office before

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Our home office has been in an unfinished state for what feels like ages.  When we moved in the office was just a blank room.  No cabinets, closets, or storage of any type.  We placed all of the random office stuff that truthfully never worked in any of our homes, and planned to mess with it at another time.  It was so badddddd.  I hated going in that room.  The befores are just plain embarrassing, but here you go.

Here's the lovely scene that greeted you at the door.


To the right.  I have no explanation for those bookcases being situated like that.


And then to the left.  Here I was trying to convince myself that hanging curtain rods higher and wider was going to help.  Yeah, like that's the problem here.  


I mean.  I can't even.

A couple of years ago we had built ins added to the back wall, and saved money by painting them ourselves.  Hello, storage!!!



The desk was moved back in, the shelves were haphazardly filled, and we left it like that for a couple of years because ANYTHING was better than what we had before!  A week ago we were both ready to finally finish it up.  I still can't make my mind up on a couple of things.  Rug or no rug?  Wood shades or fabric shades?  Fix the drawer front where I drilled the wrong knob hole, or continue to ignore it and shake my fist at it every time I look at it?  Decisions, decisions.

I'm promising myself to have this done by the end of summer.  Hold me to it!      

real simple

Thursday, June 1, 2017

I hope everyone is enjoying summer so far!  We're already getting lots of hot days and, "I'm so bored!!" over here already :D

I wanted to share with you guys some fun news.  Real Simple just posted an article, Low-Cost Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Spa-Like, that you should totally check out because our guest bathroom is in it!  Eeeeeeee!!!







I'd love for you guys to head over and check it out!  There's also a few other baths included from some pretty awesome designers and bloggers that you love with some really great tips!

If you'd like more photos and info on how I refreshed our plain builder's grade bathroom for a little over $100, check out my full post here.

What's your favorite low-cost bathroom tip?


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nightstand styling

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

There are a bunch of different formulas you can find online about how to properly style a nightstand.  Some of them work for me and others don't.  By that I mean if the perfect styling recipe calls for a tray or candle and I don't have one that looks right, I'm not going to go out and purchase one.  I'll just work around it with what I have.  If you find yourself needing some nightstand styling ideas, I'm sharing ours and how I created them.

In our master (you can read more about it here and here), we just retired our ancient alarm/radio/why are there so many dials clock for this simple alarm clock that's pretty enough to stay out for photos :)  I ended up switching up the nightstand decor in the process.  Since the clock, table skirt, and lamp (temporarily stolen from the entry to see if I liked it, and darn it, I do) blend in with the wall, I added a larger dark vase in the back for some contrast.  There's a small tray for hairbands and any jewelry that I forgot to take off before bed.


A previous version had my usual lamp.  I used a silver tray to hold a vase with greenery, a black candle for contrast, and some little brass swans.  You'll notice the absence of an alarm clock.  I removed it for photos because our old alarm clock was definitely not inspiring anyone ;)


My husband's side has a vase with greenery and black candle to break up the lighter colors, and a small plate acting as a tray to hold any smaller items like a ring or cell phone.




For our guest room nightstand I kept this side simple.  Just a lamp and small bowl for jewelry, etc. 


And since we're using a desk as a nightstand on the other side I had plenty of open space left after adding a lamp and tray with accessories.  The tray holds a vase for color and life stacked on books for height and a glass box with seashells.  The white tray breaks up the dark wood and keeps the accessories grouped together.  I added a basket under the desk for dirty laundry because I can't stand stuffing dirty laundry back in my suitcase when traveling.  




In our daughter's room she has a small accent table on one side of the bed that holds a vase with faux succulents for color.  The necklace adds extra texture and color for the photo but in real life there's usually a cup of water in its place.  Oh, and instead of placing lamps on nightstands in kids' rooms, I like to use sconces so I don't have to worry about them getting knocked over.


Her desk sits on the other side of her bed.  It's definitely more of a desk than nightstand and is set up as so, but the two closest drawers to her bed hold her chapsticks and sleep masks (she uses them when she's feeling fancy).




