bathroom-renovation

toilet by kohler | subway tile by home depot | hex tile by home depot | light fixture by Schoolhouse Electric | tub by kohler | shower head by wayfair | towel and toilet roll bar by amazon | mirror west elm | sink faucet 

I have been waiting for this day since we moved into our home a year and a half ago, it’s finally bathroom renovation time!! Of course, the excitement of this news overshadowed the hard part; decision-making and finalizing the details. But it’s safe to say the last few weeks have been spent pouring through Apartment Therapy, Pinterest, and soaking in as much advice from my favorite interior bloggers as possible.

the plan

For starters, our bathroom is teensy tiny. Like, Jeff and I can’t really be in there at the same time, kind of tiny.  So our biggest goal is to maximize the little space that we do have. In doing so, we plan to buy a toilet that has a slender 14″ tank, rather than a standard 16″ sized tank. Our toilet is directly next to our vanity so this will allow us to go a little bit wider with our vanity top. We’ll also be maximizing our storage with the likes of a proper vanity with drawers rather than a sleek pedestal sink and a medicine cabinet rather than a standard mirror.

the design

I have always loved the look of traditional bathrooms with their hex tile floors and white subway tile on the walls with a lighter grout so these were items that I was certain of from the get go. So from there it’s really just deciding what kind of fixtures I liked and how to mix and match them. This has been the  labor of love for me as I STILL can’t make up my mind. For today, I’m loving the idea of mixing metals. I’m just not sure how to do it the right way and stay within our budget. I would love to have a bathroom full of gold fixtures, but is that too trendy? Would I get sick of it? Also, I can’t seem to find a decent gold sink faucet within my price range so that’s added a challenging piece to the puzzle. This is why I’ve opted for a matte black sink faucet in the inspiration collage. I’m leaning toward that but still unsure.

So can a girl mix metals?  What are your thoughts? I don’t know, I like to think so. But leave me your opinions because I’m a little unsure! I am considering a couple of things for the design and look of the vanity; the first is a vintage, thrifted, wood side table that Jeff would transform into a vanity with a marbled top and the second option would just be a standard, minimal looking vanity. I love the idea of the first one but I just don’t know how long we’ll have to wait to find the perfect piece so we may have to throw this idea out.

the inspiration

The first four images below are essentially the exact replica of what I want our bathroom to look like. And if it were within my budget I would probably just buy every single piece in each of these rooms. Alas, a $400 sink faucet isn’t really making the cut and our budget is much tighter than the creator of these gorgeous rooms so we are getting creative with these inspiration photos in mind.

We can’t wait to get started! We have a goal to begin and end before the Holidays, so that means we need to finalize our decisions soon. Help help help!! I’ll be sure to share the progress as we go so check back soon.

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I am so excited to announce that I recently became an ambassador for Wild & Free Supply!

The mission of this amazing company is what initially drew me to their products: “We believe in the power of ethical commerce and business practices to transform lives. By providing jobs in scarcely resourced areas, we are providing hope and freedom for families. We believe in knowing the person behind the product, helping the underprivileged, and cultivating responsible buying practices that will change the future and the world. One family at a time.”

How amazing, right? Well I received the Wild & Free Supply Travel Kit in the mail last week and below is an unboxing of everything I received! You can stay tuned for another post on these products with my full review on their quality and how I use them day to day!

Disclosure: I was sent these products at no cost in exchange for posting.

It’s no secret around here that I love a nice, cozy evening. I would rather have a night in, then a night out any day of the week. I much prefer the comfort of home and sweatpants to loud parties and heels. If I’m being completely honest, the only pair of heels that I own are the ones I wore on my wedding day! I digress. There is something so comforting about home; the place where I feel most “me.” That’s why when Leesa reached out to me and asked if I would share my staying in essentials, I jumped at the opportunity. In a nutshell, my brand = staying in and enjoying my home, so this topic is my perfect match.

my staying in essentials with LEESA, by Nicole Dianne | nicoledianne.com

My staying in essentials

I’m about to reveal my truest of colors because the first item on my list of staying in essentials is of course, a comfy pair of sweatpants. If I’m at home, you can bet I’m in my comfies rather than a pair of jeans. My favorite sweatpants are this pair from the men’s department at H&M. A night in wouldn’t be complete with out every seasonal candle in my home being lit after dusk. I usually shop for candles at places like Bath & Body Works, Anthro, or Target as they always have the most affordable options and best scents. There is something so cozy about having the ambient light of a seasonal candle flickering during the night so this is always a must for my night’s in.

