I am a renter, and occasionally, I truly begin to lament this fact. Of all the rooms in my home to which I wish I could take a sledgehammer, the bathroom is second only to the kitchen. Not that our bathroom is terrible or anything. It’s just that while it is functional, there’s nothing outstanding about it. Ideally, my bathroom would feel like a spa at a high-end hotel, or at least be a calming, modern space where I could truly unwind and let my hair down.
Lately, I’ve had a thing for rustic wood. Imagine that. I never thought I’d hear myself say I like anything rustic, but maybe I should qualify that statement a bit. I like rustic wood — like the look of old, reclaimed wood that has character and patina — but used in modern design. The Sun Spokes mirror from Anthropologie is a perfect example of what I mean.
Finally, I’m ready to reveal the result of the SYLVANIA Blogger Makeover Challenge. Just to refresh your memory, SYLVANIA invited me and four other bloggers to do a makeover in the room of our choosing to demonstrate how easy it can be to spruce up your home in one weekend.
So here’s how it turned out:
You may recall that a few weeks ago, our laundry room looked like this:
That sad room is no more, and I’d say we’ve come a long way!
What we did
For this makeover we used a lot of DIY ingenuity and creative concealment.
I can’t be the only one who looks forward to West Elm’s announcements that they’ve released new products. My excitement is doubled, however, because of the fact that West elm is one of the mainstream retailers of home goods that seems to be truly committed to providing greener product options for their customers. To be sure, this doesn’t apply to their entire product selection, but they consistently include products that are sustainable in some way.
Here are some of my favorite green products from their latest release:
One of the things I most wish we could do to our apartment is add lighting where there is none and replace boring fixtures with ones that are more fun. Because to say the least, much of our apartment is dark. All. The. Time. Even with the windows open. So I’m feeling particularly envious of the High-Minded Chandelier and Well-Defined Lamp by Stray Dog Designs for Anthropologie.
Stray Dog has long been one of my favorite makers of sustainable lighting. All of their pieces are made with sustainability in mind, and these two are no exception.