Powder room ideas

I am really excited to have a small bathroom to play around with. It’s going to be the only bathroom on the main floor so it will get regular use, but it’s also a fairly tight space. It has to be super functional, but I also really wanted it to be fun.  I kept saying “I want a moody bathroom,” and was getting blank stares in return. Something like this

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source, also I love basically everything Amber does. She is amazing!

I wanted to have brass hardware to continue the brass/gold look from the kitchen, and it was tough to find faucets in the right finish that were remotely affordable. There’s lots of shiny 80’s style brass that is cheap, but the good stuff is harder to find.

I also love the drama of a wall mounted faucet…but  its really hard to find a sink that works with it. Stupidly, sinks come predrilled with holes for the faucets and it’s ridiculously hard to find a sink without them. The obvious solution would be to get a vessel sink but I really really don’t like the look of them. And when have I ever gone for the easy obvious solution when I can obsess about something instead? So I’ve been scouring the depths of the interwebs to see what I can find.  At this point, I’m resigning myself to buying a slab of Carrera and having it cut to size and then building a vanity.  So much for quick and easy…

The good news is I found wallpaper that is perfect for the space. I loved the Ellie Cashman wallpaper but was getting estimates in the $4,000-5,000 range which is insane. I then found the perfect wallpaper…but it was sold out. I luckily thought to do a reverse image search to find that it’s also sold by Burke decor. AND it was even cheaper on their site than on wayfair.  black gold wallpaper

Isn’t it gorgeous?!? It’s exactly what I was looking for. I was worried about getting the hubby on board, but surprisingly he loved it too. Now that I have the wallpaper figured out the plan is something like this for the bathroom.

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I’m totally into the dark wallpaper with the gold hardware, and the rustic vanity. Does anyone know where I can get a toilet flusher knob in brushed gold?  lol, kidding…mostly 🙂

edit: OMG it’s actually a thing. You can buy a gold button to flush your toilet

Creep

Lol, I know it sounds like I have a weirdo stalker with a title like this, but its a real thing.  Having your walls torn down, flooring removed, and having no heat or running water is apparently so addicting you want to keep doing it. Not.  But apparently we do, because we decided to expand the scope of our project even more…as contractors call it “scope creep.” Its a real thing.

We had always planned to someday update the master bathroom. At the moment its perfectly functional, but not particularly updated. When the house was built it had three bedrooms, then in the 90’s the previous owners added on a master bedroom and bathroom. But the layout of the home meant it got added onto an existing bedroom. So instead of it being a 4 bedroom, it was still a 3 bedroom but now you walked through one bedroom to get to the master. It was sort of like a sitting room, but the master itself is really big so it didn’t need this extra weird space. What they didn’t add though, was a walk-in closet, so the bedroom had long shallow closets against one wall.

The bathroom they added was also BIG, its more than 10×10. But here again the space was not used in a way that seemed functional. They only had a single vanity, and had a giant closet and just lots of empty hard to use space. It was also built in the 90’s and VERY early 90’s.

Sooo…since we had the walls/floor/ceiling open and had easy access to the plumbing we decided to go for it.  We are now converting the “sitting room” into a walk-in closet, so it will have more of an ensuite feel to it. The bathroom will get a MAJOR upgrade, with a double vanity, soaking tub, and a water closet. Basically WINNING.

master suite plan

 

Gray, white and gold

I’m really loving gray and white kitchens with gold/brass hardware.

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Canadian House and Home

I love how this kitchen has both white and black cabinets, white marble and butcherblock counters, brass hardware, stainless steel appliances, AND a patterned tile wall without looking like a crazy person’s kitchen.

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I can’t seem to find the original link to this one either

I love the look of this one too, though I would add a little bit of rustic wood to warm it up.

The one thing we are also going to be incorporating that I can’t seem to find in any kitchens online are black stainless steel appliances.  We bought this fridge from LG. I found this image online of Samsung’s black stainless finish with gray cabinets. I think it will work well with gray and white cabinets…thoughts?

black stainless finish with gray cabinets

 

 

Remodeling

Our move out of LA is QUICKLY approaching and I’m feeling every emotion out there.  One of the most exciting parts of the whole process is the renovation we are doing on our new house.

