Thursday, June 29, 2017

Reno Project Reveal | Powder Room

Today I have the chance to share the before and after of our little jewel-box powder room! This is a fun one for me personally because although this is a tiny space of very few square feet, I didn't have a powder room in my last home and so I really embraced the opportunity to go bold. We'll start with the before; here is an image from the real estate listing, you can see the (stubborn to remove) wallpaper that was in place since 1989.  Red oak cabinet, wall-to-wall mirror & tulip-style builder basic light fixture were all original to the house.

(You can view part 1 and part 2 of the powder room reno with all the plans and inspiration along the way).

The mirror, vanity, linoleum flooring, and lighting were all removed:

The only catch was (as you can see in my moodboard below) we selected a metal washstand that exposed the floor, but our water supply came up from the floor, so we had to get our plumber to moves those pipes into the wall before we could move forward installing our vanity. Often times, every step forward has 1-2 steps backwards before you can get to the pretty stuff! 

Here's the complete list of sources I selected:

Scalamandre Zebras from DecoratorsBest | Vendome sconces from Circa Lighting | Tresa Lavatory Faucet from Brizo | Toilet tissue holder from Brizo | Silver julep cup from Enchanted Home | Beaded mirror from RH | Gramercy powder room washstand from RH | Marble basketweave tile from Julian Tile

Marble tile was installed, and I love the way the oak floor meets so flush with the marble without any transition. As you can see just above and below, we installed this amazing Metrie recessed paneling in the entryway. To complement the entry millwork, we added simple board and batten with flat stock from Metrie to dress up the lower half of the wall. And let's be fully honest, I also anticipated little toddler hands could be destructive to pretty wallpaper and thought this could be and easy-to-clean and practical option:

And now the completed afters; dark, moody, and pretty:

As for the washstand 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 was much less expensive, and I could choose the piece of stone I wanted. I went with the powder room size vanity, which fit perfectly into our tiny space.

The traditional Charlotte toilet tissue holder from Brizo is so pretty, and I added conversation-starting art (a DIY) atop the toilet.

The Vendome sconces were a favorite of mine for a long time, their classic curves are perfect!

photo by Tracey Ayton Photography

Another 'fun' structural detail - the air vent was in the floor and had to be moved or I would literally have had a vent placed in front of the vanity right in the middle of the mosaic tile! (the vent has a towel stuffed into it below):

You can see that the vent is now neatly tucked into the corner:

Metrie crown molding and door casing added to the architectural details of the paneling:

In case you are curious how I hide the extra toilet paper for guests since I now lack concealed storage, I purchased an inexpensive metal tissue tower from Amazon and it does the trick:

I just adore the look of a vintage-inspired cross handle faucet, and honestly the Tresa Lavatory faucet from Brizo is 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.

Now, I'm so thrilled that you can see a peek of this little jewel-box right when you walk into the entry of the home. It makes me happy every time I see it, and it definitely sets a first-impression with guests.

Before & after from the entry:

Thank you for taking a peek at the progress of my home! It feels like there are never-ending projects on my list but one by one they are coming to completion. We've got many rooms left so stay tuned for more reno fun in the coming months.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Textbook Tuesday | Out East - Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons

With the summer months ahead, we collectively turn to outdoor living and dinning inspiration. What better place to turn than the iconic shingled houses and oceanfront cottages of the Hamptons? In Out East (out next month from Vendome Press), Jennifer Ash Rudick and photographer Tria Giovan take us on an insider's tour of more that 30 of the Hampton's most exquisite homes and gardens. Rudick, a long-time Southampton resident, explains that "few areas can lay claim to the fact that almost every American architect of note has worked here," ( Through reading this lovely hardcover collection I came to appreciate that this locale blends colonialism, contemporary design, and coastal charm. Here's a peek inside:

Of course we can admire the outdoors spaces of such a charming coastal community, but the indoor spaces are equally as spectacular. Some of my favorites:

I particularly feel drawn to the pattern-on-pattern maximalist spaces, which may seem atypical for oceanfront homes, but I love how cozy and inviting they appear:

The bedroom below, also featured on the cover of this month's Architectural Digest, is another perfect example of bringing maximalism to the Hampton's vacation homes:

I'm sure I'd never leave if I could inhabit any one of these stunning homes. Anyone who adores the summer-chic style of the Hampton's and the charm of beach-front communities will need to add Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hampton's to their personal design library!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Children's Rooms With Storybook Charm

I love the children's room I come across lately with old-world charm, as if somewhere on an English country-side estate, they look as though you truly could have stepped right into a story book. The look is created by the use of over the top prints and wallpapers, heavy doses of chinz and toile, canopy beds and fantastic bedding. Here is a look through a few favorites:

La Maison Pierre Frey wallpaper, Victoria Maria Interior Design

I love this modern version of a fabric canopy with a larger scale floral print in Paloma's recent work she shared:

La Maison Pierre Frey and Ralph Lauren Home prove that bedding can provide the pattern needed:

La Maison Pierre Frey bedcover, Scot Meacham Wood Home

Equestrian chic Ralph Lauren Home

It's kind of obvious that I would be drawn to the nursery of a sweet baby girl named Nancy, her mother is the oh-so-chic Vogue contributing editor Alice Naylor-Leyland:

Speaking of which, I love Alice's photography and the shots she takes of her children in these sprawling perfectly opulent English bedrooms, it's all very old-world chic (Alice is a must follow on instagram)!

What are the children's rooms and nursery looks you are drawn to lately? Any favorites you see here?


Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday's Favorites To Follow

Minneapolis-based design duo Marita Simmons and Krysta Gibbons together are the brains behind Kipling House Interiors. Their fantastic neo-traditional work caught my eye on instagram, and I'm so happy to have found them! Their classic and timeless style is evident in every project they've produced. Here is just a small sampling to entice you, hop to their website and instagram to see more:

Pierre Frey wallpaper combined with the Coleen & Company sconces is divine!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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