Farmhouse Table + Flowers

Our house was pretty landscaped when we moved in a year ago, and with a 2-year old, and an interior I wanted to get cracking on, we’ve literally done nothing – like nothing – to the outside of the house. Well I guess Jay did trim the bushes once last year – ha! But that’s been it! Oh and he’s built this table, which I’m obsessed with. Plan from Ana White, here.

Farmhouse Style Table

So this planter and been growing away over time … by now, it’s a bit overgrown. We had some basil in there that we transplanted into a small planter we keep in the kitchen for cooking.

Brick_Planter_Landscaping_Before

I’ve always loved the look of houses with tons and tons of hydrangeas all over the place. That or peonies but now that I have a kiddo and ants like never leave my life (ummm food crumbs all the time), the thought of a plant that attracts ants is not something I’m mojoing for too much.

We have a tiny little courtyard around our house, so I’d really like to give it a bit more of “us” character over time, and get rid of some of these tall wacky trees we have planted all over the place.

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These are some of the images that I swoon over when thinking about designing our backyard space.

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Do you think I could get away with turning our house into a tree, a la the photo above? I think Jay might fa-reak out 😉

Or what about turning the house into a bush, like this photo? Maybe I should just paint it green with a faux finish 😉 Something about that ivy/plantings growing over the wall just makes a space look old and lived in, I think. I love it!

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Or this one (that table is a bit too weathered for my liking), but the droves of hydrangeas is definitely something I can get behind. And that charcoal shed tucked in the corner – mmm hmmm. Nice. Hydrangea_Backyard_Courtyard

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So one small step toward this oh so lovely vision was to turn our planter introduced at the beginning of this post, into a small spot for some hydrangeas to grow. We picked up two from Home Depot this weekend, and y’all I am so excited to watch these babies grow. Down here in NC things do grow pretty fast, so hopefully they take off quickly!

Hydrangea_Bush_Starters

I’m desperately hoping I don’t kill these beauties – I found this article helpful – and others attempting to grow hydrangeas may as well!

Next up, a porch swing (?) and some dark navy paint perhaps a la this photo. It hurts my heart I love this photo THAT much.

Outdoor Porch Swing

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Library Lights

So for all of you with an eagle eye, you probably noticed that although our dining room is much improved from before, that there are still something missing from the picture below:

Built_In_Bookcase_Dining_Room

If you noticed that a million dollars sitting out on display on our fine new buffet line was missing, I noticed that too, but alas this is not the item from the picture that we’re talking about replacing on today’s post. Bummer.

It’s the light sconces missing from above the bookcase. Notice it? Yeah, those fancy electrical boxes chilling up above our new crown.

I’ve hunted high and low and up and down for some good old library lights so our joint could look snazzy, like this picture. Swoon.

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Or this one… wish I had the guts to paint our trim dark blue – amazing (but perhaps a tad darker would be even better – more charcoal?)

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So since I’ve looked all over this green earth for lights, I thought I’d share with y’all some of the best (and most affordable) options I stumbled across during my hunt. I noticed that two of them popped up over $50 (must have been on sale when I started the search), but these are all super affordable options compared to some of the fancier brands out there where a library light can run well over $300 (!)

Affordable Library Lights

Electric LeClair LightVintage Retro Cage LightIndustrial Edison SconceClear Glass Shade Swing Arm Sconce | Brass Finish 1-light Wall Sconce | Modern Vintage Industrial Loft Sconce 

Right now I’m leaning toward the 5th one. Any thoughts/votes? I want it to compliment our existing light fixture in there, and I like how it would bring out the brass details! Decisions, decisions! Help me decide!

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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!

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

Marble Herringbone Tile in the Bath

Yes, I know. I’ve kept you waiting dear friends. Holiday breaking just felt so nice, and with the munchkin only 11-weeks out, we’ve been oh so busy in this little house of ours getting the abode/ourselves ready for our babes grand entrance.

One of the bigger(ish) things on my to-do list was to get our little bathroom gutted and revamped.

Truth be told, I’m pretty smitten with how the space turned out! Here is a shot of our marble herringbone tile up close!

Marble Herringbone Tile

True to form, we installed one of my favorite bathroom looks, a marble herringbone tile.

