Monthly Archives: January 2011

January 31, 2011

Sneak Peek

Here’s a little preview of our master bath that I’ll be featuring soon!

Ok, ok. I’m kidding. I wouldn’t leave you guys hanging like that 🙂 We’ve been working on this bathroom for what feels like a lifetime and I’m am dying to share it with you all! Here’s a quick before shot. As you can see, we didn’t have much to work with, ha.

No, the picture isn’t resized that’s just a creepy little door leading to the attic. So, since we live in a cape cod our “second floor” (if you want to call it that) is full of sloped ceilings and small spaces. We converted the two tiny rooms upstairs into our new master suite complete with a bathroom. Check her out.

This room, like almost all others in our home, had to be completely overhauled. We added insulation, yes it was without, new drywall, added plumbing, electric, and flooring. Oh, and of course, the bathroom necessities, vanity, shower, bathtub, and the good ole toilet. Discovering a layout that worked for this small space was quite the task. The sloped ceilings really limited the placement of the shower and vanity, plus we had a fairly large double window.  Talk about a headache. But oh the transformation 🙂

Everyone thought we had literally lost it when we mentioned adding a fireplace to the bathroom. Please take me word, there is nothing like a hot bath next to a little fire. Heavenly.

We chose white subway tile for a classic clean lined feel in the shower. We knew we would never grow tired of this look. Yes, we are aware there is no shower door. It’s in the works but for now we’re using a temporary shower curtain. Glass door to come 🙂

We were also crushing pretty hard on some glass tile, but not the price tag. Using it as an accent worked perfectly for us while tying the shower into the vanity area as well.

We’re absolutely thrilled with the end result. Walking into this room lights up my heart every time. Yea, we did that. It’s an indescribable feeling. We still have plenty of finishing touches to add and I’m dying to add accessories, but for now we’re pretty happy with how far it’s come.

Option two please.


January 28, 2011

Nursery Sources

So, a few of you guys have been asking about sources for the Nursery and instead of answering comment upon comment it’s probably easier for all of us if I just lay it all out at once. Enjoy!

Wall Paint Color – Ben Moore, Stonington Gray HC-170

Crib – Babies R Us, Babyletto Modo Crib (no long sold at BRU, can be found on Amazon) – $379.00

Crib Bumper Fabric – Spoonflower’s Heather Dutton, Power Paisley – $/yard

Crib Skirt Fabric – Spoonflower’s Heather Dutton, Kelp Dot Green – $/yard

Window Panels Fabric – Spoonflower’s Heather Dutton, Barnacle Net Coral Colorway – $/yard

All Bedding and Window Panels – Made by RockyTop Design

Glider & Ottoman – Babies R Us, Graco Avalon Glider & Ottoman – $220.00

Rug – Cost Plus World Market, 5 x 7 Shag Rug – $229.00

Window Blinds – 2″ Faux Wood Blinds – $29.00

Frame Ledges – Ikea, Ribba Picture Ledge – $15 & $10

Love Print – Made By Girl, Love Pattern Print – $9.50

Framed Letter “Z” – Homemade

Letter “Z” – Anthropologie, Zinc Letters – $18.00

Crochet Elephant – Etsy’s Five Sisterz, Elliot the Elephant – $14.00

Duck Print – Ikea, Kort Art Cards 5-pack – $5.00

Galvanized Tub – Lowes – $20.00

Dresser – Ikea, Expedit Bookcase – $69.99

Dresser Double Drawers – Ikea, Expedit Insert with 2 Drawers – $35.00

Dresser Single Drawers – Ikea, Expedit Insert Single Drawer (no longer sold) – $35.00

Coral Knobs – Anthropologie, Granita Knob – $6.00

Dresser Legs – Ikea, Capita Leg 4-pack – $10.00

Galvanized Bins – Lowes, Galvanized Storage Bin – $10.00

Green Lamp – Home Goods, Not Sold Online – $30.00

Giraffe Frame – Gift

Changing Pad – Gift

Changing Pad Fabric Cover – Spoonflower’s Heather Dutton, Rockweed Coral Colorway – $/yard

Wicker Cradle Basket – Gift

Framed Fabric – Spoonflower’s Heather Dutton, Collection – $/yard

Frames – Thrift Stores, Home Goods

Whew! Hope this helps everyone! Happy Hunting 🙂

January 27, 2011

Working with a Small Entryway

Ok, not 100 percent complete but hey, that’s what this blog is all about anyway right? Keeping you guys updated on the process not just the before and afters. That’s something I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around. Definitely not in my DNA. I’m a “lets get this all done in one day” kinda girl. Not so much on lets drag this out for 3 weeks and show piece by piece. I’ll come around though, hopefully. For the sake of your brain and sanity Jess, please come around. Alrighty, that’ll be enough talking to myself for one day. Shall we?

