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Thursday
Sep122019

budget-friendly updates for the bath

Mark D. Sikes

Of all the rooms I work on for my e-clients, the bath is the one I surprisingly get a lot of questions about.  Many think they have to do a complete haul to update their bath if it's too small or they don't like the current tile and in many cases, renters want some options that aren't permanent, as well.  While paint, some new accessories and artwork can go a long way in freshening up a bathroom, there are quite a few other options that I turn to time and time again that can help transform a blah bath into a beautiful retreat! 

A brand new light fixture is a must and it's a relatively easy update!  I'm obsessed with glass cylinder sconces lately, especially hung above a chrome framed pivoting mirror.  Another trick I absolutely LOVE is hanging a pair of curtain panels from a second shower curtain rod and placed all the way to the ceiling (the panels hit the floor) to add drama and height (see my original post on this here).  A new faucet is another easy swap and there are so many affordable options; the one below looks way more expensive than it is and is so beautiful in person! (I have it in our guest bath upstairs and LOVE it!)

I try to add texture any chance I get and an oversize basket is a great way to add some warmth while adding storage for toilet paper or extra towels.  A marble tray to corral perfumes, makeup and daily beauty items makes a space feel pulled together and a small space less chaotic.

Here are a few of my picks for updating a bathroom without blowing your budget:

Mirror / Rattan and acrylic bath accessories / Glass canisters / Faucet / Basket / Marble tray / Glass sconce / Candle / Hand soap / Resin coral

Monday
Jan282019

shower curtain trick 

I finally got around to hanging some art in the upstairs guest room bathroom over the weekend (for those asking, it's a nautical chart that my hubby used to navigate the Intracoastal years ago that I framed!)  I've always loved this bathroom but it never ceases to amaze me how even a single piece of art can instantly make a space feel so much more cozy.  Another element that helps also happens to be one of my favorite tricks for making a bathroom - even a tiny one - feel instanly more grand is to hang a second shower curtain rod as high as possible and hang a pair of window treatments!  It makes things feel so much softer and instantly gives the room a luxurious touch (even though these curtains are as inexpensive as they come!)

Here I hung a pair of Merete grommet curtain panels from Ikea all the way at the top where the ceiling starts to slope.  I love how they puddle right at the floor and the fact that they hide the shower curtain liner is an added bonus. Now the room feels so much more polished and finished to me (I always feel the same way about adding curtains to a window!)  Just be sure to leave a few inches gap between the curtain liner rod and the curtain panel rod so that your curtains don't bunch at the top; you won't be able to slide them open, either!

I've been using this trick for years; I did the very same thing in my first apartment so that I could close the panels and hide a rather hideous pink and green tiled shower/tub combo, lol!  I love the Merete panels because you really get a lot of bang for your buck and if you don't like the grommets, it would be a super easy and rather inexpensive fix to remove them and sew rings that are large enough to fit over your rod!

As for the rest of the items in here, the cast iron tub, subway tile are from Lowe's; the Montauk slate tile floor is from Home Depot; the basket is one of my favorite HomeGoods finds and the towels are from TJMaxx years ago that I had monogrammed when we got married! 

Happy Monday, everyone!

Thursday
Dec152016

guest suite progress: the bathroom

The longest running construction/reno project in history (also known as my upstairs guest suite) is finally nearing completion!  To be fair to our contractor, we knew when we hired him this past summer that it was the height of the season and that it would take a little longer than we had hoped it would (it was supposed to have been done in the end of September and here we are in December), but I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to have worked on our home and I'm SO thrilled with how it turned out!

You might remember a few months ago, I posted our plans for the bathroom up there (you can read about it here).  This was to be a full fledged guest suite for visiting family and friends to free up the other bedroom downstairs for baby boy's nursery and to also give our guests a space of their own, completely on the other side of the house, where they didn't have to tiptoe to the bathroom at night, in fear of waking a sleeping babe.  For the most part, we stuck to the plan and I love how it looks!  We tried to keep the cost down as much as possible so I looked to Home Depot, Lowe's, Amazon and Wayfair for almost everything.  And you know what?  It all looks like I paid a lot more than I did.

The bathroom.  This was our original plan. And this is how it's looking right now.  It's so crisp and clean and just so PRETTY.  The wall color is Etching by ICI paint and the gorgeous slate floors are Montauk Blue Slate from Home Depot. 

The subway tile and cast iron tub are from Lowe's (that tub weighed more than 500 pounds, took four guys to get it upstairs and was less than a cheapo fiberglass insert!!!)  The frameless tilting mirror is from Amazon and the gorgeous pedestal sink and faucet are from Signature Hardware, with whom I am seriously in love...their prices are INSANE good and their customer service just can't be beat. 

