As I have been prepping my home office (and apartment) for an upcoming photo shoot, I am realizing that it’s about time to get an organized system for all of my fabric swatches, wallpaper samples, paint decks, etc. Right now they are all in these Ikea organization boxes sitting on my floor…and I need a shelving unit to house them. I have been contemplating something like the ones below or even constructing my own – like this super helpful “How to Make a Bookshelf” DIY. Photo Sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
I haven’t had a spacious, luxurious bathroom since growing up at home in Oklahoma. It seems we have only been able to score a one or two bedroom place with one tiny bathroom. Well, there was that one time we moved into a cute little rental home in San Diego that had a fairly nice bathroom but we were only there for 3 months since we found out we were moving to Boston (remember that?!). Ha!
There’s nothing quite like taking a bubble bath with lit candles, soft music and a glass of wine, the ultimate stress cure. I long for a gorgeous tub, white tiles, marble and elegant fixtures. But I will have to patiently wait till next year when we look to buy a place – for now, I will have to make the most of our tiny bathroom.
Anyway – I want to share some ways to update your bathroom for you homeowners + renters!
I have been a big fan of Modern Bath as of late. Since I was introduced to their site, I have found quite a few specs for my clients’ bathrooms and pieces I am adding to my personal wish list for later on. Their wide range of vanities, tubs, plumbing fixtures, accessories and lighting is AMAZING and I hope you will take a moment to check them out! Here are a few tips for all of you homeowners or renters with a flexible landlord:
One // Updating your lighting will immediately make you feel better about your space. It’s such an important room to have good light.I love this one.
Three // Add shelving to display some of your beautifully-labeled products. You could even display your favorite quote in a frame and lean it against the wall! Two of these shelves would be perfect stacked above a towel bar!
Four // Use hooks instead of your towel bar for your everyday towels. Let’s be honest…unless you are super particular about how everything is placed in your home, you won’t fold your towel perfectly over the bar every single day. Add some hooks so you can just throw the towel on there and call it a day! Towels can be art too. ;) I love these!
Five // Easiest of updates? Just switch out your trash can you refuse to throw out from college (oh, that’s not you….just me??) for a new one. If you don’t have space under your sink for your ugly trashcan…try adding an attractive one and see how happy it makes you the next time you throw away q-tips! I love the simplicity of this one.
Six // I love this one. Add a “shaving mirror” or as I like to call it, “look at my pores really close for fun, mirror”. This one is AMAZING.
And for all of you renters! Here are some quick tips to give your bathroom a spa-like, elegant feel without losing your deposit. Even though, I am sure if you added any of the above to your rental…the landlord wouldn’t hate it. Just sayin.
One // As a person that loves to take baths, it’s crazy to me that I don’t already have one of these! You could even display some plants on it! find it here.
Two // If you have counter space, adding apothecary jars with your favorite bath salts and then cotton balls or something similar is the perfect decor! find them here.
Four // New towels – who doesn’t love fresh new towels?! For a fun decor tip: add a stack of these either on a shelf or an added side table next to your bath. It will instantly feel like a spa. I like these.
Five // Cover the floor with a large bath mat (especially if you have ugly tiled floors). Shop this one.
Six // I talked about this before, but go ahead and add some eucalyptus to your shower. There’s nothing better! source.
What is your favorite thing about your bathroom now and what would you like to change? Any questions for me?? Feel free to reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org!
I see a lot of neutrals, textures and cozy but tailored looks happening in the near future of my closet in preparation for Fall. My goal is to create an organized and simple closet to easily curate my daily uniform – with these styled looks for my inspiration! click on photo for sources.
1.The War of Art(by Steven Pressfield) – this book is for the writer, the aspiring entrepreneur, the runner who hasn’t completed a marathon, the painter who never paints, basically the person who is not doing the thing they actually want to do. I am pretty sure I have notes written in the margins of every single page and I am planning to reread it soon. I was originally introduced to the book by Becky of Idealust (or you also might know her through Limelife Photography).
I just want to share a few of my favorite quotes from the book and then encourage you to get a copy for yourself, it’s about $10 on amazon.
+ ” There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: it’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is resistance.” Pressfield talks A LOT about resistance because this is the very thing that keeps us from doing our work. I love the opening book where he explains his day…he begins his actual work at 10:30am and then sits down and writes until he begins making errors and then he saves everything to a disk drive and puts it away until tomorrow. Does he care how great his writing was, how many pages he wrote? No. All he cares about is that he fought resistance and sat down to do his work.
+ “An amateur lets the negative opinion of others unman him. He takes external criticism to heart, allowing it to trump his own belief in himself and his work. Resistance loves this.”
+ “The more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul.”
+ “Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”
note: I would have to say my resistance is social media, perusing other blogs, pinterest and excuses. Of course this isn’t everyday, but it definitely takes away from my work and passion of interior design.2. Managing Oneself(by Peter Drucker) – I love Mary of Millay Vintage’s write up about the book – click here to view it.
This is a very short read – like an hour or two.
Here are few quotes I took away from the book:
+ “Successful careers are not planned. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values. Knowing where one belongs can transform an ordinary person – hardworking and competent but otherwise mediocre – into an outstanding performer.”
+ “Do not try to change yourself – you are unlikely to succeed. But work hard to improve the way you perform. And try not to take on work you cannot perform or will only perform poorly.”
I always have a business-type of book on hand, but I also enjoy a good fiction every once in a while. I think ever since I graduated from college, I have appreciated reading much more..it isn’t forced and now I can choose freely.
On my list:
– Wild by // by Cheryl Strayed
– Stiches by // by Ann Lamott
– The Paris Wife // by Paul McLain
+ please share: what are your current favorite reads or on your list?