After three years in our current house we finally broke down and switched up the living room. I say “broke down” because this wasn’t a simple living room rearrangement. Like I mentioned here, we have a HUGE sectional, which we split up. We’re storing half in the basement until we craigslist-it-up. Next we had to move our entire media wall to the opposite side of the room. That called for rerouting the cable and internet as well. The hubs loved that. And lastly, mounting the TV up on the wall. The 57 some odd inches TV. Can you say heavy? Oh, and not to mention the actual moving of all the furniture. Whew.

Anyway, completely worth all of the trouble because we ended up with an awesome space for an entryway, something we’ve never had the pleasure of creating (previously the front door opened directly into the side of the media center). So, we ended up with something a little like this. Well not really like this I guess, this. 🙂

It’s still a tiny space so we had to keep things fairly simple, which was a task with such a long “need list” of entryway necessities. Some of those included, coat storage, mail organization, shoe storage, winter wear storage, keys catch-all, and of course a mirror to check out your style… or lately, my lack thereof. Basically, storage, storage, and a little more storage, which is exactly what we ended up with. Starting from the bottom, we used one of the over-sized baskets that we mentioned here. It’s the perfect size to collect our daily shoes in. Our gloves, scarves, and other winter gear is stored in the ottoman to the left, an awesome buy from target at only $59 (we actually snagged two of them). We knew that we wanted to have several storage options so we chose an open console table with space for that below. This one we picked up on a trip to Ikea, which is technically a dressing table but we’ve found it to work just fine for our purposes. It even has a nice drawer for keeping things like ipod and phone chargers.

One of my absolute favorite items in our entire home is this change jar. We found a vintage apothecary jar on Etsy, but it could easily be done with one like this from Target. Add a little black chalkboard paint and you have instant function. Yes, this mini DIY project turned out pretty charming, but the reason I’m truly in love with my handy jar can be credited to my hubs. We have quite the change issue over here at the R Residence (which is a problem I’d take over many others any day). I’m talking change in the hallway, change in the bedroom, change in the laundry room, change falling out of your shoes and under your pillow kinda problem. Thanks to Big Money up there, yes that’s his name, now we only find change in half those places, ha. And since we are just full of issues over here, I’ll go ahead and lay our keys problem out on the table while we’re on subject. Well, you probably get the point. We’ve been late more than once from misplaced keys. This cute little candle holder ($2.99 at Ikea) does the trick.

And since we’re closing in on the end of this post I should mention the starting piece from this entire space, duh. Our oh-so-wonderful rustic mirror. I admit, we splurged a little on this guy, but it was oh-so worth it! We’re loving the modern/rustic vibe that we started with our dining table, so why not continue it. We found him on Etsy (popular place today) at a little shop called, Nature Inspired Crafts. It’s a winner, check it out!

Now, we realize that this space is still far from being finished. We still need a little color and some lighting (in the works), but we’re well on our way 🙂 What do you guys think? What do you use for entryway storage? What problems have you run into with compact entryways?

January 26, 2011

Featured on Made By Girl!!

I struggled to come up with a name for this post for quite some time. As corny as it sounds, there really are no words to describe my excitement about this news! So I apologize for the lack of originality. I’m a mess over here. All that kept coming to mind was “peeing in my pants excited…”. Yea, a little much? Probably not the image I want to convey, ha.

So… if you haven’t already seen, Zoey’s Nursery was featured yesterday by Jen at Made By Girl!!! And if you didn’t already know (how could you not?) Jen is an “It” girl. She’s amazing. Her work is brilliant. And I am absolutely blown away for the time being.

Yea. I’m pretty happy right now.

I can not thank all of the support I’ve received this past month enough. You guys are awesome! Thank you so much Jen, for featuring us over here at Cape27! I’ll be in la-la land the remainder of the afternoon 🙂

January 25, 2011

Painted Kitchen Cabinets

A few days ago my cousin asked for a little help with their recent decision to paint their kitchen cabinets. This is one of my all-time favorite projects. You can completely transform the look of a room with a few can of paint, and what better way than cabinets! This is especially effective if you just aren’t quite ready to fork up the big bucks for a complete reno. And hey, who says you have to? Painting just may do the job without the entire overhaul. Yes, this project may seem a little overwhelming at first, but with a few tricks it can be done.

Now, I won’t even attempt to explain this process for the mere reason that I find it hard to say it better than it has already been said. By whom, you ask? Only one the best bloggers around. My go-to source for nearly every projects I tackle. My inspiration for even starting this blog. Yep, John & Sherry over at Young House Love. They are the best DIY(ers?) I stalk on my reader know. Yes, I made up that word, just for them. Anyway, if you are thinking of tackling the painted kitchen cabinets, don’t even lift that brush before you check out their article here. It’s your on e-stop shop for knocking those cabinets dead.. Hmm.

So, you checked out the post, you have your tools ready to go. Now, you find yourself staring blankly into your kitchen. You need a color. This is where I come in. I shared a few of these photos with my cousin and figured what better time than now to let you guys in on the eye candy as well! Check out this amazing collection of inspiration photos.


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If you didn’t want to paint your cabinets before.. you do now. Not to mention a new kitchen all together. Whoops 🙂