My first Mother’s Day

Baby Zano // brittanyMakes

What did you do for Mother’s Day? I know it was a week ago, but I had such a wonderful first Mother’s Day, I can’t stop thinking about it.

There are a lot of things I like to do – hobbies I take on, like DIYing everything and interests I have, like blogging and decorating – that some people just don’t quite understand. I rarely force my interests and hobbies on others, including my husband. Prime example – flea markets! I think I’ve only asked my husband to go with me to the flea market twice in our history together. Both times he declined. It’s cool, I’d probably be miserable if he joined me. He’d be giving me death stares all too frequently as I touch ALL THE THINGS. Our marriage is better for it. He stays home to relax while I take a couple hours and touch other people’s garbage. It’s great!

It was my first Mother’s Day, and I think Antonio (my husband) knew it would be a special day for me. He gave me a choice between a) breakfast in bed or b) a family trip to the flea market. Well, first off, I never eat in bed, and as classic and delicious as that sounded, the way to my heart is through the flea market! We went fleaing together as a family of three. I swear, I’ve never had a better flea market day! I scored 3 killer rugs, and got to introduce my little family to all my favorite flea market vendors. Then, we grabbed a quick breakfast and shopped at my favorite cactus shop in Berkeley.  As much as I love flowers, planting something in the back yard to commemorate this moment to me is much more meaningful. So, we bought two cacti to help us kick start our drought-tolerant backyard landscape.

I went to the flea market yesterday, and it just wasn’t the same without my family…


The juggle.

bathroom progress // brittanyMakes

We’ve been juggling multiple projects ’round the house these last few weeks (months?). I’m starting to loose track of time. Don’t be fooled, these aren’t small projects either! Our flooring is finished, I just need to find a spare hour or so to actually photograph everything! The battle of the dust is real, and I just can’t manage to keep a surface clean for longer than a couple hours. Soon! Soon I’ll share our floors, and hopefully a few other spaces too. Everything looks SO good, I’m so glad we didn’t wait any longer to start on these upgrades.

We started tackling the back yard last week. Our yard is a desert, no tree or bush to be seen, just a vast space covered in dirt. I was chatting with our neighbors over the weekend, I’m sure they were just curious about all the jack hammering going on, but come to find out the folks who rented the house from the previous owners tore their dirt bikes all around the back yard. Weird. I think our neighborhood is pleased that a young family moved in, although our other neighbor grumbles in our direction, she must still be a little bitter.

Our bathroom is being grouted today! It was a tough decision between black and white grout. There are strong opinions for, and against both options. You’ll just have to see what we went with once it’s all complete.

Hope you’re week is going well!



The Bathroom Design

Mid Century Bathroom | brittanyMakes


With everything else going on in our house, I wasn’t planning for our bathroom to be another huge overhaul.. but as I’m sure those of you who’ve also gone through house updates understand when I say – somehow one update always leads to ten more.. and before you know it you’ve stripped everything down to the studs!

I’ve been obsessing over our bathroom design for months.  It’s given me headaches, searching for the perfect finishes since I know I really only get to do this the one time. It’s given me stomach aches, seeing how expensive bathroom remodels can get. We intended to recycle anything we could, but it was time to retire our 60 year old finishes and fixtures. Not all things ‘vintage’ are good!

I’ve always loved the look of dresser-like vanities, they add a unique and custom quality to the space that you otherwise don’t find from off-the-shelf vanities. I thought I would search for the perfect vintage dresser to convert into a vanity. I searched and searched and searched. I almost bought one off Craigslist, but the dimensions weren’t quite right. We have a max of 40″ to work with, and most small dressers are in the 46″ range. As with a lot of the decisions we’ve made, my husband and I finally concluded if we’re going to spend the money, we might as well spend it on what we want, and do it right so that it fits the space and we won’t be cursing ourselves (or each other, ha!) later.

Who doesn’t love black, white and gold? No one! It’s classic, and surprisingly can be put together in so many different ways it can still look modern and unique. It took about 17 revisions, but I finally nailed down our bathroom design. The above is pretty much everything we’re doing in the bathroom. To say I’m excited is absolutely the biggest understatement of the year!  A classic, yet modern Mid Century vibe is exactly what I’m going for, touches of brass are obvious but it’s the matte black fixtures that are in the spotlight this go ’round.

