And we got ourselves a bathroom!

Hi friends! It’s always the case that the blog posts slow down when life gets busier! We have been working on this bathroom, amongst many other projects, but have finished this space so we get to share! We left off here:

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We wallpapered and got the toilet up and running as you know, so let’s talk about both before we go on! We chatted about how to instal this toilet, and hope we gave you confidence to DIY this because it’s way easier than you would think. Next, we were excited to test out it’s “cling free” promise and report back. We didn’t clean it once since we installed her. This is what she looks like now:

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We have all tried her out (hello potty training Atlas!) many many many times over. It looks brand spankin’ new. Like, scary new. We are very very impressed with VorMax and their engineers because this is the biggest game changer we have seen in a long time. Take your hands out of your toilets people. The revolution is here.

Also, it’s a good looking bowl.

The wallpaper is holding up great, but we have been splashing water (I am not going to name any toddler names) on it and have had a complete sink change-of-heart because we need some major protection, aka backsplash, if we plan to keep the paper up for any amount of time. The sink we picked out is sold out anyway in white, and we don’t want to paint a $2,000 sink stand, if you know what we mean. So we found this beauty:making a house a home I wall mount sink I makingahouseahome.com

It’s way off the plan, but look how cute she is. And she’s less than $700! We found it on a third party site and had to laugh when we found out it was an American Standard product, just like the toilet. The reason we haven’t pulled the trigger yet is because we have board and batten around the whole bathroom and are deciding if we want to keep it or ditch it.

 

The sink now does not have the board and batten behind it. So, we decided to live with the current sink until we can make sure we can collect all the current material or if we have to buy all new stuff. But here is what we did buy/finalize:

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sources: magical toilet // handmade brass toilet paper holder // brass waste basket // vanity lighting // super cushy rug // wallpaper // shower curtain // tiebacks // basket

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Above is the old toilet paper holder, and below is the new brass one to match the new vanity light.

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This is such a happy and light filled bathroom, I am a bit jealous it’s our second bath. The new toilet (VorMax Estate) was the whole inspiration to prioritize this bath and we are so glad we got to it this summer. You can see that the taller toilet does wonders visually against the board and batten. We couldn’t be more impressed with something we take advantage of every day.

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The whole thing cost us about $2,500 and we predict with the new sink and edits to the wall, it’s going to be another $1,000ish depending on faucet selection. Check out the slideshow below for the full before and after and more “after” detail shots. Thanks for hanging out guys!

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xo,

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One Credenza Four Ways

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hey friends! Hope Mother’s Day was great for all you mama’s and mom’s-to-be! We took to the woods and spent a long weekend at Rock Island. It’s about my favorite thing in the world to do. Life has been extra busy lately so those few days was a gift in itself.

A few months back we styled and shot some of the pictures for the Sauder look-book and can finally share on the blog what we did! We were asked to focus n the versatility of the product we chose, and that was duper easy being we picked our most favorite piece a furniture, a credenza (Soft Modern Credenza to be exact).

We have a tiny house and three credenza’s and I still look at pretty credenza’s whenever we are at the flea market. It’s a sickness. Joey reminded me how I am inches away from being an actual hoarder, but I insist if you have proper storage and a plan, it’s totally fine. Which is why we said “OK” when Sauder sent us over this piece we got to pick out. It wound up fitting in our living room a bit better than the old credenza, so it’s still in the living room housing our TV, while the old one now resides in the dining room.

We styled this piece in the four ways we would actually use it beyond a stand for a TV. If you remember we are ditching our TV for a projector once we renovate the face of our home. Until then, this credenza will do what most credenza’s do and it will house a TV.

Look #1 (above) is an idea to use a credenza in a kids room or play room. It works for obvious reasons (storage, low enough kids can reach on and in it), but also because even if your kiddo is like my kiddo and slams the doors shut, you won’t be shocked by the bang. The doors are soft-close and it’s a good feature with a two year old around.

Look #2 is how we kept the credenza for a while before I finally caved and agreed to put the TV back in the living room. It will also return to this “look” once the projector is up and running after the renovation. The “foyer credenza” is certainly the most useful for me, because I need a dump zone the moment I walk in the door. Truth be told, we keep a bin of toys behind the door in this set up and the TV set up because it’s an awesome place to hide toys because they always seem to make it in the living room no matter how hard you try to keep them out.

Our #3 look was the office option. I see this behind you while you are sitting at your desk. For me a ton of storage is necessary for all the paint samples, fabric samples, books, swatches, and bins it takes to keep an interior designer organized.

Our final #4 look is how to use a credenza in your bedroom. Basically like a dresser on top with your jewelry, family photos, perfume, a decent light (and for me a record player) and the under parts could be laundry, extra sheets, or even shoes.

