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Sleek Modern Bathroom by Susie Mae Design

When we bought our 1960s house in January of 2017, we knew we had a lot of work to do. There were a lot of things that took priority like a new roof, HVAC system, insulation, and water mitigation. Naturally we wanted to renovate the kitchen and bathrooms immediately, but that just wasn't in the cards. Now, a year and a half later, the kitchen and both bathrooms have been renovated and IT IS SO GREAT! 

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Before we started any work the to the house, this was the view in the dining room, looking at the front door and the closet that was once in the dining room. 

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Next, we painted the walls white, Sherwin Williams Alabaster to be exact. The door and windows were replaced and that closet had to go! The closet backs up to the end of the master bathroom. If you were to knock on the back wall of the closet, you'd be knocking on the end wall of the bathroom/shower. We didn't want a closet in the dining room and we really did want some room to move around in our bathroom, so we decided to close up that closet and take it for the shower. We made plans to move the plumbing down so that the shower could take over that closet space. 

Dining room, looking through the demo'd closet and into the master bathroom. You can see the master bedroom drapes just beyond the bathroom doorway. 

Dining room, looking through the demo'd closet and into the master bathroom. You can see the master bedroom drapes just beyond the bathroom doorway. 

The wall gets framed and then drywall goes up. 

The wall gets framed and then drywall goes up. 

Sanded and painted to look like a regular wall.

Sanded and painted to look like a regular wall.

Here are the BEFORE photos. The bathroom was small and cramped and had haphazard storage "solutions" that were not really working for us. The toilets in our house also had tanks about 2xs the size of the bowl. Wasting water is not something we're into, so we opted for a dual flush water saving option instead along with other more green solutions. 

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It's unclear if the bathroom had ever been updated, but from what we could tell, the only real change since the house was built was adding new layers of floral wallpaper, and then painting over that in recent years. Frankly, I'd have preferred the wallpaper to the paint job in there. Paint all over the tiles, toilet, and ceiling...what a mess. There was nothing we wanted to salvage about this bathroom, so the sledgehammer and Victor got to work smashing and trashing. I had to be at a baby shower that morning, so I got to skip some of the demo labor. But really, demo can be fun so I would have liked to help more.

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A cast iron tub doesn't move easily. The best choice is often to break it up with a sledgehammer. It's messy and LOUD work, but it's effective. 

A cast iron tub doesn't move easily. The best choice is often to break it up with a sledgehammer. It's messy and LOUD work, but it's effective. 

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As with the other bathroom in our house, there had been a slow, continuous leak for who knows how long in the pipes between the bathrooms. Some patching had been done, but nobody had actually fixed the issue in years past. We don't want to do any project half-assed so to speak, so we made sure to replace all of the pipes that needed replacing, and replaced joists and sub flooring. This was the subfloor when the tile flooring came up. Shocking that we didn't just fall through to the crawl space--it was paper thin and crumbly with some areas of no sub flooring at all. 

Now that everything is out, let's look at the design plan. 

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This was the original plan which did change a little, but it started here. We knew we wanted a wall hung vanity in a warm wood tone, a dual flush/modern toilet, round black frame mirror with black sconces, herringbone stone tiles, black ceiling, white walls, and large white body tiles on the sides of the shower, black faucet, chrome shower fixture and towel bars. 

Here's a look at how things would lay out once we took over that closet and where the different tiles and colors will go. 

The Sketup plan. 

The Sketup plan. 

The first step after demo was pocket door installation. Even after we expanded into the closet, the bathroom was still only 10ft long x 5ft wide, we needed to save as much space as we possibly could. When Victor and I are both brushing our teeth or getting ready at the sink, the door being in the way just doesn't work. So, this in-swing door gets the boot. 

We went to an outlet for building supplies in our area and found this solid wood, unfinished pretty 5-light door with ribbed glass. Most bathrooms would not benefit from a glass panel door, but this bathroom in our master bedroom, and you can't see through the ribbed glass so it's still very private for us and that extra light coming in makes the bathroom feel larger, too. 

I sanded, stained, and finished the door with Sherwin Williams English Chestnut and a clear satin varnish. It's so nice to have the extra space this door gives us! In the 1960s houses, pocket doors were everywhere. I'm not sure why they fell out of favor, but I'm a fan and love to use them in tight spaces in particular. They're a great solution for small spaces and are often a much better choice than the super popular barn door, depending on the location and architectural style.  

Next up: the plumbing gets moved. I was working in my office as the plumber was sawing into the new subfloor to relocate the shower drain and pulling the new pipes to the correct heights for the new fixtures. All of a sudden I see Weezy out of the corner of my eye. 

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I guess she thought the new subfloor smelled good so she sneaked in behind the plumber and got this disc of wood to play with. It was so cute! I let her play with it for a little bit but eventually it started to splinter so I had to take it away from her :( This is not design related, but it is incredibly cute so I figure everyone should see it. I love it when she acts like a puppy still, even in her gray-faced years. 

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New drywall and durarock went up, and then the entire shower got thoroughly waterproofed. This is an essential step! If there is a void in the grout, or a crack ever occurs, water can wreak havoc but with proper waterproofing, it wont be so tragic. 

