Category Archives: Bathroom

How to Manage Without a Linen Closet

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I envy homes with built-in storage. Hell, I envy a home that has a linen closet. See, my apartment bathroom really lacks storage… unless you count the space under the sink, which is just yucky to me. Only gross things go there, like the garbage can and toilet brush.

Having no bathroom storage is kind of a big deal. To alleviate having no medicine cabinet, I hung a few floating shelves in the bathroom. But for the rest of my toiletries, I needed more space. So I created a makeshift linen closet just outside my bathroom door.

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Warm & Feminine Apartment Bathroom Makeover

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Sometimes I feel like completing a room makeover is like waiting for a Kardashian to fall into a black hole of anonymity. As much as you want it to happen, it doesn’t look like it will anytime soon.

But hot damn, this bathroom makeover is finally done! Read along to find out what challenges I overcame during this makeover and how I transformed my boring apartment bathroom into a warm, soft space.

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Dark and Dramatic Bathroom Moodboard

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I’ve been crushing on dark rooms lately. Alas, painting one of my rooms a luscious, dark hue would be impractical. Since I live in a rental, it would take an enormous amount of time & energy to do it and then paint it back to the original barfy beige.

So I kept my fantasies of a dark, seductive room in my head, where 978,345 other thoughts reside. Until my old man started talking about making over his bathroom. I gently pitched the idea of a dark room to him and let it simmer (which may be the best way EVER to do something you want). A few weeks later, he mentioned painting the room a deep hue and I did a happy dance in my head. My glee probably showed on my face as well; I do wear my heart on my sleeve.

And so it was. I started perusing the interwebs immediately for inspiration and items to use. I even let him help a little, allowing him to pick the vanity. Continue reading to see the decor I’ve picked out and how it will all play together.

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How to Personalize Your Bathroom with a DIY Shower Curtain

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It’s funny how history repeats itself. Maybe I’m putting out some good decor karma out there. Or maybe I’m existing in a parallel universe. Or maybe I need to stop thinking so much and get my Zen on. Whooooossaaaahhh.

A few apartments ago, while searching for inspiration for my bathroom makeover, I came across a fabulous chinoiserie fabric. It was kismet: the pattern, a floral Asian print, was to die for and the colors were just what I needed in my funky mint green bathroom.

Four years later, I’m living in a different apartment in a somewhat opposite situation: wondering how I could add personality into my bland, beige bathroom. (I never knew how much I’d love white walls until I moved here. Beige just isn’t becoming.)

Again, I was searching, came across this lovely Asian floral print, and knew it was destiny. But this time around, I stepped up my game when making the shower curtain. Continue reading to check it out.

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Warm & Neutral Bathroom Makeover Moodboard

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When you’re knee-deep in a decor or DIY project, does a little voice speak to you, whispering words of common sense and rationale? Do you heed this voice, ignore it, or strive for a fun balance of the two to keep life interesting?

I fall in the latter category. See, I really want to dive into making over my bathroom, but I’m still making over my living room. I’ve lived here for a year now and never planned a specific decorating scheme for the bathroom. My rationale for waiting so long is that it’s the least used room in my home. I’d added some decorative elements, but nothing that really wows you or feels complete.

I decided to just dip my toes in the water by gathering inspriration and supplies for my bathroom makeover. Continue reading to learn how I’ll transform this neglected space in my home.

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Living in a White Box: Dollar Store Decor

Are you a student who doesn’t have much money for extras like decor? Or have you just started living on your own and would like to experiment with decorating? Or are you just a thrifty person?

One of the issues renters face is how to decorate on a budget. With all the options out there it’s easy to go overboard with spending, even at stores like IKEA or Target. This latest post in my Living in a White Box series will show you how you can decorate frugally yet beautifully with items that are only a $1 each.

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Get Your Color On! Red

Here in the Great Lakes, September brings a sense of limbo with the weather and nature. There’s still a decent amount of daylight to enjoy, fruits and veggies are still in season, and sunny, warm “Indian Summer” days are common… all while nights turn cool, leaves start changing colors, and animals start preparing for the cold months ahead.

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Fall signifies our last chance to enjoy nature’s warmth before it starts fading into the neutrals of winter… so I chose the mighty color red for this month’s Get Your Color On!.

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From Ohio to Oahu: How I Turned My Apartment Bathroom Into a Tropical Oasis

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My inspiration for this makeover was my fantasy bathroom: a relaxing oasis, complete with an outdoor shower, nestled deep on a tropical island. In this getaway, I would be surrounded by lush foliage and warm bamboo.

My other goal for the bathroom makeover was to do this as cheaply as possible. This meant using accessories from my closet stash, making over existing items, and using thrift store items. I’m proud to say I spent less than $150 for everything.

Read along to see how my bathroom went from Ohio to Oahu in this island-inspired makeover.

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Plain Jane Wall Mirror Makeover

My island bathroom makeover is in its final lap of completion! I’m currently painting some artwork to coordinate with the tropical theme, so be on the lookout for a super before and after post soon.

In the meantime, I’d like to share the most extensive part of the makeover: revamping a ho-hum, cheapo wall mirror. You can buy these mirrors in any department store or could even score one in a thrift store for less money.

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Check out what cooking utensils I repurposed for this makeover after the jump!

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When the Mystery Smell Is Your DIY Project… FAIL!

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Has a smell or odor popped up in your home from seemingly nowhere? Recently, I noticed this funk coming from my bathroom… but I assure you it wasn’t anything bathroom-related.

One night I came home to this sour, metallic odor from the bathroom. Pretty weird combination, right? Because of how it smelled, I assumed something had gone wacky with the plumbing. Even though everything was still working properly, the smell wouldn’t go away.

I tried everything to mask the odor. No bueno. I sniffed around various spots in the bathroom—the sink, toilet, or shower. Still nothing. One day, something told me to smell the bathmat, and that’s where I found my mystery odor.

Continue reading to see learn more about my latest DIY fail— a wood bathmat.

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