Wednesday, October 5, 2016

One Room Challenge Week 1 | The Before!

Well here we go again, you probably wouldn't even believe me if I told you I was joining the One Room Challenge again, right? I have decided that this 6-weeks-to-get-an-entire-room-finished game is much like having a baby, you forget the pain and the long road to the finish line once you have the wonderful fruits of your labor there to enjoy (no pun intended)!

For those of you who are new here, welcome, I'm Nancy and I've been blogging about my passion for interiors since 2010. Literally started blogging as an escape of my stress during the completion of my PhD - talk about procrastination :) I'm undergoing a whole-home renovation as we speak so there will be lots of fun before & afters in the coming month or two. I joined the ORC hosted by Linda of Calling It Home as a guest participant in the spring (and completed a nursery and breakfast nook), and I could not be more honored to join for the first time as one of the 20 featured designers for this round! I am SO thrilled to be included in such wonderful & talented company (see all of my fellow designers linked at the bottom of this post) and sponsored by one of my favorite glossies House Beautiful.

Ok, on to the good stuff, the befores! This builder-basic master ensuite (circa 2000) belongs to a beloved family member who is entrusting me to re-do their space (no pressure!). Since my own reno budget has been blown out of the water and won't allow me to complete my master ensuite right now, I'm very happily implementing all the finishes I would choose for my own bathroom in this project. Lucky for me, the lady of the house has similar marble-slathered dreams, so this is going to be a lot of fun! Above and below you can get a feel for the space:

The best thing about living in a home for years before you renovate is that you get the chance to correct all the things you dislike about it's function/form. Here are the 5 MUST HAVE items the homeowners want to achieve by remodeling this room:

1. Get rid of ALL the tile. Some of the tile has a yellow undertone, some is a pink undertone - the mismatch has bothered the homeowners ever since the day it was installed! And the lady of the house hates cleaning the tiled counters (see below).

2. Install a seamless shower. No more metal frame, and we are taking it to new heights (literally)! The glass will go to the ceiling, and we will also design the door to open to the left rather than the current right-swing out door so that they are able to directly grab their towels off the hook.

3. Create a marble-clad space while still maintaining durability. This is a toughie but I think I am up for the challenge! We have sourced a marble-like porcelain for inside of the shower walls, and a darker true marble for the base of the shower as the lady of the house worries about products such as hair dye discoloring marble or the grout. We will be mixing marble hexagon, basketweave, pencil trim, together with the marble-like porcelain.

4. Remove the bulky platform tub with surround. Vintage style claw foot tub it is :)

5. Install window coverings, as the homeowner complains the sun can literally melt her lipstick on a warm day! We are going with chic flat Roman blinds from Tonic Living.

Truth? The homeowners are fairly mortified that I have to post the 'befores' for ALL of you to see, but let's be honest - it's going to make for some pretty dramatic 'afters' they will surely to be proud of!

Here's a 'pin' board and the mood board I created to convey the look I am going for, all the permanent fixtures will be in a classic grey & white scheme, and I'm planning to liven things up with a touch of blue & white through accessories. Elegant and timeless.

Gold beaded mirrors (LampsPlus) | Vintage style faucets | Aurum Sand No. 3 art print (Minted) | Roman blinds (Tonic Living) | Grey-banded cotton towels (Annie Selke) | Pyne Hollyhock pillow (Arianna Belle) | Orchid Cache pot (Jill Rosenwald) | Tub caddy and Tissue holder (ATGSores) | Claw foot tub | Turkish towels and Faux Ostrich navy stool (Joss & Main) | French accent chair and blue & white garden stool (ATGStores) | Marble hexagon & basketweave tile 

I will show you all the materials next week and have pictures of the demolition to share! Things are already rolling as this is such a tight timeline so we have truthfully already begun, and we have ordered ALL products to make sure we meet the deadline. Some boxes are already arriving at my doorstep so be sure to check my insta stories for all the goodies.

I'll be tagging all of my IG posts with #marcusdesignrenos and #oneroomchallenge so please follow along with me over the course of the next 5 Wednesday's. Also, be sure to check in with all the designers this round, and the guest participants on Thursday, let the fun begin!!



Holly Phillips @ The English Room said...

I look forward to seeing you work your magic in this bathroom. It is going to be a beauty!
Holly @ The English Room


Oh man....a bath are brave my friend! Love the plan so I know it will be fab!


Yay, Nancy, I'm so happy to be participating in this with you! This bathroom is not going to know what hit it. Good luck! xo

Barbara Matson said...

This is awesome!!! Congrats Nancy. I am on the fence as to whether I should join up.... hmm.

Iris Watts said...

This is going to be amazing! They are lucky to have you to design it for them. Can't wait to follow along with it all!

Shannon said...

LOVE your inspiration- so classic and chic! I know you're going to knock it out of the park!

Lesley Metcalfe said...

Yay Nancy! I'm so happy to see that you are participating as a FEATURED designer!!! I love your plan and am really looking forward to following along with your progress. xoxo!

jana bek design said...

The transformation is going to be amazing! Can't wait to follow along!

Katherine~FurnishMyWay said...

I'm excited to see the final result! I love the design style that you are going for - super clean and chic!

Gwen, The Makerista said...

I can't wait to see this come together! It's a nice sized space and a gut job is always so fun!

Tricia said...

Oh I love every element your adding to this bath! You have a busy 5 weeks ahead of you. Can't wait to follow along throughout!
Tricia @ Suburban B's

Tim@DesignMaze said...

so dreamy and so jealous of this lady of the house! I want a marble bathroom too and I can't wait to see you mixing all the trim and different tiles together for a dynamic look!

First time link up here for my client's kitchen! wish me luck crossing the finishing line in 6 weeks!


Oksana | said...

So excited to be joining such talent as a guest participant and to follow everyone's transformations! I don't know how I'll get anything done today – all I want to do is read through everyone's ORC!! It's amazing that you're doing this for a client – I can't wait 'til we're done decorating our new (old) house so I can do like you and help decorate someone else's! XO

Oksana |

Lily said...

I am so curious about the result that I can hardly wait! You are such an inspirations!

Linda @ Calling It Home said...

I want this bathroom. This is going to be a huge change and they will love it. It's fun to see all the details that go into this. Good luck.

Greg and or Pam said...

I cant seem to view any pictures on the blog today. Looking at ORC. I tried with Safari, Firefox and on my phone. Didnt know if it was me or a glitch. It it because I have a Mac??

Greg and or Pam said...

I cant seem to view any pictures today on your blog. I tried through Safari and Firefox and my IPhone. Didnt know if it was me or a glitch on the blog. Was trying to view the ORC. Thanks

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