November 2020 - Dimples and Tangles


Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas, friends!  I'm so excited to kick off our It's A Colorful Life Christmas Tour 2020 party today and share this year's Christmas Tree with you.  

Hobby Lobby wrapping paper, colorful Christmas decorations, DIY Christmas decorations

My friend Jeweled Interiors and I host this tour several times per year, and always have a blast rounding up a super-talented group of color-loving bloggers to share their holiday homes with you this week.

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I fully intended to share my entire Living Room with you today, but I'm so behind on my Christmas decorating (spent too much time wrapping up my bathroom, days of celebrating my husband's 50th(!) birthday, other family birthdays, Thanksgiving.... I didn't get on the ball early like a good blogger would have!) so the tree is all I have ready to share with you today.  I can't quite pull the all-nighters that I used to that would have been required in order to pull off having my whole living room done today... ha!  So, I hope my Christmas Tree piques your curiosity for more tours to come this week!

Several years ago I made loads of tissue paper flowers for centerpieces for a church event, and then ended up using them for several other occasions as well.  

I wanted to do something a little different than the party fans that I've used for several years now with my Christmas decorations, and those tissue flowers came to mind!  I'll be using them on the mantel and in the Entry where I normally use the fans, but thought they would make a nice statement on the tree this year too.  

I made the flowers just like I shared in this tutorial

but I only used 3 sheets of tissue paper for each one.  I layered two sheets of this pink with one sheet of this red on top, then folded and fluffed them to make a pink flower with a red center.  I was able to manipulate mine in the branches of the tree so that they looked the way I wanted them to.  In the past I've used a little dot of hot glue to secure the open edges of the flower closed into one round shape, but I didn't find that necessary to do in this case.  

One big time saving tip... get some helpers!  My sister-in-law and niece pitched in when I pulled out my supplies to work on these Thanksgiving night, I'm so grateful!  This is a super easy project for kids or anyone else to help with.  

After fluffing, I just nestled the flowers into the branches where I wanted them to go and adjusted as needed.  I clustered several together at the top for the tree topper, securing them to the top of the tree with the pipe cleaner used to make the flower.  

I wanted a slightly vintage feel to my decorations this year, while still keeping things colorful, with the main colors being hot pink and red.  I did reel in my color palette a bit from past years by removing some of the deeper, more saturated colors like the deeper blues and purples, and I didn't use black and white at all this year!  

I only put up one main tree in our home, so along with plenty of colorful ones I add in many of our sentimental family ornaments too.  The ones that my kids made in Sunday School over the years when they were little will always be my favorites,  

but the "handprint snowmen" ornaments come in at a close second!  :)

I found these vintage inspired glass clip on candles several years ago and always love adding them to the tree.  

And let me just say, I'm super proud of myself that all of those boxes (except 2 I think!) are actual presents that are already wrapped!  (I usually pull out a stash of empty wrapped boxes to use as props for these pics).  But I probably shouldn't pat myself on the back too much, we're usually up late on Christmas Eve wrapping those last few gifts.  Every year I say I'm going to get that part done earlier!  

Green Gingham Pillow Fabric  ||  Similar Blue and White Throw  ||  Snowflake Pillow- super old from Target, here's a similar current one though! 

He moves around from place to place, but lately this chair has been Chief's spot.  I kicked him out of it for the day so I could style and take photos, so he was happy to regain his place last night.  This is just a quick photo I snapped with my phone- can you tell he thinks he's in charge?  Ha!

how to make tissue paper flowers, hot pink and red Christmas decorations

OK, that's all for today!  I'd love to see you back here later in the week as I share my entire Living Room and other spaces in my home decked out for Christmas.  But for now, be sure to head over and see what unbelievably creative tour Jeweled Interiors has for us, and you won't want to miss a one of all of the other tours this week either!  





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After over a year of working on it, I'm beyond thrilled to finally pronounce our Master Bathroom makeover 100% finished!  I've been working really hard to get the last details wrapped up and get the space photographed so I could share it with you before we step into the holiday season.  I can't tell you how pleased I am and proud of how our green, blue and white Master Bathroom turned out!  (All available sources are listed at the end, and don't miss the fun video recap of the entire reno process close to the end of the post too!)

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As a reminder, here's where we started 14 months ago-  

and here's where I left you in July with the first reveal-

and here's where we are today... completely finished inside and out!  

When I shared the initial reveal with you earlier in the Summer, all of the major pieces were complete, but I hadn't fully accessorized the room yet.  I also hadn't finished some of the unseen parts, like painting the inside of the vanity under sink cabinets and linen cabinet, and organizing those spaces along with the shoe cabinet... and generally just fully fluffing everything up!  

