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Plan for the Bathroom

I’m still in the midst of taking photos to give you an updated apartment tour, but until that’s ready, it’s the perfect time to give you a sneak peek into our bathroom.  It seems to be the only room that we’ve been able to give some love to while we were watching the cats.

We started out with quite the blank slate: a basic vanity and some basket weave tiles.  Since this is a rental, we have no plans to upgrade the vanity or tile – even though the look is not my style.  Those towels also permanent since we got them as a wedding present and we love the color.  The walls are a light blue, but since we can paint them, I’m not too concerned about it.

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With a pretty basic foundation, it has given Joe and I a lot of flexibility with which direction we can go in.  There are so many possibilities that I feel drunk with power.  I guess going from a floor-to-ceiling marbled bathroom to a blank slate can do that to a girl.

Anyway, here is the current plan:

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1)   In terms of color, we’ll be using Martha Stewart Living Cornbread paint from Home Depot.  It’s something we already have – and have had for almost three years!  We used it on our tv stand but I’m ready to try it out on the walls.  The good news is that it’s free, so if we don’t like it, it won’t be a big deal to go pick up a new color.  In terms of accent colors, we’re going to use reds, greys, and greens from the shower curtain.

2)  When we asked you which direction we should go in for the bathroom, a whopping 71% of you voted for the Åkerkulla Shower Curtain from IKEA.  This was also our favorite (although if we had a house/more bathrooms, I would definitely choose the other two) so on a recent trip to IKEA, we picked this beauty up.  It’s a very cheery curtain and I love it.

3) I spent a bit of time trying to decide on a piece of art for our bathroom and ultimately ended up choosing a photo we took on our honeymoon.  The plan is to get a large print made – I’m hoping around 11″x14″ – and then maybe tossed in a red frame to keep things spicy.

4)  For the past couple of years, Joe and I have been using a very tiny and flat bathmat from IKEA (this one if you’re curious).  We chose it originally because it was budget friendly but stuck with it because our last apartment’s bathroom was so tiny.  Now that we have the luxury of a bathroom with enough space that you can turn in, we decided that the Toftbo Bathmat from IKEA was the right fit for us.  I can honestly say I love it.

5)  One thing I wan to do is place a tray on the top of the toilet tank.  My top pick right now is this  Lacquer Bath Tray from West Elm, although we could end up with a bamboo tray or a wood that matches the vanity.  Regardless, I’d like to add some fun accessories, like clear containers for the cotton swabs an q-tips (already owned) and this Casa Tissue House by CB2.  I have been crushing on this for a few years and I feel like this is the perfect time to invest.

Now that you know our plan of attack, I can share with you where we’re at. When you first saw the bathroom, it was pretty basic.  Heck, it didn’t even have a shower curtain up!  Thankfully, that was an easy update which has already done wonders for the room:

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The blue on the walls still hasn’t grown on us (womp womp) so we’ve got plans to paint.  Since we haven’t had time to paint yet, I’ve used Photoshop to show you what it will look like.  It’s about to get a whole lot cheerier in there thanks to Martha Stewart.

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 What do you think?  Are you digging the direction we’re going in or do you hope we’ll make a U-Turn and reconsider?  

Posted in Bathroom, Colors, Design, Home, London | 12 Comments

Teal, Dark, and Handsome

Remember that time I mentioned that I was going to paint our nightstands?

Probably not because that was back in September – yikes.  In October, I asked you all which color we should paint said nightstands and the winner was teal (Benjamin Moore’s Teal to be exact).  When November rolled around, I did paint the nightstands but since we were also dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and therefore lacking internet, I couldn’t share the project.

The point is – I am finally sharing the project!

If you recall, we had the Hemnes nightstand from IKEA in black-brown.  I still don’t understand why we didn’t buy it in white to match the furniture but that is neither here nor there.

This project is very similar to when we painted our tv stand (which you can read about here).

After removing any hardware, the first (and most important) part of the process is sanding the tables and then cleaning the dust off of them.  It’s my least favorite part (and easily the messiest) of the process but necessary to help the paint look smooth.

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After the first step was finished, I started rolling out the coat of primer.  I typically let the tables dry for at least a day before continuing.

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Adding the paint is easily my favorite part of painting a piece of furniture because it instantly makes an impact.  It’s also the moment you see the paint color and if it will work.  The good news: the teal worked!  I’m not sure why it looks blue in this photo, though.

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This photo (below) is the closet to the color of the tables in natural light.  As you can see, the nightstands were begging for a second coat.  To be on the safe side, I ended up giving these three coats before sealing them.  We also reused the knobs that the nightstands came with because I hadn’t found any fun alternatives.

