You May Say I’m a Dreamer…

We’ve been drooling over this real estate listing. So, to continue on with my crazy last post from earlier this week, I wanted to share design and décor inspiration for this dream home of ours! Last time we discussed the main floor, and now I want to cover the upper level. This includes the bathroom and bedrooms/sitting room on the second floor 🙂 . For those of you who haven’t yet read the last post, we are going to be looking at buying a house that appears to be our “dream home”.  I say “dream home” in the most practical way, as it isn’t outrageous or anything, but it meets all of needs and wants on our list of “must-haves”. It isn’t a mansion, mind you, but it is full of character and charm. It is completely our style, and is completely affordable as well- which is a dream in and of itself! Let’s begin!

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Because we covered so much of the floor plan in my last post, I decided to cut it short in attempt to make it more “reader – friendly”. I did not mention that there is a main floor laundry room as well as a powder room, so let’s start with that. CUE THE PRETTY PICTURES:

Powder Room:

What can I say about the 1/2 bath on the main floor? It’s cute but it’s currently styled a little too contemporary for my liking. The vanity is an espresso, with a white above mounted sink. The whole room is painted turquoise – which I actually kind of like, but looks quite modern with the fixtures compared to the rest of the house. This is my attempt to “redecorate” it to look a little more vintage and farmhouse.

Powder room layout and wainscotting

This is the layout of the powder room. It also has wainscoting (<3) ! I think it would be a good idea to mount shelves above the toilet for extra storage. Something painted espresso, or even just a reclaimed wood – which would look a little more rustic. We could even add (iron?) brackets to make it more formal. It’s best not to let that space go to waste! It’s such an inexpensive thing to do, too.

Shelving in powder roomShelves above toilet darkRustic wood shelfCast iron bracketsShelves above toilet

Also for additional storage, I hope to find either an antique chair, small round table, or old wooden footstool to place accessories on.

Small table powder roomShelf & accessories in powder room

I have a bunch of apothecary jars and it would be nice to have something to place them on. I usually fill them with all sorts of bathroom goodies: cotton balls, q-tips, soaps, bath salts, etc…

I’ve always envisioned having a wallpapered powder room (strange? Maybe!). It could either be above the wainscoting on all 4 walls, on one accent wall, or even in the ceiling!

Wallpapering one wall in powder roomTrellis wallpaperSarah Richardson Powder RoomSarah Richardson wallpaper powder room and stool

I love the wallpaper in that last one SO much! Sarah Richardson is my favourite designer and always uses awesome prints. This next wallpaper is another personal fave:

Powder room wallpaper vintage

I think if we were to keep the turquoise paint job, a more “trellis” wallpaper accent wall could look cool. Otherwise I want to rock those vintage prints! Perhaps Matt could have the final say 😀 .

I also would like to mount a second mirror – a scissor style/accordion arm wall mirror.

Powder room wallpaper and mirror

I would create a DIY cute(!) “Powder Room” sign to hang above the doorway. And I really dig this tile floor…

Bath tile floorPowder Room sign DIY

I think all these details help in making it more vintage and elegant as opposed to purely contemporary.

If we were to keep the turquoise wall colour, a cabinet door pull like so would match nicely:

Drawer pulls gold and turquoise

I think turquoise and gold are a great match and can look so vintage and beautiful! If we were to wallpaper the entire bathroom, then something more neutral would look better. Maybe in an oil rubbed bronze. I love knobs. They’re a super cute and cheap way to make something more personalized.

Vintage knobs Vintage knob

I would add some brass or (matte) gold to the fixtures too. There are soo many tutorials on Pinterest with how to spray paint your faucets. It’s a good route to go, rather than fork out the money to replace them, just tor the sake of decorating.

