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Bathroom Remodel Reveal

9 Jan

How do I love my new bathroom? Let me count the ways: 

 1. IT’S DONE! We’ve known for years that we would need to remodel the bathroom because the pipes were clogged and we couldn’t use the sink. (Yes, we had multiple plumbers attempt to fix it but they all determined that the wall would need to be removed to access the pipe.) So, after several years of brushing our teeth in the main bath, we can finally use our sink again and for that alone, I say Hallelujah! 

  

2. WALL-TO-WALL COUNTERSPACE. Our old vanity was tiny (offering only an inch or two on the sides) so it made any basic task, like putting on makeup, extremely difficult. Even with all the pretty things in the new bathroom, the counterspace is probably my favorite feature! To have a daily task simplified like this feels like a great luxury to me. Oh – and did I mention that we lucked out by finding a pre-fab marble countertop at Home Depot that fit perfectly? It came with the sink and was a fraction of the cost of a custom marble top!     

3. ART. I always knew I wanted some green in the bathroom and even considered banana leaf wallpaper but when I saw these prints from The Aestate (they’re the Beverly I & Beverly II trimmed to fit the frame), I knew they were perfect. (Bonus: they’re cheaper and less of a commitment – perfect for my fickle taste!) Note: The frames are from Crate and Barrel and the wall color is Benjamin Moore Cloud White. 

  

4. AN INDUSTRIAL LIGHT. I fell in love with this gooseneck from Restoration Hardware and didn’t look much further. (Truth be told, if I could go back and change one thing, I’d go with thin sconces on the sides of the mirror instead of the overhead light. It’s cool but you can’t really see the gooseneck detail because it’s up so high.) 

  
 5. CERAMIC TILE.  I’m obsessed! Isn’t it beautiful? I’ve got to give credit to Pablo on this one. (It’s the Circulos Black from Cement Tile Shop.) We were considering some classic small hex tile and he spotted this on my Pinterest board when I was showing him something else. Note: Our contractor had a lot of trouble with it. The dark grout stained the tiles and he had to buff them to get back to the correct color. So, please – if you ever use this kind of tile, be warned! 

  
6. PRETTY TOWEL HOOKS. They’re from Anthro. Cute, huh? 

  

7. A CUSTOM VANITY. Our contractor also happens to be a master woodworker and he made this beauty to our specifications and just like that, all my vanity dreams come true. (What? Am I the only one who dreams of bathroom furniture?) I love how it looks like a piece of furniture because it has feet and doesn’t quite reach the walls. And it gives us a lot more storage inside than our old one did! (The brass and green hardware is from Anthropologie but they’re sold out now. Sorry.)  
8. A MODERN TOWEL RING AND HAND TOWELS.   I labored over the hardware but decided that since we just needed a small hand towel, I didn’t want to use a rod. But finding a ring that doesn’t scream “welcome to 1983!” proved difficult. Enter this cheapie from Urban Outfitters (so cheap it didn’t even come with hardware)! I love it and it works perfectly with these thin Turkish towels from West Elm. (Pablo says he’s afraid to use them because they look too fancy!)  I think he finally relaxed when I showed him that I bought a bunch of them – from grey to white. Here’s what it looks like with the white one:  

 9. WAINSCOTING.  I originally wanted white subway tile in here but I’m so glad we decided to switch to wainscoting. It looks classic but the dark paint (Benjamin Moore Black Jack) makes it modern. Get this: our contractor MADE every piece of trim.  He’s amazing!    

10. A PRETTY T.P. HOLDER.  I understand that I shouldn’t be this excited about hardware but isn’t it so nice? I love how the antique brass looks against the black wall. (It’s from Pottery Barn if you must know.)   

11. ACCESSORIES. I’m not into lots of “stuff” on countertops so we only have a few accessories. I can’t find a soap dispenser I like so until I do, this J.R. Watkins Aloe and Green Tea hand soap while suffice. The malachite bowl from Hillary Thomas was a Christmas present from Pablo last year. I have a malachite obsession but I know there’s a little malachite fatigue in the market right now so I’m actually glad we only made a small investment in it. (This beauty is just the right size to hold rings while I’m washing my hands.)    

 We keep our toothbrushes in a green glass from Anthropologie. And of course we have a Baies candle cause, duh, it’s the best candle on earth.   

12. A MASSIVE MEDICINE CABINET. We fell in love with the Rivet mirror/medicine cabinet from Restoration Hardware and having it inset makes the bathroom feel so much bigger than before. Plus it’s pretty and offers TONS of storage inside (so much that I even let Pablo have some)!  

 Do you hear the angels singing? Because I do every time I open it!
 
