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Weekend Reading 4.11.21

Thanks so much for all the love on the recent bathroom refresh, your comments on the blog and Insta were so kind! I took a two days off to rest after that whirlwind remodel and watched a few classic movies with my 17 year old daughter. She’s passionate about film and cinematography so we’re watching award winners like The Godfather and Gone with the...

Master Bathroom Refresh

*this post is brought to you in partnership with PaintCare. It’s been a few years that I’ve wanted to give this bathroom a refresh but finally got around to completing phase one! I started with a design plan two weeks ago, ordered all the materials and fixtures, then installed them all last week. I decided to break up this remodel into three phases,...

Brass Wall Sconces: 1, 2, & 3

I’m nearing completion on my bathroom remodel. I’ll be featuring that next on the blog after I finish the grouting then install the new light fixtures. I spent a lot of time in my search for the perfect bathroom vanity fixtures comparing styles, finishes, and prices. The lighting and the hardware is the jewelry so I had to find ones that complemented...

Weekend Reading 4.4.21

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you’re spending your day relaxing and celebrating with your family and/or friends. My stepdaughter and her boyfriend are in town, so we’re meeting for dinner downtown. I don’t have to cook or set a table this year, such a nice treat! I’ve been working hard on a bathroom remodel these past few days. I’ve been painting cabinets...

Destination Design: Riviera Maya + Tulum

The destination design series slipped my mind in March so it’s back for April, and this month’s feature is the Riviera Maya on the east coast of Mexico. I visited a few years ago with a cousin, she invited me to stay with her in the Grand Sirenes resort and it was a blissful experience. Although it was a 90 minute journey by van from Cancun airport,...

Patterned Outdoor Rugs for Spring

I had a very productive weekend, I primed some cabinets for a bathroom makeover in progress. I prepped a wall for a new backsplash and did some gardening too. I propagated some succulents from the rear yard and placed them in new pots, then gave the front porch a quick refresh. I ordered a playful spotted rug for the porch this year, one that’s in...

Weekend Reading 3.27.21

I attended a funeral yesterday. They are always a reminder of the impact people have on each others lives, how quickly life moves and how fleeting it is. The takeaway for me each time I go to a funeral or memorial is to appreciate the moments we have while we still have them, and to do something everyday that makes you come alive. I doing some of my...

Vertical Stack Bond in the Shower

I’m remodeling three bathrooms and a kitchen this month and next, just like the saying goes, when it rains it pours. I’m rounding up all the materials for these spaces and in all three, they require new tile in the showers. In at least one I’m installing tile in a modern stack bond pattern. There are two kinds: straight stack and horizontal offset...

Weekend Reading 3.21.21

It feels good for spring to officially arrive, doesn’t it? The mustard flowers are blooming in the vineyards of Sonoma and Napa valleys this month, it’s such a pretty sight. I’ll try to get out to Sonoma to take some pictures this week and share them in my Insta stories. I triple checked the measurements on the remodel kitchen yesterday so I can place...

Fabric Projects from the Archives

Last month I hit the twelve year mark with this blog. I started this blog in February 2009 just for fun and to document a house remodel, and after two years I started making money with my content, so it became my career. I’ve been a DIY and design blogger longer than I ever practiced law. Over the years I’ve written editorial content for magazines,...

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