Wednesday, July 23, 2014

dining room picture ledges

Decorating is a lot of trial and error, and boy, have I done a lot of that in this house.  I was searching high and low for something to put on this wall in our dining room because this Ikea print was just not cutting it in the decor department.
After months and months, it dawned on me that I had these Ikea picture ledges in the basement, from our first apartment, that weren't being used.  This is the only picture I can find of them, back from 2009.
So Matt hung these up with some anchors and screws in just a few minutes and I arranged some of our favorite photos on them.  Most of the frames were $1 at the Restore, and I had everything on hand already for this project.
And that funny sign was a gift from Matt's Aunt and Uncle.  They crack us up, and we just love this.
These treasured photos add the interest we were looking for.
You may be wondering what the hallway looks like, where these photos used to live.  It's a blank slate for now, and we're just fine with that.  Plus, we find that we actually look at these photos so much more now, vs. just walking past them through a small hallway.
 The only other thing in this room that is on my radar to update is the light fixture. It's not my favorite and I would really like to center it over the table, vs centered in the room, like it is now.  I have no idea when we'll do this, but it's just something in the pipeline.

Monday, July 14, 2014

guest bathroom reveal

I'm back with another room reveal today, and it feels go-uh-ood.  Working our way through this house, and finishing up spaces is the best feeling.  And, the best part about finishing up the guest bathroom was that it was all set for our out-of-town guests to use this past weekend, and upcoming week.

This was the bathroom when we moved in.  Nothing terribly offensive, and I really like the shower.  The floor and vanity weren't my favorite.
And here is the space today. Completely transformed.
A few months ago, I updated the vanity and floors, with Java Gel Stain on the vanity and grouted vinyl tile. The paint color is Rainwater by Martha Stewart (Home Depot).  The color is actually discontinued, but I just asked the guy at the paint counter and they still had the color details in their system.
 We framed out the large mirror with 1x3s painted white, just like I did in the 1/2 bath downstairs.  And, if you read Young House Love, you may recognize the light fixture from the guest bathroom in their last house.  We just loved it so much, that we had to order it for ourselves. We found it on Amazon here.
The soap/lotion combo are from World Market; the photo is one Matthew took that last time we were in Austin; the frame and hand towel are from Target, and the towel holder is from Ikea.
 I picked up this little window mirror from our neighborhood garage sale, and just planted a little $3 succulent in a clear candle holder I already had (I think I got it from the Dollar Store).
 Did you know that they make baskets specifically to go on the back of your toilet tank? I didn't know until I was wandering around Target looking for a basket for the tank and happened upon this one.  It is perfect for a box of Kleenex and a few extra rolls of toilet paper.
The shower is in great shape, so we didn't have to do anything there.  We just added this white shower curtain from Home Goods, and hooks from Amazon (unfortunately, it looks like they are not currently available.)
 Another $10 hook board from Ikea (like this one here and here) for towels.  So much easier than towel bars.
 And to round out the room, I used leftover materials and made another wood valance like the one in the kitchen. I still just love the simplicity of this, and the warmth of the wood-tone against the cool blue color and white accessories.
 This room is exactly what I had imagined: a spa like retreat for our guests to use.  
In the future, we would love to update the counter top/sink/faucet and possibly backsplash, but for now this room is just perfect.  The entire makeover came in at less than $250, so I'm pretty stoked about that, considering the impact this transformation has had.

P.S. The room looks beautiful from the hallway...
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