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Bathroom Reveal


Hey guys! I am so excited to share our completed guest bathroom with you. It was a long process because we completely re-did the entire thing since it was in bad shape to begin with. Even though it took a while I would definitely do it again! I am so happy with how everything turned out. It’s exactly as I envisioned it.  I have both before and after pictures for you so you can see the difference. In the very start we changed part of the actual structure of the bathroom to create more space. Originally there was a shelf on the opposite side of the wall (where our dining room is) so we closed that off, which allowed us to open up the ceiling higher in the bathroom. I have to give credit to Andrew for that idea! We used all Kohler products to give the design a very cohesive feel. Honestly, everything works so well, I’m super impressed with the quality, functionality, and aesthetic. I think I love the shower head the most. Well, maybe the sink!! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!
IMG_4986Something I really wanted when designing this space was a hotel feel but with a few rustic elements. I think the honeycomb marble tiled floor really helped to create that vibe. Also, having the subway tile come up the wall is something I always loved about hotels I’ve stayed at in New York. It gives a clean and classic look.IMG_4568IMG_4966IMG_4569IMG_4978I wanted to keep all the big pieces white so that the printed wallpaper would pop. I also chose a very dark grey grout to add some contrast to the all white tile. For the hardware I went with chrome to bring a touch of elegance to the space. I also love that it complements our kitchen! When decorating our home, I like all the rooms to have their own look but keep with a similar style throughout. That way the whole home has a very cohesive feel to it and I can switch out decor accents between all the rooms. IMG_4977IMG_4980

^^Our Verdera Medicine Cabinet is one of my favorite features of the room. We had the piece installed in the wall so it doesn’t even stick out too far, yet we still have a ton of storage inside. It is clean and simple and I love how the wallpaper reflects in it.^^
IMG_4982IMG_4981^^Right now I have it full of beauty products and baby things. I love having options for guests when they come to visit.^^
IMG_4984^^The sink is called Ceramic Impressions and it has been so easy to clean. I also have been loving the vanity. It is real wood and has soft close doors which really fit a lot inside.^^IMG_4563IMG_4556IMG_4561^^Floating shelves were on our must-have list. I knew that there would be a lot of white so I wanted a wooden element to break it up and bring a little warmth to the space. We had a friend of ours make these for us. I just showed him similar styles that I had seen on Pinterest.^^
IMG_4555IMG_4551IMG_4550^^The shower is such a transformation. Before it looked much smaller. Extending the subway tile all the way to the ceiling really helps to make the bathroom look larger. I also had a little nook installed for extra storage of shampoo and conditioners.^^IMG_4987

All appliances are from Kohler.

lighted medicine cabinet/vanity top/sink faucet/vanity/vanity hardware/bathtub/bathtub faucet/shower head/hand towel ring/towel rack/toilet/toilet paper holder

shower curtain: wayfair

curtain rod: amazon

rug: homegoods

wallpaper: schumacher

pendant light: joss & main

towels: homegoods

shelves: our carpenter made them for us

basket: target

decor accents: homegoods and marshalls


BEFORE SHOTS:

Here are some pictures of what the bathroom looked like when we moved in and then a few during the reno process. I’ll lay out what the steps looked like.

-Rip everything out including flooring, fixtures, tub, toilet and vanity.

-Cut out overhang to raise the ceiling height. (We had to close it off first on the opposite side of  the wall.)

-Re-route pipe, new drywall and texture. We also raised the shower head about a foot.

-Waterproof shower/tub.

-Tile walls.

-Install vanity, toilet, shower fixtures.

-Cut out wall to fit mirror, patch up drywall and re-texture.

-Install mirror and rest of fixtures.

-Apply wallpaper and mount floating shelves.

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Watch full video below! Thank you to Kohler for providing the bathroom materials!



Twin Girl Nursery Tour


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I’m so excited to share with you our nursery for our twin girls! They were born December 16th at 1:08 and 1:09 and life has definitely changed around here! I had so much fun decorating this room for them. It was nice to be able to go slightly more feminine and girly than the rest of our house. I added touches of rose gold and floral patterns to give it a vintage vibe, and added in some wood elements to keep it balanced. The other thing I wanted to do was decorate it so that they can grow into the space. I didn’t want to have too much of a ‘theme’ because I knew both the girls and myself would get tired of it quick. Instead, I opted for a look that was more classic and simple. A lot of the furniture will work as the girls grow up so we don’t have to keep buying new things all the time. I hope you all enjoy the room as much as I do! And thank you all so much for the kind words on my social media accounts wishing my family well. It means so much to me!


