Wednesday, February 29, 2012

‘this is your bathroom, this is your bathroom on cigarettes’

i’d like to think of today’s before + after as a public service announcement, the tagline would be, ‘this is your bathroom, this is your bathroom on cigarettes’. the homeowner’s purchased their expansive split-level home from an elderly couple who apparently loved to only smoke cigarettes in the master bathroom. which was good for the rest of the home, but terrible for the bathroom and their lungs. besides being yellow from nicotine damage, the brown linoleum floor, undersized vanity, and low shower ceiling just didn’t float their boat.
enter tyler grace, my husband, and the man behind trg home concepts. he whipped the bathroom into shape! everything is new, from the drywall, to the crown moudling, to the fixtures. the tile on the floor and in the shower are from the same ceramic linen collection, but complementary colors. best of all, mr. grace created a niche for shampoo bottles and added an accent course with opulence blend glass tiles. the yellow bathroom on cigarettes now glistens like the top of the chrysler building with loads of bright white accents!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

the toews, take two!

you may remember my favorite family, the toews? you know the fearsome renovating foursome, whose number one priority after buying their house was painting over all of their primary colored walls, switching out the light fixtures, and ripping out the questionable wall-to-wall carpeting. earlier in the month we shared their bedroom makeovers and today’s we’re touring some of the public spaces in their home. starting with their entry hall! before it was mustard with a sculptural iron chandelier and double story sheer taffeta curtains. today it features a perfectly scaled 16” barn light electric deep bowl pendant, white walls, wainscoting, seagrass carpeting, and coat hooks.

upstairs, the entryway opens up to the spacious living room. the family space was also mustard with green and pumpkin walls looming nearby. today it’s light and bright with benjamin moore’s intense white walls. doug and elissa installed dark flooring, crown moudling and baseboards, adding some architectural pizzazz to the space. they also crafted custom pillows and bargain shopped for furniture.

finally we go back downstairs to the home office, where they went all out, ikea hacking up a storm. never have i seen a billy bookcase look so amazing. doug replaced the flimsy cardboard backs with bead board, built up the base, and added a substantial header and crown moulding. he also designed and installed a customized panel for the end gable and trimmed out all the joints to make it look like one unit, not three. HOME OFFICE HEAVEN!

i would once again like to thank elissa toews for granting me the permission to borrow photos from her blog, our house. don’t fret, there are more toews transformations where this came from!

Monday, February 27, 2012

our guest bedroom's starburst mirror

with tyler's carpentry business and our goal of spending as many non-jobsite minutes together as possible, it only makes sense that i log a lot of time roaming the aisles of the home depot. i've become a collector of paint chips and i now know way more about toilet gaskets than i ever thought possible. every once in a while i also strike gold. which recently came in the from of a starburst mirror.
after excitedly wrapping up the remodel of our guest room i felt that something was missing, and rather than drive myself and tyler crazy, searching for the missing puzzle piece, i chose to wait for the solution to come to me organically. and to my surprise it happened at the home depot. for $34.97 in the form of a 30" diameter starburst. the metal antique gold mirror acts as the perfect anchor for our guest room and the missing puzzle piece. so the next time your man asks you to the hardware store, join him, you never know what inspirational item you'll find.

[sources: photos by rachel grace, martha stewart spring melt wall paint, benjamin moore decorator's white trim and wainscoting paint, uo zigzag duvet cover and shams, ikea vinstra bed, vintage milk glass lamp and home depot wales mirror]

Friday, February 24, 2012

h & h interiors

birmingham alabama is affectionately referred to as "the magic city", and i can't help but think that the nickname was tagged because of the magical makeovers performed by birminghams's own h & h interiors. dawn higgenbotham and tobie hand are the perfect pair. together they create interiors that are inspired by both european tradition and american modernism. they've also mastered the art of utilizing dead space. transforming unused nooks into built-in dining banquettes and poorly laid out bookcases into media showcases. higgenbotham and hand are making birmingham more magical, one home at a time.

huge thanks to dawn higgenbotham of h & h interiors, llc for submitting photos of their birmingham redesigns. for more inspiration check out h & h's website and facebook page.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

orange county casa

i don’t often quote hip-hop artists, but in the words of a tribe called quest, “here we go yo, here we go yo, so what so what so what's the scenario”. janelle steinberg the designer behind today’s beautifully revamped orange county home is here to give us the lowdown on how the project went down.
“after living in manhattan for some time, my client returned to her native orange county, california and wanted to redesign her sea side home. as a savvy 30-something, she wanted a stylish yet gracious home that echoed tradition and stayed in keeping with the relaxed sophistication of coastal life in southern california’s orange county enclave. the house had previously not undergone any major remodeling, other than a cosmetic update to the kitchen. some existing mouldings were present, as well as the desire to integrate or repurpose a few cherished pieces that were purchased during her residency in new york city.”

i would especially like to thank janelle steinberg of j. steinberg design for submitting photos of her so cal redesign with after photos by c.i. smith photography. for more inspiration check out janelle’s website, facebook page, pins and twitter feed.

[living room sources: a custom hand knotted patterson flynn & martin tibetan wool rug, over twenty feet of steinberg designed built-in cabinetry, a baker english arm sofa, two laura kirar barrel lounge chairs for mcguire, and jonathan adler’s side table and meurice butler tray table.
dining room sources: barclay buttera’s turned leg dining table, two baker wing back chairs in celerie kemble’s bleeker pattern, four oly collection side chairs, a pair of circa lighting sconces and a custom shade of creamy peach benjamin moore’s wall paint.]

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

the best $5,000 ever spent

long weekends are the best. especially in the diermann household where an extra day means that the master bathroom renovation that has been 90% finished since november gets completed! jenna and brad diermann, florida homeowners, raenovate frequenters and before + after wizards, really worked their magic when it came to spiffing up their master bathroom. they liked the layout but the almond toilet and tile, oak cabinets, carpeted vanity area, and formica countertops had to go! with the goal of creating a modern floridian rustic spa in place, they went to work. they replaced the vanity and fixtures, retiled the floor, added a backsplash, reglazed the almond tile white, and accessorized up a storm, all for under $5,000. the result is stunning and certainly as or even more impressive than any five star spa the state of florida has to offer.



[sources: all photography captured by jennasue, kichler lighting seaside outdoor sconces, eco spa bench, 59" double sink bathroom vanity and behr reflecting pool wall paint]