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A Half-bath refresh

Earlier this year, I was asked to be a part of IKEA’s Ambassador program, which was the easiest “yes!” If you’ve been reading for any amount of time, you probably have caught on, we’re long-time IKEA fans. Not only did we use their cabinets for our kitchen (and the Pittsburgh kitchen), there is an IKEA piece or DIY in almost every room in our home, and our last home. I went through some training when I first came into the Ambassadorship and I learned so much about the brand (like, did you know IKEA is an acronym?), but one thing I loved most was their focus on Democratic Design for the home.  IKEA focuses on combining the right mix of form, function, quality, and sustainability at a low price so it can bring good design to the most people. It’s not something that they just check one or two off—they are committed…

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My Hunt for the Perfect Persian Rug

When searching for the perfect rug for the laundry room, I went through hundreds of options and tried to take my time to find one I thought would be perfect for the space–and then ended up with two at my doorstep earlier this week. Ha! This rug will likely be the only real color in the room, besides any art I can squeeze on the walls (you can check out the mood board here), so I wanted it to be interesting. I started searching through vintage Persian rugs on Etsy first. I have learned I am most attracted to rugs with a little bit of navy blue in them–even more if it’s the base color. This is probably no surprise considering our living room rug, but I love the freshness and navy adds to even vintage rugs–it adds a modern element, I think. Etsy had a lot of beautiful, but…

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Half Bath: Afters!

We’re calling this bathroom done! … For now.  We still need to replace the faucet and eventually the tile floors, but those things will come.  You can see lots of befores in this post, but here’s a before and after side by side (and lots of photos following with sources at the end): The lines of the mirror I fell in love with.  This thing is heavy with a metal frame that adds a nice industrial touch to a more feminine piece. In the reflection, you can see how well it ties in with the fixture, but also the art on the opposite wall. Things were feeling a little serious and fancy in here and we aren’t those people.  We aren’t serious. We aren’t fancy and art is a really good way to inject personality and even humor into a room.  So, while we definitely like nice things (all these…

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Painting and Planking the Hall Half Bath–Part II

I feel like we have left you with a few loose ends when talking about the hall half bath.  First, we left you with a photo of the paneling installed, but unfinished. And then Friday, we spilled the beans that while painting the paneling, we also repainted the walls.  Anyway, without further ado, here’s how those loose ends look tied up: While I painstakingly primed and painted on two coats of Benjamin Moore’s Simply White in a semi-gloss finish–more on that in a sec–the country blue of the walls was not going away like I thought it would once the natural cedar started disappearing.  This is when I would normally start panicking and thinking of a way to convince/break it to Chris that we needed to repaint the walls.  But! On the contrary, Chris had actually mentioned once we installed the new fixture and the room was so much brighter…

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A New Fixture and Paint-a-thon

We put in a lot of painting hours yesterday.  The good news is, it’s done! (The painting part.) The bad news is, it was so late (11pm) that I didn’t get to snap any photos for you, so we’ll have all of those pictures for you on Monday.  Painting the planks took a lot longer than expected, yes.  But then, I also had a bit of a mid-project crisis where I felt like I lost my identity somewhere along the line.  Who picked this design?! I thought. Who made these decisions? Why is this slate gray paint I picked for the walls suddenly so country blue.  You see, the new light for the bathroom came from Shades of Light and she’s a beaut: But, when I chose the paint color for the bathroom, we were working with a vanity light only. And suddenly, with all of this glorious light overhead…

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Planking The Bathroom–Part 1

Before I even start trying to break down this process for you from observing and interviewing Chris, I have to note–he did this one all by himself.  We planned on adding planked walls to the lower half of this hall bath, but when? When I stopped throwing up all day. I wasn’t sure.  Last week, I flew to Ace Hardware headquarters in Chicago for a couple days (let’s chat about that later) and when I got back, he had bought all the supplies and made a good dent in the project. Now that he finished all the paneling and the trim is in place–we thought we better write about the process, although there’s still spackling, sanding, priming and painting to do before we can mark her “done.” So, let’s say this is part 1 of 2. As a reminder, here’s where we started: And after paint on the top half…

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Well, This Looks Crazy

I nearly forgot how much painting happens when you first move into a house. So much painting!  We mentioned revamping our half bath before our upcoming costume party and considering that is less than two weeks away, we figured it is time to dive in.  A new light fixture, mirror and some accessories are on their way, but we needed to knock some painting out before they arrive.  The lime green wasn’t cutting it for us and Chris and I quickly (once we finally sat down to talk about it) landed up on a slate gray-blue.  Benjamin Moore’s Wale Gray in Eggshell. I didn’t run out of paint, we’ll be hanging white planks along the entire bottom half of the bathroom kind of like this beautiful photo from Elle Decor. In real life, the color definitely comes across as a blueish-gray but on the warm side.  We painted the ceiling…

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The Hall Half Bath Befores

Did you know the difference between a half bath and a powder room is just geographic jargon?  Maybe when this room is done, I’ll feel fancy enough to call it a powder room, but for now–it’s a half bath.  A very green half bath. As mentioned in this post, this little bathroom is on the docket to revamp before our Halloween party in 25 days (Happy October!!), and now that the great room is painted, we are getting started–but first a little tour into where we’re at what we’re thinking.  The bathroom has great bones. We love the window that has extra private glass in it, so we’ll most likely nix the blind that we’ve had up since we moved in anyway.  This bathroom has one of the 16 infamous hook sets in our house.  Since we can’t imagine hanging more than one towel in here for drying hands (as…

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