Master Bathroom Style Guide – Elegant Farmhouse

October 28th, 2013

It’s taken me a long time to finalize my design plans for the master bathroom. I’ve waffled between a rustic style (lots of wood), a warm look (gold tones in hardware), and an elegant style (crystals, marble, and lots of white). I realized that all of the images I kept coming back to were really elegant white bathrooms. So I just decided to go for it and have a really elegant space. The nice thing about this white bathroom is that it is directly adjacent to the master bedroom which is going to be a very dark navy-toned gray color (French Beret by Benjamin Moore). So it will be a striking contrast from the dark master to the light master bath.

Okay so some quick inspiration first… This bathroom is from the UV Parade of homes this year. The home was built by Millhaven Homes, and designed by the amazing Caitlin Creer. Some components are the same – white walls, elegant sconces, marble floors/shower. I wanted the cabinetry to contrast a little so I chose a pale gray, and went with solid white quartz countertops instead of marble.


(more images of this home)

Here is the layout of our master bathroom/closet:


Right as you walk in (lower left), there is a make-up vanity with a chandelier over it. Here is my elevation:



I’m going to go with a desaturated navy for the vanity color. I’m trying to decide between BM’s Hale Navy and Baby Seal Black… This placement was inspired by the Life In Grace Master bathroom. I love the concept of seeing a pretty area instead of seeing all the utility spaces of the bathroom. Also allows for a bit more privacy when no one in your house ever closes doors!


As you turn the corner you’ll see a double vanity. I designed a furniture-style vanity that will be the pale gray:


Then across from that is the bathtub etc. You get the idea. So imagine those images with lots of white, shiny silver and sparkling crystals.

Here’s my style guide (source links at bottom of the post).


Some of these items we found as local and online close-out type places and the Restoration Hardware outlet in Vacaville, CA. We got some really great deals, and have already saved several thousands by doing some bargain shopping. I’ve been also shopping online sales for knobs/pulls and lighting to save even more. The marble flooring/shower surround and mosaic shower floor is from BuildDirect. They are my go-to for bargain-priced flooring. I haven’t found anywhere else with 12×24 marble tiles that comes close to their pricing.

So what do you think? Do you like the bright white bling bathroom? Or would you prefer something more subtle, warm, or rustic?

Oh I just remembered this image – I’ve been loving the paneling in this bathroom:

I’m trying to decide if I should give Mr. Project even more stress and tell him I’d like our master bathroom to be paneled out like this. I think it would be a nice way to frame out the mirror without doing a “frame” and give the sconces some framing etc. There really isn’t a lot of open wall space to do… It could look amazing and bring in a more farmhouse feel. What do you think?


Obrien Wall Sconce – Visual Comfort

Marble 12×24 tile – BuildDirect

Marble 1″ hexagon tile – BuildDirect

Single Hole Faucet – Hansgrohe

White Quartz Countertop – Hanstone

Square Undermount Sink – Kohler

Canley Crystal Pendant – Horchow

Antique Tub Faucet – Kohler

Hydro Systems Lacey Soaker Tub – Mountainland Design Closeout Section

Tresham Toilet – Kohler

Grafton Hardware – Restoration Hardware

Manor Court Chandelier – Restoration Hardware Kids

Glass Knob – Restoration Hardware



Master Closet Plans & Linen Niche

October 14th, 2013

Because the house is moving forward so quickly, I’ve been working feverishly to design all the closets, built-ins, and storage niches. One of the best parts of being married to a carpenter is having awesome custom closets. The layout in our master closet is kind of tricky. At the last minute we decided to add a washer/dryer hook up, so that makes for some odd spaces. I spent some time the other night figuring out how to maximize the space, and here’s my semi-final master closet layout:

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I wanted to go with an “executive depth” for the clothes hanging cabinets. So that they hold the full depth of the clothes providing more of a built-in look. I looked at about a million closets online, but my favorite were by Sawdust Girl. Her master closet is a sight to behold, and exactly the kind of ambiance I’d like to have in my closet. Here’s her pretty closet:


Following her general direction/style, I designed this side of the closet with 1 cabinet for long coats/dresses, 3 cabinets for shirts/pants, and 1 cabinet for shoes/baskets/sweaters. To leave some room to access the washer/dryer, and accompanying laundry cabinet, I put hooks on the wall for hoodies, purses, and anything else we’d like to quickly hang.

