As promised, my first post back in the game is an update on the front bathroom.  I feel like it hasn’t changed much since you seen it last but actually it has.  The last post I wrote about our front bathroom was this one (just click the bolded words to get back to that post).  And here’s how it looked last…

Since then we’ve:

  • Painted the built-ins and added new hardware (you can barely seem there in this picture… just to the right)
  • Added art and accessories
  • Hung the door to the hot water heater closet

That doesn’t seem like a whole lot but when you’ve got a baby running around, it is a big deal, okay?!  It took my FOREVER to get those darn built-ins painted.  One day when I wasn’t at home, J.C. hung the built-in doors.  We’ve also added some custom art, painted by none other than my darling husband.  And lastly, he hung the door to the hot water heater closet.  That made the room look so much more “finished”… even if the trim hasn’t been caulked… or if it hasn’t been painted… or doesn’t have a handle.  Here’s the same view now:


And looking back the other way:


And the lovely built-ins:


As you can see, one of the doors STILL isn’t hanging.  That’s the story of my life, I tell ya!  Almost done with about a million projects.  What’s weird is that if fit before, but now it doesn’t.  That makes absolutely no sense to my little brain but it’s the truth.  So, I just need to either sand down the opening or the edges of the door just a smidge and it should fit.  Sheesh!

The art above the “throne” is a hummingbird that I asked J.C. to paint me.  Here’s the close up…


Isn’t she beautiful?  This watercolor is my favorite thing about the whole bathroom.  Oh and this painting is the reason I named this post “Humming”!  I know, I’m corny.  I just can’t help myself.  But seriously,  it’s really special to have someone you love so much paint something so beautiful.  This picture of the painting does it no justice.  If you’ve seen it in person, you can vouch for me and says it’s much prettier in person than on here.  🙂

And over by the sink there’s another painting and a big leaf that we picked up in a park on one of our many travels (Ft. Lauderdale, FL to be exact).  Here’s a closer look at the other piece of art.


It’s women picking poppies.  Say that fast 10 times. HA!  He painted it in college.  I love it too… like a lot.  The frame was gold, which didn’t look good in this room, so I painted it with some red spray paint to spice things up a bit.  Don’t you love it?

Here’s a very boring picture of the door that was installed:


As you can see there isn’t a handle and if you look closely, the trim looks a little dirty.  It’s not actually dirt, it’s nail holes and what not.  A quick caulk job (boy how I love a caulk job) and some fresh paint should do the trick.  We, well I, have painted a number of our doors a very moody color by Sherwin Williams called Seal Skin.  See one here and here.

I’m trying to decide if the inside of the bathroom can handle two dark doors, right beside each other none the less, or if they need to stay white.  I do think this room could stand a little more visual “weight” but I don’t know about 2 doses.  And I’m thinking it would look really weird for one of them to be basically black and the other to be stark white?!  What say you?

Ok so let’s move on shall we?  There is one thing in particular about this room that I don’t like at all…


That’s the ceiling above our walk-in shower.  And it’s peeling!  The light you see there is not just a light but also an exhaust fan that is well rated for this size room.  Every time we shower, we always turn the fan on… and always have.  So, that just tells me that our contractors probably didn’t use the right process to ensure that this wouldn’t happen.  Well, it’s pretty obvious, right?  I guess I need to do a little research and then spend some of my free time (since I have so much of that these days) scraping the flaking paint and doing it again.  Geez.  You think you’re done with a room and it starts all over again!  Oh well, I’m just happy to have a house.  🙂

So, what do you think of our guest bathroom?  If you don’t remember what it looked like before or maybe you’re new here, this should give you an idea of where we came from:


I’d say we’ve made some major progress.  I still need to do the following:

  • Sand and hang the last built-in door
  • Caulk around hot water heater closet door and paint; add handle
  • Possibly paint inside of bathroom door
  • Add baseboard next to hot water heater door
  • Purchase and install a permanent window treatment
  • Have J.C. fix the faucet on one sink (it’s acting weird)
  • Figure out where to hang a towel rack or hook?!

As far as I know, that’s it!  Seeing that we’ve done a lot of work in this room and the to-do list is pretty short, I’d say we are about 80-85% done, wouldn’t you?  Let me know in the comments below what your opinion is about painting the insides of those doors that are side by side.  Oh and if you have any insight on paint peeling above a shower, help a sister out!

