Oct 21, 2014

before + after: e-design bathroom (the power of an hour)

this bathroom:


its a beauty, huh?
actually, the original green tiles are pretty cool, but when mixed with the oak over -the- toilet- cabinet, the plain jane vanity, and the pink tub, it's all just a bit depressing.

this couple hired me to help them make some decisions for an upcoming remodel. (a previous client referred them to me!) they live in a townhouse in a large city, and have two small children. this bathroom is not only the bathroom that their kids use daily, but also functions as the main floor bathroom.

here is the design plan i came up with, after we talked on the phone:

what we discussed during our hour phone call to go over the pinterest board i created for them:

1. replacing the vinyl flooring with dark tile.

2. replacing the tub and tile around the tub with new 4 x 4 tiles, in an offset pattern, and taking the tiles all the way to the ceiling. (they were currently down about 10" from the ceiling)

3. removing the oak cabinet, and installing open shelving.

4. new lighting, toilet, faucet and mirror.

5. replacing the boring vanity with a wood one with some open shelving. adding decorative baskets for some pretty and functional storage.

6. adding bead board to the walls. (great when you have kids and/or a high traffic area!)

7. painting the walls a dark charcoal color for some drama.


as you can see, a few small elements in the room were changed due to time and  budget constraints, but otherwise, the room is a pretty close match to our design plan!

my clients sent me updates as this project unfolded, and i was really excited to finally receive pictures of the finished room!

the bathroom went from dreary, dated, and dingy, to fresh, bright, and classic!

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Oct 16, 2014

ORC week 3. hardware + software

(this is week 3 of the one room challenge, hosted by linda at calling it home! this is the second time i have linked up, and i am grateful to have a deadline again!)

well, it may not look like much has happened, but things are getting done. promise.

the room is painted, the bed is put together, and pretty much everything that needs to get purchased has been bought.

so---hardware and software...?

the hardware in the room is literally the hardware, but also all of those items that are wood and, well...hard. the bed, nightstands, desk, bookcase and dresser.

software are the items that are soft.
pillows, bedding, the seat cushion, and the canopy.

the daybed:
good news, the ikea brimnes daybed is put together. my two daughters and i did it ourselves, which is pretty much a miracle.

i am going to replace the existing boring wood hardware. you can see in the pictures that i was testing out one of the vintage crystal knobs...i didn't like the way they looked.
the distance between the holes is an odd measurement...something like 6 1/4". i am sure this is some nice, round normal number in millimeters, but in the metric system it equals "good luck trying to find hardware with this measurement".
i am sure that somewhere in sweden, someone is laughing.

my best (and possibly only?) option was to go with some adjustable hardware. there aren't too many options available in that genre, but i managed to find some i liked.
i opted to order these:

the dresser:
of course updating the dresser is going to involve some paint. but replacing the hardware is also going to help transform it!

i have a *small (ahem. ok, maybe its not all that small.) stash of hardware. i checked out what options i had on hand to see if any knobs would work with the dresser.
here are three that i tried:

charlotte liked this one the best. it was a clearance purchase from anthropologie a few years ago, and i am super happy that i am finally getting to use them!

i wanted something simple to pair the more ornate knobs with, so i decided on these:

that is, until they arrived in the mail, and i removed the old hardware and realized that there are TWO sets of holes....one set at 3", and another at 3.5".  why??!

NICE. *ugh.
keeping these knobs would require some serious filling and patching and sanding, and with all of the other projects i have to complete, i just decided my time would be better spent elsewhere.
so, i ordered these, which have a 3.5" center to center measurement, and should cover up the 3" holes as well:

the desk:

oh boy.
i have been around and around in my head about the desk. i wanted something that was small, and had some storage. ideally, i would want something that has this vibe:

at first i was going to have something made, but i need to be careful with my time and money, so what i think i am going to do is order this console table:

the proportions are perfect for what i want, and it is cheap!

and possibly replace the legs with these?

still pondering this....

these pillows have been ordered for the bed:

 i am having 3 pillows similar to these made, but with a peach colored grosgrain that coordinates with the linen that i will be using on the canopy.

the canopy:
i am using this picture for inspiration for the canopy:

my canopy with have box pleating at the top, and the side panels will be a little more full.

i drew up a sketch and dropped off the trim and the peach linen to the fabricators yesterday.

hopefully next week, i will have at least one of my projects completed so that i can share.
i swear, the time goes so quickly during this challenge! how is it already week 3?

for more:
week 1

week 2

Oct 11, 2014

design plan: kids/hall bathroom

oh yes.
it really is possible to use e-design when remodeling a bathroom. and MUCH less expensive than making mistakes on grout and tile and faucets and light fixtures and paint colors and plumbing locations....

these clients live in a big city, and have a bathroom that doubles as both a guest bath and a bathroom for their two children. they were at the beginning of a remodel, and a friend of theirs that had worked with me in the past, suggested that they might want a quick consultation to get some ideas.

they opted for the pinterest board + phone consultation and added on a design board.
here is the look that we settled on:

it has been a couple of months since this consultation, and the work on the bathroom is done!
i have some before and after pictures to share SOON!

interested in working together to make an ugly bathroom in your home more functional and beautiful? scared to death that you will pick the wrong tile, or make a mistake on your lighting?
have another room that needs to be updated or refreshed?
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Oct 9, 2014

ORC week 2: painting + picking + purchasing

week 2 of the one room challenge was a productive one!

