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February Room Evolution Party!

Happy Leap Day!

So, are you ready to share your rooms for today's party?  I'm really excited to see them!  To get this party started, I will share a true "Before and After" shot of my Jack & Jill bathroom reveal, since I inadvertently left it out!  I'll have to go back and fix it, or else it's just going to bug me and give me blog nightmares.  (Yes, I have indeed had dreams about blogging - truly a sad state of affairs, yes?)

Ok, I feel a little bit better now.  

If you missed last month's party - take a gander at the talent that abounds!  Andrea's amazing master bath transformation from Oak Ridge Revival.  You won't believe the humble beginnings of this luxurious master bathroom.So, let's get to it!  First, here are the rules (I know, rules schmules).

Or Kim's adorably charming powder room at Savvy Southern Style.

  • Grab a button off my sidebar or link back so that others can join the fun.
  • Two links per person (because I don't want you to run out of rooms to share!)
  • By entering your link, you are giving me permission to use any part of your post, including pictures to feature you and your awesomeness (with credit given to you and linking back to your blog)
  • Please post the permalink (the link to your post), not the general link to your blog.
  • The link party will be open until March 7th, 2012.
Thanks for linking up!


Jack & Jill Reveal

Ok friends, it's finally time for the Jack & Jill bathroom reveal.  My artwork/brainstorm is in progress, so that portion will have to wait, but I'm not going to delay any further!

For a project that I thought I would be able to knock out rather quickly, this one ended up taking a lot longer than I expected.  But, I guess I should just expect that by now, right? 

I started out painting the walls in Sea Salt (Sherwin Williams), and then added beadboard wallpaper and hooks to the mix, in the hopes of my children actually hanging up their towels.  The key to bringing this room full circle though, was the rug.  I found it at TJ Maxx, and I just love the colors.  A great way to tie things together.

See, I even gave my kids a head start, by hanging up their towels and showing them how it's done.
Then there is the chandy from hell.  I won't dwell on it, because it's pretty chandy candy now.  As for that big, bear space above my towels, pretend you see some cute artwork hanging up there.  

Let me tell you, I think it is nearly impossible for me to photograph this room and include all of the elements I've added.
Here's a fun trick, again, using a Target tablecloth, like I did when I made my no-sew roman shades.  Better yet, this tablecloth was on clearance, for just over $12.  Yes, please.  (And yes, those are Santa Clause sheets in the picture below in case you're wondering).
Turns out, a Target tablecloth works as a shower curtain when you can't find an extra long one that you 1) like and 2) doesn't cost a small fortune.  Add some curtain ring clips, and you're good to go!  (Ooops, pay no mind to the Frog Tape that I neglected to remove from the shower head!)  But I think it works.  What do you think?  Is there nothing a Target tablecloth can't do?!?

And a final Before and After -
So, there you have it!  Imaginary artwork aside, I'm pretty happy with the outcome.  :-)

Looking forward to seeing what YOU have been up to my friends!  I know yesterday I said that the link party would be live today, but I had my dates mixed up and realized that the original date I planned was February 29th - Leap Day.  So, the party will be open tomorrow.  My bad.  Please forgive me and link up anyway. :-)

UPDATE:  Link up to the party here!

Linking up to:

Thrifty Decor Chick

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - Tuesday Treasures
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesdays


Jack and Jill Bath Chandy


I'm sorry I've been on the quiet side - that definitely has not been the case here in my home!  In fact, I've been the opposite of quiet in putting up this bathroom chandy from hell.  Suffice to say, I have met my quota for swear words in getting this blasted thing installed.  

I think my husband and I were seduced into thinking it would be easy with a name like "conversion kit".  Those words make you think it's a simple process, right?  After all, something that comes in a "kit" shouldn't be something that's difficult.  It would have been more aptly named the "Canned Light Electricity Experiment - Not for the Patience Impaired".

But, name aside, it's UP.  And it's pretty!  

I'm "this close" to showing you the completed room, but had a brainstorm idea at the end of the day that I'm working on now (and I'm hoping it's not an epic fail).  So, I'll share the big reveal tomorrow - just in time for this month's "Room Evolution" party!

In the meantime, here are some other, more beautiful, bathrooms featuring chandys of their own.  Who can resist a chandy in the bathroom?

Source: via Alicia on Pinterest

Source: via Tami on Pinterest

Source: via Kelsey on Pinterest

Come back tomorrow for the full reveal and be ready to share your latest room evolutions!  I'm looking forward to seeing them!


Rug Reveal & 11 Questions

Hello Friends,

I took off for President's Day and enjoyed the day with my hubby and kids, since my husband has been out of town for the past week.  He's helping me put up my thrifty chandy that I am putting in the kids' Jack & Jill bathroom, and like everything, it always seems to take longer than it should.

So, in the meantime, here are some pics of the dining room with the new rug.  It looks great, and now I'm on a mission to get some drapes up in there!

To see the other posts about this dining room update, click here and here.

And since this room is evolving, let me remind you that the next Room Evolution party is on Wednesday, February 29th!  Mark your calendars!

So, I've been tagged by three different bloggers - Lisa from Shine Your Light, Cathy from Room Rx and Maury, from Life on Mars - in a fun little quiz in which I answer 11 questions and then tag 10 more bloggers with my own 11 questions.  So, since I want to participate in all of them (but don't want to bore you with 33 questions & answers about me), I'm taking a few from each of them and combining them into one quiz.  So, here we go!

1.  What is your favorite place in the United States?
When you say "United States", I'm including all fifty states and am going to say Hawaii.  My husband and I went to Hawaii, pre-kids and it was the most amazing vacation we've ever taken.  Just a breathtaking place all around, and I hope we can go again someday.  We took a day and drove the Road to Hana, which I highly recommend if you're ever in Maui.  Amazing. And as you get started, stop at the little hut that sells the best banana bread. Ever.