We had a ton of fun spending the day playing with the Sauder credenza in new ways and hope you all found some inspiration.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

Front Porch Fresh Up

Compensation for this post provided by T.J .Maxx via Mode Media, but all opinions expressed are solely the author’s.

Hello friends! Happy Spring. We were lucky enough to run off to Florida last week and soak in the good weather and then return to Nashville to be greeted by the beautiful spring breeze and sunshine. I realized something while “home” in Boca Raton; I miss plants. A lot. Living in New York, we failed a bunch at plants and even here in Nashville. You may remember we planted a tree when we bought our new home a year ago. Well, the weeping pussy willow is beyond tears and is dead now. Somehow every inch of Boca is covered in thriving, beautiful buds and I was eager to snatch that up and bring it back to Nashville with hopes of refreshing our very winter-looking porch.

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Besides Atlas’ chalk art and the Christmas lights I refuse to remove because they make me too happy, our porch is looking a little, well, eh.

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I rounded up a list of off-the-beaten-path nurseries between Miami and Boynton Beach, and I learned a lot about the place I was brought up in that I never knew before. There is an entire underground off-road world of Boca, and it’s pretty fascinating. The first stop was in Boynton at an easy-to-find place called Tropical World Nursery. The nursery is vast and loaded with so many amazing rare plants and a few chickens too. The picture above is Atlas in love with it all. He kept saying “leaf!”. Sadly the woman working wasn’t very interested in us being there, which made us rush a bit. But not before we snagged this photo and a few hanging plants for the house.

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I basically had to go to a secret location in Delray off two dirt roads after calling a number to be given an undisclosed address to find a really kind husband and wife team to help me stock up on stag horn ferns and teach me a thing or two about mounting plants. I loaded as much as I could fit in a box and left filled with hope of not killing these gorgeous creatures. After picking some growth from my dad’s palm trees and getting them home to Nashville alive, I began practicing mounting at home, and I am addicted now.

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Before I went plant crazy on the porch, we had to give it  a good cleaning and figure out what to do with the bare space. We headed over to T.J. Maxx and got a really great hand sweep and tray for $8 a pop. One is made in Germany, and the other in Italy, and they are both rad. I figure even utilitarian things should be beautiful, especially because it makes cleaning more fun.

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We then snagged these two pillows for $16 a pop and they fit so perfectly with our jute rug and “outside” blanket.

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This table runner was $12 and just happened to match perfectly despite being a totally different brand. The “Joey” head vintage planter made it outside. Yes, that’s a “Florida” plant.

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It’s silly but true. I about squealed when I came upon these clearance kitchen towels for $4 (for the pair). I bought them all. I plan to use them in the bathroom. Watch me break the rules.

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For $50 in textiles and some fresh plants, the porch feels very ready for us now. We have already been hanging out and enjoying it every day since the spruce up. Here are some tips to get you inspired to freshen up your outdoor space:

Tips to make your outdoor space feel like an additional room!

  1. If you have a covered area, add some textiles. We love having pillows and blankets on the porch, they make it feel like an additional room of the house.
  2. Plants and planters may seem excessive when you are already outside, but it’s such a fun way to add color and life in a clean and curated way.
  3. Throw a huge rug down instead of a tiny mat to make the space feel more grounded
  4. Adding a runner to an outdoor table changes the vibe immediately from casual to intentional. Try it when you host your next gathering for a put together a BBQ or porch coffee gathering.

 

Guest Bathroom Progress and Plan

Hey friends! Did you get hit with this icy storm? In NYC we were use to a ton of snow, and here in Nashville it’s like an ice skating rink. Everything is covered in a coat of ice. It’s sort of magical and scary at the same time. Looking at the branches is beautiful, but makes me wonder how long it will take for them to snap on electrical cords and leave us with no power. Crossing fingers that’s just a theory.

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I have mentioned a lot that this blue was getting to me. We painted so many rooms already, but the staircase hallway, guest bathroom, kitchen, and master bedroom are driving me bananas. I know it’s not worth painting whats headed for demo and reconstruction, so I am just hanging back. This guess bathroom is one space that is staying put, so we were able to pull the trigger on a decision. Joey had surprised me with wallpapering our guest bathroom, and I couldn’t be more grateful for a husband that knows me so well. It was driving me mad, being all “country blue” for the past 11 months. We had some ideas, but never fleshed out a real plan until joey got the paper up.

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The plan in pretty simple.

Keep: Floor, tub, toilet

Replace: sink, faucet, lights, switches, toilet flush, towel bars, trash bin, toilet paper holder, shower curtain

Add: wallpaper, small table, shower shelf above towel bar

Remove: Stained glass

Edit: The feet of the tub will go black instead of silver.

