Master bathroom details (plus a giveaway winner)

I am happy to report that the master bathroom renovation that began last September (I know … embarrassing) is approaching its finish line. I wouldn’t feel so badly about how long it has taken if, say, we were ripping out walls, replacing the tub or changing out flooring.

But no. This redo only involved minor, aesthetic updates. I’ve come to accept that some projects just have a habit of taking forever. I can’t really put my finger on why but I suspect it has something to do with my tendency to become unhealthily obsessed with Netflix series take on too many projects at the same time; you know, a sort of “lots of pots on the stove yet nothing’s ready to eat” situation.

Regardless of my personal shortcomings, I have enjoyed putting together this master bathroom. My goal was to create a light, neutral space with a natural, coastal feel. (We live in the woods near a lake).

I started with a lake-inspired gray on the walls, adding a few white stripes and an inexpensive chair rail to give the space a more finished look.

Then I built a shelf from scrap wood and added some free DIY wall art.


The DIY driftwood mirror I made (without nails or screws) contributes to the coastal feel.


Two things I added to the room that, I believe, make it seem more upscale are the plantation shutters and the sink faucets.




The light fixture was a bit of a challenge. I fell in love with a few that were out of my price range, so I settled on a $50 version from my local home improvement store. I added clear glass shades to give the fixture more of a rustic vibe.


Since we don’t have the budget right now to replace the shower/tub combo, I gave my current shower situation more of a spa-like feel with a new shower curtain from Walmart and a SprayShaper™ shower head.



I always like to have at least one handheld shower head in my home because they really are the easiest way to bathe kids and pets (indoors, at least). ;)

Speaking of the Waterpik® SprayShaper™, today is the day I announce the giveaway winner of that shower head and a handful of other goodies, courtesy of HGTV star Kelly Edwards


Drumroll please …

The winner is Leigh Anne Borders!

Giveaway winnerCongrats Leigh Anne!

The one project I still have to finish with regard to my master bathroom update is the vanity makeover. Stay tuned for details on that project coming soon.

And in case you forgot the master bathroom “before” …



Removing-old-mirrors 2

Do you have any thoughts on why some projects seem to drag on forever? I’d love to figure out the magic formula for getting to “done” faster.

How to get organized for real

Do you feel like your finances, schedule and even sometimes your thoughts are out of control?

Does the clutter and chaos in your home give you anxiety and stress when what you really long for is joy, peace and rest?

Do you feel like your family’s health and well-being are suffering due to your lack of organization?

Then you need to read this e-book:

Book-cover-low-resFor many years – heck, for most of my life – I tried desperately to keep my home and life organized. I’d do well for awhile then “fall off the wagon.” Things would pile up and my schedule would get out of control. I’d vow to do better next time. I would embark on another epic cleaning and organizing binge, and the cycle of struggling would begin all over again.

I finally decided there had to be a better, more consistent and less stressful way to live. So I got serious about finding organizing solutions that worked for chronically messy and busy moms like me.

I discovered that if I regularly practiced a few basic strategies in five key areas of organization, everything else in my life seemed to fall into relatively good order. I began to experience lasting joy and peace and I even started noticing that my home seemed more comfortable and my family was way happier, too.

I started sharing my tips with friends and family members and they encouraged me to write a book about them. So in an effort to help other people out there struggling like me to keep their crazy busy lives organized, I wrote “Organized for Real: How to Conquer Life’s Top 5 Chaos Hotspots.”

This super affordable e-book is jam-packed with helpful (and easily doable!) information. It will be available this summer through my website and on Amazon. I wanted to give y’all a heads up before it launches because I am so excited about the book and I really believe it will be helpful for many of you. The principles in this book have changed my own life dramatically!

I’ll be sharing more about the book release soon, so stay tuned for details.

In the meantime, do you have an area in your life that you wish could be more organized? Would you like some advice on how to get organized for real? Leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to answer your questions or concerns.

Kelly Edwards solves my top 5 design dilemmas (plus a blogiversary giveaway)

Yesterday, I proudly celebrated Living Rich on Less’s third anniversary. Over these past three years of blogging, I’ve been blessed beyond measure; pushed beyond my DIY limits; and grown beyond my expectations.

My favorite part of this journey so far has been connecting with all of you, my amazing, encouraging and inspiring readers, who I may not otherwise have had the privilege of meeting.

Also, getting the chance to rub elbows with professional DIYers and designers in the home and garden niche has been a blessing this thrifty, paint-stained clothes wearin’, country girl never expected.

For example, I recently got to pick the brain of fellow DIYer and design expert Kelly Edwards. Kelly is the co-host and design coordinator for HGTV’s “Design on a Dime” as well as STYLE Network’s “Tacky House.” She is also the author of “The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home.”


I asked Kelly for help with my current top five design dilemmas:

  1. What are some quick and inexpensive changes I can make to my smoky blue master bedroom to take the decor from winter to summer?
  2. I am in the throes of a master bathroom makeover, but I haven’t made any decisions yet regarding the shower/tub. What trends are you seeing (and loving) with regard to bath and shower design?
  3. I have a wraparound covered porch that I am having difficulty furnishing on a tight budget. Any suggestions?
  4. Our garage is a total mess. It really needs a complete makeover. Do you have any recommendations on how we can tackle this project quickly and inexpensively this summer, yet still have time leftover to spend at the lake?
  5. My laundry room is the size of a small, walk-in closet. Any tips on how I can maximize my storage in this tiny room?

With her seemingly effortless style and panache, Kelly not only fielded each of my questions personally, but also provided me with a video of the answers for you to enjoy! Check out the full, 6-minute video below:

In addition, I received a package of home goodies to help me incorporate some of Kelly’s suggestions.


But the best part of all is that Kelly also wants to give one of you lucky readers the same package I received, which includes a signed copy of Kelly’s book, a Waterpik® SprayShaper™ shower head and a $25 Home Depot gift card!

To enter to win this awesome giveaway, simply leave a comment about a design dilemma you’re currently facing that Kelly’s book may help you solve.

You can also get three additional entries by:

  1. Following Kelly Edwards on Twitter
  2. Following Waterpik® Showers on Twitter
  3. Subscribing to Living Rich on Less blog posts

To get credit for each bonus entry, be sure to leave a separate comment for each action you complete.

This giveaway will be open for entries until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) July 13. On July 14, I’ll announce a winner in a blog post and also showcase some of Kelly’s suggestions in my master bathroom reveal!

So who wants to win?