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Bathroom Remodeling Series – Vanity Mirrors

Lets continue with our bath remodel series and talk about a Bathroom Remodeling Series – Vanity Mirrors. The first thing to know is the width and length of the space for the mirror. This number will tell/show you how much flexibility you’ll have in the many choices manufactures offer. This number also tells you if a recessed cabinet/mirror is possible or if you have to connect it to be flush with the drywall.

If you can only have a wall hung cabinet or mirror, you should consider the width of your sink.  There’s no rule in stone that says you have to keep your mirror/cabinet the same width but consider the look if its off-center versus centered. So, if you want to go bigger in length, the cabinet/mirror may extend over the toilet. If it’s just a mirror you can get away with it without the look of over-doing it. However, if it’s a wall cabinet and it extends over to the toilet, that could be a hazard if the door is open and you’re sitting underneath it on the toilet (Ouch!).

If you have the choice to have a recessed cabinet you may be limited on the width, which does not necessarily mean ugly, bad, or limits. There are just as many choices to recessed cabinets and your style options vary widely. I purchased a recessed cabinet for both of my baths and I love it.  The style I purchased was from the Home Depot (Love That Place)! The inside of the mirrored door, was a mirror.  Not only that, there was also a mirror on the back wall of the cabinet! Yes, mirrors galore! But there’s a reason for my madness. I thought this was the perfect cabinet because when you open the door it opens far enough to see the side and back of your head. As a lady, I’m always looking at myself from different angles and this cabinet allows me to do just that.Vanity Mirror

So, don’t limit yourself when you see the mirrors.  See the options I chose below from Amazon:

Bath Update and Remodeling Series Intro #101

Over the next few weeks, I will be focusing on bath update and remodeling.  I will discuss the process from beginning to end.  I will share with you pictures of my before & after as well as any thoughts I have about my over all choices.

For the purpose of this article Update is defined as adding new information or making corrections; a remodel is defined as reconstruction or making over.  Updating is using what you already have and either re-purposing or repairing it.  A remodel is a total do-over that gives the space a different look.  If you have the budget and are tired or bored of the space setup or overall look, then consider an update or remodel before contemplating a move or relocation (Your pockets will thank you).

I’ve designed both of my full baths and it was really fun, yet challenging. I’ve learned so much from the projects I’ve designed.  I will share with you my decisions and whether or not I feel those decisions were good or bad & why.

First I want to share some decor terms and their meanings so everyone will know exactly what I’m referring to.

Decorating Styles:  Contemporary – characteristics of the current time period

Traditional – inherited, established customs

Eclectic – A collection of things/ideas taken from many different sources. This combination includes colors, texture, and shapes

Rustic – often referred to as rural, plain, simple, or unrefined. You often see this style in log homes and farm houses

Tuscan – is often seen with iron accents, Terra-cotta tiles and textured wall finishes.

New Mirror, Light Fixture & Wall Tile

New Mirror, Light Fixture & Wall Tile

If you are indecisive about how to start your project, checkout this pictorial on Houzz to inspire you.

This series will cover various aspects of updating or remodeling baths such as lighting, floor and wall tile, paint, vanity mirrors and cabinets, storage, and accessories.

 

  • Contemporary Bath
    Contemporary Bath

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Upholstered Headboard with Added Bling

I don’t remember when it happened or how, but I’ve been without a headboard on my bed for at least 10 years.  It never use to bother me, but now its a problem.  When my pillows fall between the wall and the mattress I just get OCD and can’t cope without it any longer.  So, I’ve been (window) shopping for a headboard. Initially I just shopped for all types of head boards.  About a year ago I fell in love with the upholstered look so I specifically shopped for upholstered head boards.  Talk about sticker-shock, I was overwhelmed by the prices of these things. In this article I will show you an Upholstered  Headboard with Added Bling

I had a major fail when I built a headboard that didn’t meet my standards.  Even when I D.I.Y., there are times when my skills don’t meet my standards.  Let me tell you how I built it, then we’ll move on to the Phabulous headboard I just purchased.

I went to a thrift store and saw this headboard and thought it would allow me to build on it, but still remain light in weight.  WRONG!!! Well, sorta!  I purchased two pieces of plywood without considering their thickness when put together, and I attached them to the headboard.  After adding the foam, material and bling I was totally unhappy with what I saw.  This headboard is super tall and totally heavy.  It is absolutely the most hideous thing I’ve ever made.  I’ll insert pictures of me making it, but at the time of creating this post I’m not sure if I’ll show the finished product, yet.

