November 20, 2014

Ashley's Christmas List 2014

So it's that time of year again...my favorite time of year!  It's Christmas time!  And more than getting gifts, I love BUYING gifts!  I am pretty stoked about my grown up Christmas list this year though so I thought I'd share with y'all in case you're having a hard time trying to figure out what to put on your own or need ideas for people on your shopping list.  

Just click on the name of the item and it will take you directly to the site!  Happy Shopping!

Tory Burch Marlene Riding Boot

Preserved Boxwood Wreath 10"

Giorno Country Rustic Chunky Wood Candle Sconce

Editing Day Mug

Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook


Gold Sequin Camera Strap

Photojo Sampler Phone Lens Kit

West Elm Vegetable Brush

Expandable Chrome Bathtub Caddy

Travel Undergarment Organizer-Pink

Faux Fur Throw-Tundra Swan

Rose Gold Monogram Necklace

I hope you enjoyed this shopping preparation, and as always, thanks for stopping by!

PS Some of these posts are affiliate links, but I wouldn't recommend anything I didn't love :)

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November 10, 2014

Guest Bathroom Reno Reveal + Source List

Well today's the day!  It's finally here.  Yep, it's finally time to share with you our BEAUTIFUL brand spankin' new guest bathroom!  You have seen the process of Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5Day 6, and the final update!

It's like how the designers on home improvement/renovation shows let the homeowners stay involved until a certain point and then kick them out!  Well I kicked you out, and now it's time to let you back in!  I hope you enjoy because I know we do!!  (PS All the details will be listed below in the Source List but you can also check out the previous posts for more information!)

Welcome to the new guest bathroom!
We added the mirror and the super cute towels Bailey picked out!

The vanity sits slightly away from the wall because it was the only way my dad was going to be able to make it fit without having to take away the drawers because of the plumbing.  It doesn't bother me though because it makes it look more like a piece of furniture than a cabinet.
I initially wanted to go with a straight towel bar for the hand towel but when we put it against the wall it didn't fit at all so we went with the ring and I'm pretty happy with it...and those turkish hand towels...to die for!
I am in love with this super cute ring holder!
We hung two wooden shelves to hold bathroom essentials: basket with feminine products, wash cloths, hand towels, qtips and cotton balls.
Just because they are essentials doesn't mean that it can't still look pretty!
I initially bought this giraffe print for the guest room but I really wanted a simple white framed print in here and just thought it was so fun even if the colors in the print weren't totally a match...it warms up the walls a little.

You had already seen the shower, but we finally got the shower curtain/rod hung and replaced the shower head with a detachable rod to bathe Charley...he has high maintenance needs :)

You may have seen a picture on my Instagram of Bailey painting a canvas and this was her final masterpiece!  We love having these art pieces throughout the house and she loves creating them :)
I purchased this chrome bath cart because we always have a problem with where do our guests put their dirty towels and this fit beautifully in the space!

The top shelf holds all the momma-bath supplies and the middle shelf is perfect for extra toilet paper and magazines.
On the back of the door we hung two towel rods for guests to hang their towels to dry and on the wall we hung two hooks for robes.
Can we just talk a minute about how stinkin' cute that hot pink robe is for Bailey?!?  She has no idea it's even in here yet...it's a birthday present for her 4th birthday next weekend!
Above the door we have the sign that was in her pre-reno bathroom :)

