Master Bath Renovation – Week 1

Our master bathroom is old. Almost 20 years old to be exact.  While the colors were neutral, the striped wallpaper and gold accents have filled their duty and it was time for them to go.

For years, we’ve talked about renovating.  We’ve gotten bids.  Then we’ve done nothing.  But this past week, our time came!

I emptied the bathroom of all its clutter and decor.  The kids peel off loose pieces of wallpaper. And last Monday, the demolition began!

Here are a few before pictures (Due to the light from the windows, you can’t fully experience the striped wallpaper. My apologies!)

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The new bathroom will still be very neutral. White subway tile with gray grout.  A 2″ hexagon tile on the floor.  Carrara Marble in the shower niche for our soap and shampoo.

I pulled together a few inspiration pictures to help share my vision…

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 We wavered back and forth on adding shiplap to the walls.  And after much discussion and deliberation, we says yes to shiplap.

By the end of day one, this is what the bathroom looked like…

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It amazed me how quickly the room got emptied!

It was pretty much a gutted shell of a bathroom, with the exception of the two shower walls.

By the end of day two, they had built a new tub surround (we’re getting an oval soaker tub instead of a corner jetted tub).  The shower was also made a bit deeper.

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And the dumpster out front, is full of the remnants of our old bathroom.

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The builder should be here again tomorrow.  They’ll be putting up shiplap as well as delivering the bathroom cabinets!

I’ll post another update at the end of the week.

Thanks for following along!

jen

The story behind our Christmas Card – 2016

Merry Christmas!

As the Christmas season approached, I was scrambling to find a picture to use.    We didn’t do family pictures this year. So that left me searching iphoto.  Thankfully, I came across one from my cousin’s wedding this summer that I thought would do just fine. Not my favorite picture, but good enough.

I found a card company I’d never used before. And I found a design that worked with our picture.   Wanting to get our Christmas cards ordered and done early, I placed the order.

When the package arrived in the mail, I was so excited…until I opened it up.

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 I wasn’t happy with the print quality. And I wasn’t happy with the quality of the image {It was too dark.}  So I emailed them, requesting a full refund.  Much to my surprise, they quickly responded. They apologized. And they refunded me in full.  I sent the package back in the mail {but I did keep one for myself – pictured above!}.

So that put me back at square one. No picture. No Christmas cards.

The day after Thanksgiving, we went to get our Christmas tree.  I packed the tripod to go with us, in hopes that we could snap a good picture.

Thanks to a cold snap that we were experiencing here in the northwest, there was tons of frost that morning.  When we pulled into the Christmas tree farm, we found a spot that hadn’t yet seen the sun.

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I bribed the kids with the promise of a can of pop and treats in the car after our cold photo shoot. And for the most part, they cooperated.  Even despite frozen toes.

Dan has an app that allows his iphone to be used as a remote to the camera.  And while I would occasionally run back to the camera to readjust the settings, the pictures could be taken with the phone/remote behind our backs.

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So while Dan fiddled with the camera, the kids and I could look at pictures on the phone!

Thankfully, we got some great pictures!

I had a few people ask me if the frost was photoshopped into the picture. Or if it was real.  But as you can see, it’s indeed real!  {Though I do wish I knew how to create frost with photoshop!} While we were darn cold, the frosty morning provided us with some festive pictures though.

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We took a few variations of pictures to give us flexibility with designs.

 I found this one on minted.com and it worked perfectly with our picture!

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Hard to believe Christmas is just a few days away.  I think this holiday season has flown by faster than any other.  I’m hoping we can sit back and soak up these last few days a bit.

Wishing you a very joyful Christmas!

jen

Christmas Home Tour {Part 2}

Welcome back!!

Yesterday, I shared part of our home, all decorated for the holidays.    And today, I’ll show you some more!

Come on in! We’ll start at the front door.

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We moved the bench and shelf from the entry and pulled this cabinet in for a change.

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The jumbo picture of our kids is an engineering print from Staples that cost less than $5. I had some art in this frame that I was tired of. So I painted the frame and added the picture of the kids instead!

Simple trees, and old toolbox with pinecones peeking out the lid add some color to the entry. With the addition of some twinkling lights on the trees too.

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Instead of garland on the railing, I hung wreaths this year instead.  I miss the glow of the lights that are usually there, but I enjoy changing things up a bit.  And behind that, you can catch a glimpse of the gallery wall that we updated when the entry was painted this past year.

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Here is the other side of the entry.

Flanking the door are the kids Santa pictures.  We go see him every year.  And while the pictures make for a busy display on the wall, it’s fun to watch the kids grow up year to year in the pictures.
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By the kitchen sink, I added some berries, ribbon and pinecones to the fern.

