Bye-Bye Baby…. Hello Aqua

Yesterday I gave you an inside look at the renovation of my parent’s guest bathroom.  Remember the baby blue tile, wallpaper and all-around cry for help?  If not go back to the last post.  We did a major overhaul and it turned out fabulously.  Dad got his spark of modern gray and Mom got her traditional touches, plus some extras.  Check out the After pictures below:

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The buttery wall color kept the space warm and inviting but mixes well with any palette.  The metallic detail of the framed mirrors gives a taste of glamour to the space and echoes the chrome fixtures and hardware.  The artwork, found at HomeGoods, was the perfect touch of geometry and color.

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The Santa Cecilia Light granite countertops created a perfect marriage of all the room’s tones with its specks of brown, gold, black, ivory and grey.  The granite was continued from the sinks to the back counter and a standing pantry cabinet was installed for storage and to add a vertical element to the narrow space.

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I didn’t want to go overboard with the chrome so I chose oil-rubbed bronze accessories and added some greenery for freshness.  Also, Dad demanded that there be a clock in his bathroom, what is he timing anyway?

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To eliminate having too much stuff on the walls we opted for 2 ring hooks next to the sinks for face and hand towels, then 1 double towel rod outside the shower.  They all do double duty.

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We continued the aqua in the Nate Berkus rugs from Target, the window valance (yes I know it needs to be ironed) and the artwork.  Coordinating gray and aqua towels were purchased that can be mixed and matched, all from Calvin Klein (my favorite).

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The faux plants and wicker hamper and waste basket add a hint of nature and tranquility.  Speaking of peaceful, the new shower head from Delta will relieve any unnecessary stress.

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All in all, my parents were overwhelmed and super-pleased.  They deserve a lovely space and they got it.  I wish them many more comforting showers and personal moments in the New Year, lol.

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Bye-Bye Baby

The force of the 1960s was strong in my parents’ guest bathroom.  Baby blue square tiles on every wall and matching laminate countertops, retro lighting and coordinating wallpaper.  This wash room was way washed out over the years and past due for a redo.

The perks of the bathroom was that it was broken up into two rooms: a room with 2 sinks and ample cabinetry; and a separate lavatory with toilet and shower.  The perfect arrangement for multiple guests or kids.  Plenty space and privacy.

We knew the layout was staying the same but we needed to create a modern update but still keep the room consistent with the traditional nature of the rest of the home.  Since this is the bathroom my dad mainly uses, we let him be the main design influence.  He really pushed for a sleek design, which we provided in just the right amounts.  Key things he wanted:

  • Long, rectangular floor tile
  • Granite or quartz countertops
  • Taller counter height for ease on the back
  • Gray, yet warm colors
  • Better use of storage

Check out some Construction pics of the new sub-floor, backer board and drywall that were installed.

Then the lovely Marsh cabinets were installed along with the Lowe’s silver tile for the floor, laid in a contemporary brick patter.  The shower surround was a combo of glass/marble mosaic and faux marble which brought the cool gray hues and warmer earth tones together.

To find out how the space turned out, wait for the next post.  The force of change really made a difference in this bathroom.

 

Living Room for Living

Living rooms are made for LIVING!  Many are either too formal to wrinkle or too comfy to accept guests.  You should be able to lounge but also have pride in your space.  That is a mantra everyone should follow and have fun doing so.

For Lady E’s new home comfort was key but also creating a place to invite guests was just as important.  We had some inherited furniture pieces from her old apartment that were in good condition and didn’t warrant blowing the budget to replace.

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Normally I am not crazy about sectionals but her existing one fit the space and provided ample seating.  We added pillows and a lively Safavieh rug that set the color palette for the rest of the space and contrasted with the neutral grey fabric and cocoa walls.

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The only issue was that the sectional shut off a portion of the room.  To alleviate wasting space, we placed her keyboard on the front wall, set a reading chair in the corner and squeezed a cool metal accent table and lamp behind the sofa.

The mustard yellow leather chair, from At Home, adds an element of surprise and creates an amazing color story under the African art prints we scored at Art.com  and the awesome elephant head that fit perfectly between the two.

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The abstract artwork from Havertys keeps things modern but the West Elm coffee table and accessories ensure that the space isn’t too modern or cold.

 

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An entertainment cabinet was found at the local HomeGoods and provides ample storage.  The weathered wood finish contrasts other woods but adds to the natural feel, while the openness doesn’t weigh down the room visually.  Plus the open concept forces you to stay neat and tidy.

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Lastly some African artifacts found on travels and at local antique stores fit perfectly into the niche over the fireplace.  The Henry Matisse print adds color and ups the eclectic nature of the space.

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