Our Master Bath

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What sparked our master bath renovation you might ask. What’s not to love about half carpet, no door, and a vanity that is lower than my hip bones (5’4″)! I mean look at it!

before master bath with carpet!

before master bath with carpet!

Before Master Bath with his and her closets

Before Master Bath with his and her closets

master shower before

master shower before

Entrance to master bath

Entrance to master bath

Although this beauty was on our renovation list what really made it happen was the shower leaking into the kitchen. The previous owners had added clear silicone caulking to the base of the shower, which helped it to pass inspection, but didn’t hold up once we were in the house. Nothing like unpacking boxes and water starting to drip on your head.

Leak from the master shower into the kitchen

Leak from the master shower into the kitchen

Given that this space was dark and dingy I already knew I’d want to add a lot of white to the space and probably hexagons somehow. Here are a couple inspiration images:

Master shower inspiration

Master shower inspiration

As a matter of fact, I have an entire bathroom board that you can view on Pinterest. The board shows that overall I was pretty consistent with light colors, grays, and marble, with the exception of this 772-978-4317, which I had pulled because I like the accent wall of molding.

Keeping in mind that we don’t plan to live in this house for more than five years we knew we needed to upgrade the current midget vanity since it only had one sink. We also needed to keep in mind the investment level for our neighborhood so we mixed high-end and lower end as to not price ourselves out of the neighborhood.

I started the hunt for the big things like tile and the vanity. In our 1/2 bath, we used a 12×24 white tile that looks great next to a white Carrera marble, so I sourced more of it for the walls and the floor.

Vanity with Carrera marble top and under mount sinks

Vanity with Carrera marble top and under mount sinks

Carrera marble from Marbleonline.com

Carrera marble from Marbleonline.com

Marbleonline.com has great customer service. I ordered from them three different times and they would match to your original order. Then there was no fear of multiple tones of Carrera in one space. Plus the delivery was very fast. Highly recommend this online dealer.

Next was lighting. There was one bar of vanity lights that cast really nice shadows on my face, along with a yellowish color that made me think I was tan. I wanted to have sconces on either side of a mirror and a little above eye level. It helps to be illuminated from both sides when doing makeup.

I was trying to keep costs low since we unexpectantly had to do this renovation so I was acting as general contractor on this project. I had to line up the plumber, electrician, drywall people, tile and painting people. There are two major things that I walked away learning that I will never forget. 1. Triple check that the concrete for a shower pan is sloped enough to drain water. 2. Make sure the shower bench is wrapped in a membrane to be watertight. These two things delayed our project by at least two weeks, probably three. We had to start over in both areas and had to order more tile, but it was a very valuable lesson learned.

Here are some mid-renovation pictures and I’ll share the final bath soon!

From kitchen into master bath

From kitchen into master bath

Master shower with bench

Master shower with bench

master shower floor

master shower floor

tile bath mat

tile bath mat

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Elizabeth’s Sunroom

You’re going to see several posts about Elizabeth’s house mainly because they have been in their home for 10 years now, and we all know that styles change and tastes evolve over that period of time.

The original sunroom was a sliding door from the kitchen. When the house was originally built in the 60’s this door led to the patio. The sunroom was probably built in the 80’s and needless to say it wasn’t airtight. The ceilings were low and overall it felt cramped. While doing the kitchen renovation they decided to rebuild the sunroom. Even without furniture, the room is gorgeous. It has western sun and a vaulted ceiling.

The furniture that was in the room has been in her family for 70+ years. It’s very Serena and Lily and I love the vibe. One of the requirements of the room was that the existing furniture is used. Elizabeth wanted to honor her Grandmother by including her in the process of recovering the furniture. Here are the before pictures:

Bamboo furniture before

Bamboo furniture before

I don’t have pictures of the room before they rebuilt it, but you can see in the picture above it has linoleum floors.

I actually like the original fabric, but it was worn out and doesn’t go with the cottage coastal vibe of their house. The fabric they picked is very pretty and a much lighter color scheme. Here is the after:

Bamboo Furniture After

Bamboo Furniture After

I’m going to admit, I love a pattern, but it does scare me. The furniture set has two chairs, a footstool, sofa, coffee table and two side tables. With two chairs and a sofa in the same fabric, I was nervous about accessorizing and adding texture to the room.

Now that this room is open to the kitchen it gets a lot more use, not only from the humans in the household but also the dogs running out the back door to the yard. The slate floors are beautiful (more on that in the kitchen post coming soon) but the room needed a durable rug to ground the space. I searched a lot of sites like Ballard Designs, and looked at HomeGoods (like three stores) but I ended up finding exactly what I was looking for at Home Depot. What was I looking for you might ask? I wanted a natural fiber rug that has a rubber backing and a green fabric border.

Natural fiber area rug

The rest of the items in the room are from HomeGoods. I looked for greens and pinks to bring those color out from the pattern on the sofa and chairs, yet break up the pattern so it wasn’t as intense. Anyway, here is the after.

Sunroom Reveal

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I realize now there is still a tag on the lamp and the blanket needs to be steamed! Oh well I’ll get better at this!

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TV Room and Guest Bed Room

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Den/ Guest Room at Elizabeth's. One room challenge

Den/ Guest Room at Elizabeth’s



Elizabeth’s husband is notorious for inviting people to stay in their home without consulting his wife. Recently, they had friends stay in their home for a month before the couple could move into their new home, and as soon as they left he invited another friend to stay whenever he was in town for work. With that Elizabeth enlisted my help to take this den (do people call them dens anymore)/TV room into a functional guest bedroom.