our linen samples for the canopy came:

both charlotte and i loved the lighter peach (the one on top)
we thought it was soft and feminine and would pair perfectly with this vintage scalamadre trim that i bought on ebay for just over $1 a yard!

we ran into a snag when i went to order the fabric---it was DISCOUNTINUED. and they didn't  have any left! ugh. super frustrating. i mean, i literally just got these samples sent to me...and in the space of just a few days, they don't have ANY left?
anyway....onto plan B.
the darker peach.

 my velvet fabric came:
(purchased from this etsy seller)
 i think it will provide some great color and texture in the room, without bringing in too much pattern.  i am super excited about it!

the velvet will be going on the seat of this chair, with some white contrast welting.

for the welting, i wanted something really durable. charlotte loves to sit at her desk, and i wanted a fabric that would hold up as well as the velvet. i found the perfect white faux leather at joanns.

the large bolsters, which i bought at ikea about 5 years ago will also be covered with the gold velvet, with the contrast welt.

i just dropped everything off at the upholsters, and can't wait to see everything all finished!

SO, as i said, a lot of stuff in the room will be from ikea...the bed, and both nightstands for sure, and possibly the desk. i am still figuring out a few details on the desk, and i am getting excited.

my car after it was all loaded up!

we chose the  paint color. it was a VERY close decision between revere pewter and grant beige. charlotte preferred the more grey feel of revere pewter, and since this is her room, i let her have the final say. (good thing she has great taste and can take some strong hints!)

the samples we tested: TOP: revere pewter, grant beige, bleeker beige (all benjamin moore)
BOTTOM: frappe, linen, colonial woodlawn gray (all valsapr)

i started painting yesterday, and i am really happy with the way everything looks so far!

we still have a lot to do! i think the next 5 days of my life will be spent putting ikea furniture together! i have some hacks planned so that the pieces won't SCREAM "ikea"! i hope everything turns out the way i have dreamed it in my head.

Oct 2, 2014

one room challenge: a teen bedroom for charlotte

i have to tell you....linking up to the last round of the one room challenge, hosted by linda at calling it home was SO great for me. you see, i tend to be a procrastinator when it comes to home projects. i just put them off and drag things out fff--ooo--r---e--vvvvv---e---rrr.
or just stop in the middle of doing them.
in fact, i have a chair in my basement that i am in the middle of reupholstering.
i started reupholstering it in february.
...of 2001.
no. i am not lying or exaggerating.
i have had two two more kids and moved 8 (eight!!) times since i started that chair, and it still isn't done! YIKES!

where was i going with this? oh yeah.
i tend to procrastinate home projects.

i have no doubt that if i hadn't signed up my mini office with the one room challenge, it would still be a giant garbage can/hamper/storage for all things that my family doesn't know where to stash.

see here:

i started with this design board as inspiration....

and this is the before and after!

i am so glad that the one room challenge helped me to get my butt in gear and finish this room!  i now have a functional, pretty office that i get to enjoy every day.

thank you one room challenge!

this round, i am going to be working on my daughter charlottes room.
charlotte is 12 and 11/12th. soon to be a teenager. 
she will officially turn 13 before the challenge is finished!

anyway, she has been begging me to do her room since we moved in last summer.

just for reference, here is the upper floor of our house.
charlottes room is bedroom #4.

here is her room now:

depressing, i know.

it is full of furniture cast-offs...the desk was in her older sisters room once upon a time, the bed is actually two footboards put together. the dresser came from my husbands parents. it is an ethan allen dresser from the 70's. it is staying because it is SOLID and, under all of that terrible distressing, in really great shape.

besides the mattress, the dresser and the light fixture, everything is going.
the floor plan will remain the same, just with updated and revised pieces.

to keep things budget friendly, i usually like to balance out "nice" pieces of furniture with items from stores like ikea and target.
well, I'm not gonna lie....there will be an awful lot of new stuff in the room from ikea.
i looked at SO many sources for a new daybed, and desk, and ultimately, the ikea pieces were the winners. so get ready for a few hacks.

oh, and you see this weird hole in the wall?
it leads to a secret space....just big enough for a couple of bean bags and maybe a small bookcase.
we plan to add a bookcase on hinges so that the space is completely hidden when the bookcase is closed. (the bookcase will be full height, as well as the "entry" into the secure room....we just knew it would be a while before we got to this project, and so we didn't cut all of the sheetrock yet)

 could this room GET any more mismatched and plain??

here is the BASIC plan...i ams still working on the details. ok, i am still working on a LOT of the details. 

the basic color scheme was taken from a set of vintage paint by numbers still life paintings that my grandmother gave me before she passed away.  charlotte and i have been narrowing down the colors and ideas that she likes. (i know, i can't believe i am letting her have an oinion either!)

i started with a bright coral and mustard, but charlotte strongly prefers a softer palette....
so, we are now somewhere in the mustard plus "apricot/dusty rose/peach/light salmon" area.
still haven't decided for sure. we ordered some samples, and are anxiously awaiting them.

 what i will be doing:

*painting the walls a soft neutral color

* painting the dresser, getting new hardware

*getting a new daybed, adding a pagoda shaped headboard

*installing a canopy over the bed (still deciding on exact color! eek! coral? dusty rose? apricot?)

*making a custom bookcase to disguise the "secret room"

* getting a new desk, recovering the seat of a vintage bamboo dining chair

* adding art, mirrors

*making a bulletin board from a salvaged frame

*painting the current light fixture gold

*adding new pillows and bolsters to the bed

*install new brass wall lights i found on ebay

come back next week and see my progress!