June 17th, 2013
In designing the house, I try to give each room it’s own personality and style all while trying to keep things cohesive. The boys bathroom I wanted it to feel simple and raw like a farmhouse, industrial, and somewhat juvenile – since it is a little boy’s bathroom. And I really wanted it to stand out as a fun/character room in the house.
Here is a rendering that Mr. Project drew up for me:
Here is the basic layout of the room – A simple Jack & Jill bathroom that puts emphasis on the vanity area.
This room has so many star features. I know my favorite is going to be a full wall of glass subway tile. I found this gorgeous “arctic ice” colored tile at BuildDirect and designed the room’s color scheme around it.
Arctic Ice Glass Subway Mosaic - BuildDirect – $8.80 Sq/Ft
I originally designed the room with one long mirror, but found a KILLER deal on this single-sized mirror from Restoration Hardware Kids. So I’ll put one of these over each of the sinks, and I’m sure it will still look marvelous.
24×34 Industrial Rivet Mirror – Restoration Hardware Baby & Kids $99 (killer deal, grab them while they are hot!)
The faucet is pretty simple, I love all things Axor and Hansgrohe – I think it will work with the sink perfectly.
Single Hole Lavatory Faucet - Hansgrohe $126
And the sink I got at my go-to place for vessel sinks – Overstock.com. I ordered them right away though because you never know what they’ll have when you are ready to actually buy things. This is a great sink for the boys – it’s on the smaller size 16″ square, and has the fun round detail where the faucet will go.
Square Vessel Sink – Overstock.com $89
For the counter, I’m just going to have Mr. Project make a big slab countertop. It could be wood, but I may just have him do a faux wood laminate/melamine for durability.
I absolutely love gooseneck barnlights, and in red (or yellow) they are just perfection. I love the idea of bringing in a bright red barnlight as an unexpected element in a kids bathroom. Gooseneck lights are crazy expensive though! I just don’t know if I can justify $400 in lighting for this room. Here’s two different styles from Barn Light Electric (both over $200):
Red Gooseneck Light – Barn light Electric $215
Red Barnlight Sconce – Barn LIght Electric $223
I found this one $70 cheaper – not quite so bad at $149:
Red Gooseneck Signlight – Affordable Quality Lighting $149
But I might just end up getting this really cheap $49 dollar barn light from Home Depot and Spray painting it red… anyone with me on this? No gooseneck, but close enough! Plus I think you may be able to buy the gooseneck arm and change it out.
Silver Farm Light – Home Depot $49 + can of spray paint
Home depot also has this more compact style:
Barn-style Sconce – Home Depot $41
Has anyone spray painted a metal light fixture before? How did it work out for you? What do you think I should do?
For the floor, I wanted something that required very few grout lines – so 12″x24″ tiles it is! I also love how contemporary these big slab tiles are. BuildDirect has lots of different colors, textures, and styles in this size – at amazing prices. I went with this Charcoal Gray to keep things simple. I’m using this tile for several of the tiled areas in the house because I love it so much.
Charcoal Gray Solid 12×24 – BuildDirect $2.29/SQ FT
There’s nothing quite like a simple white subway tile, but I wanted to find it in a larger more unconventional size for the shower surround. I scoured the internet for some larger subway tile, but it was all ridiculously expensive. When I stumbled upon this 4×12 tile, I was super excited! It’s elongated from the standard 3×6, and it’s a simple way to update the subway tile that I know and love. I may replace one row of the shower surround with 4″ of the Arctic Ice Glass tiles to mix it up even more. BuildDirect has this 4×12 at a very budget-friendly $1.99/SQ FT.
White 4×12 subway tile – BuildDirect $1.99/SQ FT
Well thats my plan for the boys industrial bathroom. What do you think? Be sure to weigh in on the light fixtures. I need to find some courage to whip out the spray paint!
June 15th, 2013
I’ve always liked the idea of multi-purpose rooms, so when I was designing the mudroom space, I wanted it to be a considered a “utility” space. The room will house the laundry space, a mail center, lockers, and a “mom’s office”. The room is also connected to the Den/Office and the butler’s pantry, so this part of the house becomes the work/utility center of the home.
When it comes to styling, I wanted the space to feel bright, eclectic, and of course, farmhouse. I incorporated light colors, painted wood planks, baskets and galvanized steel to get the look that I want.
Wire Pendant Light – Shades of Light
Caesar Stone – Frosty Carrina
Macau Chair – Ballard Designs
Large Round Basket – Target
Counter-Balance Pendant - Lighting Showroom
12×24 ceramic tile – BuildDirect.com
This is my color inspiration – whites, corals, and pale aquas. If I were really brave, I’d use that wallpaper too!
This is palladian blue in the wild – I hope it turns out that green:
I’m also going to add in a wood seat on the locker bench and a black tile floor to bring some contrast into the space. I want the lockers to have an open feel so I’ll do corbels up to the upper cubbies and one big bench, like this:
Here is the official layout of the room. The door from the right is the garage and opens up directly across the lockers & mail station. The Mom’s office area is at the far end of the room with access into the Den, and 3 awesome windows.
All of the cabinetry will be the palladian blue and the countertops white quartz.
Here is the desk area with the wire basket pendant light and white planked wall:
And the laundry area with cubbies for laundry baskets and an upper cabinet/shelf area for storage.
