SOAKING TUBS…ahhhhh

Bathroom updates are almost always #2 on the list (after the kitchen.) There are lots of bathroom trends right now: wood tile flooring; subway tile showers; individual vanities with interesting sinks; and of course farmhouse chic throughout.  However, having shown several newly updated homes lately, I feel one of the newest trends is ditching the ol’ shower-tub combo and installing a gorgeous, free-standing soaking tub, situated nicely near a tiled wall, beckoning to be enjoyed with bubbly warm water & a glass of wine.

(Too wordy? Don’t take my words for it.  Check out these beauties:)

Obviously, any kind of renovation comes with a price tag that may or may not be nice to your wallet.  Luckily, soaking tubs are available for most budgets, and coupled with a bit of DIY on the rest of the details, you may find yourself soaking sooner than you thought!

Soaking Tubs: Wayfair

Wayfair is amazing because they have tons of products that compare to higher-end stores at great prices. And, they have free shipping!!  If you haven’t tried Wayfair out yet, this might be a great opportunity.

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This gorgeous tub is on sale for under $800!!! 

Signature Hardware

If you have a bit more money to spend, or you don’t want to compromise on cost on the showpiece of your new bathroom, then Signature Hardware is the way to go. They feature stunning, quality products!

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This Japanese soaking tub is a stunner– and starts at $2149
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AUTUMN decor: the Front Porch

Fall is a perfect time to think about curb appeal.  Even if you’re not going to sell your house, you should always want your home to look it’s best.  How excited do you get to decorate the front porch (or, if you don’t have a porch, even just the front door!) when it’s finally autumn?!

So for us here in the south, it pretty much *just* turned fall.  (As we like to say, HAPPY FALL Y’ALL!)  It’s the first week of October & the weather is cooperating — cool at night & mornings, nice and warm during the day. It makes you want to get out all your autumn decor & get to work!

I’m a huge fan of a big, simple item (like a wreath or a door hanger) with some smaller items around to accessorize.  Others love to go all-in and let fall explode over their exterior– to each their own!!

I found these front-porch how-tos for some inspiration… hopefully you can get some ideas from here, and let your front porch celebrate!!

HGTV: Fall’s Best Porches & Patios

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Good Housekeeping: Fall Porch Decor

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Architecture Art Designs: 30 Adorable DIY front porches

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Farmhouse Chic: the Dining Table

The trending update for dining rooms is the Farmhouse Table. Since HGTV’s Fixer Upper has taken DIYers by storm in recent years, the table has become one of the most popular projects.  The rustic, well-worn look (perfect especially for families with tiny humans who like to spill) and added length over the traditional table (and no leaves necessary!) are just 2 reasons why folks are flocking to lumber yards & hardware stores alike.

It always makes me happy when I get to photograph farmhouse tables for my real estate photography. They’re so unique & beautiful, no matter how the room is decorated:

Of course, farm tables are readily available for purchase (check out Cottage Home Furniture, Wayfair, and World Market, just to name a few.) But they often come with a hefty price tag, and isn’t the whole point of DIY to save a few bucks?!

Hence: take a look at some super fun and [seemingly, if you’re handy enough] easy woodworking plans to DIY Farmhouse Table. They include lots of photos, notes, videos, links, and most importantly INSPIRATION.  Why wait?!

Ana White | Build a Farmhouse Table

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The instructions are super easy to follow — and includes the list of all materials/tools needed with lots of helpful links.

 

DIY Pete | How to build a Farmhouse Table

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This plan from DIY Pete includes tons of photos & an instructional video, and as a bonus, includes the plan to build the matching benches!

