The sweet mother of one of our clients reached out to us back in the spring of 2021 about helping her update 2 bathrooms and her kitchen. She had a contractor lined up, someone who had done projects for her in the past, but hired us to do the design work. Her love of wallpaper and color made us giddy with excitement and Shauna couldn't wait to get started on the designs. The client was thrilled and signed off on everything with few changes and told us that the contractor would be able to start in a month or so and to go ahead and get everything ordered. That was in May.
June: "Mrs. Smith? How's it going? Are they ready to start?"
"No, he said he's still backed up. Maybe next month."
July: "Mrs. Smith, just checking in on your project!"
"He said not yet. So frustrating!"
And on this went for several more months until finally Mrs. Smith said, "I'm tired of waiting, do you know people who can do the work?"
"Hallelujah! Of course we do! We'll rally the troops."
The project itself was not extensive other than the fact that it was 2 bathrooms and a kitchen. No footprint changes, just cosmetic refreshes; tearing out old vanities, updated lighting, new cabinet door fronts, paint and of course, wallpaper.
We set up a makeshift kitchen for Mrs. Smith in her office with microwave, toaster oven, coffee machine, etc. since the kitchen was covered in plastic for painting. That didn't stop her, however from raiding the freezer every afternoon for her 5:00 martini. I think she must be related to the Queen.
Five weeks later, Mrs. Smith was enjoying her afternoon martini in the comfort of her brand new kitchen and showing off her beautiful new bathrooms. There's some finishing touches to do here and there, but we couldn't be more proud of our crew who rallied at the last minute and over the holidays to make this project happen.
Now for the fun part, before and after:
Bathroom 1, "the dog's bathroom" (see? the Queen)
We are still digging for pre-demo before images, but you can see that the can lights were installed up in the soffit above the sink. We tore that out and installed vanity lights over the mirror. The single vanity cabinet was replaced by a freestanding one. More photos to come here.
Wallpaper: York Wallcoverings
Bathroom 2: Guest Bath
There was some plumbing work to be done in this bathroom as we added another sink. Why these houses had such long vanities with only one sink is beyond me! We also tore down the wall between vanity and toilet, and the soffit where lights were. Such an amazing open, bright transformation!
Vanity: Signature Hardware
Floor tile: Tile Shop
Shower tile: Tile Shop
Wallpaper: James Dunlop Textiles
Mirrors: Serena & Lily
Still a few finishing touches like hardware, etc needed but oh my! what a change. The cabinet frame was kept in tact and we just replaced the doors with a more modern shaker style. New quartz countertops and tile backsplash, tile floor (same as in bathrooms) and gorgeous, colorful wallpaper. Lastly, we replaced the ceiling fan with a chic flush mount light fixture. Martini, anyone?
Cabinet paint: Turkish Tile and Snowbound by Sherwin Williams
Tile floor: Tile Shop
Backsplash: Tile Shop
Soffit wallpaper: Thibaut
Cabinet wall wallpaper: Thibaut
Flush Mount Light: Hudson Valley Lighting
Stay tuned for more updates and photos of this project. Including a dining room refresh!
Love these or any of the other wallpapers you see on our posts? A lot of them are available to the trade only, so please reach out if we can help you buy the wallpaper of your dreams!
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We always cross our fingers that a renovation turns out as amazing in person as our initial vision and storyboard. AND that our client loves it as much as we do. Well, this latest bathroom project was a super duper success and I think all of us were blown away by the end result. The original footprint of the bathroom was a great size to begin with, so we were able to work with the original plumbing layout and had plenty of space to work with to create an elegant, fresh, happy room.
We love idea of a wet room, where the tub and shower are together behind a wall of glass, and this layout provided us the perfect opportunity to create one. The existing vanity needed to be updated for more storage as well as to remove features she didn't use (chair nook and multi-level sinks). We also removed the dated soffit containing the vanity light for an immediate refresh.
Now, we assume that when people hire us to renovate bathrooms that they know that what we are going to propose is color and pattern. While we can and have done serene and elegant; bright, bold and happy is totally our jam.
It might seem out of place to put a dark wood cabinet in this bathroom, but with so much blue and white, it needed a darker color to anchor the room. We also brought in natural elements in the bone inlay mirrors and teak stool in the shower, and like to include these elements in every design. Kind of like a visual sorbet to cleanse the palette!
Because the wet room space was so big, we chose an economical white subway tile and aqua mosaic tile to match the floor. Mosaic tile is perfect for the shower floor as the grout lines provide a non-slip surface. By replacing the built in tub with a vessel tub, we gained a ton of room for the shower. Seriously, you could have a party in here.
Lastly, the wallpaper from Anthropologie gives the space that feminine touch to balance all the geometric designs and dark wood vanity. I guess we passed the test because we are already hard at work on a plan for the client's guest bath. She's already told us though that it can't be as fabulous as this one. We'll try to contain ourselves.
