Small bathroom updates

When I started blogging in 2007, it was so easy to throw a post up.  No spending hours styling a room, then taking photos, then tweaking photos.  No anxiety-inducing comparisons to other bloggers.  Bloggers didn't use professional photographers, there were no collaborations & sponsorships, no fancy design blogger challenges, & you know what YOU GUYS, I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOUR SUCCESS, NOT JEALOUS AT ALL, YOU WORK YOUR ARSES OFF, I'M FINE. FINE! 😜

Anywayfair (ha) I feel a bit silly sharing things like small updates to our main bathroom that aren't groundbreaking but I'm posting them anyway.  I need to remember that the reason I started blogging was to simply chronicle our house's renovations & evolution....it's not about keeping up with the Jones, right (I could never keep up!) & you know what YOU GUYS, I'M FINE!  FINE! 😝  

So, hey look at my new shower tiles!  They're shiny!  Recently we ripped out the old shower tiles & had a great tile guy install new ones.  DIY was fun when we were young & spry but now I'd rather just drink my wine, sometimes from a box (the wine, I mean, not my physical self drinking wine whilst in a box) & watch someone else do renovations for me.  I'm not as bend-y as I used to be.

Here's how this bathroom more or less looked when we bought the house in 2007.

Then we updated everything but the shower tiles in 2009.
And here it is currently.  There's no natural light in here so I'm sorry for the photo quality!


I wanted tiles that echoed the classic look of subway tiles but with an edgier, modern twist.  The Tile Shop's Hall Blanco Ceramic tiles fit the bill.  They're over-sized with a glossy finish & subtle striations.

OK, so these aren't the fixtures of my dreams, but the sleek shower head, tub spout, & handheld shower all work really well together.  I mean, this bathroom isn't some grand space so I chose affordable but modern pieces.  The star is this handheld shower wand!  AMAZING pressure/spray & so convenient for rinsing Quinn's hair & spray-cleaning the shower tiles.  After researching endlessly for a showerhead/handheld shower setup, I'm pretty happy with where we landed.  For this setup, I chose the Delta Trinsic shower head/tub set + this handheld shower + this diverter (which allows you to smoothly switch water flow from the shower head to the handheld shower & vice versa, with just a flick of the diverter switch).

These double hook shower curtain rings!  Where have I been?!  Now I can take the shower liner down separately to wash often & not have to simultaneously struggle with the shower curtain (which hardly ever needs to be washed if I can help it).

The Mr. installed beadboard to add some interest to that wall.  And I love Turkish towels because they're lightweight, practically fuzz-free, & dry quickly (also great to pack for the beach)....but if you're one who likes that fluffy, spa towel feel, skip the Turkish towels!

My sad attempt at styling this space....it sort of looks like I just forgot to tidy up.



Sources:
Hall Blanco Ceramic tiles
Carrara marble trim pieces
Delta Trinsic shower head/tub set
handheld shower wand
shower diverter
vanity: Costco many years ago
tassel shower curtain (also available here & is an awesome knock-off of this one)
double hook shower curtain rings
vanity knobs (we have these in a vertical orientation on our mudroom cabinets)
candle
dip-dyed stool
walls: Benjamin Moore White Dove

I love you.  Thanks for reading! 
(I'M FINE! FINE!)

*This post contains Amazon Affiliate links; all opinions are my own. Thank you!

29 comments:

  1. It's beautiful lady!! And I loved your intro. I'm happy for everyone working their butts off on content and photo styling and endless posts with new ideas and projects too, I really am....but I'm also suuuuuper happy to read a good ol' update about your sweet home (and stunning bathroom reno!) when you have the time to write one. Off to do the same in my neck of the woods ;) xo.

