Master Bathroom Update

I’ve had the itch to update our bathroom for a while now but just couldn’t fit it in between everything I needed to be doing. Then one day I looked up at the “perfect pair” painted on the wall and couldn’t take it any more. So I walked into the garage, grabbed a can of paint that was leftover from our living room/kitchen area, and went to work! This bathroom has been the same for about 4 years (that’s a long life for decor at our house!), and I was excited to move on. Here’s how it turned out:

I used black and white elements with pops of color and gold details. It fits the current style of our home so much better now… we’ll see how long it lasts. ;)

I don’t usually like indoor plants. It’s just a weird quirk, but I decided to try one anyway. I painted a plain pot then planted a few succulents, including some aloe, because we can always use that around here. The elephant was a decoration from one of my baby showers. I think he needs to be in the pot though. “Please live little plants!”

The window is one of my favorite parts of the room. When we first moved in (and I initially decorated) Anderson insisted that this window have a curtain. Our neighborhood only had a few houses then, and the lots around us were empty, so He said he felt like people were peeking in. :) Now that the neighborhood is completely full, and our neighbor’s fence is on the other side of the window, he’s a little more okay with it being uncovered. I never liked how dark it made the bathroom, so I wanted to leave it open this time. But it needed a little something. So I ordered more gold polka dot decals from Land of Nod, then cut them in half, and outlined the window.

When I want to change up a space I like to walk around the house and look for accessories to move around. The pink “A” was a wedding decoration that I had shoved in a closet (y’all know I’m a pack rat) and Prince Charming was in the kitchen. They fit great in the bathroom, and I didn’t have to buy them. So… Yay! I also spray painted our toothbrush holders, laundry basket, and other little details gold.

Do I even need to say that the giant image is my favorite part?!? This picture of Kingston makes me smile for so many reasons. I wanted the piece to be black and white with pops of color, so I mounted a 3′x4′ engineering print from Staples (just like the one I did in our entryway) to a canvas. Then I painted a teal strip across the bottom, hot glued some striped fabric to the top, and finished it with a row of polka dots cut from Pantone paint samples.

Now I’m excited to move on to another project. I think the “drum room” is next!

October 18, 2013 - 2:15 pm

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September 23, 2013 - 9:49 am

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September 4, 2013 - 8:44 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Kristy, You really should! Yes. I used foam mounting squares and placed them generously all over the canvas, then mounted it from top to bottom really slowly. I’ve tried spray adhesive and Mod Podge before, and neither had good results. :)

September 3, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Kristy - I’m SO doing this! Can you please just confirm – did you use the foam mounting squares to attach this photo to the canvas? If not, what did you use?

Great job!

August 29, 2013 - 3:45 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Hey Kate! Thank you so much! Just checked out your site and love your accessories!

August 29, 2013 - 1:32 am

Kate - Im a new follower! Love what you did with your bathroom! fab!

August 27, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Danielle Thomas - Girl, you are SOOOO creative. I love that you do stuff “out of the box”.
Love you

August 27, 2013 - 3:53 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Or “Do you have a question?” Love you too!!

August 27, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Pops - I think you you need a caption under the picture. Something like, “I have a question.” ;) Love y’all.

August 27, 2013 - 12:06 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks Andrea! It was one of those “AH-ha!” moments!

August 27, 2013 - 11:50 am

Andrea Worley - Love all the pops of gold & pink! And I love the idea of putting an engineering print over a canvas. such a good idea!

August 27, 2013 - 11:39 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks JoJo! It was really fun (except for the painting!) Ha!

August 27, 2013 - 11:28 am

JoJo - Oh my…amazing!!! I LOVE it!

Deck the Halls!

Fa la la la la, la la la la!

Believe it or not, it’s time! Christmas photo shoots are right around the corner, and I’m already booking into late November. So if you’re planning to work with me this year, let’s chat ASAP. (Current clients get first dibs!) Last fall I had to turn some families away, and I hated it.

