Bathrooms + tile

When we say we are “DIYing” I mean we are doing it all. That includes the back aching tile work. I may be sleeping on a heating pad every night, but it’s going to be so worth it. I have been able to do custom styles and designs in every single bathroom with high quality tile at half the cost – that just from doing it ourself! We are far from completion on the house but there is progress being made every week! We are coming to the finish line with laying the tile and then we will move to grout and paint (praise hands!).

The Half Bathroom

Thankfully the half bath was a small room to tile! I have found so many vintage bathroom inspirations on Pinterest with this sweet petite hexagon tile, but little did I know – you cannot buy the borders! This border is custom and hand placed. We had to remove the white tiles and replace them with the black ones. It was definitely a labor of love, and we love it! The vanity will be made from an old antique wash stand that I found at a local antique shop (it’s amazing!). We also plan to add some wood work detail to the walls and the whole room will be painted a deep green.

Guest Bathroom #1

This bathroom will painted a soft grey mixed with the white subway tile. The floor was completed this week but I didn’t get a picture of it, but trust me – it’s perfect. Under the two windows will be a free standing soaker tub with a classic shower curtain that wraps around the entire tub. This bathroom will also be getting a custom vanity made from a small antique wash stand. To have a contrast with the white and soft grey, all of the fixtures are matte black.

Guest Bathroom #2

This is one of my favorite rooms! I am in love with nothing but black and white (insert heart eyes here). The shower was completed after I made these pictures. We are putting up board and batting chair rail in this bathroom with my favorite part of the whole room – black and white buffalo check wall paper! To keep things simple we are using a classic white pedestal sink.

Master Bathroom

Ahh. My oasis. Our master suite is based on a more dressy, neutral space compared to the rest of the house. I really picked up inspection for our space after touring an old plantation home in Spring Hill, TN. The tile was completed in the entire bathroom after I made these pictures. The shower is tiled with the long subway tile with the 2 inch hexagon mosaic in the shower floor. We also plant to put the shower tile on the wall as a chair rail behind the soaker tub. This space will be painted a soft white with contrasting grey trim work. The vanities will be custom made and stained a medium wood tone.

Guest Bath #3

This bathroom will be a mix of 2 classics – glass subway and marble. I firmly believe each room needs a statement piece and this time it is the marble hexagon shower floors. This bathroom is still a work in progress that we just started Friday night.

The Mudroom

This amazing painted cement tile is our mudroom floor – we haven’t started to lay this just yet because it is the high traffic entrance for construction. I originally planned to do the popular black and white pattern tile, but as soon as I saw this brand new tile at The Tile Shop in Franklin I knew my plans had to be changed. The walls will be a soft shade of white to match the white base of the tile. Looking into the house from the mudroom you can see into the laundry room. As a result, both the laundry room and the mudroom need to coordinate. I am color matching the navy (it’s almost a brighter blue than navy) that is in the tile and having my shaker style cabinets painted to match. The wall color from the mudroom will continue into that space, and we are on the fence deciding between a brick paver backsplash painted white or just going with the classic white subway tile.

We purchased the simple white subway tile from Home Depot, the 12×12 marble floor tile from Lowe’s, and the unique tiles from The Tile Shop in Franklin, TN.

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House tour #1 Aug. 10th

Oh my, I am so excited to finally be able to share this stage of the house!

Today is exactly one full year since we began this process – today was the day we were marking where the house should go.  I just have to start with how proud I am of my Jared.  He is no doubt one of the most determined and hard working men I have ever met in my life, and I am so happy to call him all mine!  He is no doubt turning a shell of a house into my absolute dream home.  Although we have our tired days and our over it days, we are having so much fun building this home together.  This is where we shine as a couple – I dream it, he builds it.  I am hoping to be able to share all of the monumental stages with you guys on here and give some tips on how you can get this same look.

Let the tour begin….

