One Room Challenge Week 3 // Tile Prep

Here we are at the half way point, week 3. If you have not been following along, I’ll quick fill you in. I am tackling my third One Room Challenge, a bi-annual online blogger event where 20 featured bloggers and hundreds of others make-over a room in 6 weeks and document their progress on their blog and social media.

Modern Sunroom Make-over

This week was definitely not the most glamorous or the most satisfying week for the One Room Challenge. This was tile prep week. Last I checked in with you, I was choosing tile. I made my selection, a really well priced porcelain cement-look-a-like by Merola Tile. In fact, I partnered with Merola on this project, but truth be told, this is the tile I would have chosen no matter what.

Back to the prepping, we ripped the carpet up to discover wood subfloors instead of cement, I thought “great, I made the right choice with tile. I will just spread the mortar and start making it look pretty.” WRONG! After consulting with google, I learned that because the wood subfloor expands and contracts, you need to install a cement subfloor, using cement backer sheets.

One Room Challenge Progress

I followed this tutorial to install. I started off by myself, but quickly realized it is not a one person job. You must spread the mortar, lay the cement board, screw it down and get ready for the next board very quickly, before the excess mortar dries. Then as you work your way to the edges you need to score and cut the boards to fit. It was exhausting!! Thankfully my husband was there to help for most of it.

How to prep a wood subfloor for tile

Once you lay the boards, you need to tape and mortar the seams.

How to prep a wood subfloor for tile
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I am not going to go into all the nitty-gritty details of the how-to, the video I linked to is an awesome resource, but I will give you a few tips.

  • you will need cement backer board to cover the area of the room (I used 1/4”), a trowel, backer board screws, a drill, joint tape, a sharp box cutter, mortar

  • I mixed my own mortar, but buy premixed to save a step

  • I repeat this is not a one person job, it’s much easier to keep things moving with at least two people, but honestly, I think three would be ideal

  • be sure your drill and a back up drill are charged. You will be using it A LOT

How to prep a wood subfloor for tile

Here is what the room currently looks like.

How to prep a wood subfloor for tile

What’s still left to do?

  • Tile

  • grout

  • clean the paint off windows

  • hang the awesome fireplace, I cannot wait to show you

  • hang the light fixture

  • assemble and move in furniture

  • hang art

The tile and grout should be done by next week, then the fun part! Shopping, styling, hanging, arranging and rearranging!

Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram!


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World Market Outdoor Favorites

As I round out the furniture shopping for the sunroom and start sourcing a few key pieces for the deck, I definitely have outdoor furniture on the brain. I can’t stop scrolling World Market’s outdoor assortment! They have so many great key pieces at amazing prices. I’ve added a few items to my cart and was awaiting a sale before purchasing. Well, it’s here!! 20% off all outdoor with code 20OUTDOOR all the way until April 29th!

Here are my favorite outdoor items from this season at World Market.

World Market Outdoor Favorites

One Room Challenge Week 2 // Black and White Patterned Tiles

One week has lapsed in the One Room Challenge, we are hard at work on our sunroom. You can see my design plan and inspiration in case you skipped Week 1. I’ve been knee deep in painting land. If you’ve been following along on my stories, you know that I’ve applied four coats of paint to our raw wood paneling in the sunroom. I think we are finally ready to move on to the next phase, operation tile. I have vetted every single option out there. I LOVE the look of patterned cement tile, but worried it wouldn’t be in my budget. So I also found options for the cement-look porcelain tile. And if that didn’t work out, I considered painted and stenciling the floor.

My room is about 160 sq/ft, with wastage I’d need about 200 sq/ft. So here is how it the budget shakes out with the three different options.

  • My favorite (budget) cement tile, Labyrinth is $13 sq/ft = $2600 + grout and mortar

  • My favorite porcelain tile is Vertex by Merola, $2.75 = $500 + grout and mortar

  • If I were to paint I would use Valspar Porch and Floor Paint $30 one gallon for base, and a quart, $15 for design, + the stencil $13 = $58

I have selected and ordered my tile, in fact, it got delivered today. But, you’ll have to check in next week to see what I chose. Before I reveal, I will show you below all the black and white patterned tile options I considered before making a final call. And don’t forget to follow along with all the other One Room Challenge participants!


