Sleek black matte faucets and fixtures..

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Now that I am settled in my condo, I look for ways I can make it my own and one of the things I really love is sleek black hardware especially against marble. Though I am not planning to add any marble anywhere…I don’t  think, but I would love black matte hardware in one of my bathrooms that has a gray, black and white scheme.

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The contrast just does something to the space. It just has an expensive look even against plain timeless subway tile.

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When combined with a unique basin and light pendants, you can create a really neat look…

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Whether you use a stainless steel or black sink, the faucets looks great with both…

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Tuesday’s Tips: how to live with dated bathrooms

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There are often times budgets and circumstances doesn’t allow us to do exactly what we want. If you rent, you’re limited what you can do but there are ways to live with awful bathrooms for a little money. Using wall and cabinet paint, adding new knobs, placing a larger shower nozzle, hanging decorative mirrors or mirror trim (window casing trim) are some quick fixes.

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Sometimes it’s simply about accessories and styling and faking the funk to to take the eye away from eyesores. If you style a bathroom right, people will notice the things you styled it with, the décor, the details like the packaging of pretty hand soaps or the smells of decorative soaps.

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Treat yourself to higher end quality products instead of the  usual because it will make you feel like you’re in a spa setting. I really like the assortment of soaps and bath products that places like homegoods, Tjmaxx, & Marshalls sell. I am a sucker for packaging and they have the nicest smelling items and prettiest labels to go with any color scheme.
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You can also shy away from colors and go with a basic set of soap/lotion sets that looks like something you would get at a high end hotel. Speaking of, think about how hotel products look. They are all so nicely packaged and setting them on pretty trays really makes a world of difference.

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You can also re-glaze outdated colors like blush pink and pea green for the tub and sinks if they are in good condition..
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Painting tile is another easy way to go. Swapping out hardware and adding decorative knobs are things you can take with you when you move but the add so much personality to doors.
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Taking the time to replace blown light bulbs can a world of a difference. There are many times I see fixtures in people’s homes be it the bathroom or kitchen or ceiling fans and they look so unattractive when there are missing or blown out light bulbs. Taking  the time to stock up ensures you can replace right away and you will see the difference it makes, especially the bathroom.
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Another thing you can benefit from is displaying only towels that complement the look of the bathroom. Far too often you see people’s bathroom selfies and they have the most raggedy towels hanging up. Most are just thrown to dry any sort of way and it’s so tacky and just looks…..nasty. Even if you aren’t, mismatched towels with threads tearing off is not attractive at all. You owe it to yourself to buy and keep nice towels.
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You don’t have to spend a lot, but moving old towels to the rag stash will make a difference. For guest, keep white towels within reach and rolled up nicely like hotels so they don’t have to ask. Keep more wash towels on hand too as most people use a different one for the face than the body. If you can squeeze it, also have a small laundry basket for towels so they don’t have to have a cluttered pile on the floor. If white towels aren’t your thing, just make sure the ones on display match the bathroom. I always noticed how my cousin always had their whole family (husband and 5 kids) towels on different racks and they all matched. It was such a nice cohesive look.
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I cannot stress more than to have enough paper towels on hand for guest. Nothing irks my soul than to use the rest room in someone’s house and they only have their bath towels hanging up. I’m not  using your bath towels that you wiped your @$$ with to dry my hands!!!!! So do your friends and family a favor and keep a roll of paper towels there. You shouldn’t even WANT your guest to wipe their hands on your towels. Some people don’t wash their hands properly as it is………………but that’s another story lol.
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Also while we’re at it….you may want to toss that idea of having toilet lid carpet and toilet rugs to the side. It’s really not sanitary at all when you think about it. A bathroom rug by the sink and tub is really the only rugs you need. Jazz up the rug too, you don’t have to use the basic old school carpet rug.
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😂 So many style options are available in fluffy piles, shags, and designs. You can even use a runner if you like (esp in an apartment styled bathroom where it’s typically long and narrow).

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If the floor is leveled and decent you can top it with stickable vinyl tile. They offer some that are made to look like slate and stone and others made to look like wood and this could be a really easy cost effective fix for a bathroom you don’t want to spend lots of money on. Personally I love high end updates to bathrooms because the area is small and you can really get a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to the floor. However everyone can’t hire contractors or want to do it themselves and deal with grout so peelable vinyl is an alternative. Keep in mind that if you have kids or bad pipes or just plain clumsy and prone to getting a ton of water on the floor, this option may not be for you.

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If all fails, simply embrace what you have. if you’re renting, you won’t always live there but you want to at least enjoy the space you have for the time you’re there and if you’re really on a budget and funds are tight, you can still do small things to make you at ease in your own space. My very first apartment had mosaic tile on the floor in an odd green color. I hated it. I hated that entire bathroom but it was my first spot. I made do with what I could. I had a fish theme and got the boldest aquatic shower curtain I could find, the prettiest turquoise glass soap dish accessories from Pier 1 and a metal fish candle holder from pier 1. I bought a pretty woven laundry basket that had blues on the outside as well as the liner and filled the space with candles and shell stuff. I simply used the color of the tile and decorated with it versus against it. In the end, the way I decorated it made me like the bathroom. The tile no longer became an eyesore to me, instead it matched. So try your best to find a color scheme that compliments the dated colors or use classic black and white. That will make almost anything look fly. Happy Decorating!

{Images via (in no order) design sponge, my fabuless life, mimosas in the morning, inspiration for moms, domaine home, remodelista, young house love, a graceful life, & see this painted faucet tutorial transformation.