Paint: Behr My Sweetheart & Swiss Coffee

Butterfly Print: Minted
Flower Girl Print: Minted
Dresser: Z Gallerie (on sale!)
Changing Pad Cover: Oilo (capri, blush)
Rocker: Joss & Main
Play Gym: Finn and Emma
Blanket: Boll & Branch (cable knit) (pink origami)
Curtains: Minted (lilac, luxury linen)
Side Table: Joss & Main
Lamp: Target
Horoscope Sign: Etsy
Dream Catcher: Etsy
Cribs: Pottery Barn (emerson, cloud)
Bible Verse Print: Petals to Paper
Sheets: Oilo (capri, blush)
Pillows: Oilo (capri, blush)
Animals: Cuddle + Kind, Carters, Buy Buy Baby
Rug: Rugs USA
Chandelier: Overstock
White Dresser: Joss & Main
Rose Gold Baskets: Joss & Main
Hangers: Amazon
Hamper: Joss & Main




Bathroom Reno Inspiration


Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you some ideas I have for our guest bath. We are going to completely gut it and re-do everything except the floors. I’ve ordered all the ‘parts’ like tub, faucet, toilet, mirror etc. We are just waiting for them to come in until we start on the demo. Once the tub is in I think we will start. The only thing not finalized is the wallpaper, light fixtures and accessories. We are planning on having the whole room subway tiled. In the shower it will go from the top of the tub up to the ceiling. Then the tile will extend all around the room going half way up the wall. I’ll then have wallpaper on the upper part of the walls. I’m leaning towards some of the designs from Anthropologie but it’s so hard! I want something with a little interest since everything else is basically white. Let me know if you have some wallpaper recommendations the comments. I’m so ready to get it all started. I’m really hoping we can have it done by the time the girls are born!bathroom design

vanity: kohler

light fixture: joss & main

faucet: kohler

shower head: kohler

rug: target

towel: target

wallpaper: anthropologie



Finished Kitchen Renovation


White Kitchen Renovation and Design

Our kitchen is finally done! It is so amazing not having contractors come to our home every week to work on cabinets,  paint, backsplash…the list goes on and on! So today I lots of pictures and I’ll give you details on everything as well. Let me first say that redoing our kitchen was a lot more work that I had anticipated on! However, I think in the end it was all worth it. I had a vision of what I wanted the end result to look like and it’s just as I imagined. Below are two pictures of what it looked like before the paint and backsplash.

And here is everything after.

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Our cabinets are painted with Behr Swiss Coffee (semi-gloss), which is the color of our trim all throughout the house. When they first painted it I thought it looked so bright. But once the backsplash was installed (which is a bright white), the cabinets actually look much more creamy. The counters also look more grey no with everything completed. The counters are quartz and the color is New Carrara from Arizona Tile. We chose to use two slabs because I wasn’t a fan of pre-fab color options. Also, I don’t know if you remember, but we used to have a giant pantry to the left of the stove. We decided we’d rather have more counter space, so we extended the countertops to the wall. Now I use that space so much and I don’t even miss the pantry. Instead we have our spices, baking supplies, vitamins and other things in the two doors to the left of the over. We have all our canned goods and snacks in the drawer below the microwave.

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round cutting board: homegoods // small cutting board: world market

butter dish: homegoods // spoon rest: anthropologieWhite Kitchen Renovation and Design

fruit bowl: pottery barn

We had glossy standard subway tile installed (non-bevel) with a light grey grout color. Originally we weren’t going to go all the way around the window, but I am so happy that’s what we ended up doing. I think it adds much more of an impact and completes the whole room.White Kitchen Renovation and Design White Kitchen Renovation and Design

coffee/tea canisters: joss & mainWhite Kitchen Renovation and Design

Our hardware is from Home Depot and it’s by Martha Stewart (pulls & knobs in brushed nickel) Andrew ended up installing all of them and he did such an amazing job (I was super impressed)!

