I always consider it an honor when a client refers me to a new client. What I love even more is when we have repeat clients for either a move, or in this case a rental property.Read More
About 24 years ago, my husband and I purchased our first house. We were young and so in love, just like we are now.Read More
The requests from the client were:
More storage space to hide the clutter, updated shower with niches and a bench, new floor tile, new countertops, new lighting, blue paint, updated bathtub and a vanity to do makeup.
As you can see it was in desperate need of a makeover. I suggested that we open up the closed "cave like" shower to make the bathroom feel more open. They didn't need the toilet to be separate because it was functional to them without the swing doors and they don't have anyone else that lives in the home with them.
We took the bathroom down to the studs and started over!!!
You can see in the above photo that the shower is now opened up and now we get to admire the gorgeous tile work too. Nobody wants to shower in a cave. Why did they make showers like that before? Just look at it now! So much better don't you think? We also brought the tile up the walls and behind the toilet because that keeps things cleaner and fresher. We added the same glass accent tile as we have in the shower above it.
We added new cabinets with quartz countertops.
The hardware is the jewelry!
We weren't able to center the sink under the mirror due to opening up the shower, storage needs as well as needing the vanity but the client had no problem with that. Priorities, priorities.
The client really wanted a vanity so she could sit and do her makeup. I was so proud of her, she spray painted her existing vanity stool and did a weekend upholstery job. I gave her a thumbs up because you know I love to repurpose if I think it works and helps us stay on budget.
Singing the Hallelujah chorus!
We had space next to the tub so we decided to add the 4 drawers for extra storage space. It would have been wasted space otherwise. Can you believe how gorgeous the accent tile is? The Arabesque pattern is just amazing made out of pearl. I suggested we put it around the windows to balance the bathtub side with the tower cabinets on the other side of the room. It is stunning and was quite a challenge to install!
Can we also take a moment of silence and stare at the chandelier! It's on a dimmer for soaking moments.
Every "spa like" bathroom needs a tower of rocks.
and a colorful rug! Rugs bring everything together. I like to use rugs that aren't the typical rugs you would use in a bathroom. It just makes the room more spectacular and bumps it up to the next level.
The client had the large blue pottery made by a local artist and I found the baby pottery to go with it. Perfect for fresh flowers when you are feeling like treating yourself.
Oh my! Can you believe this?
We opened up the entire bathroom by taking out the wall to wall cabinets. Instead we did tower cabinets and put pull out drawers in each one so things could be hidden away. We took out the fur downs and that opened things up a ton too. Made the entire bathroom feel taller and more spacious.
As you can see, this bathroom coordinates beautifully with the bedroom we transformed for them.
See the before and after photo's from a previous post
We are busy working on some design plans and I also have some very exciting news to share with you!
Stay close! Happy Sunday!
It has been a busy few weeks here at the Staalsen home and I've had a wonderful vacation. I'm back to work, but thought I'd give you a little glimpse of what life has looked like over the past month.
We had a special Christmas together with our family! We hosted 18 for dinner on Christmas Day, which was a ton of work but so much fun. Getting all the food on the table hot was a chaotic challenge, but we did it.
Because there were so many of us, I opted to use paper plates which made all the teen dishwashers happy. I found these gorgeous paper gold chargers. I used clear plastic plates for the food and it looked amazing.
My favorite part of hosting is setting up the main table and the buffet tables. This year I used one of my sari's from India on the dessert table.
For bringing in the New Year, we took 20 college kids camping. We were the cooks! I was glad to be in our "home away from home " with my heater, Keurig and shower.
The kids were brave and slept in their hammocks. Brrrrrrrr
Thanks to Kennedy with Perspectives Photography for the pictures below.https://www.facebook.com/perspectivepics/
We brought the New Year in around the fire with sparklers and lots of loud fun.
We made memories and continued our tradition from last year.
Life is about these moments! Community with those we love, even the crazy ones.
There is something about being around a roaring fire that makes us bring life back to the basics. It is the imple things in life that makes it so rich.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EACH AND EVERY OF YOU.
My 2 words for this year are BE PRESENT.
Life is too short to not be in the moment with those we love. I challenge you to think on these words as you continue with your goals for the year.
Be present and be connected!
I have lots of fun things to announce in the next few weeks so stay tuned!
Last week we completed a home for a client. It was an exciting day, especially since their home has been in a mess for the past 6 months. They started by repainting the entire home this past summer. A 2 hour walk through took place and then while they were out of town, they had the entire home updated with the ideas I presented to them. They also had hardwood floors and carpet installed, put in new windows, as well as new plantation shutters installed in the front rooms of the home. Wow, did this ever make a difference to the curb appeal!
