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White square tile in a shower

It’s time to talk about, what we’re calling, Phase Two of our hall bath renovation! This is the very first time in our young adult lives (can you call 30-somethings “young adults” anymore?) that we’ve ever literally moved walls to bring a design vision of ours to life, so we’re admittedly a little apprehensive. And, truth be told, our contractor still hasn’t shown up the sub floor ventilation to get the job started despite a scheduled date that came and went. BUT we’re taking things day by day and I’m just trying to stay positive in the midst of our first official reno.

While I cross my fingers (and toes) that we see and/or hear from our contractor at some point this week, I thought I’d take you through the plan. That photo that you see above was the main inspiration for our little hall bath makeover, although the reality probably won’t end up being quite so dreamy. You see, this bathroom is located off to the side of our finished basement family room, which means that it has no natural light to speak of. This fact is most painfully obvious in the shower. If you’d like some visuals, click back here to check out the space right when we moved in (before photos of the bathroom are toward the bottom of the post), and you can see how far we’ve come thus far with a few minor weekend-type updates here. Now, let’s talk about the future.

Phase 2 of Our Hall Bath Reno: The Plan

Phase 2 of Our Hall Bath Reno: The Plan

The main goal for this second phase of work centers on the shower stall. It’s built right into the corner of the tiny room, with a drywall partition on the side facing the sink, and a flimsy plastic off-the-shelf swing door on the other side (again, click back here for visuals). As it stands, the drywalled portion of the shower blocks 98% of the light from the single overhead fixture we have in the space, which makes for a very dim washing experience. The wall also makes the shower feel extra cramped. You probably won’t be surprised to hear it, but the very first priority is to ditch the drywall and put a nice piece of custom glass in its place.

Although we had hoped to double the size of the shower itself, taking it all the way across the back of the bathroom, our contractor (who, happily, did arrive on time for the estimate and initial walk-through!) explained that we were looking at a pretty intensive renovation and an even scarier price tag. So, instead, we’re going to work with the existing footprint of the shower. That said, we’re hoping to be able to replace every single bit of what currently exists within that footprint.

How does our inspiration image factor into the plan? Well, it all comes down to that simple square tile you see. Rather than choosing the type of bold, multi-colored cement tile that seems to be all the rage these days, I decided to keep things simple in the hopes that what we choose will be “in vogue” for decades to come. We only want to do this once, after all, and since falling in love with the tiny white square tile in the inspiration image above, I ordered six boxes of this Ceramic Mosaic Tile. It sports a gorgeous nearly-matte finish, and I think the bright white color will help make the shower blend in with the rest of the room, making it feel twice as large. I’m also hopeful that the combination of that sleek tile with the glass wall (and new custom glass door!) will help the shower actually feel larger when you’re inside it since we don’t have the time or budget to make it any larger.

So, what do you think? I’m excited to share progress photos—as well as those long-awaited afters—as we bring this bathroom into the current century. And I have one more burning question to ask…Should we paint the existing original grasscloth wallpaper? I’m not sure! Leave your votes in the comments below.

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7 YouTube Channels To Subscribe To Now

Lately, every day tends to start out the exact same way: I wake up around 7AM, check my phone (yes, I’m that girl), stretch, make some avocado toast and coffee, and, then, I climb back in bed to eat breakfast before hitting the showers and my to-do list. The last piece to my morning routine? Pulling up YouTube to keep me company as I chow down on my toast!

I think it was about a year or so ago that I officially fell down the rabbit hole of YouTube. Someone I followed on Instagram mentioned a channel run by a family in the UK called the Michalaks. Their weekly Vlog-style videos were so unique and dreamy, and I just couldn’t stop watching once I got started. I watched their most recent videos, and then eventually went all the way back to the beginning and watched every single one they had ever published. I was hooked, guys, and, just like the moment that inspired me to start this blog, I remember thinking to myself, “I feel like I could do this…”

Which is when I started filming and releasing adventure videos from in and around our town on my own YouTube channel! That was right at the start of 2017, and now I have 16 videos to call my very own. I love it and feel like I’ve really found my new calling. Am I good at it? HELL NO. But it’s the thing I’m most passionate about behind the scenes, so I thought I’d share a quick list of the seven YouTubers who are inspiring me to create in-motion content right now.

