The Guest Bath Redo

I have never posted a picture of my guest bath anywhere before…and I think this photo alone will tell you why

Btw, my husband took the ‘before’ photos, not that I’m saying the pictures are crooked or anything.

The main point is, you can see the bathroom was total hideousness.  I kept the door closed at all times and cringed when guest came to stay.

Until one day we decided to attack the red and white stripes.  I sprayed the whole room down with Downy Wrinkle Release.  A tip I heard from a good friend (thanks Jessica!), was to use a mix of fabric softener and water to help soften the paper.  Seeing as I was out of fabric softener and too lazy to run to the store, I used some wrinkle releaser instead and it worked like magic (although removing wallpaper sucks no matter how good of a tip you have for removing it).

Next we had the bathroom painted a soft blue and the cabinets painted a crisp white

I added a few details like the foam wrapped burlap over the window (only I know it’s safety pinned in the back…I guess now you do, too but you could never tell just by looking at it!), plus a woven mat, and a couple of strategically placed baskets.

I used to avoid this room at all costs, but now I can’t wait to have guests over so they can use it.  I might even take a bath in there tonight myself!


A General Store Inspired Kitchen

This kitchen remodel was inspired by one of my all time favorite places – The Belly General Store, located in the charming Virginia-Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta, GA.  I can’t help but appreciate the organic, simplicity of the drink lined shelves and the way the repeating light fixtures draw your eye upward to wood paneled ceiling.

This place is worth the visit for the food alone, but the design perspective is what I really fell in love with.  The store was recently featured in a Katherine Heigl movie“Life as We Know It” as the  store/restaurant she owned, and I remodeled my entire kitchen with it in mind!

Notice the grocery lined shelves?  I couldn’t help borrowing (ok, stealing) that idea!

A couple of benches and a few Gerber Daisies add to the country charm.

Before my kitchen was a sea of basement worthy tile and pickled pink cabinets, but now it has the warm feel of a laid back general store.  With a minimal budget and a few store inspired tricks, I was able to bring a little bit of one of my favorite places home.