Small Bathroom Renovation: A Plan

 

We’re making plans for the (far) future of our time in this house, and that includes a ton of projects: redoing the unfinished half of the basement/building a laundry room and workspace/studio down there. Redoing the basement bathroom. Fixing up the porch. Finishing the wall in the finished part of the basement. Mostly deep renovating projects. But then, we’ll get into some delightful cosmetic renovations with other parts of the house, namely our two bathrooms on the main floor. They’re just a little dated in the style.

 

 

We call this the “small bathroom” because it’s quite small. And yes, it’s super cluttered. This is off our bedroom; I’ve never shown it here on the blog! The yellow tiling is pretty bad, and there’s plenty of cabinet space, but because of how low down they are, they’re poorly used. All this brown and tan. Yech. It’s not my thing.

A few things we aren’t going to change is the plumbing or lighting. That stuff will remain the same. I’ve looked at heaps of bathrooms on *the web* and I’ve come up with a scheme that is modest and modern. SMALLBATH2

Matte Marble Subway Tile, Mirror, Sink/Cabinet,
Faucet, Live Edge Shelf, Hexagon Floor Tiling, Hand Towels, Towel Bar

This would be our first true foray into dramatically changing the look of a room in the house. Everything else is basically just tweaks, updates and furniture/wall hangings. It’ll be super exciting to get in there!

Then, for our other bathroom (the “big bathroom”), the style will be much the same. And sadly because we have recessed lighting in both rooms, I had to scrap my plan for integrating this great sconce from Cedar & Moss:

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I’m also intrigued by brushed brass/gold faucets. They seem to be all the rage lately. And we do have brass accents in the house, so it could work. Kohler has a stunning collection: Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 8.29.05 AMSo, there’s lots to explore. I wish we could jump right in but sadly I think this bathroom project is quite a bit further down the line.

Marble Madness

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Have you heard the news? Marble is a hot right now, and I’m here for it. I feel like there’s a real minimalist, design-y element to it, despite the fact it’s so fluid and organic and decidedly not designed. I suppose to love affair started when I started using my very beautiful mug that was an impulse buy from Caribou Coffee (pictured above) and has become my favorite. Rather than black and white, it’s more of a beige and smoky gray. I cherish it. I think it reminds me a bit of birch trees too.

Sadly the mug is no longer available otherwise I’d buy 10 more so I could have one with me always.

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Top Row:
Teething Necklace — Mama & Little, Macbook Sleeve — UniqFind, Ring Cone — Etsy

Second Row:
A Moon Shaped Pool — Radiohead, Jewelry Dish — Etsy, Notecards — Target

Third Row:
S’well Bottle — S’well, Boots — Dr. Martens, Dipped Mini Bowl Set — Leif Shop

Last Row:
Fine Paper — Paper Source, Kid’s Shirt — House of Ninoh,
Faceted Cheese Board — Gathered Home

Land of Nod has The Goods.

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I was perusing my Instagram feed recently and one of my fav mom IG’s posted a lovely little shot of her baby boy’s nursery and I was like “cool lamp!” and it’s from Land of Nod.

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So, I went to investigate, and somehow I hadn’t realized that Land of Nod doesn’t have time for your kiddie shit. I want everything in my house to be Land of Nod from now on. I had NO. IDEA. Granted, Land of Nod is part of the Crate&Barrel – CB2 conglomerate, but it’s kid stuff! Of those three stores though, I have to say, I feel like LoN is doing the best job. So… I immediately sent Alan this lamp as we’d been looking for some nice basement lighting and he was hooked too.

It was difficult, but I managed to narrow down 10 bomb pieces I wouldn’t mind adorning my house with (I especially want like, 50 of those arrow shelves).LANDOFNOD

1 — Cosmos Floor Lamp  2 — Arrow Shelf   3 — Gem Wall Art  4 — Contour Swivel Chair
5 — Wheelhouse Bookcase  6 — Winter Forest Throw Pillow  7 — Wrightwood Bookcase
8 — Quartz Storage Bin  9 — Forest Floor Rug  10 — Bloom Wall Art

New Living Room Digs

LIVINGROOM_REDO-2If one were paying attention to my Pinterest trends a couple months ago, you might’ve noticed that I was pinning a shit ton of area rugs and a shit ton of coffee tables. I’d decided that our living room needed a shakeup. I spend a lot of time in there and while I was singing its praises only two months ago, there were still elements that I felt didn’t reflect the “vibe” we’d been working hard to curate (I know, first world problems etc). Plus, the rug had gotten real dingy over the years, and the coffee table was so huge and it felt more important to capitalize on the on the space for playing with baby.

If you don’t remember what it looked like before, here’s a (dated) refresherLIVINGROOM_REDO-5The table comes from Etsy and it’s just gorgeous. LIVINGROOM_REDO-18LIVINGROOM_REDO-9LIVINGROOM_REDO-10

The rug is from West ElmCan’t tell you how long it took to settle on one!LIVINGROOM_REDO-12LIVINGROOM_REDO-13Felt baskets from Amazonside table from Target (similar) and replacement IKEA couch legs from from Etsy.LIVINGROOM_REDO-17LIVINGROOM_REDO-19.jpgThis attractive candle is from Target.LIVINGROOM_REDO-20

West Emory Stationery from Target

STATIONERY-2STATIONERY-4A while back I was at Target, doing that thing you do at Target where you get one thing you need and then like, 7 things you didn’t know you needed. I nearly breezed past the card aisle when I saw these wooden boxes with strikingly minimalist cards. I‘m not really a card person, but maybe I could become one! I thought. In this age of instant gratification and instant communication, I like the idea of sending thoughtfully hand-written notes to friends and family – be it for something significant, like a birthday, or something insignificant, like saying “hey.” STATIONERY-5

This appears to be an exclusive line for Target, and they actually have a ton of really lovely home items. (This jewelry bust is 🔥).STATIONERY-7STATIONERY-6You guys, how gorgeous is the mid-morning light in my office? STATIONERY-8My favorite thing is this WAX STAMP with a timeless design symbolSTATIONERY-9STATIONERY-10When I graduated from school, I really wanted a wax stamp with my logo, but I was also poor and without the resources to get one made, or make one myself. This is a really fine consolation prize, all these years later.STATIONERY-12I feel like this line smartly capitalizes on a growing trend in household items: marble and gold. I’ve never been a gold fan, but I’ve come around in the last few months. STATIONERY-13So who wants a card?

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