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On the opposite side of the closet there is the doorway to the bathroom so there is only room for 4 cabinets. I designed it the same as the other side but with one less shirt hanging cabinet.

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Then finally, the side of the closet where the washer/dryer is in a recessed part of the wall. Mr. Project will build a cabinet that will house laundry supplies and most likely cleaning supplies for the bathroom, and things like toilet paper etc. It will be the “utility” part of the closet.
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So thats the general idea for our master closet. I know things will change up a bit when building the final product, and working through layout issues etc. But for now it’s an awesome start, and i just can’t wait to actually use the space!!

On to the linen niche! When we were designing the house, our drafter kept throwing in linen closets. But I didn’t want just a little closet with a door or two that would inevitably hide a bunch of junk just shoved in there. I wanted a beautiful built-in cabinet with glass doors.

Below you can see the linen niche in the hallway (you can also see the master closet layout below that).

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And here is my design for the space:

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 11.50.59 PMPlenty of cupboard and drawer space on the bottom, and then above, open cabinets for decorations and folded towels flanked on each side by a counter-to-ceiling cabinet with 2 small drawers and a glass door where there will be more folded linens and probably patterned baskets.

The countertop will be a solid walnut slab of wood, and the cabinets will be painted white. I’m really excited for the idea of having a beautiful built-in cabinet in the in the hallway to house linens and accessories.

The Project House Construction – Week 6

October 6th, 2013

My week 4 update ended with the main floor framing being completed, and the garage framing started.

We are still waiting for our Trusses to come in (hopefully this week), however, The front and rear gable are all stick framed in:



And the garage is now framed up as well.


From the inside of the garage you can see Mr. Project’s shop (kind of hidden back in the breezeway)


Also all of the internal walls are all framed out. This is a view of the main hallway.


A view into the family room and kitchen. If you look close you can see PLUMBING sticking out of the ground.


Pretty much all of the plumbing is done. now, just have to put it through the roof once all the trusses are on.


The plumbers even got all the bathtubs in – here’s our master soaker tub and they did a dry fit with our beautiful bath faucet (that we got for a killer deal).


And my pretty view out the windows above the tub:


Here’s the kid’s bathroom bath installed as well. It’s so fun to see actual stuff in the house!


The entry space looking towards the front porch (which they should pour tomorrow).


A cool shot of Mr. Project’s Office – all the studs are supporting the ceiling while they pour the concrete over the top. We call this the Sketch Bunker.

This week we also got our window wells for the front part of the basement. We only have 3 windows that are buried!


Thats pretty much the progress on the house itself. Tomorrow should bring concrete pouring of the deck/porch areas, and HVAC starting in the basement spaces.  We’ve measured for all of our cabinets and built-ins, so I’ve got a lot of final planning to do on the design front. The build is going so fast, we’re both so nervous about getting everything done/bought/picked out etc. in time! Lighting and paint colors are what stress me out the most.

Speaking of designing though, Mr. Project is hard at work building the cabinets for the pantry space. Here’s the sink part of the pantry with a pull out garbage, and 4 cute little drawers. We decided to do a V-groove style door on all the doors in the pantry. I wanted the space to feel a little bit more country than the rest of the house.


Here’s the rest of the grooved drawer fronts waiting to be put on:


And here’s the rest of the base cabinets waiting for drawer fronts:


I’ve always wanted these fancy pull-out baskets. They are perfect for storing produce, and extra perfect for a pantry space.


I’m still trying to decide what color to paint the pantry cabinets… Right now I’m back and forth between a golden yellow and an aqua blue.

Here’s some yellow inspiration photos:

 And some blue cabinets:
Or maybe I should just go crazy and do this awesome jade green:
What color would you paint your pantry if it had cabinets and open shelving?