Restroom renovations

As we were working on these restroom renovations my main goal was to bring in light and make things look more up to date. I must warn you...the before pictures for this are pretty yucky. This was NOT our house. 😳

Below are the main things we did to update the restrooms.

  • Removed all the tile and replaced it with new neutral flooring that set the stage for everything else.
  • Removed the existing cabinets, countertop, and sink. Replaced it with a small two door cabinet stained in a rich ebony color. Added granite with a square sink which added a nice touch. 
  • Added a new framed mirror in a pewter tone that reflects the light well. In my opinion, framed mirrors make the restroom feel a bit more lux.
  • Added a new light fixture which ensured the space had adequate light. This is so important especially in a restroom. 
  • Painted the walls a gray neutral shade. We used Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray

Check out the before and after shots. If you are thinking about conquering a home interior project...do it already!

Restroom #1

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After - the new tile, granite and dark stain really gave the space a classy look.

After - the new tile, granite and dark stain really gave the space a classy look.

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After - we've talked about this...don't be afraid to mix and match metals

After - we've talked about this...don't be afraid to mix and match metals

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After - laying tile in a subway pattern gave the shower wall some interest and sophistication

After - laying tile in a subway pattern gave the shower wall some interest and sophistication

Restroom #2

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After - removing the unnecessary tile gave the space an instant makeover 

After - removing the unnecessary tile gave the space an instant makeover 

After - by making the sink space smaller we created a laundry nook which is perfect for a basket or hamper

After - by making the sink space smaller we created a laundry nook which is perfect for a basket or hamper

After - added a pop of chocolate brown to the shower floor...why the heck not?

After - added a pop of chocolate brown to the shower floor...why the heck not?

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After - I love a clean look for restrooms. I added a little bit of character by painting the cabinets on the left white and staining the cabinets under the sink ebony. It created a nice contrast. Kids....you can also mix cabinet colors.

After - I love a clean look for restrooms. I added a little bit of character by painting the cabinets on the left white and staining the cabinets under the sink ebony. It created a nice contrast. Kids....you can also mix cabinet colors.

Summer Beauty

Over the past few months I have been keeping my beauty routine simple. I think this has stemmed from my love for Nudestix. Also, if you are from Houston or you have been to Houston you know it is HOT. The last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time on my makeup. 

This summer, I have been gravitating towards very simple lids, dewy skin and either a bold lip  or a peachy glossy nude. I think I was late to the peach party but I made it and I am loving it. 

Current favs:

  1. Hydration -  I always make sure to stick with my moisturizer and a face spray which is my new love (honestly, how did I ever live without a face spray!?) If you haven't tried one, you totally should. This summer I have been using the Vitamin Wakeup Mist by Pixi Beauty. You can find this brand at Target. It claims to refresh and awake the skin which I believe to be true. No matter the season, I focus on having plenty of water which also helps hydrate my skin. For me, good skin is everything. It is what helps you look alive, healthy and fresh. 
  2. Concealer - A few months ago I decide to give a drugstore concealer a try. I picked up Maybelline's Dream Brightening Creamy Concealer. I am in the shade light. I am kind of surprised that I like it. It doesn't crease or settle in  fine lines. It looks natural and it lasts all day. Using a concealer is my secret to making me look more awake and fresh - that coupled with my eye cream of course 🤗. 
  3. Brows - Gone are the days that I go thread my eyebrows every two weeks because I am worried they look bushy. I embrace bushy brows!! I can go months without doing my brows which I think helps give me a natural look. There is just something about thick tamed/untamed brows. Does that make sense? Untamed because it's not like you are keeping up with them but tamed because you are still using a brow product to make them look their best. I have been using ColourPop's Black N' Brown Brow Pencil for the past few months.  It is very easy to use and I literally do my brows in the morning in a matter of seconds. I focus on filling in a few gaps to make it look like my brows are thicker than they really are. 
  4. Lips -  This summer I have been loving the Nyx Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Daydream it is a beautiful peachy shade. I pair the Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss (which looks beat up in the picture above because it rolls around in my purse) in Pretty in Hibiscus  over it so that it isn't so matte. This helps keep my look fresh. I also have been loving Mary Kay's At Play liquid lipstick in Neon Nectarine. There is just something about a hot tamale red shade for summer that I love! Sometimes I like to go with a fun bold lip when I am keeping the rest of my look simple. I got this shade as a gift from one of my relatives in Mexico. It might be a Mexico only product because I couldn't find a link to it. If you can get your hands on it you should! It is an awesome lip product. I am very impressed with the formula. It is comfortable and long lasting. 

Hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer!

xoxo

Kitchen Renovation

I've dreamed about creating a space from start to finish. It's one thing to style a space and it's an entirely different thing to choose the materials that will go in to creating a room. I had the opportunity to put my skills to the test by doing a full kitchen remodel on a budget. It is crazy how much a space can transform with hard work and a vision. 

I knew right away that I wanted to open things up, bring in light and some warmth. 

Below are a few before and after pictures of our project. You should know the before pictures are gross! The pictures don't really do it justice. It really was nastier than it looks. Trust me!!

