Bits + pieces: whale themed bathroom (plus a few DIYs)

When I learned our new home would have not one, but two bathrooms, I was pretty excited. This meant the boys would share a bathroom of their own … and so would any guest visiting… and you know me, decorating opportunities :) At the time of our move Chaseyboy was really into whales. Now it is whales and sharks and octopus and squids and sea turtles… pretty much any aquatic life, he loves. He also loves ships, pirate ships, sail boats, etc. So this theme really fit well with the little heart and personality of my biggest boy. I am so glad I went with a whale theme and am excited to show you. It has taken me a year to get it all in place but it’s been a lot of fun!

20130305-215141.jpgTed snapped a few shots of Chase playing pirates on evening. I found them super fitting and snagged a few of them and some of his shots of the boys hanging out in the tub too.

20130310-163706.jpgUPDATE: The narwhal print is a simple DIY I share here.

The whale print is a free printable created by I Rock So What and the Be Unafraid print from Lansdowne Life and it’s horrible but I can’t find where I got the You Are My Sunshine print! (I’ll keep looking and keep ya posted.)


Vintage books I found on a few trips to a local used book store!

Simple decor – whale chip board piece + mason jar.20130305-215423.jpg

A whale spout and bath toy bag,  but of course :) Also, not pictured is their whale bath tub mat.20130305-215616.jpg

Finding this ombre whale shower curtain (via Urban Outfitters) was a huge hit. It became the inspiration for our colour pallete.

Whale soap dispenser (that’s missing the little spout and is now decoration :)) found at Target.20130305-215558.jpg


Cutest $1 Target find :) I only regret not buying 2!20130305-215107.jpg
If you follow me on IG, you know I have taken quite a few pictures of my kiddos in the bath tub. Well, now ya know why! Instant decor, thanks to Printstagram!
20130305-215131.jpgChase loves and anchors and I love this verse. Perfect fit!

Canvas + paint + sharpie only!20130305-214900.jpgMini clothespins – Wal-Mart under $2


It is fun seeing such silly and sweet memories of the boys every day – dating all the way back to Shailo’s baby bath times in the sink tub.

Some easy DIYs:
20130305-215728.jpgHobby lobby has quite the cute selection of these little guys! Robots, pirate ships, mermaids, animals, cars, etc. And for $.70 and under! I just hot glued them to a painted canvas.

20130306-105324.jpgI actually realized {after} I had readied my paint, that my paint brushes were MIA. All those besides sponge brushed which I knew wouldn’t work. So, silly as it seems, I painted with my fingers! Hehe :)

I just want to end with this… it doesn’t have to take a few hours, or a week to decorate a space in your home. Take time here and there and after a while you will come to find you’ve created a beautiful place. Piece by piece.

I’ve come to realize that I post things people sometimes think it was either a quick or a time consuming thing. It doesn’t have to be. Like this bathroom and like many things in our home and in our lives, they are ever evolving. Hope you are INSPIRED and never ever discouraged when you read/see things I’ve created or have done. I do not have my life figured out. I am not super mom. I have a disaster of a house as I sit here at 11:30 pm at night. Dishes piled high, living room a wreck, piles of laundry waiting to be cleaned. ETC. It’s really endless, it is. I guess where I am going with this is that just because I often share DIYs or photos of a trip here or there, etc. It doesn’t mean I have my life figured out. No way. I hope that you can always see my heart in sharing and that I ALWAYS hope to inspire creativity, authenticity and to encourage the hearts of others – even in sharing DIYs or sharing my heart vulnerably.

Uh – oh, I feel another blog post coming on in regards to this! Yep. Soon!

bits + pieces: our bedroom

Confession: in any of the homes we’ve lived in during our 5.5 years of marriage, this is the first home in which I fully decorated our bedroom! I realized that it is kind of our oasis and it tends to be overlooks and usually is our messiest room of the house. The “catch all”.

Well, when we moved into this house (almost a year ago) I said I would make it just that: an oasis.  In the fall we swapped our master bedroom (our largest bedroom in the house) with our office/craft room (smallest bedroom) so we could be near Chase’s room which at the time we were across the house from him.

Over the past few years I’ve slowly collected this or that “vintage” or “eclectic” specifically for our room. This weekend I finally “finished” the basic decorating in our bedroom. Here are bits + pieces of what our little room looks like…

20130216-145119.jpgThis dresser is from my mother’s childhood. I absolutely love it and even though there are all kinds of tutorials for how to update old dressers, I just can’t bring myself to do it. Love it the way it is. I found the old springs on the side of the road and for now it holds Ted’s ties. I have a another plan for this, but it’ll take me a little more time. (the closet space is actually used to store things, so it is nice because we rarely have to get into it)

20130216-145051.jpgBrass lion heads…Love ’em.
20130216-145109.jpgThe inside of this beautiful vintage frame was actually fabric that had water damage. The fabric texture felt like canvas so I tried painting it a spa blue and was thrilled to see it worked! Also, don’t you just LOVE the details of this frame?

Right before Ted and I began dating, I made him this shadow box for his birthday. When we started dating I noticed he has dried and kept a small flower I had given him months before. BAH, love that he’s sappy-sweet like that :) He’s kept this shadow box over the years, it has even survived a fall onto tile!
20130216-151452.jpgI found chevron print curtains on Urban Outfitters that I loved, however, the price… not so much. So I decided to make my own! I was so excited to find a chevron print to go with our bedroom!
20130216-145152.jpgThis beauty (that currently holds our towels and guest blankets, etc) cost me $20 at a garage sale! In our previous home it was used as a pantry since we didn’t have an actual pantry. The umbrella is from Thailand. The frame was thrifted and painted. The pallet behind, of Jesus’ hands, was a gift. The ‘D’ still needs to be spray painted to look metal, but for now… :)

The old books are mine: a book of poems and an old Streams in the Desert and My Utmost for His Highest. The amazing old jar was filled with glass marbles (which are used as decor in the boys room in an old gum ball machine) only cost me $4! 20130216-144936.jpg

This old door I picked out of someone’s trash. The neighbors near them stared awkwardly as I lifted this BEAST of a door into my mini van. I have no regrets, I love her, broken glass and all. I have a plan for this as well… just for now, she simply holds a broken but pretty wreath!20130216-155816.jpg (The ONLY red in our bedroom is on this wreath. For those of you who’ve followed my blog or know me at all, you know this is huge. You could say, I’m typically a red-aholic. Teal – or more specifically here – spa blue, you cannot keep me away from apparently ;))


(above: older photo of our bed and headboard hence the different lighting :)20130216-144929.jpg

Headboard made from a room divider I bought at a garage sale for $5. I just added chalkboard paint and our ‘You + me’ banner.


I would still love to add some more photos but I am so very thrilled to have wedding photos hung! WHAT? It has only taken me 5.5 years haha

It is a work in progress but I must say this feels pretty good to have it oasis-like instead of our grungy-catch-all room!

Thanks for popping by, hope you are inspired by our room tour!