Bedroom Door Inspiration

Our home is a 1940’s bungalow, and it may sound strange – but we don’t have bedroom door. The previous owners had a dutch door installed – assuming to use as a baby/animal gate – however it doesn’t feel functional for us.

However, the need for a door is real. Let me take you through a few scenarios:
1) I’m making dinner at home alone and the smoke detector in our stairwell continuously goes off (mostly because I’m not a great cook – but you get the picture!)
2) One of us has friends over and are hanging out in our living room, you can hear every conversation if the other person is in the bedroom.
3) We leave for work at different times – it’s v hard to be quiet every morning (what if you want a smoothie?!?).

You get the picture – it’s time.

I’ve been saving up our Home Depot gift cards (I like to do this for big purchases, it makes the investment a little easier to digest) and dreaming of our bedroom door.

Before we make big investment or change in our home, I like to use the editor on my phone to draw out what it could potentially look like. (Bedroom Curtain Example)

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Potato Stamp

Potato Stamp

For our Welcome Bags I had a vision of a stamped “E” on a Kraft Bag. I searched the internet high and low and couldn’t find a stamp large enough to make an impact on the bags.

Step 1. Print off the “E”.  Using our font – Bembo – I printed off a bunch of different sizes.  I settled on one I thought would look substantial on the bags.

Step 2. Using Scissors, cut the “E” out of the paper to make it into a stencil.

“E” Traced in the Potato

Step 3. Make a cut horizontally about 1/3 of the way into the potato – large enough that it would fit your stencil.

Step 4. Flip the stencil around so that it is mirror imaged.

Step 5. Use something sharp with a pointed end (pen, skewer, or anything else you feel comfortable with) to trace the stencil to make an outline of what you need. Remove the stencil.

Step 6. Use a knife to cut out the negative space of the stencil. Clean it up and it’s ready to go!

Finished Stamp

Use the Stencil:
-Paint the stencil and press onto the item you’d like to paint (making sure the stencil is positioned correctly).
-Repeat as many times as needed

Dan Stewart Photography

Materials Needed:
– Russet Potato
– Knife
– Paint
– Paint Brush

This is a great project to make with kids (depending on their age would obviously impact how much they can help with making the stamp).

Have you made a potato stamp before?

Bedroom Bench

Bedroom Bench

Majority of my project inspirations come from a place of practicality. I’ve been dreaming of a way to help my husband out, so that his feet don’t hang off our bed (he’s 80/81″ tall – so even if we purchased a California King, his feet would hang off the bed to some degree).

So I went on a shopping search to find a bedroom bench that is 24″ tall and soft enough that he wouldn’t notice if his feet were on the bed or the bench. I guess this isn’t a problem most people have, because EVERY bedroom bench I found was 17-18″.

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Kitchen Reveal – Phase 1

This kitchen project is one that we’ve been talking about since we moved in (2016) and we couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.

Our goal in home renovation is to take on larger projects in the winter so that we can enjoy the beautiful Michigan summer while it lasts. To help us not feel too overwhelmed by the tasks, we broke our kitchen project into two phases. A la we’re sharing Phase 1 reveal with you today!

It’s always good to remind you where we started from, so check out the before:


Backsplash Inspiration

We’ve have been all over the place with Design ideas for our backsplash. From Mexican Tiles to White Subway and everything in between. Here’s some of the inspiration we’ve been digging.

Mexican Tile:
How fun are these tiles? If/when we fully gut our kitchen, I would love to do something over the range, similar to the grey cement tiles. The hesitation would be that we wouldn’t love it for how much work it would be to change.