Mini Makeover for Under $150

Our guest room bathroom is the first room to be “done” in our house. Honestly, it’s the master bathroom. It opens off our kitchen so we opted to forgo the master and use it as the guest bathroom and the powder room for our first floor. When we first moved in, the room looked like this. 

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You’re obviously getting the most real before ever because I didn’t even clean up after dropping the stuff into the room. While the bathroom was completely liveable (minus the heinous amounts of unpacking needed) it wasn’t our style. It’s also not very functional as it stands. It has a really teeny and impractical shower which is literally the size of a packing bin. So this room has a bigger reno down the road for it. In the mean time, we gave it a little facelift for right around $125.

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Wall paint: Free. This color was already in our collection of colors from our old home

Mirror $47.99 + 5% Redcard= $45.60

Vanity Paint: $2.50 I go into the hardware store with an open heart and an open mind. Sure I have a particular color on the brain but then I just go for whichever shade is the closest on the Oops Rack. As long as it has the finish I want, I risk it and take it as a sign from the universe it’s meant to be. It was either this almost black semi-gloss or a beautiful lilac color I was in love with. I made sure that when I painted, I went all the way down to the vent and painted the baseboard to give it one continuous feel.

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Brass Handles: $2.40 x 2= $4.80 Amazon for the win. I bought a set of five of these bars since I used them in the upstairs bathroom and the kitchen as well. They are a little light weight but visually appealing. We didn’t invest too heavily because we didn’t know if we would like them. But I’m a fan. Super high impact for so little money.

Vanity Light: $54.97 There are definitely better deals to be had on this little guy. After buying it, I realized I had one saved on my Amazon “New Home” list for $39.99. There’s also one on Houzz for $49.99. Forehead slaps.

Trashcan: Free. A piece from our old home that we found in a thrift store for $3. However Target online sells these two (1, 2) similar cuties.

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Shelves: Free. There were actually a ton of shelves left in the house when we moved in. We were deciding if we wanted to keep or let go but since the bathroom has so little storage we decided to make use of them. However they can be found at ikea for $10 for the brackets and the shelves.

Towels: Free. Well free adjacent. I actually used a Target Redcard perk to get both Bath Sheets. They are absolutely huge and beautiful quality.

Shelf décor: Free. Again sort of free but they are found items from our old homes décor. The little elephant is 50 cent thrift store find. The brass tin with the toilet paper is actually the container from a cheese basket from our realtor so actually free. The little cheese plate with the wash clothes is a $1 thrift store find and the little pot if a 50 cent find from ikea. I’m still juggling on what to put in that little flower pot that will live in this relatively dark space.

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Shower Curtain: $18 The shower is still a doozy but for now we will cover this incredibly cramped space with a shower Curtain. I actually bought this same shower curtain for our upstairs bathroom and liked it so much I bought it for downstairs as well for the sake of continuity. That little wood slat is from our old home as well.

So there it is folks, just a quick run down of what we did to our bathroom. Perspective and addition of natural light aside, it really is a much more liveable, loveable little space. For a grand total of $125.87, our bathroom got am entire facelift. Obviously if you don’t have on hand all of the little goodies we had before, it will run you a bit more. We may end up making some small changes in the future like changing the faucet and possibly making toilet before we go for the big all white reno. However, for right now, I am placated enough to move to the next room.

Thank you for following along

XO Prepfordwife

Wander Lust

It’s the very end of  vacation season and I, unfortunately have gone nowhere exciting this season. Fear not though. I’m saving all of my vacation for some wonderful trips later on this year. Definitely keep an eye out for more about those as we get closer.

To quell my #FOMO (fear of missing out) at other’s travel photos, I keep an eye on this little corner in our room that is travel focused.

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The little pictures in the corner are from Ikea and the little map pillow was a Home Goods impulse buy that I have zero regrets about. Either way, the little corner helps ground me and remind me that our day is coming.

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Here are some other cutie pie travel paraphernalia that falls along the same vein as the pillow, and with the world wide release of Harry Potter in the Cursed Child -all hail J. K.Rowling- I’ve got Europe (read: London) goodies on the brain.

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What are some of your favorite travel knick knacks or décor?

Back to School Bedding

So school starts in T-minus three weeks and if you still haven’t chosen bedding or you’ve chosen a set that you aren’t quite sure about now, you’re in luck. Bedding is the foundation of a dorm room so it’s important to get it right (even if it doesn’t happen on the first try).

With the exception of technology like a new laptop or even a car, bedding is the most money you will spend for your room. The world is an exciting place for preppy bedding because when I started school, none of the preppiest lines even sold it.

My favorite bed sets for college are printed and not white. While I love a gorgeous monogrammed white and navy set as much as the next preppy girl, I can tell you from first hand experience that you are going to use your bed as your sofa for Netflix, your desk for studying when you get tired of the real desk, the table for your pizza hut box and the counselors couch for your weepy roommate. In the best case scenario, your bedding should be able to hide all of the evidence of that and what stains can’t be hidden, should be able to be washed out without having to make a dry clean run.

Duvet covers are actually great for this. they’re like a pillow case for your comforter; where you can pull them off and just toss them in the wash. If you are set on the white sheet sets (I get it, I love them in spite of the impracticality) then go for the duvet.

The bedroom set on my guest room bed is actually a perfect color palette for a college girls dorm room. My husband and I set our guest room up with that in mind since we each have a sister in college nearby and our guest room has belonged to them in the past.

