Vote: Two Bathroom Redesign Options

It’s less than a week until I get the keys to my new house and I absolutely cannot wait any longer to share some spaces with you. I actually really like most of the rooms in our new home and it could easily be considered move-in ready but I have to put my stamp on every room. So here’s a picture of our downstairs powder room from the listing:

New House Bathroom

 

It’s not terrible but it definitely is in need of an update. There are some things that will stay like the mirror and the sconces. They’re original to the house and are great quality. The towel bar is also gorgeous and has great details so it’ll probably stay as well. But everything else is subject to change. The problem is that I can’t quite make up my mind as to the overall look and feel that I want for this room. So I thought that I’d put together a couple of mood boards and and have you all give me your input.

Option 1

Bathroom Re Design 1

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Option 2

Bathroom Re Design 2

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Many of the pieces are pretty similar but the finished look would be much different. Option 1 is moody and has more of a modern feel while still incorporating the vintage pieces. It feels a little more masculine as well- which isn’t a bad thing considering my husband will live there too.

Option 2 is much more light and airy. I think that it also has more of a peaceful feel with a hint of glam as well. There’s a subtle bird theme which makes it kind of fun and I love the little ceramic love birds-they’re actually wedding cake toppers but I think they’d be beautiful in any room.

So which one do you like? My husband said that he couldn’t really decide which one he liked better which is surprising because I thought that he’d immediately pick the first. It was only after he realized that option 2 had a bird theme that he decided he wanted to go with option 1. He thinks birds are creepy, I think he’s strange.

Leave a comment letting me know which one you like best! Thanks!


Having Humor in Your Home

Funny Anniversary GiftThis past weekend was my 6th anniversary and let me tell you, after a few years it’s hard to be as original when it comes to gifts. So I found this picture, laughed heartily in the antique store, and bought for my husband to celebrate our love. It’s ridiculous but it’s “us” and I know we’ll giggle every time we see it.

I love seeing humorous or odd art in people’s homes because it give a little sneak peek into their personalities. The best way I’ve seen it done is having the art tucked into a powder room, hallway or office. That way, your art doesn’t come on too strong and only the people who are paying attention will get to enjoy the added bonus.

Funny Art BathroomSo after scouring the web, I’ve found some funny/quirky prints that I think would be great in most any home.

Funny Etsy Print

I’d love to have this hanging in my bedroom for laughs and the husband thought it was pretty spot on.

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This print combines my husband’s obsessions with all things burgers and all things space. More on the quirky than funny side but would still be a great surprise addition to a hallway or office.

Funny Bathroom ArtThis last print would be great in any bathroom but especially a kid’s bathroom. It’s just a wee bit cheeky and is great for those little spots in your bathrooms that need something on the wall.  Any of you have something funny hanging up on your walls? I’m getting really excited to move into the new house and get our antique art up in the office!

 

 

 


Target 10 under $20

I’m sure that you can tell that I’ve been doing a ton of online window shopping while I’m not so patiently waiting for closing date on my new house. I’m also feeling a little light in the pocket book because, well, buying a house is expensive. So while I’ve been perusing around the web, I’ve been saving links for items that I consider perfect touches that are also on sale. Target is one of my favorite places for just about everything and they did not disappoint this time. I thought I’d share some of my favorites that are all under $20.

Target 10 Under $20

 

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I’m thinking that the cream throw and the acacia bowl might have to come and live at my new house and the bulldog cookie jar needs to go to two or three friends who love their wrinkly pooches. The metallic pillows are fab as well and would absolutely go on my bed right this minute if the Mr didn’t use his veto power against them. Won’t someone take them home and love and care them like beautiful, shiny pillows deserve?

**Don’t forget to use your Target Card for free shipping- it’ll save you a trundle!


Make a Difference Monday: The Easiest Way to Donate $5

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We all want to give back but sometimes we’re limited by time, money, resources, etc. Today I want to share an easy way for you to help children in need get access to school supplies. Target (oh how I love thee!) will donate $5 to the Kids in Need Foundation for every download of a song. The best part about the song download is that it’s free. So basically, you download a song for free and Target sends $5 to children who need supplies for school. Free song, free supplies. I’m not really seeing a downside here.

So head on over here and pick up a new tune while helping out!  Happy Make a Difference Monday!

*I was not paid or perked by Target Corp for this post- I just think they’re awesome and had to share!


Lazy Mornings

This week has been nuts. Meetings, scheduling, volunteering, paperwork, etc. It seems like the busier I get, the less I want to actually do things. Today, I actually daydreamed about staying in bed all day and watching Netflix while I doodle and eat food that was delivered straight to my door. It was a splendid dream. Then I saw Pink Peonies Instagram photo in which she was wearing the perfect robe and it felt like a sign. But who has the luxury of an unproductive morning these days? Certainly not me. 🙁 So instead, I created a mood board of what it might looks like to have one of those beautiful, lazy, listless mornings. And of course, I had to include the robe made of perfection.

Lazy Morning

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Doesn’t that robe make you want to just lay in bed and feel glamorous? Seriously. And having a coordinating throw to snuggle in- is it too much? Not for my dream lazy morning.

So spill it- have any of you had a completely lazy and ridiculously unproductive morning recently? If so, I’m totally jelly!

 


Have You Heard of Bezar?

So, have you heard of Bezar before? It’s like Etsy except for beautifully curated, modern and with a gorgeous design (sorry Etsy). I stumbled upon them today and I’ll admit that I’ve spent WAAAAY too much time looking through the different shops and trying talk myself out of buying too much.

