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Vanity Makeover

13 Nov

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A long time ago (I mean seriously long time) I mentioned here, how much I wanted to redo our spare bedroom and make better use of the space. I dreamed of having a lovely vanity to get ready at in the morning, complete with a fully functional and organized space for all my makeup, products, and jewelery. Well, I am happy to say we finally got around to doing it, and now I can’t believe we waited so long to get it done.

Before, we used this space for extra closets (read: where I keep all my stuff because our marriage wouldn’t last if we shared one closet), an office (for when my husband was in school), a spare bedroom (we had a futon we could use for guests) and just a general room for dumping things. When my husband finished school last September, we had talked seriously about turning the space into a more functional day to day room, but just never carved out the time to do it or really took the time to figure out what the space needed.

In the end, like all home reno projects big or small, it took much more time, a bit more money and definitely more patience than we had predicted, but the end result is well worth it. We literally feel like we have so much more space now, because we are using the room in a much more effective way. It is now a bigger closet (read: we added ANOTHER wardrobe but this one is actually shared for coats since we don’t have a coat closet), a nicely laid out office for when either of us need to work from home, a gym (we got a spin bike and needed a good place to put it) and a dressing room.

I was obviously most excited about the dressing room/vanity part, and had so much fun tracking down all the little pieces I wanted to make the space perfect. From scouring Pinterest to figure out what would work as an additional storage piece (the space we had was very limited), to finding the perfect lamp, chevron bench with built in storage, lucite containers, and finally building the necklace racks I have been meaning to do for the past two years, it was a really fun project.

Here are the items we used to create the new space (please excuse any reflection of the spin bike, desk, etc. in the background, like I said, it is a functional space). Hopefully, it will help you if you are thinking of doing a similar project, because in the end, we managed to find really affordable pieces to make the space special. Sadly, after all this time I didn’t have a great before picture to share, so you will just have to use your imagination, but I promise it is way better than before!

Key Pieces:

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Target Lamp here, Lucite tray here, Lucite duo container here – I love the clean feel of the lucite pieces and it is still easy to see everything but feels much more organized

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Organized nail polishes and jewelery make finding things so much easier

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Necklace racks made from knobs from Anthropologie and recycled wood that we spray painted white (literally total cost of under $20)

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For the pieces I reach for most, I decided to keep them front and centre but this glass tray still makes it feel organized

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Simple dividers from Target now keep all my makeup organized and easy to find

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This shelf above the vanity used to be a jumbled mess of things, now it is clean and sleek looking with some special items that are close to my heart

I literally look forward to getting ready in the mornings now

I literally look forward to getting ready in the mornings now

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The fully finished space….and my new favourite area of the house

Check out my pinterest board here for more vanity inspiration and this post I did a long time ago on makeup organization if you are thinking about trying something like this at home as well.

Guest Post: DIY – Bathroom Edition

7 Jun

When I was approached with this guest post, I was so intrigued, a DIY post dedicated strictly to bathroom projects. If you are like me, I like to think I am good at DIY projects, but if I am being honest, sometimes I have the very best intentions, but they fall to the wayside when life gets in the way. However, many of these ideas are easy to accomplish, and seem like they would be a rewarding do-it-yourself project, with a great outcome for a room you use on a very regular basis!

Have you attempted anything like these in your home? I would love to hear your DIY stories!

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DIY MirrorScapes Framed Mirror Kit (via)

Do-It-Yourself is a great way to save money and get hands-on with your decor projects. For example, if you’re looking for a framed designer mirror look without the price tag, consider a DIY framed mirror kit. Order a mirror from an online mirror store, and dress it up with the MirrorScapes frame-kit by Moen. You will end up with a result similar to that seen above, and the kits come in a wide variety of colors. Glass mirrors can also be customized to your exact specifications online. If youíre skipping on the frame, but looking for an easy mirror installation, the easiest way to install a mirror is with mirror mastic (mirror glue). This means no more drilling into your walls with mirror clips!


Stick-on Wall Pattern Decals (via)

If you’re not big on painting, you can still dress up any bathroom with stick-on pattern wall decals. Many are floral in nature and can be purchased online. These give your otherwise boring bathroom walls, a bit of design flare. And these decals don’t have to be relegated just for the bathroom either; there are many styles and designs for any room of the house including unique wall art for one’s bedroom.


Dresser turned Vanity (via)

If you are salvage savvy, an antique dresser can be repainted, and made into the perfect DIY bathroom vanity. Antique furniture has a lot of purpose when it comes to DIY. Antique closet doors have been turned into tables and mirror frames, wooden pallets have been converted into coffee tables, dressers have been repurposed into vanities; the possibilities are really endless! And combining that with a vintage framed mirror is an expert touch of decor.


Vessel Sinks (via)

And on top of your dresser turned vanity the perfect sink would be a trendy vessel sink. These designer sinks run in a wide variety of sizes, types, and prices; but they all add a modern flare to oneís bathroom and the mix well with antique door.


Bamboo Vessel Sinks (via)

Vessel sinks don’t have to be white and Plain Jane, here are some eco-friendly vessel sinks made out of bamboo!
DIY bathroom decor is crucial. Why not decorate the only room left for pampering and relaxation after a long day?

About the Author

Shahab Shokouhi is a glass design expert at www.dullesglassandmirror.com, an innovative manufacturer of glass table tops, glass shelves, and all other glass and mirror products. Follow Dulles Glass and Mirror on Pinterest or on YouTube to see how theyíre changing the way glass products are manufactured, customized and delivered.

At Home Facial

29 Jan

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I rarely take a risk when it comes to playing around with things I put on my face, because I tend to have very overly sensitive skin. However, when I was reading more about natural facials you could do at home, this one kept popping up. I doubt I am alone, but during the winter months, sometimes you will do just about anything to bring some life back to your skin, which is why I was able to look past the thought of putting egg on my face (literally) and give this one a shot.

For this facial, you simply mix one egg white with some lemon juice (this cuts the eggy smell) and rub all over. Apparently the lemon juice will actually help to reduce any dark spots, but the big thing I definitely noticed was the tightening of my skin and overall fresh feeling. Once you have covered your face, let it sit until it tightens (about 10 minutes) and then wash off with warm, soapy water.

It has been a full week since I tried this facial, and I can still feel the effects, so I know this will be something I adapt into my routine moving forward. I feel like my pores look smaller, my face feels tighter (but not in a dry way) and overall a bit more balanced.

What other at home remedies do you use to beat the winter blues?

Remedy

18 Jan

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I am sure I am not alone battling a cold this week. In fact, it feels like I haven’t been able to shake the cold I got over the holidays, it just goes into hiding and then resurfaces. So, I decided to go on the attack and look up some home remedies to help me knock this cold out for good. While cruising around the internet for recommendations, the overwhelming natural suggestion was mixing lemon, honey and ginger together. Another “cure” that seems a little more appealing to me is a Hot Toddy (pictured above), and I found a fantastic “super” hot toddy recipe here, that I will be giving a try tomorrow if I haven’t knocked this cold out of my system by then.

If you are struggling to find something to eat, of course the traditional chicken soup is always a good way to feel comforted, but you could also try making some Pho (recipe here). It seems this can help clear you sinuses and get some colour back in your cheeks. I will have to report back on that one, but even if I start to feel better, I think I will be adding this to the list of things I need to make.

Now please share, what do you use to remedy your colds?

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