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New Plans For Dream Green DIY In 2018

New Plans For Dream Green DIY In 2018

No, I haven’t bleached my hair blonde again, (although, remember when?!). Even though we’re kicking off a brand new year today, I’m still the same old brunette girl you’ve come to know. Happily, I feel confident saying that “same old” isn’t going to describe 2018 for me. I’m so thrilled to put some big dreams into play as we ease into the next 365 days, and today I wanted to continue my now-annual tradition of explaining what’s to come with a mini manifesto of blog info.

Today marks the official 1-year anniversary of my shift toward a new neutral aesthetic, and I’m feeling more inspired than ever thanks to that January 2017 announcement. It has absolutely been a process to get to this point, though, meaning I’ve had to rethink pretty much everything I do when it comes to home décor—and life in general. I’ve taken countless (countless!) truck-loads of stuff I’ve hoarded over the years to charity, and I’ve had to learn the hard way that home goods shopping isn’t so much a necessity as it is an occasional treat, otherwise, I’ll just end up trucking more and more stuff to charity drop-offs and the dump.

New Plans For Dream Green DIY In 2018

New Plans For Dream Green DIY In 2018

New Plans For Dream Green DIY In 2018

Only now do I feel like I’ve finally hit something of a stride in my journey toward “minimalism,” in that I’ve learned to think and think and think some more before buying an item I spot at the store. And this concept is leaking into all areas of my life—from new clothes and beauty products, to specialty food and wine, even. If you’d like some insight or tips on how I’ve taught myself to shop and splurge less often, by all means, let me know in the comments below because I certainly have a lot to say on the topic. Today isn’t the day for those details, though.

Instead, my point is that I’ve had a recent revelation when it comes to “stuff,” and it has to do with the blog. You see, one of the perks of being a content creator with an online presence is that I’m offered complimentary products fairly regularly, a fact I try very hard to be transparent about in each and every applicable post you see here on Dream Green DIY. After seven years of up-all-night hustling to get to this point as a working blogger, I’m so grateful for the added benefit (especially since this career path meant giving up employer-sponsored health care, retirement contributions, and paid sick/vacation leave…), but something has happened this past year to make me realize that maybe something needs to change where free items are concerned.

Say, for example, I get a pen mark or I spill coffee on a leather bag I’ve graciously received in exchange for a possible Dream Green DIY shout out. If I had purchased the bag outright with my own hard-earned cash, I would be devastated. Instead, I punctuate the sad moment with this thought: “Well, at least I didn’t pay for it…” If you’re hating me just a little bit for typing those words, I don’t blame you. It’s unsettling to me, too!

New Plans For Dream Green DIY In 2018

New Plans For Dream Green DIY In 2018

Maybe another way to illustrate this somewhat abstract concept is to explain what happens when I get the urge to purge items from our home—an activity that happens pretty regularly now that I’m trying to minimize our décor. It’s a little easier for me to donate a lamp or blanket I’ve received for free, whereas, if I had paid my own money for the item, I might be far more inclined to cherish it for the long haul. When it comes down to it, this insecurity is likely fueled by my own ego and guilt complex, but I ultimately want to get to the point where everything I own is something I love, I appreciate, and I value.

I want to backtrack for just a moment to reiterate that not a single complimentary product comes through our door that I wouldn’t purchase for myself. I say no to way, way more than I say yes to behind the scenes, and I love to help shout brands I love from the rooftops now that I have a platform from which to do so. But I think I’m going to try to find a more realistic balance between “accepting” and “investing” this new year. Does that make sense? I hope so, although I know this whole idea is probably a little foreign to any non-bloggers out there.

Anyway, the point is that this blog is going to continue to be filled with practical craft projects, high quality shopping suggestions, how-tos, and lifestyle advice in 2018, but throughout the next handful of months I’m slowly going to start focusing less on new stuff and more on tips for repurposing the things we already have and love. While sponsored posts are here to stay in the name of, firstly, supporting brands that I genuinely admire, and second, maintaining a living, breathing blog, my promise to you is that they’ll focus even more on building a capsule home décor collection and on giving back to the community at large, too. I’ve already started donating the extra gifted craft supplies I’ve received to local churches and children’s programs, which feels like a great thing to build on in an even bigger way this new year.

