Before and After – Part 1


I don’t know about you, but I love a good before and after.  Since I just completed the One Room Challenge I guess I’m still in that mindset.  So I went searching through my pictures and here’s what I came up with.

Here’s the most recent, the master bathroom.

Master bedroom.  I love brass, but 1980’s lacquered brass, not so much.  Spray paint is life changing!  And in fairness to me, the before was immediately after we moved into the house!

I have shared this before, but it’s a good before and after – the 1950 secretary.  It had been damaged, so no worries about a quality piece being painted!

This series will go on til I run out of befores and afters.  And that won’t happen anytime soon.  Also, since most home decor blogs seem to have a house tour, I’ll be working on that as well.  #cantstopwontstop

Thanks for stopping by!







One Room Challenge – The Reveal – Master Bath

It’s finally here!  Week 6, the Reveal!  If you’ve just popped in I am a guest participant in Linda of  Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge. Over the past 6 weeks our master bathroom has finally come into its own and I am thrilled with the result.

Here’s what we started with.

And here’s where we are now!

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The marble vanity top pretty much steals the show.  The contrast with more gray in the vanity top and white in the floor tile keeps it nice and bright.  I painted the existing vanity Benjamin Moore Advance white.   Good bye pickled oak!   The art glass knobs are from an etsy shop. I’m really liking the little touches of green.  Speaking of green……final 008

meet my pagoda lantern.  LOVE!!  And last, but certainly not least, this may now be the best dressed window in the house!  (And most difficult to photograph!)

I was the lucky instagram winner of a custom couture monogram from Emily McCarthy. I sent them my fabric and this is the result.  I could not love it more!!!  Thank you Emily and Meredith!  All  the water colors are from our honeymoon and other trips to the islands.  As far as the decor and chinoiserie art, I used what I already owned.  If you buy what you love, it all comes together.

No more talking.  Just pictures!


So, there you have it!  If you’ve gotten this far I cannot thank you enough for sticking with me.  Thank you so much, Linda, for allowing guests to link up to this challenge.  It  has been so much fun.  I would do it again in a heart beat.  Be sure to check out the 20 designers and all the other guest participants at Calling it Home.  There is tons of inspiration to be had.






One Room Challenge – Week 5 – Master Bath

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Week 5!!  Let’s get right to it!  If you’ve just stopped by, I am a guest participant in Linda from Calling it Home’s super fabulous One Room Challenge. You can follow along with the 20 designers/design bloggers on Wednesdays at Calling it Home.  And the guests can be found there on Thursdays.  I’m updating our master bathroom.   I am so happy to report that things are right on track with our master bath renovation.  The rest of my house isn’t all that perfect right now and there probably won’t be a decent meal for another week.  But come on!  Priorities!!!  The bathroom is coming along.  That’s all that really matters for one more week.  Right???

Here’s the list of what’s done and what still has to be completed:

  • marble vanity √
  • all plumbing √
  • new lighting √
  • sheet rock repair from moving lights √
  • room painted √
  • vanity painted √
  • small detail added to vanity √
  • vanity knobs – on their way
  • art for walls – have most – might shop a little
  • window treatments – partially installed, waiting on the show stopper
  • clean
  • style

I can’t believe next week is the last  – the Grand Reveal!!!  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll come by next week to see my results.  And be sure to check out all the others as well.  There is a wealth of inspiration to be found in this One Room Challenge of Linda’s.