Monday, August 24, 2015

Traditional With A Twist: Guest Bath

Hi everyone!

At long last, I have a few more looks at my guest bath decor re-do.  To back track a bit, I decided with Baby Bluebird off in Virginia for grad school, it was time to update her bathroom and make it more guest friendly.  You can see her bathroom prior to the makeover here.

In came a very pale gray paint -  a first for me.  I am sold and really love this color!  Here is the view as you walk in.  I chose navy, bright green and crisp white as my accent colors.



This room has been painted and some of the accents had been placed for several weeks now.  It just did not seem finished to me and although I wanted a clean, streamlined look, I felt it was lacking a bit of charm and personality.  In came a collection of Blue Willow platters that I had gotten from my mom, who just recently downsized. It was just the traditional character this room needed - in my humble opinion, any way!




I also like the green accents, although the towels photographed horribly!  They are the color of the green demijohn bottle, but for some reason I cannot get them to photograph in their true hue. Ugh! The large platter, which is actually Flow Blue with a gold band, is my favorite and takes center stage over the mirror.



I am not a huge Blue Willow fan, but the platters I have are really quite beautiful and are the "real deal" - not reproductions.  My mom loved her Blue Willow and I am sure she will be pleased that I put her platters to good use in my home the next time she stops by.


The Ralph Lauren lamp I picked up at Home Goods is what started the re-do ideas flowing for this room.  It is the perfect size for a bathroom and I love the traditional feel.


I bought a  Yankee Candle scented oil plug in today at Kohl's, and now the room is filled with a fall scent.



This green demijohn is one of my faves and I picked it up for a great deal - under $4.00!


I shared my upcycled, silver sprayed garden stool in a previous post.  It is a cozy, yet practical accent for this room. I am looking forward to it holding magazines and a glass of wine during a hot, bubbly bath!


There are still a few changes to be made in this room: a new light fixture is going in Labor Day weekend, along with hardware for the vanity.  I also have the linen closet to show you, which has received the pretty treatment as well.


For now, though, I am enjoying the clean, fresh and lighter look of this room and the traditional twists in the decor.  I've just started painting our master bedroom - you know how one thing leads to another!  I hope to share with you soon.

Thank you for stopping by,
Jane

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

In the Spotlight @ Junk Chic Cottage Today!

Hi everyone!



Way back in June, sweet Kris of Junk Chic Cottage, asked if I would like to be part of her Saturday Spotlight: Behind the Blogger series.  Would I? Do chickens have lips?! Is the pope Catholic?!  Of course I would and after a few months, today is my day over her at her place.  Somebody pinch me because I am feeling all kinds of fancy because of it!

Kris is a talented and all around great gal, who just happens to have an incredible blog as well.  She very generously gives up her space every Saturday to showcase a blog and introduce them to her readers.  Be sure to stop by and check it out - it is worth the read!

Thanks for stopping by - and be sure to hop on over to Kris's to see what I have to say and to see her wonderful blog.

Have a great Saturday!

Jane


Friday, August 14, 2015

Guest Bath: First Looks

Hi everyone!

As you know, I've been working on our guest bath lately and I have to say it is coming together a little slower than I had hoped. That's not a bad thing, though - it's just the way it is. I do have a few things I can share with you. And of course, our new puppy doesn't always cooperate when I want to get things done!

First, it was uncharted territory for me to choose to paint this room gray, but let me tell ya I am smitten. I want to paint everything this color!! Not really, but I do love it.  

One of my stumbling blocks in finishing this room was the garden stool I purchased. Unfortunately, the green was all wrong for this room and I needed a plan B.  Enter an old stool I had outside that had seen better days. A little wire brushing, clean up and silver metallic spray paint and voila! The perfect garden stool for this room.

Old stool before:


The garden stool I had planned on using. The green of the pouf is the accent color I am using and you can also see that, although pretty, the green of the stool misses the mark big time.



Here's my old, crusty garden stool all spruced up with spray paint - a much better fit than the olive green stool,  don't you think?




I chose a very simple, white with a navy accent shower curtain.





The sun was flooding in the morning I took this picture. You can see the slight contrast of the flat gray with the glossy white trim.


I decided to keep the cheap behind the toilet storage cabinet for now. It's not a wow, but it serves a purpose and provides a display area as well. If the "right" replacement comes a long, I will snatch it up, but at the moment this works.


 

I love the green depression glass bowl filled with bath beads - luxurious fun.

