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Hey friends, Kalen here. I know what you are thinking. Can a bathroom be both vintage and modern? How is that possible? Well, seeing as how it was my bathroom reno, let me tell you. I live in a 1926 bungalow that has seen its share of renovations over the last 20 years we have lived there. Gutted kitchen, addition of a master suite and swimming pool, and countless coats of paint. Even this little Jack and Jill bathroom that was situated between my daughters' rooms at one point got an "under the sea" paint job with blue paint covered with fish and seaweed. Now that they are grown though, and the bathroom needs to function more for guests than children, it was time for an update.
I debated about removing the 90 year old cast iron tub but considering there are still two other tubs in other bathrooms, and the tight layout of this one that really couldn't change, I decided to go shower instead. Therefore we took out the window and installed glass blocks in its place.
The built in vanity had to go because you couldn't open the doors all the way without crashing in to the toilet. However, that is the only storage in the bathroom so we needed some kind of solution for that. Which brings us to this wall.
This wall has always been a challenge for me. Can't put any furniture there because it blocks the doorway. Hard to hang anything because you'll bump your head. However, knowing that the plaster walls are like 4" thick, I had to think there was a way to get a shallow cabinet built in to the space and turned that little project over to my contractor to figure out.
I already knew the basics of what I wanted: pedestal sink, wainscoting subway tile, sloped shower entry with a barn door, a touch of brass somewhere. Then came Shauna. She was looking for more spaces to shoot for her coffee table book and it was a no-brainer to let her finish out the bathroom to add to her portfolio. The marble mosaic flooring added just enough texture and color to the white subway tile. And when it was time to pick wallpaper, it was a unanimous decision among everyone in my family to go with the Tilton Fenwick pattern from Hygge & West.
We went with oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and accented with brass in the lights and mirror. Add a brass and glass shelf, some fun art, and a mango wood stool in the shower (with a plant? why not?) and voila! So, what about that wall you ask? Well, shout out to University Homes in Fort Worth for making it happen. I couldn't be happier!
If you didn't have plans to shop this Memorial Day Weekend, well, you might want to reconsider. The number of sales going on this weekend are staggering and with summer just around the corner, it's a good time to spruce up not only your home and patio but your wardrobe as well. Shop our favorite picks from Anthropologie (extra 40% off sale), Madewell (20% off dresses and sandals with code PERFECTMATCH), and Pottery Barn (up to 50% off outdoor).
Sales run through Monday. Happy Weekend, be safe. Don't shoot anyone.
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If you're looking for us this weekend, we'll be right here. With these fluffy towels from Serena & Lily and our latest favorite book. Their Memorial Day Sale starts today and y'all, 20% off everything! Use code SUMMERPREP to get your discount on our favorite things outdoor.
1. Summerland Outdoor Bell Pendant
2. Summerland Outdoor Bell Pendant, Gray
3. Surf Stripe Pillow Cover
4. Pacifica Bar Cart
5. Pacifica Sofa
6. Bamileke Outdoor Side Table
7. Whitewashed Rattan Hurricane
8. Santa Cruz Pillow Cover
9. Montecito Pillow Cover
10. Teak Sling Chair
11. Mallorca Beach Towel
12. Capistrano Outdoor Dining Chair
13. Terrace Round Dining Table
14. Outdoor Riviera Side Chair
15. Galliano Rug
Sale runs through May 28. Happy Memorial Day!
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Here in Texas, we are currently in the sweet spot when it comes to being outside. The spring rains are over (hopefully), temperatures are not oppressive, and evening breezes are still somewhat cool. Last weekend it didn't even get out of the 60s so we're feeling pretty lucky so far this May. Perfect timing for Wayfair's outdoor sale. If you need completely new furniture, they've got the best quality at great prices. Yes, shopping Wayfair can be a bit overwhelming but they key is to focus on the reviews. We've never been disappointed on anything we've bought that has at least 4 stars. One of our favorite pieces is the Ariana Planter Bench. Like bringing your favorite park bench right to you own yard.
So, furniture, check. Now for the fun part. There's no reason why your outdoor space shouldn't be as fun and colorful as your indoor spaces. Rugs, wall decor, pillows, everything you have inside should be outside as well. These days, you'd be surprised at the quality of outdoor rugs and fabrics. Style AND durability. Because we know, the chances of you remembering to bring in the cushions before the next rain storm are slim. Check out our top outdoor decor picks to spruce up your space.
1. Natoli Plastic Planter--Yes! Plastic. And self watering. Because remembering to water plants is the hardest part.
2. Hawaiian Cone Garden Torch--A sleek update from the old school bamboo torches.
3. Tabb Floral Outdoor Rug--Our favorite color combo of navy, coral and aqua brightens up any patio space.
4. Patina Sun Wall Decor--Who says wall decor is only for indoors?
5. Bezu Melamine Platter Set--Inspired by Italian ceramics, and entirely outdoor safe.
6. Coral Melamine Plate Set--You'd never guess these were melamine with their look of handcrafted ceramics.
7. Gravesend Acrylic Glass Set--A set of 8 with the look of recycled glass.
8. Canyon Adara Wood Lantern--Add a touch of the modern with this woven wood and glass hurricane.
9. Fish Tales Coastal Napkins--Choose from three color stories or, buy one of each and mix and match.
10. Cherrelle Wood Spring Riviera Birdhouse--If Shauna was a bird, you can bet she would live in this house.
11. Sakura Garden Stool--We love garden stools anywhere in the home, but they are perfect for an outdoor end table.
12. Brierley Wind Chime--Drown out the sounds of fighting kids with these multi-colored capiz shells.
13. Mount Vernon Outdoor Chandelier--Create the perfect ambience for your next outdoor dinner party.
So a little diversion for you this Tuesday. Yesterday was the first Monday in May, which is basically Super Bowl Sunday for all of us lovers of high fashion. For those of you not in the know, every year, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts a fund raiser (the Gala) that coincides with their annual summer exhibit. The exclusive guest list includes celebrities, fashion designers, sports stars, models and music artists and attendees are encouraged to dress the theme of the exhibit. This year's theme is Camp: Notes on Fashion, and was inspired by the 1964 essay by Susan Sontag, "Notes on 'Camp'". The essay explores how humor, irony, parody and exaggeration are portrayed in fashion, and let me tell you, there was plenty of all of this last night. Here are some of our favorites: