megan and adam

Guest Bathroom Renovation – The Plan

We are finally getting to our guest bathroom renovation project! Two (well, maybe more) months in the making. Here’s the thing. I figured that my Mom and I (megan) could just tile the bathroom ourselves. I mean, how hard can it be? The thing is, it’s not necessarily hard but the prep that you have to do beforehand should probably be left to the pros. So, once I realized that and we found a great tile guy, he was a little over a month out. Shows that he’s pretty amazing though, right? So that leads us to today! He started prep work on the bathroom yesterday and I’ll be sharing a full before and during post in a couple of days to show some progress but I wanted to show you all our vision for the space first! If you don’t know us well, then know that white is a must have around the Bravwel home. I mean, clearly. I know there isn’t a lot of color in our plan but the floors will soften up the room so much and we plan on having a really beautiful rug to liven up the space and warm wood shelves above the toilet aaaand probably in the space behind the shower (see what I’m talking about in our stories on Instagram). This moodboard already makes me so happy. I cannot wait to see it all come together! The only thing missing is lighting. We are having the hardest time deciding on light fixtures for the vanity. Do we want two, each above the mirrors? One in the middle of the mirrors? (Adam doesn’t care for this plan) Orrrr something else? I figure we have some time, but not much. For now, we have a beautiful plan and I can’t wait to share the process with you all. Scroll down for all that we’re doing and for an exciting offer for you all!!

1. Floor Tile (this may be my favorite thing about the entire renovation) The gorgeous sage green (or gulf, as it’s called) hexagon tiles are from Exfloorit and you guys…The amazing people behind Exfloorit want to give our followers 10% off their order until July 7th. Head over to their site (or if you’re in the LA area, they just opened the most amazing showroom. We’re dying to go) and pick yourself out something real nice. Make sure to use Bravwel10 at checkout!

2. Brass faucet

3. Ikea double vanity

4. Shelf Mirror – I just love these mirrors. I envision putting a tiny little bud vase with some flowers on the shelf and it already makes me so happy

5. UGH

6. Shiplap – we’re doing vertical shiplap like the photo above in the entire bathroom. I think it will add the perfect texture.

7. Soaker Tub  – This 19″ tub is already calling my name.

8. Brass Shower Faucet Set – TGFA (thank god for amazon)

9. Subway Tile – we’re doing simple white subway tile with white grout in the shower

10. Brass knobs – we’re changing out the knobs on the ikea vanity for these

11. Toilet – the flush on top options make me feel fancy

 

More to come so very soon!!

Our Dining Room Reveal

We’re so excited to share our dining room with you all today! The dining table was actually one of our first home purchases. I found it before we even found our flooring and practically begged to buy it (after asking if I was a total crazy person for my priorities). The table sat in the box in the garage for a month and the second our flooring was in we put it together. It is so beautiful and I love the raw wood and leg design. We do want to seal it since we’ve noticed a few stains already from oil based food. But really, I don’t mind a little wear and tear on furniture, especially wood. Finding the chairs wasn’t nearly as easy. We searched for the perfect chairs for a while and am soooo happy we ended up with these. We originally looked at the lower, barrel version of this chair and realized it would be too low with the table. I love how this design comes above the table but doesn’t block any view of it. And they were so much cheaper than the other version we looked at! Win win!!

Will before and afters ever get old? The answer is a hard no, guys. I can’t believe how dreary it looked when we moved in and really, what a little paint (and beautiful new flooring) will do. Well, and new lighting, removing popcorn ceiling, taking down a wall, moving terribly ugly vents, and adding beams…but I digress. This space really is the heart of our home already. We’ve been loving having friends and family over and hanging out around the table.

We’re still trying to figure out what to do on the wall behind the table. I don’t want to do anything that takes away from the light fixture so I’m a little bit at a loss. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them!

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Sources

Dining Table: Asta Furniture – our table is still on sale. It’s really beautiful and raw

Chairs: Overstock (our chairs are out of stock where we bought them but you can definitely sign up for their back in stock alert to be the first to know when they’re back in stock!) Found them on Amazon too!

Light Fixture: Modern Etoile Linear Chandelier it’s out of stock where we got ours but I found it on some other sites, and some similar ones too. Here, Here, Here and Here.

Art: Minted – We have the 40×30 with a white border.

We’re IN! A final walk through of the house

Well, we’re IN the house!! Such fantastic news! We moved in two weeks ago and have been slowly making it our own, which is hard to do when you literally need to purchase everything. Coming from a 600 sqft apartment to a 1500 sqft house is a giant leap so we are trying to spend wisely (aka not drain our bank accounts to fill the house) and it’s coming along!

Since we haven’t been great at sharing on the blog lately I knew an updated tour was needed so here it is! Days before we moved in, finished baseboards, got a new front door and touched up all that needed to be painted (who am I kidding, that never ends).

We owe you so many updates since we’ve been in the house and those are coming but as usual, be sure to follow us on Instagram since that’s where we show the most! We’ve been busting our butts working on our yard this week and I am loving the outcome already. Can’t wait for all of the summer backyard bashes!!

Almond Blossoms – One of our favorite things about where we live

Every February the Almond trees in and around the Central Valley start sprouting tiny little buds. These buds turn into the most beautiful blooms and the orchards become these magical, white pieces of heaven (well, to me at least). I love this time of year and driving around town and seeing the blossoms always makes me so happy. They last three weeks, tops, so I was thrilled to finally have an afternoon free to have our talented friend Lauren Westra snap a few photos of Adam and I in the blooms. I will treasure these photos, Lauren! Thank you so much for taking the time to help make these memories for us!

My dress is an oldie from Brick and Main

Adams shirt is Goodfellow & Co from Target

Beam-ing with excitement!

Do you like what I did there?! We’re talking about beams on the blog today and dang, it’s going to look so good once the ceiling is done. This week has been a little slower in the demo department. Adam finished ripping out everything out of the bathroom. Adios pink/peach/whatever color you are tub and sink, and we’ve been trying to decide on tile for the floors. We love a simple hexagon (of course in white) but recently, aka last night, we thought, maybe we could be a tad bit more fun? We’ll see what happens there.

I painted almost identical paint swatches on the wall to try and pick the perfect paint color for the house. I swear there’s a difference, you guys. And I think we’re going to go with Swiss Coffee, which seems to be a pretty popular one so I’m guessing it’s a great color!  AND, Adam ripped out the nasty fireplace insert and holy smokes, it already looks 10x better, even with the spider webs and dirt!

But, the topic for today is beams, so let me get back to that. So, if you remember us talking about our plans for this weird, half wall in our videos then you’ll recall we wanted to knock it down and extend that load bearing beam into the wall attached to the kitchen. Well, yesterday on our lunch break, my Mom and I decided to get to work on it, and twenty minutes later we made progress! The guys are getting the beam work in the attic done this weekend and we need to stain our beams (more on that below) and the guys need to come back and sand and patch the ceiling, and, and, and (that’s literally what my brain feels like right now).

How much better will that look!? I love that you’ll be able to walk into the living area and see our gorgeous dining table (oh ya, that we bought this week, you know, before we purchase floors) I linked it here and am SO excited about it!

Here’s a little of our inspiration for our ceilings. At first we figured we’d just paint everything white, I KNOW guys but we just love how clean it looks, but we’ve now decided to keep the beams a wood tone to warm up the space a bit. I love this image below and it was our very first inspiration photo.

via Pinterest

via Pinterestvia Studio McGee

Adam found this great post about how to age new wood and it looks exactly like how we want ours to look so fingers crossed we can do it right and it looks like this!! Take a peak at the blog post here if you want to try it too!

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