The other side of the pocket door wall in the bedroom needed some drywall patching at the same time to make it smooth and as if the pocket door had always been there. While we had the wall opened up, Victor moved the electrical so that the TV which hangs on this wall can be plugged in without any dangling, ugly cords. He's good. 

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I wanted the tile to flow from the entry up the back wall, and then up onto the ceiling of the shower with the remaining ceiling area finished with black paint (Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, which you can see on my bedroom walls below). Ideally, we would have had no shower curb and a linear drain so I could have had this herringbone pattern on the shower floor as well, but that is $$$ soooo we selected a different shape tile in the same stone for the shower floor. 

Pattern time!

Pattern time!

Painted ceiling in Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, semi-gloss finish

Painted ceiling in Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, semi-gloss finish

Side walls get large format white body tiles, stack bond pattern. Stack bond is straight up and down, not in a brick pattern.

Side walls get large format white body tiles, stack bond pattern. Stack bond is straight up and down, not in a brick pattern.

The reason we had to go with a pebble style tile for the floor is because of the angle of a shower floor. A 3" x 3" tile is the largest you should go in a traditional shower pan so that the pitch to the drain can be achieved without risk of cracking tiles or sharp corners sticking up. We did use the same tiles from the herringbone pattern on the curb and rounded by sanding to keep the corners from being sharp. This is another important thing to remember in bathroom remodeling. Either use a bullnose trim tile if available, a trim like Schluter systems to cap the end of tiles with no pencil or bullnose option, or, if it is a natural stone, have it rounded by a professional tile installer. 

The sconce boxes shown here. The mirror will go centered between them. 

The sconce boxes shown here. The mirror will go centered between them. 

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I selected Pewter Gray grout so that the pattern would show up, but it would not feel too stark and high contrast. We had enough contrast with the white walls and black ceiling and floors. The same grout was used for all the of the tile. You can see in the above photo that we had 3 niches built into the end wall. I did not want shampoo bottles to show when you look into the bathroom. The showstopper tile wall would be interrupted with bottles and it just wouldn't be right. The bottom niche is perfect for leg propping and shaving. It's really great because it works just like a step without creating a break in the herringbone design.

Vanity is hung, toilet is in, almost all of the shower fixtures are in.

Vanity is hung, toilet is in, almost all of the shower fixtures are in.

Finally, we hung the mirror, lights, and the shower glass is installed. We selected just one piece of frameless glass from floor to ceiling with a comfortable 24in opening. Since we are using a rain shower head, this works really well. I wouldn't recommend this same arrangement for someone using a traditional shower head as the amount of overspray could get out of hand in that situation. 

The finished bathroom feels serene, modern, clean, and super functional. It feels so much more high end and spacious, even though we added only 24 additional inches to the length of the space. 

Someday soon I hope to have Christina Wedge photograph this space to really do it justice. I am so happy with it! We have SO MUCH more space, and the function all around is exactly what we need. It's amazing when storage and function is considered in a design, how easy it is to keep it organized and clean :)

Tell us, what's your favorite part of this renovation? What does your dream bathroom look like?

 

Bocroom - Inspired Goods

Have you ever felt lost when trying to define your style and find a store that fits it? Do the trends of each season seem to overwhelm you and make you feel stuck? What you need is a place to shop that fits your personal style and not the trends, and a shop that can help you find those special pieces to bring it all together. You need to visit Bocroom in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Having inspired goods isn't the only thing that makes Bocroom special. Here's a little snippet of their mission: 

"Bocroom was born out of a desire to express creativity while making the world a better and more beautiful place in which to live. It has been an exploration of instinct and artistic passion combined with a singular vision to bring positivity to the planet."
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Now that's a mission we can get behind! When buying products from Bocroom, you can be sure that your purchases are artisan made and responsibly crafted. Made with environmentally friendly practices and materials, and style driven rather than trend driven, each item at Bocroom is thoughtfully sourced for a unique boutique experience. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Owner and founder of Bocroom, Brittany Crooms spent years in jewelry design and sales, so she has an eye for detail and beauty. She opened Bocroom in 2014 and has remained dedicated to the mission of bringing artfully crafted, environmentally friendly products with soul to patrons of the shop. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

So go visit Bocroom and tell them we sent you! You won't be sorry you stopped in :)

Icelandic Adventures Through the Seasons

2016 has been a very exciting year for us here at Ends In Style! Christina has now made three trips to beautiful Iceland, one with me (Susie) and Victor for our elopement which she photographed!
Clearly, Iceland is near and dear to our hearts now and we want to share with you why we love it so. We also encourage you to book a trip and see if for yourself! We do our best to take beautiful pictures and to describe things in a way that makes you feel like you're there--but they cannot do the real thing justice! 
We'll help you prepare for your trip and have the best time possible. We're bringing you a series of posts in the coming weeks about traveling to the country that droves of people are flocking to, and with good reason! 

Posts you can look forward to are:

Iceland in Spring: 

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Photo by Christina Wedge

  • What to do 
  • What to see
  • What to pack
  • Where to stay
  • Advantages of visiting in the spring
  • Preparing for your trip and more!

