One Room Challenge Week 4 – The Powder Room

Welcome to week #4 of the One Room Challenge!

(If you’re just joining me, you can catch up on the last three weeks right here….week 1, week 2, week 3).

I’d like to start by thanking everyone for the comments on my mirror color!  Last week, I was in a major quandary about which color was best for our powder room.    There were so many great suggestions!  The good news is that I think I’ve found the right color!  I think in real life, it appears a touch more on the silver side. But in pictures, it shows up as more of a gold.  I took a ton of pictures and this was the most accurate.


The shelves are hung up too!  I love how they look, but to be quite honest, I’m not thrilled with the quality.  Yes, you get what you pay for {and being that I only paid $20 per shelf, I’m shouldn’t be surprised I’m disappointed!}.

I wanted to see if I would like the height and spacing of the shelves, so I used painters tape as a visual guide.

painters tape as shelf guide

I was sure it would be easy to hang the shelves.  I don’t get scared away from wall anchors or securing something to my walls.  But for some darn reason, these shelves weren’t cooperating.


I’m sure the above picture looks like things were going along perfectly fine.  But the shelf wouldn’t properly hook onto the wall cleat.  After drilling several holes into my newly painted and patched walls, I had to step away from the project. I was frustrated. And it was taking way too long.

A day later, I gave it another go and finally just accepted the fact that these shelves aren’t perfect.  They are hung, but they are not nearly as secure as I’d like. They don’t sit flush against the walls. And I have no idea why. Maybe my wall isn’t perfectly flat?  Or maybe it’s the cheap shelf. At any rate, I’m just living with it for now because I like how they look.


As I started pulling out items to decorate the shelves, I remembered some sweet scripture prints that I bought awhile ago from Jones Design Company.   And they were even the right size for my frames!


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The prints bring just the right touch of color to the bathroom.

Things are really coming along!  I think the last big ‘to do’ for this one room challenge is to select a rug! Come back next week to see what I’ve chosen!


linking up to:

calling it home


Mirror Mirror on the Wall – One Room Challenge Week 3

I feel like I did a lot of work on the bathroom this past week.  And yet, nothing seems to be finished!  I did finish painting the walls, which I shared last week.


I have found a few spots on the walls that I missed but I haven’t brought myself to bringing the paint back out just yet.

I started to hang the shelves behind the toilet. What a headache that was.  Let’s just say there are double the holes needed in my freshly painted and patched walls.

So I moved onto the mirror.

Here is it is before:

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It was black.  And I really didn’t mind the black. I just wanted a new fresh look for this bathroom.

I was hoping to return the mirror to it’s original gold color (or something similar).  Here is my inspiration board…

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I started with Rub n Buff  but it was more than I wanted to deal with.  The mirror is quite detailed and I didn’t like how it went on over the black.  So then I did some research online for the best gold spray paint, which led me to this color…




It was bright.


I kind of liked it. But wasn’t completely sold.

So….I dug out more paint.

Next it was on to white.


Nope. Not the right look.

Let’s try bronze…

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Ugh.  What to do?!

Well, how about buy more paint!?

silver spray paint

What a headache.

And I’m not loving any color.  I finally realized that maybe it’s the mirror that I don’t love.

So I started searching for a simple gold mirror and came up empty handed.

I did find this fun zinc mirror from Ballard Designs


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But I think it changes the feel of the bathroom, giving it a rustic feel.

So here I sit with an unfinished mirror.  It’s hanging in the bathroom with painters tape still on it.  This is what the bathroom looks like today…

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I wish I had a finished product to share this week! Unfortunately, I have made a few baby steps and haven’t crossed much off my list! Here’s hoping the next week brings me better luck.

What would you do with this mirror? Please share!


linking up to:

calling it home


Powder Room Walls – One Room Challenge Week 2

It’s week 2 of the One Room Challenge. And things are progressing in our powder room!  This week was all about the walls.

As you may recall from last week, the bathroom had wallpaper when we purchased the house.

