A Waterfall for the Powder Bath 

When Max and I last went around the house to talk about upcoming and future projects, he was very surprised to learn that our powder room was not completed. 

I have spoken before about how I wanted a waterfall faucet for that room. When I bought the vanity top at Lowes I got a free faucet for it, which was much better than our old one and worked in the meantime while I saved for the new one. 

But when Max learned that the bathroom was not done he told me to just finish it. So I found a deal and ordered it. 


And it is super cool. It has a brushed nickel finish so it matches the rest of the bathroom hardware. 



The opening in the top and the square shape make it feel modern. 


And I made some updates to the other side of the room as well, replacing the crappy outdoor bench we had in here with this wood one that max sanded down and stained to make the wood grain really shine. 



I may have some pictures of the refinishing process that I can include in another post but I will have to dig them up. 


And above that bench I hung this shelf from Homesense. I love the metal work on it. 


Toilet paper is a great decor tool. 


Meanwhile, as I took all these pictures (plus some of the dogs), Max installed the free Lowes faucet upstairs in the main bathroom. The old faucet there was pretty sad so it was a nice upgrade. 



I’m excited about these faucet changes. Now all the powder room needs is a new light fixture and I will be painting the ceiling when that is installed. I hope to pick up the fixture on my next Thunder Bay trip. 

Let me know if you have any questions. 

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Future Plans for the Main Bath

Max and I recently decided that the next project we are going to tackle is the garage workshop.

Which is painfully boring. It is a garage after all.

It is absolutely necessary for us to finally finish our workshop, especially with winter fast-approaching. We really need a place where we can work on projects and plus if the garage doesn’t get organized soon I will likely develop a hernia. Unfortunately this is not going to be the prettiest project we’ve done. And it’s not really going to require a lot of design and decorating on my part.

So in the meantime, I can dream about future projects.

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I have talked about all the problems I have with this main bathroom in the past, HERE, and I painted the mirror black HERE. And while I had a lot of ideas as to changes I wanted to make, it was about damn time I made a real plan.

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I think one of the main problems in here is the wall colour. I had thought that the vanity needed to change, but it turns out it was the walls. I was trying to blend beige and grey too much, and I needed everything to get a little bit cooler toned in order to match better.

In this spirit of simplifying, I will paint the walls Blank Page by Beauti-tone, and leave the vanity as My Favourite Sweater by Beauti-tone. The vanity in my design plan is just a representation of my painted vanity, I will not be switching it out, just putting a new topper and faucet on.

For further cohesiveness, I want all of the hardware to be black. And right now I’m thinking hooks instead of a towel bar, which Max says he prefers because they are “easier”

I also am sticking to my black mirror, but changing the shape to a circular mirror that I already picked up from Homesense.

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Another one of the larger changes will be lighting. You can see the vanity light right now is off centered and just in the way. I would love a sconce on either side and am eying these from Wayfair right now.

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I already have the shower curtain, so the last thing I need is that beautiful cement tile. Unfortunately it is only available in the states so I may have to figure out a creative way to get it (or go for a shopping trip across the border).

I’m excited to turn this bathroom around and make it something I love. After I finish the boring garage project.

Let me know if you have any questions.

 

Bye Bye Green Couch

The couch is gone the couch is gone!

Three years after first obtaining our green couches from a friend upon moving into our first apartment, we finally got rid of the last one.

And it is awesome.

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Forgive me for this photo, it is pre-DSLR, but it shows both our green couches in their full glory. I bought these guys third-hand off a friend a few years ago, when I was desperate for furniture. By the time we got them, they had been well-loved. Not the greatest quality in the first place, the support was shot in both of them, and they were too cheap to even think about replacing the foam.

Oh yeah, and they were green.

I like to think I made it work pretty well, and things blended so much that you barely noticed the sage colour. And last Christmas when I got my nest chair, I got rid of the loveseat.

And it was glorious.

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But I still had one green couch, and I knew just the thing to replace it.

A $3000 Urban Barn leather couch.

So I waited. And I dreamed about it in this post.

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When we got married and were given wonderful monetary gifts from our family and friends, I told Max I already knew what I wanted to buy before we put the rest in savings (see beautiful couch, above).

But I still wanted a deal.