7 YouTube Channels To Subscribe To Now

7 Favorite YouTube Channels

1. What Olivia Did: I’m clearly a big, big fan of all British vloggers, but Olivia is one of my all-time favorites. She’s so adorable on-camera, and I adore her retro-inspired style. I feel like we would be buds IRL.

2. Margo & Me: Even though I’m basically a fashion disaster in real life, Jenny’s beauty tutorials and fashion tips make me feel like I can fake it! Her videos are super high quality and always leave me feeling motivated to test my creativity when it comes to beauty (and videography!).

3. Studio McGee: If you, too, cut the cord on cable and are desperately missing HGTV, this YouTube channel is bound to be your new favorite. I’m so inspired by their room tours and interior design tips. While you’re at it, be sure to subscribe to the Yellow Brick Home YouTube channel, too! Kim and Scott have lots of really useful tips and fun projects to share.

4. Vogue: Follow along for beauty tutorials, interesting interviews with celebrities (I especially love their 73 Questions series!), and a behind the scenes look inside the lifestyle of fashion editorial.

5. Klossy: Karlie Kloss is clearly a superstar, but the model seems really down to earth and approachable on her YouTube channel. I love tuning in to her quick, fast-paced videos when I’m getting ready in the morning or waiting on photos to export.

6. The Michalaks: I’ve already given my quick overview on this family, but be sure to follow along with Hannah and Stef for lots of pretty peeks into their lives across the pond in Bath.

7. Studio DIY: Kelly and her team always knock it out of the park with their colorful DIYs. For more crafty tutorials, be sure to subscribe to Sarah Hearts, too!

8. Dream Green DIY: I’d be remiss if I didn’t give myself at least a tiny little plug, right?! I have a brand new type of video set to launch early next month, so it’s kind of an exciting time. Stay tuned!

7 YouTube Channels To Subscribe To Now

Are you an avid YouTube watcher, too? This is my favourite brand of internet Speedpro that speeds up my Youtube thing. Do you have a channel of your own to share? Please leave links in the comments because I’m always on the hunt for newbies to follow. Have a great weekend, guys!

7 YouTube Channels To Subscribe To Now

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How To Add Activity To Your Pet's Lifestyle | dreamgreendiy.com + the NexGard® (afoxolaner) team #itsadog #ad

These words and photos are part of a series that can be seen in full on the It’s a Dog! website. Hop over to ItsADog.com for details on how to enter for your chance to score up to $500 toward your pet gift registry and a coupon for six doses of NexGard® (afoxolaner) with a prescription from a veterinarian!

One hundred and sixty-one days (or, really, 10,202 days if you want to be totally accurate)—that’s how long my sister has been waiting to adopt her own dog. The first, more digestible figure is based off the day last November when she found out that she could move into a pet-friendly home for the first time in her young adult life. Ever since then, she has been scouring local pet adoption centers and breeder websites on the hunt for the perfect dog to bring home.

It hasn’t been a fast process and every day that went by without any luck was pretty disheartening to my sister and, frankly, to our entire family, too. Her lease required that this hypothetical new pup weigh under a certain small amount, but she had her heart set on a big black lab. She met all sorts of potential pups, but none of them worked out for one reason or another (ex. weight limitations, incompatibility with other dogs, incompatibility with cats, etc.). That is, until Rory came along.

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How To Add Activity To Your Pet's Lifestyle | dreamgreendiy.com + the NexGard® (afoxolaner) team #itsadog #ad

How To Add Activity To Your Pet's Lifestyle | dreamgreendiy.com + the NexGard® (afoxolaner) team #itsadog #ad

This pint-sized, docked tail mixed black lab puppy came to us very unexpectedly from the local SPCA here in Waynesboro, Virginia, and turned out to be the answer my sister had been looking for all this time. He’s on the smaller side, but very clearly made of Labrador retriever, solidifying him as the ideal compromise between Kat’s vision of her dream dog and her lease requirements.