The Foyer

This is the place we get to welcome all of our guest! All the walls in this space are shiplap, and yes they will be painted white – shocker! The handrail will be the classic stained wood + white combo. This view is from the front door looking straight back to the back porch. On the left is the master bedroom and the second door is the half bathroom, and to the right is the living room, kitchen, and dining room.

The Master Bedroom

The master bedroom will be simple and nothing but neutrals – you’ll just have to keep check on the progress to see this room. We are finding the balance of masculine and feminine in here (it’s his room too ladies).  I am so excited about this space.  We are going classic in here with some bold trim and decor style.  Its our oasis, so we do not want trendy.

The Master Bathroom

The master will be our bright, clean, and cozy retreat. The master bath will be marble, marble, and some more marble. I have to have cozy though, so to warm up the space there will be deep navy his and hers vanities on each side of the window. Accented with bright, shiny nickel fixtures. The opposite side of the room is the soaker tub and walk in shower – this is where the marble tile magic is going to happen.

The Half Bathroom

This little room is the guest bathroom – I’m taking a step back in time with the tile selection for this room with a miniature black and white octagon tile with a custom design. To make this room a statement room amongst the white in every room, the paint color will be a deep green (like an old school chalk board, but darker). The vanity will be an antique sink dropped in an antique piece of furniture.

The Living Room

This space will be the “formal” living area of the house. Over the fireplace Jared is custom building a cabinet to hide a TV with trifold barn doors that can be tucked away in the sides of the cabinet. This will allow the room to have functionality while still giving me the chance to decorate and create a more desirable focal point for the room. The ceiling has been finished after the picture was taken in this room.  All of this wood on the ceiling will be painted the traditional ceiling white.  The wood is just there to give extra character and texture.

The Kitchen

This is by far the room I am most excited for. Oh how I miss all of my kitchen goodies. The plan for this room is white shaker cabinets custom built to go all the way to the ceiling – this will make the ceilings appear so much taller + it gives me so much extra storage. The wall cabinets are going to have black leathered granite counter tops. The center of the room will have my big island with two copper pendant lights centered over it and the counter will be a marble like quartzite. To the right with all of the windows will be the dining area with an entrance to the front porch and a HUGE farmhouse chandelier.

The Upstairs Foyer

The upstairs Foyer will just be all white shiplap with the contrast of the stained wood flooring.

Guest Bedroom 1

This room is one of 3 guest bedrooms.  I am going soft and neutral in this space with tan, grey, and blush.

Guest Bathroom 1

This bathroom is connected to the first guest bedroom.  There will be a free standing tub under the 2 windows with an old fashion curtain rod that goes all the way around.  The walls will have subway tile as a chair railing and the floors are just amazing! (we are picking all of these up tomorrow, so tile photos will be coming)

Guest Bedroom 2

The second guest bedroom will be a simple black and white color scheme.  The bed is an adorable black metal bed and the bedding will tie the whole room together. (Lawrenceburg Florist has these quilts 50% off right now!)

Guest Bathroom 2

This bathroom will match the guest bedroom 2 with the black and white.  I have exciting, bold plans for this small space.  The first picture ^ will be where the toilet and vanity will go, under the windows.  The second picture is the walk in shower.  The shower will have 4×4 white subway tile with black grout; the shower floor will be matte miniature black tiles; and the main floor will be the show stopper, matte black large hex shape tiles.  the wall will have a tall version of a chair rail with the cutest black and white buffalo check wallpaper.

The Keeping Room

Now we are back downstairs on the back side of the kitchen.  This space is the keeping room.  This will be where our family spends most of our time as the hang out spot with a comfy leather couch and a TV hung on the wall.  I am designing this space to be comfortable but with modern clean lines to keep it high design.  The accent shiplap wall in the first picture will be painted a bold dark charcoal that almost looks navy at times, and the rest of the room will be a clean white.

