I have been SO excited to share this amazing transformation of one of my latest design projects. This client's bathroom was original to the home and had not been updated since they had lived there. I was so excited when they asked me to help with the design and coordination of this renovation especially after hearing their vision and ideas for the space. Miller Team Renovations handled all the tile and renovation work from start to finish and they were wonderful to work with. I appreciated that they kept me updated every step of the way and allowed me to make every single little decision about the space, which is so rare.Read More
This loft makeover I've been working for one of my clients is officially finished as we just installed the light fixture and gorgeous wallpaper in the last couple of weeks. I am thrilled with how the finished space turned out and I could not love this bright and simple geometric wallpaper from Anthropologie any more! It actually was very easy to hang on our own (with my mom's help) and I was shocked at how well we got the pattern to match up. Wallpaper is so much better quality overall nowadays and they are constantly making it easier to hang and easier to remove as well, so there's really no reason not to give it a go as it makes such an impact in a room! This beaded flush mount light fixture was a perfect fun statement piece since we didn't have high enough ceilings for a traditional chandelier or pendant light. It still adds plenty of interest and totally fits the modern, beachy style of this room. It's hard to believe that just a few months ago this room was completely empty and unused! Now I think this is a space that this family can enjoy and grow into for many years to come! You can find all the shopping links + details for the pieces I used in this space below!
1. Dressing room chandelier: Target | 2. Living room ceiling light: Wayfair | 3. Guest bedroom ceiling light: Lowe's
My main focus this week has been finalizing and ordering all our new lighting for the house. It is kind of overwhelming to pick out SO many light fixtures all at once, but thankfully I have been able to shop online and slowly narrow down my favorites over the past few months. I tried to stay within a reasonable budget for all of our lighting. I really can't stand to pay much more than $100 for most lights although I did make an exception on a few statement pieces that I felt were important. I made up for it by finding a few super cheap thrifted vintage lights (one being for our guest bath for $1!) that I can spruce up with new bulbs and paint. Above are the lights I picked out for our living room, guest bedroom, and my dressing room. For the living room I needed a flush-mount ceiling light that didn't hang down super far. Flush mounts are definitely the hardest style to find fashionable light options in, so I was thrilled to find this one with the beaded chandelier look. This will definitely fit perfectly with the more rustic, eclectic style of our living room. For the guest bedroom upstairs, I also needed a flush mount because the ceilings are too low in there for a ceiling fan. I fell in love with these super minimal, industrial flush mount lights from Lowe's and am going to be using them in a couple of other rooms too. The light fixture I'm probably most excited about is this fun midcentury-inspired chandelier for my dressing room. This is really going to be the focal point of the room and I think the brass will look so gorgeous with the pale pink walls.
I also love all the kitchen lighting, especially my globe pendants! I wanted to continue the brass accents that are on our cabinet hardware into our lighting. I love the modern, simple look of globe pendants and fell in love with these milkglass ones from West Elm (one of my fixture splurges, but still pretty reasonable!). I am also doing three sconces above the large open shelving wall in the kitchen. This entire wall will have a gorgeous subway tile backsplash and these black and brass sconces (from Target!) at the top. We also have tons of can lights throughout the kitchen so I really didn't need to order any other lighting. In the mudroom off the kitchen I went with this same simple flush mount from Lowe's.
1. Entryway light: Lowe's | 2. Front entryway light (top of stairs): Lowe's | Top of back stairs light: Wayfair
I wanted to really modernize the entryway that looked super dated before with old wallpaper and 80's light fixtures. I think these open faceted light fixtures are a perfect blend of my favorite styles but also formal enough for an entryway. I chose a slightly larger one for the entry right in front of the front door and a smaller version for the top of the front stairs. I needed a super simple and small fixture for the top of the back staircase so I went with this schoolhouse inspired light (a steal at $35!).
Front Porch Lanterns: Lowe's | Side Porch Entry Ceiling Light: Lowe's | Back Deck Light: Lowe's | Side Porch Ceiling Fan: Lowe's
We don't have anything left in our budget to deal with the outside of the house at the moment, but we can add a tiny bit of curb appeal by switching out some of the outdoor lighting. The lanterns that were on the front porch (on each side of the front door) hung way too low and were super outdated. I am updating them with these larger, classic black lanterns from Lowe's. I kept it simple with the lights for our side entryway and back deck, but just having a new, clean light fixtures will make a huge difference. We also had a ceiling fan on our side porch (but it was barely hanging on and quite sad looking!) that we will be replacing with a newer, slightly larger fan that has a light on it too. This fan is a great outdoor, budget-friendly option that is classic but with modern finishes.
