. A dresser, mirror and lamps is what I have planned for some additional storage options.

Master Bedroom Before

Right now I’m kind of in inspiration land with the space and slowly but surely, I know we’ll get there. Here are some of my favorite master bedrooms that inspired my mood board.

Like this beauty. I just love this room – totally on point and exactly the look I was trying to create in my master bedroom mood board. Now where to find that quilt for the end of the bed …

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Love the pop of coral on this one – need to find a room I can get some coral in – it’s such a pretty color!

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Those throw pillows – that lamp. Yep.

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Talk about oversized mirror, but y’all, I kinda like it!

Sunburst_Mirror_Above_Bed

All the sources for can be found on my pinterest page, here!

Farmhouse Industrial Laundry Room Renovation Round-Up

Y’all – we have moved beyond the paint brush. Call it our inaugural home renovation, but we’ve moved on to mortar and tile and whew – it feels good (like I knew that it woullllddd). It also felt tiring and hard and smelt like sweaty arm pits. But hey – it’s done! Well, actually, it’s started. ­čśë We officially have a farmhouse industrial laundry room happening and it makes me oh so happy!

As a reminder, here is our mood board inspiration for our farmhouse inspired laundry room renovation. Simple, and industrial chic.

Laundry Room Mood Board

I’m waiting for a mega sale on the washer/dryer combo and unfortunately just missed the Memorial Day sale spritz, so I think I’ll have to hold off until Labor Day (boo!!!). I’ve got my eye on this LG beauty and I’m not will to pay over $899 each (which is what they were Memorial Day weekend), so I sit, and I wait to add these cherries to my farmhouse laundry room renovation, le sigh.

We’ve certainly made some progress since you last saw our laundry room, like this. What a lovely shade of green…

Laundry Room Closet Renovation

After some back-breaking hours of work, we now have this! Mmmm charcoal gray grout and some hubba hubba subway tile. My fav. I love the industrial vibe it gives in the space.

Charcoal Gray Grout Subway Tile

We decided to go with a dark charcoal wall, to tie in with the grout and the flooring. I can’t wait to accessorize┬áthe walls with┬ásome art, and storage! Ignore the sloppy edge on the tile, we haven’t caulked yet, so you can see the inconsistencies. Since we knew this wall would be mostly covered by a washer and dryer and shelves, we definitely were in power through and get it done mode vs. absolute perfection mode. Plus, I’ve learned over time that if there are hacks to make your life easier (i.e a line of caulk – use it!)

Charcoal Gray Paint Behr

Our general process for the farmhouse industrial laundry room renovation was to paint the walls and remove the washer/dryer the night before. For $10 we rented an appliance dolly from U-haul and it literally took us 15 minutes to move these (heavy!) appliances. For those that have been reading the blog for a while – you’ll remember our last washer/dryer moving experience did not go quite as well. Loorrrrrrdddieee.

We stored them in H’s room while we renovated. He thought that was pretty sweet. ­čśÇ New toys!

Renting Appliance Dolly Cost

Then, the next morning (after demo) we started by laying the subway tiles. In general, our philosophy with this reno is that 95% of the tile (especially the bottom third) would be covered up with storage and/or our washer and dryer, so although we wanted it to look rockin’ we mostly wanted it to be done. We worked very quickly on this tile and we were definitely not as meticulous as past kitchen installs where everything is visible all. the. time.

Subway Tile in Laundry Room

Then, after the wall tile was up, we started in on the floor tile. I wanted a slate tile for the farmhouse laundry room renovation, but the local hardware stores only had this porcelain option in stock. It looks just like slate and was only $2.29 a square foot. I’ll call that a win. We had a very small area to tile, so this portion of the project cost us less than $50.

We just centered the first tile and worked from there.

Slate Floor Tile Porcelian

We actually didn’t install a threshold, and put the grout line right up to the wood floor. They didn’t have a matching threshold in stock, so we just worked with what we had and winged it a bit. I think it looks really good though!

Slate Floor Tile

Sans our appliances and shelving, this is how the room looks now. In the interest of preserving our sanity, we’re going to tackle the shelving another day. Super excited to bust that project out … coming soon!

Subway Tile Slate Floor Laundry

Industrial Laundry Room Inspiration

So each house, it seems, we move up one peg on the laundry room scene. First house – gloomy basement, second – still in basement, slightly less gloomy, still damp, third house – we added our closet laundry, but it was a tight fit, this house – a closet┬áthat’s actually planned to have a laundry in it. Maybe by our last house, we’ll actually have a room. he he. #LifeGoals

Ta da!! Behind door #1 and #2, is our laundry room!

Laundry Room Closet

Here is our laundry room as is below, pretty much how it looks on a daily basis. Can you see why I’m looking for some laundry room inspiration to spruce this joint up a bit? I love the industrial laundry room vibe – kinda the farmhouse look that’s going on right now.

