Build the Perfect Gift this Holiday Season!

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot

Michelle Cannon Smith

Hello Friends!  Just like that, it’s about to be the most wonderful time of year again!  And this year, we’re bringing things back to basics.  It’s the simple things that matter most.  Time spent decorating the tree, the smell of baking cookies and simple acts of joy!  This season’s all about giving, and for parents, there’s nothing sweeter than seeing happiness on your child’s face.  So, that’s why this year, we’re beyond excited to partner with The Home Depot to create a truly special surprise!

Makita Christmas Present

For those of you that have followed along, you know that this past year has proven to be one that was filled with great sadness as well as much joy.  And one thing I’ve learned, is that a strange thing happens when you’re met with great loss.  Gratitude.  This year, I’m extremely grateful!  Grateful for my family.  Grateful for this life.  And grateful for you!  I hope this little space of ours continually inspires.  And I so look forward to sharing all the things we have planned for 2018.  But in the meantime, we’re pausing to enjoy the present!  And I hope this holiday season, you too do the same!

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Ryobi Christmas Present

Because after all that’s what this season is all about.  Doing things you love with the people you love!  And for me, that’s why this holiday partnership with The Home Depot means so much!  It was an opportunity for Brian and I to once again, get back to the thing we love most!  Spending time together, tools in hand, putting a vision into place!  For us project time is always the best time!  We learn, we love, we grow!  And this project turned out to be one of our all time favorites, because it was for the holidays and because it was for our kids!  Hand made, with love!

Home Depot Holiday

Now, head over to The Home Depot Blog to see the truly special thing we created for P & K!  Hands down it was the best, (pre-holiday) Holiday surprise!  And truth be told, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, all 365 days of the year, trust me...you don’t want to miss this!

Love, Michelle

Michelle Cannon Smith

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Globally Inspired Bathroom

Globally Inspired Bathroom

Ok, today's day three of this little series! (see design style 1 & 2, here & here).  If you're just stopping by.  Let me quickly catch you up.  After coming home from a two week roadtrip, we found our downstairs bathroom to have a wall saturated in water.  A crowbar and an hour later revealed mold that extends into our kitchen.  So, while we're in the process of remedying and demo-ing the space, we're looking ahead to what style we're wanting to go with in renovating our first room in the house, the bathroom.  And more specifically the bathroom the kids use along with guests.  (if you want to stay up to date on the process, be sure to follow us on Instagram ~ we're adding to stories pretty regularly these days!)  So, that brings us to today's Globally Inspired Post.   Now this design style is one that would traditionally be out of my comfort zone.  But recently, I've come to love and appreciate Moroccan and Portugal tiles, and have, like most, taken note of the current cement tile floor trend!  I lean towards it's bohemian style and ability to instantly add character to a space.  Truth be told, in curating images for these posts, I thought this style would be a look that Brian wasn't feeling, but surprisingly (I think even to himself), he too is kinda diggin' the "tile as art" in the bathroom look.  We both tend to lean towards more of a blue and white color scheme with this look and like the addition of natural tones.  Here's the three pics that we're currently LOVING:


image via Domino


I went crazy when I found this image.  Like Oprah aha moment crazy!  From the marble tile, to the simple, yet dramatic patterned tile display.  Nothing about this is overpowering, yet it sends such a strong message.  I love this image so much, that it even has me contemplating getting rid of a tub entirely in our space!



Jenna Sue knows how to curate a beautiful space!  The before photos alone are worth checking out this post's transformation!  I love her choice in tile and her choice with the vanity!  This sink has me thinking new possibilities when choosing a vanity!



Ok, ok, so this isn't a bathroom.  But this tile?!  I want to live in this space.  This space says personality and history all in one!  There's a story here and I want to live it!  Sigh.  Yeah, I can't explain it, it's just love!


Well, there ya go.  Some global, bohemian, eclectic inspiration.  If I hesitate towards this style it's for one reason and one reason only.  Can I pull it off?!  This look is so different than anything I've ever gone with.  You know, like a well intentioned outfit, that on someone else is stunning, but when worn personally, you feel like a fraud.  That's what this style is for me.  And I know, I know, you can do anything you want in your house.  I just worry that going so far out of my comfort zone would create a beautiful house, but somehow would never really feel like home.  

Well, there ya go.  Design Style 3 to consider.  What are your thoughts?  Like?  Love?  You know I love to hear your thoughts!


Lots of love your way today!  Michelle

Industrial Inspired Bathroom

Industrial Inspired Bathroom

Hello guys!  Gosh, it feels good to be back in the designing mindset!  Something about gathering pretty inspiration really helps motivate me to get things going!  So today, I'm sharing the second design style we're currently inspired by for our bathroom overhaul (you can see our first design style here!)  Today's style, Industrial, and more specifically for these bathrooms, black and white!  There's something classic about the simple contrast of these two tones and when put in home decor, adds an instant sharpness and class to a space.  For Brian and I, we've always been drawn to this style.  I love it for it's antique nods, and Brian loves it for its craftsmanship.  In our last house, I felt we found the perfect balance of this style for both of us!  So, in looking for current inspiration, we were instantly drawn to these spaces below.


image via Brit + Co


Ok.  There are so many things going right in this space!!!  First of all it mimics our current setup and I love that this tiny bathroom isn't void of any form or function!  They were able to include a small clawfoot tub (something I'm hoping to do as well).  Mixed metals done with perfection.  Then as if that wasn't enough, they modernized the classic subway tile, by adding this beautiful black and white tile to the space!  And if beauty's in the details...check out that ceiling!  Gah!  This bathroom is a showstopper for sure!


image via Studio McGee


Now, pulling back on the business and going for a simple dramatic tone, this setup makes me happy!  The Kohler Brockway Sink has been a long time favorite of mine and I can just imagine both P & K brushing their teeth nightly here.  I love the addition of board and batten to the walls, something I hadn't considered for the bathroom, but LOVE!  Simple and Classic!


photography by Ashley Poskin via Apartment Therapy


I also LOVE this sophisticated setup.  Super understated, but well designed.  If you're looking to mix metals, this is how you do it!  I've always loved subway tile in bathrooms, and this photo only encourages we consider using it.


Ok, so clearly, I LOVE the look of these.  Why not fully commit here?!  If this bathroom was the master, I'd probably say done and done!  But this is for our only downstairs bathroom.  The bathroom me and the kids use as well as guests.  And while the simplicity of industrial design can be perfect for families, it's just not as youthful and fun as I'm wanting for the space.  And considering this bathroom will be our first reno in the house, it also needs to help set the overall tone.  And full blown industrial is not where I want this house to be during our children's young childhood years.  But alas, this style will absolutely influence our overall design.  Clawfoot tub? Possibly.  Subway tile?  Maybe!  Heck, we may even play up a black and white color scheme.  Well, that's the thoughts for today!  Would LOVE for you to weigh in!

Do you like this style?  Have you incorporated into your own home?  Would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments below!


Lots of love your way today!  Michelle