Seven years ago, we stripped off the wallpaper, which left the walls with no texture.  So I decided to add some wall texture to help disguise the repairs I had to do this week.


I used the wall texture pictured below.  Like most home projects, something that seemed simple involved three trips to Home Depot!   First, I didn’t buy enough bottles.  Then I bought the wrong kind!  By the third trip, I had all that I needed.

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When I was spaying the walls, the fumes were out of control!  This stuff is potent.  I gave myself regular breaks for fresh air because I kept getting light headed! {And yes, I was wearing a mask}

 The ceiling hadn’t been painted since the house was built in 1997, so I gave it a fresh coat of white too.  Painting ceilings can be a really messy job.  So….{prepare yourself for a vulnerable moment}, I had to dress the part.

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I didn’t want to ruin one of my hats… I found the next best thing….a shower cap! And after getting paint splattered in my eyes, I decided I needed some protective eyewear too.   Not my best look, but it did the job.

I didn’t realize how much the ceiling needed to be painted!

painting the ceiling

Here is my color selection for the walls…..

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Sherwin Williams Alabaster

After a few hours of painting, I completed the ceiling and walls!  The bathroom is a blank slate right now.  I can’t wait to bring some life to the room!


Make sure you come back next week for another progress update!


For last week’s one room challenge, click here.

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linking up to:

Calling it Home

Powder Room Update – One Room Challenge Week 1

So the big day is here! I get to announce my next One Room Challenge project!  As you can see by my blog post title, I’ll be tackling my downstairs powder room.

I feel like there is so much that I’d like to update here at my house.  But instead of feeling overwhelmed by the many projects, I decided to tackle a small room! Something do-able.

Over the next six weeks I’ll get to share my progress with you!  And I’ll also be linking my project up with Linda’s blog, Calling it Home.

Let’s start with the original ‘BEFORE’ picture from 8 years ago.  As in ‘before we bought our house’.

powder room before

Wallpaper galore.

After the house was ours, I got to steaming those walls and tearing down wallpaper asap.  I’m not sure how I accomplished this task…. Jack was 3 years old, Emmie was a crawling 8 month old and Dan was up to his eyeballs in working crazy shifts at the hospital. But I got to work and got the project done!

I painted the walls yellow and gave it my own personal touch.  Now fast forward 7 or so years… and I’m ready for a change.

Here with what the bathroom looks like today.

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Bathroom before ... at home in the northwest

In the above picture, you can see the reflection the curio cabinet in the mirror….

Bathroom Cabinet .... at home in the northwest blog

This bathroom is fairly good sized, so most mornings, there are several of us brushing our teeth in here.  The cabinet houses tootbrushes, toothpaste, brushes….all of those last minute morning utensils! So it too will get a small facelift!

bathroom before 2 .... at home in the northwest

And now for some inspiration!  I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to take this bathroom…I just knew that I was tired of the yellow.

After searching online for some inspiration, I threw together a rough design board to get myself moving in the right direction.

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The walls will be very neutral.  Maybe white….or maybe not….but something light.
The cabinet will stay the same.  The mirror will likely return to its original color – gold!  I’ll also be hanging some new shelves and purchasing a new rug as well.  I suppose I could do this bathroom in less than six weeks, but I’ll stretch it out for the fun of the challenge.

Stay tuned for next weeks update!


linking up to:

calling it home, liz marie blog

Grain Free + Gluten Free Granola

Right now, I eat grain free and gluten free. I just feel better without grains and gluten in my system. On many levels,  it’s not a huge deal. Though I do miss some familiar foods, like cereal. I love cereal. It’s my comfort food.  It’s one of my favorite snacks.  And it’s not easy finding a a cereal that’s gluten free AND grain free.

Last week my friend passed on a recipe for gluten free + grain free granola.  I made a few adjustments to the recipe…and all I can say is Y.U.M!  Now I can have cereal again!  While I try some recipes that are a bust, this one is a winner and very worth sharing.

grain free and gluten free granola recipe ... at home in the northwest

And it’s easy to make as well.