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Can you see the cute playhouse that I showed you yesterday just out the window?  I love that view.

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This summer we had a window seat built in the kitchen.  And just a few weeks ago, it was finally painted! We’re still waiting on the cushion to be made.  But I love how it adds so much seating to our kitchen. Comfortable seating!

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And since our family room and kitchen are an open concept, the window seat helps blend the two areas together.

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And there’s the cute playhouse again, just out the window again!

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And once again, more pinecones and red berries!

That wraps up our house tour this holiday season!

Thanks for following along!

jen

Christmas Home Tour {part 1}

Welcome!

Today I’d like to share a few rooms of my house, all decorated for the holidays.  I got an early start this year. I dragged the bins out of our attic before Thanksgiving, so things have been decorated for a while now.  But I neglected to take pictures until this week.  Of course, I also waited until it was dark and rainy, thus making for poor lighting.  But thank goodness for a tripod!

If you were walking into my home, I would like to think I’d offer you a cup of coffee. Or something to warm you up. But we’re not coffee drinkers.  So you don’t want me making you a cup o’ joe!  But I’d probably offer you a diet coke or some water – with the option of ice or no ice {I always choose ice. It make a drink more fun.}

OK. On to the tour.

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This bench isn’t typically behind the couch.  It’s originally from the entry, but last winter when we painted, I moved it over to the window in this room.  And now that we have a Christmas tree in that window, the poor bench has moved yet again.

The chalkboard above the fireplace is a recent addition to this room.  I was inspired by House Seven.  She has a similar one in her dining room that I fell in love with. So I buzzed over to Lowes and had them cut me a piece of plywood. I painted it, added some stained trim and the project was complete!

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I ordered a really long strand of these micro lights on Amazon.  They were inexpensive {$15 for 33 feet}, and they are DIMMABLE!  So instead of being a bright light that hurts your eyes, I can dial it down to 10% and it gives off a nice glow.

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And here is the tree.  We are at the stage of life when our tree has no theme.  The main idea with our tree is ‘anything goes’.  I add lights and red wooden berries. And the rest is a hodge podge of random ornaments.  One of which is an old Safeway receipt that Jack looped a piece of ribbon through.  It was the sweetest little ornament made by a toddler. So it still hangs on our tree all these years later.

I haven’t typically blogged much about the living room, because I didn’t love the room.  I was tired of the yellows walls and dark furniture. But we had our main floor painted this past winter.  And a few months ago, I had Dan help me switch the couches between the playroom and the living room. And I’m starting to love this room again! It’s so much brighter. And much more neutral, giving me more flexibility with my decorating.

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The couch is from the Pottery Barn and it has been well loved.  The cushions have been jumped on. Slept on. Moved around. Thrown around. And they show the wear and tear.  But it’s a really comfortable couch, and I find that we sit in this room a lot more now.  And last week, we added this rug from Rugs USA.  It’s a nice added layer of texture to the space.

I typically display Christmas cards on a little metal wall hanging.  But this year, I added some twine to an old door that I have leaning against the wall instead.

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Greens, ribbon and pinecones were added to the top of the door.  And when a card arrives in the mail,  we just attach it with a clothespin!

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This year we took down our play set since the kids had {mostly} outgrown it.  But we kept the cute house part of it because it had too much character to get rid of. And if no one wants to play in it, we can use it for storage.  My mom had the idea to add a wreath to the door,  which I love!  I can look right out my kitchen window and see this!
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The lights were leftover from summer.  So all we needed was the wreath, ribbon and rubber boots!

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Thanks for reading!  Please come back tomorrow for a few more pictures of our home!

jen

Buffalo Plaid Pillow Giveaway

It’s time for another giveaway! And I think you’re going to like this one…a lot!

The pattern of the year {in my opinion} is buffalo plaid, or buffalo check, or check, or whatever you choose to call it.  It’s everywhere.

Studio McGee used buffalo plaid chairs from Schoolhouse Electric in a recent design…

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 Schoolhouse Electric also has this throw….

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Here’s another cozy version from Target

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And you can see how Forever Cottage used a lumbar pillow in her decor…

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And if you’re looking for a pillow in that same pattern, I have a solution for you!

I’m doing a giveaway that ends today, Tuesday, December 8th at 8 pm Pacific Time.
And it just happens to be buffalo check!

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The giveaway is for two 20″ custom pillow covers with a hidden zipper.  Inserts are not included.

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To win these pillows, just visit me at @jengildayinteriors to sign up!

To enter, you just need to:

1. follow me on instagram

2. tag a friend that might like to sign up for the giveaway as well

And for  two more entries, you can repost the giveaway on instagram!

Do you have any buffalo check in your house this Christmas season?
-jen

Pillow Giveaway

Who doesn’t love something free!? Especially during the holidays when most of us spend too much money!

