Not Quite Modern Bathroom Mood Board

Marble Hex Tile/ Subway Tile/ Paint/ Vanity/ Faucet/ Mirror/ Shower Fixtures/ Shower Curtain/ Bathmat/ Toilet Paper Holder/ Towel Bar/ Art (Similar)/ Faux Flowers/ Towels (Love quality and price!)/ Best Toilet for the $$$

So is this the most beautiful mood board ever created? Well, no, but I think that it will give you (and my husband) a good idea of what I’m scheming for our guest bathroom. I’m hoping to create a balance between traditional and modern by using timeless finishes mixed with modern metals and lines.

Now that I’m working in real estate, I’ve found that I tend to focus more on balancing design with cost and general appeal. I’m still planning on designing to my our taste but I’m far more hesitant now to pull the trigger on something that’s fairly trendy if it’s on the expensive side or if it’s hard to remove. While some might say that white subway tile is tired, I think that it’s so classic that it’ll never truly be out. Marble and hex shaped penny tiles are also fairly timeless so marrying both styles together for the flooring made total sense. The current bathroom hasn’t been really changed in almost 50 years so I’m hoping that the subway and marble tiles will last another 50 years.

One of the main things that I love about mood boards is that you get to see all your ideas together in one place, hopefully in a cohesive design. While I do like most of the finishes, I’m not quite sure about the mirror and the the paint color. The mirror is simple, but I think that it might be a little too simple and a little too traditional. The paint color is a deep beauty that mostly reminds me of beautiful deep jewel tones, but also kind of reminds me of the 80’s color palettes which doesn’t make me feel joyous.

So while I don’t normally love having semi-finished designs floating about, I’m hoping that one or two of you might chime in and let me know what you’re thinking. Anything you love or hate or would absolutely change?

Modern Boy Bedroom MoodBoard

Order Online: Headboard, Bedding, Nightstand, Chair, Surf Pillow, Curtains, Dresser

Already Owned Items: Rugby Print, Lamp, Sheets

This is the first draft- we decided against the headboard and then the nightstand went out of stock so we switched things up by adding a full bed (instead of just a headboard), new nightstand, and new dresser color. We also added hanging book ledges for the wall near his bed to encourage reading.

Online Order: Bed, Bedding, Pillow, Nightstand, Curtains, Chair, Dresser,

Already Own: Lamp, Antique Rugby Print, Sheets

Customize for Room: Navy & Gray Book Ends, Hanging Book Shelves (Ikea)

Still a modern and boyish feel with just a few slight tweaks to a few items. All Target items at additional 10% with Promo code “HOME” at checkout!

Chic Femme Bedroom Moodboard

I know that I’ve been a little MIA lately, but life has been busy around these parts lately and my other project has kept me glued to my computer. Besides working on Covered Style, I’ve also been having fun helping a friend with her house remodel. She has beautiful taste and her house is going to be gorgeous. I honestly can’t wait to show you all of the rooms that we’re designed and put together. Enter the chic femme bedroom and a whole house full of gorgeous rooms!

Unfortunately, the house is still very much under construction, like the flooring and cabinets aren’t installed yet, so I thought that I’d post some of the moodboards that I put together. My client wanted her bedroom to be modern, yet feminine so we’re balancing the crisp clean feel of the black and white look while still keeping it soft, light, and chic.

As a warning, this is not some gorgeous moodboard where everything is completely in place and proportionally correct- it’s just a general feel of the room. I promise that once we get everything set up and styled, I will post


Lamps, Nightstands, Bed, Bedding, Art, Rug (Fun Rug), Curtains, Blush pillow (cheaper option), Gold pillows, X Bench, Dresser

So what’s your favorite piece? Do you love the more stark, modern look or do you lean more towards a warmer, cozier bedroom?

You know I’d love to hear our thoughts!


A Fun New Fashionable Project

Capsule Dress cm

So we did get a new kitchen but while I’m finishing up puttying a few spots before I reveal it, I thought you’d like to know what I’ve been up to since I last posted. I’ve started a site that curates modest, fashionable dresses that women actually want to wear. So if you’d like, head over to my new site to see if there’s anything there that tickles your fancy.

Valentines Gifts for Him (with FREE shipping)

Raise your hand if you still haven’t purchased a valentines gift for that special guy in your life. I know that I can’t see any of you but I’d like to imagine I’m not the only one with my hand in the air right now. When I’m feeling that desperation that certainly accompanies holiday gift procrastination, I like to turn to my happy place, which like most women in my demographic is Target. That magical place has saved my bacon more times than I can count.

So here’s a roundup of gift ideas that I’m sure nearly any man would like. They’re an easy win and won’t break the bank that’s probably still recovering from Christmas. And with your handy dandy RED card you don’t even have to pay for shipping!



I’m tempted to buy that stone cutting board for my husband but both he and I would know that it’d really be for me. No mistake. That shaving kit would be a clear gift for just him and would fancy up our bathroom vanity, which is never a bad thing.

Anyone else out there want to confess that they haven’t purchased anything for their S.O. yet? Bueller? Anyone?

Happy Valentines!


Cleaning Up- Christmas Storage Ideas

This is the time of the season when I always feel like I have too much stuff and while that’s probably at least a little true, part of it has to be that I don’t own any Christmas organizational storage containers. I always thought that they were for fancy people who didn’t have enough other things to buy but honestly, with each year, those boxes look better and better.

Our tree is not some gorgeous designer, pinterest-worthy tree. We fill our tree with ornaments from our life and travel and while they aren’t all antique, handmade, glass blown, bajillion dollar ornaments, they’re priceless to me because they represent us. While the world would certainly not end if one of them broke, it’s not like I can just pop over to Paris anytime I wish to replace it (although wouldn’t that be lovely!). And really, the boxes aren’t that bad if you know where to look. Check out this one from Target.

