Basement Renovation Update

For those of you who read my last post that stated this month I’d post often…well, I lied. Shoot. I’m not exactly sure how this month got away from me, but it did. I do have at least a few posts up my sleeve this week, so at least I’ll finish this month with a few solid entries:).

Where are we at with the basement remodel? We’re in the not-so-sexy stage. New plumbing is in. Walls are up (!!!) and tile should be this week. And Friday should be delivery of the new TV built-in. So things are happening, which means progress photos to follow soon! Right now, everything just looks like a big white box, but it’s a heck of an improvement from where we began.

Here’s what will be our fourth bedroom…

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And here’s what will be our family room and new laundry closet…

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The walls, doors, built-ins, and even our fireplace (thinking stucco over the brick?) will all be painted Benjamin Moore’s white dove. I know, boring. But a basement needs lots of light, and what better way to reinforce bright and airy than with white paint:)? The downstairs bathroom is coming along too, but I’ll wait to snap photos until the tile is installed, as right now it doesn’t look too impressive…lots of scraps and dust in a small space!

Again, I promise I’ll be around more this week! Promise.

{Design Board} Basement Bathroom

Morning! Things have been sloooowly happening downstairs, and I thought I should update you guys on where we are on our basement project. We ended up needing to replace all of the plumbing in the house, so that’s what we’ve been working on these past few weeks. Or rather, that’s what our plumber has been doing. The silver lining in this project is that we’ll have a nice wall-mounted faucet in the laundry room, and the plumbing in the new bathroom will be top-notch.

Speaking of basement bathroom…it currently looks really, really scary.

See, it’s pretty creepy, right? But! I have high hopes for this bathroom. It has a window and some good square footage to work with. What am I envisioning?

Well…I threw together a quick and dirty design board for our basement bathroom. I’m thinking black and brass and some wainscoting thrown in the mix. And yes, a little wallpaper too! As you might remember, I flirted with the idea of wallpaper in our guest bathroom, but we decided to plank the walls instead. This will be our third and final bathroom remodel in this house, so I thought it was now or never on the wallpaper front:).

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Anything you love? Anything you hate? Spill it.

I’m thinking May will be a good blogging month for me, meaning I’ll try to be around these parts more:). Have a happy week!

{I SPY!} The Animal Print Shop

Hi friends!

I planned on posting about The Animal Print Shop months ago, but for whatever reason, that never happened. Then, I kept seeing prints from this shop everywhere. On a friend’s registry, in design boards, on Pinterest…everywhere. So I figured it was a sign. Everyone should know about this sweet and super affordable online shop.

Independent artist Sharon Montrose is behind the online art gallery and store, and her photographs feature real, live animals. Some images are too cute for words, while others take on their own sophisticated look. Who knew an extra large buffalo could look so good in a living room?

And those little darling animals below?

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I die. So sweet and perfect for a nursery.


Portland Blogger Ride at BurnCyle

Morning! Something that doesn’t make it on this blog too often is my love of sports + fitness. I played every sport imaginable growing up and throughout college…and then I married a personal trainer. So now I’m pretty much married to fitness, for better or worse. To me, there’s no better high than sweating it out and pushing your body to its limit. Which is why I’m so pumped about the upcoming blogger ride at BurnCycle, a new spinning studio located in Portland’s Pearl District. It’s rad. And I’m hooked. It’s the best 45 minute cardio workout EVER and the space and the vibe and the music are the best. The bessssst.


This FREE ride is open to bloggers of all sorts – home, fitness, fashion, mommyhood, or anything else in between. It’s a chance to meet other bloggers, get in a crazy ridiculous amazing workout, and then drink champagne. Yes, champagne at the end of the workout. My kind of party.


You in? I hope so! RSVP to Kiki at the email address above and she’ll give you the details on the ride. Spots are limited, so hurry. Fast! I’m excited to see some familiar faces, and hopefully meet some new folks on the 26th!