I hope you enjoyed this update as much as I love our new bathroom! Sorry for the no-bells-and-whistles blog post (i.e.: no links but plenty of crappy iPhone pictures). I haven’t written in so long and I just don’t have the time to do it the “right” way! Right now, it seems that life is more important than blogging for me. Sorry I’ve been MIA for so long but if you’re interested in what projects I’m up to, follow me on Instagram @sue_erneta. (Maybe I’ll eventually get around to writing a post about Sophia’s amazing Starbucks latte Halloween costume!)

XO

Sue at Home

Mini Boden Brand Ambassadors #momsloveboden

24 Oct

Me and the girls have been huge fans of Mini Boden ever since Sophia was a toddler so when the brand asked me if I wanted to dress up my ladies in some Mini Boden goodies and be a Brand Ambassador, I jumped at the chance. The fall/winter collection has great new versions of many of our favorite styles so we had a really hard time editing down our picks!  Here’s a peek at what we decided on and how we styled it with the rest of their wardrobes.

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For Lily, we knew we needed to start with an applique t-shirt since we’ve always love the ones from Boden. They’re so soft and super-durable so we knew whatever we chose would last forever. And since Lily hasn’t met a rainbow she doesn’t love (remember her rainbow birthday party?), we knew the Dotty Applique T-shirt was the right pick. As you can see, she likes it! She really, really likes it!

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We picked a classic coat for Sophia and I’m sure Lily will be wearing this beauty (the Two-in-one Padded Jacket)  in three years. I love that the sleeves and hood come off so you can choose to wear it as a vest or as a coat.

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Lily lived in an adorable Boden dress last winter (the Printed Tea Dress) so when I saw they were offering it in new prints this season, I snatched one up! Bonus: It’s machine washable (which is great because she’s worn it at least once a week). She even chose it as her “school picture” outfit! I can see her wearing this all winter with leggings and cardigans…and all summer long, too!

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My favorite thing from the whole order was this Johnny B dress that I got for Soph. If you’re not well versed in Boden-speak, Johnny B is the “big kids” line that’s in between Mini Boden and Boden. Sizes range from 9-16 and though Sophia can still fit in Mini Boden, she tends to like the more “tween” styles of Johnny B. Case in point: the adorable Mabel dress. It’s basically a t-shirt dress that she can wear over leggings all winter but the way it fits her is what elevates the look.

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I love how the sleeves are slim and a little longer than usual. And that pink trimmed exposed zipper is so pretty! (Doesn’t she look so grown up in it?)

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Lily also scored the aptly named Pretty Printed Top which has got Boden written all over it – figuratively, of course. (These “ditsy” florals are a Boden fave. In fact, Soph LIVED in a cotton Johnny B dress all summer that had a similar print and Lil wore an old Mini Boden hand-me-down in this print tons, too.) I love how this top feels light and girly but the long sleeves make it perfect for fall. (With skinny jeans and boots, of course!)boden 028

Check out the little gold trim around the neckline! boden 040

Thanks again to Johnny Boden and all of ours friends at Mini Boden and Allison Brod for inviting us to be Mini Boden Ambassadors! I must admit, these little ladies wear it well!

XO

Sue at Home

Full disclosure: Mini Boden provided us with a gift card to shop with (which just scratched the surface of our seasonal Boden purchases!).  But you know that all opinions are mine and I would never promote a brand that I didn’t truly believe in, right?

P.S. Tis the season! I made a double batch of Pumpkin Whoopie Pies today and you should too! Click the picture below for details and recipe info. You know you want to.

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The House of Versace

22 Sep

Back in high school and college, there was not a designer I worshiped more than Gianni Versace. You need to understand, this was the time of the Elizabeth Hurley safety pin dress and the ads with megawatt supermodels with one name like Helena, Linda and Christy. (Man, do I love this image. )

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Versace played an interesting role in my life when I was spending an uphappy semester at UCONN (nothing wrong with the school, just not the right fit for me). That fall, it was a Versace exhibit at FIT that lured me to NYC for a weekend. I saw the exhibit, fell in love with the school (I was already seriously in love with NYC!), and convinced my parents to let me transfer schools (again!) so I could spend my final college years in NYC. Best career move I ever made. Thanks Mom and Dad!

That same year, Versace purchased Casa Casuarina, a spectacular mansion in Miami. Image via Born Rich.

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Years later, I was an assistant at ELLE when I heard that he had been murdered on the steps of his mansion. I can still picture where I was when I heard the news.

I was heartbroken and vowed to visit Miami one day to pay my respects. Well, a few years later I took that trip to South Beach and was floored with the location of Casa Casuarina. For anyone who has never been there, his manse was right on South Beach, in the middle of all the tourist traps and right across from the public beach. Needless to say I was still dying to get behind that gate.

