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I loved this photo the minute I saw it on my monitor.
This is our first grandbaby. Our only grandbaby.
This is Crew.
It still amazes me how I instantly fell in love with him.
I don't think I ever had so many pictures of my own three kiddos and I have never been a fan of family pictures everywhere but sometimes there are moments or expressions captured that I never want to lose. This was one of those moments.
My daughter who has her own photography company, Clicksmith Photography, took this picture while they were visiting us this summer.
I love the subject matter, love the photographer, and I was really happy with mpix that processed the print for me.
The composition of this photo reminded me of Andrew Wyeth's painting of Christina's World.
I remember liking that painting when I was in school. The idea of the subject matter looking into the distance and the perspective this allowed is intriguing to me.
So when I saw this photo of Crew, I knew it was one that I would need to frame.
I went with a simple and inexpensive frame from Home Goods that allows me to easily change out the photo as our little man grows and changes but it might be awhile before I change this one out. It has that timeless appeal and looks right at home on that sea glass painted wall.
I don't want too many pictures, but this might be a sweet complimentary piece framed on the nightstand?
Technology moves forward.
Kids grow up.
I've been blogging for almost eight years and during that entire time I have never done any posts about this room.
Our home is 100 years old and it has been added onto several times over the decades. This room was part of an addition in 2000.
My husband has had his office here in our home since we bought the home in 1997. Back then he was working out of the basement but as the business grew it became obvious that was not working. The addition was created to give him a large office space, bathroom area, and a media room.
This room, "The Forgotten Room", was the media room. With a movie screen that drops down from the ceiling, it was used for presentations to clients.
Occasionally, the kids would have friends over to watch movies in this space.
But technology has changed. Along came faster internet connections, laptops and iPads. Now, most of the visual presentations are either done online or in the client's office. Our lifestyle has changed too. We are empty nesters now and it has been several years since we have used this room to watch a movie. This room became obsolete as a media room as the equipment aged and we added a large high definition and flatscreen television in our family room.
This has become a space that receives some of the castoffs of furniture and accessories from other rooms in the house.
Those sofas are circa 2000. They are still in great shape but if I were buying them today I would not choose that cordovan color.
But while a lot of the pieces in this room are fifteen years old or older, I am still attached to them.
They are a part of our history as a couple and as a family.
This bar area has a wine box that I painted about eight years ago and the painting behind the sink is from my aunt.
.It also houses one of my favorite paintings
I found this original oil at a consignment store. I do not know the artist but it is obvious from the back side of the canvas that it is rather old. I am guessing it is from the 1930's.
In an effort to keep the room from appearing too stodgy, I wanted to bring in edgier works like the abstract piece above the sofa and this,
modern piece, a hand embellished silk- screen by Steve Kaufman. We have always loved the movie, The Godfather, and bought his Michael Corleone piece when we were traveling. We fell in love with it and it just seemed so appropriate for a media room.
This a room full of memories, like this vase I painted a few years ago for a Traveling Door show. I had also made the necklace. In a wacky moment I decided to add the necklace to the vase. Voila! Another BeColorful creation.
I like that this room marries the past and older pieces with modern touches.
One of the older pieces is from a time when I had very little discretionary money. I traded a night table with a neighbor for this curved front chest. It had broken drawer rails and the top was rough but I liked the shape and I needed something to set a lamp on. :D So, I faux marbled the top to hide the old water damage. Remember when faux marble was a thing?
FYI, the drawer is still broken and I probably could have replaced it with a new, more functional chest but looking at this piece reminds me of those lean years. We didn't have any money but we still powered through and made do with what we had.
I don't ever want to lose that.
This is a room that holds those fun, maybe quirky, elements that I love but that don't fit anywhere else in the house.
We bought this huge round tray about ten years ago on a trip to southern Illinois. The wine box is from Sticks. I like these unexpected patterns and random styles mixed together.
Then there is Sam. Love him. He doesn't shed, doesn't need to be walked or kenneled, but never fails to make me smile.
These old wine bottles, nested in a wide mouthed urn filled with mini lights, look magical at night and they remind me of special evenings with friends and family.
