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.

Slogan T’s for Tots (that aren’t cheesy)

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I’m generally not a fan of baby clothes that have something to say like “Strong like mom!” or “Woke like Grandpa” idk. Why? WHY? In my experience, 99% of slogan clothing for babies is cringe-worthy, so I made it my mission to find a few that are actually good, cute-but-not-cutesy and gender neutral (plus I love doing mooboards. you know me).SLOGAN

Top Row:
Small is Beautiful, Yay, Pizza

Middle Row:
OK, Hi, Young Scrappy & Hungry

Bottom Row:
Beach Bébé, Be Kind, Babe with the Power

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

Summer Wardrobe for Baby

Summer is upon us, friends! It’s going to get into the 90s tomorrow and I suddenly realized this week that I have a whole bunch of baby clothes with long sleeves and closed feet. Not a good look for hot temps. That was actually a fun realization because I legit love to buy baby clothes. Gosh. Alex is better dressed than I am x1000. Like the spring “capsule”, I went with a lot of basics for everyday wear but peppered it in with a few really fun/cute/statement pieces. Here is another typically colorless collection that I tried hard to keep in the gender neutral realm but it might be my own bias against “girly” clothes that makes this lean more towards the “boyish” side. And how dumb that those signifiers are present so early on, right? Ughhhh.

Sidenote: the very concept of a summer wardrobe for baby is kinda laughable, especially since babies are the one demographic who can get away with wearing basically nothing all the time. In fact, many times I tell Alex “you don’t have to wear pants, but I think you’ll be more comfortable this way.” But, we have places to go this summer and Alex aims to impress.

p.s. Spring Wardrobe for Baby still has a few pieces that’ll be super fun and cute for summer.

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Top Row
Shorty One Piece — Gap , Scout Sweatshirt — Kid + Kind,
Striped Unisex Onesie — Goat Milk Organic

Second Row
Baby Singlet Bodysuit — Cotton On, Flora Pant  — Rylee and Cru,
Wild and Free T-shirt — Sweet Pea and Co.

Third Row
Triangle Print Bermuda Shorts — Zara, Campground Romper — Spearmint Love,
Marl Shorts — Gap

Bottom Row
Be Kind Onesie — Savage SeedsSaltwater Sandals, Cactus Onesie — Rocky Raccoon

 

Kid Gear for the Picky Parent™

041317-4My whole thing is that I’m not a color person. Before we got pregnant with Alex, I already knew I was adamantly anti-abrasively colorful, light up, make noise, ultra-gendered… What have you. My philosophy with Alex’s things is that it has to be adaptable to the next baby, boy or girl, and it has to be useful (preferably multi-useful!) I also believe that the things you choose for your baby can be in harmony with the other things in your house. If you’re weird like me and everything needs to “go” together.

So I thought I would do a round up of some great and very cute baby items I’ve come across that will satisfy the parent who prefers a more scandi-minimalist look to Fischer Price. (Or I suppose, you could call it “tediously gender neutral.” Ha!)

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1 — Archiblocks House  2 — Muslin Swaddle  3 — Baby Journal
4 — Geo Floor Tiles  5 —  Cuddle Bunny  6 — Plush Baby Basics Book
7 — Kitty Snap One Piece  8 — Teether/Rattle  9 — Birth Announcements
10 — Friendly Faces Soft Book

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