Thursday, October 5, 2017

Plans for our Next Road Trip

Hello there!! After a long 3 month break from blogging, I'm back to share a little life update and some upcoming fall travel plans. I essentially took the entire summer off from most commitments outside of work (including working on our house, and blogging) in favor of spending time outdoors, but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy. We got a puppy (our beloved Mowgli bear!) and launched a rug business (New England Loom) so it's been a crazy/fun few months watching both of those things grow. Summer is so fleeting here that I try to enjoy every second before we are stuck inside again, so home projects were definitely put on the back burner. BUT the weather changing and Mowgli not needing attention every 5 minutes means my mind is flooded with new ideas for our house - especially since we have now hit just about a year living in it and thinking about what we want long term. We still have so many rooms to tackle/finalize, so I can't wait to share photos as we start working on those.

But first, a much needed VACATION!! Buying a house and a puppy comes with a lot of responsibility both physically and financially, which meant a lot less travel than normal for us this year. I think we are both more than ready for a week away with just the two of us. And we had so much fun on our California road trip at this time last year that we decided to do a road trip again across the state of...Texas! Neither of us have ever been to the lone star state, so a week-long road trip will allow us to cover a good chunk of ground and see some vastly different towns and cities. Probably our favorite part of our CA road trip was seeing the incredible landscape/vegetation/climate changes as we moved up the coast, so we are excited to experience something similar (and quite possibly a lot of time in the middle of nowhere) in Texas. We are staying in three VERY different types of lodging over the course of our trip which should keep things interesting. Here's a rough breakdown of our route:

Day 1: Fly into El Paso and explore the city before driving north to Las Cruces, New Mexico where we are staying in this cute casita
Day 2: Day trip to the White Sands National Monument in NM
Day 3: Drive to the small desert town of Marfa, where we are staying at El Cosmico (#bucketlist)
Day 4: Explore the shops and restaurants in downtown Marfa, as well as go see el Chinati and the infamous Prada Marfa
Day 5: Drive east across the state to Austin, where we will be staying in yet another adorable Airbnb bungalow
Day 6: Day trip to Waco, TX to check out Magnolia Market, but really for the slight chance that we may bump into Chip & Joanna ;)
Day 7: Full day to explore Austin!
We are traveling over the week of Columbus Day, when thankfully it looks like the weather will be beautiful in Texas. We can't wait. We were so impressed with how Texans came together after the recent hurricanes and although our route doesn't include any cities that were directly affected by the storms, we are excited meet and talk to locals and get a small taste of Texas hospitality during our stay. And if you have been anywhere along this route and have tips (even if it's just pit stops for food or radio station recommendations!), I would love to hear them. xx

Friday, July 7, 2017

#GrazianoBungalow - The Master Bathroom (After)

Our master bathroom is complete (for now) and we have one more room checked off our home project list! As you may remember from my before post, this space was already fully functional when we moved in and we didn't have to do much to much to make it our own. The biggest drawback was the fact that everything was so stark white, something we quickly changed with a coat of paint (Tranquility by Benjamin Moore) and adding shiplap to the walls for some visual interest. Other than that, we just added some of our own decor, and here's how it looks now!

Infusing some color and a few natural elements has made our master bath so much warmer and more inviting, and I love spending time in here now. It also doesn't hurt that instead of other buildings and sirens like the city, we get to enjoy views of our pretty stone wall and so much GREEN outside our bathroom window. :) You can shop this space below and I'll be back soon to share photos of our kitchen bathroom, which we are currently tackling! xx

Thursday, July 6, 2017

#GrazianoBungalow - The Family Room (Before)

Today I'm sharing some "before" of our family room, which was actually an addition that the previous owners added to the original house. It was a huge selling point for us, given that it's spacious, lets in lots of natural light, and opens up right into the kitchen. And although the existing decor in this space was pretty dated when we moved in, I knew we could add some modern touches to this room to make it our own.

