Category Archives: Our Forever Home

Living Room Updates

Living 05.05b

I’ve made some big decor change-ups in the living room.  And it all started with our bathroom renovation.

I was on the hunt for some art to break up the large blue wall in the bathroom when I came across this print at Pier1.  I brought it home, but it was way too large for the bathroom.  So we gave it a trial run over the couch.  I decided I liked it there, but it didn’t go with the green accents I had going on in the room – curtain panels I had from when we moved into our first house nine years ago that looked a little washed out in the space and throw pillows in a green houndstooth and chocolate and green floral patterns.

Living 05.05c My next step was finding new curtain panels for not a lot of money.  I found these turquoise panels at Tuesday Morning for $20 per pair.  They are a little long and grommet-top is not my first choice, but they do look nice in the room.

Living 05.05dAfter finding the curtain panels, I knew I needed to find a way to bridge the gap between my houndstooth pillows that I love and am not ready to give up and the turquoise art and curtains.  I found this fun ikat chevron print fabric at Forsyth Fabrics here in Atlanta.  It has turquoise, the same green as the houndstooth, and a lime color on a cream backdrop.  It was on sale, so I bought three yards and had four pillow covers made for the inserts I removed from the old throw pillows.
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It feels like the room is so much more full now even though I didn’t add any furniture.  I guess that is what happens when you bring in big art and rich colors.  All this and I still haven’t found a piece of art for the bathroom.

Dining Room Updates

Dining 04.06a

When we first moved into our forever home, there was a Tiffany-style light in the dining room.  It wasn’t my style and didn’t really match the style of the house.  For an immediate solution, Bradley hung a brushed nickel five-arm chandelier that I had picked up at Goodwill.  It was underwhelming and I prefer polished nickel, but the one I liked was not in the budget.

We lived with it for two years.  I kept watching the chandelier I liked, but it only rose in price over time.  Then a couple of weeks ago, it popped up on Joss & Main for less than I had ever seen it.  I also realized that it had been discontinued at some point, so all of the vendors that stock it online would eventually not carry it anymore.  So I decided to go for it.  Bradley got it hung for me, and I am really happy with the style, finish and size.  It is the Pembroke 6-light chandelier by Elk Lighting.
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I’ve also changed out the curtains in the dining room for these turquoise panels.  That is a rabbit-hole of a story that I will share when I get around to doing a post about some changes I’ve made in the living room.Dining 04.06b Here is what the dining room looked like before:

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Guest Bathroom Update

Guest Bath 03.20

Surprisingly, two years into living here, this is my first post about our guest bathroom.  It is the exact same layout as the main floor bathroom – it is even aligned exactly above the other bathroom in the floorplan.  Soon after we moved in, we discovered that the drain in the tub leaked, so initially, I painted the walls and left everything else alone until we could have a plumber fix the drain.  We finally got around to that back in October, and since then, I have worked on pulling the room together.

I prefer not having a separate shower curtain and liner, but the choices were slim for an extra long fabric liner, so I went with this navy striped curtain to play off the spare bedroom colors.  The wall color is the same as a lot of the rest of the house – Gobi Desert by Behr color-matched at Sherwin Williams.  The print hanging above the commode was a Groopdealz by Project Type.  As in the master bathroom, I also used Dover White by Sherwin Williams on the vanity and added Martha Stewart finial pulls to the cabinet doors.

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Renovating this bathroom is not a priority, so minor changes I would like to make in here include framing the existing mirror with moulding, adding a timer to the exhaust fan switch, and trying out a gray colored grout-shield on the large white hexagon floor tile.

Spare Bedroom Update

Spare Bedroom 03.20

Since I last posted about our spare bedroom, I have made a few modifications.  After upgrading the guest bedroom to a queen-size bed, I was missing a headboard for this full-size mattress set.  I found a cute wooden headboard at Goodwill last July that I painted Coral Isle by Krylon.  I also switched out the frame above the bed for a tissue tassel garland from 2Berry Creative.

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I also made a couple of changes to the window treatments.  The PBK curtain panels had been left by the previous owner and I had put curtain rings on them so that I could hang one panel in the center of the two windows.  Unfortunately that made the panels puddle a little on the floor, so I eventually broke out the drill and raised the curtain rod a little – as well as widening it, to open up the windows a little more.  In December, I added roman shades to the window for a little more light control and privacy if we have someone stay in this room.

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Bathroom Remodel

DSC02656At the end of October, we noticed a  water spot on the kitchen ceiling.  I knew it was right under our master bathroom shower.  Bradley cut some of the drywall out and we could see the drain from the shower, covered in white residue with a single drip of water every so often.  We had a contractor in our neighborhood look at it for us, and not surprisingly, in our 40-year-old home, we had a leaky shower pan.