2.  Where would you love to visit that you've never been before?
Hmmmm.  This is a good one.  Given that I'm a big fan of crystal clear blue water and sandy white beaches, I'd have to go with someplace like Bora Bora or Tahiti.  Yes, please.

3.  What is one of your pet peeves?
I have to admit, I'm a bit of a grammar Nazi.  For instance, when I see someone (an adult, who should know better) use "your" in the place of "you're", it's like nails on a chalkboard.

4.  Name one thing on your bucket list.
It's insane.  But I would love to one day cross the finish line of an Ironman Race.  To hear, "Jenny, you're an Ironman!" would just be AMAZING.  I'm not a big fan of tattoos, but if I finished an Ironman, you can bet that I would have the tattoo to prove it (and the t-shirt, the bumper sticker, the backpack...).  And it would be really awesome if I crossed the finish line looking like her:

Although I imagine it would play out more like this:
Source: via Serena on Pinterest

5.  What is something about yourself that you'd like to change?
Hmmmm.  I'd have to say that I'd like to change my procrastinator-like ways.  I seem to swing from one extreme to another in this area.  On one hand, when I decide to do something, I do it.  But with other things, I can just put them off like there's no tomorrow, and then they hang over my head and drive me crazy.  It's silly the way it works.  I work best under pressure and with deadlines - if there is no deadline, I don't feel the pressure to get it done.

6.  Is there a 2012 resolution you've already broken?
See question #6. ;-)

7.  What is your best advice for raising children?
A few things come to mind on this one:
  • Let your children "overhear" your praise of them when talking to other people
  • Pick your battles 
  • Enjoy every moment of their littleness - it's so difficult when you're an exhausted, bleary-eyed mother, but those days are fleeting, even if they feel like they'll never end while you're living them
8.  What is your favorite project that you've ever accomplished?
I'm assuming this question is DIY related, so with that, I'm going to have to say that painting my kitchen cabinets is my favorite.  Not in terms of the process, but I'm proud that I was able to do it.  If that makes sense.

9.  What is one thing everyone should know about you?
I get extremely crabby if I don't get some sort of workout in during the day (I typically go over my lunch hour).  It gets me out of the office, releases my stress and helps me deal with the second half of the day.  If I don't go - watch out.  It's not pretty.  People who know me can vouch for this.

10.  What is your favorite kitchen or home improvement tool?
My favorite kitchen tool is by far, my Kitchen Aid mixer.  I have had this baby for years now, and still use it on a regular basis.  Truly worth every penny!

11.  What do you enjoy about blogging?
I love that blogging incorporates three things that I enjoy so very much - home design, photography and writing.  Plus, I love all of the new people I've "met" and daily inspiration I encounter with all of the different blogs that I have discovered.  It's fantastic!

There you go!  Now, I'm passing the baton.
Next to share the Rules:
**You must post the rules
**Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you; then create 11 questions to ask the people you've tagged
**Tag 11 people and link them in your post
**Let them know you have tagged them

Here are my eleven questions for you!
1.  What is your biggest fear or phobia?
2.  What is your proudest moment?
3.  What is your favorite childhood memory?
4.  Tell me something about you few people know.
5.  What do you do to release your stress?
6.  If you could take a dream trip to anywhere in the world, where would it be?
7.  Name a quirky trait or habit of yours.
8.  If you could time travel and live in a different era, when would it be?
9.  What DIY project are you most proud of?
10.  If you had $1 million to give to a worthy cause/person of your choice, what/who would it be?
11.  If you had a magical power, what would it be?

Linking up to:
Thrifty Decor Chick


Rug Realities

I have to say, while I love what a great rug adds to a room, I struggle with paying big $$ for some of the rugs I see out there.  I don't know why - it's a personal problem I guess.  Maybe it's because I think of other things I could buy with that money - like furniture or a plane ticket to an island in the Carribbean. 

That's one of the things I'm going to have to deal with when we finally take the plunge and put in hardwood floors in our great room.  It slays me that we'll be paying big money to install the floors, and then even MORE money to add a rug.  I know it's worth the investment, but dang, it adds up quickly!

Maybe it's because I'm drawn to crazy expensive beauties like these:

Oh, Amy Butler rugs, how I love you so...

So, let's snap back to reality here.  You can imagine my exhilariation at finding this lovely lady while browsing one of the Joss & Main sales that I stalk check daily. 

Ok, so maybe I shouldn't have put this photo so close to the Amy Butler gorgeousness.  Pretend you never saw them.  Or maybe I'm lucky enough to have readers who have short-term memory loss like I do.

What was I talking about?  Oh yes, my new rug...
And the best part?  This baby only cost a smidge over $100 (plus shipping).  It just got a lot prettier, didn't it?  The size of the rug is about 7'6" x 9'6" - something like that - not a full 8'x10' sized rug, but the largest they had for this particular style.  I mapped it out in my dining room, and determined I could make it work.

I figured worst case, I could use it outside on the covered porch.  Did I mention it's an indoor/outdoor rug?  Yes it is.  But that's ok - I'm digging it.  It's actually really soft (confirmed by my 13 year-old and our dog).  Now I'm wishing I had bought more than one so I could have some of this fun pattern outside too.

I'll share more photos soon.  The rug was delivered late in the evening on Valentine's Day, so I only have night shots right now.  Patience my pets!

So, what do you think?  What are your thoughts on rugs?  Do you struggle with laying your cash on the table for them too?  Do you have any go-to sources for rugs in your home?  Can you get the look you want, for less?  I'm all ears!