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Then a few years ago, I had the chance to get inside. I was back in Miami when I found out that the mansion had become a hotel and restaurant so I decided to visit for lunch. And this week when I heard it had been sold again (more on that in a sec), I had to go and dig up my pictures from the visit. Check it out:

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Everywhere you looked, there was opulence.

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How beautiful is that tile?

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I didn’t get to see the whole space–the restaurant was in the courtyard–but I was able to take a look at the pool area. These steps lead from the courtyard to the pool.

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Just a little plunge pool. No biggie.

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I can’t imagine the time it would take to do this kind of work. (Note: This is so not my style but I find it fascinating. Don’t you?)

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In case you forgot who’s house you were in.

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Courtyards are such a European concept. I wish we had more of them in the US.

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But the most ridiculous, over-the-top, display of ostentatious behavior was the restaurant’s bathroom. (Image via Born Rich.)

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Yup, you’re seeing that correctly. It is in fact a carved marble toilet with a gilded lid.  Ah, Gianni Versace. You were one-of-a-kind.

And it seems that Versace has been popping up a bunch in this past week’s news.

VERSACE IN THE NEWS #1) I heard that the mansion was sold to the Jordache Jeans heirs for $41.5 million. That’s a lot of denim.

VERSACE IN THE NEWS #2) On October 5th Lifetime will air an original movie, “The House of Versace” starring Gina Gershon as Donatella and Enrico Colantoni as Gianni. Image via MyLifetime.com

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Gina’s got the lips down. Image via ABCnews.

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I love this guy and think the casting is great. (Enrico, I’ll forgive you for Just Shoot Me, which was the worst portrayal of a fashion magazine ever, because of your fine work on Veronica Mars.) Image via Styleblazer.

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VERSACE IN THE NEWS #3) Check out Donatella’s latest collection that was shown last week during Milan fashion week. I’m missing the jewel-encrusted bustiers but I still think it’s pretty great. Runway images via style.com

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XO

Sue at Home

Foyer Update: New Lighting and Stools

8 Apr

As I told you when I revealed our new foyer table, the lighting I had there was just borrowed from the bedroom and I knew I needed to find something else. Here’s a refresher of the foyer table with the borrowed light:

After the table went in, I went on a lamp shopping spree at Target but none of the options were quite right.

Since then, the foyer has gone through a couple changes. You may have noticed a couple of them when you saw our foyer on Apartment Therapy. (What? You missed that?? Well, our living room–which includes this foyer area–was featured on Apartment Therapy last year. Yup. It sure was!) Anyway, we were using an old mirrored lamp with a quick-fix shade from Target but I wasn’t crazy about it. We also got a new runner from Ballard for a song. It’s an indoor/outdoor rug so it’s super durable which is just what we needed. Is it a perfect forever runner? Probably not. But it’s good for now. (You can pick one up here.)

And then I revealed the little “hi” in the foyer back in November.

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And it even got a brighter gold update back in this post:

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But let’s get back to the hunt for a lamp…

Like I told you back in October, I was eagerly waiting for Nate Berkus’s collection to hit Target and when it did, I was there. It took a little hunting (read the harrowing tale here) but I found the lamp I wanted.

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I figured I would just update this post that I started last fall with a nice picture of the Nate lamp and say it was all done.  But…womp, womp…it wasn’t quite perfect. Believe me, I really wanted to love it but it just felt kinda wimpy and just not quite right.

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 …and I didn’t like the way the shade looked with light shining through it. (Yes, I know it still has the plastic on and yes, I know you’re not supposed to put it on like that but how the hell else are you supposed to see how it looks with light shining through?! I promise I just held it over the bulb for a few seconds, Mom.)

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So, back to the drawing board. I picked up another lamp from Target with a panelled shade and that’s filling the space now. (I can’t seem to find either on the site right now so I guess they’re sold out but they’re both from the Threshold line which is killing it so go check out what else they have here.) It’s pretty but it’s not the lamp of my dreams.

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So what would the lamp of my dreams be, you ask? Of, I don’t know. Probably something like the Robert table lamp from Matthew Studios in Amethyst:

Or the Veronica in quartz:

If you’re interested in purchasing one of them for me and you have the $3500 required to get one, you can go to rareculture.com to pick it up.  (Actually don’t. That’s gross. If you have $3500 to spend on a table lamp, please just use the money to make a donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for me. Thanks.)

You’ll also notice that we finally got some stools that sit on either side of the table. I might be DIYing a little addition to them soon I won’t into too much detail here but they’re from Serena and Lily and yes, they come with the dipped legs. Cute, right?

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My little foyer is still a work in progress but it has come a long way since this!

