Sleeping with the fishes

The results are in and everyone guessed wrong.  I’m not sure how I feel about that.  On the one hand, I love my new bed, but on the other I’m second guessing my choice seeing how everyone would have chosen every bed except mine.  So here’s how I broke it down.

My favorite bed is #1 Captiva from Joss & Main, but it’s such a specific style. What if I want to buy a new duvet or paint the walls in the future?  I would have to make sure it doesn’t clash with my bed.


#2 Mid-Century from West Elm, seemed too simple and looked very similar to the bed I had for the past 12yrs.

Mid Century

As much as I loved #3 Morocco from West Elm, and thought it would allow extra light to shine through since the bed is in front of the window, someone reminded me how annoying it is to dust dark furniture.  With Down pillows and comforter, I already feel like I’m dusting all the time.


And while #5 Wilmington from Joss & Main, looked fun and beachy, reclaimed would doesn’t seem like the smoothest surface to park my pillow at night.  I kept imagining snags in my blankets or sheets.


Final answer….#4 Stria from West Elm

(I waited until all of their beds were 20% off)


and here it is



(Please disregard my poor photography.  Two cameras and these are still the best pictures I could get.)

So I still have more curtains and pictures to hang, but I’m happy to finally have the pink sand walls painted over.  They only look tan in pictures. Here’s a preview of where the room started.






So what do you think?

Bathroom Facelift

The first room I had to tackle before I even moved in, was this bathroom.


I didn’t like the blue paint and the fixtures were not very appealing either.  The mirror/medicine cabinet was chipping and too small for the space and they painted the light fixture blue along with the walls.


My first idea was to just re-paint the light fixture black, so I went to Home Depot and found a little container of Martha Stewart black paint.  It had a little shimmer to it, but I thought it would work anyway.



IMG_3460I was wrong!  It was like Jem And The Holograms sparkly nail polish with the consistency of sand paper.  It had to go just like the mirror and the paint color.


So I took another trip back to Home Depot for a new light fixture and used a mirror I already had.



While it looked ten times better, it wasn’t the look I really wanted.  Neither was the storage shelf I was using.


So I went back to the internet and started looking up every bathroom storage cabinet I could find and mirrors.  While the mirror I really wanted was a capiz mirror, they all started at $199 and went up from there, so I was happy to compromise for this one for $40 from Home Goods.


I loved the new mirror, but now the light fixture didn’t match.  After uninstalling another fixture, I went back to the store and found this.


I think it gives a hint of the coastal look I’m going for, but also a touch of sparkle with the prismatic style glass.  Then I was lucky enough to find this shelving unit at Ikea for only $35.  All of the others I had found were $100 and up.  Even the one at Home Goods was $150 and wasn’t as tall as this one.  I will trade the hour it took me to put this thing together due to their non-descriptive directions any day over spending extra money.


Just a few more added details…





and I’m almost done.  I just need to find a set of roman shades for the window. In the end this bathroom ended up getting new paint, a new mirror, new light fixture, new shower head, new curtain rod, and a new toilet because the other one was like a micro toilet. Now if I could only make up my mind the first time around, I may not have to keep redoing things.

Front Yard Makeover

This weekend my mom took the 3 hour drive over to help me get this yard back in shape.




4 hours into pulling weeds and raking, I started to think I was tricked into doing yard work that weekend.  My mom still wasn’t there and she just kept sending me pictures of different plants at the store.  I had to question whether she was really coming at all.



She did finally show up, but the truth is neither one of us could figure out what direction to take the front of the house.  It’s adorable like a little cottage, but at the same time it’s in Florida and could use a tropical punch.  So I took a trip over to Kathy’s Korner Nursery to get some ideas and that’s it, I was sold.  Look at this tropical paradise.  I would buy them all if I could.



So with the magic of the internet, sweat, dirt, sweat, bugs, sweat, shovel, sweat, mulch, and more sweat here we are all done.  Did I mention it was really hot this weekend? You can also see my first house warming present in this picture, my palm tree door knocker.

IMG_3742We went with the pygmy date palm, heliconia, and crotons. We also used a mix of black mulch and rubber mulch to give it a bit of a different look and switched out the broken concrete for pavers. The grass still needs some love, so we also spread some seed and watered.



I love how it looks and I can’t wait for them to grow a little taller.  The best part though, was when I woke up the next morning, this little guy was at my front door with a note.



He has since found a home near my side door, which also got a bit of a makeover.


from this…IMG_3688

to this


What do you think?  Have you updated your landscape lately?

Personalizing Your Pictures

Recently I was looking for something “Happy” to hang over my couch in the livingroom, but everywhere I went seemed to have the same boring things.livingroom1

Solution: Make something myself……

  Since, I don’t have fancy photo software on my computer, I started at to see what options they offered.  There, I was able to make a photo collage printed on poster board.  The program on Walgreens website was great, because there were so many collage styles to choose from.  Once I picked the style I wanted I just needed to upload my pictures and drop them in the size box I wanted.  Plus, you can’t beat the instant gratification of picking up the printed version the same night.  It turned out great, but it wasn’t the right size for my wall.   After a trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics, here’s what I came up with.


Supplies: Burlap, Blank Canvas, Staple Gun, Glue, Poster board


Step 1: Iron creases out of Burlap


Step 2: Staple Burlap to Canvas


Step 3: Glue Poster board to Burlap and add a couple embellishments


Step 4: Stand back and enjoy

Here are some other ideas on how to display you favorite pictures…..


Take a basic frame and personalize it.


Use a white colored pencil to label where your pictures were taken.  Psst..It can be erased and re-labeled when you want to switch out the pictures.


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  Grab some mismatched frames and your favorite art and place them together on ledge shelves for some added color.