Saturday, February 21, 2015

+++ Bathroom Before & After +++

FINALLY, a fun before and after post is here! 

One of the first projects that we tackled in our new house was the hall/guest bathroom. It really wasn't THAT bad, but the tile color was gross and outdated and the vanity was falling apart. It was just your standard cheap builder grade bathroom. 




I wanted to stick with the "cheap" part but make it feel more modern and custom. We had the floors replaced with larger 12"x24" matte gray tiles that we found on Wayfair. It looks like the price is a bit higher now than when we bought it, but they are always sending out coupons. We replaced the broken vanity with the most affordable decent looking vanity we could find that fit the space. This one is 36" and is from Home Depot, although Lowes has one nearly identical. I took the original mirror down and had it cut to a circle for only $35 by a local glass and mirror shop! The vanity light is an outdoor wall light from Home Depot. It doesn't light up the entire room but we have a mounted ceiling light as well, so this option worked for us. The shower curtain was a little pricier than I would have liked because we had to find one that was 84" long rather than the standard 72".



+++ Almost all of the decor items are from HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, and Target +++

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Monday, February 9, 2015

LOOK for LESS: Where to Snag Affordable Art

I love filling my walls with collages of beautifully framed art and photos, but it can get expensive quickly. Luckily, today I'm sharing my secrets for getting the sleek designer art look on a low budget.


I'm no photographer by any means, but a lot of my framed art happens to be photos I took on vacation. Vacations, or even weekend outdoorsy activities like a hike, can be great opportunities to take some scenic photos. Plus, they act as a great conversation piece when people come over!

Affordable Art

Another great idea from House*Tweaking, is to blow up a favorite family photo to an engineered print at your local Staples for only $3!!!

Affordable Art


Adding a frame to an online print can easily double the cost. If you're simply looking for something cheap, Ikea frames are great go-to. They make a gallery wall extremely affordable!

gallery wall ikea frames

If I'm looking for a higher quality frame with a glass front, I either scour the sale section of TJ Maxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods or I use weekly coupons to buy frames from either Joann's, Michael's, or Hobby Lobby.


Minted's Art Marketplace features cool prints from independent artists at affordable prices. The bigger the print gets the more pricey it gets, but if you sign up to get their email coupons it becomes even more affordable. I got $25 off on the print below just for voting on some birth announcement designs. The frame was $10 from TJ Maxx.

bull framed photograph minted


This site is pretty similar to Minted in the sense that it features affordable prints from independent artists. This is a great way to decorate a bedroom or add to a gallery wall.

This fox print would look so cute in a nursery with 2 to 3 other animal prints.

baby fox print
8"x10" Fox Art Print // $17

Nature prints, like the one below, are a great way to add color to a blank wall space.

ocean waves photography art print
Montana Wave 8"x10" // $20

>>> MAPS

I love searching for old maps in antique shops or while traveling. Framing a map of the places you've traveled is a chic souvenir that you can use to decorate your home. This is a $20 map we bought on our honeymoon and framed using an Ikea Ribba.

ikea framed map

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Recessed Light to Pendant Light in 1 Easy Step!

Recently, I've been obsessing over pendant lights. They are so much more modern and sleek than the classic chandelier and look amazing in the kitchen, above a dining table, or in the entryway.

Some of my favorite inspiration . . .

Entryway lantern pendant light

glass globe pendants - kitchen

glass globe pendants - kitchen

star pendants hallway

copper pendant lights - kitchen

black industrial pendant lights

teardrop glass pendants

But, what's a girl to do when you have perfectly fine looking recessed lights? I considered getting an electrician to swap the recessed lights for one of my favorite West Elm pendants or even worse, trying to DIY it with my husband - not a pretty picture.

west elm glass orb pendant

But then, I came across these amazing and affordable pendant conversion light kits and they are a total game changer. Most are under $100 (all of them are currently on sale) and all you have to do is take out the recessed light bulb and screw these into the socket. I love that you can get the high-end look without having to make costly permanent changes.


                  black industrial pendant kitblack industrial pendant light kitblack iron bronze orb pendant light kit
|1| canady  |2| dane  |3| globe bronze


                  glass pendant light kitglass orb pendant light kitglass pendant light kit
|1| castello  |2| orb  |3| ryder


                                   lanterne pendant conversion kitstar pendant light conversion kit
|1| harper  |2| moravian

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