It happens every year at this time — the weather warms up, and I can’t help but dive head first into home projects! It feels so good to get back to it.
We moved into this lovely little 1930’s home last September, and I thought it was time for a proper update.
We have several projects going on. In this post, I’ll share:
- My new dressing nook
- The new spot for my antique wardrobe
- Our guest bedroom reveal
- Plans + inspiration for our master bath mini-makeover
M Y N E W D R E S S I N G N O O K
Dresses by Christy Dawn (L to R: Camille, Dawn, and Poppy)| Bedding from ByMolle (in flax, hazel, and cinnamon)
This little nook is new and I love it!
Our master bedroom has turned out to be quite the design challenge — it’s long and skinny and has five doors to work around. We also don’t have much closet space, so I use a big, beautiful, old wardrobe that I found at an antique store a few years back. However, the wardrobe was just taking up too much space in our bedroom, so we ended up moving it to my office instead. It’s slightly inconvenient, but it’s the best solution we’ve got, so I’m on board.
So, since the wardrobe is no longer in our bedroom, I wanted to give myself a little dressing nook in the bedroom. I cleared out this little section of wall, leaned a mirror against it, and hung up a space-saving garment rack (which is actually just a pretty towel rod from CB2). Then I warmed up the space with some pottery and dried branches. Finally, I love using clothes as decor, so I leave a few of my favorite pieces hanging here.
I’ll be sharing more of our bedroom as it comes together, but in the meantime, I love how this little space turned out!
A N E W S P O T F O R M Y W A R D R O B E
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Tops from L to R: Doen, Everlane, Doen || Curtains by Rough Linen
Like I mentioned above, we moved my antique wardrobe into the office since it was taking up too much space in our bedroom. I loved the space-saving garment rack in the bedroom so much that I decided to add another one in here, off to the side. It’s great for outfit planning, seasonal flex space, or just a special spot for my current favorite pieces.
Nothing cozies up a space like antiques, so I added an antique stool and painting. And finally, I put a couple of honey-toned baskets to the top of the wardrobe to warm it up a little.
G U E S T B E D R O O M R E V E A L
Linen throw by ByMolle || Abstract Bolster Pillow gifted by Kudd Krig Home
While our bedroom is still a bit of a work in progress, the guest bedroom is finished and beautiful! It’s such a serene space. We kept things simple and in line with the rest of the house — white bedding, white walls (in Pure White by HGTV+Sherwin Williams), a neutral jute rug, some antique furniture, and some dried branches.
Since we don’t have a headboard for the bed, we created a focal point with this bolster pillow from Kudd Krig Home. It’s like a work of abstract art, and since the guest room is central and highly visible from the living spaces, it’s a treat to catch a glimpse of it anytime I pass through the house.
If you’re thinking of nabbing a Kudd Krig bolster yourself, they’re offering free shipping now through the end of May.
B A T H R O O M M I N I M A K E O V E R P L A N S
I mentioned a few months ago that we were starting on a mini makeover for our master bathroom. As with many house projects, it got pushed back again and again, but we’re finally at it now!
Here’s a look at the bathroom right now. I’m excited to give this space some love.
And here’s my inspiration board for this space:
Photo credits, top to bottom: Aurelie Lecuyer, Jason Frank Rothenberg, Garance Dore
The space is small, and we want to keep the design in line with the rest of the house (1930’s bungalow), so we’re covering the existing wall tile with bead boarding and painting it all white (similar to the bottom inspiration photo). This will lighten up the small space, making it feel larger and airy.
We just finished having the shower grout redone, and it already looks so much better! It was a cost effective way to freshen up the space, without spending a ton on a full shower redo. And luckily, even though the shower tile isn’t my fav, I do like the terra cotta color, so we can work with it. I’m considering echoing the terra cotta tones in accents and a rug.
The shower door isn’t the loveliest, but again, we’re trying to do this as inexpensively as possible, so we’re probably just going to work with the existing door, even though a shower door update can be one of the quickest, easiest ways to make a bathroom feel updated. We’ll see. I may try to do something creative with a curtain or I may try to frost the glass myself.
I love the pedestal sink that’s already there, so we’re keeping it as is and installing a shallow shelf over the sink to serve as a little bit of counter space in this tiny bathroom.
Finally, we’ll give everything a fresh coat of white paint, and bring in warmth through unique accents — perhaps an antique mirror, modern light fixtures, and organic pottery accents. We’ll also add a fair amount of dried florals, since there’s no natural light in the bathroom.
Overall, I can’t wait to get in and spruce up this space! Currently it feels a little dingy and uninviting, but I’m confident we can transform this space into something sweet and welcoming.
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And there you have it!
What about you? Do you have a home project in the works? I’d love to hear about it! And feel free to chime in if you have any ideas or insights on our bathroom mini-makeover.
Til next time, see you around on Pinterest and LTK!
Nicole Hsieh says
I love the Christy Dawn “Dawn” Dress, do you remember the color and what season/year you bought it?
Hi Nicole! It’s the Cream Floral color and I got it last spring. :) Here’s a direct link to it, even though it’s sold out: https://christydawn.com/products/the-dawn-dress-cream-floral
Nicole Hsieh says
Linda Wheeler says
I bought into the whole idea of fewer items of clothing at a more expensive price point and have regretted it with this brand. I purchased three dresses from them over the past two years, and have been really disappointed in both the quality and customer service. One dress ripped right along the seam after five wears. The owner was super rude about it (got the same vibe at their store). I was a fan of their styles, but I really don’t see myself going back at this point.
