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monogrammed shampoo bottle in the master bathroom

those two other times I mismeasured

I'm beginning to feel like Roger Clemens in front of the grand jury talking about his history with performance enhancing drugs ... and his tendency to misremember. I have the same tendency to mismeasure. It's incurable. I don't really get it. It just happens. Luckily it is one of those things that doesn't really matter in DIY. … [read it...]

rain shower head and valve installation

trough style sink faucets and a rain shower head and valve, you know, the bathroom bling

There were many aspects of this master bathroom renovation that were really up in the air until they actually happened.  I'm not really the type to create a mood board and search for things that fit the design.  I tend to roll with the punches and make decisions as it all unfolds. But I just knew from the get go that we wanted … [read it...]

Creatively Christmas

Christmas decor and craft inspiration

Last month my friend Jen Rizzo helped spread the word about my new book and now it's my turn to return the favor. Jen is magical when it comes to all things Christmas so it is no surprise that she has written a book filled to the brim with all kinds of ideas, Creatively Christmas: Inspired Yuletide Decor. This book has … [read it...]

make a spa like diy wood vanity

DIY wood vanity in the master bathroom

Pretty much from the outset of this master bathroom project I knew I wanted to make the vanity because the space was tight and the odds of finding a piece that would fit perfectly into it were slim. Turns out the odds of me making something that was a perfect fit were slim, too.  But, man, did I try.  And it was looking so … [read it...]

sealing marble tile

cutting, grouting and sealing marble tile tips

Hey, thanks for all the great comments on the post about tiling a bathroom, anyone getting ready to tackle their own tile project can give me a shout if you have any other questions.  I definitely have all the answers.  Or something. I got so wordy about tile I had to separate these cutting, grouting and sealing marble tile … [read it...]

diy reclaimed wood frames

upcycling idea: DIY reclaimed wood framed mirrors

How about some basically free DIY reclaimed wood frames for you? This is a classic case of someone's trash becoming my treasure.  On an innocent little walk around the neighborhood many months ago I noticed a neighbor clearing out a lot of old wood and other goodies from her property and stacking it on the street for garbage … [read it...]

rustic bathroom vanity and mirrors

just some photos of our new rustic bathroom

You know what I learned about myself during this specific renovation? And I don't know why I didn't know it before.  I've never really put too much thought into what my personal style was I guess.  I know I've just always veered toward the rustic and collected versus the contemporary and trendy.  But I never really knew exactly … [read it...]

tips for tiling a bathroom with marble tile

tiling a bathroom shower with marble tile

Hey hey!  So this post has taken on a mind of its own.  I've been getting a lot of questions about the tile (isn't it great!) and the whole process of tiling a bathroom with marble tile so I figured I needed to get all of my thoughts out to the world before they escaped my little brain.  Who knew I had so many thoughts on … [read it...]

fall front porch decorating ideas

a little fall porch party #EclecticallyFall

Hey there!  Happy happy Friday!  If you're here with the #EclecticallyFall House Tour from The Wood Grain Cottage, welcome! If you're a regular around here, welcome! Heck, if you typed the space between in Google looking for the lyrics of the DMB song, welcome!  It's a good day to be here because I'm hosting a party on my … [read it...]

pallet bench and shutter

DIY wood shutters {and a day I never really ever imagined}

Hey hey!  Things are trucking right along in the bathroom department ... I may have just sent Joel this text saying "I know, I know ... I'm getting a little ahead of myself". Yep, I'm already messing around with decorating and organizing ... but the sinks aren't even hooked up yet ... and you might notice there aren't any … [read it...]

master-bathroom-marble-tile-with-grout

the turning point in the master bathroom renovation

You guys!  This weekend was the most exciting weekend in the master bathroom renovation so far. By far. I can't really explain it all, but the moment the finishing touches start happening is the same moment a renovation starts to feel like a real room.  And ghost face and I installed the vanity lights! Actually, ghost … [read it...]