Wall Lake Cottage Project

Here is the scoop on a project that has been taking up a great deal of my schedule lately. I am playing General contractor these days for this cute little cottage up on Wall Lake in Delton. My clients purchased this guy in the fall and we have spent the last few months getting it ready for summer. I know I posted some Idea Boards for furnishings recently but I think I should start back at the beginning.

Let look at the kitchen the day my clients took possession on this 1200 square foot beauty.

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Very Nautical with the navy cabinets….yikes!!! We had Navy trim throughout the house as well….and they must have had extra navy because all of the exterior trim is navy too! Navy is very popular now but when not used properly it can be really bad.

I knew this had to go and we needed to brighten up this small space. I felt like I was in a cave….

Almost all of the flooring was vinyl or carpet in the home….neither of which we wanted to keep.

The first thing we did was come up with a color scheme. The walls all needed to go white. We chose your basic Sherwin Williams Extra White for the walls, ceiling and trim.

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The cabinets in this centrally located kitchen would be the only color in Benjamin Moore Stratton Blue HC-142.

Next we chose the flooring, which would be the same throughout. We went with a higher end 12mm laminate for easy cleaning and durability.

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The flooring is Quick Step Reclaime in the color Mocha.  I love the way it looks like old barn wood….that perfect weathered lake house look. Like all remodels, we hit a glitch with the flooring which delayed our project for two months. The manufacturer discontinued the flooring after our order but we finally got it installed throughout the entire house right after the Christmas holidays.

While we were waiting we forged ahead with the kitchen.

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The cabinets were painted, new hinges and knobs were put on.

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Then we topped them with easy to care for butcher block.

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I added an awesome farmhouse sink from IKEA, with a pull out Moen faucet.

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The last thing we did in the kitchen was add a simple subway tile back-splash for a clean look.

During this time the cottages only bathroom was gutted down to the studs. This is what it looked like before.

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The bathroom was super small with a 3 foot stand up shower. The shower had a bulk head over it that dropped a foot to house an exhaust fan. it was a little claustrophobic not to mention gross….the double sinks could go as well since this was just a tiny family cottage.To maximize the space we needed to add a 6 foot tub/shower and a new vanity.

Here it is in progress today.

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The tub, new vanity and all new plumbing have been installed. The tile is just basic white hexagonal tile with Oyster Gray grout. Below is an example of the Idea Board I gave to the client to keep us on track.

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Now we just need the finishing touches.

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The walls will be painted Rockport Gray this week.

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This is the new light fixture and I am waiting on a rustic barn wood mirror to arrive.

The shelving we added for baskets and rolled towels will also be trimmed out and finished this week. My favorite contractor, CE Squared, who has been doing all the work for us on this house, came up with a fantastic idea. The shelves are all done in a white laminate so they are easy to keep clean rather than a painted shelf! What a great tip and it did not cost much more at all!!

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Here are the before pics of the family room.

I wish I had some better updates because this room looks 100% better but I will post them soon. We painted this room white and it got new Reclaime Mocha flooring. Before the flooring went in I tackled the fireplace myself. The painter was not grasping what I wanted the fireplace to look like so, I just rocked it out myself. We had two types of brick on the fireplace and it was so dark and dated….not the light look we were going for. So, I white washed it to bring it all together!

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And this is what it looked like the day I was done….it will also have a new gray barn wood mantle soon. Stay Tuned!

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Since then, the flooring was installed, the new ceiling fan went up and the sconces went in next to the fireplace. This room is just waiting on the upholstered furniture to arrive!!

Below is the Idea Board that the client and I started with.

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This cottage is transforming into such a cute family vacation spot.

I cant wait to show you the end result!!

West Gull Lake Client Update

Another client update! If you read back in my blog, I began my work with these clients in their study. It was an absolute blank canvas. We warmed it up and made it a great place to work from home or for the kids to lounge on their lap tops for homework. This family is a family of 5 so every space I design for them has to be casual and kid friendly. This house was very traditional and formal when they moved in. Little by little we have made it a reflection on their tastes and personality. Taking “Traditional” to “Transitional” is the way I like to look at it!

So after the study, the next project was painting almost the entire first floor.

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We went with Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter for all of the common areas,

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while adding a pop of Benjamin Moore Evening Dove to the dining area.

Next on the list was to tackle the focal point of this open space…..the fireplace. Again, another client who hates their fireplace! Actually, all of my clients have fireplace issues! Why do these builders do such crazy things!?!?! The East Side of the State was the “Land of Ugly Kitchens”….maybe the West Side is the “Land of Terrible Fireplaces” !! Check out that pink marble….

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So as you can see, we had some updating to do. This is a young family…..and in all reality, this did not reflect either of this couples personality. They like a more contemporary transitional look….dark grays, rich leather.

