Thursday, June 29, 2017

Bathroom Planning, Designs and Resources

We are so very close to moving into our new home (just one more week!) and I'm sure you can imagine how excited we are.  There was a lot of planning involved while building and I thought today it would be fun to share a little of my bathroom planning and resources!

We have three bathrooms in our house and as I began selecting materials, my overall goal was to create three unique rooms that also complemented one another.  I wanted each room to have its own personality, yet if the three rooms were viewed at once, they would obviously belong together.  So I began to think of ways that I could incorporate different materials that would also fit together.

The floor tile was the first thing that I selected and it really set the tone for each room's design.  My goal with our entire house was to create something beautiful, timeless and thoughtful.  I didn't want anything in our house to feel too "new", modern or trendy, but really wanted to try and bring in some of those classic elements that bring so much character to a home and yet never go out of style.


 I spent hours (I wish I was joking) searching for retro tile that was within our budget.  So I thought I would share with you some of my favorite tiles that I found that are also under $5/square foot (all linked to below).  

Note: I found Floor & Decor to have the best pricing for porcelain tile, and therefore this is where all of our tile came from.  Home Depot has a great option for octagon mosaic tile, in either gray, white, or black dot (just search for octagon mosaic tile).  We used the white in our previous home!  Wayfair has some fun penny tile options and I love the different color choices. 

 The faucets and accessories were another decision that really set the tone for the overall direction I wanted to take.  These were fixtures I really wanted to select from the same collection so that it would bring a cohesive element to each bathroom.  Ironically, Pfister contacted me about their new product line, called Tisbury, and asked if it might be a good fit.  I had a very specific design in my head (cross handles! cross handles!) and when I opened up the video, I about fell out of my chair when I saw this drawing.  It was so exactly what I was looking for and hadn't been able to find anything quite like it.  The Tisbury collection at its heart is about evoking nostalgia around the grand age of travel - think grand hotels, trains and steamliners.  It's such a beautiful and thoughtful collection, from the faucets to the towel racks and really brings that timeless element that I was looking for. 


This collection is available in several finishes, but I chose brushed nickel for all bathrooms for the simple reason that it's my personal favorite bathroom finish (smile).  It's amazing how something as simple as a bathroom faucet can bring together the entire room.  We often hear that it's sometimes the accessories that make the outfit, and that's how I feel about bathroom faucets and accessories.  I loved the Pfister faucets in our previous house, and the quality of these are superb.  You'll see many of the faucet options in the design boards I share below.  (You can also find all the different options here.)  

 As you know or might have guessed, most of the rooms in the house are painted a shade of creamy white, so the bathrooms provided me with some space to bring in some different colors.  As I've now seen all these colors in person, I can vouch for how lovely they all are.  I can't tell you how many times I went to the Sherwin Williams paint store for paint samples... it was ridiculous!  :-)  Our contractor's wife was also a huge help to me in helping me narrow down paint colors based on her experience.  Several different colors, yet they all complement each other well.  

Alabaster is a popular color and for good reason... this creamy white is now my absolute favorite!  It works for walls, trim, cabinetry, you name it... I used it everywhere. Sea Salt is another popular color and it's very beautiful and calming... it can appear a little green, a little blue, a little gray, depending on the light.  I even used it in our guest room, so it's a beautiful color you could really use in any room, not just a bathroom.
Sconces: Pottery Barn | Faucets: Pfister Tisbury | Tile: Floor&Decor | Paint: Sherwin Williams

The girls and I begged and pleaded with my husband to let us paint their bathroom a light pink (haha) and he finally agreed... "if it's a VERY pale pink".  I selected a black and white hexagon tile and with the pink walls, it feels so feminine and pretty.  We squeezed in a double vanity so that they would each have their own sink... especially as they grow older (smile). 

 This was my inspiration photo for their bathroom.  (Please tell me how I would have built a house without Pinterest!)  Having a room like this to see the pink walls with the black and white tile just clinched it for me.  This room will be so much fun to decorate! 

Faucets: Pfister Tisbury | Light Fixture: Pottery Barn | Tile: Floor&Decor | Paint: Sherwin Williams

The guest bathroom sits off the living room, so I particularly wanted this room to feel like an extension of the main rooms in the house.  Because of that, I insisted on painting the walls the same white and then brought in some color by having the cabinetry painted the same gray as our kitchen island.  I plan to add more subtle color with the shower curtain and decor. 

