Monday, July 30, 2012

House Tour 2012: Main Floor Bathroom

 Our bathroom for the main level is at the end of the hallway... 

I love the brightness in the bathroom with the natural light coming through the window.  This is one room we have hardly updated since we have moved in.  Everything from the tub, sink, counter top and lighting fixtures could use an update.

We did replace the toilet and repainted the white on the walls.

The tub and shower are behind the open door... Nothing great believe me. 

The tub is beige and has outlines of butterflies on the bottom of the tub where someone stuck no slip stickers years ago.  The stickers are gone but the butterfly outlines remain.  This scratched up tub has seen better days.

One of my favorite things in this bathroom is where I keep extra toilet paper.  I know, weird!  But here it is...

I got it as a wedding shower gift.  I'm not sure of its real purpose, but it is the perfect size to hold the rolls of toilet paper. 


Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Introducing... Your Guest Posts Page!

Now YOU can submit your idea or project to Simple Is Pretty to have your story featured!

Just click on the "Your Guest Posts" page at the top and fill in the form.  Very easy and simple!  If you have more information to add to your story, just email me at

After I receive 10 Guest Post submissions, I will host my very first GIVEAWAY on Simple Is Pretty!!!

I look forward to your inspirational projects and ideas!


Saturday, July 28, 2012

House Tour 2012: Living Room

Our living room is one of the most used areas of our house.  The kids spend lots of time playing in there.  We watch most TV shows in our living room.  This is also where we sit and visit when we have company over.

We stash the kids' toys in baskets in the black storage unit under the window.  Click here to read more on the living room storage unit.  

Our paint color is Stony Creek from Pittsburgh Paints...

Stony Creek 414-5

The Transformation:





Thrifty Decor Chick

Friday, July 27, 2012

Garden Labels ...Update!

This spring I made some garden stakes to label the plants in my garden.  Click here to see how I made them.  I promised you an update, here it is...

I'm proud to report the labelled stakes have been working wonderfully!  They are holding up in the rain and elements.  I definitely recommend taking some time to make these labels for your garden. 

The labels add the finishing touch to the garden!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

House Tour 2012: Entrance

I love our home's large entrance area.  If there is one thing I hate, it is falling over people and shoes when you enter or leave a house.  With our entrance, visitors can come in the door and have plenty of space to take off their shoes.  Since the mats are large, they stop most of the dirt from entering the rest of the house.  

My husband built the shoe and hat racks from plywood and we stained the racks black.  The dark color hides most of the dirt that falls off the shoes until the racks get cleaned. 

Another must have is a mirror in our entrance.  Perfect for that one final teeth and hair check before leaving the house.

We stash our full and empty water bottles in the corner.  This is one thing I would like to change/hide, I hate looking at them.  But they are located in a handy spot, since the water dispenser in the kitchen is only a few steps away.  The long chest is where we keep our firewood for our wood burning fireplaces.  We keep the kids' hats, splash pants, mitts, and other items in the dresser under the mirror.

Our paint colors are Pittsburgh Paint's Pony Tail and Tabu.  The 3 walls are Pony Tail and the one wall with the mirror on it is Tabu, as it leads into the laundry room.

Pony Tail 315-4

Tabu 412-3

I made this simple "LOVE" sign earlier this year.  Super easy to make.  I just found a font I love (ha ha), printed each letter on to letter size paper and put them in frames.  This sign works well on the entrance wall as it is near the ceiling.  This wall is used a lot for leaning on while people put on shoes, and since the sign is high it never gets bumped.  

To keep the frames straight, try this trick.... put a little sticky tac in the lower corners of the frames and hang the pictures on the wall as usual with a nail, make sure to press the lower corners to stick the sticky tac to the wall.  Works great, no more picture adjusting!

The Transformation:


Do you have any tricks for organizing your entrance to your home?  What are your must have items?


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