Office / Guest Room Remodel

This is SUCH a refreshing sight to see !! Since we moved into our home in July 2017, this room was the most underused space in the house. It became a dumping ground for wrapping paper, random purchases, tchotchkes, and cleaning supplies. As the rest of our first floor came together, I knew it was finally time to tame this first floor bedroom.

I wanted this room to be multi-functional since we wouldn’t have someone in the guest room at all times. Since Nick works from home from time-to-time, I thought that the primary purpose of this room could be a home office. But, I also wanted this room to be the guest room since it’s the only bedroom on the first floor and so, it became an office/guest room combo. First, some “before” pictures. I must warn you – these are truly some “before” pictures. No de-cluttering, no straightening up. Yikes.

The first thing we did was paint the room. It was originally a grayish blue color, so we brightened it up with Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams, which is a pretty, neutral gray. We also sanded and painted all of the baseboards and trim in Extra White by Sherwin Williams. Another major addition was to replace the old window treatments with faux wooden blinds.

I traded in our old desk for a smaller, more modern-looking piece. What I like about this desk, is that there is a pull-out file drawer on the right side. It’s nice to have a built-in feature for this purpose to minimize other bulky storage items like a file cabinet. And before anyone asks, no that is not a TV. That’s a 32″ computer monitor. Seeing as the desk is slightly over three feet wide, the best decision was to mount it. It could definitely be used as a small TV though for anyone staying in the guest room since it pulls out and swivels. Plug in a Fire TV Stick and you’re good to go!

Desk found here.

Another great find was this task chair. I wanted a black, minimalist chair to contrast with the cream bedding and this chair fit the bill perfectly. It looks much more expensive than it was and it tucks neatly under the desk for extra room.

Chair found here.
Pencil holder found here. Vase and greenery from Target, but no longer available online.

I really wanted to keep the top of the desk as clutter-free as I could, so there’s a wireless keyboard and mouse that can be put away as needed. I placed a trio of items on the corner of the desk to personalize and warm up the area. The items are small enough that the majority of the top of the desk is open and available work space.

Bowl found here. Faux succulent from Target, not online.

I was on the hunt for a lamp that was tall enough to bring some height to the far corner of the room and that was slim enough to contribute to the minimalist, but cozy, vibe I was trying to achieve. I popped into our area’s newest home furnishings store, HomeSense, and spotted this guy almost as soon as I walked in. I paired it with a small dish for keys/rings and a faux succulent in pretty pastel colors and the nightstand was complete!

Canvas artwork here.

I was torn on what art to put on this wall. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go with the cactus print I posted about in my World Market finds post or something more abstract. I decided on this framed canvas because I didn’t want the room to have a too much of a Southwest feel, which is what I feared would happen with the cactus print. I love how the muted colors of the painting tie in with the lumbar pillow, the nightstand accents, and the rug, without matching exactly.

Rug found here.

Speaking of the rug, it was the first thing I bought for this room. I’ve always loved this Moroccan trellis rug and it comes in many color schemes. While I am a neutrals-loving girl at heart, I am not afraid of a little color to punch up a space! What I love about this rug is that the majority of the rug is a neutral cream so it can work with many decor styles, but the color print running through it makes it fun without throwing the rainbow scheme in your face.

Storage cube and bins.

This little nook is directly opposite the bed. I was originally going to use this storage cube in more of a traditional home office capacity and fill the open spaces with books, folders, etc. But, this is just another example of the multi-functionality of this room. The bins hold random office supplies and otherwise unsightly items and I placed some small decorative pieces in the open areas, making it feel like more of piece you’d find in a bedroom.

Lumbar pillow. Throw pillows from HomeGoods.

I am a big fan of mixing texture so I was happy to find this eyelash trimmed quilt. Quilts are back in a big way but the colors and patterns are so much more on trend than what you may remember from childhood. By pairing this textured quilt with the textured and fringed pillows, the bed looks warm and inviting even without a big, bulky duvet or comforter.

