Even the most neutral space can benefit from some RED, WHITE & BLUE this time of year! I chose to focus my 4th of July decor in the dining room with budget friendly additons from my favs; Hobby Lobby, Home Goods & Target!
This holiday holds a special place in my heart. My grandparents threw a big 4th of July bash each year that brought all of our extended family & friends together to enjoy BBQ and fireworks. Some of my fondest memories with my cousins playing tag and writing our names with sparklers happened at these parties, and I looked forward every year to going shopping with my mom to find the perfect patriotic outfit. Bless it.
Everyone has an “oh shit” area in their home. Whether that be a closet, corner, chair, or an entire room; there’s always that space that just accumulates, well ... shit! That area for me was the back bonus room. What the hell do you do with a one car garage sized room with no closet and semi-shoddy ventilation? Despite the urge to build an extensive box fortress, I instead created a usable space with multiple functionalities and lots of personality. Welcome to the office/video game/nap/future play room!
I wanted this room to be my DO WHATEVER THE FUCK you want space and incorporate decor elements and color schemes I wouldn't have the cajones to use in our main living spaces. Queue the blush pink, llamas & phallic cacti! This room is truly my spirit animal and proof that you can have multiple design tastes and shouldn't be afraid to express them.
As winter passes and outdoor weather becomes more agreeable, us Phoenician's have about 4.75 weeks to enjoy the patio scene before the under-boob sweat becomes a normal way of life till Fall. Despite most days between the months of June & September varying in temps from 95 to 120 degrees (not even slightly kidding), we are still insistent of having a baller outdoor setup at home to enjoy the inner layers of hell we've chosen to live in.
Welcome to the Guest Room, a.k.a. The Homie Crash Pad. Between out-of-town family and friends staying over after our shindigs, this room gets quite a bit of action. However, likely not a lot of THAT kind of action. At least... that's what I prefer to believe ;)
You all chimed in on Instagram, and this week's popular vote for the Ris is This Home Tour Series reveal is the Guest Bathroom! I should have known that ya'll would want a Before & After. Well folks, here she is, in all her glory.
This bathroom began with brown cabinets and builders grade errthang, from crusty chrome hardware to the sweet sink/countertop combination. Living in the house for 3 years prior to reno, I made it work by painting the walls and decorated the shit out of it, but it was like putting lipstick on a pig. So when we first started talking about saving up to make magic happen, I was sure to work this baby into the equation.
We completed all bathroom renovations at the same time with the same materials and contractors as our Kitchen update. This renovation included new flooring, baseboards, sinks, countertops, and cabinet painting. I will list all materials and contractors at the bottom of this post.
I tend to be very forthcoming with my writing, but as far as my recent posts go, ya'll have really only seen the front rooms of my home since going live in early March.
That's why for the month of April, I'll be launching the Ris is This Home Tour Series. This 4 week series will feature a different room each Sunday so that you can become better acquainted with my design style and decor. Bare it all, if you will. Don't worry, I'll shave.
This week, I'd like to introduce the Master Bedroom. Talk about getting REAL intimate REAL quick. But hell, going big because I'm already home.
Storage space is one of those phantom creatures that everyone wants but can never find or create enough of. It's a constant game of cat and mouse; organize one area just to acquire more shit in another, and forever chasing that pivotal moment when everything is unrealistically in order. With only one linen/coat closet combination for the whole house, I play this game often and try to be creative with every single nook and cranny I can get my stubby little hands on. Cue the underutilized laundry room as my next victim.
I have to make a confession. I HATED this house when my man first took me to go see it during our house hunting process. It was one of his favorites, and I was a total betch rushing through the floor plan trying to get to the next house on our list that had been recently renovated. His pick wasn't horrible, it had an open layout and a pretty cool bonus room, but I was wasn't totally convinced.
Being from far West Texas, I don't fit many of the style stereotypes associated with the folks who live in the East portion of my blue bonnet state. And although I've come to terms with the fact that a cute endearing accent will never be a part of who I am, there's one undoubtedly Texas trait I brought with me to sunny Arizona; BIG ASS jewelry. Turquoise, amber, coral, give me allllll the big earthy rocks, pah-lease!