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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!

Wednesday
May082013

my portfolio is live...finally! 

I FINALLY have updated my portfolio with pictures of recent projects!  Thank you to everyone who has been emailing and asking about updates to projects I've posted about in the past...it takes a while to completely finish each one and then to stage it and get it ready for their beauty shots, so thank you for your patience (and for continuing to check in for updates!)  I'll be updating again real soon, but for now, head on over HERE to check out some finished spaces. Here's a peek of what's over there:

Monday
Oct292012

john derian's makeunder

There's nothing I like more than a good design before and after, especially when it's underdone as opposed to over decorated and John Derian's Manhattan abode in the East Village is a beautiful example.  I absolutely loved his rustic summer retreat in Connecticut, so I was not surprised to have fallen in love with his 150 year-old apartment in the city and how well he preserved its integrity while adding modern touches like that fabulous tufted backless sofa and gorgeous, gleaming brass hardware.  The space is undoubtedly sparse and rustic and yet warm, welcoming and cozy at the same time, thanks to well chosen antiques and furniture and beautiful art and lighting.  Makes me want to curl up under a blanket with a book and a cup of tea on a gray Fall day like today!

Tuesday
May172011

for the love of a house

I first stumbled upon the blog, For the Love of a House, when Joan's (the author) kitchen was featured all over blogland a few months back.  It's not hard to see why pictures of this space spread like wildfire all over the internet-it is simply stunning.  Joan and her hubby continued gutting their 1850's farmhouse in New Hampshire and restoring it to all it's gorgeous glory, including their master bathroom, pictures of which she posted today on her blog:

The rustic hardwood floors, bead board ceiling, vintage chandelier and wood beams compliment each other perfectly.  The mahogany buffet-turned-vanity was a $75 flea market find that suits the space beautifully.

The first thing I noticed was the sheer size of the bathroom...it's big enough to comfortably house a sitting area...

Love the tub...

 

Great attention to detail...

Way to go, Joan!  To see more of her beautiful home, click here.