Here are the main ingredients….

gluten free and grain free granola ingredients .... at home in the northwest


1 cup chopped pecans + 1 cup sliced almonds + 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds + 1/8 cup chia seeds + 1/8 cup flax seeds

Chop pecans and almonds in a cuisinart or with a knife.

Mix all of the ingredients together.  Stir in 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil and 3 tablespoons of agave.

Bake at 325 degrees on a rimmed pan for 12 to 14 minutes.


So simple to make. And tastes amazing.

You can eat it by itself. Pour milk on top and enjoy it as cereal. Mix it into your favorite yogurt. Or maybe add cranberries or other dried fruits for additional flavor. The possibilities are endless!

Let me know if you decide to make some! I’d love to hear how it turns out.


One Room Challenge – Round 2

Do you remember when I participated in the One Room Challenge this past fall, hosted by Calling it Home?   I gave Emmie’s room a makeover in a six week period.


There are no special invitations to participate.  And there are no awards.  Just the challenge to take on a project and share your work throughout the six weeks!

And now it’s time for round two!

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This Thursday, another One Room Challenge begins.  And after much thought and consideration, I decided to participate!

You’ll have to come back on Thursday, April 3rd, to find out which room I’ll tackle!


Wayfair Launches Birch Lane

If you haven’t already heard, let me share some fun retail news with you!  Wayfair launched a new company today called Birch Lane!

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Birch Lane focuses on traditional furniture and decor.  The website says that it’s a “new destination for classic style”.

Sounds intriguing enough for me!  So let’s do some shopping!  Here are a few of my favorites….

The Delaney Bed caught my eye.  It looks very ‘Restoration Hardware’.

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I’m always on the  hunt for new kitchen chairs.  {I hate to admit that we’re still using the set that I bought for $50 when we were first married!} The Emerson Dining Chair looks both comfortable and easy to keep clean {if you have little ones in the house}.  And being that they share a name with my 8 year old daughter, I couldn’t help but love them!

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The Tenley Rug is versatile enough to go in most rooms! And it looks like it would be soft on your bare feet too.

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The Brighton Metal Chandelier surprised me…..I thought it was wood at first glance!    It’s metal and it’s a show stopper.

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Then there are these mirrors!   They have an antiqued, mirrored center and they are sold in a set of 3.

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And if your table needs some decorating, there’s the Paige Runner.

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I think you can see that it’s a website worth checking out!  Go over to to see for yourself!  I always love a new resource for finding home decor! Thanks to Birch Lane, we now have one!


Hiking and Snow Shoeing at Mt. Rainier

I like my routine. And I like my own bed at night.  But I also suffer from major FOMO {Fear Of Missing Out}.  So when I was invited by a friend to join a group of mama’s from my area to do some snow shoeing and hiking, I had to say yes.  While I knew I’d enjoy the conversation and social time, I wasn’t so sure about the adventure itself.  But I said yes anyway.

 The hike was through the Mount Tahoma Trails Association {MTTA} at the base of Mt. Rainier.   And this past Friday, 10 of us drove up to start our overnight adventure.

mt rainier basecamp

 We strapped on our 20 pound backpacks and off into the snow we went.

This is how we all dressed at the start of the hike…

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 It seemed logical…..when hiking in the snow, of course you’d dress for snowy weather!  Well, the hike was mostly uphill.  So I believe by mile 1, we had all shed our hats and coats.   We were warm! Clearly we overdressed.

We had a ‘no complaining’ rule.  And everyone surprisingly obeyed! {Even though I may have complained a little in my head….}

The scenery was incredible….

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And conversation was never lacking.

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Check out the size of my pack compared to everyone else in the pic below!  I brought my favorite feather pillow {even though Dan tried to convince me otherwise}.  And apparently it was a space hog in my pack!  Because I really didn’t overpack {for once in my life!}

copper creek hut MTTA Mt Raininer

It took us about 2 1/2 hours to complete the 4.2 mile hike.

