Saturday, December 12, 2015

Before & After Photos of a Reception Room

Here are some before and after photos of a space I worked on last year. This was such a fun project for me as I usually work on residential spaces. It was fun to think outside the box and work on a commercial space for once. I think my background in residential design helped me make this reception room much more sophisticated and comfortable. We wanted this space to feel less like a "waiting room" and more like a beautiful lounge. I think we accomplished just that! 

The vision design board created by Modern Grace Designs

Before Photo of the space shows it was your typical, bland waiting room. Everything was just too small/not proportionate for the space. The chairs lacked style. The large blank wall was just screaming for something fabulous. 

After photo. We added an oversized abstract piece of art, mother of pearl table lamps, chairs that have great lines and pattern, taller end tables, a comfortable leather loveseat for contrast and floating ottomans which serve double duty as extra storage. 

Amazing transformation right? I love how the furnishings, art and accessories make the carpeting and walls feel fresh and new, even though they remained the same. 

Monday, November 16, 2015


Because what's a blog without a few kiddo photos :) I can't believe it's already the middle of November....this year has just flown by quicker than any other year. 

Brother Bear turned 5 in September. He absolutely loves preschool and would go 7 days a week if he could. He has made so many new friends. He loves swinging, playing dinosaurs/jurassic world, and watching toy reviews on the ipad (haha...please tell me he's not the only child that does this!!!). He loves cheeseburgers, tacos, spaghetti, and anything sweet! He is full of energy and always says the darnest things. We have entered the age were he doesn't like to smile for photos but I quickly snapped this one at the end of summer when we were out on a nature hike. He is such a ham. We love him so much and are so proud of the little man he is becoming. 

Sissy girl turned 9 months the end of October. She is getting to be such big girl! She crawls like a champ. Loves all veggies- sweet peas, carrots, and sweet potatoes are her faves. She ADORES her brother and hangs onto his every word. She gives brother the biggest smiles and loves jabbering his name "bubba". She also says "dadda" and "momma" but "bubba" is by far her most frequently heard jabber. She loves dancing to music, putting everything in her mouth, and going on walks with mommy. She brings so much joy to our family. I took this photo a few weeks ago right before the leaves all fell off the trees. You can see she has two crunchy leaves clinched in her little fists :) 

So grateful everyday for these two little people that call me Momma. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

One Room Challenge: Week 6

Welcome to the final week of the One room Challenge! Sharing with you some "after" photos of our little powder bath transformation.

I really love how this space turned out- but it's not done yet. I still have a few loose ends- finding some artwork (keep changing my mind!), possibly changing out the lighting, and we are still waiting on getting our sink plumbing hooked up. It's been a process for sure- but we are so close to the end I staged it for a few photos to share with you anyways. ;) 

Here is my original design board inspiration. Most things stayed the same- just a few changes and loose ends here and there. 

And a few photos so you remember how the tiny space looked before...very dated, Pink (!!!) potty, yucky linoleum, leaky faucet. 

gross. gross. gross. 

And here are a few "after" photos of how it looks today. I apologize in advance because these aren't the best after photos, I missed my opportunity for natural light (early morning!) in the space so I had to flip on the switch thus everything looks like its glowing :) 

Pretty much the only thing that stayed the same in the entire bathroom was the light fixture. I still would like to change it out for a swing arm sconce, but for now the original will do. It's been growing on me as the weeks have passed by. 

The basket holds a few extra toilet paper rolls :) I forgot to pick up flowers in town yesterday so the fern leaves came in out of desperation. 

I will share sources in an upcoming post! Thanks again for following along with me as we have completed this little transformation. We are so glad to have this project almost completed! 

Friday, November 6, 2015

One Room Challenge: week 5

Happy Friday- I'm a day late for the link-up once again. But sharing with you more progress on our tiny Powder Bath for the One Room Challenge.  

The floor tiles were grouted. This picture doesn't do them justice....they really look so awesome. The scale of the tiles was just perfect for this little space. My brother-in-law also added the new base trim which really added such a finished look to the space- before the linoleum went up onto the walls (eek!). It was ugly.

The walls were painted my favorite green and the new bathroom mirror was hung. The wood mirror adds so much warmth to the space.... I just love it. 

My fabric for the curtains just came in yesterday so I need to get busy sewing. Maybe I'll have time this weekend. 

I need to pick up a few accessories in the next week or so for the final reveal. I still haven't changed out the lighting (which may not get done before next week) but I'm happy with all the progress. I hope you will come back and join me next week to see the finished photos! 

Friday, October 30, 2015

{one room challenge: week 4}

I missed last happened and well the blog always takes a backseat. Here are more progress pics to keep you following along. It has to get worse before it gets better....lots of ugly pictures to share with you .

We (and in "we" I really mean the guys) pulled out all the fixtures. My handy brother-in-law did all the dry wall and mudding.

As you can see the floors under the linoleum were so yucky!! Ekk!

Then all that ugly was covered with all this pretty! Hex tiles for the win! Big box store selections aren't all that bad. This shows them before they were grouted and they looked even better after the grout was applied. 

I really don't like leaving you with all these ugly, unfinished progress photos but please come back next week and see the next step in this little renovation project! Thing start looking much better next week! 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

{one room challenge: powder bath inspiration}

Welcome to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge Hosted by Linda at Calling it Home Blog. 