 If you've read my blog for a while, you may recognize many of those elements are similar to the bathroom in our previous house!  I did love how that bathroom turned out when we remodeled it and the colors just worked really well together. 

Source - Southern Living
 This was my main inspiration photo back when we remodeled our previous bathroom and I still love this bathroom design, so I immediately thought of it when planning our guest bathroom. 

However, this time around we used a dark grout with the white tile!  That was a lesson learned from our previous house... white grout is hard to maintain for obvious reasons (smile).   

Faucets: Pfister Tisbury | Sconces: Pottery Barn | Paint: Sherwin Williams | Floor Tile: Floor&Decor | Shower Tile: Home Depot

 The master bathroom was definitely the most fun to plan!  The bathroom is not large, but we have a huge walk in shower, which we are pretty excited about.  We used a really fun black and white basketweave tile in this room, which I was worried about looking too busy, but it turned out to be so perfect.  I'm glad we only used it in one bathroom, but I'm also glad it was ours because it has great personality.  

We used basic white subway tile in the shower with pewter grout.  (Note: Based on our experience, Home Depot has the best price for a basic white subway tile.) 

Source - Studio McGee

Source - Studio McGee

 This bathroom was the inspiration for ours... its walls are painted the same color we selected (Sea Salt) and I love the calming feelings that a color like this evokes.

You may have caught a few peeks as our bathrooms were evolving, but I'll wait to share how they turned out until we get moved in and settled!  It was a lot of fun planning them and even though I've walked through them hundreds of times now, I still enjoy each one for different reasons.  There are many of the same elements in each one (cabinetry style, faucets, accessories, cabinet hardware), and yet each has its own uniqueness because of the different tile, lights, and paint colors.  

There were several blog posts that helped me so much in our planning, so I hope one day this post might help even one of you as you make selections for a new bathroom or remodel!  This was a long one... thanks so much for reading along as I shared all that I've been working on (smile).

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

House and Spring Updates!

Hi friends! 

Recently Rosetta asked me if it was summer yet.  When I responded not quite yet, she told me she was glad, because she didn't want summer to end.  That's exactly how I feel!  I'm so, so excited we will get to enjoy summer in our new house and hopefully be somewhat settled by the time school starts back up.  I love everything about summer, and even though it's not officially summer, we sure have been enjoying many of the things that come with it!  

Our new home is almost finished... we are hoping to be moving in in two weeks, BUT I have not gotten out the moving boxes yet... meaning, I know there are plenty of things that can still push that date out.  ;-)  We are still spending weeks in the city, where we enjoy swimming at the pool every chance we get, and weekends with my parents, where we mostly make about a hundred trips to our house to see if anything has changed - ha!   


There's  been a lot of porch sitting with all this warm weather...

Baby calves, ducks, and chicks...

 Time at the flower garden preparing for a hopefully busy flower season (and as you can tell from the grass, lots of mowing for the boys)...

(My first bouquet of the season... nothing says cheerful like a bouquet of sunflowers!)

 And lot of ranger rides around the farm... or just down to our house (haha). 

 Since I last posted, there has been a lot of activity at our house.  In the above photo, the brick was (finally) finished and Justus was working on bringing power and water all the way to the house.

 Once the brick was finished, concrete was poured on the two porches, columns were built, and the hardie siding went up. 

  After months of staring into a deep, empty front porch, it was pretty exciting to actually be able to walk out the front door! 

 Just yesterday the hardie siding and columns were painted and this week the HVAC system was installed.  Natural gas was also brought to the house, which we're using for everything we can (heat in the winter, stove, fireplace, and grill). 

 Other than painting the open rafter tails and doors, all that's left for the exterior is the porch railing and brackets we're having installed on some of the gables!  I was so excited to see the siding painted!  All these little touches just continue to bring the house together and as I told Justus yesterday, it's such a huge relief.  There have been an unbelievable amount of decisions to make, and I have worried so much about making decisions we'll be unhappy with.  The exterior paint color is Shoji White by Sherwin Williams, and I LOVE it.  We really wanted a white front porch, but it couldn't be a stark white, and this color turned out to be the perfect amount of creamy, especially when paired with the brick.  

As I'm sure you can imagine, there have been packages arriving and arriving and arriving... lights, faucets, more lights (will they ever end?!).  