This is the first time we tried a buying a mattress online. There are so many companies to choose from, but we went with Tuft and Needle. The ordering process was so simple and the price was a fraction of what a mattress would cost if you purchased from an actual mattress store. It was easy to unbox and it feels comfortable. When our first guest spends the night, I’ll report back!

Links: bed, quilt, throw, mirror.

I am so, so happy with how this room turned out. I walk by it every single day since it’s right next to the staircase and it makes me so pleased to see an actual, functioning room and not just a dumping ground! I’ve tried to link as many items as I could, but if you have a question about where I purchased something, just drop me a comment!

xx, bk

March: Out & About

This month I ventured into a store I’ve actually never been inside before: Hobby Lobby. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a store super close to me or maybe it’s because I thought it was all craft stuff (which I’m decidedly NOT into), but I had just never visited Hobby Lobby. Recently, I was in Akron and decided I’d pop in and see if I could find any cute finds to share with you.

Of course I found some ceramic planters. I can’t go into a store and not check them out! I liked the simple design and shape of these and the neutral colors. A bright green plant would really pop inside these planters.

Hobby Lobby had some really great faux florals and greenery. Some of the flowers did look a little fake so I would choose carefully, but they had a lot of real-looking faux stems. I love to switch out greenery and florals in vases and other vessels with the seasons. It’s such an easy way to freshen up your home decor. I would definitely go back to Hobby Lobby when I’m in need of faux greenery.

I’m really into the simple, geometric designs lately. The footed planter would look cute with either a faux or a real succulent. I also loved the little blue and white bowls – perfect for snacks! I may have to go back and pick those up for the upcoming patio season…

One thing there was no shortage of at Hobby Lobby was framed sayings. So. Many. Quotes. I love things like this in moderation. That said, I did really like this sign. If the frame was black and not brown, or if I could have removed the print to re-frame, I probably would have bought it.

An interesting thing I noticed about Hobby Lobby is that they group design elements by theme and/or color. If you’re struggling with what to do in a space or having a hard time with “what looks good together,” it’s actually pretty helpful. Take a look at these pictures below.

You can see that the store grouped like items together for inspiration. In the first picture, they’re going for a desert, bohemian vibe. Notice the cactus print that I first saw at World Market and loved! And in the second picture, it’s an adventure, Western feel. Hobby Lobby had a lot of displays like this and I thought it was a pretty great idea to provide a starting point for thinking about decor. Now, I wouldn’t go and buy every single thing in the display, but it’s good to have an idea of decor items which complement each other.

Hobby Lobby had a small, but intriguing, selection of plug-in pendant lights. I loved the raw look of this wooden sculptural pendant. So many pendant lights are industrial looking and this was an unexpected find.

Again, with the geometric patterns! A pouf is a great alternative to an ottoman if you’re tight on space or if you want to add a more modern, playful touch. Ottomans can be a little stodgy, so pouf is nice option. I also liked the larger, flatter pouf underneath. It’s definitely more of a cushion so I wouldn’t use it like an ottoman, but it would be great to toss on the floor in a kid’s room to use when lounging around.

Anyone that has ever been to my old house will recognize this print! I had it hanging in my kitchen forever. Don’t worry, this cutie is alive and well at my new house, but I haven’t found a place for him just yet. I was so surprised to see this print at Hobby Lobby, mainly because I got it YEARS ago. But, I guess that proves that good things never really go out of style! Ha!

Overall, I would say that the decor available at Hobby Lobby isn’t really my personal style. I tend to lean more modern and less farmhouse. If farmhouse is your decorating style, this store is right up your alley! While I didn’t buy anything this time around, I will definitely go back again.

xx, bk

Powder Bath Remodel

Ahhh this is such a refreshing sight to see. It’s been a long time coming! We finally completed our powder bath remodel this past week. We did a few cosmetic updates soon after we moved in, but with hosting my book club on the horizon, we buckled down and got it done. As with everything in a 1941 home, things were always harder than they initially seemed.