Brushed brass faucet

Lastly, light fixtures! It’s so hard to tell from the pictures on the real estate listing just where the lights are exactly. I do love sconces, but a ceiling chandelier might be the way to go. It would look so elegant! ❤

Industrial schoolhouse light powder room Brass chandelier powder room

Laundry Room:

Until we go on our arranged walk-through, we have no idea what the laundry space holds for us. All we know is that it is main floor laundry. Will we stack our machines or have them side by side? Half the fun is not knowing 😉 . IF it’s a laundry closet, I would really love it if Matt would build me some barn doors to enclose the space.

I love the look of these sliding barn doors. And it seems like a really simple/doable DIY project! I’ve seen tutorials where you can make them for under $80, while some say as little a $20!! 😀

Barn doors laundry closet Laundry barn doors

Laundry room shelving and hooks Baskets, wire baskets, galvanized metal on shelves

If room allows, I’d want a couple shelves above the machines. Get a couple of baskets (a mix made from various materials), and some galvanized buckets to fill rags with, or scrub brushes, for example.

laundy room vintage decor Crate with jars of soap

I have tons of glass jars, and already keep my clothespins in one. Utilizing a vintage crate, is a great way to corral items.

Laundry decorLaundry room proceduresI love this print, and would frame it or something else similar. You’re in your laundry room a few times a week or maybe even everyday! Why not make it nice looking? Give yourself something visually appealing to look at while you’re folding your clothes.

Laundry room ironing board hung

I also think using two hooks to hang an ironing board is a great idea. Framing those two hooks is even better 🙂 .

Laundry room washboard

Also for some décor (thank goodness we don’t have to use these anymore!), I hope to find an antique washboard and either hang it on the wall, or lean it on a shelf.

To go along with the washboard, I’d hang some giant safety pins.

Safety Pins hungMaybe ones that were painted and all distressed and chippy. Or the rustier the better! I think these touches would tie the laundry room in with the rest of the vintage farmhouse décor.

Finally, since I’m such a sucker for textiles, I would add a rug. Possibly something jute, whether it be a ticking stripe or just a herringbone weave.

Jute herringbone rug Jute striped rug

Master Bedroom:

I don’t know much about this room, other than I want to create a serene retreat for the both of us. This past year we just got new bedside tables from Ikea. Our tallboy dresser we just bought used off of Kijiji. They’re both an espresso colour, however all have different hardware. I would like to change the drawer pulls and have them match (or at least coordinate with each other) so they can look like a set. Perhaps something mercury glass will work nicely…

Vintage mercury glass drawer knobs

Currently, our bed is merely made up of a mattress sitting in a frame. There have been many cool ideas I have come across for creating a headboard. We could maybe choose a fun fabric and upholster one, or find an old door and turn that into our headboard!

Upholstered headboard Barn door headboard DIY headboard

I think another important aspect to the master bedroom is creating vignettes that are romantic and dictate who you both are as a couple. Something like this would be utilising one of my favourite fabrics (lace). If we go with the mercury glass knobs on the dresser/side tables, then I hope to incorporate it around the rest of the room as well.

Romantic lace and flower in vase

Seems pretty easy to recreate! 4-e1418154989880

Ampersand DIY

Curtain finials Mercury glass vase

Just tying in that mercury glass with subtle touches 😉 . I think putting our vows under a glass cloche or a wedding photo would be so pretty ❤ .Some of our photos from either our engagement or wedding could help incorporate a more rustic/country vibe in the room:

Engagement Pictures

Rustic Wedding Pics Barn wedding photos

To keep the serene and relaxing feel in the master bedroom, we would keep the colour scheme we had in our last house that we both loved so much. Our bedding and furniture would match perfectly:

Master bedroom colour scheme Master bedroom paint colours

For the room off of the master, we both automatically thought, “NURSERY!” when looking at it. I think until that time comes, it would make an AWESOME dressing room! A sitting area/reading nook, and my vanity at the other end…

Dressing room wallpaper Dressing room wallpaper accent wall

Would look so great with vintage floral wallpaper.

