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Creating A Cozy Space with Serena & Lily

Switching up my favorite little nook with the help of an amazing rattan daybed
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I’ve always been a fan of the daybed, and as of late daybeds are showing up everywhere in the home.  Outdoor space, add a daybed.  Nursery, add a daybed. Breakfast nook, add a daybed.  Plus they’re chicer than ever.  Take for example this Avalon rattan daybed from Serena and Lily.  When I first spied it I knew I had to find a space for it.  That space turned out to be my sitting room in my bedroom.

Let’s pause right here to discuss something for perspectives sake.  When you read the sentence above you probably thought, if I have a sitting room in my bedroom then my home must be quite spacious.  Not exactly.  My home is great, but it’s not a McMansion by any stretch of the imagination. For some reason when they built our home they added a sitting room to the master making it larger than our family room and dining room combined.  However, because we don’t have a basement and only a family room, I was committed to making the sitting area an actual space that was used and not just a pretty room to look at. 

Since my husband and his abnormally large television took over the family room, I naturally retreated to our bedroom.  Which was fine by me because the bedroom is, and always has been, my favorite room in every home I’ve ever lived in. I know most sleep experts would warn against it, but there’s nothing I look forward to more than cozying up in my bed with a stack of magazines, a great glass of wine, and the apple tv fired up and ready. It’s like that Drake song; “I only love my bed and my momma.” Preach Drake, preach.

Anyway, I’ve gotten off track, back to the Avalon rattan daybed.  Before the daybed entered our life I had a whole sitting area set up with two very large chairs, a coffee table and ottomans.  That worked, but over the years how I’ve used the space has changed.  Before I really only used it to watch a movie.  Now I was craving a new space I could spend my morning quiet time, work, and watch a movie when the mood hit.  And the daybed was the perfect way to make this new vision become a reality.

The chairs and coffee table went bye-bye, and the whole room shifted.  I put the Avalon rattan daybed against the wall and loaded it down with my favorite gingham sheet set and quilt from Serena and Lily plus a few throws, and a good amount of pillows. This created the perfect, and most cozy spot, to spend quiet time in the morning and movie time at night.  Because there wasn’t room for a coffee table I added an end table that can easily move around to where it’s needed most.  And lastly, I brought a small white desk up and placed it opposite the daybed. By positioning the furniture like this I maintained the square shape which helps it feel like a separate space rather than just an extension of the bedroom.

I’ve been living with this new set up for a few weeks now and I’m loving it.  And I’m not the only one, you can see that Addison has really taken to the daybed as well! Truly, MKR

Photography, Rustic White Interiors | This post was in collaboration with Serena & Lily.  A brand I love and adore.  Opinions are 100% my own.

Gutting & Renovating A Bathroom in Two Days & For Around $1,000

Mint Shiplap, white marble, and matte black fixtures completely transform this space.
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When I opened my brick and mortar, Waiting on Martha Home, this past summer the list of improvements was long and my budget was tight.  I basically had to gut the entire space to feel more like the WOM we all know…”happy and bright.”  I’m talking floors ripped up, wallpaper installed, custom cabinetry created, walls knocked down, and more gallons of paint applied than you can imagine.  I of course, like most people when faced with a large reno, went over budget.  Not by much, but it was enough to make me push the bathroom renovation to a later date. 

When it finally came round to give the bathroom the attention it needed, I wanted to give it a full face lift, but on a budget.  And time was of the essence.  I couldn’t have my bathroom out of use for more than a few days.  Well, I’m thrilled to share with you the full bathroom reveal that was completed in two days and with a budget of $1,000.  So how did I complete this kind of reno with that kind of budget, let’s first discuss.  Starting with the before shall we.

As you can see by this picture the bathroom was brown and bland.  Brown tile, brown granite, brown wood paneling; yes it appears brown was the theme.  When thinking about what I could do on my budget I knew I couldn’t do everything.  So I chose to change what I felt would have the biggest impact and try to mask the rest.  For me that meant, changing the walls by adding texture, and ripping out the current sink and countertop situation. 

While in a dream world I would have loved to rip the tile out it would have been too timely and expensive of a project for this particular reno.  I also felt that once everything else was lightened up and a great rug was added the floors wouldn’t be near as noticeable. 

For the walls, ceiling and trim I chose to continue the shiplap and coloring scheme that was carried out in one of the rooms in the Shoppe. I personally prefer a wider shiplap with a square edge, so I went with Home Depot’s 8 x 8 shiplap in pine and painted it Farrow & Ball’s Pale Powder in a flat finish.  I love a flat finish on the shiplap itself, as it maintains more of it’s unfinished vibe with a flat paint rather than a semi or high gloss. And I did paint the shiplap after it was installed rather than before. 

