Bathroom Tile Ideas

June 10, 2009 at 8:10 am | Posted in Inspiration, Our Full Bathroom | 6 Comments

Now that the tub is in, the plumbing has been re-done, and the walls will be put back in place today, it’s almost time to tile! I’ve been searching the internet for a bit of subway/hex tile inspiration, and thought I’d share some of my favorites with you!

I like the floral border in this one, and how it coordinates with the stripe on the wall.  And actually, this color is reminiscent of our old toilet, sink, and tub.  If only we’d have found this tile job under the carpet that was glued to the walls – we would have polished it up and kept it all!

(From malamutechaos on Flickr)

And this picture makes me wish we had time to special-order light gray or blue tile for the bathroom.  I would sprinkle some of these flowery shapes throughout the bathroom floor.  But!  We’re still not living at the house, and at this point, we’re choosing readily available supplies over those that we’d have to wait for.

(From yecatsml on Flickr)

I love the border on this floor, too.  How cute is the little chain of flowers?

(From awnisALAN on Flickr)

I like this mix of flowers and dots.  Earlier today, I marked off a pattern like this for our bathroom, and Jason gave me a not gonna happen look.  So it might be back to the drawing board.

(From bitchcakesny on Flickr)

This bathroom showed up on Design Sponge as I was preparing this post.  I love the dotted border around the edge of the room.  I wonder if this counts as less elaborate and is therefore something that my husband would allow?  We’ve agreed on most things so far, but will be compromising on floor tile design, sink type (wall-mounted vs pedestal), and whether to insert a glass tile border near the edge of the white subway tile that we’ll be installing on the walls and bathtub.  Stay tuned as I put my powers of persuasion to work!

(From Design Sponge)


Bathroom Inspiration

May 28, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Posted in Inspiration, Our Full Bathroom | 7 Comments

Now that we’ve completely torn apart the bathroom, it’s time to think about rebuilding.  I’m loving bright, airy, open spaces, especially since our bathroom seemed so tiny with the old shower doors, the too-big-for-the-space vanity, and the cupboard over the toilet.  Now that we’ve removed everything, the space feels much bigger, so our challenge is to keep it feeling big as we add new tile, vanity, shower curtain, and other bathroom goodies.

Here’s a few images of things I love:

(Apartment Therapy)

(Bryn Alexandra)

(Timothy Whealon via Decorology)

(Velvet and Linen)

(This Young House)

Our bathroom will likely end up being a combination of the above, and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

Now, I turn to you for advice: What are your sources for cheap, but awesome bathroom tile, sink, toilet, other goodies?  Does anyone know anything about re-glazing tubs or using an acrylic liner?  I met with a carpenter today that is willing to help us with the labor, but will allow us to purchase our own supplies, and to do some of the steps that we’re comfortable doing on our own.  He measured the tub, and it looks like our old 1960s tub is 3″ shorter than modern tubs, so getting in a new modern tub may be expensive, and we’re looking for alternatives.  Any suggestions/advice is appreciated!


May 13, 2009 at 7:39 pm | Posted in Inspiration, Our Bedroom, Our Home | 10 Comments

I think I might seriously need to paint our new bedroom navy blue.

Nicholas Hxaslam (via The Newlywed Diaries)

Love it, love it, love it.

(The only thing stopping me from committing to it is that if I hate it in our space, it’ll take several coats of paint to bring it back to a lighter/neutral color).

(before – during our tour of the house)

navy copy(after a terrible photoshop job – pretend the white stuff near the ceiling is crown molding, and that our furniture has replaced the old owners furniture, and that the door is white and the rug is gone.  That is a lot of pretend, but if you’re anything like me, you had two imaginary friends when you were little and can handle the pressure.  And yes, I should certainly be preparing for next week’s move and not sitting in front of Photoshop, attempting to finally learn how to work it, but… well… Photoshop is much more fun.)

What do you think?  With some new lights, new curtains, removal of the carpet to reveal the wood floors underneath, crown molding, and breezy light-colored bedding?  Could it work?  (Am I brave enough to try to make it work?)

Master Bedroom Ideas

May 6, 2009 at 8:44 pm | Posted in Inspiration, Moving, Our Bedroom | 7 Comments

I have some exciting news for all of you:  Remember this sweet little house?  We have an accepted offer on it!  As long as the inspections don’t turn up anything too drastic, we’ll move in in 2 short weeks!

I’ve already started re-decorating the house in my head.  We’ve decided to do the master bedroom first, since that’s been the room that we’ve always done last.  Also?  It’s nice to get your clothing, bedding, toiletries, and other things that you use everyday organized shortly after moving somewhere new.

So, I thought I’d share a few pictures of bedrooms I love.

First up:  I love this clean and cheerful light-colored bedroom.  The soft yellow walls are really sweet.

(Martha Stewart)

Alternatively, this neutral light grey wall paired with a bright and fun duvet is also appealing.  If the walls were painted a light neutral color, I’d be able to easily change out the accent colors in the room (i.e., bedding, etc) if I ever get tired of them.

Porridge Clothing via Design Mom

This bedroom is sort of a compromise of the above – light green walls, paired with white bedding and bright accents!  Fun, bright, cheerful, and easy to change if/when I decide I need a change.

Apartment Therapy

Although, I think if we do put color (i.e., not white, grey, or beige) on the bedroom walls, it will likely be some shade of blue.

Flickr User xJavierx

I’ve been loving navy rooms, too.  Check out how clean and crisp the white bedding and mantle look against this inky blue.  I love it.  But would it make me feel like I was sleeping in a cave?  And if it did, would that be a bad thing?

