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Sharing memories of summer and simple summer bathroom decor for ideas and inspiration.

Hello, August. It’s nice to see you again.

This time last year, we were hauling block for the garage foundation, counting down the days until we got hitched and had a stress level out of this world 🙂

shiplap wall in bathroom with rustic industrial shelves

Funny how much changes in a year.

Next weekend we’re actually building the garage; the project that has been two and a half years in the making. The project that had us staying up until dark, trying to get all the block in before our family descended on us for the wedding.

bathroom vanity with concrete counter top

Speaking of wedding, we’re coming up on our one year wedding anniversary. ONE YEAR, my friends. I find myself constantly thinking if they’re all going to fly by this fast?

August is also marks being in the house for 2.5 years. And this bathroom? It was our very first start-to-finish room renovation project.

bathroom vanity with concrete counter top

Technically, the entryway was the first space but it isn’t actually done, so we can’t really count it. The bathroom on the other hand, while there are things we want to go back and update, is completely done. The trim, the tile, the counters, the sink – everything is installed and finished and working.

I still remember going to our builder outlet store with Brett and my parents, picking out the tile floor. And then a few months later, strolling the aisles of Lowe’s in West Saint Paul at 9 o’clock in the evening, on our way home from some family function.

bathroom shower

It’s funny what memories stick out when looking back – which ones make an impact on us and which ones fade into the dark.

So, as we wind down another summer season, I wonder where we’ll be next August…

rustic industrial bathroom

While I can’t be sure what memories will spark next year, one thing is for sure. I know we’ll be looking back, thankful for another year in a house that we get to make our own.

All our best,


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    • North Country Nest

      Thank you so much! Brett built the vanity himself – he definitely nailed it 🙂

  1. Gayle

    Kill, is that Grandma Ella’s stool in the bathroom? I’m so glad you were able to use it. It fits perfect!

    • North Country Nest

      It is her stool! It’s hopped around a few of our rooms – I love it 🙂

  2. Kati

    What a gorgeous bathroom! Love the colors and that vanity top is fantastic.

    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, Kati! The vanity is a DIY concrete one we did and I agree, it turned out so good for our first time 🙂

  3. Krystle

    Love the cabinets. What color is that?

    • North Country Nest

      Thank you so much, Krystle! That was Brett’s first furniture build! 🙂

      The vanity is painted in Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze.

  4. steph

    Any chance you have some plans for guidelines for Brett’s vanity build? We love the design and would like to do the same style.

    • North Country Nest

      Hey Steph!
      Unfortunately, we don’t have any plans, yet! He kind of just threw it together.
      However, we are planning on building a custom vanity for the master bathroom project and will definitely have plans for that.


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