From Leak to Retreat

Sometimes the universe knows our desires. And as it turns out I'm not the only one in the world who desired of a new master bath that came to fruition because of a leak. It's definitely not the easiest solution but we're looking on the bright side here people. 

This master bath was ready for a fresh contemporary look. The extra wall disguising the toilet and varied height on the vanity top made the space feel choppy and small. The dark counters and shades of tile all made the space feel dark. Here's a sneak peak at the what the bathroom looked like before rejuvenating it.

Modern, clean, calming and not too cold is what we were aiming for in this revamped master bath. White cabinets were a definite NO so I chose a stained hickory for the custom cabinets. The blend of warm and cool coloring in the stain had me at hello and perfectly complimented its heavy grain. I kept the palette on the warm side of neutral with the tile selections and made sure the space still felt crisp with a white hex floor tile in the shower and a white quartz counter on the vanity. 

A deep blue/green glass mosaic niche the length of the shower makes the space feel modern and open, not to mention functional. This color is brought out in the towel selection and again in the beautiful watercolor painting by Kelly Ventura. With all of the adjustments to the floor plan and new design the space now feels open and bright, but still has a welcoming warmth that relaxes the soul at the end of a long day. 

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I am loving the warmer color palette, it's such a nice change from all of the grey and white (which I still love... clearly, see my own recent bathroom renovation). How about you, are you open to taking a chance on something new or would you rather go with what you know?!

Mini Master Makeover

Shortly after moving into our new house we realized our master bathroom shower was leaking directly onto our electrical box... no bueno. We had two options, find the leak and repair the tile or take it down to the studs and start fresh. The existing bathroom wasn't our style and felt cramped with a stall shower and linen closet both with doors opening into the tiny space. The space had potential despite its small size so we went all in and ripped all of this out! 

We wanted our new bathroom to feel refreshing, open and most of all functional for us. Must haves for my design plan included...

  • removing the linen closet and expanding the shower along the length of the wall
  • removing the soffit above the shower and linen closet to open up the space and raise the shower head
  • a seat in the shower
  • storage for everyday items since we wouldn't have much counter space
  • a neutral palette
  • and hex flooring, because I love it. 

I fell in love with this stormy blue lantern mosaic from Ann Sacks and the rest of the design all came together from there. 

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The space is grounded with a large textured hex tile in the main area and the grey transitions into the shower floor with a gorgeous penny tile and the perfect white granite with grey striations for the sill and shower seat.

Classic white subway tile and faceted polished nickel fixtures are timeless details that also brighten the space with their reflective nature. Walls painted in the faintest shade of blue (Sherwin Williams Quicksilver) make this the most refreshing place to start my day. The vanity was a great find and saved us from having to go the custom route. It has enough counter space for a flatiron (yes, I thought about that!), soap, and toothbrushes. The skinny drawer on the bottom is essential for staying organized, and the contrasting top gives it some character. And last but not least, our must have recessed medicine cabinet. Beautiful hidden storage for makeup, brushes, and everyday essentials that I don't want cluttering up our new space. 

And voila! We now have a beautiful master retreat that makes my heart happy. Everyone deserves a master bath that feels like a private oasis, no matter what kind of space constraints there are.

What would be on the must have list for your master bathroom?! A rain shower, a double vanity, or maybe even heated flooring... the list could go on and on! Share in the comments below or contact me if you're ready to make your master bathroom dreams come true!

Makeover Monday : Ottoman Edition

My job is to help make your home your happy place. There are a lot of specifics hidden inside that description and one of those is respecting your budget.

If you are a close friend of mine, you know I have a knack for turning something old into something new. It's my favorite way to personalize a space and it guarantees that your room is one of a kind. My latest flip took quite a bit of searching but it was so worth the search after I saw the finished product. I needed two 24 x 24 inch ottomans and was coming up empty. I found two custom options that were okay but completely busted the budget so something had to give.

Enter... two of these not so glamorous large leather ottomans. The stitching was coming apart, leather was peeling, tufted wasn't in our look, and they were just overall blah. Buttttt, the legs work, they were still sturdy, and they were $25 a piece! 

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My clients fell in love the with the initial fabric I specified for a long coffee table ottoman so we ordered yardage and had the cubes reupholstered. They look amazing and my clients are happy they 1) got what they wanted and 2) saved some serious cash! Sometimes all it takes is the right eye and a few extra steps (on my end) to make it work!

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How's that for a makeover Monday? Bright, bold, and ready to take on the week! Do you have any good trash to treasure stories? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

Three Season Retreat Complete

Summer is hanging on here in the mitten state. It's been 85+ recently and should hold steady for another day or two. While I've been making sure to soak up all this hot sunny goodness I am still so ready for long sleeve, mug in my hand all day, hot cider weather.

As the seasons changed last week, I wrapped up a project on an enclosed porch while my clients were out of town. I wanted them to come home to a fully finished space and be able to relax in the evenings on these last few hot days. This space includes the clients' existing rocker that has seen a number of generations and a table purchased on a memorable visit to India. These pieces are already so full of color so it was a great jumping off point for the design direction. 

I defined the seating space with a navy braided rug and warm wicker furniture. The neutral linen-like outdoor fabric and soft curved lines compliment the clients' existing traditional pieces while plush seating and calm coastal blues invite you to unwind. Plenty of warm toned pillows and bold patterned ottomans give this space some one of a kind personality. My clients were thrilled and said it finally felt like an extension of their home, a place where they can enjoy the outdoors and beautiful Michigan weather!

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What do your outdoor living dreams include? A built in grill, dining under twinkly lights, or a cozy room out of the rain just like here? Enjoy these last few days of the heat and I'll see ya next week when fall rolls around.

No Theme Nursery Design

There once was a time when I completed rooms little by little around my house. Then my husband and I found out we had a baby on the way. All of a sudden things needed to get done and FAST. So I did the nursery all at once and kept to our tight budget thanks to savvy shopping and DIY makeovers.

We tested every rocker available, registered to our hearts desire, and shopped our house for what could be used in the nursery so we didn't have to splurge on everything. Chase's room is now my favorite room in the house, and the silly boy doesn't even sleep in there. But he occasionally likes to make goofy faces in his crib so we'll start there...

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The nursery's white base and pops of color have me dreaming of painting our next house white all over. There's no true "theme" which was the intent and we love it. We splurged on the glider and rug, saved his dresser from the curb and gave it a makeover with paint and homemade leather pulls, and had fun with the art and accent pieces.

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Kid's rooms are my new favorite because anything goes. Which is really how we should live in the rest of our home. Lesson learned. Live colorfully, live relaxed, live messy, just live like you. It's your house, why not?