Iceland in Summer: 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

  • How to make the most of the warmest Icelandic weather
  • Capturing the golden light
  • Places to visit while you can (some places are only open in summer)
  • What to eat
  • Maybe even a stop in Greenland :)
  • Advantages to visiting in summer
  • Best short hikes and more!

Iceland in Fall: 

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Photo by Susie Prince

  • What to pack
  • Getting around
  • Best ways to see the Northern Lights
  • Tours that are worth the money
  • Self-guided tours you HAVE to take
  • Advantages to visiting in fall
  • Where to stay

And Finally....

Eloping in Iceland:

  • Why we chose to elope (and why you may want to as well)
  • Best places to take wedding photos
  • Pros and cons of wedding sites
  • How to get paperwork in order to make your marriage legal in the US
  • Gorgeous photos by Christina of me and Victor (she's a wiz with light!)
  • What to wear and what not to wear for an outdoor Icelandic wedding
  • Luxury stays for your honeymoon 
  • Flower options, and more!!!

We look forward to sharing all of this with you and hope you'll be inspired to take a trip to a country that has captured our hearts and is beautiful and magical enough to make us want to go back in the dead of winter!

New Orleans Show House

Last month, Christina had the privilege of traveling to beautiful New Orleans for the Southern Style Now Showhouse to shoot several rooms for some of our favorite designers who created gorgeous and unique spaces in this stunner of a Southern house. It's dripping with Southern charm before you even set foot in the front door. 

If you're a design lover, a showhouse visit is a must! Designers get a chance to really stretch and turn an already beautiful home into an awe inspiring pin-worthy experience. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

This room by Lisa Mende is a preppy, Palm Beach style wonderland! I mean, this ceiling!! What a fun space and a great way to really play with color, pattern, and drapery. I am loving the pattern play on those chairs in the foreground!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

While we're on the topic of bright, bold colors, take a look at this lovely dining room by William McClure.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

This bathroom by Laura Burelson! Gimme! That shower is everything. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Michel Boyd's spaces are also so very luxe and full of rich texture. This space in the Southern Style Now Showhouse is no different. Also, he once complimented my hair at an Atlanta Showhouse shoot, so I'm a fan ;)

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Ware M. Porter is timeless and classic. A little playful, a lot of soft, Southern textures. Check out that photo of the statue and the little boy--pretty much sums things up!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

I'm bookending this post with Palm Beach style and tons of color. That can only mean one thing...up next, Parker Kennedy! Their style is unmistakable, bold, colorful, and fun. Each space designed by Parker Kennedy has a feeling of history and family, a perfect fit for an old New Orleans home.

We hope you enjoyed this tour of only a small portion of the Southern Style Now Showhouse from New Orleans, LA. Are you feeling inspired? Which space is your favorite?

Bar Cart Styling

Every magazine, catalog, Pinterest page, and blog now is filled with photos of gorgeous bar carts. They're a great addition to your patio, dining room, or even bedroom if you like! A junky looking or bare bar cart looks sad, though. So how do you style it so it looks great even when you're not shaking cocktails for a party?

We'll show you!

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

The incredible design team of Parker Kennedy Living invited us into their studio for this project. All of the pieces (aside from alcohol bottles and flowers) are from their amazing warehouse of goodies. I could have made a home in that warehouse and lived there happily for a while! So many beautiful things!

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

Things you may want to have on hand for a pretty bar cart:

  • Gorgeous bar cart you love even when totally bare
  • A tray to contain small items
  • An assortment of libations
  • Pretty glassware
  • Flowers 
  • Drink making accessories
  • Fruit
  • More flowers
  • Non-drink-making-related accessories
Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe    

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

Like any other styling project, creating balance is key. You don't need things to be the same heigh on both sides, or even two of anything. What you do want is repetition of a few elements. For instance, we repeated gold and green and white throughout the cart to create visual balance. Add in a few elements that are just for fun! 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

Now that you've gotten a quick tutorial on some elements you need and some balancing tactics, check out this swoon-worthy bar carts styled by Parker Kennedy Living themselves!

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Parker Kennedy Living

Flower Power

Last spring, we had the pleasure of working with Floral Designer, Amy Osaba of Amy Osaba Events as well as Annette Joseph, stylist and producer, and writer of her style blog, Annette Joseph Style

As we get excited for the beautiful colors of spring, we hope you'll feel inspired to put together a nice lunch or dinner with friends to enjoy this perfect weather!

We gave you the behind the scenes look at this late spring/early summer, and now we're showing you the gorgeous photos Christina took for Muses and Visionaries Magazine with styling by Annette Joseph and florals by Amy Osaba. It's a beautiful story! Enjoy!

We hope you feel inspired by this gorgeous shoot! 

Spotlight On: Paige Minear

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

If you follow design in Atlanta at all, you've probably already heard of Paige Minear. She writes the design blog, "the pink clutch" which is a great read and you should definitely subscribe now! Paige has a style that cannot be denied in all of her work. It's colorful, vibrant, bold, and inspiring! We have the joy of taking a peek into the perfect reflection of Paige's design style--her own home! And we're bringing you with us! 

Join us as we turn the spotlight on Paige Minear! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Define your personal design style and perspective.