1. Master bedroom ceiling fan: Lowe's | 2. Master bathroom vanity sconces: Bulbs.com | 3. Master bathroom ceiling light: Lowe's
In the master bedroom I splurged a bit on a more expensive, larger fan (because my husband is serious about sleeping with all fans on high and the thermostat on 65, I know- freezing!). I liked the modern look of this fan and loved the finish on the blades. It also has an oil rubbed bronze finish on the metal which matches all our fixtures in the master bath. For the master bathroom we will have these industrial-look sconces (super affordable!) on each side of the mirror above the sink. I also went with my favorite Lowe's flush mount light for the ceiling in the center of the room.
Our electrician is coming this Thursday to begin hanging most of our new lights! Did I mention we are moving in THIS weekend?! We are trying to complete the bulk of the renovation this week (hopefully!). Stay tuned for lots of new updates to come this week!
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The next room up on our fixer upper tour is the guest bath upstairs. I'm really excited about this space because it has the original antique clawfoot tub that I have dreamed of having in my bathroom my entire life! The design for this space is a little more modern, clean, and glam than any of the other rooms in the house. Marble floors, brass fixtures, and mid-century inspired light fixtures are all part of my plan for this space. This bathroom will be in phase 2 of the renovation. The kitchen and master bath/bedroom are the first priority and we are in the middle of their renovation now. Here are some of the before photos of the upstairs guest bath:
Here's the star of the room! It's actually in surprisingly decent shape but I am going to have it reglazed just so it has a fresh, new look. I'm planning on doing the inside white and the outside black. I just love the look of the brass fixtures so all the new plumbing fixtures I have ordered are brass and have the same vintage look.
This is the only bathroom in the house that has yet to be demo'd. I'm dying to get this giant old sink vanity, mirror, and oh so lovely shell light out of here! I think it will open up the space so much when these bulky pieces are gone. I'm replacing this vanity with a super clean-lined wall mount vessel sink. It will take up so much less space and also be completely open underneath to create a better flow in the room.
I'm SO excited to have windows in all our bathrooms (we have ZERO windows in our bathrooms now). This bathroom has two entrances: one from the hallway just up the back staircase and another from one of the front guest bedrooms. I also love the neat molding that is around the entire bottom half of the room- should I paint it a contrasting color from the top part of the wall?
We are actually going to flip the tub so the faucet is on the other side near the window. We both think it makes more sense facing that way and doesn't break up the flow of the room as much as it does now.
This old tile is also being torn out and will be replaced with beautiful white marble tile (I'm way too excited about my marble floor!). Not having that drab brown tile is going to make the biggest difference in the overall look of this room.
I want to find a super minimal midcentury mirror for above the sink and I've also picked out some light fixture options with that same feel. It will open up the space so much to have this dark, giant mirror unit out of here.
I do think it would be neat to have some open shelving on this wall above the tub or maybe a mini gallery wall of some sort.
Like I mentioned earlier, this bathroom has two entrances, one from one of the front guest bedrooms. It's no ordinary entrance though- it's kind of a cool little secret passage way! We will be ripping up the mismatched old carpet here and giving the inside a fresh coat of paint, but I like the unique charm of this surprise doorway!
This photos has so many elements that inspired my bathroom design: the brass fixtures, black and white tub, clean-lined sink, and even marble floors. I adore the bold wall color, midcentury light fixture, and printed rug too!
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My sink is similar to this wall mount one and also has a brass faucet. I love how clean and bright it looks in this bathroom.
These curtains really soften the entire space and add a perfect pop of pattern. I'd love to get some long, flowy curtains for the big window at the end of our bathroom.
I just love the way the bright, brass fixtures look against the black and white tub! I also love these neutral, burlap-look curtains they used around the shower.
I love the minimal feel of this space and the look of the bold black ceiling against all the bright white.
Another beautiful black and white tub! I'm thinking I need to DIY one of these wooden bath boards too for across our clawfoot tub.
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More bright white, brass fixtures, and black and white tubs. I love the addition of plants in a bathroom and since we have a window with plenty of light, I'm thinking this is a must!
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Plants, plants, and more plants- I think I'm definitely adding a hanging plant now! I also like the open shelving on the wall. I'm thinking about some similar shelving in our bathroom on the wall above the tub.
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I love the minimal, clean, and simple look of this bathroom (although I doubt I will be able to keep it this simple- I will try though!).
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That giant bunch of eucalyptus is the perfect pop of color for a simple, minimal bathroom like this. I also like the glossy finish of this clawfoot tub.
I love the light, sheer look of these curtains and the wall mounted shower curtain.