I love beadboard in a cottage bathroom. A designer friend did this and she took the board up to about 2 feet from the ceiling. It was something a little different and looked really nice.
Sarah winton says
I love your vibes. Your home looks warm and inviting – just like your blog!
Your home looks very cozy and I really like that bolster pillow! Such a fun touch!
We have a lot of work to do around the outside of our house this year so updates inside will have to wait. I am hoping to redo our kitchen (new countertops and backsplash, remove upper cabinets, put in a pantry) within the next year or so.
Your photographs are beautiful!
I’ve just moved house myself and I am so excited to start adding furniture and decor. Your house looks lovely :)
Your home looks so cozy! ?☺️
The towel-rack-as-minimal-clothing-rack idea is absolutely genius!! I’m moving into a new (smaller) apartment for grad school and definitely going to steal this gem :) Nothing cuts down the “wondering what to wear” time than an inspiring clothing rack!
@victorianadventure used rub’nbuff to change the color of a nickel (?) mirror frame in her recent wardrobe Reno – that could be a simple solution to updating your bathroom shower door! – love all the updates that you’ve done! I may adopt your wardrobe nook idea ?
Wow I’m in love with your place!
Hannah / Words & Latte
Hi! I love all your plans for the bathroom! You make it sound so easy, I may be digging into some procrastinated bathroom goals of mine!
Also, towel rods as clothing racks? Genius!!
Christine Wilkerson says
All your hard work is paying off! Looking beautiful!
I like the color scheme that you are using for your house and also your wardrobe!! I bought a Dawn dress in black florals through your affiliate link a few weeks ago, and it is beautifully made. It says the fabric is rayon and dry clean is recommended but I am wondering if you ever tried hand wash instead. Thank you!!
Would you mind sharing a floor plan any time soon? I have an idea of how your space is designed but I’m a sucker for floor plans ;-) Happy weekend from Munich – Christa
Unclear why you would cover tile with beadboard? The tile is nice. Seems like a lot of work to update something that is already nice (though decidedly 2003) to something that is nice (but 2019). If you can just ride it out a few more years, that tile will back in style.
Hi Louise! You can’t quite tell from the photos, but the tile was installed improperly and it just looks like a poorly done tile job. To me, beadboarding isn’t a 2019 look — to me, it’s timeless, especially when it matches the era of the rest of the house. Plus I’m excited about having a white bathroom — it’ll feel lighter and airier. :)
Go for it then! After redoing my kitchen and the stress that came with it…I decided everything in my house is ok as is and try to warn others!!! I feel like there isn’t enough DON’T RENOVATE, IT WILL DRIVE YOU CRAZY bias in the world hahah
I love your dressing nook! Sometimes I find it best to keep the bedroom clutter-free so the space can feel super relaxing, so I am all about this idea. Great for getting dressed in the morning, without any of the clutter <3
Also, can I move into your guest bedroom? I looks lovely!
Thank you for the tour! We have been redesigning our 1925 living room, and I have gone back to your holiday post several, several times now to get good ideas on how to add more character to our living room because I loved what you did with yours so much. We flanked the fireplace with bookshelves and added double glass panel doors to the study off the living room as well. I found a unique little store that sells vintage handles and got 2 glass door knob sets to match the others in the house. I also ordered our books by color gradient for a fun effect on the shelves, since the rest of the walls are white and the trim is neutral (mushroom). All and all we get a lot of ooh’s and aaah’s when people walk into our living room now, and I wanted to say thank you for the inspiration! I wish I knew how to add a pic to a comment here so I could share it with you, but I don’t see a spot for an attachment. Thanks for your blog and have a great week! AC
Your blog is such a serene place. I love your color pallet. Do you remember where you got the dried leaves next to your standing mirror? I love them.
Most of my dried florals are clipped from the yard, but these particular leaves were from Hobby Lobby. :)
Kit Lau says
I also love the dried branches and leaves decoration. Can you advise how long the dried florals usually last?
Hi Kit! They last really well. Mine are over a year old, and still look great. :)
This is absolutely beautiful, thank you so much for sharing!! I love your twist of antiques and new fixtures, it is so enchanting. And I must say, that is GENIUS about the garment rack, I adore the idea for outfit planning!! I am definitely going to use this is my spare room next to my mirror I get dressed in front of, thank you so much for the smart tip!!
Thank you! I love when we get glimpses of your home! I’d love to see how you style Camille dress! It looked too clunky on me but I’m sure on you it’s so adorable!
Mary Hagen carmichael says
I love how your clothes are displayed! It’s an amazing and gorgeous idea.
Dried plants of all different shapes–lovely, effective, natural, simple, enchanting silhouettes … but how do you keep them clean? How do you keep them from turning grey with dust? Aren’t they too fragile to dust properly? And how do you keep your dog form “exploring” the ones on the floor?
Hi MK! Hm, I’m not sure if I’m going to be much help here. I have several dried floral clippings from the yard that are over a year old and still looking pretty good, without dusting or cleaning. The branches in this post are nice and sturdy, and would be relatively easy to dust. Our sweet pup is very old and doesn’t get into things like he used to, so he leaves them alone.
Such a beautiful home and color palette! I have to ask… how recently did you buy your hobby lobby leaves? I need those in my life! Love your blog, thank you for sharing.