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Asheville Project: Bath Plan II

The Asheville clients got two design plans to choose from once we narrowed our vanity style down (i.e. color, white or wood) we were ready to jam out the overall plan. The clients narrowed it to a wood vanity or a colored vanity. We’ve seen the wood vanity concept, so let’s take a look at the vanity with some color.

I’m recently a fan of Benjamin Moore’s mysterious but saturated gray color called Brewster Gray. I don’t think it’s going to be an infallible color in every space but so far so good. I painted a sad little 1980s oak vanity Brewster Gray recently and it gave that little bathroom a new lease on life.

We’re keeping with a modern farmhouse aesthetic and my argument was strong for either a full shiplap wall or just wainscoting. Shiplap will add dimension and create that utilitarian look that we love so much.

A simple vanity with just a few drawers because it’s a guest bath and an open slatted shelf for towel storage should fit the 50″ wide space nicely.

The key differences between the two plans are the floor tile, sconce choices, hardware and the introduction of the blue/gray vanity. The obvious question to you is– Plan I or Plan II?

Asheville bath plan II

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Don’t Resist White Rooms

Please don’t fight it. White rooms are ok, really I promise. You’re apprehensive because you think it will be boring or sterile. We can’t design/decorate the room with paint only just because we paint it a great shade of blue/gray doesn’t mean that our work is done in that room. There are layers and layers that can go in that white room and on those walls. It’s clean and bright and we can build on that.

I’ve recommended at least one white paint color to three different homeowners and two resisted and the third client is trying to resist in their bath remodel that has a modern farmhouse lean!

These rooms all have white walls, don’t you love them?

Let’s begin with the epic love affair we have with white kitchens,

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People pin this image like it is their JOB,

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We love white bathrooms almost as much as white kitchens. And you know what we really crave, fresh white ship lap on the walls whether we live in SoCal or Charleston.

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Now don’t be afraid but…everything is white in here except for the floor,

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You see the need for white walls here? Because color is bonkers everywhere else. A neutral foundation provides for a situation where you can totally flake out on the throw pillows you just bought every week, every month whatevs

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By the way– imagine that reading nook above full of a pile of indigo, from the TEOT Shop!

TEOT Shop Indigo pile

a white library/den makes it open season for book color and pretty much everything else

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White bedrooms…absolutely. Is anyone noticing that white is warmed up by…WOOD

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Farmhouse white,

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More of that glorious white ship lap even in the dining room,

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White is welcoming too, love the contrast of the black frames on those modern lanterns against the white on the walls

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white makes for a good workspace wall color too,

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And of course white makes for an excellent background for a great art collection,

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I’ve got dreams to remember

If you’ve been hanging out with us for a while here on TEOT, then you might have gathered that I move around a lot. I can’t stay in one house for long. For the record, I’ve been at my current house for a little over two years but it feels like at least…an eternity.  I don’t move from state to state, it’s more like one house over or maybe the other side of town. When I think about homes around here (everyday), I’ve come to the conclusion that as long as I’m physically able to move around I’ll never be satisfied with one house.

During my weekly visit with the MLS, I ran across this house.  Although I’d seen it before, it was far more interesting to me this visit.

I sent Betsy a text that said something like “I wanna move here, now. It’s like Betty Draper meets Southern Living later meets Betsy Burnham” Then I emailed it to a couple of people and then I leaned over to Dan and said look at this house. He did and remarkably he played along for a bit and was interested too.

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What I loved the most about this house is the way it sits on the property, especially in the backyard.

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It was built in 1928, but remodeled mostly by Betty Draper in the 1960s.

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Dan said you almost have to leave the wallpaper for a while because its so weird.


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Hats off on the acid yellow laminate.

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Betsy’s response to me was, “I wanna see you do that” but followed by “that place needs a serious update”. It really does, the bones are good, the potential is there as it almost always is but it truly needs a major overhaul.


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Dan’s favorite part was the little hidden basketball court

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Asheville Project: Bath Plan I

The Asheville Project is a guest bedroom and bathroom addition on to a newer home and the walls are about to go up.

Before we get to the sheetrock, we needed to figure out our design direction. After the clients narrowed the field of choices for vanity design to either wood or a blue/grey painted vanity, I put together two design plans for the clients to consider.

We’ve discussed the modern farmhouse vibe, we all love shiplap and we need to recognize the beautiful mountain environment outside without plastering bear paw imprints all over everything. I think we’ve achieved those things and a little more in these design mockups.

This is bath design plan I, the key difference is the rustic wood vanity.