So, when we walked in to Urban Barn in Winnipeg after our honeymoon and saw this guy on sale, I had to have it.

The salesperson gave us an additional hundred dollars off, and so we ended up getting it for 66% off. DEALS.

This was a floor model and no longer produced (hence the deal) but there are a lot of similar Urban Barn couches HERE.

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I just love the warmth the leather brings to the room. I’m looking forward to the patina over time, and this kind of couch just gets more beautiful with age. The leather is not bonded either, but real leather, so we really did get a steal for the quality.

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The lady also asked if I had pillows for the couch or if I would like to pick some out. Please.

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Now between this couch and my nest chair, Urban Barn is taking over my living room.

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There are a few more changes I want to make in here (including curtains, a rug, new bookshelf, move the piano in, you know, just SEVERAL things), but this is a great step towards my dream living room.

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The low profile of this couch also makes a huge difference. This also makes me want a new basement couch as well #createdamonster.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Tile Reveals – Powder Bath and Master Ensuite

Oops I didn’t post for two months!

It wasn’t purposeful, it really wasn’t. At some point I just realized it was necessary to put the blog on the backburner while I got married and went on my honeymoon in order to not lose my mind. Because executing a wedding is hard. I need a nap just thinking about it.

The good news is soon I will have wedding pictures to share here.

Until then, I wanted to share a bit of an update and reveal as to all the tile work I had posted about starting back in the summer. Despite not posting about it, the physical work was completed in fairly short order. And I’m OBSESSED with the hex tile I chose.

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In the powder room we completed two rows of subway tile above the chunky white countertop we installed not long ago. I used grey grout (Delorean Grey) for some contrast and some caulking in the same shade finished off the edges. The wraparound of this tile is great for splashes, which is good because this bathroom is most used and often used by guests.

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In our master ensuite, we completed the floor tile in this beautiful black and white hex pattern.

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I love how white and clean it looks now compared to the old linoleum. A new white vanity top and white toilet also helped with the overall brightness of the room.

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In this bathroom we also installed a backsplash along the back wall only. It can go a little higher given the mirror placement in here and I finished it with the same grout and caulk.

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Now I can’t wait to change out my shower and get all the beige officially out of this room.

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The black tiles match the black vanity (Black Cat by Beauti-Tone) perfectly as well.

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I have some fresh new hammam towels in here as well.

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I am so excited to have one of my four bathrooms so close to being totally completed!

I still hope to find a new light for this space, it still has a dreaded boob light in the meantime.

Let me know if you have any questions.

More Shopping and Upcoming Projects

In one of my last posts, I mentioned I spent a whole week in Thunder Bay and may have another post given all my shopping excursions.

And I do.

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The first thing I took note of was this rug in Homesense, which was on clearance. At only $150 it was a steal, so much so that I made Max measure our couch and chair to see if I could make it work. It was 5 x 7 and I think I definitely need an 8 x 10 for the space so I had to walk away from this one.

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I took a picture also of this interesting mirror in Home Depot. I liked the ornateness of the oval shape and am still on the hunt for a mirror for the main bathroom.

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And then I spent much too long browsing storage systems. I think these closet systems are so interesting and such a great idea for easy customized storage.

This Martha Stewart line was pretty.

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But this Closetmaid line was the clear winner. The walnut option was the best looking and I love the custom look of the drawers.

After all this dreaming though, I realized that a custom built closet would likely work best for Max and I, given the irregular shape of our closet. It will also be much more cost effective to build it ourselves. Now I just need to get my hands on a router and convince Max that MDF is not the enemy.

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But before I came to that conclusion I did play around with the design service.

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Also in storage, they had a lot of garage options. I love the Husky stuff and thought this option with the storage under the workbench was cool.

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And then I bought a toilet. Because it was only $108.00. And because it was WHITE.

When I bought the tile I knew that if I installed it I couldn’t very well put my almond toilet back on top. So I went for this deal.

Therefore, in upcoming projects we have a lot of tiling, toilet removal, cement board installation, and overall bathroom beautification.

Stay tuned!

Let me know if you have any questions.

 

 

May Was Crazy & Some Shopping 

I post on average seven times a month, just about twice a week. 

But in May I posted once.

Oops. 

