Bathroom Plan

Did you get to check out our home tour? We shared a peek of our master bathroom, and have been slowly been making decisions. I think we nailed some stuff down, but you never know with us. I meditate a lot on a room before we take action. The bathroom is now a little country (with that blue again!), and we are painting it white, chatting about wallpaper and even a little chatter has been going on about modern and contemporary bathroom vanities.

Here is where we are today:

east nashville bathroom

We are so excited to have a double sink vanity. This one came with the house, but we have been seeking out alternate double sink modern bathroom vanities because the ware on this is showing, and we are thinking the wood may not be the best option for us if the paint gets chipped so easily in addition to the country kind of feel we want to stamp out.

We changed the pulls to the big brass ones we love, and want to keep them and found an awesome switch plate to match.

adorne brass switchplate

And if we go totally white, I may even go brass sinks. But like I said, we are just brainstorming right now.

brass sinkThe thing we are stuck on most are lights right now. I love (love!) the one we just used in our living room, and think a double like that would work amazing if hardwired like the ones you see now. 

Sconce, Barn Light Electric Sconce, DIY Sconce


It’s kind of a dream to have the bathroom all white with brass, and the kitchen that way too. I think if we go in that direction, the black detail tile will need to be removed (on the wall), but the floors can stay the same.

Have you found any great brass fixtures or have any amazing resources our of the ordinary? Share with us, we are listening!


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A Little Paint Therapy

When we decided to move, I had a couple things in mind. I wanted a home we could be more playful with. Our last house was a little stuffy and stiff and didn’t allow for much fun. I suppose we could have gone a little worldly “fun”, or perhaps eclectic more than we did, but the bottom line was, it’s an English tudor with massive rooms and it could look circus-y very easily. I tried with all my might to make it light and bright and fun and it felt that way as much as it possibly could.

Fast forward to our cute little Nashville cottage. When we bought this home in March, all I could think is “I want to play!”. We have a young child, and a casual house, so why not? At the end of the day, most of the “whimsy” is just paint, and for now I want happy all around me and my family, so naturally we started with Atlas’ room and then the second most used room in the house, the mudroom. Here is what is looked like the last time we did a home tour:

mudroom, small mudroom, mudroom makeover

DIY mudroom, before after mudroom



After the blue-be-gone happy dance, the room looked nice and crisp and ready for spots.


It didn’t take very many tools to accomplish our goal fully.

Cheetah Spots Wall Stencil, Royal Design Studio, Olympic Paint One, DIY Mudroom, Spot Stencil, irregular spot stencil

And today, with the power of a good paint job:






We picked the mudroom because it’s such an active place in our home. We use it as our main entrance and exit, as a pass-trough to bring in our bikes, red wagon, stroller, and drop point for bags. Umbrellas dry in this room, and shoes are flub on and off. It’s truly a mudroom, and it constantly needs to be cleaned. Olympic Paint and Good Housekeeping asked us to see if Olympic One Interior Paint was #uptothetest. We had visited New York and I got to tour the Good Housekeeping facility first hand, so I was pretty confident straightaway that if they say we can scrub and clean this paint and it’s going to last, then it’s going to last. With that confidence, we (and by “we”, I mean Joey) took on the painful task of meticulously stenciling spots on the walls in hopes this room could handle the rough and tumble coming to it.  ”It’s backed by Good Housekeeping”, I kept telling myself. “It’s going to look good next week and next year” I promised Joey.

Let me just state that about 1/2 the spots on the wall had to be hand corrected with a tiny paint brush because apparently stenciling isn’t our strong point when the pattern is this small. The much larger one we did in our old house was way easier. Just sayin’.


irregular spot stencil

As for the paint, we used Delicate White in Eggshell and Black Magic in Satin for the spots to allow for a high contrast look. Don’t ask me why we did too finishes, it was more of a curiosity on our part to see if there was an obvious difference. There was not. I was scared it would be too high contrast, but am over the moon with the results. If you come here often, you may remember we were originally going to do this to our dining room, but I chickened out. I am kind of bummed I did. Instead, we used Snowy Mount from Olympic One, which is a little more of a “colorful” white.

east nashville dining room

In Atlas’ room, we used Horseradish from Olympic One Interior Paint. It’s an awesome white that really plays well with the blue curtains, and doesn’t give that “icy” effect. We’ll be doing a where-are-we-now post on his room very very soon.  We are really trusting this paint in the rooms that get hit the most with activity.

atlas' room, diy nursery, cool kid's room

I have to give the Olympic One paint and primer combo of this paint a thumbs up so far. It did a fantastic job of:

  1. covering up blue paint with little effort
  2. covering up beige paint with little effort
  3. covers up spackle great (did you notice the dining room is sans chair rail?!)

