Surviving the Work Week + Home Office Redecorating

This week has been a busy one already, and I’ve sort of felt like I’m hectic and all over the place, so I’m glad we’re over the hump. 🙂

One reason I’ve been a little hectic is we’re launching a new mini site at work. We’re in the home stretch, which is both relieving and exhausting at the same time. It’s exciting to see the concepts and hard work come to life!  But, there are also all those last-minute copy & photo edits, styling and coding changes, and late hours to grind it all out. We’re supposed to launch tomorrow, so I just might have to post the link to show it off, once it’s up & running…

I’d say I’m already looking forward to a relaxing weekend, but I think my two days off will be full of shopping, painting and redecorating. For weeks (er, months?), our home office has looked like this:

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I haven’t unpacked the room, because I’ve been planning to paint and put up shelves, but my free time has gone to other rooms & duties since we moved in. A few weeks ago, I finally started to paint the room with the light grey paint leftover from our bathroom makeover, but with all the natural light, the grey looked like a blotchy & dingy white. So, today I got some new colors to try. I got two gallons, figuring whatever I don’t use will go towards the two spare bedrooms we still need to paint as well. The colors I got were “Accessible Beige” and “Copen Blue” from Sherwin Williams:

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Which color do you think I’ll end up using in my office? I’m not even sure yet, but I’m leaning towards one… Take your guess!

If you take a look at my home office makeover Pinterest board, you can see I’m going for a lighter, happy-feeling & inspiring room. I was originally inspired by this photo (source):

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I’m thinking my color palette will be rounded out with white, light blue, pink and silver/gold. I already have white furniture, a giant chesterfield-like sofa, and lots of storage space in the closet. It’s just a matter of painting, and putting it all together with the right accessories. Looks like my weekend’s booked!

For now, I’m finally relaxing for a couple hours with my fiancé, enjoying a cheese plate for dinner…

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And watching HOCKEY!

We keep it classy, with our cheese plates, wine, and whiskey on the rocks. What can I say.

Go Red Wings!

What color do you think I’ll paint my office? Any decorating tips? Who’s your hockey team? 

Beach Bathroom Makeover – The Final Look!

Our bathroom makeover is done!

And I have to say, it’s amazing what some paint & decorations can do. This may be my new favorite room in the house. (Until my next project.)

Here’s a reminder of what the bathroom looked like before. This is how the old owner had it decorated.

Our old, not-so-pretty bathroom.

If you read my beach bathroom inspiration post, you know I was going for a beachy feel with our makeover. I wanted it to be fun, vibrant and sunny—a nice place to get ready in the morning. And mostly, a room I wasn’t embarrassed about, as it is the main guest bathroom!

Well I think I achieved all those things… Take a step onto the beach into my new bathroom:

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Beach Bathroom Makeover

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Beach Bathroom Makeover

For the paint colors, I went with a bright, teal-jade green that I’ve been obsessed with this year. The paint is from Sherwin Williams. The green is called “Larchmere” (SW6752). As soon as I started painting it on the wall, I knew it was perfect! I wanted to accent this with a neutral that still had a little modern touch, so I went with a light grey called “Eider White” (SW7014). I think together, the colors have a modern punch to them, but the grey helps tone the green down so it’s no overpowering.

For decorating accents, I wanted to go with neutral whites and tans (a la the sandy beach), and sunny yellows. Incorporating the tan really helped tie in the existing wood. I am not a huge fan of these medium woods, especially the medicine cabinet/sink vanity, but we don’t have a budget to overhaul those at the moment. Bringing in the tan family helped make those part of the design, rather than an unwanted afterthought that we’re kind of stuck with. And of course, the yellow brings in a little dose of sunshine & brightens the mood!

My favorite parts of the bathroom are all of the little details in the decorations. I had a lot of fun picking out everything, mixing & matching them to work together but create texture and interest.

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Clockwise from top left: milk glass vase, $0.25 at a garage sale; clear vase and tea light holder from Hobby Lobby; wood & rope anchor, seashells & clear vase from Hobby Lobby; white shelf from Target; ceramic “rope” candle holder from Hobby Lobby; piece of coral, $2 at garage sale.

Beach Bathroom Makeover Shower Curtain

I found this shower curtain at Target a few months ago right after we bought the house. I bought it not knowing yet what the plan was for the bathroom, and it ended up fitting in seamlessly.

See that towel holder in the background? I love, love, love it versus the traditional boring towel bars…

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Metal towel holder from Hobby Lobby.

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All towels from Target.

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And of course, my rope “Beach” kind of hits you over the head with the room’s theme.