It has been a few months since Rory was adopted, and it’s love all around. So, in order to celebrate the same “It’s a Dog!” online pet gift registry announcement that I worked with
the NexGard® (afoxolaner) team on earlier this year, I asked my sister if she wouldn’t mind us turning the blog’s spotlight on the newest furry member of our at-large household. Happily, both pup and pup owner were more than willing to oblige.

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How To Add Activity To Your Pet's Lifestyle | dreamgreendiy.com + the NexGard® (afoxolaner) team #itsadog #ad

We officially introduced puppy Rory to our big family of pets over the long Memorial Day weekend back in May. Between my parents’ 3 labs and 2 cats and our 1 dog and 3 cats, it was a lot to take in for a new puppy who had been, up until that point, used to living alone in his new apartment. Thankfully, the introduction was a relatively easy one, and everyone was coexisting together within the hour.

In honor of a puppy joining the ranks alongside our collection of older dogs, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to share suggestions for adding activity to your pet’s lifestyle. Whether your own canine is new, like Rory, or more on the senior side like our hound dog, Rocky, and my parents’ trio of labs, these tips should have your pet feeling fit and having fun in no time this summer.

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How To Add Activity To Your Pet’s Lifestyle

  • Take a hike: We leashed up Rory and our own dog, Rocky, on Memorial Day, then headed out into the woods for a good long walk. It was the perfect way to tire both boys out and get their hearts pounding.
  • Have a playdate: In the same vein, nothing motivates activity in a pet’s day quite like rough-housing with a fellow canine.
  • Go to class: Even if your pup is well-versed in tricks and commands, sign them up for a training class annually. It’s a great way to encourage socializing, plus you’ll both have an excuse to get out and about.
  • Play fetch: Got a backyard? A long, furniture-free hallway? A nearby dog park? Throw a pet-approved ball for your dog so that he is consistently running a few controlled laps every day.
  • Make him work for it: Whenever rewarding your pet with a dog treat, try holding the biscuit a little aloft of his head so that he has to bounce up a few inches in the air for it, or even toss it a few feet off to the side so that he races for it to get his pulse going.

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How To Add Activity To Your Pet's Lifestyle | dreamgreendiy.com + the NexGard® (afoxolaner) team #itsadog #ad

As my sister discovered throughout the course of the last year, new pet ownership is a big step. There is so much to consider and there are so many questions to ask, but the uncertainty is well worth the moment you lay eyes on the dog you’re meant to love for his or her entire life.

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And with that, it’s time to remind you about the online pet gift registry that the 
NexGard® (afoxolaner) team has launched. To get started, visit ItsADog.com now through October and put together a digital list of things your new pup will need when he or she finally comes home (think: a crate, food and water bowls, toys, washable blankets, etc.).

After you’ve finished compiling your gift registry, you can then share the final list with loved ones who can use it to make your new arrival feel at home from day one. Oh, and don’t forget that you can enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win up to $500 in prizes, which will be awarded individually each month.

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How To Add Activity To Your Pet's Lifestyle | dreamgreendiy.com + the NexGard® (afoxolaner) team #itsadog #ad

Deciding which dog to bring home from the shelter is a huge decision. Figuring out which new pet necessities to bring home from the store shouldn’t be. The NexGard team wants to lend a helping hand in welcoming your new dog—whether he or she is a puppy or a senior—into a new home. So, let the NexGard team make this big life transition a little easier on both of you by visiting www.ItsADog.com to get educated and excited now.

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Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

While a lot of home updates take a fairly small amount of time and effort to pull off, there are inevitably those certain projects that you think will be a cinch to cross off your list, but turn out to take months to really make happen. Our new front door is one of those types of deceptively simple projects that ended up taking a lot more time and a lot more money to see through to the finish line, but, happily, the results are worth all of the trial and, yes, the tears, too.

