Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My Powder Room Gets A Much Needed Makeover - With Black Walls

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Yes, people, yes! My powder room finally has the swagger I always knew it could. It's been living a low key life, looking good, but far from the absolute  fabulosity I'd always wanted it to be.


This summer I teamed up with The Home Depot to change all that. And somehow, even with a hurricane that threw us off course for a few weeks, we've pulled it off.
* PS, no panic, that mirror will make a reappearance someplace else in my home. Run, not walk to over to The Home Depot blog to see the full step by step transformation and let us know what you think.


For more behind the scenes bonus pics like this of the little man cuteness, head over to our Facebook page.


Source Guide

Walls: Shiplap via The Home Depot


Vanity base: HomeClick 
Sink: Overtsock
Faucet:  Overstock
Mirror: Target
Countertop: Custom (quartz) 

Disclaimer:

*I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this bathroom program. As part of the program I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services for promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post also complies with the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Trade Commission Guidelines.    

Saturday, September 30, 2017

My Laundry Room - With Purple Drywall




Earlier this year I was invited to spend a few days touring and getting some expert knowledge on the business of drywall. PURPLE® drywall to be exact by the amazing people at  National Gypsum®



Renovations are my specialty, so the geek in me was happy to soak up all the knowledge of this industry along with four other design bloggers. You can read all the fun deets here.   
As part of the campaign, we were offered some drywall to use as we saw fit. I decided to finally build a laundry room. Laundry is my most hated chore, so anything to make me somehow fall in love with it was welcome. Like most homeowners, my washing machine and dryer are on a raised platform in the garage, not the sexiest location, since this often means your neighbors can watch as you air your dirty laundry - literally - if you happen to have the garage door open. 
So yes, definitely time to end all that. I'd make it large enough (11ft. x 6 ft.) to install cabinets and a pantry for bulk items, brooms etc. Yes! This was beginning to make me excited. To calculate how much drywall we would need I simply entered my measurements here:
We selected the PURPLE® XP® because it's moisture and mold resistant , a great fit for a laundry room.



With materials finally on hand, we set out to frame in the space with metal studs. I decided on a 36' door opening to make it easier to install the washer/dryer. I had pesky popcorn ceiling in my garage, which we decided to remove, a messy ordeal but always, always worth it. 




With framing all done, we moved on to the good stuff. Drywall installation. 

Huge thanks to Angel and his brother Gabriel of North Florida Drywall for whipping this all together in just one weekend. 

Shockingly, I behaved just like all my clients! Constantly hovering around as they installed and asking a million questions! And since my drywall installation skills are very questionable - translation: I finished last in the installation competition during my National Gypsum® tour, I eventually hushed and let the experts handle the installation. 



Alert: If your drywall skills are questionable, hire a pro! Your walls will thank ya.

  

All done. Well, not the fully completed and designed space. I'll tackle that over the next few months. But what a joy it is to have the space all built, and I'm sure my neighbors are happy to see one less pile of dirty laundry being done. 




And  guess what? To motivate you to tackle a small project around your own home, we're be giving away a $100 Visa gift card and a Purple tool bag all from the good folks at National Gypsum®    
Just follow the rules below to enter to win. And good luck! The winner will be announced next week.




Huge shoutout to the DIY bloggers who I met on this campaign - Daniel of Manhattan Nest, Kim of Yellow Brick Home, Justin of Remodelaholic and Sandra of Sawdust Girl and Anitra Mecadon, coolest designer/DIY chick on any network.

*While this post was sponsored by National Gypsum®, all words and details of this laundry room project are by yours truly.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Hello Loves! What's New?




What’s new! Hey loves, yes I know it’s been a NY minute since I’ve really checked in right?
Life’s certainly whizzed by since I first started this blog six years ago, and a lot has changed, so here are a few things that’s new and popping for your girl:

1.       Xavier started kindergarten! Yes, this little man who turns 6 in November, is enrolled in a dual language program where he learns both in English and Spanish throughout the day. This means a trip to Spain is inevitable. We did Italy this year so I kinda set the bar very high. Pray for me and send me some damn coins.

