Thursday, November 21, 2013

House Happenings - Decisions, Decisions

Hello from renoland!

The craziness has now moved inside!  This weekend we moved our son into our room so that on Monday the guys could begin to demo his room. 

This is what the space looked like when we bought it:

The previous owners had enlarged a closet to fit the washer and dryer.  Which is where it has been since we moved in April.  Laundry time had to be restricted to during the day when Samson either wasn't home or napping.  Not ideal to say the least.

We made room as cozy as we could for the time being. 

Sorry for the blurry picture - but its all I had of the space before.  That's Sammy playing with my 87 year old grandma!  

So this is what the room looks like now;

This area with the floor intact will become the hallway to the new bedrooms

A view into our future bedroom.

Hopefully the framing, electrical and plumbing will progress smoothly (and quickly) after the holiday so that we can get the spray foam people in.  This room - which becomes our master bath - is open to the addition - which although sided - has no insulation.  The whole back of the house is freezing!  Makes me a bit nervous with the record low temps that are being predicted for the weekend.  

The gutting of this room has forced me into decision making mode.  A problem for me, and I think, for a lot of designers out there.  It is SO much easier help clients make decisions than to have to make one for myself.  BUT the plumber needs to get started and we need the valves for the faucets and shower fixtures.  So plowing forward I am!

My general design scheme for the bathroom is classic with a twist.  I am envisioning whites, grays and blacks with some warm woods, a mix of metals and a fun twist (to be revealed later).  

These are some of my inspiration images:

Love the floor detail, and all that white with the warmth of the wood.

LOVE the gold fixtures here!

So onto plumbing fixtures.  I am obsessed with the idea of wall mount faucets and a skirted toilet.  I am trying to make that work whatever way possible.

In my dreams - and my dreams just don't match my pocketbook - I would have these fixtures from Kohler:

This is their Purist fixture in Vibrant Modern Brushed Gold.  Isn't it stunning? Sigh...

But those just aren't an option right now.  So I've been on the hunt for something more affordable for us.  I am determined to have wall mount - just love the cleanliness of it and since the walls are open we can do this.  Word to the wise here - the faucets are generally sold as just TRIM - meaning only the pretty stuff.  You also need to buy the specific valve for each faucet which can cost a pretty penny as well. 

This is what I have found - at no less!

This is a faucet by Danze - a newer brand with a very reasonable price point.  After I found it my husband chimed in and told me he'd prefer one handle versus two.  Luckily Danze also has this:

I ordered one of each from and I'm not unimpressed by the quality.  I still want my plumber to see them before I pull the trigger though. 

My plumber really likes Symmons for valves and fixtures.  They tend to be well made and also have a good price point.  Luckily they have shower fixtures from their Dia line that look like this:

Pretty good match right?  

So with those decisions out of the way - for the most part  - kinda, sort of, but not really- I'm on to tile.  

I know I want to do marble on the floor.  I'm thinking 12 x 12's with an inset of something - probably a herringbone.  

Something along these lines:

I really like the black mini mosaic tile framing the basket weave.  I'm leaning more towards a chevron tile though - as that is one of my other obsessions.

 If my pocketbook was a bit deeper I'd probably go with something like this:

Stunning - right?  So as that's not an option - I figure a herringbone in some form of white marble inset into a picture frame will have to feed my obsession - for now.

The shower will have a similar treatment - a decorative inset on the back wall - but with a surround of white subway tile instead of marble.  Right now I'm coveting/obsessing a few of the lines from New Ravenna mosaics.  Their designs are just plain OFF THE HOOK!

I mean really?!  Just so stunning!  But wait!  I have other New Ravenna loves!
There's this:

And this:

And this:

So many beauties to choose from!  Thankfully I'm still a little bit away from having to make this decision.  I'm all decisioned out for now!  For myself that is!!!

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Masculine Condo - Designed on a Dime

Hello All!
Can't believe we are almost at the end of October!  There have been lots of happenings over here.  Our addition is in full swing - we have the beginnings of walls and a roof!  It is so very cool to watch it all happening day by day. But alas, that is a post for another day.

Right now I'm going to show you the reveal of a project which recently wrapped.  I was asked to design/decorate the newly purchased condo of one of my oldest and dearest clients' son.  He had recently purchased his first pad in an up and coming neighborhood of South Boston.  The condo is not overly large - about 700 square feet - but it has great bones and the two rooms are a good size.

We needed to furnish and decorate the living and dining spaces and the master bedroom.  The only pieces of furniture that were existing that we had to work with were a dresser and his bed and headboard.

Here are some before pictures of the space.

This is the master bedroom, not a bad size - but the layout wasn't working for the space.

The dining area - I have no idea who that guy is!

The entire space - for the most part.  Living, dining and kitchen areas.

 The living room - check out the sweet plaid upholstery!  There are no words...

So how did we transform this "diamond in the rough".

We repainted the entire apartment, added crown molding - a move in gift from Mom & Dad - and went on an Ikea shopping trip.

This is the floorplan I came up with.  Things basically stayed the same in the living/dining area, but made a major floorplan change in the bedroom.  We moved the bed from the small window wall to the longer wall opposite the door.  This gives the room the appearance of much more space.

Now, on to the good stuff!  Here is the project board that I did for the client with, for the most part, all of the pieces we ended up choosing:

Clockwise from top left:
5. Dining Chair - Restoration Hardware - we ended up with these - on sale for a great deal!
7.  Lounge chairs - Ikea - the ones we have are discontinued.  The link is a similar version.
11.  Area Rug

We rounded things out with some lighting and drapery treatments from Ikea and some additional accents from Home Goods.

And now for the finished product!!!!  

Here is the bedroom first:

The chests are from Target and the rugs are two of these from Ikea put together.

The Living Room:

Dining Area:

Overall I couldn't be more pleased with how this condo turned out.  It is exactly what my client's son wanted, and my client is beyond thrilled.  Especially as we keep joking that this new pad is going to land him a wife!