Hometalk: Bathroom Shelf Design Ideas

Friday, November 14, 2014


Happy Friday! 


I was excited to be asked by Hometalk to curate a board featuring bathroom shelf design ideas.  It really was a lot of fun searching out all the creative ways people have added interest and style to their bathrooms with this design feature.  I picked 15 of my favorite shelf designs  (along with our recent addition of a shelf in our master bath) and would love it if you jumped over to Hometalk by clicking here to get a closer look at bathroom shelf design ideas.




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The Big Reveal: Master Bath Remodel

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


I learned quite a few things on this remodel. I'm not talking about the obvious things like inspectors don't give a hoot about schedules, specifically, your schedule.  They will be there on such and such day so just be there so they can get in when they get there. We all know that scenario.



 I'm not talking about the inlays or paint colors or the fact that most of the beautiful chandeliers you see hanging over gorgeous tubs in glossy magazines wouldn't stand a snowball's chance in you know where of passing code in my county. If you live in my county, it's possible you know this since I got the same spiel from two different electrical inspectors.




 No, I'm talking about the lessons you learn in the process of trying desperately to concentrate on other things. For example, I've always thought our dog Mary Grace is a good judge of character. I know it's true now. I'm pleased to report that the gentleman who did the majority of work on our bath passed the MG test with flying colors and I think she even misses Jeff now. 



Honestly the second lesson was remedial because I always knew my husband was a patient man. But man is my husband patient! God love him and his tolerance for looking at fifty shades of gray, over and over again...I'm talking paint here, people. 


Not to mention the tap on the shoulder from me at two in the morning followed by, "I'm worried about the placement of the inlay tile.  I'm just not feeling it in the middle of the floor." And him whispering, "I have every confidence you'll make it right"...instead of "you know it's two in the morning, right?"


But the biggest lesson came in the end when I was placing on the shelf the childhood picture of my sister and me enjoying our night time bath. I framed this picture when my mother gave it to me a short time after our house fire.You can get normal prints, or custom framed prints on Shutterfly. 



Pictures are the equivalent to gold bars to me since the fire. It sat beside our surround tub before the remodel, but the day I placed it back in our new bath I took a closer look.  


Then the statement I made about the claw foot tub over and over again to everyone from the project designer to friends rang in may ears. "Oh it's just really for looks. I'm a shower person.

"Can't remember the last time I took a bath instead of a shower." 


Maybe I took a soak in the tub when I hurt my back. When was that? I don't think I even filled the tub up then! 



You know, showers are so time efficient. They just make sense in busy lives.



Another look at the picture and I could hear my mother calling, "Girls, it's time to dry off."  
"But Mom the water isn't even cold yet! Five more minutes, okay?"

What happened to  that girl who didn't give a fig newton about the efficiency of time management? What happened to the little girl who would sit in the tub and form her sister's hair into the style of every Who in Whoville?



Where are you bath girl? Why can't I find you? 
And then I remembered the article my friend sent me with a quote about the importance of someone leaving your home feeling at peace, because that's the atmosphere your home, or bath in this case, exudes. This hit home with me because it was exactly what I wanted to achieve with this remodel. And I think I did. So if I did, what's the point if I don't take full advantage of every bit of peace it offers, right? Right!
Bath girl, I think I found you!





I will be partying here:


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Sneak Peek Master Bath: Styling the Shelves

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hi All! 

I thought I would give a sneak peek of our master bath remodel by sharing the  styling of shelves added above the toilet.  Only two pictures to share here before the big reveal. 




 The color palette in the bath consists of gray, hazel and white with polished nickel fixtures. I wanted to continue this with the accessories. I added my little lamb by Collin's Creations to the shelves to complement the cotton garland, cotton balls and cotton swabs.  Antique books in hues of hazel were placed on the shelves along with hazel linens. 


A picture from my childhood of my sister and me at bath time was added to a silver frame. I'll share how this picture inspired a new attitude in an upcoming post. The beauty on top was my big find of the week.


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Falling Softly into Autumn

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This is hard for me to admit but I haven't had decorating for my favorite season as a top priority.  We are sooo close to a finished master bath.  All that is left is an electrical inspection and glass shelves to be installed in the niche... oh, and the shutters. 
I can't wait to share it with you and I thought about giving a sneak peek, but I really want to enjoy fine tuning last minute touches and then pull back the curtain.
I have managed to add a few autumnal touches here and there...nothing grand. Just falling softly into autumn while I dream about sinking into our clawfoot tub.