Here's how the family room looked during the open house:
Definitely not our style, but a great space right?! Unfortunately it didn't look so great without all the furniture when we moved in:
My first thought? That pink carpet HAS to go. It was actually really high quality Stark carpeting, but something just didn't feel clean about living with someone else's old rug and I knew that I would never be able to come up with a design plan that seamlessly weaved in that pink/red color. So as you can see in the photo above, josh said "out with the rug!" almost immediately when we got access to the house, especially since we wanted to get the messy hardwood floor installation done before we moved our furniture in. But thankfully, like a few other rooms in the house, we actually discovered that there were existing hardwood floors beneath the rug! Here's how the room look once we tore up the rug and took down the (lovely) striped window treatments:
The floors had turned yellow over time so needed to be refinished, but not having to install brand new hardwoods saved us a lot of money. Like the guest and master bedroom, we wanted to sand and stain the floors before we moved in, so also got started on that right away. Here's how the room looked after our first time over it with the drum sander:
Coming together! But even with these steps out of the way, there was still a lot left on our list to tackle, including removing the yellow wallpaper and then painting the entire room, the brick fireplace, and all the built in shelving. Below you can see inspiration photos for how I wanted the room to look and the project list we needed to tackle to get it there. The photos are small but you get the gist: A light grey sofa with indigo pillows and lots of natural wood, jute, and cozy textures. Stay tuned for photos coming soon of how this space looks now! xx
Family Room Project List

  1. Remove carpet and window treatments
  2. Sand floors
  3. Stain floors
  4. Remove wallpaper and paint walls
  5. Paint fireplace white
  6. Paint shelving/wet bar white
  7. Style shelves
  8. Choose a sofa
  9. Install fish tank

Sunday, June 11, 2017

#GrazianoBungalow - The Guest Room (After)

Our little boho guest room is finally complete! As you may remember from my before post, this room used to be a fairly masculine office.
But this is how we wanted it to look and feel! Lighter, brighter, and just overall a more fun place to welcome guests.
So as soon as we moved in, we got to work transforming this space. I shared photos of our initial progress in my last post, where we removed the built in desk, removed the rug and carpet strips, sanded and stained the floors, and painted the walls in a lighter shade of "Classic Grey" by Benjamin Moore. Once all that more time consuming (and messy) stuff was out of the way, it was really just time for the fun part - the decorating!
While our master bedroom is much more neutral (more on that coming soon!), I was going for that "California modern" look in this bedroom and really wanted to have some fun with color. The first thing we added to the corner of this space was one of the peacock chairs that we found at an antique store and actually sat in at our wedding. As you might remember, the other one found a home in our dining room! I tossed a vintage indigo pillow on the chair and hung some of my favorite Batik-inspired prints on the wall and we had ourselves a pretty cozy corner that would act as the inspiration for the entire room. 
From there, I began unpacking loads of boxes I had packed with frames, collectibles, and decorative objects to fill the built-in bookcases. The room actually looked really funny for a while, because all the shelves were completely styled before we even had any furniture!
Next, we brought in the woven bed (which I admittedly stole from my childhood bedroom at home), and I love how much texture it brings to the room. My bedroom at home was filled with turquoise accents and very coastal which obviously works perfectly with this bed, but thankfully I think it also works just as well (if not better) in here! Once the bed was in, we piled lots of modern complimentary pillows onto it and also a few of my favorite vintage rugs on the floor, both which brought the pops of color to the room that I was looking for.
After that we installed a woven light fixture, which was a HUGE improvement from the ceiling fan. Finally, we worked with Marc of Hopes Woodshop (who also built our dining room table) again to install a custom closet door. There wasn't an existing door when we moved into the house, and it was such an eyesore to have boxes piled in there with no door to hide them. Marc did such an amazing job!! I mean, is that not the most epic, beautiful set of sliding closet doors you've ever seen? I am obsessed with herringbone (if you couldn't tell already) and sent Marc this photo & this photo as inspiration for our closet. He nailed it!
I'm so happy our second bedroom is complete just in time for summer visitors! You can shop this post below, and feel free to check back here or at #grazianobungalow for more home updates, Thanks for following along as we make this house our home!
^ Rug, Light FixtureBed, Quilt, Pillows (similar), Pillows (similar). bamboo end table, Indigo art, Horse art (similar)