Sunday, April 1, 2018

HOME TOUR: My Parent's Home

HOME TOUR!!! This is my childhood home... built in 1994. (I was 8 when we moved in.) Since 94, my parents have removed downstairs tile and carpet and replaced with hardwood, renovated the kitchen and 2 of the 3 bathrooms. (The bathrooms were just done in the last 5 weeks!)  

I snapped some pictures after our Easter dinner today. (using an iPhone 8 Plus) Hope you enjoy!
*Not pictured: master bedroom, my Dad's office, powder room and laundry room. 

 Off of the TV room is a powder Room and laundry Room that aren't photographed.

That's my (old) bedroom <3 and my little brother Winston! 

Thanks for stopping by!!! 

xo Cyndi

Sunday, March 25, 2018

A REALISTIC Laundry Room

I've spent countless hours searching through images of homes online. Pinterest, the gram, google image... you name it! I've read hundreds of home decor blogs and have virtually visited domestic and international homes. My point... I've done a lot of research. And still, I seldom find the realistic laundry room. Sure, bloggers always do a massive clean up before they photograph their home. Who wouldn't?!? If something isn't aesthetically pleasing to the eye, you best believe I take whatever it is and legit throw it into another room before taking a picture. (And my photography skills are subpar, at best.) 

But what about reality? For example, my laundry "room" is more of a closet that lives right off the kitchen. Homegirl gets the job done, lemme tell you. But I look for laundry room inspo online and they are all giant spaces with windows, french doors, mud rooms, floor to ceiling shelving units, marble counter tops, and I've even seem farmhouse sinks in place of a good ole fashion slop sink. Dude. I know. One episode of Fixer Upper had a dog shower that was the exact same tile and design as mine and Brian's master shower. It's fine... go back and reread that because you aren't delusional. A dog shower that looked extremely similar to my MASTER SHOWER! Wait... here it is!

Now, that's dreamy. Really. I drool. But even if I wanted to invest $$$ like that in my laundry room, it would be physically impossible because it's just too small. (And Griffin is already treated like a Arabian Prince so he's good.) 

So, here we are. I am giving you a very realistic tour of my laundry "room". 
Open the door and here is whatcha get... Bri installed those shelves like 5 days after we moved in. We went the "cost effective" route because looking at your bank account after buying a home is the saddest thing ever. Now that I'm really thinking about it, I may request a shelf upgrade... some floating shelves made from reclaimed wood or something... hmmmmmm. ;) 

So, a closer look. Found these prints online... for free! Find them here. They come in different colors too but I loved the chalkboard look. I had them printed on card stock at Staples (0.22 cents a sheet) and then clipped them onto clipboards and used  Command Velcro Strips to hang them up. It was less than $10. Win! 

I filled some mason jars with clothespins (both from the Dollar Tree) and Oxi Clean. (That stuff is magic!) I love Oxi Clean but that tub it comes in is SO obnoxious so I hide the tub and then transfer the Oxi Clean into a mason jar. The gray fabric bins are always floating around HomeGoods. I use them to store cleaning products and such. Great way to hide all of those colorful product labels. 

We have a front loading washer and dryer so I get to keep things on top for storage. I don't like to because the laundry room gets SO dusty but it's reality. I need to utilize the space. I keep rags, cleaning products and Griffin's food in plastic bins on top of the dryer. 

On top of the washer, I keep detergent, my iron and whatever laundry is on deck... in that really cute, bright green,  $3 plastic laundry basket... See, told ya this was reality!

That hanger is a "sock jail". I keep socks that are missing a mate there until they are recovered. Hung that sucker with a clear, thumb tack. CLEAR thumb tacks are my secret weapon! 

Well, thanks for checking out my laundry "room". Hope this inspires someone!


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Master Bathroom!

I don't know about you, but I find hotel bathrooms to be amazing. A truly luxurious bathroom can be ANY size and still make me swoon! Aside from amazing vanities and top of the line showers, what else makes it so wonderful? Perhaps plush piles of towels, deliciously smelling soaps and no clutter on the counter. 