So, I started saving up my money for the one headboard I wanted but couldn’t afford.  Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait long.  I was walking through TJ Maxx on my break at work and there it was.  MY HEADBOARD!! Ok, so it didn’t have the bling I wanted but I saw potential for bling, especially at a discounted price.  If I only could get the thing home without having to rent a truck.  I tried loading it on my SUV but that didn’t work.  Thankfully, I have a nephew that’s like a son to me. He always makes time for his auntie & this was no exception.  I called him and he came directly up to the store and took my headboard home for me.

  • Upholstered Headboard
    Before Adding Bling

So I get the headboard up the stairs, but I knew I had to bling it out before I could attach it to my bed.  So I purchased some Bling Gems and attached them with E-6000 glue and by using a hot glue gun.  I absolutely love it.

Theme Ideas For Baby Shower and Child Parties

Party Theme Ideas

Baby Shower & Child Parties

How can you go above and beyond last years birthday party? Try a theme and stick to it with every detail. For thought, these are a couple of Theme Ideas for Baby Shower and Child Parties. 

  • Sports Themed Baby Shower

Luau
Patriotic
Hollywood
Casino
Fiesta
Decades (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s)
Sports (Football/NFL teams)
Baseball (MBL Teams)
Basketball (NBA Teams)
Hocky (NHL Teams)
NCAA Teams
WNBA Teams
Mardi Gras
Western
Seasons
Princess
If your party is days away and you want to find candy fast without driving around burning time & money? Use Amazon, they have a wide range of candies with the 2-day shipping. Don’t forget the party favors! Of course you need a confectionery to blow out the candles, right? One of the most popular types of cakes is actually cupcakes! Yes, even for adults! It eliminates the need to cut slices and if a guest does not want cake, then its easy to pack up the leftovers to share with others.
Don’t limit yourself on your color scheme because the candy you see in the store only come in the general colors. Use my links to Amazon to purchase specially colored candy (wrapped).  As you consider your chosen candy, think about the optics and the different levels you want your candy to appear as.

If you want to purchase the candies used in the Chicago Hawks Candy Table, click the links below:


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NECCO Mary Jane Old Fashioned Candy, 2 lb Bag


This timeless candy offers a sweet peanut butter flavor in chewy taffy. Individually wrapped, Mary Janes are perfect for a grab and go bite of sweetness.
List Price: $13.99 USD
New From: $13.99 USD In Stock

ALBERTS BLACK CHERRY CHEWS 240CT BAG


240 Count Bag of Wrapped Candies
List Price: $10.39 USD
New From: $4.99 USD In Stock


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KISSES Chocolates, Gluten-Free Solid Milk Chocolate Candy Wrapped in Silver Foil, 66.7 Ounce Bulk Bag


If you’re looking for chocolate candy that will please a corporate crowd, you’ve struck gold! Each Kisses Milk Chocolate is a bite of pure happiness: deliciously creamy and oh so satisfying. They’re perfect for office parties, tradeshows, corporate gifts, and any occasion that calls for one of life’s little rewards.
New From: $30.99 USD In Stock


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Chick-O-Stick 160 Piece Tub


Tub of Chick-O-Stick. 160 pieces.
List Price: $18.99 USD
New From: $14.99 USD In Stock


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TWIZZLERS Twists (Strawberry, 105-Count)


Looking for a sweet, fruity candy taste? TWIZZLERS Candies have been delighting mouths for years. TWIZZLERS Twists are delicious licorice candies bursting with fruity flavor. These strawberry-flavored treats are individually wrapped and won’t melt, making them perfect for lunch boxes, the glove box, or the office stash. Kids and adults alike will love these yummy twists that are perfect for snacking or sharing. TWIZZLERS Twists are low-fat and OU Kosher Certified. This product ships as one 105-piece container of strawberry TWIZZLERS Twists.
List Price: $5.99 USD
New From: $5.75 USD In Stock

July Celebration Inspirational Quote

Sometimes you will never know the true value of a MOMENT until it becomes a MEMORY

Pinneapple Palm Tree

Are you having a trpinn1opical themed party and want to extend the decor into edible food, this pineapple tree may be just what you need.

  • Items needed:
  • Kitchen Scissors
  • Toothpicks/Skewers
  • A variety of fruit
  • Industrial Round Pan
  • Faux Ferns

To start, cork the center of approximately 4 pineapples.  Stack the hollow pineapples on top of each other. Use toothpicks to align them up so they’ll stay together.  Spread the different types of fruit around the base of the pineapple.  String the fruit around the trunk of the tree.  Insert the faux ferns into the top of the tree. Enjoy

Happy 4th of July!!!

