Friday, May 31, 2013

House Tour - Week 5 - Half Bath/Laundry Room Reveal!

Update: Thanks to the magic of the internet, this post has gotten way more attention than I ever thought it would. While I've received some really positive feedback, some of the comments have been not so great. Some people prefer the before and look of the mural to the transformation.  After reading some of these comments, I realized my insensitivity to the artist who created the mural.  My comments in the post below do not adequately reflect my appreciation for the work that the artist did.  He or she is truly talented and it's obvious that a lot of hard work and love went into painting it.  While I appreciate the talent, I still stand by my decision to remodel and make the space feel more like "me." We all have different styles and tastes, but at the end of the day we should decorate for ourselves and not to please anyone else or conform to a certain trend or style. End sermon. :)

Happy Friday!  I know it's been a couple of weeks since I've done a "house tour" but I have something good for you guys this week.  I finally got around to photographing our newly renovated half bathroom/laundry room.  It's officially done!

Here are some photos to show you where we started.  It was so bad we just had to laugh about it.  

After 1 1/2 years of laughing we got tired and decided we had to do something about it. We hired L&M Construction to tear this room apart and help create my vision for the space. They removed the flooring, frame for the laundry closet, sink, toilet, and light fixtures then put up some new drywall and a new ceiling.

A blank slate never looked so good. :)

We had new Carrara marble hexagon floors installed as well as a new pedestal sink, toilet, light fixtures, beadboard, formica countertop, and cabinets.  (See this post for more information about the floors and this post for more on the sink and toilet). Jake and I hung a new mirror, drying rack, and shelf and painted some of the beadboard gray.  I am so happy with how this little room turned out!

You can check out past weeks of my house tour here.  Have a great weekend!

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xo - Jess

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ikea Hemnes Dresser (Guest Bedroom Update)

This week I got around to painting the Ikea Hemnes dresser in the guest room. (You can read about my plans to finish the guest bedroom here).

It went from black/brown to white with two coats of primer and 2 to 3 coats of Benjamin Moore Decorator's White semi-gloss paint.

It didn't take too long to paint, but if you like the dresser and want to save yourself the trouble, it does come in white. :)

I had the Target Threshold Starburst Mirror hanging over the bed before, but I think it looks much better in its new home above the dresser.  I have new plans for art over the bed.  Just a few more things to check off before this room is DONE.  I'm hoping I'll have it ready for next week's house tour.  Later this week I'll finally be sharing the finished half bath/laundry room remodel with you!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Mood Board Monday - Mid Century Modern Bedroom

I blame this week's design on my obsession with Mad Men.  PS: Did anyone catch last night's episode and notice that Betty dropped a ton of weight seemingly overnight?   Happy Memorial Day!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Hi!  Jake and I are on vacation in Napa, CA this week with friends from college.  I'm posting some pictures of our trip on Instagram if you want to follow along (username @ homewithbaxter).  I'll be back next week with Mood Board Monday, updates on projects around the house, and another post on my "house tour."  Have a great rest of the week!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mood Board Monday - Shades of Blue Living Room

Shop This Mood Board: Ikea, Ballard Designs, Target, Crate&Barrel, Layla Grace, Lamps Plus, Zinc Door, West Elm, Plum 28, Home Decorators

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Drool Worthy Design (Tobi Tobin)

I was thumbing through the latest issue of House Beautiful and I noticed a couple of familiar spaces.  One was this photo of a foyer with grasscloth wallpaper and beautiful black door.

{Image from House Beautiful}

The other was this photo of a staircase with seagrass runner with black trim and wall of mirrors.

{Image from House Beautiful}

I had recently repinned each of these photos as inspiration for my own foyer and staircase.  I'm itching to change the current dark gray paint to something lighter and brighter.  With our new gray floors, and painted black doors, it's all a little dark and meh. I've been thinking about using grasscloth wallpaper for the foyer and a shade of beige or cream paint for the stairway.  I also want to add a runner on the stairs. We had the treads refinished and I painted the risers white, but the scuff marks are already pretty bad.  Plus, the dogs are always sliding down the stairs so it will make it a little easier for them.  

What I like about these photos is the contrast of black and white and that the spaces still feel light and airy.  I also like the use of natural materials (seagrass and grasscloth) to give the space warmth, but they aren't overdone.  The spaces don't feel too "rustic" but rather comfortable AND elegant (which is hard to do).

When I pinned these images, I had no idea they were from the same designer, Tobi Tobin, or that they were images from her Holywood farmhouse.  When I saw the feature in House Beautiful, I oohed and awed at the rest of the rooms in her house.

Here are a few of my other favorites:

Black valances with bamboo shades.  The wallpaper!  The bed! I love it all.

{Image from House Beautiful}

{Image from House Beautiful}

Here she uses three (very) different chairs around a small breakfast table, but they look like they're meant to go together. Love the chandelier and bamboo shades. Can you believe the shades are from Target??

{Image from House Beautiful}

Rustic table with white slipcovered chairs, seagrass rug, and beautiful chandelier again!  LOVE.

{Image from House Beautiful}

So, what's your take?  Do you love black and white or would you die without a little color?  How do you feel about using natural elements in a space.  Love or not your thing?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mood Board Link Party - Week 14

Hello!  Today I'm excited to co-host the Mood Board Link Party with Beth from Design Your Dwelling! Each week, Beth hosts an awesome link up for us mood board crazy people.  If you've created a mood board you want to share, be sure to link up below.  I'm linking up my Country Office mood board I shared with you yesterday.

Congratulations to Design For Renters!  They had the favorite mood board this past week - these girls do a great job!

