Ok maybe I don’t feel like doing this anymore….

Everyone gets to a point in a home renovation when they say “Ok, I’m all set – you can leave everything right where
it is and go – thanks…” The plumber was here all day yesterday and just asked question after question, then listed all the things that needed to happen and all I could say was “Will it look pretty?”  Not quite, but you get the picture.  While he was ripping out the old heating system,

he had to turn off the off the heat for the day.  It was a cold day so I put on a jacket and a hat and went about my business as a pilgrim for the day.  When he left he told heat will be on soon, no big deal and left.  Since I had hypothermia at the point I did not notice that the heat was not coming on, when my husband came home at 6:30 he asked me why the heat was still off, my face…

Cut to my husband making phone calls, going up to the attic, down to the basement, like a scene from a Christmas Story of swears and threats.  I was just sitting calmly on the couch like a Victorian girl about to have a nervous breakdown on the inside but writing out Christmas cards.  The service guy came out and thankfully by 9 we had heat, like I would have noticed

Brian left at 6:30 so I had to deal with the aftermath of all this at 7 am while trying to inhale coffee and meth…. just kidding about the coffee….

SO how about some shopping, these are a few of the items I am installing in the bathroom.  I am pretty excited about all of the things I picked out until I have it installed and it looks crazy together (this happens all the time)

Toilet – This is not the exact one I am getting because this one has all the bells and whistles but I love the one piece at the bottom without those stupid knobs (getting gross here) that get disgusting when my son misses the toilet… The one I ordered is similar in appearance but smaller. Pedestal sink – Two choices here both from Wayfair. First, here is why I like to use Wayfair…  The have competitive prices.  They have great shipping prices.  They tell you the shipping date up front (no guessing, no having to call a human to get an answer).  They make returns incredibly easy!  If anything is delivered damaged they send out a replacement ASAP.  They are not perfect but if you know exactly what you are looking for it is a great option.  The bathroom requires a tiny pedestal and these fit the measurements.

Lighting – I tried to find a company that has in-stock items which means quicker shipping time but limited selection.  I found some great choices because I am basic like that…

I also found this very classic and traditional light if anyone needs one here.  I live in a colonial so my house is on the traditional side to honor the colonial look, but I would love to renovate other styles some day.

I love the brass finish, which leads to my love of brass especially in bathrooms and why I did not chose it for this renovation.  So I am completely in on the brass fixture bandwagon.  I also think brass has earned its stripes and is here to stay as a traditional choice.  BUT for this bathroom I chose to use all polished nickel finishes. This is what we have in the other bathrooms and I like the look.  I thought about mixing finishes, some brass, some nickel but this bathroom is too small for all that so I am sticking with what I know this time.  That’s all.

Those are a few of my choices.  Thanks for the therapy session above and I am glad we suppressed all that with some shopping.  Next week I will be away with my family but coming back in the new year with some more adventures in renovating.  Happy Holidays!




Renovating and making memories…

Ok, first off I am not complaining about renovating.  I am actually quite happy to be renovating.  Yes, there is always some things that annoy me but overall I am always a little sad when the ride is over….

Nope, I am complaining about this time of the year.  Here’s an example…while picking out a tree at Russell’s in Wayland, my children were acting so crazy and taking off like feral cats that I wanted to ask them if they were drunk.  My husband and I got the tree by ourselves – it was a romantic 5 minutes of bonding about how much of assholes our kids are…

Instead, I am fully embracing this small renovation project with all the joy of the season.  (Even Jesus would prefer this renovation racket over all the making memories stuff.  He would maybe even tell the elf where to shove it.)  The crew comes early in the morning, we have quick meeting and then I usually hustle around trying hide underwear and candy wrappers.  The poor paint guy showed up (separate project) and I literally showed him a room to paint that was so cluttered with junk he looked like he was going to try to make a break for it. But the crew can’t run, I got them locked it tight to my madness of indecision, asking opinions then doing the opposite and showing them consignment finds…  Sometimes I cry, ask for a hug then scream at them – oh sorry that’s just my husband.