Are you ready? I know I am! May your 2018 be filled with more intentional living and decorating, and I would be so honored to have you follow along with my own journey as I work toward a lifestyle and mentality I can be proud of. Cheers!

New Plans For Dream Green DIY In 2018

New Plans For Dream Green DIY In 2018

*Photos by Chelsea Laine Francis for SMP Living and Dream Green DIY; P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for the Dream Green DIY newsletter! The first issue of 2018 hits everyone’s inboxes this Wednesday, and will include a free printable New Year’s Resolution Worksheet. Sign up here!
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My Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

Let’s take a tiny break from holiday talk this morning to get real about something that has been making me feel a little low as of late: Internet cruelty. As someone who puts her life and home out there for the world to see (and comment on) on a daily basis, I’ve learned not to get too upset by negativity. I respect everyone’s opinions—but not when those opinions are rudely put and destructive. There’s a BIG difference between saying you don’t like something and saying you think a person is “stupid” or “an idiot” for designing her home a certain way.

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

So, when Apartment Therapy asked if I’d like to shed some light on this topic after a certain photo they posted of our home took on a nasty life of its own, I was all for it. I would love for you to click over to Apartment Therapy to read my essay and to weigh in with your own thoughts, perspectives, and opinions in their comments section. It’s already getting pretty heated over there, and I wonder if any of you have more to add to that space.

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

Before you read my essay, though, I wanted to warn you that a certain four-letter expletive is used. I promise it’s not meant to offend, but more to underscore the types of things I hear from strangers fairly often on viral social media posts. It’s not my quote, but literally something I copied and pasted from someone’s comment about our home. I just thought I’d give you a heads up since the commenters on Apartment Therapy got the wrong idea that I intentionally used that language to get a reaction—not the case!

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

Thanks, as always, for your support, for hearing me out, and (perhaps most imortant of all) for your thoughtful, respectful comments here on the blog. It means more to me than you’ll ever, ever know…Now, please hop over to read my Apartment Therapy essay, and be sure to share your own thoughts about Internet bullying and negative commenting either below or in Apartment Therapy’s comments section.

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

*Photos by Andrea Pesce
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22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

From where I sit typing this post I spot two holiday wreaths, a glittering tree decked out in baubles, our stack of childhood Christmas books on the coffee table, and there are holiday tunes pumping from the record player. But just before redecorating our home for the season, I spent time revamping our living room with a hearty dose of soft earth tone color.

Since I know your blogroll and social media feeds are probably already overwhelmed with holiday decor posts, I wanted to share a little bit more about our earthy living room makeover pre-Christmas tree, plus a simple roundup of art that works for year-round display. Whether you hang these pieces next to an evergreen tree weighed down with ornaments, or your favorite summertime throw blankets and pillows, I think you’ll find them to be a welcome, oh-so-soothing addition to your fine art collection.

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

The inspiration behind this new set of art was my continuing need for neutrality in our home decor. Ever since announcing that I planned to embrace a softer, more minimal color palette at the start of 2017, I’ve been purging my brighter decor in lieu of classic pieces that I know will make us smile for years to come.

Throughout the process of experimenting with more neutral decor, I’ve come to love cool earth tones and rich, rusty hues, too, so I picked a set of pieces that falls within that palette—a green and orange abstract, a seated dancer, and a monochromatic leafy line drawing. Scroll on for links to those you see pictured here today in our living room, plus 19 others, all of which were pulled from Artfully Walls online.

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now:

(1) Horse 1 (2) Givon (3) An Orchid (4) Blur (5) Modern Landscape (6) Fallen Hours (7) Eucalyptus 1 (8) Negba (9) Untitled by Anna Ullman (10) Wild Mustard (11) Beast Coast (12) Birds (13) The Seduction of Memory and the Distraction of Anticipation (14) Fox Hill (15) Identity (16) Soma (17) 1/14. 8. (18) Hydrangeas for Paula (19) Andes (20) Young Dancer (21) Above (22) Lilies

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to completely transform the look of a room just be switching out the art. Our living room has gone through all sorts of different looks in the past two years (see it before here and here) even though most of our furniture has stayed the same. New art and a few new accessories instantly changes the vibe of a room for a much smaller investment than all new furniture would require. Try it out in your own home and see for yourself!