I took my time to consider how I wanted to finish off the room, and came across pieces that I wanted to add as I waited.  I found this tufted ottoman on Facebook Marketplace and reupholstered it to have a spot to sit and put on shoes.

Adding a rug was a huge game changer!  If you were here along the process, you know I debated using one large rug or two smaller rugs at each vanity.  I'm SO happy with the large rug, it really helps fill the space!  I did buy two small scatter rugs to use at the vanity when we want something warm underfoot, but we haven't been using those all the time and keep them tucked away when not in use.  You might also remember me saying that I wasn't going to use any pink in this room... well that didn't pan out!  Ha!  I tried, I really tried!  ;)  I looked at so, so many blue and white rugs, thinking that was the direction I was headed, but not one felt right for the room and just fell flat.  The room didn't start to really sing until I added in the pink!  It was still tough to find a rug with the right colors- pink, navy, and green... especially finding something with a little bit of the right color green.  I came across this rug with just enough around the border of the rug, and it's worked out great!  

I know, there is a LOT of color and pattern going on in here, and I couldn't love it more!  Nothing really matches, but I think that everything coordinates and works together just fine.  

And, we've finally used our tub!  It's so deep compared to our old huge oval tub and we're completely pleased with it.  

I made a few minor tweaks in the accessories I had used initially, like changing out the brass towel rings that I started with.  As I considered adding some artwork above the towel rings, the composition just wasn't feeling right for me.  I decided that I needed a straight towel bar instead, and once again partnered with Luxholdups (their beautiful products are in my powder bath too!)  and installed their gorgeous brass and acrylic open ended towel bars to use at our vanities.  Best decision ever!  I needed a custom size to fit properly on my side of the room next to the medicine cabinet, and they can make any size you need with no problem!  They are so classic and timeless, perfectly in line with the design style that I was going for.  

I also finally landed on some artwork!  All along I planned to use some pretty vintage watercolors that I've been hanging on to for a while, but when I got them up they weren't right in the space.  They had an aged looking tan background and really didn't fit with the crisp colors of the room.  I'll definitely be finding another spot for those, though!  A brainstorm came to me as I was waking up one morning, and I remembered I had these Audubon bird prints that I used to have hanging in the Dining Room a long long time ago.  My two favorites- the heron and the flamingo- were the perfect colors for the room!  

I also finally got this vintage chandelier cleaned up, painted, and installed.  It was covered in so much dirt and grime!  I tried a million shades of light blue spray paint but nothing seemed right, so I ended up painting it my favorite good old Rustoleum Navy.  I like the visual weight it adds with so much white in the rest of the room, and it perfectly ties in the navy trim on the pagoda window cornice (see cornice tutorial here). 

Moving into the water closet, it just got two new little accessories.  I came across a bamboo plant stand and originally bought it for another room, but then realized it was the perfect size to fit in a little corner of the room.  I love the warmth that the finish adds, and it's nice to have a spot for some greenery!  

I also made over an old wooden box to sit on top of the toilet by spraying it and adding this medallion clasp to the front.  I've been hanging on to this brass piece for years- it's another piece like the one I used as a handle on the green laundry basket under my vanity.  I removed them from an old wicker trunk that had worn out before we pitched it- I knew they would come in handy for a special project some day!  There are some things that we need handy near the toilet but might not especially want out on display- right ladies?- that this is perfect pretty storage box for!  

Another big part of totally completing the room that wasn't done for the first reveal was organizing the cabinets.  Remember we extended this existing linen cabinet to the ceiling-

and it's the perfect spot to store bulky things like extra lampshades and comforters that aren't currently being used.  I found some gingham baskets that were the perfect size to fit the shelves.  It's nice to be able to pull them out like a drawer so things don't get lost in the back of the cabinet.  We also added some shelves- the two large sections used to just have one shelf each in them, leaving a ton of wasted vertical space.  Adding more shelves totally maximized the storage space! 

I had one more spot over the towel hooks that needed some art, and my artist friend from Instagram Jenny Westenhofer sent me the loveliest print from her shop!  How perfect are these colors for my color palette in the bathroom (or anywhere in my house for that matter? ha!) 

 I love the modern design mixed in to the room, this one is titled "Bluegrass."   

Nothing is different on the inside of the shower but here's a reminder of how that turned out-

Also as a reminder, this cabinet is totally new.  It used to be a cut out nook with a built in hamper at the bottom, totally wasted space!  

We considered enlarging the shower, but I'm not interested in having a bigger shower to clean so we added more shelf storage in that space.  I finally got it all organized with my shoes and it's wonderful!!  I'm loving the extra space that I've gained in my closet by moving the shoes out as well.  

