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

Jen Lin Designs

Happy Monday!  I have to admit, I was a little bummed out that our snow melted so quickly yesterday. I could have used a day off after losing that hour of sleep. Does anyone else feel a little thrown off for a few weeks after the clocks spring forward?

Today, my post spotlights a friend of mine who is making the cutest little flour sack dishtowels, towels, and wine wraps. You can order from her on Etsy and create a custom order. Jenny started Jen Lin Designs last year, and she continues to create gorgeous work!


I always struggle when I have to think of a special little gift for someone, and Jenny's creations are perfect for wrapping up a bottle of wine for the hostess, welcoming a baby into a family, commemorating an event, and I am sure any teacher would love a Jen Lyn Design towel on the last day of school (wink, wink.) 


I can't wait to use these precious towels around the house! Check out her Instagram  page to see more of her work. Keep your eyes and ears open, because we may be doing a giveaway in the near future!

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!


My Target Holiday Picks

I don't know about you, but I am glad last week is over. The final fall leaves are falling off the trees and as Thanksgiving approaches, I am getting inspiration for my Christmas decor. This year, Target does not disappoint. They have grouped together their items with a winter/ holiday theme, and it makes online browsing a lot easier. Here are my picks for this Christmas season.

Have a fabulous week AOT readers!