Asheville bath plan I

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Durham Project: Progress City

The homeowners at the Durham project really steamrolled through this quick update with the help of their contractor who actually listened when they said, we have to finish this in a month before our baby is born.

What happened in about 3 weeks time? Interior paint, new flooring throughout most of the downstairs, kitchen cabinets painted, quartz counters on!

The Cosmos Carrara Classic counters are in, as well as their new faucet and single bowl undermount stainless steel sink. Subway tile backsplash awaits a light gray grout.

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Newly opened up space, combining the kitchen with the family room, the hub of the house. New flooring and paint color unites the space.

Flooring & paint progress

Unfortunately, the client couldn’t put hidden hinges on the existing cabinets, so they went on a quick hunt for polished nickel hinges to match our chosen kitchen cabinet hardware.

hardware matchup

Family room looking extremely fresh with new recessed lighting, Benjamin Moore Moonshine on the walls. The fireplace is primed in this photo. The homeowner liked the washed brick look and in a clutch decision decided not to paint the fireplace brick white.

Family Room moonshine

Horizontal backsplash border, some folks opt for a vertical bullnose border on the ends of the backsplash.

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Primed fireplace brick up close.

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The TV is now mounted on the fireplace and the built-ins were repaired and got fitted with new shaker style cabinet doors.

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Picking the right light gray grout for backsplash.

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Durham Project: Kitchen Plan

Here’s a little work up I did just to make sure the client and I were on the same page. As it turned out we were. This is the general direction we’re sending that 1980s colonial kitchen at the Durham project,

Lighten up baby.

Durham Kitchen plan

You know why you see white subway tile and marble or a quartz that looks like marble’s second cousin everywhere? Because it’s a winning combination that looks great for a long, long time.

This is where we came from,

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and here we are in progress,

Durham kitchen progress

Things are moving swiftly at the Durham project. Remember time is of the essence there because there will be a baby girl there in the first week of November. They expect appliance delivery this Friday.

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Asheville Project: Vanity Decisions

In addition to the Durham Project, I’m also working on another little design project called the Asheville Project.

The Asheville friends/clients are putting an addition on to their house which will house a guest room, guest bath, walk-in closet and perhaps the most exciting part–a double pocket door entry in to the guest room framed by built-ins. I know you like the sound of that. I cannot take credit for that though, it was already in the plan when I arrived on the scene but I’m gonna help finish them out and we’re going to light those built-ins with some library sconces–oh yes.

We’ve been formulating a plan focusing primarily on the bath because plumbing & electrical rough-in are taking place and my friends/clients need to determine the general look of their single vanity.

What would you choose?

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TEOT Shop’s Shibori Indigo Pillow

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African Textiles in Your House

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Mud Cloth & Indigo take stage

Are you hip to this must have home decor trend?

You may have noticed the bright blues of indigo and the tribal patterns of black and white mud cloth sneaking into all of your most recent fav home tours. These patterns are doing heavy duty in the Bohemian Home Decor scene right now.

We believe these african textiles are equally at home when at play in the modern farmhouse, early twentieth century cottage and even in your classic east coast traditional. So if you aren’t living in the land of Sunny Southern California with washed out white walls, don’t let it stop you from getting the look in your space!

Our vintage African textiles and pillows add a layer of global boho appeal and classic indigo in any atmosphere. They are soft, faded and familiar like you’ve had them for ages, bringing a depth to your room.

Not sure how to incorporate it in to your home, let us illustrate!

 

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Mix our Dreamboat Annie pillow, a soft, indigo and denim blue stripe in with a vibrant kilim, like Amber of Amber Interior Design.

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coastal living indigo pillowsvia Coastal Living

Our Mendel pillow is a variation of the accent pillows like these, perfectly at home in a coastal setting with traditional shiplap walls.

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Layer the indigo on as shown above with TEOT’s versatile solid indigo pillow,

TEOT solid indigo pillow

and while you’re mixing & layering, you’ve got to include everyone’s fave, one of our indigo throws.

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furbish suzani & african throwvia I Suwannee

Proof of the mix, African indigo gets draped on the headboard for a quick style change & we agree with Jamie, it combines nicely with shibori and a suzani.

TEOT African throw

white mud cloth bed

Such a fantastic look and simple accent, white mudcloth lumbars on the bed.

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Through my Dad’s lens

My Dad is an inspiring person. He’s creative, musical, loving, sensitive, optimistic–sometimes to a fault, silly, good-hearted, strong willed and principled, always principled. I’m celebrating him today, not because it’s his birthday and obviously its not Father’s Day but because I can. Because simply…I love him.