Yes, this is a room of castaways but these castaways are a part of who I am. They are my memories even if they are in our forgotten room.
We can hold on to things for too long, but sometimes we just aren't ready to let them go.
Do you have some of these favored pieces too?
I'd love to hear about yours.
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Who says we can't enjoy color all winter long?
Things can get pretty dreary during February in the upper Midwest. Neutral spaces are trending but sometimes the world needs a big dose of color.
I dread the snow and gray February skies but earlier this month when I walked into our family room with its walls of windows and cheery coral paint I couldn't help but smile. This is the perfect place to escape the colorless Midwest climate.
The Love pillows were a find at our local Home Goods. I thought they were a fun February nod to Valentines Day.
It is nearly impossible to be in a bad mood in this room.
Be brave and bring on the color. There are too many neutral rooms these days.
A flamboyant colorista
This time two years ago we were still in the middle of a major master bedroom update. It was the last room of the house to be touched and we had lived here for almost fifteen years. It was beyond due.
Our home is a one hundred year old three story frame home and the bedrooms are all on the upper floors so building out was not an option.
There is a small hallway that leads into the master suite and it originally had built ins on each side.
As you can imagine closet space in an older home is almost non-existent so that was something that also needed to be considered. I had pinned images of cavernous closets, bedrooms and master baths but when it came down to finally creating a plan for our space we knew that our room would be considerably scaled down from those inspiration pictures.
We also wanted to think about resale. Even though we weren't ready to move anytime soon, we recognized that kitchens and bathrooms help to sell houses so we put the bulk of the budget into the bath and increased its size as much as possible.
We eliminated the built in closets on the left side of the master entrance and gave up that space to the master bath. Then we put in an opaque glass pocket door to the bath area from this short entrance hallway .
We stole some real estate out of the bed area and built in a wall of closets.
We had some time to plan them out so we added interior configurations that best fit Mike's needs and built in light switches that light up the closet when the doors are opened but shut off when the doors are closed.
I liked how the beveled glass panels dressed up the doors and helped to reflect the light around the room but I am especially excited about the hardware that we went with.
It seems we have a variety of hardware in this aging old home, everything from weathered brass to nickel to glass but we had used polished nickel in the bathroom so I decided to continue that into the bedroom. In the end, this was what we did to blend the old and more contemporary looks that we love.
We dressed up our space with dark wood floors, wool rugs, and new bedroom furniture but I'm still not there.
I am definitely needing new lamps. I started out with the ivory lamps we were using before but they blocked out too much of the mirror. These are a cobbled together creation from lamps I was ready to take to the consignment shop.
So here it is two years later and I'm still shopping.
The space just seems to still need a nose or some dimension.
As I look at the photo below, I realize I need to add something to that wall with the little etching my grandma brought back to me years ago from Paris. It's a great piece but it looks totally lost.
Maybe it is the lack of color that is leaving me cold. Perhaps I should bring in some black? gold? navy? or a soft aqua?
There isn't much wall space for artwork so I will have to revisit the lamps, accent pillows and maybe a throw. I'll eventually figure it out but in the meantime any suggestions are always welcome.
Have a great weekend.
No, this isn't a Christmas in July post. Actually, I wanted to share the update we made to our stairwell last year while we were also remodeling our master bedroom and bath. While I was looking for some "before" pictures it became evident that most of my photos from this part of our home have been taken at Christmas time.
I have always thought that the foyer is especially pretty at holiday time but then when the decorations come down it always looked so painfully plain.
Our home is 100 years old this year. I love the history that goes with an old house and this one is no exception. A few of the previous owners have even shared some photos with me of their time here and these two were taken right here on the stairway. I think it is fun to see how the house has evolved over the years.
The Wheeler Family
...and our sweetie modeling her choice for a sorority event.
The truth is, the entrance to a home needs some wow. Although the wallpaper from the 50's was long gone before we ever moved in, this entrance has always left me feeling underwhelmed and I always wished that the stairwell had been trimmed out more like the rest of the house. So while the house was already torn up with a remodel we decided to add some flair to this stairway.
