Tuesday, June 22, 2010


It is done!

Bye Bye 1980s


The nude portrait is by a famous Filipino artist, Solomon Saprid, given to us by my parents

Mirror, Lighting and Vanity Change...

I really wanted to use this federal eagle mirror but the convexity of it made me dizzy.
I used this vintage mirror instead which I got from a thrift shop for $7.

The light fixture, baskets and tissue box are all from home goods.
We also changed the shower valve and trim. 
{we still have to replace the shower door}

Here's another look at the before...

and after...
We had everything professionally done except for the wallpaper which I tackled myself.   We spent a little over $2K for the entire project.  Not bad considering the average small bathroom renovation ranges from $7400-$12,500{according to here}

Friday, June 18, 2010


Yes!  All I have to do is hang the wallpaper, mirror and few accesories.

Such a big improvement...

don't you think?

Have a great weekend and Happy Father's Day!

Monday, June 14, 2010


Do you remember our plans for the main floor bathroom

I am excited because today is demolition day!  Here is our bathroom now...

Yikes!  I know.  More dated oak.
This bathroom serves as a powder room but there is actually a small shower across the vanity.

The plan is to change the floor tiles with these...

2x2 hex tiles i got from overstock.
Then paint the paneling white and replace the toilet also in white.  You've seen my new vanity, the wallpaper and the mirror I am using.
The shower tiles are staying but we'll be replacing the fixtures and the shower door with a clear glass door.

Hopefully everything goes smoothly.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


My daughter has been asking me to plant a "garden" with her.  Since I have a black thumb,  I knew I wanted to start small...

So when I saw this on pink wallpaper last week,  I knew it was the perfect project for me and my 5 year old.

Friday, May 28, 2010


house beautiful

living etc via decor pad

coastal living

country living

decor pad

apartment therapy

 via mfamb

Have a very enjoyable and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


You don't even want to know how many times we restained our deck(didn't like the first two stains I chose, oops!)  But yes,  it is finally done and I am happy with the result...

We ended up doing a two toned deck...

I think it matches the house nicely...

Now the deck is party-ready for the holiday weekend don't you think?!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Just a quick update on our deck.  Remember our pretty beat up deck..

After 1 coat of stain...

I am proud to say that I did this all by myself!{husband was out of town}   
A second coat is recommended for durability.  I like the shade I picked out but not loving it{hate when that happens!}  I might have to use a darker, less orangey stain for the next coat.  What do you think?
I'll share a step-by-step how to once done.

Monday, May 17, 2010


Working on the deck this past weekend made me think of outdoor furniture particularly the Westport timeless adirondack chairs
this old house

I prefer the classic weathered look...
coastal living

but you can never go wrong with painted and modern looking ones too...
coastal living

via completely-coastal

country living

Sue of The Zhush wrote a great post on the modern versions of this staple chair.

No matter what size or shape...

pottery barn



via homework shop

the slanted back and the large broad armrests make this comfortable american chair a summertime favorite.

Now for my craigslist finds...

got this for...

By the way,  it was a productive weekend.
Can't wait to show you my newly stained deck!
Happy Monday!


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