master bath re-do | window treatment update

window treatment update | home sweet blogI finally pulled the trigger and selected a fabric for the window treatments in the master bathroom. I’m going with this beautiful John Robshaw Kedara fabric. It was a favorite from my original post, but the image of the fabric online looked kinda dingy and yellow-ish. It wasn’t until I ordered the swatch that I was able to make the final call. It’s actually not dingy or yellow at all. Thankfully. It pairs perfectly with the wall and cabinet color. We already have dark bamboo shades in the room, which we’ll be keeping for privacy, but I think a window treatment will be a nice addition. I am hoping to recreate the style below,

box pleat valance | home sweet blog

I’m hoping it won’t be too difficult! And I’m still deciding whether or not to add a contrasting trim… what do you think?


master bath re-do | the window treatment

I mentioned in my master bath plan that I know the style window treatment I want, I just don’t know what fabric to use. To refresh your memory, here are the colors we’re working with…

master bath colors | home sweet blog

Here are a few of the fabric options I’m considering,

master bath fabric | home sweet blog

1 – I love this fabric, I’m just concerned that the scale might not be right for the space.

2 – I think a golden yellow would work really well with our wall and cabinet colors and this would be a subtle way to introduce it.

3 – I can’t decide if I love this fabric or if I think it looks too grandma-ish, but either way I keep coming back to it.

4 – I picked this because it is vaguely reminiscent of this – which I love, but sadly think is waaay out of my price range. Besides being out of my price range I don’t even know how I’d go about tracking that beauty down…

5 – This is fabric is all over Pinterest and the colors are perfect, but I may have a hard time selling BW on this one. It’s very floral, in a good way… but, floral.

6, 7 & 8 – These are much more neutral. I think all three of these would look great with a contrasting trim. Similar to the width of this,

bathroom valance inspiration 2 | home sweet blog

What do you think? Which one do you like best?

master bath re-do| the plan

master bath design board | home sweet blog

As promised, here is the design plan for our master bathroom re-do. The hexagon floor tiles are not part of phase 1… sadly those will have to wait, but I wanted to include them to give a picture of the full plan.

THE WALLS – BW has already painted the walls in Sherwin Williams Sea Salt. A light blue-ish grey that I’ve been obsessed with since I first saw it on Pinterest.

THE CABINETS – We are planning to paint the existing cabinets in a dark color. I was originally thinking a dark grey, but the color above was on the same paint chip as Sea Salt – it has some olive green undertones that I think could be really pretty. I’d also like to swap out the exiting hardware for something that is a little more traditional.

THE LIGHT FIXTURE – The light fixture is simple, but it is 100 times better than the existing lights and it matches the brushed nickel faucets and cabinet hardware I’ve picked out. The glass shades are clear so they will provide a lot of light.

THE SHOWER – We are planning to add subway tiles with dark grout around the top of the existing shower. Neither of us has ever done any tiling, but I think it’s a DIY we can tackle. The shower curtain we already have. I purchased it several months back from Pottery Barn outlet. We also plan to add a curved shower curtain rod.

THE WINDOW – There is currently a bamboo shade over the window which we will keep (mostly because it’s needed for privacy), but I’d love to add a inverted box pleat valance over the shade to bring in some color. I am torn when it comes to the fabric for the valence. There are 7-8 fabrics I’m considering. I plan on sharing them all later this week. Hopefully I’ll get some input that will help me to decide!

THE MIRROR – So rather than ripping out the giant builder grade mirror, we are planning to frame it out with MDF and crown molding to give it a more custom look. Something like this,

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There are a few more bathroom details we have planned (including a $4 furniture find that we’ve had for months) which I’ll share as things move along. What do you think? Are we on the right track?

master bath re-do

Since we moved in our master bath has been seriously neglected. Like, seriously neglected. A towel rack fell from the wall and we left it sorta half hanging for months. This room gets no love. Maybe that’s because aside from BW and me no one even sees this room. Maybe it’s because between the ugly builder grade mirror, standard fixtures, white walls and neutral tile we just didn’t know where to start. The bathroom is part of a master suite addition built by the previous owners and they layout is, eh, strange. It’s an L-shaped room and space is certainly tight.

master bath | home sweet blog

master bath 2 | home sweet blog

Both of these were taken the first time we saw the house, which happened to be when we placed our first offer. The top photo is looking in from the door that leads from the master bedroom. And the second photo is looking at the vanity (obvi) – the toilet is behind me and the tub is to the left. The window to the right is the only window in the room.

To give you a better picture of the space here is a very rough floor plan,

master bathroom layout | home sweet blogSee what I mean about the weird layout? I personally think that little linen closet (my “not to scale” floor plan might be deceiving. It’s very small!) is completely unnecessary. It creates weird angles in the room and the shelves of the closet are so insanely narrow it’s basically useless for holding anything other than extra toiletries. Yes, too narrow even to hold folded towels… the sole purpose of a linen closet. But since a major gutting of the bathroom is not in our budget, this is what we’re working with. We BW has already got a fresh coat of paint up on the walls and I plan on sharing my design plans next week for a minor budget/major impact bathroom re-do. Stay tuned!

mirror, mirror

Our master bathroom has one of those awful, boring builder grade mirrors. Zero character. Lame. Since we moved in I’ve wanted to rip it down and put individual framed mirrors over the double sinks. Along with new light fixtures, but that’s a different post, for a different day, on a much different budget. I’ve also seen a few tutorials about framing out the bathroom mirror using molding (here and here). While both of those are still options, right now I’m leaning towards hanging two framed mirrors over the existing builder grade mirror. I’ve seen this layered look on Pinterest – but actually, not too often in bathrooms. What do you think? Are you a fan of this layered look?





elliottepucket double mirror

convex mirror double


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b&a: guest bedroom dresser

This post is LONG overdue, but… I bought this ugly thing off Craigslist about a year ago. BW reluctantly accompanied me to a very sketchy storage unit where we met a one armed man (seriously) who was thrilled for us to take it off his hands…er, hand? Either way. I had no place to put it, but at $40 it was such a bargain I couldn’t pass it up. It sat in my sunroom untouched until, ironically, it found it’s way into another storage unit.  Several months and a new city later, it finally has a home. We needed a dresser for our guest bedroom and this puppy fit the bill. But before it could make it’s way in to Kendall… it needed some help.

