Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley February 18, 2017

Hello friends! Thank you for all the kind comments on the bathroom post earlier this week, I’m really love how it turned out! #bringingbrownback :)  Today we’re putting the finishing touches on the galley kitchen that I designed in partnership with a local non-profit that I volunteer for, I’ll be sharing that transformation very soon!

Also I’m preparing to travel to Australia next week. I’ll be out of the country for 9 days visiting my cousins who live down under. I look forward to escaping the rainstorms here in Northern California and enjoying the sunshine and sights that Melbourne and the Gold Coast have to offer. I have a few posts scheduled while I’m away, and I’ll be sharing some scenes on Instagram too.

Favorite links from the week below!


A few decorating tricks to get that designer look.

Renovation dos and don’ts.

This tile had me at hello.

A stunning cottage kitchen makeover.

Stylish home decor now available at… Home Depot?!

Single all her life and she rarely gets lonely. Bravo girl.

Also, 10 ways to keep your marriage strong.

Funny and true:  5 cynical marriage tips for every couple.


Hall Bathroom Makeover

By Kate Riley February 16, 2017

Today I’m excited to share the renovated hall bathroom at the flip house. This is a full bathroom in a single story home which was built in the mid 1980s. When we bought the house it was very dated so I came up with a design plan to give the home and this bathroom cosmetic upgrades for the purpose of resale. The footprint is the same as the original, but the finishes in this space are brand new from floor to ceiling.

So that the home will appeal to a wide market of buyers, the style I’m sticking with is transitional. I gave this bathroom a fresh new look and also introduced some pattern on the floor since the rest of this single story home has vinyl plank wood look flooring. (Catch a glimpse of the flooring here and here).

I like to mix traditional finishes (like wood and marble) with modern shapes. I kept this windowless space neutral by mixing wood/brown tones with plenty of white. Here’s a look at the remodeled space!




When we started this space was your basic 1980s builder basic blah bathroom. The oak vanity with a cultured marble top was old and a few inches too low. Notice the beige tile floors and classic 1980s vanity light strip. Here’s how it looked before the remodel:



The bathroom has a 4’ wide niche where the vanity sits, I replaced it with a taller freestanding version. The walls were retextured so that they are now smooth, getting rid of orange peel texture makes a home feel brand new.

The paint is Glidden’s ‘White on White’ and it’s used throughout the home. I chose a bold geometric tile on the floor to add both pattern and interest.



The brown and white tones continue on a smaller scale with the diamond marble mosaic backsplash, it has small chocolate marble squares between the gray and white marble diamonds.  The round mirror with a black frame adds a curved shape to a space with many repeating quadrilaterals.





I decided to have some fun with this floor since it’s the only tiled floor used in the house. I contemplated a cement tile look but instead opted for this bold porcelain geometric tile. I liked the contrast between the deep brown and white and the classic diamond shapes created with the pattern, it gives it a wow factor when you enter.



Here’s another look at the floor and shower tile before the remodel. The old shower tiles were a basic square off white tile, a few had chipped after we removed the sliding shower door enclosure which made the decision to start over that much easier.



I chose an affordable large scale rectangular marble look porcelain tile for the shower. I had the installers add a wall niche for shampoo and also had them install it all the way up to the ceiling for a more contemporary look. The bathtub is the original, it was in decent shape so it stayed. The rod and shower curtain are 84”, a full foot taller than the standard 72” shower curtain, chosen with the intent of visually elongating the space.



I chose polished nickel and chrome as finishes in this bathroom, the shiny reflections feel clean and contemporary and I prefer them to brushed nickel. I also swapped out the pulls and knobs on the vanity to make them sparkle too.






You can always mix patterns when they share the same tones, I’m so very pleased with how all the finishes came together! I can answer any questions you may have in the comments.

sources:  vanity / floor tile / backsplash tile / faucet / shower tile / towel ring / cabinet pulls / mirror / sconce