After four seriously stressful days of trying to renew my LBS.com domain, I have finally succeeded. If you missed Happy 125th Birthday Eiffel Tower! this week, it’s now available, and I promise to get some more good posts up as soon as possible!
Happy Friday (or Saturday for you far away bloggy friends!) and thanks, as always, for reading LittleBlackSweats!
Guests who see it for the first time always exclaim, “It must be so nice to have that big Whirlpool tub!”
First of all, we NEVER use it. It’s two floors away from our bedroom. Secondly, aren’t Whirlpool tubs kindof 80’s, like having an outdoor, free-standing jacuzzi in your back yard?
Moving on. The tile, which covers much of the walls around the infamous Whirlpool tub, is a sortof pink-ish, beige-ish color with a sea green wash to some of the trim tile. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be Southwestern or Tuscan…
It’s a great-sized bathroom, but the space is wasted as it really functions as the “powder room” because there is no guestroom down there either.
The vanity is oak, and kountry with a “k.” Think craft fairs and wooden shelves full of knickknacks and gimcracks. Sock dolls and wooden hearts hanging on rope. To add insult to injury, the pulls are brass. Not cool brass – like flowery, also kountry brass.
Above the ugly vanity is a mirror that I put up because I had no other place for it. That I like, but it does not match in any way, shape or form the “disco” sconces that hang on either side of it. I can’t fully explain these enough, so I must include this picture…
Throw in scuffed up, pale vanilla walls and cream-colored toilet and countertops, and you’ve got yourself one fugly bathroom.
I think I’d prefer it look a little something like this… because if it did, you wouldn’t get me out of it!
Console tables really can be multi-purpose pieces of furniture. If they are a good size, shape and style, they can really move and grow with you.
Case and point, this console table. Toooootally, not my style under normal circumstances. However, since I’m so into boldly-painted furniture, I thought the oversized proportions, turned legs, etc. would be the perfect home for the smaller tv, dvds and toys in our sunroom.
Imagine large baskets filled with toys, tucked nicely underneath this fun piece that happens to also be on super sale at the aforementioned furniture store. There are also those two nice, big drawers to store DVDs, and it’s shallow in depth, so it would be far less intrusive than the oversized art-deco desk that we have in there now.
I imagine this painted in a bright, high-gloss turquoise or yellow and packed full of all the things my kids love (those, which I hate to have strewn about my sunroom all the time!)
I love painted furniture in bright poppy hues and am always looking to add those statement making pieces to my own house. While my bank account doesn’t include many of these items procured by designer Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz on GILT.com, I do like to virtually browse for ideas that better fit into my budget. Here are some of my faves…
We are seriously lacking in “stacks” around here. My sons have a small bookshelf that holds the majority of their book collection. Daddy and I? Our books are lazily resting on every nightstand, dresser and coffee table in the house in their own messy stacks.
So when I got an email update from Houszz this morning, I fell in love with this miniature library that could’ve been no more than a larger closet previous to becoming the most awesome “reading room” in the house.
Now, if I only had a closet big enough in this 1925 Tudor to turn into my very own book-lover’s dream spot….
We need a playroom with some room to play. Is that asking so much?
Last night, we decided that since my youngest has been wanting to sleep in the “guest bed,” which also is located in his room, it might be time for him to actually stop sleeping in his crib full time.
While my oldest begged us for almost a year for bunk beds, he declined the opportunity to finally sleep in the top bunk, as we had originally intended. So we had the surprisingly easy task of taking the beds apart so that each boy has his own little twin bed. In the same room!
The task we didn’t foresee was that of what do we do with everything that had it’s place before the room had two twins bed in it – unstacked.
I've been dreaming of this look since we've found out we were having our 2nd boy!
However, we are now missing an entire wall of formerly well-used real estate in the room. Enter the need for a separate playroom, and that comes with a hitch. That room also has to suffice as our family room in our basement.
Playrooms… playrooms…I perused google images for some ideas… and while it’s not this bad (from www.realsimple.com):
It's not this bad… YET.
It’s also not this good (from kencangbanget.com):
Great playroom, but my kids are not getting a nicer TV than me!