Weekend Pretties

1WEEKENDPR3714A short hike at Stone Mountain last weekend on the most beautiful day.

2WEEKENDPR3714Our picnic spot.

3WEEKENDPR3714Cheater picnic, really.  But it worked.  :)

4WEEKENDPR3714Meanwhile, back at the house, our shower tile is all in and gets grouted today.

5WEEKENDPR3714Same with the marble floor in the bathroom.

This morning, Parker got up really early, and half-awake I asked him, “Is it Thursday or is it Friday?” and couldn’t believe it when he said Friday.  This week flew by!  We’ve had a crew at our house every day this week working on the bathroom and finishing up the kitchen.  They’re making progress, but these things always take longer than they say and two weeks has come and gone and we still have at least another week’s worth of work to get everything finished.  I hate having workers here so much (especially with only one working bathroom that I have to share with them.  Gross.) but it will all be so nice in the end.  There is no possible way this bathroom could have been done DIY so I’m just really thankful that we were able to hire it out.

Hope you have fun plans for this weekend.  Parker and I are going to try tackling some projects around the house and I’m going to try to find some pretty, yet functional, glass containers to store dry goods on our new shelves in the kitchen (which look awesome by the way, I can’t wait to show you).  Here are some fun things I found this week:

Turn water in to wine in three days.

This video made me smile.

NYC’s garbage islands and an idea to improve them.

101 amazing but true facts.

A DIY plywood plank floor!  That Jenny is always making the coolest stuff.

These sound like a hevenly breakfast to make this weekend.

Such cute goodies for kiddos!

My favorite Instagrammer as of late made me laugh with this photo and caption.

….Also, she wrote this inspiring blog post that I haven’t stopped thinking about.

Have a great weekend!

Weekend Pretties

Kleenex My cold from a couple weeks ago seems to be lingering on, but at least I have cute Kleenex that compliments my decor, right? ;)

2Weekend Pretties 22814Tis the season to buy succulents!

3Weekend Pretties 22814 A handmade vintage top I’m looking forward to wearing as the weather gets warmer.
4Weekend Pretties 22814Signs of spring.

5Weekend Pretties 22814Minneola oranges so juicy you need a towel to peel them.

Happy Friday!  How was your week?  Progress is being made with our bathroom, though nothing pretty to show yet.  The crew finishes laying the concrete board foundation today and will start tiling Monday.  This weekend Parker and I have a few bathroom project-related errands to run and things to buy, but other than that I’m hoping it will be pretty relaxing.  We are currently spending lots of time at my parent’s house since we are without a shower, and as much as I love my parents, I am looking forward to walking down the hall to take a shower and not driving across town.  Thank goodness they’re so close though! :)

Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend?  Here are some fun links if you find yourself in the mood for browsing:

My favorite story from this week: Four-year-old and her mom make paper dresses together.

Pretty much my dream house.

Even Oprah is getting on board with the “less is more” movement.

I have loved The Kitchn’s look back at famous foods from past decades this week.  Here are 10 recipes that defined the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Top selling musicians in each state.

Every Best Actress Oscars dress since 1929.

Did I share this already?  Even if I did, it’s cute enough to share twice: Theo and Beau, two months later and still napping together.

I’m hoping to get into this series this weekend to cure my Downton Abbey withdrawls.

The weather turned chilly again this week and homemade ramen sounds amazing.

Love this all white bedroom.

A gorgeous guide to house plants.

This post is sponsored by Kleenex, but all opinions are my own.  Kleenex is hosting a sweepstakes through March 7th called, “Catwalk or Kleenex?”  To enter, visit www.kleenex.com/style and answer a series of questions asking you to identify which design is Kleenex brand and which design is from the catwalk. By taking the short quiz, you are automatically entered to win an all-expense paid trip for two to New York City to find your Kleenex brand style with a famous designer. The winner will also receive $5,000 spending money for a NYC shopping spree. Entry is open through March 7th and limited to once per promotion period.

Bathroom Renovation – Before

bathroom plans

Yesterday, as you may have seen already, we started demolition of our bathroom.   Our micro-size space needs some serious updating and brightening up, not to mention storage solutions.  Almost everything is original to this 1958 house (with the exception of the shower doors, which are below) and I think it’s time we usher it into the twenty-first century.