We are so pleased with how the mudroom looks, and with a few minor things left to do, we can soon celebrate the completion of another room. Here is what the to-do list is looking like right now:

  1. change the knobs on the sideboard.
  2. swap out the ceiling light
  3. to add art // to not add art
  4. a place for shoes, where I can’t see them (and the baby can’t touch them)
  5. change window dressing
  6. celebrate

Check out the other bloggers seeing if Olympic One is #uptothetest. If you have no idea what I am blabbing’ about, check out this post and hop on our instagram account and catch up.

The Ugly Duckling House
The DIY Villiage
DIO Home Improvements

We are so excited about this partnership and can’t wait to show you what we honestly think! We have been sponsored by Good Housekeeping and Olympic Paint, and promise to continue to be honest about reviews in our posts. 


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Let the Light One In

There is an ongoing debate between Lana and I about whether or not visible wires on sconces are acceptable. You’ll know who wins in about 2 seconds. Or if you are savvy in the ways of married life you already know.

Sconce, Barn Light Electric Sconce, DIY Sconce

That lovely brass number is from our go to light people at Barn Light Electric. Lana and I would probably agree to live in a brass house at this point. What can I say… we both agree on brass looking awesome so anytime it comes up we say “yes“. More on that in the not-too-distant future.

Sconce, Barn Light Electric Sconce, DIY Sconce

One of the clear benefits of having a sconce like this with the external plug is that you can put it pretty much anywhere and not have to hire an electrician to install a new box to hard wire it in. As you can see here, this is some simple stuff. A mounting bracket to affix to the wall via some anchors and screws, and some screws to attach the face plate of the sconce to the bracket. Uh… that’s it. Here’s what the process looks like boiled down to a couple pics.

Sconce, Barn Light Electric Sconce, DIY Sconce


Sconce, Barn Light Electric Sconce, DIY Sconce


Sconce, Barn Light Electric Sconce, DIY Sconce

Our living room is currently sans a light because Lana sold it right off the ceiling in order to force us to replace it sooner. Funny right? Anyway, the room has been a bit dark for a month or so. We needed some more light in there and we wanted to highlight Atlas’ record player anyway so we decided that would be a superb spot for it. But as I said before, we don’t have to be married to it since we can just move it with only a couple little holes to patch.

Sconce, Barn Light Electric Sconce, DIY Sconce

And I’ll give Lana credit where credit is due. The light look great. And having the Edison bulb in there makes it a subtle glow at night and a nice accent during the day. We are still back and forth about a main ceiling fixture, but that is for another day.

Sconce, Barn Light Electric Sconce, DIY Sconce

Pssssst! If you dig that trunk riser, check out how to easily DIY one yourself


Nashville Dining Room Progress

The power of a moodboard. I really respect people who meditate and can focus on not focusing. I am not one of those people who can easily envision what a room is going to look like when pulled together with the pieces I want to use. It usually works like this:

I pin, pin, pin. Until I find a repeating theme going on and then decide if it’s got longevity or is a flash-in-the-pan trend I am going to tire of in just a few months.

I pull together something visual, enter moldboard, to see if the pieces I picked and the ideas I have actually work together.

I meditate on it for weeks, if not months. I don’t do this process with clients exactly, because we would be in a perpetual state of edit if I treated everyone like this, but I do with our home because well, we are way more flexible with the “when things get done” then the people who pay us to get their home designed.

So, this is what we came up with for our dining room.

dining room moldboard, stag lamp, deer head lamp,I am tired of it already. You can imagine how excited I am that we didn’t take a ton of time to stencil those tiny spots on the wall. Once we painted the walls white, it felt good as is.


