Before + After

Creating an Outdoor Oasis

Monday, June 15th, 2015

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Helloooo and happy Monday friends, welcome to another week. I am enjoying the much slower pace that June and July brings, yesterday we spent a few hours relaxing at a friend’s house by their swimming pool (remember Cheryl’s outdoor makeover?) The Warriors’ victory was the perfect end to the weekend! #dubnation

Today I’m sharing the outdoor poolside cabana-ish covered patio I styled for a few weeks ago. Several months ago the company approached me with the opportunity to transform a plain outdoor space into a poolside oasis so I was delighted to partner with them and combine a variety of their outdoor furnishings and accessories to create a relaxing outdoor room at the Las Vegas house we’ve been remodeling. Someday it will become a rental, so I pulled together a space for our family, friends, and future tenants to enjoy.

outdoor pillows

You’ll recall a few months ago I wrote about the pool remodel, in the “before” picture of the covered patio below you’ll notice the old tile. After the makeover, the adjacent covered patio felt barren and boring, enter to inspire a poolside paradise.


covered outdoor area


outdoor room after

So often we want to bring the outdoors into our homes, but this space was the reverse, it was bringing the indoors out by combining a comfortable sofa, rug, curtains, art, and accessories to create an oasis outside.

outdoor sectional


green glassware


Across from the Coral Coast Conversation Set seen above is the most wonderful piece, it’s the Bali Hai potting bench/bar cart that I assembled myself, I love the contrast between the rich wood tones and stainless steel top, a piece that is versatile used as either a potting bench, as a bar, or simply for extra storage.

potting bench beverage bar


bar on bench


potting bench bar beverages


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Bathroom Remodel Complete

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Yesterday was a long day spent cleaning out Matt’s Grandmother’s house so we can finally list it on the market on behalf of her estate. The process has taken a lot longer than expected, it’s a two hour drive round trip each time we visit and there was more to be done than expected but finally there’s a light at the end of the tunnel now that the bathroom makeover is finally complete!

When tastefully remodeled, bathrooms and kitchens sell homes faster than outdated spaces so we took the extra months to do that. I didn’t go with a dramatic color or bold wallpaper since this remodel is solely for resale and instead made choices that were appealing to a large market.

I wrapped up the bathroom makeover yesterday by painting the walls and hanging the new mirror. After the shower remodel, the vanity seemed dingy and dated by comparison so we decided to replace it, and along with it the flooring, mirror, lighting, and baseboards.

Here it is before the remodel with a cultured marble top and dated lighting, the top of the vanity had a pinkish hue to it and just didn’t look right so we replaced it.

bathroom before

Here it is completely remodeled and staged for sale:

bathroom remodel


I wrote about the plan for the vanity in early March, we had ordered this gray vanity from Lowe’s for the bathroom with a projected delivery of 3 weeks but that never happened.

gray vanity

March went by, then April, then May arrived and the vanity still hadn’t shipped. We were incredibly frustrated and started calling the store every other day tracking its arrival. It finally arrived the third week of May almost two months late but the day our contractor went to pick it up we were informed a Lowe’s employee had accidentally backed a forklift into it. *Ahem*.

We weren’t willing to wait for a replacement so we canceled the order and I went in search of a new vanity that could be shipped immediately. I found this white vanity on Wayfair, it came with a marble top and faucet and shipped within 5 days and after all that agony I was sold.

katharine vanity


In person it’s a beauty! I’m always nervous ordering furniture or cabinets online but this one is really nice, the paint job is flawless and the marble top is gorgeous, I love the raised molding detail on the sides and drawers. At 48” wide, it fits the bathroom space perfectly and I prefer the white finish against the gray floor so this is a happier ending.

vanity close up

I love the shapely chrome faucet and the carrara marble top; the pull out soft close drawers provide extra storage for toiletries.

faucet 2


marble top vanity


vanity pull out drawers


We got rid of the old flooring and just like in the kitchen, installed budget friendly  modern vinyl plank product. These are Trafficmaster Allure in Grey Maple installed in a random offset pattern like hardwood.

vinyl plank bathroom floor


Across from the vanity is the walk in shower, I wrote about how it was converted from an old tub into a walk in shower, find all the details about the marble look tile and fixtures in that post. You’ll notice we also installed a grab bar since this is a retirement community and the residents are all 55+, the local association also requires it.

walk in shower side view


walk in shower marble tile

The carrara marble top has the same marbled pattern as the tile in the shower so the two feel cohesive. It also shares the same gray and white palette as the recent kitchen remodel.

vanity view from shower

The white framed mirror is from Lowe’s, the chrome light fixture is from Lamps Plus, and the paint color is Glidden’s Chelsea Fog which is a pale gray blue, much better than the yellowish cream that was on the walls before.

The bathroom feels fresh and modern, I’m sure it will appeal to a lot of buyers.

bathroom makeover

More remodeling projects remain, not at this house but at the Las Vegas house, I’m headed there tomorrow for a week with the fam, I’ll have more updates on those spaces soon.

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