This beach print, which inspired the design of the shared bathroom, arrived in the mail yesterday. I wasn't sure what to expect for a print this large, and it is better than I hoped for. It was taken last summer when we vacationed in Florida. I should mention that we are not traditional beach people. This was our first family beach experience, unless you count the two times Natalie played in the chilly ocean outside of San Francisco when she was two. She doesn't count that, and neither do the other two, since they were not yet born. The kids loved Florida, naturally, so we will do the sunny-ocean-sand-castle experience again, but probably not this particular neck of the woods. It lacked charm and felt very much like a plastic family vacation destination. But we made some great memories that week!
With Snapfish, and an offer of 70% off, I paid a silly $11.99 for a 20x30 print. I did receive a warning that choosing to print this large might result in a blurry image. I ignored the warning and forged ahead, figuring it was worth the risk for that price. And what I love about this picture is the layers of color and a sweet family moment happening in the middle of all the color. I'm not looking for a crisp image up-close. It was worth the risk, and it turned out just fine.
I front-loaded this post with pretty pictures because the rest won't be pretty. This is real life. One of my girls is that brand of creative and intelligent that manifests as hopelessly messy, bordering on hoarder. I love her to bits, no matter what. The process of decluttering and deep cleaning her bathroom inspired her to tackle the rest of her bedroom and closet; a totally unplanned bonus of this project.
We now have shelves above the toilet, all painted and already full of a mess of bathroom stuff waiting to be organized. Rather than buying new wood for the shelves, we disassembled an old DIY project that was no longer is use, and cut the boards to the right size. I used the same gray Annie Sloan paint from the cabinets.
I pulled some decor out of storage to see if anything would work. Jasper is always there to bounce ideas off and he has exquisite eclectic sensibilities.
These adorable Anthropologie plates were a gift from my niece, and my girls are fighting over which side of the bathroom they will land.
So that's where we are after four weeks, with one bonus week left. Just a flurry of small details to tie up. Be sure to check out the other rooms; that's where I'm headed!