Powder Room Update

24 Aug

Hey there! Stopping by to share a little update we did to our powder room. As a reminder, we added this powder room to our first floor as part of a small addition in 2014.

It looked like this when we completed it three years ago:

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And here it is today after some new fixtures, mirror and decor:

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The main difference was swapping out the chrome fixtures for antique brass / champagne bronze ones. It really dresses up the room.

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My favorite part of the room is this gorgeous Delta faucet.

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We got the matching towel ring and toilet paper holder to go with it. They are very sturdy- great quality.

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The purple hand towel I got from World Market last fall (almost identical one here), the purple candle is from Amazon, and the soap dispenser is also from Amazon.

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The whole upgrade was actually inspired by these white, black and brass knobs I got from Target.

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Also from Target was the gold mirror. I searched for a long time to find the perfect one without spending a ton and this fit the bill perfectly.

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We also added a bamboo roman shade from Levolor when we purchased these shades for the whole house last year. It really warms up the room.

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I also got a new basket to hold extra toilet paper from Home Goods. It has gold and black tones to it.

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That concludes the tour! It was a simple makeover that made a big difference. For other sources from the room including paint colors see the original reveal here.

Kate’s Big Girl Room

23 May

A few months ago we moved Kate from her nursery into her new big girl room. Here is a look at the finished space!

Here’s a throwback to the room when we bought it:

We turned it into an office and then spare bedroom until now.

My inspiration/color palette for the room started from these ice cream cone decals which we put on one wall.

The walls were painted a light teal color called Raindance from Benjamin Moore. Kate enjoyed helping!

We of course got her a “big girl” bed which is a twin mattress from Mattress Firm and then we found the bed itself off Cragistlist for $50.

We DIY’d the side guardrail based off of this Pottery Barn Kids one. We put brackets on the bottom that slide over the side, so it can be easily removed.

The quilt is from Pottery Barn Kids, and the accent pillows are from Target’s Pillowfort line.

The nightstand was a hand-me-down from some friends, and the lamp is also from Target’s Pillowfort line.

I love that it is touch sensor so Kate can easily turn it on and off.

We DIY’d the heart art above the bed using old barnwood and then painting on the stripes using colors drawn from the ice cream cones. It was super easy; Kate loves it and always says that Mommy made it for her and that hearts mean love.

On the other side of the room is a sweet, little reading nook with a narrow bookshelf (similar here) and a dip-dyed canopy from Target.

I got a faux sheep skin for under the canopy from Etsy and then filled it with pillows. The watermelon pillow is from Land of Nod and the others are from Target and World Market.

The last side of the room has her dresser (from Walter E Smithe) and closet.

On top of the dresser is a gold unicorn lamp (from Target) that we use as a toddler “alarm clock.” We put a green light bulb in it and put it on a timer to turn on at 6:30 am every morning. So she knows she can’t get out of bed until the “green light comes on.” It works surprisingly well!

Lastly, here is a close up of the rug we got from Pottery Barn. It is the Addison Rug (8 x 10) in Blush. I just love the combo of the blue walls and pink rug.

I’ve really enjoyed doing kids spaces in our home and this one was especially fun. Kate absolutely loves her new big girl room and has no problem giving her old nursery to her baby brother arriving in roughly 10 weeks!

How We Did In ’16 + Goals for ’17

9 Jan

Each year we set out a list of the things we want to accomplish on the house. Here’s how we did with our 2016 goals…

  1. Finish the mudroom. Done! We shared the finished mudroom in September- it is still one of my favorite spaces in the house. Function + Beauty! mudroom-horizontal
  2. Finish the pool fence and re-stain the deck. Done! It turned out so awesome. See more of the backyard area here.close up of fence
  3. Update the living room built-ins. Also done! We finished these in November, they really transform our whole first floor. More pics hereimg_6018
  4. Create a “big girl” room for Kate. I have one more little project to do in here and a few tweaks and should have a reveal later this month! It’s so stinkin’ cute.
  5. Finish the shed. Done, for the most part. We need to do a little more landscaping around it. Pics to come in the Spring.
  6. Build a fire pit. This did not happen. We just have some Adirondack chairs around a fire ring right now, but would love to build a stone fire pit/patio. fire pit
  7. Paint master bedroom closet. We have beautiful built ins in our master closet but they have been bare wood for 2+ years. Since no one sees our closet it keeps getting pushed off. In 2017 it will happen.
  8. Install pavers around the pool. Didn’t happen but it is a top priority for 2017.