I have a lot of excuses, but basically May was insane. I went to Vegas at the beginning of the month for my bachelorette, we had our wedding social, and May Long Weekend was spent out at camp. So the blog was on the back burner. And nothing was really accomplished Project wise anyway to blog about. 


But I’m getting back into it now that it is June and I have a lot of projects and posts planned! We hope to learn to tile and get some backsplashes and a floor done. And on top of that, I want to move forward with a plan for the main bathroom. 

Until then, I’m in Thunder Bay for work currently. I have some recent house updates to share as well as some things I saw and some things I bought: 

Also I’m here all week so there may be a part 2 of this. 


To prepare for summer I hung my new boxwood wreath on a burlap strip. I hung my monogram in the centre as per usual. 


I also picked up a new doormat that I thought was funny when I was in Winnipeg. 


I saw this vanity top at Home Depot and made note of it since this is a great price for  a 49″. I only have one more yellow vanity top and I am determined to replace it! 


This moose sketch was at Homesense and I thought he was cute.


This mirror was also at Homesense and I have been wanting a wood frame mirror for the main bathroom. Not sure if this one is too big and Max is measuring back home for me. 


This vanity was at Lowes and I love the lines of it and the black metal. Would look great in a small space and very affordable. 


And this. The most exciting thing. 

This picture above is from October when I saw this tile in Home Depot and walked away from it because I wasn’t ready. 

I’m still not ready now but when I talked to a lady that worked there and realized they only had 87 square feet left, I had to do it. 

So I have tile ready to go as soon as we decide to learn to tile. And it is so pretty and I LOVE IT. 

It is glazed porcelain so even though it looks so nice and vintage it will be tough enough for a floor. 

I grabbed it (after they forklifted it down for me) and hopped right out of there! 

I have a few more nights in Thunder Bay but I am excited to get it home. 

Let me know if you have any questions. 

THE CUT at Sears and More April Shopping

Last week I went to Thunder Bay for meetings, and I had barely any time to shop. It was just an overnight trip, and I had an evening meeting as well, which left just a few hours for home décor shopping.

In the little time we had, my mom wanted to take me to the upstairs of Sears, where a new section opened called “The Cut.”

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It’s essentially Sear’s version of Homesense, with all kinds of discounted items. Right now it’s just a small section of the upper level of Sears, and very haphazardly organized, but it was still very interesting to see them branch out this way and I hope this section expands in the future.

They had lots of cool décor pieces and dishes (above).

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They had some cool rustic signs like this as well.

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I was a fan of this dishware pattern with the blue marble-like swirls. I liked the teapot especially.

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And they had some industrial giant clocks I loved as well.

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There were also a lot of art prints on canvas, but none of them seemed too special to me.

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And they had this thing. I think it’s some kind of wall hanging artwork and it was HUGE. Like taller than me easy and made of some kind of ceramic? Super cool and I’ve never seen anything like this at Homesense.

I also checked out their pillow selection but unfortunately none of them were down-filled and I won’t buy pillows unless they’re down filled at this point.

I was impressed with this new venture but nothing can take the place of my beloved Homesense, so I of course still had to run there before leaving town.

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Above are some super cute pitchers for summer. The gold writing says “lemonade.”

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I thought this zebra blanket was interesting but certainly not my colour.

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This shibori print one is much more my style.

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Homesense also had these fake grass rugs which I thought would be so awesome on a balcony or something if you lived in an apartment and didn’t have a yard!

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I thought this ladder shelf with a mirror would look really cool in the big space in the basement bathroom but I’m not about to spend $80 on it.

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They also had a ton of furniture on clearance but I’m not really looking for anything right now.

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I always check out the puppy section and I thought these jerseys were a cute idea for Jays fans.

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And I was also so impressed with the lighting this trip! They had so many pendant lights and a lot were on sale too! The bottom right are cement lights and so nice a heavy. Not sure how much light would be getting through that shade!

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Seriously. So many pendants.

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They had a lot of big clocks as well, which I always love but have nowhere to put one.

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And I thought the artwork this trip was on point. I love this watercolour nature scene.

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And this hipster deer, how cute is he?

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And last but not least this canoe painting which was huge and very pretty. I ended up picking out a completely different art piece but you will have to wait and see that! Stay tuned for the next fireplace installment! This was a bit late getting posted because of all the work on the fireplace but it is coming together so beautifully and I can’t wait for it to be officially finished.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thunder Bay Shopping: I Found a New (Re)Store!

