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.
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.
i can't believe it's already week five, only one more week before the linking participants of the ORC with blog Calling It Home reveal our projects! very exciting!!!! if you're just tuning in, the ORC is a six-week challenge where you transform a room in your home; i chose my guest bathroom. to catch up, check out the previous posts.
so...i know some of you were a little worried that i wasn't farther along, but i have some great progress to share this week! construction started on wednesday of last week, so since last thursday, this is what has commenced at tamworth drive.
to cover up the hole from the plumbing repair, my GC installed new cement board. our house is old, and he discovered that the tiles are set to a mortar wall, not a good find, so we decided it would be better to go over the existing tile. it takes minimal space from the shower area so i had no issues with that.
the first wall of tile going up. i was worried you couldn't really see the contrast between my two tile choices, but now that it's all up, i feel much better.
the entire shower tiled and grouted (before grout clean-up of course)!
next, the floor tile was installed... i LOVE it!!!!
if you follow me on instagram, you saw this pic from sunday. i was out picking up grout and paint. after comparing the two colors, i decided to pull out the cooler icy blue tones from my shower curtain fabric.
my GC cleaned up the grout on the shower walls yesterday, i'm really happy with it! i decided to use the darkest grout i could find, charcoal, to give some contrast to the pale tones of the tile.
and lastly, the vanity had a dry fit today, i was SO excited to see it in the room! it's hard to see it with the drawers taken out, it just looks like a black void but you get the idea :) you can also see the first coat of paint on the walls.
my sconces will arrive friday, so the finishing touches are just a few days away. i can't wait to share the reveal next week! be sure to check out the other projects, we could all use some support at this point, it's crunch time!
design swell. live well.
wow, only two weeks left of the ORC with blog 'calling it home' and the other linking participants! if you're just tuning in, the ORC (one room challenge) is a six-week project (i chose my guest bathroom) where i update my followers on the progress each thursday, leading up to the big reveal on may 8th! to catch up , check out the previous weeks...
as i had hoped, all my materials arrived this past week and construction started yesterday!!! i was SO happy to come home to this mess, i mean progress!
no more beadboard!!! no more vanity!!!
make sure you check out the other participants, there's lots of talent in this group and it's fun to follow along with all the different projects. design swell. live well.
it's time for another update on the ORC with blog 'calling it home' and many other fabulous designers! to get caught up, read about week one and week two. i'm in the process of renovating my guest bathroom in a six-week period and documenting every step of the way!
this week, i'm happy to announce that i received my vanity! it's gorgeous with its new black lacquered finish! in my opinion, lacquer can cure anything :) the sink, faucet and mirror also arrived. check out the vanity 'staged' with the sink and faucet. i'm thinking the faucet should be installed off to the side, it leaves the main part of the sink free for face washing - VERY important for those who know my bedtime routine!
i finally decided on a fabric for the shower curtain, take a peek at this amazing design by robert allen.
i feel like lots of progress happened this week, even though we haven't started one bit of construction. i'm not starting to stress yet, demo should begin next week and i hope putting the room back together won't be so bad. fingers crossed!
check out the other projects via the link below. hope to share some progress pics of the room next week. design swell. live well.
if you're following my progress with the 'one room challenge' linking event with blog calling it home, it's time for an update! if you're just now joining, please read about week one to understand what's going on. i'm tackling my guest bathroom...
the main thing i tackled this week was the tile. i visited the showroom on saturday to confirm my floor tile selection, then went home to measure. after triple checking the measurements, i placed my order on monday. for the shower wall tile, i wanted to save $$$. i know where to splurge and where to save, so i set off for home depot. i decided to change the pattern slightly and make it more of a tone-on-tone look. mark was nice enough to hold the pieces for me :) i'm using 'snow white' and 'almond' in a striped pattern. all the tile should arrive next week!
while measuring, i realized the mirror i selected isn't going to allow me to get a sconce on each side of it, it's too big, so i've been looking for another mirror. luckily, i spent a few days at market in high point and have lots of options running through my head. i'm also toying with changing the sconces, blame it on all the cool things you see at market! speaking of, check out who lindsey and i met monday! she is STUNNING!
that's it for this week's update. hoping to get the vanity, sink and faucet this week, fingers crossed! check out the other participants' projects by clicking on the icon below. and as always, design swell. live well.
for those of you not familiar with the 'one room challenge' let me get you up to speed! linda, of the blog calling it home, hosts this event twice a year. she assembles 20 design bloggers to make over one room in a six-week period. each week, the bloggers post their progress and you can follow along. linda has graciously opened this event to anyone willing to accept the challenge and i've jumped on board, renovating the guest bathroom in my house. i'm a little nervous, but totally excited about this!!!
a little info on the room...
our mid century home was a 'flip' and we all know what goes along with a flip, usually less than stellar craftsmanship, blah finishes and builder-basic fixtures. not exactly designer-friendly! i will say, it could be worse, but this room is so not up to par with the rest of our house i've spent the past year working on (feel free to check it out here).