Domino (via Bryn Alexandra)

And now, it’s your turn: what’s on your bedroom walls?  Do you love it?  If no, what would you love instead?

welcoming another little someone to the family

April 29, 2009 at 7:59 pm | Posted in Family, Inspiration | 6 Comments

Jason’s sister, Bridget, and her Sean are expecting a new little bundle of joy to arrive sometime in September!  We couldn’t be more excited for them and we can’t wait to meet the little guy or gal!

So, in honor of them (and because Bridget asked), I’m going to share some of my very favorite nursery themes/ideas/images with all of you.  Yay!

For a boy:

I love this vintage rocket-themed room from Mike and McGee.  No, it’s not particularly baby-ish, but the theme would last at least through the little guy’s elementary years.

And I love the blue-green nursery created by The Stamford Wife.  I especially love the idea of using cards or pages from children’s books as nursery art – it’s cute AND super-affordable.

I love the bright and bold colors in this blue and orange nursery from Serena and Lilly.  So cute – and fun!  And, if you’re not-so-hot about the orange, you could definitely swap it out for yellow or even green instead.

I also love this adorable animal-themed nursery at Becoming-Home.  It’s adorable and nature-y without being too over-the-top.  I mean, check out that adorable monkey hanging from the tree!  Love him!  And, I totally think you could also pull this off if the babe is a boy OR a girl.

For a girl:

I love this pink and brown nursery found at Making it Lovely.  The neutral walls paired with brightly-colored bedding, curtains, and even a pink dresser make for a sophisticated – yet girly – nursery.

And this princessy-sweetness is seriously adorable.  I love the huge amounts of pink accented with white and just a bit of green.  (From Serena and Lily)

If you’re not into pink, how about this sweet blue floral scheme?  I love it’s non-pink girly-ness, and I love that the room is paired with a collection of things in varying pastel shades.  (Also from Serena and Lily)

I also love this not-quite-as-pink-but-still-girly room – a subtle blue on the walls paired with pinks, oranges, and yellows for a bright and modern nursery.  If nothing else, the adorable patterned butterflies on the wall are worth copying!  (From RateMySpace)  And, I think you could pull this look off with yellow walls, or green walls, or even pink walls.

Is it me, or are all baby rooms pretty darn adorable?  Between the tiny clothing and the toys, it would be really hard to go wrong.  Also difficult?  Choosing just one theme.

Alright, Bridget (and everyone else), I can’t wait to hear what your favorites are…  And I certainly can’t wait to find out whether the new one will be a niece or nephew!

Kitchen Daydreaming

January 12, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Posted in Inspiration | 1 Comment
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It’s cold and snowing outside, but I am cozied up on the couch surfing the internet for pretty kitchen inspiration.  Check it out:

From Martha Stewart.  I love the open shelving here, but I worry that lots of open shelving means lots of dusting.  And I hate dusting.

From This Young House.  Love the hanging lights here (from Schoolhouse Electric).

From HGTV’s 2009 Dream House.

From Urban Grace Interiors.  I love that the lower cabinets are painted a little darker than the uppers.  Do you think this makes it harder to see dirt?  (I’m all about pretty AND low maintenance kitchens).

From Velvet & Linen.

Cote de Texas also recently did a really great post on kitchens that can be found here.  These are my favorites:

Love the cheerful blue tile!

I’ve also posted pretty kitchen pictures here and here.

Inspiration from Friends

January 7, 2009 at 7:57 pm | Posted in Inspiration | 1 Comment

I’ve been scouring the internet for awesome design finds recently, with the hope that it will inspire my own decor.  But I’ve realized that some of the best and most inspiring finds have come from the homes of our friends and family.  Knowing that our friends have put together something cool and functional (without the help of a design team) gives me hope that I’ll be able to do it in our house, when the time comes (and, let me tell you, the time better be coming soon because I’m done with the bare, beige walls and lack of organization up in here).

So, a few pictures.

First up: Melinda’s rowhome.  I *heart* rowhomes, and occasionally wish I lived in one.

Her comfy living room is stylish and inviting.  Check out JT on the couch – looks comfortable, right?  I totally dig the orange couch and the orange wood print on the curtains (Melinda made them herself!).  I also love the cool orange rug that Melinda found while traveling in California.  I love finding trinkets and prints when on vacation because every time I look at them, I’m reminded of the trip.  But a rug!  Genius.

I’m also inspired by her lamp find from a local reuse it store.  It originally came out of some sort of seedy lounge.  I see a trip to the Minneapolis reuse it store sometime in my future…

A close-up of Melinda’s curtain pattern from Joel Dewberry.  The fabric appears much lighter in person, possibly because she lined them in white thermal lining (a great idea for colder climates… it keeps the drafts out!).

Our friends, Phil and Nicki also have a sweet home, and their style is very similar to ours.  We were really impressed with their new kitchen remodel, especially after learning that Phil did most of the work himself (with the help of his father- and brother-in-law).  I love the contrast of the white cabinets with the darker countertops.  Both are Ikea, but Phil stained Ikea’s standard butcher block countertop and added a few coats of polyurethane to darken them up.

And, they served really yummy pizza that night, which made their kitchen that much cooler.

The Study: Inspiration

November 9, 2008 at 12:26 am | Posted in Inspiration, Our Study | 3 Comments


I made up an inspiration board for our study today (it was a perfect activity for a cold, gray day), so I thought I would share it with you.  We’ll be painting the ceiling and trim white, and the rest of the room will be a very light blue (Frost Wind by Behr).  The darker blue color (Eminence by Behr) will be the wall color for the adjoining room, so I thought I’d include that.

I’m not 100% sold on the dots pattern for the curtains and other fabric in the room, but I want something colorful and fun.  The great thing about putting such a light color on the walls is that I can have fun with the fabrics and other accessories in the room (like those cute green storage boxes).  Let me know if you have any suggestions!

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