There is more to come for this room - lighting, cabinet hardware, more decor. I will share better pics of the wallcolor as well, so stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Monday, August 3, 2015

What's In My Tub?



Hi everyone!

What's in my Tub is a whole bunch of inspiration for my guest bath re-decor that I am starting on this week. I hadn't really planned on doing this room right now, but I was in Home Goods last week and well, the rest is history.  You have no doubt been there.

Our newly dubbed "guest bath" was Baby Bluebird's bathroom all of these years.  I remember when we built the house and our then nine year old helped pick out all of the details - the counter top, the lighting, the flooring, the paint color.  It originally was a pretty electric blue with green and purple accents and silver leafed dragon flies applied randomly around the room.  It was pretty cool back then!

Over the years, it has gone through a few cosmetic changes - it was briefly a Sponge Bob theme that I surprised her with while she was away on a junior high field trip.  I thought it was cute, but it went over like a lead balloon.  It was bright orange with a hot pink ceiling during high school and most recently it was a light pink, with old Hollywood shower curtain and ballet prints & accessories.  It has been that way for awhile now and it was really starting to look tired. Here is what it looked like:



It was really cute, but with Baby Bluebird nearing 25 years of age and off to graduate school in Virginia for the next two years, it is time to go a more sophisticated, less thematic route. Not to mention, she took the super cool "Towels" bin with her! (Check out a my post about this bath here.) I've decided to go with a more contemporary/traditional look compared to the rest of my house.

Of course, a good scrubbing and a new paint job is first off the bat.  All shined up this morning, with spackling and taping up for this afternoon (if the new pup will let me do it).  I chose a very light shade of gray for the walls and a crisp, gloss white for the trim.  I am toying with painting the vanity, but on the fence for now.  

So, with no further adieu, take a look at "what's in my tub?"


I apologize right off the bat for the bad pictures - the sun was streaming in like crazy and I just couldn't get anything better!  But, I digress.  Here are some of the things I have pulled together for the room.  My color scheme is navy, green and white.


I fell head over heals for the Ralph Lauren vanity light and I can't wait to see it in this space.  The other patterns and the simple Hotel shower curtain keep things a little more contemporary.  I also lucked into the garden stool, which will be great for holding a glass of wine during a soak in the tub!  It was a bargain at just under $40.00 - you all know how expensive those things can be.


I am just loving the blue, green and white combo so much.



I also bought a new hamper (to the right) and a few new storage bins for the linen closet.  

A new light fixture is in order for this room as well.  The current lighting's finish is starting to deteriorate and it is terribly dated on top of it all. I have a few in mind, and this one is definitely a contender.  Hoping for a Labor Day weekend install for the lighting (of course, I have to pick one out and get it home for that to happen!).



It has been hard to come to grips with the fact that Baby Bluebird has moved on and most likely will never live at "home" again, except for vacations and visits.  I think this re-do of a room that was "hers" will be a cathartic experience - if nothing else, it's an excuse to decorate! (As if I need an excuse, ha ha!).

Stay tuned for updates on progress.  With the new puppy, I am predicting a slow go. but end of next week for sure...I think....I hope.....I don't know!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Kitchen Slice

Hi everyone! 

I have been working on my kitchen re-do the last few weeks and wanted to share a "slice" or two of what's been going on. Although I still love my deep, rich color palette, I am on a mission to lighten up my walls and create an airier look.

Let's take a look at a  "before" shot, shall we?

Here's a view of the kitchen and the hall leading to our entry. Both have received a major lightening up!  The black china cabinet was sold at my rummage sale and is now living a happy new life at a sweet friend's house.



And, drum roll please....

The new, lighter and brighter color! I am really loving the soft green. I picked up the whimsical cow at a local garden center earlier this year.


The junk du jour above my cabinets has a new presence with the lighter backdrop.




This is where the china cabinet used to be and I 've started working on the wall display. There's a pretty cabinet in a fun color that you can't see in this pic - saving that for another day. Mr. Bluebird has a few things he has to help me with before this wall is done. The old crusty grate covers our return air and is one of my favorite finds. I have a second one that will show up in my living room reveal later this week. You can see a peek of the living room and the accent wall with the fireplace.




I love this vintage  leaded glass window that I found at a flea market and it was the catalyst for the lighter color scheme. Mr. Bluebird attached some eye hooks and chain to the frame and I hung it in the window above the sink.


Love! And....it still keeps the room light and bright. It is probably my favorite bit of farmhouse charm. It's so pretty at night from outside when the lights are on and we are lounging on the patio.


