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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Upping My Interior Design Game with an Online Class from CreativeLive

creativelive, online design class, interior design classAs you may have guessed, just by the blog title giving a nod to our home, I have always had a love for interior design and architecture. I know what I like and I can appreciate good style but I haven’t ever actually had the time (nor money!) to take any furthering education classes on the subject. So when I came across Creative Live, I was thrilled! The website is full of creative classes that can be watched on their app from anywhere at any time, and the teachers are highly experienced indivduals who bring a wealth of knowledge to the table.
The class I signed up for was Function-Driven Interior Design by Tobi Fairley. Tobi has years of experience with projects across the country for celebrities and high profile individuals, and her work has been featured in many popular design magazines (think, House Beautiful). Her work is simply stunning! So, you can imagine my excitement to sign up for her class. I was expecting just a one to two hour video, but the class schedule was brimming with short (usually around 30 minutes) segments of really helpful bursts of info. Topics include “Functional Space For Your Lifestyle”, “The Healthy House Approach”, “Age Related Design” and “Multipurpose Spaces”. The total amount of information is around 15 hours! I was highly impressed with not only the value, but also the content and my experience taking the class (and watching both online and in the app). This class was perfect for me because I was able to throw in earbuds during nap-time and relax while I gleaned some great perspectives. It also was so fun to learn about things I am passionate about and the technical and functional side behind interior design. The next classes I’m trying to choose between: DIY Centerpieces for Every Occasion, Introduction to Calligraphy, or maybe I will just stick with Online Interior Design Classes!

Quick Jots from the class:
Tobi’s take on interior design is “Functionality & Beauty” married together.
My funcion challenge in our house:
-corner fireplace/mantle
-dog and kid paraphernalia
-general everyday clutter and catchalls
Her goal is to come up with “Common Sense Solutions” to bring both function and style.
Function-Driven Design is made up with considering:
-traffic flow
-focal point
-proper lighting
-seating
-tables for drinks
Rethink how you are using things- do you really need a home office or would a craft space be better? Do you actually use your dining room or would a little reading nook be used more? Consider multipurpose items like a coffee table that can turn into a dining table, or an ottoman that folds out into a twin bed.
Think of areas in the home as “zones” for activities
Livable= lifestage + lifestyle + layout
Mental Inventory: I need a small end table in the living room next to our green chair
Apps to help the planning: morpholio, trace, magic plan

Topics for classes aren’t just interior design, but include art & design, craft & maker, music & audio, photo & video, and money & life. That’s quite a range! What will you be choosing to learn more about?!

 

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Midcentury Modern Entryway Styling

A couple of years ago, I was struggling with the furniture we had- none of it was very high quality or working for the look I wanted our home to have.  The reason for this was because when we first moved in, not only did I not know my personal style yet, but I thought we had to fill our house with furniture as soon as possible for it to feel like a home.  We went to the nearest big box store, bought a set, and called it good.  If you are in the beginning stages of decorating a home, please, please do not make the same mistake I did!  Take your time with your purchases- like years, if that’s what it takes!  Pick things that speak to you and your style.  And most of all, make sure you love every little thing you buy and bring into your home!  Hopefully, this mindset will mean you won’t grow tired of your things after a short while like I did.  So, I decided to list most of it on Craigslist and start fresh.  I also don’t really suggest doing that.  It meant our entryway has been void of furniture and decor since!

The other day, I was in a thrift store and found an amazing gem that would be the heart of the space.  It is a midcentury styled desk that needed some love, so of course I added that to the honey do list and made Chase go with me to pick the desk up!  We are in the process of painting it with chalk paint and then topping with a high gloss lacquer.  I am SO excited to get the space pulled together!  Here are a few pictures to show my inspiration, as well as some items I’m thinking would be perfect for a midcentury styled entryway.

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Key Items: a mid century style desk, a basket to throw extra blankets in, a geometric lamp, a vase with greenery, an antler bowl to catch keys and change, a vintage style rug, and an inspirational style book

What do you think of this combo?  Am I missing any key items?

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