1 Diamond bath mat from Anthropologie / 2 Mother-of-Pearl tissue box from Zara Home/ 3 Oak tub caddy from Rodale’s / 4 Porcelain striped tray from West Elm / 5 Ferm living laundry bag from Urban Outfitters /
6 Nate Berkus arrowhead towels from Target / 7 Teak shower bench from ComfortMarket
Like the kitchen, our bathroom will be a part of the massive renovation, so I won’t really be shopping for any of these items for a year or more, but I’ve been thinking about it for a long time.
I’ve been obsessed with this bathroom for ages now – specifically the shower. I just love how it screams scandinavian spa. As of now it’s the main inspiration behind the renovation, and all the items above will help achieve a crisp, scandinavian styled bathroom. Ultimate luxury.
What’s one bathroom luxury you couldn’t live without?
I’m actually a little ashamed to show these photos because they’re that bad
, and because I thought a little paint and cleaning would actually
salvage the space. Oh how I was wrong.
When we did the walk through of our house, my first thought when we saw the basement suite was “it smells dry!”. That’s a huge bonus (/must if you’re smart) for a basement suite in these rainy parts. My second thought was “We’ll slap some paint on the wood panelling, give the carpets a good clean and it’ll be just like new”.
Day one into painting and we knew it it would all have to go.
These photos were taken during our walkthrough of the house so they aren’t the best quality. But why don’t we take a little walk through our old basement suite, from the kitchen, the living room, the two bedrooms, and the bathroom. It’s okay, I won’t be offended if you can’t look at all the photos of this ugly ugly space.
Looking back at these photos I can’t even believe it used to exist in our house. With four months of HARD work, we managed to transform this nasty 1970′s dungeon into a gorgeous, bright space. I can’t wait to show you the transformation! I know you’ll be totally shocked.
I’ll be sharing all the details on Wayfair this Wednesday, so come back to see how demolition, new walls, new flooring, blood, sweat and tears transformed this basement.
I’m a little jealous of our tenants who get to live there.
Spring break packing guide from Sunglass Warehouse / Waverly Cocoon Tunic from Anthropologie / Homemade sparkly play dough from Pretty and Delectable / 12 TV free spring break ideas from She Knows / Tips for watering your plants while on vacation from WonderHowTo
3:00pm (or technically 2:38pm for me) is the official start to spring break! I couldn’t be more excited, really. With the basement done and me finally having time to focus on the blog and house projects, spring break couldn’t have come at a better time. Aside from a mini trip to the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver at the end of my two week break, we aren’t going anywhere this year (though I wish we were going back to Portland!).
So for any of you also about to enjoy spring break, above are travelling tips, crafts to keep the kids busy at home, or fantastic fashion finds no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
What are your spring break plans?
That fun, green, gold, and rainbow filled holiday is just a few weeks away now! So how about a little St Patrick’s Day craft for the kids?
This festive wand with its Shamrock top, gold streamers and rainbow coloured base will provide loads of crafting fun for your little leprechauns. Mind you, the hot glueing parts should be done by adults. Hot glue gun burns are no good.
An unexpected use for the shamrock wand? Well instead of a pinch, unsuspected passerbys not wearing green can get a little bop on the head! Plus, waving around a wand is just plain fun no matter what your age is, don’t you agree?
- Shamrock template (plus printer)
- Gold glitter cardstock
- Dowel stick
- Gold sequin trim or ribbon
- Hot glue gun
2 Take your dowel and measure out the spacing for the 7 colours of the rainbow, leaving about at least an inch margin for the top. My 12 inch long dowel worked out to each colour being 1.5 inches.
Print off the shamrock template
(or use any shamrock outline, including your own) either directly onto the back of your glitter cardstock, or onto plain cardstock to cut out and use as a template. Cut out two shamrocks from your gold glitter cardstock.
3 Use tape to mark off each section when colouring it in. Remember the colours of the rainbow are ROYGBIV – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.
4 Place a bead of hot glue on the top of the dowel then firmly press the end of your sequin trim or ribbon to adhere. Continue this all the way around.
6 Hot glue the backside of one shamrock onto the top of the dowel, making sure its centred.
If you’re using sequin trim, trim each strand a little longer than you need then pull off a few sequins. Tie the remaining thread into a knot to ensure the sequins don’t fall off.
7 Hot glue the other shamrock onto the other side. You’ll also want to apply glue on each leaf to have the two shamrocks sealed together.
8 Trim the shamrocks so they’re both the same shape.
Now give your wand a good swish and run off to have some leprechaun-worthy fun!
Don’t forget to download the free shamrock template
And for other St Patrick’s Craft fun, check out this free printable St Patty’s Day Garland from last year!
The green, gold, rainbow colours, or an excuse to eat Lucky Charms.
What’s your favourite thing about St. Patrick’s Day?