Monday, November 24, 2014

Motivation Monday :: Thanksgiving

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, and get closer to spending time with loved ones, it is important to remember why we are all getting together. One of the most important parts of Thanksgiving (second to spending quality time with loved ones) is to reflect and give thanks. Whether you feel like extending gratitude to family, friends, employers or just the universe, it is something that should be done.

We are all so blessed, even if it feels like you have less, take a look around and reflect on what you have. Count your blessings and offer up a little thanks.


Try to remember more than just on Thanksgiving, but especially on this day, practice that school-age exercise of listing what you have to be thankful-your heart might just swell a bit and your lips are sure to curve upwards as you embrace all the wonderful things you are so fortunate to have.

I am so thankful for this blog and the little piece of the internet that I can call my own. My readers and clients are such an incredible part of who I am and what I do--I wouldn't trade this for anything. If you are reading this, thank you so much for following along!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Motivation Monday :: Be Kind to Yourself

Today, and every day, speak to yourself with kindness. You are always going to be your toughest critic and your hardest judge, but you are also your own advocate. Use compassion when you address yourself.


This quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one that is often associated with loved ones, but try to read it as if you are reading a message to yourself. It's not all about the loved ones in your life. Life is also about taking good care of you.

Besides the more positive and lovingly you treat yourself, the more positive and lovingly you will treat others. Happy Monday!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Currently in the Works: One Bath Becomes Two

The B family recently purchased a new house, and they have two small children. The new house has three bedrooms and one main bath upstairs, and a master bath with full on-suite bathroom downstairs. Because their kiddos are so young, they want to be on the same level as them, but they also wanted to keep their own bathroom if possible.

Since they also live in an area where adding a secondary on-suite bath is a huge re-sell point, and it will benefit them tremendously while they are in the home, they decided to explore the options of dividing the large hall bath into two bathrooms.

The space was easy enough to divide, and we would easily be able to add an entry to the bath from the bedroom adjacent to access the new bathroom. So we drew up the plans and got started picking out materials.

The house is set back on the property and is surrounded by the natural elements, so we brought some of that in our inspiration for the spaces.  Here's a look at some material selections for the spaces:

On-Suite accent tile (lower) with countertop selection (upper).

Here is a look at the tile work coming together in both of the spaces:

The on-suite walk-in shower with corner bench.

The new kids' bath (hall bath) with a nice big tub, and stone tiles.

These bathrooms have come a long way from where they started. Not only have they fully taken shape in becoming two spaces, but they are really coming together. Hopefully I can show you the full reveal soon!

Have you ever considered the benefit of dividing a single space in your home to make two spaces that function better for your needs? Or what about taking two spaces and opening them up into one space? I think that the latter is more common these days with the growing love of great rooms that give you one big space to contain your kitchen, dining and living rooms without division.