Home Tour: Bath

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Its been over a year since Q and I celebrated our 10th anniversary in the Dominican Republic. That said, not a day goes by I don’t think of at least some part of that trip. It was just one of those amazing once in a lifetime experiences. Part of the magic there was the morning we spent at the spa. The building, decor, and general vibe was amazing and incredibly calming. So its no surprise its been one of my biggest inspirations while decorating the loft bath!

When I started collecting items to pull together this look I wanted to focus on a couple specific elements and feelings. Yes, I said feelings. You know that sense of calm that washes over you when you step into a spa. Its the one that says “its time to relax”, “you deserve a touch of luxury”, and “this is a peaceful space” all in one…. ya, you know what Im talking about! I also wanted to pull tropical elements without crossing the line into “beachy”. Not that beach is a terrible theme but I had a grandma with a beach bathroom complete with those seashell soaps no body was allowed to use. You know the kind! Nothing about that side of beach decor says resort spa to me(sorry grandma!).

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One of the elements I saw repeated throughout the spa that I just couldn’t get enough of: oversized foliage. They used leaves to line tall lanterns, under piles of crisp white towels, and as coasters for your cucumber water. Obviously I don’t have an endless supply of fresh banana leaves here in San Jose so I turned to faux stems. Luckily there are so many awesome products out there for “life like” foliage! I picked up this oversized Split Leaf Philodendron at Michaels but Palms or a Monstera would be lovely as well.

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With the cabinets, tiles, and sink already fulfilling the crisp white quota for that spa feel I only needed to add a few touches of color. I pulled the blues and neutrals from the prints below which were hand-me-downs I’ve had for years. The color pallet in these prints could not have been more perfect for this resort spa vibe! I just picked up a set of distressed frames and used them sans glass.

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Another element I saw repeated heavily was natural textures. They had giant stone planters, raw wood shelving, teak shower decks and several other fabulous natural materials throughout the spa. I rummaged through the items I had on hand  and found a fairly good mix! You’ve got to love shopping your own stash! #winning

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After the straw/palm, rope, and leather pieces were added to the mix I was picking up momentum on the project. But there was stiiiiiiill just something missing… I couldnt put my finger on it. Until I saw the teak tissue cover! Ha! It seems like a silly little thing but I knew it was the last natural “element” I was missing in my mix. I ordered the matching tub caddy the same day and I’ve been obsessed since. No spa is complete without legit aqua-therapy!

The last couple items are classics: salts and candles. We are all about that detox salt soak and I buy the salt in bulk. Having a pretty jar means I can store them out on the countertop which is great when you are short on vanity storage space. The candles are a mix of scents and sizes I pick up whenever I find something I like. Im pretty picky about scents but a little aromatherapy can totally change a space. Plus, a softer light (like a few well placed candles) can really set a sense of calm.

So are you feeling that resort spa calmness yet? I know I am! Have you used any of these elements to create your own spa vibe? Have any other spa tips to share? You know I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

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Creating a spa atmosphere at home can be a fabulous way to relax. We took inspiration from our last tropical resort trip to DIY an at home spa. Check out the details!

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Home Tour: Front Door

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Our loft has rows and rows of the same door/light/number entries and while they’re clean and fairly new they’re also fairly boring! I know we aren’t the only renters with this dilemma. When you live in an apartment your entryway is most likely going to look like eeeeeevery body else’s. But that doesn’t mean it needs to stay that way! You can absolutely personalize your front door and entryway to make your rental space unique.

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This is probably one of the first things we add to any new space. Its functional since it cuts down on the dirt tracked into our place as well as decorative. If you’re feeling crafty your can DIY a design on a solid mat. Or you can shop any of the billion designs online(seriously theres bound to be a design perfect for your space!). We grabbed this one at Target.  Home Tour: Front DoorPlants:

Its no secret I hope to become a #plantlady and let our space be taken over by fabulous green lovelies. And our entry way is no exception! I knew I wanted something green to liven up the space but sunlight was an issue. We basically enter by hallway(even though its outdoors) which means there is very little sun. This limited our choices a bit and I’m pretty positive you wont find bright flowers gracing our front door but I’m ok with that. Luckily succulents and other non-fussy plants are popular and finding something for this nook was easy. I rarely have to water this Dragon Tree and its thriving even without great sun exposure.  Home Tour: Front DoorWreaths:

With the help of removable hooks even us renters can add wreaths to our front doors! You can find them in nearly any color so they are no longer just for the holidays. Yay! I loved this mushroom wreath the second I saw it and I know I can add decorative bits to dress it up throughout the year. Its made of dried and dyed mushrooms and it adds a ton of texture. If our front door got a lot of exposure to the elements I’d look for something less fragile. In this case, Im using that hallway to our advantage. Home Tour: Front DoorIts only a couple simple items but it changes the look of our entryway and livens up our space. So what are your favorite ways to decorate the front door and entryway? You know Id love to hear all about it in the comments!

 

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