Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley May 18, 2018

Hello my friends! I’ve spent the day running around Seattle after I landed here yesterday. If you’ve seen my Insta stories, you know I’m hitting some cool spots, several you recommended to me. I’m off to explore more tomorrow and Sunday. Thankfully, I’ve escaped rain (fingers crossed for more nice weather).

Tonight I’m meeting my sweet friend Melissa from The Inspired Room for dinner downtown. We’ve been friends for many years since we started blogging, it will be such a delight to catch up! It’s always so pleasant talking shop with people who do what you do!

There’s so much buzz about the royal wedding, will you be watching? I’m not waking up early (it starts at 4 a.m. PST) but I do look forward to all the details: the dress, the cake, the flowers, I’m a romantic when it comes to royal weddings. And I love the fascinators that British female guests wear in their hair, don’t you?

Favorite links:

Super cool vibes in this surf inspired Newport Beach cottage.

These hotel bedroom suites have tropical touches but are so elegant.

I love this colorful tweet bright wallpaper so much.

A great example of how to make a two story family room feel cozy.

Do you like minimalist “no upper cabinet” kitchens? Or no?  Great post Emily.

She works 9 to 5 and still travels the world.

Thank you Pink for speaking truth.

Made me laugh: this article about Prince Harry.

Flip House Bathroom Remodel

By Kate Riley May 15, 2018

I came to Las Vegas for a quick trip in anticipation of getting the investment properties ready for sale, and also to photograph the master bathroom remodel which I hadn’t done yet.

As I’ve mentioned before, this house was purchased solely for resale so I made decisions that would be best for this renovation including neutral finishes and budget friendly materials.

Just like the hall bathroom makeover, I chose high contrast by installing a dark wood vanity cabinet and partnering it with a white countertop and patterned white tile backsplash.

This is what I started with when the house was purchased, notice the dated brass fixture and mirrored closet doors. I had the closet reframed so that the new vanity would meet the wall instead.

The new space is a lot different!

The shower room was remodeled top to bottom. I chose the same tile as in the hall bathroom, an inexpensive large marble look porcelain tile, installed from floor to ceiling and also on the floor (source below).

I had my installer carve out two niches in the wall for shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bottles. This angle also shows off this great looking and affordable wall tile I found at Home Depot. The shower door was custom made by a local glass company.

The vanity is made of ready-to-assemble cabinets from Lily Ann Cabinets. I stumbled across them online many months ago when I was searching for affordable cabinetry.

I ordered the Driftwood Grey color (see source for cabinets below). They’re good quality with drawers that are sturdy and straight, I’m pleased with how they look and feel.

The original plumbing was off center and I didn’t want to pay to move it, so I ordered the 60″ sink vanity and had it installed on the left then added a 12″ cabinet on the right side to fill the 72″ wide niche.

The countertop is the same quartz I used in the remodeled kitchen, white with some grey veining in it, the faucet is Price Pfister with chrome finish (sources below).

I chose the same cabinet knobs and pulls as I did in this kitchen, they look and feel like jewelry to me and if I love something I’ll repeat it!

The reframed pocket closet door looks better than the sliding mirrored doors, now the vanity meets the wall instead of stopping short as it did before.

The picket mosaic backsplash I mentioned here, it’s from Floor & Decor, I like its modern vibe paired with the more traditional cabinet (source below), and the raised edges on each tile are a nice textural element.

It’s not a big bathroom, but it finally has great style and is a million times better than before!


vanity cabinet / flooring / quartz countertop / backsplash tile 

 mirror / shower tile / cabinet pulls and knobs / sconce