Early Saturday morning, after I was done scrubbing our bathroom, I stood back and took note of the little touches that make our bathroom feel a little more luxurious and a little less like a builder grade master bath. 

Our bathroom is far from amazing... so here are a few simple, cost effective ways to make your master bath feel just a bit more luxurious. 

1. Toiletries on a tray: Keeping products organized on a tray is my go to! (Tray, $10, HomeGoods)

2. Towels: I love to stack towels on this shelf. Easy and exactly what a hotel bathroom does! 

3. Sitting chair and throw pillow: I found this dining room chair (actually, I think my husband spotted it) and I love having it for my vanity. Plus, it was originally $250 and I got it for $35! 

4. Swap out your builder grade mirrors: These HomeGoods mirrors are much nicer than what the builders chose. And didn't break the bank, either! 
*I'd love to upgrade the vanity one day!

5. Upgrade your shower: Now, this isn't always attainable but if you can, it's well worth it.  Click here to read about our shower renovation. We scaled back and went simpler. 

6. Candles: Candles are great in ANY room, but they add a romantic element to a bathroom. 

Here are some more pics of the bathroom!

Love these floating shelves. Great for storage!
We were VERY close to removing this soaking tub but so glad we didn't pull the trigger. I use it MAYBE 4 times a year BUT it's great for resale. 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you discovered new ideas for your bathroom! 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sell the unused... buy the new!

When I first started following home decor blogs,  I would always wonder how in the world they afforded to constantly change up their homes. Through the years, I've realized that full time bloggers make a very nice income, have sponsors and get tons of free stuff! So, it started to make sense. But what about everyone else? There has to be a way to afford new stuff without spending a fortune...

Which brings me to this post! I thought about calling it "Hustle for your Home" but I thought the message might get misconstrued. ;) I will share some of my favorite ways to sell my unused items which affords me to buy the new!!

I started with good, ole fashion Craig's List. I've also used eBay, too. But lately, I've been extremely successful with Facebook online garage sale pages and Facebook Marketplace. I have a Google Doc with all of my sales charted... and I can't believe how much I've sold. Marketplace on Facebook is VERY simple to manage... and it keeps track of item views and allows potential buyers to message you. Here are some screenshots of things I've sold. (My parents let me raid their basement this summer which was amazing!) 

Facebook garage sale sites are amazing, too. They have lots of rules, though. And posting limits. Marketplace seems to be easiest. *This is not sponsored... I am just sharing what's worked best for me! 

In addition to home decor, I'm a sucker for bags, shoes and clothes. Lots and lots of clothes! I find that I hang on to classic pieces but anything trendy collections dust in my closet. (Not literally, figuratively :) A few years ago, I heard about Poshmark and decided to start my own "closet". For those who don't know, Poshmark is a social marketplace to buy and sell all things fashion. I've made over $2,500 selling items I was no longer using... news, gently used and very used! Bags, shoes, clothes, make up, men's clothes, etc. It's very worth it! I've learned that you have to be excited about it though. I have friends who have been VERY successful and others who have not because they find the process time consuming. I love making $ so the process, which I find simple, doesn't bother me in the least. 

Here are some screenshots of items sold in my Posh Closet. 

Check out Poshmark if you're interested in selling some items "collecting dust". Some helpful tips for selling on Posh:

  • Follow everyone and anyone! It's not like FB where you should be "friends" with the person. More followers means your closet gets more views. More views means more sales. 
  • Share people's closet items! More shares, more views. More views, more sales. ;)
  • Be descriptive and take great pics! This goes with all online marketplaces. Pictures and descriptions are very, very important. 
  • Ship quickly! The Poshmark buyers pays for shipping. A label is sent to the sellers email but it helps if you ship quickly... they recommend within 2 days of sale. 
Sometimes I am responsible and save the earnings. Other times, I indulge. I just sold our everyday plate set and used the $ to buy a new set! I have a throw pillow obsession. Over the summer, I sold 5 throw pillows that were in mint condition so I could buy new ones and not feel so guilty about spending $ on something I truly did NOT need. 

If you have ANY questions about this post, please feel free to reach out or comment on the blog! I'd be happy to share and help. 

Thanks for stopping by!