Looks We Love: Shower With A View

January 22, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Marble Shower with window

Image courtesy of DecorPad

A few years ago I stayed in a friend’s house in Sonoma.  The guest room had a shower with a window that ran along the top.  It was a fantastic feature because it let in a ton of natural light without sacrificing privacy.  The window was along the ceiling, which was probably 8-9 feet hight, and on a side of the house where there were no neighbors.  So while relaxing in the shower you could enjoy the gorgeous view of the sky and trees.  Ever since that stay, I have continued to come back to the idea.  While not appropriate for most city homes, it would be gorgeous in a home located in a more rural space.

Marble Shower with window

Image courtesy of DecorPad

One thing I really love about the look as it works with any style of decor.  The shower above is obviously traditional but the feature is just as beautiful in the more contemporary shower below.

Concrete Shower with a window

Image courtesy of RecentlyTheBlog.com

I especially love the concrete shower below with the amazing hillside view.  Obviously this window is a bit on the low side but there doesn’t appear to be much risk of anyone taking a look inside.

Contemporary shower with window

Image courtesy of Designed 

I love the black trim on the window panes in the shower below.  If I am being honest, I would probably not be comfortable showering in a space with a window quite as low as this.  But, I do think it is a beautiful look.

Shower with black paned windows

Image courtesy of Decorology

I cannot wait to use this look in the right project.

In the Works: Master Bedroom

January 19, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Home Goods and West Elm Vases

In the past, my bedroom has served as a dumping ground.  Clothes that the kids out grew were stored in boxes, candles that didn’t work somewhere else in the house found a home on my dresser, and all the magazines that I have been meaning to read were piled on my bedside table.  While it was somewhat organized and functional, it was not the serene hotel-like experience that I craved.  When we moved into our current house, it seemed like perfect opportunity to change my ways.  I decided that it was time to take control of my master bedroom.

Bedroom Built-In

While we have been good about keeping the space uncluttered, it is not finished.  One big stumbling block was how to accessorize the wall above our built-in dresser.  As you can see above, it has a television as the focal point (obviously not my idea).  My goal was to find a way to take some of the focus away from the television.

I did not want to spend a lot of time and money on this project.  So, my first step in the process was to hunt around for wall decor and other accessories that we already owned.  Luckily we had some wedding photos and a mirror that would work well.  Unfortunately, the photos I had did not create a symmetrical display.  Thankfully, I was able to disguise the gap with a houseplant.

Built in display

To balance the left side, I found some great vases on sale at Home Goods and West Elm.  After that, it was simply a matter of filling in the space.  A bowl to catch keys and trinkets, a space for the books we are reading, a jewelry box, a few of my favorite coffee table books, and tray with a candle and bud vase filled the area nicely.

For less than $200 and some creative recycling, I was able to complete the space.  Now all I need to do is finish the rest of the room.  Stay tuned for the final product.



Break it Down: Kids Playroom

January 17, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments



Source: Architectural Digest

With the recent weather showing more signs of winter, who wouldn’t want to stay indoors and play or create in this cheerful, bright and comfortable kids room?  We think this room is equally inviting for adults who want to craft at the side-by-side tables or relax on these super comfy floor sofas.  This room will chase away the rainy day blues in any house.  Here’s how we break it down:

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Valentine’s Day Accessories We Are Crushing On

January 16, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Jonathan Adler Love Pillow

Image courtesy of Jonathan Adler

This is the time of year when one minor holiday falls into the next and, in all honesty, Valentine’s Day tends to sneak up on me.  Before having kids, I always thought of it as a “Hallmark” holiday and I didn’t get very excited about it.  But, once my kids reached school age, they really got into the spirit.  They love making Valentine’s Day cards for their classmates and look forward to the conversation heart and chocolate candies that we typically have around our house.  So, this year, I decided to put a little extra effort into getting into the spirit.  With a few well-placed, subtle, accessories, it is easy to feel the love.

Williams Sonoma Heart Mug

Ceramic Heart Mug with matching platter and plates and other matching accessories

Love Is Love Mug

Love is Love Mug


Pottery Barn Heart Cookie Platter

Heart Cookie Platter with matching mugs and plates

For day to day, I love the cute mugs and cookie platters above.  The heart motifs are not overwhelming so I would use them for 3-4 weeks before the holiday.  And, it would be nice to bring them out year after year.  Each of the patterns above has a variety of tableware pieces for someone who wants to really wants to celebrate, but I think the mugs or platters would pair nicely with my white everyday china.

Staub Ceramic Mini Heart Cocottes

Ceramic Mini Heart Cocottes

Generally, Valentine’s Day involves me preparing a special meal for the family.  I hate paying the high restaurant prices that the day commands, especially because the food is generally sub-par on the day itself.  The meal varies from year to year, but the dessert is usually either a flourless chocolate cake or chocolate soufflé.   The heart-shaped cocottes above would be perfect for either dish.

Geo Pink Lumbar Pillow | Target

Geo Pink Lumbar Pillow

Pink and Gold Love Throw Pillow | Target

Love Throw Pillow

Blush Faux Fur Throw | Target

Blush Faux Fur Throw

If you want to step it up even more, why not add a few pink or red pillow covers or a faux fur through to your living space.  I think the trick here is being subtle.  No one wants to walk into a home that is covered in hearts for a month (and, no one really wants to live in that house).  But, adding an accessory here and there is a fun way to get into the spirit.



Heart Pet Bed | PB Teen

Heart Pet Bed

And, while your at it, don’t forget Fido.  Let’s face it, he is probably the only one in the house who really loves you unconditionally anyway.  At the very least, he doesn’t talk back.



A Day to Dream

January 15, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments