Monday, September 26, 2016

Master bathroom reno plans!

Hello there! I hope you had a lovely weekend! We spent the day yesterday at IKEA and Kings Island -- a little something for me, a little for our son, a fun day for all. :) I've been eyeing an item at IKEA for about a year now and I went head and purchased a couple for a future renovation. I don't usually buy that far out but I'm getting excited about some changes I want to make next year. 

I've mentioned that we don't plan on tackling our master bathroom for another couple of years. I know it will be a costly project (even with DIY projects, bathrooms add up) and I want to focus on finishing up another bathroom and other rooms next year. 

But for the first time ever, I'm actually inspired to do at least a little something in this space! I don't start a room makeover until I see the vision of what I want it to be in my head. It's a weird thing for me -- I just can't go into it unless I know exactly how I want the end result to look. Just recently I've been finalizing ideas in my head and decided I will most likely go ahead and tackle some of this room next year. 

It will be in phases -- the vanity area, toilet room and paint will be first. Those alone will be a huge undertaking. The tile and tub area, ceiling treatment and more lighting, and then shower makeover will happen later on. So it will take a couple of years to finish up the whole room but I'm fine with that. This way we can still use the bathroom during the makeover as well. 

My big project will be our vanity area. I picked out all of the finishes in this room years ago but of course my style has changed since. I've never been in a hurry to do this room because it's certainly nice enough and it's really roomy. It functions well so it's just not been high on the list: 
Tornado Watch paint Lowe's

(By the way, the walls aren't THAT green -- the lighting was not great in this pic. The true color is in the photo below.) The only thing that drives me crazy about our bathroom is the height of our vanity. I mean, did we get taller as a population over the past 12 years or what? It's SO very low. I want to raise it up at least five inches, maybe more. I dream of the day I can lean over to brush my teeth and not feel like I'm touching my toes. 

As I said before, the finishes are just not me anymore -- I was really into the dark bronze for so long so every light switch, outlet and all of the hardware is my old beloved…oil rubbed bronze. :) Remember when I sprayed everything that color? I was obsessed! I still love some ORB but in smaller doses:
bathroom makeover ideas

We have tons of storage under the sinks but rarely use it because they are so low and awkward to get to. I may add a skinny storage tower in between the sinks for our everyday items. (I want to get rid of the shelving up there.) My hope is that having the vanity up a little higher will make it easier to access underneath so we won't need any other storage on top. 

So this beauty is what I picked up yesterday for this area:
round mirror from IKEA

It's the Stockholm mirror from IKEA and I ogle it every time I go in. I love the wood trim and the size is quite large -- it may be too large. I got two, one to go over each sink. I have to decide if I want to add sconces by the mirrors or just do smaller lights above -- we only have one light there right now and I'm looking forward to more light for sure.

I do plan on replacing our inexpensive countertops and sinks with something else but not sure what yet. To use these mirrors in our bath we may have to move the plumbing over because the sinks are just a tad too close to the wall for these to work as they are now. Not sure I want to spend the money to do that so these may go in the Bub's bathroom instead -- I told you about my plans for that room here. (I do plan on getting that room done next year.)

I should have taken a photo of the walls in our bathroom so you can get an idea of why I've only painted this room one time. Yikes, they are tall. I honestly can't believe I did it last time since I'm not a big fan of heights. They go up to roof height and we LOVE how open it makes the whole room feel.

I'm planning something lighter for the walls, and I may go with this Sea Salt color:
Sea Salt by Sherwin-Williams
Credit: Studio McGee

I see it a lot and it's a lovely blue green, but it may go too green for me. I've had our gray green walls in there for too long now and don't think I want any green tones at all.

The vanity will most likely go black. I have yet to paint our interior doors upstairs but they will all go black like the rest of the house. I'm considering a sliding barn door but I think it may be too bulky.

Looky what I found -- a dark vanity with a similar mirror to what I picked!:
dark vanity brass hardware round mirror

I love when I get validation about the ideas in my head. ;) 

Here's a look at a similar wall color (this one goes more blue than Sea Salt) with the black vanity: 
black vanity blue walls
Credit: BHG

I think that is such a soothing, pretty combo with the light blue and black!

Earlier this year I made some simple updates to the tub area (during another no-spend month!) and this area will stay the same for now, other than perhaps a new tub faucet and of course the new paint color: 
corner tub design and decor

I'm getting really excited about finally updating this space! So much so I'm forcing myself not to pick up a paint brush and get started immediately. Other projects are calling my name first. :) 

I hope to share a room update with you later this week -- I'm so thrilled with this little makeover and can't wait to show you! 

Have any of you tried Sea Salt? Is it green in person or more blue? 

You can see our smaller bathroom makeovers in the basement, powder room and small changes in the Bub's bath that made a big difference here: 

simple bathroom updates that make a big difference

planked white walls in bathroom

blue green bathroom makeover





Friday, September 23, 2016

Let's walk through some gorgeous houses!

Last weekend my boy and I attended one of my FAVORITE events here locally, our Indy Home-A-Rama. This is something I look forward to every year, and believe it or not, our son loves it too. That is, until we get to about the fourth house…then he's done. ;)

He was a trooper this year because there were 11 houses! I think that's the largest we've had by far. I can't remember more than maybe six or seven in the past. If you are near Indianapolis this one is so worth checking out! (This time it's located in Westfield.)

I always love to share the highlights of each home with you here and because there were so many I'm going to break this up into a few posts. All of the homes were beautiful, but some I loved more than others, of course. 

