Bathroom Remodel Update – The Needle is Moving

You aren’t done with that, you ask? Nope. When we first started the master bathroom remodel, I asked my neighbor-friend how long it took her hubby to complete their remodel. Her response [insert super, sweet southern accent] “A season.” HA! I laughed, surely we can get this done in a season…er, seasons.

In our defense, the hubs has been hard at work on the bathroom…when he’s not working his full-time job, saving lives, cats and other things, studying for promotional exams and working overtime. Or going on vacation, afternoons at the gun show or shooting range. I am not a complete slave driver, and I’ve gotta give him a little break here and there. Honestly, the length of time to get this bathroom complete hasn’t really phased me because we have another bathroom to use. Plus, I kinda like the dust that it creates in our bedroom, makes it easier to leave sweet notes to my honey…written iin dust. How romantic!

Some of you have asked, “How’s the bathroom coming along” and I figured that it was time that I gave you an update. I would say we are about 80% done with the bathroom. So here’s a look at what we’ve done so far.


Dad and DIY Master J framed out the window in our bathroom. I’m in love with this and now want to frame out all of the windows in our house. I’d like to say that a window without a frame is like a cupcake without icing…or something poetic like that.


Only a few more tiles left and the shower will be complete. The hot guy working on my tile says that it’ll be done on this week. Then we call in the shower door man to install the beautiful frameless shower doors. The shower door man is different from the hot guy working on the tile. He (shower door man) pales in comparison, just sayin’.


Doesn’t everyone keep their toilet in the bathtub? This picture shows the tub wall tile. The genius tile man made it so that the decorative tile is the same height as the decorative tile on the shower wall. This wall still needs a few pieces of finishing tile, a.k.a. bull nose, which I don’t get because it doesn’t look like a bull, nose or the nose of a bull.


Not a great shot, but this is the floor tile. Is there anything else to say about this, I don’t think so.

PS – Sorry, honey for all of the references to you using everything but your name! Y’all see, he thinks it’s lame that I don’t refer to him by his actual name on this here blog. I think it’s funny that he thinks it’s lame so, when in doubt I like to call him by anything but his name, to make him smile roll his eyes.

Bella Luna – Boutique Beauty

I love little boutiques, and one of my faves is Bella Luna located at the Rehobeth Beach boardwalk. I stumbled upon this shop last summer and now look forward to each visit to peruse the lovely little things that this tiny boutique has to offer. Last month on our visit to the beach, I only had a little time to walk through my favorite store, but during my short visit I found a laundry list of things that I’d love to have. Here are a few of the lovelies at Bella Luna…

And they don’t just have fabulous jewelry, they have home accessories, clothing and more! How about these cutie-patootie place card or picture holder…adorable, right?!

If you’re ever on the Eastern Shore and on Rehobeth’s boardwalk, be sure to make a stop in to Bella Luna. You won’t regret it, promises. Now I didn’t purchase anything on this visit, not enough time in the store to make a decision. You can bet your sweet tushes that I’ll be planning an extended trip to Bella Luna the next time I’m at the shore.

Bathroom Remodel Update

J started the master bath remodel this week. Here’s what we’ve purchased so far and the color scheme we are going for in the space.

Now for the good, bad and ugly details of our progress…

Day 1 :: Continue the ever expensive search for a bathroom faucet. I mean seriously I never knew that faucets could be so incredibly expensive. AND did you know that the models that they sell at the big box stores, think Home Depot and Lowes are made with plastic parts on the inside that will cause leaks relatively quickly? Well I didn’t know this and perhaps it’s the sales person blowing smoke up my arse but I believed him. And well my momma and momma-in-law said the same thing and that’s pretty much gospel to me.

Day 2 :: Failed at running out to Benjamin Moore at lunch to look at paint colors. J lugged all of my our bathroom crap belongings to the guest bedroom, started demo by hauling out the current vanity, removing all of the fixtures and mirrors and began pulling up the current crappy-smappy linoleum floors. Finally committed and ordered faucets, after negotiating a relatively decent price…considering. And that’s where the progress halted, because J found mold on the floor near the shower. DAMN YOU Beazer builders! You see our neighbors ran into this issue months ago and we “knew” that likely we could have the same problem.  Confirmed yesterday.

Day 3 :: Lined up contractors to come and give us an estimate on the work to fix the shower leak. J doesn’t want to take on this task and for our own sanity we’d rather pay the $$ to have someone else get it done in a day or so. Problem though is that the contractors apparently have other jobs and my bathroom reno isn’t their top priority so they aren’t coming until end of week or Monday. Don’t they know that I’m impatient and on a schedule since J is off this week? J continued to pull up the crappy-smappy linoleum and make what progress he can while waiting for contractors to come.

Y’all progress is being made, but just at a slower pace than I would have liked. But isn’t that the truth with all constructions and renovation projects. I couldn’t be happier to have the best honey in the world who is uber handy and willing to tackle this project.  Love ya’!

