Monday, June 5, 2017

Rtown Lane Fireplace Built In Project

I have so many design project to share with you guys. If you follow me on Instagram, you see little snippets every day of where I am at with certain projects, but I would love to do posts about each project to explain to you the longer thoughts on the decisions that are made, why we made them, and of course just to share pretty photos. 

A project that I am currently working on is in Reynoldstown, here in Atlanta. I have a cool young, hip couple that brought me on to help decorate their kitchen/living area on the main floor of their home. The house is a town home, and it is tall and kind of narrow. It's about 9' across and I think 16' long. Considering a couch is about 3.5' deep, that is not a lot of space! I actually did design work for their neighbors down the street a few months ago, so had similar challenges in that space (which I need to blog about, too!), but we came up with a totally different way to address this space. It's fun doing something different in similar spaces! Anyway, they wanted to add an electric fireplace and bookshelf wall. They loved the idea of traditional bookshelves, but with the house being a modern/transitional style, and the narrowness of the space, we couldn't get away with just a simple bookshelf design. Here's a photo of when I first visited them:

Where the sofa is is actually the bookshelf wall now. Anyway, these are family pieces that they own, and while we ditched the leather chair, side tables and coffee table, my clients wanted to keep the sofa (and there's a matching side chair) so we are having them stripped and stained a dark gray with new upholstery. It was a challenge to see them as anything other than what they are now, but I'm actually really excited to see them transformed. You guys know I appreciate history and holding onto treasured pieces, so I am all about working with family pieces to make your own. The fabric we chose is a nubby gray/cream stripe (little stripes) that feels like a nod to what was probably on there before, when the pieces were made in the 1950's, but a much more modern color story. We chose a clear tempered glass waterfall coffee table to keep from taking up too much visual space. The other tables and accessories are still TBD!

Anyway, back to the bookshelves. 

This were my (crappy) sketches:

they look better in real life. Haha!

Paddy, carpenter to the stars, came and helped make our vision a reality. Here is the day that he taped it all out for us - making my job way easier ;)

Anyway, I came up with the idea to add brass rods on the ends instead of traditional bookshelf walls, so that when you turn a corner (when you come into the room, the bookshelves are immediately on the wall beside you) you don't feel that the shelves are closing you out. Instead, you can see through them. My clients didn't want to do floating shelves over the doors, and I thought this would be a good way to give the feel of a more solid, built in piece without closing off the edges. 

Here it is in the flesh, baby:

Can you believe it! I love it! The shelves are very shallow - I think around 14-15" deep? I can't remember what we finally ended up with, but we wanted to make them as shallow as possible without it looking like a movie set or being unable to decorate them. I love the brass. 

The railroad tie mantle has significance too, which is a nice personal touch. We heavily treated and sealed it before using it indoors as a mantle piece, don't worry. You can see the hardware for the doors sitting on top of the cabinet in this pic. I love the brass plate detail as well.

We are also doing a built in bar and banquette in the kitchen! 

My clients have a fun bright orange accent wall here in their kitchen, across from this and on that wall we are doing a fun blue and white Ikat. So, we wanted something to coordinate but not fight with that over here on the bench. We ended up going with the small dotty-looking fabric that is second from the left on the middle row here! This grouping was after we had narrowed it down by about 50%. :)

Can't wait until this is all said and done and I can show you guys some more pictures. We are doing a white tulip table here as well, and the brass chandelier will be centered above it. Will follow up with more updates when I have them! 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bathroom Reno Status Update

I have huge progress on the bathroom reno! I would say it's actually about 90% there? 75?

Everything is complete except for the glass for the shower door comes in Saturday, and the linen closet has yet to be built. Also, I still don't have the towel bars (and haven't even ordered them yet -- whoops). Otherwise, though, done!

As a refresher, this is what it used to look like. The tub was on a throne because they didn't want to have to break through several inches of concrete for the plumbing, so they took the cheap/easy way, which created all kinds of problems (mainly headaches to look at, but also danger when trying to get clean).

I talked about it in my last post, but I completely rearranged the entire layout of the bathroom. Even the entry door moved. 

I ended up doing a standard tub/shower combo, because I like to take baths, and am not a "giant shower" person. I decided I wanted the part of the footprint that could be used for a huge modern shower to be instead used for a linen closet that will create lots of storage in this 1100 SF house. YES! Much better, in my opinion. 

So, here is the new view when you walk into the new door! I moved the door because if I did, I could get a 48"w vanity instead of a 38" -- like I said, the more countertop/storage, the better! 48" is a great size and there is plenty of room for things when you are trying to get ready. 

It's a dark/rainy day (all it does is rain in Atlanta now...), so it was really hard to get good pics, and I didn't bust out the fancy camera for this, so that'll have to wait until it's all said and done! for now, you get halfway-decent iPhone pics.

I surprised myself and the night before painting the room, I decided to go navy. Not sure what came over me, but I love it! I got the mirror from Homegoods, the vanity light from Lamps Plus, and the vanity (which includes cararra marble countertop) from Amazon. I love all of them. The light is hung about 4" too high, which yes, drives me nuts. They didn't ask me where I wanted it, and just assumed, and it's way high. I might move it, but have a lot on my plate right now, so it's on the back burner. 

I ended up going with the white/black basket weave tile from Floor & Decor. I didn't do marble because it was going to be about $1800 for the entire floor and that came out way higher than I wanted, eeks. So, I went with the classic black and white version, and love it just as much. In fact, I think I like it better with the countertops also being marble. And it was about $200 for the entire bathroom... much better! 

The place I decided to splurge was on the Kohler faucet. I have loved this faucet from their Purist series forever, and have used it with clients. It feels so nice to turn on and off, and the design just can't compare with other similar versions. I tried to make myself love a cheaper version, and I just couldn't do it.

The vanity came with brushed nickel pulls, which wasn't the look I wanted, so I replaced them with these brass ones from It was really hard to find pulls this size- they are 6.25" spread and that's big! So, I had to do fairly modern pulls, but most everything in the bath is pretty traditional, so it's okay. The knobs for the doors will be in soon. 

I did a mix of brass and silver tones. I wanted all the silver tones to be polished nickel, but I couldn't find a shower/tub faucet locally, so I had to do chrome. It was a good place to save a buck, and you don't really notice from a distance. I think that one was only around $125 from Home Depot, and it looks pretty good. I like mixing metals and you guys know I love brass, but I kept all the "permanent" elements (faucets, glass door hardware) silver toned, and all the ones that can easily be replaced (hardware/light fixture) in the silver tone family,  since I think most people (aka future buyers after me) think that is a bit more standard. 

I love the tub, which is clean lined and squared off - a bit more modern than your average tub. I got it at Home Depot, too. At the last minute, I decided to add penny tile to the background of the niche and it's a fun little addition :)

I know this view is a little lacking right now, but to the left here, is where the linen closet will be. I also got a new traditional looking low-flow toilet which I am very happy with. Also from Home Depot. Toilet paper for days. haha. This is also where the old tub used to be! It's hard to get a photo from the vantage point that it used to be, because the door moved.

This is the kind of look I'm going to go for with the linen closet. Probably will look like a combo of built-in and standalone furniture. 

Mine will have doors, and most likely no drawers. It will need to hold a lot and act like a normal closet.

That's it for now, I guess! Wish me luck with the rest...