I am most definitely a preppy chic girl.  Most everything I am drawn to in fashion leans toward traditional with an edge.  It is the same in my style for our home. Very classic and preppy with an edge.  Lots of color with texture and pattern. 
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Which of your career milestones make you most proud?

The past year has been out of control.  My brand has tripled and the opportunities that have been offered to me blow me away.  Being an invited participant in the One Room Challenge was the biggest opportunity so far and definitely the one I am most proud of. Growing my Instagram following has really been exciting.  I love my followers and their incredible support!
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

How did you become a design blogger and where did you learn your skills?

My passion and background is fashion.  For me I see our home as an outfit needing to be put together.  You start with a piece that inspires you and you grow from there.  In our dining room it was the pink walls and an antique table that my in laws received as a wedding present.  The table provided the traditional and the pink the edge and it just grew.  I don't think it is hard to transition from fashion to design, it just seemed to be an easy transition.  I have been blogging since 2007 and love the creative outlet it provides.  I get to write about all the things that inspire me. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What's your secret for running a business and maintaining your personal life?

I have learned in the last six months to pick and chose projects.  I say no a lot and I am good with that. Saying no also allows me to pick the right projects and opportunities for me.   I can't do everything and when the day is done I have to be true to me.  My family always comes first and that gives me the greatest comfort and joy. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What's your guilty pleasure?

My love language is quality time.  Any time given to me by those I love fills my soul.  All my best friends know that I love their time and of course a fabulous meal! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What's your favorite destination?

New York and Palm Beach.  I think I was meant to live in both.  I could have an apartment in the city and a home in Palm Beach.  It might be the perfect combination! 
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Leave a comment below and tell us which of Paige's rooms we've featured is your favorite! Like what you see? Follow Paige Minear on Facebook, Instagram, and her blog!

We hope you enjoyed this spotlight as much as we did! 

Citizen Supply: A Truly Unique Retail Experience

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Have you been to Ponce City Market yet? If you haven't, YOU NEED TO GO NOW! It's a gorgeous selection of shops and restaurants and beautiful things. Take a moment this weekend to wander the hallways and stroll through the shops. It's really an inspiring location.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Citizen Supply is one of the awesome shops located at Ponce City Market. They're a unique store featuring all artisan goods. Here's what they're all about:

"Citizen Supply is an artisan marketplace that brings quality handmade and small-batch goods to Atlanta’s urban shopper in a truly unique retail experience." 

Pretty cool, right?! they feature many of our favorite vendors like East Atlanta's own Brother Moto which is a super cool shop with a unique take on the motorcycle experience. 

"Our goal has always been to provide those with a DIY spirit like ourselves the necessary tools, environment and knowledge to work on their motorbikes themselves. We believe in empowering riders with a space to learn how to fabricate, experiment and repair within a community of really really good people."
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Remember the post about the drapey cardigan and the super-soft-really-want-one-t-shirt? Welllll, the love affair continues! So Worth Loving is a vendor at Citizen Supply! Go on and feel the shirts. I dare you to even try to resist their siren's call! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Whether you're looking for housewares, decor, clothing, or gifts, you'll find beautiful, unique, and handmade pieces lovingly created by artisans and brought to you at Citizen Supply

So stop by, shop, and enjoy the beautiful pieces available at Citizen Supply. You'll love it, we're sure of it!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

How to Wear a Drapey Cardigan/Cape

If you want to have a fabulous time with one of your BFFs, travel across the country with no specific deadlines, take photos, and enjoy the views! That's what Christina and her friend Danielle did during the month of December. If you follow us on Instagram, you've probably seen some of the gorgeous photos and like me, have been insanely jealous of their trip. If you don't follow us on Instagram yet, you should! Here's our handle: @endsinstyleYou'll be glad you followed :) So many reasons to double tap.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

It would be a crime to wear a cute outfit and travel with a professional photographer and NOT take photos to document it, wouldn't it? We sure think so! Doesn't Danielle look adorable in this sweater? We've partnered with SheIn again to bring you this super cute look inspired by their Beige Long Tassel Sweater! We love this sweater for transition months all the way through the chill of winter. Great for layering and looking effortlessly chic.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

From Joshua Tree National Park to the sidewalks of Atlanta, the Beige Long Tassel Sweater fits the bill. If you'd like to get one for yourself, be sure to order a size larger than you normally wear as SheIn products run a little small.  

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

I love this look Danielle and Christina put together! It's relaxed, casual, and super duper cool, with the added bonus of sharing a positive message: "you are so worth loving". Have you heard of So Worth Loving? They're an Atlanta-based company spreading positivity through fashion. That's something we'd like to see more of in our clothes! By wearing the message "you are so worth loving" on your clothing, you'll be part of starting a conversation of empowerment and you'll encourage others to consider their value and that no matter who or where they are, that they ARE worth loving. Check out the other super-soft, super-cute, perfectly sized shirts available in their shop and read all about them and their mission! We're in love <3

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Shop the cute and cozy look! 

Sweater | T-shirt | Similar Jeans | Similar Shoes

Happy shopping and styling, love!


