Superhero Boys Room

Decorating my boys room was a lot tougher than I had thought.  I wanted their room to be stylish but also reflect their interests. I also felt it was important for my 5 year old to be part of the process. However, if it had left it up to him, I think there would be superheroes flying at you as you enter the room.

I gave the boys the option of choosing a superhero theme bedding or having a superhero wall decal above their beds. As you can see, they opted for the wall decal.  They each got to choose their favorite character from a preselected list based on price point. My oldest chose Spiderman and my donut chose the Hulk. These are perfect because you can take them off easily if you need to relocate them or want to switch them out for something else.  We also had this superhero banner from awhile ago when Lucas was in his own room. Of course he insisted on bringing it over to his new shared room with his brother.

I chose this navy blue upholstered platform bed from Amazon for their room because it complements the decor. More importantly, it is not something that they will outgrow quickly.  The bed is affordable, stylish and easy to put together.

For bedding, I took the boys to Ikea since you could literally make a whole day out of Ikea, from browsing through their entire show room, stopping at the kids section, playing with all the toys, eating and then going downstairs and actually finding your items plus way more than you came for. Lucas initially chose this  flower bedding, which is so pretty and fun.  I was blown away by his great taste. I loved all the flowers and color on it and was excited about figuring out how I was going to tie the flowers into the Spiderman and Hulk theme.   Then his younger brother choose this blue stripe one. I am not sure what happened but last minute, Lucas threw back the flower bedding and just went with this simple navy blue set. I was a little disappointed but it was his choice. boys room view 1

It took me awhile but I eventually found this cute little night table for their bedside. It is also available here.  It is round so no sharp edges which is great for kids (childproof). More importantly it has a little basket that could store all their stuff animals. My boys must have at least 10-20 stuff animals in their room at any given time and they usually ALWAYS end up on the floor. So having the basket is amazing because I could easily throw them all in there.  Each night they would pick one from the basket to bring to bed with them.

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One of my favorite items in their room is the paper mâché LED letters that I placed on top of their bed. It acts both a decorative piece and night light for their room. Overall the boys room came together pretty nicely and we are pretty happy with it. It is cute and stylish for mommy, and you definitely cannot miss the superhero figures on the wall protecting my boys at night.

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XO,

Kim

Master Bathroom Remodel

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This is where it all began, a hobby turned into passion and a passion turned into a new endeavor! We moved into this home in January 2016 and lived in it for about 5 months without ever stepping foot into our master bathroom (it’s a long story…I’ll probably share it with you one day in another post). My husband, the two boys and I all shared the guest bathroom which I renovated remotely while we were up in Toronto for the holidays before me moved in.

Renovating a bathroom can be a costly expense and since we are unsure of how long we would be staying in this house, the decision whether to renovate or not was a lot tougher for us than most.  You see, our plan is always to return home to Toronto, we just don’t know when. However, not having a functional master bathroom was not an ideal situation to say the least, especially since we had frequent visitors staying with us for extended periods of time. Eventually renovating the master bathroom became a no-branier. My sanity and happiness is worth the investment. Having said that, I wanted to ensure that smart decisions were made so keeping a tight budget was key.  This meant we kept most of our purchases from big box stores, searched for sales and adjusted design to accommodate our budget.

Here are some BEFORE photos of the bathroom prior to the renovation.

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The existing bathroom had two single vanities. To maximize the space, we opted to remove the smaller vanity by the bathtub. We then converted the larger one into a double vanity. You will see overtime that I love a a fresh clean look so this white marble countertop vanity  was a perfect fit.

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For the shower, we extended the width and length by 1 foot so it is now 4×4. Since I was keeping everything pretty neutral, I knew I wanted a statement tile for the shower floor. This whole bathroom design revolved around this beautiful pattern tile we picked up at Home Depot. Because the shower floor tile had a pretty pattern on it, we chose to keep the wall tile simple to balance it all. This beveled subway tile was perfect for the space. It was clean but the beveled edges added just the right amount of interest and detail.

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To keep the bathroom looking open, we chose to have a frameless glass shower wall and protected it with this glass shield to prevent calcium build up.  Our local provider had the shield applied at the manufacturer. We chose to do this because that meant there was a 2 year warranty on the glass but you could also do it yourself for a fraction of the price.

To be honest, I am not a bath person but keeping resale value in mind, we chose to add a stand alone bathtub. Even though I have hardly used it, it is quite a beauty to look at and I absolutely love the elegance it added to the overall design. We managed to grab this beautiful tub when it was on sale for $649. (Note: I just checked and it is on sale for less than $600 now).

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Being a mom of 2 boys, low maintenance is absolutely crucial in all our design choices. That is why we chose oil rubbed bronze finishes for all of our faucets and hardware.

Keeping in mind that we will be selling this home in the near future, instead of extending the shower floor tile throughout the bathroom, I chose this neutral wood plank porcelain tile as it would appeal to the majority.

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Lighting, I have to give the credit to my fabulous husband, There were a lot of materials and finishes that were needed to complete this bathroom so I opted to delegate the lighting task to him. I always knew he had great taste but I was completely blown away with his choices. The geometric pendant light hanging over our bath tub is probably my favorite purchase so far in this house. It is absolutely gorgeous, adds so much interest while not occupying a lot of space visually because of its design. To top it all off, it’s handmade from an Etsy shop in Greece. This is how the box came in the mail. There must have been over 50 stamps on the box. LOL

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The vanity light is also from Etsy and we went with the brass finish and it complements the space perfectly.

The distressed ship lap wall behind the bathtub was a last minute decision. I never considered having a feature wall because of our tight budget. As the project progressed, I knew that if I didn’t add something, I was going to be disappointed. For a few hundred extra dollars, we decided to grab this distressed ship lap from Lowes and my husband was going to install it himself to save cost. I ended up painting it myself  and the result was better than I had imagined.

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To finish off the space, we added these vanity mirrors from Lowes.  In terms of paint color, after many sample purchases in search of the perfect gray, I finally settled on this light gray, Shoreline, from Benjamin Moore. If you are ever looking for a perfect barely there light gray (no undertone) then this is your color.

XO,

Kim