Joey removed the chair rail, and we will have a post about how he did it successfully soon. It’s such a tiny room, I felt it just added an unnecessary busy vibe, especially if we were going to stencil spots. Below is a picture while we were house hunting with the original beige and chair rail.

dining room before

Here is where we are at today. Sans chair rail, a nice crisp white wall and many conversations about a chandelier. There are some points we are certainly stuck at. I was wishing, and hoping the table Joey built for our old house would work under the windows are kind of a plant stand. It’s slightly too high, and I am not willing to edit it to fit the space. It was a similar situation to the extra large chair in Atlas’ room. I had to live with it, before committing to “no”. I knew it probably wouldn’t work, but I just had to see for myself. Annoying, I know. At least I am not left with those “What if it worked?” feelings.

small dining room

The rug isn’t really working, but it’s a good temp while we hunt something out. The chairs are the biggest issue. What you see at the table are the chairs from our old dining room set, and they fit great at the table. They are both Restoration Hardware. The chairs we got for $20 on craigslist, stained, and reupholstered we love so much, but they are slightly too tight. They look great, they are just hard to pull out and sit next to another person with any personal space.

east nashville dining room

We are still discussing art, the Buddha will eventually find it’s way outside, window dressings are another stump. The room gets great light, we don’t want to compromise that. It’s so tiny, the vibe is working it’s way towards “fancy breakfast nook” instead of “formal dining room”.

east nashville dining room

engineer prints

These are a couple of the engineer prints I had done for $1,79 each at staples. It’s part of an Instagram project I am starting, #sparechangeproject. We are still deciding how and if to frame them up and where to work them in.


We snagged he most beautiful wood at Good Wood here in Nashville, and are making custom built in’s in this awkward nook. That’s a closet to the left, and a cut out to the right. It makes we wonder what this room really was in the past. The layout is so strange in some areas. The wood was$130 and $10 to cut in half. We are working on finding a credenza of sorts to put under the shelving and help store our not-everyday kitchen items.

good wood, custom built in bar

We may paint the ceiling black (meditating on that!), and have not abandoned spots all together. Remember our home tour series of this new house? The mudroom has been going through some changes to accommodate how we actually use it, and we think the spots would be fun in there. It’s certainly time for an updated moldboard.

good wood, raw shelves

So, thats the update on the dining room. Small steps leading to a big change from the first day we put eyes on her! We are having such a fun time with this house! Can’t wait to share more. Be well friends !


lana katsaros

One Important Tip for Hanging Outdoor Curtains


Hello friends! We are very excited about today’s post. Back in New York we had this great idea to use pipes to make 360 degree curtain rods, and they worked out great!
mudroom, diy mudroom

We adored our little mudroom off the kitchen, and even though this new Nashville house has a mudroom, it’s totally different and does not require the same window dressing. Our patio however, very much does. This time though, we had to really think about curtains mingling with the elements, and what we were going to do to avoid things like mold and keeping them clean. If you want a more detailed post about how to use pipes to make 360 curtains, check this out. If you want to know how to keep those curtains pretty and deflect the elements, keep reading!

outside curtain waterproof diy

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 OK, it’s a pretty simple trick, and we tried the application on 100% polyester semi-sheer curtains two ways. Are you ready?

never wet outdoor curtains

We set out to test (and retest) to see if this little bottle of Rust-oleum Never-Wet would work on curtains, and to what degree. We tried spraying it on….

rust-olem never wet how to

…and pouring it into a vessel and dipping it. We had nine panels to do total, so enough to experiment and find which method worked best for us


After both methods, we allowed each panel to dry over a garment rack I have for my kid’s clothing line.

rust-oleum never-wet instructions

When dried, we tested both applications. Keep in mind, the curtains we got are 100% polyester and slightly sheer. The texture was exactly the same, but it smelled like the spray a little bit.

neverwet rust-oleum review

I first dripped some water and it immediately beaded up. Great! So it seems the curtains can handle a little rain shower or drizzle. Then I decided to dump the whole glass with force.

neverwet review

To my shock, it completely repelled the water. Crazytown. The curtains were wipeable, which was really important to me and we were pleased to say the least. So we decided to continue applying the Rust-Oleum® NeverWet™ Outdoor Fabric Water Repelling Treatment to the rest of our curtains. So which method was a better application?

Spraying it on was the winner! The dunk method left little spots behind (about the size of a quarter) that did get wet so we proceeded with spraying the remainder.

atlas the great #atlasthegreat

Our DJ hooked us up with some tunes, and we got to hanging, and it started to look magical right away on our patio.