I’ve teamed up with Kendra at So Vintage Chic to give away a darling pillow for one lucky winner!

Kendra has some great pillows in her Etsy shop.  Here are a few of my favorites…

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I think this swiss cross pillow may make its way into my home sometime soon!

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And this antler pillow….buffalo checks AND antlers.  Cute!

And now onto the pillow that’s being given away…

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It’s a hand drawn red truck pillow (size 16″x16″).   Wouldn’t you love putting this cutie on your couch?!

To win this pillow, come visit my instagram page {click here}.

The giveaway ends at 8 pm Tuesday, December 1st (Pacific Time).

And if you’re looking for a gift this holiday season, head over to So Vintage Chic.  You just might find something darling for a gift – or for yourself!

-jen

Dutch Oven Bread Recipe

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I love bread.  But my body doesn’t react well to gluten, and I’m not a huge cook these days, so making bread isn’t usually high on my list.  That is, until I was introduced to some DELICIOUS bread this summer.    I was at a family get together and thought they were joking when they pulled out this perfect looking loaf of bread, claiming to have made it.

They said it was easy to make.  What?! Making bread can be easy!?

I was anxious to get home and make some for my family.  But first of all, I had to purchase a dutch oven {like this one}. And purchase a few ingredients that I didn’t have on hand {like bread flour and yeast}.

Let me tell you, it IS easy.  And it IS good (I may have sampled a gluten filled taste or two, just to make sure).

So for those interested in making some, here is the recipe!

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dutch oven bread

4 to 4 1/2 cups bread flour {yes, you need special flour for this}

2 Tablespoons yeast {or two packets of yeast}

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 cups warms water

1 Tablespoon salt

Pour warm water over the sugar and yeast.  Whisk together lightly.  Let it rest for 10 minutes until it is a bit foamy.

In a different bowl, mix 3 cups of the bread flour with the salt.

Add the flour to the yeast mixture, one cup at a time {preferably using a stand mixer with a dough hook}. The dough will be a bit sticky.  Add the rest of the flour in 1/2 cup increments until the dough completely comes together in a ball.  It may not take all of your flour, though typically I come pretty close.

Let the mixer knead the dough for a few minutes.  Then place the dough on the counter and knead it with your hands for 3 or 4 minutes, or until the dough is smooth.

Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover the bowl with a damp dish towel.  Let the bread rise for 25 to 30 minutes. {Do not punch down the dough as it rises.}

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees, with the dutch oven inside the oven.

After the dough is done rising, lightly coat the top of the bread with some flour.  Then dump the dough into the dutch oven {I literally turn one bowl over and let the dough flop into the dutch oven.  But remember, the dutch oven will be hot from being in the oven. So don’t burn yourself.}  Then lightly coat the other side of the bread with flour.    Cut a few slits into the top of the bread, or an X or some other fancy design.

Cook for 30 minutes covered.  Take the lid off the bread and cook for another 5 or 10 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

Remove from the dutch oven.  Let it cool a bit, then cut and serve with olive oil and balsamic vinegar!

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 Happy cooking {or is it baking?}. Either way, enjoy the process. And most of all, enjoy the delicious, warm bread!

jen

Painting: Family Room Update

A few weeks ago, we had the main floor of our house painted.  What a difference new paint can make!!  I shared a few pictures of our newly painted entry (And I still have more pictures to share!)  But today, I’ll show you our family room.   The wall color is the same as the entry: Benjamin Moor Classic Gray.

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In case you forgot what the family room looked like, here is a before picture.

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… B E F O R E …

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… B E F O R E …

And now, with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moor Classic Gray paint…..

 . . . t h e   a f t e r . . .

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I think the picture below is my favorite.  If you look at the before pictures, I had an old door propped here.  When we painted, I of course had to move things out of the room. When we pushed the couch back in place, I decided to move around the wall decor. This chalkboard found a new home here.

The cotton stem is from everyone’s favorite new HGTV show, Fixer Upper.  I ordered a bunch from Magnolia Homes and this stem was an extra one that didn’t fit in my vase…so it found a casual home on top of this frame!

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And here is a peek to the right of our sectional…

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I have an old cabinet that was always a challenge to open up. So I took the doors off! Now the cabinet is more functional, and I now have a fun  accessory to decorate with….old cabinet doors!

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I had a faded boxwood wreath in my garage that I hung from black and white striped ribbon.  It felt good to put the old wreath to use (instead of throwing it out).  And I love how it brightened up the doors!

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Now, swinging over to the others side of the room sits Dan’s chair.  It’s the Hathaway Swivel Glider from Crate and Barrel. We special ordered it in a linen fabric about 18 months ago.  I think it blends nicely with the couch.

