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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bathroom Renovation

I felt like this project would never get finished, but it is complete and I am so happy with the way it turned out! We made our upstairs 1/2 bath into a full bath and boy did it make a difference! It is so airy and bright and SO MUCH BIGGER!!

Here is what the old half bath looked like. It's not horrible, but with the potential to make it into a full we knew it would not only be convenient, but also put value onto our house when it was time to sell. 

Demo began shortly before the holidays. You will see from these pictures there was a linen closet directly outside the 1/2 bath that would need to be removed. 

There was also about a foot and a 1/2 of awkward space when you walked up the stairs. So that added to the size of our new full bath!

Once that demo was complete. The new wall was able to be put in. Charger of course would need to inspect to make sure it would be big enough. We left the toilet in the original part of the bathroom until after the holidays. Hello pregnant women who uses the bathroom every 2 hours was not about to walk down stairs in the middle of the night.

Once the holiday's were over, our contractors got back to work. They removed the toilet (which like I said before.. hi preggo women was not too happy walking down the stairs!) and started re-configuring the plumbing. The new walls, window, and lighting was also put in. My father in law (who's a plumber) put in the shower and the new tile was able to be finished. Also the whole room was painted. 

I originally wanted the shower tile to be a beige, but then returned it all and decided to go with a white subway looking tile. I love that choice. It just fits and matches the sink! The vanity and medicine cabinet were the next things to be 

One thing I had not taken into consideration when planning this construction was this new wall. The paint that should 'match' we did not have, since the hallway paint is the same paint in the stairwell and downstairs living room. When we moved into the house, we couldn't decide on a color, so left the original paint. Ut oh.. So what to do when you can't match paint, make an accent wall of course!!

The accent wall is actually wall paper that I originally purchased for the nursery, but decided against using. We will get around to painting the rest of the hallway one day, but let me just stare at my faux shiplap looking wall for a few minutes!!

Last step before I could come in and work my design magic was hooking up the plumbing and installing the sink and toilet. My father in law and dad did this step.

and finally it was finished!! I changed the knobs on the original vanity to these vintage looking faucet knobs. I was most excited to fill the medicine cabinet up with all our toiletries. When you go without a whole bathroom for months, you celebrate the little things like not having to pull your advil out of a reusable grocery bag.  

Vanity | Ikea
Sink | Ikea
Medicine Cabinet | Ikea
Knobs | Hobby Lobby
Glass Canisters | Pottery Barn
Magnolia Wreath | Hobby Lobby
Hand Towel | Target
Rug | Target (similar)
Shower Curtain | Target
other decorative items are all old

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Baby Boy Nursery | Part 2

About a month ago I posted some pictures of Baby Joey's nursery. Well I'm happy to say that since then we have finished the nursery (well is any room actually finished) and are just waiting for his arrival now!

After having a doctors appointment this week, it was determined he is very happy and content and will probably arrive closer to 41 weeks! Come on little man, we are all anxious to meet you!!

Most of the sources are listed below, but if there is something you have a question about, just shoot me a comment :)

Dresser & Changing Table: Vintage-Painted
Glider & Ottoman: Gift from Family Friend
Football Pillow- Target
Baseball Pillow- Target
Mickey Mouse - Disney Store
Side Table: Vintage- Painted
Baseball Lamp- Hobby Lobby
Mit Clock- Hobby Lobby
Pitcher Statue- Hobby Lobby
Frames on Wall- Michael's
Storybook Quotes- DIY (coming soon)
Baseball Rug- Buy Buy Baby
Crib- Pottery Barn
Bedding- Buy Buy Baby
Mobile- Buy Buy Baby
Curtains- Ikea
Red Wagon- Hobby Lobby (similar)
Books- Gifts
Chair & Slipcover- Pottery Barn
Football Plaques- Good Will Find
Stuff Basket- Home Goods
Shelf- Hobby Lobby
ABC Letters- Michael's
Baseball Mit- Joe's
Yankee's Jacket- Joe's
Baseball Bank- gift (I think Babies R Us)
Toy Chest- Ikea
Large Teddy Bear- Christmas Tree Shop
Stuffed Animals- Various
Trophies- Vintage
Initials- Michael's
Frame- Hobby Lobby
Pennant- Vintage
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Little Slugger Baby Shower

This past Sunday, we celebrated our little man with none other then a baseball theme baby shower hosted by my mom and mother in law! Everything was perfect! We celebrated with great friends and family and plenty of food and desserts. And can we just talk about all the gifts we received! This little boy surely is spoiled, but 100% okay with that! Here are some pictures from the big day!

My mom made the centerpieces! Aren't they just adorable and they even have embroidered M's on each hat!! They match the invites I made for the shower. Side note, if you know me, it was hard giving up the rein's on throwing a party. So I made the invites and chose the theme, however my mom really took the harness and ran with it. Hey.. I get it from my mama!

My mom making sure the balloons were looking good.

My outfit: Dress- Asos, maternity, Wedges- Target (so comfortable!), Necklace- old (similar)
Invites & Additional Card: Ash's Party Accents
Bakery Items: Buttercups Bakery, Roseto Bakery & Homemade!

 It was a great day, and Joe and I can't thank everyone enough! 
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Exciting News!

As some of you may know I do some party planning/ invitation designs on the side. I have my own Etsy store and have been pretty successful from it. It has always been just a side thing for me, and never really could devote a whole lotta time to it. Most of my designs were things I created for friends, family and a select group of clients. Well I've finally bit the bullet and with a push from some of my family and friends, created my own website exclusive of my work! 

Introducing the NEW Ash's Party Accents!!! Complete with customization options for invites and favors and custom design packages! I'm so excited to be starting this journey. Here is a look at some of items available in the shop! I would love to get some new clients, so be sure to click through and check out the entire site!

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