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The White Plank Wall Trend

Even though we’re still a few months away from remodeling our bathroom, its design is always in the back of my mind.  As I’ve mentioned before, we aren’t restoring the house to its original state.  Instead, we’re drawing influence from its historical qualities, and pairing those with a little modern flair.

One way we plan to do so is through the use of subway tile.  We’re using it for our kitchen backsplash, but due to its prevalence in so many historic bathroom photos from the 1910’s, we’re considering putting subway tile in the bathroom as well.


I originally wanted to just fill the wall behind the clawfoot tub with subway tile, but the more I see these old photos, the more I fall in love with the “subway-tile-around-the-whole-bathroom” look.  It’s just so clean and classic, and it works with so many different styles (for example, you can use marble subway tile for a more traditional and chic bathroom, or use a simple white subway tile with dark grout lines for an eclectic, funky space).

Sidenote: am I the only one getting a major kick out of these old advertisements?  A bathroom named “the Knickerbocker? Or $37.20 for the complete “Perfection Bathroom Outlet”?  $37.20 hardly buys a gallon of paint today!


While I love the subway tile look, running it along the bottom half of the bathroom definitely isn’t the most economical option.  Because of this, I’ve been exploring other options, one of which is wood planking.  Only planking the bottom half of the room would stay a little more true to the bathroom’s original design, but I’m really loving the floor to ceiling planking in the follow photos.

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So what do you think?  Would you subway tile the bathroom?  Install wood planks?  Would you run the wood planks up to the ceiling or just halfway up the walls?  Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts!

Go Bold or Go Home.

I think I’m going to start calling this house the surprise house, because there have been so many things that have genuinely surprised me since we’ve moved in.  And no, I’m not talking about bad surprises.  I’m talking about good surprises.  Like Noel’s reaction the first time he walked into this house.  Or Noel loving so many things (like the table or the bed) that I never would have dreamed he’d like.  I’m starting to sense a common theme…maybe I should revise the name to “The House Where Noel Likes Things I Thought He Wouldn’t.” 

The reason I bring this up is because Noel surprised me once again.  The weekend after Thanksgiving, we were doing some furniture shopping, when we stumbled upon this beauty, the Tailor Sofa, at Crate & Barrel.  Thinking it was far too classic for Noel’s taste, I was floored when he saw the couch and exclaimed “this couch is awesome!”  I don’t know if it’s the bright color or what, but for some reason, he was oddly excited about this couch.

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And don’t get me wrong: I’m not complaining in the slightest.  I love the couch.  The clean, classic lines with a little bit of a modern flair, that’s exactly the look that I’m going for in our house.  But Noel liking it?  So strange.

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Anyways, we almost bought it that weekend, but decided to wait a little bit (since our main level is still a construction zone).  Plus, I wasn’t 100% sold on it, because to tell you the truth, I was a little uneasy about the color.  I adore the actual color itself, but the entire couch being that color?  That’s kind of scary.

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Normally, my style is to keep it really simple and neutral with the big pieces, and then to add in pops of color in things you can easily change (like curtains, pillows, and accessories).  So if we were to go bold with the couch, it would definitely be out of my comfort zone.  But 90% of the time, when I push the boundaries of my comfort zone, that’s when awesome things happen, and I end up being OBSESSED with the room.  And let’s be real, how gorgeous are the rooms above?  Umm…very.

So, what do you think I should do, take a risk and go bold, or play it safe and stick with neutrals?  After all, it does come in gray…

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I guess we shall see where we end up.  Which route would you take?

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Did you guys hear the big news?  Yesterday morning, Pantone announced the color of the year for 2014, and let me tell you, it’s a good one.  Everybody, feast your eyes on this beauty: Radiant Orchid.


I’m going to be completely honest: when I first saw the color, I was kind of “meh” about it.  Purple? Come on.

But then I started looking at interiors that featured this color.  And the more I saw it, the more I liked it.  The color has such depth to it – it isn’t all dark and moody like your basic violet.  No, this vivid hue is bright and fresh and I can already see it being huge in fashion come spring.

As far as translating it into home decor is concerned, I’m all for the less is more approach.  This color works well with simple color palettes, bringing a fun, fresh, pop of color into the mix.  Just look at how a tiny burst of it brings these simple spaces to life.




I really love the way it pairs with a deep navy too.


And it even works well with the 2013 color of the year.


All images via Sally Wheat Interiors

For those of you that don’t fully understand the concept of a “color of the year,” or want to know how they decided on Radiant Orchid (cough cough, Noel), here’s a great little video snippet for you to check out.

So, what do you all think about Radiant Orchid?  Do you think you’ll be brave and incorporate it in your home decor?  In your wardrobe?  I’m not sure how it will weasel its way into my life quite yet, all I know is that despite my initial reaction, I can definitely say I’m a fan.  Leave some love below and let me know what you think!

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