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“Beach” rope sign, distressed picture frame, starfish & glass bottle from Hobby Lobby. Shelf from Target.

I’m notorious for taking FOREVER to fill in picture frames with real pictures. I promise that’s on my to-do list this week. I also want to fill the corked bottle with sand from the beach.

Beach Bathroom Makeover Towels and Rug

Yellow chevron hand towels from Target; rope & glass jar from Hobby Lobby; rug from Marshalls.

I heart chevron patterns right now in a major way (who doesn’t?) so these hand towels seemed like the natural choice. I also loved the pattern and colors in the rug I put at the foot of the sink; this was another purchase I made a few months ago that I was able to incorporate with the design.

There you have it! A few coats of paint, new decorations & towels, and we have a whole new bathroom.

What do you think? Anything you would add or change?

The only big thing left to do is change out the ugly 90’s bulb lighting above the sink (which I tried to cut out of most pictures). I didn’t want to start messing with electrical by myself, but when the parents come visiting this Fall, that’s one thing that will be on their list. 😉

Beach Bathroom Inspiration

I mentioned a bit ago that I was almost done giving one of our bathrooms a makeover. Well, I am still “almost” done, but after this weekend, I should be showing you the finished product! For now, I thought it’d be fun to show you my inspiration…

It all started in Carillon Beach, Florida.

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Carillon Beach, Florida

My older sister & her husband had their destination wedding there a couple years ago. It’s a private, gated beach community and we had rented a 12-person home RIGHT on the beach…

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All the houses are named, and ours was called “Permanent Vacation.” Seriously, we all wanted to make it our permanent vacation.

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But, the best we could do was plan to come back for another vacation two years later, and that’s how we came back to Carillon this past June.

My fiancé and I had only been living in our new house for a month at that point, so we still had some major redecorating to do there, including the upstairs bathroom:

Our old, not-so-pretty bathroom.

That’s a hand-painted ivy stencil border on the walls you can see, folks. The other walls were white with gold sponge painting. Just fabulous. But really not our style…

With that in mind, you can see why it was so easy to be inspired by all the gorgeous beach houses in Florida! A lot of them were really fun colors and beautifully landscaped on the outside.

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On the inside, I could imagine their wide-open floor plans full of fun and quirky beach accents, pictures, and colors, just like the house we were in. I loved this octopus triptych so much.

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One day, I was literally standing at the sink in one of the beach house bathrooms, looking into a seashell encrusted mirror at the bright seafoam green walls and thought, I have to have this! At home, we’re quite close to Lake Michigan, so I figured, why not make our bathroom have a beach theme?

Lake Michigan, Gulf of Mexico—practically the same thing.

I started out on Pinterest (duh) looking for inspiration. A few months back, I had been inspired by the palette of colors in these Anthropologie bowls.

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I know. Bathrooms, bowls—I find inspiration in strange places.

But for some reason, this year I have been loving the rich jade green shades, so when I picked up a paint sample for what I thought I should want (a lighter, quasi seafoam green), I wasn’t surprised when it just didn’t look quite right.

On a whim, I didn’t even buy a new sample, I just found the paint chip closest to the color I had been obsessed with for months and bought the paint.

Luckily, it was perfect! I loved it so much on the walls, I considered painting the entire bathroom green. To which Matt shook his head and said, “Uhhhh…I think that might be too much…”

Okay, I conceded. Probably true. I didn’t want it to look like the Hulk puked all over our nice new bathroom.

Then the fun part—decorations. We don’t have money to get a new vanity (though the current one seems a foot shorter than normal, what’s with that?); and no new toilet, shower, tile, etc. They are all in fairly decent shape, anyway. So I decided to go all out with the decorations, to take away from some of my not-so-favorite parts of the bathroom.

I again started with Pinterest, and found a barrage of beachy bathroom-inspired images to waste time looking at research.

Over the next weekend, we hit up some garage sales, and at one of them I was lucky enough to come across a huge chunk of coral for $3! I was pretty stoked.

For the rest of my needs, I visited Hobby Lobby and—oh lucky day—pretty much EVERYthing I picked up was 50% off. Spectacular. I kind of went crazy, but I found a ton of great items and can’t wait to see them in place.

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Is it weird if I decide to hang out in the bathroom all the time, once this is done?

Watch for the “after” post of our new bathroom this weekend!

Where do you get inspiration? Do you have any “themed” rooms? 

I am usually not a theme person, but I guess the inspiration just struck me so hard that I had to do it. Plus, I think themes in small doses aren’t so bad…especially if they make you feel like you’re on vacation. 🙂