In the Mood: A Proper Gentleman

via The Suits of James Bond

OK, first off, let me be clear, I do not think 007 behaves like a proper gentleman, but I do think he dresses like one.  That is the inspiration for today’s mood board for my boys’ bathroom.  I like the idea of the boys having a bathroom that is masculine, not boyish. I want the bathroom to be something that will stand the test of time.  No Lightning McQueen in this bathroom.

1. Kingston Brass with Double Handle Buckingham Cross

2. Kingston Brass Triple Handle Wall Mounted Tub and Shower Kit

3. Kohler Bellwether Tub

4. Benjamin Moore paint

5. Ariel 36″ Vantage Modern Vanity

I’ve sourced many of my fixtures from, they have a great selection of brands, products and competitive prices.  They also have fantastic customer service.  Another plus is that it remembers your shopping cart for a while.  That way, if you are like me, and need to rethink some of your choices before committing, you can play around with your shopping cart until you are perfectly happy.

I built my design around the gorgeous shower/bath fixture.  I LOVE the exposed pipes and valve.  I think it gives the fixture a more industrial feel.  The long gooseneck rain shower is the icing on the cake.  For the tub, I wanted to keep it simple, with a clean fronted apron.  Finding the right vanity, for a price I was willing to pay, was torture.  I knew I wanted a black vanity and looked at a few different designs like this and this, but none felt right until I found the one.  I’m not 100% sold on the paint color, I’ll have to match it once I get the tile.

Speaking of tile,  you know I’ve been having a hard time deciding what to do about tile.  But I’m pleased to announce that I have figured out the tile for my boys’ bathroom.  Yippee! I can cross one bathroom off my list.  The starting point was this beautiful marble vein cut tile called Asher Grey from Ann Sacks at $12.95 sq/ft.  I like the charcoal lines mixed in with lighter grays.  I actually found the same tile from a local supplier for $3 less per square foot.  But, at the end of the day, this tile is going into the BOYS bathroom, and that  means spills and splatters. Probably not the best environment for such a beautiful material.  Enter porcelain.  While I really dislike faux stone that looks printed on, I found an Italian porcelain that masterfully replicates the variations in the stone, but doesn’t require all the maintenance.

The tile I have pictured is the Re-Use Marble 12×24 field tile that I plan to use on the floor.  I found it for $7.14 sq ft from a different vendor to the one linked to here (that’s almost $6 less than the Ann Sacks, granted the Ann Sacks one is natural stone).  For the tub surround, I plan on using a standard 6×8 white ceramic tile from Home Depot at $1.44 sq/ft, with a decorative natural stone mosaic at $5.46 (for a 3″x12″ strip you actually get about 4 linear ft if you cut it into individual strips).  It too is available from Home Depot.  Originally I was thinking of doing a white tile with a dark grout, but now that I’ve found this decorative tile that matches the floor tile perfectly, I think dark grout might be overkill.  Instead, I’m thinking of doing a horizontal pinstripe effect.  It’s a subtle reference to men’s suiting.  What do you think?  Dark grout, or pinstripe, or both?  Mixing high and low, that’s how I roll.

Note: I wouldn’t normally put natural stone right next to a ceramic tile.  Natural stones tend to be cut thicker, but this one happens to be of the same thickness, so it works.

Also, when I think of the idea of a proper gentleman, I like the think that’s what my boys will grow up to be.   Big Boy is on his way there, but Monkey is more caveman than gentleman. Here’s hoping!

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DIY: Have a Colorful Day Valentine

Honestly, I felt a little pressured this year to come up with a DIY Valentine that was as cute and creative as last year’s and that again wouldn’t involve candy.  So, I looked through the aisles of my local Target for inspiration.  When I found a pack of 24 mini packs of crayons with cool retro striped  packaging for $5, I knew I had the starting point for my project.  I racked my brain for a couple of weeks trying to think of ways to present this little item for a class Valentine and came up with the idea that I would include a design to be colored in. Once I decided on that, the other details fell into place quickly.  I hope you like it as much as I do!

What you will need:

1) Cardstock that I had on hand

2) Mini crayon favor packs (The link is for a more generic pack of crayons through Amazon.  Target only sells the seasonal ones in the store)

3) Cute tape. I got mine from on Etsy for $2.10 plus shipping

4) Print the template (below)

5) Cut and assemble

6) Let the kids enjoy

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Printable Download here.