360 DIY curtain

never wet does it work


outside curtain waterproof diy

outside curtain waterproof diy

outside curtain waterproof diy

outside curtain waterproof diy

They have a really nice “windy” feel to them, and I am excited we won’t be looking to replace them after just a few rains. I have seen how moldy and gross they can get if they don’t have water repellent on them. You never know with projects like this – is it going to work? With that being said, we are so pleased that we can confidently answer – yes! You can use Rust-Oleum® NeverWet™ Outdoor Fabric Water Repelling Treatment on curtains. We’ll keep you posted in a few months to let you know if it’s holding up.

neverwet rust-oleum how to curtains

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Plans for the Dining Room

Hello folks! Planning what we are doing with our dining room is a little tricky. All our old furniture simply doesn’t fit, so it’s in storage. Problem being, the room is very tiny. More like a breakfast nook than a dining room to be honest. The addition we are scheming up is going to be a living-dining combo, so temporary is the name of the game right now. We snagged another Restoration Hardware table after not being able to find one we loved that was small enough. We loved the amazing white Jonathan Adler one on crazy sale at JCP, and also were credit-card-in-hand at West Elm, only to realize these tables were going to be too big for this room. So we landed with another kind of predictable piece, which I fought so very hard. This table will most likely have a second life as a desk or prep table in my studio for Rich Hippies, which make me feel better. Also, I love it. It’s good.

dining room moldboard, stag lamp, deer head lamp,

We are going way less formal with the dining room this time because it’s just simply more casual. It sits between the living room and kitchen, and has an awkward jutting closet in it.

dining room before

dining room before

Those two pictures above were from when we were house hunting / closing on the house. Since this picture we have removed the chair rail to prep for the more casual vibe we are brining in. The walls will be….spotted. This is either going to be really amazing, or a massive fail. I am will to take the risk and find out. We paint this week, a nice white base from Olympic One, which we will be reviewing and a black spot stenciled, from the same brand.

We snagged two great pieces of reclaimed wood from a local shop here in Nashville called Good Wood to do a custom built in, for the weird nook cut out next to the closet. We know we want to make that a bar area, but are unsure as to  what’s going under the shelves right now.

That chandy has a new owner in her near future. Just like at our old house, we are paralyzed on decision making with lighting in here. I have already pulled out half the lights in this house and sold to internet buyers, so now after 8:30pm it gets vey dark and Joey won’t let me take this one down until we agree and have the new light in hand. We love this stag chandelier on the moodboard, but it’s been a pain to find in the right size. We lucked out with these plates from Canvas and got them on super duper sale. The napkins are from Pier 1, and are currently on sale as well for less than $3. The rug is from our master bedroom in our old house that we got at ABC Carpet and Home (if you live in NYC or South Florida), and might just be a temp rug.

dining room inspiration

source 1. 2.

These two stunners are the inspiration. I suppose a living room and a bathroom are not normal inspiration for a dining room, but this is what I and going with. Spotted fun walls with brass and clean white lines mixed with not-so-serious accessories. Mix in a little reclaimed wood and living plants, and we have a winner. Those tables under that lacquer table look a lot like the trunk risers we just did. Maybe we’ll give a go at placing them under the reclaimed shelves we are doing and see if they look like a fit.

Wish us luck with this room!  We are trying to make it work for “today”, but also have an easy transition into what it will be in the future when we build our extension and get to create a dining room exactly how we want it!


lana katsaros

Nashville House Tour // Master Bath

Hello friends. We had a wonderful and very busy weekend with Rich Hippies at Porter Flea in Nashville. If you have never been, I very much suggest you make a day of it. There are so many talented folks. We were humbled to be amongst them. We are about 1/2 though 100 projects right now, and I am bursting at the seams to get them up on the blog. Our home tour series is almost complete, which means a lot more fun ideas to share are coming so soon. We know our move and the baby has side tracked us so much, and being able to get our hands dirty again and blog about it feels so good. It already feels like home.

Our master bath was a sweet little surprise.

east nashville bathroom


Our last bathroom needed so much work, it was painful. This crispy clean bathroom is attached to our master bedroom, and isn’t huge nor small. It’s a great size and very very sun filled.

east nashville bathroom

As you probably figured by now, the blue is going to go. The natural thought is to paint it white and then figure it out. We already made a tiny little switch that was driving me mad.

bathroom knob

restoration hardware brushed brass knob


The black cabinets and drawers need some touch up paint, but the dinky knobs needed to be replaced with something a little more substantial. These beauties are from Restoration Hardware, and are no longer being promoted. If you ask though, they may be able to order them for you. I was not able to get them in the Greenwhich, CT store, but I was in the Nashville one.

rh brushed brass knob

They have some weight, and are just the right metal for this bathroom. We plan on changing the fixtures all around to something similar. It matches the original hinges for the original door as well as the doorknob plate. They are so gorgeous.

brushed brass knob


We are going to keep the marble and medicine cabinets, and probably even the tile detail on the wall.


east nashville bathroom


There is just enough to do to make it ours, but such a treat it’s in such good shape to enjoy right away!



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