As far as the actual renovation without any emotional dialogue, they have gutted the bathroom and we are ready to start framing and laying out tile and woodwork.  I have been ordering most of the fixtures and lights online.  I visited two tile stores (more on that later) and generally try to look extremely important and busy.  There has been some frustration, especially with the sink and lighting surrounding the sink.  The space is tight and I really had to use my brain, which doesn’t love to be bothered with math and measurements, etc.  Here is some of the progress so far…


After (week one)

I visited one of my favorite tile stores, Forever Tile in West Concord.  Colleen, the owner, knows exactly what I like and starts pulling out sample boards the within minutes.  She is great to work with if you have a project, budget or not she will guide you through the process.

This basketweave below is made from dolomite and has a soft white feel especially with this matte finish.

This 3×6 white ceramic tile is at a great price point and is meant to look handmade but not at the cost.  It is a great option for the shower walls.


More on what I have ordered for the bathroom next week.  But this renovation has leaked into other parts of the house.  The painter came to do two bedrooms which were overdue for an update. Farrow and Ball Blackened for my daughter’s room.

For my son’s room I chose Ben Moore Coventry Gray for that medium blue/gray that I love.

We are also patching some spots in the dining room.

This somehow led to updating the mud room.  I decided to wallpaper (details coming soon) and that led to repainting the wainscoting.  I love the color in here (C2 Glacial Stream) but just looking for a change.

My house looks turned upside down and I just tell the kids to live around the mess – they are very used to this since they really know no different growing up with renovations.

Hopefully I will have some more progress shots for next Tuesday.  Things will start to slow down soon while waiting on the framing and plumbing but maybe I can find some more projects to do while waiting…






Old bath, New bath

So, Brian told me the other day he has a break between jobs and a couple of the guys he works with can begin demo on our last and final project… the old master bath.  After we renovated back in 2007-2008 we built a new master and bath over our garage and my daughter took our old bedroom and small bath. I will warn you, blink and you could miss this mini bathroom but I love it!  It is so compact that only one small human can use it at a time.  The bathroom is original to the house which means wow its old, about 70 years old.  The shower is like washing yourself in a broom closet.  But the best part is it is aqua tile…  Now I know some people love that look right now, but I am just not sold.  The color is a little jarring in the morning.  I know retro tile is making it’s way back but if it’s not something I would pick out in the tile store, why leave it in the renovation.

Here are the before pictures which are always a little scary.  You can’t see it but this shower is not in working condition (for years).  It leaked right through the floor into a light fixture on the first floor a few years back.  We had to rip the first floor ceiling out to fix the leak.

My husband and I both agree that the tile work on this bathroom is so well done.  The craftsmanship is really good – it definitely stood the test of time.

The tile on the floor has seen better days (in the 80s) and we all agreed it has to go.

The heating system in the bathroom works fine but it tough on the eyes, so this will be replaced.

Ok, this sink is one of the things I like about this bathroom.  It is about 20″x 18″deep.  The fixtures have their struggles but they work.  I could do without the plumbing underneath.

I love to watch reality shows and follow IG accounts that move very fast with renovations.  They are not my reality.  This project will take time – especially since I have nothing picked out (shhhh – do not tell Brian) and we have to work around when the guys can come out and work.

So if you are a patient soul, follow along and I will post updates as we progress.  My plan is to post the good, bad and the ugly of a renovation (right now there is a horrible small dead animal smell in there so that should be fun…)

Hopefully next week I will have photos of a demo-ed bathroom but if not, I will post the design plan.






Field trip Friday to Curated

Sometimes it takes a very small comment from someone to kick off a whole bee hive of emotions in your head… This happened to me today.  I went to a wonderful shopping event at Curated in Lincoln created by two lovely ladies, Melissa and Kiki.   They filled a gorgeous light filled barn with unique and beautiful home decor and gifts anyone would love to receive.  On the way out we all had a quick conversation about blogging and instagram.  It made me realize that maybe it’s time to bring back the blog.  I have another renovation project starting soon and many little events to fill up Field Trip Fridays.  I always had mixed feelings about blogging, it feels so strange posting about design when I am not a designer.  But I really love design, renovations, home accessories, etc.  I would love to revamp the blog but for now it will be in the same format with posts once or twice a week.   I love IG so most of my adventures will be there with more in-depth content here.