Holiday Ornament Storage

It’s in-store only (sorry guys) but it’s less than $10 and holds 64 ornaments. What’s also nice is that seeing your ornaments is now so much easier. No more digging through boxes and unwrapping paper for 15 minutes trying to find that one ball or another.

Tree Keeper Ornament Tray

For all of you who don’t want to leave your house, this option is $5 off right now and has great reviews. It hold the balls a little bit more snuggly and let’s face it, the bag looks pretty and these can be easily stacked.

Large Wire Basket

This last deal that I’ve found is this brass basket that is just north of $20 and would be perfect for beautifully holding all of those throws and blankets you’re surely going to need now that the weather is cold. Just roll up each blanket tightly and it becomes a beautiful and convenient way to add texture and interest into your room.

So wish me well as I desperately try to get myself off the couch and back to cleaning the house and clearing up decor.


Bedroom Updates and Nate Berkus Crush

So this weekend I had my casual and cozy housewarming party. I thought about taking pictures but I really wanted to be present so alas, you’ll just have to imagine how fabulous it was. Hint: not that fab, mostly just fun. Anyway, I needed to make some changes to my master bedroom before I let anyone see it because it looked like this:

Before Master Bedroom

Not the absolute worst picture you’ve ever seen but definitely sterile, boring, and outdated. It’s hard to tell in this photo but the walls were a matte purple which again, wasn’t completely awful but wasn’t good either. And the furniture and accessories just blended into the walls and got lost. So I decided to do something crazy and paint the walls slate. In a gloss. I don’t have any “during” pictures because I don’t wear camera appropriate clothes while painting and the Internet really doesn’t need to see THAT much of me. Plus, who knows if I’ll try to do something of merit one day or run for office and then *BAM* this post comes back to haunt me.

But back to the room, we (and I did get husband’s approval) bought the one-coat-can’t-change-your-mind paint from Behr and got to work. And now our room looks like this:



Here’s the same angle as the “before” picture:



And my little afternoon reading nook.

Bedroom After 3

Doesn’t that just feel so much better??? I love going to bed now because it feels so intimate and cozy. By no means are we done, or even half way done with this room because we need to put more art on the walls, change out the ceiling fan, buy a more modern bed and end tables, and of course add about a million more pillows BUT even with that mile long list of changes, I feel like the room is finally at a place where I can stop and breathe and decorate more slowly and intentionally.

Now just because I’m taking my time doesn’t mean I haven’t been looking around. I’ve got to tell you that in my online and in-store wanderings, Nate Berkus’ line is killing it this season. Here’s a few things that I’ve had my eye on:

Nate Berkus New Line


All of them are from his new line minus the bed (Ethan Allen) and they are fabulous and crazy inexpensive compared to similar finds. As you’ve probably already noticed, I already bought the throw and it’s wonderfully soft and less than $20. The throw or the marble ring holder would be great Christmas gifts because we’re only 8 weeks out. #Yikes!

So what are your thoughts on the new dark color? Fab or drab? And anyone else have a design crush on Nate Berkus?



Another Reason to Love Target

Liberty Hardware Pulls

If you’ve read my blog at all you know that I have a crazy love for Target. We’re focusing on getting the repainted cabinets up and I’ve been scouring the web for beautiful glass pulls. Liberty makes the Victorian glass pulls above and quite a few stores sell them. What makes Target awesome is that their pricing on these (and other) items. Home Depot carries these pulls for $6.99 each while Target sells them for $5.69 each. Add on the Target’s 10% discount with your Red card and you just saved over $1.50 on EACH ONE. Buying just ten of these (which happens to be how many I need) saves you over $15. It’s not a million bucks but it’s basically like getting three for free! When you’re desperately trying to bring your home out of the late 60’s, you’ll take any savings you can get!

Glass Pulls

Don’t you love how they look here? The painted drawer blog refinished her drawers as well and the glass knobs look gorgeous!

The glass knobs and pretty traditional feeling and my husband is only now warming up to them. What’s your take- love’em or leave’em? And have you had similar experiences with saving cash by shopping at Target? I’d love to hear any deals you’ve scored!




Look For Less: Marble Lamps

Well, I think most of you have probably heard enough about Ireland for the next little while so I’ll cease with all things Emerald Isle for the time being, but if you have any questions about anything else trip-wise, send me a message. Thanks for all your sweet comments and I hope all of you who’ve asked about the trip get to make it out there! But until then, let’s talk about lighting.

You can ask my husband and he’ll verify that I have ‘small’ obsession with lighting. I also have a thing for marble so marble lamps are pretty much pure heaven to me. I’ve had my eyes on a few but haven’t broken down and purchased one and now I’m so glad I haven’t. I was strolling around Target today and came across their new beautiful marble lamp.

Marble Lamp Look For Less

Lamp 1, Lamp 2

The lamp on the right is basically a third(!) of the price of the one on the left and their styles are so similar and classic. Now if only I could convince the husband that I need new marble lamps for the bedroom’s new paint…

Have a great hump day and wish me luck!


Love It or Hate It? Fur Ottoman

Fur Ottoman

Guys, I wasn’t planning on posting again before I left for Ireland but I saw this and had to talk about it. This fur ottoman is sold by my beloved Target and I just don’t know how I should feel about it. In some ways, the texture would be perfect in the right room but then I look at it again and think it’s the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen. So ladies and gents, what’s your take on this? Happening or hideous?

Let me know your thoughts!