My favorite room in the house is the kitchen!  We had carrara marble installed for the perimeter cabinets.  Choosing a countertop material was so hard... I really wanted marble but was afraid to commit.  In the end, it was Justus who pushed me to get it (get what you love!) and once I saw it in the kitchen, it just brought everything together.  I'll let you know how I feel after living with it, but we did choose a honed slab and had our fabricator apply a sealer with a 15 yr. warranty for stains.  However, I'm preparing myself for the inevitable etching... (and any tips are welcomed). 

 In some ways, you could say I planned the entire kitchen around this backsplash tile.  Our contractor's wife told me about it and I loved it the minute I saw it and knew it was perfect.  It's a soft white tile and I chose a very light gray grout for a soft contrast.  

 Also, here's the built in cabinet I asked our cabinet maker to build!  Oh my goodness, a picture can't even capture the beauty of this piece!  He was really able to create this piece based on all the descriptions I gave him and make it even better than I ever dreamed.  Can't you just hear me... "At my previous house, I had this gorgeous old built in cabinet in my dining room... I want it to look old... Can you add some drawers on the bottom?... It needs to have latches..."   Haha!  And getting the proportions right too... this piece is 9' tall!

My sweet father-in-law (who made our gorgeous countertops in our previous house) made us our island countertop out of old reclaimed oak and he and Justus just installed it!  This wood adds so much warmth to our kitchen, which otherwise has a lot of cool colors.  He spent hours working on this countertop for us and it is so beautiful and has so much character.   It means the world to me to have something so special and beautiful in our new house. I'll show you a close up soon! 

In other areas of the house, we have toilets, bathroom countertops, faucets, lights and the trim was recently finished too (we have real stairs now!).  There's not much left to finish in the interior... just painting the walls and a little more trim work.   Oh, and a TON of clean up! 

 Hope you are having a wonderful June!  Do you have any fun summer plans???  

Sunday, April 30, 2017

House Update: Cabinets, Flooring and Brick!

 Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I thought I'd sit down and do a quick post tonight with some of the pictures I took over the weekend of our house building progress.  :-)  It's so exciting to be at the stage of seeing what our new home will actually look and feel like. 

Inside, the majority of the cabinets are set.  It feels a bit like a dream every time I set foot into the kitchen footprint.  I'm so happy with how the shaker cabinets turned out.  I'll keep this short and simple tonight, but once the kitchen is complete, I'll do a detailed post!  

 The island isn't quite finished yet, but I was relieved to see the gray paint was what I had hoped it would be.  :-)  My father-in-law has been spending hours making us an island countertop out of reclaimed wood and I can't wait to see it installed!  If there's one thing I could have taken with me from our previous home, it would have been the countertops he made, so I'm ecstatic I'll have something as special and beautiful in this house. 

 The perimeter cabinet color is Alabaster and the island is Cityscape (both Sherwin Williams).  I LOVE the Alabaster... I had read some great things about the color and I can vouch for how beautiful it is in person. 

 The wood floors are also installed throughout the house.  I've only had glimpses where the paper isn't covering them, so I'm anxious to see the full effect once they're uncovered! 

 Bathroom vanity cabinets are also installed... (master bath)

(guest bath)

 (girls bath)

 The brick also has started to go up and we are so excited!  The exterior of our home had a slow start, so it's equally exciting to see it come alive. 

 There will be brick on the side of the house as well, but the dormer you see here and the back wall will have 4" hardie lap siding. 

 As I mentioned in my last post, we really felt anxious about selecting the brick.  I had no idea how much even a mortar color or style could affect the color of the brick.  We are SO relieved that the brick turned out to be everything we hoped.  I can't pretend though... I had some majorly anxious moments as pictures started coming in when it was first going up and when I had to make a mortar decision on the spot.  :-)  Who knew building a house could be so stressful?!  ;-) 

 We wanted a brick that had plenty of character, looked old and yet was subtle in color.  We also wanted to select a brick that would complement the hardie lap siding, which will be painted a creamy white, of course.  ;-)  Hopefully the end result will be exterior choices that feel authentic to the style of the home.  

Also, Justus and I are SUPER excited to have a low maintenance material on the majority of the house!!!  ;-D  

(For anybody interested, the brick is St. Louis by Columbus Brick and the mortar color is Light Buff with a messy mortar finish.)

 As I was snapping these pictures, I kept getting distracted with the view.  Everything here is green now and so beautiful.  This is our back yard view, which I can hardly take in. 

 Although nothing quite beats the view on my parent's hilltop... ;-)  Especially a view you enjoy while eating fresh strawberries as the sun sets... the best!  

Happy (almost) May!  

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