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My semi done DIY computer table turned bar cart

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Over the weekend my client canceled so I was able to start a project around the house. That project is my old computer desk that has rollers. I figured some adhesive marble paper and gold paint could give it new life. Before I moved last month, I put the marble on the top and keyboard tray area. I really like how the metallic gold looks now with everything

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I still have to finish the bottom obviously but once I do, I will do a post about it. I also have to style it better. This is a “mean time” sorta display. I am having company over Saturday and plan to have it all finished!

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Of course, bottles of vodka and wine will be present soon. Right now they are cooling in the ‘fridge. 🍷 I will keep you posted when it’s finished.


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Coffee corners of the home…

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l can always depend on coffee. One of my coworkers was so nice and bought me a Keurig maker (something I’ve always wanted) plus an assortment of K-cups and the drawer to store all of them. Now I want to create a cute corner on my counter of everything I need. You see, it’s functional but some of my traveler cups are too large to go under the keurig dispenser. So I end up grabbing a mug only to pour it in my travelers cup to head to work. That’s not really functional because most times I end up spilling hot coffee on my hands in the process. I need some sort of a funnel LOL.

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I need cute jars to store my different creamers so I can easily see when I need to replenish.  I also would want some sort of canister that can pour sugar. In the morning when I’m ready to walk out of the door, I don’t want to open additional drawers and pull out spoons and then rinse spoons off etc. I want to simply pour.  I need a cute tray to group all of these things so it doesn’t seem cluttered. I need a chrome frame so I can swap out the print seen here. All of my appliances and the backsplash has stainless steel and chrome finishes. I would like to place that by the coffee area instead of my office.
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Then I can get even fancier and put cinnamon and other garnishes in salt and pepper shakers. I think I will want a jar of coffee beans so in the morning on weekends, I can open the jar to give out that fresh aroma smell that I don’t really get with the Keurig maker.

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I think if you take the time to really jazz up an area of your home that you really love, you may even avoid spending money elsewhere. By having a station set up at home with everything you need, you may want to make it at home versus spending time in someone’s line and giving money away.

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{Images via driven by decor, the inspired room, apartment therapy, eat snack love}

What is your drink of choice in the morning? I do believe I need to start upping my smoothie intake. I bought some chia seeds for them but for you coffee lovers, here is a post on repurposing bar carts and making coffee stations.


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Just some pretty interiors…

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Such a pretty living room space. This post is simply pretty interiors..

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I love a dark bedroom. I find them to be a comforting way to retreat for the night and it has a luxe hotel feel. I like the bones of this bed and the plush material…

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This bathroom tub area encompasses so much glamour…

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I really enjoy seeing the covers of books displayed on a wall on picture ledges. Stacking books pyramid style is cool and all but this way allows you to enjoy the beauty of colors. It can also give you inspiration on color choices…

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{Images via Alex Briones, Town & Country, Dimone Studio, Maddux Creative, Ricardo Labougle, Candace Barnes, Christopher Stark, Brown Davis Interiors & Vintage Luxe}


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Design Takeaways: Go Bold or Go Home…

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I admire designers who can convince a homeowner to go bold with walls and ceilings. A lot of people shy away from it because of the labor and time it takes to change it all back if the look isn’t what they wanted. I understand that but wow…what a statement if you take the risk. 

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Going bold can also hide imperfections and take the focus away from eyesores. I think any major boldness I would do would be limited to small scales like a closet. What about you?

{Top image designed by Cecilie Starin Design w/photo by Margot Hartford}


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Monday Inspiration 5.11.15 plus flamingo float giveaway winner…

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Hope everybody had a wonderful weekend. The winner of Big Mouth Inc‘s pink flamingo shown above is Lindsay of Made by Mills (who has a beautiful collection of agate charms and stamped jewelry, some under $30). I will be in contact with you Lindsay to get your info. Thank you so much for those who took the time out to enter. I declined doing a product review as I won’t be by a pool anytime soon and figured one of you could benefit from it. So hope you enjoy Lindsay!

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Happy Mama’s Day…

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Hope you mothers out there are enjoying your day. Here is an absolutely gorgeous tablescape and party by Lillian Hope Designs. See more of the deets and free printables over on Karas Party Ideas.

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Don’t forget to enter the flamingo pool float giveaway simply by telling me your pool party must have in this post. Picking the winner tomorrow.

{Photos by Heather Carpenter Photography}


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Seriously…landscaping is expensive…

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First I had every intention on posting this yesterday morning. Most times I have that intention and then I kept browsing images and keep finding more and more…then I tried to find sources and the next thing you know it was afternoon & I ended up drafting the post for today. I wish you could see how many drafts I have. I try to find just the right amount of inspiration for the topic & I like to stop when I’m content with what I found. Searching landscaping images turned into a blackhole for me. It just goes to show how much time blogging takes especially for a full time worker like me who has to juggle clients and a life.

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I am one month in my condo and I really hate aluminum siding so I want to take the focus off of that. I am not trying to spend hundreds and hundreds but boy…. how easily can you do it! Have you seen how much outdoor pottery costs?

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Some of the things I really like is the streamlined look of shaped topiaries and bushes. I also like symmetry so spacing the exact same arrangement on sides of the garage or porch are ideal to me…

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I like tall rectangular planters with those bushes to give some privacy. It has a very modern and clean look…

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I saw these flowers at a local garden store that hadn’t yet been placed out for pricing. The were gorgeous so I snapped a few pics..

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I would like to have an assortment of pink, purple and blue flower bushes that comes back every year. One peony bush was $69….one. So that is an investment I will make at a later date. I did home Cross smaller peony plants for $15 at Home Depot. Those are my favs so I really want to get some…

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But… .gosh how pretty are floral bushes? I have a newfound respect for people that spend the time and money landscaping their yards this way. So muxh goes into it and I have no clue where to start so when I buy this weekend, I will have my parents help me…

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