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XO

Sue at Home

Mama Obama Kills It Again

21 Jan

No one. No one makes me want to wear a matching dress and coat ensemble like Michelle Obama. She just makes it look so modern and so gorgeous every time. Bravo to designer Thom Browne! Not bad for someone who just added womenswear to his menswear empire in 2010.

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According to reports, her outfit for today’s Inauguration Day ceremony was custom but the fabric looks similar to this navy check from Browne’s pre-fall collection.

If I had to dress this fancy for work, I would kill to have just about anything from Thom Browne’s pre-fall collection:

All Thom Browne pre-fall 2013 images via Style.com

If you’re not familiar with Thom Browne, he’s the guy responsible for all the manly ankles you’ve seen around NYC in recent years:

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Isn’t he cute?

XO

Sue at Home

The Greatest Thing I’ve Ever Seen

8 Dec

Thank you, Jimmy Fallon. You are THE BEST.

XO

Sue at Home

Emerald City or Bust

7 Dec

Pantone has just announced their Color of the Year for 2013 and it’s…drum roll, please…Emerald! I think this color choice is spot on with all the trends we’re seeing in home decor and fashion. Here are a few ways to incorporate this beautiful hue into your home and your wardrobe.

These curtains make such a statement in a grey and white dining  room. Via la belle vie

Malachite…swoon! And with that chair? I’m dead. via Pinterest

An emerald ottoman at the C Wonder store in Soho via my C Wonder store Pinterest board

Chevron curtains and pillow accents via Signet Rings and Preppy Things

How about a plush velvet sofa at the end of your bed? via Full House

All those emerald accents seem a little overstyled for me (Really? Green lamp, green stool, and green jacket hanging on the hook? Really? Really?) but those polka dot walls with the green stairs are perfection. via Desire to Inspire

Wow…would you look at that? It’s that malachite finial that I’ve been dreaming about again! Remember I told you I was dying over it back in that post that was all about malachite? Well, I figured with Christmas coming, it was worth mentioning again. Ya know? Just in case Santa is reading.

Would you rather greenify yourself than your home? How about this divine dress? It’s only $89!

If you’ve got a little more cash, check out this beautiful Oscar de la Renta shift. It’s on sale (but still Oscar-priced)!

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This Greylin blouse would be so pretty all year round.

Wool cafe capris on sale for $50.

An emerald toe on a teal pump. Love.

Or, if you’re really hoping for real-deal-Holyfield-emeralds, check out these emerald and diamond waterfall earrings available at Barney’s. Only $61,375. (Wait…what??)

Or how about a little vintage bauble from 1st Dibs?

I’m sure Sam Raimi, the director behind 2013’s Oz: The Great and Powerful would agree with Pantone’s color choice! To see a trailer of the film starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis, click here. Photo via IMDB.

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And check out Pantone’s HolidayLook Book on Pinterest for loads of emerald gift ideas. Dreaming of the emerald city….

XO

Sue at Home

Vote!

5 Nov

Tomorrow’s the day…get out and vote! Lucky for us, we have two awesome candidates: Barbie and Hello Kitty!

To  show your support for Barbie, click here to buy a Barbie, I Can Be President doll or download printable Vote for Barbie stickers here.

If Hello Kitty gets your vote, click here for merchandise and vote on her running mate!

XO

Sue at Home

A Little Humor: Barbie Party Aftermath

21 Aug

Over the weekend, we let the girls take some Barbies out to the deck to play in a makeshift Barbie pool (ie: a bucket filled with water. I can take no credit for this genius idea. It was alllllll Pablo’s.)

Anyway, some of the ladies (and gents) were left out in the rain and it appears they had quite the rager.

This poor dear was found facedown with a bikini top near her head.

Almost made it to the bed, Barbie. Almost.

Laying on the ground near a toilet. (Hey – at least she has clothes on.)

Ken. This is just shameful.

Oh Ariel. What is Prince Eric going to say? And what’s with the telescope? Forget it. I don’t want to know.

Tee hee! I hope I’m not the only person who thinks this is funny!

XO

Sue at Home

All pics taken on my iPhone and edited on PicMonkey. Are you using Picmonkey? It’s genius, free, and totally easy!

R.I.P. Red Glitter Heart-Shaped Sunglasses

16 Aug

Though Sophia and Lily have had many sunglasses, you were always a favorite pair, especially to Lil. You came with us to Aruba…

You shielded her eyes so she could read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo…

We took you to the Jersey shore and we’re sure you wondered why it wasn’t like Aruba, but you did your job anyway…

You always looked good and you always made Lily happy…

And now, a misplaced step at the pool ended your long 2 year run (which is a lifetime for kid’s sunglasses). You’ll be hard to replace, red glitter heart-shaped sunglasses. We’ll remember the good times.

XO

Sue at Home

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