7th House on the Left

A few nights ago, I was cleaning the half bathroom and it suddenly dawned on me… why haven’t we finished this room yet? I really have no idea. It wouldn’t take much… wall art, a few small accessories and a pretty soap dispenser and we’d be in business. Here’s a glimpse at what it looked like when we bought the house…

Half Bathroom Before / 7thhouseontheleft.com

Yeah, it wasn’t pretty but the photo actually made it look better than it really was. The countertop was just sitting on top of the vanity and on top of that, the vanity was ultra short – way too short for my 6’7″ better half. And here’s what the bathroom is looking like these days…

Half Bathroom Progress // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Hardest room to take a photo of… ever. As you can see, what’s there now is pretty Plain Jane and completely lacking color. On the other hand, it’s come a long way since we got the keys to the house. Over time, it dort of became a project by association. When the hardwood floors were done in the laundry room, we naturally included this room. When we ordered the cabinets for the kitchen, we also placed an order for another sink cabinet. When we re-painted the laundry room, that meant the half bath as well.

To date, we’ve removed the vanity and toilet, replaced the tile floors with hardwood, installed a new toilet, had a new vanity installed, added quartz countertops along with an under-mount sink, painted the walls and the trim, added a window shade and hung a hand towel and toilet paper holder. Seeing as how there’s not much to do to call this room “done”, we thought it would be fun to focus on this area over the next few weeks between our other projects. And here’s our starting point…

Bathroom Mirror // Ballard Designs // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Almost a year ago, we got this mirror for the half bathroom. It’s fun, slightly rustic (the finish is “distressed” and slightly modern all in one – aka, our cup of tea. We have yet to hang the mirror in the bathroom because the current light fixture – well, the light bulb that’s sticking out of the wall – is too low. So, before we can hang the mirror, we have to remove the light, patch the hole and replace the existing exhaust fan with an exhaust fan / overhead light combo. Aside from that, all we have left is to decorate. We aren’t completely set on a “vision” that’s planned down to a T, but here’s what we have in mind so far…

Half Bathroom / 7thhouseontheleft.com

As I mentioned earlier, we already have the mirror and we’ve also purchased a few of these hand towels (I ordered 2, 1 for a back up and I’m more than kind of obsessed with them) as well as the soap dispenser. We picked out this wooden box to go on the back of the toilet (along with something else – we just aren’t sure what yet) because we like the “woodsy” vibe and think it would be a neat way to bring some rustic elements in as well as provide some small storage.

As you can see from the big question mark, we’re still trying to hunt down wall art – both for the wall to the right of the sink and the wall behind the toilet. For the wall to the right of the sink, I’ve been trying to design something, but I haven’t come up with the right design just yet. I really want to design something more on the modern side with a some colors that would tie in with the hand towel. As for the wall behind the toilet, we’re thinking maybe a grouping of artwork or one big piece – like maybe a stretched canvas or something. The jury is still out on that one.

So, yeah. That’s where we are and what we’re going to be working on over the next few weeks between all of the other projects we have going on. We’re looking forward to having the tiniest room in the house with a big ‘ole “Done!” seal on it.

In the spirt of some of our favorite Fall TV shows now being in full swing, we thought it was about time to pull together another “On the Set” post. Our last one was four months ago! For this edition, we thought it would be fun to feature one of Greg’s and my must-watch shows…

On the Set: Once Upon A Time // 7thhouseontheleft.com

It’s the apartment we all wish we had when we were 19. This cozy shabby chic industrial loft belongs to Mary Margaret Blanchard… er… Snow White on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Though it hasn’t been featured in the current season (not yet anyway), it’s still my favorite set on the show, and definitely one of my favorite fictional homes in modern TV Land.

On the Set: Once Upon A Time // 7thhouseontheleft.com

The loft kind of reminds me of a white-washed Anthropologie store. There’s a lot going on, including an assortment of textures (there’s wood, brick, steel, and concrete), mix-matched furniture ranging from mid-century to farm house, and a plethora of area rugs.

