Dreaming of: Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel

We purchased our house over 6 years ago and had big dreams the day we stepped inside in terms of projects, yet here we are with only a few done. But, they were major projects so I’m still very pleased! It’s funny to me how home projects are thrown around so casually when in actuality, they are HUGE and can cost as much as a whole new house (or sometimes even more!) To date, we have painted the whole interior (some areas a few times!), put new flooring in throughout, updated the kitchen with painted cabinets, new back splash and concrete counter tops, and updated the guest bathroom with some cosmetic edits. The one room we haven’t touched much is our bathroom. Yet, interestingly enough, it’s the one room that my husband actually has SERIOUS opinions about! If a bathroom isn’t up to his standards, it’s bad news.

Our major pain point in the master bathroom is the shower. It creaks when it gets cold due to an ill fitted base and the glass is completely hard water etched (yes, I’ve tried cleaning it and I’m serious- it’s beyond hope).  To make matters worse, it’s a one piece unit with the soaker tub attached so if we replace the shower, the whole darn thing has to go even though the tub is still in great working form. So… we got a few quotes from bath fitting companies and guess what?  The quotes were astronomical! Like, $20,000+ crazy. I mean, it’s doable and I get that that sort of a project is an investment.  But seriously, all they were going to do was pretty much replace the bathtub and shower to be exactly what it is now! No thanks.  I’d rather hire a contractor ourselves and make it exactly what we want, even if it meant spending a little north of those quotes.
So here is our predicament. Our bathroom is totally functioning and does what it’s supposed to- it’s just not as serene and aesthetically pleasing as we would like.  You know the problem? My internal simple living self is saying, “Just deal, it’s far better than a lot of people in the world deal with- whenever we do decide to sell, the new owners will either be totally fine with the current bathroom or they can be the ones to remodel.” But my first world mind is saying, “Go for it, you deserve it!” And let me tell you, Pinterest and Instagram are not helping my problem currently.  I think social media only feeds my “home envy” of people- it’s not very minimalist of myself to allow that into my life!  I think I may need a social media purge?!
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Anyways, in the end of it all, I have decided I can dream about a remodel and at least put together a mood board, right?  I would love your comments- is it worth it to do such a big remodel on a starter home? Or should I just learn to be content, because the fact of it is, I have a beautiful home as is and am VERY FORTUNATE!  We also could just put new glass in the shower and redo the back splash for an updated look.  There’s options, which is good (and bad for the deciding factor!) Help me, please. 🙂

Vanity / Faucet / Bathtub / Bath Faucet

So here it goes, what I would do if we actually were going to sink around $30k in our bathroom. I am loving the idea of a free standing tub next to a newly tiled shower (with new glass!) so that would definitely be on the list. I would take out our current vanity that wraps around the corner wall in an L shape and replace with this vanity from Home Depot.  Mirrors of course would have to be circular and framed! For faucets, I’d go modern in both the freestanding tub faucet and sink faucets.  I’d keep the walls light and airy, either white or a mint colored accent- maybe even shiplap one wall as an accent.  For the back splash and shower tiling, I’d of course go with subway tiles, my favorite!  Finishing touches include Turkish towels, a large vintage rug, and some eucalyptus in a vase on some open shelves.  Ta-da, there you have it, my dream modern farmhouse inspired bathroom!

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Getting Festive in Boise

Happy December! Last week, the week of Thanksgiving, is my favorite week of the whole year. I love the Thanksgiving meal prep, eating said meal, and time spent with friends and family. That week is a favorite also because it kicks off the Holiday festivities. And now that it is just 25 days til Christmas, we are REALLY in the festive mood!

Some of my favorite activities we enjoyed last week were seeing the Festival of Trees, getting holiday greenery at Edwards Greenhouse, walking through the Winter Garden aGlow, and watching the Downtown Boise Association Tree Lighting on The Grove Plaza. Thankfully, only a few of those events are limited runs- the rest we can partake in over and over again throughout the season!

Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is only during the week of Thanksgiving starting with the annual Gala and ending with a Fashion Show the following Monday. It’s a great way to start the season, all while supporting a good cause, one of the local hospitals.Holidays in Boise, boise travel, things to do in Boise, festival of Trees

Edwards Greenhouse

Edwards is my favorite greenhouses in town, and they do Christmas up real big! Their poinsettias are beautiful, and we went the day before their annual Open House, so we missed the crowds but saw all the great greenery. That also meant we missed seeing Santa, but he will be there for photos on December 9th from 11am-1pm, so maybe we will catch him then. Lucy didn’t mind missing Santa, though- the koi pond was plenty of a highlight! Holidays in Boise, boise travel, things to do in Boise, Edwards Greenhouse

Idaho Botanical Garden Winter Garden aGlow

The Botanical Gardens are so fun this time of year because they have thousands of twinkling lights covering the grounds. Thanksgiving day was their opening and it happened to be in the 60s here so we took advantage of the nice weather and went! Lucy did enjoy the evening until we decided to take a family photo, of course! The event runs through January 1, 2018 and it’s a must see!Holidays in Boise, boise travel, things to do in Boise, Idaho Botanical Garden, Winter Garden aGlow

The Grove Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting

The Downtown Boise Christmas tree stands in the center of The Grove Plaza. The Lighting always takes place the day after Thanksgiving, and it was a packed house this year! The tree lighting seems to turn the Christmas switch for downtown- it just feels so festive! While the lighting is a one time event, I highly suggest just going for an evening walk downtown to see the tree (and maybe get a carriage ride!) Holidays in Boise, boise travel, things to do in Boise

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My First Attempt at Project 333

Project333, fall capsule wardrobeTomorrow marks the beginning of the third (and final) month of my Fall Project 333 capsule wardrobe! I have to admit, I’m blown away by how little I have had to think of what I wear, but yet I still get to wear my favorite items everyday and I enjoy my outfits. I thought I would get sick of my clothes (and maybe at the end of next month I will) but I sure haven’t so far!

