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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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