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For about two months, they hung out in our bedroom with out yellow table lamps.  At the old apartment, the walls were white so it was begging for color.  Now, our walls are green which means there is a whole lot of color everywhere.

I’m not 100% sure if this works but I don’t hate it.

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When it comes to the bedroom, I kind of like the green in there so I’m not in a rush to change it.  In fact, I’m more concerned with other top priorities like swapping the red blinds for something neutral (they are absolutely ridiculous), choosing fabric to make curtains, and figure out the best layout for our furniture.

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So there we go – they’re revealed!  And in all their glory!

Anyone have a project that they forgot to share because life got in the way?  Do you still agree with the teal?  Since I can’t decide – what do you think about them up against the green walls?  Is it too much, not enough, or just right?

Posted in Bedroom, Colors, Home, Paint, Projects | 11 Comments

Bath Time

Soon, the shower pod will be a thing of the past – and hopefully something I will never experience again.  It’s just one of those things that never made sense to me (although the rumor is that it keeps families with children from renting).

Rather than dwell on the pod, I’m looking forward toward the future… which includes a tub.  I’m especially excited about detail that because that means we actually get to style the bathroom.  This will involve painting the walls, buying a shower curtain, and then accessorizing.

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As of right now, we’re currently working with a basic bathroom vanity in a medium wood color, a black and white basket weave tile for the floor, and the towels we registered for (these in Aegean – via Macys).  We’re not starting with much, but I think that’s great because it will give us a lot of freedom to do what we want.

That said, I’ve come up with three different options for directions we could go in.  Rather than making mood boards, I thought I would edit the photo of our bathroom.  I think it helps see everything together.

[Option 1]

AKERKULLA Shower Curtain (via IKEA)
Martha Stewart Living Paint in Salvia (via Home Depot)

This is our boldest option.  It would include a nice green-teal color on the walls and a colorful shower curtain.  It’s easily the most cheery of the options, and definitely budget friendly (as well as provide us with an excuse to stop at an IKEA!).

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[Option 2]

Room Essentials Leaf Shower Curtain (via Target)
Martha Stewart Living Paint in Cornbread (via Home Depot)

This option is also cheery, but that mostly has to do with the paint color – one that I’ve been a fan of for a long, long time.  It’s definitely a classic pairing of the yellow and grey.  You can’t go wrong with a geometric pattern, either.

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[Option 3]

interDesign Carlton Extra-Long Shower Curtain (via Home Depot)
Martha Stewart Living Paint in Lemongrass (via Home Depot)

Our final option is possibly influenced by my eagerness for Spring to arrive, but it’s a beaut none the less.  A simple white waffle shower curtain with a soft color on the wall.  It sort of feels like a spa in how calming it looks.

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We’ll probably use this week to mull it over (and this weekend to purchase the shower curtain – I hope) but I’m curious…

Which Do You Prefer?

  • Option 1: Colorful & Cheery (71%, 22 Votes)
  • Option 3: Spring-time Spa (16%, 5 Votes)
  • Option 2: A Classic (13%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

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Do you have experience with shower pods?  Do you love ‘em or hate ‘em?  Anyone else prefer a tub?

Posted in Bathroom, Colors, Design, Home | 15 Comments

Fifty Shades of White

When we first saw our new place, we could immediately tell that it had just been painted (gotta love that fresh paint smell).  Most of the rooms’ colors were colors I could live with but the living room was not.  I don’t think it comes across well in the apartment tour, or in this photo below, but it sort of looks like the color of skin.

If I put my hand up to the wall, it completely blends in.  That totally skeeves me out.

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Clearly, the easiest option is to paint it.  Thank goodness for paint.

Last weekend, Joe and I looked though all the paint swatches we (…er, I) had collected over the past two plus years (I’m unable to get rid of any paint swatches), and ultimately decided that none of them were right.  Bummer.  This required us to make a trip to Home Depot so we could grab a bunch of paint swatches… and moving boxes so it became a more productive trip.

Our game plan was to basically grab every white swatch we could get our hands on.  I never thought I would be the person who chooses to paint their walls white, but here I am.  The rationale is that we love the dark-stained wood trim around the windows and want that to be a focal point of the room.  I’ve seen a lot of rooms with wood trim and beautiful wall colors but I’m not there yet.  For now, I think I’m okay with white because there’s plenty of color in the rest of our home decor.

Then again, I’m completely nervous about actually committing to the right shade.

It’s surprising how many variations there are!  There are enough options to drive a girl mad.  Some are pure white, some have grey undertones, some yellow, some pink, some blue.  I feel insane looking at two almost identical colors and trying to pick one.  Ultimately, I hope to end up with a hue that won’t seem so stark (which it why we aren’t going for a pure white).