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Vintage Finds: Industrial Chair

I have been wanting to go to the Alameda Antiques Fair ever since we moved to the Bay Area this past summer.  I had been told by a flea market loving friend of ours that it was a great flea market, similar in size to the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles.   My husband agreed that this past Sunday morning, he would mind the kids while I scoured the aisles.  The flea market didn’t not disappoint, not only were there great vendors, but because the market was set up in a grid it was much easier to navigate than the Rose Bowl.   It was also well organized: shopping carts that could be rented, a loading area with flat carts that could be borrowed, countless gourmet food trucks and plenty of restroom facilities.  I could have easily spent all day there, but I limited myself to three hours.

On my way out the door yesterday my husband told me to have fun and said, “Don’t buy any chairs.”  So, of course, what did I do?  I bought a chair. Why did my husband say that?  Well, because when it comes to house stuff, I have demonstrated a weakness for two things, a) light fixtures and b) CHAIRS.  I love chairs with interesting lines.  If I rounded up all the chairs in our possession (including the ones that are currently in our PODS) we would likely have about 30 chairs.  When we get all our stuff out of storage I will take a picture of all the different chairs so you can see what I mean.

But how could I pass up this beauty?  Gorgeous industrial lines and details, with cheerful and immaculate original yellow upholstery?  The vendor originally quoted me $35, but let me have it for $20.  So happy I brought it home, but I promise I will sell some of my other chairs on craigslist when all is said and done.

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Interior Inspiration: The Right Pattern

I like to think of myself as a fairly decisive person, especially when it comes to design.  I know what I like and don’t like and I go from there.  But choosing the tile for our three and a half bathrooms and one kitchen is proving to be my Achilles heel.  I like so many tiles and patterns that I’m finding it difficult to narrow down my choices.  Should I do ceramic?  Should I do porcelain?  Should I do stone? Should I do glass?  Too many choices.  As a result when I go to sleep at night, I feel like I’m playing a game of Tetris with tile, trying to figure out which patterns go together.

My first preference is for natural stone.  I love it’s timelessness, but I don’t love the maintenance required, plus it is the most costly of the materials.

via Andrika King

I think ceramic tile can be really gorgeous and I love how many different types of tiles are available from standard field tiles, to trim tiles. Plus when done right, the richness of the glaze can be truly breathtaking.

via Bonnie Tsang

I also like porcelain and glass tile.  I especially like their durability (an important consideration with two growing boys).  The applications can be really stunning, although they often tend to have a more modern feel.

via 346 Living

via Houzz

If price were no object I’d happily pick up all my tiles at Ann Sacks, or Waterworks, or Walker Zanger, or even Heath Ceramics since ours is a mid-century home.  But alas, budget rules, so during my mental tile Tetris, I’m trying to come up with an interesting pattern, while also trying to strike the right balance between high and low materials.

Here are some gorgeous tiles that I am lusting after:

1. Walker Zanger – Marquis Pattern Octagon Field

2. Waterworks – Signet parquet solid mosaic

3. Ann Sacks – large herringbone mosaic in Carrara marble

4. Heath Ceramics – ceramic half hex stack

So far, I have visited seven, yes seven, tile showrooms/warehouses and countless online tile retailers to compare prices, designs, etc and have collected a ton of tile samples to aid my indecision.  Below is the current state of affairs, which is very illustrative of how my head feels about my tile choices.

I would like LOVE to know your thoughts, experiences, preferences on tile.

Julie - Isadora,
. Loved combing through your blog just now. I’m excited to see your home once its finished.

Keith - I am having the same design dilemma. But I’ve narrowed down to 2 basic colors and styles at this point after getting numerous (and still coming) tile samples.

My palette is fairly modern (a new modern house) and the colors are gray, white, off-white, very pale blue and very very very pale green/aqua. The feeling I’m wanting is modern/seaside/beach.

Something I’m designing right now is a tetris-like design with two very subtle contrast square tiles, almost the same color but not quite. I was looking for 12 x 12 tiles with a design system that would allow for endless variation, but they don’t make it, so I figure with two 6×6 tile colors I could do the same thing. My problem with most “tetris” designs I’ve seen online is the fact that they are WAY too contrasty and way too colorful. I want the wall to be something that blends in, not screams at you when you walk into the room. This would be for behind a wood stove, almost like a backsplash, but would go all the way up to the cathedral ceiling, very narrow and long, vertical. I want it to have longevity, so am thinking satin or matte finish, again, the key word is subtle. Still working on a design here, so no picture yet.

isadorag - hi Keith,
thanks for dropping by. I would have replied sooner but have been in the middle of moving hell. Thanks for your comment. Would love to see what pattern you come up with. Maybe you can posted to the ReLocated Living FB page once you are done.

