Window Shopping: Target

I’m not really into Spring cleaning. Winter cleaning is what it’s all about for me. Something about the month of January just makes me want to purge everything and start fresh.  I’ve been cleaning every nook and cranny of this big old house. Organizing closets, filling bags to donate, rearranging furniture,  organizing under the sinks, even cleaning out my car. My hubby even helped out by purging his closet, which I don’t think I’ve ever seen him do in all the years we’ve been together.

The middle of Winter is also when I start to feel like I need to freshen things up around the house. Nothing major, but a few new decorative pillows or table runner can really help refresh a space without breaking the bank. I’m also finding myself needing storage bins and baskets, I just never seem to have enough of them! Just by switching a few things out, my Winter blahs seem to go away.

It’s no secret that Target is one of my favorite places to shop. They are kind of killing it right now (pretty much always)  with the home decor. I’ve been “window shopping” via online, to get some ideas. Here are some things I’m considering for the home.


Minty Fresh

Our upstairs bathroom is in need of a serious facelift, but we’re settling for a minor facelift right now. I’ve been painting my little heart out trying to make the space a little brighter and happier. I was extra motivated to get everything painted because we had family coming to visit this weekend. That’s just the best kind of motivation for me! Before, everything in here was a little too brown for my taste. The walls were brown, the floor is brown, the trim was brown, even the tub was brown. I decided to paint, for a quick and cheap little facelift.

Here is a look at it before and after.

thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comI just used up some leftover mint green paint that I originally used in our entry way. It’s light and neutral and I knew it would look nice with the dark trim as well as white accents.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comThe trim throughout the bathroom needed to be painted. The trim around the doorways and window haven’t been touched, but the baseboards were all painted brown. I decided since they were already painted anyway, I would go ahead and paint them white to continue with lightning up the space and to match the rest of the painted trim in the house.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comWe removed the cabinet above the toilet and it really helped bring in a lot more light in there. It really felt like a dark cave before. I was worried I would miss the storage, but removing it has really helped open up the space. (You don’t feel like you are going potty in the closet anymore.)

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comIt was so dark in there before that I didn’t even notice that the ceiling was blue! So I got to add, paint the ceiling to my list of things to do….yay.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comSince we lost the storage we had with the cabinet that was hanging over the toilet, I wanted to add some shelves to replace it. I decided to re-purpose some shelves that I tore out of Hollis’ closet back here. I thought I had three shelves, but when I unwrapped one, I realized it was broken. 😦 So two shelves it is!

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comI didn’t have a whole lot of hope for these shelves since they were wrapped in contact paper. I was expecting it to be a big ordeal, but the paper actually came off with very little effort. And that paper was sticky, as demonstrated by little helper below.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comI was planning on having to sand and paint the shelves, but after unwrapping them, I really liked the wood finish. They are stained the same color as the trim. The hubby also like the wood look, so I decided to just leave them, at least for now. I like how they look a little bit rustic and they tie in with the rest of the wood in the room. I just added some simple brackets that were less than $2 at Lowe’s.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comI was a little worried that I would hate the floor after painting, but I’m liking it a lot more. It looks a little more coppery and interesting, and it ties in nicely with the dark wood trim.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comI still have lots to do, but at least the walls and trim are painted (and the ceiling)! It feels a lot less Debbie Downer and now it’s minty fresh. Like a toothpaste commercial. I will go into more detail on some the projects later, but here is a look at my updated to-do list:


  • paint the walls something light and calming
  • paint the baseboards white
  • makeover the antique cabinet
  • add some wall shelves above the tub
  • add a towel rack near the tub
  • add some shelves above the toilet
  • paint the tub
  • find some sort of window treatment that still lets natural light in
  • find/make a vanity for the sink
  • add some artwork


  • change out the light fixture
  • add feet to the tub (if possible)
  • add a shower and curtain rod

Feelin’ Crafty: Growth Chart

There’s nothing like folding and putting away your baby’s clothes to make you realize how quickly they are growing. I seriously feel like I fill a tote of clothes my daughter has outgrown like every other day. It’s crazy. It also made me realize that I should probably be documenting these crazy growth spurts while she is still a somewhat tiny human.

