3 Ways to Revitalize Your Vanity With A’vant

Home upgrades, especially bathroom upgrades can be tough to maneuver! Thank you to VT Industries and their A’vant Vanities for sponsoring this post, and providing much-needed inspiration as we embark on our home renovation journey.

Planning a bathroom renovation/upgrade? Here's 3 ways to revitalize your vanity with A'vant Vanities from VT Industries. Above all have FUN #ad #avantvanity

As you are well aware of now, we are upgrading our master bedroom/bathroom later this month.

It keeps coming closer and closer, and I’m a bit in shock about how much our lives will change soon. I’m nervous about the displacement and the changes, but I’m also super excited. Things will be different! And better! We have spent weeks looking on Houzz. I’m not even sure what’s most fun – picking out medicine cabinets and mirrors, picking out tubs, or picking out vanities. The vanity is a place you spend a lot of your life! It’s often where you start your day, and where you end it too.

Cassidy and I love to talk about single or double sinks, and what kinds of faucets we might love. Ultimately, replacing our dull or barely-existent vanities will bring new life to our bathroom. That’s why I love A’vant products. They bring new life to your bathroom! A’vant Vanity Surfaces will rejuvenate your bathroom with their stunning colors and natural textures.

Their products are solid surface bathroom vanities, created with durable quartz and granite. The surfaces are proven to maintain their color and consistency for years, and are available in 15 on-trend hues – ranging from wintry whites to earthy browns! There are custom and standard pairings, and A’vant vanities come in five standard sizes. Delivery is quick and nationwide, and sinks are available in two different shapes as well as two different elegant color options to complete this one-of-a-kind look! The shapes are rectangular or circular, paired with your choice of a modern white or bisque color.

Here are three ways to revitalize your vanity!

1 – Replace your vanity top. This is a simple way to totally change the look of your bathroom. A’vant Vanities make so many different statements. We browse Houzz to look at different styles for our house – like modern, rustic, farmhouse, etc.

This is a simple and fun way for DIYers to revitalize their bathrooms.

2 – Replace your faucet. We’ve had to do this in the kitchen and the upstairs bathroom. Sometimes you go into a bathroom and you instantly notice if they have a cool sink/faucet! Ours had been badly in need of updating for ages!

3 – Buy new accessories. Before the renovation planning, we did a bathroom refresh so that it would be more fun in the remaining months we had with it the way it was. I had fun picking out a new trash can, new soap dispensers, colorful new towels, a new shower curtain, and a matching bath mat. It’s amazing how those little touches make big changes.

It turns out that remodeling your bathroom is easier than you think, and A’vant Vanities make the process even easier! I LOVE their custom and standard sizes, and their awesome colors. I love how they appeal to our various styles.

Make sure you stay in touch with VT Industries on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Houzz! (I love Houzz so much) And find your local dealer for VT Industries at this link, so that you can begin your own vanity project!

Have you seen A’vant vanities’ 15 colors here? Which one is your favorite?

Happy Revitalizing!

5 Ways to Make Your Home Exterior Magazine Ready

This post is a collaboration with James Hardie. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Are you working on your dream home? Find out why James Hardie is THE place for exterior siding and trim products. Request a sample! #ad #jameshardieinspired

As you may know, we’re working on renovating our house right now. It’s a series of big projects!

Not only do we want more space and design, both inside and outside, and not only do we want our house to more mirror the home of our dreams, we also want to add value to our house for years down the line. We want panache! We want curb appeal! As a real estate photographer part-time, (in fact, I have a condo job in a few days!) I LOVE to see how people add beauty and style to their home’s exteriors. It’s true – some of them really are magazine ready! And my camera captures it.

Here are 5 great tips we’ve learned for making your home’s exterior magazine ready!

1 – Act like a potential buyer. Strange, right? I have to do that to be a real estate photographer! Otherwise I might not notice obvious things to highlight (or avoid) in photos. With a more critical eye, take notes and see what you think needs repairing, cleaning, replacing, or all of the above. Also, drive by your house from both directions both in the morning and in the evening. You’ll notice new things each time – like objects in the gutters or on the roof, or missing pieces of siding.

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2 – Numbers matter. That’s right! Are your house numbers dirty, cracked, or missing? Replacing them improves curb appeal!

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3 – Plant some COLOR! Honestly, this is the time of year for it. With the exception of winter, many plants bloom year-round! Add porch containers, window boxes, and flower beds. Choose bright colors that go well together and use only real plants.

In fact, add lights to your landscaping too! We have fun and functional solar lights.

4 – Let light in! Although opening windows, curtains & blinds helps the interior of the house even more, open curtains look even prettier on the street. Go out to look at your house with curtains closed, and then look again with them open.

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5 – Discover James Hardie. Are you familiar with the James Hardie® product line? It offers a versatile collection of profiles, textures, widths and colors – to grace homes with authentic character in the tradition of the great American home design. James Hardie’s commitment to artistry and innovation allows for beautiful, timeless designs and uncompromising performance to elevate everyday life. Homeowners can make the most of every moment – and truly savor life at home.


Are you a color freak like I am? James Hardie® ColorPlus® Technology finishes are there to deliver the ultimate in aesthetics and performance. This helps keep homes looking beautiful longer than field-applied paint on wood-based or other fiber cement siding. Your home will stand out on the block with its rich, thick, and consistent finish that results from multiple coats of color being baked onto siding in a controlled environment. Their advanced technology coats surfaces, edges and features uniformly, and the multiple coats of color are baked onto the board for a brilliant finish and a strong bond that resists chipping, peeling, cracking, and fading, for years of lasting beauty. And, you can express your personality through hundreds of inspiring color combinations – 16 national colors and up to 9 regional specialty colors.

Array of products:

James Hardie gives you an array of products and profiles to achieve a timeless look. There’s HardiePlank® lap siding – North America’s #1 brand of siding in textured, smooth, or beaded. There’s HardieShingle® siding – to achieve the handcrafted look of cedar with lower maintenance than cedar or wood-based shingles. We love HardiePanel® vertical siding – available in textured, smooth, or stucco. You couple it with HardieTrim® boards to capture rustic board-and-batten features. Complete your home’s exterior with HardieSoffit® panels and HardieTrim® boards – to add clean, finishing touches to porches, columns, doors, windows, etc.! All of these amazing products work together to give you your home exterior.


James Hardie fiber cement products are Engineered for Climate®. In the northern United States and in Canada, HZ5® products resist shrinking, swelling and cracking even after years of wet or freezing conditions. Meanwhile, HZ10® products resist damage from hot, humid conditions, blistering sun and more. The products are tougher than the elements and stand up to storms and harsh weather. They are also water resistant to protect against swelling, warping, and cracking – plus damage from mold. More fire resistant than wood or vinyl siding, and won’t be eaten by animals or insects!


James Hardie stands behind its siding 100% for 30 years and behind its trim 100% for 15 years! The ColorPlus® Technology has a 15-year limited finish warranty.


James Hardie has earned the trust of industry experts as seen here:
HardiePlank lap siding is backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal
Chosen by builders annually as a Brand Leader in Builder Magazine since 2009
Green Builder Magazine 2013, 2015 and 2016 Reader’s Choice “Most Sustainable Product”
Featured on the DIY Network’s Blog Cabin since 2012 and Southern Living’s Idea House year after year

Connect with James Hardie on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Houzz, and YouTube!

Interested in learning more? You can check out additional design ideas and request a sample of the products HERE.

How do you add curb appeal to your home?

Are you working on your dream home? Find out why James Hardie is THE place for exterior siding and trim products. Request a sample! #ad #jameshardieinspired