Guest Bath Makeover

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I thought I would go ahead and call this makeover done(ish)and show the finished product.  While there is still work to be done, it's close to being done for now.  I have lighting that needs to be hung, and I plan to frame out the mirror, touch-ups...yada, yada, yada.  Come take a peek!

From plans...

Guest Bath Refresh

to execution!

It all started with this color, Sherwin Williams Pewter Green.  I tried a sample and it sparked an idea for this bathroom.

I think these shelves are one of my favorite things in this bath. They remind me of a cabinet of curiosities.  The print is from a girl's trip my sisters and I took to New York nearly fifteen years ago.  The feathers were dropped by a native hawk and found in the yard!  And the old book came from another girls trip where we thrifted our way through North Carolina.  I found it at a Goodwill that sold stuff by the pound!  The shelves are rounded out with bath and spa accessories like good smelling soaps, salts, and scents.

Aahh, contrast!  Loving how the doors stand out now, and tie in to the vanity.  I ended up going with a different shower curtain, because I didn't love the one on the board. But I saw Target has a new gold/white one with their new line Project 62 that may be perfect for the space.



Hope to share the completed final details soon!  Have you ever had to work around tile that you didn't like?  Share with me how you made it work!

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Guest Bath Refresh -{Take 2}

Friday, October 6, 2017

So my guest bath is one place I was inspired to use my new color crush.  I shared this new design plan on Instagram almost a month ago, and have almost completed the makeover. 

Guest Bath Refresh

This is definitely a mini-makeover, as the pink floor and bath tile will remain.  I had come up with a design plan last year, and partially executed it, as seen below.

But the gray vanity was lost among the white walls and doors.  Adding this deep pewter green, has added just the right amount of contrast to give the room interest.  And replacing the countertop, which was in the original plan, has also made a huge difference!

So, I'm editing photos to show the almost completed space!

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Color Crush-SW Pewter Green

Friday, September 15, 2017

Once or twice a year, I will have a photo or design that I feel smitten with.  One that will take my breath away and make me want to redo everything in the house.  


This color.

Sherwin Williams Pewter Green. 

 House Seven Instagram |Blog | SherwinWilliams Pewter Green

I think I'm in love.  I saw this color and went and bought a sample of it and one shade darker to test.

Pewter Green was the winner.  I already bought a gallon and I need it in my life. It's sort of a grayed out olive green, and reminds me of rosemary, olive tree leaves, and of a really great army green jacket.  It goes well with bronze, gold, and chrome.  

 2013 Southern Living Idea House | SW6208 Pewter Green

2013 Southern Living Idea House | SW6208 Pewter Green

This kitchen by Urban Grace Interiors uses SW Retreat, which is one shade lighter than Pewter Green.  Love it too!

Urban Grace Interiors | SW 6207 Retreat

I feel really inspired to use this color and will share one of the ideas tomorrow.

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Hallway Makeover-The Oak House Reno

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A hallway is an easily forgotten space.  It can be somewhat unimportant, after all it literally is just a pass thru.  After painting the bathroom, I wanted to update this space because the walls were marked up, and the doors were the original 1980's mauve-ish pink.  More importantly, this house doesn't have a coat closet.  The only closet on the lower level is the laundry room, and it is pretty narrow.  

I thought of doing hooks to create a sort of 'coat closet', and I kind of love it!  The hooks remind me of my kindergarden classroom.  I don't remember much about it, but I do remember this little cubby/coat area behind a wall in the classroom.  And I loved being able to go back there at put away my things!  

These little vintage striped hooks add the perfect amount of interest to this mundane hallway and serve a purpose.  Come on in and let me put away your things!

I had to work around the thermostat that was centered on the wall.  So I decided to hang my existing bird prints, that originally hung in my master bedroom at the old house.  They've been leaning against the wall since we moved, so it was good to get them up.  



I still want to update the brown doorbell box hanging over the art prints, and also update the lighting.  I have another idea that involves painting all of the hallway doors in house, but I will talk more about that later. In the meantime, if you can re-create the art using the items below!

