Lake Cottage Study Reveal

About a year ago we remodeled our study.

This room is the old master bedroom and actually serves as a pass through to the family room and/or the new master bedroom now.

We spend tons of time in this room.

It  has high ceilings, skylights that fill it with light and the floor to ceiling bookshelves that serve as great storage.

French doors open one side to the family room while another glass door leads to our master.

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When we moved in it really lacked character.

It was painted a icky lavender color and needed to be warmed up for sure.

The old office furniture from our previous home did not work in the space so we sold it before we moved.

We lived in the space a bit to decide what configuration would work for our needs.

Don’t you love the old file cabinet and folding table look with cardboard accessories?

Very Stylish!

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First I shopped for furniture.

I settled on the Pottery Barn Bedford corner desk with file cabinet and small desk to form our custom unit.

The reason I chose this was because I could configure the desk specifically for our needs.

We have had it now almost three years….do I love it? It does serve its purpose very nicely but I am a bit disappointed on how it has held up. We are not very hard on furniture and this desk set shows every ding and scratch, which is a bummer.

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We received the desk and then time went on….other things took priority, like the kitchen remodel. For a good year the space looked like this….

But I had plans!

I wanted to  try Board and Batten on the walls and paint the room Navy.

This is a lake cottage and I want to keep it nautical without making it look cheesy.

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I chose Starless Night by Behr as my wall color.

With such a dark color we knew we needed to add the Board and Batten to lighten up the room.

Unfortunately, the skylights do get covered with snow in the winter which,  can make the room a bit dark.

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So, I researched all sorts of Board and Batten tutorials on the web but, stuck to Thrifty Decor Chick’s advice pretty consistently.

Thank you Thrifty Decor Chick! I absolutely love your blog!

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We bought lots and lots of primed 1×4’s and started constructing a pattern on the wall. The room seemed to come alive with character immediately.

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Then I tackled the huge task of caulking and repainting the built in shelves.

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I could not be happier with the finished product! It’s Nautical with the navy walls and orange accents but could really fit into any space.

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The sisal rug is fluffy enough for us to sit on and play a game. My collection on vintage globes fit in just fine.

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My daughters favorite place to read a book is in the leather chair.

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My husband can be working at the main computer while I work on client projects along side him.

This home office is the busiest room in our house these days and we love to be in it!

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The latest project at my fixer Lake Cottage…..

Well, today we finally start on the Master Bathroom project!

I can not wait to transform this space!!

This is the bathroom we use the most so, it needs to be, first and foremost, functional but also pretty.

Since my cottage is not that big, I want to carry some design elements in from the rest of the house. We did Cararra Marble in the kitchen and I think I want to carry that into the master. The house is on a wooded lake lot so that inspires me to keep lots of my design finishes natural products  for example, woods, marbles and stone.

The bathroom is very small and we have to keep it light and open too.

Let the design plan begin!

Here are some of my inspiration pictures from my Master Bathroom Pinterest Board

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First I need to determine what I have to keep and what my budget will allow me to get rid of.

It would be super easy to just gut it and start over, but I need to keep the budget realistic. That is not an option for me, so gotta get creative!

Lets look at what we have to work with….

Fist of all, I think we should keep the shower.

It is white subway tile in pretty decent shape.

The light above it will have to be replaced because it does not work. The last owners electrician was very talented at doing everything backwards.

The shower curtain needs to go and we need a glass shower door for sure!

The shower head and controls will also have to be replaced because they don’t match.

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Since we have well water and it is hard to keep the grout in the shower pure white, I am thinking we should actually re-grout the shower in a gray, and maybe redo the tile on the shower floor, like the photos below….

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The entire bathroom floor must be replaced!

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Someone, in their infinite wisdom, decided 4×4 wall tile with white grout was the way to go in here….Yikes!!!

This just screams, “I am too cheap to do it the right way”!!

I hate when I see this in bathrooms…and this is the second home we have owned where the previous owners did it! Although the last was done in the ’90’s….this one in 2005!!

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A few weeks ago, I got a great deal on Cararra Marble at a local home improvement store.

It was on closeout so, I bought all they had and it is waiting in my garage until we are ready to install.

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The existing vanities are a real issue.

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We have His and Hers vanities which are great but they are only 22″ wide….good for Him but not Her!

The storage space in them is terrible and I am way too organized to live with all of my beauty products teetering on the edge everyday….guess how many times a week bottles fall out like Dominos?  Try almost every day!! It is a nightmare!!!

