Y'all. There are too many choices of vanity cabinet out there. Like too many.


I don't always think of myself as indecisive, but when I do, I become completely paralyzed.


Here is where I am stuck at the moment. I am a wallpaper girl. I admit it. Even though taking down 30 year old wallpaper was such a traumatic experience (twice now, since the dining room wallpaper was also a debacle), hope springs eternal. The wallpaper I loved (featured above--raawwrrr) is out of budget for this project. Once we began staying home nonstop, the list of other things we want to tackle around the house understandably grew, and I have to spread out the capital among a few more projects, but I will hold out hope that I can use it another time. I mean....come on...pink, leopards, and banana leaves...my heart sings. Another day, fingers crossed.


Moving on.


I picked a cabinet and faucet, while my husband stared over my shoulder and wondered why it took me so long. Fun fact: He is decisive to a point that it sometimes makes me uncomfortable.


I did make a few picks--and here they are:




Pro decorating tip--DO NOT start with the paint color, unless it is already on the wall and you don't want to change it. Pick an inspiration piece first, and then use the colors and theme as a starting point to plan the rest of the decor/paint choices. Keep the color scheme unified (though not necessarily the same) for every room that connects to it.


Since I am working with a small bathroom with no window, meaning no rugs or fabric options which are the best places to start for inspiration and color choices, I will start with art.


It still has to speak to the adjacent rooms, but feel more free to take some bold risks in a powder room. The leopard/leaf wallpaper would have been the inspiration because it connected some of the colors of the other rooms close by.


For our house, the powder room is right by the front door and the living room (read: by the pink sofa and turquoise chinoiserie curtains) and we have cream colored woodwork and dark brown wood floors. Down the hall is the the kitchen, which has navy blue walls and cream colored cabinets.



My intent is to incorporate blue and pink into the art, so that it ties into the living room AND the kitchen. The Chinese vase prints are the outlier here, but they do come as a set. The landscape has no pink, but I love the movement of the clouds from the painting.


I love abstract art (and I keep trying to paint abstracts in my little studio, to varying degrees of success). These abstracts above feel really fresh and fun, and they connect the colors I am wanting to incorporate and they give me the most options for choosing wall paint colors.


At the moment I am leaning towards a really pale peachy pink or a creamy shade. This is from playing around on the Sherwin-Williams website. I do not specifically endorse Sherwin-Williams above other paints, but they are the paint store closest to my house, so they win for my project.

More updates to come! I could scroll art and paint inspiration all day, but I have to go prep for our Zoom Bible study. And make food. And clean up. Again. *sigh*


What do you think? Now taking your ideas and recommendations!


xo, Ann Marie


So I have been dying to do something with our powder room since we moved into our house about 6 years ago. Picture this with me--a small powder room: peeling yellowed cream-colored wallpaper with a printed border, warped vanity cabinet that wiggled slightly if you lean on it. Not awful, just not awesome.



Official "Before" pic of the powder room


And once I had our super traditional camel-back sofa recovered to hot pink velvet and dressed the windows with turquoise chinoiserie curtains with peacocks (I am just going to gloat about it for a quick sec, here--THX), I really wanted the powder room to be awesome. It seemed lame to have such a dull powder room next to such a fun living room. I don't know how else to say it.


And as is the case with homeownership, since nothing was actually broken, and this was simply an aesthetics project, this is the kind of thing that just keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list, so I have waited. Not patiently, mind you. But I waited.


A few years ago, I had a wild hair that I was going to remove the wallpaper in that bathroom. Since I am writing this now, you, dear reader will rightfully assume that project never came to fruition. This is true. I never started it. And since you know how those unfinished projects start to mock you (please tell me I am not alone), being stuck at home for these past weeks has pushed me (right over the edge) to start peeling that ugly wallpaper.

This is where the party started.

Now we have never remodeled anything before, so this process seemed intimidating to me. But, I had bought a few great tools for the project. But sad to say, they didn't help me get the wallpaper off with wall without the drywall coming off in chunks. Yes. I am more destructive than I expected, and had less success with the wallpaper removal than I would like to admit. After about 12 hours of work spread over a few days, my husband said, "Why don't we just replace the drywall?"


To quote Professor Plum in the movie Clue (an all time favorite movie of mine), "IT'S A BIT LATE FOR THAT."


Um, yes. Thank you. Let's do that.


So this is where he gets involved. I am sorry for the blurry pic, I tried to give you the video, but it wasn't working. This is my husband punching through the drywall with at 25lb dumbbell. I know. I was afraid we would be reframing the diplomas in the adjoining room, but praise Jesus, it worked like a charm.



No worries about COVID too, since he is all masked up. Win-win.


Lots of drywall-dust and -cleanup later (which was my contribution to the project), the little room is totally cleared out, and there is a commode sitting right in my living room. Which means, now I have to get some ideas together (quickly!) for this unplanned-for remodel.


I'll share some of the orders I have made tomorrow! The toilet in the living room is certainly sculptural, but it is so much better in the bathroom.


Have you ever remodeled your bathroom? Let me know how you did it!


xo, Ann Marie

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