Calendar for Art Prints


Wall Color-Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray
Trim Color-Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Wall Hooks-Anthropologie (discontinued)

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Back to School with Cat and Jack

Friday, September 1, 2017

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I only have one kid, but I still hunt for deals and shop resale because kids grow out of their clothes so quickly.  So I wanted to share this one with you!   I stumbled into the Cat and Jack line at Target last school year when I was looking for a t-shirt and was happy with the quality.  Their entire Cat and Jack line is on sale for 20% off now thru Monday September 3rd, so if you need to add a few more pieces to your kids back to school wardrobe, its a pretty good deal!   I held out for a sale at my usual store for this year's school clothes, but never saw a deal that made me jump.  Two weeks before school started the Cat and Jack tees and jeans were on a major sale, AND I found out that the clothes come with basically a one year warranty and I was sold.  I stocked up on tees, added a few pairs of jeans and a couple of athletic shorts and I was done with back to school clothes shopping without even leaving the house (WIN!), and they arrived within a few days.  

I was skeptical about the jeans, but they ended up being great as well.  I usually buy them from another store that has the jeans with the adjustable waistband, which is invaluable because my son usually grows into his jeans thru the school year.  You know, in August we are tightening up the waistband and rolling up the cuffs, but by the end of the year they fit perfectly.  Well guess what?  The Cat and Jack jeans have that too, plus they are guaranteed to last a year!  You do have to have your receipt, but if you're shopping online like I am, you'll automatically have it saved to your email. Needless to say, this is my new stop for back to school clothes, and it doesn't hurt that the tees are so cute, ahem, handsome I mean.  Take a peek at a few of our favorites pieces!




These are all pieces that the Bub will be wearing this fall.  Of course there are many more styles and options and they carry boys and girls clothing.  But these are a few of our favorites for this school year!

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Back to School and Back to Painting

Thursday, August 31, 2017

School started back almost four weeks ago.  We had an amazing classic summer meaning unscheduled time, being outside, and hanging out with friends.  It ended up being just what I needed creatively, because once school started back I felt completely ready to work on home projects.  As of today I have painted five spaces, and it felt great to get them done.  Especially since we have been here over a year...that was the other bit of inspiration, haha!

This is from the Bub's room. He requested color.  He says my grays and blue grays and whites are not color.  Sometimes I have to agree!  I love neutrals, but my heart is always weak for a good blue.  I can't wait to get pictures of the space once the sun comes out.

We've been having a little rain in GA, but of course nothing compared to the tragic flooding taking place in Texas.  My heart goes out to all of the people and families that have been displaced and rescued, especially when I think of children and parents being separated.  While donating and volunteering is needed now for those experiencing Hurricane Harvey, it also has made me think about my own emergency preparedness.  I hope to update and share some of my own planning for emergencies, since I know seeing how others planned helped me to put a kit together.  I don't think anyone can know exactly what will be needed in a time of emergency, but a bit of planning can help alleviate some anxiety while waiting for help to arrive.
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Updating the Wood Swingset with Behr Wood Cleaner

Monday, April 10, 2017

It's springtime, and I can't be the only one with sad, forlorn wooden structures in their back yard. I'm talking about the grayed out decks, the mildew covered playsets, and yes, the fences that have seen better days.  Guess what, there is hope!  They can be revitalized!

When we came to look at this house last spring, I was drawn out to the yard by this old swingset.  It was nestled in the woods, and gave you a nice view back to the house from outside.  We planned to update the swings, but we've only got one kid.  So we got one swing up, and never got back to the project.

But recently, I have been itching to complete something, so I decided to put the rest of the swings up.  But even with the new swings, the set look dated.  The wood has always looked worn, so the plan was to stain it a dark black, or greeny-black stain color to freshen it up.  I didn't realize that the discoloration was mildew.

But the directions on the stain said to clean the wood first, so I reluctantly went back and did so. 
If I had known that the wood cleaner would have this much of an effect, I would not have put that sample up!  Who knew old wood could look this good?  Some people know, I just didn't, but everyone needs to know this!

I am so impressed with this product.  It was only $15 and took me about four hours to complete the whole swingset.  Working in sections, I wet the swingset down, applied the wood cleaner mixed according to instructions with a small 3-inch chip brush, and went back to my starting point and began scrubbing.  It requires you to scrub it, but you see it working and removing the mildew.  I rinsed the wood as I went along.

We still need to figure out how to cut off that one last blue swing hanging on like a toddler who doesn't want to leave the playground.

The stairs also need a bit of repair, and I have to remove the EXTRA-LARGE sample that I put up!

But I can't wait to stain and seal this baby!  I don't know how old this swingset is, but I would say it just got a major facelift!

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