We are still working little by little on the master bath refresh. I showed you previously some of the items we had purchased. I also used up some of my birthday giftcards to get a few more random things. I picked up an oil-rubbed bronze vanity mirror from Bed Bath & Beyond. Similar to this one, but with a square base.
And just last night I went to Hobby Lobby and got some wall decor (a big iron leaf/feather that I have been eyeing for years)…
…a decorative basket that will live on the tub corner (to hold bath products), and this owl statue and lotus tealight holder:
Between BB&B and HL, I spent about $7 total out of pocket. Love using the “shopper’s trinity” (sales, coupons, and giftcards)! We also went to Lowes and picked up a hanging shower organizer and an over-the-door hook for our water closet.
I just have a few more items I would like to buy and/or install before I show you the final product. I don’t have any before pics, because it was a disorganized wreck, and honestly the “after” pics probably won’t be all that exciting, since I didn’t do anything drastic like paint or replace fixtures (although we ARE seriously thinking about replacing the vanity lighting). But we are both really enjoying the new set up so far. It’s nice having a well-appointed, functional, refreshed space that is just for us. And it was also nice having a low-key project that hasn’t taken much money to feel a big difference.
And our latest project is…a new living room! Well, same living room, new furniture. The plan (so far) is to replace our 8.5 year old red American Signature sectional sofa with a beige 2×2 Ektorp sectional from Ikea. I love our red sofa, but it’s looking pretty worn and it’s just not easy to really clean red microfiber. One of the things I love about the Ektorp is that it’s almost totally machine washable! Great for pets and clumsy husbands! And if you need to, you can just totally replace the slipcover and have what feels and looks like a whole new sofa for a couple hundred bucks. Some of you may be skeptical about Ikea furniture, but I have done my research and it seems to be almost universally loved by many, many, many home bloggers out there. I also love the look. Reminds me of Pottery Barn’s classic slipcover sofas, with a MUCH more reasonable price tag!
Unfortunately, it’s the only current pic that I have on hand. This room is fairly large and opens to the kitchen. I think my biggest problem with it is that the (obnoxiously huge) TV being at an angle like that takes up way too much space. And we also have a lot of wasted space between this seating area and the kitchen. My plan is to move the TV so that it is centered on the wall with all the floating shelves and flank it on either side with tall bookshelves. I would like the kind that have cabinet doors on the bottom and open shelves on the top, like this:
The floating shelves we have on the wall now will obviously have to be moved elsewhere, but I am sure we can find some great spots for them. The new sectional will be oriented with one end of the “L-shape” under the window that is just to the left of the TV in the pic above. The other end will be with the back facing the kitchen. I plan to put a decorative console table behind that end of the sofa, and if there is room, maybe an armchair against that right-side wall that the sofa is backed up to now. I hope this will allow the room to feel bigger and will allow us to use more of the space effectively. There will also be some additional new accent tables, perhaps some curtains, and definitely some new throw pillows for the new sofa. If we get the bookshelves above with the cabinet doors, I would want to get some pretty decorative knobs for them as well (Hobby Lobby has a ton of really fun ones!).
So stay tuned! Lots of house updates to come this summer!