For the trim I continued the Shoppe’s color scheme of Farrow & Ball’s Dimity with a lacquer finish and the ceiling was painted in Farrow & Ball’s All White. I just love how the mint colored shiplap plays off the high lacquer vanilla feel of Dimity and the white and bright ceiling.  I also changed out the ceiling light and fan to a simple, yet modern, one by Hunter.

One thing to note about the paint and the budget, I did have left over paint from the Shoppe to complete this bathroom project so when you look at the final total I didn’t have to count paint into my budget. 

Next up, the sink and countertop.  This was tricky.  While I would have loved to rip the whole thing out and put an all-in-one vanity situation that wasn’t an option as my Shoppe bathroomhad to be ADA compliant.  At first my father and I were just trying to find a piece of marble in this shape to simply switch it out.  But once looking at my options, and my numbers, I knew I couldn’t afford to do that.  The solution, cut the counter in half by not having it run all the way to the wall.  By making this simple change I was able to get the marble vanity top with the sink built right in from Home Depot making my job so much easier!

This may sound a bit tricky to execute, but it was a lot easier than it looks and that’s coming from a non DIY-er like myself.  All we had to do was unhook the faucets and rip the siliconed top off, which ended up being a breeze because it wasn’t attached well to begin with.  Then I let my father fire up the saw and he cut the front piece of wood off that extended to the wall, and placed a new wood panel on the bottom and side.  I then painted it Pale Powder to match the shiplap and installed the vanity top again with silicone.  Easy breezy.

With the heavy lifting done, all that was left was fixtures. I went with Pfister’s Venturi matte black faucet and Pfister Venturi hooks because I loved how they looked in my home bathroom makeover.  And rather than putting up the terribly boring mirror we took down I added a small oval latitude mirror with matching matte black fixtures. 

Striped Waste Basket | Juju Hat | Oyster Basket | Diffuser | Rug | Oils | Mirror | Faucet | Vanity | Shiplap

 

And voila, a full bathroom reno that came in on time…only two days…and on budget! I mean it feels like a completely different space does it not?! Of course the aesthetics helped too. The rug, as mentioned, masks the brown tile and I definitely added a few hints of fun with my striped waste paper basket and feather juju hat.  But really, the star of the show is the physical transformation of the space.  Tell me friends, did this make you feel ready to tackle your own home reno? Truly, MKR
 


 

Photography, Rustic White | This post was in collaboration with Home Depot and Pfister, brands I love and adore.  All opinions are 100% my own.

The One Room Challenge Week Four

More Than Half Way Through and things are finally beginning to come together
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If you read last week’s ORC update then you’d know that I’m probably not going to finish on time.  Or so I thought.  For the first time in the history of One Room Challenges’ we got an extension.  That’s right, instead of six weeks to complete our spaces we now have seven.  Praise Jesus, hallelujah!!

Why the extension? Basically because of life.  With all of the natural disasters and craziness currently happening shipments have been delayed, or canceled all together, so it just made sense.  Which means we’re stuck together for another week so let’s get down to business shall we.

For me, things are finally beginning to move along.  Tomorrow painting will begin.  While I originally planned to hang grasscloth wallpaper I decided to instead keep things nice, light and bright with Farrow and Ball’s All White paint.  It’s one of the paint colors I used in my Shoppe, so I know it’s the perfect shade of white.  And yes, there are shades of white.

My gorgeous rug from Karastan arrived and will be laid down later this week. My Bunny Williams lamps and shades from The Mine are en route. And the most show stopping bowl from Jill Rosenwald is being fired as I type.  

I mentioned last week I’m getting custom draperies made as well as recovering benches in the most yummy of Stroheim fabrics.  Here’s where a major mistake on my end comes in.  I of course was in a rush and didn’t read through what the fabric categories were, focusing instead only on the pattern.  So when they arrived and I saw that one design was sheer I knew I was in trouble. 

Don’t get me wrong, the sheer Kefalonia fabric was drop dead gorgeous, it just wasn’t right for the room.  I hemmed and hawed trying to figure out what I was going to do when I finally reached out to Stroheim and explained the mistake.  To my surprise and delight, Stroheim jumped in and fixed my problem switching out the sheer Kefalonia for Palapye Jute which will work better in the space.  Talk about customer service.  I’ve always been a huge fan of Stroheim, but how they helped me in this situation that was clearly my fault made me a loyal life long customer. 

So what’s left? I still don’t have my sectional or coffee table situation quite figured out. Yes I know those are MAJOR pieces.  And, I’ve still got to decide on the art.  I previously had a giant Gray Malin hanging, which I adore, but it won’t go with the room.  I’m swooning over Atlanta based artist Kristen Giorgi from NG Collective. And I also have dozens of other gorgeous pieces of art I’ve collected I may move around.  It all depends on timing, right?!  Truly, MKR

 


 

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