Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday's Favorites To Follow

Happy Friday everyone! As a Mon-Friday, 9-5 worker, I'm still wrapping my head around being at home everyday, and I'm trying to make sure I'm keeping track of what day of the week it is so that I still feel semi-normal. Amazing how all the days (and nights!) can just blend together. Slowly but surely I'll be back to blogging regularly, and I want to get back to sharing my "Friday Favs", people I think you need to know about and follow on social media if you love all-things-design. Today's edition is interior photographer Alyssa Rosenheck, her instagram account is pretty dreamy and she photographs some of the loveliest spaces:

Convinced? Go flip through her lovely feed and thank me later! Have a wonderful weekend :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Renovation Project Update | Powder Room Part 2

Here we go, another reno update for you! If you've been following along on Instagram you've seen my sneak peek already :) Here's a reminder of where we started and where we are at now:

Total gut of everything in the space!

We put in this amazing Metrie recessed paneling in the entryway (full post on that space soon!), you can see the powder room from here, and I love the way the oak floor meets so flush with the marble tile (thank you to floor-guy-Phil)! We also added simple board and batten with flat stock from Metrie to dress up the lower half of the wall:

And as you can see from my mood board  the zebras were finally coming to live with me, I've loved them from a distance for a very long time :) I purchased Scalamandre zebras in the Black and Silver colorway from DecoratorsBest and it is quite magical. I am so grateful for a source of designer papers at a great price, however I still did splurge to have it professionally installed as I wanted it to be perfect!

Another view from the entry way:

We picked the smallest cutest toilet we could find (as cute as toilets can be, that is!), as this is a really small space and we needed to conserve:

Once the lighting was in it started looking legit. Dark, moody and lovely:

Now we just have to finish up the space with our Brizo Tresa faucet and accessories (so excited!), and the gramercy glass wash stand. I also have to commit to a mirror, which scares me a little (any recommendations?). We are finally on our way to a finished space!!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Designer Profile | Lori Paranjape

Have you been following Traditional Home's 'New Trad Talent Hunt'? One of the nominees is the oh-so-talented Lori Paranjape, her portfolio is the stuff design dreams are made of:

I am so enjoying following along with Lori's fabulous projects on instagram, she is so talented! And she comes up with such creative design ideas as well, for example, as a new mommy and a pet owner, this design savvy built in pocket baby gate totally wowed me!!

Be sure to check out more of Lori's portfolio and sneak peeks on instagram here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

My Birth Story

I'm back and ready to give you more reno updates and design inspiration! But first, I'm here to fill you in on what's been happening in my life over the past weeks - I feel like I've documented so much of my life story on this blog that I may as well include one of the most eventful experiences I've had. So today's post isn't really 'design' themed per se, but I've so enjoyed reading other new mom's stories that I am hoping you won't mind it either :)

Exactly 2 weeks ago today little baby Marcus was born - a healthy 6 pounds 8 ounces! We chose to give him my maiden name as his first name, which is quite special as it makes me feel like I'm passing on my family name in a way. Getting to the birth was quite the experience, as you know from this previous post, Marcus was breech and we were told it was likely going to have to be a booked C-section. Truth was that I struggled with disappointment when I first heard that news, as it just wasn't what I had pictured! I went off to explore exercises and chiropractic techniques that could get baby to turn, and after all sorts of crazy stunts like sitting off the edge of the sofa upside down with my head on the ground, I came to realize this little guy was too big and he was lodged in that position for good. Now in hindsight, I'm so glad I had been able to be pre-screened and warned that this would likely be the outcome - I was ready to book and accept that C-section.

On the night before Marcus was set to be born, we went to bed as per usual, I was nervous but excited and all my bags were packed (a definite plus to actually knowing the date and time). Low and behold, there was a 4.8 earthquake around 11:30pm that jolted us awake out of bed! What are the odds? We were totally freaked out and took a moment to calm down and get back to sleep - that C-section was booked for 9am and I knew I needed my rest so I tried my best to ignore everything. Fat chance. I woke up to a whole different kind of explosion at 1:30am - my water broke! I just remember thinking, "Seriously? This is happening now?" So we rushed to the hospital as fast as we could and everything unfolded from there. Deep inside I was so happy that Marcus chose his own birthday and it wasn't just a date selected as convenient for the surgeons :)

Once in hospital I was told I was already 4cm dilated, things were happening fast, and the pain of contractions was pretty fierce. I just remember thinking, "how do so many women do this for like 20 hours??" Luckily they sped me off to an emergency C-section, after only 2.5 hours of sucking back the nitrous oxide. The procedure was so fast, and we welcomed our sweet baby boy into the world.

(Believe it or not they are actually cutting me open as this picture was being taken, that's how amazingly well spinal anesthesia works!)
(NYE spending time together in the hospital, we actually watched fireworks from the hospital room window!)
And now the three of us are back home, getting adjusted to our new schedule and finishing off our home reno in this next month. Plenty of updates and posts to come soon! It's been overwhelming to say the least (hence the lack of posts), but it's been a pretty magical experience at the same time. Thank you for sharing in this journey with me!


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Reno Project Update | Entry Progress

Another project update for you today! I'm sharing the before's & progress shots of the entry way of this lovely little 1989 gem :) Above is a photo of the space before we got our hands on it - complete with wallpaper, borders, pink carpet and honey oak. We knew we wanted to add structure and 'good bones' to totally recreate the first space you see when you enter the house. Trim and interior finishings would do just that! So I got to drawing up my vision, in a very amateur and non-AutoCAD way (ie. random scraps of paper):

I knew that the dated curved staircase wall had the potential to be a show-stopper. Just needed the ingredients to get it there. In came a truck-load of trim from Metrie, oh happy day! We selected a gorgeous panel mould combined with flat stock to create a recessed look, I love love love the profile and high-quality of the trim we chose!

We got to planning out and prepping the space. I decided to paint the banister and just the horizontal footings in a deep brown (Benjamin Moore's Black Bean Soup) - I was very proud of my meticulous taping job :) Everything else would get a nice fresh coat of BM's Chantilly Lace.

It's amazing what you can do with flat stock on a curved wall! Our fabulous trim guy Mark notched out so many points that we were able to literally bend MDF:

Ok, so cue the dramatic music - another before shot in it's 'honey-oak glory':
Banister sanded and sanded and sanded:
And a nice new lick of paint!
We hummed and hawed over the idea of staining the banister but after lots of research we figured out that we could get the look we wanted to achieve with paint and 2 clear polyurethane coats. I am happy with the results and it was much faster and easier. We've yet to add the flooring, baseboards, and lighting to the space. Here's a peek into the powder room, before & after:

The old doors got a coat of paint as well, a budget-friendly option! (Sherwin Williams Black Magic):

Front exterior door was replaced with a solid fir door that I am quite thrilled with. We lost light coming through, which I realize many people would hate to do, but for me privacy was more important (Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black):

Here's a peek at a few other things about to go into this space, we've selected a lovely patterned wool carpet for the stairs, a medium brown oak wood flooring, and these gorgeous ceiling fixtures from Shades of Light.

I'll share the final space when it all comes together! You can hop back to see our living room and kitchen progress in case you missed them.

Thanks for taking the time to check out the progress, you can follow along with current updates on my instagram account as well ;)
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