Creating a Magazine-Worthy Remodel in Rural Wisconsin

Follow local blogger and television host Carrie Gillaspie as she remodels her parents master bathroom using local products. Impossible? Not so! She says: “People think these magazine-worthy renovations are out of reach in a small rural area: They’re really not though!”

Carrie suggests creating a “Mood Board” (with the help of a site like Pinterest) of ideas that catch your eye as a start when designing a new space, which she does here. Follow her at and stay tuned for updates on her progress!


Y’all, I’m excited!

My parents will be beginning a remodel on their home in a few short months, and they’ve asked me to be their designer for the project. Woot woot! The creative juices have been flowing in my mind and I cannot wait to help them make their home beautiful. Of course it’s an extra plus that I’ll get enjoy it too when I come to visit!

A little background on my parents situation. They built their home back in ’91 shortly after I was born and have lived there ever since. There are parts of their home I really love, and other parts that annoy the heck out of me and don’t function as well as they could. Regardless, I’m lucky to be one of those people who can still come home to the house they grew up in.

The overall goal of the entire house remodel is to give things a face lift, while also improving function. The renovation will be taking place over a period of a few years most likely, starting with the second floor and moving down to the main level. First up is the master bathroom, and the “kids bathroom” as we called it growing up.

Right now I’m focusing most of my attention on nailing down the master bath design because I really want to give my parents that dream bathroom they’re hoping for. Once I’ve got a handle on the master. I’ll be back to share my ideas about the kids bathroom.

Side note: does anyone else always refer to some rooms or places as something even though times have completely changed?! Exhibit A: the kids bathroom. Even though me and my siblings are all grown adults, it still remains the kids bathroom….I digress.

This my current vision board for the master bathroom.

Here are some other bathrooms I’ve been crushing on and using as inspiration

Irwin Builds
Change and Co.
Greige Design
Magnolia Homes
Magnolia Homes

I’m so excited to document this renovation with ya’ll!