Creating an In-Home Spa

Harsh reality: I only have two more months to enjoy my 3 soaking tub-clad bathrooms that have been transformed from “ho-hum” to “oh wow!”

Photo proof? Got it.





See what I mean? We DIYed it all; Ripped out the fiberglass surrounds, installed gorgeous porcelain tile, restained cabinets, framed mirrors, installed built in medicine cabinets, got new lights, and painted the rooms light gray. I can feel the calm just describing it!

So now what makes the perfect in-home spa? I think it varies for everyone.

My perfect slice of relaxation heaven? Lots of candles, bath oil or a bath bomb, and spa music (thanks Spa Radio on Pandora!). Follow that with painting my nails and doing my hair and I’d have to say….
You’re dreaming! Who has that much time? 😉


But in all seriousness, take some time to spoil yourself. Enjoy an in-Home spa experience with some of these products and instructables!

Bath Bombs
LUSH – I cannot wait to splurge on some of these bath bombs and bubble bars! I’ve heard amazing things, though I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little afraid of the color dying my tub…any of you have experience with LUSH bath products? Ease my worries please!

DIY it! Naturally Martha Stewart knows how! She has great tips on where to find ingredients and a great cocktail of fragrance options!


My favorite way of getting the light layer of bubbles I love is with Neutrogena’s Body Oil. Go easy, as a little of this sesame-based oil goes a loooooong way. If you overdo it, you could climb out of the bath smelling a bit like your fave Chinese take-out.

DIY it! This recipe from Live Laugh Rowe sounds super luxe! With easy ingredients and directions, this would make a perfect gift for others….or yourself!

Burn, Baby, Burn! Candles, that is.

Don’t get me started on my love for all things scented. My home is filled with Glade/Febreeze candles (keeps the rooms smelling neutral and fresh) and it’s a good thing my husband keeps me in check and doesn’t let me roam unattended in the candle section of any store. If you asked, though, my fave brands for spa-time are Voluspa for Anthropologie (whichever scent fits your mood) and my wedding candle (shown above) from World Market that’s submerged in coffee beans that fills my bathroom with a Madagascar Vanilla and Coffee Bean scent that is oh-so-intoxicatingly-subtle.

DIY it! Live Simply has combined my fave scent ever (rosemary, mmmm) and has spa-ed it with the addition of lavender into an amazingly rich soy candle. I think when I make this I might just add in a bit of lemon zest to really make it my own!

Some DIY extras for fun? Why not! Indulge!
Vanilla Rose Body Scrub
Whipped Body Butter
Vanilla Bath Salts
Cocoa Butter Bath Truffles

What products do you love to achieve an in-home spa experience? Leave me a comment below!


Dream Master Bath

It’s time for me to start brainstorming ideas of what to do with our Master Bathroom in the new apartment! (7 days and counting!! Eeek!!)

We already have this awesome shower curtain that we got at our shower.


It was Jeff’s pick, naturally, as he is very much into the outdoors. I love it’s ability to transform a bathroom into a sanctuary for relaxing inside our home.

I’m thinking of using the tree as the basis for a “Outside In” theme. Inspiration:


Here’s what I’m picturing:


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Copper & Stones



These luxe, fluffy bath towels in cream will perfectly accent the decor


aA “stone” bath mat is the perfect compliment to the tree shower curtain and adds texture to the room – if I could get this in a mixed stone color or stone gray, it’s be perfect!

Wall Decorations

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These copper accents will add warmth and earthly elements; fire from tealight holder and water from wall fountain.

Sink Accessories



Apothecary jars are not only useful for holding cotton balls, cotton swabs and other commonly used bath items, but can also house natural elements

“Metal” Look Letters

I am getting more excited by the day to make my way out to California (73 days!) and get to decorating our new apartment! Jeff is being so sweet and letting me have full reign over decorating our master bedroom, master bath, and guest bathroom. What a nice guy….he he he…if he only knew what he was getting himself into 🙂

All kidding aside, I don’t plan on going crazy or anything, but I really want to include a few elements that I’ve been posting in my Around The House posts. Lately I’ve been finding myself gravitating towards these awesome DIY “metal” look letters. They can be used for so many rooms in so many ways, it’s unbelievable!

In our guest bathroom, I want to use this complete design, but DIY it all myself! Check out those BATH metal letters!


In the living room or office, I want to put a big V, since it will be our first apartment together with the same last name. I also really like this organizer for an office or living room, too, so I might take the one that I use as an end table in our bedroom and transform it into something like this!


These letters are super easy, and really cheap to make yourself. Grab the letters you want from the craft store (Michael’s and JoAnn’s sell them for sure!) and some metal tone paint; many tutorials I have seen use Rust-oleum Hammered Spray Paint; and get to work!

For easy to use instructions on making these letters, head over to the Glimmer and Grit blog now!

BATH letters
Office Organizer – Me Oh My Blog