A Master Refresh in the Works

The time has come.  The time is now.

Have you ever had a room in your house that you are just confounded by?  It’s completely immobilizing.  You can’t decide what the heck to do and zero options seem right.  So what do you do?  If you’re me, you do nothing.  For a looooooong time.

Welcome to my master bathroom.

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This was right around when the dust settled over 10 years ago.  We didn’t even have lights yet!!  We removed the crazy wallpaper, smoothed out the walls and added the crown moulding.  At the time we were remodeling the kitchen, family room, living room, 3 bathrooms AND adding wood floors throughout – this bathroom was seriously the least of my worries.  Put a bandaid on it and call it a day.

Of course, that vanity drove me insane.  Back in the day (remember?!) light wood was considered evil and dark wood was the thang.  Ed and I were newly engaged and he was still courting me, so I was able to finagle him to help me sand this puppy.  I cut the middle out of the doors, stained the whole thing and voila, it looked like this.

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I had the brilliant idea to put glass into the doors.  Okay, not so brilliant.

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While climbing the cabinet (do your monkey children do this??), one of my boys shattered the glass.  Hey, it was bound to happen and it. was. time.

Here’s the thing though.  I don’t actually hate the bathroom.  Is it awesome?  No.  Am I transported to the 90’s?  Yes.  But is it the worst ever?  Not so much.

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The entire room is covered in marble, granted it’s not drool-worthy carrera, but  the work done was impeccable.  Those grout lines are a thing of beauty, let me tell you.  I don’t like this tub situation at all (it’s such a space hog!), but I dislike baths so it seems wasteful to tear out (dated) marble, to put in a new tub that I’ll never use.  And the tub is actually nice and in perfect condition.  The shower?  It’s absolutely fine.  Dated fixtures, that work amazing well – that hideous shower head is hard to hate on.  The water pressure is perfect.  And ‘cummon, let’s get real.  For me to do this bathroom the way I want to do it, would cost AT LEAST 25k, and that’s on the budget side, not moving any plumbing or walls.

I’m not a fan of going half-ass, so that ain’t going to happen.  It’s either all in or band-aid.  Band-aids are cheap, so let’s see how many years I can live happily with another one!!

What do you think?  Am I crazy!?!  Is this room at all salvageable?

The time has come…for something!

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Sh!t or Get Off the Pot

Hello world!  I’m alive.  I’m well.  I’m here, BABY!

It’s been an interesting break, to say the least, and a lot of it had to do with some major life changes.  We’ll get into that later, but let’s just say that when you’re reevaluating your career, you start to challenge everything.  And I certainly went down that rabbit hole; Was blogging something that I wanted to keep doing?  Was it bringing me joy?

After some internal debates, I finally had a lightbulb moment last week.  YES!!  I miss taking bad photos and making y’all look at em.  I really do enjoy that.  Wink.  An you know what?  I’ve been a busy bee around here!!  And I was feeling the need to share.

But what to share first?  Well, how about getting back into the game by talking about this amazing piece of technology?!  I’m pretty sure ANYONE can appreciate a product with the words “self-cleaning” in the title.

A self-cleaning toilet. Wwwhhhaaaattt?!?

Meet the Acti-clean from American Standard.

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Sign me up!!  Did I mention that it’s only $350?!?  And sold at a place that you actually already go to??  (It’s currently a floor model in Lowes.)

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It’s pretty purdy too.  Wanna know how it cleans?  You. Push. A. Button.  BOOM.  Toilet, Cleaned.  (Well, the inside anyways.)

Wow.  Saying “self-clean” is kinda turning me on.  If only it cleaned the surrounding floor around it too.  Raaaarrrrr.

Can I just say that I really, really want one of these?  Is it wrong for a girl to long for a toilet?  We changed out the last two oldies in our house last year, and I’m so bummed this wasn’t out yet.  It seems like the perfect addition to a guest bath since you can push a button if people drop by and not look like the mess that you are.

Drool.

