Global traditional designs are making a big push this spring. Anna just sent around links to Anthropologie and West Elm’s new product releases which both feature rich, ethnic patterns.
Architect Elizabeth Roberts’ bathroom chair (featured in a home tour on Remodelista), is right on trend with its resist dye mud cloth upholstery. Resist dye is a traditional African dying technique similar to its more popular cousin, tie dye. The deep blue color that results is a lovely stand-out in this otherwise subdued palette.
Remember when I shared this bathroom inspiration board? Things are finally starting to look just as I planned. As of today, our master bathroom looks like this:
She’s pretty, yes? Ken has been hard at work laying our 360Flooring tile (with radiant floor heating), grouting, finishing the sauna, prepping trim and gearing up for the big plumbing finale: toilet, sink and shower.
And while he’s been toiling away for weeks, we’ve still got quite a bit of work left. Here’s our to do list, complete inspiration board, so you can envision what I’m thinking!
Honey, Do Check Out The List
I’ve been living in denial that I have an ugly bathroom. Sadly, the prettiest thing in there is the retro-print Kleenex box. As a renter, I’m stuck with the unfortunate-looking countertop, linoleum flooring and cabinetry. Instead, I’ve focused my decorating energy on every other room in my apartment. But someday soon, I hope to own a home, and I’m already scooping out cool vanity ideas on HGTV’s Fast Fix Bathrooms.
Whether you want to dedicate an entire weekend or just an afternoon, there’s plenty of stylish updates to fit your look and schedule. Each project features an handy materials list and step-by-step instructions with photos to help you complete it with ease.
Face it; we’ve all been there. The early morning alarm buzzes, you pad into the bathroom to take a shower and eek! you’re greeted with cold floors. What? I’m not the only one?
I suppose there’s more to radiant floor heating than the luxurious benefit of having warm-to-the-touch tile (like energy savings due to convection and increased return on investment) but to be honest, Husband and I installed it for the sheer purpose of pampering our tootsies. A small price to pay and a simple installation process that will skyrocket the average bathroom into serious spa-like territory; the other stuff is just a nice bonus.
Flooring Can Be Fun!
I mentioned a few posts ago that my husband has always wanted a sauna. And I have to admit, the thought of a sauna in my house seemed really pretentious at first. Picturing giant glass doors, steam rooms and white subway tiles made me a tad queasy, especially when I thought of the price tag.
Build a Sauna in 5 Easy Steps…No, Really
The ultimate effervescent design…
This dreamy “bubble bath” was created by Coffinier Ku Designs for the 2010 Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York City. The hand-blown glass bubbles render the clawfoot tub less-than-useful. Still, it inspires in me longings to luxuriate in a bubbly bath of my own.
How about you?
While tons of people obsess over certain Hollywood A-Listers, I find myself weak in the knees for the unsung heroes of glamour — shelter magazine photographers. My obsession is somewhat justified, because, unless you’re going to barge into the home of my latest client, you’re most likely going to see my work (and hire me) through the work of these photographers. And interiors shoots are kinda fascinating. Not in an OMG-look-what-Suri-Cruise-is-wearing-on-the-playground type way. More like in a WOW-that’s-how-the-Egyptians-made-the-Pyramids kinda way. So prepare to be amazed, like one of those TV specials, as I reveal…secrets of shelter magazine photographers.
After this post, when looking at interior photos, you’ll not only appreciate the work it took to create them, you’ll — like I do — notice the curious absence of everyday things like corners. And toilets. And if you do see them, you’ll know that someone either made a major faux pas or deliberately embraced the photographer’s “kiss of death.”
I could keep typing, but, instead, I’m going to let the professionals do the talking since (a) I find myself irritating after two paragraphs (b) this is all about photographers anyway (c) I have a photo shoot in an hour, and if I don’t leave now, someone else will snatch the peonies, and I’ll be left with Alstroemeria.
EMILY JENKINS FOLLOWILL Photographer
Foyer: Neely Design Associates, Brian Watford ID | Living Room: Liza Bryan Interiors
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…And Not Completely Lose Your Cool. I will preface this post by saying you will absolutely lose your cool at some point during a renovation. In fact, I think the term “losing your cool” was invented by a gal who was renovating her home. I’m not totally sure, but it’s a valid theory.
Welcome to our on-site disaster zone.
So to help re-frame my current situation and gain a bit of perspective, I’ve listed a few rules for living in two places. This goes out to anyone who is remodeling, renovating or relocating.
5 Keep-Your-Cool Rules
This week I took a last-minute trip to Washington DC to participate in a forum organized by the Department of Labor and booked a room at the W Hotel located hardly a block from the White House. Having traveled extensively in the last five years since I became a professional blogger, I’ve seen every sort of hotel room that exists, and once came face to face with a discarded condom wrapper underneath my pillow. Didn’t know it was physically possible, but I jumped like a cat and ended up hanging from the ceiling by my fingernails.
Last year when I was thirty-weeks pregnant I embarked on a three-week book tour visiting nine different cities and sleeping in nine different hotel rooms. And those rooms were all perfectly fine, some very nice and at times lovely. But you know when you’re watching a makeover show and a client sees her redecorated bedroom for the first time? And without fail she will say, “I feel like I’m in a boutique hotel room!”
She did not stay in the hotel rooms I stayed in.
Of course, she’s probably not thirty-weeks pregnant, either. That can affect your mood.
Until this week. Until I walked into this room, saw the decor and fell madly, deeply in love. It was everything I imagined my dream home would look like. From the eclectic mix of furniture in the sitting area (I love how they covered such a traditional, hard-edged chair in white leather and paired it with a soft suede, semi-circle couch):
Valentine’s Day is almost here, and it’s one of my favorite holidays. An entire day devoted to love — and the color red. Now that’s inspiring!
I found instructions for cute handmade cards on The Purl Bee. Made from small pieces of fabric, they are a good way to use up the scraps from your decorating projects. Out of scraps? Head to the remnant section of the fabric store and pick up some heart-worthy cloth.
Don’t stop with handmade cards for your sweetie. Get ideas for adding red to your home decor at Pop of Red. Check out the red coat rack and the needlepoint L-O-V-E pillow! I’m also crazy about this cabernet-colored wallpaper by Ballard Designs. Liven up a room by using it on one wall as an accent.
If you’re inspired to add Valentine’s-Day-style year round, try red and gray in the master bedroom. And of course, shades of red in the master bedroom call for some crimson in the master bath or powder room. Check out this hot sink by Vitruvit.