Sunday, February 1, 2015

Bathroom Design Board

We are currently mid-way through renovating our upstairs bathroom and I thought I would share the progress and also the design board. We knew right away when we first saw this bathroom, that it would need to be gutted along with a new layout. This bathroom is upstairs in our bungalow which is supposed to be the master suite but there is certainly nothing masterly about this bathroom!

Let's take a look at where we started.. while this bathroom is by no means large, the slanted ceilings really make it feel smaller than it is, especially with the current layout of the sink & toilet. Very easy to bonk your head on that slanted ceiling. The previous owners also built this crazy flip out built in in the middle of the wall. I think they were trying to add storage but it is just very odd so we will not be keeping that. The shelves can actually be accessed from the hallway so we will build a little door there to allow for the extra storage.

We have never even turned on this shower.. it is small, rickety & gross. 

PSA: Whenever photographing your bathroom, always, always put the toilet down! This was the listing photo - don't do this!

The new layout includes bumping out the wall the toilet is on by 3ft and moving the shower to that new space. We are also changing the sink from the corner to the centered on the non slanted wall and rotating the toilet. 

We added the concrete shower base and just got done adding the cement board and drywall. We are still taping/mudding/sanding but at least we are making progress. This is a quick video I took of the space in its current rough state.

For the design elements, I wanted to keep it classic but also fresh and updated. We are going to add beadboard around the entire room and paint it along with the walls Benjamin Moore Cumulus Cloud. It's a lovely soft gray/taupe color that goes really nicely with the tile we picked for the shower. 

We are mixing the finishes to create some character - brass sconces, chrome faucet/shower. We have some extra floor space for a small cabinet so a nice wood tone will help to warm up the space. There will be a rug as well but I haven't quite decided on that yet. Maybe a vintage kilim to bring some extra color into the space.

Benjamin Moore Cumulus Cloud wall color
Kohler Elliston Sink Faucet & Shower head
Kohler Memoir Pedestal Sink & Toilet
Restoration Hardware Black Weathered Oak Medicine Cabinet
Progress Lighting Antique Brass Sconce
Overstock Wood Country Style Cabinet
Allen+Roth Pearl Ceramic 4"x12" Taupe Tiles
American Olean Ceramic Hexagon Floor Tiles

We still have a ways to go but I hope to keep our momentum going to get this finished up soon!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bedroom Update

I had shared the design board for our bedroom refresh here and we ended up sticking pretty close to it. I finally got around to taking some pictures so this is where we are at:

Stanley Bed from Overstock   //  RH Heirloom Quilt in Fog // Vintage Paintings & Mirror

We've had the Ikea Rast dressers for a while now and they've gone through a couple transformations. It's a decent little dresser, solid wood and at a great price. Here's the raw version:

RAST 3 drawer chest IKEA 

Then I saw this Ikea Hack and followed her instructions to do the same. This is my version in our old house:

I knew I wanted something a little different for our new bedroom and when I saw this DIY, I knew it was just was I was looking for. I added some trim around each drawer front, added a new larger solid wood top and then painted it all. I used Americana Decor chalk paint in Primitive from the Home Depot. They only had the small pots and I used about 1.5 of the small pots for 2 nightstands.

Target Threshold Lamp //  Ikea Throw Pillow Cover // World Market Jute Rug

The wall color is Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray. It's a very clean, classic, calm color - I love it!

LOVE Print // Vintage Painting // Detroit Watercolor Print from Local Art fair // Pier 1 Candle stands // Homegoods Driftwood ball


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Special Pancakes

I'm not so great at making pancakes. Pouring even amounts, then browning perfectly before flipping, is somehow always harder than it sounds. Plus, if serving a crowd- only a few are ready at a time so either people are eating in shifts or you need to keep the cooked pancakes warm. The recipe below solves all of those issues by making one large 'pancake' and cooking it in the oven.

Thanks to Ms. Pat for this recipe, she made it for us all the time as kids and it's so great, that I continue to make today. 

The ingredients are simple, you most likely already have them on hand, and can be easily multiplied and cooked in a larger pan to serve more people.

 I usually use my hand mixer with the whisk attachment to blend all of the ingredients. Don't worry if the butter is not evenly mixed, you just want it in small pieces. 

As soon as it comes out of the oven, it is puffy and then will start to deflate. Fun for kids (of any age) to watch. It tastes more similar to a crepe than a traditional pancake and really works well with an array of toppings.

 Hope you try it out & enjoy as much as we do!


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Simplifying Bookcases


Once we finished building the bookcases, I couldn't wait to start loading them up with all of my decor items, books, & vases. The problem arrived when I didn't stop loading and it turned into a hoarder's mess of shelves. We have the closed storage below but most of them were actually empty so one Saturday when I had some free time, I took everything out and started over. This time, trying to keep it simple. 

It still looks pretty full but I definitely removed a lot. Stored below are extra vases, platters, tablecloths, napkins, etc.. since this area is next to the dining table and kitchen, it's nice to have those items close by.

Most of these items are vintage/ thrift or just randomly found on sale at Target or Pottery Barn. 

I'm glad I took the few minutes to make it look a little cleaner. It's not perfect but it's better than before.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Turtle Shell Wall Art


I always struggle finding affordable yet interesting art and wall decor. When my in-laws casually mentioned they had some turtle shells,  I knew just what I wanted to do with them- put them on the wall, of course! My husband wasn't convinced at first but I think he likes them now.

The magnolia print is from and frame is the large Ikea Ribba. I did put the plexiglass front behind the art to reduce the glare and help the print look a little more like a painting.

The bamboo blanket ladder was found on Amazon for a pretty great price considering how large it is.  Would also work well in a bathroom holding towels.

I had a little trouble hanging them and ended up with gorilla glue and some saw tooth picture hangers with picture framing wire. They've been up for about a month so fingers crossed it works long term.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Thirsty Thirty Birthday Tailgate


Over the weekend, we helped throw a 30th surprise birthday party for one of our friends. Her super sweet husband rented a Party Bus to take our group of friends to East Lansing, tailgate and go to the MSU Homecoming Game. We all had so much fun, I just have to share some of the decorations and designs from the event!

I made a couple of strands of tissue tassel garlands by following this tutorial, they were really easy to make and turned out so cute!

I made Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes (box of GF cake mix + 1 cup of pumpkin + 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice + 2 tsp cinnamon) with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting (this frosting recipe). Seriously, so good! Highly recommend.

Custom Koozies!

and a fun banner~

I designed the sign and the koozie using PicMonkey


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Market Find: Succulent Wreath


Detroit hosts an indoor/outdoor market every Saturday downtown at Eastern Market. They feature locally grown fruits, veggies, plants & flowers. This past weekend we headed down with some out of town friends and I came back with some favorite finds. 

There were a couple vendors selling succulents- small ones, large ones, every color and shape you could think of. The prices are a little lower than Home Depot/Lowe's and they definitely had more of a selection to choose from. 

As we were making our way through one of the last buildings, I saw these really unique wreaths made of succulents. I should have taken a picture of them all together but I forgot. While I'm not quite sure how long it will last, for $10 it was worth it to bring home and enjoy at least for a little while. It came with a hook for easy hanging.


I also spotted some air plants that I couldn't resist, one is a pretty large size and the other is a unique shaped little one.