A $75.00 Bathroom Update

Ever since we renovated our master bathroom late last year, I’ve been thrilled with the vanity and marble counter tops

But the outdated shower is still driving me crazy.  It’s in good condition and would cost thousands to renovate, plus there’s nothing greener than keeping the materials you already have rather than installing new ones, so the shower stays.

Oh how I would love a claw foot tub

Instead of builder grade square tiles and a rickety shower head

But cost+common sense+tired of renovations husband= stuck with existing shower and frosted glass sliding doors

What to do, what to do?

How about the extra long curtains that didn’t work in the study?  Instead of returning them which has none of the fun and excitement of buying them, I decided to use them as a grand floor-to-ceiling shower curtain.

Paired with a classically styled shower rod for less than $20.00

And matching, personalized hooks

And for an additional $75.00, our master bath suite is finally complete.


Spring has Sprung

And summer is practically here.  Just check out the local forecast – it’s going to be close to 90 degrees on Monday!

So what do the rising temperatures mean?  That it’s time to switch out the wintry accessories in my living room for a more summery look.  I wasn’t expecting to do this in February, but it’s been over 80 degrees for a couple of weeks now and as you can see the faux fur throws and pillows just don’t make sense anymore (although the dog is a permanent fixture).

To de-winterize the room I removed three faux fur throws, four fuzzy pillows, and the star from the mantle.  I added the green throw from the guest room bed and a rattan lamp from the guest room bedside table (who really sees the guest room anyway?), plus a few jars of seashells and a blue candle to add to the nautical look.

Next I hit up my stash of throw pillows and incorporated three navy blue and two khaki striped ones.

The beautiful glass bottles were a gift from my best friend and they work perfectly in the space – thanks Tara!

The lime green accents really help brighten up the room.

I was even able to incorporate the pillow from my Martha Stewart dye project.

The coastal painting by Marshall’s mom was the inspiration for the whole room!

If the winter blues have got you down, get to Florida quick before the hurricanes come to town!

Putting the ‘Master’ in Master Bedroom

In the past I would rearrange our furniture so often my husband actually fell down a couple of times over something that “wasn’t there five minutes ago!”  Now that we’re in our new house, I vowed to give up my rearranging addiction, but that doesn’t change the fact that I need constant change in my home or I’ll go crazy with all that ‘sameness’.   It’s a disease I inherited from my Grandma Rose and considering she’s almost 80 and still rotating her furniture at lightning speed, I don’t think I’ll be recovering anytime soon.

For example, in our bedroom instead of moving the bed to the other wall like I had been itching to do, I just added a mirror I found at Ross (yep, the Dress for Less store), plus an already determined as temporary nightstand for Marshall (until we have the budget for a new one), and a striped throw pillow on the bed.  Those changes, coupled with the nightstand I set up last week and the light fixture Marshall installed a few weeks  ago and the room finally feels like it’s coming together.  With a few simple updates I think the room already feels more polished, but I’ll let you be the judge of that!



Come on Baby Light My Fire

BEFORE                                                             AFTER

Even though I live in Florida, I can’t live without a fireplace for those frosty winter nights when it dips below, oh about fifty degrees or so.  When my husband, Marshall, and I bought our home, the fireplace was traditional brick and framed by a drab, yellow wall, but with a $3.00 sample paint can from Home Depot in one of their zillion shades of white (I believe I used Behr Snow Fall FLAT, but any shade of white would do) the fireplace was completely transformed.

I added an old milk can I found at an antique store outside of Deland, FL where my Grandma Rose dragged me one Sunday afternoon.  G. Rose was a bartender for years and years – in fact she taught me how to take a blow job shot in her kitchen with my hands behind my back and all (you can’t make this stuff up!), but her true calling was and will always be design.  The milk can, along with a wicker chaise lounge chair from IKEA, a couple of round rattan floor seats to balance out the straight lines of the fireplace, and a few simple accessories completely changed the look and feel of the room.   Beautiful designs are easy with an unlimited budget and resources, but many of those rich looks can be achieved on a much smaller budget and still maintain the richness of a more expensive one.