And a little something to think about: Last year we took our family pics at home, and I’ve never been so happy with a set of images! In fact, we’re doing the same thing this year. And I’m really hoping some of you will be crazy enough to do an “at-home” session this fall! Yes. I know. I’ve heard all the excuses for why not to do it. The most common are: “My house doesn’t look good enough” and “It’s too much pressure.” But from one mamma (and wife) to another I can tell you that these are my favorite images of the three of us. And we take a lot of pics — as you know-ha! There’s just something about capturing life as it happens that tugs at the heart, and I’m dying for some of you to experience that. Don’t worry. I promise not to harass you if you choose to go to a cool location instead. I’ll still be thrilled to work with you. ;)

You can see more of our “at home” shoot here. Thanks so much to Stephanie Mortimer for taking some of my favorite moments EVER!

**UPDATE: I only have 3 slots left!**

August 26, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Tai Badowski - I love the photos of your family at home and I am soi jealous to recreate that vibe with some future. photos hopefully!

August 26, 2013 - 3:15 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Jen, You are the cutest! I’m IN!!! Just tell me when. :)

August 26, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Jen - Someday when I have a home and a family I will fly you to MN to take pictures of it. Or else I’ll just throw a big party for my 30th bday next year and have you be the official photographer. Either way I need you to photograph my life. And just be my real life friend.

August 26, 2013 - 1:27 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Annie, I KNOW!! :( Nashville 2014? Ugh. I really hope so.

August 26, 2013 - 9:58 am

annie - was really hoping YOU were going to take our pictures in a few weeks…but looks like I’m going to have to figure out something else. :( SAD SAD SAD.

These pictures really are fabulous!

August 25, 2013 - 10:58 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Brooke, That’s the truth! And I loved your family pics last year so much!

August 25, 2013 - 10:51 pm

Brooke - When you have little ones doing photos at home is your only good option! They’re more comfortable & you don’t have to be embarrassed when they scream & destroy the place!

Happy Friday

Late last night Kingston was still air drumming and singing (screaming) in his room, so Anderson brought him to bed with us to try and calm him down. Riiiight. He’s never slept in our bed, so I think he was too excited. He ended up back in his room about an hour later. So I don’t know about the other two, but I’m beat today! I had a lot of witty things to post, but they will have to wait until I’ve had some sleep… or coffee… or both.

Happy Weekend, People!

August 25, 2013 - 8:59 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks Emma! That’s so sweet!

August 25, 2013 - 10:23 am

Emma Godard - Bloomwood Photography - Really like your style of photography. Lovely colours, props and ideas

August 23, 2013 - 9:27 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thank you!!

August 23, 2013 - 8:41 pm

Akshara Vivekananthan - Cute photos! Happy Weekend to you too! :)

August 23, 2013 - 6:27 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Exactly!!!

August 23, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Milton Almeida - I thought you were going to say: “he came to our bed and now we had two boys air-drumming,????

Duck Dynasty… and Staying Relevant

There are two types of people in the world. Those who love Duck Dynasty and those who don’t. I’ve seen the show once and fall into the second group. BUT, that doesn’t mean I haven’t bought a few of Uncle Si’s tea glasses for my dad… and a t-shirt… and a hat. So, it’s not that I don’t support the Quack Pack — see, I even know the lingo. Anyway, for the last month or so, our church (my part-time gig) has been promoting an event with a Duck Dynasty theme. And since I do graphic design, I’ve been up to my ears in camo, beards, and “wise” quotes that tend to be nothing more than common sense. I mean, really! But I love my job, and I love my church, so I decided that even though I don’t love this particular theme, I was going to give it all I had and make all the promo pieces look good. Thankfully most of my other team members know all about the show and were able to skill me in all things Dynasty. There was even a speaker phone conversation where one of the guys patiently explained to me what “It’s on like Donkey Kong” means. Yeah.