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Restoration hardware is having an epic sale, so we figure now may be the time to snag that consule sink. It’s less than $800 for both the stand and the sink. If it looks familiar it’s because its from the same “Dutch” collection as our temporary Restoration Hardware dining table. What can I say? Creatures of habit we are.

The wallpaper (Hygge and West) that was a sweet surprise from Joey was intended to be hung in November, but you know how life goes.

The side table is on clearance sale at Target right now. I think it’s $50 if I am not mistaken.

The lights for above the vanity are also Restoration Hardware and are a little over $200, and are a solid back up if we can’t find a vintage treasure. We are looking for a vintage mirror and towel bars and will hopefully fine other soon once we can  get out of the house to go hunt them down.

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The light switch is finally being accompanied by a plug plate from the Legrand Adorne collection, respectfully in brass, and it looks perfect now!

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I love peeking in the bathroom and seeing we are a step closer to how we ultimately envision it. We have a lot of projects going on at once right now, which seems to make everything move a tad slower when it comes to personal goals, but this cheerful step has me on cloud nine.

We have been working on Unit B of the Rich Hippies House because Unit A is booking up so quickly we had to re-prioritize our own renovation. We also have a show house for Rich Hippies to finish along with a music studio for Joey and a few fun clients. We plan to finish this bathroom and our renovation at the same time over the next few months. If we ever get out from under this ice.

xo,

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The Big ‘Ol Gift Guide of 2014 : Kids

Shopping. It’s something I promise to get done every year before Halloween and in the past that was a super easy task, but since becoming a a mom that goal has gotten a bit harder to accomplish.  Atlas is pretty set with gifts, and our TOMS shopping at Target was a nice way to get a bunch of gifts in one trip. The hardest to shop for is Joey, by far. How’s your shopping going? Are you done, or do you wait for all the mega sales a starting today? Black Friday scares me to be honest. I found such amazing kids stuff this year and I am stoked to share!

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robot blocksrainbow blocksstuffed dogzebra shirtbooks – crayonscubebot - monkey - shoes – lion mask 

Can’t wait to share other round up’s for our gift guide over the next few days!

 

Pretty Holiday Pies to Try!

Oh man, it’s pie season for two solid months. Here is a round up of some amazing selections from the Foodie page. I love the idea of the little pie fries for kids (so you can make sure they don’t go tooooo crazy with sugar) and that it also doubles as breakfast. If you have any great pie recipes, please direct me there – we have a few stops and I would like to have pie-in-hand.

Check out Pretty Holiday Pies

by Lana Migliore Katsaros at Foodie.com

xoxo,
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And it was all white

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. Kids love to reek havoc on walls. In particular, our little whirlwind, Atlas, is adept at scraping and dragging things along the wall as he either attempts to avoid a diaper change or just see if his Duplo block can pass through the drywall at breakneck speed. We’ve done a lot of painting lately so let me show you how the Olympic One paint has held up so far.

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Here’s Atlas’ room. All pretty and and idealized. Take a look at the changing mat. Pretty close to that vintage car pic and the “It’s OK” banner, right? Atlas thought so too. This is what it looks like when a black picture frame gets dragged across a white wall about 70 times a day.

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On the flip side we can look at it as a lesson for Atlas in creating perfect circles. And although the damage looked substantial to us, it wiped right away. Lana applied mild elbow grease and a Magic Eraser and it was taken care of. I’m sure it’ll be replaced by new skid marks soon, but that is the price we pay for form over function in a toddlers room.

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The living room has held up really well. I made some fun scuffs on the wall when installing these floating shelves.

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Once again, a little Magic Eraser and all was right in the world. It’s also worth mentioning that Lana agonizes over shades of white. The living room and mud room got Olympic One “Delicate White” which I really like. The dining room got a white called “Snowy Mount” which actually has a bit of lavender color in it (especially evident during sundown) which we weren’t expecting, but has grown on us. Atlas’ room is “Horseradish”. 3 coats of Olympic One on each room without a needing a separate primer layer got the job done quickly. Let’s peek at our apparently slightly controversial mudroom.

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This room has been a joy to walk into everyday. Lana and I love it. A bit labor intensive. More of those black spots are hand done than not.

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Flowers never hurt a room either.

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The dining room paint has held up well. Admittedly it doesn’t see the high traffic of the other spaces, but the walls still look great and await some picture hanging decisions from us.

All in all, Olympic One paint has been #uptothetest. There are only a handful of strange humans out there that truly enjoy painting walls, but if you gotta do it you might as well have quality product on your roller.

 

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