I was so fun to read all the comments last week. I'm so glad to have all of you here following along with me! I was surprised to read that so many of you actually LIKED the pink sink :) (not so much the potty...). Well sorry to disappoint anyone who liked them, but they are both gone. I have a different vision for the space.  I am proud to say I kept them out of the landfill though, a woman came and picked them up and is repurposing them in her fixer upper. So hooray for that. :) 

Today I just wanted to share with you my inspiration for our Powder Bath Makeover. 
I couldn't find just one image that incapsulates what I want to create for our bathroom. So I have a whole collection of photos below. 

First up:
This classic bathroom. I've loved this image forever. Those sconces just steal the show. Also adore the warmth of a wood framed round (or oval in this case) mirror in a bathroom setting

This deep green wall color has my heart. I like how dark and moody this space feels.

The thin vertical stripes make a bold statement in such a narrow space. 

Love the classic timeless feeling of this bathroom. The sconces remind me of our existing piece which I may try to make work for the time being until I can save up for a swing sconce. 

A round mirror breaks up all the squares and hard edges.

Love the hex tile flooring and there is those vertical stripes again! 

Okay now imagine if all those images had a baby. Here is what I'm envisioning for our powder bath:

Here's to hoping I call pull this look off!  Stay tuned next week to see progress! 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

{One room challenge: Powder Bath}

Just sharing with y'all our little Powder Bath 'before' photos for the One Room Challenge

These are photos from the previous homeowner's stuff. Hubby took these photos when we were looking at the house. This powder bathroom is quant in every sense of the word. It's only about 3' by 5' literally big enough for the corner sink and the loo. That's it. 

I will be sharing with you the progress made on this little space every week for the next 6 weeks! I hope you will follow along in the transformation!  

What's a makeover without some ugly before photos. Disclaimer: The pink sink and toilet have found a new homeowner :) 

See y'all next week with my design board! 

{shopping finds}

Happy Thursday!

Hope y'all are having a great week. I rarely get time to go browse in stores (thank goodness for online shopping!). When I do get a chance to shop in stores it's usually rush get in, get out, baby's crying, preschooler's hungry got to go type shopping. But last week- I had a little free time in the morning to hit up a few stops before picking up the little miss. I swung into Tuesday Morning and my oh my I could have done some damage. 
There were some good pillows to be had! 
If this guy had a mate I would I snagged these. Nothing better than a little velvet for fall/winter. 

Again- loved the green but there was only 1! :( I prefer to buy pillows in pairs. 

Another great basic smokey gray velvet pillow. These were large 24" and would look great on king size bed. 

I also always flip through the curtains even if I have no need for curtains :) These gray plaid curtains were just calling my name, I may go back for them! 

Really loved this jute rug too! 

Then I swung by home depot for tile shopping. Now I'm ready for a reno project to use these beautiful (and super affordable!!!) tiles. If someone wants to use any of these tiles in your upcoming reno- I'm your gal! They are 12 x 24 by premium tile! 

Love these for flooring! 

Also stopped by joann's fabrics and stopped to admire this collection. It just screams "fall." I'm going back for that blue/orange herringbone fabric for my little man's bedroom. 

That's all the shopping I had time for! Hope you enjoyed a few of my finds! 

Monday, September 28, 2015

{artist: Eli Helman}

Just sharing with y'all my latest artist obsession. I'm always on the lookout for unique, one-of-a-kind artwork. So when I saw Eli Helman's work I had to document it. Helman creates the most beautiful maximalist pen and ink drawings. I'm especially intrigued by his tree subjects. While they  are lacking any true color; they have so much texture, pattern, and interest they are anything but boring. I could look at them for days. 

They feel slightly wimsical- like you might see these in a children's story book. How fun would it be to design a nursery around one of these?! 

Here you can check out more of his work:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

things i'm lovin'

Things I've been lovin' lately....super duper random so prepare yourself.


My Yeti Rambler. Mr. Cattlebuyer treated me to this a few weeks ago and I gotta say, I love it. I'm officially on the Yeti bandwagon! :) 


The bolster pillow detail. obsessed. beauty is 


Bracelet love. Ordered this as a little treat to myself :) A girl can never have enough bracelets. Amen?! This one was from Etsy and was even on sale!  Something tells me this won't be the last time I order from this shop. 


Trying to hunt down this particular fringe sweater after I spotted it on Pinterest. But of course there are no links :( 

Totally going to make this munchy mix soon! Tis' the season for candy corn... yummy! I'm going to add some peanuts too because I love sweet+salty 

Candy Corn Peanut Butter Munch

Peanut butter filled pretzels and candy corn all coated in white chocolate. Sweet and salty and perfect for Halloween!


12 ounces white melting candy (like Wilton's or Ghirardelli)
6 cups peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets
1 cup mellowcreme pumpkins
1 cup candy corn
optional: sprinkles


Melt the white candy according to the directions on the package.
Add the pretzels to a large bowl. Pour the melted candy over top and stir to coat the pretzels well.
Add the candy corn and pumpkins, gently stir to coat.
Spread mixture out on a non-stick surface (like a silicone mat or parchment paper) and allow to cool until candy has hardened. Add sprinkles before hardened if desired.


Last but not least, we visited an apple orchard over the weekend. It was a fun family adventure and the weather was just beautiful. My big boy did all the apple pickin' himself. He was so careful to examine the apples completely before pickin to be sure not to pick an apple with any boo-boos. 
He loved it. Highly reccommend. 

That's all for now. Be back again soon! 

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