Category Archives: Design Boards

Bathroom Renovation Update

Truth be told, things are moving and shaking so fast up at the “new” house that it’s hard for me to keep up on the blog. And, once I do make it up to the house to check-in on things, it’s dark and hard to take photos of all the progress that’s been made. But, I’m trying my best to document this journey, as it’s been a fun, stressful and challenging ride…like all remodels are!

As you know, the two rooms we decided to focus on right out of the gates were the master bathroom and the great room (kitchen, dining room, sitting area). Our pocketbooks are only allowing us to do a few rooms right now, and we really want to do these rooms right. For the master bathroom, we’ve done a fairly good job of sticking to the original design board I drafted up a few weeks ago, and I’ve ordered nearly all elements in the below board…

The one addition has been this wall mount faucet. Because the room is itty bitty, I’ve tried to add small unique touches here and there, and I thought a wall mount faucet would add an unexpected touch to the room. My poor plumber isn’t a fan of that decision, as it’s more work for him, but in the end, I think Kyle and I will be happy campers with that choice. Here’s the faucet that we’ve ordered…

A few other things to note…we bought our marble floor tile from and they were speedy and the tile arrived in perfect shape. With free shipping and at $9.25/square foot, I didn’t totally blow our budget. It’s really lovely in person and I can’t wait to show you it in the space.

As for our vanity, we went back and forth about what we should purchase for the space. Should we buy a pre-fab vanity at Home Depot or Pottery Barn? Or should we have our cabinet guy custom build us one and piece together the sink and vanity top? My budget really wanted us to purchase a pre-fab one, but I just couldn’t do it. We ended up having our cabinet guy make us a small vanity for the space, and then it was our job to find paint, a sink, and a countertop that would fit the vanity. Even though it was a lot more work, I am SUPER happy with our decision to custom build a vanity. We were able to pick out every last detail of the piece (style, paint color, size/shape of sink, countertop, etc.) and make it “ours”. The vanity will soon be painted Blue Gray by Farrow and Ball , the below rectangular sink will be mounted under the honed carrara marble countertop we picked out, and it should be installed this weekend.

And, one important thing to mention….the custom vanity and all of its pieces ended up costing us LESS (about $750.00) than a number of the pre-fab ones, so I don’t feel as guilty about building our own as I did a few weeks ago:).

I have a feeling things will really start to come together this week – lots more photos to come soon!

P.S. If you are in the Portland area and are looking for stone remnants for countertops, or just countertop installation in general, visit de la tierra, inc. They are GREAT!

New Home Project #1

Please excuse my Monday blog absence , I have moving on the brain! All of it. The packing (when should we start?), the transportation (how big of truck/how long do we need it?), and every other logistic has been running through my head. I can confidently say that moving is one of my least favorite things, and this will be our third time doing so this year. I am over it, to say the very least. Anyway, today’s post  is not about boring you with moving details. It’s way more exciting. We’re talking bathroom remodel!

Behind moving, the second thing swirling around in my crowded brain is orchestrating two major renovation projects in the next month. The first project in our new home will be the master bath. Yes, friends, I said MASTER. Prior to this home, Kyle and I have had only one bathroom and we honestly can’t believe we will have our own bathroom in this next house. Heck yes. BUT. Our new “master” bath is small. Tiny, actually. So we have to get creative and work with what we have, as we don’t have room in the budget to change the layout. So without further ado, here is what we are working with…


I know there will be LOTS and LOTS of future posts on this small room (and more pictures!), so for today, I’ll just stick with photos and a design board of what we are thinking about for this room. A few things to note….this room is not a good reflection of where we plan on taking the other rooms in the house style-wise. It’s much more stuffy and predictable than we like. However, because this is the “master” bath and because it is small (not much room for unique pieces/creative sink options/decor items) we want it to be comfortable and plush.

When might we begin tackling this project, you ask? If all goes well, we will get the keys next week and start renovating that same day…there’s not time to waste, we have a new bathroom on the brain.

Square Pendants

One of the quickest and easiest updates you can do to a dining room (or any room) is changing out your light fixture. It can make a bold statement, and it can also totally change the “feel” as well as the style of a room. I’ve had a few clients recently ask me to hunt down a few light options for their dining rooms, and I thought I’d share all the square light options I stumbled across.

Source info here:

A, B, C, D, and E

Pretty lovely lights, eh? Happy hump day!




Design Board: Living Room


I was thinking I haven’t shared a design board lately, so today is the day! Here’s a recent living room design board I worked on this summer. My clients wanted to keep their beige couch, so we worked around that and created a classic, but functional small space.

Email me at [email protected] if you have sourcing questions – happy to help! I think my favorite item in the room is the whale poster I spied on etsy – it’s very vintage cool. However, I love the Williams Sonoma lamp too. As for tomorrow’s post, a reader is sharing her medicine cabinet goodies with us. Heck yes!