Here is what we did:

  • Created space by knocking out the upper cabinets on the right side. I then expanded the counter top so that it could become a place where you could add some bar stools, eat, and hang out.  
  • Kept the original 1960's cabinets, sanded them down to bare wood and stained them a rich dark color (Ebony) which created warmth. 
  • Kept the original hardware which I deep cleaned and spray painted a dark chocolate brown. 
  • Removed the mini-blinds and gave the window a good clean both inside and out. 
  • New granite counter tops gave the space an instant upgrade. 
  • New travertine back splash really took everything to the next level. It brought in some sophistication and made things look clean and crisp. 
  • Removed the wall paper and painted Worldly Gray by Sherwin Williams. This shade is a good neutral that looks beige/grey. It also helped open up the space. I feel like it tied the kitchen together. 
  • Added new appliances - patched the hole you see on the far left wall which was where the microwave was (weird), removed the dishwasher to create space for a trash can or a wine fridge, purchased a range with an oven, and put in a new deep sink with a new faucet. 
  • Lastly, we added a new light fixture which gives off much more light.

Anyone working on cool projects this summer? Tell me about them!

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For the moms

We celebrated Mexican mother's day yesterday with my mother in-law who is going out of town this weekend. I love giving floral arrangements for any occasion, but since I knew she wouldn't be home to enjoy it, I decided to do something a little different. 

I made mini bouquets for her and her mom which were super simple to make and super cute. Check out my step by step tutorial down below from left to right. 

For this project you will need:

  • Flowers - any kind will do. I like using mini carnations or mini roses. I just used what I had on hand. 
  • Floral wire - the thinest size you can find at your nearest craft store
  • Scissors 
  • Ribbon - I used some left over ribbon I had from another project. Anything that will hide the floral wire would work
  • Butterflies - I got these at my local craft store

Happy crafting!

Nudestix

Ever since I discovered Nudestix  last holiday season I have been obsessed! Their Magnetic eye color  has literally changed my weekly morning routine. They are so easy to use, they blend out nicely with your fingers and they last all day without budging. I can create a look in under 10 minutes that looks beautiful and natural. 

I also purchased a lip set which I talked about in a previous post earlier in the year. It came with three shades in various formulas. My favorite is still Pulse which comes in their gel formula. The premise of the brand is you but better. I love how easy their products are to work with and the fact that I can take them on the go. You can learn more about the brand here

Below are my favorite shades and a mini guide for creating my go to look:

  • Putty for all over the lid - works as a primer
  • Twilight for the center of my lid - to add a pop and a little sparkle
  • Lilith for my inner corner highlight - to  brighten and open the eyes
  • Pulse for my cheek and lips

By the way, all stix mentioned below fit in one of the black tins that comes with your purchase.  I can put them all in one tin and throw it in my bag for later. It works perfectly for going from work to after hour events.

Disregard my one painted nail. I was testing a nail polish color earlier :). 

Disregard my one painted nail. I was testing a nail polish color earlier :). 

Shout out to Nudestix for sending me two of their new Magnetic Matte Lip Colors. I received Rose which is a pinky nude and Blossom which is a true nude on my skin. My favorite of the two is Rose. It is perfect for every day. Blossom is a great shade to pair with a dark smokey eye. 

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These stix glide on your lips like butter and last all day long. Think liquid lip but in a crayon form. The color is very pigmented which is nice but I did find them to be a bit drying. Make sure to apply a lip balm prior to applying them on the lips. I really love Blossom but for some reason it swatches different on my arm when compared to what it looks like on my lips. 

What makeup brands do you love? 

xoxo

Rose with a balm under paired with one of my simple go-to Nudestix eye looks.

Rose with a balm under paired with one of my simple go-to Nudestix eye looks.

Blossom which was my second swatch. I didn't reapply the balm - explains why my lips  looks so dry.

Blossom which was my second swatch. I didn't reapply the balm - explains why my lips  looks so dry.

Mixing Metals

What I love so much about creating a space is being the designer. Each piece I incorporate is an extension of me in some way.  There are no rules to follow. Gold and silver can be friends. 

While we were in the process of updating our guest restroom I knew that I wanted to mix metals. Interweaving the colors throughout the space helps make it a cohesive look. The restroom is a good place to start experimenting with mixing things up. 

We removed the basic builders grade light fixture that comes with every house. I was so tired of looking at it. You know which one I am talking about. It's straight and has about ten lightbulbs (I believe it is called the Hollywood strip)...not something I consider beautiful. 

Below is a before and after:

One of my favorite stores to shop at is Pottery Barn. I found this light fixture that I loved and purchased but I ended up returning it.  I found something very similar to it on Craigslist for a fraction of the price and it is also a Pottery Barn piece. Nothing wrong with recycling something that someone else is getting rid of, especially when it is new! Can you guess which one is "used" and which one is new?

If you guessed the one on the left is new, you are correct! I saved about $130 by returning the new light fixture  and going with the "slightly used". Honestly, you can't tell the difference. 

Around the time I was working on the restroom I read about Remington Avenue's One Room Challenge. She spray painted her faucets instead of buying new ones. She posted a step by step tutorial that inspired me to do the same. If you haven't seen her work you should check her out. She has some awesome interior decorating ideas. Painting the faucet was pretty easy and it gave me the look I wanted.The light fixture is a antique bronze finish. I really wanted to try adding touches of brass that would pop against the black and look chic. I liked the way it turned out. I will say, the brass color looked better outside when I was spray painting under the sun. The natural light really makes it sparkle. There is not much natural light in our restroom so the color doesn't look the same. Overall, I am happy with the look...for now 😊. 

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Below are some great examples of restrooms with mixed metals. Aren't they adorable?

 

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