Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Is it Crazy to Change 3 Bedrooms into 2??

Okay, so this was a first.  I actually reduced the number of bedrooms in this house!!  Why you ask?  Well, it's all about space and functionality.  You see, the upstairs had 1 nice bedroom, but the other two rooms were connected (aka, you had to walk through the first room to get to the second) and quite small.  And for the life of me, I couldn't figure out why I should leave the rooms connected, so one kid will always be picking an argument with the other as they walk through to their room.
Walk through here and the door to the left
To get to this room
So we took down the wall between them and patched the fir floor with flooring from the closet, so it would match.
Can you believe the difference?
And suddenly this became a nice, big room!!!  Not only that, but it had 3 closets (which seriously, you never get in an old house!).  And with some pretty nifty wallpaper too!
Note the kitten wallpaper!!
But most importantly are all the things you don't really see at first glance.  New windows, updated electrical, new lighting, upgraded insulation, new heating system, refinished floors and new wall surfaces (farewell textured ceiling!!!).

The new room is such a huge change.  There is room for a bed, dresser and sitting/play area.
Bedroom before wall removal
After wall removal - look at all the sunlight!!

Bed wall - Before
Bed wall - After
Front wall Before
And after spending countless hours removing wallpaper throughout the house, I was loathe to put up new wallpaper.  But these wall decals were a great option - they add color and style and they're super easy to put up!
Front wall - After
And did you see the inside the closets?  We kept the original kitty and ballerina wallpaper!

The other bedroom got an upgrade as well.   And thanks to a Viking duvet cover, I could decorate with lots of cute nautical accents!

When we tore out the old, wobbly chimney, we gained a lot more space for storage.  We recessed two big IKEA wardrobes into the opening to create lots and lots of storage space.
The closet and old chimney flue (behind open door) were replaced with new wardrobes
Wardrobes with lots of storage!

So does it make sense???  Are 2 rooms better than 3?  It feels like a whole new second floor and is perfect for the new owners!

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Master Suite at the Mid Mod Marvel

We hit the one-year-of-construction mark at our own mid-century modern project this month.  And it's finally starting to feel like home!  

Throughout the renovation, we tried to keep many areas of the house in their original configuration.  But for the master suite, we decided to make some changes.  You see, originally the master bedroom was right in the middle of the house (and a bit on the small side).  That was probably great when you had lots of children and wanted to be centrally located. But for us, we thought it would make sense to relocate to the largest bedroom at the far end of the house, providing space for all the kids and grandkids at the other end of the hallway

And the ‘mushroom’ bedroom was the perfect spot.  (why 'mushroom'?  Well look at the wallpaper - it's like a time warp!)
Can you read the wallpaper????  
It’s a big room, with a sliding door out to the courtyard at the rear of the house. It also provided a space to reconfigure the original laundry and bathroom to create a new ‘suite’. 

The new floor plan allowed us to create a  large walk in closet/dressing room, as well as a big bathroom with space for a large soaking tub.  It was the perfect footprint for all of our needs.

So we got started.  Now I know some of you LOVED the mushroom wallpaper and are upset that we removed it. It was certainly a very cool mid-century modern feature. But 1) I don’t think I could sleep in a room with such a bold graphic and 2) I couldn’t clean it up.  The cocktail wallpaper in the bar cleaned up like a dream.  But this wallpaper had lots of stains and some sort of growth on it that just wouldn’t go away.  It was a paper based product and rubbed away with too much elbow grease. 

But of course if you’re removing something as dramatic as the mushroom wallpaper, you need to replace it with something equally dramatic.  So we were delighted to find these large, 3-D panels for the walls. They’re environmentally friendly – made of bagasse, a by-product of the sugar cane plant.
Richard and I installed them using a mastic - so the same process as a regular tile wall.  But they get finished with a high quality primer and regular latex paint.  

And they really are a wow feature!
The closet wall has changed a lot - we removed one closet to create an entrance to the large dressing room - with walls of wardrobes and storage on both sides.  Oh, and did you notice the closet door pulls???  Those are such a special vintage feature that we refinished and re-installed!!
Before - 2 closets
After - removed right closet to create doorway to dressing room and bathroom
The new taller windows make the whole space seem brighter.  And the new hardwood floors are a big change from the burnt orange shag :-) 

This started out as the laundry room, but we turned it into the closet/dressing room, with lots of built ins.

And the bathroom?  Well it changed a LOT!  We combined the old toilet space and the sunken bathtub space, to create a much larger bathroom.

Note the reading light over the toilet! 
It includes this black soaking tub.  And a large walk in shower.  

We moved the original skylight to the center of the room - it brings in so much wonderful light!  

We couldn't be happier with the result!  

Bedroom Wall Panels - Wall Flats 
Windows/Door - Marvin
Bedding & Dressing Room Rug - West Elm
Bathroom Rug - Home Remedies
Custom Glass Shower Surround - Hour Glass
Vanity - Fresca
Waterfall Print - Ocean & D 
Round Mirrors - IKEA
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Antique Bathroom: Storybook Cottage

It all started with this.  For some reason, these cute polka dot dalmatians made me smile - and so, this fabric created the inspiration for the antique bathroom design.

But there was so much we had to do, before hanging a cute window treatment (like strip wallpaper , because every wall was papered!!).

The bathroom was tight, but efficient.  And as I started thinking through different options - I couldn't figure out how to improve on the design, given the sloped ceiling and placement of the door and window.  So instead of rearranging everything, we decided to give it a facelift - from the ground up!

We started with the tub.  It's a really nice antique clawfoot tub, but needed to be reglazed.

This is a big job for the professionals.  It requires everything to be masked off, full ventilation for the room and lots of safety equipment for the crew.

The results were great and after I painted the exterior black, I was pretty pleased with the result!

For the floor, I used a Carrera marble with black dots for accent.  I loved how they tied to the dots on the dalmatians!!

And once I finished making the roman shade - we added it to the window.

I wanted to tie the background color of the fabric below the chair rail and used this deep gold.

And we eliminated the original wall hung sink (with separate faucets for hot and cold!) for one that provided a bit of storage and the ability to run warm water :-)  Interestingly, it was surprisingly hard to find a small vanity that had a bit of style!!

For fixtures,  Oil Rubbed Bronze gave a nice antique flair to the room.
And we are pretty pleased with the result.  It feels updated, but still has a certain vintage charm! 

Fabric - Home Remedies
Light Fixtures - Kichler 
Sink Faucet - Restoration Hardware
Vanity - Wayfair Vanity
Tub Refinishing - Miracle Method

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