So it dawned on me that I should make Hollis a growth chart. I had one when I was a kid and I loved that thing. I would eat my veggies and drink my milk and then go measure myself to see if those “super foods” really worked or if grown-ups were just lying to us all. I figure my child deserves the opportunity to question me as well.

I started with a pine board that I cut down to 6′. I’m sorry for the lack of pictures, I swear I took some, but they are nowhere to be found! So I will just use my words to describe what went on…

DIY Grown Chart // thegoldbrickroad.comThen I did nothing for a looooong time. This blank piece of wood sat against the wall waiting for me to figure out how to paint it. I knew I wanted something that Hollis would like, of course, but also something that wasn’t too babyish since I have to see it all the time too. Then I stumbled on this pattern which I really loved. I liked the simple geometric pattern (ie. something I can easily replicate with painter’s tape). And I also liked the color combo, I feel like it could work in pretty much any room in our house, which is good because I like to move things around constantly.

So here is where I’m missing some important pics. BUT, as you can see, I painted the board off-white. Then just imagine painter’s tape all over to create the triangles. I started my triangles 2″ over so that I could leave room to add my numbers, then I just followed one row of the pattern above.

DIY Grown Chart // thegoldbrickroad.comNext I printed off the size and font of the numbers I wanted. I’m starting with 2 because I’m hanging my board a foot off the floor.

DIY Grown Chart // thegoldbrickroad.comThen I flipped the paper over and scribbled the backside of each number. This is a little trick I learned from my 5th grade art teacher.

DIY Grown Chart // thegoldbrickroad.comI used my tape measure and ticked off each foot and then all the inches in between. Then I flipped over my paper and traced each number next to it’s tick mark.

DIY Grown Chart // thegoldbrickroad.comTa-da! I love this little trick, it definitely beats cutting each number out and tracing them.

DIY Grown Chart // thegoldbrickroad.comAfter I traced each letter, I went back over them with a paint marker. I also went over all my tick marks, making the foot measurements slightly more prominent than the inch measurements.DIY Grown Chart // thegoldbrickroad.comI still might add a little wood filler to that spot between the 2 and 3. Then I just have to decide where to hang it, and weep my eyes out as I watch my tiny human grow!

Shine Bright Like A Diamond

As we have been going from room to room with our renovations, I’m becoming more and more eager to update the lighting in each space. There are drastically different light fixtures in each room. We have fixtures from the 60’s (maybe even older than that), 70’s, some fluorescent lighting from the 80’s or 90’s, and some ceiling fans from the 2000’s. Though, we are not quite to the point where we are ready to start replacing them all, I still find myself looking at all of my options. I’m taking my time deciding, because while I’d like each room to be slightly different, I want the lighting throughout the house to feel cohesive. I also would like a nice mix of modern and vintage feeling fixtures. I’ve collected some of my favorite flush mount lights I’ve found thus far.


Flush Mount Lighting //

1. Vintage Barn Flushmount, 2. Otis, 3. Vanadin, 4. Bronze Star Flushmount, 5. Calhoun Glass Flushmount, 6. Soho White Rice,

7. Classic Flushmount-Metal Bell, 8. 20th Century Factory Filament Milkglass Flushmount, 9. Vintage Glass Flushmount

Inspirado: Upstairs Bathroom

Well I had a nice little break from painting. I’ve enjoyed getting some small projects done and getting some quality time in with my toddler, by which I mean chasing her around the house.

BUT, it’s time to get back to reality. And the reality is that I have a dark, depressing bathroom that could desperately use some TLC. It’s like the Debby Downer of bathrooms.

We’ve got big (ie. probably expensive) plans for this bathroom down the road….miles and miles down the road. I thought I could wait, but I either need to get some cheer in this bathroom or some Prozac, because it’s seriously depressing in here.

Here is what it looks like now. We really haven’t done anything to this space since we moved in other than add a ladder shelf for some additional storage.