this is technically the guest bath, but it's also the only bathroom in the house with a tub, which means this is also the kids' bath. i also get ready in this room everyday; hair and makeup. can i just say, beadboard panelling has NO place in a mid century house, what were these guys thinking???
on my to-do list for this bathroom:
that's quite a list for a six-week redo, but my contractor is on board and i'm ready! check out my design board for the room. there will be color, but i'm keeping that a surprise, you'll have to follow along each week to see what i have up my sleeve!
and now the room as it exists today, just look at that seam!
i bet you're wondering about this...no, we didn't buy the house in this state.
back in february, the screw inside the hot water knob became stripped and the water wouldn't turn off, NOT GOOD. the shower fixture had to be replaced, which meant removing some of the old tiles. instead of patching them back, i told my contractor to leave the tub in a temporary state knowing i would be replacing everything before too long. my oldest said it looked like we lived in a cabin, he's seven. goodbye plywood, hello new tile!
and that's my plan for the one room challenge. check back each thursday to follow my progress along with all the other talented designers out there. if you're like me, when i discovered the last ORC, i spent hours going over all the great projects, you're sure to find inspiration. oh, and everyone who is new to evaru design, welcome!
let the fun begin!
I was thrilled to get a recent email from my client amy pack saying she was ready to do more decorating around their current cotswold home. this time around, she wants to work toward getting the space above their garage finished off and made into a rec room for playing pool, table tennis and throwing darts..... a man cave for her husband and son to hang out in.
my first design proposal was a bit too 'designey' per her son Kipling, so I have revamped the design boards to take on a more low-key man room without all of the extra frills like cornices & pillows. I still wanted a few unexpected color pops in the room so I ran with orange, royal & grey, which were the requested colors from amy's son.
the space is framed out right now and I have been orchestrating meetings between contractors so that amy does not have to deal with it. my carpenter will be lowering the ceiling to a 12' finished height, he is also going to frame out the window seat and custom pool stick storage cabinets, HVAC system goes in next, then my drywall guy is going to come in with a team and knock out getting drywall hung.. once all of the finishes are complete, eddie and his crew will come in to paint & stain everything that I need. this project should move fairly quickly and I am looking forward to seeing the finished space!
the current unfinished space....
my design proposal...
the main focus of the space is going to be the pool table, but i want to utilize other areas and make them smaller focal points like the window seat, sofa/lounge area, the tv wall and the eating area.... take a look!
stay tuned for progress on this project!! its gonna turn out great, and I have a feeling my husband will want some of these elements in his future man-cave!!
design swell. live well.
as i mentioned in my last post, i am working on the playroom addition for the glidewell's. this is the last renovation in the home, i think.... finally a space just for the kiddos and all of their toys, art & gymnastics stuff! kristi joked and said, 'your hardly rid of me yet' when she asked me to tackle this next space. she warned me of having to work around a pair of goldish/brown sofas that have been locked up in storage for some time and finally needed a home.
the renovation is taking place in the upstairs attic space, it is nearly finished and i will be moving in all of my goodies to complete the space very soon. but let's go through and look at my ideas..
in my mind, i am breaking the space up into 3 areas.. the living area, study/art area & the gymnastics area. here is a quick drawing of how everything will be laid out:
as you walk up the stairs, the left side of the space will be the living/lounging area, the home to the brown sofas, two side tables, lamps and a ton of color with new pillows. i am having a custom cabinet made to house all of the tv components, dvd's etc. and if Kristi is game, i would love to throw in an unexpected pair of vintage chairs i recently came across, in a lacquered color of course! we may add in a coffee table or ottoman later down the road.
to the right side of the space, the girls get their own gymnastics area, complete with flat mirror installed on 2 of the walls! i plan to add some fun floor pillows to this area, but it will mostly be left open.
straight across the stairway is the built in desk area, where the kids can get creative and do art projects and maybe a little home work ;-)
the new space is still Kristi's taste, neutral and timeless, I just plan to spice it up with fabrics, furniture & COLOR! let's take a look at the design board:
i can't wait to get in here and set it all up! the kids's haven't seen anything yet, so they should be surprised on install day!! hopefully they will keep this space just as clean as their bedrooms i did a year ago... man time flies!
stay tuned for the reveal!
sonja ivey contacted evaru after finding us online; needing help for a new home she and her family purchased in advance, nc. her husband phil is handy and already busy gutting the house down to the studs, with the exception of a few rooms.
sonja asked 'do you travel?', and my reply, 'of course we do!'
i headed to advance a few weeks ago to see the house and to cull through the ivey's extensive collection of antique furniture. i'm planning to reuse several pieces, gorgeous!
wanted to share the design boards for the house and what's in store for the ivey family.
hardwood floors are going in next week and then things will really start rolling!
stay tuned for install pics, enjoy!
design is a way of life.