It took me twelve years of living in the house to get to this point but it only took the trim carpenter three days to create this upgrade.
I was thrilled with the end result.
So 100 years and three days later...
Good things take time.
It isn't a secret that I am passionate about black and white.
Ten years ago, before Pinterest, I tore a page from a decorating magazine that featured a home office with lots of white woodwork and black walls. It was so unusual and dramatic and I loved it. I showed it to a friend that was also drawn to bold designs but I didn't get the positive reaction I was looking for. I took a safer route and It took me nine years to follow through with my black walls. I wish I had done this way back then. This room has windows at each end and two sets of french doors so there is a lot of light and white woodwork to break up the statement black.
I have loved pulling this room together and have had fun bringing in different accent colors throughout the year.
Recently, Mike and I decided to sell our Galena getaway and purchase something in a warmer climate. So, when I had a free afternoon this week I decided to stop into Home Goods for some inspiration. I wasn't looking to buy anything. Anything I would buy here would have to be shipped there. It is usually when I'm not really looking that I end up with the best "finds" and this week wasn't any different. While I was on the hunt for ideas for our southern abode I found, instead, something for our Linden home. The minute I saw these black and white framed pieces I was reminded of my muse, Dorothy Draper.
I felt that they were perfect for our Linden dining room and for only $14.00 each! These were definitely going home with me.
I still have an empty home down South but I think Dorothy would approve of my little additions here.
It's a bit of a strange Christmas for us. There isn't anything wrong. On the contrary we are feeling very fortunate but it is just going to be an unorthodox holiday this year.
The season began like it has every year for us with a family get together here at our Linden house but this year we have the added joy of knowing that there will be one more person, a very little and probably very active person, at the table next year.
(Liz and her "littlest brother" Adam)
James and Sumi were here from Seoul this summer so they couldn't join us for Thanksgiving and won't be here for Christmas either.
We miss them most of all this time of year. James, you would have loved flying drones with the guys. :D
A few days after the rest of the family polished off the Thanksgiving leftovers Rosie and I headed south for two weeks for what we are calling a new chapter in our book of life. We aren't leaving our home behind but we are looking forward to some additional adventures in a warmer climate.
Being away the first half of December and knowing we would be celebrating elsewhere this year made it hard to justify a week's worth of decorating effort for only a few days of enjoyment. So, I did the unthinkable and didn't decorate.
I feel like I'm skipping Christmas.
The lights and the music are my favorite things about the holiday season and I must admit that I miss sitting in the glow of our tree this year but I am trying to get my fix from the single small tree I put up in the kitchen window and by revisiting my pictures from last Christmas.
I never posted our holiday flair last year, so, at the risk of appearing like a cheater, which I am, I thought I would share some of those images today.
My color scheme was pink, coral and red and I carried it throughout the house.
In the library
and on the living room mantle.
I created a garland of ornaments that were colorful by day
but felt magical by night.
I like a more casual holiday style in the kitchen and these folk art Scandinavian candelabras come out year after year. The first one belonged to my mom but years ago I bought two more to fill up these windows.
The "gifted" chandelier is a look I have done for several years now too.
The small tree in the kitchen window hung with Sticks ornaments is one of my favorite things to pull out at Christmas time.
Last year was the first year for my black and white dining room. This is an easy room to pop with color but the pink/coral/red theme seemed to work especially well here.
A spray painted candle holder from the discount aisle at Hobby Lobby, some inexpensive globe ornaments and a hemmed piece of fabric turned tablecloth and this space came together for under $25.00
Years ago when I was selecting furniture, window coverings and rugs I would think about what the room would look like at Christmas because the only options seemed to be red and green or gold and silver. I love it that we are only limited today by our imaginations. So, when I painted our family room coral the thought of Christmas never entered my mind. Surprisingly enough, though, coral makes a great backdrop for December's decor.
The decorating has always been a big big big part of the season for me but this year, and ONLY this year, I am keeping it simple. It has been a nice break but I'm already planning my color scheme for next year.
