$100 Gray Yellow Bathroom

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Hiya! Thanks so much for the great feedback and nice notes on my little rookie blog here. Before I leave for a night out with Aaron’s family, I wanted to post something I worked on last night.

A good friend of mine, Lyndsey, needed some ideas for a quick bathroom update. And like anyone who wants a quick improvement, she didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Here is an idea, all for under $100.

Some things I considered:

The walls – Lyndsey’s landlord does not let her paint (which is like denying me air and water)

The pieces themselves – when you’re working with a budget, it’s still important to invest in design. Purchase quality over quantity.

Here’s my idea:

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Because she can’t paint the walls (Restoration Hardware’s paint line in Pumice would look amazing) I love the idea of doing a variety of large/small white picture frames. Choosing a mix of vintage and new also helps with appeal and texture. And because I can’t help but throw in something a little silly/whimsical, I threw in Urban Outfitter’s Grassy Green toothbrush holder.

We’ll see what she says. And maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll get an “after” pic!

– emily


Darby’s Entry Way Before & After

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Darby is a friend of mine and was dealing with a good problem to have: lots of great stuff and not-so-great ways to display it.

Here is where he started with his entry way:

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So I poorly drew him a re-do, with some collaboration with Miss Lyndsey, using items already in the photo (because who wants to go out and buy MORE stuff). Here’s my sketch:

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And… ta-da! I love it! (Sorry for the blurry cell phone pic)

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It’s amazing what a little horizontal shelving will do to simplify a space. I think that’s why credenzas are so popular these days. Low furniture instantly provides a classic touch.

– emily

Aaron’s Living Room Before & After

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I cannot take full credit for this one. Aaron and I worked on this one together. This was labeled as his dining room when he first bought his place, but I convinced him to try it out as a living room.


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And after:

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I love the pop of yellow in the sunroom. The paint was thin and took me almost 6 coats to get it finished. I wish you could see the credenza on the other wall – it’s a similar color yellow and works so well with the gray walls and rug. I try to stay away from being matchy matchy but it’s working for me here.

Room sources:

Sofa – Macy’s

Rug – IKEA (Area rugs are so expensive. Save yourself some cost and put two 5×7’s together. Patterns are tricky but it worked out great here.)

Nelson-style Slatted Coffee Table – Craigslist

– emily



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