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cutting board: crate and barrel

Like I mentioned in my part 1 of the reno, our sink (32 in.) and faucet are both from Kohler. Everyday I love them more and more. The faucet is not only beautiful, but it is so functional. It has an extendable spout and three different settings (normal, spray and one that cleans the bottom of the sink out). I’m really happy I went with an apron front sink. I love how wide it is so I can fit all my pans in it completely and I swear I enjoy cleaning our dishes more now!White Kitchen Renovation and Design White Kitchen Renovation and Design White Kitchen Renovation and Design White Kitchen Renovation and Design White Kitchen Renovation and Design

It ended up taking around two months to complete everything. Instead of having it all done at once, we wanted to space everything out (cabinets first, countertops next etc.) so we didn’t have to pay for everything all at once. It worked out great because we had a lot of time to decide on the exact thing we wanted done. Overall, I am so pleased with how everything turned out and I am also so thankful we did it all before our twins are born!


Kitchen Reno: Part 1


Alrighty, so here are a few pictures of our kitchen half way through reno. This is all new cabinets, sink, faucet, microwave and oven. I’m currently in love with our sink. It’s by Kohler and I love how deep it is. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s beautiful! I would highly recommend this sink and faucet. I put together a video so you can see the process of taking out the old cabinets and putting it the new ones. Up next is paint, hardware and backsplash! I can’t wait to show it to you once it’s all finished!

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sink: kohler

faucet: kohler

oven: kitchenaid

microwave: LG

rug: homegoods

towels: anthropologie

 



Host on Airbnb!


Hey guys! Long time no talk. This pregnancy has put me under the radar for quite some time it seems. The nausea has decided to stick around for longer than I had anticipated which puts things on hold a little longer! I wanted to share with you all a great offer Airbnb is having for San Diego residents this summer. I was excited to partner with Airbnb because I have been using their services for a few years now staying in places from Santa Barbara to Boston. It’s also been on my mind lately because Andrew and I want to do a Babymoon soon and are going to go through Airbnb again. Both Andrew and I are huge fans of it because you really get to experience your vacation in a more authentic way. I love feeling like a local and learning all the best places to go from my hosts.


If you are already an avid using of Airbnb, or even if you aren’t, I wanted to open you up to the idea of hosting one of your rooms or even a few rooms in your home. It’s a way to earn extra income and also meet people from all around the world. If you live within 25 miles of San Diego, they are offering a $200 cash bonus using this link http://airbnb.com/WithKendra and then you’ll need to create your first listing through that link as well.

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So if you are looking to earn a little extra money to go on a trip yourself I think this is such a unique way to do it. Plus you can do it around your schedule.

Things to know:

-Airbnb hosts in San Diego can make up to $4,000 per month in the summer!*

-San Diego is a highly coveted vacation spot with a growing demand for hosts.

-If you have open rooms, you might as well make some money off of them!

-People use Airbnb to live like locals and get a different experience.

*Average monthly earnings from top 10% of active San Diego listings June to August 2015. Source Airbnb.

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I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far! It seems to be flying by. This has been quite the warm summer too! Andrew and I have been taking full advantage of our pool…and the AC!


If you have any questions on hosting with Airbnb head over here to find out more!



Breakfast Nook


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Our breakfast nook is finally complete! This was quite the process but I am so happy with how everything turned out. When we moved in, this was an odd space but it called for a built-in! We found a local contractor who custom built the bench for the space. I love the drawers on either side that give us a little more storage. Right now we keep our board games in them. We looked on Pinterest for style ideas, and loved when breakfast nooks had a little character. To get that, we added molding all around and added extra slats for more dimension. (Chandelier is from Joss & Main)

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Our cushion foam and fabric is from Joann’s. I bought the thickest piece of foam they carried (which might I add, foam is expensive!). I then took it to an upholster shop to get it covered. Getting the measurements for the cushions was the most stressful part of this whole project. Once I brought them home and they fit I took a big sigh of relief! We still need to get some velcro so they don’t slide around.
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Our pillows are from Z Gallerie and the two striped ones are from Living Spaces. (Some are 22×22 and some are 24×24)) The old map of Paris is from HomeGoods.withkendra.com

Finding a table was a nightmare. We first ordered one from Etsy but when it came it didn’t look right and was too small for the area. We ended up having to wait about 3 months for that table because each piece was made to order, so when we had to send it back it was a little frustrating. This table is from Hayneedle and we had to wait about 2 months for it. It felt like we had the bench for ever just no table! It’s crazy we actually have a table now. I am so happy with this table though. It is exactly what I had in mind. I love the unique pedestal base and walnut top.
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I hope you all love how it turned out! Even though it was a very long process, it was completely worth it in the end!