There is a large clawfoot-less, clawfoot tub. I would love to re-attach them, but I’m not 100% sure that is possible.


And this dark little closet is where you go when you are being punished need to use the toilet. The cabinet and the toilet are both off-centered which drives my OCD into hyperdrive. It hurts my eyes if I look at it for too long. I can’t move the toilet, but I think I am going to take the cabinet down.


I’m giving myself a budget of $50 for this little makeover. I think I can do it by using some leftover paint and using items around the house. I just want to brighten things up and make it a happier space to be in. We only have the two bathrooms, and this is the only one upstairs, so we really need to make it work for us.

Here is a few pics for inspiration:

^^I like the idea of having a couple of floating shelves over the toilet to lighten things

up (it’s  dark in there!) and still provide some much-needed storage.

^^ I would love to find an old table to use as a counter around the wall-sink, but if I can’t

find one, I think I could make one similar to this.

^^ I actually already have an antique cabinet that I can use for some storage

in the bathroom, but I’d like to give it a little facelift similar to this.

^^ I really want to find something for the window that allows some privacy but still lets light in.

I love this boho feeling macrame window covering from Urban Outfitters.

^^ These last two pics are really just to show what we’d like to do one

day. We would love to make our tub a shower by either adding a hand-held

shower or preferably a standing shower head and curtain rod.

Here is what’s on the do-do list:


  • paint the walls something light and calming
  • paint the baseboards white
  • makeover the antique cabinet
  • add some wall shelves above the tub
  • add a towel rack near the tub
  • add some shelves above the toilet
  • paint the tub
  • find some sort of window treatment that still lets natural light in


  • change out the light fixture
  • add feet to the tub (if possible)
  • add a shower and curtain rod

It seems like a lot of work, but I think this is a project where a little paint will make a big difference.

Color Trends For 2015

I’ve been obsessed with picking paint colors lately. It’s pretty much always on my mind. Usually I can pick colors for a house in no time, but for some reason this old farm house we are living in seriously has me stumped.

In our first house, I had a very neutral color pallet. It was a taupe-y/gray paradise. I didn’t second guess any of my color choices, everything flowed in our, somewhat, open-concept house. This house is not open-concept, there are different colors of trim going on, and some funky fluorescent lighting happening in some rooms. I had colors for each room picked out when we first moved in and have since changed my mind on each of them now about 237 times.

I’ve been googling 2015 paint trends all morning and I’m pretty excited about what has been coming up.

Benjamin Moore: Color Trends 2015

I’m noticing lots of great shades of purples and berry colors in these color lists. Purple isn’t a color I normally gravitate towards, but some of these shades are so pretty and tempting. I especially like their Portland Gray which is a nice soft gray with purple undertones.

BenMoore 2015 colors

Benjamin Moore also deemed Guliford Green HC-116, as their color of the year. I really like this color. It’s kind of a pale, olive-y green which is a great neutral that pairs well with so many colors. It’s a nice break from the usual neutrals, like gray, beige and white.

BenMoore color of the year

Sherwin Williams: Color Trends 2015

I only pulled a couple of Sherwin Williams color pallets, they have a few more worth checking out, but these two where my faves. There are plenty of pastel awesomeness in their collection, but these brighter colors have me really excited and inspired. I’m thinking Seaworthy and Cape Verde for a moody, dramatic bedroom. And maybe Coral Reef for a fun, playroom or entry way.

Sherwin Williams Buoyant sherwin williams voyage

Behr: Color Trends 2015

Behr also has more color pallets on their site, but again, I pulled my two favorites. They have some really pretty pastels, but I’m leaning towards those ‘Nuanced Neutrals’. I love everyone of those colors. Every. Single. One. This is my most inspiring color pallet for our home. It feels very colorful, but effortless….not crazy. I think Secret Blush or Mulberry Wine would both be pretty in a boho inspired bathroom or bedroom.

sw pastels

behr orgnainc colors

I’m feeling much more inspired after seeing these color trends. I might actually have to branch out and try one of these purples somewhere!  What do you think of the 2015 color trends? Which colors are you loving/hating?