Finally Finished – Master Bathroom Updates

From the moment we moved into our home, I knew I wanted to make updates to almost every room in the house. Over the course of the last 3 years I’ve worked on little things here and there, but I never really took on too many major projects. I wanted this year to be different — I wanted this year to be the year that I really made some big changes to the house.

I decided that transforming out master bathroom was a good project to start with. The builder grade cabiets were pretty strudy but I absolutely hated the color. I decided to paint the cabinets white and used the bright white as my design inspiration. I’m so happy that this first set of updates for the master bathroom are complete!

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Although this bathroom is not my “dream bathroom” It’s definitely so much better than it was when we moved in! It’s amazing how a little paint and a few hardware changes can make such a difference!

Below are my tips for a quick and easy bathroom update.

1. Paint the Cabinets

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Believe it or not, I’m usually not a big fan of white cabinets. But because I can’t change out the tile, I needed something that could really brighten up the space. My favorite white, Night Blooming Jasmine, did the trick! It’s a bright milky white that’s calming and inviting. It was the perfect color and it helped transform the room.

2. Change the Cabinet Hardware

I knew I wanted some contrast but I was really nervous to do dark hardware on the white cabinets. Thankfully the combination of the bin pulls with the acrylic handles gave me the exact look I was going for. I found both styles on Wayfair and I was excited to find acrylic handles that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.

3. Get Rid of Towel Bars

I strongly dislike towel bars and I just don’t think that they’re the best design decision for my home. I removed one towel bar completely and I replaced the other one with a towel ring. They take up less space and add a little contrast to the walls. Also, these Turkish towels look beautiful hanging on the ring.

4. Embrace Art

I love art. I’ve always loved art. I love creating art, I love looking at art and If I could fill every wall in my house with art, I would.

I decided that the big wall above the tub needed some art but right now I don’t have money in my budget to buy large and oversize art — so I improvised and made my own. I used leftover paint I had from other projects around the house and I love how it turned out. Although this art is temporary it definitely fills the space well and adds a little quirkiness to the bathroom.

5. Decant and Organize your Countertop

2020-06-23-07.46.31-1If you’ve never decanted items I would encourage you to give it a try. In this case I decanted my mouthwash and my daily vitamins. Both were sitting on my counter in distracting and colorful plastic containers. I purchased a cute glass storage container to house my vitamins and I poured my mouthwash into a glass bottle.

The decanted items are so much more aesthetically pleasing AND I can clearly see how much mouthwash I have left before I need to purchase another bottle.

With the exception of the mouthwash and my vitamins almost everything else was organized into the drawers and cabinets. I found a better way to organize the items that I use frequently and I tossed out all the items that I wasn’t using.

6. Upgrade Your Decor

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I know that very few people will see the inside of my master bathroom but that doesn’t stop me from adding in cute details. I love feeling “at home” and happy in my home and sometimes that homey feeling comes from the small details.

The updates I made really transformed my space! In the coming months I’d love to replace the large builder mirror with two seperate mirrors and I’d also love to change out the lighting. But for now, I’m very pleased with the space!

Happy New Year: Finding Meaning + A Sneak Peek Upcoming Posts

20 days. It’s been 20 days since I last posted to my blog. What were your last 20 days like? Were they full of celebration, fun, and time with your family? I sure hope they were! I have a few posts lined up for 2015 that I hope will make up for my 20 day hiatus (scroll to the bottom to see pictures)!

My desire for the last 20 days was to do lots of cooking, baking, crafting, creating and eating. I also hoped to catch up with friends and family. Unfortunately, the last 20 days did not consist of much of that at all. I spent a lot of that time on my couch… sleeping and in a lot of pain. I had 17 days off from work and of those 17 days, I was sick for 10 of them.

During the time I spent alone and resting I was reminded of 4 things:

  1. Cherish the time you get to spend with family and friends: I realized that I appreciate and cherish the time I get to spend with my family and those closest to me. I wasn’t able to spend as much time with my family as I hoped to because a week went by without me knowing what was wrong. So many of my friends who live out of town were in Atlanta, but I missed getting to connect with them. Now that the holidays are over and everyone is back in the swing of work, life, and school, it’s going to be a while before I get to see some of those “far away friends” again.Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset
  2. Spend time doing what makes you happy: I find so much joy in cooking and creating. There were so many new recipes I wanted to try out and so many new crafts I planned on doing but unfortunately during the holidays I didn’t do much cooking or crafting. I managed to cook dinner on New Year’s day but that’s about it. We ordered a lot of takeout… which made me even more thankful for knowing how to cook. My pile of craft supplies went untouched and my creative expression was stifled. The time I get to spend doing what I love is what keeps me happy and gets me through tough days. I’m so glad that I’ve been able to find joy in my blog, my food, and my creating and I’m so thankful that I’m (normally) healthy enough to spending time doing what I love.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
  3. Learn to be thankful and content: Like I said before, I spent a lot of time on my couch and an entire week confined to my 1 bedroom apartment (minus an urgent care and doctor visit). My husband works a lot during the holidays so my days were spent in silence. I had time to think about all the things I’m really thankful for. William and I are blessed with two great jobs and we are so thankful our parents taught us the importance of making wise life and financial decisions. It’s so easy for me to become “jealous” of what others have —  Sometimes I think “They have a nicer place than us” or “I wish we had newer cars” or “I wish I made more money” but the reality is that we have been richly blessed and have SOOO much. We’ve never had to worry about how we’re going to pay our bills, or if we will have a meal on the table, or if we will have enough gas in our cars. I’m so thankful that God has blessed us and allowed us to be stewards of the money and things he has trusted us with. Through my time alone I started to understand the importance of thankfulness and contentment. Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset
  4. Don’t take advantage of your health: After over a week of being sick, I finally found out why I wasn’t feeling so great. I had a case of Mononucleosis. Most people know, mono is a pretty awful virus, but it’s nothing that any person really needs to worry about. It causes a few weeks of pain, exhaustion and discomfort, but it’s nothing that has lasting side effects. I’ve never been sick for more than a few days, so almost two weeks of being “laid out” caused me a lot of anxiety and stress. Before these past few weeks, I never had a clue what those who are admitted to a hospital feel like… although I wasn’t in a hospital, there wasn’t much that I was able to do. I couldn’t go anywhere, I couldn’t eat solid food, I couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without being exhausted, and I couldn’t even swallow without feeling like someone was stabbing me in throat. My pain what nowhere near that of someone who recently had surgery, has cancer, or is suffering from a car accident… but I did get a taste of what life could be like if I did not have my health. My heart aches for those who are dealing with health struggles.

