project home: master bedroom + bath tour //progress//

So it’s been just over a month since I’ve updated our house remodel project. And I’m pumping this one out late tonight. We have been SO beautifully swamped with work on this house. I am not complaining in the slightest because having tons of work to do and decisions to be made means that things are moving—and fast! We had to put the entire project on hold for almost an extra month because of the loan process. We finally closed a few weeks ago and have been hitting the ground running ever since. Our contractor has told us he is confident he can be finished with everything by next week which would put our move-in date next weekend. Here’s to hoping that’s true and it all goes down soon! We are packed and ready to go, that’s for sure!

So here’s a little before and progress update on the master bedroom and bath:


So far we have:

  • -knocked out walls to create a larger bathroom
  • -built up studs for the new walls
  • -run electric
  • -run plumbing
  • -installed recessed lighting
  • -purchased double vanity
  • -purchased shower hardware
  • -purchased tile

We got rid of that mini hallway (on the left of the photo up there) that connected our room to the main hallway. It was sort of a complete waste of space and now it is going to be part of the stand up shower in our bathroom. Here is the beginnings of the new shower!

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Before all the work got started on this bathroom, it only had a toilet and single vanity. No shower. Here is a comparison shot of the space now that it’s opened up:


To give you a better idea, the toilet is going to be in the same spot as it is in the BEFORE picture (above, on the left). In the IN PROGRESS photo (above, on the right) the toilet will be in the space in the bottom right hand corner. The space in the above IN PROGRESS photo where you see that white pipe is where the double vanity is going to be. We enclosed the air-intake that was exposed in the “BEFORE” shot at the beginning of this post which is where the master closet used to be. Above it will be a lot of shelving for extra storage and you won’t have to see that thing anymore!  The photo below this shows where the space for the new double vanity came from…

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We enclosed that little nook that was in the dining room area and used it to add more space to our master bath as well. The dining area is so large that taking away this small amount of (sort of useless) space didn’t make the room seem smaller at all. Yay! I’m envisioning a lovely gallery wall there…


And here is the start of our master closet. It’s going to be a bit on the smaller side, but again, this isn’t our forever home and it beats what was there before! I’m going to be perusing through Ikea to get the best storage ideas for small spaces. Here is what is on the other side of this wall in the dining room:


And here’s an updated list of projects completed since the last post on this room which you can read here.

Master Bedroom Projects:
install hardwood floors
replace window and rotted wall
install recessed lighting
install ceiling fan hookup (no longer adding a fan–not enough ceiling space with wooden beam)
scrape popcorn off beam
stain beam
gut the entire bathroom
expand bathroom, knock out walls
install double vanity
install new toilet
install shower and bathtub
build in closet
install ceramic tile
The bathroom is obviously much larger than the original. It’s not our dream-size bathroom but that’s not the point of this home. Plus, this size bathroom for this particular house in this particular area is going to be a major selling point. Not very many older homes in this area have 2 full baths. Mitch and I are just excited for a double vanity. Our first home had a pedestal sink in the master so we are going to be spoiled.
We are pretty darn excited about this whole house and all the projects being completed and nearing an end…ultimately meaning we finally get to move in and I get to design the interior decor of our new home!

Be sure to follow along our little journey on here or Instagram. We are using the hashtag “MLsecondhome” for this project and “MLKShouseflip” was used for the investment property.

Other PROJECT HOME posts to read:
// House Remodel Update  –  includes a small list of projects already completed and a lot to be done!


Friday Fonts

I’ve been designing a few personal things lately (some of which I may end up sharing here!) and have been smothering myself in the font world again. I figured it was time to post a little roundup of some of my favorite FREE fonts and graphics I’ve been using here and there! I’ve shared two other posts in the past that you can find here and here. You can also follow my “Fonts” board on Pinterest for more fun links!


Signerica Medium

Halo Handletter



Soft Script

Mighty To Save

The wreaths I used can be found here and here…a really awesome blog with lots of free, hand-drawn graphics!

Happy Friday, everyone!