On the Set: Once Upon A Time // 7thhouseontheleft.com

On the Set: Once Upon A Time // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Downstairs is the kitchen, bathroom, living/dining area, a sewing table and Mary Margaret’s Snow’s bedroom. Up the stairs is a another bedroom, which, in the second episode of the first season becomes Emma’s room.

On the Set: Once Upon A Time // 7thhouseontheleft.com

On the Set: Once Upon A Time // 7thhouseontheleft.com

In various episodes, I’ve noticed a ton of accessories from Anthropologie – especially in the kitchen area. I love the wire baskets on the wall in the kitchen that are used as shelves, and the little pops of muted colors here and there are really charming… pun intended, haha. Speaking of David Charming, isn’t it neat how Snow White and Prince Charming are getting married in real life?!

On the Set: Once Upon A Time // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Everything is really open – like any real loft should be – with lots of exposed beams and industrial accents. Next to the kitchen, and open to the rest of the loft, is Mary Margret’s bedroom area (you can see it in the background of the above photo).

On the Set: Once Upon A Time // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Probably my favorite aspect of the set is how the set designer leaves little “Easter eggs” around the apartment tying Mary Margaret to the Snow White we know from the classic Disney film, with little ceramic animals, woodsy elements and bird motifs here and there.

Get the Look: Once Upon A Time // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Wire Baskets / Whitewashed Horse / Harmon Sofa / Monogrammed Mug
Sugar Bowl / Wood Clock / White Bed / Desk Lamp

Now it’s your turn… what your favorite TV or movie dwellings?

Well, it’s Friday. I don’t know about you guys, but it has been one long week. Not that it was a bad week, but I’m glad the weekend is finally rolling around.

One of the highlights of our week was when we received this amazing surprise package in our PO box from Snickety Snacks

Custom Logo Cookies from Snickety Snacks // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Seriously, I died. I immediately took a photo with my cell phone and sent it to my mom… “Mom! We’re on a cookie!” They taste as good as they look, but they’re way too pretty to eat. We refuse to eat the 7th House logo cookie – it’s currently sitting on a plate in the kitchen with plastic wrap over it. I told Greg I want to find a way to shellac it and keep it forever, haha. By the way, if you haven’t entered the Snickety Snack giveaway, click over and enter! We’re giving one lucky reader a $100 gift card for their own custom cookies. The giveaway closes Sunday at midnight EST.

Happy Weekend / 7thhouseontheleft.com

As for our plans this weekend, we’re going to be doing some house cleaning and getting ready for my grandparents, who are coming into town from Florida for a few weeks. They love seeing the leaves in Virginia when they change in the Fall. The leaves are starting to change now, so hopefully they’ll catch them at their peak before they head back down to the land of palm trees. Greg and I love it when they come into town, so we’re really looking forward to it.

Also on the agenda for the weekend is cleaning up the front porch to gear up for some pumpkin-action. We’re going to the local farmers’ market to get some mums, a few pumpkins and some small gourds. Bentley is now feeling well enough that we can leave him unsupervised in his crate (which he loves like his own little house), so I’m super excited about this outing. Speaking of Bentley…

Bentley the Pomeranian / 7thhouseontheleft.com

Thank you all so much for the comments and emails wishing our little kid dog well. He’s recovering from his surgery quite well and we had nothing but good reports at his follow-up appointment last week. We were able to have the stitches taken out, and he’s now cone free (sooner than we thought!). I think he’s even more excited about the cone coming off than we are. He’s slowly getting back to his normal mischievous self, but he’s not too happy with the fact that he’s still not allowed to walk more than a few steps at a time. He spends his day curled up in a blanket on a dining room chair right next to my desk chair. Where I go, he goes. (I took the above photo while I was taking after photos of the guest room closet.) I think he’s immensely enjoying all the attention, but you can definitely tell he’s getting tired of being on “strict rest”. He’s in dire need of a haircut (we normally keep his hair cut short, aka “the puppy cut”), but he isn’t cleared from the Dr for grooming visits until November 26th… so he has an appointment for the 27th ; )

What are you guys up to this weekend? Any pumpkin-patching action going on?