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Scored a Clawfoot Tub on a Backroad. What’s Next?

June 11, 2021

When I tell you a clawfoot tub has been on my wish list forever, believe me the first time. I have actually put off any real strides toward renovating our master bathroom because I just knew the perfect tub was somewhere with my name on it… at a decent price.

On a chance encounter with a quiet backroad very early on a Saturday morning dropping my car to the mechanic, I spotted a clawfoot on the side of the road. My husband was already already too far ahead of me to turn around, so I called him and told him I wanted to stop back by on our way home.

Twenty minutes later we were parked on the side checking out the tub. It was still very early in the morning so I jotted down the number fully expecting it to be out of my price range, yet counting down the minutes to 9a so I could give the number a call. Like with all the anxiety that someone had already beat me to it.

I texted at 8a, and when I didn’t get a response I called around 9a.Fully expecting to pay around $650-$800 for the tub cause that’s the going rate, I was extremely shocked the tub wasn’t sold AND that he only wanted $450 for it. Ya’ll Favor ain’t fair. Not only was it only $450 he even volunteered to deliver it since he was local and it was already on a trailer that he could easily hitch to his car.

Prior to delivering the tub, he called to make sure I still wanted it. He mentioned there was a man at his house that stated he had called the night before to ask about the tub but didn’t get a callback. The seller said since he didn’t see a message or a missed call from the man he thought it was only fair that he double double-check with me since I was the first person he spoke with. I confirmed that I wanted MY tub, we set up a delivery time and he dropped it off.

Y’ALL!!! Favor ain’t fair!

Turns out it is an original Standard tub, I could probably sell it on FB marketplace for more than I paid for it, but NOPE.

So if you watched me on Instagram you already heard all this before, thanks for sticking around to see what’s next!

Mimi, you’ve had that tub for over a month, what are your plans?

Glad you asked!

When we do renovations around our home we pay cash for them, so the budget is real. I’ve decided to break the project down into a few stages.

First Stage:

We hope to embark on the first stage by the end of July. We need to get the original soaker tub out, we plan to have a roll-off dumpster dropped off at the house so we can remove the existing tub and (the rest of the junk in here that we don’t need). Once we have the tub out, one of my good neighbors owns a plumbing company, we’ll have him come in and give us a quote on how much the plumbing is going to cost. We hope to have that part completed by the end of August so we can start laying the tile.

Here is an example of the type of fixture I’m looking to have installed.



In the interim, while the tub is in decent shape it’s likely that we’ll need to add another coat of glaze to it so it’s nice and shiny. We’ll likely DIY that part so stay tuned! Once we’re ready to move forward with the style direction of the bathroom, I’ll share photos of the current space.

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Décor Home

Children’s Room Flooring Inspiration | The Benefits of Carpet

October 28, 2020

This post is sponsored by The Carpet & Rug Institute

When it was time to start considering new flooring for my children’s rooms, for a very short time we tossed around the idea of putting a hard surface option in their rooms, and then when I put some thought into how my children live in their rooms it was evident that carpet was the best choice. My children sit on the floor a lot, both of them for different reasons even though they have chairs and desks in their rooms. With both of them doing remote school during this season, I often find my son laid out on the floor doing schoolwork, practicing his instrument, lifting weights, and talking to his friends on the phone. As a budding ballerina, my daughter spends a lot of time on the floor doing her ballet stretches, in addition to her hair and practicing her makeup application skills in front of her mirror.

When choosing the color, I decided to go with a longer pile than we had before, as well as a darker color to add more contrast. I like to think I offered them a more comfortable option for when they are sitting on the floor and a color that worked well with the styling throughout our home for a cohesive look. 

In addition to the style and comfort, I wanted the house to feel cozy and warm during the winter months, not to mention the noise reduction it offers when my son goes to strumming on his viola and my daughter decides that her workouts need to include jumping jacks and a few other dance jumps that she works on. The most important benefit to carpet is it increases indoor air quality by filtering and trapping dust, pollen, and other particles in the air, removing them from the breathing zone.

I just recently replaced the carpet in my office as well, and I am in love. Carpet serves so many purposes, and style is just one of them. Our master bedroom is long overdue for new flooring and will get new carpet at the top of the year, once we repaint and scrape the ceiling. Stay tuned to see what we do with our master bedroom!

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Dollar Tree Organization
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Dollar Tree Organization | How to Organize Small Items for Under $10

January 21, 2020

If left to their own vices, hairbows, makeup, earrings, and any other small pieces of our daily lives can, and will takeover our spaces if not corralled.

Any product that is small but mighty in number, I know from experience if  I don’t create a dedicated space for them they have a tendency to take over and create a cluttered mess.

Please see exhibit Hair Accessory Drawer. It’s easy to just throw things into a drawer knowing that they won’t be seen. The issue comes when you need to quickly put your hands on something and find yourself sifting through a bunch of junk.

Taking a few minutes to organize your drawers will save you a lot of time in the long run. To be successful you really need to take inventory of what you need, and what you don’t. Once you are left with the necessities, you can better evaluate storage solutions that will work best for your home and your budget.

hair bow organization

This was my daughter’s hair drawer. I had the extra space and it worked well until it didn’t. While I knew where everything was, untangling hairbows and ribbons was not the move every time I needed something.

I spent about $6 at Dollar Tree for a few bins to make some sense of the madness. The smaller baskets were 3 for $1

Dollar Tree Organization

Dollar Tree Organization

I corralled a few of the smaller baskets into the larger one. I did this so that on wash day if I need a variety of hair accessories to style her hair I can grab the large basket and have everything I need in one place. Here are my top 7 hair essentials that I grab from Dollar Tree, some of which are stored in these baskets.

Dollar Tree Organization

The smaller circle bins house small black rubberbands, beads, bobby pins, knockers and ribbons.

Dollar Tree Organization

I used the other larger square bins to hold hair clips and rollers.

Each basket is dedicated to a certain hair accessory to include, rubberbands for holding ponytails, clip blows, elastic hairbands and headbands. I use a variety of brushes and combs on her hair. The long skinny bins were perfect for holding those items.

Dollar Tree Organization

Dollar Tree Organization

There are so many things and areas you can organize with a similar setup. When organizing spaces that are not seen don’t be too concerned with making sure the containers are decorative. Save your money for areas that will be seen like your linen closet or pantry.

I hope this helps you see how you can use cost effective containers to create a little order in your home.






DIY Holidays Home

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri

December 9, 2019

Citrus, cranberry, rosemary and cinnamon notes are perfect for the holiday season. They pair well together creating a fragrance that is a little bit sweet with a warm undertone. During this season we keep oranges in abundance for lunch and snacks, so I just recycle the peels in my potpourri.

An affordable and easy gift idea for teachers is simply gathering old organge peels along with cranberries and any other items you think would make for a great smelling potpourri, packaging them together and tying with a bow for gifting. This all natural fragrance won’t set off anyone’s allergies, and in my book qualifies as a handmade gift which in fact I happen to think are extra special.

We’ll have no problem putting together gift bags of homemade potpourri around here with all of the orange peels that we’ve accumulated.

DIY Winter Stovetop Potpourri
  • 6 Cuties peels
  • 2 cups of fresh cranberries
  • 3- 4 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 10-12 cups of water
  1. Add water to a pot
  2. Place all ingredients in the water
  3. Bring water to a brisk boil
  4. Once water is boiling turn down to a simmer
  5. Be mindful of the water levels and refill as often as you like for continuous fragrance.