{Small Spaces} My Upstairs Hallway Bookshelf

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Earlier this year I started looking for a small cabinet or bookcase for the top of our staircase in our hall. You can see this little spot all the way from downstairs in the entry, so it always felt like it needed something more interesting than just a wall to draw you up to the second floor. It’s not a very deep space so I didn’t want anything too flashy, large or bulky that might overwhelm, but I did want something with a little bit of personality.

I stumbled upon this cute little bookcase online one day and thought it would be shallow and versatile enough that I could find a spot for it even if it didn’t end up in the hall. I love the cutout X sides and back–the interesting design makes it feel so much lighter and airier than many bookcases, so it is perfect for a small space like this!

We’ve been working our way around the house over the past few weeks attempting to make progress on projects we’ve had on our to-do list forever. It feels great to be crossing so many little things off the list. Tomorrow I hope to show you an update on my simple master bathroom refresh! HOORAY! The walls are finally repainted and the room looks so much cleaner and fresher. Even though painting the walls really was such a simple update, I’m so much happier with my bathroom now.

I still can hardly believe it took us SIX years to paint the walls in the entire interior of our house (and we still haven’t painted all the closets). Ha! Good-bye, swine. Good riddance. That dry fleshy pink paint color has nearly been the death of us. So help me, I ever attempt to buy another house with swine walls, please STOP ME! :-D

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The bookshelf can be found here!
Art: Between You and Me on Etsy.
Storage boxes: Joss & Main

Master Bathroom is Ready for a Refresh!

Bathroom Mini Makeover Before

Y‘all, this bathroom has been patiently waiting for its turn to get pretty. It’s functional. It’s kind of clean :) and it is definitely NOT the worst bathroom we’ve ever had.

There are many things I like about it. Compared to other bathrooms we’ve had, it’s one of the best! This is the first time we’ve ever had double sinks and that alone has been awesome! Our bathrooms in other houses have been so tiny we could barely fit one person in at a time, this one could basically hold a party! If you wanted a party in your bathroom, that is. And to be honest, when my kids are all getting ready to go somewhere, we are all in here at the same time (even though we do have two other bathrooms).

I like that the vanity is roomy and tall (being short myself you wouldn’t think I would want a tall one, but I do.  Why are so many bathroom vanities so short?). I love that you can open the drawers easily. I love that we have a skylight and four windows to let in light. I love that we have a deep soaking tub. I love that we have a separate “potty room” with a view of the lake (hahah). I love that our master closet is connected to the bathroom. I love that it has real slate tile floors instead of vinyl.

But there are many things I don’t like. Mostly, I just wish it felt a little more like a spa hotel and less like a brand new house :). Too much to dream about? OK. I guess it is actually kind of a like a spa when I think about it, a spa where weak and weary fiddle leaf figs to come and rejuvenate themselves in the sunlight during the winter months. That’s a spa, right? Plants love this room.

Master Bathroom Before Mini-Makeover

Of course, I wish the cabinets, tile and floor were more my style and my colors. I wish it had full trim around the windows. Our fan is REALLY NOISY! But you know? That’s OK. This bathroom has served us well for over six years just as it is and I really don’t have a lot of complaints with it. The walls are a bit dinged up and in need of a fresh coat of paint, so it really is time for a little makeover.

Yes, I know what you are thinking right now. Those walls are SWINE, aren’t they? Yes. Yes they are. Long time no see, right? Not for me, I’ve been looking at swine for six years now FIRST THING EVERY MORNING. Ha! Yes, they are still that dry builder grade base coat color (that the builder probably thought was a nice safe beige but looks suspiciously mauve in some light so it has been the bane of my existence ever since), a paint color we affectionately named SWINE (no disrespect towards pigs, I assure you). This is actually the very last room with swine still standing. Can you believe it? Man. I feel like we’ve come to the end of an era here and soon we’ll be saying good-bye to swine for the very last time. Oink.

Because we don’t think we will be staying in this house long enough to have the time for or reap the benefit or enjoyment of a full makeover, this one is going to be a real mini makeover. New paint on the walls. Maybe something at the windows. Maybe new towels and accessories. There are many dreamy things we could do that would cost a bit more in time or money, and would undoubtedly make this bathroom super cute, but it looks like I’m just not going to be the one do them. But I will enjoy being able to give this room even a little facelift because I know it can be better than it is with a little effort.

I’m thinking about doing some blinds or faux shades or curtains or something at the windows. The lower half is privacy glass, but I would love to see some fabric color and pattern in this room if I can manage it. I don’t think I’ll do much more than paint, actually, but I still can’t wait to see how much better it will look with a fresh new color on the wall!

I do wish we had been able to fix up this bathroom sooner during our time here so we could have enjoyed it for a longer period of time, but that’s really OK. It just didn’t happen. My one dream going forward if we ever end up in another house full of swine or another color that just isn’t my favorite, that I will be able to paint the walls in the entire house in much less time. Like maybe immediately. I think that would be a good goal.

So now you know where I’ve been brushing my teeth. I think we are all pretty much BFFs now (if we weren’t already), now that you’ve seen my bathroom. I’ll be back to show you this room with more photos and after shots, very soon!

What paint color would you choose for this bathroom?

Dream Bathroom vs. Simple Refresh

Jeanne Racioppi, Williams & Spade Interior Design Interior Design - http://williamsandspade.com/portfolio_page/newton-residence/Williams and Spade: Jeanne Racioppi, Williams & Spade Interior Design

I ran across this gem of a bathroom while looking for bathroom remodeling ideas awhile back and it stopped me dead in my tracks. Isn’t this gorgeous? That sink! The ceiling! The brick floor with the soft rug to cushion your toes! I love it.

I’ve been searching forever for ideas for updating my master bathroom. While I always planned to update each and every space in my home over time to reflect what I love, when we considered moving it started to make more sense to keep our bathroom mostly as it is, but simply freshen it up with paint and accessories. Our bathroom hasn’t changed since the day we moved in but since it was a newer house it still is in good working condition. I would love the chance to make it really special like the bathroom in the photo, that would be so fun, but sometimes a simple refresh is really all a room needs. This is one of those times.

The time has finally come for a makeover of the very last room in my house to be refreshed, our master bathroom.

This week I’ll share the before pic and ideas I have for a simple makeover. I hope to have it finished in less than a couple of weeks! That is, if I actually get started so I guess I should get off the internet and get crackin‘. :) Challenge on. Computer off. Bathroom refresh on!

What room makeover do you keep dreaming about, but need to just get started on to make a simple refresh happen?  

PS. I will be sharing some fun updates to our backyard, the gathering room and dining room soon, too!

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