At this point, I’ve narrowed it down to three four possible colors: Picket Fence, Lamb, Tailor’s Chalk, and Popcorn – all by Martha Stewart Living.  Wild, I know.

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So now, I’m opening the floor to all of you…

What Color Should We Choose?

  • MS - Popcorn (36%, 14 Votes)
  • MS - Picket Fence (28%, 11 Votes)
  • MS - Lamb (18%, 7 Votes)
  • Tailor's Chalk (15%, 6 Votes)
  • Go with a bold color! (share in the comments below) (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Another White (share in the comments below) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 39

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 Do you have a go-to color for your home?  Anyone a fan of staying with white hues?  Are you more often drawn to bold or saturated colors?  Have you ever surprised yourself and gone in a totally different direction when it comes to paint?

Posted in Design, Home, Living Room, Paint | 12 Comments

A Face-Lift

You guys!  Thank you all for your kind & supportive words this week about the new design (you really are too sweet)!!  I’ve never done anything like this before – unless you consider the Angelfire page I had in 8th grade with a twinkling star background and crazy animated dividers everywhere.  Thankfully, in my old age, I’ve opted to go with a cleaner – and less animated – look, which I think is something we can all appreciate.

Now it’s time to take a closer look at things.  Last Summer, I did a re-design – and It was my first dabble into the scary world of CSS.  Considering what the theme originally looked like (it was the K2-lite theme if you were wondering), I’d say it was a good starting point when it came to learning what was possible through CSS.  Sadly, the design had some tragic flaws that I think I’ve been able to squash.

The first big issue was always with the fonts and text.  I never had this problem on my screen but I would get comments or emails from people saying that my font was too small or that the text was overlapping.  Let’s just say I was not a fan of that and it was sort of a nightmare because I could never figure out what was wrong since it was loading nicely on my laptop and work computer.  I think the colors loaded okay but that sea foam green look I had going was completely inspired by Shelly (still love her color) but not really what I wanted to go with on the blog.  It was fun for a while :)

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Most importantly, I wasn’t able to do what I really wanted with my blog because it was still on wordpress.com (which I still love and think is a great place to start out).  Hence, the big switch to wordpress.org – which I have mentioned roughly a million times, so I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about it.  With the encouragement of a few of you and a coworker to show me what the heck behind the scenes would look like, I decided to put on my big girl pants and go for it.

The process wasn’t as painful as I imagined it would be.  I researched hosts, picked the one I liked the best (BlueHost if you’re curious), and signed up.  I was given a temporary URL so I was able to start playing around with different looks (I must have uploaded at least 6 themes before choosing one I liked).  Once I decided on a look and everything was in the correct place, I started the dirty work of exporting all of my posts from the wordpress.com site and uploading them onto the wordpress.org site.  Since I already owned my domain, I had to figure out how to make my new site become the default (this step required a lot of Google searching and calling customer service – twice) but everything was quickly fixed.

In terms of looks, I started playing with layouts back in November on InDesign but it was long before that – back in August! – that I designed this new popcorn icon.  As someone who studied art history, going with a cubist-styled icon felt like the right approach.  That icon is what really helped steer me in the right direction.  I cannot even begin to tell you how many theme layouts and color schemes I tried out but ultimately, I opted to go with something a little cleaner.

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All my social buttons are now at the top of the page, versus the sidebar.  They’re a lovely shade of green now, but otherwise the same.  The only new one is the heart at the end, which is for bloglovin’.  I noticed that a few readers were coming  in through that site  so I thought I’d make it easier for everyone who uses that site.

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There are some new features on the side bar, like my instagram feed.  That was very exciting for me because I’ve always thought that was a cool feature.

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I also took the time to clean up the links.  Some are new favorites, some are old favorites, but now that they’re in two columns I think it makes the blog look a little bit neater.  I’m sure this list will only grow since I’m always finding new blogs to read.

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On the side bar you’ll notice that I’ve also added an Amazon widget and a link to an Amazon Store - which was fun to create.  The items on the site will be rotated monthly, but all of the items in the shop and on the widget are items that Joe and I own and love.  These links will contain affiliates (you can read more information on that here).  If things go well with this, I’ll probably start welcoming Sponsors… though that’s going to be a few months away at best.

I’m still working on cleaning up the pages in an effort to clean up he blog (spoiler: I’m working on a Wedding page that’ll have all the info & crafts in one place!) but so far, I’m loving the way this all looks.

Now, let’s get back to blogging :)

 

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