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My Dad took up photography for a while about the same time he took up furniture building and not long after he’d given up trying to be a drummer in a rock and roll band. He was better at furniture and drumming but his short-lived hobby with the camera left him and the rest of us good visual memories.

He photographed some of his romps around North Carolina in the mid to late 1970s and his transition in to married life with my Mom shortly before 1980 rolls around. These are some of those images that my Dad took with his Minolta in the 1970s, mostly in rural North Carolina. We converted all of these from slides in to digital format and we found some real gems. To me, this is art, maybe you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.

Imagine some of these enlarged.

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Annual Old Time Fiddler’s Convention,

 

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I always make a top hat part of my festival wardrobe…

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harmonizing,

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Let’s camp here,

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my Mom and their new puppy…Rosie

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Notice the magazine on the couch,

Dad sofa

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Durham Project: TV Placement

You were introduced last week to the Durham project, thats the neo-colonial getting a little update. We want to tackle the determination of where to place the TV and how to improve, repair or remove the existing built-ins on either side of the fireplace in the family room.

Here’s the current space,

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Hmmm glad to see those lines in the carpet so that we know it was freshly vacuumed! I think this image definitely draws focus to the fact that the carpet needs to be replaced with hardwood which the homeowners plan to do.

What we know we have to do-

  • paint brick fireplace white
  • paint built-ins (if they remain) white
  • replace cabinet hardware on built-ins (if they remain)
  • paint room trim white

TV placement is what we’ve got to figure out and I’ve narrowed the inspirational images down.

Durham TV placement

 

My official position on the built-ins is KEEP them. After that, I would recommend that they ask their carpenter or cabinetmaker to create new bottom cabinets for the right side.

As much as I am intrigued by the last inspiration image with the TV to the right of the fireplace, I don’t think we have the width on the side to accommodate a 55″ flat screen. So we’re saving that idea for another day.

The TV is best placed over the fireplace and then the sofa floats in the middle of the room. The homeowners have a 55″ flat screen and we have enough space if the mantel and brick corbels are eliminated.

There was some concern about building code’s spacial requirement between a mantle or in this case a TV and the top of the fireplace. Some quick internet research on the part of a general contractor tells us that we are required to have a minimum of something like 6″ if the TV is more than an inch deep. If for some reason we did not meet the code requirement, I think the clients would consider not using the gas logs. It’s not really that big of a loss in North Carolina unless the power goes out in an ice storm and then gas logs are helpful.

This change really makes me excited for these guys because I think this change and layout rank high on the importance scale. It updates the main living area and changes the way the house feels and lives.

 

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Durham Project: Introduction

Allow me to introduce you to my newest gig, the Durham project. The Durham project is a neo-colonial, two-story house constructed in the 1980s. It’s the first home for this growing family and they’ve saved and budgeted for some remodeling and updating and that’s where I come in.

We’re on a tight timeline with this remodel because the aforementioned growing family is expecting a baby girl at the beginning of November and the construction is just getting underway. Some might say they are nuts to have a newborn AND a renovation. But I’ve assured them that they can handle it, it will not always be easy and it will be unpleasant at times but it’s certainly do-able.

The Main Components of the Durham project remodel:

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Remodel Master Bathroom

The master bath is a narrow space where currently you’ll find that you can sit on the toilet and lean over to the shower to wash your hair at the same time. How do you say…ah not cool. We’ll expand the room just inches because the room is sandwiched between an exterior wall and the stairs but we’ll eliminate that whole simultaneous shower/toilet situation. Dated cabinetry goes bye bye, things get shifted and we add more glass to provide the illusion that the room is larger.

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Focus on Family (Room)

This couple isn’t shy about telling you they like their TV and I like mine too and I recognize and value the importance of a comfy, stylish, well constructed space to watch the new season of Game of Thrones in. They’ve inherited built-ins in the family room but they are a little off. They need paint, hardware and a little tweaking. We need to create a fireplace/TV/built-in dynamic that makes this a functional gathering space for the whole fam.

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Kitchen Update

A lot of the budget will be spent in the kitchen and it needs an update. Stainless appliances, rehabbing and painting cabinets, bringing the hardwood flooring in, new electrical, countertops and a backsplash will move us in the right direction.

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Open Up

A wall stands now separating the dining nook and the family room. If removed all of the important main spaces will benefit. You will be able to see all the goings on in the family room from the kitchen, the space will feel modernized, receive more natural light, feel more open and spacious.

durham dining nook

Banquette on Wish List

A banquette in the dining nook in the kitchen is on the wish list.  Everybody loves them and it’s a great little character add-on. Once we open up that wall between the family room and the kitchen, it’s a great opportunity to add on a banquette or window seat on to the bay window.

 

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