Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday's Favorites to Follow

We made it to Friday! Woohoo! And here in Vancouver, BC we have a long weekend to look forward to, sooo needed. I'll be working away on home reno's all weekend and have some updates for you early next week ;)

Here's a second installment of 'Friday's Fav's to Follow'; Karla of Vancouver-based Karla Amadatsu Design. Her instagram account is a design-lovers heaven. Be sure to follow along for the behind-the-scenes of several glamorous projects she currently has on the go. I mean, just look at that kitchen above, I don't even know where to start!!

To see more from Karla's stunning portfolio, visit her site here, and her instagram here. Have a wonderful mid-summer weekend!


Monday, July 27, 2015

House Tour | Jenny Hobick

Happy new week friends! Giving you a dose of pretty today, with a house tour from entertaining and lifestyle expert Jenny Hobick. I find her blog and instagram to be chock-full of inspiration! These images of crisp-clean and bright home are what she titles her 'post-move in, pre-decorating' tour. I'm saving them for my own inspiration files for sure ;) Just below you can see Jenny shared several shots of the building process on her instagram account:

I love all the clean white walls, wood flooring, touches of marble throughout, and millwork to add old-world charm. What are your favorite parts of this home? If you would like to see more, Jenny has included a slew of photos and details on her site here.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday's Favorites to Follow

Happy Friday everyone! I'm starting a new little mini-series at the end of each week, highlighting one of my favorite designers/fashion/lifestyle bloggers to follow. Whether through instagram, snapchat, blogs, designer portfolio's etc ...  I'll share who I'm feeling inspired & influenced by! Today, one of my favorite people on instagram - Seattle-based interior designer Marianne Simon. I never miss one of her posts!!!

I am always so inspired by Marianne's design aesthetic and it is such a treat to get sneak peeks of her work along the way. Follow Marianne Simon Design here.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Reno Project Update | Powder Room Plans

Happy new week everyone! We are ploughing through with our reno project, it's felt slow up to this point because we have been in the midst of the 'tear-down' stage for quite some time now. But in the past couple of weeks we have had a chance to do some of the more fun stuff, like shopping for flooring, kitchen counters, fireplaces and tiles! I'm sharing some background on our plans for the powder room today ... funny to think that this tiny space of VERY few square feet is one of the most exciting spaces for me, namely because I didn't have a formal powder room in our last place.

Ok, you know where we always have to start, with the BEFORE! Here is an image from the real estate listing, you can see the (stubborn/evil to remove) wallpaper that was in place circa 1989. Red oak cabinet, wall-to-wall mirror & tulip style light fixture:

Here is the space as it stands today. Mirror, vanity, everything ripped out! Felt very satisfying to say the least ;) You can get a better look at the linoleum flooring that still needs to be removed in this photo:

So the next step is mapping everything out for the new design. Here is a moodboard giving you all the plans:

Scalamandre Zebras from DecoratorsBest | Vendome sconces from Circa Lighting | Tresa Lavatory Faucet from Brizo | Mirror from Wisteria | Gramercy powder room washstand from Restoration Hardware | Marble basketweave tile from Julian Tile

I just adore the look of a vintage-inspired cross handle faucet, and honestly the Tresa Lavatory faucet from Brizo is going to be the prettiest faucet I have ever owned!! It comes in 4 finishes, I personally selected polished nickel to tie in with the metal of the washstand and water supply kit.
This traditional style of faucet works so well with the delicate look of the metal and glass washstands:
The only catch here is that our current water supply comes up from the floor, so we've got to get a plumber to moves those pipes into the wall before we can move forward installing our vanity. Every step forward has 1-2 steps backwards before you can get to the pretty stuff! Just keepin' it real:
Here are the Vendome sconces used in a stunning bathroom by Marianne Simon, I love the curve and again I chose polished nickel for the finish.
You know my deep love for Scalamandre Zebras, I just had to have them. I purchased the black & silver colorway through DecoratorsBest, you can see the black and yellow version below in a powder room by Scott Lyon.
I cannot wait to see that paper hung! And much like the image below, I am considering panelling the lower half of the wall to keep the wallcovering protected and to create a brighter space.
For the floor I am going with a bordered marble basketweave, you can never go wrong with the classics. If you have been following along on instagram you will already know I did a lot of tile shopping in the past few days! 
As for the vanity from RH, I found it was a lot more budget-friendly to purchase the washstand without the marble top. Pricing for having our own marble top cut and installed is much less expensive, and I can choose the piece of stone I want. I went with the powder room size vanity, which will fit perfectly into our tiny space.
So there you have it for now! I'll let you know how things progress as we keep moving forward. I'm excited to see this space come together, and I'm also thrilled that this little jewel-box is visible right when you walk into the entry of the home. It'll definitely set a first-impression. Have a great start to your week.
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