Bathroom Makeover: Before & After

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I recently had a client who wanted to redo their guest bathroom.  The bathroom was completed approximately ten years ago and the client was tired of the bold colors…and the shower was TINY!!  So, the two main goals of the project were to: (1) Make the shower as large as possible and (2) Create a space that was light and bright!

Here are some “before” shots of the original bathroom:

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The original bath had a standard sized tub, so we found a tub that was about five inches shorter than normal length.  There were walls between the toilet and the tub, as well as the tub and the shower.  We removed those walls and replaced them with frameless patterned glass that was seven feet high to create a more transparent, open space.  Niches were added in the tub and shower to hold soap and shampoo products.  We were able to reuse the existing cabinetry, but replaced the tile counter with thick granite.  We also added a tower cabinet between the two sinks.  We replaced the three-hole faucets with single-hole faucets since they are easier to clean around.  Instead of the vanity lights, we hung lanterns over each sink and added large framed mirrors.

Here are some “after” shots of the bathroom:

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Thanks to the following vendors for their great work:

Bayou State Tile

Concepts in Glass

ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings

Menzie Stone

Hope you enjoyed this makeover!  Thanks for reading!

 

Decorating with Abstract Art

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Abstract art is a wonderful way to update your home!  Even if your furniture is more traditional, abstract art can still be used to give your room a more modern look.

I often use a painting as the starting point for decorating a room.  Find a piece of art that you love, then use that as the basis for your color palette.  I normally recommend buying larger furniture items in neutral colors so they will work in a variety of situations and are more timeless.  Then, color can be brought in through art and accessories.  Lamps, pillows, rugs, and frames can be an inexpensive way to tie your color palette together and make a room feel fresh!

Here are some interesting pieces of abstract art:

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I love the fuchsia and turquoise in this piece!

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Copper is very popular right now and you can find a ton of accessories that will match the metallic copper accents in this painting.

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This painting is still abstract, but the neutral colors and landscape scene make it a little more traditional.

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This piece would work well with navy upholstered furniture and orange accessories!

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I love the soothing colors in this piece.

Do you have any abstract art in your home?  What are your favorite sources for art?

Thanks for reading!

Relaxing Home Office

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I recently completed a home office makeover.  The space was pretty dark and needed to be brightened up, but still remain relaxing.  We used a pale gray/beige paint to lighten up the space and focused on a palette of navy, blue, gray, and tan.

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The client needed a desk area, but also wanted additional comfortable seating.

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The client liked to watch TV while working at home, so we removed some shelves from the built-in bookcase, added an electrical and cable outlet, and brought in a TV.

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The client has very athletic kids, so they have tons of trophies and plaques they like to display.

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This area rug gave the room a cozy feel and brought in lots of color!

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Thanks so much to Louisiana’s Own Total Renovations LLC for the great work on this project!  I hope you enjoyed seeing this office makeover.  Thanks for reading!

Kids’ Bedroom Makeover

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Today I’d like to share a Kids’ Bedroom Makeover.  The client wanted a bedroom that would work for grandkids that range in age from toddler to teenager and are both genders.  We wanted a fun space that would sleep multiple kids and also be a space for playing video games and watching movies.

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Here is a before photo of the room.

The client selected a bright palette of orange and turquoise that would offset freshly painted, neutral walls and new carpet.

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The wood tone of the new bunk beds matched a dresser the client already owned that would be perfect for storing video games and DVDs.  The bunk bed is full-over-full size with a twin trundle bed that pulls out from underneath.

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The painting above the TV was done by the client’s relative and perfectly matched the space!

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The rug is made from durable nylon fibers and spills can be easily wiped up!

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Thanks so much to Louisiana’s Own Total Renovations LLC for all the great work on this project!  I hope you enjoyed seeing this fun kids’ room!

Thanks for reading!

DIY Restoring Wood Pedestals

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I love unique décor and furniture items!  I’m always on the hunt for unusual things that need fixing up.  I usually have at least two or three projects in the works…or projects I have delegated to my sweet husband (he has better tools and doesn’t complain about ruining his nails)!

My dad recently brought us two of these amazing wood pedestals!

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They were a little banged up, but so pretty!!  I previously read good things about Howard’s Restor-A-Finish on other blogs, so decided to give it a try!

Here’s a close up of the wood:

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Howard’s was super easy to use!  We cleaned up the columns, then lightly sanded them.  We wiped them clean again, then applied Howard’s Restor-A-Finish with a rag.  It only took a small amount of product on a rag to bring back the deep wood tone and shine!

The bottom part of this column has been treated with Howard’s:

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Here is a final shot of the column.  I covered the top with some leftover tile.  So far, these two pedestals are more decorative, but I’m looking for ideas on how to use them.  One idea is to have a granite top cut out of remnants and make a bar-height table.  Do y’all have any other ideas???  If so, leave them in the comments section.

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Neat…right???  I am so thrilled to find something that makes some of my DIY projects a little easier!  Our front door is needing some TLC, so we may try Howard’s for that!

Thanks for reading!

 

Favorite Accessories from the Web

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Today I’d like to share a few of my favorite accessories from around the web.  It’s still crazy hot here in Louisiana, so I just can’t get into all the fall clothing yet.  I’ll still be in a “summer mood” until October!

Kendra Scott Tedi Long Necklace Teal Mosaic

This Kendra Scott Tedi long necklace in teal mosaic would look perfect with summer dresses or a black sweater and leggings!