So, I guess this is little ol’ me saying that, er, I’m not getting off the pot.  I’m making decisions, and I’m feeling good y’all!  It’s like, I’m not constipated with indecision anymore… that was bad, I know.  But you guys, I live with 5 dudes and all they do is talk about dumps!  Forgive me?

It’s no wonder I’m fawning over thrones.

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Santa Baby – 2016

Happy Holidays!!

Ya going crazy yet?!  I can’t believe how good my shopping list is looking this early in the game.  Wow.  I think I might actually be learning from the frantic finish the last 10 years.  But truth be told, holiday shopping is SOOOOOOO hard for me.  Sadly, I just keep buying myself stuff.  And y’all know I have zero self control when it comes to a $10 sweater.  $10 DOLLA, HOLLA!  And yet, will all those fun goodies there are still plenty of things on my Santa list.

Check it out!

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Nike Running Shoes, Match Safe, Glass Water Bottle, Oscillating Tool Kit, Can’t Adult Today Sweatshirt, Flatware for 5, Pin Set

You guys, that match keeper!  I found one roaming an antique store with the hubs.  Mine is a bit older, but shoot, it’s super cute!!  And those Nike shoes are running shoes.  You can wear them to the gym?!  Not like I would, but hey, who can resist a two-fer?  I have been dreaming of new flatware for about 3 years now and I LOVE this set.

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Collared Peplum Top, Glass Dish with Lid, Dyson Air purifier, heater and fan, Copper KitchenAid, Nars Blush/Bronzer, Set of 6 Knobs, Persian Runner

The knobs are gorgeous – I may just need to pop those right into my cart – wink!  But the piece I’m drooling over?  That Dyson air purifier –  I WANT ONE.  You know how much I love Dyson stuff, so eventually my pretty, you will be mine.  The peplum looks perfect for that office holiday shindig and the glass dish make my party loving soul happy.

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Invisibobble Hair Ring, Shearling Clog, Coffee Card, Vortice Chandelier, Fondue Set, Apple Purse, Amazon Echo Dot

Are you judging my Birkenstock pick right now?  Let me explain… there was this mom (don’t all stories start like this?), who is very chic and very cool and would wear these clogs with jeans, a button up AND SOCKS ON to drop her son off at the baseball field.  Seriously, they looked so good.  I may not go to her country club (or any country club) but I can sure steal that look!!

If you check out nothing else, please see Shop Sapling Press for the coffee card!!  Their stuff is so good and guaranteed to make you LOFL!  It was hard to pick a favorite, but damn, if that coffee quote ain’t me, I don’t know what is!

I may need to frame it.

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Gender Neutral Nursery!

Guess what, chicken butt?!

Can you believe my luck that I have another bestie that’s literally giving birth any day now?  And the fun part (not sure for who, cause I’m DYING) is that no one knows if it’s going to be a girl or a boy!!  Or as I like to say, a taco or a noodle.  Yeah.  I’m gross.  Deal.

So just for giggles I put together a gender neutral nursery that I think she would love.  Here’s what I know about Julie’s design taste – she’s a big fan of gray in interiors, likes more muted colors, and is a beach girl; She’s from Venice, for gosh sakes!

Enjoy the virtual eye candy!!

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Want to know if it works for a little lady?  Just by swapping out the throw, it looks so different!  Imagine with peachy pink bedding!

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Those baby llamas very much tug at my heart.  It also happens that recently Julie and I fed llamas together.  See what else I found below?  MORE Llamas!  Ack!  They’re so freaking cute!!

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The table and chairs are super adorable and come in a bunch of colors.  I played around with the colors on my screen, to get this combo, but man, I really like the blue.  And the green.  And the orange.  Honestly, they’d all work here since the background is fairly neutral.

Anyhoo, I’m VERY excited about holding all these sweet smelling nuggets in the near future.  I know that my little guy will look like a giant next to them and I will feel a momentary pang of sadness that the baby in him is almost gone.  That should last approximately 30 seconds.

Say a little prayer for my girl!!  She’s going to do AWESOME and will probably be running marathons with a kid in each arm in no time.