Anyway, here a few photos from today and information on Curated in case you would like to go shopping.

I love the exterior of this home where the event was held… the ginger jars…
The ceramics by Jill Rosenwald was worth the trip alone paired with the cute little baskets made a great gift (for myself)

They really did such a nice job styling the barn with all these sourced goods. Here is all the Curated information below or click on the links above – until next time!






Betwixt and Beautiful… New window treatments

Quick post!  My friend, Jana, and I just threw up these window treatments and drapery rods in about an hour (or should I say Jana did all the work while I supervised and talked about Vanderpump Rules).  The whole thing cost a little over $100!!!  Here is how I did it:


I spotted these curtains by Nate Berkus at Target on clearance for $20.99.  They still have them on line, but the sale is ending soon.


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I ordered these drapery rods from Urbanest for $42.99.  My friend, Devon, researched them for me after we saw these at the Junior League show house.  Tracey Foley of Water and Main and Cecilia Walker of Everything in Threes used them in the butler’s pantry/bar.


I also used these rings to lengthen the panels a little.


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The “New” Neoclassical Look…Let’s try it

img_2756Lately, I have noticed a trend in decor and design making a statement.  Neoclassical design, or what  I like to call ancient civ class chic, is popping up everywhere.  It is that well traveled look that used to be only for the homes of professors and anthropologists.  BUT now anyone can get this look by either hunting through your relatives attics (always my first choice), scouring antique shops, or shopping on-line!

This look could be real antiquey looking fast so watch out for using too much.  Also add in some modern pieces to break it up or a nice lacquered item with clean edges.

Simple pottery design with an ancient greek or roman look from One Kings Lane
A modern campaign side table in a lacquered aqua from All Modern
You can always find Jasperware at One Kings Lane if your mom isn’t hoarding half of it in her spare closet…
Place a small collection of Japserware on a tray for that collected look. A favorite of mine are these trays from West Elm.
I couldn’t do a piece on Neoclassical and not include Greek key… These glasses from One Kings Lane would even get Don Draper drunk. Place them on my all time favorite…a bar cabinet. I use to love bar carts until I realized how cluttery I make them look. I love to hide all my booze behind closed doors but display the beautiful glasses on top.
Console/bar cabinet from Wysteria
Bar cabinet from World Market

Does anyone do laid back Neoclassical better than Mark D. Sikes right now?  He is like having a cup of tea in a museum garden.  I am fascinated with him.  Here are a few photos from his book to copy, reinvent, make yours!

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Lighting Up a Bermuda Cottage

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My in-laws own a beautiful little cottage on the island of Bermuda.  (Above are photos of the family home.)  Luckily for me, my Mother-in-law asks my opinion on design decisions and I am happy to oblige!  They just renovated the kitchen, which came out gorgeous, light, and bright.  Once they did that they looked up and noticed how much they did not like the light fixture over the dining table.  She has asked for my help in finding a new one that fits the space better.  I made some notes on the photos below…


One pendant light above dining table.


White stone walls and shutters on inside and outside.


Gray/tan tone table and chairs in a basket weave pattern with stone color cushions


White kitchen with neutral countertop and backsplash.


Mostly stainless steel and polished chrome fixtures.

So the fun part, here are some options for my in-laws to look over and get inspired.  There house is a laid back traditional style which suits them perfectly for relaxing and enjoying Bermuda.

  1. The see-through lantern



Circa Lighting
Visual Comfort
I would do two of these from Wayfair
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2. The basket weave pendant

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3. The white shade pendant


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A few wild card options…


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I love these glass pendants that come in many shapes but when turned on at night they can be a little harsh on the eyes.