First, some “before” photos. The first photo is what the bathroom looked like when we purchased the house. Shortly after we moved in, we replaced the toilet (a 1941 original!!) with a brand new Kohler toilet. We also painted the bathroom a soft, greenish-gray color (Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams).

The biggest change was the flooring. The flooring was a dingy, off-white linoleum. It never looked bright and clean no matter how often or how long I scrubbed it. When we pulled off the linoleum, we got a nice surprise: a whole floor of original pink tile! Instead of pulling up the tile, we decided to just put our new flooring on top of it. While it may look like expensive marble tile, it is actually vinyl tile. The pieces come individually and are then grouted, just like ceramic tile. It’s the same look but for a fraction of the price. We went with the hexagonal white marble vinyl tile and a medium gray grout. Along with the flooring, we replaced all of the old trim. The old trim was small, maybe 2.5 inches high and we replaced it with a more modern looking 5 inch piece.

Tile found here.

We kept the existing medicine cabinet and the cabinet above the toilet, but that was the extent of what we kept in this powder bathroom. I knew I wanted brushed brass hardware, so I replaced the existing chrome hardware with these modern brushed brass pulls.

Cabinet hardware here.

One of my favorite things we did in this bathroom is installing a new faucet. I love the brushed brass and the shape of the handles. I mimicked their shape with the shape of the hardware I chose for the cabinets. Another favorite of mine in this bathroom is the trashcan. Is that weird? Yes, yes it is. But, I really wanted a brushed gold trashcan to tie in with the rest of the bathroom.

Soap dispenser found here.

We also purchased and installed a new pedestal sink. The old sink was, for lack of a better phrase, a hot mess. It was attached to the wall with a THICK layer of caulk and the faucet continually leaked. We selected a smaller sink to free up more space and we also replaced all of the plumbing. Plus, this sink was a STEAL at $60. A similar sink could easily cost $200 or more.

It pained me a little to do this, but we painted the original oak door. We have beautiful original doors in our house and most are still in great shape. However, this bathroom door was definitely showing signs of wear and tear from soap, water, and who knows what else. So, we sanded the door and painted both sides using three coats of Extra White by Sherwin Williams. It immediately brightened up the space and made the small powder room look airy even with the door closed.

Another goal in remodeling this bathroom was to introduce greater functionality into the space. Previously, the toilet paper holder was located to the side and kind of behind the toilet. It made for an awkward reach. We relocated it to side wall underneath the window. We also replaced the long towel bar with a simple ring holder. I didn’t see the point in having a long towel bar for a single hand towel.

Finally, the light. I’m in love with this simple, modern globed sconce. I originally selected something different for the lighting, but when we removed the old, frosted glass light, we discovered that the light I purchased hung down a little too low and wouldn’t work with the cabinet. We had three options: take off the cabinet and move it down, rearrange the electrical, or order a new light. We took the easiest road and I found this light. Truth be told, I like this new light much better anyways.

I’m so happy with how the final product turned out. As always, I have to give a shoutout to my super handy husband. He did everything in this bathroom himself. From the flooring, to the trim, electrical, and plumbing, he did it all. Every. Single. Thing. I’m so lucky that he has the talent to execute my vision perfectly!!

xx, bk

February: Out & About

Candle holders styled by my mom!

For this month’s fun finds, I found myself inside of a store that I never go into anymore – World Market! My mom and I were doing a little shopping this past weekend and we stopped in our favorite home decor stores: Target and Homegoods. But, there’s a World Market in the same area and we thought, why not? Sometimes I find that World Market can be a little too boho and exotic for my taste, but I found some super cute finds. And who doesn’t love a home goods store that sells alcohol and hard-to-find overseas candy?!

Plant found here. Similar planter found here.

