Creating from scratch

As part of our post-catch up, I found this draft of a post about the custom cabinet in our master bathroom remodel. I’m embarrassed to say that has lived in draft land for two years now. I’m publishing it now in a post of few words. Because the pictures are awesome.

One of the most rewarding parts of the bathroom remodeling experiences has been a chance to have something special custom made. Seeing our own design realized by a craftsman is a the antidote to our typical mass-market Ikea experience of buy-assemble-repeat.

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Up next…the purple nursery

So, it’s been a while since the bathroom posts. We’ve been pretty busy with life of course. And with the new baby on the way in about a month, we’ve been working on her room. The green balcony guest room is now the purple – or should I say “ice grape” – nursery. I’ve been busy painting, putting up a new lighting fixtures & fan, and still have some minor things to do, and Cristina’s been busy sewing! So, it’s almost ready for pictures..but here’s a sneak peek.


I must add that our front garden is looking pretty smashing as well so we’ll have to post some photos of that as well 🙂

99% Complete – Our new master bathroom

Well, it’s official.  With our cabinet maker coming by today to install the knobs and pulls on the vanity, the bathroom is officially 99% complete.  Still need to do final inspection and hang the chandelier – in that order 😉 – but otherwise it’s ready!

Needless to say, we are super thrilled with the results.  Everything came together in the end and even the shower door opens – we were concerned for a while whether there wouldn’t be enough space between the shower and the toilet for the glass door to swing out – I guess we should’ve trusted the contractor,  he was right.

Of course there are a million things we can pick apart and notice, but that’s the difference between a design and the real thing, the real thing will have imperfections!  But, we can step back and look at the end results as a whole and be proud of this little piece of improvement we have made to our home.

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Stone mapping for dummies

Measure twice, cut once, right? Or in the case of a big slab of marble, measure many times. And use lot of blue tape. Because blue tape brings certainty to all things.


About a week ago I went out to the counter warehouse to approve the cutting plan for our creamy slab of Botticini marble. Botticini — the name alone conjures up visions of italian fountains and rustic yet elegant cuisine. We had purchased a single slab to provide the raw material for our counter, sink backsplash, tub deck, and shower bench in our master bathroom. Mapping out a cutting plan for this slab was a job for some experts. Continue reading

Bathroom update: On the surface

Up until recently the bathroom remodel has been a dirty project — an unpolished story of demolition and rough carpentry and drywall dust. But all that framing, plumbing, and electrical was never meant to be seen. On the other hand, the next step is very much about surface appearance. With the guts of the room pretty much operational, it’s time to bring on the pretty part.

Almost three months ago we posted a sneak peak of our tile palette. Are you ready to see these tiles in action? Caveat: tiling is still a work in progress — we are waiting on many of our grout colors and the final edging rows of wall tile cannot be cut until the marble surfaces are in place. But even in this incomplete state the tile has dramatically transformed what was a construction zone into a room we can imagine relaxing in.

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One grey, two grey, three grey, four


Color is in some ways the simplest of fixes. On the many home buying shows that we used to watch, someone invariably walks into a home and declares “I don’t like the color” as if that is the sole criteria by which a space should be judged. Not the location or layout or any of a million things difficult to change, but color. Something that a gallon of paint can remedy.

So color is easy, in theory. Except that you have to pick the color. And that’s kind of nerve wracking. Especially on short notice.
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Chugga chugga choo choo

Here’s a little reprieve from the obsessive bathroom remodel blog coverage.

Remember all those pasts blog posts, oh, about two and a half years ago, detailing the creation of our perfect nursery? Well the little one has gone and grown up and developed opinions and taste of his own (although we are proud to say that he finds it important to match the color of his socks to his the rest of his clothing. We managed to not produce a design disaster — although who knows what the teenage years may bring).


In the intervening two years our thematically cohesive nursery has become a bit jumbled. The final blow landed this week, when in our effort to move the big boy into his own bed we enlisted that most convincing of commercial entities, Thomas the Tank Engine.

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