Monday, February 20, 2017

Barnwood Beach Frame

Last post for this lovely long weekend :)

I wanted to frame another print from my last trip so I waded through all the images (I usually take about 1200 just on my DSLR, this time I think I took even more) and chose this beach shot.  I loved waking up in the mornings, going out on my lanai and seeing all of the different umbrellas opening up for each hotel.  





I thought about having it custom framed like my other print from my last blog post (Bathroom Re-design) but it's just so expensive and I wanted to look for something more like old boardwalk boards.  (If you're from the east coast like me, this totally makes sense to you :) )

I thought I chose a pretty standard print size (16x20) but I wanted to have a nice bright white mat (I never stray from white mats...call me boring if you want!) which means a larger frame.   I ended up ordering from a company called Rustic Decor.  They create frames from actual barn wood which is cool - although be warned - splintery.  





I don't like plexi so I took the frame to Joanns and had glass cut and a white mat and had them put it all together.  Unfortunately, it took about three tries to get it all closed up without any dust or splinters under the glass - but I'll focus on how great it looks now :)

I have it leaning on top of my art cabinet with a large shell I found at HomeGoods and a little vintage terrarium filled with more shells.











I might add some dry brushed paint at some point to make it look even more weathered and old but for now I'll just day dream about my next trip to the islands :)

-Alisa  

Bathroom Re-Design

So, I'm super excited to share this blog post.  Last weekend my father and I worked for hours (mainly him, I was just his assistant and helped carry things) installing my new bathroom vanity.

To say I love it is an understatement.  I've been obsessing over this vanity literally for at least 6 months now.   It's from Home Depot - I know I haven't always been their biggest fan due to an issue I had many years ago - but anyway, I'm trying to move on and all.  It's called the Foremost Naples 31 in Vanity in Distressed Grey with Marble Vanity Top.







I would love to rip out all the faux-stone beige tile that covers my bathroom floor to ceiling and redo the whole shower area, replace the toilet, and the beige tile on the floor...but the budget just didn't allow.  Plus I'm quite sure the tile is holding the house together...just saying.  So you may not think the beige works with the gray of the vanity cabinet or the carrara marble top...but well I'm making it work for me :)  I love the marble, blue accents and the distressed gray wood.  I really wanted a vanity with drawers too.  





I should mention the hardware that came with this vanity was oil rubbed bronze and birdcage-style.  I had the chrome knobs in my stash and I ran out to Lowes on day two of the installation (I'm lucky my Dad is still talking to me) and found this great chrome pull to match.  


The faucet I'm obsessed with.  I looked at it for months before finally purchasing it.  Once you see the price tag you'll see why (and since I bought it on Amazon the price fluctuates).  I actually purchased it a few months before the vanity and I've just been keeping it safe until we were able to install it. Now I'm obsessing over cleaning watermarks from the chrome...  







As you can see there's really no natural light in this bathroom so most of the photos are really long exposures on my tripod with a shutter release.  Some of the close ups I had to take with the light on...you'll see the difference in the quality but hopefully it's not too bad :)









If you're interested - this is a 'before' photo of the bathroom:






You may notice two different soap dispensers.  I really wanted a polished chrome one to match the knobs and faucet - but the one I wanted from Restoration Hardware with shipping was around $68, once I came to my senses I headed to HomeGoods.  I found the first one I liked but the finish was more satin nickel so it bugged me.  I went to HomeGoods again (it is one of my favorite stores) and found this more polished option (and it was on clearance)!





While at HomeGoods I also found this carved/inlay box from their global collection.  I always bee-line it for this stuff when it comes out.  I really love the blue inlaid boxes and trays.  I don't love it on top of the tank but I'm hoping it grows on me because I love how it picks up the blue in the print above.





Speaking of...This print I'm just crazy about.  If you follow me on Instagram you'll recognize it from the photos I took while on Oahu last year from my hotel room.  I could sit out there all day and watch the surfers and boats go by.  I got it custom framed at Michaels.  






This print was also taken of the sunset over Waikiki beach - the frame was already hanging here so I just swapped out the print.  I like how abstract and peaceful it is.





Resources:

Sorry a ton of stuff is from HomeGoods - I know that can be frustrating when you read a blog post because it can be impossible to find the same stuff at your local HomeGoods

Vanity / Top / Sink - Home Depot (link above)
Rug - Target
Shower curtain - HomeGoods
Towels on hooks - Bed Bath & Beyond & Target
Blue bottles - Vintage - search Etsy or eBay for 'Blue belgium bottles or jars'
Turkish towel on sink - Target (last season)
Soap dispensers - both HomeGoods
Basket for TP - HomeGoods
Box on tank - HomeGoods
Custom framing (white frame) - Michaels
Gray frame on opposite wall - Target
Beads - search for 'ghana glass beads'
Carved wooden mirror - HomeGoods
Vanity hardware - Lowes (and still available)

Hope you enjoyed this 're-design' as much as I have, have a wonderful week and hopefully everyone is experiencing 'spring-like' weather :)
-Alisa










Coastal Coffee Table Styling

Happy Monday!  I was really looking forward to a long weekend but unfortunately, I'm working through it.  Trying to make the best of it and look at the positives - I did get to spend some time with my family yesterday.

Taking a break to share some long overdue blog posts - I've been eyeing this new coffee table for some time now - you may recognize it as the same style as my bedroom nightstands.  It is from World Market and unfortunately appears to be sold out online but you may be able to snag one from the store if you're interested - it's called the Quade coffee table.  





The coffee table is really heavy and substantial which I love.  The finish has a distressed driftwood quality to it which of course I'm a fan of.  I accessorized the top with some Hawaiian magazines, a blue glass bowl filled with coral (that I already had), some glass balls that I pick up as souvenirs on my trips to the islands, and some candles. 







The faux monstera leaf plant is from Michaels.  I'm not a huge fan of faux plants and flowers but these added a nice tropical vibe to the tablescape and they fit perfectly into a little glass candle holder I already had.  The Water hyacinth tray is from Pottery Barn.  PS - they're having a sale 25% off one item and free shipping - I think through today.  







The candle holder (at least that's what I'm using it for because I don't like to see the labels on Yankee candles) is from HomeGoods.



Here are a few more shots of the table itself and the styling - sorry some of the images are so bright, there are two windows facing this table so sometimes taking photos can be hit or miss.








Hope you're all enjoying your long weekend!
-Alisa