East Falls Entry

I have been helping my friends update their East Falls Philadelphia home over the past few months. We still have to find artwork to finish up the living room and dining room, but this weekend we hung the DIY artwork that we made for the entry and stairwell.

We used their collection of black and white photo strips to create a gallery wall for the stairwell. It’s their tradition to go to the photobooth at an arcade in Ocean City, NJ each summer. We just had to buy frames, photo corners, and card stock in colors that coordinate with the rug. Don’t you just LOVE these genuine black and white photos? Now that everything is digital it’s hard to find an actual photo anywhere.

The rug and mirror I scored at an estate sale in Ambler. The secretary desk I picked up from craigslist for $40. The light bulb lamp and dog figurines are all from Homegoods and the frames are Ikea.

This area cost a total of approximately $160! I definitely know how to stretch a budget. There will be more photos to come once we finish the living room and dining room.

Give me a shout if you are looking for any decorating help.

Bathroom Remodel Complete

Our bathroom remodel is complete! We are so happy with how it turned out and had a great experience with the remodeling company that we used, d remodeling. They turned this bathroom around in less than two weeks and it looks spectacular.


I am planning to hang plants above the shower area, but haven’t gotten around to that yet. The ceiling is higher in that area and there is a window above, so it will be a perfect spot to hang plants. The tile is from The Tile Shop and the details are as follows:

  • Marble tile on the main wall is Venatura Nero Polished
  • Floor tile is Charcoal Blend Gatsby
  • Side wall tile is Leyre Gris

You can see the before here.

Bathroom Update

Here is a sneak peak of the progress in the bathroom. The tile has been installed and the grouting has begun.

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This is where the tub will go. It’s a white freestanding tub and will also function as a shower. dsc07382

I am absolutely in love with this marble tile, and the mosaic tile on the floor. dsc07380

We are using d remodeling for the work and they have been absolutely fantastic to work with. I highly recommend them for anyone in the Philadelphia area looking for a remodeling firm.

Happy New Year!

Bathroom Remodel

I have some exciting news to share with you. We are remodeling our bathrooms! Maybe it’s just me, but I could spend every day’s lunch  break walking through tile shops, designing the perfect bathroom in my head. I finally made some decisions on tile and they are laying the new tile as I type!

Here are some before photos. The wall to the right is actually staying in all it’s 80s trim glory. We are trying to keep the cost down and the tile is nice and neutral, so it will stay on this wall.

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The area around the tub is leaking and so we decided to gut it. It’s going to be a glorious standing tub, with the back wall covered in large marble tiles, and the sides in a large format grey subway shape tile.

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Here is a sneak peak of the tiles. The bottom mosaic tile will be on the floor.

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The remodel also inspired us to move our master bedroom to the back of the house so we can enjoy this new bathroom. The back of the house has two rooms, which share a Jack and Jill bathroom. We will be taking over this area and our current  bedroom will become my sewing room and guest bedroom. I never even got a chance to show you what we did to my craft room over the summer. We (Dave) ripped up the carpet and painted the floors this amazing shade of blue, which looks terrible in this photo.

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This room will become our dressing room, and the other side will have our bed. The one downside to all of this is that we have to sell our Crate and Barrel Tate Bed. It just won’t fit in the new space. It’s currently on craigslist, so if you’re interested, hit me up!

Stay tuned for more updates on the remodel!