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    1. Thanks a million for stopping by & your kind words, my friend! I'm grateful to have such an uplifting & genuine friend as yourself in this community. Amen to everything you said! The way blogging has changed gives me such conflicting emotions. I suppose it's all about balance, isn't it? Take design inspiration from some blogs (with a grain of salt) but read other blogs for the realness, which is inspiration in itself. I can't wait to catch up on yours :-) Hugs to the little ladies!

      xoxo

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    2. Couldn't agree more friend. Balance ~ balance ~ balance, in all things. That's the motto I'm working on embracing over here for sure. Also, there's always a big smile pasted on my face when I see an IG or blog post of yours. Your witty and wise words always have a way of lifting my spirits and I do genuinely enjoy seeing your updates when you have the time to post. Sending hugs back to your sweet fam tonight! xo

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    3. Aw thank you, love!!!
      xoxoxoxo

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  2. I really love your real-life updates. So many blogs these days feel so forced and commercial and impossible to relate to. You are a breath of fresh air. Drink your wine and watch them put tiles up!

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    1. You said it sister! I feel the same & it always gives me conflicting emotions about blogging. I'm just thankful for blog friends like you & your encouraging words! Cheers & see you on Instagram, friend!!
      xoxo

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  3. Thanks for keeping it real! I miss the days of fun posts that weren't so serious and sponsored. And I've missed your posts! Happy Spring, enjoy that gorgeous bathroom.

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    1. It's so lovely to hear that, THANK YOU, Abby! Keeping it real is my chant these days ;-) Happy Spring!

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  4. Your bathroom looks great! I love the updates you made. I also appreciate your quick post. I've been reading blogs for years and miss the days when things weren't so professional and it seemed more like friends chatting.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kristen!! I hear you, miss those days too when blogging felt like comfortable coffee talk with friends. *sniffle*

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  5. Love your turkish towels. Where did you get them?

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    1. Thank you! They were all purchased from Amazon & it looks like the only one still available is this one:
      http://amzn.to/2q1V1B6

      But just searching "gray striped Turkish towel" on Amazon brings up so many cool options. Hope this helps :-)

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  6. CUTE! I love the new tile and huzzah for Turkish towels. Lifesaver with kiddos running around!

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    1. Brittney! Thanks so much for dropping by! And amen sister, amen ;-) Hope you're feeling as well as possible & that those boys are staying put in there for a while more. Fingers crossed & thinking of you all in the months ahead, strength to you, mama!!

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  7. It's gorgeous! I love it all!

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    1. You're the best, thank you gal! I absolutely love your style. And thank you so much again for the link love on Cottage and Vine!
      xoxo

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  8. Beautiful as always and it looks perfectly styled! :)

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    1. Thank you, my friend! It means a lot coming from you!

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  9. The fringe, the stool, the owl... love it all! And I'm even less bend-y than you so yeah, hire it out if you want ;)

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    1. You know I love everything you do, J! It amazes me what you accomplish every day. Thank you for still reading my little ol' blog & for your supportive, sweet words!
      xoxo,
      your un-bendy friend ;-)

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  10. I came over from Cottage and Vine. I know what about professional photographs. BUT YOURS ARE SO GOOD! Where did you get the Turkish towels? They are so hard to find?

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    1. Hi Mary Ann & welcome! You are too kind, thank you! The Turkish towels were all purchased from Amazon & it looks like the only one still available is this one:
      http://amzn.to/2q1V1B6

      But there are so many nice ones that popped up when I searched "gray Turkish towels" on Amazon. Hope you find one you like! Thanks so much for stopping by :-)

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  11. Great job on your bathroom!!!

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    1. Many thanks for your kind words, Michelle!!

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  12. This is lovely! I love all the choices you made - and SHOOT, You ARE the Joneses. ;)

    In other news, I'm also over DIY. I can barely make myself paint the closets. Over it.

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    1. Damn, more like keeping up with the Woodwards ;-)

      I get giddy when I see your comments. It's like a nice non-alcoholic buzz....and I can still operate a vehicle! So thank you, my friend. Let's not DIY together woohoo!!

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  13. Love the bathroom and I appreciate you keeping it real. To be honest, I'm tired of all the sponsored and professional photographed blogs/instagrams. None of it feels genuine or attainable anymore. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging & uplifting words, Jackie!!

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  14. I love evething you chose for this room! the little stool and owl print are great additions ❤️ Someday we will have to gut our upstairs bathroom and when that happens I won't miss it 😉

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~Freckles Chick~