Chaise Setee with sconces and mirror Powder room sconces Clothes organization Dressing room necklaces on knobs Vanity Vanity perfume and bangles Vintage vanity

Dress forms

Beautiful, no?! 😀

Master Bath:

Our bathroom is currently done in a spa-like coastal theme, which I would also like to keep in our next house. The upstairs bath in this listing we’re interested in is done with a dark wood vanity, and dark purple wainscoting with lighter purple walls. So we’d definitely repaint this room (if we get this dream home of ours 🙂 ).

Beachy paint colours Beach Bath paint colours

Spa bathroom ideas Starfish in bath Beach farmhouse bathroom

Fish

How CUTE is this glass fish for soaps or even seashells or something?! LOVE!

Our bath towels are more of a muted grey and teal, as well as our accessories. The wainscoting in this bathroom is currently PURPLE, so we would paint it back white 😉 . Maybe add some hooks, and some storage (ladder shelf or hutch of some kind), and we’re set!

Hooks bathroom

Rustic bathroom storage Starfish basket Bathroom calming and vintage Vintage bath storageLadder shelf spa accessories

 Guest Room/Office:

This is one room that we would probably combine into two functional spaces. Neither of us really work from home, and therefore a full office isn’t a necessity. We would be having family and friends stay with us, however, as we’ll be living a couple hours away from our home town. Thus the combo guest room/office!

I think a vintage travel theme would be so cute in here. Take a little look see:

Office and guest space

I like this room layout, so that everything fits. If things were tight, a bed in the corner could possibly work! Our guest bed is currently a double.

Corner bed

Compass around light fixture

Not sure how easily something like this could be done, but think that this compass design around the light fixture is another cool way to add the theme to the space.

I would want to create a gallery of pictures on one wall, with a combination of both vintage maps, quotes, and pictures of our travels thus far. On another wall, I think a few clocks from Ikea (4), and vinyl lettering could make a really neat display.

Ikea ClocksFree printable vintage mapsFramed for guestsframed for guests stayingFramed for guest room

Be Our Guest sign

chalkboard in bedroom

Maybe even a small chalkboard where I could leave little welcome notes 😉 ! I could print some pictures or maps and decoupage some cardboard letters to spell either, “travel” or “welcome” and hang them up. With a gallery wall, the options are endless!

Modpoging maps to spell word

Planes on wall

I could even hang a couple of antique planes on that feature wall amongst the frames.

My grandma gave us a really cool vintage trunk, and picking up a piece of glass to put on top of it, and putting it off to the side, would make a cool “travelling” side table 😀 .

Trunk as side table

Stacking suitcases either at the end of the bed, or as another bedside table, is a great idea. Even keeping one opened, and putting a vignette inside is an option. I currently have a brown one, but will be keeping my eyes peeled for a few more at second hand stores and flea markets!

Suitcase, globe, wifi Stacked suitcases stacked suitcases with plant Stacked suitcases with mirror for sidetable Vintage luggage at end of bed

 DIY foldable luggage rack

And it would be awesome to put a luggage rack and have it folded up for guests to use. I found this instructional and it looks pretty simple to construct 🙂 .

I also want to frame our wifi password and frame it. Cute and thoughtful ;). That, along with a wind-up alarm clock and maybe a candle would complete the bedside table. If I could find a basket of some kind, it’s a great idea to put some towels or an extra blanket in. A large apothecary jar can be filled with soaps, shower caps, and other mini toiletries, in case those overnight guests may have overlooked packing these items.

Framed wifi password Side table with suitcase and wire basket with towels

Guest room decor and basket with blanket

Jar of samples for guests

Our current guest room bedding is a quilt set Matt’s grandma made for us. I love the colours – a mix of tan and navy. These accent pillows would match perfectly 😉 .

Compass bedding

Cute travel throw pillow

I have a globe in our office already at the moment, so we could put that in there.

Globes

Another cute travel/ DIY option is to hit up IKEA (where else?!) and pick up a couple things to recreate into something a little more rustic for storage and organization for the office portion of the space.

