Operation :: Kohler Master Bathroom

Next week we begin the total gut of our soon to be utterly fabulous Kohler master bathroom. Our contractor called yesterday and gave me a hard date (next Thursday). So now I’m in panic mode, once the tile is installed there is no time for second guesses, or thirds. We have the tile selection picked out, well sort of. That was until Mr. B. decided that he may not want to go with my idea of a bathroom encased in Carrera. Say what? He’s actually interfering with my dream bath selections? Let’s face it men are in and out of bathrooms unless you are John Stamos, who looks like he spends a lot of quality time in front of the mirror perfecting his pouf. Not so much for Mr. B. for reasons I won’t go into on this post. So it was back to the tile showroom (this morning), I’ll budge on the flooring, but I absolutely will not on the walls and counter-top surfaces, for one thing Kohler supplied us with a positively gorgeous vanity top. Then combine that with the fact that I have dreamed of Carrera subway tile since I took my first baby steps, and you can understand my frustration. In all honesty I’m more concerned with the shower niche in the master bathroom than making any last minute material changes. Yes, I am agonizing over every detail, because unless we move out of state I’m going to be at Casa B. for quite a few more years. So I want it to be a space that I am going to enjoy spending a lot of quality time in…and I can’t wait.

I humoured Mr. B. by making the last and final trip to the tile showroom and with our time constraints I have a feeling that I am going to win this design battle. As most designers know there is a lot you can do with different size tile in the same material, in our case Carrera. So with Herringbone, 12″x24′s,” and subway, the latter of which is going to be an “offset joint” pattern giving the most timeless look, and Herringbone tile on the floor and in the shower niche (I think), I am back to making another flooring decision. In this case, I may have to keep him happy because I want a boat next year. Fair trade off wouldn’t you say? So these are some of the flooring options I’m willing to consider to make my boating dreams a reality in 2015. P.S. As of this moment I have made a decision for the master bathroom floor tile, it was between the two below and I went with honed limestone. Also, stay tuned because next Friday, I’ll give you sneak peek into our progress…

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Yes, I found the “one,” it was a difficult choice but instead of the herringbone Carrera, I decided on the limestone…the showroom lighting was not conducive to photos…

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When I was considering Carrera this was one of my favorites, I was obsessed with the hexagonal tile…

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Yes, this was almost a reality  including the tub deck encased in Carrera…

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Designer/ Steven Gambrel

If I had an unlimited budget, I would have flown in Mr. Gambrel on a private jet and given him free reign on the “Master-bath Project”…

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Source/ linenandlavender.net

After seeing the inspiration photos, I’m having second thoughts about the limestone…


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Finally, having a functional niche will be a dream come true. Top image-via Lisa Ferguson, Lower image-via decorpad.com

Next week I’ll be in Kohler, Wisconsin for their Bloggers Conference, and I’ll be reporting back on all the latest and greatest in product design from Kohler.

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The Details :: Moldings & Millwork

It was one of those weeks…I broke my iPhone, our cleaning lady shattered my favorite mirror (that was part of a wall grouping perfected over the years), Mr. B. and the Fashionista baked cookies (I’m trying to get in a pair of jeans from last year, and count the cookies as a very bad thing), and George Clooney got married (even if you don’t think you care lets face it you do). Luckily it’s Monday, and I like to think I’m starting off with a clean slate. So let’s go back to last week, I had a company ask to photograph one room in our home, using some of their products (which are drop dead & fabulous) causing a chain reaction of panic. Because, it’s not finished yet. The room functions as everything except it’s intended purpose which is a guest room. So yesterday I sat on the bed (okay laid on it and took a nap), and contemplated what I could do to make it just a little better. For one thing, I dislike white crown molding, but we have it throughout the house. It’s a safe choice, but in a year of living dangerously, I want something with more impact. When I was working with clients, I had a lot of fun with mouldings. Sometimes I had them painted the same color as the walls (even if they were Indigo Blue and I still dream about that particular room), once had them painted with a Chevron pattern for a young girls room, and on another occasion had the mouldings gilded to match one of the predominant colors in the wallpaper. So then I wondered, what to do with the stark white molding in the guest room? Who came up with the rule that moldings always had to be white? Because in my design book, they don’t. Well I still haven’t decided what to do as dawn breaks on Monday, but while I was sitting on the deck at Casa B. yesterday watching geese land on Greens Pond, I looked at all the possibilities on my iPad Mini (what’s a new iPhone without a coordinating iPad?). In fact, I was shamed into the purchase when the salesperson loudly announced that I had one of the first ones ever made, and made a snarky comment about whether or not it was internet compatible. So I bought a new one, and I’ll say it’s pretty cute with a sassy pink and coral cover.

