I See London…

We wanted to make a quick post about something we’ve been working on for quite some time now…our bathroom theme! Introducing, the world’s cutest and most awesomely-themed bathroom (own horn = tooted). The theme for our bathroom is “I See London, I See France…” Pretty clever, huh?

Bathroom Decor Wide

I’m a total Pinterest freak – absorbing as much media as I possibly can at a clip, even if I’m never going to bake that fancy pie or DIY that pallet coffee table, I like seeing it, reading about it and being inspired. So, although Pinterest and the internet cannot take full credit for this idea, I must say I am always inspired by what I see out there. I’ve never seen or heard of anyone else doing this same theme for a bathroom. However, inspiration for the little details comes from all over:

Bathroom Canvas Prints

  1. White ceramic faux animal head: You’ve probably seen these before, mostly in the form of a deer an antelope, or some other long-horned creature. Ours comes in the form of the majestic, elegant creature that is…the English Bulldog. Our inspiration for the piece had to do with a few things: 1. It was 5 bucks at Christmas Tree Shops. 2. We like the faux animal head idea, especially the all-white look. And 3. This little guy:Crumpler the English BulldogThis 65-pound beast beauty is none other than Crumpler. Some of our devoted readers and followers know him well. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, just take it all in – this little bugger is a true English gent with a colorful personality and a face only a mother could love. Cheerio!
  2. White floating shelves: We used this in a different space in our last house. Now that we have a normal-sized bathroom, we thought they would make a lot of sense in this space. Now we just need to really deck them out with some more London and France-themed things.
  3. Canvas prints: These museum-quality canvas prints come from one of the many online spots where you can fashion your personal prints onto just about anything. I made both graphics in Photoshop and we used EasyCanvasPrints.com to get these fun and vibrant pieces of art slapped onto a canvas. Nice touch with the “Oui Oui”, right? Gotta love bathroom humor…

We also have an older piece of wall art featuring a sketched, black and white Big Ben. This fit perfectly with the theme, so of course it belongs in the bathroom.

Big Ben Avery Tillmon

We still have one blank wall to fill, which just means more London and France-themed fun to be had.

Our love of London comes from the time Andrew and I spent abroad, studying in Kingston-Upon-Thames back in college. You can read all about that here.

Bathroom Before and After

Tally-ho, monsieur!

This and That

Long time no post! Summer has been dragging us in many different directions; it’s wedding season, time to hit the beach and just so hectic in general. We can’t slow down! However, we have a few mini projects on the horizon around the house..

We have this delightful little corner at the end of our kitchen cabinets, right before the entryway to the house and around the bend is the hallway. The previous owner had a huge fish tank that fit perfectly in this space. Nothing against fish, but I was looking for a much better use of this little space!

I just have a quick after photo, but check out what we’ve done here:

DIY and home improvement style

  1. This shelf holds a bit of history for us (and some knickknacks of course). It was an ugly brown shelf once – in our old house – when our mantra was “down with brown”. We painted it white and then brought it with us to the new place.
  2. The stool was a quick Target purchase. We’re using it as a spot to place our bags, but it could easily double as a seat when entertaining several guests.
  3. The basket also came from Target (love that place)! You can never have too much storage, especially stylish storage!

I think all that’s missing from this little corner now is a few hooks. I could see a few specialty hooks right below the shelf. Even if they go unused, they would at least be artsy and fun to look at. We’ll see what we can find!

We also have a bit of a bedroom re-style going on. Here’s a snap of our old bedroom setup/style for reference:

Our remodeled bedroom

We know we want to re-do our “headboards” (not pictured above, but they are currently just plain black), get some new curtains and a new duvet + pillow cases. We started with the easy part – the new bedding. We loved our old bedding, but it just doesn’t go quite right with our beloved Wavescrest. So, we opted for a lighter-hued subtle print from West Elm:

West Elm BeddingMy thought process here is to keep everything light and airy. My plan for the curtains is similar and my idea for re-doing the headboards is to switch out the black that went with the old style, to something big, bright, bold and floral. I want to keep the patterns and colors within the bedding and curtains subtle so I can really play with the headboards, but I don’t want to go all drab either. We’ve been impulse buying tons of curtains, trying them out and returning them. I have a few on the way – hopefully one will be a winner!

Check back for my next post to see what we ended up with for our bedroom curtains!

A Place for Everything

We’re not going to lie; things have really been slowing down around the house. Our kitchen countertops were sort of the icing on the cake for us. I guess you can say we are almost DIY’d out by this house! We have painted everything (well 90% of the upstairs at least), we’ve gutted and re-done our bathroom, we’ve made-over our kitchen…what else is there to do? This makes us pretty happy, but it doesn’t give us very much material for the blog. However, we’re going to keep filling our dedicated readers in on little projects here and there, as much as we can. So while you shouldn’t really expect much from us on a weekly basis, you can definitely expect at least one update per month. And there is always Instagram! You can follow me here and Andrew here to see what we’re doing almost everyday (everyday we take a picture that is, which is most days).

With that being said, we do have a little bit of an update for you. We have rearranged our dining room again! We have done this at least 3 or 4 times now. We were talking the other night and we think this is due to the fact that our house is tiny. As long as we are living in this house, we will always struggle to create more space that, frankly, we just don’t have. However, having a tiny house is a healthy challenge to stay neat, organized and clean and to make the most efficient use of your space. Creating a place for everything and getting everything into its place is definitely rough, but in the end, it’s worth it. I guess you could say that’s always been sort of a motto for me, “A place for everything, and everything in it’s place.” I like to apply it to being organized in the house as well as in my mind. But before I get all philosophical on you, I’ll keep things within the realm of DIY and home improvement and get to the point of this blog post.

We have a lot of books and most of them, up until now, were stored away in a bin somewhere in the basement. Thanks to our favorite store, Target, we now have a little book shelf in our dining room.

DIY and home improvement bloggers get organized with new book shelfThis thing cost about $20 bucks and it took Andrew all of 15 minutes to put it together. It’s definitely on the cheap, which is why it was the perfect shelf for the job. By adding this book shelf, we have done a few things:

  1. Once again, made the dining room space a little more usable, more efficient (at least for now until we change our minds and move things again)
  2. The dining room seems a little more inviting. Will I sit in the dining room, pick up a book and start reading it? No. But at least I have the option.
  3. We added another surface. If you have a small house, you know surface space is a precious commodity. Right now, we’re using that surface space to be a little festive for Halloween, but when we aren’t in the midst of a holiday, I’m sure we will be finding a great, practical use for this surface space.
  4. We’ve brought some of our favorite books out of hiding and put them on display. This also gave me the chance to style the book shelf to also make it sort of an accent piece. I added our crafty gold ampersand as a book end and tried to get symmetrical with styling some books standing tall and others laying flat in neat little piles. My OCD kicked into overdrive here and I made sure all of the arrangements had the books going in order from largest to smallest in size.

DIY and home improvement techniques for staying organized DIY book shelf stylingNow the dining room just feels…better! I still think it’s a waste of a room, but little touches like this book shelf have made it at least seem a little more useful, and if nothing else, fun.