it's that time friends, reveal day for the guest participants of the one room challenge with linda of blog calling it home! those six weeks flew by, but the work to transform the former master bathroom in our 1960s home into the kids' bath was well worth it! this time around, i was blessed to finish early and have my friend and talented photographer erica mark shoot the room for me. before we get to the good stuff, take a look back at the progress along the way...
the room went from blah to beautiful, and i am so happy to share the final space with you! i ended up leaving the shower tile as-is, and with the newness of everything else, i actually don't mind it now (kinda). take a look at my design board for the room, and where we started...
i am so in love with this bathroom! it's cheery, fun and perfect for my two boys. i love that i was able to reuse my vintage mirror and it look appropriate in the space, and since i stole sutton's dresser for this project (= temporarily messy room) i now am on the hunt for a new piece for his bedroom! i'm sure it will be vintage of course ;)
take a look at some fun detail shots...
i sincerely hope you've enjoyed this transformation as much as i have! it feels good to almost have the entire house completed. one more thing off my list! check out the other guest participants at calling it home to see their reveals too. i'm going to spend a good bit of time this week/weekend catching up! a complete source list is below.
a huge thank you to craig waltonowski, ashley mullis, and erica mark for all their help along the way, and to linda of calling it home for hosting this amazing event! this is my fourth ORC and i can't wait to do it again in october! and a special thank you to my youngest schafer, for helping with the finishing touches. i love you sweet pea!
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welcome to week five of the ORC with linda of blog calling it home! while things are progressing, i'm getting nervous with the deadline looming! the wallpaper is going up tomorrow, and after a few accessories, it will be time for pictures! i can't wait!
things to report this week...
the art did arrive, but it was damaged, these things happen. i love the art piece though, so cute! crossing my fingers the replacement will be here before next week!!!!
on the bright side, there are some amazing projects going on at calling it home, head over and check them out! i promise to instagram a shot of the wallpaper asap! design swell. live well.
i can't believe it's already thursday again, and time for another update on the one room challenge with linda of blog calling it home! i honestly panicked this morning, thinking it was week 5, but thankfully that wasn't the case. the wallpaper still has to go up!
this past week, the new toilet was installed, the open shelving was concealed and the vanity was brought in. i was SO pleased with the look and fit of it, it was like it was meant for that bathroom!
take a look...
and now it's all coming together! i can't wait for the wallpaper to go up, but first the mirror, junction box for the sconce and electrical outlet have to be moved around. i'll be spending the weekend working on the drawer fronts, that's a little fun detail i'm working on, and getting the art ordered and framed.
as always, head over to calling it home to check out the other linking participants! it's crunch time and we can all use the encouragement!
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it's week three of the 'one room challenge' with linda of blog calling it home, and i'm happy to report that things are happening at my house! this is so exciting!!!
if you follow me on instagram, you saw my many deliveries that arrived this week. the toilet, sink, faucet, sconce and hooks are here! the vanity was taken yesterday for a new paint job. i decided to use benjamin moore's 'gunmetal'.
here's a progress shot. it was a nice surprise to see the existing flooring went under the vanity. no patching floor tile for me! i know the toilet was installed today, so i'll get to see that when i get home. very exciting friends!
take a look at the other linking participants and see how their projects are coming along. i can't wait to check in! design swell. live well.
it's week two of the one room challenge with linda of blog 'calling it home' and i'm pretty excited to share the design for the kids' bathroom. it's full of fun details, some vintage goodies, and my boys are even excited! take a look...
we have a vintage camper that we've yet to renovate, i was thinking of saving that for another one room challenge ;) so i fell for these cute camper prints from etsy. not sure which one(s) i'll use at this point, but they were great inspiration!
to date, i've ordered the sink, faucet, hooks and sconce. this week i plan to order the wallpaper (still need to measure for that) figure out the art, and send the vanity to be lacquered. wish me luck!
make sure to check out the other linking participants at calling it home today, and for the next four thursdays, there are tons of great projects to see!
