Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The new bathrooms {cultured marble}

So we are getting ready to break ground next month, I'm so excited! And with that we need to get an idea on what we want to choose for the bathrooms. Our house design has three full bathrooms. Our main bathroom, master on suite  bathroom, and a basement bathroom. Going back-and-forth with the pros and cons of tile showers versus cultured marble showers. I absolutely loathe cleaning showers. I'm the type of person that I clean all three bathrooms once a week, that's plenty for me ! They all have cultured marble showers and I love them! It's so easy to keep clean. And it looks so pretty too. So that's what I would like to go with for our new home given budget of course. Just yesterday my husband and I went to a cultured marble store and the salesman  there gave us some samples. I am in love! Best part is my husband knew exactly which ones I wanted:-) it's so nice to know into this process of building a house that my other half knows what look I'm going for:-) he is the best. 
I would love the white for the countertops but my husband pointed out that some contrast would be nice. I love the gray! In larger Slabs it has white swirls/veining throughout. Swoon!
We want to use the Weymouth Polished Nickel collection through out the house by Moen.
And than for some accents in the bathrooms is this Lovley marble hex tile. For a little backsplash and possibly a trim in the cultured marble.

Next we really like this tile for the floors. 
This lame phone pic does not do it justice.

And this light that I have been crushing on for EVER!;-) 
Well....now in these next couple of months I will get to see if all these things really come Into reality! Lol. At least I know what look I am going for so anything close to it in our price range will be great. Hopefully with my next post you will be witnessing a lot of dirt being moved around...aka breaking ground!

Cat

The new bathrooms {cultured marble}

So we are getting ready to break ground next month, I'm so excited! And with that we need to get an idea on what we want to choose for the bathrooms. Our house design has three full bathrooms. Our main bathroom, master on suite  bathroom, and a basement bathroom. Going back-and-forth with the pros and cons of tile showers versus cultured marble showers. I absolutely loathe cleaning showers. I'm the type of person that I clean all three bathrooms once a week, that's plenty for me ! They all have cultured marble showers and I love them! It's so easy to keep clean. And it looks so pretty too. So that's what I would like to go with for our new home given budget of course. Just yesterday my husband and I went to a cultured marble store and the salesman  there gave us some samples. I am in love! Best part is my husband knew exactly which ones I wanted:-) it's so nice to know into this process of building a house that my other half knows what look I'm going for:-) he is the best. 
I would love the white for the countertops but my husband pointed out that some contrast would be nice. I love the gray! In larger Slabs it has white swirls/veining throughout. Swoon!
We want to use the Weymouth Polished Nickel collection through out the house by Moen.
And than for some accents in the bathrooms is this Lovley marble hex tile. For a little backsplash and possibly a trim in the cultured marble.

Next we really like this tile for the floors. 
This lame phone pic does not do it justice.

And this light that I have been crushing on for EVER!;-) 
Well....now in these next couple of months I will get to see if all these things really come Into reality! Lol. At least I know what look I am going for so anything close to it in our price range will be great. Hopefully with my next post you will be witnessing a lot of dirt being moved around...aka breaking ground!

Cat

The new bathrooms {cultured marble}

So we are getting ready to break ground next month, I'm so excited! And with that we need to get an idea on what we want to choose for the bathrooms. Our house design has three full bathrooms. Our main bathroom, master on suite  bathroom, and a basement bathroom. Going back-and-forth with the pros and cons of tile showers versus cultured marble showers. I absolutely loathe cleaning showers. I'm the type of person that I clean all three bathrooms once a week, that's plenty for me ! They all have cultured marble showers and I love them! It's so easy to keep clean. And it looks so pretty too. So that's what I would like to go with for our new home given budget of course. Just yesterday my husband and I went to a cultured marble store and the salesman  there gave us some samples. I am in love! Best part is my husband knew exactly which ones I wanted:-) it's so nice to know into this process of building a house that my other half knows what look I'm going for:-) he is the best. 
I would love the white for the countertops but my husband pointed out that some contract would be nice. I love the gray! In larger Slavs it has white swirls/veining throughout. Swoon!
We want to use the Weymouth Polished Nickel collection through out the house by Moen.
And than for some accents in the bathrooms is this Lovley marble hex tile. For a little backsplash and possibly a trim in the cultured marble.

Next we really like this tile for the floors. 
This lame phone pic does not do it justice.

And this light that I have been crushing on for EVER!;-) 
Well....now in these next couple of months I will get to see if all these things really come Into reality! Lol. At least I know what look I am going for so anything close to it in our price range will be great. Hopefully with my next post you will be witnessing a lot of dirt being moved around...aka breaking ground!