Lately it seems I have been travelling to Thunder Bay every two weeks. It is a busy time of year with our fiscal year end coming up, and this means lots of meetings. Luckily for me, this also means lots of shopping opportunities.

Unfortunately for me, this increase in trips has led to a general boredom with HomeSense. The frequency of my shopping isn’t allowing for an influx of new items to the store, so it is generally the same stuff, and on top of that, it’s all Spring stuff, which is my least favourite season to decorate for.

So I went looking for a new store to occupy my downtime. And I found a ReStore!

ReStores are thrift stores operated by Habitat for Humanity, that specialized in used or sometimes new building supplies. When people rip out their kitchen cabinets, for instance, as long as they’re still in usable condition, they can donate them to the ReStore in their area.

Right up my alley, right?

The first thing I saw were all these old doorknobs and locks. The faceplates are so pretty and I love the patina on them.

They also had a ton of knobs and pulls, nicely bagged. I think knobs and pulls are usually ridiculously overpriced so this would be great if you were redoing a piece of furniture or a bathroom cabinet and just needed a couple.

Nothing like seeing a whole row of almond sinks at the ReStore to convince you that your own almond sinks need to go!

Their trim selection was great and would be awesome if you were trying to match some older woodwork or working on a small project.

This is something I have dreamed about. A whole row of vintage doors to browse through. Some were cheapy hollow cores, but there were a couple beautiful ones I will show below.

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And a bunch of vintage wood windows as well! So pretty for home décor.

Vintage handmade tiles. Would be so cool for a bathroom backsplash where you would only need about 10 or so.

And they also have a couple pieces of furniture too! I thought these dining chairs were pretty and just needed a little TLC.

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They also had a great assortment of light fixtures (and plugs to make sure they worked!) as well as these pretty glass shades. There were a lot of the school house fixtures I like here.

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And these are the gorgeous solid wood doors. If you look close you can see the “SOLD” sticker but if they hadn’t been, I would have found a way to fit them into my car. I am now convinced I need a vintage door to my closet. Sorry not sorry.

Another place I went to visit while in Thunder Bay was Fabricland. I get most my fabric here or at Wal-Mart, and needed to pick some up for a project for the dogs (which is now complete and I will post about soon).

I loved all the stripes they had just put out, very Joanna Gaines to me. I thought maybe the straight lines of stripes like these were a bit ambitious for my project (sewing is hard enough for me without trying to keep a pattern straight) so I let it go but when it goes on sale I may need some for some throw pillows.

I loved this one too. I have a obsession.

This is the one I ended up going with. It is a warm gray upholstery fabric so it is nice and thick and perfect for my project. It was also on sale for $5 a meter. I got 4 for $20 and was able to make the dog project, some pillows, and still have a ton left over.

Let me know if you have any questions. I highly recommend finding your own ReStore to go to! I think Max was pretty jealous, it’s like the garage sale of his dreams.

I Bit the Bullet and Painted the Bathroom Mirror Black 

I have been unhappy with my main bathroom upstairs for a long time and I even lamented about my struggles with this room in an entire post not long ago. 

So I decided to finally do something about it. I needed to just start making changes even if I don’t have the whole plan right now. Sometimes you can’t wait for a complete gut job. And I knew I hated the colour of the mirror. So out came the paint. 



I decided to go with my favourite black because I knew I wanted it to be neutral still but not so light and shiny. 


This is the darkest and best true black Home Hardware carries, Black Cat by Beauti-tone. 


I just put the mirror on the ground and started painting. The good thing about my ugly laminate floor is that paint wipes right off of it. 



Win thought the mirror on the floor was exciting. 


It was great because it didn’t require much prep. Any paint on the mirror is easily scraped off. 


I still have to do a few touch ups on it and obviously decide on a SINGLE COLOUR for my vanity but this change really satisfies me for now. 


I really want the mirror to stay vertical and add a sconce on each side so I am on the hunt for those now. We need to work on the fireplace next but I’m excited about my future plans for this room now as well. 

Let me know if you have any questions. 