It all started back in the beginning of the year when I decided that it was time for a curb appeal face lift. Our home’s unique A-frame shape already made it stand out from the neighborhood, but John and I always wished that the front entry matched the cool sophistication of the architecture itself. As is, the flimsy glass storm door was neither very secure nor very impervious to the elements (vines used to grow under the door, it was that loosely hung!), so we decided it was time to replace it with a professionally installed, weather-tight steel front door.

First, though, we needed to choose a style. I Photoshopped all sorts of different options onto an image we already had of the front of our house, and thought I had settled on this one, which I showed you a couple months ago in my mood board for the curb appeal makeover. I loved the pretty moulding, but after finding out that we needed a custom-sized door, the decorative style just wasn’t within budget. Here are a handful of other options we considered throughout the process in case you’re curious.

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How To Choose Your New Front Door | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot

How To Choose Your New Front Door | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot

How To Choose Your New Front Door | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot

Instead, we settled on the plain, totally flat panel door you see mocked up above. I tend to ere on the side of simple anyway, so I wasn’t upset at the last-minute change, but the inevitable up-charge that comes with a custom door was a little surprising. I just wanted to make sure that I mentioned it here in case you decide to upgrade to a steel door, too, so that you aren’t taken by surprise at check-out like we were.

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Of course, we could have saved hundreds of dollars by installing the door ourselves, but after working with the contractors that our local Home Depot sent out to do the work, I couldn’t possibly recommend a professional install more. And I’m not being paid to say that. Home Depot did help us with a generous discount on the door in return for a mention on the blog, but this project was something we had been saving up for and invested a lot of our own money into as well.

Long story short, we never would have attempted to install the door on our own since it required a brand new frame, new weather-resistant vinyl and weather stripping, plus hinges, a matching sill, and multiple lines of caulk to make sure that everything was sealed up tight. They even installed our new matte black hardware and deadbolt, so it was completely worry-free for us. I welcomed the installers into the house at 9am one Thursday morning, and they were all wrapped up and hauling our old storm door and the tattered old frame out by 10:30am—no questions asked.

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Next, we needed to choose a paint color. The door we bought came in a primed white finish, and after waiting 24 hours to allow the caulk to set, it was time to get rolling—literally. You can click here to see a GIF animation of all the paint colors we considered (including just leaving the new door plain white), but we ultimately decided on a quintessential mid-century shade of orange—something with a hint of red in it to coordinate with the brick, but with just enough “fire” to make it pop.

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Truth be told, I impulse purchased a color from Behr called “Pimento,” but it ended up being way too bright, so I raced over to Sherwin Williams, which is just a mile from our house, to grab a new, more muted version of the color to go over top. The final color we chose (that you see pictured here in this post) is called “Peppery” from Sherwin Williams, and, although I’m certainly biased, I think it’s the perfect poppy-yet-sophisticated reddish orange for our 1960s house.

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

The new door not only looks more “official” and stylish, it also feels more official, too. The addition of a sill down along the bottom of the entry floor and proper weather stripping allow for a tight seal when the door is closed, and we’re no longer having to deal with vines infiltrating the sunroom that sits just behind the door.

To round out the updates, we added some new potted plants, hung some custom-cut cellular shades inside, and filled in a few bare areas of the landscaping with new white rocks. I also replaced the old flood light with a round frosted lightbulb to make it feel a little more retro and finished.

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

All in all, the project took about three months to complete, but I think the majority of that was just waiting on coordinating the official measure appointment (Home Depot sends their installer out ahead of time to take accurate measurements of your specific door frame), choosing and ordering our materials, paying for everything, waiting for the door to ship to the store, and then finally scheduling our install.

I won’t lie to you. It was certainly a little more stressful then I had anticipated to get a new front door, but now that it’s done, and it’s done right, I’m so happy that we powered through. Hopefully, we won’t ever have to replace the door again, and we couldn’t be more in love with the before-and-after difference our new curb updates made. Let us know what you think of the new look below!