What is Project 333?
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Project 333, it is a capsule wardrobe challenge founded by Courtney Carver- see my post here about listening to her at The Tiny Wardrobe Tour.  For 3 months, you wear 33 items (not counting lounge, undergarments, or workout gear). At the beginning of the challenge, I did not include outerwear, because I thought I’d need multiple different coats with our temperamental weather. But after listening to Courtney in person and hear her say to pick a number (any number!) and stick to it, I am including outwear now- and while my number is a little higher than just 33 items (try 40 items), it is what’s working for me.  Sticking to a number has helped me, because now I’m not compensating in that department for the limits in other areas.
 My Fall/Winter Project 333 Items:
  1. black sweater tank dress
  2. madewell black turtleneck dress
  3. madewell grey shirt dress
  4. madewell teal shift dress
  5. taylor stitch linen dress
  6. dark jeans
  7. black jeans
  8. black skirt
  9. navy pencil skirt
  10. denim skirt
  11. green cargo skirt
  12. anthro patterned skirt***
  13. black and white tiered top
  14. chambray button down
  15. blue plaid
  16. yellow plaid
  17. madewell black and white buffalo plaid courier shirt
  18. gray turtleneck sweater***
  19. white ruffle tee
  20. black chunky cardigan
  21. gray tee
  22. j.crew striped tee
  23. objects without meaning blouse
  24. green anthro coat
  25. black puffer coat
  26. gray blazer***
  27. black blazer***
  28. leather jacket
  29. clogs
  30. leopard flats
  31. brown booties
  32. black oxfords
  33. cowboy boots***
  34. black heeled booties
  35. jean jacket
  36. frye boots pair 1***
  37. frye boots pair 2
  38. anthropologie camo jacket***
  39. mustard scarf
  40. red scarf
What I’ve Learned:
In the first few weeks of implementing the challenge, I found out the black booties I had included were much to high and I could hardly walk in them- yikes! Talk about non-versatility right there. My goal is for the majority of my clothes and shoes to be able to go for work, playing with Lucy, and church. So too high of heels are definitely a no-go! I replaced them with a lower heeled option and have been pleased so far, except my new booties have zippers up the side, which are super cute, but they jingle every time I walk- the saying “with bells on” rings (get it? Ha) all too truly for me when I wear them. If you have ideas or tricks for me, please send a comment my way!  I have tried adding medical tape on the back side and it cut down a tiny bit of the noise but not much.
I have also learned that I don’t need 2 pairs of Frye boots, nor a pair of cowboy boots.  I love all my boots so much but I gravitate towards one tall pair and my booties.  Maybe my cowboy boots would be worn more in the summer when there are fairs and rodeos to go to, and sun dresses to be worn with them, so I will be hiding them until then to see if I wear them enough to keep.
I included a patterned pencil skirt that I don’t wear as much as my other more muted and basic bottoms.  I have found I prefer my patterns to be in my tops or fun accessories like tights.  I also think I included too many bottoms and not enough tops (my ratio of 7 bottoms to 11 tops is NOT ideal!)  Sticking to 3-5 bottoms would be better with at least 12 tops.  I have loved wearing dresses, even when it’s getting colder because I just wear tights and layer a jacket on top and am good to go!
Although I wear a “topper” item almost everyday (jacket or sweater), I do not think it was necessary for me to have 2 blazers, a jean jacket, a camo jacket, a leather jacket, AND a cardigan.  That’s a lot.  I wear my leather jacket the most, followed by my jean jacket and the cardigan.  Interesting that my blazers are worn the least, even though I’m working in a business setting!  (Items on my list marked with *** are the ones I think I could have lived without so far.)
The turtleneck sweater was included because the last few years we have had extremely cold Novembers- this year happened to be a November with days in the 60s instead of single digits.  So the turtleneck has been worn maybe three times, max.   I may wear it more this month, but I probably could have survived the whole three months without it.
How I Have Dealt with Shopping:
The only purchasing I have allowed myself are items that I have on a list I keep in my journal (like when I needed to replace my booties), or items for my online shop (which I have also not shopped as much for since I find that when I’m shopping for my “sales closet” some things like to migrate into my “real” closet).  This challenge has curbed my mindless and impulsive shopping for myself which has been freeing and cost saving!  But I will admit, I DID go Black Friday shopping (crazy, right?) but it was to get items for Lucy.  Her capsule wardrobe has shifted quite a bit because growth spurts have left her dresses looking like tops and everything else quite shrunken.  So on to 2T sizes we go, and off to the mall I went for 50% off Baby Gap at 6 a.m.
Takeaways:
All in all, this experience has been so fun and rewarding.  I am excited for the last month of the challenge and I’m not bored yet!  I will most likely give myself the first 2 weeks of the year to shop for any key pieces I need for the next round but let’s be real, I think I learned I can survive with less!
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