Bezar Picks

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One thing I love and hate about the site is that there are new products every day but shops and their items only last for 7 days. It’s great for inspiration each day but also it means you have to buy something you love pretty much when you see it otherwise you run the risk of forgetting about it and losing your chance.

Like many new decor/deal sites, it’s member-only but sign up is free and they promise not to spam you. Take a look at Bezar (it’s linked to the sign up page) and let me know if you found anything that you love!  Did you love or hate any of the things I’ve put in my shopping bag?

 


Three Great Summer Movies for 2015

My husband loves summer blockbusters. I do not. Movies packed with action but light on plot are not my idea of a great afternoon. But just because most movies out during the summer are explosion-filled fluff, doesn’t mean that there aren’t some great summer flicks out there.

Far From the Madding Crowd is based on the famous Thomas Hardy novel with the same title. I’ve actually already seen this one and I LOVED it. My husband did as well. The main character is strong, yet human and Carrie Mulligan does a wonderful job. This came out early in the summer so check for it at dollar theaters and Red box.

Mr Holmes is another British film with Ian McKellen as the famous Sherlock Holmes on his last case. I haven’t seen it yet but it’s on my list and the critics loved it!

This last movie is one I just heard about and can’t wait to see. Many people that have seen it say that it’s funny, touching, and the only issue with the film is that it’s too short. I love the idea the premise of the movie- that life can change and begin again at any time.

So what movies are you watching this summer? Have you seen any of these or recommend others?

 

 


Lucite Entry Table

We’re closing on our new house in less than two weeks which means I should be packing up boxes, going through miscellaneous items, and all of the other boring moving stuff. But I’m not. I’m scouring the Internet for new furniture for our new digs and I don’t even feel bad about it. I like to think of it as “prepping” for new space. And the past few days I’ve been spending my “prep time” looking at gorgeous entries. Ours will be small but it doesn’t mean it can’t be interesting.

Since space is limited, I’ve pretty much decided on a lucite entry table to keep things visually clean while giving the space something solid to throw keys on. Look how pretty this one is:

Lucite Table Entry 1 Don’t you love how it defines the space without breaking it up all at the same time? Lucite is pretty much magic. Beautiful, beautiful magic. So in order to “prep” a little more (it’s always good to be prepared, right?), I thought that I’d make a mood board for how I see it styled in our new house.

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I’m planning on painting the walls a soft bluish gray which I think will look gorgeous with the rug and art and help tie everything together since we’re pairing modern and traditional pieces.

So tell me, are you a fan of the lucite table or is it too modern for your taste? Would you pair with only modern touches for a cohesive look or try to balance it with more traditional pieces?


Make a Difference Monday: It Can Wait

 

AT&T’s new anti texting ad is brilliant and tragic. I love their tag line “It can wait” because it always can. I know I’ve been guilty a time or two of trying desperately to send a text out before the light changes or check on Instagram for just a second. And it’s completely dumb and ridiculously myopic. What on my phone is more important than my safety and the safety of others around me? Sometimes I think that we forget we’re driving around in machines weighing over a ton, capable of truly hurting/injuring/killing people. I’m not trying to be a downer on Monday because heaven knows- no one needs that- but I am trying to give a little different perspective on something most of us do every single day. We’ve heard for years, “give 100% to whatever you do” and I think that applies to driving as much as anything else. So today I’m going to put down the phone and start really driving. Will you?


Settling Into Yourself

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I’m sure that we’ve all had times when we’ve taken a step back and realized that we’re not where we thought we’d be or even who we thought we’d be. It’s not necessarily a comfortable moment but I’m coming to realize that’s OK. In reading Dan Harris’s book 10% Happier he talks about meditation and how we find discontent when our idea of how things should be confronts the idea of how things are. I’ve thought a lot about it and how it relates to my life, my goals, and my general ideology. I’ll admit that I used to be somewhat of a self-help junkie- working at Franklin Covey will do that to you- and I’ve taken so much advice to heart but honestly, there are so many conflicting messages out there. We’re told to by some schools or thought to “never stop improving” and then other camps declare to “love yourself” so much and so hard until everything becomes clear. 

But is any of it true? Are there any magical mantras that will fix lapses in confidence or times when you’re sure you’re the strangest, most unloveable creature? Well, I haven’t read every single book out there but I’m pretty sure that there isn’t. Now it doesn’t mean that all of these writers and gurus are complete hacks (although some of them certainly are) but rather that they found their personal compass, their “personal truth”, if you will, and want to share it. So how do we find our “truth” when we’re in the middle of life, deadlines, and everything else? How do we decide what message we should repeat to ourselves when times feel rough, or when life feels all turned around?

I can’t claim that I have the right answer but I’m working on having the right answer for me. I’m trying to walk that fine line between over-planning and letting go and I’m not always good at it. In fact, I often struggle with the balance of it all. But even though I’m not even close to mastery, I think that it’s good to talk about it with other people. I’m always surprised when I’m struggling with something and find out that there are many other people who are struggling with the same issue, especially when I was sure that I was the only person that couldn’t get it together on that certain thing. I feel ridiculous each time I come to that realization. There is power in common goals and even in common suffering and we do a disservice to ourselves and others when we pretend we have it all together because we don’t. None of us do.

So I’m here today declaring I’m imperfect and still finding my way. I’m still on the path trying desperately to settle into myself, my life, and my relationships with others and that I’m fine with it. Or at least I’m working on it.