A few photos of the beautiful island that we love.  Bermuda is like going back in time to a place where people dress for dinner, have impeccable manners and always have time for an afternoon swim.

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Field Trip Friday and an Artist Spotlight – Brimfield

Last friday my friend and I made a trip to the Brimfield Antique Show with two things in mind, one was to just wonder and explore.  The other was to find the artist Mary Maguire’s tent.  I have to say this mind set worked because it was a great day full of unexpected finds at Brimfield.

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I felt overall the show was a little more global this year.  I saw many beautiful linens and indigo fabrics from Africa and these grain sacks below from France.

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I love the detail on these chairs but also the original art  of a smiling whale was so tempting.

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I decided we need a golf cart for next year – is that allowed?


Food52 set up a tent across from the food pavilion.  I was curious about it so we stopped in.  I am not sure what to think of it.  The tent was very curated with pieces you can buy on-line there and have shipped to your home.  Isn’t there something to lugging your treasure home?? Or in my case having my friend lug it to the car….


Other than the characters, curious wares and side show quality to Brimfield.  We all go for the hunt.  To find something that makes your heat beat a little faster.  Maybe because you thought it only existed in your dreams or maybe it is the unbelievable price.  But this is why we go.  My friend and I had that moment when we spotted these…


These are African trade beads made out of glass and strung on rope or straw.  They are beautiful when you hold them up to the light and look great draped across a book or on a book shelf.


I won’t name the website because it is one of my favorites but these blue ones above were $345.  Now maybe they were antique and had a special meaning but they look just like the ones we found for $25!!!  And my friend got another $10-20 off (I can’t remember) because we bought a whole bunch!


The beads are temporarily displayed here with my copper figurines but soon they will travel to the Cape and live happily there!

My second mission today was to find the Mary Maguire tent.  If you have ever been to Brimfield, saying it is huge is an understatement.  The fields and tents all look a like.  You start to feel like you know where you are going and then you are lost in a sea of antique wooden crates.  At one point I almost just started yelling, “Mary, where are you?”.  But we found her and she did not let us down.  This artist (here), who sells uniquely framed prints of animals, portraits, nature, ships and shells, creates pieces with a whimsical quality that I love.  Her pieces have been in many magazines, including House Beauitful.  Here are a few examples of her work and photos of her tent display at Brimfield.

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I bought the black silhouette bird prints above, scroll down to the next post and you will see how I used these pieces.

I plan on going back to the Brimfield Antique Show for more fun in May. It is always different and entertaining!

Me and Jana leaving the show….  Until next year!


Do you Buy Now, Design Now???

I have literally had a full vacation bag that needs to be unpacked and washed for about three weeks now… it does not even bother me, it can wait…  But when I buy a new design/decor piece for my home I have to place, hang or use it immediately.  What about you?  I went to Brimfield on Friday and I was so exhausted from the trip after that I just wanted to shower and go to bed but I really considered hanging these Mary McGuire prints before I even took off my dust and Brimfield-odor encrusted clothes…


I decided to hang these today, I could not wait any longer.  Obviously, I hung these today in reverse order.  First I took down the old hangings (original windows from our house, very pretty but I need some color) then I ignored the screws still in the wall, next I carefully measured and hung the bird prints.  Lastly, I made plans to putty the screw holes and touch-up the paint from the holes.  BUT at least they are hung and I can enjoy while eating my ramen.


I will take a better picture when the whole thing is ready for its close up with some tweaking and styling.  If you look really close you can still see the screws from the windows.

Here is what I plan on styling it up with…

Serena and Lily pillow
RH pillow
This ceiling light from Dunes and Duchess is so pretty.
This pendant from Visual Comfort would be great because it looks like a bird cage and also it does not block the prints.
Runner from World Market

Hope I am not alone in the buy now, hang now situation…  Friday I will be posting a full report on Brimfield, what I saw, bought and how I used it!

Build a Room around This….