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Our new neighbors sent us this picture after 10 inches of snow…

We are basically working within the original footprint of the home but completely updating the interior. The house had lots of little rooms, with a formal and informal dining room as well as a formal living room and a family room. That’s just not how we live. The kitchen hadn’t been updated since probably the 80’s, and it was in desperate need of a facelift. Below is the original floor plan

original floor plan

We are opening up the whole space, and creating a big kitchen to make all my kitchen dreams come true 🙂 We are also adding an office on the main floor and moving a bathroom to make the space more functional. This is our architect’s vision, I think its amazing!!

floor plan

We started demo last week and its pretty crazy to see our house basically destroyed at the moment.

DemoView from the front door
DemoView of the front door
DemoView from where the stove will go DemoAnother view of the kitchen
DemoView of the future half bath Demo View of the future mud room

I’m back!

I know this is my tiny little corner of the internet and I can pour my thoughts out where, probably, no one will read them anyways 🙂  So here goes…

Life has been totally crazy, which is why I have been seriously MIA over here. First I switched jobs…then we decided to move back to Minnesota(!). The move was supposed to happen “later,” maybe sometime in the summer of 2016. Then we went to visit family and popped in on some open houses and accidentally found our house. It is the perfect, sweet, little house in our dream neighborhood. It was owned by a couple for the last 30 some years who had raised their children and were now downsizing. This house is so full of good vibes, it’s incredible. So we made an offer on it, and now it’s officially ours!!

Then we realized (duh) that we had to get moving on selling our place in LA. It was our first time trying to stage a home, and I had no idea how hard it is to live (and work) in a house with two dogs while keeping it show-ready all the time. We are about to close on our place (cross your fingers everything goes smoothly) at the end of the month.  Then we move to a one bedroom sublet for 5 weeks and then drive halfway across the country to get to Minnesota!

We will be moving in with my parents for a while since we are doing some renovations on the new place. Planning and designing the remodel is basically taking up ALL of my personal time at this point, but we have big dreams for the final result. I can’t wait!!

On top of this, I am really sad to be leaving LA. It’s 100% the right thing to do for our family right now and we are SO lucky that we can both take our jobs with us. But it’s LA! I have crazy FOMO for all the things that we will be leaving, plus the weather….hello! So it’s a complicated bittersweet time right now.

Family photo by the wonderful Amanda Bjorn. Family really is everything.

Done is better than perfect

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Lately, I’ve been frustrated. I have all these ideas for things to post on here, and then I go to put my ideas down on paper and it doesn’t feel good enough to post.

I went to an event Sunday night where we acknowledged all the awesome astronomical happenings- the blood moon, autumnal equinox, and mercury being in retrograde. There was lots of talk of review, reflection, recharging, and rejuvenation. I couldn’t ignore this less than subtle cosmic hint.

I really want to be consistent with this blog, and I can come up with lots of easy excuses about why I am too busy/stressed/distracted. More often than not, the real issue is that it feels vulnerable to put it out there.  I’m going to keep putting my thoughts out there into the interwebs.  If no one reads it, that’s fine, I’m doing it for me anyways.

In the meantime here are some puppy pics 🙂

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Top image from here 

Fluffly homemade whole wheat waffles

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My family is obsessed with food. There is just no way to get around it; when we get together we spend our time cooking, eating, and talking about what to cook next. Continue reading Fluffly homemade whole wheat waffles

Roasted cherry tomatoes and marinated zucchini

I have to report back and say that I have the best view from my  new desk 🙂 can you spot the puppy chilling in the background? flowers, marble table, laptop

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Eating lately

Before I left for New York, I went nuts at the farmer’s market and bought over 10 lbs of tomatoes, along with all kinds of other produce.  I was determined to eat as many as possible before having to resort to making pasta sauce, since the flavor of these tomatoes was just incredible.  We were on a pretty ridiculous tomato-eating kick. We had heirloom tomatoes with burrata cheese, basil, EVOO, and balsamic vinegar

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Easy peasy homemade yogurt in four simple steps

My family has been making yogurt at home for generations, and homemade yogurt is the thing I miss most when we are traveling. When my parents moved to the US in 1991, my dad came first and my mom followed with 3-year-old me and my 5 month old sister. They had to pack their life into a few suitcases, leaving everything familiar behind. This was well before the internet and decades before smart phones or Skype. One of the most valuable things my mom was able to bring with her was a small container of yogurt so that she could continue the tradition of making yogurt at home.  The culture that she brought in 1991 lives on to this day, and every time we would go on vacation she would allot yogurt into little containers and hide them in the back of the fridge and freezer so at least one would still be good when we returned home.  She has shared her yogurt starter with friends and family, and it lives all over the country and world.  If my mom made yogurt 3 times a week for the last 24 years, we are talking about over 3,700 generations!  Those are some crazy heirloom cultures!

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