World Market has great faux greenery. I loved the look of this faux fiddle leaf fig. The quality was great and the planter it’s paired with is equally as great. I was drawn to the modern look of it with its skinny brass legs. The faux fern in the navy and white planter is also adorable. I think it would look good on an outdoor table. I may have to go back and buy it so I can be ready whenever the warmer weather arrives in Ohio!

I still can’t get enough of large woven baskets. They can be used for so many different things: blankets, plants, toys. World Market had a great selection of baskets in different sizes and colors. I would definitely check out their selection if you’re looking for an affordable basket option.

Planter found here.
Planters found here.

These planters are gorgeous! I love the small, geometric vase with the gold accents. If you haven’t noticed, I have a thing for white/gold! What I like about the small planter is that you could drop a small faux succulent inside or actually pot a real plant. The larger terracotta cement planters are also versatile. How cute would these look indoors with a large faux banana leaf plant or outdoors filled with colorful flowers? Love!

I was immediately drawn to this live edge coffee table. I like the mixture of the warmth of the wood and the industrial modern touch with the black metal hairpin legs. I’ve seen a lot of live edge tables trending for decor lately and I’m in total agreement!

Light found here.

The beading is so fun on this lighting fixture but the neutral color makes this funky light work with a variety of decor styles. I think it would look perfect in a breakfast nook, nursery, or over a dining table. I have been lusting after a similar light from Pottery Barn, so I was excited to find this one. While not cheap, the World Market version of this light is much more affordable than its pricey Pottery Barn cousin.

Tell me the colors of these little bowls aren’t beautiful? The blush pink and dove gray are so soft and muted. I don’t necessarily know that I’d buy the full dining set (although World Market does sell it) because I think it would be a little much, but I would definitely scoop up a couple of the bowls to use for entertaining in the Spring!

World Market has a great selection of elegant soaps and lotions. I love the glass bottles and the lettering on the labels. While I enjoy a Bath and Body Works soap as much as the next girl, their packaging isn’t always the chicest. These are a much cleaner and less kitschy option.

I’m usually loyal to Rugs USA for almost all of the rugs in my home, but World Market had some really cute rugs. The texture and pattern of this rug is verging on a little too boho for my taste, but I had Spring on the brain while I was shopping and could envision this outside under a grouping of patio furniture.

Speaking of outdoor furniture, I was really digging these chairs. The olive nautical rope fabric was unique and I thought it looked great with the light colored wood. World Market displayed the chairs with a large mahogany outdoor table and I thought the rug I linked above would look great underneath.

Finally, this cactus print just spoke to me! I don’t know if it was the colors or the print itself, but I loved this. I’m not entirely sure where – if anywhere – this would work in my home, but if you have a space for this in yours, head to World Market and snag this. The frame is a brushed gold and the print itself is canvas. Again, I clearly had warmer weather and outdoor living on my mind while roaming World Market!

It’s always fun to revisit a store that you haven’t been to in a while. I also didn’t realize what a great selection their website has, too! I’ll have to add World Market into my home decor shopping rotation!

xx, bk

My New Favorite Nook

Is it unhealthy to be obsessed with a chair? Because I totally am. This chair is everything that I wanted: soft, buttery leather, gorgeous rum color, modern shape, and – bonus – it’s on a swivel! This is now my new favorite spot in my home. But, let’s back up to how this little nook looked before.

Since we moved into this house in July 2017, this is what this corner has looked like: a woven basket for blankets and a large clear vase with some sort of seasonal greenery inside. I always liked the way the corner looked, but I was forever on the hunt for an armchair. I knew that I wanted a chair of some sort there, but I had to find the right one since the space isn’t huge. I’m also big on not having rooms look too crowded, so I wanted to find something that didn’t have a large footprint.