I stacked my shoes on the shelves that are within easy reach without climbing or bending down, and for the high and low shelves I found some baskets that perfectly fit the space to store out of season or less frequently worn shoes.  The baskets act like a pull out drawer (I added some stick on felt pads to the bottom to make them easier to slide without damaging the paint) and make accessibility to the back of the cabinet easier for those hard to reach shelves.  I made some simple tie on labels to help me remember what was where! 

One basket holds tons of flat sandals and flip flops, maximizing shelf space once again.

Moving around to my vanity, you can see the new towel bar and artwork again on this side.  

I usually have my iPad on the counter to watch something while I'm getting ready.  I've had this brass easel for years and have used it for a plate rack and cookbook stand, but my friend Monica reminded me that it's a great tablet stand too (she has really helpful tips in her Instagram stories)!  Much prettier than what I had before!  

I used some scraps of wallpaper to line the back of the medicine cabinet and the drawers-

and after years of using random plastic containers I bought some prettier clear boxes to fit my drawer.

Also since the last reveal I painted the insides of the older cabinets with a fresh coat.  Having the extra shelf space in the linen cabinet and doing a good purge allowed me lots of room under the sink.  I installed this pull out drawer basket and it's the best thing ever!  I also used them in the kids' bath and have since put one under the kitchen sink too.  It keeps everything right at my finger tips- no digging in the back of the cabinet- and the tall sides keep larger items from falling over.  

So there you have it!  I'm really happy with all of the choices we made for this room and proud of all of the hard work that went into it, even though it wasn't the speediest makeover!  It is so nice to have a clean, updated space (remember those befores- yikes!  See lots of side by side before an afters in the original reveal post) after putting in countless hours of hard work! 

Sweater- purchased at a little shop while on vacation, sorry I can't link!  ||  Denim Shirt  ||  White Jeans  ||  Leopard Shoes

Here's a fun little video recap of all of the work that went into this space over the past 1+ year!

If you're unfamiliar with the progress on this project, I'd love for you to look back on the process of this bathroom renovation here- 


Sink Vanities-
Blue and White Wallpaper  ||  Countertops- 3 cm True White Quartz, Hom Kitchen and Bath OKC  ||  Gold Cabinet Knobs, Hinges, and Brass Door Hinges  ||  Faucet  ||  Towel Ring  ||  Vanity Light here (frequent coupons!) or here  ||  Brass/Glass Drawer Pulls  ||  Glass Cabinet Knobs  ||  Soap Dispenser- Homegoods  ||  Bamboo Soap Tray- Hobby Lobby  ||  Smaller White Ginger Jars- Hobby Lobby  ||  Large White Ginger Jar  ||  Brass iPad Easel- Thifted  ||  Bird Prints  ||  Bird Frames  ||  Brass and Acrylic Towel Bars  ||  Clear Drawer Organizers  ||  Under Sink Slide Out Basket (X-Narrow 8.5" high Mesh Glider)

Window/Tub Area-
Pink Area Rug  ||  Whirlpool Tub  ||  Roman Tub Faucet  ||  Green Gingham Cornice Fabric  ||  Pom Pom Trim  ||  Navy Dye for Pom Trim  ||  Bamboo Chandelier- vintage with Rustoleum Navy Gloss Spray Paint

Shower/Shoe Cabinet Wall-
Tufted Ottoman Blue Animal Print Fabric  ||  Shoe Cabinet Baskets or Similar Here ||  Shower Faucet  ||  Hinges, Gold Ball Cabinet Knobs- D. Lawless Hardware  ||  Navy Tassel  ||  Large Shoe Shelf Baskets  ||  Gold Full Length Mirror- FB Marketplace  ||  Frameless Shower Door- Glass Solutions (Edmond OK Residents Only)  ||  Marble-Look Soap Dish  ||  Navy Bath Towels  ||   All Tile- Floor & Decor

Water Closet-
Small Cordless Bamboo Shade  ||  Green Gingham Cornice Fabric  ||  Pom Pom Trim  ||  Navy Dye for Pom Trim  ||  Toilet Paper Holder  ||  Lotus Light Fixture- Discontinued from World Market  ||  Bamboo Plant Stand and Brass Planter- Vintage  

Thank you to these partners who gifted products or a portion of their services for our bathroom renovation!


Green Cabinets and Wainscoting- Behr Crown Jewel, satin finish  ||  White Cabinets and Trim- Behr "White", semi-gloss finish (straight out of can)   ||  Walls- Behr "White", eggshell finish  ||  Hardware- Rustoleum Metallic Gold  ||  Green Frames- Rustoleum Meadow Green  ||  Bamboo Chandelier and Toilet Storage Box- Rustoleum Navy

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