Blues and greens?
I'm a fickle one and I have eleven months to decide.
From our home to yours
Yes, we have basically completed the construction phase of our bedroom update but I am still waiting for some key pieces of furniture before I post our reveal.
In the meantime though I thought I would give you a sneak peek and highlight the treatment we added to the bedroom ceiling.
This is the view into our bedroom from the hallway. I loved the looks of this Echelon ceiling fixture when I saw it on-line but it took two different electricians and an unexpectedly large block of time to put it together. The only reason I mention this is because after I ordered this light I began seeing it on numerous websites and if it is something you are looking at too I think you should know what you are buying. I was so pleased with the Hudson Valley lighting we put in the bathroom but I was less thrilled with this light. What can I say? It seems like so much of what is out there to buy comes from China and the construction can be beyond disappointing. In fact, we had to reorder this chandelier and use pieces from both fixtures to create one complete lamp. Now that it's hanging I am really pleased with how it looks but knowing what we had to go through to get to this point I doubt I would order it again.
You can catch a glimpse of our new bed and bedding but more on that later.
Even after we had begun our remodeling project I continued to look at bedrooms on Pinterest. I'm not sure if this was a good or bad thing. We were already too far along to incorporate some of the design elements that I saw but one thing we could still add was a more interesting ceiling treatment.
I was drawn to images like these:
I really liked these curved corner pieces but they would need to be ordered. So, in the interest of not taking any more time, since we were already way beyond our targeted completion date, I decided that mitered corners would be fine.
We also had some corners, juts, and duct work to navigate around.
In the end, though, I have to say that I was really pleased with the resulting look.
By using the lighter color of paint from the crown molding to the ceiling molding it appears that there is a wider molding extending onto the ceiling. The contrast on either side of the molding makes the center of the ceiling more dramatic.
The center ceiling color and the color of the accent wall are both painted in Pewter Tankard by Sherwin Williams. The color between the moldings is Sherwin Williams City Loft - the same color that is on the other three walls.
To the dismay of most designers we also replaced the ceiling fan. Hello, I am a woman of a certain age and I NEED my ceiling fan. I was more than a little surprised, though, when I found this Hampton Bay better than average looking ceiling fan at Home Depot of all places. Here's a BeColorful hint - Don't overlook the big box stores. They are doing a very decent job of following the trends and making them available at affordable prices. I appreciated the clean lines of this fan and I liked that it could be hung without the light kit. It was incredibly well priced and it has been running steadily for about six weeks now. It's quiet and wobble free. Gotta love that. I also like the shiny silver finish and the gray blades. So much better than the brass and faux walnut number that had been here.
The ceiling plate went up without a coat of paint because I wan't here and Mike thought I wouldn't notice. :-/ It will be a bit trickier but I'll get that handled soon enough.
I do have to say one of my favorite things about our bedroom update is waking up and seeing a ceiling with a bit more pizazz than the dirty white swirly plaster ceiling with its webs of cracks that I had been looking at for the past fourteen years. This dramatic gray and white molded ceiling is one element I would definitely do again. In fact, I am thinking it would be awesome in our black dining room.
It's true, home decor is never finished.
Welcome to our master bath reveal!
It took several months and there were so many decisions to be made along the way, I am reminded of just how many decisions as I take these photos. Do you know how hard it is to get a decent picture in a small space with mirrors everywhere?
When we bought this house and for the next fifteen years our bathroom did not have a door between the bedroom and the vanity area. Can you imagine? Talk about an incovenient truth! So as you would guess, this time we were definitely going to have a door.
A pocket door was the only option here but we went with a paned glass door. This works especially well for us because during the day it allows light to pass through even when the door is closed. The frosted glass keeps things private.
One of the first decisions we had to make was flooring. We chose a Cararra tile from Gallant.
As you can see, we are still waiting for window treatments. My robe is getting a lot of use these days.
This is another reason I wish the windows had gone in earlier. I have opted for shutters here and they couldn't be ordered until the actual windows were in place. Like my back ordered rug, they probably won't arrive until March. In the meantime I will try not to shock my neighbors.
