Stone Fireplace Update

stone fireplace

I didn’t intend to take a five week break from blogging, but the holiday season really got away from me this year! In November, I shared a partial den reveal after I participated in the One Room Challenge. Due to scheduling issues with our contractor, the fireplace update wasn’t finished at the end of the challenge. Today I’m excited to share our brand new fireplace and mantel!

We moved into our new home in January, 2015 and have been staring at this beautiful concrete hole in the wall ever since. Pretty huh?

fireplace demo

We finally formed a game plan for the fireplace and got the contractor lined up. I was so excited to get this project finished in time for Christmas!


old fireplace

Well here she is now in all her updated glory!


fireplace redo

I could not be happier with how well it turned out! We literally finished painting the mantel just in time for a holiday party at our house. I’m loving the stacked stone and the frame around the TV. It helps anchor the TV and really makes the space feel finished. The new media cabinet fills the space next to the fireplace so much better than our old one.

We took a dated and unattractive fireplace and turned it into a modern focal point for our family room.

You can see the rest of the den and our new work station here. You can see the fireplace in my fall home tour here.

{Linking to The Creative Gallery, Work It Wednesday}

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Master Bath Part One

You got a peek at some of our home’s former “style” when I shared our powder room makeover. I’m here to tell you that the unique decor choices continued throughout the house so we had our work cut out when we finally had the keys in hand. Our house is still very much in progress, but it’s come a long way.

The former owners were super into wallpaper. A couple rooms had solid colored walls, which upon further investigation turned out to actually be wallpaper. Well, the master bath was definitely not a solid color, but the wallpaper was in full effect.

Master Bath

Whoa nelly! We joked that the inspiration for this bathroom was a leisure suit. The thing that bugged me the most was the window on the far right above the sink with its fabulous blinds. Let’s ignore the fact that it made everything feel lopsided and focus on the fact that this window is a direct line of sight into the neighbor’s house! Yes, it lets in some extra light but unless the blinds are partially closed all the time, you need to be careful about what you’re wearing (or NOT wearing since this is the passthrough from the shower to the bedroom) in front of that window. Just. No.

Master Bath Redo

Wondering what that blue box is above the random dolls hanging from the ceiling? It was a massive fluorescent light fixture. Because who doesn’t look flattering under fluorescent lighting?!

Shower Area

The view into the shower/toilet area will help confirm that wallpaper on a door is not a good idea. The electric blue tile could have been cool but it was just too much. Unfortunately we haven’t touched the shower yet. Ugh. It’s just old and brassy and beige. We replaced the fixtures but redoing the shower itself will have to wait for a while. I’d also like to replace the vanity, but for now a paint job makes it tolerable.

We’ve made some solid updates that I’ll reveal soon after a few final touches. In the meantime, you can see some of the inspiration I’ve gathered.Master Bath Inspiration

1. Young House Love  2. Unknown source  3. The Lilypad Cottage

Check back soon for the master bath reveal!

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Five Houses I Would Love to Live In

Five beautiful homes

There are so many beautiful homes to be found in magazines and blogland, but there are some that I just go back to again and again as my favorite sources of inspiration.

Today, I’m sharing five of my favorite blogger’s homes. Our home is such a work in progress right now, but these homes are so motivating as I piece together each room of my own house.

First up is The Lilypad Cottage.

The Lilypad Cottage

I adore Kelly’s coastal style and how light and open and airy this house feels. She’s does a really good job at styling different areas of her home without it looking cluttered.

Next up is Rooms for Rent.

Rooms for Rent Summer Tour

Bre has a little more of a rustic vintage feel to her home, but again she keeps things very light and open. Her overall color palette is pretty neutral and she’s great at adding in pops color as an extra touch, which I love.

Craftberry Bush is another of my favorites.

Craftberry Bush Summer Tour

Lucy posts the most beautiful photos. Her instagram feed is amazing! I really like the beachy casual vibe of her home and she has a great eye for styling a room. She’s also an artist and sells her own prints (and sometimes gives them away for free!)