SIDE NOTE: How cool is that fan in the background? It was in the attic when we moved in and I made BW lug it down stairs. It weights close to 30 lbs. and it must be at least 50 years old. And it still works!

1. It was covered in the most disgusting red candle wax. No clue how/why that happened, but with little bit of elbow grease I was able to scrape it all away.

2. The back of the dresser (basically a sheet of pressboard) was practically falling off. I didn’t get a picture, but it didn’t take long for BW to tackle that one. With some new screws we were back in business.

{ I put BW to work while I was busy snapping pictures }

3. These awful (almost as awful as my manicure – or lack thereof – in this picture), dirty plastic pulls. Which I quickly swapped out for some pretty ones purchased for 50% off at Hobby Lobby.

4. It needed paint. Bad.

I was very eager to use my Annie Sloan chalk paint, which I actually ordered back when I bought the dresser. It too has been sitting in the storage unit. So much for completely projects in a timely manor. The beauty of chalk paint is that it doesn’t require priming or sanding, which is an idea I can get behind because it means quick and easy. After filling in the extra holes left from the old drawer pulls with a little wood putty and sanding to make sure everything was nice and smooth, the whole dresser got one coat of paint. It wasn’t quite the coverage I was hoping for, so I opted for a second coat.*

I sanded it at the corners and edges to give it a distressed look. I decided not the paint the top of the dresser. I just liked the look of the natural wood against the blueish green color. We popped on the new knobs and voila!

*The first coat went on nice and smooth, however the second coat seemed to go on a little thick. After some sanding it turned out just fine. I was planning on using chalk paint to paint our kitchen cabinets (another project for another day), but after using it on the dresser I definitely think I will take the ‘ole paint and prime route. I am just looking for a cleaner, smoother, as little brush strokes as possible finish on the cabinets.

Oh and also, just about everything I’ve read about chalk paint says that you need to finish it off with wax. I have yet to do that. I was too eager to get it back inside. But when if I get around to it, I will be sure to give you an update.

biggest fan

Our new house is 1,808 square feet. In that 1,808 square feet I bet you cannot guess how many ceiling fans there are…but go ahead, give it a shot.

Absolutely not. Three is not even close.

Nope. Not four. Try again.

No. Not even six.


There are eight ceiling fans. That equals one in every room (including three in the dining room/living room/kitchen) plus one outside. I told BW that if we turned them all on full blast our little house just might fly away like UP! (side note: sweetest little movie of all time. It comes highly recommended from the W household. Literally…stop reading this and go watch it.)

Since I think we can easily survive with about, oh let’s see, half of these ceiling fans, I’ve been researching light fixtures to replace them. I know I want something different for the dining room, the kitchen, my office and possibly the bedroom. But don’t tell BW. He would probably be happy to live with all eight. His body temperature runs about 4 degrees warmer than the average person. (He’s prob a werewolf – and of course when I say “werewolf”what I really mean is “shape shifter/wolf”. I realize these types of silly thoughts are probably a result of working at a teen magazine the last four years. Or at the very least, because of watching shows like True Blood and Vampire Diaries.) I digress. The point is, I’m on the market for some new lighting fixtures. Here are a few that may soon be making an appearance in Kendall.

I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to have a lantern over the island in our kitchen. Where, shockingly, there is now a ceiling fan. Remember when I blogged about Sarah Richardson? Well this ah-mazing shot comes from the home of her assistant Tommy (which if you’ve never seen the show is so super cute). I love this lantern. Oh yeah, and the floors, and the cabinets, and the french doors, and everything.

{ another shot of Tommy’s cutie kitchen }

The kitchen below is probably my fave. I’m loving the contrast between the white cabinets and the butcher block. BW and I are dying to put butcher block in our kitchen. We were originally just thinking about the island, but now I think we’re both considering replacing all the countertops with butcher block. In fact, on a recent road trip to Savannah, we made a special trip to the Atlanta IKEA to check out their butcher block. BW was definitely disappointed we didn’t leave with new countertops that day. Check out how seamlessly the lantern fits in with the countertops, the open shelving, and the amazing apron front sink. I die.

I wish we had the space to accommodate two. I love these shots below with the pairs of lanterns.

I think this one from is prettyyy darn close to a few of the ones above. The great part is that it’s less than $150. The not so great part is that it was only $103 when I pinned it a few weeks ago. What gives Overstock?

I think one of these chandeliers – both of these lovelies are also from Overstock – would look beautiful over the dining room table. Although, a chandelier may be a little too feminine for BW tastes. If I can’t convince him, a smaller scale version of one of these will definitely be going in my office. Stay tuned because I have big plans for that room!

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{ is it just me or does this look awfully close to this beauty? just sayin. }

I have a feeling these two drum shades may be a little more up BW’s alley. I can’t complain because I love them both.

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{ from here, the dark iron bands make it feel much more rustic }

What do you think? Any favorites? On another note, if you’re in the market for a ceiling fan give us a call! I know where you can find one (or eight) on the cheap.