NIcole Calloway - Hi Isadora,
Where did you find the carrerra looking tile in the second picture? I love you. You did a beautiful job.

isadorag - I believe it’s from Waterworks.

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DIY: You Rule Valentine

A year ago I put together a cute non-candy DIY Valentine for my Big Boy’s class.  I originally posted it here.  However, since my original post, it seems this little project has taken the internet/pinterest by storm and I am humbled by all the requests I’ve received about it and all the blogs featuring it, for instance here and here.  So, in case you missed it, I am reposting it here with the added bonus of including a printable this time.  For new readers, this is my new blog in which I plan to feature a lot more projects like this one, so I hope you’ll check back often.

Original directions:1) I scored vintage-looking wood rulers at Target for 47 cents each, 2) I printed the “You Rule” message on some red construction paper, 3) cut slits on either end to slide the ruler through and decorated with a little glitter-heart.

For printable version, I left the name area blank so you can personalize with your kid’s signature.  BTW-This is my first printable.  If you like it, please like me on Facebook so that you can keep up to date on any other projects I post.

For printable click here. Enjoy!



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Stacie - Is it possible to make the downloadable say


Happy Valentine’s Day

Instead of just happy valentine???

isadorag - Thanks for your comment. I’ll do it just for you 😉

Heather - These are SOOOOO cute!! Can I pretty please second Stacie’s request for a printable with the minor change of “Valentine’s Day”???


Kathy Heming - When I download it says Happy Valentine- Can I get the one that says


Happy Valentine’s Day


Jessica - Thank you so much for the template, I am giving these to my students this year! Such a great idea!

isadorag - I’ve added an additional printable download with Happy Valentine’s Day, so you can choose.

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Monica - Thanks so much for the printable! You’re awesome!

Jess - Thank you, thank you! You are a lifesaver! Looking for older kid Valentines and found this. Goes great with my clearance stash of rulers from a few years ago! Knew they would be useful sometime!

MS - Thanks a million for the adorable printable! You’re the best!

Sonia - I wanted to do something different for my daughter’s Valentine’s. I loved your idea rulers always come in handy and are way better than candy. Thank you for sharing and also thank you for the printables. Happy Valentine’s!

Mandi - Thank you soooo much for the idea and printable!! I am so excited to be able to send my boys to school with sugar free / non food valentines that are also awesome!

Rachel - So thankful for this printable. Really glad to have my daughter give a cute, simple, homemade valentine that doesn’t have an overly commercialized character on it or attached to more sugar.
Thanks so much!

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Alice - What kind of paper do you recommend using? I am a little scared to try construction paper in my printer.

isadorag - Hi Alice,
Red construction paper worked for me, but if you’re scared to put it through your printer you can always get some red cardstock from your local craft store. Ultimately it needs to be a paper that has more weight than a regular sheet of paper, because you want it to hold the ruler comfortably. I used construction paper because I had it within reach.
Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

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Victoria - Hi! Congratulations on your internet success. You’re EVERYWHERE! Do you mind telling me what fonts you used for the words “you rule” as well as the “happy valentine” part? THANKS!

Jennifer - Hi! I love this idea – thank you for the printable! I’m going to use it for my second graders. Question – what is the best way to make the slits in the construction paper to slide the rulers in?

isadorag - Hi Victoria,
“You rule” uses Arial Narrow and “Happy V Day” uses Impact Label Reverse. I downloaded the latter from one of the Free font sites.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for stopping by.

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Maude - Thank you for this lovely printable. What a cute non-candy gift for classmates!

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet - Just realised you have a new blog and wanted to come over and say how much this idea rules here as well !!!

Save On Everything - Hi Isadora! Just stopped by to let you know we featured this on our recent blog post. Such a cute idea!

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Sara - This is awesome!! Thank you sooo much!! I got the rulers at the 99 Cent store, 4/$1.oo.

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isadorag - Hi,
The sleeve is intended for a 12″ ruler, however, if you reduce the size when you print or photocopy, I’m sure you can scale it to your needs.

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kimberly - hi! I absolutely love this. What a great idea! Can I please ask you to if you could put happy valentines day? for me, I want to do for my son’s class.
Thank you Kimberly

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