2.       I’m single. Yes! Shockingly sad but true. If you follow me on IG you may have read that I’m newly divorced. Painful ordeal, especially since I shared so many great marriage tales here over the years, but I’ve learned that God never gives you more than you can handle so I’ve turned that pain into some powerful moments of reflection. I’ve also been dating myself for a few months and I gotta say, I’m one fabulous chick! Who had to find herself again, but still damn fabulous. In due time I’m looking forward to meeting some honest and emotionally available dudes who can embrace a real woman. And if you know any, then hint hint! lemme know


3.       I treated myself to my very first photo session and loved every minute. Clearly. The pics here, including my new bio pic, are a few from the shoot with the talented folks at TYE Studios and makeup artist extraordinaire Makeup By Valunthinee 

4.       Your squad is your tribe! Don’t ever neglect your friends because lemme tell you, some real ass friends have come through in this year in some major ways. Nurture those relationships for life.



5.       NWD continues to grow and produce some kick-ass design projects. We are shooting a feature for this local design show soon and yes, I'm hella excited! But which project will it be? Stay tuned to find out!

6.       I recently launched biz chat, a way for young designers/professionals to connect with me formally for some basic tips on how to thrive long term in this business. Note: it aint easy, but nothing worthy ever is.

7.       I hired a bookkeeper. BEST. Decision. Ever. I prefer to spend my time designing and writing and not languishing in excel/invoice purgatory. Seriously.

8.       I’m working out. Consistently. I decided I wasn’t going to try to lose weight in a set time frame but instead just workout consistently and make healthier eating choices aka there went my Saturday pizza bingefest. Yes, that was a thing. Though Xavier continues to eat his medium cheese pizza oblivious to my pain! And I quit drinking RedBull. That was one major addiction but my caffeine overload was outa control.

9.    I’m finally getting my house completed and have partnered with the Home Depot to tackle some major updates including  Xavier's bathroom and my powder room and with the fabulous folks at Purple Drywall to complete my laundry room.  

10. And of course I'm praying for all the people on the islands and regions that have been devastated by earthquakes and so many hurricanes this season. Please consider donating here if you can.

So how have y’all been? I miss the days of blog hopping so plan to pop over and see how some of my blogger faves are doing this weekend. Huge thanks for all your love and support over the years as well. It’s meant the world to be able to share and be so open in this sacred space.




Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Weekend Bathroom Makeover with the Home Depot



*This post is sponsored by the Home Depot

The little man is growing so fast! He starts kindergarten next week and is excited to be among the big boy crowd. PSA: Expect a flood of tears from me as well on Monday!
So, in keeping with his big boy status, it was time to update his bathroom, the only room in the house that hadn't been gutted when we purchased this house a few years ago. You can see other home projects here here here and here
Xavier's bathroom It had been updated by the previous owner and though not exactly my taste, it was functional and I'd added some basics like a new vanity and mirror.


So when the Home Depot asked me to partner on a weekend bathroom project, his bathroom was a no-brainer.
The focus was how to make quick changes that could still add a dramatic change to a bathroom, without a major gut job.
For a full reveal of the step by step process swing by The Home Depot blog to see how easy this was. But here's a quick recap as well.
We updated all faucets including this two in one shower head that http://www.livelaughdecorate.com/2017/08/a-weekend-bathroom-makeover-with-home.htmlhas the little man now singing in the shower.




We also added these chrome faucets to the vanity as well for the win and the bling. 







In addition to changing the faucets to chrome for a more youthful look, we added a new mirror and this amazing Caprice Tweed Tile to the floors. We had zero construction dust because there was enough of a gap between his bathroom and the wood floor in the hallway to allow us to simply install on top of the existing tile for a smooth transition
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We also updated all the hardware including a new double robe hook towel bar, towel ring and toilet paper holder to chrome. Quick tip: using the same size in new hardware means you can install in the same location and avoid creating new holes. 


All photos taken by RM Studio Corp

Once you've updated all the major items, have some fun styling with personal items. Xavier loves art so we added a quirky and colorful piece to his space. We also installed picture ledges as storage options for extra hand towels, toothpaste and toothbrush holders.



