...because home doesn't happen overnight.

It’s Feature Friday!  On Fridays, I’ll be featuring one room in my house in its current condition even if there are some things I’d like to change about it.  If I do happen to improve something later, I can always revisit it when the time comes.  Plus, I’d kinda feel dishonest if I only focused on “finished” rooms in my house.  And if what they (the professionals) say is true, a room is never really finished anyways…you’re always tweaking it.  Concentrating on just one room weekly should give me some time to tidy it up a bit, too.  At least, I can throw all the toys into another room!

If you were ever-so-observant last week, you may have caught a sneak peek at my mini mudroom reflected in the mirror of the powder room.  The catchall mudroom use to be a poor attempt at a hall closet.  Its door was 1 of 3 that opened into a short hallway leading from the garage to the kitchen.  It was a pain to open the closet door because usually the garage door was still open letting others in, so the 2 doors would just bang each other, back-to-back.  One night I had an epiphany to remove the closet door, widen the doorway, install recessed lighting and add a bench to act as a mudroom of sorts.  Handy Hubby did the dirty work (he’s awesome) and I organized the space with baskets, hooks and hangers.  And we did it all for less than $160!!

Here’s our hardworking mudroom…

I painted and recovered a bench we already had then added baskets to dump shoes into.  This makes a great spot for putting on and removing shoes…which keeps my house a little cleaner.

Hooks provide quick hang-ups for purses, hats, backpacks, lunch boxes and hats.

The wooden hangers get utilized during cooler months for jackets, scarves and heavy coats.  Another basket holds gloves and ear warmers.

The ‘MILLER’ black-and-white photography art was a gift from Handy Hubby’s sister.  She took the pictures in Cincinnati and matted them herself.

More than anything, I love the function of this space.  As the homeowners, we nearly always enter our house through the garage, so it made sense to have our dropzone in proximity to the garage versus the front door.  We use this space daily and it helps keep clutter (shoes, bags, coats, etc.) in check.  It’s amazing how much a small room can do if you utilize it to the best of its abilities!

07.29.10 / Balancing Act

It seems I struggle to keep a good balance in life.  Between all kinds of things…work and play, doing and being, responsibility and carelessness, mom and wife, the moment and the future, wants and needs, keeping quiet and voicing my opinion, family and friends, anticipating my boys’ next milestones and wishing they would stay little, organization and chaos, time for me and time for others, silence and noise, getting things done and letting things go, saving and spending, cleaning up and making messes, observation and participation, dressing down and dressing up, buy it or DIY it, keeping a straight face and laughing out loud, or early bedtime and late bedtime.  No one is either right or wrong.  But there’s usually a good time for one and another good time for its opposite.

Unlike me, here are some interiors that have the ‘perfect balance’ all figured out…at least, in my eyes they do.  I like a room that plays both sides of style and comfort, light and dark, soft and hard, smooth and textured, shiny and matte, colorful and neutral, fun and restrained, crisp and eclectic, contrite and whimsical, old and new.

(courtesy of Amoroso Design)
 
(courtesy of LDa Architecture & Interiors)
 
 
Eclectic meets traditional in this young couple
(both courtesy of Niche Interiors)
(courtesy of Dwellings, Inc.)
 
Home Architecture
(courtesy of Feldman Architecture)
 
(courtesy of Tracery Interiors)
 
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(courtesy of allthebestblog)
 
Maybe finding balance in life is like decorating…it takes time, it’s constantly evolving and what works for one person may not work for the other. 
07.27.10 / Super Cuts

Sadly, this is the only action my bathtub has seen in the last 2 years.

No bubbles.  No long soakings.  No champagne.  No candles.

I do see 3 handsome, half-naked guys in there every once in a while.

You see, our corner tub is a makeshift barber shop for cutting our boys’ hair.  Handy Hubby trims ‘em up (with the drain closed) on a chair in the bathtub to corral the furry mess. 

It saves us lots of money.  Our boys are hairy!

It’s Feature Friday!  On Fridays, I’ll be featuring one room in my house in its current condition even if there are some things I’d like to change about it.  If I do happen to improve something later, I can always revisit it when the time comes.  Plus, I’d kinda feel dishonest if I only focused on “finished” rooms in my house.  And if what they (the professionals) say is true, a room is never really finished anyways…you’re always tweaking it.  Concentrating on just one room weekly should give me some time to tidy it up a bit, too.  At least, I can throw all the toys into another room!

On the other side of my pantry, lies the only bathroom on the main floor…the powder room.  It’s painted one shade darker than the rest of our downstairs main living space.  I wish it had a window.

I’ve never quite figured out why it’s called a ‘powder room’.  We don’t do any powdering of any kind in here.

I replaced the frameless builder mirror with an oval oak one that I found at a local antique store for $20.  Of course, I painted it white.

I secured a towel hook to the wall at kid-level for the lil’ people in our house.  They really do use it!

The wooden step stool serves double duty.  1) It gives the kids a boost to reach the sink when they wash their hands.  **Key word being when.**  2) It hides up to 3 rolls of toilet paper surplus.

A wall shelf contains typical toiletries:  toothbrushes, toothpaste, fingernail clippers, mouthwash, etc.  And a few atypical ones as well:  sunscreen, bug spray, boys’ hair pomade.

The shelves are necessary storage since the pedestal sink offers none.

I DIY’d this reed diffuser using a 25-cent Goodwill vase, 99-cent chopsticks and vanilla bean scented oil from Wal-Mart.  Everybody asks what smells so good in our powder room.

My dream powder room would have white wainscoting.  I ‘made do’ by painting this border around the room one day while my kids were napping.

I used the end of an empty toilet paper roll tube and the leftover trim paint that the builder gave us.  It cost me $0.

I added pops of pink with the faux orchid vase and orchid print.  You could say I’ve gotta thang for orchids.

So, there you go.  That’s where I’d powder my nose if I did powder my nose.  Which I don’t.  Stay tuned for next week’s tour of another teeny space located outside the powder room.  Then, I promise, onto a bigger room.