HOME & DESIGN

LOOK AT THIS HOUSE

03/03/2017

Now that things are settling down for us a bit, we finally have the time to complete some more projects around the house. So far, we’ve put on a new roof, redid our laundry room, and replaced all of our kitchen appliances. Over the next few months, we are finishing up the kitchen upgrades, installing new flooring on two floors, fully gutting four bathrooms, repairing and repainting the siding of the house, and tackling landscape upgrades this spring. We’ve already ordered wood to replace our old carpeted floors upstairs, selected an exterior paint color, and have made all of our bathroom selects as far as tubs, sinks, and fixtures are concerned. Now, we’re trying to make final decisions on bathroom tile. Who knew there were so many choices to make when it comes to the room that houses your toilet? Floor tile, shower tile, sink fixtures, tub fixtures, sink type, towels bars—it can all be a bit overwhelming, but, we are almost there.

All of that said, we’re been looking to different home design sites for inspiration. At the end of the day, you can only look at so many swatches before you need to visualize what the outcome will look like in real life. This house is one of my all-time favorites. The clean lines and minimalist, yet intentional decisions are so smart. I mean, just look at that staircase!

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Photos via Yellow Trace.

A LONG, OVERDUE HELLO

12/06/2016

diningroom_bleubirdWow, it’s been a long time since I have been able to update this space. Life has been busy, needless to say. To all of you have have commented here, on Instagram, and via email, thank you for the kind words and encouragement. I appreciate you so much. Since starting Mother and my store Two Son, my time has been slim and left me with little extra to focus on this blog, which was once my full-time gig. That said, I do love the ability to keep Bleubird as an outlet and a way to share.

So, here’s a little update on things around here. We are still in the house renovating process. We are currently working on our kitchen remodel, which we hope to have completely finished by the end of January. We get all of our new appliances this Friday and I am very excited to start cooking and hosting a little more, now that I’ll be inspired to do so. We purchased a new table (seen above) a few months ago and finally chose seating for it. I love the neutral tones in this space and can’t wait until the entire kitchen and dining room are complete, so I can share.

The kids are all doing well and loving this holiday season. We hosted Thanksgiving again this year at our house, this time for 17! It was crazy, but so much fun. We picked out our tree last weekend and started decorating for Christmas. Aubrey hung lights on the exterior of the house and we finally caved (after 16 years of having kids) and got two very small and tacky lawn ornaments—a little blow up, light up Santa and a snowman. The kids are thrilled!

Plum is just 9 days away from turning 14! It’s so crazy how times flies. The day after her birthday, the big kids are off to Florida to spend Christmas with their Dad. We plan on laying low for the holidays, spending time at home, and enjoying this slower-paced time of year. My Dad might be joining us for a few days, which would be really nice. Fingers crossed!

Two Son is about to turn ONE! We are in the middle of planning a birthday/holiday celebration for the store. Food, drinks, music, and friends. Lots of stuff happening this time of year with parties, birthdays, holidays, and trying to wrap up some end-of-year shoots, so we can enjoy a few, well-deserved days off.

This year was one of the most difficult I’ve experienced in a long time, and for many others, too, it seems. A lot of amazing things came out of it, but I am ready for what 2017 has to offer.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. I will be back here soon, promise!

BATHROOM UPGRADES

10/14/2016

We’ve owned our home for a few months now, and since my hectic travel schedule has slowed down, we finally have time to focus on our remodel. Our current bathroom situation is quite outdated and all four of them could use a facelift. The downstairs bathroom has a tan seashell-shaped sink, and brown floor tile. This is our main communal bathroom and is top priority on our bathroom remodel list! Our master bathroom looks like a ’60s inspired cockpit and does not get any natural light, so it’s second on our list and then the other two kid bathrooms. We are starting the renovations soon, and have been collecting inspiration photos and picking out new cabinets, fixtures, tile, toilets, and tubs.

I love black hexagon tile with grey grout for the master bathroom floor, coupled with black penny tile in the shower and white walls. I was super inspired by the bathroom in our suite when we stayed at Hotel Saint Cecila. We are also going to add a window in the bathroom, which will make a massive difference in the space. It is so dark in there currently. As much as I love taking baths, we are thinking about making our master have a walk-in shower with his and her shower heads. As for the kids’ bathrooms, we are going to keep them minimal and white. For the main floor, communal bathroom we are thinking of doing a fun, blue tile design (inspired by Intelligentsia’s Silver Lake location), with white and maybe a few wooden accents. There are so many options out there for tile, grout, hardware, etc., and we are having a hard time deciding, but getting closer! Here are a few of my inspiration photos…

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bathroom_2Photos above via Amber Interiors, Hotel Saint Cecilia, Granada Tile, Notey, and Estilo Interior Design.

DREAMING OF AN OUTDOOR SHOWER

07/27/2016

I’ve wanted an outdoor shower for as long as I can remember. There’s just something so refreshing and au naturel about bathing outside, and as many of you know, Nashville can be unbearably hot and humid in the summer. While we do not currently have a pool (much to the kids’ dismay), we do spend most of our weekends outdoors, so I know it would get good use. I am hoping to incorporate a small shower as a part of our home addition, after we finish tackling the interior and make all of my shower dreams come true. Here are some inspiring examples…

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outdoorshower4Photos courtesy of: Outside Online, Contemporist, StyleCarrot, HGTV, Huffpost Home, Breathe Architecture, Eskayel, and Mother.

OUR LAUNDRY ROOM UPGRADE & A GIVEAWAY FROM LG

07/01/2016

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We just upgraded our laundry room and I am so happy with the way it turned out. The room is connected to our garage and also functions as a mudroom, so it naturally gets a lot of foot traffic, but also had become the home of all sorts of clutter and was in need of a facelift. I really wanted to make it feel like it was a more cohesive part of the house, so opening up the space was key. We started by removing all of the mismatched cabinets from above the preexisting washer and dryer, as well as alongside the opposing wall. We also ripped out and replaced the old linoleum (two layers of it!), and substituted it with black hexagon tile and gray grout. We removed the wooden dowel wall hooks and painted the walls bright white. The room feels so much more functional and spacious.

Here are some before photos…

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Here are a couple of photos of the room after we ripped everything out…

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And here are the finished results…

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To finish the space, we purchased a new washer and dryer from LG (which we love!), and received the new SideKick™ pedestal washer. Aubrey does most of the laundry around here, but with this updated room and fancy new appliances, I’m itching to pitch in. The SideKick serves as an additional washing machine for small loads that can operate independently, or alongside of, the front-load washer. It sits below the main washer compartment, and I’ve been using it for my active wear (yoga pants, sports bras, etc.), as well as my intimates and any items that need special attention. It’s been pretty amazing—a game changer for sure! It’s been a huge benefit and time-saver for us, because we can run it and wash a big load in the larger machine at the same time. Note: In order for the SideKick to work it must be paired with a LG front-load washer.

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Good news! We’ve teamed up with LG to give away one free SideKick, so one lucky Bleubird reader can divide and conquer laundry day. Simply enter using the form below.

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Giveaways not your thing? LG is currently running a promotion in which consumers can purchase two washers (front-load and LG SideKick) starting at just $999. You can check it out here. Offer ends July 13th.

This post is in partnership with LG.

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