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How to refresh a bathroom style

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My clothing style has been shifting, along with the home projects, the dining room, kitchen, and so on (as in, more to come). I’ve come to realize sometimes, simply clearing out all the accessories and starting with a clean slate and adding in touches can really transform a room – and it’s also very budget friendly in comparison to a demolition.

For the bathroom project I ordered all of my bathroom goodies from Horchow, a beautiful home decor site that has everything from bedding, tabletop, bath, lighting, office, and furniture. Starting today, Horchow is having a Finders Savers Event (ends 9/28). There are different deals across the site from 20%, 30% to 40% and you won’t know the exact discount until you check out for your saving deal.

If you need a bed or bath refresh because items are tired or you’re itching for a new style in your home, dining room, bedroom, anything regarding home – this is the time!  Here’s our updated bathroom, you may notice we got new shutters for four of our windows, the bathroom included –

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I requested the shutters to have top and bottom shutters separated so you could close the bottoms for privacy but leave the top for natural light. I wanted this space to be clean, and thankfully the vanities I picked are pretty classic and should last a long time so decorating around it to transform the space is easy!

Here are some bathroom tips to redo your style on a budget – without making your husband cringe at the price tag.

  1. Remove everything from the bathroom. Rug, toothbrush, decor, towels everything you can see – curtains and blinds if removable.
  2. Consider the easy fixes. Replace paint color, knobs, fixtures, and curtains. Even a toilet handle would be a nice and affordable upgrade.
  3. Pick your style and theme.

I’ve lived with many different styles over the years, college, first three apartments out of college, first townhome to the house we live in now. Trends change, and so do your tastes as you transition to different stages of your life. Here’s how I decided to spruce up my bathroom, which guests use as well, it’s located right off the hallway.

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This Jonathan Adler zebra bath rug comes in 4 colors and I squealed when I saw it – I first fell in love with the Jonathan Adler zebra stacking dish so when I discovered the rug that can be flipped if you want soft or loop rug, I think I died. I also want to share that these accessories are incredibly affordable and especially so during the sale, so take a peek and see what you can find with this 48 Finders Savers Event – 20% 30% 40% sale!

I had to get the matching Jonathan Adler zebra stacking dish (this color combo exclusive to Horchow) to match the rug. This goes on the “guest vanity” with the La Boheme apothecary jars on the Jonathan Adler lacquer vanity tray. I decided to get a matching vanity tray for my side too.

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I love the cane embossed porcelain tumbler to hold my makeup brushes, the pattern was just fun. I think vanity trays are such a great place to designate your items, it kind of just feels more like an area instead of them randomly sitting on a counter corner. It also keeps your items dry incase of a splash from washing your face.

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I picked up matching Nest fragrances liquid soap in orange blossom and found these lovely towels. These are Scents and Feel Fouta herringbone hand towels and come in several versions – this is black.

Here’s a better look at my half glass shower door. I absolutely love it and I wanted one after my Ireland trip. It was so convenient getting in and out of the shower and it does swing out as well if you needed full tub access.

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I think these touches really updated my bathroom with the new window shutters. It also made me realize what I don’t have to leave on the countertop or on the bathroom shelving – I love how clean it looks!

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Be sure to take advantage of Horchow‘s  unique Finders Savers Event sale, 20% 30% or 40%  – it ends 9/28! I’m on the hunt for new dishes that can be sed for every day and fancy enough for holiday and can be microwavable. Meet you on Horchow!

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Thank you Horchow for sponsoring this post.

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I’m breaking busy and want to talk again

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You might recall when I shared I was reading this book about Breaking Busy and I was doing so well? I sort of was, and then work came along and then I freaked out, on top of a kitchen remodel (no regrets) that took longer than expected.

Sometimes, the only real time I can relax, sleep in, indulge in Netflix and not worry about laundry, cooking, or anything at all is when I’m on vacation – and so, I booked a flight for a week to visit my parents and 14 year old pup. Paris is 14! Have you seen the trailer for A Dog’s Purpose? You know everyone’s going to be crying in theaters over that! I saw the trailer before watching Bridget Jones’s Baby which just gave me a wonderful flashback feeling like I was reading the book and seeing the movies when it first began. Love me some Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy – also glad Renée Zellweger didn’t look too different as Bridget post surgery whatever she had done to her face.

It has been sadly so unfamiliar to just blog and write about nothing. I came across some old posts years ago before this little space got any attention at all. I read my carefree words – carefree because I didn’t have much of an audience – and since the numbers went up, I got some stage fright writers block. And sometimes, brands are checking out my blog and seeing the content published, I of course overthink every post.

I also swear I was so funny back then – the things I would say, like this dating post or maybe I was more thoughtful like when I’d just admit my relationship is a disaster with my brother (unfortunately we still aren’t speaking, I’d appreciate some prayers), and how to cope with feeling left out.

We need more than just seeing pretty outfits, happy photos, we also need words. Words to heal, words that bring our souls together for a brief moment, words that make us stop briefly to reflect, to encourage, and to say, hey, life can be beautiful and a struggle at the same time.

It has been a true blessing to be able to find my niche in the popular yet completely insanely competitive blogging world – Not a mommy blogger but can blog about similar products mommy bloggers do, just not diapers. I like fashion but not enough to keep buying new outfits and also do prefer sweatpants and drawstring waistbands however always stylish while traveling because I’m forced to be intentional on packing. How do I make life easier in this busy world? Oh this is a cool product, need to share this immediately. And here we are, some of you still here, growing with me, and I love you for it.

As you can tell, the collaborations are plentiful lately, and I love them for several reasons. 1) They are creative for me, and 2) They are intentional. Either I reach out to them or apply for the opportunity to work with the brand and been happy to find some good fits. Being able to share and report on products or whatever it is, makes me happy to give you some informative content. It also helps me get out of my stretchy pants, slap on some makeup and brush my hair to show you that you too, should do it.

I assume that our world is busy, we’re rushing to get to the next thing, serving others (which is good!) and barely taking time to just rest. To read, to relax, go on vacation, and I have certainly become guilty of it – the lack of writing and the assumption everyone is like me – scrolling for bullet points and the information fast, forgetting that sometimes we need a connection. We need more than just seeing pretty outfits, happy photos (while they are of course part of life and provides creative value), but we also need words. Words to heal, words that bring our souls together for a brief moment, words that make us stop briefly to reflect, to encourage, and to say, hey, life can be beautiful and a struggle at the same time – and just a reminder we’re all through this journey together and there is so much to be thankful for!

I’m back, and I’m ready to talk.

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