A Budget Bathroom Makeover

July 22, 2020

For this small bathroom upstairs, we got the opportunity to partner with Peerless Faucet for one last hurrah in this home! This project is a good reminder that there are so many ways to transform spaces. Sometimes it’s as simple as a paint swatch, and other times you need to start from scratch. For this bathroom we were able to keep the demo work minimal, and I really love the outcome.

Here is a good look at the bathroom before we started!

bathroom flooring - luxury vinyl flooring

The first thing we did was rip out the old linoleum flooring. You know, a good adrenaline rush to get things going. Since we had already used this flooring in our other bathroom project, Gabe was familiar with how to work with it, and was able to cut, click, and install in one day. It’s an engineer grade tile that gives a really nice seamless look to your floors.

matte black bathroom sink faucet

We switched out the faucet to the Peerless Precept™ Centerset Faucet. I like how Peerless offers affordable faucets in a range of styles and finishes. The minimal design of the Precept Collection adds a modern touch to the bathroom at a great price point! It’s minimal, clean cut, and easy to clean! That Matte Black finish paired really well with the warmer flooring and wall tones as well. We used the tub and faucet trim kit from the same Precept line, and ohhhh what a satisfying change! I love a good faucet swap! It is made of forged brass and temperature control is smooth and seamless.

Tip: If you aren’t sure if a certain tub or faucet set will work with your current setup, you can always contact the company to see if they are compatible with the valve you currently have installed.For example, Peerless is part of the Delta Faucet Company portfolio so all brands across DFC use the same valve.

We also took the walls from toothpaste blue to a warmer shade called “Riverdale” by Behr. It was a good compliment to the bedroom next to it that is painted “Oil Cloth” by Benjamin Moore. A great color for bathrooms with zero natural light.

bathroom pendant

A few other details we swapped were lighting and bathroom accessories. I don’t recommend a solo light for a bathroom, but this particular light was originally installed off center, and it left us with a spacing dilemma. It still lights up the bathroom ok, but you would usually want a two or three bulb fixture for a bathroom this size for more even lighting. I loved this option though, as the pendant was under $50!

bathroom art
black shower curtain rod

We also added the towel bar, toilet paper handle, and re-purposed some vintage art. I was quite literally hammering nails in the wall hours before the first home showings started. Procrastinating and performing under pressure are my specialties. 


bathroom makeover


Flooring – $60
Sink Faucet – $249
Towel Bar – $28​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Shower Curtain – $25
Shower Curtain Rod – $25
Shower curtain Rings – $6
Tub and Faucet Trim Kit – $206
Art – Thrift store + Art.com- $20
Light fixture – $49
_______Total cost: $668

This was a bittersweet end to this renovation chapter in our home. We get the keys to our new house this weekend!

Have any questions for us? Happy to answer below!

Babies and Sleep Routines – Tips + Resources

July 7, 2020

Chiara is now sleeping through the night thanks to my friend and sleep whisperer Katelyn Thompson of Sweet Pea Sleep. I usually keep my babies by my bed for the first 4-6 months in a bassinet, and nurse throughout the nigh. Chiara came out wanting to eat constantly, and I knew by 4 months she could stretch her feedings more in the middle of the night, so I tried the Magic Merlin suit. It worked great….until she grew out of it. This got us back to square one of her waking every two hours. Yikes. I didn’t want to try the cry it out method (can’t stand hearing her cry so hard), but I was so sleep deprived I was becoming a mombie which wasn’t good for anyone in the house. I knew something had to give so I sent Katelyn an SOS…


Modern Ceiling Fan Options

July 6, 2020

TWELVE (40% off)

One thing I was really happy we did before we decided to move was swap ceiling fans and light fixtures. It really updated the rooms without a heavy cost. I rounded up some favorite modern ceiling fans if you are also looking for options to update, as well as some examples in our own home…


Our morning Ritual

July 2, 2020

In partnership with Ritual.

Since March we have kind of gotten used to the extra commotion and constant schedule adjustments. The latest summer schedule also means early risers and late bedtimes, our kids running in and out of the house all day long, a revolving door in the kitchen, and somehow trying to accomplish a minute of work here and there. There have been a few things that have really helped us have a more positive start to the day I wanted to share, as I see it as a key piece to feeling supported in our whole being health..


Backyard fruit trees + fruit bushes guide.

June 25, 2020

Today’s post is written by Gabe. (The one with the green thumb.)

For me one of the most bittersweet things about leaving this amazing place is leaving behind all of my beloved fruit trees and bushes. I have put many joyful hours in my yard nurturing my wooded children, it’s difficult to say goodbye. I planted them for my kids, as picking and eating their own fruit produces such sweet memories for a child (pun intended). This is the first year that most of these amazing fruit varieties will give a good crop, and although it is hard to leave before seeing the literal fruits of our labor, I am very happy that they will be passed on to the next amazing owners to enjoy. So here is an update on my green beauties before we say goodbye.


We sold our home! + Steps we took to get over asking price.

June 23, 2020

Since we decided to make the move to Nashville, it has felt like we have been climbing up a mountain of never ending to-do list items to prepare our home for the market. We did manage to get it in tip top shape just in time. However, I think if we worked outside of the home vs. being self-employed, half of these transformations wouldn’t have happened. All the same, I thought it might be helpful to share the things we did focus on in order to sell our home quickly. It did work, as we were very fortunate to sell our home for over asking price with multiple offers.


Laundry Room Design

June 18, 2020

laundry room design

When we finished out our daylight basement, we made the plans to have a laundry room, and convert the upstairs laundry room into a larger pantry. We didn’t realize we were moving then of course, so this February we decided to finish it up. I will be honest this may be one of the hardest rooms to let go of when we move because oh my gosh! The laundry room is now a peaceful oasis that I want to live in!

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