I think I’m finally at the point of sorting out the guest bathroom plans. Alex can be a tough cookie to convince on some things but at times it’s good that he reels me back in. For example, I’m not allowed to have the same ostrich bathroom that Emily just finished (holy cow people, go and look at it!)
But I’m sure ours will turn out to be very nice in its own right. Here’s a look at our mood board:
Right now, our room is bursting with color but in all the wrong ways. I want light walls, a moody vanity and splashes of coral accents with brushed nickel fixtures.
Now that the plans are all figured out, it’s time for action… but my couch looks so very comfy.
What a cheesy title! I need to work on that…
Anyhoo, I just realized that I never gave my new rug the proper blog post! I teased it on instagram but it definitely requires more pictures, especially since it was such an investment (aka $$!).
So here they are:
Just recap, I found the great source: New York Rug Gallery off of Ebay. Then quickly pulled the trigger which cued buyer’s remorse. But that all faded away when it arrived.
I really love the imperfections on it and how the width varies. It’s proof that it’s one of a kind and someone put a lot of work into it.
An unexpected bonus to this is the pitter-patter of Rufio’s paws on it. Who knew a sound could make you so happy?
This has probably been the quickest turn around on a project ever. Just to recap, it was very boring and dirty downstairs, as well as freezing cold and narrow. All things that make me want to avoid a space like the plague. But I finally had a plan and it was time to put it in action.
We changed out the boob light to a pendant from Ikea. Next we painted the trim and the walls. I ordered this runner to mask all the dirt that gets brought in by the boys. Then I cleaned out the basket to just hold our tennis shoes and Rufio’s leashes. And finally, I hung up the DIY art and mirror grid. Now here it is:
It’s so much nicer down here. Still freezing cold, mind you, but pretty none the less.
Success! I figured out the best way to put the mirrors up.
First, I arranged them on the floor, the same way I would on the wall. Then I measured the large square and put masking tape up on the wall to mimic it.
I drew out a grid and marked the points where I wanted the mirrors hung, then marked the wall.
Now this isn’t a sponsored post for Command Strips but damn, I am so grateful for them. Here’s a little secret. These mirrors are not all the same. They are 3 generations of Malma. The first batch I got in 2005, the next in 2010 and the last two a couple weeks ago. There are some differences in size, wood and finish, but also in how to hang them. If it wasn’t for these lovely pieces of velcro goodness, I would go crazy trying to do math for the different spots I’d need to use nails, and you’d find me in a corner cyring. Alright, end praise rant.
After applying the strips, I just went off the marks I made on the wall. And voila!
I also used the same method for my Home Sweet Home art, although this one was much easier!
How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was awesome. It was my mom’s birthday and I won the Oscar pool at work! I was also able to finish up the entryway so that will be this week’s theme.
As I said in an earlier post, I wanted to put a mirror across from the window in the entryway. I also wanted it to be free.99. Of course I don’t have some magical large mirror just waiting for me to utilize it. But I did have 8 Ikea Malma mirrors from our past apartment, collecting dust in my closet. I just needed one more for me to make a cool grid. So I begged my friends and family on Facebook to pick one up in exchange for a forever grateful girl and a chance at internet fame.
Thank you Jeff and Kat!!
Now I could just put these up and be done with it, but that’s just boring. And then it clicked. I love this whiteboard that The Handmade Home created:
I was inspired and wanted to create a similar look with the mirrors. The first step was to use a gold pen and a level. I drew horizontal and vertical lines with Xs inside them to create the pattern:
Then I went to painting them, gold and white with certain triangles left blank. And guess what? HUGE DIY FAIL!!! It took me over an hour and it looked awful. So I had to beg Facebook for a replacement mirror.
Thank you Jeff and Kat for going back and getting me yet another mirror!
The gold pattern was enough for me to love them as is. I plan on putting them up like this by using command strips.
Now to figure out how to put them up exactly like this…
Happy weekend everybody! Here’s whats been going on with us and the interwebs:
* Rufio has been such a good boy, that we got him a new toy. It’s name is Bruce.
* I love this rustic/modern tiny house!
* Kirsten made a series to show how she starts and finishes a room, you should check it out and see her process.