What to Wear for New Year's Eve 2015

New Year's Eve is the best opportunity in the year to wear your sparkliest, brightest, wildest, borderline-tackiest looks and still look absolutely fabulous! It's not too late to get out and take advantage of all the great post-Christmas/end-of-year sales to create your best New Year's Eve look yet! 

Need a little inspiration? We're here to help! 

We love the look of a crop top with wide leg pants. Wide leg pants may not be what you think of when you want to look sexy, but they are the perfect addition to a nice crop top to give you a classy, polished look and you're sure to feel comfy right through the countdown!

What is more New Years-y than a sequined romper?! Add a pair of understated heels so your shoes and romper don't compete with one another and wear a solid color jacket or cape for warmth and elegance. If you can't find a sequined version, go solid black and add layered sparkly necklaces and a statement bracelet and/or ring. 

Feeling bold? Try a pair of fitted sequined paints, a high-neck, tailored top, and accessories that make a statement! This would also work well with a skirt and you could even get away with a shorter hemline if you keep the neckline high!

Staying in or having a casual gathering? A cute and soft graphic tee like this is the perfect look! You could even wear your PJ pants with it and stay extra comfy and cute, no high heels required!

Happy shopping!

DIY Christmas Tree For Small Spaces

I recently (5 months ago) moved from my tiny one bedroom apartment into a small mid-century style house. It's much roomier than my apartment, but with two apartments merged into one house, we're somehow still bursting at the seams. Eventually, we'll cull the furniture collection and have just what we need, but in the meantime, we're short on space but I still want to decorate for Christmas!

If you, like me, love decorating your home for the holidays but are struggling to find the space for a big Christmas tree, I've got a great solution for you. And it's something you can do easily yourself!

Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

Introducing....THE LADDER TREE!

It's easy to do and you probably already have most of the items you'll need to make it happen. The best part? You are only temporarily changing a ladder into a tree. It will still work as a ladder and fold up for easy storage when Christmas is over and you can still use it to change light bulbs in your ceiling fixtures!

Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

STEP ONE

Gather your materials.

  • Wooden ladder (I found mine Grandmama's shed)
  • Table saw
  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • Wood (we used plywood) + blocks for cleats
  • Painter's tape
  • Primer 
  • Green paint (I used Rust-O-leum "Spruce")
  • Good quality garland
  • LED Christmas lights
Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

STEP TWO

Give the ladder a good sanding. If there are globs of paint, give those a little extra attention. Even if your ladder is new, sanding is a good idea as it will help the paint to stick and go on smoothly.
TIP: Paint your nails with OPI nail polish if you want them to stay looking decent after you complete this project. I am astounded by this, but even with sanding AND spray painting, my nails still look fine! 

Photo by Victor Prince

Photo by Victor Prince

STEP THREE

Tape off all of the metal parts on your ladder to keep them from getting painted over. Keeping the working parts from being painted will keep your ladder more able to open and close and it also looks much prettier with the metal details in the end!

Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

STEP FOUR

Have your handsome partner in crime (or you can do this yourself!) trim* down your wood planks to fit across the steps of the ladder. We measured for a 5 inch overhang on either side to best fit our space. You'll want the wood to fit snuggly between the steps, but not be so tight that you can't remove them.

*We do not have a table saw, so we used a circular saw but this is not the best way. Please use a table saw if you have one!

Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

STEP FOUR AND A HALF

Check to see if your board will sit level across the step to the rungs on the other side. If not, you'll need to add some simple cleats for your board to sit level. We cut some small blocks, measured for levelness, and screwed them into the side of the ladder. The board will now sit level on these cleats, but will appear to sit on the rungs!

Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

STEP FIVE

Prime it! I love spray primer, but I'm also a huge spray paint fan. Use whichever primer you feel most comfortable with, and go to town! Watch for drips and get the most even coverage you can, being sure to get the underside sprayed as well. At the same time, prime your boards. You'll have two sides to do on those, so be sure they get nice and dry before flipping. Let it dry until it's no longer sticky to the touch.

Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

STEP SIX

Paint your ladder and boards your desired color. Again, I used spray paint because I love it. My ladder took two even coats to be completely covered. Always get one more can of spray paint than you think you need. Remember to spray your boards green now, too!

Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

STEP SEVEN

Remove the painter's tape, place the boards on the rungs/cleats and begin wrapping in garland! Wrap however you like! I did a criss-cross pattern on mine. Be sure to fluff, fluff, fluff your garland! Look up photos of live garland to see how it lays naturally if you think yours is looking a little funky. 
TIP: Do your garland wrapping and other messy decorating over a drop cloth to make clean up easier. You can shake out a drop cloth easier than you can sweep up every little piece of stray garland.

Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

STEP EIGHT

Wrap your garland in lights, following the same pattern you did earlier. Pretty!!

Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

STEP NINE

Decorate with ornaments! 

Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

STEP TEN

If desired, get a shimmer blanket/batting and make a soft surface of fake snow on each plank. How festive! We used a white blanket with a snowflake pattern under our tree instead of a tree skirt. You could use fabric, or even go no tree skirt! 

Photo by Susie Roupe

Photo by Susie Roupe

Pile presents on each step and even under the ladder. This tree is a great solution for small spaces. Not only does the ladder itself take up less space than a traidtional Christmas tree, but it offers tons of storage for your presents all throughout AND under! Don't forget to pin these photos to your Christmas Pinterest boards!

