Hallway update + DIY

This hallway is basically the first thing people see when they walk in our house, I wanted it to make a statement.
So first we took out the boring flushmount standard white light

and replaced it with this beauty❤️

I posted this picture on social media and within minutes no less than 10 people messaged me to tell me how dope this thing was.

I have a vision for my house and I’m glad so many people reached out to let me know they appreciate it! 

It can close or open depending on how much light you want.

In the daytime it looks like this

Next up for hallway transformation was a console table. To be honest I wasn’t looking for one, I knew I’d need one but it just wasn’t a priority at this point. We have a rack that we can hang our keys on, and we have other projects to worry about and boxes to finish unpacking.

But while I’m out I always keep my eyes open for things I like. Like these cool shiny decor items


I ended up taking the ampersand home with me. 
And then I found this table.  

It was so cute.

It was different than a lot of other boring console tables I’ve seen on the web. I had to have it for myself.

So I bought it.

But the legs were a little too pale for my liking.

Look how nice it looks fits in this space!

But something had to be done about those legs.

I tapped off the white tips, and sanded down the part I wanted to stain. I didn’t do a good enough job taping off the white, note to self don’t be stingy with the tape.


And in the end I’m soo happy with the final result! 

The legs go really well with the darker floors now.


Master Bath Makeover

this bathroom was exciting for a few reasons, the paint color was not one of them.

 Reasons to be excited:

I would have space to put a vanity chair (and therefore have a seat to do my morning makeup in) and be able to organize my makeup in a neat way on the counter. Also there’s a drawer so i could utilize that as well.

The tub meant i could take relaxing baths.

The size meant me and D wouldn’t be falling over each other trying to get ready in front of the mirror.

But the paint was sad. I don’t have anything against brown walls, but there’s no window in this bathroom, and it just made the space feel small and dark.

Project 1: Paint the bathroom.
I used the same color as the other bathrooms: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt. I absolutely love this color for all the bathrooms, and I’m so happy I chose it.

And then there was removing those old towel bars, and toilet paper holder. We had 2 towel bars in here, one by the shower and one on the other side of the bathroom above the bath.

And I added shelves for a little bathroom decor/storage. Same style shelves as the ones in the other bath- can you see the what i’m doing here? continuity in all the bathrooms- check.

I love that the open shelves give me space to store things but in a way i can do so artistically. Loads of soap in a cool glass jar; rolls on rolls of toilet paper in a wire basket; pretty candle; no purpose pretty mercury glass shiny thing. I like the mix of textures that I am able to showcase, but its all in a useful way cause I need it within reach ya kno. Especially the toilet paper.

This is the new towel bar we put up. The hands can swing out and allow up to 4 towels to dry simultaneously. Pretend like you can’t see where I patched the wall.

Here is my makeup organization for the counter. Acrylic 3 drawer set, and a lipstick holder/extra compartment thing that fits nicely on top. I used glass jars to the right to hold my brushes, which need to be cleaned.

Open the drawer and you can see I used acrylic dividers to group items together so it’s not just a big convoluted mess.I also purged old makeup before putting it in here. This is a good amount for me to have, I think. (There’s like 6 eye shadow palettes on the left I should get around to using O_O)


Bathroom Makeover

before: bath 1

photo courtesy of when the last owner’s lived here. white walls, 1 hook for a towel.


Take the hook off the wall and paint the bathroom.

You guessed it: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.
Then removed the toilet paper holder and put up a new towel bar.

A double rod to maximize towel hanging space. 

Also we needed a shower curtain rod so I got one of the curved ones. It makes the curtain hang close to the toilet if you’re sitting on that but having a curved rod makes the shower space seem roomier. Pros outweigh the cons I think.


The shower curtain is the same one we had in the last place, it makes for a fun bathroom I think. And this is baby girls bathroom so we like fun. Also I think the wall color plays nicely with the underwater/sea theme.

I’m thinking about adding a cute mermaid decal in here to go along with the theme and cause little mama seems to like mermaids. 