Stay tuned next week to see what the same art collection looks like alongside our holiday decor, and tell me in the comments below which of the 22 earth tone art prints speaks to you.

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

*This story was an in-kind partnership with Artfully Walls. Though compensation wasn’t received, we were given product to style and experience first-hand, and I earn a small percentage from purchases made by the affiliate links above. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Dream Green DIY!
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3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways

*This post was sponsored by Schlage

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You know that myth everyone seems to live by that the hardware color you choose dictates your room’s style? Well, it’s time to officially ditch it! I’ve never really been one for following design rules, but this one in particular drives me crazy.

It seems like the design world generally considers oil rubbed bronze hardware to be “safe” for a traditional space, brushed nickel perfect for a contemporary one, and brass for transitional rooms that sort of blend the two. Now, of course, that’s not exactly hard and fast, but I wanted to officially kick the myth to the curb today because it is so much fun to play around with hardware finishes—no matter what interior design style you love!

To prove it, I teamed up with the folks at Schlage to showcase three different room mood boards, complete with different hardware finishes, wallpaper ideas, fabric options, paint colors, potential drawer pulls, and even some hardwood floor options, too. Each of the three hypothetical rooms feels distinct and unique, and demonstrates that hardware finishes can work with any kind of style—from modern to traditional.

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Look 1: Satin Nickel

This first look might just be my favorite of the bunch. I love how the tone-on-tone botanical wallpaper acts as a soft backdrop to the entire mood board, and I’m really drawn to how the pretty satin nickel hardware gives the look a tinge of elegance, too. I also included a set of white, black, and gold drawer pulls to prove that mixing metals and finishes can be a lot of fun as well!

Wouldn’t that moody blue color be so lovely as a painted dresser? Or you could use it to paint the ceiling or closet doors in the space for even more added personality. I rounded things out with light wood floors and a rich Asian-inspired fabric (intended for curtains) to help enhance and draw out the darker outlines in the wallpaper.

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Look 2: Aged Bronze

Now, this second look is John’s favorite, probably because of the contemporary cabin vibes established by the woodland wallpaper. I can easily picture this as a statement-making powder room—can you? Cork floors help ground the entire look, while soft gray fabric would be beautiful as roman shades or even a shower curtain.

Natural wood drawer pulls in a lighter tone help soften the high contrast design, whereas deep green paint adds a much-needed dose of color to the otherwise neutral palette. I’m particularly in love with the mod aged bronze hardware, especially because it “speaks” so nicely to the black outlines in the wallpaper. All of these elements make for one undeniably bold room, but I can definitely picture myself spending lots of happy time in it.

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Look 3: Aged Brass

For our third and final look below, I wanted to make satin brass hardware look right at home in a contemporary setting, so I paired the finish with matching gold and leather drawer pulls, peppy gold and white wallpaper, and Scandinavian-inspired light hardwood floors.

To counteract the minimalist vibes, I tossed in a super saturated jewel tone fabric—perfect as an upholstered side chair or throw pillows in a living room—and a muted blue accent paint color. I can see this mood board coming together as a cute and trendy seating area with sleek furniture, a white table lamp or two, and gold picture frames and decorative accessories.

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John and I have stuck with brass hardware for our home as we’ve updated door knobs here and hinges there, but that was mostly because it was what we inherited when we bought the house. We figured it was easier to just run with a finish that we already had, but the cool thing is that, if we wanted to go all out, it would be so easy to transform the look and feel of our 1960s ranch with all-black or all-silver hardware.

Point being that you should feel free to choose whichever finish you want when updating the hardware in your own home—no matter when you home was built. Anything goes!

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Which of the three hypothetical rooms above would you love to see brought to life? Are you as into the first look as I am, or did you, like John, fall hard for the dark hinges and monochromatic geese wallpaper in “Look 2”? Leave your preferences and favorite Schlage hardware finishes in the special branded comments box just below!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schlage. The opinions and text are all mine.

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10 Favorite Fall Candles To Burn Now

Favorite Fall Candles To Burn Now

Happy Monday and welcome back to a brand new week! Chances are good that, whatever time of day you’re reading this, I’m curled up somewhere in our home with a candle flickering away beside me. It’s most definitely “candle season” around these parts, and you’ll rarely come upon a room in our home that’s free from some fragrant flame (try saying that five times fast—I dare you).

