An Easy Way to Freshen Up An Old Bathroom

I am in the process of freshening up my home for the holidays. One room I constantly neglect is my son’s bathroom. The vanity top and the shower surround were light pink, a very popular color in the 80’s when the house was built.

The vanity was easy.  I purchased a Swanstone vanity top and new hardware. I painted the tired oak vanity base a pretty blue and voila, instant update.

The shower surround was another issue.  There are many options from installing a new surround over the old one, replacing it or having it refinished. After looking into a number of options, the refunding was clearly the most cost effective so I though I would give it a try.

I contacted New Look Refinishing and they were extremely easy to work with.  The serviceman carefully covered all the fixtures as well as the vanity to protect them from overspray.  He walked through the process with me and got to work. He was here approximatley 4 hours and when he was done I had a new shower.

I am so delighted with the outcome and highly suggest it to anyone looking for a cost effective, no hassle way to freshen up a tub, sink, countertop…even tile.

Stay tuned for pictures of the finished bathroom, coming soon.

img_0684-1img_0685img_0682img_0683

Advertisements

Add Some Luxury to Your Bathroom

Our home was built in the late 80’s and while out master bath is neutral, it is definitely in need of some updates.  Of course I would like to gut the entire thing and start from scratch, but that’s not exactly an option right now.  So update it is.  And while I have been pouring over ideas, I came across a few items I am sure will give me that retreat I am looking for.

 

I dream of a warm soak in a eep tub with a glass of champagne and a candle at my side.  With this rolling valet from Frontage you can keep all those little items close at hand. So, soak away.

bath1

When you step out of a bath or shower, wrap yourself in a nice plush towel.  Now let’s face it, most of us haven’t purchased new towels since we moved into our homes. Well it’s time to replace those worn and ripped old things.  Try these Ralph Lauren Towels from Bloomingdales. They are soft, cozy and come in a rainbow of colors.

bath3

And to keep those towels nice and warm, this towel warmer from Brookstone does the job. It may look small but it can warm two large towels at once.

bath2

Lastly, do you sing in the shower like I do?  Then stream your favorite tunes through this waterproof bluetooth speaker. from Brookstone. The little tail is flexible so you can wrap it around anything and use it anywhere.  The tail is also removable so you have the option of using the suction cup at the bottom.

bath4

 

 

It’s Easy Being Green

Where have I been? Well, truth be told I was enjoying the wonderful weather of summer and taking a little break.  But now, I’m back and recharged! So, let’s start sharing…

For several years now, the soft, neutral look has played a major part in interior design. Soft grays and beiges have dominated creating a clean and soothing look. But are times changing?

New decorating trends indicate the bold color is making a comeback, and in my opinion, not a moment too soon. One color I have seen popping up quite a bit is green. Both on the runway and home design, green is taking center stage.

 

gallery_nrm_1423169213-edc100113diaz05-2
(photo: Elle Decor)

This beautiful kitchen was designed by Kelly Wearstler for actress Cameron Diaz. The emerald green cabinets beautifully set off the brass backsplash and fixtures.

 

img_hampton_ss51_0
(photo: Traditional Home)

Designer Kat Burkis created this bright and airy dressing room in chartreuse and apple-green. “Strong colors supply meaning and definition that give these areas special significance,” she says.

 

ss_100108358_0
(photo: Traditional Home)

Wouldn’t you love to fall asleep in this elegant and soothing bedroom. The green walls and floral prints give a nod to nature and create a relaxing atmosphere.

Now if you’re ready to infuse some green to your home but don’t want to as far as these designers, start small with one of these pieces…

 

sofa
Anthropologie

 

graphic_zebra_grn_img
Jonathan Adler

 

coffee-table
Worlds Away

 

drapes
Serena and Lilly

 

As I was writing this post last evening I was watching the 2016 Emmy Awards. Look how beautiful these green dresses look on the red carpet.

kathryn-hahn
Kathryn Hahn
tine-fey
Tina Fey
sarah-pulson
Sarah Paulson

My Home on the Holiday House Tour

Just as soon as Halloween comes to a close, I’m ready to start decorating for the holidays. Truth be told, I would leave the holiday decorations up all year if it wouldn’t annoy my family.

Every year, I put a great deal of thought and energy into creating a new holiday design for my home. I always have a formal tree in our Living Room and if I’m feeling particularly ambitious there may be a tree in the family room and another in the finished basement. The staircase and mantle always coordinate with the trees.