PATTERNED CEMENT TILE

photo:  Jean Stoffer
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Cement Tiles: 1. Code Talker / 2. Lile / 3. Labyrinth / 4. Royalty / 5. Azemour / 6. Chawen / 7. Medina Tile / 8. Diagonal Eight Shades / 9. Rissani


PATTERNED PORCELAIN TILE

photo:  Design Sponge
Modern Black & White Porcelain Tile

STENCILED TILE

Modern Tile Stencils

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What Should a Wedding Planner Wear to Work?

When chatting with my fellow wedding professionals at the Venue3Two Bridal Bazaar a few weeks back we discovered we all had the same challenge. What to wear when we work a wedding. I think photographers and any other vendor that is present for the whole event would face a similar challenge. We collectively decided that jumpsuits were our favorite thing to wear. With a jumpsuit you can somewhat blend into the background with the guests, and you are safe to climb on ladders and crawl under tables without flashing anyone. We also came up with several requirements for said jumpsuit they are as follows:

  • polished looking, no fabric that looks too cheap

  • cropped legs, so there is no tripping risk

  • legs that aren’t too wide

  • nothing with funky ties, or closures that you’d need help closing

  • no white (duh)

  • nothing that will break the bank

Given all of those requirements, I sourced 10 jumpsuits that I think fit the bill.


What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

What to wear to work: wedding planner

What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner
What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

I personally pair my jumpsuit with a pair of Frye Clogs, more polished than sandals or sneakers with plenty of support.

What to wear to work: wedding planner

and an apron to hold all my supplies, timelines and emergency kit.

What to wear to work: wedding planner

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DIY Reversible Banquette Cushions

One of the very first things I bought when we moved into this house was mud cloth fabric to make cushions for brand new banquette. I was inspired by one of my favorite instagramers, @anaberdesign, the combo of her dinning nook situation and her fab head board gave me the vision. The fabric and the pillows were sitting in my closet taunting me to work on them. But I prioritized painting, then Christmas, then Ollie’s birthday party, oh, and the first trimester sucked the life out of me. Then Kyle went out of town for a few days. I finally finished Gilmore Girls and sewed the pillows.

Then another few weeks went by while I figured out how to attach the cushions. I initially planed to attach the leather straight to the white banquette back, but once I saw how amazing Garance Doré’s dining area looked with the hit of black contrast, I knew I had to go that route. I first explored the idea of curtain rods, but they were too tall to fit under the window moulding. So I walked the isles of Lowe’s. I found pipe in the electrical aisle and spray painted it black. Then fixed my DIY leather straps with snaps I bought at the fabric store.

DIY Reversible Banquette Cushions
DIY Reversible Banquette Cushions
DIY Reversible Banquette Cushions
DIY Reversible Banquette Cushions

Let’s take a minute to remember where this nook began.

dining nook before

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One Room Challenge Week 1 // Sunroom Plans

I’m doing it again. I’m a glutton for punishment. I’m tackling another One Room Challenge! If you don’t know, the One Room Challenge is a big bi-annual blogger event where 20 featured designers and many guest participants make-over a room in 6 weeks and document their progress weekly on their blog or Instagram.

We moved into our home mid-November and it being winter in Michigan we have not used our sunroom once. This is a fantastic room, we will absolutely live in all summer long. Currently it’s a non-heated, fully enclosed room with three sliding glass doors, very raw wood paneling, beautiful glass double doors into the kitchen and some bad track lighting. It is basically a wood box waiting for my love!

My plan is to give it a coat (or several) of my favorite white paint, Polar Bear by Behr, then rip out the carpet and either lay tile or stencil a really cool pattern. I already have most of the furniture I will use, so it will be a matter of cosmetic and styling and adding a lot more plants. I really want this to feel like a true indoor/outdoor seamless space. Since we don’t have a dining room, our dinning table will live here, a long with a little lounge area and a buffet with cocktail-making fixins.