A few weeks ago, Nick & I popped into Arhaus Loft. If you’ve never heard of Arhaus Loft, let me introduce you to the best-kept secret in Northeast Ohio. Unfortunately, it’s a one-of-a-kind store (there is, however, a smaller Loft location near Columbus) with no online order system, so if you’re not local, I’m sorry that you’re missing out! The Loft is the warehouse outlet to high-end furniture maker, Arhaus. On any given day, the inventory changes, so you’ll never know what gems you’re going to find. The prices aren’t exactly cheap, but they are at a steep discount from what you’d find at Arhaus.

I knew what kind of chair I wanted for this little nook — a warm, light brown, un-tufted leather that trended more modern and less traditional. Like I said, you never know what you’re going to find at Arhaus Loft and you never know if what you’re looking for will even exist in this giant warehouse. When we walked in, we began to take a lap around the place and about twenty minutes in, found this beauty. Not only was the design of the chair important, but it had to comfortably fit my 6’3″ husband! From first glance, the chair looks small, but Nick fit comfortably and had zero complaints, so we took the chair home with us that day.

Floor lamp found here.
Pouf found here. Throw found here. It’s out of stock online, but can still be found at some Target locations.

Then I began my search to find the items to complete the corner. My vision was to have this be a little reading nook, so I needed an ottoman, a lamp, and small table to set my wine coffee. The first thing I bought was this lamp. I actually saw it on my trip to Target last month when I was compiling fun finds for my January: Out & About blog post. I loved the modern look of the clear globe and vintage-style bulb. The curved stand lent an interesting flair and screamed “reading nook” to me. Then, I found this pouf. I thought a traditional ottoman would look too bulky and so I wanted to find something smaller. I liked how the round shape of the pouf complemented the globe on the lamp. I’m also a sucker for texture, so the knit weave sold me.

End table found here.

Finally, I found this end table. It was a PROCESS trying to find the perfect small table. First I tried this C table, but it stuck out too much and wouldn’t slide underneath the chair’s swivel mechanism. I also loved this table, but Nick wasn’t a fan – he said it looked like a mushroom – and once he said that, that’s all I could think about when I looked at it! Finally, I landed on my current table. It’s a beautiful dark bronze color and has a nice heft to it. I was concerned that the metal ringed style wouldn’t be level or flat enough to set a cup on it, but I’ve had no problems.

I am so happy with how this little nook turned out! It gets the best late afternoon light as you can see in the photos above. Plus, it’s so nice to have another lamp since we have no overhead or recessed lighting in this room. I’ve never been the most patient person, but I’m glad I waited until I found the perfect chair to round out this room.

If you’re local, check out Arhaus Loft and let me know what you think. I’ll be sharing my full family room soon and you can see the other piece we scored from The Loft!

xx, bk

Kitchen Writing Desk – and a Huge Wayfair Sale !!

We all know how hard it can be to find exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to home furnishings. You stroll around a store or poke around online hoping to find that perfect piece. And aside from the hunt, another frustrating feeling is how much furnishings can cost! Enter Wayfair.com. If you’ve never visited Wayfair for home goods and furniture, you’re missing out. It’s the Google of the home furnishings world. Type any combination of descriptive words in the search bar and you’ll have so many home decor and furniture options at your fingertips.

In my galley-style kitchen, I have small nook with bay windows at one end. It was a challenge for me to decide what to do with the space since it’s not big enough for a small table and the area has the only heat register for the kitchen. I didn’t want to cover the vent and I didn’t want the space to feel cramped and cluttered.

Desk found here. Similar style here. Another great option.

So, as I often do, I turned to Wayfair. I found the perfect solution: a small writing desk. With the “x-leg” design and a width of just over three feet, the desk is not only modern, but keeps an unassuming, airy feeling in the small kitchen nook. There’s a drawer to stash any unsightly items and cubby shelves on either side of the desk for additional storage.

Chair no longer available. Similar style found here.

