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When I was in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, I got to tour a modern loft outfitted with furniture solely covered in Sunbrella fabrics.   The loft was beautiful, but I was especially taken by the baby's breath flower arrangement.  The lighting is not the best in this cell phone pic, but the arrangement was really interesting in such a modern space.  And it looked good, folks.  Real good. I know, I know, baby's breath has gotten a bad rap.  But it can really be beautiful.

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Baby's breath, also known as gypsophila, was introduced in the US in 1828 when gardeners from Britain introduced several of their favorite garden flowers.

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An instant hit in the States, baby's breath became a symbol of everlasting love, innocence, and purity.  Opinion differs on how gypsophila became "baby's breath".  Some say it was  given the moniker because of the sweet smell, and others say the name was prescribed because of its delicate appearance.

[caption id="attachment_8305" align="aligncenter" width="360"]martha stewart martha stewart[/caption]   The arrangement in Atlanta stuck with me, so the week I returned home, I bought three bunches of baby's breath and got to work. I wanted to share with you today an update on our Master Bathroom renovation.  You can read more about where we started and what prompted the reno here.   Not a whole lot has changed from the inspiration board, but I am pondering tweaking one or two things.

As you can see, we have a subfloor now, and the walls have been made smooth.  We are ready to paint hopefully soon. We built this small platform so our barber shop sink will have something to sit on to give it a little more height.  My husband had this idea, and I think it is so smart.  (have I mentioned lately what a great design partner he is?)  He wanted the sink to feel like part of the main bathroom, and I think this platform is just the unity these two spaces needed.  The sink will be perpendicular to the main floor, so one will step down and turn to use the sink.

I am very passionate about saving as much as we can of the original bathroom, so the old trim was carefully taken off and put back.  We replaced wood only as needed.  You can see where the old and new blends in this photo.  Of course, when it is painted, you will never know. As happy as I am to see this room opened up (I seriously cannot believe how much lighter it feels), I am most excited about the shower transformation.  It is fully tiled and grouted, and it looks fabulous.

I've been in Atlanta soaking up some amazing speakers at the Design Bloggers Conference the past few days, and I am on my way home now.  In fact, this post is coming to you from the clouds this early morning.  I'm missing my husband and babies, of course, so I am ready to get home! I wanted to share with you two of my favorite articles I recently wrote for P+G Everyday.  I think they have lots of useful information, and I like sharing articles with you that I save for myself to refer back to. First up, knife blocks...I see these in the store, and they are super expensive, right?  The thing is, you can save yourself some money by buying a nice set of knives and making your own knife block. [caption id="attachment_8198" align="aligncenter" width="590"]p+g everyday p+g everyday[/caption]   These DIY options look darn good, and I like the organic feel to them.   Next up, ice ice baby...

Okay, so I know it's not Valentine's Day, but I tried to post this Friday, and for some reason, my site will not let me upload pictures.  I have just discovered a way around the problem, but it takes about twelve years to get everything done.  My site manager is working on this problem, so hopefully, all will be back to normal soon. Since our oldest was born, I have made the same type of valentine for my husband every year.  He loved it so much the first year I made one, I decided to continue the theme.  I've made seven of these family valentines now, and it is so much fun to look at all of their little faces and how they have changed.  When taking these photos, I try to capture lots of little things that emphasize their personalities.  Here's a look at these family treasures...

They are pretty easy to make, so even if you're not much of a crafter, I think you can do this. : ) Plus there's just something special about homemade cards, right?  They may not be magazine worthy, but they are yours, and they are sentimental, and they were created with your time and hands. Here's how I make my family valentines...