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

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3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

Have you given podcasts a try yet? It took me a little longer ‘than the average bear’ to get into the idea of tuning in to talk radio, but now that I have, I’m pretty much dependent on it. It’s rare for me to go a day without pressing play on a favorite show and the idea of taking a road trip without plugging my phone up to my car’s speakers is just unheard of.

Since I know a lot of you still have summer travel plans in the works and maybe even a few extra “you time” hours in the day during this lazy season, I wanted to share my go-to podcasts of late, last summer when I talked to a campervan hire Hobart to go on vacation, I made sure to take my podcast with me to listen while I traveled. Whether you’re looking to get inspired with home décor ideas or want to learn about the history of, say…dentistry, these three shows should keep your mind occupied all summer (or year!) long.

3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

And since we’re talking about podcasting, I wanted to also quickly mention how I’m tuning in. I recently added these Regent headphones from Sudio Sweden to the collection of techie gadgets in my desk drawer, and I love them. I rarely use earbuds because they tend to hurt my ears, but these ultra cushy bluetooth headphones are comfortable enough to last through hours of listening. I’m kind of a little bit obsessed with the sleek white and gold design, too…But now let’s talk podcasts!

3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

  1. Young House Love Has A Podcast: If you’ve been a fan of Sherry and John Petersik from their regular blogging days, then you’ll love their podcast. The pro DIY duo comes off just as approachable and down-to-earth as they did on Young House Love, the blog, and I’ve been so inspired by the interviews, tips, and personal home renovation stories they’ve shared.
  2. Fresh Air by NPR: I’ve been ‘engrossed’ with Terry Gross (sorry, had to!) for years, but sometimes it’s tough for me to get to a radio when her show actually goes on air. So, when I found out that Fresh Air had a podcast, I was all over it. From celebrity interviews (favorites being Seth Meyers, Billy Bragg, and Aziz Ansari) to conversations revolving around things like wildlife photography, the making of Wonder Woman, and what goes into choosing words for the dictionary, Terry always spotlights fresh perspectives on interesting topics.
  3. Style Matters By Little Yellow Couch: I was just recently introduced to this podcast, so I’m a bit of a newbie, but I’m already turning into a loyal listener. The archives are packed with creative interviews focusing on artisans, stylists, and designers from around the world. As their iTunes page touts, their weekly episodes “inspire us creatively, and give us insight into why the art of home making is so powerful.” I’m hooked!

3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

A couple of other podcasts of note if you’re looking to fill your feed with goodies: Monocycle with Leandra Medine By Man Repeller, The Lively Show by Jess Lively, and, although there aren’t any new episodes, I’m still a huge fan of the archives from After the Jump by Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge. Got a podcast recommendation of your own to share? Do tell in the comments below.

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3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

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With summer finally here, I’ve decided to turn my attention to a few lingering outdoor updates to our curb appeal—namely, the front door. Last year I explained how we tackled a quick and affordable “Phase 1” makeover by adding fun teal window film to our existing storm door, but it’s time to get our entry looking even more official.

My ultimate goal? To give our bland front door a bit more of a permanent vibe with a real exterior door (no more naked storm door), new modern hardware care of Schlage, and a few subtle accessories. If your Ac is broken look no farther ac repair near me here is the link. Oh, and plants. Lots and lots of plants. As you can see from the photos below that were taken by Andrea Pesce last spring, our 1960s ranch has undeniable character. That cool A-frame style silhouette is one that’s known all over town. In fact, contractors who have been invited over to offer estimates or do work here and there on our house always comment about how they’ve admired the home from afar, and, of course, we weren’t immune to that appeal ourselves. As soon as I spotted the house on Zillow back in 2015, I knew it was “the one.” I knew I had to start making plans to move in, so I looked up ute hired from Self Move Hire to search for help moving into this new home.