39424759_003_b1-1The Moroccan Cross Rug from Anthropologie

When I saw this rug in the new arrivals at Anthropologie I got a little giddy.  It would be perfect in my almost any room in my house.  You could easily build a whole room around this piece and it is so versatile that you could use most of the furniture you already have.

Here are a few pieces that would love to work on top of this rug…

Dot and Bo
Jayson Home
Serena and Lily Chairs
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Gracious Home
School House Electric Ottoman
Restoration Hardware Couch
Oomph bar cart or side table
Dunes and Duchess lamp
Lamps Plus sea grass pendant (for some texture)



Visual Comfort French Cuff sconce
Farrow and Ball Purbeck Stone
Farrow and Ball Pavilion Gray

I have noticed black, white, and gray everywhere this Fall and it is calling to me.  I thought gray’s moment had past but it seems to be enjoying rolling around with black and white for another few seasons.  Either way, photography and wild prints work great for this moody look.

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Or maybe frame your own photography cropped and blown up…  This is a photo I took on my iPhone of a window on the Nobska lighthouse in Falmouth, Cape Cod.

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On the Framebridge app or website you can upload photos from Instagram or your own library and choose a frame.  They have a great selection and it is very easy to create.  You can also send in pieces to have framed.

Tomboy Home Renovation – Business in the Front…Party in the Back

IMG_2450The summer is winding down, the beaches are becoming quiet, the nights are getting chilly.  This all means Fall is coming and it is time for us to do the Fall planting around the house.  This is a project I begin with trepidation.  As I have mentioned before, I am a frustrated gardener.  My mother was a florist for many years and definitely has a green thumb.  I love looking at the landscaping of a home and the different styles.  When it is my turn to pick out plantings and plant them – they usually die.

My husband and I agreed we need some help with the landscaping down here on the cape.  I read once, consider landscaping on the cape like landscaping on another planet.  The conditions are completely different.  We asked a local landscape architect to consult and draw up plans for us.  After we get the plans, we will get going on planting.

I realized that I am taking the mullet approach to landscape design.  I want the front to be classic, neat and simple with dots of blue and white flowers.  The back with a hedge backdrop, could be a bohemian oasis.  I would love a lush look that feels cozy and private.  It is the true Tomboy home feel… a mix of masculine and feminine to create a simple yet cozy outdoor feel.

Below are two inspiration photos to guide me on this project.


I love the look of silvered teak with the greens from lush hedges and hydrangeas. For the cape I have really jumped on a navy and white stripe theme but in these photos below the owner used touches of gray as a back drop to her garden and it is beautiful.


We already have some pieces in place, a table, chairs, a small sectional, umbrellas for much needed shade, and of course outdoor pillows for some pattern and color.

We ordered this teak table from Amazon. It is one of my favorite things we bought fro the house. Great quality!
I bought these pillows from Pottery Barn. I love the white piping.
I went with a rectangular striped patio umbrella from Pottery Barn.
A few outdoor throw pillows for the IKEA sectional
Another texturey outdoor pillow from PB
I may be a little obsessed with directors chairs. This one from Serena and Lily comes in other colors and a striped option. The teak will fade to a silvery gray over time if you want.
Waiting for this Serena and Lily outdoor bar cart to go on sale.

We will be getting the landscaping plans any day now and start the project in the next couple of weeks (I hope).


Great tip – I mentioned to the landscaper that I wanted window boxes. She said to get a drip line installed into the boxes from the get-go otherwise I will be very frustrated with dying plants.  I plan to look into this and see what it entails but it sounds like a great idea.



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So I love decor, cooking, reading magazines, etc.  I feel like I am a pretty capable person (I could even garden if I really put some effort in) but when it comes to technology I am a cavewoman.  I literally think the cloud is magic.  I am actually spooked by some of the things computers can do.  It is shocking I have a blog and Instagram.  Cut to the problem, my husband and I both knew we wanted some type of music system in the cottage but it had to be more than an iPhone in a cup.  This is when we turned to our good friend, Matt who is a big league tech guy.  He told us about the Sonos Home Sound System, which plays music throughout the house.  We can play music from Spotify (not sure what that is yet) and can choose the room it plays in.  Honestly, I feel so cool it is crazy.  The small, sleek and un-intrusive speakers sit high on walls in the corners of the house and even outside on the patio.  My husband selected the white trim to blend in with the walls.  We picked out the system early in the project so the electrician could wire accordingly.  It is one of my favorite things we did in the house.