This project is going to be significantly less work that my last One Room Challenge (my mom’s very dated kitchen), but my schedule is a lot crazier and on reveal day I will be 24 weeks pregnant! So follow along and let’s see how I fare!


THE INSPIRATION


One Room Challenge - Sunroom Inspiration
One Room Challenge - Sunroom Inspiration
One Room Challenge - Sunroom Inspiration

BEFORE


One Room Challenge - before
One Room Challenge - The before

THE DESIGN PLAN


One Room Challenge Sunroom Plans

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Hello April!

Not a prank, it’s April! So much to look forward to! This month I am half way to baby!! And we find out if it’s a he or she!!

We are embarking on our third One Room Challenge! Stay tuned to find out what room we’re tackling, and check out my first and second ORC.

We are also working on getting locked and loaded for wedding season, prepping to style a fun party for my girl Liz from The Lemon Bowl. Plus, I have lots of fresh new content coming up including host a dinner party with some of my favorite local home influencers inspired by this very mood board!

What are you up to this month!?

Spring Dinner Party

Happiness Project Month 4

It is definitely a tough thing to keep the train moving through this Happiness Project thing. In case you missed it, I am undertaking a Happiness Project a la Gretchen Rubin. Instead of making a couple of New Years Resolutions, I picked an area of my life for each month, that I want to improve, and I spend the month focusing on that area. In January I was all about organization, and I did really well. In February I focused on finances and due to unforeseen circumstances I got off track. And in March I focused on my business. I’ll update you on that in a moment.

So theoretically the point of this exercise vs. making 10 New Years resolutions is that you really set your intention and focus hard each month on that specific area, and by the time the month is out you have built new habits that you will carry through the rest of the year and beyond. In her book Gretchen goes into great detail about her spread sheets and daily practices, and while I am an enneagram type 1, I have not been painstakingly logging my progress, thus it’s easy to let things go by the wayside. I do however like that I check in here once a month, which holds me accountable to be honest about my progress, or lack-thereof.


Photo by  Cathryn Lavery  on  Unsplash

Photo by Cathryn Lavery on Unsplash

In March I focused on business. I have a lot of half checked off items. I am absolutely in fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants mode. And have not been able to get ahead enough to feel like I have time to check the items off my list. But I’m sure that will never change, so I will need to make time or it will never get done.

I am working with my friend, Miranda Schroeder, from Thoughtful Thrifted, an amazing marking brain, to help me do a digital audit of my brand and come up with a go forward strategy. Yes! Professional help, people! Miranda also turned me on to Making Sense of Cents, an online affiliate marketing course. I am working my way though that content to learn to bring the best of what you want to make all this work worth my while as well.

So far my accounting system is a spread sheet, but it is not very organized and not something I could pass off to an accountant work with. Girl boss needs to get it together there!! I have started using Later to schedule my Instagram posts, which has been life changing. And I have also started using Tailwind to automate Pinterest, I’m still learning this one, but loving it! You can sign up for Tailwind here for a month free!

MARCH - BUSINESS

  • Consistently blog Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week in March
  • Create new opt-in freebies
  • Make a "do-plan" to increase efficiency of my business
  • Take affiliate and blogging income cources
  • Clean up Pinterest
  • Set-up accounting system

This month’s focus is close to my heart, but has not been an area of focus in a while. When Kyle and I got together, 10 years ago this summer (after being friends for 7 years prior), we made a “fun pact.” We saw the value of how we laughed together and always had fun. As happens with so many marriages, life gets monotonous, there are kids and yard work and dinner and bills and all the things that make adulthood no fun. But we realize, and admit, that we have to work at it. I know I have some work to do. I need to make a conscious effort to not nitpick on the dumb little stuff and to stop thinking and worrying about getting stuff done around the house for a few minutes to appreciate the amazing human that I have chosen to be my partner in life. So for April, I am renewing my commitment to the happiness project, because this relationship needs a little more love and attention.

APRIL - MARRIAGE

  • one date a week
  • make more time for sex
  • be grateful for my husband every day
  • let it go
  • don't pick fights
  • go out of my way to do acts of kindness