Five More Minutes: Midweek Hosting

Nothing helps me get my house in shape faster than when guests are headed over! We are going to be traveling a lot in June and the thought of my house sitters seeing my majorly blah bathroom was such a bummer! Something had to be done, and fast.

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Happily, Target Style invited me to shop their new spring collection from Threshold and Nate Berkus. Hello, dream job! They believe (and so do I!) that with just five more minutes of attention and the addition of just a few cool, what I call top-layer pieces, even the most boring space can become a showpiece room that you'll be so excited to share with your guests!

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Remember what my bathroom looked like when we moved in? Baby blue walls, weird vanity, dark baskets that shed everywhere, and absolutely nowhere to hang towels!

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I painted the walls Benjamin Moore's Classic Gray (one of my very favorite colors!) and changed out the baskets, which helped for sure. But I knew the room could look a million times better and be much more functional with a top layer of cool accessories.

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I planted a really hardy succulent in this great Nate Berkus bowl for on top of the shelving. Every room needs a little bit of greenery - even a bathroom! That oversized basket that we're using as a laundry hamper is new from Nate Berkus, too.

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We added six of these wooden hooks to the walls for robes and towels. I love the warmth that the wood tones bring in! And I'm obsessed with the white bath sheets and the adorable black and white towels with fringe.

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I eventually want to replace the mosaic pendant light with something more permanent, but for now I hung a white paper lantern right over the top of the old pendant.

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One of my very favorite additions to the bathroom was hanging these Threshold mirrors on top of my outdated sheet glass mirror. It only took a minute to put these up with a few large-sized picture hanging strips. I love the dimension they add!

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There are some fabulous gold and brass toned accessories at Target right now that I just couldn't resist, especially this glass jewelry box. I love to have a pretty place to stash my wedding rings at night before bed. And that pencil holder works perfectly as a make-up brush organizer! 

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And how sweet is the gold shaving mirror? I'm obsessed with the design - it is solid and looks so beautiful in person!

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Those mint and navy turkish towels were on clearance and they look so cute with my green glass oil can soap dispensers (a long-time favorite of mine!). And I think the Moroccan-inspired bath mats are just the right pop of pattern in here.

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But the pink stool! She's the hero of my additions! I can't tell you how much joy that little stool brings me. I tucked her in to that little vanity spot and it was like the whole room came alive, just like that! And suddenly I've gone from embarrassed to excited to show this room to our house guests! It's so much better, right?

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Other Links: baskets, bins under the sink, accordian mirrors, white lantern

PS Check out Smitten Studio to see how Sarah transformed her outdoor entertaining space with just five more minutes!

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Canopy Beds Of the Non-Princess Variety

It's so embarrassing to admit it here, but we've been sleeping on two twin mattresses pushed together with a king-sized feather topper - for the last two years. YIKES! It was meant to only be a temporary thing right after we moved, but here we are! Honestly, it wasn't a big deal and that's why we let it go for so long. But the time has arrived and a real king-sized mattress is coming our way this month (yay!!). The sort-of bummer is the bed I made for the Domino shoot is too short for a true king-sized mattress. We're giving that frame away to someone who wants it, and you know me - I'm just as happy to have an excuse to start fresh, so no big deal! 

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I've started looking around for a new frame and I can't get the idea of a canopy bed out of my mind. We have really high ceilings in our bedroom and I think a canopy would fill the vertical space so perfectly!

Some of you might be thinking canopy bed = fussy princess bed. To which I say, WRONG! So wrong. It can be that, but check out how completely modern canopy beds feel in these eclectic spaces:

There are SO many great online options for canopy beds since the last time I checked. There are a range of prices here below, but some are only about $350 for a King! Crazy talk, right there. 

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Did I miss any canopy beds that you love? I am getting pretty stoked about the idea for our room...

DIY: House Number Door Mat

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I've had a pair of black resin planter boxes out front for a while now and they keep getting these weird white marks on them that don't really clean off. Every time I walk by them I make a mental note to do something about it. Then I saw this image on Pinterest:

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White! Glorious, bright white. So fresh and so clean. Why fight the mysterious white marks and why spend big bucks on new planters when these are fine? So I busted out a can of primer and put on a good four coats. I love the chalky white finish.

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I remembered my grandpa telling me once that white gravel is great for planter boxes because it helps retain moisture. Plus it looks so pretty! I picked up a $5 bag at Home Depot and that was more than enough for my two planters.

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I'm hoping the rocks help me keep these new fig trees alive. The trees are supposed to be drought resistant, but that hasn't helped me in the past. I really need to be better about watering consistently - or maybe I should just put these on a drip system.

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The new trees looked so pretty, I decided my coir door mat needed an update too! I picked up a roll of contact paper from the dollar section at Target and looked online for a pretty number 2.

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Then I traced and cut out the contact paper stencil.

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Then I removed the sticker backing and carefully pressed the paper into place, focusing on the inside edges. I also added some paper around the perimeter of the stencil to prevent overspray.

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It's a good idea to spray in short bursts directly face-on when spray painting a stencil, rather than moving all around - the paint just gets under the stencil that way.

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No too bad, right? I am thinking about adding a border around the perimeter like these mats, but I sort of like the simplicity here.

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We still need a new lantern out front and I want to replace the doorbell and add a dummy handle to the stationary door. I also want to have a piece of marble cut for the threshold - I only need about 3" wide. I am buying a slab for a project I have for up in the studio and I think I'll just have the stone guys cut a piece for me then that I could throw down with some cement glue.

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I would love to have a little bench out here someday soon too. Maybe to replace that silly little plant shelf thing. I've been poking around looking for something pretty, but I think I would like to find a vintage piece. I did find some treasures for outdoor spaces in my online searching though! Check these beauties out:

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bullet planter  //  b/w house numbers  //  brass planter  //  black planter  //  white outdoor sconce  //  klismos outdoor bench  //  brass entry set (the ultimate dream!! swoon.)


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