House by the Bay Design

Kitchen Makeover Inspiration

I have been daydreaming about our kitchen makeover since we moved in…maybe even since we bought the house from plans. Yes, we bought the house from plans and did not have the builder put in our dream kitchen. Why? One word: upgrades. Everything we wanted was an upgrade, and we were not working with a […] Read more…

Master Bathroom Makeover Reveal

bathroom

Our master bathroom makeover took forever.  You know what happened? The day after we ripped out our old vanity my father went in for a routine surgery and all hell broke loose. His recovery ended up taking 6 months instead of 6 days…so…not the best time to be in the middle of a bathroom reno. […] Read more…

Master Bathroom Towel Ladder

Inspired by this West Elm photo… …and an amazing tutorial from A Beautiful Mess I decided to build a towel ladder for our Master Bathroom. I followed Mandi’s tutorial with some slight changes to make the ladder fit better in our space. It came together really quickly, especially since I used my dad’s drill press to make little holes […] Read more…

Deck Stained & Sealed

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When we built our deck last year it was pretty late in the season so we decided to wait until this summer to put a water seal on the wood. Turns out it was the right decision because apparently you should let the wood “breathe” for a year before applying any sort of stain or […] Read more…

Ladders Everywhere – My Favourite Tutorials

ladders

It seems like everywhere I look online I’m seeing someone who has beautifully styled a vintage ladder. Maybe as a magazine rack, to hold quilts or just as decoration. I am incredibly jealous. Where is everyone finding these vintage ladders? I love this look, but due to the lack of great antique finds I’ll just have […] Read more…

Hand-Painted Yarn With Kool-Aid

yarn

I have been knitting for about 10 months now and I’ll admit it, I’m convert. It’s fun. And yarn, how can you not love all the pretty yarn out there?  You know what I do not love? The price of yarn. Especially all those amazing skeins that people painted by hand. I’m sure once I’ve […] Read more…

Garage Makeover Distraction

Our master bathroom makeover is so close to being done – I just have to finish building my new towel ladder and some shelves (and you know, clean up all the tools and paint cans). But…I’ve become completely distracted by our garage that the ladder and shelves are on hold. What’s going on in the […] Read more…

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