Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Master Bath Chandelier

How was your Christmas? Mine was great. We had a couple of our sons and families visiting. The holidays are always better with loved ones around, aren't they?

While here, one of our sons helped Mr. Comforts of Home install the vintage crystal chandelier in my master bath.

It took the place of a recessed light, so we had to add a ceiling medallion to cover the larger hole. I think it just made the chandelier look better.

Now that my family has left, I am looking forward to a long soak with the chandelier lights set on dim....

I will be around to see all of you and catch up with all you have been doing in the next day or two....
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Break

I am taking a blogging break until after Christmas...

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday, filled with love, laughter and peace.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Master Bath Finished

The master bath is finished. So I wanted to share with you how beautiful it turned out! You can see my inspiration pictures in this post, here.

Fair warning - there are A LOT of pictures to follow. The first FOUR pictures are BEFORE AND DURING. I wanted to remind you what it looked like when we purchased it. Remember we had to gut it because there was a major water leak in the shower and the entire bath floor needed to be replace.

And now for the AFTER pictures.
As you can see, I decided to use simple white drapes on the leaded glass window. I didn't want to loose any of the beauty of the window with blinds. The space on either side of the window was too small to stack shutters.
The matching vanities below have Carrera marble counter tops. I purchased some marble knobs and replaced the standard metal ones the vanities came with. Originally I wanted to place a taller cabinet between the two sinks, but there wasn't enough room. I like the simplicity of this, though and am glad there was not enough room.
The vintage smoking stand next to the tub, I have had for years. It was the inspiration for the dark stained cabinets and marble tops.

My vintage chandie, hanging over my this!

We made the stock (from Lowe's) cabinets look more custom, with the marble tops, knobs and by attaching the towel bars to the sides of the vanities instead of the wall.

Some Close Up Shots of the Details

I love the way this bath turned out. Tonight I am going to break in that tub!
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Monday, December 14, 2009

Working On One Guest Bathroom

You might recognize the furniture and bedding in the guest room. It used to be in my master bedroom at my old house. It is looking a little messy right now. Shower curtains and rods, decorative plates, pictures, light switch covers all over the bed. Ladders in the middle of the room.... you see the lamp cords behind the night stand on the right? Did you ever notice that in magazine shoots you NEVER see a lamp cord? Just keeping it real here :-).

That's because I am painting the guest bath that attaches to this room. Immediately below is the before shot...Another chocolate brown room. The paint is too dark, for this room with no windows.

Here it is below with it's first coat of Steamed Milk from Sherwin Williams...It needs a couple of more coats, but it is looking larger and brighter already!

I am still working on my studio too. When one rooms paint is wet, I go paint another coat in the other room.
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Studio Floor

The studio floor is finished and looks great! But this is how my studio looks now....

We moved all of the boxes of my dishes (for mosaics) upstairs out of the garage into my studio. Before I can put anything up, I want to paint the built in cabinets at the end of the room in a fresh, crisp white.

The back stairs going down from the studio...we need to replace those lights one day...

Boxes to unpack...

I am the type of person that normally likes to finish on project before I move on to another, but with this house remodel it seems I am working on 5 projects at once.

Are you still hanging in there with me? I still need to finish the master bath, and two guest baths. Want to see what happens next, even if I bounce from room to room?

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Powder Room is Finished!

The powder room is finished!

The first TWO pictures below are BEFORE shots. This is what the powder room looked like when we bought the house.

Olive green walls, outdoor back porch lights for lighting, the hardwood floors were ruined because of a water leak. The toilet was stained beyond repair. The sink and cabinet had been pried off the wall (hence the water leak) and broken.

All of the following pictures are AFTER. We had new hardwood floors installed. We installed a new pedestal sink and commode from Lowe's.

The sconces we ordered from The black shades with gold lining are from Lowe's. The black toile wallpaper is also from Lowe's - a special order.

The black framed mirror is a vintage mirror we had in our former home in the foyer at one time.

The black striped ticking window valance, I made with less than 1/2 yard of fabric for $10.00.

The three chandelier prints above the commode are by a fellow blogger, Teresa Sheeley. She is a very talented lady! I know some of these prints are still available...and she has matching kitchen towels too! These prints used to hang in my studio at my other home.

A close up of the prints.

The silver container below is a vintage goblet, that I picked up at an antique store for $5. It is the perfect size to set on the sink. The red roses are from my local grocery store.

I love how it turned out!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sisters, Sisters....

Do you remember the scene in White Christmas where Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen sing the song "Sisters"? That is one of my sisters and my favorite songs.

Last year I told my sister (who lives in another state) that I couldn't find my favorite brand of Candy Canes here. The brand is Bob's Candy Canes.

Do you know what my sweet sister did? She mailed me a box of Bob's Candy Canes!! Thanks Sis! Love ya!!
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Monday, December 7, 2009

Black and White Studio Floor

Guess what's happening today? My studio floor is going in! I know I talked about painting a harlequin pattern on the floor, but realized that was not the most practical application for a studio floor that gets a lot of abuse. So were are laying vinyl tiles instead.

The chalk line has been snapped and a few tiles were placed down to establish the pattern....stay tuned!

Oh! And all of the toile wallpaper has been finished in the powder room. As soon as the toilet and sink are installed (hopefully in the next day or two). I will show you completed pictures of that room.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009


Some sneak peeks at the toile going up in the powder room. Taken in the evening so they are a little dark. Why do I have a floor lamp in my powder room you might ask?

We needed the light to hang the wallpaper. It was a cloudy, rainy day and as you can see from the pictures below, the sconces have been removed so it is easier to install the wallpaper.

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