First we decided what we wanted to do with the fireplace. We chose a stacked stone and took it all of the way to the ceiling to draw your eye up to the ceiling. This is a tall room and we wanted to accentuate that! We installed the TV over the fireplace to maintain the existing built ins. One of those cabinets housed a tiny TV on a slide out shelf….this family enjoys sports and movies. That little 25″ isn’t going to cut it!

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And those built ins needed to pop more so we decided to paint them a darker color rather than the trim color. We decided on Benjamin Moore Deep Creek 1477.

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The bookshelves and fireplace look amazing now!!! The stone draws your eye directly to this beautiful focal point in the room….and the TV is the envy of all of the dads on Gull Lake 😉 Check out that mantle! We ordered that from Antique Beams and Boards in Ohio. What an amazing resource that is!!

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The next step is to furnish this family room with comfortable furniture that can stand up to 3 kids and a dog with out sacrificing aesthetics. We turned to Pottery Barn and ordered the Turner Square Leather Sectional. I have to admit that over the years Pottery Barn has not won me over on their upholstered pieces but, even I have “Sectional Envy”. This sectional has proven to be well worth the price tag and the clients could not be happier. We scattered a mixture of pillows with accents of Navy and Orange….both accent colors the couple agreed upon.

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We ordered the Sweep Armchair from West Elm in a blue chenille tweed fabric. A perfect accent with the sofa for alternate seating. Some accessories, an ottoman, chandelier and a sofa table complete the look of the room. I even bought some books with navy hard covers to draw our accent color into the bookshelves.

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Notice all of the mullions have been removed from the large windows overlooking the lake. This really opened them up more and gave a more contemporary feel. Such a small change can alter the entire look of the space. Why no window treatments you ask?? One of the clients doesn’t love the look of draperies on every window so, we let the view draw your eye without dressing the windows further.

The Family Room is open to the dining room so that was the next space that needed to be addressed.

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The Dining Room before was very formal and the family never felt comfortable in this space. Check out the chandelier….doesn’t scream young family does it??  This is a family of five and they couldn’t all fit around this round table for holiday dinners let alone family meals.

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First things first….we ordered a table made from reclaimed barn wood. A reclaimed table cant get much more durable for a family with young kiddos. This table was custom made and shipped to the client. We ordered simple linen chairs to complement the colors in the new area rug. The navy accent walls make the navy pop out of the area rug and tie nicely to the navy in the family room.

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A new contemporary chandelier was added….I am in love with it, by the way!!

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What a transformation!

Now, all of the these spaces in this very “Traditional” custom Gull Lake Home have been converted to a more updated  “Transitional” style.

Texas Township Client Update

As I am going through my files, I realized I haven’t posted an update about my clients in Texas Township. This couple, like so many I meet with, moved to the Kalamazoo area from a much more urban area where they had less square footage in their last home. They arrived in the new home and were over whelmed with how to fill the space and make it feel like home. Here are some pictures from last spring when they had just moved in.

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The entire home was painted in very dark chocolate tones, so our first task was to get some painters in there to lighten it up!

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We chose Benjamin Moore 991 Grege Avenue for the Kitchen, Family Room, Foyer and Living room.

Next on to the fun part…furniture!!! We shopped at some local stores and came up with a color scheme for each space.

The Living Room was the first room we purchased furniture for. We used the stone from the fireplace to dictate the jewel tones we would pull as accents into the room.

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We went with a simple gray sofa and fell in love with these chairs!!

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One of the rugs I carry in my exclusive line, tables, lamps and hand picked accessories to bring those built-ins to life! We added pops of navy to coordinate with the eggplant. My client loves jewel tones and I think this was the best way to give her that while keeping it light and casual for this growing family.

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This was the final look this fall….we still have a few outstanding issues like the artwork over the fireplace. My client loves this photographer from New York, so we need to have this specific photo re-framed with a larger frame and mat or enlarged. She hasn’t decided yet.

So next up was the nook table. The light above the table was very small, they needed a new table and a rug to add a pop of color.

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We chose the light fixture no problem but they really went out of their comfort zone on the rug.

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I suggested this rug because it ties the living room and the family colors together….not to mention it hides a multitude of sins in a home with two small kiddos.

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This is what we ended up with and I think it is a huge improvement over what was there initially. I wish I had a photo of the old country oak table and indoor/outdoor rug that was here!

The next space we moved to is the family room. This space needed new furniture as well so we ordered brown leather sectional from my favorite local furniture store, Talsma and some side tables.

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We decided on a Navy and Orange color scheme to bring the navy from the living room.

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When I took these pictures we still had furniture on order. These two light linen chairs will flank the window opposite the sectional and this hammered copper top end table will divide them.