Our plans include white everything (paint, subway tile, vanity, curtains) with chrome accents.  I would love to do all polished brass, but Parker said no.  Plus, chrome is so much cheaper and easier to find, and this tiny bathroom is already costing us way more per square foot than any other room in our house, so chrome will have to do.

1bathroom before

I know what you’re thinking – “You don’t like that brown tile?!?”  I know, crazy.  But, it’s gotta go.  For reals.  When we first bought this house, we immediately switched out the toilet because it was one of those that has the wood toilet seat and the toilet bowl was so badly stained that it looked like someone had an unfortunate accident in it at all times.  (*barf).  So, this picture really doesn’t even show the extent of the ugliness when we first bought the house.

2bathroom before

Check out those shower doors!  Gold and frosted swans.  It looks like that fabulous addition was added sometime in the 80s or early 90s.  It really compliments the brown tile, don’t you think?

3bathroom before

I actually don’t hate our sink, but it’s lack of any vanity storage makes it completely impractical.  We’re having a vanity custom built since the space is really limiting – it can only be 17″ deep MAX!  Our builder is making us one with two drawers and a shelf at the bottom for towels.  The image above is what I gave him for inspiration (it’s from here) but it will be smaller and have two drawers instead of four.

And that medicine cabinet actually does offer some good storage, but it’s placed so high that someone of my height (5’6″) can only see collar bone-up in the mirror.  And it’s too small.  We’re thinking of going HUGE with the next medicine cabinet.  One that takes up that whole wall that will give us tons of storage and make the room feel bigger with all that mirror.  We’ll see.
4bathroom before

I know.  Our disgusting shower, which no amount of scrubbing or bleaching will help, shouldn’t be posted on the internet for all to see.  But since this is a Before post, I figure I’d put it all out there.  Our plans for the shower include removing the doors and replacing with a shower curtain, having some cut-outs built in the wall for shampoo, etc storage, taking the white subway tile to the ceiling, replacing all fixtures with new chrome ones, and while we’re not going to replace the tub, we will have it professionally refinished and reglazed so it will look brand new.  Oh, and marble hex tile for the floor, which I am really excited about.

bathroom plansOur crew was in there all day yesterday jack-hammering through 2″ of tile and mortar.  I’m really excited to see the new space.  They will also be finishing up the kitchen, which needs tiling and shelves installed.  Everything should be done in about two weeks, fingers crossed!

What do you think?  Do you like my plans, or do you think it’s way boring without any color?  I should mention that I do plan to bring in some color with new Turkish towels, like these.  Have you heard of, or ever used, Turkish towels?  They’re super thin, but supposedly very absorbent and dry much more quickly than traditional fluffy bath towels.  And I’ve noticed in such a small space that our towels take longer to dry and smell much faster than in our old bathroom, so I’m willing to give them a shot.



Weekend Pretties

Weekend Pretties Feb 21, 2014

Weekend Pretties Feb 21, 2014

Weekend Pretties Feb 21, 2014

Weekend Pretties Feb 21, 2014

Weekend Pretties Feb 21, 2014

I have no new photos this week, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite flowers from my trip out west last summer.  (Ah, flowers.  Ah, Summer!)  How was your week?  As you may have noticed from my absence, my mind has been elsewhere.  Exciting things in the works, but nothing to share quite yet.

I’m excited for this weekend!  I’m flying up to Wisconsin to spend the weekend with my mom and some other girls and their cute babies (twins, plus one more!) and it will be fun to relax and have some girl time.  What are you up to this weekend?  Lots of fun links this weekend!  Have a good one!

True facts that sounds false.

Creative way to perk up a morning commute.

Pretty paper cuts.

Squirrel tries to hide acorn in (very patient) dog’s fur.

An 11 month old’s preschool application filled out by dad.

Love this white dress so much.

How fabulous: Andy Warhol illustrated a cookbook.

Stunning aerial photos of Botswana wildlife.

An entire dialogue using only movie titles.

The candy store of my dreams.

What a sweet birthday cake for a little one.

And finally, cats are mean to dogs (but it’s pretty fun to watch).