And that's that. Finally a fresh and fab bathroom for the little man and one he enjoys using everyday.



A special shout out to my brother Shomari who toiled way into the night to get this project completed.


*I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this bathroom program. As part of the program I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services for promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post also complies with the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Trade Commission Guidelines.    





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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My New Love Affair - Purple. Drywall That Is.





Last month, the renovation geek in me got to spend some time learning about a well used, but so not heralded product: drywall. PURPLE® drywall to be exact.
If you've followed me over the years, then you know that renovations are the core of my design business, so I've kinda seen my share of drywall. I've also ripped out my fair share of drywall, but since I'm no DIY expert, I then hand over the baton to my trusted team of drywall guys who install endless walls of this stuff in our projects.
But I didn't know much about the PURPLE® brand of drywall made by the innovative folks at National Gypsum®. And lemme tell you, they are passionate about their products and with good reason.

Moi, soaking in that Purple knowledge
Why PURPLE®?
Well, it's PURPLE® so they could stand out from other drywall companies but their lineup of products also provide unparalleled resistance to moisture, mold, mildew, scratches and dents and can dramatically reduce the noise heard between rooms.
They're also fire resistant, GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified and made in the USA - we had an amazing tour of the factory but no pics were allowed because that PURPLE® drywall formula's gotta be protected .
But we did a have a blast as you can see from our little Boomerang video: https://www.instagram.com/p/BUcsx8NlBwN/




I did look extra snazzy in these safety goggles though!

As I'm plotting renovation projects for the rest of the year with my clients, I'm now able to share the product options offered by National Gypsum® and why they make sense for their homes.
There's PURPLE® XP® - moisture and mold resistant which can be used on walls and ceilings especially in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry, essentially anywhere where mold and mildew is a concern.
PURPLE® Hi-Abuse® XP® - Used anywhere that's prone to scratches and dents - think my son Xavier's room! plus hallways, playrooms and pretty much any place that's subject to added abuse.

Purple® Hi-Abuse® XP® versus the competition after a machine tested for scratch and dent resistance.

Then there's PURPLE® Hi-Impact® XP® - this is the product that takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I tried hard to make a dent and failed. This is great for use in garages, bonus rooms, and any room that's subject to high impact and dents from hard objects.
And PURPLE® SoundBreak® XP® - Offers a superior level of noise reduction and is perfect for any room that needs some noise control such as my home office, bedroom walls, media room walls and ceilings.

Major shoutout to the DIY bloggers who I met on this campaign - Daniel of Manhattan Nest, Kim of Yellow Brick Home, Justin of Remodelaholic and Sandra of Sawdust Girl and Anitra Mecadon, coolest designer/DIY chick on any network.
Yes, they kinda kicked my butt at the DIY challenge because, duh, DIY is what they do!




Love me some Sawdust Girl! She crushed me on them drywall boards. Just crushed me.

But shoutout to the real MVP Justin of Remodelaholic. Snagged that medal like a true drywall champ!

And stay tuned for a giveaway we have coming up soon.

*While this post was sponsored by National Gypsum®, all words and details of the tour are by yours truly.




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Pillow Talk: Should we Mix or Match?

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We recently installed a living room project for a dear client and a week later, she emailed me with the unthinkable: she hated that her pillows didn't match.
Whatttttttttttttt? 😓 I  was speechless.  How could this be?

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It's pretty clear from my earlier design projects that matching was kinda my thing.

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But over the years I've kinda evolved and have instead fallen in love with an unbalanced approach when styling with pillows because well, whose life is always really perfectly balanced?


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 And for me, mixing and matching colors, shapes and textures just spoke more to my design aesthetic these days and the lived in feel I wanted to invoke with each project.

 




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But even I break my own rules as you can see from this recent installation. Ultimately, it honestly just depends on the creative process. But now you can best believe I'm adding this sentence to our client questionnaire: should we mix or match your pillows? Designing minds need to know!
Are you on team mix or team match? Would love to hear from ya.


1st Mix: 1/2/3  2nd Mix: 1/2/3  1st Match: 1/2  2nd Match: 1/2

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