I will be partying here:
Savvy Southern Style


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Coastal Dining Room Buffet

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hello All!

I wanted to drop in and share the new coastal look for our dining room buffet.  Although coastal elements in decor have been around for some time, I only caught beach fever after a trip to Bermuda.


I think the grape wood and crab print complement the light  blue walls and burlap curtains in the dining room.


A seahorse and blue coral sit on a burlap runner.



Hand blown Japanese fishing floats were added to a wooden lantern and glass lamp.






A burlap coral pillow was added to a chair beside the buffet.

It's back to school next week at our house.  Here's to hoping walking through the dining room will inspire sweet memories of summer.

I'll be sharing with:
Wow Us Wednesdays
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Home Sweet Home
Feathered Nest Friday
Craftberry Bush


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The Beginning

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hi All!

I thought I would share some product choices now that we are in the very beginning stage of our master bath remodeling project. My husband works for Lowe's Home Improvement and is familiar with their installation program, so we decided to turn the job over to Lowe's. In addition, all our products from tile to tub will be purchased from Lowe"s. If you're wondering, because I probably would, this is not an ad for Lowe's and the only discount we are getting is the usual employee discount.

We all need a little inspiration for a remodel and, for me, this was the source:@CheviotProducts likes how this clawfoot tub acts as a centrepiece.

First, I love the calming and clean look of this white and gray bathroom.  In addition, the layout of our bath is very similar in that the tub, shower and window will all be seated the same. The wainscoting style seen here will be incorporated in our master bath and, although I don't have a picture of our shower heads, the shower head  in this picture is very similar to one of the double shower heads which will be installed. We also will be installing frameless shower doors...yay!

Our tub:
Check out the American Bath Factory T050B Trinity Bathtub in White with 90 Series Faucet priced at $2,170.08 at Homeclick.com.
by American Bath with polished nickel claw feet.

Our cabinets by Kraft Maid: Southington in pebble gray with coconut glaze. It is not apparent here but the glaze will lift white tones in the cabinet.

:Southington Square (AA8M2) Maple in Pebble Grey w/ Coconut Glaze - Base




Thomasville Lighting�Equinox 4-Light Burnished Silver Chandelier

Burnished silver chandelier by Thomasville will hang above the tub:  Not the same as but inspired by the picture above.




Progress Lighting�Fortune 5.875-in W 1-Light Polished Nickel Arm Hardwired Wall SconceGatco�Latitude 2 24-in H x 19.5-in W Rectangular Tilting Frameless Bathroom Mirror with Satin Nickel Hardware and Beveled Edges
Sconces will be placed on either side of the tilt mirrors in polished nickel.

Pfister�Sonterra Polished Chrome 2-Handle 4-in Centerset WaterSense Bathroom Sink Faucet (Drain Included)  Our Faucets For BATH REDO
This faucet will be over the double sinks.

I don't have a picture of the counter top, but it will be very similar to the one below (Ours will be beveled quartz and the white will be more prominent than the gray- unlike this picture.)
 option for bath mirrors and sconces

Although this is not a very attractive arrangement, below is a picture of tile samples which will be used on the floor and in the shower.




I won't bore you with toilet and towel bar selections!
I have to say this has been a fun part of the project.  Soon will come the not so fun and maybe the "will this never end" part. We will be without a master bath for around 8 weeks.  This will be a total demo and remodel including new sheet rock and window.

Ready, set, go!

I will be partying here:
Feathered Nest Friday


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Party With A Purpose

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

     This weekend we celebrated my youngest daughter's sweet sixteenth. She asked to have what we called a Party With A Purpose. We have a family friend who has a three year old little girl with Wilm's Tumors, a form of childhood cancer. Haylee decided to ask for donations for her in lieu of gifts. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of her friends. They donated a little over $1000 dollars...fantastic!

I thought I would share a few pictures from the party. The colors were gold and black, picking up on the colors used for childhood cancer ribbons. This was a dance party but we did have a candy and popcorn bar (along with pizza and a cupcake tree) and a simple "photo booth" which the teens loved.  Blackboards were the background for much of the d├ęcor and Haylee's monogram was used throughout the tablescapes. We had a table with a gold box for donations and pictures of Macie. Out of respect for her privacy, I elected not to share those.





















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