This vintage brass bar cart is the perfect storage solution for a small bathroom- it can hold all of your necessities and be rolled out of the way when you don't need it!
The tile I picked out is similar to this flooring but we will be using darker grout. I can't wait to see how beautiful it looks with the newly glazed tub! Here are some of the other pieces I have picked out so far for the bathroom:
I need to replace the vanity light above the sink too and am trying to decide between one of these lights (1 + 3 would be mounted above the mirror, if I went with 2 or 4 I would get two and put one on each side of the mirror):
Which of the lights do you like best for the space? Or should I go for a cool pendant light/chandelier hanging over the sink? Do you like a bright white and minimal color scheme or should I try more bold pops of color? I cannot wait to see how much this room transforms over the next month!
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We went by the house last night to check in on the progress. Our contractors, TJH construction company, have been busy with demo all week. We were thrilled at how much progress they had made already. The entire kitchen and master bath, which are the two biggest projects of the house, were completely cleared out and ready for renovation. In our current house we have a teeny tiny bedroom and bathrooms. It will be so nice to have our own master bath that is good size and right in the bedroom. Our new bedroom is probably 5 times the size of our bedroom now (SO much room!), and it even has french doors and a deck off of it with a view of the entire backyard. Here's a peak of the (kind of scary) master bathroom before:
We will have dark slate tile floors in here and a completely new vanity. I'm hoping to use an old furniture piece I have for the base and put a vessel sink on the top.
The tub is being completely torn out and will become a walk-in shower with showerheads on each side (the floor of the shower will also be the slate tile that is in the rest of the bathroom). The tile will all be replaced with new white subway tile with dark grout. Eventually we will get a glass shower door (although that may need to wait a little longer depending on budget- why is glass so expensive?!)
We are moving the toilet out of this little awkward crevice and placing it on the adjacent wall (where you can see the wall plug now). I'm hoping that we can then use that little nook where the toilet was for floor to ceiling open shelving or some kind of built-in shelf (removing that little white cabinet at the top too!)
There is some neat molding around the bottom of the walls that I love and a big window for lots of natural light. I'm undecided about what color to paint the room but am definitely going to freshen up all the paint on the ceiling, trim, and walls.
Here's the progress that has been made thus far! Now it is just a blank canvas and the plumbers will be doing some extensive work next week to update all the plumbing, install a new tankless hot water heater, and make sure we have good water pressure throughout the house. This is a pain and taking up a HUGE chunk of our budget but it is just something that has to be done in older houses.
Now for the fun part- here's what I'm envisioning for our master bathroom:
This picture is a great visual for what I'm imagining: we will have similar dark slate floors, light subway tile in the shower, and be using an old piece of furniture for our sink base. We also already have sconces on each side of the mirror so I'm going to keep those where they are and update them with new light fixtures.
Another great example of the slate floors and white subway tile. I love how they painted the ceiling glossy and dark and I may consider trying this. It really makes the tile pop and makes the whole room feel pulled together. I also love the furniture sink base and white vessel sinks (the sink I ordered is very similar to these).
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I love the unique shower door in this bathroom and am hoping we can eventually get something modern and clean-looking like this. You can see how the slate floors look continuing into the shower with the white subway tile.
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This is how our sink vanity will be set up: we will have a white vessel sink on an old piece of furniture and wall mounted faucet above it (except all our fixtures are oil rubbed bronze). Don't you love the color of this bathroom? It's almost a soft gray-green and is a perfect calming color for a bathroom that is both neutral and classic.
I also like this super simple glass shower door, and this bathroom's walk in shower is laid out very similar to our bathroom. The built in cabinet to the left of the shower is similar to what I'm picturing for that nook where the toilet is tucked into now. Once the toilet is removed, there will be room for some kind of shelving or cabinet in that space.
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I keep going back and forth on wall colors. I'm leaning toward super light and neutral but then I see bold, darker colors like this and start rethinking everything. Maybe I will compromise and go light on the walls and dark on the molding on the bottom half of the wall; or go light on the entire wall with a dark ceiling.
I haven't thought about the mirror yet, but I love this idea of an antique mirror cluster over the sink! I probably have enough vintage mirrors hoarded away in the attic to make this happen pretty easily!
Below are some of the fixtures I have ordered already and a picture of the antique furniture piece I'm hoping to use for our sink base (I need to go tape it out this weekend and make sure it's not too big for the space).
Here are some of the sconces I've picked out for on each side of the mirror above the sink- which one is your favorite?
I can't wait to see how much this bathroom is transformed over the next two months! Be sure to check back to see our progress and how everything comes together!