I did my best to keep each house straight -- I took a ton of pictures! I will share these in order of the tour, and the first house had windows I was drooling over: 
Indy Homearama house one
Builder: Wedgewood Building Company
Designer: Thomas and Jayne Interior Design

They were absolutely STUNNING. I'm obsessed with black mullions and if we ever build again someday, I. want. These were floor to ceiling and really amazing: 
modern tall black windows

Of course you'd live in a fish bowl and they'd be crazy expensive to cover, but if you live in this house you have the money. ;)

I loved the main living space -- those windows make the whole room, right?: 
black mullion windows

The ceiling was angled up with wood beams: 
family room with stone walls and wood beams

The stone wall was awesome -- not something I would pick but it was really cool:
stone wall around fireplace

Here's a look at my beloved windows from outside: 
floor to ceiling windows

The kitchen was beautiful, of course, but a little smaller than I expected: 
white kitchen with stone tile behind vent

This room was right next to the kitchen and I would have used some of that space for the kitchen: 
indoor outdoor room with large sliding doors

I LOVED it though -- what a fun hang out space. The doors to the patio open up completely so it's really a great indoor/outdoor space. I love the wood wall and shelves and that awesome built in for glasses (I see a tap in there too!). 

The pantry was a good size and the finishes crazy good. Wood shelves, granite, glass cabinet doors and shiplap walls, in a pantry? Dreamy: 
pantry with granite and wood shelves

I liked that there was a little butler's pantry-type area around the corner from the kitchen. It wrapped around over by the pantry and would be a great spot for a coffee or animal food station: 
butler's pantry with wood shelves

The windows sold me on that house -- I just loved them. I must have forgotten to take a photo of the outside of that one but it was beautiful exterior.

The second house had a "Fixer Upper" feel on the exterior:
modern farmhouse exterior
Builder: Old Town Design Group
Designer: Everything Home

I loved the modern farmhouse feel! Those window boxes were huge and beautiful: 
large window boxes

I was surprised by the fireplace in the living area -- it was more modern than I was expecting: 
skinny fireplace with tile

Most of the house had an elegant rustic vibe, but the skinny fireplace felt more modern to me. 

The eat in kitchen area was beautiful: 
wood chandelier over round table

There were definite trends I noticed throughout all of the homes -- I think I only saw one dedicated dining room. They may be a thing of the past! And there were no separate living and family rooms -- only one large gathering room off the kitchen (and additional space in the basements). These are both trends I would incorporate into a home if I ever did it again! 

This house also had a room off of the kitchen that opened to a patio:
outdoor fireplace and TV combo

I really like those slatted walls for privacy. 

This is the hearth room that opened to the patio -- so cozy!: 
interior windows in house

Another trend I loved -- interior windows. I've actually considered adding a couple in our house over the years so I was happy to see that I'm not crazy thinking that. ;) They really did allow for natural light to spread throughout the house. 

The kitchen had a darker island and light cabinets: 
dark island white cabinets

I liked this separate built in area for coffee or whatever: 
coffee station with shelves in kitchen

That dark shiplap with the dark shelving is so striking. 

The master had gorgeous wood beams and high ceilings:
modern four poster metal bed

Did I say it was four houses in that the Bub was done? I meant the second house in: 
tired Bub

Ha! Luckily there were some fun kid's spaces coming up. (I'll show you that house next week!)

This little office space on the way to the garage was a cool spot: 
small office space and mud room

You can see those interior windows again -- I just love that. 

The third house had a full brick front: 
Indy Homearama house three
Gradison Design Build
Gadison Interiors/Kittle's Design Studio

I was surprised at the inside -- this one was more modern:
modern fireplace with large tile

The basement continued the sleek design: 
modern basement kitchen and table area

The TV side was more cozy and I thought the stone wall behind the TV was really cool: 
stone wall behind TV in basement

The basements all killed me -- they all felt like the entire size of our whole house! And the finishes were so high end -- look at that waterfall counter!:
modern basement kitchenette

I thought the bedroom in this house was beautiful -- look at that detailed ceiling!:
hexagon ceiling treatment in bedroom

And I LOVED the bathroom!: 
hexagon tile in bathroom

I loved the vanity design, the hexagon tile that tied into the bathroom ceiling and that beautiful sparkly tile in the shower! (Those were small hexagons as well.)

The stairway was just lovely -- I thought this was such a beautiful idea for those big staircase walls so many of houses have now: 
painted art wall on staircase

It looked like it was painted on but it could be wallpaper. Love!

My favorite room in this house was the kitchen. Oh my, it was gorgeous and unique!:
Oven area with wood tone and modern vent hood

Isn't that hood and stove area amazing? I just thought it was awesome. It was more modern than my style but man, I can so appreciate it. The backsplash was a mirror with an antiqued/smoked look and it worked so well in here: 
two tone surround around cooktop

I wished that the island was the same beautiful wood tone as that cooktop surround: 
white cabinets with glass and lights inside

But, WOW. Stunning, right? I loved it! 

Finally, this house had an awesome mud room on the way out with tons of storage: 
gray mudroom built ins

Whew! That's enough for today! Like I said -- if you are near Indy this one really is a must-see. Of course I am barely scratching the surface of these spaces. ALL of the designs were stunning. I'll be back to share some more favorites next week! 

Where there any rooms you really loved? Any trends you've noticed in newer homes as well? Have a great weekend my friends!

P.S. You can see my round ups of the beautiful 2014 tours here and here!




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