NEW SHEETS WITH CALIFORNIA DESIGN DEN

I’ve always been pretty picky about bed sheets. That’s one area where function definitely trumps form in my book. If I’m not comfortable in a bed, 90% of the time, it’s not about the mattress, it’s about the bedding situation. Nothing is more comforting to me than a well dressed bed, and a comfortable set of sheets is at the top of the list in terms of importance. So, when California Design Den asked me if I would be interested in giving their line of 100% cotton sheets a try, I was a bit hesitant. However, with January feeling like a right time for a fresh start, I decided to give them a shot, and boy am I glad that I did.

My pickiness with bed sheets has never been about thread count (it seems a lot of people get caught up in thread count, doesn’t it?) but more about a soft texture, a little bit of give and flexibility, and just an overall smooth feeling when you climb into bed, and this set of 100% Cotton Sateen Sheets ticked all of those boxes.

These sheets are really simple and classic and I really love the four inch hem on the flat sheet that really gives your made bed a tailored look. The crisp clean one adds that freshness to by bedding that’s oh so welcome at the beginning of a fresh new year. 

On top of a crisp and sleek look, every set of California Design Den sheets is crafted using fine materials, superb craftsmanship, and an eco-friendly production processes at a truly affordable price. You’re really getting the best of both worlds here. And, as a picky sheet sleeper (is that a thing?) I can truly say that I’ve found my new go-to set. 

Are you starting your New Year with fresh new bedding?

FALL 2018 FAMILY ROOM

Recently, I realized that it had been a LONG TIME since I had shared any updated photos of our family room. The truth is, over the years, I’ve tweaked things here and there but nothing really felt substantial enough to share here. However, when I was going through old photos the other day, I realized, all of those little tweaks had really added up to major changes in how our family room looks and feels. So, I decided to snap some photos the other day while things were feeling pulled together and the leaves were still in full Fall force.fall 2018 family room

This is truly one of those spaces that is ever-evolving. It’s such a happy space to be in with so much light coming in from the many windows. It’s surrounded by woods and there’s always a pretty view at any point during the day, feeling bright and cheerful in the afternoon and warm and cozy in the evenings. It really is our favorite space to spend time in. 

fall 2018 family room

A lot of the major elements have stayed the same over the years, but pieces have been swapped out here and there. Whenever I’ve feeling the creative bug, I like to move things around the house and give old pieces life in a new space. That’s always my biggest suggestion before running out and buying new items for your home. It’s amazing what a little change can do… 

fall 2018 family room

I did some digging and realized that the last time I shared photos of this space was in this post back in February of 2016! WHAT?! Here’s a look at how it looked back then.

current house

current house

I think the most noticeable changes here might be how much my fiddle leaf has grown!! It’s surviving AND thriving, not something I’ve been known to provide house plants with!

I like elements of both “versions” and while I liked how it felt back then, I’m really loving how it has slowly evolved over the years. I’m excited to see how it evolves again over the next few years!

Speaking of evolving, I can’t wrap this up with a whopper of a “Before & After” for you…Ready for it?

fall 2018 family room

fall 2018 family room

Well, I guess things really have changed ;)

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SIMPLE HALLOWEEN BAT DECOR

Over the years, I’ve paired down on my holiday decor drastically. Especially as a designer, I’ve always felt the pressure to create beautiful holiday spaces, but as the years have passed, I’ve really grown to love and embrace simple seasonal and holiday decor. Don’t get me wrong, I love scrolling through the elaborate seasonal images that we’re constantly reminded of on Instagram, but in my own space, I’ve grown to really embrace the “less is more” aspect of seasonal decor.

While I’m no longer pulling out bins and bins of Halloween decorations from storage (that’s my Halloween treat right there!) I still look for simple ways to add a touch of festivity without feeling overwhelmed by “stuff” or feeling the pressure to spend frivolously on items we stash away after all is said and done.

These points let me to what may be the simplest of Halloween DIY’s to add a bit of fun to your home for this spooky holiday. In less than 30 minutes and with only items I had around the house, this simple Halloween bat decor DIY adds just the right amount of trick-or-treat cheer in 3 simple steps! It’s almost so simple it doesn’t need explaining but, hey, why not?

Here’s what you’ll need: black paper, pencil (I used a white one to make it easy to see), scissors, painters tape

Step 1: Fold paper in half, just as you would do making the classic paper snowflake.

Step 2: Draw half of your bat shape. I kept it really simple, but created two different sizes to add a little dimension! Then I re-traced again and again, to create as many bats as I needed for my specific space.