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That gray cloud in the above picture did disappear and left us with an incredible sunset.  I took a ridiculous amount of pictures because every time I looked out the window, the sky was a different shade of yellow and orange.

sunset at copper creek lodge mt rainier

Later that evening, the last two ladies hiked in and we enjoyed a fun dinner and even more conversation.

copper creek hut mt raininer MTTA

We all slept in the loft upstairs on mats and sleeping bags.  It might not have been the best sleep ever, but that was a small price to pay to be part of this fun experience.

Then the next morning, we strapped our snow shoes on and hiked back down…

snow shoes

I was so proud of everyone.   It’s not every day that we go on an adventure like this. And everyone did it with such grace!

If you’re reluctant to step outside of your comfort zone, just do it! You might just surprise yourself.


Starting Sweet Pea Seeds

This sunny weather has me thinking about my garden!  It’s time to put my sweet peas in the ground.  So I wanted to share with you how to start your sweet pea seeds indoors!!


First of all, do you know what sweet peas are?  It’s not a green pea that you eat.  It’s a blooming flower…..


They smell wonderful.  And are a great cutting flower as well.

Do you want to plant your own?

It’s not difficult to do!  Just pick up a packet of seeds {or two} at Lowes, Home Depot or Target.    Next, lay the seeds inside a few wet paper towels.

Then … are you ready for this? Put them in an open ziploc baggie and lay them in the window sill.


It’s not pretty. But it’s effective!

Make sure the paper towel stays damp.  And after about a week or so, your seeds should look like this!


Once they’ve started to sprout like the above photo, just plant them in the dirt!

Make sure you give the sweet peas something to climb up!  I use a trellis that I built a few years ago


{click HERE for a tutorial on building your own trellis for under $10}

If you do the hard work now, by summer you’ll have a crazy amount of fragrant, bright flowers just waiting to be cut into a bouquet!

I love that it’s time to get out in the garden! Are you going to start any seeds indoors this spring?


Creative Storage for a Coiled Garden Hose

Spring has arrived in the Pacific Northwest.  Well, not officially.  But it’s sure starting to feel like it!

This weather is giving me the itch to garden!  So today I’ll share with you my favorite hose and how I store it.

First of all, I want to tell you how much I dislike winding up a regular hose. My hose always seems to get wet from watering the flowers.  Then it gets dragged through some dirt.  And while I’m winding it up, I seem to get dirt on my hands and quite likely on my clothes as well.  {I know – wha wha wha – cry my a river!}.  But it’s not fun.  So a few years ago, I invested in a coil garden hose….

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I order one that is giant…80′ long to be exact.  We have a big yard and I want it to stretch everywhere I go.  Typically, a hose of this length is best found online.  Though I know you can get shorter ones local stores {such as Target} for less money than the bigger options.

Why do I love it so much??  When you are done watering the flowers, you just lay it down! Done! It coils up, neat and tidy.  Does it sometimes get tangled? Well, yes.  But if you take your time, it most often bounces back into its coiled form and sits nicely where you put it.

No kinked hoses. No headaches. No dirty hands or clothes.  Easy.

Unless you lay the coiled hose on the ground, you will need something to store it in.  And typical hose storage doesn’t tend to work.

I store my coil hose in an old radio flyer wagon….creative storage for your coil garden hose (at home in the northwest blog)

I paid $10 for it at a garage sale.  So when water gets in the wagon and makes it rust, I am not too stressed out about it.  It was a bargain.  It’s cute.  And it’s incredibly functional as well!

COIL HOSE STORED IN RADIO FLYWER WAGON (at home in the northwest blog)

If you order a shorter coil hose, you could use one of Target’s cute baskets.  And it’s only $20!


Here is another creative way to store your coiled garden hose.  It’s functional, and looks incredibly inexpensive to make, if you’re up for a DIY project….


Lastly is an option that is decorative, yet quite pricey at $199….

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I am sure there are plenty of fun ways to store a coil hose.  Which is your favorite?


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