We have radiator heat in this old house and the cover we had before was pretty minimalist.
Adding this cover and topping it with granite helped to dress up our space here.
The granite we went with is called Super White but it is really quite gray.
The sinks were under mounted and the faucet we selected is a Price Phister Carnegie in polished nickel.
The cabinetry came via Sattler Cabinet Gallery
I basically chose a cabinet door and finish and Kelly took it from there.
I think she did a spectuacular job of fitting a lot of function into a not so big area.
I like how she staggered the two vanity areas so we are not directly back to back. This gives us greater mobility when Mike and I are both trying to get ready at the same time.
The details like the jut out in front of the sinks,
and the cabinet crown molding that goes all the way to the ceiling were a nice touch.
Sattler also accommodated my desire for roll out shelves and hidden outlets inside the cabinetry so our toothbrushes, razors and such can be charging but out of sight.
The hardware selections are a combination of Chareau knobs and pulls in polished nickel via Top Knobs.
I knew that when it cam to lighting that I wanted sconces that came through the mirrors and I am really pleased with these Hudson Valley Rockland sconces that I found on line. I like the mix of traditional and contemporary elements and I have to say they are very well made.
When it came to the shower area we also were working in a rather tight space. Old homes are not known for having large bathrooms and we really didn't have anywhere to steal any space from. As a result we had to work with what we had.
There is a second pocket door between the vanity area and the water closet.
To add a bit of variety we used a glossy Gallant Carrara tile on the walls in a vertical pattern and a smaller tile on the floor of the shower.
To help create the illusion of space we went with a clear glass shower door from Glass Concepts.
The shower fixtures are from the same collection as the vanity faucets.
We selected a rain head plus a hand held option.
I wasn't sure if I would like the rain head but really it is pretty sweet.
We were able to find the room to add a seat but for us it seems to serve more as a shelf for my oversized shampoos and conditioners.
When we were nearly finished I realized that there really wasn't much wall space for towel bars. Yikes. So, we went with a couple of hooks, the towel bar on the shower door and I reused this hotel style towel shelf. I think we will be fine.
And yes, it took some negotiating and finessing but I even scored a TV in this room!
Thanks to a kid that works at Best Buy I even ended up with some pretty sick speakers in the ceiling. Love that.
So there you have it. All we are waiting for now are some minor tweaks and window treatments. Was it worth the wait? We would like to think so.
LInking up my post to this fun event:
A number of you have asked how our bedroom and bath projects are coming along.
I can tell you in two words; they aren't.
This is the reason why.
As luck would have it this is the year that the city finally decided to replace water mains and to resurface the street out front. The work began in April but in ten days or so they SHOULD be finished with the section of street in front of our home. Then the remodelers can begin their magic.
I got their schedule today.
They think they will be done by October 30th.
Now this isn't my first rodeo so I'm not naive enough to think that this is etched in stone but it at least gives me a frame of reference and an idea of what happens first, second, and third. I'm thinking it will be more like Thanksgiving before the project is complete but who knows? I love a good surprise.
Now that we are getting closer to our start date I realize I need to get to work. There is so much to be done before they can begin.
First up, everything must be moved out of the Jack and Jill bath. Fortunately, there isn't much in there any more.
The real push will begin later this month, right before the work begins in the master suite.
I will need to totally clear out our bedroom closets. Yikes.
WHERE AM I GOING TO PUT ALL THOSE CLOTHES???
Plus, we will be selling all the furniture from this room. So everything will need to come out of the dresser, armoire and night tables.
I don't have a clue where I will put all of that stuff either.
I definitely want to get this stuff SOLD and OUT OF HERE before Satler's starts doing their demo number in this room. I guess I will also need to brush up on my Faceebook Market and Craigslist skills again.
Wow. I just went from being jazzed a few minutes ago to being more than a little freaked out now.
This is why I drink.
Whether it is a girl's night in, a family get together, or a dinner party, just knowing that company is coming makes me look at our home with new eyes.
