Master Bathroom Planning

I recently shared our hot mess of a master bathroom and hinted that I’d be sharing renovation plans soon. That day is today!

This will be the biggest project we’ve ever tackled together, and we’ll be enlisting the help of a professional plumber, who happens to be one of Travis’ best friends and a professional contractor, who will be tiling. Other than plumbing and tiling, we’ll be doing everything else ourselves. I’ve mentioned that Travis is a licensed electrician, but he’s also very handy — especially with the help of his father. We’re on a pretty tight timeline and hope to have everything demoed and ready for tiling by the first of April.

Our master bathroom sits right off of our bedroom. It isn’t exactly generous in size, but with a few modifications, it will function and flow much better for our daily needs. Floor Plan_MasterBath

Currently, there is a vanity with a builder grade mirror on your immediate right when you walk in the room. The toilet sits beside the vanity, and the back wall is lined with a jacuzzi soaker tub. (It doesn’t work properly. Click here to read more about everything that isn’t working in this space.)

Master Bathroom Before at

The tiny shower is located behind the door in a small bump out, and beside it sits a $5 yard sale table that holds towels.

Master Bathroom Before at

We’ll be moving everything except the vanity in the new space and completely doing away with a bath tub. Instead, we’ll have a large walk-in shower. Don’t worry, our other bathroom has a bathtub should the need ever arise. The new floor plan will look something like this:

New Bathroom Layout at

The new vanity will be in the same place, but we’re adding a pantry to the side. Hooray for storage! The whole back wall will now feature a walk-in shower, and we’ll relocate the toilet to the recess where the shower lived previously. This floor plan makes so much more sense. We ordered the vanity and pantry from Lowe’s, and I found a photo on Pinterest that shows almost exactly what we purchased:

Ours will have a laminate top and different hardware, but other than that, this image is pretty much spot on to what we ordered. Ours will also be slightly darker in color.

The shower will be completely custom, but I have a few showers pinned on my Bathroom Reno pin board that should give you a good idea of what we’re going for. Frameless glass doors, light tile, picture frame tile on back wall, dual shower heads (probably). We’ll also add tons of lighting to the room in the form of can lights and sconces, upgrade the fan (maybe bluetooth?!), add a medicine cabinet, and new hardware throughout.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated as we go. We’re hoping to have the tile work done in early April, but we’ll see how everything else goes first. As of right now, we’re still living with our hot mess of a bathroom, but we’re hoping to start demo soon. Wish us luck!

Six Months

We just celebrated our six-month anniversary of living in our blue house. Where has the time gone? I thought it might be fun to look back at what we’ve accomplished these past six months and where we’ve yet to go.

The Blue House at

Our house looked a bit dated when we moved in, but that didn’t stop us from falling in love with it almost immediately. The floor plan was exactly what we were looking for, plus this house offered a lot of updated features for us including hardwood floors throughout, a formal dining room and a large, level lot, to name a few. We were able to see past the previous owner’s decor to know that this was the house for us.


One of the first things we tackled was changing up the majority of the lighting throughout our home in what I like to call the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. To read more about the lighting changes we made, click any of the links below. We made some unconventional changes when it came to some of the fixtures, but we’re very pleased with all of the lighting choices we’ve made.

It took us several months to get unpacked and settled, but once we were in, I began sharing a room-by-room house tour with you. So far, I’ve been excited to share with you two guest bedrooms, a guest bathroom and my office. I’m looking forward to sharing the rest of the house with you soon!

The Office at

We’ve experienced a lot of living and loving in this house, too. We’ve already hosted two baby showers, numerous family dinners, and we added a new, furry member to our family.

The first shower we hosted was for my sister-in-law, who welcomed a beautiful baby girl into this world May 10. Since my niece’s nursery features a hot pink and zebra theme, it only seemed appropriate to apply that same theme to the baby shower we hosted back in March. Since we were still in the midst of unpacking and painting, this shower was the push we needed to finish settling in! To read any of the Pretty in Pink [and zebra] Baby Shower posts, click any of the links below.


The second baby shower we hosted was only a few weeks ago. This baby shower had a sweet theme focusing on gender neutral colors and “games.” The shining star of this shower (besides the glowing mom to be) was the menu. I’ve still got a few details to share, but to read all about the prep work and menu, click any of the posts below.