I still need to get her a toothbrush holder,  and set up the guest toiletries but this bathroom is basically done. 

Baby girls room makeover – Pt.2

Here’s a closer look at the floors. Also her closet doors which need to get put back on the tracks. The walls here look a little gray which I like. 

Dark floors + white trim + grayish walls; that’s the contrast I was going for.


A princess wall collage for my princess.

Here’s a book ledge for her reading corner. I plan on putting in maybe a bean bag chair or big pouf and canopy with some cute string lights to encourage her to read. 

I still need to put up her book library, but this is a start. 
And here is her mostly finished closet. We hung two closet rods above the cubby unit which I scored for $50 on offerup. 

I bought closet dividers which came with little stickies for sizes. They are pink clips that hook onto the closet rod and just let you organize kids clothes into their different sizes; I have the 3T and 4T on the bottom rod right now and 5T and 6T on the top. I keep her everyday stuff in the cubbies and other stuff in the drawers under her bed; shoes, socks, bathing suits, baby stuff I wanted to keep and everyday stuff for larger sizes.  

And I recovered this headboard which some super soft chenille (?) fabric from Joann. It’s grey with little stars if you look closely. I went with a light color so I could add pops of color in the bed pillows and comforter.   

Babygirl’s Room Makeover Pt 1

mini has been great about this whole move thing, and i’m happy. she has been excited to move to the new house and loving that she has bypassed her bedtime almost every night for the past few weeks, although this does cause for some trouble in the mornings.

it was bittersweet leaving the last house because we created so many memories there, and it was the first place we brought her home to. she started walking, talking and potty training there. she also started growing into her own little independent person in that place. sigh.

AND we decked her room out tinkerbell style. (check those out here:  part 1 , part 2 , & part 3 ). good times.

but we told her in the new house she could have something new: a princess room.

this is a pic from when the last owners lived here. see the white walls and boring fan?

check out that boring beige carpet.


she has been so excited for this princess room (!) and i am so happy to give it to her, and this is how i did it:

i took out the wire shelves from the closet so i could do a better/more organized closet for her. her bed does have some drawers in it, but we got rid of her dresser and chest of drawers so more storage please !and then we proceeded to rip out the carpet and throw some paint on the walls.

and because i am crazy– but have a vision– i also painted the inside of her closet.

sweety pink by sherwin williams.

 i did the walls in sherwin williams Olympus White (eggshell finish)

because i did the walls such a light color, i really wanted to have that pop of color for her.

-dad and daughter team installing floors & painting walls.-

also we bought her a bigger bed, because she sleeps like a crazy person and we felt it was time to upgrade her.

-i was going to buy the frame new from ikea but i found a lady selling it on offerup for $80! that’s a great deal considering i would have had to drop $250 on it from the store. we did buy her a new mattress and mattress pad, and are waiting for her memory foam top to come in. i think she really digs the one in our room so we got one for her too.

 and what princess room is complete without a dress up closet? we had this in the living room in the last place but it’ll go great in her new room.

my mom had a small tv they weren’t using so we repurposed it to her room and set it on top of her dress up closet.

orginially i was going to use this cubby thing in my closet, but it didn’t fit the space and i found a better use in hers. i think the different cubbies will be nice to seperate out her pants, shirts, pjs, etc.

And then we replaced the fan with a girly chandelier.

I bought a 10″ ceiling medallion from Home Depot to give it a more grand effect.

(Chandelier is the Tadpoles 4 Light Mini Chandelier in White.)


Thanks D for fighting that last boring fan off the ceiling and putting this new beauty up!


I’ve still got to put up her closet and clothes, organize all her books, and put some princess art on the walls.

ANDDD take some better lit pictures too.


