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Another Day, Another Renovation

We’ve been super busy this summer: relaxing, visiting family, etc; but, we are just now getting back to focusing on our renovation and making progress. Last night Dan and his dad finished the sink faucet plumbing. We have the drain, toilet and shower to finish up, and then cement board and drywall can go up.

A big surprise is going to be happening later this year, and that means we’ve added another renovation to our list. However, in order to start that renovation we need to finish off the majority of the one we already started.

Which, brings me to the cute things I have found for the basement bathroom that I thought I would share. Later, I will be able to share the exciting surprise with you. It really is a biggie! But, on to the cute and practical things…

The Finds…

Renovation Progress - Simons

How cute is this pharmacy box? I’ve been eyeing one from McGee & Co (here) for awhile now. But, this one is from a Canadian company and is a fraction of the cost. Personally, I think it is going to add a great pop of colour to an otherwise neutral bathroom.

Renovation Progress - Tonic Living

This waffle towel is from a Canadian company called Tonic Living. I’m literally obsessed with waffle towels, (I have no idea why), and the price is good, considering these wouldn’t be used consistently.

Renovation Progress - Amazon

Getting to the more practical bathroom accessories – this waste basket. I think it is a great way to add more texture to the space, and is also budget friendly.

Renovation Progress - Amazon

Last, but not least, our drain trap. The plumbing for the downstairs bathroom sink is exposed, meaning the standard black ABS pipe would show. To fix this, we went ahead and purchased this chrome drain trap from Amazon. It will really polish the space up, and keep it from looking junky.

We are currently eyeing some new doors from Lowes, as well. We should have a lot of new renovation progress updates in the next coming days/weeks. So stay tuned!

Shop The Look – Marie Flanigan Bathroom

Hi guys, it’s been a bit since I’ve done a shop the look post, so I thought I’d dive right in with a gorgeous bathroom by Marie Flanigan Interiors. She has a classic transitional style that I am absolutely in love with. I’ve found some great pieces that would give you the same great look. They are, however, slightly pricey. Mind you, you could easily make some of these yourself if you’re DIY inclined.

First up, the vanity. I’ve found two vanities from a shop called ReadyToRe on Etsy. They totally achieve the look that Marie has created, but they are expensive. Like I said before, if you’re DIY inclined you could easily make these yourself. It’s important to note that this price includes the sink basin, vanity top, vanity, faucet and they come in many sizes. Plus, some of the vanities come with free shipping if you live in the US. (Sorry fellow Canadians, we are out of luck).

Marie Flanigan Bathroom

If you don’t like the faucet that comes with the vanity you can opt to purchase the vanity without the faucet. Here you can see a faucet alternative from Wayfair. This one is super classic in it’s design and is a great price.

Marie Flanigan Bathroom

Also from Wayfair are these sconces. The thing to remember when renovating a bathroom is you need Wet and/or Damp rated lights. Damp rated lights are good for areas such as above a vanity, where the light is not in direct contact with water, but is still in a very humid and damp environment. Wet rated lights are needed in areas with direct contact with water, such as in a shower. The ones I’ve mentioned here are Damp rated, and work great above a vanity.

Marie Flanigan Bathroom

This is a great mirror from Pottery Barn. I’ve been obsessing over Pottery Barns mirrors for years and cannot wait until I can use one in our own home.

Last but not least, decor. These items come from CB2 and McGee & Co. They are a bit on the expensive side, but you get what you pay for. I find styling to be the hardest. But, these items make it seem a whole lot easier. The last item needed is some greenery and the room is complete. PS: Don’t forget to have fun with it. Renovations and design can take a lot of time. money and energy, so you might as well try to enjoy the process as much as possible.

(All items posted are recommendations only and no warranties or representations are being made. Affiliate links in post. Always check to make sure products comply with local code and/or regulations. All posted work is the property of the designer.)

Top Toilets

As we near closer to the finish line on the basement we are selecting our plumbing finishes. I’ve narrowed it down to an American Standard toilet, and a vessel sink from Home Depot. But, since I’ve been looking through toilets and sinks, for the last little bit, I figured I would share my best finds.


This toilet made by Glacier Bay is from Home Depot, and will be the toilet that we go with. It has dual-flush, and has a lined tank. Lined tanks are important, because they stop your toilet from sweating. I’ve seen super expensive toilets that don’t have linked tanks, so it’s something that you’ll need to check when you go to purchase. Also, dual-flush is a great water saving option, and I am all for saving money. Especially, with how much this reno is costing…


Up next is this toilet from American Standard, also found at the Home Depot. Like the one above, it is water efficient and comes with a lined tank. This one is a bit more money, but it comes with an anti-microbial bowl. Anti-microbial bowls reduce the amount of mold and microbes that can grow on the surface of the bowl. You will, however, still need to clean it. And, I almost forgot, it also comes with a soft close lid.


This toilet from American Standard can be found at Lowes. It’s pretty basic in appearance, but comes with an anti-microbial bowl and a lined tank. Currently, it is on sale. So if basic aesthetics are your thing, I would grab this one. The reviews seem pretty consistent and it ranks 4 out of 5 stars. If you don’t like round bowls, I have linked the elongated bowl version here.

(All items posted are recommendations only and no warranties or representations are being made. Affiliate links in post. Always check to make sure products comply with local code and/or regulations. All posted work is the property of the designer.)

Shop the Look – White & Retro Bathroom

So I thought that I would take the time today and help break down this amazing design by Katie Martinez. This bathroom is white, retro, sleek and glam, and will really hold the test of time. If this is a design that you love, I have broken down the best and most affordable options, so that you too can have a fabulous bathroom, while staying on a budget. Since, budgets are key!

The first thing to mention is the white shiplap and marble floors. These are something that Big Box stores, like The Home Depot and Lowes sell and they are reasonably priced.

Next, I found a couple of options for a medicine cabinet/mirror from Wayfair, which I have linked below. Vanity mirrors that also act as medicine cabinets have been around forever! What I like about them is that they also act as storage, so if you have a tiny bathroom they are a great place to store things like toothpaste, medicine, etc.

Speaking of Wayfair, I also found this great vanity on their site. Although, you can find similar ones from Lowes. The only difference is that they don’t have a marble top.

The wall sconces I found at Wayfair and Louie Lighting. While, the faucet I found on Homary.

The remainder of the items I found on Amazon and McGee & Co.

(All items posted are recommendations only and no warranties or representations are being made. Affiliate links in post. Always check to make sure products comply with local code and/or regulations. All posted work is the property of the designer. No copyright infringement is intended.)
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