Rustic Bathroom

Rustic Bathroom

When we bought our little cottage, we knew that the “one bathroom” issue was going to be a challenge. Storage, for one, was scarce, and the footprint wasn’t large either. Back when it was built in 1940, I’m sure it seemed HUGE, but to the modern day eye, it should be classified as “small” or even “tiny”. This is what it looked like right after we bought it:

Fuller House before 10

While a 2nd bathroom is in the plans sometime soon, we knew that we had to make this one work for the time being. Our first objective was to add lots of storage along the walls.

Bathroom Cabinet


We needed a place to hang out towels, so we constructed a bead board wall with hooks.
Bathroom Beadboard and Hooks

Bathroom Shelves

When we moved in, there was a wall-sink installed. While it made the room look more open, it also meant that the pipes were exposed and that NOTHING could be stored underneath.

So, for my birthday, (at my behest) my dad bought and installed a special kind of sink from Ikea. It’s wider than a normal sink, but much much narrower. These new dimensions give us more walk space in and out of the door (it makes a HUGE difference) plus extra storage underneath.

Bathroom Sink Zoom Out


We even left 6-7″ underneath the sink so that we could store away the kids’ step stool. I love not tripping over that thing constantly, let me tell you!Bathroom sink

Speaking of stools, I picked up this rustic looking one at a yard sale. We use it by the shower to put things on when needed.

Bathroom Stool


Last but not least, I made a shelf/towel holder out of a crate. I hung it on the wall, then screwed in a bar cabinet pull underneath for the towel rack.

Bathroom crate on wall


Most people are surprised when I tell them that our family of 4 shares one bathroom between us, but there’s a part of me that really loves it! Only one bathroom to clean? Yes!

Eventually, as our family expands, we will add more space. But for right now, we are loving our cozy rustic bathroom!

South Africa!


As I mentioned on this blog, we spent 2 weeks in South Africa this past December! My brother met a wonderful girl who grew up there, and so it’s where they decided to have the wedding.

What better way to show you what we did than to give you some pictures?

South Africa Gods Window

“God’s Window”


SOuth Africa thatch cottage

Each family had their own thatched roof cottage at the wedding venue!

The Boys near the Elephant

Right outside our hotel door!

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Mac Mc Falls

Mac Mac Falls


Outside our hotel in Johannesburg


Close up on a Safari


The view from our breakfast table at Askari Lodge


The Groom and Ring Bearer :)



Askari Lodge


Want to know what a haggard mom looks like after 20 hours on an International Plane Ride???


Not sure we packed enough luggage…


Sister Bridesmaids :)


Outside our hotel in Sabe. You can also see the 2 story slide to the left! And yes, a trampoline on the kids’ playground!




The boys passed out during the wedding reception!


Sisters and mother!

Askari Game Lodge

Askari Game Lodge, the wedding venue

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The view from the wedding reception

South Africa graskop swing

The “Graskop Swing”– where my husband decided to free fall 19 stories!!!

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House Tour– The Boys’ Room

Boys Room with toddler beds

It’s been a while since I posted– because we were in SOUTH AFRICA for half of December! I have plenty of pictures to show, so stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, I finally decided to take pictures of the boys room, mainly because we just bought them bigger beds and the room will change drastically. I am using the transition to “real” beds (hint: we bought bunkbeds!) as an excuse to phase out some of the more “baby” decor, and replace it with boyish things.

But I know that I will one day want to look back and remember this little room as it was for one year.

Their two little toddler beds fit so nicely along one wall 🙂

Boys Room Two Toddler Beds


This is Gregory’s side of the room. While I have a few memorable things up on the wall (his baby footprints, his saint, etc.) I also gave him some freedom to hang a few of his “treasures” from Sunday School and his medal from soccer. Over on the wall, they each have a hook for sweatshirts, along with another set of hooks for bathrobes and backpacks.

Boys Room Gregory's Side

Boys Room Vintage Posters on wall Boys Room Footprints in frame


Next to his bed are a few crates housing his books. He loves sitting on his bed or in his little chair to read!Boys Room Crate Bookshelves


On the other side of the room is AJ’s bed and his books.

Boys Room AJ's side

Boys Room Pictures in Frame

Boys Room AJ's Books


On the wall next to AJ’s side is the play kitchen and stuffed animal basket.

Boys Room Play Kitchen


A small peek inside their closet with the chalkboard dresser fronts:Boys Room Closet


As I’ve explained in previous posts, we keep just a few toys out and rotate them. I stuck to this technique when we had our foster boys– my rule was that I had to be able to pick it all up in under 10 minutes, or there was too much stuff. Turns out, they play more happily when there’s less out at a time anyways!Boys Room Toy Shelves with Baskets


Above the toys shelves is some of the remaining Baby Room decor. Boys Room Owls on the wall


And then, finally, a shot looking back out into the hallway, with a little surprise on the back of the door…Boys Room Far Wall


Perfect 🙂Boys Room Basketball Hoop on door