Fast Fix: Upgrade Your Bathroom

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I’ve seen many outdated bathrooms that are just screaming for someone to bring them back to life. You might think that upgrading your bathroom will cost you hundreds of dollars. But the truth is, it’s not near as expensive as you think. I’m not talking about a complete renovation, but freshening up what you already have.

The #1 thing you can do for your bathroom is PAINT. Paint is the cheapest way to upgrade any space, for that matter. Before purchasing anything, slap a coat of paint on your cabinets and walls, pick up a few contemporary drawer pulls, and watch how quickly it is transformed. Check out this tutorial for painting cabinets.

Before & After: 10 Inspiring Bathroom Makeovers:

However, if you need a little more help, there are many things you can do at a low cost that can greatly enhance your bathroom and will make a huge impression. I based this budget on a two-sink configuration, so for a single sink configuration it would be a lot cheaper. All items and prices came from homedepot.com.

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Every bathroom is different, so do what works best for you, your style, and your budget. For example, if you don’t have room for baskets add floating shelves ($16/ea.) or an over-the-toilet space saver ($99).

See? Not too bad, right?

 

Purple Ballet Sleeve Tunic

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This weekend we had the perfect weather! It’s was overcast and a bit chilly, so I pulled out my leggings and my new tunic from Jane. (I’m wearing a small.) This purple tunic is everything. I have this shirt in three colors and it’s the most comfortable thing I have in my closet. I can’t describe just how soft it really is, but think of jersey knit, but not as stretchy. It has ballet sleeves which are tighter around your arms, which gives the shirt an overall flattering look. Paired with classic black leggings, this outfit is easily going to be on repeat throughout the season.

 tunic (currently not on Jane, but can be bought at full price here) | leggings | fringe boots (old, but I like these) | necklace | earrings | watch

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Weekend + Links

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This weekend is the Whistle Stop Festival in my new neighborhood! If you aren’t familiar with Fried Green Tomatoes, I’m truly sorry for your loss. It’s a Southern classic film centered around a delicious and 1/2 healthy appetizer. Irondale Café is hard to beat, but I think my new favorite fried green tomatoes were at Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC. Such a trader, I know! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Here are some good links from this week:

Across the country for only $213? Sign me up!

I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

Probably the best tips on improving your life that I’ve ever read.

Fall outfit ideas you can totally steal.

Clever jewelry storage ideas, like the one above.

Anything French toast related is always a go for me. Add cherries, and I’m sold!

I’m a slight History nerd so reading these secrets about American landmarks was free entertainment for me.

 

 

The Spanish Villa: Inspiration

In case you haven’t figured out from the numerous posts of me hinting about it, my boyfriend and I bought a house! It’s a little 3/2.5 villa with authentic Spanish style and a ton of character. It wasn’t something I would have thought in a million years would be my first home, but I love it and I can’t wait to make it ours.

I’ve been researching Spanish architecture and furniture and relearning everything there is to know about it. I really want the Spanish style to flow seamlessly in the home. I don’t want it to feel rustic or country, so I’m going to modernize it just a tad without jeopardizing the integrity of it. It’s going to be a challenge, that’s for sure! I’ve been browsing on home décor sites and I’ve found the common theme is light and neutral, warm and inviting.

I’m itching to decorate and renovate. I’ve got a month before we actually move in, so I’m taking this time to do my research so I can get it right. It’s going to be so much fun adding my personal style in what already is a beautiful home. Thankfully, my boyfriend trusts me! I gathered some inspiration photos from the web. It makes me giddy just thinking about it!!

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Fall Happenings in the ‘Ham

Fall is my favorite time of year because there is always something going on and the majority of it is FREE! Who doesn’t love free events? If you’re looking for events for a good old fashioned your family to attend, I’ve compiled a list to help you out! Stay tuned for another list coming of Truck or Treats around the city.


Sept 11 – Oct 4: A musical production of an Alabama-based story, Big Fish, will be on stage at the Red Mountain Theatre Company. Get tickets here.

Sept 26: Irondale’s Whistle Stop Festival in in Historic Downtown Irondale. FREE. More info: click here.

Sept 25 – 27: Homestead Hollow Arts and Crafts Festival in Springville, AL. Get tickets here.

Sun 27: Magic City AIDS Walk & 5K Run at Railroad Park. FREE. Tons of activities. More info: click here.

Sept 26 – Nov 1: Great Pumpkin Patch in Hayden, AL. FREE entry and pumpkin. For attraction tickets, click here.

Oct 2 – 3: Alabama Butterbean Festival in Pinson, AL. FREE. For more info call 205-243-4964.

Oct 3: Oktoberfest at the Moody Chamber of Commerce. FREE. For more info call 205-640-6262.

Oct 3: Bark in the Park (benefiting the Shelby Humane Society) at Veteran’s Park in Alabaster, AL. FREE. For more info visit their website.

Oct 3 – 31 (select days): Boo at the Zoo at the Birmingham Zoo. New Skeleton Ice Rink! Get tickets here.


If you know of something going on that I left off, let me know and I’ll add it to the list! Family friendly activities only.

Bold Powder Rooms

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Powder Rooms are a great space to add something bold into your home. It’s unexpected, and typically has the least square footage of any other room in your house. My powder room is right off the den and laundry in my new home, so I want to do something fun! I’m thinking about a bold wallpaper and a painted cabinet. Here’s some of my favorite powder rooms.

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