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.

1st Christmas

I “moved on up to the west side” this summer into my new “deluxe apartment in the sky-y-yyyy”!  Well more like my 1980s shagadelic second floor condo.

The layout was perfect when my realtor and I walked through for the first time… moldings and casings… formal rooms that flow… spacious bedrooms… and most importantly a dishwasher (you try living without one).  Only issue was the space was rough with wallpaper that hung on for dear life, dusty light fixtures and an 80s mirrored dining room.  And that was just the living and dining rooms.  Check out the Ghost of Condo’s Past below:

I have been working on the place and pulling it together and am ready to share with you this holiday; my first Christmas in the new spot.  The living room is still a work-in-progress but it has come together well.

LIVING ROOM

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Every year I purchase new coordinating wrapping papers which make the chore of wrapping more exciting.  Don’t spend too much because they are just going to get ripped to smithereens anyway.  Check out places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls.  Oh and try colors outside the red and green norms, have fun.Dec 18_2015 028 USEDec 18_2015 021

Some old’school garland, ornaments and an oversized star pumped up the festiveness of this antique candelabra from Idlewild House.Dec 18_2015 029 USE

I didn’t need the TV stand anymore but it works as an occasional table between these lovely curtain panels I spotted on sale at JCP.  Believe it or not, that wide seat chair is hella comfortable (similar at World Market).Dec 18_2015 035 USE

Love the tribal feel of the beaded tangerine pillow from West Elm.  It pulls out the colors of the artwork around the room .Dec 18_2015 037 USE

My favorite spot to kick back and chill out under the light of the bamboo textured lamp.  And every room needs an animal guardian… my preference is a horse, of course.Dec 18_2015 042 USE

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DINING ROOM

The dining room had its own challenges, as you probably saw above.  There were about 50 mirrored panels glued to the wall over heavy duty wallpaper.  Taking it down destroyed the walls and called for a professional wall coating guy.  Painted the walls a Mindful Gray on top and Witch Hazel below the rail.  The space gets plenty traffic as it is the pass-through from the foyer to the living room and kitchen.  Kept the space simple with just the table and plenty of space to move around.  Check it out:

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Love these horns I picked up from Drexel Heritage.  They add height and keep the table sharp… pun intended.Dec 18_2015 015 USE

The Home Depot fixture provides ample light while still setting the mood with traditional shades.  The Andy Warhol always adds a bit of whimsy.Dec 18_2015 014 USE

 

Stay tuned for more pics from this adventure called renovation and decoration.

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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