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Industrial Chic Half Bath- The Design

Last week, I shared how we installed wallpaper on the ceiling of our half-bath and as promised here is the design plan for the space.

Industrial Chic Half Bath


It’s very similar to the design for our foyer in which we mix rustic woods, industrial metals, and gilded gold frames to create an upscale and yet down to earth feel.
The walls will get a reclaimed wood paneling from our old fence will the walls will go either a pale gray or blue.
Stay tuned for more projects from this space!
P.S. the bathroom makeover is complete. Check it out here!

Not your average nautical Inspired bathroom

As we finish up tiling the screened in porch this weekend that makeover will finally be complete. I hope to have pictures for you next week! But now that the porch project is wrapping up and fall is in there air (except for here in Virginia where we had record temperatures on the first day of school!) I am starting to plan my next project which will be the half bath and laundry room.

half bath before Here is what I am starting with. This is probably the only room in the house that hasn’t been touched since it was built in 1985.

Laundry room before Here is the laundry room before. The door to the bathroom is to the right of this picture. This room acts as a pass through from the garage, bathroom, backyard, and kitchen. More to come on the design for the laundry is a couple of weeks.

I want to create a bathroom that is inspired by old ships but that isn’t expected or cheesy. I plan to use wood and brass elements mixed with a grassy green and metallic gold to keep the room feeling authentic yet modern. Here is the plan:

  1. The walls will be painted off white with a large net stencil in metallic gold (Fresh Catch by Cutting Edge Stencils). The metallic gold will be more subtle than the goldenrod pictured above.
  2. The original vanity will stay but will be painted in Miss Mustard Seed’s Boxwood Green and aged with a dark wax.  The vanity will get a new white cultured marble top and a brass faucet and knobs.
  3. The floor will be the same gray washed wood tile that is going into the screened in porch
  4. The current mirror will be framed out in reclaimed wood.
  5. For lighting I am moving two existing copper exterior lights from the backyard in.
  6. I am really obsessed with finding a Moby Dick piece of art for the room. And who could resist the Poop Deck reference?

This room was actually pretty easy for me to plan out. I wanted a different color scheme from the rest of the house and once I fell in love with the idea of a green vanity the other plans pretty much fell into place. I’m sharing this plan now in part because the laundry room is giving me a major headache and I want to bounce some ideas off of all of you. Look for those plans in the next couple of weeks.

You can see all of my inspiration for this room here:


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How to create an Industrial Chic Foyer that will wow guests

If you follow me on Facebook, then you probably already know that we recently started on the foyer makeover project by tearing out the old moldings and putting up a board and batten wainscoting.

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The project is moving along nicely but I thought I share with you our mood board for the space so you can see where we are heading with it.

Our goal is create a “wow” inspiring space with lots of industrial accents. We are hoping to temper the industrial feel and make the space a little more formal by the addition of traditional wainscoting and gold accents. To up the drama the wainscot will be six feet high and all white with the wall above being painted a very dark gray.

Industrial Chic Foyer
Below are the links to the above inspiration. Some of the links may be affiliate links.
  1. While we will not be starting on the stairs anytime soon, this is pretty much the look we are going for. From Pinterest.
  2. The paint color is Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore
  3. The bronze light fixture is by Hampton Bay for Home Depot and is only $75!
  4. The “Hey Y’all” print was my inspiration for the gold. I’m going to try to DIY buy you can buy it from Stephanie Creekmur on Etsy.
  5. The gold sunburst mirror is a steal at 39.99 from Target.
  6. The reclaimed parquet table from Pottery Barn is really more of an inspiration for us as we have plans to make the console table ourselves.
  7. The 2 Piece Wire Basket Set in Red is from Wayfair.
  8. I wanted something whimsical for the table and this white ceramic turtle from Target totally fits the bill.
  9. I love the idea of large basket under the table to hold purses, gloves, and hats. This roll weave storage ottoman from Crate & Barrel is exactly what I’m looking for.

