Switching it up

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Before and After // Banisters
After looking on Pinterest, Justin and I decided to give the banisters a new look. It was a cheap project for us since we had paint and polyurethane leftover from other projects. We love the darker color and we're so glad we decided to update the banisters!

[many thanks] cards

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thank you cards are always a good thing to have on hand, especially when you get married. When Justin and I were busy planning our wedding, we definitely had to write our fair share of thank you cards, so it was the perfect opportunity to design our own. I stressed over what style to make them and finally decided to just keep it simple. I knew we wanted a flat card - besides how much room do you really need to say "thanks for the toaster!". The reverse side of the notecard was printed in green and then we just used white 4-bar envelopes. Of course, if I were designing them today I probably would have added stripes or some type of pattern to the back, but ultimately I'm glad we kept it simple. Plus, since they weren't specific to the wedding we can still use the extras!

The Master Bath Reno

Monday, October 15, 2012

Our Master Bathroom was the second room we tackled (which went hand in hand with making our bedroom our first priority). Fortunately, the tile in the shower was black and white, so we decided to keep it since that does work with our bedroom. There were only a few other items we decided to reuse. Of course, the main thing that had to go was the flooring, so this small bathroom gave us an opportunity to learn the art of tiling. Justin handled pretty much all of the hard stuff and my main tasks involved sewing the shower curtain and shopping for accessories (I did help with a few other things, like snapping tiles for the edges!). Here are a couple of lists that break down more specifics on our bathroom renovation.

What We Reused/Didn't Touch:
  • Light fixture
  • Shower
  • Toilet
  • Vanity (however, we did upgrade it a little)

  • Tile floor (this was our very first tiling experience)
  • Install new base trim
  • Re-paint vanity (spray painting didn't work, so we had to paint by hand)
  • Replace counter top
  • Add faucet
  • Replace towel racks, hanging towel holder, toilet paper holder, etc.
  • Replace shower head
  • Take out medicine cabinet
  • Replace mirror
  • Replace shower curtain rod (you'll note we hung it up high to create the feeling of tall ceilings... trust us, this really works!)
  • New shower curtain (this was my sewing project)
  • New rug
  • New Toilet Cover (only $6 and honestly it made a big difference in how it looks!)
  • Dual flush system (not worth it since we have an older house and it hasn't worked properly)
  • Add shelves above toilet
  • Replace exhaust fan (not originally in the plan, but needed to be replaced)
  • Paint walls and ceiling white

The Master Bedroom Reveal

Friday, October 12, 2012

When we moved into this house, we decided to make renovating our master bedroom the first priority. We knew the house would require lots of projects, so we thought it would be a good idea to at least have one room that would not drive us (me) crazy. I must admit that I do not enjoy living in chaos... I don't even like clutter. The thought of having multiple rooms in disarray is not a fun thought, so I needed a place to retreat. All I'm saying is that it's nice to have a place to sleep each night that doesn't have ladders, sandpaper, drop cloths, paint cans, and tools everywhere. Surprisingly, having the master completed also provided inspiration and motivation because it showed us the possibility of what we hope to accomplish throughout the entire house.  

Project List:

  • Remove Popcorn Ceiling (we vowed to never do this again)
  • Paint Walls, Trim & Doors
  • Replace Ceiling Fan (used one that was hanging in the kitchen)
  • Install Plantation Blinds
  • Hang Curtains
  • Hang Pictures/Art
  • Replace Electrical Wall Outlets to White (so the switches and covers matched)


Before & After


A Look in our Closet

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What do you do when you have limited closet space and don't have the option to make it a walk in closet? Well, for us the answer was to maximize the space. Granted, we could have bought a closet organizer kit with the bells and whistles, but this was one project where saving money was more important than having exactly what we wanted. Plus, the need for more places to hang clothes meant we didn't have space for a fancy organizer with drawers and special shoe holders.
We opted to buy the BILLY bookcase from Ikea to use in the center to separate the two different styles of hanging racks. On the right, we used an upper and lower rail to maximize space for shirts and pants. To the left we chose just one upper clothes rail that would extend all the way to the wall. I will be completely honest and say that we don't really have a place for all of our shoes, but we're determined to make this closet work for us. For now, we're pleased to have a closet that maximizes the storage space we have and since I'm a visual person... I'm greateful it looks a whole lot better!

Around the House

Friday, October 5, 2012

Thanks to our lovely fixer upper, we have had plenty of projects going on around the house. Here's just a quick view of what we've been up to the last few weeks. Have a great weekend!
Left to Right 
removing wallpaper / painting living room
 master bathroom renovation // new sink + faucet 
new curtains in master bedroom // closet organizer on the cheap

Invitations + Birds

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I promise to write about something more house related on Friday, but today I wanted to share some wedding invitations I designed for a co-worker this past summer. The bride and groom both had children, so the bride wanted to use birds to symbolize the two families.  Of course, I seem to have an affection for decorating/designing with birds anyway, so it was fun to find a way to incorporate them into the invitations. 
DESIGN // Wedding Invitations printed on linen paper

Trunk or Treat

Monday, October 1, 2012

Every now and then I like to include some current designs I'm working on.

EVENT // Trunk or Treat, a free family Festival on Halloween
DESIGN PIECES // door hangers, 24"x36" posters, yard signs, half sheet flyers, ads and flatscreens.
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