I’m Baaaaaaacckkkkk!

Well hello there!! It’s been a while. I think about 9 months to be exact.  The last nine months have been filled with lots of diapers, dirty clothes, laughing, crying, crawling (now walking) and much more. All that to say, I’m glad I stepped away for a bit to make sure that I was a present mother to Jackson. Not to say that you can’t blog and be a good mom, but I knew I personally couldn’t do both. Being a mom is absolutely the hardest job I’ve ever had, but also the most rewarding… I wouldn’t have a different life for anything.  And just in case you are wondering how cute he is…


Jackson is 13 months old now and much more independent than say a 3 week old. ☺ That being said, I think I might be to a place where I can blog a little here and there… if that’s alright with you?!

We’ve done a lot of work on our house since I took my break and the Etheridge house is about to be listed for sale. HALLELUJAH!!! I’ll share posts from time to time (don’t know what my schedule will be like yet or if I will even have one).  Progress, updates, projects, mishaps, regrets, ideas, the works. And I’ve been thinking that maybe blogging will make me keep the house a little cleaner. WINK-WINK! Who am I kidding, I have a toddler?! Ha!!

And…I hope you aren’t expecting too much from me because like I’ve mentioned a couple of times in this post alone, I have a child now.  I also work 25 hours a week. Add in family time and extra curricular activities and that doesn’t give me a ton of time.  But I enjoy blogging and connecting with my readers. I just couldn’t stay away!

So, I guess we will be talking again soon! I think I’ll make it easy on myself and do an update on our front bathroom first. Much hasn’t changed but we have added a little art. Does that count as an update? It does in my book ☺

P.S.  Thanks to Courtney Hartness Photography for our photo above!

Hello and Goodbye… For Now

Well hello there my faithful friends. I’m sure you all know exactly where I’ve been for the last 2 months. With this adorable guy…


He is 5 months old now and the most amazing thing ever.  If you have kids, you know what a blessing and privilege they are… and also how busy they keep you.  And if you don’t have kids, just trust me.  A handful… delightful, but a lot of work.  I would love to keep blogging but my days have gone from a lot of me time to spending most of my time caring for the baby.

I also made a career shift after the baby was born.  I work in the office one day a week and from my home two days a week. It’s the perfect situation and I am extremely blessed to be given the opportunity to work (and stay mentally in-touch and active) AND raise my child at home, all at the same time.  I love my new bosses and colleagues.  Every one of them are an absolute delight.  However, all of that being said, three days out of the week I am busy from 8 to 5.  And on Fridays I keep my nephew, who is absolute joy!!  In the evenings, I try to do housework and spend time with J.C. and Jackson.  So, that leaves me with one day a week to get things done.  Unfortunately, blogging is at the bottom of the list… along with “projects” that I could actually blog about.

All of that to say, I truly wish that blogging was at the top of my list, but Jackson will only be little once.  I would hate to look back a couple of years from now and wish I had spent more time with him and less time blogging.  After all it just a hobby, not my career.  I hope that one day, when he gets a little older and more independent, I can pick back up where we left off. Until then my friends!

Texture is Everything

Texture.  It can make or break a room.  A room without any texture tends to feel cold and sterile.  A room with texture should feel warm and inviting.  I don’t know about you, but I think the only rooms that should be cold and sterile are at the doctor’s office.

There are many ways to add texture to rooms.  The flooring, wall treatments, moldings and trim, curtains, decor, rugs, etc.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be costly either to make an impact.  Materials that are hairy or rough or bumpy can add in texture.  And no, I’m not referring to your husband’s backside.  His hairy, rough, and bumpy rear end doesn’t count as “free” texture in your home.  Got me?!

Here are a few pictures of rooms I think personally think could use a little more texture:

I’m sure they styled it like this purposefully for the photo shoot; however, this room doesn’t have much texture at all.  The floors are helping some but not enough.  A vase of flowers on the counter and maybe a colorful runner rug would help this space tremendously.

Oh my goodness does this bathroom need some texture.  I know that modern is some people’s preference but this is just too much!!  I personally would like to see a stack of rolled towels on the tub deck along with a warm, wooden picture frame.  That would bring this space to life.

Now, let me show you two images that I love and think have tons of texture, which in my book,  equals tons of character.

