Saturday, April 27, 2019

A BRIDAL BOUQUET AND BOTANICAL PRINTS

In a few months my lovely daughter will be getting married.  We had just returned from the florist and were admiring her sample bouquet in her recently renovated dining area. 

BOUQUET SAMPLE

While we were admiring the bouquet, I thought it would be a good time to share a sneak peek of her updated dining room.  I wrote about this room when she first moved.  Since then she's removed walls, painted cabinets, and added a new floor.  Her cabinets are navy and her draperies are navy and white stripes.  The only item that remained was the wood and metal chandelier and the table.



What I noticed as we were admiring the bouquet from all angles is that those blue and white botanicals we recently added were just what the room needed.  We had been going back and forth about what to put in that space.  The botanicals are the perfect solution.

BLUE AND WHITE BOTANICALS

The botanical prints actually were a set of four.  We were going to hang them two over two but in the end decided that using just three in a row was a better choice.  This next image is a better view of these beautiful prints.

BLUE AND WHITE BOTANICAL PRINTS

I mentioned that the chandelier was one of the first additions to this space.  It's still a favorite.  Notice how the wood on the chandelier repeats the wood frame on the prints.

THE FAVORITE CHANDELIER

Please check back as Sara and her crazy serial decorator Mom continue with our projects.

If you'd like to see our first update of this space, go here, or click on the BEFORE image below.

DINING ROOM BEFORE

Saturday, April 20, 2019

HAPPY EASTER

Happy Easter to all my wonderful readers.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

DINING AL FRESCO

For many summers, my long-time friend and her family would do house exchanges.  While we were planning our beach vacations, they were swapping residences and on their way to Paris or Prague.  One summer they lived on a houseboat in Australia! We loved meeting the families who came to our neighborhood for a few weeks each summer.  The family I remember best was from Italy.  While our friends lived in their Italian villa, they inhabited our friends' cozy colonial.   What really made an impression on me and on the neighborhood was that every evening they would carry the dining room table--tablecloth and all --out to the garden and dine there.  For them, the evening meal was an event to be celebrated al fresco.  I never forgot that, and while I was looking at outdoor dining images that I'm about to share, the memory was triggered about the summer the Italians came to Maryland.  

See if you agree that dining alfresco is the way to celebrate summer and family.

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This next image doesn't appear to be an impromptu gathering, but what a lovely place to dine.

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IMAGE SOURCE: PINTEREST

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I'm so ready to take advantage of these cool, crisp --and temporarily bug-free--evenings to dine outdoors.  How about you?

Saturday, April 6, 2019

SHABBY CHIC TO OOH LA LA: BEFORE AND AFTER OF MY BATHROOM VANITY

This Fall we totally renovated our 1970's time warp master bathroom.  At some point I'm going to share a before and after, but for now I've been showing snippets of the completed room.  You saw some of it in a previous post about the dog in the room.  I named our new pet Monica.  Monica actually is one of my business partners.  She's usually draped in pearls, just like her namesake.  If you missed the dog decor post, go here or click on the image below.   

DOG DECOR IN MY MASTER BATHROOM

One of my hardest and most time consuming choices for the renovation was the vanity.  I didn't start my quest with something vintage in mind, but that's how it ended up when I found a ''shabby chic" vintage dresser.  I had already removed the hardware when I realized that I should take a BEFORE photo.  The hardware was also painted white and was soaking in some Citristrip when I remembered to take the photo.

MY BATHROOM VANITY WHEN I FOUND IT

If you know me, you know that there was only one color choice for the vanity--black.
Here it is in place in our new master bathroom.

LOOKING INTO THE ROOM FROM OUR BEDROOM

I'd never selected granite for a project before.  It was kind of daunting walking around trying to select just the right piece of stone.  When I saw a piece that had black and white with gold speckles, I knew it was the one for the vanity top.  When they installed the top, my first reaction was that it was too busy, but I've come to like it.   I do wish that I had made the splash higher. 

GRANITE COUNTER

Instead of using double sinks, I decided that I wanted a trough sink.  It has become one of my favorite choices for the room.  My fixtures are oil rubbed bronze.

TROUGH SINK AND OIL RUBBED BRONZE FIXTURES

In addition to painting the vanity black, I added a frenchy vibe by outlining the trim on the drawers with a gold cream wax.   It was pretty tedious.  I used blue painters' tape to outline the trim and then rubbed on the wax.  I used Annie Sloan wax in King Gold.  I'm very happy with the result.  Here are some close-ups of my work.  The coverage was a little spotty but I like the imperfectness.


TRIM OUTLINED WITH GOLD WAX

A CLOSE-UP OF THE DRAWERS

 I'm sure you've been noticing that I had the contractor extend the vanity by adding shelves on either side.  He did a great job of implementing my idea to have open shelves with french wire sides.  I added baskets that I already had to the shelves.  It's been wonderful having so much storage and counter space.  I actually feel like we're tidy.

SHELVES WITH BASKETS AND FRENCH WIRE SIDE

There's still more to share about this room.  Make sure you stop back.

If you'd like to see the post about the linen closet in this room, go here.

What do you think about my project so far?

By the way, Monica--my business partner, not the dog--isn't just my friend who's always dripping with pearls.  She also was a huge help in laying out this entire bathroom.  I'm always impressed by how she can walk into a room and have an immediate vision for a space.  If you're looking for some design help you can contact her @GatehouseDesigns.