Bradley had four contractors look at the bathroom, but only two ever came back with an estimate.  I had always wanted to expand the shower into the dead space between the shower and the linen closet because it was so small you had only enough room to turn around inside.  So we had the contractors let us know what that would cost and what it would cost to also move the toilet and vanity around to make better use of the space.

Because the renovation was due to a leak, and not a result of saving for it, we decided just to expand the shower.  That option did include replacing the floor tile and the toilet, but no plumbing was moved.

Here was the bathroom when we toured the home two years ago:

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After we moved in, I did a few minor DIY projects – painting the vanity and the walls, adding new hardware, and a towel ring.  Here is the bathroom before renovation began:

DSC02600The room had white hexagon tile on the floor and white square tile in the shower.  Not bad, but had to go.

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The entire renovation took three weeks.  The only problem they uncovered was some rotten subfloor evidently due to an old toilet leak.2016-02-09 15.55.24-2

The door to the linen closet was closed up, and an angled wall was put up to expand the shower size.  I had them make an arched opening for the shower.  A smaller opening was made for the linen closet on the wall behind the bathroom door.  The closet remained the same size but is now deeper and less wide with the opening moved.2016-02-09 15.55.52 2016-02-09 16.10.59-2I chose white octagon and dot tile for the floors and standard subway tile for the shower walls.  The grout is a warm grey.  I had them take the tile to the ceiling – I never understand stopping the tile a foot or two from the ceiling.  They also installed two niches for us – one 12×12 and one 6×12.  A small foot prop went in under the window for shaving my legs.DSC02621It turned out that we were able to keep our original window because it is not near the water from the shower.  Also, it is high enough that we didn’t even have to replace the glass with tempered.  The contractor used an oil-based enamel-like paint to protect the wood from any moisture.  The tiler did a great job around the window, and also lining up the rest of the tiles considering all of the funky angles and niches.
DSC02626The only area I wasn’t happy with was the threshold of the shower opening.  The tiles didn’t line up with the sides of the arch.  I understood why, but still didn’t like the way it looked.  Turns out the tiler probably thought we would be installing a glass door that would hide the tile in the center of the threshold.  I opted not to have a door on the shower.  I hate trying to keep glass in a shower clean.  The fix we decided on was a piece of marble with a slight overhang on the threshold.  DSC02628I decided to change the paint color from the same as our bedroom to Sherwin Williams Rainwashed.  Depending on the light in the room, it can appear more blue, green, or grey.  The vanity and trim are painted Sherwin Williams Dover White.DSC02633DSC02636 There was already a light in the shower, but we had them change it out to a light/exhaust fan combo.  They were able to put a timer on the fan for us and split the line to have the light on it’s own switch.

DSC02648DSC02654DSC02640DSC02643In the linen closet, they installed new shelves to my specs.  We added roll-out wood baskets on the shelves to make it easier to reach items in the back of the closet.


We plan to save up and have custom cabinetry doors added to the linen closet.  For now, I had them leave it as a simple drywall opening.  We will also change out the vanity in a couple of years.  I ordered extra floor and baseboard tile so that we can continue it under the vanity when the time comes.  If I can find a mirror I like that isn’t too expensive, I would also like to change that out.  We are on the lookout for a piece of art to go on the wall with the commode as well.


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The electrician added an outlet to the funky angled wall in the corner of the bathroom so that we could set up our towel warmer inside the bathroom.  It had previously been outside the door in the sitting area of our bedroom.

Finding a toilet was a little difficult because I prefer a standard height versus the popular ‘chair height’ or ‘comfort height.’  Also, I was set against having a button on top of the tank for flushing.  The plumber switched out the contemporary handle that came with the toilet for a polished nickel one from the same line as my towel ring – Moen’s Waterhill collection.

The drawer pulls are from the Martha Stewart collection at Home Depot.DSC02668We changed out the vanity light ourselves.  The original one had an antiqued brass finish, so I ordered this one from Feiss on Amazon.  I think it picks up on the details of the drawer pulls nicely.

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Bathroom Remodel

Vanity Light: Feiss Concord Three Light Bath Vanity in Polished Nickel
Vanity Pulls: Martha Stewart Living 3 in. Polished Nickel Finial Pull
Vanity Paint Color: Dover White by Sherwin Williams
Floor Tile: Daltile Octagon & Dot Mosaic Tile
Shower Wall Tile: TBA
Grout: TBA
Shower Trim: Delta Cassidy Thermostatic Shower Trim Package
Toilet: American Standard
Toilet Handle: Moen Waterhill Tank Lever in Polished Nickel
Towel Ring: Moen Waterhill Towel Ring in Polished Nickel
Linen Closet Pull-out shelves: Style Selections from Lowe’s
Wall Color: Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams