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Thursday
Dec152016

guest suite progress: the bathroom

The longest running construction/reno project in history (also known as my upstairs guest suite) is finally nearing completion!  To be fair to our contractor, we knew when we hired him this past summer that it was the height of the season and that it would take a little longer than we had hoped it would (it was supposed to have been done in the end of September and here we are in December), but I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to have worked on our home and I'm SO thrilled with how it turned out!

You might remember a few months ago, I posted our plans for the bathroom up there (you can read about it here).  This was to be a full fledged guest suite for visiting family and friends to free up the other bedroom downstairs for baby boy's nursery and to also give our guests a space of their own, completely on the other side of the house, where they didn't have to tiptoe to the bathroom at night, in fear of waking a sleeping babe.  For the most part, we stuck to the plan and I love how it looks!  We tried to keep the cost down as much as possible so I looked to Home Depot, Lowe's, Amazon and Wayfair for almost everything.  And you know what?  It all looks like I paid a lot more than I did.

The bathroom.  This was our original plan. And this is how it's looking right now.  It's so crisp and clean and just so PRETTY.  The wall color is Etching by ICI paint and the gorgeous slate floors are Montauk Blue Slate from Home Depot. 

The subway tile and cast iron tub are from Lowe's (that tub weighed more than 500 pounds, took four guys to get it upstairs and was less than a cheapo fiberglass insert!!!)  The frameless tilting mirror is from Amazon and the gorgeous pedestal sink and faucet are from Signature Hardware, with whom I am seriously in love...their prices are INSANE good and their customer service just can't be beat. 

I wanted a chrome pedestal sink in here SO FREAKIN' BAD but I couldn't find one for less than $1000, so I went with a small white pedestal and I actually love it more!

At the last minute, I decided to put beadboard up instead of doing my version of board and batten like I had originally planned and I'm so glad I did.  I love the contrast, although it's soft, between the  blue/gray walls and the beadboard, which is painted Sherwin Williams Extra White like the cabinets, trim and built-ins in the rest of the house.  It adds just the right amount of texture and interest, not to mention that it looks so amazing adjacent to the slate floors.

For the rest of the living space, we did not want carpet but we also had to be mindful of our budget.  We found 6 inch wide bamboo flooring at Home Depot in a rich espresso finish that was on sale for just under $2 per square foot (cheaper than anything we could find at Lumber Liquidators) and it looks amazing against the light walls.

We still have to finish shelving in the bedroom/living area and the floors need a good cleaning, so I'll save pics of that for another post.  All in all, this may have taken ten years to finish, but I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!  Now it's time to buy a rug, hang window treatments, move furniture in and decorate...which also means the downstairs guest room will be freed up for me to make a nursery for Luca!  I can't wait to show you all how it looks once I get everything in and set up! 

Friday
Aug052016

clean + classic bathroom plans

I think we're the only people on the planet who are crazy enough to embark on a pretty decent sized renovation while well into my third trimester but, hey, that's how we roll.  I've mentioned before that we were in the process of finishing our upstairs and turning it into a full-on guest suite, complete with a bathroom, walk-in closet and additional storage space for all our crap.  It's also the reason why nursery progress has been at a standstill because it is currently housing all the furniture that is all going to be moved upstairs. 

Well, last week our contractor started on the bathroom upstairs and while we are still realistically looking at a completion date after baby bear gets here, I'm excited to have a separate space far, far away from baby and toddler rooms, where our friends and family won't have to tiptoe to the bathroom in fear of waking a babe in the middle of the night!  I'm also looking forward to have a little getaway for the hubs and I to escape to after said babes go to sleep so we can pretend we are away at a hotel, because, let's face it, that isn't going to be happening any time soon!

The bathroom is my main focus right now.  I wanted something simple, clean and classic  - something that will look as amazing today as it will ten years from now, while also being extremely mindful of the budget.  This bathroom by Tamara Magel Design is exactly what I'm feeling:

I'm sticking to slate floors and white (possibly board and batten walls) for contrast, gleaming chrome or polished nickel fixtures, classic subway tile and a pedestal sink to save some space (and money).  Here is my plan as of now:

I found an insane deal on this cast iron tub by Kohler at Lowe's that comes with great reviews.  Not only do I love the price (less than $400), but I love that we can actually afford to not go with fiberglass, which would cost pretty much the same. White subway tile is another classic choice that is super affordable and dark blue, 16x16 inch slate floors from Home Depot  will add just the right amount of contrast without breaking the bank. 

