Looks I’m Loving

By Kate Riley June 10, 2015

This month I transitioned my wardrobe to flip flops and tank tops, tis the season. I haven’t given my home a summer refresh other than putting away the winter blankets and fluffing a few toss pillows since I’ve been busy with bigger projects. We did install a retractable screen door on the French door in our kitchen that leads to the rear courtyard, and that my friends is life changing when the sun goes down. Cool evening breeze + no bugs = happy CG, that little luxury brings so much contentment.

Having added nothing new to my own home this season other than that screen door, I am living vicariously through the decorating ideas of others. Looks I’m loving…

Mismatched Painted Dining Chairs

mismatched painted chairs

craftberry bush

mismatched painted dining chairs

 vtwonen

 

High Contrast Bathrooms with Patterned Tile Floors

quatrefoil tile bathroom floor

house and garden

dark vanity brass pulls patterned tile floor

amy bartlam

 

Botanicals Galore

ferns on mantel

hymns and verses

shelf of plants

better homes and gardens

For more inspiration on the topic of botanical filled planters take a peek at my latest article for Lamps Plus about stylish indoor and outdoor planters.

What looks are you loving this season?

Bathroom Remodel Complete

By Kate Riley June 8, 2015

Yesterday was a long day spent cleaning out Matt’s Grandmother’s house so we can finally list it on the market on behalf of her estate. The process has taken a lot longer than expected, it’s a two hour drive round trip each time we visit and there was more to be done than expected but finally there’s a light at the end of the tunnel now that the bathroom makeover is finally complete!

When tastefully remodeled, bathrooms and kitchens sell homes faster than outdated spaces so we took the extra months to do that. I didn’t go with a dramatic color or bold wallpaper since this remodel is solely for resale and instead made choices that were appealing to a large market.

I wrapped up the bathroom makeover yesterday by painting the walls and hanging the new mirror. After the shower remodel, the vanity seemed dingy and dated by comparison so we decided to replace it, and along with it the flooring, mirror, lighting, and baseboards.

Here it is before the remodel with a cultured marble top and dated lighting, the top of the vanity had a pinkish hue to it and just didn’t look right so we replaced it.

bathroom before

Here it is completely remodeled and staged for sale:

bathroom remodel

 

I wrote about the plan for the vanity in early March, we had ordered this gray vanity from Lowe’s for the bathroom with a projected delivery of 3 weeks but that never happened.

gray vanity

March went by, then April, then May arrived and the vanity still hadn’t shipped. We were incredibly frustrated and started calling the store every other day tracking its arrival. It finally arrived the third week of May almost two months late but the day our contractor went to pick it up we were informed a Lowe’s employee had accidentally backed a forklift into it. *Ahem*.

We weren’t willing to wait for a replacement so we canceled the order and I went in search of a new vanity that could be shipped immediately. I found this white vanity on Wayfair, it came with a marble top and faucet and shipped within 5 days and after all that agony I was sold.

katharine vanity

 

In person it’s a beauty! I’m always nervous ordering furniture or cabinets online but this one is really nice, the paint job is flawless and the marble top is gorgeous, I love the raised molding detail on the sides and drawers. At 48” wide, it fits the bathroom space perfectly and I prefer the white finish against the gray floor so this is a happier ending.

vanity close up

I love the shapely chrome faucet and the carrara marble top; the pull out soft close drawers provide extra storage for toiletries.

faucet 2

 

marble top vanity

 

vanity pull out drawers

 

We got rid of the old flooring and just like in the kitchen, installed budget friendly  modern vinyl plank product. These are Trafficmaster Allure in Grey Maple installed in a random offset pattern like hardwood.

vinyl plank bathroom floor

 

Across from the vanity is the walk in shower, I wrote about how it was converted from an old tub into a walk in shower, find all the details about the marble look tile and fixtures in that post. You’ll notice we also installed a grab bar since this is a retirement community and the residents are all 55+, the local association also requires it.

walk in shower side view

 

walk in shower marble tile

The carrara marble top has the same marbled pattern as the tile in the shower so the two feel cohesive. It also shares the same gray and white palette as the recent kitchen remodel.

vanity view from shower

The white framed mirror is from Lowe’s, the chrome light fixture is from Lamps Plus, and the paint color is Glidden’s Chelsea Fog which is a pale gray blue, much better than the yellowish cream that was on the walls before.

The bathroom feels fresh and modern, I’m sure it will appeal to a lot of buyers.

bathroom makeover

More remodeling projects remain, not at this house but at the Las Vegas house, I’m headed there tomorrow for a week with the fam, I’ll have more updates on those spaces soon.