Weekend in Review – Mother’s Day Weekend

we drove to my moms late thursday night.

and slept in friday morning. my bed never sees me past 8 am on my latest days, so this was glorious. we definitely needed it cause after breakfast we took a nap too.

really we just wanted to rest this weekend.

saturday, because the weather was so beautiful we took a drive down to the beach.

spent some time on the sand and in the cool waters. babygirl wasn’t for the waves at first but she let us dip her in while we held her.

actually she didn’t want to get near the water at all but uncle skyler asked if he could take her in and she said yes.

imagine that!

mommy, daddy and papi couldn’t get her near the water, not even the wet sand that the tide touched but uncle skyler comes around and she goes right into his arms to be taken out there!

after that she let us hold her while we waded in, and she took turns burying daddy’s and papi’s shoes in the sand and eating lemon crackers.

the nap she took when we got home was epic! hours of rest! enough for mommy & nana to slip out so i could get a mani pedi & let me tell you i neeeededddd it. the time spent packing and cleaning and moving out of our last place did a number on my nails. Diana fixed me right up so i could have clean pretty polished nails for me to sign my name on the dotted line of our NEW HOUSE. WOOOOOO! 🙂

moral of that story is sun+sand= epic toddler naps, and moving means you need a mani pedi for sake of your nails and sanity 🙂

sunday, D made us a glorious breakfast of strawberry nutella french toast surrounded by a halo of cut strawberries & bananas and turkey bacon.

[sorry yall no pic of our beautiful breakfast just imagine how yummy it looked & tasted. next time he says he might one up and add something else.]

he also helped my mom fix her curtains by raising 2 rods to fit her new extra long curtains (thanks ikea, i’ll be paying you a visit real soon). it really makes the sliding doors look so tall and wide. i loveeee how it came out and im sorry i didn’t take a before & after pic to show the difference. i’ll definitely be adopting the idea into our new place.

on the drive back we spent some time at my dads house, and lil mama was obsessed with playing with this young lady. the last time i saw her she was younger than my princess, and now she is 6! (i thought it was cute that she calls my dad abuelo! aww, they are his two granddaughters)

they blew bubbles outside, danced in the house and chatted it up about i don’t know what.

and then we got in super late and are back to needing a nap 🙂 happy monday ❤

Weekend in Review- Moving sucks

it is, more like was our last official weekend in the house! our lease is up at the end of the month which is this saturday so we have been working out booties off trying to get our crap out the house and address any lingering concerns that would take away from the full refund of our security deposit.

holy guacamole i never realized how much crap we had. i will for sure utilize those groupons for moving companies the next time i have to do this because hot damn we keep running out of boxes, energy, and my house looks like a tornado ran thru it.

we cleared out 3 of the 4 bedrooms and have filled a storage unit 75% of the way at least.

we still have to fit our king size mattress, deep freezer, boxes of other house stuff, tvs, entertainment center, gym workout thing, ikea cubbie system thing, and potentially our washer and dryer if we cant sell it before the end of the week.
i keep telling D i think we should have gotten a bigger unit. his response: “i got this”

he’s the one doing the heavy lifting and if i end up being right, and we do need to transfer to a larger unit then he will have to do all the heavy lifting of the stuff to the other one. so he’s right, he can have that.i won’t even say i told you so cause i will feel bad he should have listened to me in the first place 🙂

us girls did take some time to make it to little mama’s friends Art Birthday Party on saturday. they painted and snacked on sweets shaped like easels and paintbrushes. i was able to keep her outfit clean too, success.


sunday we also made it out to the pool for a quick tan/small break.

and then made it back home to take a nap on our mattress on the floor (feels like college) and to continue going thru and boxing stuff.

one benefit i will say to moving ourselves, is that i have had the time to go thru all the things getting packed and decide if it needs to get kept, given or thrown away. (actually i haven’t had the “time” to do this just the responsibility lol) so im decluttering now, and will probably do so when we move into the new place. i already have a sizeable amount of things to donate to the vietnam veterans.


but i said i was putting my stuff in storage?- yeah we can’t move into the new place for like a week and a half so temporarily putting stuff in storage and staying with gracious family for the time being 🙂 [thanks yall! for helping us pack, move and invade your space when we need it <3]