One of my longtime faves is Dear Lillie.

Dear Lillie Summer

Jennifer’s style is more traditional and I love her use of antiques and vintage finds. She’s been chronicling the updates they’ve done to their New England home over the last couple years and it’s just beautiful. She also designs really lovely calligraphy-esque prints and sells them in her shop.

Last but not least is I Heart Organizing.

I heart organizing living room reveal

Jen’s style is different than the other four, but her bright and cheery home is always an inspiration to me. She’s way more adventurous with color and pattern than I am, and I think that’s why I’m drawn to it. And obviously her methods of organizing the spaces in their home would give even a hoarder the desire to turn over a new leaf.

Each of these ladies has a slightly different style, but what resonates with me is that each home feels bright, happy and comfortable. I hope you enjoyed some inspiration today!

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Powder Room Makeover

In January we moved into our new home after several months of intense renovation. Our house was built in 1976 and has all the peculiarities charm that comes with a 70s era home in southern California. The previous owners had been here since 1978 and had done a few upgrades along the way, but nothing that fit my style.

We replaced the floors, took down walls, painted every square inch and now slowly but surely this house is starting to feel like ours. I admit that I’m slow when it comes to making decisions about what goes where. Every room is still in progress.

A few rooms are coming together so I thought I’d share one today since it’s almost complete. The guest bath on the first floor was literally an assault on the senses in its previous state. It was like walking into a hangover.

Guest Bath Before

I took this picture at our first viewing

The before picture doesn’t even do justice to the color. It was so bright and so magenta! The pink sponge painting did not soften the blow either. The floor was a basic tile that continued into the den/family room which is right outside the half bath.

Powder Room Update

We still plan to replace the vanity and the countertop will be made from a leftover piece of the granite we used in the kitchen. We installed (and by “we” I mean a professional) hand-scraped birch hardwood throughout the house and it is one of my true loves in our home. We painted the room a soft gray and recently replaced all the old aluminum windows.

I want to either frame out the mirror or replace it completely, but for now this room is so much better than it was. I love the serene gray color that doesn’t make you want to shut your eyes while using the facilities. We also replaced the old light fixture that for some reason spanned the entire wall with a simpler brushed nickel option and we traded the brass & chrome faucet for a simpler set.

Powder Room Before & After

I can’t wait to get rid of the old vanity that still smells like potpourri, but so far this is a vast improvement don’t you think??


{Linking to Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Inspiration Gallery, The 36th Avenue}

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A Wizard of Oz Halloween

I’m aware that it’s a week into November, but I have to share our Halloween theme before we’re too far gone. Right before Halloween last year I found some amazing inspiration from Brooklyn Limestone. Every Halloween Stephanie goes above and beyond with her amazing ideas. Unfortunately it was too close to the big day so I promised myself I would follow through the next year. So here we are all decked out and ready for some serious trick or treaters!

simple DIY wizard of oz decor

wizard of Oz halloween

I used a projector to focus images of the flying monkeys and wicked witch on black poster board. I  traced the images with white chalkboard pen and cut them out.

wizard of oz halloween
A Wizard of Oz theme wouldn’t be complete without the yellow brick road! Our yellow brick road was quick and easy with some yellow chalk (although I did have a major fingernail situation when I was hurrying to finish.)
wizard of Oz halloween
 Our yellow brick road led to the front door, which was wrapped in green plastic table cloths to look like the entrance to the Emerald City. A creepy sign was draped in cobwebs.
wizard of Oz halloween
Witch legs peeked out from under the house right near the front door. I scored those witchy shoes at a local thrift shop for $2.
And of course you can’t visit Oz without the ruby slippers…
wizard of Oz halloween
 I loved how everything turned out and it was pretty inexpensive. Now I just have to come up with a theme for next year!

Easy DIY Wizard of Oz Halloween decor makes for a simple and fun Halloween theme #diyhalloween

Linking up to…
Design, Dining & DiapersProject Inspired @ Yesterday on TuesdayMonday Funday @ Becoming Martha, The 36th Avenue, Think & Make Thursday

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