Archive | April, 2013

upstairs bathroom remodel | it’s happening!

30 Apr

We finally pulled the trigger on the upstairs bathroom remodel! Our goal is to have this bathroom done before we start the main house remodel, and we are well on the way! We purchased all of the materials/finishes and hired a contractor to do all the install/work. So far, so good!

The bones of this bathroom will be clean and modern with touches of blue. However, it is a kids bathroom so we want it to be a little fun too! But, all of the fun stuff can easily be changed out when Zoey gets older and outgrows it. Here are a few things I recently pinned that I love for the bathroom. We seem to have a “whale” theme going. I’m generally not into themed bathrooms, but I want this to be a fun place for her!

This moroccan looking ceiling fixture is awesome, but I’m not into the oil rubbed bronze look. It’s a tad too traditional for me. So, it has gotten a makeover with “lagoon” spraypaint from Rust-Oleum! Stay tuned for the final result. I can’t wait to hang it!

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I love this print for the bathroom, from Urban Outfitters.78bb6db88a4c01b732f1ed4a89bb355c

And of course this whale shower curtain is too cute.

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And a matching bath mat of course

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This is a hippo, not a whale, but it’s too stinkin’ cute!

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And here is the tile work in progress. So exciting! Next comes floor tile, grout, primer, paint, and then install of all the fixtures!

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round top/warrenton antiques weekend

5 Apr

Two posts in one week? What?! I must have a fever 😉

I made two trips out to the huge Round Top/Warrenton antiques fair this year (my first time to EVER go)! I didn’t realize how close it was to Austin (about an hour and 20 minutes!) – if I had known I am sure I would have gone in years past! So, I talked to a few people who also went this year and who had been in years past and thought it was disappointing/overpriced. I generally agree about overpriced, though as for disappointing since I didn’t have anything to compare it to I thought it was huge, overwhelming, and fun 🙂 I tried to do some research online before I went to figure out layout, where to go, etc…but the websites I could find were pretty poorly designed, so I just sort of winged it! Driving down the main road, you hit both towns and there are tents/barns everywhere. The general flow seemed to be that the rows and rows of smaller tents were more flea market/digging for treasures (definitely my style) and the big tents were more of the well priced/overpriced more organized wares!

So, the first day I went was early on in the show schedule, before some of the larger parts of the show were open. It was an unplanned improptu trip/girl bonding with Zoey (a bit risky since she is only 2 1/2 but we had a great time and she was soooo good). I think I will make a bonding trip with Zoey to the antiques show a yearly tradition for us. I want her to love vintage shopping as much as I do 🙂 The second time I went was when the show officially started, and I went with some girlfriends. However, the weather was really bad that day so we got pretty rained out. We got some good morning shopping done before the skies opened up on us! I wish I had time to go on the last day (Sunday) because I think there could be some bargains to be had…

Here are some of my purchases:

mid century coffee table $60 (I’m restoring this one)

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mid century aqua casserole $20

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vintage pachinko game $50 – I had never heard of these before, but I am in love with the design/colors of it. I want to inset it into the wall in our house as a piece of unique art!!

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mid century ceramic boat bowl with deep blue inset $8 – I think this was my best small score

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raw edge coffee table $150 – this thing is awesome

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retro tv trays, set of 4, $5 each! (begging dog not included) – how retro fabulous are these?

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And here are a few things I loved but didn’t buy 🙂

These architectural (fiberglass) retro panels were really interesting! Unfortunately, this shop was closed (due to rain that day) so I couldn’t get any info on them. I think they were from vintage carnival rides?

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This wicker side table was just so cute, I am starting to really get into wicker (which is so odd for me) $20

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and then it started pouring, but it didn’t stop us from shopping!

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this farmhouse table was really interesting with a very rustic top and super modern chrome legs. I love the contrast of styles.

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See, I told you I have a sudden thing for wicker! Loved this daybed/sofa, would be really cool in the right house with some colorful cushions.

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This wasn’t for sale, but how cute is this vintage shasta trailer with gold trim?! I wanted to steal it 🙂

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I was trying to figure out what I could do with this super cool retro tv!

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Loved these adorable camping chairs and the retro pattern on the fabric!

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Random shot of Z in our messy house with a laundry basket on her head. Imagine her doing the robot (even though she wasn’t). Because that’s how we roll.

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Loved this retro rocker, but it was already sold 😦  $50

I wanted it because we already own one just like it, in mini size, that we picked up at a Citywide Garage Sale.

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This retro looking shelving unit was made out of recycled parts (company based in CA). I loved it! I think it was around $900.

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This long, low mid century sofa was around 3k I think. Pricey for me, but pretty.IMG_5601

Loved these vibrant wicker (again) chairs, $50 for the pair

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Amazing Italian mid century leather chairs. Already sold when I saw them, and too pricey anyways ($3800/4 I think?)

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Loved this tent, amazing (pricey) mid century finds. All the real deal.

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Almost bought the tall mid century lamp ($150?) but I need another lamp like I need a hole in the head.

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This isn’t Round Top related, but found this amazing chrome recliner at Room Service this week, $125. Mike has been begging for a recliner for years, and I’ve resisted because they are generally hideous (yet comfortable). What a catch 22. But I saw this one and loved it. It will be even better reupholstered, I’m thinking a gray leather that will wear nicely. And it’s SO comfy. I sit in it all the time when Mike isn’t home 🙂

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Almost bought this pair of vintage sofas for Retrospective ($750/2) but I passed

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Vintage modern dining chairs $500/4

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Acrylic filament vintage light fixture, almost bought it for the remodel but passed $75

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More pretty amazing dining chairs, would be great reupholstered.

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Milo Baughman marble top credenza, I wish.

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That’s all for now!

palm springs (mid century architecture mecca) and san diego!

2 Apr

I wanted to share a bunch photos from the fun family vacation we took to Palm Springs and San Diego in February! Our daughter Zoey is 2 1/2 and finally old enough to really have fun going places and doing things with us, so we decided to take a family vacation (and one where I wasn’t photographing a wedding during the trip, which is usually the case). We decided on Palm Springs because Mike and I have always wanted to go there (and of course we have a mild obsession with mid century architecture and Palm Springs is a mecca for that!) and San Diego was another place that we always wanted to go (and we knew Z would have fun there with Legoland and the zoo)! So, without further ado here are some of my favorite photos from the trip!

the desert near palm springs. we took the scenic route from san diego to palm springs, which also turned out to be the super scary curvy mountainside roads with no guard rail route! 032013palmspringsvacay002

we stayed at the ace hotel, because we are hip like that. not!

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we had a little dance party in our room!

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morning view from our hotel room

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more detail pics of our suite!

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palm springs visitors center, amazing architecture.

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we took the tram to the top of the mountain in palm springs. whew that’s high!

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cool architecture at the top of the mountain

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and of course it wouldn’t be a trip to palm springs without a little (or in our case a LOT) of architecture/house gawking! we spent all afternoon one day just driving around looking at houses, the amazing architecture is everywhere there!

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I would have paid cash money to see this house inside!

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so many of these reminded me of our original brady bunch remodel! really made me miss it!

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I loved the architecture of this house!

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and this one too! it’s sort of hawaaian mid century?

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even the parking lots are pretty in palm springs, sigh.

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i want orange trees in my backyard 🙂

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the salton sea. if you haven’t heard of it, google it. it’s kind of amazing an a deserted, eerie kind of way. has a fascinating history!

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we stayed at another cool mid century hotel, the pearl!

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