Office Fabric

The bathroom upgrade is almost finished and the next project on our list is tackling a little upgrade in my home office. I’ve been working an inspiration board for the space and while pulling together my sources I realized the fabric I’d picked for my window treatments – a sample I’ve had for years – is no longer available! I’ve searched everywhere and cannot seem to find it online. It has been discontinued and I don’t think the odds of finding it are very good.

Premier Prints Netherlands Kelp Linen | home sweet blog { Netherlands Kelp Linen Fabric by Premier Prints }

The fabric is even prettier in person and at $10.99/yard the price was certainly right. I’m still not willing to accept that this fabric is gone forever… but in the meantime I guess I’m off to find something new. Let me know if you have any suggestions! I’m hoping to find something with some green tones.

On another note, here’s an update on the bathroom redo:

  • paint walls
  • install subway tile above shower / grout
  • buy shower curtain rod / install
  • find window treatment fabric / order / decide on a trim color (I’m waiting for a few swatches to come in from
  • sew window treatments / hang
  • order new light fixture / hang
  • frame mirror
  • paint shelf / hang
  • paint cabinets
  • install new cabinet hardware

Things are coming along. We did have a few set backs – like when we decided we wanted two separate light fixtures instead of one and knocked a whole in the wall only to discover that due to a stud we could not run the new wiring. So technically you could add “knock a hole in the wall for new light fixture, change mind about new light fixture, patch the hole” to the list. But the end is in sight!


Help! Living Room Chairs

living room chairs | home sweet blogWe are ordering new chairs for our living room and I am having the hardest time making a decision! I need your help! Which stripe do you like best? I asked yesterday via Instagram and got very mixed reviews. Now I’m even more confused! While I love the grey on the left I think the simple stripe on the right might work best in our space. We have a lot of brown/warm tones in the room and for some reason, I just think they’ll be the better fit. These chairs will be replacing a pair of slipcovered parsons chairs (that were moved from the dining room temporarily for additional seating… aaaand two years later) that you can see from this post a year ago. In fact, so much as changed in the room since that picture. I’m excited to order the new chairs and share pictures of how the room has changed.

Picture 13Soooo, what do you think? Left or right?


***1/23/14 UPDATE: The chairs have been ordered! Be sure to check back next week to see which ones made the cut! Also, to find out where you can score both the chairs above at a mega discount!

Today I Love | Nate Berkus Lamps

This week I ran to Target for a few things… an hour and $100 later, I left with more than just laundry detergent and light bulbs. Which for me – and I’m sure most of you – is pretty much par for the course. In my defense, most of what I bought were things we actually needed, except of course for these lamps…

Nate Berkus lamp | home sweet blogThese Nate Berkus rattan lamps were on sale from $55 to $16! So naturally I had to buy them. Online they are only on sale for $27, so if you’re looking to scoop them up try checking in store. I’ve been looking for a pair of lamps for my office, and while these are lamps I never would have picked out normally, I could not pass them up at that price! I’ve had my eye on these from Hobby Lobby. Their lamps are almost always on sale for 50% off and I had planned to cover the brown with gold Rub-n-Buff, as I’m hoping to bring some gold or brass in to the room – curtain rod, hardware, etc. – but I think these Nate Berkus lamps will end up being a better addition to the space. They already have brass on them (although it looks silver-y in the picture above) and I’m really digging the natural texture. Now I just need to find the right shade. Which of these do you like best?

lamp shade options | home sweet blog{ the textured linen shade, the black or the white lined with gold? }

You may remember the pic of my office shelves I shared here about a year ago. Once we finish the master bathroom I think my office will be the next room to get some TLC. I spend all of my time in there and a little “refresh” is long overdue. With a few easy (and fairy inexpensive) projects I think it will really transform the space. I’ll share my design board for the room soon!

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 | progress

Happy Friday! I just wanted to share another update on the master bath re-do. Between travel and family our holiday was crazy/hectic (but sooo wonderful!), I’m shocked we had any time to work on the bathroom at all, but we were actually able to cross a few more things off the list.

  • paint walls
  • install subway tile above shower / grout
  • buy shower curtain rod / install
  • find window treatment fabric / order (I finally made a decision! More fabric details to come next week.)
  • sew window treatments / hang
  • order new light fixture / hang
  • frame mirror
  • paint shelf / hang
  • paint cabinets
  • install new cabinet hardware

I’m waiting to share any more “sneak peek” pictures until the final reveal. Also, this wasn’t on the original bathroom to-do list, but I got new towels over the holidays. My parents gave me these,

perpetual bloom towels | home sweet blog

I L-O-V-E them! They are the Perpetual Boom Towels from Anthropologie which have been on my wishlist forever. And I ran out the day after Christmas and scooped up several more because they were on mega clearance. It looks like I got them just in time, because they are no longer available on their website. More exciting bathroom updates to come. Have a fabulous weekend!

another anniversary

BW and I just recently celebrated our one year wedding anniversary, but last week marked another momentous occasion – the one year anniversary of our closing and move-in day at Kendall. During the last year we’ve watched this house slowly transform into our home. With each coat of paint, new light fixture and little project it becomes more “us” and while our ongoing to-do list continues to grow a little each day, I cannot believe how much has changed over the last year. Here are just a few of the projects that have been happening at Kendall…

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{ hope to share a full office b&a soon }

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{ remember the sconces from here? well, they look amazing! this pic doesn’t do them justice. }

Of course, there are lots of changes that I’m not quite ready to share yet – this is just a sneak peek! Hopefully full before and after posts are not far behind.

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

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