So for 2017, we would like to accomplish the following:

  1. Install pavers around the pool.
  2. Finish Kate’s “big girl room.”
  3. Paint master bedroom closet.
  4. Build a built-in fire pit.
  5. Build a kitchen table from native New Zealand timber.
  6. Organize/clean up garage and pour a new floor.

We also have the “flip” to complete by March/April so that is our big focus right now.

 

 

Holiday Gift Ideas: 2-3 Year Olds

27 Nov

Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing I thought I’d share some gift ideas I’ve been gathering for our two (almost three) year old daughter, Kate. If you have any little girls (or boys) in your lives, maybe this will provide some inspiration!

Here are a few things that we are hoping to get our daughter this year:

1. Trolls Boombox. Kate loves to sing and dance and is always asking for a “dance party” so I think she will love this boombox that she can control herself. She is a big fan of Trolls (it was her first movie in the theater) and the music is SO good. Currently $25 from Walmart.

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2. Balance Bike. Her big gift from Santa this year will be a balance bike to help get her ready for a regular bike. These are supposed to replace the need for training wheels and tricycles. This one from Schwinn is reasonably priced and got great reviews on Amazon. It comes in four colors.

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3. Mermaid Blanket. Kate is obsessed with mermaids right now and I know she will get a kick out of this mermaid tail blanket. It comes in a variety of sizes from baby to adult and 30+ color combinations, so I plan to order one that matches the teal and pink colors in her big girl room. Starting at $26 off Etsy.

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4. Play-Doh. Kate and her friends love to play with Play-Doh and as a result all of ours is all dried out and mixed together. So I’m planning to toss the old stuff and start fresh with this 24-pack from Amazon for less than $20. Hours of fun.

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5. Christmas PJs. Every kid needs a special pair of Christmas “jammies” to wear to bed on Christmas Eve and open presents in Christmas morning. Each year I let Kate open up her Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve, along with a Christmas book. These organic pajamas by Burt’s Bees are adorable and less than $12 right now at Target. They come in sizes for the whole family too (if that’s your jam). There is another more masculine gray version that is super cute too.

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6.  Dress-up shoes. Kate is really getting into dress-up play and when a vacation house we stayed in over the summer had some of these, she wore them non-stop.  This set of 4 pairs from Melissa & Doug is $15 right now on Amazon.

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7. Toy Dyson Vacuum. Kate is all about helping with tasks around the house so I think she would love this Dyson replica toy vacuum. It even has real suction so her play time can be productive, too! $30 right now on Amazon.

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8. Jewelry Box. What little girl wouldn’t love a jewelry box with a turning ballerina in it? This one from Pottery Barn is sure to be treasured for many years to come. They come in various sizes and colors starting at $39.img17o

If you are like me and do almost all of your shopping online, here are a couple quick tips I use to save some extra cash.

  1. Ebates– This site gives you a percentage back on almost every online purchase you make. I installed the plug in, so you don’t have to remember to shop through Ebates, it pops up every time you visit a retailer that offers an Ebates reward. They send you a check each quarter and I’ve earned more than $200 since I signed up about a year ago. They also provide you with the best and latest promo codes for the retailers.
  2. Raise– This site/app allows you to purchase gift cards at a discount. So for example if you are about to spend $100 at Sephora, see what $100 gift cards are selling for on Raise (they are $95 right now) and save a few bucks. You can choose for it to be delivered by mail or electronically— in which case it sends the code directly to your phone.  I started using Raise in January and have saved more than $100. You can sell your unwanted gift cards too. Use this link to get a free $5 toward your first gift card purchase.

You can also find my gift ideas from last year here for 1-2 year olds.

Happy Holidays and happy shopping everyone!

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