That said, the curb could definitely use some sprucing up. So, to continue my year-long partnership with Schlage, I thought I’d share a little bit about our inspiration and plans for our mid-century-inspired exterior entryway. HINT: Make sure you scroll to the end of the post for your chance to enter to win the brand’s big Superb Curb Appeal Sweepstakes!

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Like a lot of renovation projects in this house, I’m going to attempt to combine two main factors: form and function. In the looks department, the old storm door leaves quite a bit to be desired, I also want to use some help from  ProFormance Roofing with the roof, since they are different companies as Roofing Chattanooga which offers really good services. It’s pretty flimsy and dingy, plus the glass panel (even with its since-added blue window film) just doesn’t add the kind of sophistication I’m going for to the aesthetic of the house.

Functionally, there’s little to no protection from the elements. The seal is nonexistent (grass and vines literally grow into the sunroom from under the door), and the glass panel lets quite a bit of light into the sunroom, making the unheated/un-air-conditioned room a sauna this time of year, anyway I already contacted AC repair Orlando because I want to install a new system at home.

A proper exterior door will give the house a little more grandeur, not to mention it will keep the sunroom feeling more comfortable year-round and free from encroaching vines and pests. The other exciting part about adding a real front door is that it allows us the opportunity to get hardware to match the upgrade. We fell hard for the Schlage Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt with Century Handleset and Latitude Lever. The edgy black finish will draw much-needed attention to our entryway, and will ensure better security, too, thanks to the heavy-duty electronic deadbolt.

Modern Mid-Century Curb Appeal: Inspiration | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #CurbAppealIn an effort to get this important install right the first time, we’re enlisting help from the pros rather than tackling it ourselves. We’ve crossed our measure appointment off the list, and the parts have all been ordered—now we just wait to get our install on the calendar with the local home improvement store, and we’ll be calling this one “done” before summer’s end. I can’t wait to share the final before and after photos with you all later this season, and to offer thoughts on Keyless Touchscreen entry once we’ve had a chance to enjoy it for a few weeks. Stay tuned for all of that very soon.

And now for the contest (because who doesn’t love to win stuff?!). Enter the Schlage Superb Curb Appeal Sweepstakes now for a chance to win a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt of your own, a $1,000 gift-card from The Home Depot, and a design consultation from fellow home-design blogger, Carmel Phillips from Our Fifth House. Get all the details and enter to win here—good luck!

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Happy Monday! I probably shouldn’t admit this, but Mondays are actually my favorite day of the week. The day offers a nice, fresh start, there’s less pressure since I have plenty of days to get my projects for that week done before Saturday rolls around, and Monday tends to be my lightest email day of the week.

On the other hand, Fridays are my least favorite. I have until 5PM to get everything on my list done before calling it quits for the weekend, and I swear everyone waits until 4PM on Friday afternoon to send me their “urgent” email requests. It stresses me out just thinking about Friday…So, instead, I’ll simply bask in the slow-paced glory of this Monday morning.

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  3. Table Lamp ($21.75)
  4. Solid Wood Wall Frame ($23.99)
  5. Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life, by Erin Gates ($19.91)
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  8. Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves, by Emily Henderson ($18.39)
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  11. Succulents in Wooden Pot ($58.99)
  12. Hettie 3 Piece Vase Set ($35.99)

One thing in particular that I’ve got on my to-do list for the week is a home tour photo shoot. I’m so excited to be teaming up with local photographer, Carrie Coleman, to document all of the changes we’ve made to our home since last year’s tour. You’d probably think that not enough has changed since last June to warrant a new shoot, but I think you’ll be surprised to see all of the differences from room to room.

With a looming photo shoot in just a few days time, I’ve been running like a mad woman around our house, making sure that everything (and I mean everything) is styled to perfection. In case you’re working on styling your own surfaces, the list above features a few of the top picks I always keep around for styling emergencies—because, yes, those moments totally exist! I can’t wait to share more about the tour next month, but in the meantime, be sure to follow along with me on Instagram for behind the scenes peeks and to weigh in with your own styling ideas as I work on each room in turn.

