Sunday, January 29, 2012

Girlie Bathroom OR Having Fun With Postage Stamp Feature

When we first moved to this house, I was thrilled that my two youngest daughters would finally have a bathroom of their own (oldest daughter has her own pad over the garage, complete with a full, albeit tiny, bath).  

This is not big or over-the-top fancy, but it is THEIRS.  For months I obsessed over what color to paint the room.  I did not want to have to redo it in a few years when they're teens.  I also had to use a color that would coordinate with our lovely hallway wallpaper, as well as with the whacky-colored tile work which you'll see in a minute.  So, I headed to one of my favorite stores, Benjamin Moore.

See what I mean about playing around with the postage stamp feature?  Kind of distracting, but I couldn't figure out how to remove it.

Here's the tile work I mentioned.  It's cool, but not what I would've chosen.  I like the classic, timeless look of white subway tile or marble, but this is fun.  My husband actually loves it, so it's staying.

Bought the bench and hand towels at a cute little store near the school where I teach.  The topiary was from Pottery Barn. The silver brush and mirror were handed down from my mother-in-law.  I love how soothing the blue color is. And do you want to know how much I love that shower curtain?  It pretty much made the whole room.  A splurge from Anthropologie.  When I'm old and senile, I might just wear this thing.  Yes, that's how much I love it.

We've had this print forever.  I love the way the flounce in the skirt speaks to the ruffle in the curtain.  I'm trying out the postage stamp feature and some decorator jargon now, too, apparently.

What a sweet sink!  And I love the dark mirror and faucet against the light blue, especially combined with the light cabinet and granite.

The towel is also from Anthropologie.  I've learned that it doesn't pay to scrimp on towels, at least not for this dirty family.  They wear out and look ratty.  Plus, I love that this one has such great texture. 

Picked this up at Pottery Barn.  My girls love him.

Yes, also from Anthropologie.  As you can see towel hooks are rarely used in this house.  Always easier to leave towels on the floor.

Let me tell you, there is nothing cuter than a skinny, brown-eyed, ten-year-old girl in a shower cap.  


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Zinnias in January!

In just a few short months, we'll be posting pics like this!

And this…

And this…

And this…

And as much as I enjoy buying these in January,

I much prefer growing these in July.

Lots to look forward to in the months ahead.  For now, I'll just try to enjoy The Now.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Snowy Day

When my girls were little, one of our favorite books was The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  It was a quiet, contemplative story about the wonder of winter.  

We got our own snowy day here on the hill.  Lucky for me, I planned ahead.  No, that does not mean extra toilet paper or milk from the grocery store.  In fact, I couldn't even make pancakes this morning because we were out of eggs.  What I did have, however, was this.

The family would've preferred pancakes, trust me.

A while ago I showed you my master bath redo. I repainted the walls, as well as the white mirrors you see here.  Like so many other projects around this house, I kinda went Eh when it was done.  

What I didn't say Eh about, however, was this little guy from Anthropologie.  I'm hooked on him, actually.

He's such a little cutie, isn't he?  

Isn't he?  Humor me here.  

The white mirrors just weren't doing it for me, so yesterday (in anticipation of The Snowy Day) I stopped by this wonderful little store, a place where EVERYONE gets excited over towel hooks and cans of paint, and I bought this.

Then I came home and hid all the evidence so the husband wouldn't panic. When colors like this show up, it's best to keep him in the dark for a while, like, till whatever is getting painted is painted.  Don't judge me.

Antibes green is the color, and because I didn't want my bathroom mirrors to look like ugly golf jackets, I also picked up this.

Honestly, I felt like I was about to commit a crime when I saw the color of this stuff.  Fortunately, I had a good sales lady who warned me in advance.  Plus, I've stalked all y'all's (is that even a word?) blogs enough times to know that dark wax looks good…eventually.

Initially, it looked like this.  NOT gonna lie, it freaked me out a little.

After a good coat of dark wax, it looked more like this.  See what a difference that dark wax makes?

I also didn't get all perfectionist-ish on the leftover white.  I figured the more colors the merrier.  Plus, I was too lazy to go to the basement for the painter's tape.  I just did my best to stay clear of the glass.

Bathroom mirrors went from this…

To this.

Sing it one more time!  This…

To this.

Now if Benjamin Moore's dill pickle green doesn't wake you up in the morning, I don't know what will.  Here's the view from the bathroom window.

So pretty.  The kind of day that makes you stop and think about life OR paint your mirrors crazy green.

Because the light was so great inside, I just kept snapping pictures.  My husband swears dreary days are best for taking interior shots.

You'd think it was a summer's day outside.  

These shots are totally random.  

And that's how I spent The Snowy Day.

As of this post, I have fifty-one followers, and I am grateful to all of you.  

P.S. Hubby liked the mirrors:-)
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