Vanity: Restoration Hardware
Floor tile: Zia Tile
Shower tile: Subway and mosaic both from Wayfair
Bathtub: All Modern
Shower fixtures: Wayfair
Mirrors: Serena & Lily
Vanity light: Dutton Brown
Teak shower stool: Frontgate
Rug: Urban Outfitters
Vase: Home Goods, similar here.
So, are you ready to get started on YOUR bathroom reno? Contact us for more info!
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You may remember the Lakehouse Project we did back in 2018. It was a brand new build out in Athens, TX for a sweet Mansfield family to use on weekends and holidays, and they hired us to finish out the construction and COMPLETELY furnish the place. Down to the TP in the bathrooms, y'all. Well, the house turned out amazing, and was featured in 360 West Magazine and they were super happy with it. So happy in fact, that they sold it a year later! Sold it! Furnishings and all! We were kinda bummed because, well, we were hoping to negotiate a weekend stay, but when they came back to us and said, "We've sold the lake house, now we can hire you to make our Mansfield home just as amazing as the lake house was", we got over our disappointment over a potential lake weekend real quick. Maybe the lake house was just a test for us and once they saw how it turned out, they were ready to sign on the dotted line to renovate. We're not completely sure, but we don't really care either. This new project has been an amazing transformation and we are so excited to give this sweet family the home of their dreams.
First off, the kitchen. It was small and dark and had this odd little baby island smack dab in the middle. We opened up the doorway between the dining room and kitchen to let more of the natural light in to the space and got rid of baby island. The basic footprint stayed the same, but by switching out the bar height counter for a solid counter, there is more space to work and it is more open to the rest of the room.
So crisp and clean and open! Buh buy baby island, hello gorgeous white!
Counter stools: Serena & Lily
Just beyond the kitchen is the family room where the family hangs out, watches TV, plays games, etc. It has access to the backyard so in the summer it's full of in and out traffic to the pool. They wanted an entertaining space but still comfortable enough for the whole family.
I mean, come on?! Right? It's clearly the pup's favorite place to hang out and now, the family will surely never leave this room. The sofas are from Article and yes, they are white, but have removable, washable cushion covers. Still a good idea to keep the Cheetos out of this room though. Club chairs are from Four Hands, and can be found here. Our favorite thing in the room though is the photograph by Leonard Nones, "Man Under Water". It was featured on the cover of GQ Magazine in 1961 and we were so excited to find a home for it here in this room.
Rug: Rugs USA
Coffee Table: Mitchell Gold Bob Williams
Chandelier: Visual Comfort
Accent Table: Crate & Barrel
Now, you may be thinking that's a heck of a transformation, how could we possibly have more to show you? My friends, we have saved the best for last. Please check out the before of this master bathroom.
Why yes, that IS sculpted carpet in front of the vanity! The one thing we did love about this bathroom was the glass blocks in the bathtub alcove. They allow light in but also privacy and are almost impossible to install new these days so definitely worth keeping. NOW, the big reveal!
Aaahhh! Can you feel it? THIS is what a master bathroom should look and feel like. We ripped out pretty much everything and started from scratch, although the layout was good so none of that changed. Definite highlight is the tub with the chandelier from Stray Dog Designs that we had custom colored to match one of our favorite wallpaper patterns from Hygge & West.
Mirrors: Serena & Lily
Jute Rug: Serena & Lily
Basket: West Elm
Vanity Light: Wayfair
Bathtub and hardware: Wayfair
Now, on to the next project. Are you next? Contact us to get started on the home of YOUR dreams!
One of our recent "virtual" projects was the renovation of a bathroom in a downtown Washington DC apartment. Our client wanted an updated, chic bathroom, but also wanted to keep the historic integrity of the building (built in 1926). The biggest challenge was getting the old cast iron tub out and the new free-standing tub in. From the 4th floor. God love DC area contractors because they have got these things figured out. We chose a traditional hex tile to the ceiling in the shower and then as a wainscoting around the rest of the bathroom. Then to add a pop, chose Sherwin-Williams Mariner for the walls. Cement floor tile from Zia tile in a black and white Moroccan pattern give this bathroom just enough of the bohemian vibe our client was looking for. Talk about blah to beyond!
Hex tile: Wayfair
Floor tile: Zia Tile
Mirror: Serena & Lily
Wall Shelf: Urban Outfitters
Shower Curtain: Anthropologie
Bath Mat: Target
Hand Towels: Target
Wall Art: Homeowners, similar here
Wanna be our next virtual client? Contact us to find out more!
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Trend Watch: Top Home Trends for 2019
New year, new you. Isn't that what we always hear? And as we wrap up 2018, some of our clients are already getting a jump start on their newness with all kinds of projects. Good thing, we like it busy with a side of chaotic. For those of you mulling the idea of updating your home in 2019, we pulled together some of the top home decor and design trends that we are gravitating towards. Some of them (minimalism) (?!!) just aren't our style, so we'll smile graciously and wave to the all white lacquered room as we pass by. Hopefully this will give you some inspiration for getting your own project started. Or just call us. We'll always make room for one more!