Several years ago, before the house makeover, I had the honor of being on our town’s Holiday House Tour. I was excited for the chance to share my home with others and decorate to my hearts content. Here are some photos…

xmas tour family room   xmas tour fam rm2

This is the family room, sans makeover. This was a fun tree to decorate as it contained a great deal of special ornaments. Some had been passed down  to me and others I have collected to commemorate special moments.  I enjoy going through the boxes and recalling special moments as I placed each of the ornaments on the tree. To tie the look together, I added pretty bows and a matching tree skirt.

xmas tour lr edited            xmas tour LR tree edit

I always do something more formal in the Living Room.  This is my favorite room in the house.  We spend many hours gathered around the piano either listening to my husband play or singing along to the hundreds of song books we have.  This particular year, the tree was done up with gold and ivory ornaments.  A gorgeous green ribbon ran through it as well as formed a bow at the top.

xmas tour candy tree         xmas tour candy tree2

The third tree was in our basement. I let my son choose the theme and he suggested candy. So, that’s what I did.  I covered the entire tree in real candy.  Candy buttons, candy cones, lollipops, gummy rings, rock candy and more filled the tree and left the sweetest scent.  I filled in areas with colored tissue paper and also used it to create a tree skirt.  Slowly, over the course of a few weeks, the wrapped candy began to disappear.  My son insisted it was a mouse.

I have recently started working on my home for this coming Christmas.  I’ll be sure to post soon.

Fashion and Home Decor Unite

In addition to interior design, I have a weakness for fashion.  And the two aren’t mutually exclusive.  As a matter of fact, home decor often takes it’s inspiration from the fashion runways. In the past, home decor often lagged behind the runways a few years but what struck me this year is how the two have become so much more cohesive as if to suggest they are working from the same inspirations.

Fur was all over the runway for fall 2015.  And, it has certainly made it’s way into our wardrobes and into our interiors. Whether it is real or faux, it’s luxe nature adds an element of richness and sophistication.

hellessy-001-1366                 sheep_bench_l
Hellessy                                                                         Jonathan Adler

Metallics are another big trend. For the past few years, gold and brass have made a big return to home decor where nickel and stainless steel have previously been the go to finish.  In the fashion world, metallics are showing up on everything from shoes to dresses to leather jackets. Add one element to your home or wardrobe for a splash of glamour.

NMT9ZHQ_mk           HC-4NG5_ax

Pamella Roland                                                         Bernhardt

Fringe can be fun and flirty when added to furniture or clothing.  It’s soft texture adds and unexpected layer of dimension that is playful and fashion forward.

NMTAVD5_mk            338783b35b634983a9adbe38bcb94ff1

ThePerfext                                                                       Arhaus

Don’t be afraid to introduce one or all of these trends into your home decor or wardrobe.  Just remember, a little goes a long way. Start with one or two pieces and work them into your basics.  And remember…just have fun!

Fall Mantel Decorating

Fall is in the air and one of my favorite ways to decorate is to dress up my mantel.  The mantel is an easy way to infuse a little seasonal or holiday style into your home without a great deal of expense.  The beautiful colors of the season also add a warmth to your home that makes it feel cozy and inviting.

One of the most cost effective ways to accomplish looks like you see here, is to collect things from nature.  Go outside and collect acorns and put them in a beautiful glass jar.  Pick up some branches.  Leave them natural or spray paint them in gold or bronze and place them in a vase.  Add some candles and a colorful plant and voila, you have a gorgeous and festive fall mantel.

0b27b9546f2b9314255e82015a9a8c7e 4b44ffeb122d42efd3fe4f8a87ea0e16 7ca84e2c10294d6fb7665d516c6cc5b1
56ee6285d782cadd5f7dcc9716000ea5 86c411c335da3ea64ee072be6c86a59b 8731fc6592fc7aea18c46d0e73c1ff05

Don’t have a mantel?  No problem.  You can create the same feel by adding any of these elements to a table in your kitchen, family room, entryway, etc.

Wherever you choose to decorate, have fun and surround yourself with the beautiful richness of the season.

aaf7cfa612895b6d10228925b4b7f113 cc3b1636124f12ec0ff266ca603f2509 f013ae84c5f96cbddbad8b886c6c79e9