Cat

Saturday, November 29, 2014

a Christmas Rental home

So i have been going a bit christmas decorating crazy lately..hehehe. I think I am just so excited that this time next year we should be in our forever home. So I am gearing up for that. Whatever I make now, can go in that house. And I makes me so happy to just think that its coming closer. Building permit in hand folks, we should start in the spring.! Hip Hip Hooray!!!
 these pix show more of a orange color to the ribbons on the tree. In person they are actually gold. I am still working on my indoor picture taking skills. Perhaps next year I will attempt making my own tree skirt. Or maybe if I get bored this year;-)

my great grandmothers old danish plate. It reads 'hjemme er bedst". ~ to be home is best.
My grandma says that she always remembers that her mom had it on her wall in Denmark as far back as she can recall. I now use it for a tree ornament. :-) It belonged to the Grandmother that my girls got their red hair from.


 Its been so fun decorating with natural elements...I have done this the past few years, and I dont think I could ever go back to not using real pine in my home. I do have a few faux pieces too. And I love those too. But there is just something nostalgic about the "real".
 Love me some pomegranates!

 My santa baby collection. I took these pixs of my babies on their first christmas'. They are one of my most treasured holiday decorations:-)

My sweet hubs surprise antique compass that he brought home for me one day...

 "S" cup that ONLY Santa can use on Christmas Eve...
 For the baby pictures I have their names and the year they were taken. Its fun to see how much they have grown. And makes me want my babies little again!
 Above, my 3 tier stand that I found this past summer. I have been looking ALL over for this particular one for YEARS now and I came across it online by chance one day. I about died! I sooooooo love it.
 The JOY banner was from last year. I made it, with one of Shanty 2 Chics free downloads. Love their style.
I added some of my crystal metal ornaments onto the chandelier...its pretty I think.
(please dont mind the odd light bulbs!lol, this is a rental folks;-) And this lamp is NOT centered over the dining table, which drives me CRAZY because it looks so odd. I wanted to add some greenery to it, but it just made me mad that it is off to the side of the table. And that would add more oddness to it. Oh well....lol.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Boxwood christmas wreath


I'm going a bit wreath crazy;)....here's my simple christmas wreath. I used Boxwood, burlap and crimson silk ribbon. Done. This one was also made the same way as my advent wreath. I love it:)
And a tiny wreath too...
I love this one too. It has lots of elements from my home decor this season.

Happy holidays!
-cat

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Our new christmas tree.

I can't Explain how excited I am about this! You all know that I have had three small trees for probably about seven or eight years. This is because of our apartment was too small for a big tree. But not anymore even though that we are in a temporary apartment while her house is being built I wanted to make sure that I got a big nice tree:) it's honestly been a dream of mine! Lol. I was driving my has been absolutely crazy, looking for the perfect tree that was in our budget. All I did all day long was look at trees online.. there are like 5 million different kinds! Pre-lit, non lit,down swept, quick set, hinge trees,flocked trees, white trees, LED lights,slim, pecil, twinkle lights, multicolored lights, swivel tree, fir real technology, I can go on and on and on! Ugh! And that's not even mentioning the different TYPES of trees. 
Well, my husband , my wonderful husband  , on one of those evenings where I had finally narrowed it down to two choices, completely surprised me and brought one of my choice trees home! It was the day before Halloween. We put it up in the garage to behold it's beauty.. and then put it back down in the box. Ever since then it was haunting me. I have wanted to put it up so badly and I finally gave in two weeks before Thanksgiving! Have never done that! Lol. While others are black Friday shopping I always put my tree up on that day and do all of my shopping online:) well not this year.:-) 
This tree is a BlueSpruce. It has LED white lights and has several twinkle settings. It's the perfect mix between a slim and a pencil tree and I love it:) and the best part of it ALL is that my sweetheart picked it out and brought it for me. 


I made several of the decorations this year. And bought some awesome new ribbon that was on sale. I used some of my ornaments from my old trees as well. 

My button garland from last year I used and I was able to find more of it online this year:) sorry for the bad quality pic, my computers acting up so all I get to use is my wonderful cell phone:) 

Stay tuned for my tutorials on how to make the homemade ornaments you see.
~cat

Saturday, November 22, 2014

DIY dried Orange slices

I really like the way how natural Christmas decorations give a certain type of nostalgia to a space. It reminds me of Victorian Christmas' or Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. So I wanted to try and add some natural Orange slice ornaments to my tree. And maybe say I absolutely love how they turned out! And it was ever so easy. 

Start with navel oranges. I bought about five and got about 20 ornaments out of them. 
Preheat oven to 225°F.
First slice the oranges as thin as you can with a really good slicing knife. Watch your fingers! (some people like to use a fork to hold your orange in place. )
 
Next blocked your orange slices on the kitchen towel or paper towel to release the excess moisture. 

Place the orange slices on a baking rack and place in the oven  on the middle rack. 

Let these babies cook in the oven from 2 to 3 hours. Well every 30 minutes turn the oranges around so they don't stick. Watch out they don't burn some of the slices or thinner than others and usually the ones on the outer edges get darker quicker to remove those first. Let them dry out in the oven until they are no longer juicy. 
Here is how mine look like after they came out of the oven:
Let them cool for a bit and then let your imagination take over what they're going to be used for:) 
I used mine for both my advent wreath and for Christmas tree decorations. 
I poked a hole in it with a large toothpick to make a threading whole (is that a word?) lol... For my jute to string. 
The End

~ Cat
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