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've been working with newlywed clients hayley and ted on their kitchen in myers park for a couple of months now. hayley reached out after her realtor had seen an article written about evaru in a local magazine, and a meeting shortly followed. the couple had just purchased their first home and to say it needed an update was an understatement! they had no idea where to begin, except to gut the kitchen, but luckily i knew exactly what to do. take a look at the kitchen's original state...
the couple HATED the long center island that was occupying most of the space. they wanted a light, bright kitchen with great flow and traditional touches. say no more, i started working on the floor plan immediately. after showing them a few options, this is the plan being implemented.
this plan offers tons of storage, plenty of room for entertaining, and a great circulation pattern. i was still able to give them an island without the kitchen feeling closed in, very important! the room will be mostly white and gray, but i'm bringing color to the dining area! take a look at my design boards...
i stopped by last night to check on the progress and it's coming along well. the cabinets are in and now it's time for countertops and backsplash! stay tuned for the reveal, it's going to be quite dramatic! design swell. live well.
it never fails, every project i work on my client will always say...
well, here's your chance!
i thought it would be fun to blog, room by room, and show you how i transformed the mid century home my fiancé mark and i share with our family.
the house had great bones when we bought it, it just needed a designer's touch.
i'll show you how i turned this house upside down without moving one wall!
design is a way of life.