R. Cartwright Design Bathroom Remodel Project
Bathroom Design

R. Cartwright Design Bathroom Remodel Project

A fun bathroom remodel that I worked on the better part of last year is live on the R. Cartwright Design blog today. I love how this room turned out so much. More photos and before and after floor plans in the post.

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Vintage Mud Cloth Planter Covers
Interior Design

Vintage Mud Cloth Planter Covers

I spotted these vintage mud cloth planter covers by Boho Pillow over on Etsy this morning and was instantly in love. What a great idea! You can use these pretty little covers to disguise your basic, inexpensive terracotta planters. I love their boho vibe and how they can add small

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Pacific Coast Highway Big Sur
Life

Seven Must-Sees From Our Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway Weekend

Ever since I read Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur in college, I’ve wanted to travel down the winding Pacific Coast Highway and see the redwoods and majestic views. During my 20s, I lived in California for almost two years and never made the trip, which I’ve always regretted. Well, earlier this summer,

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Summer Reading List

I have been reading a ton this summer and loving every minute of it. I’ve been really fortunate to discover some wonderful books and new-to-me authors that embody everything I love about reading. And, after taking a little hiatus, I’ve resumed reading non-fiction in the morning, saving fiction for before

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Etsy Finds and Favorites – August Edition

Over the last year, I’ve had a particular desire to get rid of all our stuff and replace it with only what we really need. I’ve already purged my closet and significantly reduced my book collection and have plans for the kitchen and basement next. But, while I find the idea

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Master Bathroom Remodel - Photo by Cassandra Monroe
Our House

My Master Bathroom Before and After

I’m very excited to finally share our master bathroom before and after photos. We have enjoyed every minute of using the new space for the past year. It was a tough decision to pull the trigger on such a big project because we’ve put quite a bit of money into our

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Des Moines Botanical Gardens
Life

Touring the Des Moines Botanical Gardens

On Saturday, we celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday with a trip to the Des Moines Botanical Gardens. I’ve lived in Des Moines for almost eight years and driven by the large dome visible from 235 countless times, but I’ve never visited until now. Everyone in my husband’s family loves plants and

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Shopping for Vintage and Antique Furniture at The HighBoy

I have always had a great love for vintage and antique furniture and home decor. Growing up, we didn’t have a huge collection of vintage in our home, but we did have a wonderful antique desk as well as a barrister bookcase that belonged to my grandfather. These were my favorite

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Master Bedroom & Bathroom Refresher

I recently completed a concept for a transitional and neutral master bedroom and bathroom refresh. My clients wanted to replace their hand-me-down furniture and update the look to their current taste but were torn between investing in this home or starting from scratch with a new-build. When we met, they

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Amber Interiors
Interior Design

My Favorite Round Mirrors

Round mirrors are having a bit of a moment. They work beautifully over a dresser in the bedroom, in combination with a great console in the entry, or in lieu of art anywhere throughout the home. They function equally well as an unexpected element in bathrooms of all shapes and styles,

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Discussing 3D Modeling Software on The Chaise Lounge Podcast

The Chaise Lounge Podcast, hosted by Nick May, is one of my favorite podcasts and an absolute must-listen for anyone interested in the business of interior design. Back in March, I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Nick for one of his Industry segments. We discussed my e-book on

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Etsy Favorites - Ceramic Bangle Bracele
Interior Design

Etsy Favorites – July Edition

Since it’s a brand new month, I thought it was a good time for another round up of my Etsy favorites. I don’t know about you, but I feel like it’s impossible to find anything good on Etsy these days. Why did they take away the old front page? The

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Welcome! I’m a Des Moines based interior designer, boy mom to one, avid reader and always aspiring artist. I started this blog when I moved to Iowa in 2008. Currently, I write about life in Iowa, personal development, and my creative journey.

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