The Mud Room

The mud room is on the backside of the keeping room.  This picture is walking in the exterior door beside the garage.  From this view you can see into the laundry room to the right and straight ahead and looking through the keeping room into the kitchen/living space.  This room will have a combination of traditional and farmhouse.  We just bought the cutest patterned tile for this lower level I am standing in (pictures to come). The upper portion will just be continued hardwood from the rest of the house.  The steps to the right lead up to the final guest bedroom above the garage.

Jared finishing up the stairway from the mudroom into the guest bedroom.  This shiplap has been completed since the picture was taken.

Guest Bedroom 3

This space is more like a bonus room to us for now.  It can be an office, a future play room, or another guest bedroom.  This space will be painted a bright neutral to keep the space from feeling small with an extra-large black metal modern light fixture.

Guest Bath 3

This bathroom will have a subtle marbled tile floor with a traditional vanity (dark walnut stain and marble countertop).  The shower will be the show piece for this space.  We found some grey glass subway tile on sale (spirit fingers!) that will cover the walls and the floor will be a petite marble herringbone mosaic.

We are about to get to the really good part of the house! I would love for you to keep checking back for more updates on the progress, and hopefully I can show more detail in the design process for each room with both design details and my inspiration.  Even the top designers have to have some form of inspiration for each space.  Our house is going to be a cohesive blend of traditional, modern, and farmhouse.

S E A G R O V E, N C

Every Thanksgiving my new family [the Hardisons] take a weekend getaway to North Carolina to visit family.  This trip is one of a kind that I look forward to every year.  We take a step out of our every day life and enjoy a weekend on Fox Farm.  Every day is relaxing filled with lots of food and naps in a cabin from the 1800s that they turned into a family home.  But don’t be fooled, we don’t just get fat on the trip, we have activities to fill the rest of the day.  This year we took a family fishing trip to the pond, the men chopped wood, I helped restore an old table and glaze a door, and I got crafty and made a basket.

There is one activity that has become a tradition that is my personal favorite.  We take a girls trip driving about two hours to Seagrove, North Carolina.  This is a small town that has become a sweet little pottery community. This year was even better than the past because we had the opportunity to see 3 potters actually creating master pieces on the potter’s wheel.  This made my appreciation for the art soar.  I now feel the need to purchase clay, a wheel, and an oven.

Oh how I saw your talent Lord! “Yet you, Lord, are our Father.  We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” -Isaiah 64:8 NIV

The experience actually reminds me of the local Amish community in Ethridge, TN, except its not.  There are larger co-op shops like the one featured that displays and sells pottery, but we like to drive through the community and visit the potter’s studios and galleries to purchase directly.  Sadly the pictures never depict the experience like being there in person, but hopefully this will do.

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World Renowned Potter Ben Owen
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Ben Owens Kiln [1 of 5]
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Eck McCanless demonstration

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McCanless studio
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demonstration piece
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McCanless gallery
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Our favorite practical pottery. -McNeill’s-  She creates for everyday use.

 

The Beginning.

Okay so lets just be honest.  Trying to decide what to do with yourself after college might just be the hardest thing to do, like ever.  Whether you are deciding on a major or actually planning your career post college graduation, the decision isn’t easy.  I have been so excited to use my “special gift” that God gives to us all to shine his light on earth, but I’ve ran into a problem — What is my gift?! I feel like this is something we all go through at some point in our life, and we just have to trust in Him to reveal it to us.

As a part of this journey I am slowly learning that it is okay to say that we are good at something.  After this realization, I understand I have a gift to plan stressful events & I am 100% all about house decorating.  I would love to be my own version of Fixer Upper featuring Danielle and Jared.  The next step is now to decide what I need to do with those gifts.  I initially began this website/blog to be the start of my business [whatever that might be], but for now, until I have myself figured out, I am just going to share.  I might share a message God has placed on my heart, something random I see beauty in on the Earth, party planning tips, or design inspiration.  I cannot wait to see what this website becomes over time when I reach that “this is it” moment.

Words for the weary:

“You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.  You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3: 23-24