OUR BATHROOM : THE PLAN

 
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So we bought a house! 
In Portland, Oregon!
(oh yeah.. and we moved there.)

Danny and I made a giant leap this year and pulled the plug on moving to Portland, something we have been discussing for years. So what a better push than buying a house. We got serious about looking in August and by September 13 we put our first offer in on a 1920's bungalow located in NE Portland - sight unseen.

(Also, this is my excuse for taking six months to post about our honeymoon.)

Before we even stepped foot inside, we knew this house wasn't our style as-is. It's on the darker side, was possibly "updated" in the 80's or 90's, some walls are blue, some are purple, yada yada. But one thing we didn't know until we got there was really how much potential this home has. And THAT was exciting! We quickly started bouncing ideas off each other and for me, this really is a dream to finally be like Joanna Gaines and fix this house up! Minus the shiplap. 

So, of course, the first thing I focused on was wanting to gut the kitchen... and I wanted it done before we moved in... and I wanted it done now. But as life has it, we ended up having to move quicker than anticipated because we have to work, right? So, we accepted having to live in the house in it's current state for a while.

Now, people told me to "live in the house first" before you start any work, to really get "feel" for the home. And you know what? They were right. Because now we realize the bathroom is the first to go! So here we are.

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This bathroom... wait, let me rephrase that:  This toilet, is a nightmare. I am usually all for old things, but this pull-chain toilet has got to go - and fast! I can no longer pee in fear! I am creeped out by the older linoleum floors and counter tops, the un-centered mirror makes me cringe, the brown-blue combo is dated, and I swear the "lovely" oak vanity was made for really short folk because I am 5'4 and this thing hits the top of my legs. 

Soooo here's the plan!!

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We really want a minimal, clean, and somewhat modern bathroom, but since the house is old, we we want to restore its charm and vintage look while introducing a somewhat modern, updated style. Let's call it "vintage-modern".  

Aside from painting the walls white, we want to remove the stained glass window (and re-purpose it elsewhere) and install a casement window. We'll likely use the large round mirror we purchased from Ikea earlier this year and flank it with vintage-inspired brass sconces with matching brass fixtures (though we may stick with stainless to not be too trendy). We'd like to re-tile the shower with a matte subway tile, replace the floors with a white, hexagon tile and a light grey grout, and replace the ancient toilet with a Toto brand, because, as my Dad told me about his Toto toilet: "That mother-effer will flush anything." Lastly - and my FAVORITE part - we'll be re-purposing one of our many mid century credenzas (I don't have a problem... you have a problem) that I insisted we schlep up to Portland, transforming it into a vanity (this will be a HUGE money-saver), and placing a rectangular vessel sink on top!

If all goes as plan, I may never leave the bathroom!

 

Inspiration photos 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

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OUR WEDDING: DIY PAPERGOODS

 
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With Danny being a fine art screenprinter, it was only natural that he printed our wedding invites. Danny is also a very talented graphic designer - double win. We first thought that we would only be screen printing the invites, but then it turned into menus, place cards, seating charts, and more. Designing (I got to play art director) and printing everything for our wedding was really fun and rewarding, but a lot of work. And we did it... twice.

Since we decided to have a small, intimate wedding in Big Sur and then a larger party in Los Angeles, we had two different visions for our designs. I was so excited to see what we would come up with and to be his right-hand-lady in the process!

For the Big Sur invite, we went for a forest-y, landscape theme to get our guests excited for the adventure ahead. For the party, we re-mixed/re-purposed an existing design from the 1960s. This design was originally used on the cover of a piano song book of the Kink's "Dandy", which we also had Danny's grandma perform at our wedding with her own lyrics written just for us.

The photos here show this invite in particular being printed. I was lucky enough that Danny could print them on a day that I wasn't in the office, so I was able to photograph him work.

I guess you could say green was our wedding color. I had originally wanted a shimmery copper, but we decided that green would be more versatile and less exhausting throughout the series of pieces. Danny mixes all of his inks from scratch to ensure the perfect color, which is a very tedious process. This was probably the longest part of the day besides waiting for them to dry.

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It was so cool to see our creation come to life on paper and see my then future-husband in his zone working on a personal project! We really felt like this special, DIY touch really set the tone for our entire wedding. I couldn't have asked for anything more beautiful.

Danny is LA's best screen printer. I know that sounds biased because I am now married to him, but he really is. His superior organization, clean workflow, and ultra-tight registration make him stand out from the rest. Thank you, Danny. I love you.

Photography by Even Keel Imagery & myself.

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DIY LAPTOP CASE

 

So, I finally bit the bullet a few weeks ago and bought myself a shiny, new macbook pro after struggling with my seven yr old model.  SUCH a difference!  Now with it being slimmer & lighter in weight, it's easier than ever to bring it with me almost everywhere. But I didn't want some boring run-of-the-mill laptop bag or case, but something a little more personal and something that can withstand the beating of commuting in my purse.  I did and little research and fell in love with Almost Makes Perfect's awesome DIY.  I am typically terrible at doing any DIY but this seemed simple enough.  I bought the supplies and got started!  Thanks, Molly.  You're kinda the best (and congrats on your baby!).

What You'll Need:

1 yard fabric of choice (I chose a faux leather from Amazon, because prime..duh)
Sewing Needle
Thread of choice (Vinyl is also a good, durable option)
Button
Scissors
Exacto Knife
Fabric Glue
Ruler

I ordered a yard of fabric because I wanted extra in case I messed up.  And I did.. a lot.
 
Measure out your size including enough for the flap depending on the size of your laptop.  

Cut fabric as carefully as possible.
Clamp top side with binder clip to keep in place.
Place laptop in bag to see if it fits right before sewing. (Yeah... I should've done this..)
Begin sewing using an overcast stitch. 

Repeat on the other side.  I sewed the all the edges to give it a more finished look.

Using the exacto knife, cut a small slit in the middle of front and flap where you want your button to be.

Cut a small square of the left over fabric to cover the back of the button to keep it from scratching your laptop and adhere using a small amount of fabric glue.

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And you're done! 

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