We love a clean and traditional look, so we decided to go with a nice crisp white subway tile for the tub surround. The room feels so much brighter, and less dingy now!

Inset Storage for Shower

Knowing that every inch of space counted in our tiny little loo, we also decided to try something new for this renovation, and installed an inset within the shower for shampoo and other shower essentials.

It’s the perfect size for all our bathroom beauty products – I’m so SO glad we decided to do this!

Inset Storage in Shower

Working off the finish on the tub, I snagged these sconces from Home Depot for $30 each. Can’t beat the price. and love how they look in the space. Simple and elegant.

Nickel Sconces

We lucked out with our toilet, which, believe it or not – only cost us $40! Here in Durham, there is a local rebate for $100 for any household that replaces an old toilet, with a new efficient model. We went from a toilet that used 3.5 gallons per flush, to this one, which uses 1.09 gallons per flush. For a pregnant women that tinkles more than I ever thought humanly possible, I’m pretty sure this was $40 well spent 😉 I love how it looks up against the marble herringbone tile pattern!

Inexpensive Dual Flush Toilet

Another cost cutter in this space was our sink! Initially we planned on just reusing the old one, but alas, once we got the new toilet in, we realized it didn’t fit! We landed up selling the old kohler on craigslist for $80, and finding this pedestal sink at the habitat for humanity reuse store for $11. WIN.

Inexpensive Bathroom Sink

Jay and I each have a favorite thing about our newly renovated bath. For me, I think I’ve found my new paint color. Benjamin Moore Pale Oak. It’s delish – perfection. (see it in our next house here)

Benjamin Moore Pale Oak

Jay’s favorite add on – the new mega sized shower head. Sitting in the lap of luxury peeps.

Upgraded Shower Head

So there you have it! Our new herringbone marble tile bath. Man, it feels good to have that one off the list!

Want to see all the products sourced and some of my other favorite bathroom finds? I’ve got them all saved on this pinterest board :)

Favorite Christmas Styling

It’s our first year down south for Christmas, and y’all, it feels a bit weird without snow :) I’m pretty sure it’s a weird I can get use to though – ha! 😀

I’m going to be taking this week pretty easy relaxing with family, but I wanted to share some of my favorite Christmas styling images with you all to celebrate the season.

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Now if we DID have snow, I think I’d decorate my mailbox like this. So chic :)

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Love the simplicity of this door, it’s gorgeous and the perfect way to add some chic christmas styling to the house!

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I’ve pretty much decided I need these dining room chairs. So lovely!

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If you are having family over for a big dinner, I love the idea of these simple place cards.

Farmhouse at Christmas Source

This home screams cozy! What a perfect spot to unwrap presents Christmas morning!

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What can I say, the herringbone tile had me at hello 😀

Enjoy your Christmas, everyone!

Before and After Bathroom Renovation

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

So, this is the official shot of the bath before, 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 for the bathroom renovation, 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! 😀 WOOT!

Bathroom Renovation

Want to see the full before and after bathroom renovation, go here.

Built In Shelf DIY

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!). (for those new to the blog – you can see the before and after shots, here)

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 built in shelf DIY from last week?

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 😀

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?

Black Friday | Get Em While Their Hot

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Bedroom Mood Board

Or your Living Space:

Living Room Mood Board

I’d love to help transform your house into a space you love coming home to.

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Renaissance Man

First, I have to start out by saying my husband rocks. He cooks, he builds things, he laughs at my jokes. But… I have to say that husband and I have some differences of opinion the latest DIY in the Sell household. It took like 3-weeks, and the online tutorial said it would take 3 days. Fail. I saw the lower end of that spectrum and was like – rock and roll, baby!! But husband turned this into avoid crazy pregnant women who might either be 1) crying 2) hysterically laughing or 3) very mad at him for eating the last of the ice cream, which is obviously reserved for knocked up parties only. Or all of the above, also possible.

So, you know, I can’t really blame him. In the end, all’s well that ends well and considering I now have a kitchen table to eat my smorgeshborg of pregnancy cravings on – I’ll call that a win. I told y’all that I would provide a bob the builder play by play on our table – so here it is.

Spoiler alert, it turned out loverly.

DIY Farmhouse Table

Notice the green trees? Yes, you caught me, this photo was taken while back 😀 See the processed trees though, in the front left portion of the picture?