Happy decorating!

 

We're In Love with Color and We Don't Care Who Knows It!

Whitewashed neutral interiors are everywhere you look on Pinterest and Instagram. They’re beautiful and calming, but what about color?! When did we forget about the beauty of a bold green wall, the elegance of a deep purple velvet sofa, or the energizing glow of a bright citrus table lamp? There’s a time and a place for a soft grey living room as well as a dining room that is covered in nearly the entire color wheel. Both are equally beautiful when they’re done well. Both are even more attainable with a knowledgeable designer to guide you through the process of using color in intentional ways to make your home look so very “you”!

I say we take a look at colorful designs and be inspired to be bold and go forth colorfully!

Let’s review what it looks like when color is done the right way. 

 

Photo by Christina Wedge for Parker Kennedy Living

Photo by Christina Wedge for Parker Kennedy Living

 

This ooh la la example of color done right is by the design duo Parker Kennedy Living. The colors they use in this bedroom have matching intensity with large spans of clean, fresh white to maintain the restful feeling. By using color blocking, pattern, and matching intensity, they use color in all the right ways!

Photo by Christina Wedge for Parker Kennedy Living

Photo by Christina Wedge for Parker Kennedy Living

This sunroom by Parker Kennedy Living works because the colors are balanced by the neutral upholstery and lamp shade. Stripes and patterns repeat the nice neutral throughout the space. Notice that even the gold is repeated to balance the metallic elements. It’s energizing, but not overwhelming.

Photo by Christina Wedge for Lindsey Hene Interiors

Photo by Christina Wedge for Lindsey Hene Interiors

Why does this room by designer Lindsey Hene work? She uses color as a neutral! This gorgeous pale blue/green sets the perfect backdrop for bright pops of color that are all secondary colors (green, purple, and orange). Repeating shades of orange in small doses throughout the room creates a nice rhythm.

Photos by Christina Wedge, Stying by Susie Roupe for B Interiors

Photos by Christina Wedge, Stying by Susie Roupe for B Interiors

Photo by Christina Wedge, Stying by Susie Roupe for B Interiors&nbsp;

Photo by Christina Wedge, Stying by Susie Roupe for B Interiors 

Another way to incorporate bold bright colors is to follow a style that typically uses a lot of color such as traditional Moroccan or Indian design. These spaces by designer Beth Johnson do just that. She uses pops of bright color and pattern, all paying homage to the style of India where her client’s sister lives. 

Photo by Christina Wedge for Parker Kennedy Living

Photo by Christina Wedge for Parker Kennedy Living

I have nothing but complimentary things to say about the work of Parker Kennedy. Hehe…see what I did there? The above rooms utilize complementary colors with pattern and texture and beauty for dayyyyyys! I love the energy of this space. It exemplifies how to do complementary colors in varied intensities to create a rich, curated look.

Photo by Christina Wedge for Lindsey Hene Interiors

Photo by Christina Wedge for Lindsey Hene Interiors

You just can’t go wrong with the right kind of complementary colors. In this design by Lindsey Hene, deeper blues paired with brighter oranges on a canvas of cool grey make for a calming, dynamic space.

 

We encourage you to go for some color in your home! Try a dash of color in the places where it really counts—where you want energy and vibrance and attitude!

 




Woof! Woof! We have an announcement!

We are pawsitively thrilled to announce that we are partnering with PAWS Atlanta for a very special Ends In Style project, coming to you just in time for the holidays! 

Christina and I are both absolutely crazy about our dogs (some friends say I'm a crazy dog lady, but I prefer "dog enthusiast"). We are especially fond of rescue and shelter dogs. My sweet and perfect angel baby, Weezy (see? I'm not a crazy dog lady!) was adopted from a rescue society, STARS, just outside of Statesboro, GA and Christina adopted her sweet pup, Hershey from PAWS Atlanta.  Our pets have given us so much love and happiness over the years, so we wanted to do something to give back and to help those dogs and cats who haven't yet found their furever homes. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Hershey is pleased to help us announce that we are creating adorable paper goods featuring precious adoptable cats and dogs from PAWS Atlanta. All proceeds from the sale of these products will benefit PAWS Atlanta! Just in time for Christmas gifts, our cards and calendars will be for sale with the cutest little models you ever did see! This year, give your friends and family a gift that gives back! Add Ends In Style's cards and calendar to your wish list and know you're helping dogs and cats find homes this Christmas season!

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

So, look out for the adorable paper goods by Ends In Style coming soon to benefit PAWS Atlanta!

Fringe Skirt: 3 Ways

This season, fringe is in! When a new trend is on the rise, figuring out how to wear it can be a little tricky. We've teamed up with Shein.com to give you a few ideas for how you can wear fringe in a variety of ways! Check out their site for more on-trend looks shipped directly to your home. 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photos by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photos by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Look #1

This look is a twist on a classic. If you want to play it safe and dip your toe into wearing a fringe skirt, this is a great way to do it. Using neutrals ties everything together and keeps your outfit soft and light.

