February 23, 2017

Guest Post: Tiny Half Bath Reno

hey y'all! we're on vacation and doing our best to pick up on those laid back cali vibes 😎 (as soon as we leave disney lol) but in the meantime, i've got a guest post from amy of life on hill st. amy is a fellow design lover who is in the midst of a home renovation with two little kids. aka a saint! she actually approached me a month or so ago and her timing couldn't have been better! after i looked at her site, i quickly knew what i wanted to hear more about - her teeny half bath from the hill st house. it's a good one. thank you amy!!


Hello all! This is Amy from Life On Hill Street and I'm super excited to be guest blogging for Meredith today! She asked me to write a short post about a bathroom renovation I did on my last house. I honestly didn't write enough about it at the time so I'm thrilled to have the opportunity now!

A few years ago, my husband and I bought a 150-year-old Dutch Colonial and decided to do a DIY renovation/restoration of the whole thing. One of the coolest projects we did (and the only one we outsourced to the pros) was our half bathroom.

Like most old houses, ours didn't come with a bathroom on the first floor. It was pretty much a no-brainer that we would add one, there was just the problem of where to put it. Although we didn't have adjoining neighbors, our house was essentially a tiny, three-story row house and space on the first floor was at a premium. After much consideration and an, "are you sure about that?" comment from our realtor, we decided to rip out the entry hall closet and make it a bathroom.

Easier said than done.

The closet was 3 1/2' by 3'. After plumbing and framing went it, the entire room was less than 10 square feet! This of course created some design challenges, and the nagging worry that once everything was installed, nobody would be able to fit inside! Luckily, I found this amazing toilet from Toto where the tank system hangs in the wall between 2x4s. And I found a tiny European sink (similar to this one) that was so small I originally thought it was a water fountain!

The finishing touches included black and white penny tile on the floor, glossy black bead board half way up the walls and fun Scalamandre zebra wallpaper in Serengeti green.

I knew the bathroom would make a statement simply because it was so small, so I thought I would add to the fun by including some memorable paper. I'm always finding wallpapers, patterned tile or dramatic paint colors that I love, but simply couldn't commit to having everywhere. So when I have a small, relatively confined, space I tend to take bigger risks with the design.

In the end, we got a lot of compliments on the "tiny" bathroom. Even the inspector came back and took extra pictures to show future renovators what they can do with a closet. Mostly though, we were just happy to have an extra bathroom in a more convenient location.

...ok, and we liked the wallpaper too!

To read more about the mini half bathroom project check out this post, or this one


thank you again amy, i love what you did with this closet and the design choices! 

February 21, 2017

Shop The Post: Living Room

trying out a new kind of blog post today - in favor of full transparency, i signed up for rewardstyle which is a company that helps bloggers/instagrammers earn money from things they post and recommend. it's been a long time coming and i decided to finally take the plunge. so some my links are now "monetized" but instead of hiding it, i want to be really open about it. thank you for helping me build this blog, my instagram account, and my business as a whole. 🙏

anyway! i thought i'd start this series with yesterday's post and our new living room sofa plus a few pillows.

we can be a little impulsive and this was one of those moments where we definitely acted fast but no regret here at all. this sofa is for real comfortable, a gorgeous color, and often on sale!

the art is from minted and the print is called staredown. i love the laid back vibe.

i also had a few questions on the pillows so here are the details (from left to right)!

1. walter g dash dot pillow

2. furbish studio cactus silk pillow

3. john robshaw jirwan pillow

4. unfortunately the one i have from pottery barn is no longer available but this peter dunham pillow would be a fab substitute - maybe better!

5. carolina irving amazon pillow

and just for kicks, these were popular from another post!


1. john robshaw diwan

2. leather pillow

let me know if there are other instagram posts that you want to see in this format!!

February 17, 2017

Favorite Etsy Pillow Shops

one of the questions i get most often is where do i find pretty pillows and etsy is always one of my answers. but searching for pillows on etsy can be a major time suck so since i'm on a round up roll, i thought i'd share my favorite etsy pillow shops. i'm sure i'm missing some so let me know your faves too!

motif pillows: huge selection of high end pillows with a nice range of price points.


boho pillow: unique vintage fabrics along with some great peter dunham options.

k line deco: some harder to find textiles such as lisa fine.


homegirl collection: yummy vintage goodness.


spark modern: awesome prints and this shop also has some pre-made pillow combos to help you if mixing patterns isn't your forte.

danielle oakley: unique finds that you won't find elsewhere.


pop o color: tons of fun colors, prints, and lines that you crave.


pillows by elissa: mudcloth galore!


INDIEbungalow: cool and funky. those tassel pillows are so good.


house of pillows: where i got my leather pillows that so many people have asked about!


lastly, i wanted to add one shop that i missed from the vintage rug shop round up post - maison eleven.

have a great weekend y'all!!

February 14, 2017

Vintage Rug Shop Round Up

last summer i did a post about vintage rugs and sources to find the good ones. but times changes and new shops are always popping up so i thought i'd refresh the list! tips from that post still apply. :)

i'm sure i missed some good ones in here so help me out, what are your fave sources?

February 9, 2017

Real Estate: Updated Farmhouse

we are bracing ourselves for a massive snow storm today - schools were already closed as of yesterday afternoon. it's a hunker down and watch a movie kind of day! and speaking of movies, as i'm writing this i'm watching the help (again and i cry every time) so i have this southern voice going through my head.

as y'all know by now, i love keeping up with local real estate listings and every so often i try to post them on here. i live in such a pretty and historic place and the real estate is damn good. ;) today i bring you an updated farmhouse built in 1882. i thought the renovation looked pretty good from the pictures at least (i haven't been inside)! 3,375 sf, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths for $1.949M.

*all photos by madore photography.

i'm thinking this must be an addition because the ceiling height is amazing. just add some serena & lily riviera counter stools and you're good to go!

love all of the white!

feels joanna gaines-esque.

again these ceilings! heaven!

cute kids room. dying for a hanging chair!

are you ready to make an offer?
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