Feeling Moody

The big bathroom renovation is finally upon us. We’re planning on swinging the first hammer as soon as we get back from our big Southeast Asia trip. In the meantime, we’re selecting our supplies, calculating costs, and figuring out where the heck we’re going to shower.

Our goal with the bathroom reno is to update the bathroom, but still keep the historical feel it has. That means using traditional materials and preserving the architectural details (like the arch over the shower).

Here’s a little taste of what we’ve got in mind.

Little House Big Heart Bathroom Mood Board Gray Navy1.  Our walls will be tiled half way up with simple, clean subway tile, like this from The Tile Shop.  We’ll probably go with a light grout to keep thingy bright and airy.

2. The floors are going to be our big splurge; we’re going to be going with Carrara marble hex tile, probably the 2″ size like this from The Tile Shop.  I love the classy, old fashioned feel it brings to a space.

3.  We’ll go with all new white, fluffy towels. I’ve long been a convert to all white linens and the new bathroom won’t be any exception.

4.  In case you’re new around here, I’m obsessed with navy and gray. So like every other room in the Little House, our remodeled bathroom will have to have some navy accents. I’m in love with this navy striped shower curtain from West Elm.

5. The Little House isn’t long on storage, so any extra we can squeeze in will be awesome. I’m loving the old-fashioned simplicity of these medicine cabinets from Home Depot. One for each of us should help us keep our sink clear of the toothbrushes, contact solution, and whatnot that hangs out there now.

6.  This is my dream sink. I’m pretty sure that it will neither fit in the room nor in our budget (it comes in at a cool $1500), but if I could have anything I wanted, this would be it. I’ve has serious conversations with myself about DIYing the base out of stainless steel pipe and then having it chromed, but I still haven’t convinced myself.

7. The colors in this room will echo the color scheme throughout the Little House: gray, navy, and white. I’ll probably throw some pops of coral in because I’m daring like that, who knows.

I’m so excited to get started on this project! I’m also scared to death of it. I’ll be the single largest thing the hubs and I have tackled together, so who knows how it’ll end up. We’re definitely going to make sure we have enough saved when we start that if we have to throw in the towel and have the pros come in, we can.  That’s not going to happen though. We got this.

I’m working on a week of posts dedicated to how Kevin and I afford and plan our crazy awesome trips around the world. I’d love to address any questions you might have about how we do it, how we pack, or travel in general, so please let me know in the comments below, tweet me (@lilhousebgheart), or email me! Have a fantastic weekend!



  1. Karishma says:

    I love this! Might have to steal the whole mood-board, since it will tie in nicely with our bedroom (also navy). I am glad I trailed in from YHL :)

  2. Kim@NewlyWoodwards says:

    Oh my dear Lord, that sink is heavenly. HOnestly, worth the splurge, it’s so gorgeous. (Especially when it’s not my money.)

    IN other news, we have those same medicine cabinets and they seriously store A TON of stuff!

    This is going to look amazing.

  3. Kelly @ Corner of Main says:

    I love where you guys are headed! We almost went with that same medicine cabinet when we did a quick update to our bath (ended up returning it because white didn’t look right); it’s so cute!
    I can’t wait to hear about your trip! Sounds amazing.

  4. Jillie says:

    I just started following and I love it! I am in Peru right now for 3 months. How do you guys afford to travel so much and do this remodeling? I would love to get some advice on budgeting and how to do it:)

  5. Jenn says:

    Oh I love this! We’re about to embark on some bathroom renos too, but we have to redo all the piping and such before I can get into things like tile and sinks. It’s making me a little crazy. Can’t wait to see this come together.

    And looking forward to the travel posts!

  6. Caroline says:

    So glad that you’re keeping the arch! I panicked when I was looking through your house tour and you mentioned gutting the bathroom. I so adore an arch in the bathroom. I quite jealous! :-) Good luck!

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