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Trends: Patterned Tile

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Have you ever demo’d any of those 80s or 90s patterned backsplashes and tiled countertops? Patterned tile is coming on, but it’s not the ivy borders of the early 1990s. The mosaic tiles installed now are most likely imported and have a Moroccan or Mediterranean lean. Patterned tile appeared on my radar as I began gathering inspiration for a small kitchen remodel we are planning for a friend. See the beginnings of that project on the Pinterest board. I was cruising through Domino and saw the revisit of this kitchen, Marrakesh Imports And that pretty much got the wheels turning and I quickly found my images of this kitchen initially featured in Cottage Living and revisited by Design Sponge. The whole house tour there is a treat, I recommend checking it out. This is by far my favorite application of patterned tile as a kitchen backsplash, Ann Sacks is showing…

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a Quick Bath Upgrade

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Before I officially listed my previous home for sale one of the things on the punch list was to give the master bath a quick upgrade without remodeling the entire thing. Out of necessity we had the entire shower re-tiled months before. The whole story about the mystery leak is here. I previously posted the before of this bathroom and talked about the plans I had for the upgrade. I needed a fix that stayed consistent with the overall style of the house and a look that would be pleasing to most. Here’s what I set out to do with this quick fix-up: upgrade cabinetry replace existing mirror with 2 framed mirrors eliminate recessed lighting and replace with sconces paint walls & ceiling replace window install new hardware install new vent fan The cabinets were clearly the biggest eye sore in the room. They were vinyl coated, particle board cabinets…

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Get the Look: Modern Rustic Bath

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I’m guessing that most of you like this bath because of the contrast of the dark wall and the metal of the mirror and barn sconce…and let’s not forget the white shiplap. Am I totally off base here? Let’s see if we can get the look of Atlanta designer Kim Winkler’s rustic master bath that was featured in the 2011 issue of Tradhome. jars / sconce / mirror / soap dish / baskets / vase / faucet / vanity  

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Vanities in Color

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Colored bath vanities, in bold or neutral hues are whats happening and I’d like to get one of my very own sooner rather than later. Case in point-the greens,   the grays,   the blues, a lone black one or maybe its charcoal, Plans have been made for a colored vanity at the Grout Cottage. I went to Pittsburgh Paints and ordered a tinted gallon of a product called Breakthrough, it acts like a lacquer, wipe-able and is water based. Sounds like a dream coating. I’ll report back on it’s durability. all images via Pinterest

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Grout Cottage: Bathroom Choices

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Look what came in the mail, snowflake tile for the Grout Cottage. I ordered this because I’m about to do this, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams house in NC only in a bathroom sort of way with a painted vanity. Right now I’ve got my eye on Benjamin Moore’s Stratton Blue or Brewster Gray. They look totally different in the actual bathroom of the Grout Cottage but you get the idea. images via Pinterest

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Grout Cottage: Bathroom Design

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The crew began hanging sheetrock at the Grout Cottage late last week, rooms are beginning to form again. I’ve been making some decisions and dragging my feet on making a lot more. I’ve been working on some choices for the one bathroom in the apartment. Here’s where my inspiration comes from,       I’d like to use a flower tile like the bath pictured above but I worry that its too feminine. Overstock has a good one and regular deals if you’re in the O club. If I decide that the flower tile is too gender specific then I might go with something like this, I’ve been thinking about a Benjamin Moore color Kentucky Haze since I saw it on a vanity a while back. Not sure if I want to paint the vanity or the wall this color or something entirely different.

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Sarah’s House: Downstairs Bath Face Lift

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The dining room isn’t the only room getting attention in my house right now. We are working on giving the downstairs bathroom a a little face lift. Not long ago we re-tiled the shower in the downstairs bath. In case you forgot here ya’ go. But what to do with the giant mirror, the crappy can lights, and dated and peeling chipboard cabinets? Well remove or replace them right? Exactly. Here’s some inspiration for the face lift,           Pottery Barn Steiner sconce