Stay tuned to see how the whole project turns out. So far we are on schedule to finish everything but the stairs by the end of February. Don’t forget to sign-up below to receive updates on the project straight to your e-mail!.


Mood Board: Shabby Chic Girl’s Room

It’s the final day of my mood board bedroom series. To catch-up: I’ve designed inspiration for a bohemian guest room, a romantic master retreat, and a new traditional bedroom with pops of teal. For this, my last day of mood board creating, (well at least for a while) I’ve designed a shabby chic girl’s room for Lizzie. I’ve been mulling over this plan for at least a year now. I have no plans to move her to a big girl bed for at least another year, but I love this look so much that I can’t help but begin to plan it. The inspiration for this room really came from the art already hanging in Lizzie’s nursery.  The art in her room is my favorite aspect of the design, and I don’t want to get rid of it, so I decided to design around it. I plan on keeping the original color scheme of aqua, red, and white and add in a little bit of pink to soften the room and obtain the shabby chic look I want.


Shabby Chic Bedroom
  1. I love the distressed finish on these book ends from Joss & Main and the bird motif works perfectly with the art I already own.
  2. What little girl wouldn’t love these ruffled curtains from Amazon.
  3. Land of Nod’s teal ruffled lamp shade picks up the texture from the curtains perfectly.
  4. This distressed clock is much more chic than the traditional digital version. From Joss & Main .
  5. I actually had a pretty hard time finding a rug that had all the colors I wanted for this room but when I saw the Better Floors and Garden rug from Land of Nod I knew I had hit the jackpot!
  6. The aged wax finish over the aqua paint on this Pottery Barn armoire is simply beautiful!
  7. When I saw these moose hooks in red and aqua I thought I had died and gone to shabby chic heaven!  Available on Wanelo.
  8. The soft colors in this photography from Etsy are so perfect for a little girl’s room and no  shabby chic room would be complete without a chandelier like this one from Pottery Barn Kids.
  9. The flea market table from Anthropologie is the epitome of shabby chic.
  10. I love that the dark pink in the Savannah floral duvet from pottery barn kids almost looks red in the right light.

So now I guess I just have to wait until Lizzie (and by Lizzie and I mean me) is ready to transition to a big girl bed.

Check out all the bedroom mood boards in this series:

Day 1: Bohemian guest room

Day 2: Calming and romantic retreat

Day 3: New Traditional Master

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Mood Board: New Traditional Bedroom with pops of teal

It’s day 3 of my mood board bedroom series. I’ve already shown you a bohemian inspired guest room and a romantic master, but today I am going to share with you what I  think defines my style the best: New Traditional.  For me new traditional is leaning on historical design concepts but mixing them with something a little unexpected and more contemporary. In the picture below you can see I anchored the room with very European wood paneled furniture in an ebony glaze. What keeps the room for feeling stuffy is the simple patterns on the linens and the clean lines of the accessories. Also note that while the two major colors in the room, gray and teal, are historical in nature they are also very contemporary when used together.

If this room seems somewhat familiar it’s because it looks a lot like the Master Bedroom in our first house. We hope in the new house to continue with this look; however, in a much more elegant and upgraded manner.

New Traditional Bedroom
  1. The medallion drapes in blue from Pottery Barn add a very traditional pattern to the room.
  2. Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore is a fantastic neutral griege that will go with almost any decor.
  3. The Lucianna Medallion bedding picks up the pattern from the drapes and mixed with white linens makes the bed very inviting. From Pottery Barn.
  4. The white horse from Belle and June adds a layer of orientalism to the room. A popular motif in European design.
  5. Typographical art is very  modern and this one from Belle and June is also a little sentimental.
  6. I love this sphere because while it’s simple it’s also interesting and adds a layer of texture to the room.  From Pottery Barn.
  7. This throw from Anthropologie ups the sophistication of this room with its ombre dye job.
  8. I love the sturdy masculine lines of this ebony glazed dresser from Pottery Barn.
  9. The side table from Cymax has classic turned legs and balances out the heaviness of the dresser and bed while the teal lamp from Anthropologie adds a little edginess to the room.
  10. I love the raised panels on this bed from Cymax. I’m already brainstorming a DIY version.  The rug from Joss & Main has a traditional paisley pattern but in a large scale which keeps it looking fresh.