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And recently, I picked up this lumbar pillow on a whim from World Market.  I hadn’t planned on putting it on this chair, but I love it there!

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There are still a few tweaks that we need to make to the room {like replacing the well loved area rug}. But for now, painting the room was the perfect update!

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Thanks for humoring me and looking through my many pictures today!

jen

Entry Update: Painted Front Door

A few weeks ago, we had the first floor painted in our house.  It was crazy having painters in the house, shuffling furniture around, moving wall decor, etc.  But it was worth all of the effort!  We’re really happy with the finished product.

I have more pictures to share, but I’ll start with our entry.

The front door was white, and since the painters were here, I figured I’d have them paint the inside of the front door too!

Here is the before …

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Yellow walls and a plain white front door….

And now, the after!

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Since I don’t have yellow walls, I can now accessorize with yellow.  Like the Target rug below!

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And my deer head.  Dan wasn’t fond of it at the beginning.  But I think he’s warmed up to our little friend!

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Here are the details:

wall paint color: benjamin moore classic gray

door paint color: benjamin moore kendall charcoal

deer head: kirklands

wreath: target

ribbon: amazon.com

And here’s one last look at the after.  I’m over the moon with how it turned out!

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jen

The Boston Marathon

Today we have a guest!!  Let me introduce you to Dan, my husband! I know you’ve seen pictures of him before, but I believe this is the first time he’s ever written on my blog!

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This April, Dan will be running 26.2 miles. In Boston!  He got this hair brained idea last April and has been training ever since.

But before he gets there, he has to raise $5000 for a great cause….childhood obesity. And we need your help! If you’d like to donate, please click here.  And if you’re curious, read his story below (in Dan’s own words)…

 Last April I went to Boston to support my friend, Chris, who was running the Boston Marathon for the first time.  After watching him finish and experiencing the amazing atmosphere, I immediately called my wife, Jen, and said:  “I want to do this next year!”

What’s funny about that is I have never been a runner.  Ever!  I tried running track in middle school.  My personal best was coming in NEXT to LAST on the 800 meter sprint.  Yeah!  Yes, I’ve done sports that involved running… but when it came to just going out and running for the sake of the run….well, the couch seemed just comfortable enough!

In fact, the couch has always been a very comfortable place to be.  While I was active in high school and college, my life became more sedentary the older I became.  This isn’t surprising.  Most of us experience this… life and responsibility get in the way of being active, right?  Besides… who wants to get up and go get sweaty and stinky and have burning, achy muscles when we don’t have too? Sounds reasonable.

But with that decision comes the baggage.  And by baggage I mean the pounds.  Probably 30 of them and their closest friends.  They liked to hang out around my waist line and upper thighs.  Lovely!  Of course it didn’t help that in medical school all you feel like you can do is sit around and study.  Then comes residency where you are provided all the doughnuts and soda pop you can enjoy while working 6 days of the week.   Needless to say, I didn’t emerge from this experience looking my best!  My rock bottom was looking at my new driver’s license after moving back to Washington state and seeing double chins and jowls.  Jowls!  Like a hound dog!

So, several years ago my wife and I started working out again.  We started with joining a gym and then an outdoor “boot camp” group.  We added weight lifting and focusing on nutrition (goodbye doughnuts and soda… I loved you so much).  What was even better was watching our kids get into it.  They wanted to “work out” with us and even try to eat healthily.  It’s great to think that we have hopefully instilled a lifestyle in them and tools that they can use throughout their lives. (They still give in to McDonald’s, but only once in a blue moon.)

Now it’s April 2014, and I’m on the phone with Jen saying I want to run in the world’s most prestigious marathon.  She’s actually laughing on the other end!  Remember… I’m not a runner.  I don’t think I would time qualify for the Boston Marathon if I could DRIVE it!  But I remain undaunted.

We start looking  into ways that I could pursue this dream.  A friend of ours suggests looking into the American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA).  (Thanks Tammy!)  This is a charity that focuses on childhood obesity and changing how our youth exercise and eat… and this strikes a chord.  This was a charity I could get behind and really support!   It resonated with my own personal struggles, as well as what I want to impart to my own children.  And let’s face it, as an ER physician, if we could eliminate obesity… well, my work life gets a whole lot easier!

So here I am today.  I’ve been running 4 or 5 days a week for the past 8 months.  I’ve done two half marathons.  Guess what… I actually enjoyed them!  But now it’s time to tackle the big one… and I would love your help and partnership.

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If anything I have shared resonates with you and any struggle you, a family member, friend or co-worker has experienced, then I encourage you to help kick obesity in its fat ass!  With your help we can continue to ensure that our next generation can be healthier and fitter than every before.   Please take to the opportunity to donate on this website.

To donate, please click HERE.

dan

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