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Sarah’s House: Mystery Leak

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Ever wonder why I don’t get anything accomplished on my punch list, well that’s because when you live in an old house and don’t have the dough to rip the place apart before move in day– you have to take it one repair at a time. The master bathroom was not really at the top of my list for improvement but a month or so ago we discovered that there was a steady drip down in the basement after morning showers. Our plumber Doug came over to assist me in determining what exactly was leaking. First, we ran all of the fixtures and none of them were causing the drip. So Doug had to open up the partition wall that houses the shower/tub plumbing, he didn’t see a leak there but he saw a lot of wet stuff and what he thought was a crappy tile job. There was a…

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May Bath Renovation Complete

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I recently completed the renovation of a bath in a 1920s cottage.The before post is here and I did some planning and inspiration gathering here. A little background on the house- The May house is a 1920’s cottage with three bedrooms and two baths. The largest of the two bathrooms is on the second floor. All of the bedrooms are upstairs which makes that one bathroom on the second level pretty important. The upstairs bathroom did not have a shower, lacked storage and was of course totally 80s complete with oversized whirlpool tub and shiny brass fixtures. Everything was removed including the entire floor, the 20-year old particle board vanity was replaced by a custom vanity with a carrera marble counter top. We installed PVC wainscotting ordered here, it looks just like wood but is completely waterproof. To gain the storage that we needed we converted the awkward, empty nook below…

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Trends: Overmount Bath Sinks

Trends: Overmount Bath Sinks

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I think I took notice of overmount or self rimming sinks when Lonny partnered with Kohler in their most recent issue. They featured the Tresham collection, Then from there I started noticing them more, Garden Court Hotel I think with their overstated molding-like frames they are directed at more classic, elegant baths. via Houzz Here’s an oval, Let’s compare the self rimming variety to its undermount counterpart, House & Home Undermount definitely creates more of a seamless look, Gil Schafer In a kitchen, an undermount sink makes counter cleanup easier because you just sweep the mess in to the sink. In the bathroom, that’s not really an issue. Brooke Giannetti (P.S. isn’t that blue/grey vanity fantastic, I want to try that!) Do you think both sink styles have their merits? Which one do you prefer?

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Mad Men Bathroom

Mad Men Bathroom

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Dan and I just finished watching all four seasons of Mad Men last week (tear), I’ve read that it isn’t set to return until March 2012. We are hopelessly addicted, its a fantastic television show. Watch it– you won’t be sorry. There are a few things I like about the Mad Men sets like the indigo blue walls in the Draper’s formal living room, scores of tall ceramic table lamps and the colorful inspiration boards in the creative department at Sterling Cooper Draper Price. During an episode in Season 4, Don seeks refuge from another random bedmate in his apartment bathroom. See there he is above, with a wicked hangover and wondering what the hell he’s doing with his life. Somewhere in between my feelings of disgust and sympathy for Don, the bathroom caught my attention because in an instant I saw pre-war classic design and a masculine flair. So naturally I thought I’d like to create my own rendition of Draper’s apartment bath. And bingo… French Wire…

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Customize me.

Customize me.

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I’ve been doing a little research for a bathroom remodel I’m going to start soon and I found this vanity, and I thought this might be exactly what I’m looking for with a few changes like–painting it white and changing the hardware. And then I remembered this image which I’ve had in my inspiration file for a while and I think that designer Amie Weitzman had a similar idea. It looks like the same vanity doesn’t it?

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Commentary

Commentary

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Going through “Most Recent Bathrooms” at Southern Living I found this, And my first thought was how unfortunate and then I was confused as to why it might be included in a “Recent” list implying that the design might in some way be current. It appears pretty dated to me among other things… But I quickly felt much better when I saw this,

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Mi Favorito

Mi Favorito

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My favorite spaces…for the next couple of hours at least. Whats your favorite? Do I need to explain why I love this, Canadian House & Home double, light-filled shower, Nicola that tile, very sweet, styling by Jessica Thomas I’m a sucker for these black + white bathrooms, Canadian House & Home this is easily one of my very favorite kitchens, Steven Gambrel New England Home, photography by Michael Partenio the fabric, good together also good alone, I need to know where its from, Sarah Richardson I think about the piece of furniture in this picture a lot, Angie Hranowsky this is an oldie but goodie, a long rustic library table, Martha Stewart Living

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