Popping in today with a quick house update. The next few weeks are going to be somewhat quiet here on the blog, as my next novel, Happily Ever After Forty, is due on August 1, so I am going to be hunkered down getting that finished. I may pop in briefly to say hello, but know that the summer hiatus will be well-spent.
In the meantime, I wanted to update you quickly on the new bathrooms that have been completed! While our primary construction focus was on the second floor, the second floor bathroom and first floor bathroom are stacked right on top of each other, which, from a systems standpoint, meant that we had to treat them as one big bathroom project.
The different floors of the house have different personalities. The first floor is very formal, traditional, special occasion kind of spaces. The second floor is day to day, uber functional, more casual spaces.
As you can imagine, Charming Suitor and I, while enormously aesthetically compatible, do have some places where we diverge in our style. He has always leaned in an Arts and Crafts simple elegant function direction, while I have always been a little more Art Nouveau with swirls and pretty stuff putting the fun in functionality. Or as CS will say, I am A LOT more decorative than he is. So when we were presented with the need to design two complete bathrooms at once, we decided to divide and conquer.
CS took the second floor bathroom, since that is the one we will use the most, and he was inspired by one of his favorite artists, Robert Ryman. Ryman is famous for his white paintings, which, while completely white, have depth and texture and stuff that actually makes them interesting. I swear! The second floor bathroom is almost a bridge between the two guest rooms, which are colorful and visually dense, and the kitchen, which also has a lot going on. So CS thought that a clean, white bathroom would be a nice breath, a bit of respite for the senses. Taking his cue from Ryman, and wanting to keep a space that at least nodded to the history of the building, we went to meet with our tile guru Rachel at Fine Line Tile and gave her the brief. She immediately knew what we were going for, and pulled a bunch of tiles that would fit our budget, and be the right thing for the space. We embraced clean white porcelain tilework in pieces that would be period appropriate. The floor is hexagonal penny tiles, which is actually what we found when we pulled up the linoleum, but not in good enough condition to save. The walls are wainscoted in subtly beveled subway tile for texture and depth, with porcelain baseboard and chair rail, all very affordable choices from Sonoma Tile Company's Pure line. We painted in Sherwin-Williams Superwhite. For fixtures we went directly to Kohler, choosing a toilet and pedestal sink from their traditional looking Tresham line, and polished nickel faucets and sink fixtures, as well as shower set. As we did in the basement bathroom, we added an old railway shelf for some interesting wall storage.
A local glass place called GlassWorks did beautiful frameless shower surrounds, and our geniuses at StoneMasters and Cosentino provided the smartest Silestone shower threshold and surround shelf, as well as a very key corner piece on the exterior of the shower, since beveled tiles need something flat to end into, so we needed a piece to cover the outside corner. We also extended the surround shelf four inches into the shower so that we didn't need to add any nooks or hardware to deal with shampoo and soap etc.
|The view from the door|
|Kohler Tresham toilet and old railway shelf, you can see the cool corner piece on the outside of the shower|
|Tresham sink with mirror and sconces from Restoration Hardware|
|Deep interior shelf keeps things clean on the inside while still providing storage|
|The view from the door|
|Yep, a gray toilet.|
|Verde Luna tiles from New Ravenna inside the shower|
|Same interior shelf detail as upstairs, in a different rich Silestone|
|Original windows with new sconces|
|Railway shelf and wood moonface antique paper maché forms from France|
|Kohler's Lilies Lore sink. Shut the front door! I love this thing.|
I send you all off into your summer with many hopes for good weather and great barbecues and fun times with friends and family. If you don't hear from me until after August 1, know that I am still thinking of you, and as soon as the new book is finished, I will be back with updates on the rest of the renovations!
Yours in Good Taste,