SHOP THE LOOK: Silk top by Banana Republic (Similar), Brown Tassel Straight Skirt by Shein, Booties by Crown Vintage (Similar), Gray Felt Hat by CottonOn, and Quilted Leather Bag by Michael Kors (Similar). 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

LOOK #2

This look is also pretty tame and can be switched up a bit by changing from booties to heels. Again, using neutrals keeps the outfit easy to put together and adding a pop of color in a handbag (in the season's hottest mustard shade) keeps things a bit more interesting. Because the skirt has a high waist, I paired it with a cropped grey sweater. Perfect outfit for a fall day out on the town!

SHOP THE LOOK: Cropped Grey Cable Knit Sweater (Similar), Brown Tassel Straight Skirt by SheinBooties by Crown Vintage (Similar), Gray Felt Hat by CottonOn, Mustard Leather Handbag Michael by Michael Kors (Similar), Nude Leather Heels by Stuart Weitzman (Similar) 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

LOOK #3

This last look is the most funky of the three and I think I had the most fun wearing this one. Try wearing a fringe skirt with some colorful heels, a fun belt, and a colorful graphic tee for a more playful look. Add a neutral sweater for warmth and a neutral handbag to keep things from getting too crazy. 

Shop the Look: Blue Ombre Heels by Boutique 9, Kissing Foxes Belt by Anthropologie, Colorful Graphic Tee (Similar), Brown Tassel Straight Skirt by Shein. Grey Waterfall Cardigan (Similar)

 

So, tell us! What would you pair with a suede texture fringe skirt? Which of these outfits do you like best? 


Early October Fashion

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

You know what is a fun thing about fall? That we can wear warm weather HATS! I just bought one (it will be featured very soon) and I want to wear it constantly. The only thing stopping me is the urge to not have constant hat hair. Danielle is doing a fine job modelling this Urban Outfitters hat on a warm early fall day. She probably doesn't even have hat hair.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

You may remember Danielle from our first "Spotlight" post last year, or from our most recent fashion post.  Not only does she heal with sound, but she also makes jewelry! This necklace is "Brass on Kanye" from Soundembrace. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Danielle has beautiful volume in her hair. It's tempting to only wear a hat when your hair just wont cooperate. Since they're such great accessories, I recommend wearing one when it makes sense with your outfit and mood for the day. You can always wear a bun on bad hair days, and a hat on good hair days. We encourage you to find a hat or two that you love this season wear it with confidence. Go, be bold!

Funky, Flirty, and Friving

Fashion is so personal. You can present yourself in nearly any light you want to by how you...well, present yourself. You can basically reinvent yourself every day if you are so inclined. From serious business woman in a structured pantsuit to a fun and carefree girl in a brightly colored number, you're only limited by your imagination! So go ahead, be confident and bold! Try something new on and wear it with pride!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

We love this outfit modeled by Danielle! It's colorful, patterned, and cheerful! What better way to finish off the summer than by wearing an outfit that feels like a party?

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

SHOP THE LOOK:

Pants: Divided from Rag O Rama
Bag: Similar
Sandals:
MIA from Steven Alan
Shirt:
Similar
Necklace: Lucky Gallery LA 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge


The Recipe for an Inviting Home

You know when you open the pages of a design magazine and find yourself face to face (or face to page, rather) with a home that is so thoughtfully curated and put together that you just want to walk right in? The vibe in a home like that feels collected and handed down, and yet somehow still cohesive. This is my very favorite type of design work! It's hard to achieve a look that appears like it's been 20 years in the making even if it only took a designer a matter of weeks to pull off.

This, friends, is why you hire a designer! It's easy enough to walk into a store and buy everything that goes together or that comes in a set, but to have a home that feels so inviting and warm, one that has been very thoughtfully crafted with pieces that may not even be in the same specific style but create that inviting appeal, that's something a designer can help you achieve with their expertise, time, and talents!

Today, I want us to take a tour together of a home by designer Mary Margaret Nevin of Nevin Interiors to illustrate the recipe for an inviting home.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this recipe:

  • Texture
  • Pattern
  • Cohesive Color Palette (plus pops of others!)
  • Rhythm
  • Eclectic Mix of Styles
  • Something Funky
  • Something Playful
  • Something Serious
  • Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Bl...wait a minute, wrong recipe!
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

This room has each of the ingredients needed for your recipe. The rug has a soft pattern, as do the pillows. There's a rhythm created by the warm straw tones in the side tables, rug, and upholstered pieces. Texture is found in the rug, side tables, window treatments and upholstery. The eclectic mix of furniture is the real hero in this room! Bringing in elements from different eras of design in an intentional way makes the room look like a worldly collection, lovingly gathered over the years. The design isn't obvious in its newness, but is obvious in its success.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

PATTERN! PATTERN! PATTERN!

RHYTHM! RHYTHM! RHYTHM!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Something fun and a pop of color are both represented in this painting. Artwork is a great way to bring in one or both of these ingredients AND support local artists. Original artwork cannot be beat and sets a much more personal and unique tone in a space.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Speaking of something fun, a light fixture isn't a piece that has to take itself too seriously. Lighting that is a little custom and funky gives this breakfast nook a little oomf! Who knows? Maybe oomf in a light fixture is just what we all need to wake up a little while eating breakfast.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

A well-appointed and thoughtfully put together home is possible! We suggest hiring a designer as it will save you time and money in the long run, and will leave you with a home you'll love for years and years to come!