In our son's room it's all geared toward being useful.  Again, I used sconces instead of lamps.  One side holds his favorite bedtime books and his piggy bank as a bookend.


The other has a metal basket filled with all of his toy cars.  They're out in the open so he can play with them, and they just look plain cute in a little boy's room.




That is it!  While they don't all follow some strict recipe, they work for us and I love how they look.  I hope this gives you some ideas if you're struggling with how to style your nightstands at home!



black door hinges installed

Thursday, May 11, 2017

In my last post I talked about how I wanted to replace our painted door hinges with oil rubbed bronze/black ones.  90 hinges removed, 90 hinges installed, and 1,080 screws later, we have new hinges on all of our doors!!   I can't say enough about how much I am loving the new things!


While there was technically nothing wrong with the old hinges (they did open and shut), I just wasn't a fan of them being painted.  Here are the double doors in our master bath before and after.  



Hallway to powder room before and after.



To give you an idea of what I was working with, look at how rough the painted hinges were.  Definitely wasn't going to be able to go with my original plan of spray painting them black.  I believe the black and orange marks are from WD-40, and just look at that beautiful paint job the builder did.  Pure craftsmanship crapmanship right there.


New hinges were obviously the solution, but I was worried about the price seeing as we had so many to replace.  I found these 3.5 inch hinges on Amazon in bulk amounts bringing them close to $1.00 per hinge.  SOLD.  And since they were Prime I had free shipping.
You guys, they look so much nicer!!  I want to mention that some of the reviews stated that the hinges were scratched and some felt they couldn't use them because of the scratches showing.  I ended up ordering a few extra in case I ran into this problem.  I'm not sure if it's because I ordered in bulk, but none of mine were scratched.  They all looked great and worked perfectly!  


For our exterior doors I went with these 4 inch exterior hinges.  These came in late yesterday, and while I got them installed it was too dark to get photos taken for you.  But, they too were in perfect shape and installed beautifully!

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One more task checked off the ol' To-Do List!


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black door hinges

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sometimes it's the little things that often go unnoticed that make a difference.  For me, I can't stop thinking about black hinges on white doors.  I just love the way it looks!  




When we were building I asked how much it would cost us to switch out the builder grade painted hinges out for oil rubbed bronze/black.  They paint the doors, hinges, and trim all at once to save time and money.  I wish I could remember what they quoted us, but it was RIDICULOUS.  We red lined it and went with the painted hinges.  Now I can't stop thinking about it again.  Here are the double doors from our master bath to the bedroom.


And in the hallway to the powder room.


My plan was to simply take the old hinges off, spray paint them, and reattach.  Time consuming, but certainly cost effective, right?

We took all the hinges off the doors in our master.  Of course once they were all off we realized how bad they looked.  Big 'ol dried paint drips, chips, rust colored streaks from WD-40, etc.  They looked horrible.  Stripping 90 (yes, 90) door hinges is not my idea of fun.  So, I searched online and found some in bulk, which brings my cost per hinge down to a little over $1.00.  No brainer right there!!  Still not sure why they were going to charge us thousands when we were building, but whatever.  They should be here tomorrow and I can't wait to get them up!  

So, what do you think?  Are you Team Black Hinges or Team Seriously They're Just Hinges Get Over It?  Ha!

my favorite finds

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I've made a few purchases lately that I am absolutely loving so I wanted to share them with you.



NO. 01 // This is my go-to shirt.  An easy, goes with literally everything, chambray button up.  I'm even wearing it in my profile picture.  I've had this one for a few years and am picking up another because I can't live without it.  Right now it's 50% off making it the perfect time to grab one.  Or two.

NO. 02 // I ordered this dress online and was worried the fit would be boxy.  It's not, it's pretty stinking perfect, the ruffles on the sleeves are great, and it's incredibly comfy.  It's on clearance for $39.99 so snag one up before they're gone!