Two of our favorite bathroom trends are floor to ceiling wall tile and matte black hardware. For greater visual interest, we picked two different tile patterns from Ann Sacks. Ceramic tile flooring that is made to resemble wood is also a top trend for the bathroom. Stick with light colors for an open, airy feel. While we love the matte black fixtures, it's always fun to mix up the metals as with these brass accents in the light fixtures, mirror and hardware. And don't be afraid to have some fun by incorporating a bold wallpaper, especially in a powder room.
OK, so we have thing for blue in the kitchen. Seems as though we are not alone in that as blue cabinetry is one of the top kitchen trends for 2019. Along with patterned tile backsplashes and waterfall countertops, today's kitchens are anything but plain Jane. And the same wood textured tile we loved so much in the bathroom is also the perfect flooring for your kitchen. How cool is it in black?
Turns out that another big decorating trend for 2019 is pattern mixing. Hello, have we met? Glad to see you've joined the fun! It's no secret that we love pattern and texture, and we will mix anything we love with anything else. Don't be shy! Go for it! In other trend news, statement light fixtures have moved beyond just the dining room. I know we all love our ceiling fans but give these beauties a try. On the more elegant side, curved barrel style chairs and Art Deco style curved sofas are an upcoming trend. Combine with brass accents and you have a chic space to serve those retro cocktails.
Need help with an upcoming project? Contact us here, or email. We'd love to give you a fresh start for 2019!
Modern Updates for Kitchen and Bath
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Hey friends, Riley here.
With the holidays coming up, there are two places I spend the majority of my time; cooking away in the kitchen for the holiday get togethers, and relaxing in the bath after a long day of distant relatives asking when I'm going to get married and have children. With that being said, I can think of no better excuse as to why I need to spruce up the two places in my house that seem a little outdated. For the kitchen, I found this great undermount sink from Kohler and this beautiful, modern faucet from Kraus.
I also love a modern bathroom so this freestanding tub from Wyndham and floor mount faucet from Delta totally caught my eye. How amazing to relax in here after a long day?
For more information about great kitchen & bath products, brands and technology, visit the eFaucets blog.
Introducing Eider & Ivory Home
The new home brand from Wayfair, Eider & Ivory features a natural, earthy palette, high quality fabrics and and timeless designs. We were lucky enough to get a preview of some of the products and are so excited to include them in upcoming projects. The prices are amazingly affordable and in addition to the decorative products we've featured, there is a great selection of bath and bedding basics. Stock up now for upcoming holiday guests!
Ethnic inspired with bold patterns and textures, these pillows bring a boho vibe to your bedroom or living room.
OK, so we have a thing for throws. With something for every season, linen in summer and hand knit for winter, these cozy throws add a comfy pop to your favorite chair.
One of our recent clients had linen sheets on her bed and said she would never again sleep on anything else. Imagine our excitement when we found these linen sheets at such an amazing price. Can't wait to try them!
Turkish cotton towels are known to be the softest and most absorbent and yes, the guest bath does need new towels but why should they get all the nice stuff? Buy a set or 2, you won't regret it.
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It's probably no surprise that we love bathroom makeovers. Powder rooms especially are the perfect space to exercise your creativity. The enclosed space means it doesn't have to "flow" with the rest of the house so your options for color and style are wide open. And while you might want to exercise a bit of restraint when it comes to full baths (but really, why?), it should be a space that makes you happy and excited to get up in the morning! We love wallpaper in bathrooms because there are so many amazing patterns that well, just make us happy. Our top 5 bathroom makeovers range from a sleek spa inspired space to whimsical and colorful.
In this bathroom refresh we painted the cabinets and updated the space with new artwork, light fixtures and this amazing mirror from Pottery Barn!
Paint: Tricorn Black by Sherwin-Williams
Mirror: Pottery Barn
Rug: Serena & Lily
Bathmat and artwork: Anthropologie
Light fixtures: Rejuvenation
Even though there is a lot of pattern going on in this spa-inspired bathroom, it works because everything is neutral. The tub and shower are both behind a glass wall to create a wet area. The brass accents are my favorite!
Wall tile: Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks
Wood table: Homegoods
Vanity wallpaper: Schumacher
Cabinet paint: Broadway by Sherwin-Williams
Vanity chair: Homegoods
Light fixtures: Candelabra
So, speaking of bold wallpaper, this whimsical print makes an all white bath just pop. Add some cool mirrors and faux fur accents and maybe a wine fridge and why would you ever leave?
Wallpaper: Hygge & West
Mirrors and vanity stool: CB2
Light fixture: West Elm
Our last two powder rooms show you how much fun you can have with wallpaper. We loved the pattern so much, we used it in two different colorways! Keeping cabinets and counter tops fairly simple makes it easy to change things up if when you find your next favorite wallpaper.
Wallpaper: Serena & Lily