In honor of this cherished time of year, John and I put our heads together to come up with 10 of our very favorite fall candles. Yes, you read that right. John played a big part in coming up with this list since he’s just as big a fan of candles as I am—possibly more so. It’s practically part of his routine to light one of his favorites from our collection below within five minutes of coming home from work.

  1. Scentered, De-stress Travel Therapy Candle
  2. Wax Cabin Candle, Cozy Cabin
  3. NEST Fragrances, Pumpkin Chai Candle
  4. Shoppe 815 Amber Candle, Mountain Summit
  5. Glade Jar Candle Air Freshener, Cashmere Woods
  6. Yankee Candle, Macintosh
  7. LE LABO, Santal 26 Classic Candle
  8. Jo Malone, Incense & Embers Home Candle
  9. P.F. Candle Co., NO. 04: Teakwood & Tobacco
  10. Bath & Body Works, Pumpkin Cupcake

Do you have a favorite fall candle that didn’t make our list? I’m always looking for new ones to add to our collection, so please tell us about your own go-to fall scents in the comments below.

Favorite Fall Candles To Burn Now

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How To Take A Dress From Day To Night

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night

Let’s talk for a moment about style! In my ongoing quest to save more money and buy fewer things, I’ve challenged myself to try making the most of the items I already own. These days you’ll find me rearranging art in our home rather than purchasing new pieces, switching out throw pillows from room to room to change things up, and I’m even doing my best to learn how to mix and match items in my closet to get more wear out of each and every piece.

To help with the latter (since I’m anything but a style pro), I enlisted the help of Darling Boutique owner Linnea White. Back in July, I visited her shop in nearby Charlottesville, Virginia, and she helped me choose a dress and a couple of other strategic new pieces to add to my wardrobe for fall that could be worn in a few different ways. Read on for Linnea’s tips for getting the day-to-night look with your own dress, featuring photos by Tristan Williams!

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

New Investments: Shoes, necklace, earrings, dress // Already Owned: Jean jacket, purse

Words From Linnea:

When Carrie and I chatted about collaborating a little while ago, we ended up deciding on the idea of styling a dress for her busy blogger life. Based on her style needs, we leaned towards pieces that she could wear from day to night—from a coffee shop meeting or work session, to drinks with friends. As with any piece you purchase, you want to imagine styling it multiple ways, and this dress made it easy to pull double-duty.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

Day Look

For the blogger-by-day look, I styled the dress with a simple jean jacket and clogs. It’s no secret that wood clogs are a secret style weapon (the Swedes have known this for years), and are insanely comfortable for long days on your feet. The rich cognac of this pair was the perfect contrast to the dress, adding warmth and color. We added a pair of studs and a beaded bar necklace by Virginia jeweler Emily Warden Designs for simple statement accessories.

Another casual way to style this dress would be with a pair of boots (short or tall) and a chunky cardigan. Think: jewel tones like burgundy or evergreen for an extra eye-catching look. It’s the perfect layering base for Fall days ahead!

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

Evening Look

Sometimes all you need is a leather jacket. And that’s exactly what we added to this dress for an evening option. We also switched the shoes to a pair of booties, and changed up the jewelry for a little more drama. The sunset cuff by Free Range and Feral paired with the geometric hammered brass earrings and long beaded necklace by Dinosaur Toes—all handmade in Virginia, of course.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

Another way to style this dress for evening would be with a pair of heels (add a pop of color!) and a statement clutch. The dolphin hem of the dress adds that needed interest to keep the rest of the look sleek and simple.

Pro Fashionista Tip: Drape your jacket over your shoulders for an instantly chic look for the evening edition of your outfit. 

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

How To Recreate the Look

1. Start with the base. Find that perfect dress for your body type, in a basic color or pattern—we went with stripes in a classic black and white scheme. Keep the silhouette simple, and that base becomes the perfect palette for all your styling needs, day to night.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

New Investments: Necklace, earrings, bracelet, dress // Already Owned: Booties, purse, jacket

2. Keep the layers lengthening, not bulky. Whether a jacket or a sweater, make sure the hem hits at a flattering point on your frame, and doesn’t cut off the flow of the dress silhouette underneath. Learning your proportions is key to layering any piece!

3. Get creative with the accessories, and play with length, textures, and colors. Find necklaces that flatter the garment, creating length where needed or drawing attention to the neckline. This part is the fun part!