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Oh, and, as always, my promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.

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Phase 1 Of Our Downstairs Bathroom Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Oh, the downstairs bathroom…This room is thankfully a bit of an afterthought since it’s tucked away on the bottom level of our home. It’s rarely used by guests, so I’ve just lived with it for the almost-two years that we’ve called this 1960s ranch “home.”

That said, my patience has officially run out, and I’ve got big plans to turn this space into a room that I don’t mind directing our guests toward. John and I are actually hosting a mini family reunion (my dad’s side) here at the house in late July, so my plan is to have this dated room fit for showing off come party time next month. Can I pull it off? That’s yet to be seen, but I’ve made at least a few small bits of progress in the last couple of weeks, which has me feeling more confident.

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Phase 1 Of Our Downstairs Bathroom Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

The first thing to get updated was the light over the vanity. The original fixture featured an old on/off toggle switch, forcing us to look for the same style fixture in the process of replacing it. There isn’t a built-in wall switch for the light, so if we installed a traditional fixture, it would have been permanently lit once the power was switched back on post-install.

Turns out that toggle type lighting is harder to find than you’d think, though! Most of the fixtures I unearthed on my Google searches were astronomically expensive, but then I found a UK-based Etsy seller who offered beautiful modern light fixtures with a toggle switch option.

Phase 1 Of Our Downstairs Bathroom Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Spark & Bell totally saved my butt on this one, and after finding a couple of fixtures that I just couldn’t choose between (seen here and here), I reached out to the shop owner to see if a custom option was possible. Spoiler alert: it was possible, and the finished light is everything I had hoped for and more.

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Resources: Cotton Wall Hanging (similar), Round MirrorGrasscloth Wallpaper (similar), Soap DispenserCustom Light FixtureVintage rug via eBay seller anatoliandecorBath TowelBoxes with lidsBrass Drawer PullsHanging Planter Vase

I’m still playing around with different accents and finishing touches, but my ultimate plan is to work around the bulk of the room’s existing layout (for now, anyway) and finishes, but update the smaller details—things like the mirror, art, hardware, rug and linens—every weekend now through July.

I actually really love the original grasscloth wallpaper in the room, so I think I’ll try working around that for “Phase 1” of this makeover. As for “Phase 2”? We’ll eventually update the countertop to stone, add a new modern faucet, rip out the old shower stall, and fix some tiles, luckily we have done this task before and we recommend you to use weber for your next project. (like this).

What do you think? Do you guys have a room in your home that you’re embarrassed to send people to? I’m hopeful that these high impact, small scale changes I have planned can happen quickly and on budget. Stay tuned.

Phase 1 Of Our Downstairs Bathroom Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Each vote enters you for a chance to win $15,000 to put towards a room of your OWN, so don’t wait!

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Everything You Need For Your Date Night In | dreamgreendiy.com

Lately, I’ve been feeling the urge to save more and set more aside for my retirement, which means that, ultimately, I have a little less to spend on things like weekly date nights. Instead of going to the movies or popping in to our favorite fancy restaurants, John and I have tried to think more intentionally about things we can do at home that translate into quality time.

It has actually been a really fun challenge trying to come up with things to do at home versus out on the town. We’ve had picnic dinners in our living room, kicked off board game championships, instituted homemade pizza night, dabbled in wine tastings (with a $5-per-bottle limit, of course), snapped instant photos of our pets doing funny things for scrap-booking later on, made our own dairy-free ice cream, and watched countless movies in our PJs. Turns out that you really don’t need to spend a lot of money to have fun, so I put together a list of the top 12 pieces we’ve added to our collection that can be used over and over again versus splurging on just one date night out.