This may be one of my favorite living rooms of all time.  We have leather chairs a lot like those in our living room so I hope that one day our space can be just as inviting.  But let’s get down to the nitty gritty.  From the antlers hanging on the wall, to the braided basket sitting on the floor, to the leather chairs, to the colorful rug, and the fun artwork (on an easel), there is texture everywhere.  I just cannot get enough!!

Then there’s this room:

Think about how boring this room would be without the green throw pillows and chair, the plant and woven basket on the nightstand,  and the small artwork on the wall.  Those details were probably added for not much money but made a huge impact in this room.

It seems that just about every room in our still-new-to-us-newly-remodeled house could use a lot more texture… and believe me I’m working on it.  If you don’t believe me, just ask my husband.  I’ve got new projects that I need his help with all the time.

Recently I ordered a rug from Joss and Main and bought two baskets from T.J. Maxx for our front bathroom.  The “texture” instantly warmed the room up.  Here’s the before and after… just with the rug and baskets added in:

There isn’t a huge difference, but with just a fun and colorful rug and those baskets, the room instantly felt warmer.  To see those baskets under the sinks makes me want to find a pretty bamboo roman shade for this room REALLY bad.  We have them in the living room and our bedroom and LOVE them.

The weather has sort of been cruddy here so if I tried to take a decent picture, I couldn’t get one.  Once the sun comes out again, I’ll snap a shot of some of the other “texture” that we’ve added.  I can’t wait for you too see it… and to see what you think.  Here’s a little sneak peak to tide you over…

Eekkkk!!  So, tell me… are you a person who loves texture?  Is your home lacking texture or full of it?  Leave a comment to tell me what type of texture you want to add to a certain room in your house.  Our master bedroom is begging for a new headboard (which we have all the materials for).  Once we get it done, that will definitely be adding texture… and comfort  🙂



More Wacking

Sometimes in life, people agree on things… and sometimes they don’t.  Here’s the deal, J.C. and I definitely agree on one thing- we don’t like a lot of bushes.  The end.

If you will recall, we already “wacked” every single bush on the south side of the house, next to our driveway.  We haven’t replaced them with anything… it’s just blank over there. At this point, we like the blank look more than the over grown bushes look. That was the time we hauled the rubble off with a boat. Remember that? It was quite the scene. Make sure you read that post. You are welcome for the free entertainment!!

But, let’s start at the VERY beginning shall we??  I wish I had a better quality photo of the front of our house but this is how it looked when we bought it.


Then I painted four of the eight shutters in Oyster Bay by SW.  We love the color!  The problem was, those bushes were so overgrown that I couldn’t get to the other ones.  So, I just left them alone.  That was months ago.  Last September, we moved out of the house to have the inside redone (sheetrock, mini kitchen makeover, bathrooms, etc.).  We moved back in on December 26th, which means it was too cold.  Then I was pregnant for another 7.5 months.  So, once I had the baby I was ITCHING to do something outside.  Those bushes on the front side of the house were my target.

Here is where we are now:

Can you tell a difference?  I sure can!  When J.C. got home from work, he immediately noticed and said how much better it looked already.  We also added dirt to this small area between the sidewalk and house.

Every time it rained last winter and spring, it ended up looking like a small pond… right outside our front door.  So, the dirt was much-needed and appreciated.  Yes, I am thankful for dirt… and many other things.  I also cleaned out this flower bed, which I hadn’t done since we’ve owned this property (2 years next month).

It had the black plastic border around it.  We pulled that up and I raked everything out of there.  It’s blank looking now, but it’s a lot better than before.

Now we are really looking forward to making some landscaping and exterior changes to the house… paint the brick, new wooden shutters, wooden columns, and much more!  All of that will come in time but I’m so glad I trimmed the bushes and got rid of some others.  I can actually see our house now.  And if I wanted to, I could paint the remaining shutters without getting attacked by a bush.  Maybe I’ll add that to my November hopes?!  We’ll see… just don’t hold your breath.

Well, I know this was a short post and a quick and easy update, but sometimes those are the best kind.  A little one-on-one time with the loppers and a whole lotta sweat gave us some major results.  We hope to have all of the unwanted bushes/shrubs removed before next spring/summer so that we can make plans to add other plants… the kinds we like!