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.

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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.

 

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(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.

 

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(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.

 

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(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…

 

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Anthropologie

 

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Jonathan Adler

 

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Worlds Away

 

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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.

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Kathryn Hahn
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Tina Fey
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Sarah Paulson

Our Mantel Gets A Makeover

Recently, I did a post entitled “Fall Mantel Decorating,” as I find this is the one spot I’m constantly decorating. Our mantel serves as one of the focal points of our family room. You can also see it from the kitchen and entry, so it’s one place I like to make sure reflects the warm and welcoming feeling of our home.

When I first moved in to my home 13 years ago, I absolutely hated our mantel. It was red brick from floor to ceiling, with a thick piece of slate for a mantel. No matter what I placed on it or above it, I couldn’t get it to work. So, finally after several years, as part of a family room re-do, we decided to update the mantel.

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I wanted something elegant and timeless. I decided to go with a black honed granite hearth, with a white mantel and surround and I couldn’t be happier. Now I am able to truly achieve the look I wanted when decorating my mantel piece.

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As I mentioned, this was part of a family room redecorating project. One of which I am still in the process of completing. So stay tuned for updates of this project as well as other rooms I am making over.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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