I am so happy that I am finally feeling a lot better. I’m still really tired, and I take a lot of naps, but I’m thankful that I have have my strength back and I can look forward to getting back to my cooking and crafting. As you begin this new year and commit to a hectic and busy life don’t forget to take a step back and remember to be thankful for the things you’ve been blessed with.

I’m looking forward to the next few months of cooking, graduate school, baking, crafting, eating, and (hopefully) traveling!

Here are a few pictures giving you a sneak peek of what’s coming soon for 2015!

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Holiday Etiquette

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The holiday season is a wonderful time of thanksgiving, celebration, giving, sharing, and enjoying the company of friends, family and loved ones. There are so many things that I am thankful for, but one thing that I become more thankful for as I get older is that fact that my parents took the time to invest in me.

My parents are some of the most supportive and encouraging people that I know. They were constantly encouraging me to do what I love, and to be the best version of myself. My parents encouragement and support started when my siblings are I were children and has continued on into adulthood.

As children, my siblings and I never ate out of plastic “kiddy” bowls and were never allowed to place our hands in our plates. My parents believed in the importance of teaching table manners and to this day, I am so grateful they did what they did. So many people do not know, or understand table manners… knowing which fork to use, or how to differentiate between your bread pate and someone else’s is important.

As we enter the holiday season, here are some tips on how to use table manners at the Thanksgiving table, while mingling at a Christmas party, or while enjoying your time with loved ones on New Year’s Eve.


Basic Table Setting

 

InformalTableSettingA basic table setting consists of a fork, knife, spoon, bread plate, bread and butter knife (optional), dinner plate, napkin, and beverage glass. The fork goes to the left of the plate, and the knife and spoon are set to the right. The napkin can be placed on the plate or to the left of the fork.

Sometimes it is difficult to know which bread plate or glass to use if you’re seated at a crowded table. If you forget easily, here is an easy trick to remember which plate and glass to use: holding your hands in your lap, touch the tips of your pointer fingers to the tips of your thumbs making a lowercase “b” and a lowercase “do” with your fingers. The lower case “b” shows that your bread and butter plates is to your left. The lowercase “d” shows that your drink is to your right. This is usefully for both children and adults.


10 Tips for a Pleasant Dining Experience

  1. Compliment the host and don’t forget to bring a hostess gift.
  2. Show up on time. If you are going to be late, be sure the host is aware so that he or she can plan accordingly. The meal might begin without you.
  3. No one wants to know what partially digested food looks like: Chew with your mouth closed
  4. There is a purpose for your napkin — Use it.
  5. Keep your mobile devices out of sight at the table. If you must take a phone call or respond to an urgent text, excuse yourself from the table.
  6. If you accidentally use someone else’s bread and butter plate, apologize, make a joke, and and then offer your unused plate.
  7. If you don’t like how something tastes keep your opinions to yourself. The chef put time and effort into the meal.
  8. It’s okay to talk about current events but try to avoid controversial topics such as religion and politics. The holiday season is a sensitive time for some people so try to keep from asking about relationship status, family planning, or recently lost loved ones.
  9. Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know. If you’re sitting next to a stranger, make a comment about the food, the weather, or the occasion. If you ask questions that cannot be answered with a simple “yes” or “no” it’s easy to get a conversation started.
  10. Enjoy yourse

Party Etiquette: Christmas, Holiday, and New Year’s Eve Parties

  1. RSVP: If you receive an invitation, respond by the given date. If you need to arrive late or leave early, ask the hostess if this is okay.
  2. Dress to impress. If necessary, ask the host for attire suggestions. Wouldn’t it be horrible if you showed up in jeans and everyone else is dressed in black tie?
  3. Show up on time or within 15 minutes of time stated on the invitation. If you arrive early, sit in your car and call your mom, scroll through Instagram, or get on facebook. Showing up to an event early is just as rude as showing up late. Don’t ring the doorbell until the time that’s stated on the invitation.
  4. Don’t overindulge: be aware of the ratio or party guests to the amount of food. Keep alcohol consumption on the moderate to low side (If you do plan on drinking — don’t drink and drive)
  5. Don’t bring uninvited guests: It’s rude. If you want to spend that evening with someone who was not invited, send your regrets (by the RSVP date) and hang out with your friend. If you already gave your RSVP and replied with a “yes” stick with your commitment and hang out with your friend another time.
  6. It takes a lot of time and hard work to plan and host a party so be sure to send your host a thank you note. Trust me, it will be appreciated.
  7. Have fun and go with the flow! The best way to have a great evening is to have a great attitude!