Flip House Progress

By Kate Riley January 3, 2017

January greetings and Happy New Year! The past ten days have been really great, I took a break from the blog and most of social media and that felt so good. As a blogger I’m always thinking about new content, but I forced myself to step away and not worry about it until January. And here we are!

Stepping away helps me so much with clarity and setting new goals for the future. After taking a break and then looking back, I see that 2016 was very good to me in my personal life. I feel so blessed to have had a year filled with exciting travel and one spent making great memories. I flipped through all the snapshots on my phone and couldn’t help but smile at all those good times I had just living in the moment. My hope for 2017 is much more of the same!

I’ve been in Vegas for a week working on the flip house and reconnecting with my extended family. I had cousins from all over gathering in town and we spent days talking and playing games and it was the BEST!

I’m easing back into blogging with a flip house progress report. Yesterday we left the subcontractors in charge of finishing the two bathroom remodels underway. Here are a few cellphone snapshots I took before I left town showing the progress that’s been made so far. While in town we worked mostly on the hall bathroom and the fireplace in the living room.

I shared a picture of the hall bathroom here, now it’s looking very different. We removed the old tile in the shower and floor and replaced it with more modern choices. The new shower tile is larger in scale (link below), it still needs to be grouted. The floor tile is a graphic pattern I found at Home Depot, it also needs grout. I forget the name of it but I’ll share it when I photograph it and feature it next month.

I’m going for contrast in here, white walls and a dark wood vanity with a white quartz countertop. I chose this vanity and this tile for the backsplash behind the sink, it’s gonna be gorgeous when complete!

The master bathroom has been gutted and the walls retextured but still needs everything: new flooring, a new vanity, and shower tile. I’m ordering a custom vanity so this space will take a few more months to finish.

For this shower I’m also using the same calacatta porcelain tile as in the hall bathroom shower, it looks fantastic in person and is so affordable. Highly recommended!

The only thing that’s complete in the kitchen is the smooth textured walls and vinyl plank flooring. Right now it’s a blank canvas. I mapped out the measurements for the cabinet plan since I’ll be ordering those next week. I like the idea of using green gray cabinets in here with white quartz countertops. I’ll share more ideas on this space as decisions are made, catch a glimpse of the ‘before’ here.

The new Armstrong vinyl plank floors were completed a few months ago, I wrote about their installation back in August. We replaced all the old yellowed electrical plates with white ones, the baseboards are also new. The walls are painted Glidden’s White on White which I also used in the community spaces in the first Vegas remodel. We’ve measured for new windows and they will replaced in February.

We also finished up a remodel of the fireplace with marble stone tile and a DIY mantel. I’ll share the details and better pictures of the fireplace makeover tomorrow.

Fingers crossed we can finish up the bathrooms and kitchen by late spring since the plan is to stage it and put it on the market before summer. Much to do!  :)

Season’s Greetings

By Kate Riley December 25, 2016

Christmas and Hanukkah greetings! I love when both holidays occur at the same time, it feels extra special when they do. I hope you are feeling the love with all your family and friends this weekend! I wanted to share a few links from the creativity from the season, below are a few of my favorites from this holiday’s collection of fun and festive ideas.


I loved the simple greenery in this winter white home tour.

These diy mini wreaths are so easy and feel so fresh.

These holly balloon gift toppers are clever!

How cozy and cute are these yarn orbs?!

These golden holly drinking glasses look very festive.

Emily’s under the table idea is a new favorite.

What a fun way to use twinkle lights.

How gorgeous is this holiday citrus tablescape?

A very creative carton wreath.

Can’t wait to make these gingerbread pancakes on a cold winter morning.

This is a great idea for giving back.

Happy Holidays to everyone! I am so grateful to those of you who stop by this little corner of the blogosphere to follow along with my adventures. I’m excited for what the next year brings, I have two kitchen makeovers to share in January and a progress report on the Vegas flip house. I’m looking forward to sharing all about those space makeovers in 2017!

I’ll return to regular blogging on January 3rd.

Warm wishes and many blessings to you all!