Radio Silence and March Shopping

Let’s go ahead and start this off by addressing that fact that it has been two weeks since I last posted. Yes, that is a long time. Yes, I have plenty of excuses:

  1. We got a dog. My last post was all about how we brought little Winchester home and how he was adjusting, as well as how Remy was adjusting to not being the only dog in the house anymore. The good news is both dogs are doing great, Win is sleeping through the night and plays so well with his big sister. The bad news is I haven’t thought much about completing any projects because I’m so obsessed with my two little rats #sorrynotsorry.
  2. Max and I are travelling a lot. March is a bad work month for both of us, he has work up North with Winter Road season, and I have three Thunder Bay trips in a months time as I prepare for my fiscal year end. On top of  being away so much, we have to make sure the pups are looked after while each of us are gone and that our trips don’t overlap too badly.
  3. For the first time since we moved in, we don’t have a bigger project on the go. I always complete little things, like rearranging décor, making pillowcases, or buying a bunch of stuff from HomeSense and adding it to our home, but usually we have a big project going on at the same time – the bar, flooring, or a room makeover. Something we’re working on together to permanently change our house. We don’t have that right now, and while part of me is enjoying the break, the other bit is anxious to DO SOMETHING. Good news is we have ordered the fireplace insert so hopefully we can get moving on that soon. And I’ve done some little things (like painting the bathroom mirror that didn’t match, after much deliberation!).

So, hopefully this can be the end of my break and we can hop right back into things, at a similar pace to what we had before. Because being overwhelmed with renos is what makes me happy.

Until then, I have some various shopping from my last Thunder Bay trip-as I said I have to travel a lot this month so prepare yourself for more of these;

 First up is HomeSense, of course. One of the first things I found was this seven piece frame set – such a smart idea for a gallery wall with everything you need in one box! I love frames with simple black lines so this was right up my alley.

 Also right at the front of the store was this desk. The finish on it and the matching chair was beautiful and I loved the raised hutch with cubbies. This would be so cute for a kids room.

Easter was out in full swing and a lot of the dishware was so cute. I liked these egg plates, so fun to display your decorated eggs.

I took a look at the blankets (because its me) and I really loved these striped ones (which they had in blue and gray). I carried the gray one around for a bit before deciding the tone just wasn’t right (and I DO NOT NEED MORE BLANKETS). I loved the fringe edge and it was so soft. I knew it would have draped beautifully over my smaller blanket ladder.

I also found these quilts near the blankets and I LOVED them. The bohemian pattern with the navy blue and neutrals was so pretty, but they were $100! I know quilts are pricy but damn this is HomeSense. Where’s the discount?

I also liked these stools. They actually have backs if you look closely at the metal bit, they just fold down which is so interesting. These would be great for an area like a bar where you want seat backs for comfort but don’t want to obstruct the view in and out when they’re not in use.

This door shaped mirror was so pretty, really reminded me of Fixer Upper style. It was also very expensive.

HomeSense has been killing it with hanging lights lately. These capiz ones weren’t quite as pretty as my Moravian star light but had similar vibes.

This sunburst was so cool, with the feathers, and pretty inexpensive, too bad it’s gold.

Next I went to Canadian Tire to check out some potential sconces for the bathroom that I had seen online. Unfortunately in person they weren’t what I had in mind. I was very impressed with some of the concrete lamps Canadian Tire came out with though, even though I think they were overpriced. This one (above) looks so cool with an Edison bulb.

This one was really pretty (albeit simpler) as well. Canadian Tire has really stepped up their lighting game.

Last stop is Home Depot, where I found this deal on a range hood (THAT CAN RECIRCULATE). The bottom price is for this one, and it is cheaper that even IKEA.

I also spent a lot of time dreaming in the tile aisles, this concrete tile is so pretty, I love the hexagon shape. This might look good in the main bathroom upstairs, but we’re nowhere near tile selection in there yet, and I’m hesitant to go with something so trendy.

Opposite of trendy, I found classic 3 x 6 subway tile for 35 cents a piece! This is the cheapest I have seen it. I envision subway tile for the backsplash in the kitchen, as well as the shower and backsplash in the ensuite.

And that concludes this round! I didn’t buy much this trip, because I knew I had more trips this month and so there was no pressure to buy now. I did get some clothing deals at American Eagle, but let’s keep this more décor related.

Let me know if you have any questions.