I can go months and months and just not "see" what needs to be changed, updated, or removed. I have had winter decor up past Memorial Day. For shame. :D
So this past week, knowing I would be hosting an event here at the house, I started to look around at what could be spruced up or changed up quickly and inexpensively.
So I hit some of the local furniture and design shops but really didn't see anything that called out to me.
I did like these plaid paper flowers though, pictured above. I found them at Von Maur of all places. I liked how they gave a bit of height to the table and how the lighted branches I added in made for a fun touch at night.
Remember the turquoise accent pieces that I had added to the entertainment shelves earlier this year? Well they didn't look quite right with this deeper coral wall so I opted for more of a green and white palette this time around.
I tried out a wonderful over sized charger here but it wasn't quite right and at $149.00 I wanted to love it. Instead I went with this twenty dollar platter from Pier 1. Is it perfect? No, but it fills the need for now.
I wish I had remembered to take a before picture of my peacock vase. This nod to the Art Nouveau period used to be a less than lovely shade of teal. I found it at Hobby Lobby and as luck would have it, the ceramics were 50% off that week. Thank you very much.
So I brought him home with me, whipped out a can of white gloss spray paint and went to town. Voila, my take on this plumed out favorite.
Chances are that nobody else noticed my little updates but somehow knowing they were there gave me a little boost of confidence that the space looked a little more pulled together than it had earlier this week.
Add in the amazing job of de-weeding that Jeremy Hyneck and his stellar team did on our yard that day and the place was definitely standing taller.
I only wish that before our little soiree I had seen this amazing idea via Cathy Little. She painted flower pots in Rustoleum's Glow in the Dark paint for this awesome effect. They absorb the sunlight during the day and then glow in the evening! Who am I kidding? I'm still going to do this. It is just too cool.
Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by.
Linking up my decor thoughts here:
Tomorrow we are meeting with a contractor to look at estimates for our master bath.
We live in an old house with not a lot of options for a bigger footprint. That said, I think we ( Us and Sattler Homes) have come up with some pretty good conceptual ideas.
This would be the view looking towards my vanity.
This would be Mr. R's side.
The door into the bedroom would be moved to the short entry hallway off the main hallway or the wall where our closets have been.
This would make it so much nicer when one of us comes to bed late or has to get up early. No more lights shining in the other person's eyes or having to listen to the water running and electric toothbrushes buzzing.
So here's to hoping the numbers aren't ridiculously out of reach. If not, there will be a lot of editing going on here.
Ten years ago I never would have believed it if someone told me I would be painting our dining room black, but black it is and we both love it.
I'm anxious to bring in a bit of coral or fuscia to the table
Since I took that first picture I have replaced the large mirror above the buffet with a round one. I like how the curves soften all of those rectangular pieces.
I am planning on taking this piece to The Traveling Door Market next week but I do like how it looks against the black.
I could always paint something else to go here.
I was also pretty proud of how well this floral canvas looked against the black.
It works as a way to pull in the corals from the sun room and the coppery golds from the living room that bookend our dining area.
When the contractors are working on the upstairs this summer I will have them add a chair rail here and a molding on the ceiling to further highlight the chandelier.
Then I think I will be able to call this room done. Is there such a word?
LInking up my new room here:
I know I promised to show you our black dining room and I will but first I want to share with you the room that for the last thirteen years has been called the green room.
This is where we hang out. It is a family room/sun room/TV room and until this week it was painted a soft green. I loved it for years but it was time to change things up and change it up we did. Our green room is now coral!
The color we went with is Sherwin Williams Charisma.
I like how the greens and whites pair with it.
It even looks happy on a rainy day.
Linking up my coral creation here:
Drama. I seem to need it.
Not in my life but in my decor.
In the meantime, I think we will go ahead with some painting projects on the first floor.
I've talked about our dining room and changing it up for almost two years now. How tired are you hearing about it?
I am usually more impulsive and decisive but I think you know when something isn't quite right so you don't take the final plunge. I believe this is what has been holding me back when it comes to this paint project. I originally wanted to paint the room a raspberry pink but I think that when I shared my idea with Mike it was the first time that I met with some real resistance from him. He is usually very supportive of whatever I do with the house. So, when he voiced his opinion this time I felt it only fair that I listen. I'm glad I did because now I have decided on something a bit more sophisticated. I'm thinking a black and white palette, or maybe white and black.