NO. 03 // My Louis Vuitton that I've had and loved for 7 years finally wore out.  I carried it everyday so I definitely feel like I got my money out of it.  However, I didn't want to by another one because I don't want to be tied down to a single purse for another 7+ years.  Instead I went with this beautiful and simple leather tote.  I added the gold foil monogram to the top and am so in love!!  It has an open top which I love for easy access, but check out this zippered one if you like closure.  It was my next favorite pick.

NO. 04 + 05 // I purchased this essentials zippered pouch and this polka dot zippered pouch to help corral items in my new tote.  The fringe zipper is super cute.

NO. 06 // I've been on an alarm clock hunt for a few weeks.  Our old one works, but it's just big and clunky.  This wood look alarm clock looks great, has a pleasant alarm tone, has a backup battery in case of power loss, comes with wall adapter cord, is easy to use (others are surprisingly difficult to get the alarm set), and you can change the brightness of the display.  And, for less than $20 it was the winner!  It's currently showing the item out of stock online, but check your local store.

NO. 07 // I'm wearing this hooded sweatshirt as I type.  Such a flattering fit for a sweatshirt and it's a great weight that's not too thick or thin.  The gray and ivory is almost sold out, but they have it in cobalt and white that's super cute too.

NO. 08 // This short sleeve popover has a faint stripe and looks great with jeans and shorts.  It nips in a little above the waist making it super flattering.  I'll be getting tons of use out of it this spring and summer.  They also have it in a multicolored gingham print.  Right now it's under $30.

NO. 09 // Next month we're going to Ireland and I wanted to get some cute comfortable shoes for all the walking we're going to be doing.  I am so in love with these gold and ivory New Balance!!  I have a different pair of New Balance that run small, but these run true to size.

NO. 10 // While I was waiting on my new tote to come in, I grabbed this crossover bag.  I am pleasantly surprised with how much I like it.  It's super soft, comes in five other colors including a pretty blush, and looks much more expensive than it's $30 price tag.




What have you purchased lately that you're really loving?


our bedroom dresser

Monday, May 1, 2017

While sharing the bedside table that I refinished in this post, I realized I've never shared with you the new dresser we purchased a little over a year ago for our master bedroom.  Gosh, maybe even longer??  At this point I have no clue.  Anywho, here she is!


You guys, this dresser is such an improvement over our old one!!  So you can fully appreciate it, I'm gonna take it back to what the old dresser looked like.  My husband's full blown matching set of bachelor bedroom furniture.


That dresser literally tried to kill me every time I put clothes away in those drawers.  The slides were broken and the drawers fell out every freaking time.  HATED IT.  It was also just the wrong scale for our bedroom in this house.  We needed something larger, something where the drawers worked.  


So much better, right?!!  We went with the Louis XVI 10-Drawer Dresser in Aged Oak from Restoration Hardware.  Absolutely love the color.  You can see how well the newly refinished side table ties in with it in the reflection of the mirror.  Bonus: the drawers don't fall out.



I brought out the mirror that used to be in our dining room.  I had planned on finding something different, maybe round, but this one has grown on me.  


It definitely ties in with the rest of the room now.



And because I want to be honest with you guys, here's what was moved out of the way so I could take pretty pictures for you.  The dog crate that sits behind our bedroom door.  


There's no where else to put this beast of a crate.  I made a simple cover for it out of painter's drop cloth (I know, I cover everything in that stuff!) to make it less of an eyesore, and also to keep the walls from getting nasty when we have to crate him.  It's truly disgusting how much dog gunk can get on the walls.  I can't leave you with that image so here's this instead :)


SOURCES: dresser // mirror - antique store // white ceramic vases // basket - Homegoods // ceiling fan // DIY picture frame moulding // rug // headboard // white duvet // grey blanket // black pillows - DIY // white drapes // bamboo blinds // DIY skirted nightstand // wood nightstand // lamps - TJ Maxx

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