Zen Inspired Bathrooms

Hi Friends!

You know, it’s always been my opinion that the Japanese know how to do a good bath.  Zen is what I expect at a spa and I’d really love to incorporate that style and vibe into my bathroom… one of these days, when I figure out what the heck to do!!

In the meantime, we can drool over these relaxing spaces and get a bit of inspiration.


I’m not really sure if a rain shower is for me, (not since using the one in my pool bath) cause A. I love a shower with more water pressure and B. it would take forever to rinse out my hair, but wow, this one here is a SHOWSTOPPER!


I’m a big fan of this long, skinny tile.  It looks so chic and effortless and I imagine that I’d love it just the same in 20 years.


Note the black toilet paper.  These people committed to the look.

This black tile is giving me all the feels.  I LOVE it!!  I’m also really curious how that shower door opens.  It looks like witchcraft is at work there.


Small but impactful!  The wood cladding is so working in this space.  What a genius idea for a long, hall-like bathroom!

Wanna get your zen on?!  ME TOO!!

Ofuro Soaking Tub, Floor and Wall Tile, Kohler Shower Spray, Teak Shower Mat, Brizo Faucet, Kimono Robe, Black Slate Tile, Knob

Just a few fun products I’ve had my eyeballs on.  I haven’t seen the ivory tile, but I’m thinking that I need to, stat!

I’m Getting a Sofa – Part 1

Can we just scream together for the next 10 minutes?  It’s all happening and I’m DYING of happiness.

After years of searching, obsessing, questioning and reasoning, I’ve finally given the thumbs up (and dolla dolla bills, y’all) to a Clad Home custom sofa.  It feels good.  Real good.  And scary – ain’t gonna lie.  Because you can’t touch and feel what you’re getting when you order custom, there’s a BIG trust factor.  And a big reason why I went with Clad Home.

The wall that I’d like the sofa to fit on is 169″, which is 14 ft long.  Where in the world was I going to find a sofa that long?!?  I tried, though.  Ideally, I would have found a place that sold the perfect sofa that I could test nap on and um, return if I didn’t likie.

I had seen this room on Amber Interiors and knew it was where my room needed to go.  I loved the long bottom cushions and the denim look of the fabric!  I sent Clad Home the photo and since they are awesome, they said I could get exactly that sofa, right there.  Just the way it was in the photo!!

You guys, that was 1 year ago.

Then I got scared and took a break.  Not so much a break-up, just a short separation to reevaluate my feelings.  I knew I wanted them to do the sofa, but was I ready for that commitment?

My (very vocal and very anti-new sofa) husband kept telling me I was crazy.  These boys would tear the thing up.  And yes, they will… but it’s like this, I will be happier that they’re tearing up a beautiful sofa instead of the beast we have now.  That slip cover was only supposed to last a year.  NOT FOUR!!

Is it the worst ever?  No, but there are a bunch of things we’re going to fix.  See how the current sofa goes past the door way?  Our new beauty will perfectly fit on the wall.  And all those bottom and top cushions will look more streamlined, less busy.  AND (getting excited!!) there will be zero holes for the remote to get lost into… yeah, it can go between two cushions, but it won’t make it to the floor.  ‘Cause it’s one piece.

It’s also going to be on a plinth.  Dreams coming true, people.

The hard part is deciding on everything.  I took FOREVER picking the fabric and FOREVER picking the wood tone of the base.  It’s hard.  I ended up putting ketchup and mustard and coffee and pen marks on all my fav’s and washing them in the laundry.  I thought I would pick Lucky Denim, but after the wash it seemed more frayed than the others.  Bennett Indigo washed beautifully.  A winner!!  Everything came out except the pen… which I don’t think comes out in the wash on anything, (but it was worth a try)!!

And of course, I went into the store (around month 4) to see the product first hand.  Quality!  I think that if you can visit the store, it’s a must because, not only is it super cute, but you can see everything first hand.

I left changing a few things up… I went with the Dawson instead, and asked for extra thick cushions on the bottom.  I also like having the cushions on the sides of the sofa too, whereas my inspiration sofa doesn’t have them… it gives you more options for lying on the sofa and also protects little heads that want to try and practice flipping.  Which are NOT allowed.  Not that those monkeys listen to me.  Whatev.

Once you figure it all out (and pay), you get a rendering.  Here is mine…  All the cushions will be slip covered, but the frame won’t be.  Fingers crossed we can control ourselves!!

It’s good, right?

I’m excited!!  In 6 weeks my new sofa will be here!  Stay tuned!

Green Nightstands

Hi guys!

It’s been a wild few weeks, amiright?!  With the end of school and baseball, a girls’ trip to Ojai, work caca and a dental emergency (worst EVER), I’ve been an over-heated ball of nerves… mostly good stuff, though!  Needless to say, I’m pretty geeked up that this (should?) could be a week of relative normalcy.

With that outta the way, are you guys ready for the randomest post in the world?  I have actually been trying to write this darn thing for over 3 weeks!  Not too long ago, I was reading something, somewhere and I saw these dark, green nightstands.  They got into my brain space and I could not stop thinking about them.  Like, should I be (immediately) painting my nightstands hunter green?  So, of course, I had to tell you, my buddies, all about my new obsession BUT I COULDN’T REMEMBER WHERE I SAW THE DARN THINGS.  Arg.

I searched and I searched and I searched.

Then I saw them… And do you know what?  They are NOT green!!!!  WTF.

Here is the picture from Little Green Notebook, that Jenny’s team designed for a client.  Look at those nightstands… like a super, dark green, right??

Okay, exhibit B –

Not green!!  SOOOOOOOOOOO not green.  She edited the photo exposure and changed a bunch of colors in the room…. Look at the pillows.  Damn Gina.  Of course that doesn’t change the fact that I much prefer the green color on the nightstands and think it is a fabulous option, if you go painted.  Everyone and their mama has wood nightstands, why not be different?!

Here are two others I found that I thought also looked pretty sweet.

RoomforTuesday spray painted this!

This one’s really cute too.  And it’s certainly unique!

I think overall, I’m really loving green in the bedroom and I’ve got a few ideas on refreshing my own room.  It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done anything to it, so a plan may be forming…. and maybe green nightstands should be on the list.  Perhaps?