If You Have Some Extra Time…

Staycation | PepperDesignBlog.com

With the big remodel underway we’ve been as busy as ever on the weekends being productive around the house. But! When these four walls hold us in and it starts to feel like a cage, we’ve been exploring some of our more beautiful San Diego destinations by thinking of them as afternoon ‘staycations’. Not actually staying anywhere special, but by checking out kid-friendly areas like splash pads, water front parks and hotel pools that you can visit or buy day passes to (little known secret that’s pretty awesome). Being tourists in your own city is really just about the best thing ever and is great for all of that kid energy.

This post today is publishing a little late, but if you have some extra time I hope that you enjoy some light reading on this Sunday afternoon:

How to be a better listener. (PS easily distracted?)

This article on what paternity leave looks like is great – but the pictures really did me in.

Homemade cookie butter (heart eyes emoji here).

Right now I’m all about the slightly baggy long sleeve pullover tucked into rolled jean shorts and paired with my Zuzii flats (how is the weather in your neck of the woods? It’s about 68 F here).

Spring for your lips.

I’m planning on adding a diy leaning ladder (it’s constructed in my mind…) to our new bed/bathroom remodel. Loved these five ways to style them – especially the hanging planters.

This home tour.

I’m trying to find a nursing-friendly black one piece (for a postpartum belly’s sake) and am turning to J Crew to see if this one, this onethis one, or this one might work. Boring, but that’s all this momma wants for the beach these days. Maybe I should go the tankini route?

Happy weekend. xo

Marlowe’s Newborn Photos

M’s first few weeks of life were so busy (and overwhelming) that I managed only a few true newborn photos (which I shared here, she was about 3 weeks old). I’m an okay photographer but I rely on photoshop and photoshop actions to give my images that extra boost. They are often not as crisp or bright as I like (there’s an art that takes so much practice!). It works out well enough for this blog and for capturing family moments, but my handful of photos for Marley didn’t feel special enough for remembering her beautiful welcome into the world.

I kept debating on whether I should invest in an actual photographer, and finally around 6 weeks I pulled the trigger. Since Marley was no longer a teeny tiny newborn (no sleeping or basket photos), our photographer Katie shot a few lifestyle photos instead and I decided to include the whole family (btw, if you plan on teeny tiny newborn photos, Katie suggests to plan on doing those within the first 5-6 days of birth).

Although Marlowe is still teeny tiny, her wide awake 6-week-old eyes and alert little body reveal something special and unique, too.

Marlowe's Newborn & Family Photos | PepperDesignBlog.com


Marlowe's Newborn & Family Photos | PepperDesignBlog.com

I have about 20 favorites :), so I would bog down the load time on the front page of this site to share them all right here, but I do invite you to click through for the whole shebang!

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Master Bath & Bedroom: Cement Tile

Did you have a nice weekend? Our Easter was so special – we celebrated Marley’s baptism! It was a beautiful morning followed by an afternoon of good food, Easter egg hunts and friends.

Very sorry if you’ve had a hard time loading this site over the last few days, I have too and it’s been so annoying. I’m trying to figure out what’s going on (I seem to always have issues with that despite caching and all of the other quick load time secrets).

So we are incredibly close to laying the cement tile floor in the new bathroom and I’m so excited. I feel like this was a bold design choice but one that I’ve had zero regrets about since picking the tile out, waiting for shipment and storing it. And that feels like it’s been a long time!

The cement tile that we chose is here (love Cement Tile Shop), but today I thought I’d share images that I’ve been attracted to for so long and that have helped me fall in love with the idea of using a cement tile in our bathroom (it also doesn’t hurt that our home is built with 1930s Spanish influence, so it works well for the integrity of the space too).

On to beautiful images…

Master Bathroom Cement Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

Master Bathroom Cement Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Cement tile on the floor might be a favorite, there’s something about that intense graphic design at your feet.

Master Bathroom Cement Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

Master Bathroom Cement Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Master Bathroom Cement Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

Master Bathroom Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

Master Bathroom Cement Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

Master Bathroom Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Not a bathroom… but I couldn’t exclude this image because this kitchen is incredible.

Master Bathroom Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com


Cement tile isn’t the only way to draw attention to the floor in a space, the shock of blue on the right and the gradient herringbone on the left is perfection.

Master Bathroom Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

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I’m all for one statement wall as well. We played around with one cement tile wall (even just a backsplash) instead of the floor, but I think for our layout what we’ve chosen is best.

Master Bathroom Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

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A simple Pinterest search for cement tiles in bathrooms pulls up so many amazing options, and here’s my master bathroom Pinterest board for more goodness.

We’re planning on installing radiant heating underneath the cement tiles (rumor has it that it’s a very cold flooring material to use) and installation for that project begins tomorrow. What do you think, would you venture down the cement tile path? I can’t wait to see it in!

PS more master bathroom renovation progress here.

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