While I was surfing the net with my new “Mini,” I didn’t quite find what I was looking for, but I did find enough proof to show Mr. B. that people (other than me) actually paint their crown mouldings a different color, and that it wasn’t another of my schemes to pull him away from the TV and football. Yes, unless a large section of the population does it, he won’t budge. I am sadly lacking in the DIY department, including painting anything (including millwork), so I am sadly at his mercy. I thought I would share some pictures that I thought were great examples on how to make your crown mouldings just a little more interesting..

 

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Paint it all with the same hue of paint, and change it up with different sheen’s, it makes for a bold choice.

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 Designer/ Phoebe Howard

I am positively obsessed with black mouldings, and Atlanta’s own Phoebe Howard does it so well.

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Designer/ Kelly Werstler

Contrasting patterns all made cohesive by using similar colour tones. Of course, black crown mouldings…

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An eclectic interior benefits from contrasting mouldings…

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I love blue, can you tell? The crown moulding in this boy’s uses a contrasting blue crown moulding to actuate the colour palette.

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This hallway is defined by black lines, and the black crown moulding gives the illusion of  lower ceilings serving to make this space a little less austere.

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Source: Luxe Magazine

A little grey, a little glam…

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 Designer/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

From a dining room I did for a former client…the wallpaper is from walnutwallpaper.com, and is called Celestial Dragon. The mouldings were handpainted a gilt finish.  The client was all about high drama…

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Painted Floors :: The Sixth Wall

I’m totally obsessed with painted floors. In fact, I have hundreds of photos sitting in a file of floors that have been painted, lacquered and polished. Almost every day I look down at what’s under my feet, and feel inspired. If I could, I would re-do the floors at Casa B. or the very least paint them in a high gloss paint. But, unfortunately, would have to go through the Architectural Review Board in our home that consists of Mr. B. and the pint-sized “Fashionista.” So it probably won’t happen in this house. But, I have Plan B., which is putting painted floor tile on the wall in the Powder Room. Or better yet, buy a second home where I would have “carte blanche” over design decisions (more likely). There are fabulous examples of painted flooring in homes across the globe, some I have had the honour of stepping on (which was difficult because I felt as if I was stepping on a large canvas of one-of-a-kind art). In theory, that is exactly what they were designed to be artwork for your floors. Ceilings are considered the “fifth wall” so it stands to reason that floors should be our “sixth wall.” While I love a fabulous rug underfoot, I also appreciate other options. Some of my favorites have been in Show-homes and some examples, I just filed away after seeing them in one of my beloved shelter magazines or online. My dream interior would include something geometric and eye-catching, layered with a high drama gloss finish…

My obsession first began when I saw a foyer designed by Joel Woodard (a great friend of Celerie Kemble)…and it was simply put-stunning. Although, I’ve never met Joel in person, he and I exchanged e-mails a few years ago about an interior that he designed, and he was ever so gracious with sharing information. He “had me at hello.” There are several things that go far in this industry its talent and charm. In fact, I would go so far as to say that he is quite possibly “a design crush.” Soon he will be featured in a series aptly titled “My Designer Crushes.” Some I’ll be meeting in person, and some sadly will be interviewed by phone and e-mail. So stay tuned. The painted floor he designed was featured in one of Celerie’s books and remains one of my favorites.

If you don’t want to paint your floors, there is another option. Mirth Studios (totally free plug) has painted floor tiles that are positively breath-taking, in an “I’m totally going to rip out my floors and worry about the impact on my marriage later kind-of-way.” They are that spectacular. P.S. I had someone ask me last week if most of my posts are sponsored, and they are not. We do a few, but the majority of the time I’m simply sharing great things, my goal is to inspire others to create beautiful spaces. So why not share the “drop dead in your tracks” product from Mirth Studios? In fact, one of the pictures below is proof…

Next week, starting Monday we will be publishing blog five days a week..so check back often for more design inspiration…

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 Photo from Rusty Hinges in Halifax.

Yes, this is a painted floor, and it’s spectacular.

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Via Boston Magazine

Even with the absence of a design, this color is perfection.

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My latest obsession-painted floor tile. These are from Mirth Studio (www.mirthstudio.com)

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Via houseandhome.com

I love the geometric pattern which adds a lot of visual impact to this small space.

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I fantasize about this room…

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Vicki Gladle Bolick/ theaceofspaceblog.com

From a must stop shop in NYC, Haus Interior (www.hausinterior). I couldn’t get past the painted floor…

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Designer/ Joel Woodard-Photo/ Peter Margonelli

This geometric pattern was the brainchild of the uber talented-Joel Woodard for the Kips Bay Showhouse.

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 via houseandhome.com

This space has it all, style, amazing cabinetry AND painted floors…

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Photographer/ Solvi dos Santos

If only I could paint the floors in my daughters room…

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Designer/ Mary McDonald

If you doubted the impact that painted floors can have…all you need to do is look at the design by Mary McDonald.

Have a fabulous weekend, and until Monday…

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