0. I always like to add something personal to a bedroom and this monogram artwork from Pottery Barn is just perfect,

See the rest of my Bedroom Mood board series:

Day1: Bohemian Guest Room

Day 2: Calming and Romantic Master

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Mood Board: Calming and Romantic Bedroom

It’s day 2 of my bedroom mood board series. Yesterday, I shared a fun and energetic Bohemian style bedroom that I think would be great for a guest room. Today I am sharing what could be the bohemian room’s complete opposite. It’s a calming and romantic bedroom in a monochromatic color scheme that would be the perfect master bedroom retreat at the end of a hectic day. Soft, distressed finishes on the furniture make the room easy on the eyes while the accessories exude a romantic vibe.

Calming and Romantic Bedroom
  1. My inspiration for this room was this amazing cream colored ruffled duvet set from Anthropologie. This set just screams romance to me.
  2. I love the shape and the nail head trim on this ottoman in granite from Joss & Main* .
  3. I’ve been loving me some ikat lately especially the subtle tonal colors on this rug from Joss & Main*  which adds just a subtle hint of color to the room.
  4. The aged look of the gold on the Artemis bow mirror from Anthropologie softens the look of this piece and would lo0k amazing flanking the bed.
  5. The Borghese dresser has the same soft distressed metallic finish as the mirror but in a soft gray patina from Joss & Main* .
  6. This armoire from Pottery Barn  could easily hide a TV or anything other non-romantic entities in the room.
  7. What screams romance better than a crystal chandelier? This one from Amazon* won’t break the bank either.
  8. I love the subtle soft color of this “Love” canvas art from Belle and June*.
  9. The soft shade of the lamp from Pottery Barn adds another hint of color to the room while the jeweled box from Belle and June* adds a little elegance.
  10. This white side table from Lamps Plus has plenty of drawers to stash candles, incense, and massage oil in for that special night.

So what do you think? Could you kick back and relax in this room? What makes a room feel romantic to you?

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Mood board bedroom series:

Day 1: Bohemian Guest Room

Mood Board: Bohemian Bedroom

Hopefully we will be closing on the new house in two weeks! Since we’ve been this close before only have it all blow-up in our faces, I’m not holding my breath. However, I am still cautiously optimistic.  A couple of weeks ago I shared with you the mood boards for our mid-century inspired family room and vintage white kitchen.  With the decor in the main rooms mostly picked out, I started dreaming up what to do with the 5 bedrooms in the house. You read that right. I have 5 different bedroom to decorate! So, this week I am going to share with you 4 different ideas I’ve come up with for bedrooms.  First up is a Bohemian bedroom inspired by Moroccan designs. Once upon a time I was actually quite bohemian in my decorating choices, and I was thinking it might be fun to get back to  those roots with the guest bedroom. Here’s what I have brainstormed up:


Bohemian Bedroom
My inspiration for this room really came from perusing the Anthropologie website which is really my favorite source for bohemian decor. I love the eclectic mix of colors balanced out by the rustic wood tones. I think my favorite accents in the room are that amazing beaded chandelier, the whale book ends which are just fun, and the ethnic reclaimed wood oars. I’m sort salivating over the thought of trying to make that chandelier myself.
So what do you think? As a guest would you find this room fun and energetic? Or would you find it too busy to relax?
Bedding, curtains, bed, rug, chandelier, side table, whale book ends, pillow, and yellow lantern are from Anthropologie.
Dresser and ethnic reclaimed oars are from Pottery Barn.
Purple ottoman, mirror, picture frame, and hanging lantern are from Joss & Main .*
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Mood Board: Mid-century inspired family room

