A GORGEOUS Master Bedroom Update!

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Everyone deserves to have a gorgeous master bedroom. It’s where you start and end the day. I don’t care what else is going on in your home, starting and ending in a beautiful, restful space is a must.

This project was fun to work on.

Here’s the Before:

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There’s nothing wrong with this bedroom other than it’s a bit dated. It was stunning about 10 years ago, but these clients were ready for a big change from all the dark red. I’ve helped them with much of the rest of their home and the other rooms lean toward a more casual vibe that brings the outdoors in.

We started with this Design Concept:


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I think the only tweak we made in the end was the nightstands. Here’s the After:

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The existing rug and the window treatments stayed, but everything else is new. The upholstered headboard, nightstands and bench are all from Ethan Allen. The custom bedding is from Eastern Accents. The accent wall was created with Stikwood.

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I know, that wall is spectacular! The homeowner installed it himself—with the help of his brother-in-law, who is a carpenter. Both guys are meticulous, which is what you have to be to get everything nice, neat and even around window moldings.

Stikwood is an awesome product. It’s reclaimed wood with peel and stick tape on one side. Please just use the tape to position everything, then use finishing nails to adhere the wood to the wall.

The lamps on the nightstands are from Franklin Iron Works - they’re handsome and well priced.

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We wanted a quiet vibe, but not a boring one. Here’s a design trick to keep in mind: make sure to have varying amounts of texture everywhere. The pillow shams have a nice sheen to them, the bedding is quilted and the bench at the end of the bed is velvety.

Is it time to for you to have a gorgeous master bedroom update? Call me for a 2 hour design consultation in your home and I’ll tell you how to do it!

Ciao,

Anne

Renovating Your Bathroom? I've Got 5 Designer Tips That No One Else Talks About!

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I promise that I’ve never heard anyone talk about most of these tips that I want to share with you for your bathroom renovation. They make SUCH a difference to the final result! 

Our small master bathroom got a big update last year, but I haven't had a chance to show it to you until today.

Actually, we had two of the bathrooms in our sweet house completely renovated over the summer, one right after the other.  A little brave, but we wanted to bite the bullet and then be done

We learned a couple of things that form the basis of my tips.  The above picture shows the coffin, I mean, the shower.   Dark and narrow with a lowered ceiling. Who does this? Actually lots of builders in the 80’s did this. Here's another view of the room:

 

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The vanity had two sinks--a really important feature in a tiny bathroom.  There's also a toilet, but you don't need that picture.  You know what a toilet looks like.

And now - the "After:"

 

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Same space--can you believe it?  We knocked that coffin down--and discovered that the shower pan had been leaking underneath for YEARS!  Talk about good timing. Now there's light, glass, white subway tile on the walls, chrome accents and beautiful recycled glass tile on the floor.  The renovation was a journey (as all renovations are, right?).  

 

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Good lord, look how pretty this is.  I don't mean to brag, but we really do love how this looks and functions now.  White Marble, acrylic pulls, pretty mirrors and that gorgeous Sea Salt interior paint color that Sherwin Williams has blessed the world with.

Home renovations aren't easy for anyone.  Here's my short list of what I learned on this one:

 

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Bathroom Renovation Tip #1 - Pay attention; no detail is too small.  Did you notice this in the photo? The contractor put white quarter round molding between the floor and the cabinet toe kick. I understand why he did it--he was "matching" the base molding in the rest of the room.  I didn't even think about it until everything was done.  That piece of molding should have been painted to match the cabinet.  I'll get around to it. Someday.  In the meantime, it bugs me.  First world problem.

 

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Bathroom renovation tip #2 - look at the Big Box store's online selection of pulls and knobs.  These came from Home Depot.  They look very similar to ones carried by Restoration Hardware, at half the price,  I love them.

 

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Renovation tip #3 - pay attention to lighting.  Look at the "Before" above of the light fixtures.  The famous clown lights that every builder seems to adore. 

Since it's a small space and we were using LED bulbs in the new fixtures, we were able to remove the light inside the shower.  There's glossy white subway tile in there and a recessed can outside of the shower (you can see it reflected in the mirror) along with 2 lights on each side of the sink.  With all the glass, we could also taking better advantage of natural light coming through the window.  Any more lighting and it would have felt like showering during an interrogation (now that's a weird thought)!  Too much!

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Reno tip #4 (the day is long, I'm obviously conserving my characters). Choose your wall color carefully in a tiny room with light and mirrors.  I LOVE Sherwin Williams Sea Salt on walls and I swear it often feels like  everyone in the U.S. has Sea Salt in some room in their home.  It's a well loved color and rightfully so. So soothing.  But when it first went up, everything suddenly had a greenish blue cast to it.  The floor, the walls, the tile.  I gave it a couple of days and all was well.  Some of the change was because of the LED bulbs.  Incandescent bulbs give off a very warm color, so switching to the LED meant we shifted to a soft white color.  In the end, soft white is a true-er color.  True-er?  Is that a word?

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Tip #5 - don't tile anything all the way to the floor.  When a vacuum cleaner hits that tile, it will crack.  Sigh.  We'll fix that someday.

 

Soon I'll show you the results in the other renovated bathroom, which Grandboy uses.  If you have updated your bathroom in an older home lately, I'd love to hear what you learned!

Ciao,

Anne

The best hostess gift idea!

My friend, Lisa, always has the best gift ideas.  Recently we came home from a week at the beach to find the best hostess gift idea EVER on our kitchen table.  

 

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There were 4 insulated tumblers, each with a sign attached to the top.  Wouldn't these catch your attention and make you smile?

 

Here are the tumblers:

 

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Oh yes, I WILL be filling my tall tumbler with water during the workday and the short one with Proseco  on some lucky Fridays!  And Mike will be following the directions on his tumblers too!  Lisa knows us well!

 

She also included a wire whisk for me and a colorful dishtowel because we recently visited a store together and I mentioned needing a new whisk and my love of pretty dishtowels.  Lisa is one of those friends who listens to what you say and tucks the info away for occasions like this.  She always has the best gift ideas and I think listening is probably the key to her skill, don't you?

 

 

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We got the "hostess" label because we had taken her uber-adorable son to the beach with us as he's our Grandboy's buddy.  At 13 years old, Grandboy needs to have more than our sparkling company to make a trip fun.  Lisa's son is a fun guy (as you can tell by the green hair) and we love having him along. Please don't tell the boys that their photo is on the blog. 13 is a tough age--I'm not allowed to show them off anymore! 

Do you have any creative hostess gift ideas to share?  I'd love to hear about them!

Ciao,

Anne