Where are we at in our Condo Renovation?

You just saw the bathroom photos this week, but I wanted to let you in and see the rest of the condo as of now.  I warned my husband these pictures were going up on the blog, the good news is now he is used to me sharing all this information, as before he would be like  “no, there is no way you can post that” (no laughing involved).   Now, he laughs and says you can’t post that but he knows full well I am about to.   Progress is being made!  :)   I understand it’s embarrassing to share these unfinished and messy pictures, but I said I would take you through the renovation so here we go!

Our half bathroom is well under way.

photo 2(8)

Now when you take one step out of the entry way this is what you will see :)

photo 2(1)

Here is a better picture of this left hand mess.   This is where all the tools, miscellaneous projects are. :)

photo 2(3)

The kitchen is well under way.   We still need back splash, shelving, lighting, hardware, etc though.   To open the drawers you have to start from the bottom and work your way up to get the top drawer open. :)

photo 3(3)

The living room is well…  not done.

photo 3(1)

photo 5(1)

photo 1(3)

photo 4(1)

The bedroom is FAR from done.  It’s painted though!   Sidewalk Gray by Benjamin Moore – it’s a bluish, lavender gray.  The color does not even look like it does in this picture.  Horrible lighting and picture.  I wanted you to get the true bedroom “feel” though – messy bed and all. :)

photo 5

The hallway in our bedroom

photo 5(2)

photo 4

Mark’s closet is getting patched and painted this week

photo 3

The master bathroom is looking better than ever.  Kidding.  This is not even getting touched until the rest of the house is done.

photo 2

Mark’s next plan of attack is the molding in the house.  It will be quite the job, so this might take a while.

photo 1

The city still looks perfect

photo 4(2)

and Bentley is just hanging out on his couch wondering when his next meal is.

photo 3(2)

Thanks for following!  Stay tuned for more updates on our condo renovation!   Follow me on Instagram #thebubblebatheffect


A night out in the nieghborhood with Michael Kors, Forever 21, Guess & More

Saturday night we had a birthday party to go to.  It was super convenient as it was right around the corner from where we live.  On our 5 minute way walk there, I had this mini “photo shoot”.



photo(30) photo 2(10) photo(33)photo(34)



photo(25)Skinny Jeans - Forever 21 (past season – see similar)

Heels -  Guess (past season – check out these Guess shoes)

Shirt - Just Me (sold out at Glamour Girl Airbrush Tan)

Clutch – Michael Kors

Watch - Michael Kors

Nail Polish – Fingers: Essie DJ Play that Song,  Toes: Butler Please

Bangles & Earrings - sold at Glamour Girl Airbrush Tan

When I say 5 minute walk, that’s including these pictures.   My other (better) half doesn’t love playing photographer.



Wishing you a little Fashion Inspiration Today!


A Half-Bath Renovation Update

I have exciting progress to share!   The half bathroom is almost there!   Mark put in the sink this weekend.  I love it so much.   Although, there is not any base molding, pictures up, or decorated to it’s best (especially the super wrinkled towel), I am eager to share with you the progress.  I took the first half of pictures with full light and the second half with the dimmers on.

photo 1(9)photo 3(7)photo 2(9)photo 5(3)photo 4(4)

photo 1(7)photo 2(6)photo 3(4)photo 4(2)photo 5(1)photo 1(8)photo 2(7)photo 3(5)

The Bathroom Before:

As you will see, we had to wash and dry our dishes in the bathroom sink while our kitchen was underway.  :)


The 75% there after picture:

photo 2(8)

Thanks for following!  Stay tuned to continue watching a complete condo renovation.   Are you on Instagram?  Follow Me!  :)   thebubblebatheffect

Have you shopped Ballard yet?

If you have not come across Ballard Designs yet and you like European decor, you must add it to your online shopping searches.  I always remember my mom searching Ballard online from way long ago, so it is always a go-to site for me to check, but I know there are many that still don’t know about this online gem.   See a small sample of their European-inspired Decor below!

Click on the pictures for pricing and details.

Paris Folding Mirror

Round Party Table

Arturo 8-Light Rectangular Chandelier

Rubber Boot Tray

Café 3-Piece Folding Table Dining Set

Louis XV Salon Chair


Found European Dough Bowls

Olive Jar

Dog Head Hooks

Tribeca 3-Piece Sectional

Ballard Designs 

Happy Shopping!

Dog-Print Wallpapers

If you can’t tell already, I love dogs, especially my furry little baby Bentley that has quite the life.

20140101_104801 (1)

So when I came across these dog-print wallpapers, I was so sad that I didn’t see these before our half bath was planned.  These are perfect prints to put in something small like a half bathroom for you dog-lovers.



red dog print wallpaper

Adopt Me! by Tyler Hall  tylerandfriends.com


How cute is this one!!??

Fifi & Friends by THIBAUT  thibautdesign.com


Max by Peter Fasano  peterfasano.com


blue dog print wallpaper

Best in Show by THIBAUT  thibautdesign.com

And my personal favorite …

I still may use a strip of this to put by
Bentley’s food tray.  There are different background colors you can choose from.  This gunmetal metallic is my favorite, but you can’t go wrong with the white background.

Best in Show by OSBORNE & LITTLE  osborneandlittle.com


Osborne and Little Best In Show Wallpaper


Best in Show [Walk in the Park] Wallpaper - Osbourne & Little

Using wallpaper to kick-start creative kids' rooms | #BabyCenterBlog

If anyone ends up using one of these wallpapers, please share a picture!