Elizabeth and her hubby have been in this home for 11 years, and this was the first set of furniture the young couple purchased, so it’s time for it to hit the road, along with the sad ceiling fan. Their taste has evolved and elevated over the last 11 years so they’ve been overhauling most of the house.

The room has been wired with surround sound so they want to still use it as their den/TV room. The great part about this room is it has a connected bathroom, great for guests privacy.

With personal, very recent experience sleeping on a pull out sofa, I knew we had to find something comfortable that wouldn’t sag or feel like you were sleeping on metal bars. Enter this beauty from Crate & Barrel. It slides out from the bottom of the sofa so it will never have a saggy middle. We ordered it in a heavy duty fabric called Audra in the color River. Here is the picture from the site:

Crate and Barrel

Since we were a little under the gun to get the sale price on this piece it dictated the rest of the room. Below are two options I shared with Elizabeth:

tv room option 2

Option 2

The background color is actually what the room was painted to lighten things up. It’s called 8445961004. Most of Option 1 was selected. Macy’s has started to impress me with the variety they carry and the price. The set of three tables, ceiling fixture, and (586) 446-6338are from Macy’s, and since they are always running specials they were picked up for a steal.

For the windows, we used blindster.com to get semi-custom made roman shades. The open from the top or the bottom, block out light and are made to your measurements. They are a good choice to add softness to the room without having to worry about them collecting dog hair on the bottom.

The last big piece was the rug. This room can handle a 9×12, but we decided to do an 8×10 and center it within the windows. HomeGoods is a great source for large high-end rugs, and we found this beautiful one:

8x10 Rug

Here it is all put together!

After TV/Guest Room

After TV/Guest Room

After TV/Guest Room

After TV/Guest Room

Simple Table Styling

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Hey there to the three people that might read this post. One of the projects that needed to be done right away was the half bath on the first floor. At some point there was wallpaper that was removed and the walls were extremely bumpy. The was a medicine cabinet that is completely unnecessary in a half bath. A outdated vanity, that oh by the way, was rotten underneath but they put a board over top so you couldn’t tell. I have an amazing sniffer and smelled something funny which lead to my discovery. Not only was the bottom of the vanity rotten the floor also had water damage. Awesome.

Here is the before picture.

Half Bath Before

Half Bath Before

Step one was to rip the vanity and floor out. Then remove the medicine cabinet, fill in the hole and sand the walls.

I found a 12×24 gloss white tile at a local discount warehouse. I think I spent $60 on the floor, which gave me more money to spend on the Cole and Son wallpaper I fell in love with. Fortunately, the toilet had recently been replaced, but of course it was leaking so I needed a plumber to fix it.

half bath with new floor

half bath with new floor

 

Since it’s such a small space I wanted a pedestal sink to give the feeling of more space. Signature Hardware in Northern Kentucky has a great selection and good prices. I went with the 8455684404 and the 6627392874. Since I can be kind of cheap I decided not to move the light fixture to be overhead, but I did go with this moody, steam-punk-ish light from Restoration Hardware.

Here is why my husband constantly tells me not to cheap out. If I would have moved the lighting to the ceiling then I wouldn’t have a light over the mirror that is off center. I don’t think this is immediately noticeable, but I know I screwed up. Once we went with the larger sink it threw that whole area slightly off. To cover up my mistake I went with an oval mirror to make the problem less notable. Lesson learned. I’ll try to shoot a picture of this and update the post soon. Then all four of us can laugh together and learn from my cheapness.

Here is the bath with the wallpaper, which is so crazy that I think it also helps cover up my mistake. (pre-new light and oval mirror)

bath with wallpaper

before installing the new light and the oval mirror

And here is what we now call “The Sexy Bathroom.” The lighting is so dim that I look amazing without makeup! Score.

Finished Half Bath

Finished Half Bath

I promise to take better picture with a real camera.

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Well there is no time like the present to start posting on the blog. I always have a project going on and I need to start keeping a record of all the progress.

Today’s post is about having a welcoming entrance that shows personal style right off the bat. Since our home was built in the late 60’s it has decent wood work, but I think over the years some of the character has been removed. It’s time to start adding that detail back! For starters I knew I wanted a medallion on the ceiling to add a little more detail to the space. I started with Home Depot and Lowes, because you just never know if you’ll find something good. That was an epic fail. I decided to just google medallions and came across a wonderful site www.architecturaldepot.com. The prices are great and they had a ton of options. The one I order is called Pompeii. It is simple enough to fit my style and the style of our home.

My husband constantly complains that the house has no “wow” factor. The simplest solution is to find a light fixture that has a little “wow.” Enter Etsy! There are so many amazing Makers that is was hard to choose from. I found this gold (734) 749-5178 from Dutton Brown and added the flush mount kit to my purchase.

Back to the medallion. Once it arrived I painted it the same white as the ceiling and then used an adhesive to mount it to the ceiling. Truth be told, I wish I had painted the inner ring better because it shows slightly now that the chandelier is mounted. I’m pretty sure only I notice this imperfect though.

Next. Mount the fixture. Finally, a little WOW.

Here are the before and after pictures.

pre-paint

pre-paint

After paint and a little styling (thank you Carey)

After paint and a little styling (thank you Carey)

Medallion

Medallion is mounted!

Medallion and Light!

Medallion and Light!

You might notice that we also painted the railing and the steps. I think overall this reflects our style and has a little wow. What do you think?

 

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