After all that work was completed, it was my job to decorate the home. The client hired me to revamp their dining room, formal living, family room and entry. We wanted to use as much of the existing furniture as we could. The antique dining room table is beautiful but just needed some repair. We had the chairs reupholstered in a gorgeous blue and off white striped fabric and used an off white leather for the seats so they can be wiped, especially since they do see grandkids in their near future. The urn on the table was filled with moss for that touch of nature and a pop of green to coordinate with the painting.
The client had the artwork commissioned and we designed the room around it. They are not real formal people so I wanted to add a bit of fun to the room and knew that a zebra rug would do the trick with the fabrics we used. Isn't it fabulous? We chose a chandelier that doesn't hide the painting so I chose this one that has open arms and little fuss, keeping the painting the star in this room. We moved the existing chandelier into the adjacent piano room because it was too small for the room (see photo below)
Before, the mirrors in the dining room looked very 80's so I had an artist come and make them look aged by antiquing them. We experimented with several techniques prior to her coming and finally came up with this patina. I think they turned out beautifully and they now go with this collected look.
I chose these lamps for the console table because they were also open and didn't feel too bulky up against the painting. We used the clients existing crystal from her family members and their travels, to accessorize the console.
The entry was our next challenge. The client wanted to use the existing glass round table. We added a lamp to add some accent lighting. Of course I wanted one that was interesting and fun. I then layered a bamboo tray with books and other collections to make an interesting assortment to look at for all those guests that visit. It is the first thing you see when stepping inside their home, it had to be lovely.
A little bit of wicker, crystal, wood, natural elements and ceramic always makes a nice collection. Old books that have some history or tell a story about the homeowner is always a good idea. Don't you just love the silver coral accent piece?
The piano room was next... right across from the dining room. This room was never used by the client before. If you know anything about the way I decorate, you know that I want every room in your home to be used. We decided to make this room more of a sitting room. Again, we wanted to make it feel approachable and not too stuffy. You can see that we moved the chandelier above the piano. The client's grandma would be so happy to see it here. It is beautiful and much more to scale in this room. This room can now be used for laptop time or Sunday morning coffee or Friday evening cocktail hour. Oh, can we also just notice how peaceful the color on the wall is.
Ruthie Tip: When hanging artwork where there is picture molding, just IGNORE it, it makes it dissappear and is so much easier to work with.
We had these wingback chairs custom made for the client and they really are elegant and have a touch of a masculine flair. The round ottoman is perfect for extra seating, if needed. We also had the piano bench reupholstered in a whimsical black and white fabric by Waverly. I used an antique table the client had between the chairs, and added the lamps and accessories that I found around their house.
I wanted to use a vintage rug in this room with muted tones. Keeping it peaceful and relaxing. The artwork was in the home already, I just shopped the house for artwork that I thought looked good together and grouped them together, forming a gallery wall. The pillows really added a subtle pop of color and interest.
The rest of the accessories were found in the home and reused in a different way. I took a plant from the kitchen and put it in a blue and white pot to bring in some of the blue and white from the dining room.
I went shopping with the client to find a club chair that he felt comfortable in. I then had an ottoman made that worked with it and coordinated with the rest of the furniture we either had made or ordered from local furniture stores. I love this little side table/stool that I found. Perfect for a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. The rug shag pillow was the perfect touch of the unexpected.
The mantel was very crowded before so I made it look simpler and less cluttered. The blue and white vases match the small side table but I found them at two different places, yay!
This room had absolutely nothing in it. The client got rid of all their furniture which was all dark brown leather. I wanted to mix it up and have a lighter, brighter room that could seat their entire family when they are all gathered together to watch TV or play games.
The room had hardly any lighting so I added two floor lamps to help with ambient light at night when they are watching TV and don't want all the lights on but still want to be able to see a bit.
We met at Weirs to find a couch the family all decided on. We chose this Navy velvet fabric which is soft and cozy. I opted not to use the pillows that they usually include (too matchy matchy) and added my own Navy and yellow pillows to the couch. A blue and gray vintage rug was chosen to pull the room together.
These two chairs were found at a local resale store and I had them redone with new insides and reupholstery. Swivels were added afterwards with a skirt to hide the swivel mechanism.
Don't you just love the rug? Oh, and the silver side table? I'm in love with it all! Notice that the polka dot fabric was used on the ottoman adjacent to it to pull the two seating areas together.
Just in time for their first grandbaby due any day now as well as family coming into town for Thanksgiving!
I won't be posting until after Thanksgiving! Until then, I hope you and your family find time to gather around your tables and in your living rooms, not only on Thanksgiving Day but throughout the rest of the year!