Sunday, December 25, 2011

There's a light in the attic (and in the basement)

Look Maa! I'm blogging! It's a Christmas miiiiiracle!
Ok, so Christmas was weeks ago, I know. But believe it or not, I have been busy. Like rill busy.

We have two bathroom renos going at once. The attic one with the slanty roof know, the one that has shagadelic hot pink carpeting going up the wall? I think I showed you all.

We are not dormering. We are gussying it up with the space that is there. Dats all folks! It'll be "charming." and fun! So here's what we are working with...

...and the basement one, which was sooooooo nasty, but soooooooo nasty, that I couldn't even bare to take "before" photos of it.

I mean, ok, it had a crooked vanity, literally crooked!!!! It was that speckled formica? White with gold chips in it? eww The walls were wallpapered and yellowed. The one piece shower kit was rusted, the shower pan was concrete, and not the cool, industrial looking kind... The bathroom floors were terrazzo... also rusted. It was bad, bad, bad...I see people post pics of their "bad" bathrooms, and I'm just like pfsshhhh....I have a superiority complex about just how bad my bathrooms were. I know, I shouldn't be so competitive about how ugly my house was, but man, that bathroom...I think I used it once. Ok maaaaybe twice. Es verdad amigos!

So without further ado, here's what we've been up to in the basement.

now let's climb the stairs...

here's the before

and now the "during"

Don't ask why there are two toilets.

Stay tuned! I promise I won't fall off the face of the earth again. It's the beginning of the year, and I am wayyyy more motivated than I was toward the end of 2011.

And now let's end this post with some pretty pictures of attic bathrooms....oooooohh, aaaaaaah....

Monday, November 14, 2011

Quick! Don't waste another moment! Go to High Street Market's new shop!

Do you know High Street Market on Etsy? If you don't, I feel bad for you. Rill bad. It's one of the best, if not THE best, vintage shop on there. Well edited is an understatement. Brunschwig fabric on an antique footstool? Yes porfavor, Yes porfavor, Yes porfavor!!
Lighting eye candy that can transport you straight into a daze? Ummm....yeah!

Anytime I browse her shop I want everything. Yes. I said it. I have a shopping problem, especially for vintage, one-of-a-kind items. Especially clean and well-maintained vintage items. That's just what High Street Market offers.

Take a looksy for yourselves.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Why don't you.....

Curl up with some hot cocoa tonight and flip through the newest Lonny issue...It went live today, and it's amazing.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Mudroom Inspiration Board

The tile is in...the walls are up. Just need to grout, sand the walls a bit, beadboard, paint and wahla!

In the meantime, can I interest you in what my brain is up to?

My Mudroom Inspiration Board

DIY mirror?

I found this image of this bathroom via pulp designs, and it got me thinking that 1. the hardware is to die for, and 2. I could totally DIY that mirror with nailheads!

Loving this glam bathroom. You can see a better image here.

via pulp design

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Good looking flush mount there such a thing?

I think we have covered this, but just in case we haven't, we live in a bungalow. Bungalows typically consist of two bedrooms and one bathroom on the main level and a bigger bedroom in the attic. They are not known for high ceilings.

Many people who live or have lived in bungalows, expand or "build out" their attic space to include additional bedrooms and baths assuming there is enough ceiling height.

We did this. See befores here and some of the afters here.

However, while there is enough ceiling height, they aren't high ceilings. I believe they are 7.5' high. Great, no big deal since I am 5'2"....ok fine, 5'1". We aren't a tall family, although my father-in-law is quite tall and doesn't feel awkward in the space.

So anyway, my point is we have dealt with ceiling height issues and lighting. In my experience, finding an affordable and beautiful flush mount light fixture is next to impossible although we succeeded when we did the attic build out.

Throughout the upstairs we have had to install flush and semi flush mounts. We ended up getting this one for the master, which you can see below. (Sorry about this terrible iphone pic, but it's hard to photograph during the day, err I am a terrible photographer)

So anyway, here we are in the midst of creating a mudroom and surprise, surprise, we have a similar ceiling height issues.

You see, the back of our kitchen was actually a back porch that was enclosed by the previous owners. In that part of the kitchen, the roof falls away quite steeply, which was really nice in creating that pitched ceiling, but for purposes of installing a back door, not so much. Our door is not standard because the length from the kitchen floor to where the roof ends above the door does not allow for the installation of a standard sized door. Right off the door, the ceiling height is not, how do you say, "majestic." I think it's about the same as the ceiling height in the foyer where we also have a semi flush mount light fixture lest our tallish guests hit their head with a forced chandy...

So, again, we are perusing webpages for beautiful -flush mount fixtures because I refuse to buy the ubiquitous "boob" light fixture for my ceiling.

If you have read this far, thank you, and I am sorry for my longwindedness.

So let's look at some pretty flush mounts in case you are in a similar sitch. Some of these are in my budget and some of them aren't, but they sure are pretty all the same!

Here we have the Circa Lighting Basil Flush Mount, only a wee $693 for the large one. If I had no budget, I'd pick this one.

I also really like the simplicity of the Vintage Star Flush Mount from Shades of Light, but still beyond my budget for the mudroom, which is "spend as little as possible"

The West Elm Faceted Mirror Light Fixture is similar to the Vintage Star one above but significantly less money. I am leaning toward this one

Have you found any pretty and inexpensive flush mounts lately?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Knock, Knock

Who's there? A girl who never gets anything done because she gets distracted by adorable, vintage wolf door knockers...that's who.

I need it.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mudroom Part Deux

Still searching the corners of the universe for mudroom inspiration...Have fun!

Can't remember source...let me know if you know! didn't work

this one either?




apartment therapy

southern accents

this is cute. not sure it will work in our house,
but it would be adorable in a playroom or kid's room
farm housewares, pretty similar to the one at hudson goods and much cheaper ;)


Monday, October 24, 2011

Wow...gorgeous textiles you may not have seen

So, through the wonder that is Pinterest, I came across a new to me blog and etsy store..Melongings

Feast your eyes on blogger Chanee's fantastic autumn textile collection.

Wow. Me thinks these will appear somewhere in my home in the next couple of months.

Check out her etsy store right here.