Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In the Works: LS Living & Dining

LS, my client with this stunning bathroom, has decided to move forward with a few more projects to help make her house a home. Currently, we are focussing on her formal living and formal dining rooms.

When you enter the home, you come into a grand foyer. Both rooms join with the foyer, the living room to your right, and the dining room to your left. 

For the dining room we didn't need much. She had the table, and it was a beautiful piece passed down in her family, so the rest we would build from there. 

For the living room, she and her hubby (WS) fell in love with this beautiful couch from Crate & Barrel, but everything else could go. 

First things first, we needed to decide on a color scheme that would feel cohesive enough to flow with the home and balance across the front foyer. We decided to stick with a mushroomy-neutral scheme with rich wood and metallic accents. 

The overall goal for the spaces was to achieve a mature space that feels clean, classic and romantic. 

We should be wrapping up in the next few weeks, then I hope to show you the stunning reveal once it all comes together. What are you working on right now?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hall Bath Face Lift

A very sweet client of mine has been working through two bathroom renovations with me. Her master bath is a full reno, which won't be done for a few more weeks yet, but her hall bath was just a face lift to update and refresh what was there, without complete demo.

Here is a look at what we had to work with:

The main things we kept were the bathtub, tile and vanity cabinet. Everything else went--starting with the wallpaper.

Here is a look at the new-and-improved space:

Just the walls with their soft periwinkle color are a vast update.

We replaced the shower doors to a more updated style with simple details
and reglazed the bath tub to match the white of the toilet.

New medicine cabinet with asymmetrical split has
great form and function in it's newly recessed home.
The new sconces above functioning with new dimmer switches
 to be set to just the right glow.

And speaking of new lighting and switches, we kept the existing overhead fixture, updated the heat lamp to be a heat and vent combo, re-located them to more functional positions overhead and everything is on it's own switch with dimmers where applicable.

The most stunning upgrade (in my opinion) is the beautiful new countertop.
It is a Caesarstone with sparkling flecks of silvers and whites, and it is stunning.

What do you think? Is your bathroom in need of a full renovation, just a face lift or are you lucky enough to have a bathroom in great shape?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Kitchen Sink

Well in this case, the kitchen faucet.

 If you are like me, and you enjoy cooking, you spend a lot of time at your kitchen sink. Washing veggies, prepping foods, washing hands and then ultimately cleaning everything up afterwards. Thus, it is so important to have a good kitchen faucet!

The old faucet.

When we moved in, there was a cheap faucet -- your standard run-of-the-mill traditional design, with a crumby spray. As you can see from the Kitchen Reveal, our taste is a little bit more on the clean lines, especially for me in the kitchen. I don't want a lot of extra nooks and crannies to worry about getting gunked up. So one of the things we did pretty soon after closing was get ourselves a new faucet.

It was something I felt comfortable installing myself since I work in the decorative plumbing industry talking about faucets and things all day long, however I DO NOT recommend installing it if you don't know what you are doing. We are talking about a lot of water here and the potential for a lot of damage if something slips up.

First things first, I read through all of the instructions (I'm a woman, that is how we tackle problems). Then I lined up all the tools we needed and got to work.

The most important thing I can emphasize here is to turn off the water! Once the water is turned off, you can tackle taking out the old faucet and work your way through the process of installing the new.

It is so helpful to have an extra set of hands here...while you are stuck under the sink, you are going to want to make sure things are lined up and held in position above the sink. (Thanks P!)

Our new faucet is the Starck HighArc Faucet from the Axor Collection by Hansgrohe. It is a great spout, with a very direct stream--spoons beware, this faucet can shoot the water off of a spoon and right out of the sink! The spray function is great, and I love that the hose extends far enough to fill pots, vases, etc., without having to lift them in and out of the sink.

The Starck HighArc Faucet from the Axor Collection by Hansgrohe

The best thing about our faucet is the way it looks. The line blends seamlessly with those of the cabinet hardware in the sink and the stainless finish blends nicely with the appliances and pulls. Though I think we would have been happy with the chrome finish as well, I think the stainless feels a bit warmer and blends nicely with the pieces of the kitchen that we aren't in a position to change, without feeling overly modern for the space.

The new faucet in action!

What do you think? Have you ever made any minor plumbing changes in your home or do you leave it to the professionals?

Friday, May 2, 2014

Kitchen Revealed

At long last, here is a look at our kitchen, and those bold pink stripes.

Upon entering the condo, the kitchen is the first room you see, so we decided to
add a splash of bold color right when you open the door to draw you in.

We purchased this little bar cart and created a beverage station.

We put the chairs together in a row to create a little bench.
Adding the purple pillows cozies it up!

Having a drop-leaf table is essential. When it is folded up, we can work in the kitchen or
eat just us two, and when we have friends over for dinner,
we can pop it open, crowd around and dig in!

In a small space, every inch of storage counts, so we have pretty bowls, vases
and teapots stored above the cabinets.
(I'm surprised we don't keep our sweaters there too!)

My favorite little splash of pink is this adorable pink pipe. I just love it!

The counter-space and appliances are just right. We love cooking with gas!

These rhino bookends add a touch of whimsy to our kitchen
by supporting our cookbooks.

Happy Friday! I hear it is going to be a nice weekend--get out and enjoy it if you can!