Design Indecision…A Perfect Spot in the Kitchen

Every time I do a renovation there is always that one spot that you love and can’t wait to something great with and then comes the moment to do it and I can’t decide what to do.  Well, I am in that position with a little nook in the kitchen that is just waiting for it’s moment to shine.  It is a small corner with a low window right next to the sliding glass door.  This spot is surrounded by light and at some point down the road will have nice  flowering hydrangeas to look over.  BUT I am STUCK! I can’t decide what to do.  I keep mulling over different ideas, opinion polling my friends and hunting through magazines to find the perfect design plan.

Below are three photos of the area finished but waiting for a plan.  I did hang a lobster print.

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Idea 1: Window Bar

I found this photo in Martha Stewart magazine (september 2016).  I originally went right past it but then thought maybe with a simple thicker piece of painted white wood with simple corbels to hold it up coming right out of the window.  I would put two cute stools under the counter.  It could also be used as a bar set-up when entertaining (something we need desperately).

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The Raskog stool from IKEA would work great under the shelf.

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Idea #2: Bench Seating

This was my original thought right when I saw the area painted – bench seat with under seating cabinets or drawers. Two problems solved… we need more storage areas where things are tucked away and out of sight.  Also, we would have a little seating area.  I would love to have a seat cushion made out of the fabric options below.  Only problem with this – it would have to be custom and built in.  Two words that make my husband’s head implode.


Peter Dunham Peterazzi fabric
Mally Skok Rohet Flora Blue on Natural
Mally Skok Suzani Luv Blue

This was another idea expanding on the bench idea.  I would place a little side table and some stools creating a breakfast nook.  I used the photo below from House Beautiful because I love, love, love the table and stools.


Idea #3: Skinny Bar Cabinet



This sideboard option (here) from Wysteria offers a solution to our storage and bar set-up problems.  I would have plenty of storage for linens,  platters and dishes, etc.  On top we could set-up a bar/drinks area when needed.  I love the Gustavian style of the cabinet because it contrasts all the clean lines we have in the kitchen right now.

So which one should I do?  The cabinet I could order and have in the house for the Fall.  The other two would have to wait until next season or at the earliest this Spring.

The lie we all tell ourselves….The year I’m getting organized…


I am officially the parent all teachers hate.  I am so disorganized that I lose everything, I forget to answer emails or even read emails, I forget field trip days, pajama day, crazy hair day, backwards day, teacher appreciation day.  I forget that I volunteered for a craft, to bring in a cake, to fold origami, to make salsa, wear a full-on colonial garb, a kimono, a geisha girl outfit, a sombero, a farmer outfit.  I forget to drive on the left when picking up, move my car in time, clap-out, clap-in, sign-in, sign-out, watch my child read a poem in front of the whole school… the list goes on and on.  I am not busier than any other mom, nope, I am just really disorganized.  Having children fried my brain.  Here’s the best part – you know how I know I am a disappointment in the eyes of my children’s teachers? Because I was a teacher before I had the children of the corn.  So this year I getting organized.  And I have decided that the Raskog from IKEA is going to help me do it.


How cute and functional is this???  Now I normally hate any type of furnishing or decor that suggests that I parent but I actually can live with this one.  The part that sold me is the wheels.  If at any point I need to hide it I can just wheel it in the other room.  It has three baskets, one for each kid, so when they hand me all those papers with deadlines and red marks all over them I can put them in the basket rather than the recyle bin.  I am not going to get all cutesy with it and put their names on the side – they know which basket is theirs.  Now the librarian can rest at night knowing the Kennedys have finally found a place to put the library book and I can stop writing checks at the end of the year for all the books we lose (I am already on a payment plan for the public library).  This little cart is going to solve all my problems and can be used as a bar cart during school vacation week.raskog-utility-cart-turquoise__0451634_PE600618_S4 raskog-utility-cart-beige__0497006_PH130439_S4

Good luck with your own Fall organization projects…hope your system of choice works past Halloween.