The new, green wall color has a warm undertone to it and looks great with the creamy cabinets.

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I am loving the changes and look forward to finishing up the last remaining little projects and sharing the whole room with you soon. Later this week, I will show you the new, lightened up living room...the circus look has been banished! Woot!

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Unexpected Warm Glow

Hi everyone!

On our way home from leaving Little Bluebird in Virginia for graduate school, we happened upon an awesome shop off the freeway in Centerville, Indiana - about an hour south of Indianapolis on I-70 and just across the Ohio border.  Apparently, on  the way TO Virginia, yours truly was asleep and missed all of the signs leading up to this gem of a place.  Much wiser on the return trip (due to a slip of the tongue by Mr. Bluebird, lol), I was wide eyed and ready to roll once we made it to Centerville.

And there it was, a ginormous candle - a beacon for the traveler - and the iconic symbol of the Warm Glow Candle Company!  It is 11,000 square feet of "scentsory" overload.

 Inside the store, there was one amazing display after another.


Tons of realistic faux florals.



Cute displays were everywhere.  Here is a massive area of candle rings.


Of course, amidst all of the home decor were the stars of the show - the yummy scented candles.




There is even a selection of specialty wines.


And of course, chocolate and wine are perfect companions!


Look at the size of the candle on the top shelf - huge!  I regret not picking one of those up to bring home now.... sigh.


If you get hungry while you are shopping, there is a cute little cafe right inside with all kinds of treats.


Candles are one of my downfalls, so I showed great restraint at this store.  I picked up two candles (Apple Cinnamon & Banana Nut Bread) and a big bag of Cinnamon Bun scented rosehip. I paid about $44.00 for all three items, which is a really great price.


The Warm Glow Candle company has a huge scent selection, many of which can be ordered on line.  I am still thinking about the huge Cinnamon Fried Ice Cream candle I left behind and may be placing an order soon!  The candles I did choose are also quite large, weighing in at two pounds and boasting 150 hours of glow time.  I am saving them for September, when I get the fall harvest bug!

I am so glad Mr. Bluebird spilled the beans about this super neat store and that we were passing by during their operating hours (9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day).

How about you? Have you happened upon any great shopping spots lately?

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pawsin' With Palmer

Hey y'all! Palmer here.  My new mom said I could take over her blog today so I could introduce myself.



Three months ago, I found myself homeless in Alabama (that's why I can say y'all and my Midwestern mom cannot!) along with my dog mom and my many brothers and sisters.



That's my mama in the center and I am in the upper right. Some people say I look a lot like her and I think that's awesome - she is a beauty.

 Lucky for me, some loving people scooped us up, gave us some love and before you knew it, we were in foster homes in Wisconsin through the efforts of the amazing rescue group, JR Pups-N-Stuff. They sure took good care of me, and even my mom got  adopted and has a new family! Some of my brothers and sisters are still waiting for the right homes and since they are (almost) as cute as me, I know it won't be long before they have a home to stay!  Even though we were from Alabama, we all had Arizona foster names starting with mom who was called Arizona! There is Mesa, Yuma, Parker, Flagstaff, Sedona, Tuscon and may be more, there were a whole bunch of us! Me, I was called Prescott, which actually was a pretty cool name, but my new mom and dad thought Palmer was the right name for me. So, Palmer it is! (Although, sometimes I think my name might be "No!" or "Off!" or perhaps, "Don't Touch!" or "Drop It!"  But, they tell me it really is Palmer.)

On Sunday, I moved to my furever home with my new mom and dad. I wish my new sister was here, but as you know, she is away at college.  I did get to meet her and play with her a few weeks ago though and I already love her so much! We even Facetimed last night!


I'm a three month old, hound mix and I weigh in at a svelte 31 pounds! I am a pretty fun guy who loves stuffed toys, stealing my mom's throw pillows (all you other bloggers out there know the huge assortment of pillows I can get at) and treats...Love my treats!

And napping. Lots of napping.


I kinda dig - no pun intended (well, actually, pun intended!) - this blogging thing and I will be back every now and then to show what's going on in my world, share my thoughts on nutritious dog food and treats, cool toys and all kinds of stuff. I may even throw in a decorating idea or two.

Until then, remember: "You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, "Wow, you're right! I never would have thought of that!" - Dave Barry

*I would love it if you would follow my mom's Facebook page! Just click on the word Facebook on the right and never miss one of my guest posts again. You also may see pictures and stuff about me not included on the blog!

Keeping it pawsitive,

Palmer

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