I shared with you two days ago our mood board for our new kitchen, so I thought it would be fun to share one for our mid-century inspired family room.  We’re buying all new furniture for this room, so it seemed to necessitate a slightly different look than our first house. Our old family room tended towards darker colors and traditional lines, but with the new house we’re aiming for the cleaner lines of mid-century furniture and lighter colors (mostly white and gray with bright accents). I’ll admit that I am having a lot harder time pulling all the pieces together for this room than I did for the kitchen. I’m hoping once we move in and actually start decorating it will be a little easier to visualize it all.  Our budget for the family room is pretty small in part because it’s getting redecorated at the same time that the kitchen is getting remodeled, so the high cost of actual mid-century furniture was definitely not in the budget.  The board below also only encompasses the decor for the room and not the architectural details we plan on adding later (built in book shelves and wainscoting). The color scheme is gray with yellow and aqua accents.

Mid-century Inspired Family Room
  1. Kivik sofa in Tullinge gray-brown from Ikea. We’ve been dying for a sectional that the whole family can curl up on for years now. I’m loving the price of this one, so hopefully its as comfortable as it looks.
  2. Homespun Moroccan Trellis rug in Spa blue from Rugs USA. I’m having a really hard time picking a color for the rug, but I’m leaning towards a Moroccan pattern in either gray or blue.
  3. Reclaimed wood coffee table from Hudson Goods. Cody actually already built me a table very similar to this one. Good thing since  this one has a $700 price tag!
  4. Greek Key console from Pinterest.  I can’t find the owner of this lovely picture (someone please claim it!), but I originally saw it on Pinterest and I’m thinking of converting my dresser into a media console with this Greek key design.
  5. Oppss….double numbered the rug. My bad.
  6. Mellby chair in Eldris black/white from Ikea. I really wanted chairs with a bright bold pattern, but finding that in our price range has been challenging. This chair has a nice houndstooth pattern that can be punched up with bright pillows.
  7. Threshold Lamp shade Ombre pattern printed from Target. This lamp shade has both of my accent colors in it and is similar to the Ikat one I already own from Target.
  8. Striped curtains via Southern Living. I’m also having a really hard time deciding whether to do neutral curtains or a bright bold pattern. I was thinking of doing a DIY curtain similar to these with stripes.
  9. Chevron and anchor pillow from Joss & Main.  Since most of the room is gray I really want to add bright pops of color with the pillows.
  10. Turquoise winged pig from Joss & Main. I also want to add a bunch of bright whimsical accessories like this pig.

So, do you think we successfully channeled Mad Men? What about the curtains? Do you think I should go neutral or bright?

Mood Board inspired by a white vintage kitchen

We’re down to only days before we close on the new house! I’m so excited I can barely contain myself. I mentioned before that the new house is a fixer-upper, but I may have failed to mention that the entire kitchen needs to be gutted and rebuilt before we even move in. I’ve found that designing a kitchen for a house you don’t live in is both fun and entirely daunting. To help keep me on track I created this mood board for how we want the new space to look. We are going for a vintage inspired look with a lot of cottage charm. You may remember that  our first kitchen remodel at our last home had a lot of the same elements. The difference is that this kitchen is our forever kitchen so many of the surfaces will be higher quality than in our last remodel (the budget is also double).

Vintage Inspired White Kitchen
  1. The white shaker style cabinets and the butcher block are all coming from Ikea.
  2. All the appliances will be stainless steel. We want a very industrial look but we’re not tied to any one brand or look. We found the wine and beverage fridges at Home Depot.
  3. All the metallic finishes will be chrome. The faucet is from Amazon and the cabinet hardware is part of the Allison collection from Amerock.
  4. The light fixture over the island has already been purchased from Barn Light Electric. It is the primary schoolhouse stem mount in jadite.
  5. The floors are allen+roth Handscraped Lodge Oak from Lowe’s.
  6. The back splash will be white 3×6 field tile in a  herringbone pattern.
  7. The accent color is aqua which will be picked up in the accessories like these waffle kitchen towels.

So, what do you think of the look we’re trying to achieve? Do you think we hit the right notes to give the space that vintage inspired look we are going for without making it feel like a historical reproduction?