  1. The Elements of Pizza, by Ken Forkish ($18)
  2. Picnic Blanket ($35)
  3. 3-pc Pizza Stone Set ($17.67)
  4. Set of 4 Red Wine Glasses ($36.17)
  5. Bluetooth speaker ($116)
  6. Men’s Camper Moccasin ($33.31)
  7. Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote ($39.99)
  8. Knit Leggings ($19.99)
  9. Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker with Extra Freezer Bowl ($69.95)
  10. Instant Film Camera ($109.95)
  11. Textural hooded jacket ($79.50)
  12. 6-in-1 Game Set ($14.46)

If you’re looking for other 2-person games to play at home, another big favorite of ours is Spot it! There are tons of different versions of this fast-paced game to enjoy (including a water-proof option that you can take to the pool), and it can be played between two people or an entire family. Got any at-home date night ideas of your own? Shout them out below so that we can even more creative.

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Oh, and, as always, my promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.

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What's On My Summer Reading List | dreamgreendiy.com

One thing in particular that I’d like to prioritize from my summer to-do list this season is reading. I remember as a kid I would go to the library and check out 6-8 novels at once. Then I’d go home and read one chapter of each at a time, alternating from one to the next. I loved to read and I still love to read, but finding time for it is getting harder and harder as I take more on at work.

I hope to change things up in the next few months, though, so that reading can get back on my priorities list. Since I don’t travel very often, reading and watching movies is my way of escaping. Novels also have a way of inspiring me as a working creative, too.

So, in case you’re looking for reading inspiration and recommendations, I thought I’d offer a list of the top titles on my list. Some I’ve already read and plan to re-read, whereas others I’m just now getting into. Scroll on for the full list, plus a few of my thoughts on each.

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My Summer Reading List

  1. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty: I’m halfway through this first book on my list, and am loving it. It’s a little darker than I expected, but on the other hand, a little more lighthearted than I expected it would be, too. Definitely one to try this summer.
  2. The Vacationers: A Novel, by Emma Straub: I honestly don’t know a whole lot about this one, but have seen it on one too many Instagrams feeds and blogger roundups not to include it. The book documents what comes to light during one American family’s two-week stay in Mallorca.
  3. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins: I read The Girl on the Train earlier this year, and thought it was so captivating. It keeps you guessing until the very last page, and I think I might just pick it back up toward the end of the summer to see if I can spot any details I missed the first go around.
  4. The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman: I’m looking forward to rereading this novel as well. It’s a beautifully unexpected story about what happens on a remote island in Australia. The movie is worth a watch, too, if only for the stunning cinematography and locations. Also, Michael Fassbender. Duh.
  5. Words Without Music: A Memoir, by Philip Glass: I’m a big, big fan of Philip Glass as a composer, and can’t wait to learn a little bit more about the man behind the music in his memoir.
  6. Slightly South of Simple, by Kristy Woodson Harvey: If you’re looking for a sweet, witty, heartbreaking read to pass the time while lying on the beach this season, then Slightly South of Simple is for you. I motored through an advance copy several months ago, and loved every moment. This one will keep you guessing, too!
  7. Dragon Teeth: A Novel, by Michael Crichton: I adored everything that the late Michael Crichton put out before his death in 2008. I didn’t expect to ever have the chance to read another new book by him, but then I randomly saw his name on a book cover at Target and it stopped me in my tracks. This recently discovered novel is definitely on my list for summer.
  8. The Chemist, by Stephenie Meyer: I probably shouldn’t admit it now that I’m 31 years old, but I loved Twilight back in the day. I lost all sense of time and space while powering through the series, so I’m excited to see if The Chemist lives up to Twilight’s seductive appeal.

What's On My Summer Reading List | dreamgreendiy.com

What's On My Summer Reading List | dreamgreendiy.com

What's On My Summer Reading List | dreamgreendiy.com

Do you have any particular books on your own summer reading list? Any you plan to give another go, or maybe some newbies that are just waiting in your Amazon shopping cart for the right moment? Well, now’s the time, so let’s all plan to fill our bedside tables with stacks of good novels, ready to grab the moment a free hour shows its (delightful) face.

What's On My Summer Reading List | dreamgreendiy.com

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Oh, and, as always, my promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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