 

Domesticated Engineer: Farmhouse Table

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This one might be my favorite because it comes straight from a normal human’s blog! She is uber organized in her instructions! #iloveorganization

4119 THAMES RIVER PL. Harrisburg, 28075

LOOK NO FURTHER YOU HAVE FOUND THE FULL BRICK HOME THAT HAS IT ALL WITHIN A HARRISBURG SWIM AND TENNIS COMMUNITY! AMZAZING HARDSCAPES, COVERED PORCH, IN-GROUND POOL, ON OVER A HALF ACRE LOT. SOARING GREAT ROOM AND GOURMET KITCHEN COMPLETE WITH GAS RANGE & GRANITE KITCHEN ISLAND. NO DETAIL HAS BEEN LEFT OUT, GAS GRILL LINE OUTSIDE FOR THOSE WEEKEND GATHERINGS, ACCESS TO THE BASEMENT BATHROOM DIRECTLY FROM THE POOL. BASEMENT ALSO OFFERS A FULL BAR, HOME THEATER, AN ADDITIONAL FIREPLACE & MUCH MORE.

MLS 3217698

Offered at: $645,000

 

1266 TURNING LEAF ST. Concord, 28027

**NEW LISTING!!!**

Welcome to Moss Creek Village! Well-maintained 2-story home features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms & an open floor plan!  Situated on a beautiful fenced yard, you can enjoy the upcoming fall nights on the front porch or out back by your firepit. Plenty of room to grow;  several Closet Maid professionally built closet spaces provide efficient storage. Come and check this one out!!

MLS 3216644

Offered at $225,000

 

9342 STANBOROUGH CT. Charlotte, 28262

**JUST LISTED!!!**

LOOK NO FURTHER! EXTREMELY SOUGHT AFTER AND UNIQUE FLOOR PLAN ON A CUL DE SAC, MINUTES FROM 485, 85, THE UNCC CAMPUS, AND ONE BLOCK FROM THE NEW LIGHT RAIL STOP! METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED INCLUDING A BRAND NEW ROOF, DUAL ZONED HVAC SYSTEM AND GARAGE DOOR! THE CHARM OF THIS HOME AND OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE IS LIKE NO OTHER IN THE AREA. MASTER DOWN, UPDATED KITCHEN COMPLETE WITH GRANITE, SS APPLIANCES, AND GAS RANGE. CARPETS FRESHLY CLEANED AND NEUTRAL PAINT THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE HOME.

MLS 3216632

Offered at $225,000

600 MELBOURNE CT. Charlotte, 28209

CHARMING, UPDATED HOME ON CORNER LOT IN THE HEART OF SEDGEFIELD. SHORT DISTANCE TO THE NEW LIGHT RAIL IS JUST ONE OF THE PERKS THIS LOCATION PROVIDES. NEWLY RENOVATED KITCHEN COMPLETE W/ TILE BACK SPLASH, UPGRADED CABINETRY & SOLID SURFACE COUNTERTOPS. ORIGINAL HARDWOODS KEEP THIS HOME’S CHARM ALIVE. CROWN MOLDING, FENCED YARD, SMOOTH CEILINGS & NEUTRAL PAINT MAKE THIS HOME MOVE IN READY. MASTER BATHROOM ADDITION W/ UPGRADED SINK & SHOWER TILE. ADDITION ALSO ALLOWED FOR A WALK-IN CLOSET!

MLS 3199645

Offered at $350,000

9943 COLEY DR. Huntersville, NC

Williamsburg-inspired John Weiland home on oversized lot in the Skybrook Golf Course Community. Superior craftsmanship greets you and your guests with a grand two story foyer, and curved staircase. Thoughtfully appointed living spaces perfect for entertaining inside and out. Updated owners suite boasts a free standing soaking tub and oversized frameless shower. Dramatic 1,000 sq. ft. third story bonus room with a serene view of the wooded private back yard and outdoor kitchen.

MLS 3197457

Offered at: $570,000

1525 MOSS CREEK DR. Harrisburg NC

Beautifully maintained Harrisburg home with huge private lot in popular Canterfield Estates! Impeccable landscaping, with retractable awning on an oversized patio. Inside, find extras like a gas fireplace, kitchen island, & loft on second floor – perfect for home office or play area. Neutral paint throughout; newer carpet on main floor; brand new water heater & privacy fence!

MLS 3191622

Offered at: $184,500