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hey everyone! i was waffling whether or not to participate in the one room challenge this season with blog Calling It Home. i mean, it's not like i have nothing else to do right now ;) my partner is on maternity leave and work is crazy slammed, but in the end, i decided i needed the push to do something about my horrible upstairs bathroom.
this is technically the master bathroom in our 1960's home, but with the previous one room challenges i've participated in, this has now become the boys' bathroom. here is the MLS photo from when we bought the house, and little has changed. the only thing i've replaced is the mirror. and bless my dad's heart, he dropped his drill while trying to install a new sconce and broke the corner off our vanity (we decided to wait on the sconce). it's just a hot mess!
all the issues i have with this bathroom... i really don't like the style of the shower tile, so i'm debating on how to address this. will i replace or reglaze for the time being?
the other eye sore is this open shelving situation we have going on. i can't wait to have doors to cover them up. i do love my faux bamboo mirror. it might come back, or i might find a new home for it in the house.
for the vanity, i'm thinking of using a mid century dresser. if you remember, i did that in my very first one room challenge and i love how it turned out. next week i'll share my design for the space. i know there will be wallpaper and i have some fun tricks up my sleeve, so make sure and follow along to see the progress unfold.
to see my previous one room challenge projects, click below
as always, check out the other linking participants each thursday for the next six weeks. you will be amazed at what gets accomplished with the one room challenge!
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hope you all are staying warm out there! today i'm sharing another project in the works; a bedroom for the mark's two sons. they already share a room, but as growing boys often do, they need more space!
we are taking the existing playroom and zoning it into a sleeping area and lounging area. take a look at my plans. first, the sleeping area...
and on the entry side of the room, the lounge area...
this room is getting a fresh coat of sherwin williams 'magnetic gray'
and this @stylelibrary fabric is tying it all together. i love how subtle the palette is...
super excited about these projects. i've already tackled several spaces in the mark's home. stay tuned for pictures of this install and the others coming soon!
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this past summer I had the pleasure of meeting my super sweet client, Beth, who was in desperate need of overhauling her 1960's ranch located in Mt. Holly, NC.. by overhaul I mean complete gut jobs on both of the bathrooms, busting through a wall in the kitchen, configuring a proper dining space, painting all of the cabinetry in the kitchen, tearing out the dated green countertops, painting the entire house & building a large built-in work unit for the computer and filing that incorporated open 'lounge' spaces for her 2 cats. this was a huge job and I am so thankful for her patience through the dust, dirt & grim of living through a renovation.
let's start in the kitchen…..
my goal in the kitchen was to bring everything up to date without being too trendy. since this is an older home I wanted to keep my selections classic and timeless. I love the look of doing two tone cabinets so on the base we picked a warm taupe and the uppers got a nice cream color. the flooring is actually a stick down laminate that you can grout. it is super durable and gives the look of slate. my client decided against a ceramic or porcelain in the kitchen due to the coldness it can give off. I picked a creamy/white quartz countertop that has some grey veins & the backsplash is a mix of glass and stone. it all works together and really warms up this kitchen. the copple's also got a new range top & vent hood to match their fridge, and a nice new kohler sink with a pull down faucet.
lets look closer…..
one of the challenges with this space was configuring a dining area for the couple to enjoy meals together.. their previous set up was not working. it felt very claustrophobic and there was no flow from the kitchen to the other parts of the house. Beth really wanted to knock down the entire wall that separated the kitchen from the front den, but it was not feasible, so we settled on opening up part of the wall with a nice archway….
one of the other requests Beth had was to incorporate an island somehow, and a storage space for the wine collection the couple had accumulated. I drew up my vision for the island/wine bar that would also double as a place for the trashcan to go underneath and a place to drop keys and mail. attached to the island is the new seating/dining area that incorporates a built-in banquette!
now we move into the living room; this space really just needed to be updated with new furniture and coordinating textiles. Beth and her husband Scott love the outdoors and birds, so when I came across the fabric for the curtain panels, I knew it was a winner and the scheme for the entire house came together in no time.
