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Master Bath Wish List

The new towels in our bathroom have really got my mind going on other changes and updates we could make. Before I share them with you, I thought it might help if show a few pictures of the bathroom, so you can grasp the layout.

The door with the mirror on it leads to Noah’s room. The door that is cut off in the left hand corner leads to our bathroom, and the other door leads to Michael Luke’s closet.

It is shared by both bedrooms upstairs. Originally, it was supposed to have been two separate baths; but apparently, the contractor/developer tried to save a few bucks and reduced it to one. The framed opening was cut out to join the two areas.

I don’t mind it too much since it gives us a larger bathroom than originally intended. Definitely more room for two people this way.

Even though I have several ideas, they won’t all happen right away. Some of them may never get done. We aren’t about to tackle a complete renovation of the bathroom… more like make changes as we have time and money.

So what are these changes?

1. Find more practical places for Noah’s bathing supplies. It’s time Michael Luke and I make room. It’s no longer a bathroom for two.

2. Add moulding to our frameless bathroom mirrors.

I might try to match the color to the mirror on the back of the door.

I would love to just replace the mirrors, but the previous owner painted around them. And since I don’t really mind the paint color and don’t feel like adding another room to my to-paint list, we will work with the mirrors we have.

3. The cabinet above the toilet provides invaluable storage.

So we can’t get rid of it, but I have been thinking of ways to help it look better.

First, I would like to place some paper or fabric behind the translucent panels to hide all our junk. I have never understood the reasoning behind translucent panels there. Everything always looks neater when you can’t see all the junk. Second, I would like to trim off the legs and mount the cabinet to the wall. Sounds like a ML job to me. Doing this would clean up the floor and give me the chance to place the cabinet higher on the wall.

4. I would also like to find ways to use the aqua color found in the towels throughout the room.

5. And if I ever find the time, I would like to repaint the cabinets and trim in the bathroom.

I would have to really get motivated to do this though, since I have already done it once. I do think that if the cabinets were a lighter color, it would help the room feel larger.

6. And since dreaming and wishing don’t cost anything… I wouldn’t mind re-tiling the floor and walls and removing the carpet.

That would be a big DIY step for us though. We haven’t ever tackled tile. Thankfully, our existing tile is still in good condition. For the time being, I will be content with what I have.

7. I would also like to replace the towel rack with towel hooks.

8. At some point ML and I would like to come up with a solution to our abundance of doors swinging into the bathroom.

Maybe using a bi-fold door for his closet or reversing the swing on one. New doors would be great too. Our existing doors are hollow core.

So there you have my dream/wish list for the bathroom. I can’t promise you we will tackle all of these, but we will be making some changes. I’ll keep you posted.

Do you have dream/wish lists for rooms in your house? Have you been faced with rooms that have too many doors? What do you think of my wish list?

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Christmas 2011: Our Tree

Like with our mantel, I didn’t go shopping for anything new this year.

Originally, we had plans to buy a new tree.  We have had the same $30 Wal-Mart tree for four years now, so we felt like we were due an upgrade.  Time got away from us though, and before we knew it, we had a baby and the same old tree.

We are in the market for new 7′-0″ tall, fake tree but feel weird paying full price for it when it will be drastically reduced after Christmas.  Our second thought was to buy a real tree to tie us over until next year.  They were pretty reasonably priced, but if you throw in the tree stand and lights its not worth it for just one year.

So that brings us back to our $30 tree for one more year.  Which breaks down to $7.50 a year.

I don’t think it looks too bad… except for all the empty space under the tree.  We haven’t gotten around to wrapping any presents yet!  I added a little extra ribbon this year and bows that I normally hang on the garland.

 It was fun hanging all the ornaments on the tree and adding the ones Noah received as gifts.

With all our ornaments (read about our aniversary ornaments here) and ribbon, the gaping holes disappear.

But I will be out the day after Christmas looking for our new tree!

Update:  We scored a great deal on a much bigger tree after Christmas!  Check it out here.

Are you a real tree or fake tree family?  Is anybody else in the market for a new tree for next year?


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Handfuls of Projects… One Crib Skirt

Ok, so I thought after two weeks of blogging about Fall, DIY door decor, and events in our neighborhood, I would have something new to share about the nursery.  Well, I don’t.  Truth is I could show you a few things, but none of them are finished yet.  I better hurry though, right?  Time is running out before she arrives!

For instance,  I bought the supplies to finish the insides of the drawers on the changing table.  One day, I thought about starting on this project but opted for a nap instead.  It’s hard to pass those up when I know soon they will just be a thing of the past.

I have also decided on what type of artwork I want to do above the changing table.  I mentioned a few ideas here.  Visually in my head, it looks great now.  That’s the confirmation I have been waiting on before purchasing supplies.  Hopefully, I will be able to put my plan into action soon.  I can’t wait to show you the finished project and see how her initials will look above it.

My mom also sent me the leftover fabric from the curtains.  Our office chair we have right now doesn’t really go with the rest of the room.  But I have an old chair in the attic that would look great with a new coat of paint and the cushion recovered in the fabric.  I am still toying with what color I should paint the chair.  So yet another project not fully underway.

The one I am closest to finishing… well actually I didn’t do anything, is the artwork above the crib.  My sister brought me the painting this past weekend.  It looks so good, and I can’t wait to see it hanging above the crib! Hopefully, tomorrow night Michael Luke and I (more like Michael Luke) can hang it up.  I would love to be able to reveal it later this week.  The best part is I haven’t shared my inspiration picture for it, so the painting will be a surprise for many!  It is really where the palate for the whole room came from.

Also, almost two months ago, my sister helped me get started on the mobile for above the crib.  I haven’t really worked on it since then though.  I have been waiting to get the artwork hung up, so I could see how they are going to work together.  This may be one of the last projects I finish.  We will see.

One thing that is complete though is the crib.  We now have a mattress, sheets, and crib skirt.

I  think it makes us looks a little more prepared for a baby.  I love how the crib skirt and curtains match.  What do you think?  The storage boxes also do a good job of pulling colors from the fabric.

 In case you haven’t noticed, we are still lacking the crib bumper.  It’s on our registry, so we are holding off buying it just yet.  I would like to share that we are not going the padded bumper route though.  This was a tough decision for me because they are so cute and mentally what you picture when you think of a whole crib bedding ensemble.  Instead of the padded bumper, we chose a mesh one.  While not as visually pleasing to the eye, it is much safer for the baby and helps reduce the risk of SIDS.  Looks are not worth it if they increase the chances of something happening to your baby.  This is a personal decision though, and I understand if others lean more towards the padded bumpers.

We don’t plan to keep this blanket on the back of the crib but do have plans to use it.  My grandmother gave this to me late this summer when I went to visit her.  This was a blanket she had from when I was little.  You can also see the polka dots on the sheets in this picture.  The polka dots really work well with the crib skirt.  I am excited to see everything come together.

This shot shows the space above the crib for the artwork.  It is going to tie everything together.  I am really looking forward to sharing it with you.  Just a few more days of waiting though.

Thanks for being understanding of my procrastination.  Do you ever have times like that?  When there is plenty to do but you would rather take a few days and rest.  Sometimes our bodies like to just do nothing.

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