* My kilim rug arrived and all my buyer’s remorse went away. It is BEAUTIFUL and Rufio approved. Ten bucks says he pees on it within a week…
* Life & Grace finally added a Home Tour section on her blog. Thank goodness! Now it’s a one stop shop of eye candy!
* A Cup of Jo wrote a post about playing games at home then links her favorites to rules. I’m so excited to relearn Speed and kick Alex’s butt!!
Have a fantastic weekend!
I wanted to put a large picture in our guest bathroom. I already had a white frame just waiting to be used, but needed something to go inside. I considered some wrapping paper at first but it would only be a temporary fix. A day later, while walking down the hall, I stopped in my tracks, turned and ran to my closet and pulled out a scarf that I’ve worn once.
It’s not that I didn’t love it, I’m just not a decorative scarf person. I’m a pajama person. But it was too beautiful to hide in a closet and I had a hunch I could frame it. Turns out I could, and I didn’t even have to chop it up! I folded it in half and stuffed it until the back portion could be locked in. I had no idea how it would turn out until I flipped it and got this:
LOVE IT!! And I’d like to thank Mari yet again but this time for the
scarf beautiful piece of art!
The second project that I hinted at in my last post is about the guest bathroom. I have some big plans for this space and I’m excited to get started. Here’s what it looks like now:
If you follow me on Pinterest then you’ve seen some very boring (but exciting to me) pictures of light fixtures, knobs, towel hangers, etc.
I’ve already painted the trim in here and now I want to paint the walls. I plan on doing a lighter color because it’s such a small, dark space. The vanity is a different story. I’d choose a darker gray or navy, then add fancy knobs to make it pop.
I also want all new fixtures. Alex
made me and I agreed to stick with brushed nickel. I already have a new shower head, towel rack and toilet paper holder. I still need a new towel ring and sink fixtures.
The boring mirror has got to go! I was toying with the idea of a circle but Alex wants a rectangle. I think I can go with that too.
And last but not least, we need new lighting. I was thinking about using an outdoor fixture. It’s unique and very inexpensive. I’m just worried it won’t provide enough light.
So what started out as wanting to copy this bathroom exactly:
Has become something different based on what we need and compromising tastes. When I come up with some final options I will share here and y’all can vote!
I have a couple areas that I’m starting to work on at the same time. My downstairs entryway is one of them. I’ve completed the top portion with the chalkboard wall, key hooks and the console for mail, change and storage. The bottom portion however is suffering badly. There are many reasons for this.
* It’s an arctic tundra
* We literally just toss our shoes down the stairs and let them land where they may
* Rufio brings in tons of pine needles, leaves and mud
So I’ve let it go, although this is evidence that I was too embarrassed to show it at its worst…
I’m working with a limited budget and I’m really doing my best to stick with what I have. My plan was to get a large mirror and put it opposite the window, then move the pictures to the left of the window. I’d also like a runner that is suited for the outdoors and can take a major beating from the boys.
I’m sure you can guess that my plan is already in motion… I’ve ordered this runner from Bed Bath and Beyond. I’m hoping that it looks just as good in person. I love the bright colors and its ability to mask the dirt that gets dragged in. Good news is, it was freesies! I used a 20% coupon and a gift card for the rest.
Now I don’t have a big mirror on hand, but I did have 8 small Ikea Malma mirrors that I could arrange in a pattern, inspired by this project from the Handmade Home.
I’ll post on this portion later, but let’s just say that it was a major DIY fail with good intentions. I do have a happy ending to my misfortune though, and I’ll share that project soon.
I’m glad I’m finally getting down to this area. I feel bad that it’s been neglected, but maybe it shouldn’t be so freaking cold!
Hi all! I hope you had a great week. The interwebs were good to me, here’s some lovely tid bits for ya!
* Die Hard is my favorite movie (also best Christmas movie ever) and crafting is a favorite hobby of mine. Put those two together and you get this printable. You best believe it’s waiting to find a home here.
* Alex’s boredom comes out in various ways. One of my favorites is random notes around the kitchen.
* Guys, Emily with Go Haus Go is making an ostrich bathroom!! Need I say more?
* Narwhals are unicorns of the sea. And just for that reason, I’d like to make this too.
I’ll be painting up a storm today… unless I procrastinate…Have a happy weekend!