Friday Finds

Craigslist was a bit of a let-down this week, I have to say. The finds were a bit lackluster and there wasn’t anything that really jumped out at me. So, I’m once again turning to the never-ending source of inspiration for me, Pinterest. I never fail to find a million things that make me smile or inspire me to do something amazing, so let’s see what the round-up is for this week, shall we?

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That bathtub is absolutely fabulous, and pretty much exactly what I have in mind for our master bathroom. We currently have one of those built-in monstrosities, so I’d love to knock it all out and get a freestanding tub like this, with a nice industrial side faucet. Of course, that involves switching up some plumbing and a ridiculous amount of money, so it’s not happening anytime soon – but it’s always nice to dream!

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I’m leaning towards something like this for the inside of our pantry door. Ever since I painted the pantry, I’m feeling like I need to do a few more things to spruce it up. I’d love to paint it with some chalkboard paint and put our menu for the week inside the pantry, rather than posting it on the fridge every week, which is less than attractive.

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I saw this photo popping up all over Pinterest this week, and I love it! I’ve known about the amazing effects of hanging curtains high and wide for a while now, but it’s always a nice reminder to see what a difference it can make. It makes your windows look so much bigger, and makes your home look quite a bit grander. Corey and I are hoping to tackle adding curtains to our living room within the next few months, so we’ll definitely be keeping this photo in mind when we’re getting ready to hang them!

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Um, wow. Amazing, right? The thing that inspires me the most about this photo are the beautiful chandeliers in such an unexpected place. I’ve been thinking about our master bathroom a lot lately (since I spend a fair amount of time in there and it is so horribly ugly right now) and I’d love to do something like this in there. Chandeliers like this are so fun and beautiful, and they become slightly whimsical when you place them somewhere that no one would ever think to find a chandelier. I love it, and this is definitely the type of look I’ll be going for when we finally get around to renovating our master bathroom!

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Our laundry closet drives me insane on a daily basis. It’s small, awkwardly laid out, and embarrassingly ugly. This look is much closer to what I’d like to have for our closet, and this photo reminded me that even though it’s just a laundry closet and not a full room, that doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful! I love the metallic tile and the cabinetry – I’m hoping we can accomplish a similar look when we decide to give our laundry closet a bit of an update!

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Drool! I haven’t shared many photos of it (because it’s so damn awkward), but Corey and I have a bathroom that’s similar in size to this one (granted, I can’t see this whole bathroom, so it could be huge, but it looks about the same size as ours) and we’d love to give it a posh look like this one. I hadn’t ever thought of tiling up one of the narrower walls, but I love how this looks and it’s definitely something I’ll be keeping in mind when we start to plan out that bathroom! I also love how they didn’t skimp on the details or let it feel like a small bathroom – it feels very grand and beautiful, even though it’s a tiny little space.

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There are about a million things about this photo that inspire me, but the thing I’m focusing on right now is that tile. I love seeing tile in a herringbone pattern, and the color of this one stood out to me. Corey and I plan on having wood flooring in our kitchen, but we have talked quite a bit about having a subway tile backsplash and I’d love to create a herringbone pattern in our backsplash just like the one on this beautiful floor! I also love the two-tone cabinetry – it’s probably not something I’d choose for our own house, but I think the look is so cozy and wonderful, and I think this kitchen in particular pulls it off beautifully!

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I had to share this photo just because I got an iPhone a few weeks ago for my birthday and one of the very first things I did with it was text Corey a whale picture, just because I was so excited I could finally do it. I’d seen this picture floating around for forever, and absolutely cracks me up every time I see it – maybe I’m just easily amused? Whatever the cause, I’m still childishly excited that I can text people whales anytime I feel the urge.

And that’s my inspiration for the week! I’ve been dreaming about house projects a lot lately and I feel like I have more ideas than I could ever possibly know what to do with. Corey and I probably need to win the lottery, stat, because I’ve have too many good ideas to let them go to waste!

Where do you find most of your inspiration?

10 comments

  1. Marie says:

    Haha, I love the whales. Have you seen this one? I cracked up, it’s so cute! http://chzautocowrecks.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/mobile-phone-texting-autocorrect-whale-maybe.jpg

    I LOVE that bathroom with the tiled wall behind the mirror. I will have to show this one to my husband for when we finally redo our master bath. This would be perfect!

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    Amanda Reply:

    Hah! Adorable. And yes, I’m seriously crushing on that tile wall!

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  2. Moose says:

    Just had to comment to tell you how much I love your craigslist finds… they are so inspiring! I have started scouring our local craigslist and I just don’t think I have your knack for it – I’m very willing to paint / upholster / transform, but a lot of the stuff locally seems like not good quality (cheap wood, etc,) or really expensive for what it is – but I’ll keep searching!

    Also had to say how much I love the whale. Also texted it to my husband after I first got an iphone, and, well, everyone in my family. They all thought I was ridiculous but I just couldn’t stop laughing. I must also be easily amused! ;-)

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    Amanda Reply:

    Glad you enjoy them! Thrifting can be so hit or miss sometimes – it definitely takes a lot of patience.

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