I’m so excited for all the details in this room. It’s one of my favorite rooms in the house, however, since it’s not a “need” space, I don’t know how quickly the cabinetry will get done. Hopefully Mr. Project will feel so inspired by my plans, that he will want to get this room done super fast so we can enjoy it to its fullest! Either way, I know I’m going to be spending a lot of time in here!
Do you have any multi-functional rooms in your house? How are you using them? Or do you prefer to have individual rooms for all of these tasks?
June 14th, 2013
I absolutely LOVE reading nooks! In all the different variations of this floor plan that we’ve been working on, I kept trying to get one in the house, but it always got cut from the final plans. Well we made one last minute change and the space that was formerly the laundry room was able to become a reading nook! (Don’t you worry, there will still be a laundry room.)
Vintage Sconce – Pottery Barn
Havana Underbed Baskets – Pottery Barn
Alice in Wonderland – Amazon
Willow Floral – Riley Blake
Willow Stripe – Riley Blake
Indie Chic Woven – Riley Blake
Avignon Houndstooth – Riley Blake
Willow Herringbone – Riley Blake
Objects Typewriters - Robert Kaufman
Willow Gray Dot – Riley Blake
Here’s how the space is laid out. I get 3 great windows with a window seat, and 2 great niches for book shelves.
The window wall will have a built-in window seat with open cubbies. Because the room is all white, I’m going to have dark baskets for contrast and some fun upholstered seat fabric and pillows. I’m also going to break up the visual space with scones on each side of the windows.
The adjoining wall will have open shelving for books, trinkets, and toys.
And the opposite wall will have a smaller shelf area and one of the two doors into the room.
I’m super excited to get this room all decorated and just enjoy quiet moments in here. Now we just need to start collecting books!
June 12th, 2013
I asked my very crafty friend (and landlady) Katie to create an awesome father’s day project for my blog. She came up with this great idea to do a father/son silhouette. I suppose if you have a daughter you can do a father/daughter silhoutte, or a father/pet one etc. I’m not sure how you’d do multiple children, maybe a really long frame. I’m sure there’s lots of ways you can play around with this idea.
I just love how the silhouette turned out. The script paper in the back makes for a super elegant art piece for your mantle or gallery wall.
The first step is to get a photo of your guys. Good luck keeping them still for that one second it takes to hit the shutter button.
Then you’ll need to import the pictures onto your computer. Katie used Adobe Illustrator to build her silhouettes in. If you have a wacom tablet, you could also use photoshop or some similar program. The benefit of using Illustrator is that your silhouette can become a cuttable file for your Cricut or Cameo pretty easily. If you’re just not computer savvy, you can create a silhouette the old fashioned way by projecting light past your subject and onto a surface – hand-drawing while they sit there, or you can take photos and print out the photo the correct size, and trace/cut your silhouette from the photo.
In Illustrator you’re basically making a line with points that define change in direction. You want to have as few points as possible in order for your shapes to be as smooth as they can be. Create a new layer, and use your pen or pencil tool to follow the outline of the faces. You can see here that the lines are white so that they show up against the photos.
Once the silhouettes are complete, you can switch the white line to a white fill to make sure that they look correct.
When you’re happy with the shapes, you can delete the photo layer, and turn the white fill into a black fill.
Then you can figure out how you want the project to be composed.
Katie tried the faces nested, but it created some visual confusion. So she settled on them overlapping.
To keep the necks from having odd starting and stoping spots, Katie created an oval and used the pathfinder tool to make the shapes fit perfectly together.
She sent me her illustrator files since I have a Cameo (which I LOVE and highly recommend). I saved each silhouette in it’s own file, and exported as a .DXF (make sure there are no groups). Then I imported into the Silhouette Studio (Cameo’s free software), and cut each of the silhouettes out with my Cameo. Katie cut the background circle by hand, and then we glued the silhouettes onto the background and mounted them in the frame.
This turned out to be a pretty quick project, and the results are stunning. Thanks Katie!
June 10th, 2013
Now that we’re a GO on the design, I’ve been feverishly trying to nail down all the finishes and fixtures for the house. I should have all these plans done in the next few weeks so we can start ordering stuff while we’re waiting for the house to go through engineering and permitting.
I’m super excited for our Powder Room or Half Bath on the main floor. I love powder rooms because they are a high-traffic area that you can really have fun with the styling of. I played around with the idea of wallpaper for this room, but in the end decided on a subtle cream paint. Eventually I might do some sort of patterned stencil if I can find something that feels right for the space.
Covington Sconce – Pottery Barn
Covington Hardware – Pottery Barn
Tresham Toilet - Kohler
3×6 Subway Tile (Wainscot) – BuildDirect.com
Carrara Basketweave (Floor) – BuildDirect.com
Oval Vessel Sink – Overstock.com
Mannerly Wall Faucet - Moen
Grand Palais Mirror (24×48) – Ballard Designs
I can’t believe that floor tile from BuildDirect is only $7.05/sq ft. I’ve wanted a basket weave tile floor for a long time – I can’t wait to see it all come together!
I found my vanity at a vintage market and I absolutely love it! It’s such a unique piece and the perfect size for converting into a plumbed vanity. The blue color that it was painted is growing on me, however, I’m leaning towards a more bold color. Here are the colors I’ve picked, which one do you like?? I am leaning towards the clearspring green which is like a dark jade/light emerald green color.