Oh and apparently we are handing out money to anyone who says anything having to do with a master bathroom renovation. So hit me up if you too would like a share of my wallet.  Just say the word…bathroom, faucet, demo, leak, mold, whatev and it’s yours.  HA!  Kidding, I’m not giving away anymore money unless you can be at my house tomorrow at 8AM to fix the shower.

Oh No She Didn’t!

It used to be that when it came time for selecting fixtures for your bathroom, everything had to be matchy-matchy. Do y’all remember the 90’s and the all brass fixtures?  Well, my momma didn’t raise me to be a Miss Matchy on everything! I mean how can one possibly find fixtures, frames, toilet paper holders, towel rings, accessories, etc. all in the same finish? Well, I’m sure you can but let’s just say you picked polished chrome for every last finish in your bathroom, wow that would be one shiny place.

As we venture into our master bathroom remodel (demo and remodel scheduled to begin next week) we are at the phase where we need to select our bathroom faucets. Oh the dilemma and oh the price of faucets. I can hear my debit card screamin’ at the thought of $300+ per faucet, uh yikes! I’m going to do the unthinkable and mix my metals. I’ll pause and wait for the gasps and shock of what I just said to fade away. Y’all are probably saying, “Oh no she didn’t!” Oh yes, I am!  That’s right people, I’ll have oil rubbed bronze and polished chrome in my bathroom if I want to and you’ll like it!  Well maybe you won’t like it, but whatev.

So as a little reminder, this is the dress that we are turning into a vanity and these are the vessel sinks that we’ve bought to install on the top.

You’ll notice that the drawer pulls are a rubbed-bronze color, so I think having an oil rubbed bronze faucet will make the piece look complete.  In the semi-edited words of Jerry McGuire, “This will complete me!”  HA!

I think I like some of these options for our faucets:



Having a nice balance of the mixed metals is key to break of the monotony. I think that in our case, having a custom vanity with fixtures that match the look and feel of the dresser will give the piece a complete finish and look on-purpose. We already have this candle chandelier in the oil rubbed bronze that will tie in the vanity fixtures nicely to create a cohesive look in the bathroom.

What do you think?  Have y’all shunned me altogether for mixing my metals?

Weekend Without Words

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ONE ::  Enjoyed these incredibly beautiful strawberries this weekend. I love the taste of summer!

TWO :: Nutella buttercream frosting on a chocolate cake. First shot at making the frosting, pretty tasty. I’m officially addicted to Nutella.

THREE :: We’ve recently rearranged our living room and with that we had a big wall to fill. I filled the space with these incredible New Orleans prints that I already had and the wrought iron scroll piece above them. I found these wrought iron sconces to flank either side. It’s has the perfect NoLa feel!

Vintage Chic Shopping at the Ekster Barn Sale

Yesterday, my friend Mandy & I ventured out to a local barn sale at Ekster Antiques & Uniques. The drive about 40 minutes west of where we live is just gorgeous, especially as you head beyond the hustle and bustle of the Northern Virginia, enter into the Loudoun County wine country. The barn sale is housed in three separate barns and is staged just beautifully with vintage, chic antiques and things. While I didn’t buy anything yesterday, I was certainly inspired, particularly with the farm tables (which I want my honey to build us one) and the fun details that add just a personal touch to any decor. Here are a few pieces that caught my eye …

I love the slate place mat! I think this is a great idea
for any event, but this really caught my eye for weddings.
Can’t you just see this in a lovely garden inspired wedding
with the guest’s names written along the side as place cards?

This farm table is gorgeous!
I love the quilted block pattern.

Check out the legs on this farm table, so pretty.
Here they’ve used the slate place mats again.
The chandelier…just so pretty.

The Drop Zone – Conquering Kitchen Clutter

I am pretty confident that everyone has a spot in or near their kitchen that’s the drop zone for mail, keys, receipts, cell phones, etc. Years ago Josh bought me this great desk organizer from Pottery Barn (mine is ivory). We’ve never really used it to its fullest, and for years only our pens have been organized in the little cubby.

Last week I was inspired by a blog post from My Green Pen on office inspiration organization ideas. I went home that evening and decided that it was time to take care of our drop zone once and for all. Determined not to spend a penny, I went to the back of the closet in our office (also an unorganized space) and found these adorable Vera Bradley file folders, and got to work, creating folders for:

  • To be sorted
  • To be paid
  • To be filed
  • Josh
  • Amy
  • Coupons

Here is the end result!

Now I as mail comes in it goes into one of these folders. As we prepare to pay bills, we take out the folder we need or when we’re ready to file paid bills, etc. we can simply just take the folder upstairs to the office. It’s been one week since I organized our drop zone and so far we’ve done a great job of filing away anything that comes in.

A big THANK YOU to Laura @ My Green Pen for the little kick I needed to de-clutter and get organized!

How do you keep your drop zone organized?