 


Bedroom Mood Board


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All we have in our bedroom currently is a linen tufted bed, teal tufted settee (we had it custom upholstered, but the one above is similar) and mismatched bedside tables. I wanted to put together some decor ideas that I’ve been really into lately. If you guys have seen any of our home vlogs, you have seen our bedroom/closet layout. I want to put a rug like the one above in the closet space to make it look more like a closet and make it look like it’s own room. I also want to put that oval ottoman in the middle of it so we can use it as seating and fill out the room more. For the wall opposite our bed, we have our settee there now. I want to put a gold floor length mirror next to it that leans against the wall along with a little side table. The black chests in the photo are what I’m thinking of for our bedside tables. Our room is pretty big and our current tables look really tiny. I also like the idea of having all that extra storage space. As far as style goes, I want our room to be soft and romantic, but with some moroccan and rustic elements to keep it from looking too stuffy. Let me know what you guys think! I’ll have an update video on my channel soon of our bedroom.


(Some online sites I love are One Kings Lane, Joss & Main & Wayfair!)


Paint It White!


Hey guys! So today I wanted to show you the magic of paint. White paint specifically. When we moved into our new home, all the windows were trimmed out, which I definitely think adds a lot of character. However, the trim was a dark stained wood. A little 80’s for my taste. I really want our home to have a very airy and spacious feel, so painting all the trim white was first on my list of to do’s. I headed to Home Depot and picked up some blue tape, paint, and a paint brush and was on my way! And don’t think that you have to be an expert to do this. I did this on my own and I honestly rarely paint anything. The one downside was I didn’t really do…any…sanding to the wood which hurt me in the end. I know I know so dumb. I actually did buy something to sand it, but it was totally the wrong thing. I should have just gotten regular sand paper, but the lady working there recommended something that I found out later was for sanding once you are done painting. Awesome. So I just had to do a lot more coats. It honestly was around 4 coats of paint, which sounds ridiculous to me now, but I didn’t really care at the time. We did buy normal sand paper for the linen cabinets, so I ended up using less paint for those. I’m learning! You will see brown blinds that were on all the windows at first. I took those down as well! I added curtains to the main window, and I’ll add roman shades to the side bay window soon.


What I used:

Behr Swiss Coffee in Eggshell finish for the trim.

Behr Swiss Coffee in Semi Gloss finish for the cabinets.


I have a bunch of pictures in different lighting to give you a better idea of what it looks like. The crazy thing is, everything just blends in now. All the trim matches the baseboards and really opens up the room so much more. Before, you would just stare at the wood trim because it didn’t really match.

BEFOREDURINGKeep in mind, this took me manyyyy hours to finish! The endless coats were super annoying, but I’m so happy with how it turned out!

AFTER

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Ignore the stickers on the windows, we are getting new ones installed in a few weeks, so that will really update the space as well, and keep our house a lot cooler!


 {WATCH MY VLOGS TO SEE THE CABINETS BEFORE}

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For the cabinets, we took them off the hinges and painted them in our garage. We put tape around the hinges while painting, but are considering replacing those. It’s much easier painting the doors with two people so one can hold them while the other paints. Also, we used a cabinet roller, and did detail work with a brush. Once we had two coats on Andrew attached them back on and I added about one more coat with a brush. On the top of the lower cabinet, we added two little pieces of molding we found at Home Depot to make them look more finished. Andrew attached it with glue. See how magical paint can be?


Living Room Mood Board


Hey guys! Long time no talk! We are slowly but surely getting settled into our new home. It’s nice to actually make a mood board that will work with our space. It’s fun to look on pinterest and see things you like, but you can’t really start planning a room until you are in it! The living room is my current project. It is what you see when you walk in and where we spend most of our time. I am going for a comfortable space with touches of rustic glamour throughout. I love a mediterranean feel as well. So a lot of neutral and wood pieces with greenery and a few pops of jewel toned accents. The pieces I have pulled for are actual things on my list to buy. I have done a lot of searching and these have made the cut. I’ve been loving Joss & Main for really unique finds. I also have been seeing great things on Overstock and Target. Let me know your go-to decor stores in the comments!

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