When we moved into our house we acquired a new way of naming bathrooms. We now call them by color, the blue bathroom, the pink bathroom, the yellow bathroom, etc. The first bathroom we tackled was the blue bathroom, due to the fact that the only thing we would use it for was to house the kitty litter box (it was that gross).
Now you have to imagine that there is a blue potty and a sheet vinyl floor that has been painted cream. the medicine cabinet that hung over the sink actually had a slot in it that was printed with "deposit razors here" so that the razor blades all went down between the walls. In the mid-demo photo, i was busy at work stripping the paper backing of wallpaper that had been painted blue, oh and was apparently holding up the plaster on the wall under the window! The transition between the tile and the ceiling over the bath was a mess with the paper joint tape showing through! There had obviously been some pretty bad water damage that the previous owner had tried to conceal. when we removed the potty we had to put in a new sub floor because it was all rotted out.
So, what did we do? We sent the kids to chris's parents for a week and we remodeled the bathroom! First chris took down the tile from above the tub (we kept the beautiful soaking tub and had it re-porcelained). We headed to lowes for supplies, and to a local tile store for tile! Over the next week we spent 12 hours a day putting up backer board, laying tile, grouting, painting, putting in new faucets toilets and sinks. We did finally have to get our favorite plumber, george, to help us with the toilet because the waste pipe was for a pre 1950 toilet, so our new toilet sat in the middle of the bathroom!
There were some arguments, some tears, lots of exhaustion, and ton's of celebrating when it as finally done. Now the only thing blue in the bathroom is the ceiling and some stripes on the shower curtain!
We used white subway tile around the shower, 2" travertine for the floor, and a kohler sink and toilet. I must say my favorite part is the hand sprayer in the tub, it makes bathing children so easy! I'd say it turned out pretty well for our first bathroom renovation and my first attempt at laying and grouting tile.
When we moved into our house from our tiny apartment we suddenly had a lack of furniture! We were in desperate need of night tables that had both style and storage. I also didn't want anymore pieces of wooden furniture in our bedroom, as we have two dressers and a king size wooden sleigh bed.
As a solution I started to think about redesigning that round occasional table with the flowered skirt and the glass top. For some reason I always think of my grandmother when I picture that table, i think she may have had one in her bedroom. While I never fell in love with those tables, I loved that you could shove a bunch of stuff underneath and nobody but you knew it was there.
So off I went to Ikea and I purchased two of the eina tables for $29.99 each:
I found some great dark grey velvet and stitched up a straight skirt with large box pleats at the corners. I measured the finished dimensions of the night stand with the skirt and made a trip to my local glass store. I ordered two pieces of glass 5/8 inches thick. I love the final product because I don't have to worry about putting my water glass on something and I can hide a ton of stuff underneath (especially after I bought a few large baskets).
My plan was to head to ikea today to get storage systems for all the closets that I have cleaned out so far. I have cleaned out 4 closets and 2 kitchen cabinets, for the 8th of January I say that is pretty good!
As I was saying, planning on ikea, but the snow ruined that plan! So I headed out with a dear friend to concord center instead. It was indeed a mommy's day out for shopping. I hit my favorite shop of all, nesting on Main. The owners take a few buying trips to paris each year and they have amazingly beautiful things (watch upcoming posts for the items i aquired there today). I also checked out thoreauly antiques and upstairs antiques. I found three additions to my powder room project which should be compleate and posted soon!
my last stop was in concord lamp and shade where I found the lamp shades I have been dreaming about. Three months ago I found an amazing pair of marble lamps on e-bay for $13.50. They needed a little work, some cleaning and rewiring. I cleaned them up with some 000 steel wool and a solution of white vinegar and warm water. Then i headed down to my local hardware store to buy new wire, plugs, and sockets. About an hour later I had them all rewired and they just needed the perfect shade. i decided they needed oval drum shades about 8in by 5in and about 6in tall, and that has not been the easiest quest. I went into one lamp shop, where I was told that was not the correct type of shade for my lamp and then asked who told me that was what i needed! Then last week, I was checking out places on the internet on how to may my own lampshades, I really almost bought the supplies (that would be another project to my pile). I did refrain and thank goodness because today I found the perfect shades! Now my lamps live happily on the mantle in my bedroom!
I always joke that we have a birthday parade in our house as all our birthdays fall between late November and mid February, naturally some of those months are the busiest of the year. The first birthday in January is M's and this year she is turning 5, which is a big thing for a little girl. When I decided where to have her party my only criteria was that it was easy for me. So I picked a local place that does a cooking class with the kids (pizza in this case). After they cook and eat their pizza they will decorate cupcakes and have them as the birthday cake! I do not have to bring a thing. if you are in the Boston area you really should check out Create a cook, I have heard great things and will report back after the party.
This event is coming up in a few weeks and I needed to get invitations, so yesterday in my continued procrastination I thought up a new project on the way home from picking M up a school. I made a detour and stopped up at staples. Picked up one package of these..
When we got home I took out one card and asked M to draw a picture of something she likes about birthdays. Then I asked her to write a 5, I got this...
I scanned it into the computer, put it into the card template, and printed the front side. When I was done with all the front pictures I typed up the inside, did a few tests to make sure I was loading the printer correctly, and printed the inside. Voila 10 perfect party invitations! I decided to be lazy/fancy and typed the return address and changed the mailing address for each recipient (again only 10) and printed them out in pink (M's favorite color). Now they are stamped and done...on to the next project! Oh, and I can reprint more of the cards and have her use them for thank you notes after the party!
Happy new year too all!
We spent a lovely and relaxing new year holiday visiting with family and friends. I met a dear friend's new baby and visited with my brother and sister in law who are expecting twins! We went to our traditional new years eve Chinese restaurant and even got to see a movie sans children.
I am very excited about the new year and the new decade. This past year has been really rough, and I am looking forward to the new adventures and excitement to come.
For today, I will unpack and get the kids ready for school tomorrow, enjoy the fresh blanket of snow, and plan my attack for 2010!
I live outside of Boston with my husband, two children, and dog. For the past 8 years I have been working with clients to help them make their home dreams a reality. From helping to build homes from the ground up to helping round out already finished spaces, I listen to my clinets and let their vision guide our process. I have always been a creative person planning spaces and working to make them function better. After completing the Residential Interiors program at Boston Architectural College I learned how to combine my love for funcion and flow with my eye for color, scale, and balance. As a graduate of New York University's Stern School of Business, I understand project planning and budget management. My experience working with clients, contractors, and architects helps to coordinate and streamline the home building and renovation process, helping my clients to have the home they dream of with less of the stress that comes with building and decision making.