A Bath with “Allure”

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Somehow, 15 years ago, tile countertops made sense on bathroom countertops?  Not sure why.  They are hard to clean and “busy”.  This client took advantage of “leftovers”, i.e. a remnant of Allure quartzite from my fabricator’s yard to spruce up her pool bath.  With a clean quartzite top, a new undermounted rectangular sink, a taller faucet, and new limestone floors, this 17-year old bathroom looks brand new again.

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Tasteful Window Dressing

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What makes this window exceptional?

  • For starters, this master bedroom window faces south and a busy street, so the first order of business was to install Low E glass with sound reduction.
  • Shutters with 4.5″ louvers, hidden tilt and no horizontal rails provide a clean look and provide the option for letting in the most daylight and providing the least obstructed view of the outdoors when opened.
  • Side windows were uncovered, letting in more light and visually enlarging the room.
  • Simple, tall faux-linen panels raise the eye to capitalize on the room’s high ceiling.
  • The simple antique pewter drapery hardware is combined with a mica knotted ball finial to add a textural touch.
  • The fabric was custom selected to coordinate with the inviting bed linens.
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Casual Dining Elevated

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Already this was a fabulous spot for casual dining, with an incredibly lush view out the bay window, an inviting stone fireplace and enviable trim and beams.  We made the space even better with new limestone floors and by lowering the breakfast bar top so the room was no longer isolated from the kitchen.  The oversize custom copper-top table allows the large family to enjoy the space and lively conversation.

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The Importance of Color and Floors When Selling A Home

The sellers had the foresight to know that to sell at competitive pricing, dated wallpaper needed to come down in the dining room, all walls needed a fresh coat of neutral paint, but most importantly, they needed to focus on flooring.  A patchwork of carpet in the dining room, living room and on the stairs combined with a timestamped honey-gold stain on the entry and hallway hardwoods, broke up and visually shrunk what is in reality a very large connected space, the first space buyers see when they come through the front door.

We added new nail down hardwood in the dining, living and on the stairs and refinished the wood that was already there.  By combining ebony with weathered oak in a magical combination, we were able to create a new color:  a rich, dark brown with just the slightest hint of grey, that did not go overly black.

We created a beautiful canvas for the new homeowners to make the home their own.  Kudos to them for making sophisticated and inviting selections.

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Recreating a Guest Bath to be Inviting and Usable

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The design goals for this bathroom update:

  • Convert a tub/shower combo to a more user-friendly walk-in shower.
  • Create a more easily cleaned countertop by eliminating the lip around the bathroom sink.
  • Expand counterspace by extending the countertop under a recessed linen upper.
  • Create more storage space with a taller vanity with eight drawers with two bonus drawers in the linen upper.
  • Visually enlarge the space through the use of a frameless sliding shower door, shower tile installed to the ceiling, a recessed linen cabinet with a glass front and shelving and a taller custom-framed mirror.

The room was made more visually appealing with the stunning combination of Sea Pearl quartzite paired with elongated 2×8.5 polished subway tiles installed in a herringbone pattern.  The new cabinet with inset doors and drawers is painted in Sherwin Williams’ bold Tin Lizzie providing a contrast that pops the quartzite countertop and polished chrome bathroom hardware and fixtures.

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Pantone Color of the Year 2019

The Pantone Color Institute’s annual color forecast provides a global point of view on the movement of color.  Every year, since 2000, Pantone has named a color of the year, as a trendsetting concept for branding, marketing, fashion and design for the year to come.  Look for the color to appear in everything from clothing to home accessories to fabrics to electronics. The Pantone Color Institute’s choice for 2019,  Living Coral, “embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”

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Beautiful Breakfast Bar and Overflow

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As part of her kitchen update, my client lowered her breakfast bar to counter height.  The benefits include a better connection between the kitchen and casual dining area, but also more counter space for food prep, serving or dining at the bar.  With such stunning new Taj Mahal countertops and more elbow room, more sophisticated and more comfortable barstools were in order.  Hancock and Moore with their huge assortment of leather colors and textures was our clear choice.  The Ellie barstools selected embody the perfect blend of form and comfort.

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