*All sources below.

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Hahaha Print, Crib, Wallpaper, Rug, Light-up Moon, Sea Art Print, Llama Print, Fluff Pillow, Rocking Chair, Weathered White Dresser, Puzzle Table, Gray Throw, Plush Llamas, Malone Dresser, Kid’s table and chairs, Basket, Basket Boxes, Cactus,  Picture Ledge, Roman Shade,

Gender Neutral Playroom

Hi y’all!

Today I’m having a bit of fun designing a gender neutral playroom for one of my besties!  “She’s Pregnant!” and of course I just shouted it out like Oprah!!  Now check under your seats!  Um, that was disappointing.  The seat thing, not the pregnancy – duh.  I am OVER THE MOON, CRAZY ECSTATIC for her!!  And being that I’m all up in the beeswax, I get to reminisce about the lovely pregnancy parts and laugh my ass off at the sucky stuff.  Being pregnant is NO joke.  On the count of three, worst part about being pregnant….1. 2. 3. Getting dressed!!  Arg, I hated picking out clothes in the morning.  My friend was telling me how uncomfortable wearing a bra was becoming.  I’m like, Yo in month 9 that thing will feel like a freaking noose!  Amiright?!

Anyway, most of it is wonderful and fun and full of (my favorite) shopping!  She has a suite off the master bedroom that she’s going to dedicate to the baby, so planning a nursery isn’t really in the cards.  But a playroom?!  That can double as a guest room?  Oh yes, girl need that.

The room in question is right off the living room, which has this color palate.

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I wanted to keep the colors the same since the rooms are right next to each other.  So without further ado, here are some ideas for a super fun, gender neutral play room!  All that’s missing are the billions of toys!!

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This sofa is dope.  For $500 they will add in a bed, which is such a great deal.  And the size is customizable, and the cushions can be slip covered, and I’m totally buying my next sofa from them.  I adore the idea of a coffee table/kids table.  This one is 16″ high, with a marble top, so it’s basically indestructible and perfect for toddler Panton chairs to slip under.  The two side tables would easily adjust to bedside tables, and maybe a sconce or two over the sofa would be a great addition.  Cummon, that elephant stool!  Too cute!  The rug is large at 9×12 but it’s under $200.  The kids can spill spaghetti or barf all over it and you won’t have a heart attack.

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Toy storage!!  And a fun chair to spin around in.  Yes please.

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All that’s missing is a bit of book storage and some whimsy, which is where these pieces come in.  I’m 50-50 on the teepee idea, but that’s because I have 4 rambunctious hooligans; that teepee wouldn’t last 5 minutes in my house.  But one kid, maybe two and it should survive… a little longer at least!!  I think a mirror is a great addition, long enough for baby to check themselves out and possibly for dress-up later.

Of course, in all my searching I found some other stuff I liked too… I have been crushing hard on this rug from Nate Berkus.  It totally works and would add some softness…

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I also found so many chair options… I see them and I think, would I want to sit in that chair??  Does it beacon me??  This one does.  Bigly.

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My favorites though might be these…  They are definitely riskier, but they are so COOL.  And a steal for $200 bucks.  I could see kids doing some weird shit with these.

That’s it!!

I hope she has fun looking at these boards and maybe you’ve found something new to stare at!!  All sources below.

Abstract Art 2004, Article Sideboard, Clad Home Sofa, Tan Stripe Rug, Marble Side Table, Egg Coffee Table, Lambswool Pillow, Suede Pillow, Elephant Stool, Toddler Panton Chairs, Red Kilim Lumbar, PlanterNate Berkus Rug, Cream Vase, Kantha Tulip Chair, Wood Carved Side Table, Kilim Pillow, Hmong Batik Pillow, Carnival Photo, Giraffe, Gold Sculpture, Indigo Prints, Spoonbill Lamp, Cupa Leather Chair, Rocking Chair, Black and White Blocks, White Teepee, Bookcase, Pouf, Bone Inlay Mirror, Baskets, Red Sling Chairs

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