Powder Room renovation in dark gray with brass fixtures
First off – Happy New Year! The first week of the new year has significance for me, because it was during this week 5 years ago that I said to myself, “why shouldn’t I write a blog?” Thank you each and everyone of you for reading, commenting, emailing and showing your support all these years, even when I veer way off topic. As I say every year, I'm humbled and touched beyond words that you find inspiration here. I am bursting at the seams in anticipation for all the wonderousness that this new year will bring and look forward to sharing it all with you. I wish you all a new year filled with heaps of joy, abundant good health, never ending peace and overflowing, heart pounding love!
As you may remember if you've been following the blog for awhile, the original house did not have a powder room. When I was designing the new space, I took out the existing bar area (which was HUGE by the way) and replaced it with a pantry (click here to see it) on one side and a powder room on the other. Here is how the powder room turned out.
The vanity is made of soapstone which I don't treat with any oils. I prefer the ashy natural gray to the darker shiny. The base is made of two metal legs.
Instead of leaving the edges open, I added this curved piece to finish it on both ends.
All the other bathrooms have brushed chrome fixtures and white walls. In the powder room I walked on the wild side and went with dark charcoal walls and brass/gold fixtures and accents.
I found this antique candy dish at an estate sale and think it's the perfect recepticle for these multi-colored soaps.
This antique French mirror is one of my favorite pieces. It's constructed with fragments dating back to the 17th Century. The flash has distorted the colors a little, but there are touches of gold to the worn wood.
That's it, hope you liked the tour. Please feel free to add your questions to the comments below!
I've been sooo excited to tell you all about this, and now the time has come!!!
A few months ago I was contacted by a person I had never met about a new business she and her husband (and a host of others) were creating. She described it as a marketplace for all things vintage – cars, jewelry, clothing, homes (yes homes!) and of course, home furnishings. They were selecting "Style Makers" who each had a certain look and style, to showcase their wares under individual storefronts on the website. At first, I didn't think it sounded like the right fit – I pictured a giant virtual flea market – or worse – a garage sale! After a few phone meetings, and emails I soon realized that was not the case. Far from it. Second Shout Out was created to for the hip consumer who has an appreciation for the finer things that have timeless beauty and permanence.
The site just went live, but the official launch is not until mid-September.
Please hop over to spend some time and peruse all the wonderful treasures on Second Shout Out and let me know what you think!
It's been a whirlwind around here this past week! Take a look…
Saturday – Margaret and I attended the motherlode of estate sales. Here are just a few of the treasures we scored…
It turns out the house belongs to George Lucas and the occupant was his personal Assistant for the past 30 years. The most incredible part was that he wrote Star Wars on a legal pad in one of the upstairs rooms! Goosebumps, I tell you. I look forward to sharing more soon.
Sunday – Father's Day
Monday – Met with reps to see new products for the store and clients. New smaller items – tabletop, accessories and hostess gifts coming!
Placed orders for a new client's 'FarmHouseUrban" living room.
Beachy Striped Wool Dhurrie
Simple Slipcovered sofa
Awesome Coffee Table
Tuesday – Went to a former client's home to start working on a new project. Great to be working with her again and her gorgeous home.
In the early evening, I headed up to St. Helena to visit girlfriend Cristine. Tuesday's is her Bocce Ball night, so I met her at the Bocce Ball park. They take Bocce very seriously in wine country.
Afterwards, we went to the new restaurant French Blue, designed and owned by Howard Backen (the architect whose work I have admired for.like.ever.)
Wednesday – Margaret and I worked on the online store. Fine tuning the look + feel, getting all the product images uploaded, the descriptions written, making sure measurements and pricing is accurate takes a loooong time.
Still tweaking the logo…
In the afternoon, I made a stop to my woodworker's shop to check on the prototype for a new piece for the FarmHouseUrban Home Collection. Here is a sneak peek at the FarmHouseUrban dining table!
Thursday – Stopped in to check on the status of a kitchen and family room renovation I've been working on. It's been a really fun project and I can't wait to show you more photos when the space is complete.
What to do with a monolith of a fireplace when the client doesn't like stone or wood? Raised panels in a geometric design!
Deciding which shade of warm gray…
Friday – Made a quick trip to the city to my favorite discount fabric store to look for a tweedy woven for an ottoman. I didn't find anything, but did end up in the waaaay back intrigued by these retro (retro as in they've probably been here since the 60's, not new retro) Hawaiian prints. Perhaps it has something to do with watching "The Decendants" recently?
I'd love to make big pillows out of these for outdoors. They're not made of acrylic fabric, but at $8 per yard, even if they lasted one season it wouldn't be a huge loss. My sewing skills are a bit rusty (plus, hello, I have no time!), so I guess I'll have to pass.
Here's to a relaxing Sunday! Hope you have a chance to put your feet up today!
Hi, and welcome! I’m so glad you landed here and I hope you find this to be a place you visit often.
I started this blog in 2008 as a way to chronicle the remodeling of our nondescript Northern California house into our dream home. While that did happen, so did a lot of other things - life and all the messy, glorious, complicated, wonderful things that go with it. As such, in early 2017 I decided to change the focus from the house itself to the life that happens inside.
My wish is that this blog provides beautiful inspiration, creative ideas, connections to other like-minded folks, as well as stylish products for your home, to wear and to give.