Gigi New York Clementine All-in-one-bag Embossed Python

This zippered all-in-one-bag from Gigi New York would be perfect for football games!

Eliza Page One of a Kind Bracelets

These One of a Kind bracelets from one of my favorite stores in Austin are fantastic!!

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I love this Forever Classy clutch in black and white python from Kelly Wynne!

I hope you enjoyed these accessories!  Thanks for reading!

Blog Anniversary

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I hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend!  It rained quite a bit here in Louisiana, but we were lucky enough to have a sunny day on Sunday where we got to enjoy our pool and backyard!  I would say it was a “yardwork-free” day, but I’d be lying…my sweet husband pulled about a thousand weeds!

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Today is the one-year anniversary of my blog!  During that time, I have had two different blog platforms, multiple website versions, and an ugly conversion, but learned a ton!

Thanks so much for reading this blog and sharing your time with me!  I greatly appreciate it!

Design Camp and Las Vegas Market!

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Design Camp is just as fun as the name suggests…and a whole lot more!!  Design Camp was created by Kelli Ellis and Lori Dennis, celebrity interior designers and HGTV stars!  It is a three-day conference that inspires, educates, recharges, and enlightens!

This was my second time to attend Design Camp and it was even more amazing this time around.  This was the first time Camp was held in conjunction with a market, and Vegas was the perfect venue!  The first day was held at market where “campers” participated in an Instagram scavenger hunt in order to learn about some of the different showrooms.  The Las Vegas Market is five million square feet, so it’s impossible to see all the vendors in one day, but my feet felt like I gave it a good try!  The first day ended with a cocktail party at the wonderful Lexington showroom.  It was a great chance to meet fellow campers, have a glass of wine, and see some beautiful furniture.

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The second day of Design Camp was in a large conference room with over 300 campers in attendance.  There were beautiful displays set up by some of the sponsors and a ton of books for sale written by many of the speakers.  The topics for day one included design trends, getting published, understanding builders (which made my head spin), sustainable design, branding, social media, and even legal.  One of the speakers, Henry Lien, is both an attorney who teaches interior design law and an art gallery owner…definitely diverse!  He had some great, practical advice for designers and very entertaining stories!  Day two ended with…what else…a cocktail party hosted by Leftbank Art!

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The third day of Design Camp included fantastic speakers on the subjects of business processes, fees, inspirational travel, technology, fabric and furniture line creation, and more branding!  However, the most inspiring speaker was definitely design icon Roger Thomas!  Mr. Thomas is the fabulous designer behind resorts such as the Wynn, Encore, Mirage, and Bellagio.  He charmed the campers with tales of eight-thousand pound chandeliers and crystal dragon heads!  His creativity and the scale in which he thinks blew my mind.  Day three did not end with a cocktail party, as you might guess, but tons and tons of giveaways!

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Roger Thomas posing with me and some new friends from my table, Corrie Krzysik and Francia Fusik

 

Even though I attended a previous Design Camp, each one is very different and you’re guaranteed to learn a ton!  Design Camp is for any level of designer and the networking is invaluable.  I made some great friends over the three days and also came away with many resources I can reach out to with questions as they arise.  I will definitely be back to attend a future Design Camp!  Thanks so much to Kelli and Lori for putting on this fabulous event!!

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Here are some additional photos from Design Camp:

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Adam Japko, SEO expert and wine guru!

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Kelli Ellis posing with my Tweet in the background on the Twitter feed!

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The hilarious Kimberley Seldon!  I bought both of her books on the Business of Design!

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Alison Victoria from Kitchen Crashers!

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Phil Pallen always has the best presentation!  I also got his book Shut Up and Tweet.

I hope to see you next time at Design Camp!  Thanks for reading!

Mini Getaway at L’Auberge Baton Rouge

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A few weeks ago, my husband was staying at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge for work.  I had visited the restaurants and casino before, but had never seen the rooms, so decided to tag along.  Loved it!!!

Our room had some gorgeous furniture and unique art that highlighted some of the beauty of Louisiana…

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This was the wall behind the mini bar:

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Being a UT Longhorn, I loved the burnt orange, velvet bedding!

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The bathroom was HUGE!  Yes…that is a TV in the mirror.

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Here’s a close up of the red mosaic tile:

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The pool is on the roof.  Here are a few shots, including a stunning tile wall!

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The fitness center even has matching equipment and wallpaper!

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These are some massive lights in the common areas:

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And an elegant fireplace in the lobby:

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Finally, this is a metal wall covering that is used in various places throughout the casino.  Amazing!!

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I hope you enjoyed this tour of L’Auberge in Baton Rouge.

Thanks for reading!

Crystal Light Charms

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I recently discovered a new product…magnetic, crystal light charms!!  How have I gone this long without knowing about these?!?!?!

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They are high-quality, heavy crystals that will stick to any metal surface, such as a lamps, lampshades, candleholders, and light fixtures.  I’m sure there are some lesser quality ones that you might use to decorate for a party, but these are very good quality and look nice enough to leave up permanently.

My husband recently hung a new chandelier in our downstairs office.  I chose something simple and non-frilly to match the style of the rest of the area, but it was a little boring…

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I added some magnetic light charms and WOW!  It’s perfect!!

 

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These charms have small magnets on the end and stick very easily.  It literally took longer to open the package than it took to “install” these!

Do you have anything that needs a little more glam???

Thanks for reading!