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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 marblenthings.com 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.

Bathroom Design Board

It’s September, friends. How did that happen? We’re in the thick of our house hunt and we have a few things in the works (more on that later!). Just the *thought* of moving in to a new place makes my mind GO. We’re looking for a home that needs a lot of cosmetic help. In other words, we’re looking for a blank slate. BUT, with a blank slate comes a lot of pressure. The design can go in so many directions. How could we possibly choose a wall color we’d love for years? And white tile…there are millions of white tile options out there. And what would we splurge on? Lighting? A custom vanity? A killer sink? And this is only the bathroom….whatever home we choose, we’d most likely have numerous other rooms to rebuild/redesign too. AHHH! It’s going to be a love/hate relationship, I am sure.

To calm my mind, I created a quick guest bathroom design board with a few of my favorite things. It includes killer custom lighting, a retro medicine cabinet, a classic shower curtain, a few funky and unexpected pieces, and versatile white tile in the event I decide to go with a new color scheme in a few years (I know myself well enough to know this will happen).

What did I learn from creating my very own design board? It’s hard to choose a look that feels the most like “us” and will fit our lifestyle and overall style for years to come. Usually I have a strong vision and just go for it, but I have a feeling our next home will make me second guess myself. This is a home we want to really LIVE in for a LONG time. Talk about pressure. Whew.

How did you guys make those tough house decisions? Did you go with your gut? Or try something new?