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The Envelop Sectional of My Dreams

And just like that our living room is finally complete
Filed Under > Living

Envelop Sectional c/o, Art, Draperies c/o, Blinds, Rug c/o, Chandelier c/o, Floor Lamp, Coffee Table, Tray, Candle, Calligraphy BrushesLarge Bowl c/o, Blessing Beads (call the store for availability)

If you remember correctly, my last One Room Challenge was left incomplete.  The reason; the envelop sectional I’d been dreaming of for months, that was the perfect fit for the room would not be able to arrive in time.  Well friends, I’m hear to say the wait was well worth it.

Technically my Bassett Envelop Sectional arrived about a week after the ORC wrapped. But by that point the holidays were in full swing and between WOMH, hosting friends and family and all the Christmas decor there was no way I was going to be able to do it justice by having it photographed for the Blog then, so here we are.

Having lived with this sectional since November I feel I can better share why it’s truly the perfect fit for me.  A few things I really love about this Envelop Sectional;  it’s BEYOND comfy.  Like it’s name, it really does envelop you. The frame is fully encased in foam for extra softness, and the seat toppers and back pillows are a blend of down which mimics my bed pillows perfectly.  And they’re removable which makes them much easier to clean.

Second, the Envelop Sectional is modular.  Meaning you can move the pieces, at any time, to create the sectional of your dreams.  I like to move the center pieces in to create almost a full square during movie night, and then move them out during every day.

Third, I loved the overall modern, yet cozy look and I really really love the light Bone color.  A lot of lighter fabrics tend to come off too warm which is a big turn off for me.  But, this Bone coloring was cool without being cold, and just made the whole room feel bigger, lighter and more airy.

I know, I know when talking about the light bone color the next thing I’m bound to hear is, “oooooh it’s so beautiful, but I could never get a sofa that that’s light, it would get ruined”.  So let’s talk about this.

First things first, this is our only living area in our home, which means this sectional is VERY lived on. While light in color, the Bone fabric is a performance grade fabric meaning its more stain resistant than most. Bassett also has amazing warranty policies that I implore you to check out and should put your mind a bit more at ease. I do take some precautions by laying Addison’s blanket down during the day, though she still finds her way on to every pillow and cushion.  And I’m extra careful when eating and drinking red wine on the sofa. But other than that, I don’t do much else to ensure the sectional stays stain free.

My main thought on this point though is you should always design your home based on what makes you happy. Decor that you love, and that you will absolutely live on and in. For me, I didn’t want anything dark which means my only option is a lighter fabric.  Embracing the fact that stains are inevitably going to happen is something I had to let go of in order to make my home feel the way I yearned for.  Besides, cushions can be flipped.  And the cushions, as mentioned above can be removed and professionally cleaned! 

So with this space finally being complete I can honestly say I’ve never loved my home more.  Just by transforming this one room, the whole home feels lighter and calmer.  And with this challenge I feel like I’ve finally pinned down the design that makes me the happiest.  Truly, MKR

 


 

Photography, Rustic White

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

Mint Shiplap, white marble, and matte black fixtures completely transform this space.
Filed Under > Ideas & Inspiration

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.

Making Laundry Easy Again with Samsung

How the Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry has saved my clothes and more importantly saved me time
This post is in partnership with Samsung, a brand I love and adore. All opinions are 100% my own.
Filed Under > Living

I, like most people, am not a fan of laundry.  It’s not the task of laundry per se, but rather the time laundry takes.  So when Samsung reached out about partnering together for their new, FlexWash + FlexDry machines  I was game.

A system equipped with two washers in one, and two dryers in one the Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry allows me to get twice as much laundry done at one time.  When hearing about the FlexWash + FlexDry I was sold with this feature alone; “just think of the time four machines will save me,” I thought.  But I couldn’t have imagined just how powerful and fast these machines truly are.  Not only can I do more laundry loads at once, but the washing and drying power is speedier than ever.  Before I would have to run my towels on 2-3 cycles to dry completely, but with the FlexDry it’s one and done.  Plus the wrinkle release button actually works.  No wrinkles! Because of this I’ve been able to cut down on my dry cleaning bill drastically!

Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry

So how does it work? The bottom compartments work like your standard machine. Featuring 7.5 cubic feet, it handles all of your standard laundry loads; towels, bedding, etc.  Meanwhile, up top, the Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry has innovative washing and drying zones.  This is perfect for delicate items, or if you just need to wash one or two things immediately.

Another feature I love; the steam sanitize button.  I’ve washed rugs, blankets, my husband’s athletic wear, kitchen towels, and all of my dog’s beds using this button and feel completely comfortable that the germs have been banished!

And speaking of features, if you’re like me and live and die by your smartphone the Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry is loT-enabled.  Simply put you have the ability to run, stop and monitor cycles right from your smartphone.  This is especially perfect for me since I tend to be a bit on the paranoid side when it comes to having any appliances running when I’m not home. 

Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry

Lastly, I love that while they are major units, they don’t take up any more space than my previous washer and dryer.  This was a MUST for me since as you can see, I don’t have a very large laundry room.   

I never thought I’d be writing a love letter about a washer and dryer, but the Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry has seriously changed my life.  Alright, maybe not my life but it sure has made it so much easier.  If I were you, I would definitely put this duo on your Christmas list.  Truly, MKR

Photography, Rustic White 

 

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