So… our church has a bit of a goose problem. As in, geese are always leaving presents all over our parking lots. We’ve tried everything to get rid of them. My favorite was a “mean wolf” decoy that didn’t fool the first goose. It did confuse my kid though. Anyway, it’s kind of a running joke around here, so we decided to use the term “Goose Commander” instead of “Duck Commander.” It’s been a big hit! Here’s where Tim comes in. He’s the design guru around the office (and also the person who explained donkey kong to me). Every time I have a a problem I call him and say, “Tim, help!” and he usually answers. Sometimes I think he might hide really quietly in his office, but I don’t blame him. I call A LOT. Well, Tim is a perfectionist and decided that if we were going to use “goose” instead of “duck” we had to have goose camo. Like I said, perfectionist. So he created a custom goose camo that we’ve plastered on just about everything. Again, big hit. People love it!

I’ve realized during this project how grateful I am to work at a church where people have Tim’s attitude. Sure we could have settled for the regular ‘ole camo. No one would have thought much about it (except Tim – He would’ve lost sleep) but people do notice that we went the extra mile with this event, and we try to go above and beyond with everything else we do. Working at a church is a funny thing. Sometimes when I tell people where I work, I can see them picturing me and a little old white-haired lady sharing a cubicle with two typewriters and a phone. But that’s so not the case! I work with a big team of people who all strive to make everything we do real, relevant, and refreshing. (That’s our church tagline. I so didn’t just come up with it!) And I love that church marketing (yes, it’s a thing) and design have come so far over the last few years. Remember the bulletins that looked like your great-grandma designed them? Yeah. Those don’t fly anymore. When I started here at Chets one of my first outings with my team was to a big outdoor shopping center where we literally just walked around and looked at what stores were doing with window displays, signage, and other advertising. Why? So we could stay on top of things. I knew that day that I was going to love this job. I may not be a Duck Dynasty fan. But I’m so glad I work for a church that recognizes that it’s a huge hit right now, so they’ll use it (and just about anything else!) to bring in people who might not have come to church otherwise.

Hey – whatever works, Jack! (Great. Now I can’t stop.)

These are the invites I made for the big event. :)

August 25, 2013 - 9:36 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Annie, You’re the best! One of the wives (I have no idea which one!) is coming to a big event in Jax in a few months. :)

August 25, 2013 - 9:28 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Ryn, Thank you so much!!

August 22, 2013 - 9:36 am

Ryn - I also fall into the first category! Never thought I’d like it! But It’s an awesome show! I would love to meet the Robertson clan!

Your church is so smart too! Your work is amazing! I like it so much!

August 21, 2013 - 1:06 pm

annie - well…i fall in the first catagory. for sure! but it’s ok we aren’t in the same catagory on this topic. at least you still had a good attitude and made a rock star invite for the event! mad skills! the goose camo is awesome. tim sounds like my kind of man! i’d loose sleep over it too! ha! i love that duck dynasty is spreading like wild fire. even though it is a bunch of rednecks and duck hunting, it’s good, clean, Jesus loving fun. I don’t mind Easton watching it…and always ends with a good moral to the story punch line. Kinda like Full House back in the day! ;) Anyways. LOVE THIS! I think it’s fabulous! Great job!

Jeff & Whitney Are Having a Baby

Jeff and Whitney are having baby boy #2 very soon!

We met up for their maternity shoot at The Ribault Club a few days ago, because it’s a very special place for them. They got married at the club! It’s a gorgeous location, and I always enjoy an excuse to shoot there. I’ve worked with Whitney and Jeff many times and feel like they’re more friends than clients at this point. We had a good time exploring the grounds and the big house. Lots of laughing (and swatting). Apparently poor Jeff attracts mosquitoes. I was a little worried that he was going to need a transfusion on our way out! Welcome to Florida in August… after a summer storm… on the marsh. :)

Congrats you two!!!
You can see more shoots with Jeff and Whit here, here, and here!

August 20, 2013 - 9:39 am

Charlotte Pritchard - LOVE THESE!!

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