the downstairs bathroom has been quite an eyesore ever since we moved in almost two years ago. i wasn't sure what i wanted to do to it, so it was put on the back burner for a while. after completing the 'One Room Challenge' this spring, i realized removing the bead board panelling wasn't something i was up to doing again.
i also wasn't up for a major renovation with our wedding reception party looming. simple, but effective tweaks were my goal. a few small changes really made a huge difference, take a look...
when i saw this wallpaper, i HAD to use it. this small bathroom was the perfect spot...
the original vanity was a hot mess and blocked part of the doorway. this sleek version from ikea fits perfectly in the small space and makes the room feel much bigger.
i've been collecting animal heads anytime i go into @homegoods, and have acquired several. since they're metal, they take spray paint like a charm. a coat of metallic gold instantly ups their glam factor.
i had my seamstress make this shower curtain. i fell in love with the saffron and white palette, and the horizontal stripes of course!
when deciding on art for the room, i grabbed this vintage piece that belonged to mark's father. the black mat ties into the wallpaper and really pops on the wall. i love having something that means so much to mark in the room, plus it's unique.
i found this awesome sconce from #triple7recycled on etsy. swoon... i needed a smaller scale mirror to fit above the panelling, but still allow you to see yourself. while browsing @westelm, i saw this new introduction. i loved there was no frame to visually clutter the wallpaper. remember, clean and simple was my goal. while my installer was hanging the paper, i rushed to my local west elm and picked it up in time for him to hang it for me :)
i couldn't be more pleased with the end result. the space seems so much brighter too. a total transformation in less than a week, love it! design swell. live well.
i'm happy to announce that i made it to week six of the ORC, and i finished! with not a moment to spare i might add. for those of you who don't know, i've been a linking participant with blog Calling It Home for the semi-annual One Room Challenge. I chose to renovate my guest bathroom. if you've been following along, thank you so much, and if you're just joining in, check out the progress from each week.
this has been such a fun experience and i certainly intend to participate again. thanks to linda for allowing others to join in the exciting chaos that can come with a six-week project deadline. i'm really going to miss linking up every week!
so... where did i end up? my contractor finished up on tuesday, so i spent the morning yesterday running around for those finishing touches to bring the room together; art, accessories, flowers... i'm almost in awe that it's finished and i LOVE how it looks! however, before we see the pretty, we have to remember where this all began...
the not-so-pretty 'before'
and the 'after'
(i hate using a wide angle lens, but had to in this small room!)
it was quite a transformation! take a look at the details...
i gave my existing table a new paint job in my favorite color green
ah the vanity, it had some issues, but it's still amazing. i couldn't be happier with it! i went with an extra long shower curtain and hung it near the ceiling. it makes the room feel so much larger.
i chose a bamboo 'mat' instead of a traditional rug; no hiding the yummy floor tile!
i've always loved this scallop edge mirror from wisteria. i had a plan to paint it a high gloss white on the front, and gold on the back, but when it arrived, it already had touches of gold, and the gray finish worked great as-is. nothing like lush green hydrangea stems to brighten a space. not only do they make me smile, they add another element of my favorite color to the vanity.
my intent was to have an accent wall, and using these gold dot decals was a breeze. i was lucky enough to snag a piece of art that includes all the same colors as my shower curtain fabric. that wall needed a large scale piece to make a statement.
the subtle stripe of my subway tile shows up just enough. i'm really glad i went with the charcoal grout color; had i used white, i think the stripes would've been less crisp.
and that's my first ORC in a nutshell, hope you've enjoyed following along. i want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to garrett mauldin of mauldin construction. he pulled this off, not me. without him, this room would never have looked this great and i appreciate the numerous hours he spent driving and working every day. thanks a million!!!!!
now go check out the other participants via the link below. i know i'll be spending most of tonight going through all the projects! design swell. live well.
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