Step 3: Cut out & attach painters tape to the back before attaching to your wall. You could really use any type of adhesive product that you have or prefer. I went with painters tape to avoid any damage to the surfaces I was attaching to. 

It really couldn’t be any quicker, cheaper or simpler! Just attach your bats to the wall in any configuration you desire! I took mine up onto the ceiling a bit just to add some dimension! 

Happy Halloween!

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A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

I’m so excited to share our most recent (and definitely one of our most impactful!) room makeovers. We recently underwent a quick but crazy bathroom makeover with the help of Rust-Oleum and their Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit.
A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUSTOLEUMBefore we get into it, let me remind you a little bit about where we started. I really haven’t shared much, if anything, about tiny little bathroom because it wasn’t anything to get too excited about. Our only full bathroom in the house currently is pretty small and was a bit of an outdated mess, if I’m being honest. With all the work we’ve done to this house over the last 4 years (woah, how did that happen so fast!?) this was truly the last space that I was a bit embarrassed of.
On top of the size issue (which, really can’t be changed at the moment) the bathroom boasted some pretty aggressive teal tile, a haphazardly installed linoleum flooring, and an overall drab appearance. For a long time, I convinced myself that I kind of liked the “charm” of the wall tile and that I could just live with it until we could gut the thing.BUT, when Rust-Oleum offered to send me their Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit to try out, I finally had my excuse to say goodbye to the wall tile and try something new. In true “if you give a mouse a cookie” fashion, one thing led to another, and we ended up refreshing the entire space, including a few new coats of paint, new trim & flooring, and a few new functional changes to really help this little bathroom get the job done. In terms of “bang for your buck,” paint is almost always your best option. It never ceases to amaze me what a fresh coat of paint on pretty much anything can do, and Rust-Oleum’s Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit was most certainly no exception. Even though I wasn’t crazy about the original wall treatment, I was a little nervous to paint the bathroom tile. Painting tile in general just doesn’t seem like a good idea and although I hope to gut this bathroom someday, we’re nowhere near that phase of renovation right now. The last thing I wanted was to have to deal with blotchy or peeling bathroom walls, but this product is no joke. This product is a tough 2-part epoxy acrylic formula that withstands moisture and resists corrosion and is meant specifically for painting tile and tub surfaces. While I didn’t paint our tub (the existing white finish is just fine) I did apply the epoxy to all of the blue tile throughout the entire space. I decided to leave the top row of black original tile as it was in order to add a bit of contrast within the space and I’m so happy with how it turned out. It’s really important to follow the instructions to a T. The most important step is the prep. I can’t stress the importance of starting out with a perfectly clean and smooth surface enough. The 2nd most important part of the process is ensuring you have good ventilation within the space. An open window, a fan, and wearing a respirator are crucial steps in combating the fumes. There’s no getting around the fumes with this product, but that’s because it is an epoxy. This is what makes it withstand the elements it will be exposed to. Be prepared for intense fumes and plan accordingly. We spent a night out of the house in order to really let things air out. It may seem extreme, but it proved to be one of the best decisions we made throughout the process. At this point, while the bathroom was dismantled for the paint job, we decided it was the right time to replace the badly installed flooring and gross rubber trim that existed in the space when we bought it. In the miracle of all miracles (seriously, this never happens) we had EXACTLY the right amount of LVT Flooring leftover from when we installed our new kitchen floors last year. We took it as a sign, and installed the leftover tile in the bathroom, following the same steps we did previously, to really put a stamp on this bathroom makeover. As we’ve renovated each space in the house, we’ve added trim to match the original trim and baseboard in the house by ripping standard boards with a router (a really easy and inexpensive way to add a real finished look to your space), so it was a no-brainer that we carry that trim into the bathroom as well. Since I had painted the bathroom tile white, I decided to go with a color on the trim and doors to create a really soft but till noticeable element of contrast. I used Sherwin-Williams’ Aloof Gray on the trim and baseboard and Frosty White on the upper portion of the walls (colors I have used many places throughout the house) to add that little bit of emphasis and I just love how that subtle color turned out. Subtle contrast is the easiest way to help make a small space feel bigger. Lastly, we swapped out the old vanity for one with a bit more storage, adding function that this space desperately needed, and replaced the old mirror with a more slim-lined one above the sink to really bring the space together.

I’m no longer embarrassed of this bathroom, in fact, it’s a spot that I now ENJOY being in. It’s small but mighty and it just feels so much brighter and fresher. I can’t thank Rust-Oleum enough for making this bathroom makeover happen!

A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

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