We’re almost 4 months into the renovation and have realized we made a few woopsies along the way – no one’s perfect! To soothe our regretful souls, we thought we’d air them out on the blog – and hey maybe we’ll help one of you down the road from making the same mistakes!

Mistake 1
We ordered the wrong size vanity for the kids bath. Why does this suck? Well to ship it back it would cost us $250 – not worth it! So, it is currently listed on Craigslist.

Too small.
Too small.


Tip: Always be sure to maximize the space you have for a vanity. Per code, you need at least 30″ of clearing for toilets. A couple extra inches to either side is nice to have, but not more than that. It will leave an awkward dead space in the bathroom that would be much better used in a larger vanity for more storage and counter space.

Just right! (and another 10 inches)
Just right! (and another 10 inches)











Mistake 2
The chandelier we ordered for our “formal” room was too small. Additionally, we got so far down the rabbit hole chasing a great deal, that we forgot about the original one we picked out at Restoration Hardware (which was actually less expensive).

Tip: A large room needs a large chandelier, period. The space needs to look balanced. Also, when price comparing and shopping around, make a list of the items that you are considering with their prices and pictures (Pinterest is a great resource for this – make it useful for you). Before you pull the trigger on one, revisit all your options that were under consideration. You may find that the one you looked at months ago is actually the best option.

Ending up with our first choice! (after returning the wrong choice)
Ending up with our first choice! (after returning the wrong one)

Mistake 3
Ordering costly double french doors for our guest bedroom, when the money would have been better used to make that room larger, with either a single door or window.

Tip: Don’t let knee jerk reactions get the best of you (like it did me!). I was anti making the room larger as I was worried about the cost and time. If I would have considered the implication it had on the cost of doors, and that while the project seemed more difficult – it would have saved us money in the long room and gained us more room.

Bottom line here – take your time and slow down on the big decisions! We run a million miles a minute during these renovations, but we learned our lesson on taking a breath once in awhile.


Brandon & Summer

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