Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Master Bathroom Renovation Reveal




Hello Readers,

It is hard to believe that it has been more than six months since you have seen a post from me.  We have been working on several projects around the house and it's about time I finally started posting about them.

Our master bath was in serious need of an overhaul.  The floor tile was installed in the 80s (directly to the sub floor) and the grout was dried up and coming out.  Seriously, I would sweep up a pan full of grout chunks daily.  One day we had enough and let the demo hammer swing.

Here is a before picture of the massive vanity



The original vanity was 8' long with a frame less mirror the same length glued to the wall.




We also had a jetted tub with a giant tiled surround.




Last but not least we had the matching gray shower unit and tub to finish out the 80's dream bath.


Well here is what we have now.


My favorite item is the new freestanding "Victoria & Albert" tub.  It is made from volcanic ash and limestone, which helps it to hold the heat of your hot water longer.....dreamy.





A new tiled shower with white subway tile walls and a marble hexagon tile floor.




Bye Bye awkward closet and hello linen cabinet.  The cabinet is from "IKEA's" new "Brusali" collection.


New towels and artwork (compliments of my boys).



A fun lantern pendant to hang in the newly scraped and painted "tower" ceiling.



One more close up of the tub.

I will follow up soon with all the sources and details.


-Laura-

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A Refresh for the Master Bedding






I must admit I have a slight obsession with bedding, i.e. sheets, duvets, blankets, pillows, etc.  You can always find me looking for deals on bedding. I look forward to the "white sales" around the July 4th holiday.  This year I was not disappointed.  I found a new duvet cover for our king size bed at "West Elm".  This duvet was marked down to $34 with an additional 10% off and free shipping (originally sold for $69.99). It is now selling for $39.99 with 10% off (still a good deal).

Blocks + Stripes Duvet Cover - Lagoon
Blocks + Stripes, Lagoon Duvet Cover from West Elm

I like sewing pillows with envelope closures and just happened to have some fabrics on hand that coordinated with the colors in my new duvet cover.


For $34 dollars, I was able to give the master bedroom a bright new look. This duvet cover is machine washable, which is always a big plus for our household.  Between the kids and our dog, a machine washable duvet is a must.  

Here is the duvet cover I got at last year's "West Elm" 4th of July sale. Unfortunately, this one is no longer available.



Did you score some good deals for the home during the holiday sales?  If so, I would love to hear about it?


-Laura-

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Jewelry & Garden

This post is a bit of a mixed bag (jewelry, gardening, flowers).  First up is a bracelet I made a couple of weeks ago.


I was inspired by this piece I found at the new online store "Draper James".

"Magnolia Link Bracelet", www.draperjames.com

"Draper James" was created by actress Reese Witherspoon.  This shop is filled with lots of southern style goodness, but the prices are a bit high for my budget.  .  A couple of hours after spotting the "Magnolia Link Bracelet" I was shopping at "Michaels".  I was excited to find black and white rose beads that are very similar to the Magnolia bead.  I was even more excited to find they were marked 40% off.

This week brought with it my first ripe tomatoes from the garden.  Here is a shot of my first tomato sandwich of the season.


Lastly,
Here are a few blooms from July.








 -Laura-

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Transformer (Rescue Bot) Party for My Boy!



My baby boy is now four and he loves the "Transformer Rescue Bots".  He wanted everything "Rescue Bots" for his party.

Cake Details:
The cake is a two-layer "Pillsbury Fun-Fetti" mix with "Bumble Bee" yellow frosting. My son requested that "Blades" be on top of the cake with all the other "Rescue Bots" around the base.  I picked up some "Transformer" mini-cupcakes at the store to sprinkle in around the bots at the base.



Decorations:

Balloons
I found "how-to" instructions for the blue/yellow balloon helix on the "Party City" website, click here for the link. 

Napkins & Masks
I picked up the "Transformer" napkins and masks at "Walmart".  I attached the masks to the party favor bags (inside the favor bags were water squirters and bubbles).

Water Bottles
I ordered some personalized labels from this store on "Etsy". They send you a digital file for the labels, then you print and attach to the water bottles.






We had the party at our local "Wallabies", which is filled with inflatable bouncy houses for endless jumping/sliding fun.  The birthday boy had a great time and is already talking about plans for the next birthday party.  My boys are growing up too quick.

Here is a quick recap of Samuel's birthday cakes;

1st year



2nd year


3rd year

4th year



-Laura-

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Gifts






The school year is quickly coming to a close.  The teachers at my boys' preschool are absolutely wonderful.  This year I decided to make them all some bracelets as a token of my appreciation. 


I went for fun and colorful beads that could be enjoyed this summer. When time allows I plan to make some for myself. 

-Laura-

Monday, May 4, 2015

In Bloom May 2015

I am excited that warm weather is finally here.  I have been enjoying the perennials blooming around the house and planting some annuals that I hope will take off this summer.  Here is a sample of what is "in-bloom" around the house.


At the front door, I started a pot of "Coleus" and "Begonias".  For an extra pop of color, I added a bright new floral door mat found at "Lowes".



The Rhododendrons look the best I have seen them in years.





Lastly, I planted purple "Wave Petunia's" in the boxes on the deck.  I am hoping these take off in a nice trail down the side.
 

What is blooming around your house?  I would love to hear.

-Laura-

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Star Wars Birthday Party



Not so long ago (a couple of weeks) in a galaxy not too far away (ours), my oldest son turned 5.  Right now he and his fellow preschool classmates are enthused about everything to do with Star Wars.  I am also a fan, so it was easy for me to get excited when he requested a "Star Wars" themed party.  I went to my go to source, "Pinterest", for party inspiration and I was not let down.  I found links to free printable book marks, party favor tags, and labels to make "R2D2" water bottles.





If you are thinking about a "Star Wars" themed party, then here are links to the free printables seen above.

"Pottery Barn" Yoda Party Favor Labels 
"Droid Water Bottle Labels"
"Star Wars Bookmarks"  these were included in the party favor bags.

Following tradition, I made the birthday cake.  Per the birthday boy's request, I used rainbow sprinkles in the cake mix and vanilla icing.  I decorated the outside of the cake with blue sprinkles and candy stars.  I found the Star Wars figurines at "Toys R Us".  They are part of the "Playskool Heroes Star Wars" collection, exclusive to "Toys R Us".

To recap here are pictures of cakes from years past.  Unfortunately, I never got a good picture of his 1st birthday cake. It was a cake with a dinosaur made out of fondant.

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4
Year 5
Best Birthday Wishes!

-Laura-