7th House on the Left

The temperatures are dropping, the bugs have stopped making nests, and the pollen is out of the air. Yep. Fall is here. With the Fall season making its annual debut, there plenty of things homeowners can put on their to do list for the exterior of the house, and cleaning the windows is sitting right near the top of ours. Cleaning your windows is a great way to make the outside of your house look great, and it’s just as nice for sitting inside looking out. I’m not going to act like cleaning windows is a fun thing to do (it’s really not), but if you have the right equipment and a good cleaning product, the job goes a lot smoother, and the results are worth it.

Fish Window Cleaning Giveaway // 7thhouseontheleft.com

To help with this task, Fish Window Cleaning is here to give one lucky reader a Professional Window Cleaning Kit, which includes 3 cans of their famous Fish Foam (a friend of mine says this stuff is truly impressive), 2 micro fiber towels, a 10″ squeegee, an 18″ squeegee, an 18″ mop, and a 2.75lb bucket (a $110 value!).

Here’s how to enter… Scroll down to the giveaway widget below and log in with your Facebook account. If you’d rather not use your Facebook account, or don’t have one, just enter your email address (registering with a password, etc is not required). As always, your information is kept private! Once you’ve done that, you’ll be shown the entry requirements set by yours truly. Click the “Do it!” button, type the phrase in the blank in the widget, then click “Enter!”. Now that you’ve entered, you’ll see some optional entry options. To gain additional entries and increase your chances of winning the prize, you can do one or all of them. If you already follow Fish Window Cleaning or 7th House, go ahead and enter your Facebook or Twitter info, and you’ll be automatically given the extra entries. This giveaway is open to those in the US only (no PO boxes, please) and as usual, the winner will be chosen using Random.org. Good luck everyone!

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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?