New Year, New Projects: Bathroom Renovation Part 1

Well, hello there friends! I know it's been a while.  We tend to take time off to spend with our loved ones during the holidays, but we are back and we have some great things planned for this year!  

For starters, the new year brings new projects for my household and we decided to go ahead and renovate the kid/guest bathroom.  My husband is doing all of the renovations himself, so it's a little slow going, but we are saving thousands and it's going to look so much better.

The bathroom was very basic.  Standard bathtub with a three piece surround, standard toilet that always clogs (thanks to our 6 year old), a vanity with very little storage, boring white tile, and a basic mirror and light. Before:

I consulted Pinterest for some inspiration:

Our plan is to replace the bead board with shiplap, take out the tub surround and put in white subway tile, replace the flooring with a white and gray textured large tile, new toilet and tub, new dark blue-gray vanity (with better storage), and a new light and mirror.  Sounds easy right?

Here are some of the products that we have purchased:

  Allen + Roth , $79.98

Allen + Roth, $79.98

I cannot wait to show you the final result!  Stay tuned...


xoxo, Alicia

A Peek Into My Closet

Ever since I laid eyes Carrie Bradshaw's blue walk-in closet, lined with gorgeous gowns and rows of Manolos, I have dreamt of having an organizational clothing oasis of my own. When James Lynn Builders sat down with me to design the layout of our new addition, I asked them to keep stretching the square footage of what would be the closet area. Sure it made for a smaller bathroom, but it is so nice to have space for all of my shoes, clothes, and accessories. 

After checking out different closet units, we decided to do it ourselves. Nate checked out online plans and Youtube videos and figured out how to build all of the shelves by hand. Handy husband? Check.

We decided to keep the shelving a bright white to let the clothing and accessories stand out. To give the closet some contrast we used Target's Devine Color peel and stick wallpaper on the back wall.

Have a Happy Monday!


If you aren't, you should...#3

Make Chimichurri:  My Uncle Law introduced me to this sauce.  I keep a container in the fridge and put it on everything!

 Chimichurri on steak

Chimichurri on steak

 Chimichurri and mozzarella panini

Chimichurri and mozzarella panini

Ingredients:  Prep- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 4 cloves of garlic-chopped , 1 shallot-chopped, red jalepeno-chopped, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, 2 Tbs. oregano-chopped, 3/4 extra-virgin olive oil.   

Directions: Place all prepared ingredients in blender and pulse until ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

Make your own skinny margarita:  Yummy, simple, and low-cal!  Skip the orange liquor and use fresh squeezed juices.  

Ingredients: 2 ounces tequila, 2 Tbs. lime juice, 2 Tbs. orange juice, 1 Tbs. lemon juice, 1 tsp. agave nectar. 

Directions: Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the tequila, lime, lemon, orange juice and agave. Shake and strain into a salt rimmed glass and garnish with a slice of lime.