Most nights I queue up my favorite YouTube channels for a little bit of binge-watching while I wind down from the day’s work. Right now I’m loving these channels that focus on interiors: Mr. Kate, Kate La Vie, and Kitty Cotten. My final essential for staying in is a good book. I read a book before falling asleep every night because it’s my way to disconnect from everything happening in the world and allow my mind to clear. You can see what I’ve been reading lately in this post here!

Now that the days are getting shorter I’m definitely going to indulge my home-body self with lots more night’s in. What are your staying in essentials? Do you have any favorite YouTube channels or books to read during this time of year? I’m always in search of new things to add to my lists!

The Ridge Golf Course Wedding Photo

Dan and Jannell’s wedding at The Ridge Golf Course in Auburn was the most beautiful day. In fact, it’s been one of the only sunny days we’ve had here in the Sacramento area for a few weeks now so I think we definitely lucked out! Dan and Jannell met through mutual friends. They were good friends for a while before they started dating. And in Jannell’s words “When we finally did start dating we knew it would be forever from the beginning.”

These two share a beautiful life together with three little ones, including the cutest twins! One of my favorite parts from their wedding day was when their little guy Mason gave a mini speech at the reception to tell his Mom and Dan that he loved them. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the entire room, including myself! I loved how they integrated their children into the entire day, it was a day full of love from friends and family alike.

I’m so grateful I was able to witness and photograph the start of their marriage! Here are some of my favorite photos from their wedding day at The Ridge Golf Course.

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Happy November! We are officially in the Holiday season. I’m sure you’re all just as excited as me, right? But before we completely welcome in the Holidays I have a quick October favorites for you. I’ve been on a Halloween movie marathon kick since the start of the week because I love all things festive and it just felt right. I was also a bit of a reading machine during October. So are you even surprised that I have included three books in my monthly favorites? I read 2 1/2 physical books and listened to 2 audio books most of which are worth mentioning. ;) So if you fancy a list of my favorite things and links to where you can find them, keep on reading.

October Monthly Favorites by Nicole Dianne | www.nicoledianne.com

Hollow City: The second book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series

This book is the second book in the Miss Peregrine’s series that I’ve now talked about in a total of three posts on this blog. :) What can I say? It’s really just that good of a trilogy. This book continues in the world of peculiars, diving further into their adventures and introducing new characters.

BLOOM Book

Estee LaLonde is one of my favorite YouTubers so it’s no surprise that her book made it into my monthly favorites. She shared personal stories that were so relatable and made it very easy to read. The book itself is quite beautiful and stands alone as a lovely coffee table book.

The Magnolia Story

I don’t think there’s a person in all of America who isn’t a fan of Chip and Jo. As someone who loves home interior styling, the show Fixer Upper is one of my favorites. When I found out that Chip and Jo narrated their own audio book, I was all in. Jeff and I ended up listening to this entire book last weekend on our drive to and from Carmel. Jeff was actually the one who encouraged me to put it on for the drive, so it’s safe to say it’s a couples-approved listen. :)

Hocus Pocus Sweatshirt

I don’t make these sorts of purchases very often, but when a discount code showed up in my inbox, I couldn’t resist. I bought a festive, Halloween sweatshirt that glows in the dark and I’m anything but regretful over this purchase even though Jeff made fun of me. I love a cozy sweatshirt for this time of year, add something festive to it and it makes the favorites list!

Thrifting

This would actually be a favorite every single month if it wasn’t repetitive to include. But during the month of October I was able to find some really great items for our home. Not only do I love the process of sifting through second-hand goods, finding that little diamond in the rough, but I love the character these finds add to our home. Check back later this month for a post on thrifting!

Last month’s favorites here.