Field Trip Friday – Ship & Shore

This is a coast guard ship we bought for my son’s room. I made the framed book cover of The Old Man and The Sea.

I have not been able to do one Field Trip Friday this summer due to extreme laziness and summeritis.  BUT I passed this store and saw nautical artifacts and pulled a quick u-turn.  I am beyond cliche because I need a bumper sticker that reads “I brake for antiques, artifacts and nautical shit”.  So I forced my whole family to go into this tiny store in Sandwich, Ma, which is just over the Sagamore Bridge.  The owner was a friendly guy who deals mainly in nautical artifacts and antiques.  There were old sea trunks, weathervanes, porthole mirrors, ship lamps and sailor valentines (my favorite).  He said he gets requests from all over the country for items for sets and shoots.  If you are in the area or want to visit go here.


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I really wanted to buy that wood door thing.  I am not sure what I would do with it.  Plus Mr. Tomboy Home was with me and he would have asked a million questions ruining the whole impulse buying experience.  After you finish looking at the artifacts you can purchase a cigar from the built in humidor.  I love finding interesting and unique stores.  This was definitely one and them!

Tomboy Home Renovation – Master Bathroom

DSC_1269Welcome to one of the smallest and coziest bathrooms you will ever side- step foot in…

When we first looked at this house I really loved the little bathroom.  I LOVE a tiny bathroom.  BUT they definitely come with their quirks, such as tight quarters, space issues, claustrophobia, etc.  I also knew when I looked at it the second time that this little bathroom really wanted a wallpaper in a nautical theme.

The bathroom was in great shape when we started renovations.  My husband was happy to just paint if I wanted to and leave it at that.  Little did he know I agreed with him, the bathroom didn’t need much work, I just really wanted to wallpaper it.  Here are the before photos…

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Here are the after photos of the finished bathroom.  This bathroom and I are in deep love.  So much I have told everyone it is mine and only for me – I don’t say that but I think it often.  I feel like I am in an underwater dream of navy and aqua waves or surrounded by seagulls whichever you prefer.

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On the shower walls is a white subway tile and white penny round tile for the floor.


The sconce had to be placed above the vanity which I know causes a bad down shadow on your face – terrible for applying makeup but it has not been that bad so far.


We kept the original sink because it was a perfect fit – no room for vanities or pedestals in this room.  The floor is also original and in great shape.

I love this privacy toilet paper holder that is original to the house. It keeps the room looking streamline and nautical.

In a past post I explained about the wallpaper incident with my husband.  We did end up installing it and I am happy with the paper and the quality from Farrow and Ball.  They were fast with shipping and the paper is very nice.  It was installed very fast so we could get the inspection done.  I feel bad that I made everyone on this project jump through hoops on this very high maintenance bathroom but that is what wallpaper does to you – it turns you into a reno-monster.  I am not sure my husband has forgiven me yet but we are getting there.

So now that it is all done there is one thing that bothers me just a little and we did not have the time to address properly.  Under the sink the pipes are exposed but not in a chic French hotel kind of but a really bad white plastic way.  I think the guys working on the job tried to make the pipes blend into the wall by painting them navy blue.  I love the idea and effort, but this happened…


So I saw this in the latest House Beautiful September issue and thought this might work.  Such a quiet pretty bathroom and the fabric skirt looks great in this small space, plus more storage for the ugly necessaries.


Wallpaper – Farrow and Ball

Hardware and fixtures – Restoration Hardware

Medicine cabinet – Lowes

Sconce – Circa Lighting

Faucet – Vintagetub.com

Shower curtain – Pottery Barn

Floor mat – Waterworks

Sink and floor tile is original