SOURCES: // Matte back hex tile // Starburst brackets // Matte black wall mount faucet // brass wall sconces // Dresser (inspo for vanity) // brass knobs // white vessel sink // white subway tile // brass mirror


Our Bathroom Plans

I kind of mentioned, and sorta forgot to elaborate, on the state of our bathroom. There was a time I was bent on remodeling our bathroom and the mister was like NO. Literally, it wasn’t but a week later we started planning the flooring reno and our contractor made some quick comment to my husband about it being easier and cheaper if we did our bathroom at the same time. And what do you know! We’re now renovating the bathroom!

Our wood flooring was en route and we wanted to get our contractor going so we had him demo the bathroom first thing. Well… it’s been 4 weeks (or more?) and we’re just now moving forward with the bathroom! Luckily we have a full bath in the garage (weird right? I don’t get it either), but I’d love to not have to walk outside to our bathroom in order to get ready or pee or whatever.

Here is the before:



Thankfully the previous owners knew white is right and painted the cabinets and walls white. I don’t know what paint they chose, but they chose poorly because soon after we moved in the paint started peeling off sections of the cabinet. Anyway, I felt FINE about this bathroom before, but once the possibility of remodel entered my (husband’s) brain it was impossible to look back.

SO! Here’s what we’ve done so far:

Bathroom Reno | brittanyMakes


Bathroom Reno | brittanyMakes


How about that vanity lighting? Sexyyyy.

We’ve demoed pretty much everything. Cabinet gone. Medicine cabinet gone (sorry babe!). Back and right walls removed and replaced. We had to move and/or replace a bunch of plumbing for the vanity faucets and the shower head and bath spout.

Bathroom Reno | brittanyMakes

Bathroom Reno | brittanyMakes


Our new tub has been installed, which was a feat all in of itself. See how snug that tub is in this room? There was zero wiggle room and our contractor had to work some real magic to get it in there.  The red paint is done for waterproofing I guess? It looks like a scene straight from Dexter.

I’ve been working on perfecting the design of this bathroom since the day our reno started, all elements are finally falling into place, I’m anxious for tiling to get started! I’ll share the design board with you next!


I Won!

Vintage pink & cream rug // brittanyMakes

Vintage pink & cream rug // brittanyMakes

Vintage pink & cream rug // brittanyMakes

A lot of folks tend to say this, but no one means it more than I: I never win anything. ANYTHING! Luck comes to me in other ways – I have incredible parking karma and more recently I’m known for my crazy rug luck.  I was pretty shocked when I found out I won the Rug Pad USA giveaway from my great blog bud Gwen.  What perfect timing! Our floors are finally done (thank goodness) and I finally got to lay the vintage rug I’ve been hoarding for the last couple months, and on top of the most amazing rug pad ever no less! Rug Pad USA sent me the rubber + felt pad. It’s pure luxury. The rubber is grooved and grips to our new tiled floors like no body’s business. I love it so much I had to give them a shout out! (as in, this is not a sponsored post).

I’m new to rug pads, I usually just wing it and lay my rugs down wherever. Do you guys do this too? I’ve always been hesitant to invest in a rug pad, but I’m a convert – they’re worth it! Nothing bothers me more than a slip and slide rug.

Anyone have any rug pad secrets they want to share?


Casual Fridays

Zano in Palm Springs

Happy Friday! We spent the beginning of the week on a much needed mini-vaca in Palm Springs. It was very difficult to get out of the pool, lounging was our no. 1 priority, so sadly I didn’t make it out to any of those famous spots. Maybe next time!

Progress has been made on the flooring front! All flooring has been installed, bedroom baseboards painted & door trim installed. This weekend I’ll be painting our living room baseboards and finally moving our living room furniture back in place. Oh to sit and watch a movie in our living room again! It’s the small things that seem like luxuries once they’re gone.

On more exciting news! We’re also making progress on our bathroom. I hope to share some of those ugly photos with you next week.

  • So excited to see Kelly & Jeff launch this class! Can someone say #powercouple
  • game changing info to boost your indoor photography! (I just bought these and can’t wait to take them on a test run)
  • Apparently the 80’s are back, I haven’t taken this vest off all week
  • Zano’s 1st birthday is in a month! I think some balloons are in order

Have a great weekend!


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