That would be the supplies for this handy little project. Basically a bunch of cheap framing lumber from Home Depot. Score.

DIY Farmhouse Table

If you all have not checked out Ana White’s website, stop what you’re doing right now and go find something and build it. I mean, this women has everything your heart could imagine.

Now we knew that we’d need to tweak the plans quite a bit to get the table dimensions and look/feel we were going for, but over all, we used this plan to build our table.

The supplies we need for our version of the table were:

  • (3) 2x6x8′
  • (1) 2x8x8′
  • (2) 2x4x8′
  • (2) 4x4x8′
  • 2″ Kreg pocket screws
  • Glue
  • Your choice of stain/poly (we used Golden Oak)

This was one of many projects that needed a new tool – this time, a kreg jig. We picked up our knock off version at Harbor Freight.

How to use a kreg jig

The jig allows you to essentially embed the screw into the wood, so it’s not visible at all once the construction is complete.

Like, so. Voila, it just disappears.

How to Use Kreg Jig

For the specifics on how to build the table, reference the link from Ana White’s webpage, here. We changed the dimensions to better suite our specific room, and we removed the bottom end pieces, in order to fit in flanking chairs for the end (so it sits 6, instead of 4).

Jay did do a few things differently on the construction of the table though, which gave us much nicer results than if we would have just cobbled it together (ahem, in 3-days, vs. 3-weeks) like the tutorial.

First, this man planed that wood like a boss.

How to Use a Hand Plane

Like shavings for weeks. Since the wood recommended for this DIY is the cheapest lumber available, it was not so hot looking in many ways. Jay bird took it upon himself to level everything out and make it look spicy nicey with his wood plane.

Second, Jay wanted to perfect the boards a bit more to make sure the crack action in between wouldn’t be out of control.

This is how the boards looked without any modification:

Building Farmhouse Table

This is how they looked after Jay took a tiny bit off, to get a tighter seam.

How to Build a table

Just thinking of all the crumbs and mess that is sure to be all over our tables down the road, this tweak was so worth it.

Notice how much smoother the boards are as well? I think Jay spent half the project time sanding these babies down so they were nice and smooth and ready for the stain.

So one cheat we made was using Elmer’s Glue, believe it or not :) It takes a bit longer to dry than wood glue, but it’s sticky power is just the same and we had it in the house already. A dollar saved, man.

Using Elmers Glue

After each piece of wood was prepped and ready to go, we attached them individually and clamped each piece until it was dry.

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We love how the table turned out, and after being table-less for a few months, we’re also pretty darn spanking happy to have a hard surface to eat our meals on! 😀

Golden Oak Minwax Stain

Who else is an Ana White fan-atic. What have you guys built from her plans?

A Touch of Color

Whew! Sans our upstairs bath, we’ve now painted every. single. room. in this house. If this baby wasn’t cramping my bubbly consumption, I’d toast to that.

This house is so far from done I could snort laugh, but having the rooms painted, I must confess, makes it feel that much more livable. No more wallpaper, no more yucky gross walls that hadn’t been painted in decades. It was time, time to bring this house into the 21st century.

It took me a quick second to hunt all the room colors down, but I finally did. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present, our house colors!

Top Paint Picks

If you’re looking for bright pinks and sea green blue, you’ll have to jump over to a neighbor’s shack, since I’ve gotta say, when it comes to wall colors, I like to keep the palette nice and simple. Accessories, people. That’s where I add the spicey nicey. But that big old backdrop, I like to keep that simple. :)

Here’s how each of the colors look live and in color in our joint.

In our hallway, we went with Revere Pewter. I’m a fan, man.

Revere Pewter in Foyer

In our bedroom, and living room we used one of my tried and true staples. Edgecomb Gray.

Edgecomb_Gray

For our future little mister, we went with ballet white from Benjamin Moore. (see his new room in our current house, here)

Ballet_White

This reads a bit more blue in person than the swatch. I actually wanted the gray tone, so this room might get a quick paint down the line! 😉

Montpeilier Madison White

And in our Guest Room, we’re rocking it out with some green walls. So nice, so green, so clean.

Lyndhurst Celadon Green

We’ve been switching up the colors a bit in our new house – like this deep dark navy color in the babe’s room. Always fun to try something different!

              

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