2 years later in the same red wagon


I don’t have a lot of time today to write a long post or share much detail about our vacation last week because I’m busy unpacking from the trip AND just as busy packing up random things around the house in preparation for our move in a few weeks. I also don’t have time to fix that run-on sentence. I do, however, have a short bit of time to share this adorable picture of my girl from last week while we were in GA. It’s the same picture I took when she was only 8 months old. It’s the same red wagon my sister and I played in when we were kiddos.

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Here is the first picture I took back in May of 2012. My aunt and I were a little bummed that the hydrangeas weren’t in bloom for the photo last week but that’s okay! She steals the show anyway!

I can’t believe how much older she looks but at the same time, how much she still looks like my little 8 month old baby! Whhhhaaaaaaa!!! Slow down, baby. But keep going. I’m sure all you mommas out there know what I mean. And the fact that she’s sitting here with me looking at the pictures saying, “baby Lydia in the wagon” and “aww, so cute” is rocking my world.






dear lydia: my sky full of stars //vol. 9



Dear Lydia,

Today is Monday and we’re trying really hard to get back into the swing of things after July 4th weekend. Right now you’re playing with your stickers and I’m sitting next to you writing this. It’s the most amazing thing, the way you can brighten up even the darkest of days. In the words of Coldplay, you’re my sky full of stars. You get lighter the more it gets dark. And you, my dear, are the reason I’m able to conquer the dreaded Monday blues.

I’ve been thinking about how you will be turning 3 in a little over 3 months. It’s hard to even comprehend sometimes just how much you are growing up and how so very fast it has all gone. Here’s a list of a few new things lately:

-you call motorcycles “mocky-does”

-you now want every stuffed animal and toy you can get your hands on to be in your bed with you at night. only a few months ago, you would cry if anything else but your blanket was in there with you.

-you love stickers. stickers are every where. they are in everything. even on my rear end as we walk around Target but I don’t know about it until we get home…

-you call helicopters “happy-cockers” and I laugh every time.

-you know the colors green, blue, pink, orange, red, black, and yellow.

-you love to play in the sand at the beach and you definitely love fireworks! “mommy, fireworks go BOOM!”

-your favorite foods lately are grapes, turkey & cheese rollups, “chock-it” ice cream.


I can’t wait to see what year 3 has in store. I love you more.


nursery must-have & preparing for a big girl room

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Playtex, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RefreshYourNursery

 If there is one nursery item that has stuck by our side the last 2 years, it’s got to be the beloved Diaper Genie and it’s handy dandy refills! And every time I’m perusing through Target (see also: trouble), I will pick up a few refills. Lydia is growing up quickly and is definitely close to being out of diapers. But I honestly don’t know if I could have survived without this diaper pail all this time. It’s one piece of Lydia’s original nursery that has probably been put to use the most, aside from her crib and changing table. I’m sure you moms can relate to that overwhelming feeling of relief you get when the dirty diapers are wrapped up tight and stuffed down in that thing, never to see the light of day again. I mean really, this thing can pack some serious diaper heat.

Once we make the big move to the new house this month—fingers crossed—Lydia will be well on her way to a big girl bed! This also means a completely new, big-girl room design–no more nursery. This is a little bittersweet for me. I’ve sort of teared up thinking about it. I’ve already packed pretty much all of her original nursery decor and it’s a very emotional time for me. She’s no longer my newborn baby in need of all the wonderful things a nursery offers. And she’s ready for a big girl room in so many ways! One of those things being transitioning into big-girl underwear, which will mean the end of the diapers and diaper genie. We’ve always kept it to the right of the changing table for easy diaper discarding. And Lydia has even learned to pop it open herself, which I’m sure will become handy with the next kiddo. So we are definitely holding onto the genie and all it’s magical goodness.


I also like to joke with Mitch that it’s the only way I can get him interested at all in diaper changes, lest he be stuck with a dirty diaper and no idea what to do with it. But in all honesty, he changes diapers genuinely out of the goodness of his heart. But I know the genie helps in his endeavors. But without it, he’d still survive and diaper-change away. But still. It helps.






So next time you’re in Target between now and July 31, 2014, grab a few diaper genie refills. Want even more of a reason to stock up on those lovely little things? Well, you are eligible to receive a $25 Spa Finder Wellness gift card after purchasing 3 or more varieties of Diaper Genie at Target! Just save your your Target receipt and go here to claim your gift card: (while supplies last).