Ikea card file

Ikea card catalog

This new house had better still be available when we go to buy it! We’re going to check it out and make sure it’s everything we hoped it would be NEXT WEEKEND, and make them an offer! I’m so excited to decorate and make it our own – can ya tell?! We just got our house hunting trip dates approved the other day by Matt’s receiving unit and we are beyond excited. It feels good to get organized and be well on our way to fulfilling his first posting! Matt is ready to be done his training and I am ready to embrace this first posting and get settled into a new area!

Thanks for letting me share my inspiration on this “hypothetical home tour” 😉 . I love that I can use this to compile my ideas together!


 





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Bathroom Stylin’

I shared the good news that Matt received about his posting late last week. We have been excitedly looking at real estate and are looking forward to being home owners again. Some of the homes are super cute, charming, character homes. Often either bungalows, storey and a half (cape cods), or the odd 2 -storey. I have seen a few that are my favourites, and they have the cutest…bathrooms. One might say, “it’s just a bathroom”, but honestly, a cute bathroom can be a huge selling feature for me 😀 ! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the spa look in a bathroom. The fluffy towels (white or not), the apothecary jars of pretty soaps, the candles…all the touches that say this is ain’t no other bathroom 😉 .

The one house had a claw foot tub that was to die for. AND a pedestal sink. My mind keeps thinking of ways to decorate this bathroom. Of course, I went on Pinterest for some really cute “throne room” inspiration. From small storage space, to bathroom styling, I have pins for all these ideas. Take a look for yourself:

Antique furniture in bathroomI love this flooring in here! The antique table works for storing things on top of, as well as under. I like the cute long basket used for bath towels.

Sarah Richardson design bathroomSarah Richardson is my favorite interior designer!! This bathroom was part of her farmhouse reno. I love that the claw foot tub is painted yellow. So cheery! The curtains are cute and country-like and they match. Simple, and beautifully done.

Wire basket towel storageIf you don’t even have room (in a powder room, perhaps) for any piece of furniture (dresser/vanity) in your bathroom, and have a pedestal sink, consider a wire basket for face cloths or hand towels. Tub caddyI ADORE this tub caddy. Reading with a cup of tea is the best while having a bath. So relaxing. I think the price of this particular caddy is quite $$$, so I would get Matt to make me one 😉 .

Painted IKEA cabinet

I love this cabinet! The colour is so awesome, however I think I would prefer something grey or a shade of blue. A little more spa-esque.  Did I mention this is an IKEA hack? Yup! Totally doable. Just paint it with Annie Sloan chalk paint!- comes in 30 colours. <– LOVE that stuff! ❤Love the step stoolAgain, love the floor. And I also love the wooden stool. A chair would also work well.  Tray with bathroom accessoriesAnother tray used for holding bathroom accessories and for bathroom styling. Shelf over doorwayI think this is an INGENIUS idea- a shelf mounted OVER the door/doorway. Nice to have that option for extra storage. Stand for bath accessoriesGreat use of a tiered stand basket to keep toiletries organized. Stool with plantAgain with another stool for décor. I love the chippy white paint on it. It was probably a flea market find! AdorableBeautiful shower curtain around a claw foot tub.  Bathroom Stylin I love this silver tray on the counter top used to store jars of Q-tips, cotton balls, and perhaps bubble bath or incense oil. A candle would work too, and the flowers look so pretty. If the bathroom had a pedestal sink, there wouldn’t be any counter space. However, a dresser or vanity would work. And you’d even have storage for towels!

Birdbath to hold bath salts, soaps by tubThis is actually a BIRDBATH! How quaint! In this bathroom it’s used for holding bath salts, soap, facecloths and what looks to be lotion. Such a clever idea. I love the bronzed look it has, too.

Ladder shelf in bathroom

This ladder shelf has to be my absolute favourite! I believe this exact one is from Pottery Barn. While I love their home décor, they don’t always have the most affordable items. I found a replica of this shelf on interest and Matt is going to help me build it! It looks pretty simple, and I would also paint ours white.

Do you see what I mean by “CUTE”?! With some vintage touches your bathroom can be charming and elegant too.

For more bathroom inspiration check out my Pinterest board