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We decided on these new vanities that are 36″ wide with drawers from Home Depot.

These vanities are stock and come with a plain white counter top and integral sink.

They are $299 each, which is a steal considering my dream vanities from Restoration Hardware were $2000 each.

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I am thinking of painting them gray like the photo below….or maybe we just leave them as is and change the hardware?

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That’s still up for debate!

But, I will add a nice sea grass basket in the bottom to hold extra towels and wash clothes and we are all set!

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And the mirror is not staying….as much as my husband thinks these are for old people, two recessed medicine cabinets are in our future.

We NEED the storage!

He may be adding some trim around them to make them look a bit more retro.

Hmmmmm??? I am sure he will love that!

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The sink lavatory faucets we can keep. They are in great shape and I like them.

They are from Kohler’s Devonshire Collection in a classic widespread style.

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The shower, unfortunately, was another area where the last contractor dropped the ball.

The shower head and controls are also from Kohler’s Devonshire Collection but a different finish….why don’t people pay attention to detail??

So, I will be ordering a new shower head and control trim to the tune of $400!

On to lighting next!

I am not in love with these very basic sconces we have now….we need character!

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And since this is a lake house, I am thinking these??

They are from Home depot at $35 a pop and I need 4, they are a steal!

They are exterior lights but sometimes you have to think outside the box when it comes to adding character your home.

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The last area I am concerned with is the small water closet.

Like I said before, we need storage.

I don’t have a linen closet on this side of the house to keep our towels and sheets in.

This may be just the place for some rolled towels and lidded baskets for another set of sheets.

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I am thinking we need to build out shelves like these photo ideas from my Pinterest board.

The last big question is what to do with the walls??

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This chair rail we have rockin’ is too low and I feel like it is making the room look smaller.

And, the window will be frosted glass….no more window treatments!

I need a clean look!

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Do I tile the entire Sink wall a a focal wall….and mix in the white subway tile from the shower to make it flow? 

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Do I do another chair rail with a deco tile and tile below it with the white subway tile?

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Maybe I tile higher than average chair rail height plus paint a bit darker to break up the white and add a bit of drama to the room??

Well, I have lots of work to do this weekend and in the coming weeks.

I have the basics picked.

Lets see how it evolves!

A little secret to stay on budget….

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Today, I have a little design rant! I am sorry, I cant help it.

So, I know everyone flips through the Pottery Barn catalog , Ballard Designs, Restoration Hardware or whatever your home decor retail catalog of choice is, and drools over all they have to offer.

I admit, I get sucked in too!

Most of the time people pay the extremely high mark ups because they think it will make their room look like the room in the catalog photo.

Newsflash, Pottery Barn knows they have you sucked in!

If you shop other online retailers you can get the same item at a lower cost.  At the very least, try to get a coupon code. I never pay full price for anything and hate to pay shipping!

These rooms you see are also styled by visual merchandisers. Why do you think  all of the walls are almost always white in each vignette? They want to sell you the product and the product to stand out….but do we really live like that?

No!

Quit painting your walls washed out colors because Pottery Barn says so!

I think  it is OK to use these large retailers for a few items but the web offers us so many more bargains.

I can literally buy the same rug that is $400 at West Elm for $200 just by doing some research.

Today, I proved that! I found a basic jute rug for $360 to put in my study. I did a bit more research and hit my favorite rug resource, Rugs USA.

The same rug with free shipping coming to my door was $120! A sisal rug is a great design basic and you can use it just about anywhere!

Another favorite site of mine is Joss and Main. You can find fabulous furniture, lighting and accessories for half the cost all shipped straight to you.

The other benefit to this site is that these items are a bit more rare and grouped sometimes by designers or bloggers so you can stay on trend.

One Kings Lane is another site that has great stuff, not always at the lowest price, but more original, that’s for sure! They also have collections done by famous designers grouped for ease of shopping.

Did you know that you can find tons of artists with affordable original artwork on Etsy?

I love Etsy!!

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I also buy pillows and bedding there or fun prints like this one in our study! I paid $20 for it and framed it myself….perfect sentiment for the way my husband looks at life.

My point is this…You don’t want to walk into your neighbors house and you all have the same lighting from Pottery Barn or the same knobs from Restoration Hardware….especially if you live in a subdivision and all the houses are the same.

I think good design shines through when its original to the owners of the home, not to what everyone else is doing.

So don’t be afraid to be original!

Think outside the box!

Buy it because you love it, not because it comes from Pottery Barn!

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