master bath makeover

i don’t know how we have owned this house for almost 5 months without tearing down this wallpaper, but the time finally arrived this past weekend. while i was on an nyc excursion with the girls, the fatzinger men were kind enough to do the honors.
getting rid of the wallpaper was easy…. painting is doable… but on our diminishing budget, the PINK tub, sink and counter will have to stay… for now. i tried to put together a mood board type of thing to help guide the makeover-in-progress. i wanted to go with a nautical, earth-toned vibe using these gorgeous, breezy rooms as inspiration.

here are some ideas i have gathered thus far:
– the ruffley shower curtains (top to bottom) are from urban outfitters ($79),  west elm ($49), and target ($25). stay tuned for which one we can afford choose.
– the neutral egyptian patterned mats are from ($20) and “dot-grid” rug on the bottom right is from west elm ($19)
– the rope-bordered mirror, ladder towel-rack, and stool are some ideas we are hoping to thrift or DIY.
here is how fabulous our bathroom is looking right now:


one of the first (of many) on-line purchases i made after we sealed the deal with the house was a few of these knitted poufs from cb2.
i pictured card and board games being played around a big round coffee table in the living room on a rainy day or after a long beach day in the sun. i did some research, and while these weren’t what i’d call cheap, they were by far the best deal for these somewhat unique little seats.
they were $90 a pop. which is sounding like A LOT right now. i guess i was a little over-zealous in the early days before our first mortgage payment. but i have no regrets. i love the pouf.  
there weren’t many color options. i didn’t think i could make the grey work (tho i’m into the look below with the electric teal, very cool and modern).
in the end, i went with the “blood orange”.

this is how the coral them was born. 
to complement the poufs and begin the BEACHIFICATION,  i found this ceramic coral thingy and the coral pillow you can see below at
yes, that is a permanent human-body-print in the back of the recliner

i feel a cohesive theme developing! i’m so glad i stumbled upon the bold red accent color. its been fun to work with.

property virgins

hgtv copyright infringement aside, we were extremely inexperienced house hunters… professional renters… but when it came to making a savvy real estate investment, we relied on google and q&a with friends and family to clue us in. i don’t remember exactly when we decided we were definitely going to buy a house in the cape – by far the biggest decision we have made as a married couple. luckily we were on the same page (as we usually are) with the “second home first” strategy. we weren’t ready to move to the <nervous throat-clearing noise> suburbs, but didn’t want to stay in the city long enough for a condo purchase to make sense. we had the savings and rates were historically low. it was time to make one of our long-term aspirations a short-term reality.
we looked at 6 or 7 properties before putting an offer on this one. mike was not impressed when we first  checked it out on-line. it looked like a “grandmother” house. after seeing it in person & keeping an open mind, his tune quickly changed.
here are pics we snapped during the home inspection… do come with us to grandmother’s…

back of the house – looking into the sunroom
the greenhouse three-season sunroom

sunroom sliding door leading out to deck & yard. Hello Mikey
kitchen (door leads to sunroom) cameo by janice the realtor and mr. inspector man
living room – open layout on other side of kitchen
hallway leading into master bedroom (back of the house – behind the living room)

master bath. i know. AWFUL.  i can’t wait to have an “after” pic of this!
grandma’s bedroom
2nd bedroom (behind kitchen)
stairs (in between the two bedrooms) leading down to the first floor
first floor – facing the stairs

other side of the bed on first floor – sliding door leading out to yard
all in all, a very nice, tastefully decorated house & immaculately clean.  the price was comfortably in our range and it didn’t seem to need much work. there was so much potential with the big yard, wrap-around deck…  and point nine miles to the beach. as good as it was going to get in our price range.
it just didn’t give us the cape cod cottage feel we thought we were looking for…. 
i think shakey is up for the task

spring cleaning

its spring in new england. finally. we have a lot going on this year… new city apartment, new summer house, winter lbs to shed and an increasingly sassy bulldog to keep in check! we have a number of projects brewing in brewster. a major bathroom makeover, a lawn renovation (we’re clueless), a vague fire-pit plan, and some finishing touches to the guest bedroom, sunroom and first floor.

There she is!

its crunch time – we want the house to be in good shape for our first renters in just a few short weeks. time to get organized!