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

I’m excited to put Linnea’s pro tips into motion all season long, and can’t wait to see just how many other ways I can style this dress as we transition through more seasons. The cool thing is that I haven’t shopped for clothes since that day back in July, and (with Linnea’s tips in mind) I feel like I already have more than enough in my closet to keep me occupied without having to buy anything new—at least for a while! For more tips and style inspiration be sure to follow along with Linnea on the Darling Boutique blog here.

Before I sign off for the day, I just wanted to send off a BIG thank you to Linnea and Tristan for helping me feel like a million bucks throughout the process of this creative project. It was so much fun to connect with a couple of new local creatives, and to try my hand at fashion for once. It just goes to show that some of your best inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places, so take this as your challenge to step out of the box this fall and try something totally new to you in order to get those creative ideas flowing.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

*Photos by Tristan Williams, Styling by Linnea White
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October Favorites

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It’s a new month, a new season, and I have a new hairdo—sounds like the perfect time to try something totally fresh here on the blog! I’ve been working extra hard this past month to revitalize my YouTube channel, and I’m slowly going to start rolling out the new types of topics and themes this October. First up? A favorites video, which details all of the things I’m loving and testing in my studio right now.

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October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

One of the perks of this job is that I have the opportunity to try different kinds of beauty products and home goods from brands so that I can offer you guys my quick and candid review. These product reviews aren’t sponsored (i.e. I’m not paid to talk about them), but I’m still so grateful to the teams and brands who send things along to me so that I can share casual feedback with you in between larger, more involved projects.

Anyway, with that motivation at hand, I created a video (where I talk right to the camera!) about a handful of my current favorites. Click play on that video below to get all of the details for the things I’m loving for the month of October, including wallpaper, beauty products, a new coffee table book, free fabric swatches, and so much more. And if you see something that you’d like to try for yourself, I’ve included a full linked list below.

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October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

October Favorites:

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

Full disclosure, it definitely feels a little funny talking into a camera, and it pains me a little to even publish this video. But I know that it will get easier and that I won’t look quite so stiff as I do this more and more. Oh, and feel free to note just how often I say the phrase, “I’m excited,” and turn it into a drinking game ::smacks hand against forehead::

But I digress. Tell me: what are a few things you’re currently loving this month? Have you read any good novels that I should try? Any Netflix shows I should binge? Do tell in the comments below, and don’t forget to let me know if you like this type of video content, and any other fresh ideas you’d love to see in motion here on Dream Green DIY. Have a great weekend, guys.

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October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

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What’s On Our Music Playlist For Fall

What's On Our Pre-Fall Music Playlist

Okay, so, bad news first: this week absolutely kicked my butt. The good news, though? That means I’m feeling on top of my game! I actually even managed to push myself to get ahead, and, despite the fact that our contractor never did show up, I haven’t felt this accomplished in a very long time.

I think I’m going to treat myself to a little bit of a break today (once I finish the last big project on my list, of course), but, before I go, I wanted to share a little playlist to celebrate the official kick-off to fall today. May this list of easy-listening tunes get you off on the right foot this brand new season.

What's On Our Pre-Fall Music Playlist

What's On Our Pre-Fall Music Playlist

Our Fall Playlist

  1. My Lovely, Eisley
  2. Maps, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  3. A Melody, the Memory, Mae
  4. Follows, Tigers Jaw
  5. The Funeral, Band of Horses
  6. New Slang, The Shins
  7. Can’t Get It Out, Brand New
  8. You Are the Moon, The Hush Sound
  9. It Will Never Be the Same, Ryan Adams
  10. The Sound of Settling, Death Cab for Cutie
  11. Neighbors, Grizzly Bear
  12. How It Left, Violents & Monica Martin
  13. Lua, Bright Eyes

I have a feeling that John and I will be kicking back to this little mix-CD-like list of songs all throughout the colder months to come. What’s on your fall playlist?

What's On Our Pre-Fall Music Playlist

(Photos by Carrie Coleman)
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Phase 2 of Our Hall Bath Reno: The Plan

Image via Nano Pad by Architect Prineas

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 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 with the help of glass installation winter haven fl.

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 and hire Lock Masters Plano to work on the doors of the house according to the footprint. 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

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? 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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