Time to link up your beautiful designs and vote for your favorites this week!
Super Simple Requests for participation:

1. Follow Your Host and Co-Host via GFC or Bloglovin'
Host: Beth - Design Your Dwelling
Co-Host: Jessica - Home With Baxter

2. Grab A Button!
Grab a button below and include it in your blog post or where you share your link parties on your blog.

3. Share it!
Spread the word about this link party by tagging me (@beth_dydblog) in a tweet with a direct link to your mood board post and using the hashtag #moodboardlinkparty! Feel free to share it on Facebook too!

4. Like it!
Like your favorite mood boards by clicking the 'like' option below your favorite!

Each week I pin all of your mood boards to my Design Boards board on Pinterest!

Most importantly, connect with, be inspired by and follow other design bloggers!

Grab a button, link up, and have fun! :)

If you are interested in co-hosting the Mood Board Link Party send me an email! designyourdwellingblog(at)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mood Board Monday - Country Office

This week I was inspired to create a country style home office.  I can just imagine kicking off my riding boots (if I were a horseback rider) and settling in to my comfy chair with a cup of 'jo (admiring the view of rolling hills of course!).

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

House Tour - Week 4 - Home Office

This week I'm sharing my home office.  I've posted about this room before so if it's not new for you, sorry!  

You can get the full tour by reading my home office reveal post here.  I share before and after pics, my sources, and some DIY projects.  My little office was even featured on iheartorganizing!   

Also, I'm adding links to my weekly House Tour posts on my Our Home page, so if you missed a week, you can catch up there. Have a great weekend!

Catch up on my other house tour posts here!

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Sneak Peak - Living Room Makeover

At the end of April, I shared with you my love for navy, orange, and pink and mentioned that I was helping my sister update her living room and that we'd be going with that color scheme.  We've been working on the project for the past couple of weeks and have made a few changes to the original plan, number 1 being the colors.  Instead, she's decided to go with navy and aqua with pops of "poppy" here and there.  I love it!  I can't wait to reveal the transformation, but we still have a few things to accomplish before it's finished.  Tomorrow we're headed to Ikea to pick up some Expedits and today I'm transforming her old coffee table into an ottoman.  Meanwhile, my sister has been busy painting furniture.

She found this chair for $6 bucks and gave it a major update with some aqua paint.


I liked the idea of giving Jen and her boyfriend a place to work on the computer or pay bills that wasn't in their bedroom. This small wall in their living room was the perfect spot. Jen scoured Craigslist and found this awesome solid wood desk. The original plan was to paint it, but Jen decided she really likes the character of the worn wood.  I have to agree with her.  

Jen was also in need of a small round pedestal table.  She found one at Christmas Tree Shops that many people would have overlooked due to the mural on the top, but for $15, there was potential.

{Table Before}

She gave it a coat of aqua paint and it's a brand new table.

{Table After}

In the photo above, you can also see her new chair we found at HomeGoods, curtains and throw from Target, and large basket (from HomeGoods or X-mas Tree shop, I forget).  She already had the ladder shelf which she got at some version of the dollar store (crazy!) and was thinking of throwing it out, but I convinced her to hold onto it for a bit.  It ended up working beautifully between the two windows.  She also already had the pretty round mirror above the shelves.

I picked up this cool area rug from HomeGoods for $50.  We also ordered a rug from RugsUSA (everything is 50% off right now), so I'm not sure which one we'll end up going with.

It's been really fun for us working together on this project and bouncing ideas off of each other.  I can't wait to share the finished room with you!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Privacy Please (New Roman Shade)

Last week, I added another "finishing touch" to our half bath/laundry room.

I bought linen shades with black trim from The Shade Store.  I really really like them.

Men, you can now pee in peace without the people playing corn hole in the backyard looking at you.  You're welcome. Only took 2 years.

Just a few more projects on my list and then this room is finito!  

Friday, May 03, 2013

House Tour - Week 3 - Sunroom

Hi! Happy Friday.  I'm back today with another stop on my house tour.  This week I'm sharing a room that I don't think I've blogged about EVER.  How is this possible?  I'm talking about our sunroom.
It's actually a 3 season room right off our kitchen that leads out to the deck.  It's a great place to sit in the summer to avoid the bugs, but still enjoy the feeling of being outdoors.  Other than buy a sectional couch, a couple of tables, a few nautical accessories (this Maine girl had to have her Lobster), I really haven't done much with it.  Consider all of these photos "befores."  I took these pictures last summer (you can catch a glimpse of our kitchen pre-reno), but never blogged them. Not much has changed between then and now except it's a little messier.

{I spy Baxter in the yard}

I ordered this sign from L.L. Bean.  They will make it custom with the name and coordinates of any US city.  We got married in Kennebunkport. :)

A lobster pillow for the Mainer.

A crab pillow for my husband, the Marylander.

I do realize it's all a little kitchy, but that's exactly what I was going for.  I wanted a room in the house where I could display nautical decor to my hearts content because I LOVE THE BEACH.  Since I don't have a beach house, I thought the sunroom would do.  

Now let's talk future plans.  New windows are probably in the cards.  I'd love to replace the floors, but it just seems like a waste so I plan to lay a large indoor/outdoor area rug instead.  What I'm most excited about is my plan to paint the pine boards white!  It's the "results" part I'm excited about, not the painting part.  That part's going to suck....big time.  There will be sanding, caulking, priming, painting, painting, painting, and this ceiling is high man!  My neck hurts already.  I had hopes of getting to it this Spring, but realistically shiz ain't gonna happen.  But next year, I promise!

I want to leave the thick beams along the ceiling (there are 3) natural wood because I do like that rustic, cottagey look. I'm envisioning something similar to the ceiling in this kitchen:

{Image from BHG}

Pretty, right?  I know some of you natural wood lovers are going to disagree with me about this painting thing.  You have a year to convince me. :) 

Catch up on my other house tour posts here!
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