I have yet to find a chrome pedestal sink base and top that doesn't cost as much as a down payment on a car, so we will probably end up going with a 30-inch white pedestal sink like this one.  It's clean lines and classic shape are not only eye candy but it'll free up some space, too. 

We'll see how close my plan actually comes to the finished product and I promise to post progress pictures along the way.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday
Feb122015

attic inspiration: tamara kaye honey

We've been dragging our heels about finishing our upstairs bonus room for a while now, but after seeing LA-based interior designer Tamara Kaye Honey's STUNNING attic-turned-master bath remodel in the latest issue of Lonny, I've got stars in my eyes and major motivation to get my butt in gear!

Beautiful brass accents and warm wood pieces look absolutely amazing against crisp white floors and paneled walls, and the oversize Sputnik-style chandelier and campaign-style vanity are sheer perfection.  I love how most of the space is dedicated to the bath, rather than the bedroom itself, and, with all that natural light and cleverly planned use of all the nooks and dormers, there is a major cozy factor here that usually is hard to come by with a bathroom of this size. 

How AMAZING are those brass fixtures??

Placing the shower in the dormer is such a dramatic touch, not to mention a great use of the space.  And those unlacquered brass fixtures are simply divine.  I would NEVER EVER come out of this room, if this were mine:

Here are my picks for getting a similar look:

A fabulous, oversize Sputnik-style chandelier (this one is super affordable!):

A wood and rope chair like this one would add a ton of texture and warmth to an all-white space:

Bamboo pulls in brass, of course:

A big, fluffy sheepskin rug is a must:

A campaign-style dresser like this one would certainly fit in a space this big and be perfect for storing fluffy towels and displaying perfume and jewelry:

And speaking of fluffly white towels, this set from Target is chic, affordable and the texture adds so much interest:

Happy Thursday!

 

Wednesday
May082013

client bath progress

Very excited to share some pictures with you of a client's master bathroom today!  The whole house, which was new construction, has a very French Cottage feel to it and this bathroom is no exception....a cast iron Porcher tub, oil rubbed bronze hardware, iron mirrors, white beadboard, amazing floors...there is still some tweaking to be done...namely, linen curtain panels to hand behind the ceiling arch to add some softness around the tub, but here we are for now:

Isn't she beautiful?

An oil rubbed bronze telephone faucet is such a striking contrast against the white tub and beadboard.  Love the vintage hot and cold knobs:

A shot of the other side of the room - his and her sinks and four-foot wide iron mirrors above:

The quartz countertops look like sand pebbles:

The floors look like hardwood, but are actually 5-inch wide porcelain tiles made to resemble handscraped hardwoods-gorgeous:

I'll post completed pics once the curtain panels are up!  Happy Hump Day!

Wednesday
Dec072011

moody blues

With winter rapidly approaching, I tend to gravitate toward dark, moody colors in my wardrobe that reflect the colder temps and dreary winter days.  I've posted about my love for all things inky blue before and last week, when the temps were in the 50's, I was contemplating slathering my guest bathroom in a rich navy, almost black paint. It's a small room, with lots of white and wainscoting running four feet up the wall, so a dark hue would be the perfect compliment. The only problem is that I'm a fan of painting the ceilings....the ceilings throughout our entire house are painted a tinted version of the wall color and I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to such a dark color in the guest bath (in case I change my mind two weeks from now and want to re-paint).  Ah, indecision! Anyway, here are some of my favorite dark-hued bathrooms to serve as inspiration:

Jenna Lyons' master bathroom is one of my favorites...antique brass fixtures and herringbone wood floors add a rustic touch and a lot of warmth:

Love this dark, masculine bathroom, by Mark D. Sikes:

...and this one, via Lonny.  Pops of orange are a warm accent:

This guest bathroom is the most lovely shade of navy-it's actually Benjamin Moore's Providence Navy and it looks amazing with the dark vanity and light blue mirror:

I recently found this blog and gobbled up every bit of Annie's new home.  This is her son's bathroom; the walls are painted charcoal by Restoration Hardware, but in this photo look almost black:

Another beautiful black and white bathroom via Lonny:

This Pottery Barn bathroom is coated in Benjamin Moore's Newburyport Blue.  It looks so crisp against the white floors and trim:

Would you paint a room in your house dark blue/black?  What are some of your favorite inky blue rooms?