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The Kate Spade comforter set is just like the one on in our master bedroom. It was a great deal and while impractical in white and green, at least it’s washable. It’s paired with a no longer available set of chevron polka dot sheets from the French Bull line at Target.

Here are a few sheet sets that are both lovely and practical and set the tone for a great fall semester.

Whim Collection by Martha Stewart is actually one of my favorite brands. With whimsical prints and just down right cute ways to match them, how could anyone resist this line? Even better, right now, they are having some great deals.

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How cute are the camel sheets and other assorted animal prints? All of these could be paired with any bedding you’ve already purchased. In college there is zero shame in having at least two or three sets of sheets. You don’t want to be the girl who spills something on her bed and then has to wait for the washer while you’d rather be squeezing in a run before studying for that exam.

It’s totally okay to mix from multiple companies. I would absolutely pair the dotty black Whim sheets with the rugby stripe comforter from Target like in my guest room.

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If you’re looking for something in the Lilly Pulitzer print family. Look no further than Etsy.

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Lilly Pulitzer from Have Faith Boutiques on Etsy has a number of beautiful duvet covers based on Lilly Pulitzer prints. You can have the monogram customized for your own personal preferences including the shape of the name plates. They also do shower curtains, towels, yoga mats, etc.

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For a little less print, Pottery barn has this amazing ribbon duvet in multiple colors. It’s one of my favorites because with the lack of print, you can do high impact printed sheets and pillows.

These are some of my favorite sheet ideas. If you’ve already purchased some, tell me about them! What did you buy?

Planner Season

It’s my favorite time of year. The time of year when some of my favorite companies start rolling out planners and agendas in anticipation of back to school time. Ah Planner Season. (That’s a thing right?) Anyway, nothing makes me happier than a brand new and ready to use agenda except for an already filled and completely scrapped one.

I am currently using the Bando 17 month planner which has one of my favorite prints to date. In a job where I do a lot of idle chit chat, this design has been a cute little icebreaker a number of time over. Each year, I try to do something and say something a little different with my planner. Since it’s a book that gets such heavy usage for me, I try to go for one that is not only cute but also sturdy and high quality. I really put the Bando planner through the ringer and it has held up even better than some of the more expensive planner I’ve had over the years. It’s a great price and I am also willing to pay a little bit extra for celebratory stickers. For some reason I am a sucker for stickers.

Here are my top picks for planners this season in a pretty decent range of prices, a few are even personalized. I apologize in advance because apparently all I care about this year is pink, gold and stripes. Happy hunting for your own planners.

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More Kate for My Money

If you’re following along, then you’ve already seen my DIY Kate Spade Downing desk for our bedroom. Since I’m Kate-sessed (that’s short hand for Kate Spade Obsessed), I’m further integrating the ‘classic with a wink’ into our space. And doing so without spending too much money because I’m flighty. In two months, I may not love my choices so the less spent, the better.

As luck would have it, we went to Marshall’s and scored this gorgeous gray polka dot comforter set for only $59.00. It was marked down for whatever reason, a reason which I did not argue with.

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Our room has always been some play on gray, white and yellow so this set fit perfectly with our space. Our old comforter was a darker quilt and it really weighed the room down since it doesn’t get much light. This new comforter is light and airy and puffy.

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It looks a little odd seeing my side of the bed without my little old orange nightstand but I’m still loving my desk and Hubby’s nightstand is holding down the fort.

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How cute is that lamp? I can’t believe they sell something that interesting for children.

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We center our summer décor in the room around this adorable seagull pillow that we picked up last year. It combines all the wacky colors we love and gives the bed an extra touch of whimsy.

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Our room has come so far since we first moved in a year ago. Only thing left is new curtains. Dare I hunt for Kate Spade ones? Anyway, what’s your local Marshall’s carry that pleasantly surprised you?

Comforter Set| Sheet Set| Pillow Sold Out Similar Similar but cuter| Desk High Low| Lamps Fox  Pineapple

With a Pop of Yellow

I am tragically into spring cleaning and organizing right now. I have been deconstructing our home  with an editing eye deciding which items need to be painted, ebayed, donated or trashed. Slowly but surely, its resulting in a space that feels more like me (cough, us. Sorry, honey).

The very first place in our home that needed a revamp was our front hall.  The first wall you see when you enter has been blank since we moved here a little over a year ago. I have been swearing profusely that I would hang something, only to put it off.*Sheepish face*

Queue some very special illustrations from a very special lady. A high school friend and talented artist Allison Rich whipped up some drawings from our wedding photography. The results are absolutely gorgeous and one of a kind.

The four illustrations at the bottom are from Allison. I sent her a few of our favorite photos from our wedding and about two weeks later these little guys showed up at our front door. They are fun, graphic and bring just the right amount of color to a truly neutral wall.
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Honestly, look how stinking cute Allison made us look in a all of these drawings. Her drawings remind me of the best parts of my childhood like reading Roald Dahl books under the covers in elementary school and always having the heaviest backpack because I needed to carry all my favorite books and the giant pencil case.
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I love these so much and I could not be happier with her beautiful work. Now if I could just get the framing right then we’d really be in business.  You can find Allison and her work at…
Allisonrich.art@gmail.com
instagram @ citymousespeaks
www.allisonrichart.com