I paired the desk with this slim profile chair from Target. If I’m being honest, it’s not the world’s most comfortable chair, but I liked the contemporary look of it and how its minimalist shape didn’t add any significant volume to the small space. The matte black color also compliments the matte black hardware on the cabinets and drawer pulls in the kitchen. Speaking of hardware, I switched out the chrome knob that came with the desk and used one of the cabinet knobs to keep the look consistent throughout the kitchen.

The best thing about Wayfair is that there are so many options. You can filter your searches by price, dimensions, color, wood type, etc. If an item is out of stock, you can enter your email and Wayfair will notify you the second it’s back in stock. Another great feature is that you can create lists on the site and save items to your various lists when planning a project. I created the list below when planning out my master bedroom.

From now through February 19th, Wayfair is having a HUGE Presidents’ Day sale. Almost everything is up to 75% off and there’s free 2-Day shipping on orders over $49. If you’re in need of anything for your home and you’ve been unable to find that perfect piece, this is the time to check out Wayfair. This is not a sponsored post by any means; I just love Wayfair and wanted to share this amazing sale with you! Happy shopping!

xx, bk

January: Out & About

Each month, I thought it would be fun if I ventured out to some of my go-to stores for home decor and compiled my favorite finds into a blog post. This month, I took a trip to everyone’s favorite store: Target. I also popped into Homegoods, another favorite of mine, for a little inspiration. I’ve got to admit, I felt a little silly taking photos inside the store, but these are the lengths I go to for this blog !!

Blanket found here.

My first stop was Target. I didn’t go to the Target I usually go to — which in opinion has a MUCH better home selection — but this store was basically next door to Homegoods, so for convenience sake I popped in there. My favorite find, and the only item to come home with me, was this blanket I’ve linked above. I’m loving the tassels and the texture of this throw. It looks and feels much more expensive than the $14 that I paid for it!

Wood slice found here.

I actually have this exact wood slice in my home. It’s perfect if you need to add a little height to display a decorative item. It’s listed as a “serving platter” which I’ve not used it for, but I could see assembling a cheeseboard on it.

A few kitchen items that caught my eye: this wood and marble mug tree and trio of floral jars. I love an all white kitchen with pops of color and those canisters would fit that bill perfectly.

Chair found here. Pillow found here.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t impressed with the current indoor home decor at Target, but I did see some items that I really liked. Both this wooden chair and the basketweave pillow are great finds. I love textured neutrals and you can’t go wrong with a classic shape of a Windsor chair.

Ceramic planter found here.

I am really into the stoneware planters and this large woven basket. I was thisclose to buying the basket and using it as a planter. Put a small plastic dish in the bottom for water, drop a snake plant inside, and you have a gorgeous arrangement that will last forever. I do NOT have a green thumb, and even I can keep a snake plant alive!

Speaking of snake plants, my next stop was Homegoods and I spotted this faux potted snake plant as soon as I walked in. You have to be careful with faux greenery; sometimes it can look and feel…well, faux. This one was good quality and and didn’t immediately scream “fake.”

I love the built-in charger on the white and gold cart. It would be perfect as an addition to a vanity in a small space. It would also look great in a home office. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the piece is on casters — great for versatility!

This black wire hanging organizer is still at Homegoods. I bought it well over a year ago for my own home to use as a mail organizer. For its minimalist shape, it can surprisingly hold a lot of weight – i.e., magazines my husband never reads 😉

Similar style found here.

The last few things I found and loved at Homegoods are these chairs. I absolutely love the mustard color of the armchair. In the right home, it would add such a warm, bold pop of color. The periwinkle outdoor chair is an amazing find. The shape is so on trend and it’s $60. There’s chairs out there that are identical for more than double that price! And finally, this barstool. The color. The fabric. The gold legs. The back handle! Ugh. So chic. I wish I had an island in my kitchen. A couple of those would have came home with me without question!

All in all, my trip to Target and Homegoods gave me some good inspiration for freshening up my home and hopefully this post did the same for you!

xx, bk