Source List
Wall and Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams Snowbound
Shower Wall Tile: Interceramic Glazed White Porcelain Wall Tile (larger rectangle) Lowes
Shower Wall Grout: Mapei Silver Sanded Powder Grout
Floor Tile: Style Selections Natural Timber Cinnamon Glazed Porcelain Indoor/Outdoor Floor Tile
Floor Tile Grout: Mapei Chamois Unsanded Powder Grout
Vanity: Martha Stewart Living Seal Harbor Vanity (I don't think it's available anymore)
Vanity Faucet: Moen 8 in. Banbury Faucet in Chrome
Light Fixture: Portfolio 3-Light Stanton Chrome Bathroom Vanity Light from Lowes
Toilet and Child Toilet Seat: Both from Lowes
Tub: Lowes
Shower hardware: Moen 3 piece set from Lowes (didn't use shower head in this set)
Shower head: Lowes (I can't find the name of it online but we got in in the store)
Mirror: Lowes
White Shelves: Target
Ring Dish: World Market
Toothbrush Holder: Target
Hot Pink Vase: Hobby Lobby
Towels: Threshold Botanic Fiber Accent Towels in Honeysuckle
Giraffe print: Hobby Lobby
Wicker basket on shelf: Ross
Turkish Hand Towels: Home Goods
Washcloths: Target brand
Picture Frames (baby): Garage Sale redo
Towel Ring and Towel Bars: Threshold from Target in Chrome (couldn't find online)
White Robe: Marshalls
Pink Girls Robe: Macy's (just got on sale!)
Glass jars: Target
Pink Candle: Home Goods
Shower Curtain Rod: World Market
Shower Curtain: Waffle Weave Shower Curtain World Market
Hamper: Threshold Target (couldn't find online)
Basket: Target
Le Bain hand towel: Home Goods
Toilet Paper Holder: Home Goods
Bath Rug: Home Goods
Pretty in Pink Sign: Hobby Lobby

I hope you enjoyed this post renovation bathroom reveal as much as we loved creating it, and as always thanks for stopping by!
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November 6, 2014

Guest Bath Reno Update + New Posting Schedule

Hello my friends!  I really do like starting out my posts like I am writing a letter to my dearest friends...because well you are my friends and I am sharing my life with you.  Ok enough with the sappiness and on with the update!  We last left off with the guest bath reno on days 6-8 where I was painting my life away...read more about that {here}.

Here are a few pictures to jog your memory from the beginning to where we ended last.
Before
Day 1
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
So as you can see we have totally transformed this room from gross and boring to bright and lovely!

Today, I'm sharing the last to do we have before the final reveal which will be up on Monday!  Yes, for sure it will be up on Monday November 10!  Anywho, the last thing we needed to do was to seal the grout.  After I bought the grout sealer (and did the first wall of shower tile), I started reading online about whether or not this was necessary.  Consensus says it's there was no definite answer.  It was back and forth whether people really felt the grout needed it or whether it was worth the effort.
Yes I said worth the effort because let me tell you it is HARD work!!!  You have to clean off the tile first and let them dry completely.  Then you take the grout sealer and brush it on.  As you can see from the picture of ours above it came with an attached brush for supposedly easier application...I wouldn't say it was easier at all because the bottle is not super easy to squeeze consistently.

One website even mentioned that so many tile installers will tell the home owners that they are saving them money by "letting" the home owner seal the grout themselves and some will even give a free bottle of grout sealer.  And it's because it is super tedious work!

Here is the grout "wet" with sealer.
Here is a comparison of the "wet" and "dry" grout.  The "dry" grout hasn't been touched by the sealer yet.
Once you have wet all the grout with the sealer, then you let it sit and penetrate the grout for a few minutes and then wipe it all off with water and a lint free cloth.  I didn't have a lint free cloth so I used a clean grout sponge.  Then you repeat this step 2-3 times.  Ugh...  I am not sure that I would even bother with grout that water isn't going to be on consistently like the floor or kitchen backsplash.
So needless to say, it's done and our grout is sealed and supposedly protected for an extra couple of years...
Now on to the new posting schedule.  So because we are so crazy busy these days, I am having a hard time sitting down to write posts and schedule things out because I want to tell and show y'all so much!  So I have decided that I am going to start posting on a schedule.  Every Monday and Thursday I will be uploading a new post unless something drastic happens.  I'm hoping this will help y'all be able to follow along with us easier as well as keep me a little more sane.  So with that I will see y'all on Monday with the final Guest Bathroom Reveal and Source list!!

I hope y'all enjoyed this update, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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