Tuesday, November 8, 2016

powder room reno: the details

Thank you for your kind comments and emails about this project.
I can't begin this post without saying a big thank you to my client Melanie.
Earlier this year when I was dreaming of starting my own business,
she wrote an inquiry on our neighborhood info website
asking for someone to help her make home improvements,
as one might do when they're planning to sell
but with no intent on doing so.
I held my breath and took a huge step in daring greatly.

{Yes, my friends I managed to squeeze yet another
  Brene Brown reference into my writing. Ha!}

I private messaged her and invited her to my home
since I didn't have portfolio pictures or a website at the time.
She came over, took a tour, and took a chance on me.
For that I will always, always be thankful and greatly appreciative, 
more than you'll ever know, Melanie. ;)

I've had many requests over the past few days to share the sources of this project.
Out of respect for a paying client I asked her if she would mind if I did so.
She graciously agreed. 
Thanks again Melanie.
Herewith the source details for her powder room reno...


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After we met for our initial consultation
I sent Melanie an email followup outlining notes on the projects we discussed
and asked her to prioritize which project{s} she wanted to do first.
The powder room won!
Here's where we started...




In addition to my client's wish list and budget,
the two most important things I took into consideration
while planning this space are both under six years of age...her kids.
She wanted a design that was hip and modern
but that could also withstand life with littles.

Here are my notes from our meeting:
  • replace marble flooring {mindful of two young kids in the house}
  • fun wallpaper 
  • open to replacing sink cabinet with pedestal sink 
  • perhaps improved lighting fixture since no daylight (?)

Based on our conversation this became my inspiration board for the space:



To save money we kept the existing toilet
and instead of buying a new vanity
we gave the old one a face lift.
My initial thought was a fun wallpaper allover but let's face it,
accidents with kids happen all too often.
Moms out there, you know what I'm talking about.
This was the main impetus for using a subway tile as wainscoting on the walls
as well as the wood-look ceramic tile on the floor.
Easy clean-up.
You gotta love it.

Once more... a reminder of the before...


and the after...


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It might not surprise you to know
that I love this powder room so much
that I convinced my husband that ours needed an update.
Stay tuned for details on that.
In the meantime let's get to back to this stunner
and dissect it from the ground up, starting with the floor.

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Here are the old marble floor tiles...


and the new durable porcelain tiles with the look of real hardwood floors...

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floor tile: similar

I suggested this type of flooring for a few reasons...
not only because of its durability and practicality {easy to clean}
but its super affordable and readily available
but also because she wanted a different look from the existing marble tiles.

Similarly for the same reasons, my plan called for subway tile
on the lower half of the walls but for a fun twist I suggested a herringbone pattern.
I did the same pattern for my kitchen back splash a few years ago 
and still love it to this day. 
As you can see she elected to use  elongated subway tile,
which to me just takes it up a notch or two in the hip factor.
As does the fun wallpaper we used on the top half of the wall...

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We sampled many different wallpapers before my client decided on 
She had a small window of opportunity over the summer
to get this project completed during a time 
when it would be less obtrusive for her children 
which meant we needed to get samples and the order placed asap.
CWD made it happen for my client.
She approved the sample and was able to get a rush shipment
so that the contractors could finish everything
 within the time her kids were away from the dust and construction.
You gotta love good customer service.


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Since her existing vanity was in pretty good shape
we saved money by not purchasing a new one
and instead asked her contractor to make new flat panel cabinet doors.
The updated vanity was given new life with fresh paint
{The color is  Benjamin Moore HC-154 Hale Navy}
and updated cabinet pulls...

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{paint} {cabinet pulls}

From the start my client knew she wanted a modern thick counter top.
Her contractor did not disappoint...



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Working with the supply her contractor had, she decided on this carrara marble
with an under mount rectangular sink.



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We discussed using a wall mounted faucet
but nixed that idea due to the added budget from moving plumbing lines.
Still keeping the kids in mind, this gorgeous single lever handle
makes hand washing a snap...

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{faucet}

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plus its gorgeous as is the whole Kohler Purist line
even down to the toilet paper holder...


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All of the fixtures chosen were in the "vibrant moderne brushed gold" finish.

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{cabinet pulls}


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I have to give a little shout-out to Kohler customer service.
I went to do a final walk-through once construction was finished
and noticed the little end-cap was missing from the bottom right tip of the ring.
I called the main Kohler customer service number,
sent an email picture of the missing part,
and within two days was able to deliver 
a brand new towel ring to my client.
Happy client = Happy decorator.
Speaking of happy,
while we were brainstorming her next project,
{her guest bedroom...more on that project soon},
I mentioned a few of my favorite places to shop for accessories.
I'm pretty sure I gasped out loud when she said she'd never been to Home Goods.
I fixed that y'all.
She texted me one day soon after
from one of my favorite happy places {HomeGoods}
with a picture of her two full shopping carts.
She's now part of the tribe. Ha!
She found the cool ikat towel above at World Market,
another favorite place for fun, affordable home accents.
Bonus...its currently on sale.

Working our way up the wall...one of the most popular questions
has been about the mirror we used...


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Here's the deal.
This mirror was not what I originally had in mind
but any of you who has done a renovation
KNOWS that plans change on a dime and you have to be flexible.
One thing that wasn't flexible was the amount of wall space available.
My client wanted and needed more lighting.
This is a windowless powder room that had only one can light.
No bueno in my humble opinion.
I suggested using a pair of these fantastic gold sconces 



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{which by the way work brilliantly with the Kohler fixtures}
but after doing the math for a pair of lights
it left barely twenty inches for a mirror,
which put my client's initial wish for an arched mirror out of the running.
I found a couple of alternatives but am so glad my client chose this one...

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I know that sometimes being matchy-matchy is not a good thing
but in this case, in my humble opinion, the fixtures flow
and are like the perfect exclamation mark for emphasis on a sentence.
Of course, being the decor detective, I found the mirror at several online stores
but at the time it was on sale plus I had a coupon code for Target.
I don't know about you but I love the phrase "stacked savings."


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Thanks again for your lovely comments.
I hope that I answered all your sourcing questions.
If not, send me an email or leave a comment below.

What ever you do today, do it with joy!


4 comments :

  1. What an gorgeous transformation. I absolutely adore the subway tile installed in a chevron pattern!

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  2. This is fantastic! How did you decide how high up the wall to take the subway tile? It looks perfect.

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    1. it stops just below the light switch on the wall. thanks so much bethany for stopping by :)

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