Home Free Episode 1: Before and After

I've announced this once before, but this summer, I took a little leave of absence from life and took advantage of a wonderful opportunity to be on FOX's new show, "Home Free" hosted by Mike Holmes.  Home Free is a competition renovation show featuring nine couples in the Atlanta area who don't currently own a home, but really want to!

Victor and I entered the casting process and were selected to be on the show, so with much thought and planning, we took the chance and joined the cast. You can read more about the competitors, watch clips, and see the schedule of programming on FOX.com

The competitors were broken into two teams and tackled different areas, and the amazing design and build teams took over the rest of the areas of the home, inside and out. 

My team on week one tackled the backyard area. The challenge was to create an "entertainer's yard", including fixing the pool, building and designing a structure, planning and executing some landscaping, and building projects out of reclaimed and found objects, and of course, all styling. The other team was tasked with the kitchen and living room area (open concept), redesigning the fireplace, and making projects out of reclaimed materials. 

Here are the photos of house 1, inside and out. 

Before: Exterior Front

Before: Exterior Front

After: Exterior Front

After: Exterior Front

Before: Living Room

Before: Living Room

After: Living Room

After: Living Room

Before: Kitchen

Before: Kitchen

After: Kitchen

After: Kitchen

Before: Kitchen Area

Before: Kitchen Area

After: Kitchen Area

After: Kitchen Area

Before: Bathroom

Before: Bathroom

After: Bathroom

After: Bathroom

Before: Enclosed Garage (turned to Master Bedroom)

Before: Enclosed Garage (turned to Master Bedroom)

After: Master Bedroom

After: Master Bedroom

Before: Guest Bedroom

Before: Guest Bedroom

After: Guest Bedroom

After: Guest Bedroom

Before: Backyard

Before: Backyard

After: Backyard

After: Backyard

Before: Pool Area

Before: Pool Area

After: Pool Area

After: Pool Area

Apologies for the poor quality - had to take a photo from the TV.

Apologies for the poor quality - had to take a photo from the TV.

Apologies for the poor quality - had to take a photo from the TV.

Apologies for the poor quality - had to take a photo from the TV.

Apologies for the poor quality - had to take a photo from the TV.

Apologies for the poor quality - had to take a photo from the TV.

Apologies for the poor quality - had to take a photo from the TV.

Apologies for the poor quality - had to take a photo from the TV.

Apologies for the poor quality - had to take a photo from the TV.

Apologies for the poor quality - had to take a photo from the TV.

We hope you've been watching Home Free on Wednesday night, FOX at 9pm/8c. Episode two aired last night. You can catch a rerun on Friday night or watch online at FOX.Com  or on Hulu on FOXNOW. 

Ends In Style: The Year In Review

It's been a year of blogging, and what a year it's been! I think we've done a pretty good job, especially considering that we're only one! One year olds typically can't even talk yet, right? And here we are, typing away--practically prodigies! 

As we reflect over this past year and look forward to the future; planning our next steps as a photography/styling/blogging duo, we are taking the time to go back and enjoy our favorite posts from the past year. So here they are, our top five posts from year one of Ends In Style!

1. Spotlight on Writer/Editor/Producer/Stylist: Lisa Mowry

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Lisa Mowry is what some people might call a modern times Renaissance woman, writing, editing, styling and producing features for home and lifestyle magazines.  We caught up with her to get the inside scoop on her life and career. Click here for the full article. 

2. Frugal Friday Fashion: Winter Looks

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Four fun winter outfits modeled by me and Alex, photos by Christina. I felt inspired to style the shoot with some layers, textures, and unexpected combinations from our closets and by doing a little shopping, too! Click here to read the entire article.

3. Halloween Entertaining: Not-So-Predictable Tabletop Decor

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Halloween usually conjures up images of cotton spiderwebs, orange and black decor, and anything bloody, gory, or just plain scary.  Well we don't think that your Halloween Entertaining Experience needs to be so literal this year.  Why not inject a little style into your decor? Last October, we put a different spin on Halloween entertaining and we think you'll love it! Click here to read the entire article. 

4. Comfortable, Peaceful Interiors: How to Achieve the Mood

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

These spaces by designer Jennifer Schoenberger are a wonderful example of livable, comfortable, and relaxing design. The use of patterns and colors throughout the connected spaces tie them together and make the home feel like one continuous, harmonious space but with a few distinct characteristics in each room to keep them interesting on their own as well. Click here to read the entire article. 

5. Mother's Day Soiree

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

For Mother's Day this year, we styled an intimate little backyard party with friends and parents. It was a beautiful day with beautiful company. We again used layering to create a more interesting table top with varied colors and textures and mixture of wood and metallic tones. We think you'll love the look and be inspired to try your own garden party by following our simple tips. Click here and here to read the entire article. 

 

Thank you for stopping by and for reading! We love our followers and can't wait to show you what we've got in store for the coming year. Have some ideas of topics or style challenges you'd like to see us tackle? Let us know in the comments below! We love to hear what our readers like.