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I want to wish you the happiest holiday weekend.  I love the look of organized & coordinated fireworks!  Visit my blog after the holiday for a new & exciting article.  Leave me a comment below to let me know you’ve visited.

Hello Friends!

Welcome to my blog. Thank you for joining me in this journey. It is my hope that the information shared here will uplift you, inspire you and motivate you and those around you to CELEBRATE every milestone as if it were your last!

Window Blind Styles, Which Would You Choose

Aluminum or Wood Blinds?

How do I prepare to plan a small home project? Sometimes just getting started is a problem. I often don’t know how to get started, so my thoughts can be unorganized and be a huge time and money waster while I run around from store to store getting samples and ideas. When I’m indecisive, I have to give myself space and a little quiet time to eventually put pen to paper.

Window blinds can either make your windows pop or just be a space on the wall. The original metal (aluminum) window blinds have come a long way, however they’re not ordinarily seen as formal blinds. Since the introduction of metal (aluminum) blinds, they have added a wide range of new colors. So, if you’re looking for something temporary, cheap, light-weight, and cost efficient, metal blinds might be the choice for you. If you have an odd space, you can always place a special order at home improvement store. Aluminum blinds also look great in an industrial or office setting.

If you’re on a tight budget but want your windows to POP, try Faux Wood Blinds. If your budget allows, you can choose real wood blinds and get the same look. However, Faux Wood Blinds come in a nice variety of wood grains, painted & stain colors and slat widths. Faux Wood Blinds also offer a formal look by offering a valance.

blind slats

Wood Blinds

I start my project by deciding and listing which style (Modern, Contemporary, Traditional, Eclectic, etc) I want the finish product to coordinate my existing décor with. The next step should always be the one in which you determine how much you want to spend (let’s call it a budget). One of my first moves is to get more inspiration by actually seeing my options. I pull hard copy magazines (even old ones) and I peruse through online catalogs. Usually what I see on the pages doesn’t exactly match what I’m looking for. So I begin to ‘window shop’ from catalog-to-catalog. I take bits and pieces of each picture and I visualize all of the ideas in one project. I’ve even taken the pages, cut out the object I think I want and glue them all to a blank piece of paper. I know it’s ‘elementary’ but the way my mind is ‘setup’ I have to actually see what I envision. This gives me a better idea about whether my vision will work or not. There will always be revisions, so don’t get discouraged if during the project, some of your choices have to be changed. It’s always better to switch in the midst of completing the project, it’ll cost you less time and headache and probably less money. Happy Decorating!

Let Your Inner Artist OUT!

Painting a wall doesn’t have to mean a plain boring paint job anymore. If you’re as indecisive as I am, you can understand my dilemma when choosing paint colors for a wall. This type of project is no different in the starting process of all of my project planning. I pullout my magazines (even the fashion ones) and go to the online catalogs and I day dream about how I want my wall to look.

painted wall

Once I settle on a color family, I travel to the hardware store (Home Depot, Menards or Lowe’s) and head straight to the painting department. The paint swatches become like a buffet for my taking.  As I look down in my hand and see how many swatches I’ve snatched, that makes the journey to the finish line even that much further away.  By this time, I’m thinking why have picked all of these variances of color?  All they’ve done is just confuse me even more.  So I go back to my home office, divide the swatches into piles of yes, no or maybe.  I get rid of the NO’s and the battle in my head begins between the piles of YES or MAYBE.  This last elimination last longer than I’d like it to, but in the end, I will have at least three coordinating colors.  Now we can officially start to put your project together.  If your budget limits you to start small, start with a few gallons of paint & primer all in one.  When I painted the walls in the living room and dining room, I was bored after seeing the same color on three consecutive walls.  So I thought about what artistic element could I add that I hadn’t seen on anyone’s walls in my world, so I decided to add a slightly darker color.  My first learning lesson was to make sure the first coat of paint for the background was totally dry.  Trust me, if you continue with the next step without the wall being completely dry, you’ll just be angry at an ugly wall & probably yourself.  I then added the 2nd color to the wall using a hand drawn design with the help of painters tape. I measured about 5 feet off of the ground to make my starting marks. I also used a leveler to ensure that my lines were leveled and straight.  I thought of designs anywhere from the Chevron pattern to an Ocean Wave.  In the end I chose the Ocean Wave.  I drew the lines then used painters tape to ensure I painted inside the lines. You might find it more efficient to draw all of your lines first then tape the lines all at once, because once you pull out the paint & brush, it’ll be quicker to continue through the end.

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