Let me explain.
For starters our dining room does not have a lot of wall space. There are two sets of french doors, another single doorway plus large windows on both ends of the room.
Consequently, I am not concerned about this room becoming too dark.
I just need to decide if I want black walls ...
or if I would rather do a white room with black accents.
If I go black I would like to add white trim similar to these images. This could be done with wainscoting, or picture moldings or both.
On the other hand, I could go white with pops of black.
I could paint out the window frames and french doors in black. I think it is attractive here but, realistically, I actually doubt that I will do this in our space.
I could see adding black to the back of the bookcases though
and perhaps bringing a dramatic dash of black to the ceiling ( 9 foot ).
I notice that where they have painted the entire wall black they have also gone in with a black ceiling. I would not do that. I would opt for a contrasting ceiling unless I was also using the wainscoting.
Decisions decisions. At least now that I have my images all pulled together I can run them by the big guy for a bit of feedback. I'm lucky. He really has a pretty good eye and is not afraid of making bold design statements.
Am I crazy? Perhaps. Crazy for drama.
The 1980's have called and they want their bathroom back.
Yes, this is my bathroom. For all of you that have showered me over my blogging years with compliments of what you think is my beautiful house, I now expose to you my dirty little secret. I have an ugly bathroom.
BUT, I am getting ready to remedy this situation. It has only taken me fifteen years but some things just take time - and money.
We bought our home fifteen years ago. The real-estate brochures on the house said that this part of the house was remodeled in the late 80's. So the look was already ten years old when we stepped in to the picture and it was probably due for a refresh even then but we had more pressing issues like an office for Mike, a new kitchen, and making the third floor livable for the kids. It is an old house and there was a lot that needed our attention. So, although we have made a lot of changes to the rest of the house, the only things that have received any attention here were the wallpaper (1998) and the shower head.
You may notice the very first major problem with this bathroom is that there isn't any door between the bedroom and the sink area of the bathroom. If someone gets up early or comes to bed late this creates a bit of a light and noise issue.
There is, fortunately, a pocket door dividing off the shower and toilet area.
This, dear readers, will be a total gut job.
How about those windows? They are single pane with some old storm windows on top. Circa 1916.
I can not believe we have lived with those scalloped roller shades for fifteen years.
I always thought we would change out the windows and then I would invest in window treatments to fit the new windows. Well, FINALLY, I will be saying adios to those old windows and those ridiculously hideous shades.
The only thing I intend to reuse is my makeup mirror.
You might notice we are also lacking an adequate number of outlets.
The cabinets were custom and cherry. True, they could probably be re-stained or painted and some new hardware added but I have a plan in mind that will most likely require replacing them.
We are getting a couple of bids on this project and maybe the contractors will have a different idea but what I am thinking is moving the bathroom door. Instead of having the door at the end of the bathroom, I would move it to the middle - right between the sinks.
Something like this.
This would offer a bit more privacy and we could add a door that closes.
I would remove these closets that are to the left as you enter the bedroom. The bathroom is behind them. This would allow a larger footprint in the bathroom and this is where the bathroom door would be.
I would like the final look to be more in keeping with the period of the house. I really would like to replace the cherry cabinets with something white and bright.
I'm not wild about the hardware here but I like idea of introducing a glass front or maybe even some mirrored cabinet fronts.
These colors speak to me too.
We don't have a lot of space to work with and I don't have room to expand but I think gaining two feet in width will certainly help the room to feel a bit more spacious and luxurious.
Before we can start on this bath though we will first be doing a less extensive remodel in another bathroom on this floor.
I have a pretty straight forward plan for this bath that will involve moving some plumbing and new tile but more on that later.
Suffice to say we will start in here and make the necessary changes so that we can use this bathroom while they are remodeling ours.
Whew. It could be a crazy spring and summer. Are we ready for all that?