Baby Shower Mama at

We’ve had a busy six months! We have a lot of projects we’d like to complete around here, but, luckily, we have plenty of time. We plan on staying in this house for at least 10 years, so we’re in no rush to make a ton of big changes immediately. Here’s some of what we’d like to do in the next few years:

  • Completely gut and renovate our master bathroom
  • Paint the kitchen cabinets
  • Redo the front landscaping
  • Repair (and expand?) the privacy fence out back
  • Add better storage to the master closet
  • Add crown molding throughout the house

That’s just a sample of what’s on the giant to-do list. I’m not sure if we’ll get around to any of those projects, but it sure is nice to dream.

Here’s to another great six months!

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The Blue House: Before Pictures

Life has been crazy around here, but things have slowed down enough for me to take some time to finally show you the before photos of our new house, affectionately known as “the blue house.”

Our New House

I showed you the house’s floor plan in this post, but feel free to reference the photo below if you get lost during the slew of pictures.

Floor Plan

Without further ado, let’s jump right in to the photos!

If you enter the house through the front door, you’ll land directly in the foyer, which is open on all sides. Looking into the living room, you’ll notice two convenient coat closets to either side. You’ll also notice some less than ideal light fixtures above.


The foyer opens directly in to the living room. The living room is a great size for us, and we can’t wait to use the wood burning fireplace!


You’ll notice in the MLS photo above that the living room looks directly into the sunroom. The sunroom is sure to soon become one of my favorite spots in the whole house!


In the floor plan post, I shared with you one of my favorite features of this house: the circular floor plan. Not only is the living room open to the foyer and sunroom, it also leads directly to the kitchen.


Following the circle path through the kitchen leads to the dining room. I’m so excited to finally have an actual dining space!


On the floor plan, you’ll notice that the master suite in this house is rather large. In addition to the ample bedroom, it also has its own bathroom and a walk-in closet. We’re sure to become so spoiled with all this new space.


The split plan allows the master suite to be completely separate from the rest of the bedrooms in the house. On the opposite end of the house are two bedrooms with a bathroom in between. So far, we’re loving the idea of the split plan layout.


That wraps up the before photos of the house. I didn’t include the laundry room or the garage, but I’m sure I’ll be sharing those spaces with you soon enough. All of the photos above are either MLS photos from the for sale listing or taken by me as soon as we took posession of the house. We didn’t edit any of the rooms before the pictures were taken, so these truly are before photos!

What do you think? I can’t wait to show you the updating we’ve been doing in here!

The Blue House Floor Plan

I’ve got a slew of before pictures to show you of our new home, affectionately known as “the blue house.” But, first, I thought it might be helpful to show you the floor plan. Plus, I’m way too tired from all the cleaning and painting we’ve been doing lately to sort through all the before pictures I’ve taken. #Imapitifulexcuseforablogger #handcrampsfrompainting

I whipped up this quick little floor plan over at just might be my new, most-favorite website. You can take the dimensions of rooms and lay them out just like they exist. Plus, I could see how it would be really fun to dream up new floor plans effortlessly with this handy little tool. It’d be a huge improvement over the notebook paper I usually use.

But I digress. I present to your our mostly-to-scale floor plan:

 Floor Plan

I didn’t include most of the doors and windows on the floor plan for security reasons, but there are a couple of interior doorways I’d like to point out. You’ll notice one leading from the kitchen to the living room and another from the kitchen to the dining room. The foyer is completely open to all of the rooms (and the forgotten hallway leading to the guest quarters, oops), so this makes for an easy traffic circle from all of the most-used spaces. I’m in love.

Another thing worth noting is our gigantic master bedroom. This room is probably twice the size of our previous master bedroom, plus it has a fantastic walk-in closet! We set up our bed in here the night we closed, and this room was the first to be painted. We’re so thankful to have our bed again. The master bathroom isn’t huge, but it’ll work just fine for now.

We also finally have a laundry room! It’s a huge improvement over our previous laundry space. We were so excited to set up our washer and dryer, but after four loads of laundry our washer gave out on us. It was not a happy time, as my mother would say. We’ve since ordered a new one, and it’s scheduled to be delivered next week. I’m pretty excited about the upgrade, even if I was practically kicking and screaming all the way to the checkout line. 😉

This house has about 400 more square feet than our previous home, but it feels like all the space is distributed differently. For instance, we had four bedrooms before, but now we have three bedrooms and a sunroom, which will become my office. We had a finished downstairs apartment before, and now we have a dining room and a laundry room. I had a huge pantry, but now I have a huge master closet. While the tradeoffs are worth it, it’s still going to take some getting used to.

We feel beyond blessed to finally be in our new home and to be closer to our family and friends. So far, we haven’t gone a day without seeing someone we love, and that’s worth celebrating.

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