Casual Fridays

woven wall hanging // brittanyMakes

My first woven wall hanging

Summer is practically here! We’re essentially done with our indoor and outdoor renovations, just those annoying finishing touches like sealing the concrete and paint touch ups. I plan to tackle some of these projects this weekend. How about you?

Go Warriors!


Dining Space Makeover on domino!

Our kitchen/dining area has pretty much held the spotlight on the blog here since we began renovating last September. Soon the rest of our house will finally get some attention! It’s like our kitchen is our first child – we’re the parents posting way too many photos of our kitchen on social media, talking ‘kitchen this’ and ‘kitchen that’, and almost going as far as saying our kitchen is so smart for it’s age, it’s going to grow up and be the president of the United States!

We’ve been doting on it for way too long. It’s about time we turned the spotlight onto our next “children” – the bathroom, the sunroom, the backyard! And maybe even the nursery. Oh yeah. The nursery…

BUT! Before we do that I must share the after-afters of our kitchen and dining space. And don’t be mad, but I’m going to break them up into two posts because, well, I feel like it.

Let me remind you of the before, taken the day we bought the house. My goodness, can there be any more beige?


And after a lot of blood, sweat and tears, we have the after!

navy gold & white dining room | brittanyMakes

Please tell me you see that chandelier! Holy crap, right? It’s incredible. Let me introduce you, that is if you haven’t yet been introduced, to the uber talented Sarah of Lucent Lightshop. Sarah made this chandy with her bare hands!

Lucent Lightshop Brass Globe Chandelier | brittanyMakesSa-woon! 

Lucent Lightshop Brass Globe Chandelier | brittanyMakes

Sarah is known for her ever popular line of brass light fixtures. She is a downright genius, a crazy talented maker and has her finger on he pulse of today’s hot modern lighting. There is something for everyone, and the price point is so right.

Make sure you check back here on Monday! I’ll be posting the full kitchen reveal. If you can’t wait that long, you can read more about the dining room AND get a sneak peek of the kitchen over on today!


Wood Tile Flooring – the Reveal!


wood tile flooring | brittanyMakes

Behold, our floors!

New flooring is one of those things I thought we would never have. That we would perpetually live with this Bermuda Triangle of hideous flooring only able to go on each day with the thought of ‘some day we’ll have flooring’. I barely remember what it was like not to have our tile floors. Goes to show you just how good I am at compartmentalizing memories, ha! Let’s take that to a therapy sesh..


The process of installing new flooring (and any remodel for that matter) is not magic like it is on TV. It’s not a before & after with a 4 minute commercial break in between. It’s exhausting, and we didn’t even do the work! Maybe I take that back. Our contractor is pretty much a magician. Our floors are so beautiful! I’m so happy we didn’t DIY them ourselves. I’m a firm believer some things are just meant to be done by a professional.

Some folks are smart during a remodel, they pack up and move into a hotel or stay with family. We didn’t. We lived in the house during the entire remodel. Something I probably wont ever do again!

wood tile flooring | brittanyMakes


The first phase was removing the existing flooring. The carpet was removed, the ‘vintage’ entryway tile was removed, and the hardwood in the bedrooms was removed.

wood tile flooring | brittanyMakes

The process of tiling the floors can be different depending on the foundation of your house. We are on a raised foundation, versus other homes that sit on cement slab. Since we’re on a raised foundation, our contractor had to create the most solid and sturdy sub floor possible. He laid cement board first over the entire house. Cement board is exactly what it sounds like it is, it’s a very thin cement material that is laid on top of the plywood subfloor, is secured with nails or screws, with the purpose to eliminate any flex in the flooring. If you laid the tile straight onto the plywood subfloor, chances are the tile would crack and the grout wouldn’t stick. Basically, a very bad situation.

wood tile flooring | brittanyMakes


I noticed there are a LOT of tools involved in laying tile. The most important being the level. Our house is fairly level, but one of the bedrooms slopes downward about an inch. Our tile guy had to float that area with extra thinset to bring that area level with the rest of the floors. We were pretty lucky that it was only that one area that needed float, because floating anything – floors or walls – adds a LOT to the cost of installing tile.

Making the grout selection was fairly painless. My best advice is to go with a grout a shade darker than your tile. We decided to lay the tile with very thin grout lines, just a hair larger than 1/16″. Standard grout size is 1/8″, and if you want your tile to look like wood, you have to go with a thinner grout joint.

wood tile flooring | brittanyMakes


Our contractor’s main trade is laying tile. He worked so quick! He would lay out all the full length tile pieces, make a cut list, then go cut the pieces he needed in one go rather than going back and forth to the tile saw. Talk about efficient! Also, you’re probably wondering what’s going on with that wall. The previous owners had a faux wood paneling focal wall surrounding the fireplace. We had to pry the paneling off, chisel and sand off all of the glue then mud & re-texture. It was kind of an annoying task but now it looks a million times better.

wood tile flooring | brittanyMakes

wood tile flooring | brittanyMakes


What a transformation, right?! Here’s the transformation process of our bedroom, just for kicks –

wood tile flooring | brittanyMakes

wood tile flooring | brittanyMakes


After the floors were tiled and grouted, our contractor installed new baseboards & trim. Seriously, our house has never looked better! I’m really glad we went with the faux wood tile. I actually walk around without shoes or socks every day, and it feels just like a normal wood floor. Someone asked if it was cold underfoot, but I have to say it doesn’t feel any different temperature wise. I think we only feel the texture difference from our floors compared to other people’s wood floors.

In case you missed it, check out why we chose wood tile and the before photos of our house, I can’t believe this was our house just a year ago!


Casual Fridays

birthday cake

  • What a jaw dropping makeover, right?
  • What are your thoughts on this new announcement?
  • We just added this to our kitchen appliances, do you have one? We LOVE it!
  • We just bought these chairs for our patio. A perfect case of classic meets modern. PS they’re on sale right now, scoop them up before they’re gone!

I started running again, finally! I haven’t held a steady exercise routine since Zano was born. Last Friday was his 1 year birthday and the excuses are over! Anyway, if I put it out there on the internet I’m more inclined to stay honest about it.  Finding the time is the hardest thing! How do you other mom’s do it?

Have a fantastic weekend!


Bathroom progress

I’m sure you’ve noticed, my posting schedule has slowed due to the reno work being done on our house.  We are SO close to being done. You know that light at the end of the tunnel? It’s covering half of my body, we’re that close.  I realized I never fully explained what the big push was to get all these projects completed. I  decided to host our son’s first birthday at our house.  It was an innocent thought, really! All we needed was flooring, right?  One thing alway leads to another.

Antonio and I both have big families. We put together the invite list of our close family and friends, and we realized we were inviting over 50 people! Our house is tiny, and we needed a place to put all these people, and the back yard was our only option. You can check out some progress pics of our backyard on my Instagram (I’m @brittanymakes).

Anyway, I’m digressing. The exciting news here is our bathroom is almost done! We’re missing some key pieces, mainly the shower door and the mirror, and we’ve made some tweaks to the original design. I decided, since we were getting rid of the old medicine cabinet, we needed a vanity with drawers for all the random things like Antonio’s shaver and my nail polish collection that I never use.

This was the inspiration for our vanity.


mid century vanity inspiration


I love the balance of drawers & drawers, and of course the reigning combo of walnut + brass.

I couldn’t leave you hanging with out a peek!

walnut & brass vanity, black white & gold bathroom // brittanyMakes



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