I wanted a chrome pedestal sink in here SO FREAKIN' BAD but I couldn't find one for less than $1000, so I went with a small white pedestal and I actually love it more!

At the last minute, I decided to put beadboard up instead of doing my version of board and batten like I had originally planned and I'm so glad I did.  I love the contrast, although it's soft, between the  blue/gray walls and the beadboard, which is painted Sherwin Williams Extra White like the cabinets, trim and built-ins in the rest of the house.  It adds just the right amount of texture and interest, not to mention that it looks so amazing adjacent to the slate floors.

For the rest of the living space, we did not want carpet but we also had to be mindful of our budget.  We found 6 inch wide bamboo flooring at Home Depot in a rich espresso finish that was on sale for just under $2 per square foot (cheaper than anything we could find at Lumber Liquidators) and it looks amazing against the light walls.

We still have to finish shelving in the bedroom/living area and the floors need a good cleaning, so I'll save pics of that for another post.  All in all, this may have taken ten years to finish, but I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!  Now it's time to buy a rug, hang window treatments, move furniture in and decorate...which also means the downstairs guest room will be freed up for me to make a nursery for Luca!  I can't wait to show you all how it looks once I get everything in and set up! 

Friday
Aug052016

clean + classic bathroom plans

I think we're the only people on the planet who are crazy enough to embark on a pretty decent sized renovation while well into my third trimester but, hey, that's how we roll.  I've mentioned before that we were in the process of finishing our upstairs and turning it into a full-on guest suite, complete with a bathroom, walk-in closet and additional storage space for all our crap.  It's also the reason why nursery progress has been at a standstill because it is currently housing all the furniture that is all going to be moved upstairs. 

Well, last week our contractor started on the bathroom upstairs and while we are still realistically looking at a completion date after baby bear gets here, I'm excited to have a separate space far, far away from baby and toddler rooms, where our friends and family won't have to tiptoe to the bathroom in fear of waking a babe in the middle of the night!  I'm also looking forward to have a little getaway for the hubs and I to escape to after said babes go to sleep so we can pretend we are away at a hotel, because, let's face it, that isn't going to be happening any time soon!

The bathroom is my main focus right now.  I wanted something simple, clean and classic  - something that will look as amazing today as it will ten years from now, while also being extremely mindful of the budget.  This bathroom by Tamara Magel Design is exactly what I'm feeling:

I'm sticking to slate floors and white (possibly board and batten walls) for contrast, gleaming chrome or polished nickel fixtures, classic subway tile and a pedestal sink to save some space (and money).  Here is my plan as of now:

I found an insane deal on this cast iron tub by Kohler at Lowe's that comes with great reviews.  Not only do I love the price (less than $400), but I love that we can actually afford to not go with fiberglass, which would cost pretty much the same. White subway tile is another classic choice that is super affordable and dark blue, 16x16 inch slate floors from Home Depot  will add just the right amount of contrast without breaking the bank. 

I have yet to find a chrome pedestal sink base and top that doesn't cost as much as a down payment on a car, so we will probably end up going with a 30-inch white pedestal sink like this one.  It's clean lines and classic shape are not only eye candy but it'll free up some space, too. 

We'll see how close my plan actually comes to the finished product and I promise to post progress pictures along the way.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday
Feb122015

attic inspiration: tamara kaye honey

We've been dragging our heels about finishing our upstairs bonus room for a while now, but after seeing LA-based interior designer Tamara Kaye Honey's STUNNING attic-turned-master bath remodel in the latest issue of Lonny, I've got stars in my eyes and major motivation to get my butt in gear!

Beautiful brass accents and warm wood pieces look absolutely amazing against crisp white floors and paneled walls, and the oversize Sputnik-style chandelier and campaign-style vanity are sheer perfection.  I love how most of the space is dedicated to the bath, rather than the bedroom itself, and, with all that natural light and cleverly planned use of all the nooks and dormers, there is a major cozy factor here that usually is hard to come by with a bathroom of this size. 

How AMAZING are those brass fixtures??

Placing the shower in the dormer is such a dramatic touch, not to mention a great use of the space.  And those unlacquered brass fixtures are simply divine.  I would NEVER EVER come out of this room, if this were mine:

Here are my picks for getting a similar look:

A fabulous, oversize Sputnik-style chandelier (this one is super affordable!):

A wood and rope chair like this one would add a ton of texture and warmth to an all-white space:

Bamboo pulls in brass, of course:

A big, fluffy sheepskin rug is a must:

A campaign-style dresser like this one would certainly fit in a space this big and be perfect for storing fluffy towels and displaying perfume and jewelry:

And speaking of fluffly white towels, this set from Target is chic, affordable and the texture adds so much interest:

Happy Thursday!