Renovating Small Laundry Room

So things that left room to be desired in the laundry room inspiration category. Let’s start with the paint. I mean, need I say more.

There are things I really like about the room – like the hanging bar across the top. Tres functional.

Renovating Laundry Room

And there are things I don’t like as much – like our dryer (pan right…). It’s old and it sounds like an army of burly men are hiking through our upstairs every time we dry our clothes. Not good for evening loads when the babe is sleeping (or for that matter when we’re trying to sleep…)

Washer and Dryer Replacement

Before, the room had some beigey tile on the ground – the same stuff that’s plastered all over our bathrooms up here. Very builder grade, and not so much my jam. And definitely doesn’t fit the industrial laundry room vibe I’m going for.

Laundry Room Before and After

Once we had everything removed from the space, we had a very open, very green, room – ready for some over hauling.

Laundry Room Closet Renovation

As a sneak peak of what we’ve been up to in this space (more on that next week), here is my general mood board for our industrial laundry room inspiration and how I’d like this room to look. I think we’re going to get there in a few different phases, but I’m very excited with the progress so far! I want some raw wood elements, coupled with metal for that industrial laundry room vibe.

Laundry Room Mood Board

 

 

 

Bar Stool Beauties

If I ever was to have a woman cave, a retreat from my crazies around here, than it would be our perfectly primped little guest room. I mean, it just feels cave like … I guess it’s cause we’re usually watching TV up here and it’s all moody with the lights out and dim. Ummm can I just say I know I’m behind, but Parenthood y’all. I’m so obsessed. It’s like any night we’re just sitting around I’m up here with a bowl of ice cream just crack a lackin or crying my eyes out. One of the two.

Remember our bonus room? And all my plans for it? This room?

Living Room and Bedroom

Right now we have no seating up here other than the sofa, and I’d love to add in some bar stools eventually to give some extra space to park the party for a bit. As obsessed as I am with craigslist (I seriously need to dedicate a quick post to show you some of the treasures I’ve been getting on there), sometimes you have to call the national forces and look beyond your own little hill in this world. That my friends, is when my eyes wander over to Chairish which has tons of vintage and way chic goodness. I mean quite frankly, most of it is way chicer than anything we be swinging, but a girl can wish, right?

Vintage Barstool Kitchen

Arteriors Home Henson Counter Stool | Rustic Wood Iron Pair |  Arthur Umanoff Bar Stools | Industry West Bar Stools | Wicker Bar Stools | Contemporary Reclaimed Wood Barstool | Restoration Hardware Barstools  

Since my perfect woman retreat would obviously have a full kitchen in it (he he), I’d pop the stools in for a look like this. Lake house, cottage, lived in vibe. Love it.

Vintage Wood Kitchen Stools

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I also love these barstools. And that island. Stoooppp it.

Vintage Barstools in Kitchen

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Y’all. Superficial life goal here … have a kitchen large enough for an island.

If I was going to style away for my dream kitchen/woman retreat/room of my own, I think it would look sorta like this.

Farmhouse Living Room Mood Board

Y’all dreaming and scheming along with me? One room at a time, we’re slowly getting there. Psst – next week you’ll see some laundry room progress!

Designer Lookbook | Hannah Vernal Designs

Oh the interwebs – full of images that make your heart pitter patter :) I’m not really a huge interior designer follower in the sense that my style is not super high end. I mean, I shop at Target and the Goodwill, ya know what I mean? But every once and a while I find a designer that’s worth sharing and Hannah Vernal Designs is definitely one of those glance and be inspired designers. A lot of her work reminds me of Lauren Liess, with Pure Style Home. I love her eclectic take on putting a room together and feel like the gathered look is just so on point.

I was inspired by Hannah Vernal Designs style and wanted to share.

Reading Nook with Builtin Bookcase

The perfect reading nook. Those pillow and the mounted light … trying to think of places I can get in some bookcases in the abode now. ­čśë

I’m also loving the look of the bedroom below. Someday (someday) I yearn SO HARD for a set of chests to put on either side of the bed. It’s like my lifelong craigslist wish list find.

Ikat Bedroom Throw Pillow

I’ve been in love with this shared child’s room by Hannah Vernal Designs┬áfor a long time. I’ve had it pinned as inspiration for ages. It just looks so cozy and comfy.

Barley Twist Twin Beds

This oversized lantern in these casual dining space is totally rocking, too. Unexpected in the best possible way.

Large Lantern in Dining Room

This kitchen needs some accessorizing, but the contrast of the lighter cabinets with the solid wood island is delish.

Dark Island in Kitchen

And as subway tile obsessed as I am … this wall of white in a Hannah Vernal Designs bathroom made my heart skip a beat. If you look in the mirror, I’m crazy about the natural wood contrast in the space, too.

Subway Tile Bathroom Full Wall

Check out all her work, here!