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I also ordered this end table for the end of the sectional, to bring in that rustic wood element that is also in the large round tray on the ottoman.

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I accessorized the book shelves in here too and because this room is more casual, we went with a large round ottomon in a linen to break up the leather.

So what is next? Well, we painted the study, master bedroom and all of the kids rooms but they are all still a work in progress.

The Master is the next main focus. Here is the before….

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We are keeping all of the furniture but have ordered new bedding from Pottery Barn.

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I chose Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue HC-143 and it has hit the walls but I have yet to see the bedding with it.

I cant wait to get some pattern in there!!

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We still need lamps, which I have selected from one of my lines….I am just waiting for the client to tell me her fav.

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 Which is yours??

So, hopefully in a few weeks we will have some more progress on this projects and I can get more pictures on here! Stay tuned……

Fireplace Reveal

I have a client who lives in a beautiful custom home that is about 15 years old in a very popular subdivision outside Kalamazoo. I actually have a few clients in the neighborhood and they all seem to struggle with some of the same problems. Basically, they move in, inherit the previous owners stamp on the property and need to make it their own. This clients main issue in all the years they have lived in the home is that they HATE their fireplace…..I have to say I cant blame them!

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They are a young family and spend a ton of time in this room. It is adjacent to the kitchen and it appears that the previous owner did have some sort of a plan and had the custom built-in made. The built in matches the kitchen cabinets and provides some sort of balance to both ends of the space . But that fireplace??? Its dwarfed by the built in and the brick is just plain ugly….not to mention a hazard for their two year old!! Those are her toys by the way….she was pretty much using it as her toy shelf!

My job is to update the fireplace wall, keep the furniture and maybe add a very few accessories, like pillows to warm it up! Totally On It!!

So, I collaborated with my contractor. I knew I wanted an updated stone look from floor to ceiling and a mantle that stretched across the wall to give some balance. He came up with a fantastic idea to have the front of the raised hearth paneled to carry the built in over!!! I love it when two great ideas come together. He contracted a woodworker to customize the panels and mantle. I was off to pick the tile!

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The rug is full of burgundy, purples, and small accents of turquoise. The client loves it, so that is we used as inspiration. The slate stacked stone I picked from the tile showroom could not have been more perfect.

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My contractor then removed the brick and old mantle, then built a box to construct the hearth.

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Then the tile began to go up and I couldn’t have been more happy with how it all was coming together!!!

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The finished product was gorgeous!!!!

And the rest of the room??

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We added Throw pillows to the existing sofas….this is my signature accent! Pillows can change the look of the room and add comfort….I mix and match them and ALWAYS use down filled. The bonus to a down pillow is that the cover almost always comes off and you can interchange them with the seasons. Plus a pillow cover is easy to clean if there is a spill etc. You will also notice that floor lamp in the back ground. I just bought a drum shade and took off the out dated bell shade to give it a quick and inexpensive update.

We did purchase a blue table lamp to bring in more of the accent color, but most of the accessories we used were here  in the home. Notice we also bought some gold round vases in the photo below and placed them in the open space of the entertainment center. This carries the gold over from the fireplace and surprisingly makes it look less dated. Gold is back, people!! Lets just apply it the correct way!

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We also changed the furniture configuration and it really opened up the space. My favorite little golden-doodle puppy client, Sophie, had to be in the photo. She wanted to show her approval. I hope to get a photographer to take more professional portfolio pictures in the coming months but I figure, if I am taking them with an iPhone then I can slide a cute puppy in there….

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This room is lookin’ good….now on to the next project!

It’s been awhile….

I know its been a long time since I posted….. I have been busy busy for the past few months and now need to get some of these projects out there to share!

I decided to take advantage of this snow day to work a bit on my neglected web page.

 I took on a large project in the fall for an existing client. This is my first time acting as a general contractor and I am learning as I go on this small 1200 sq. foot Wall Lake vacation home. Finally we are getting toward the end of construction with tile, appliances, trim work etc. going in….its almost time for finishes!

I have some idea boards that I have made for the client that I would love to share first and then as each room is completed, I will update you.

I have quite a few projects in the works right now and my photographer is on call to start taking official photos when they are complete.

The Wall Lake Family Room

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The Wall Lake Master Bedroom

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The Wall Lake Bathroom

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The Wall Lake Sun Room

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The Wall Lake Boys Bunk Room

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I promise to update with more soon!!

2015 is going to be a very exciting year for AHID as I continue to expand and offer new services.

I am now beginning to offer E-Design Services.

Stay tuned for details.

Client Update

Finally, I can give a client update. I am really bad about taking my Nikon to appointments to capture client updates….something I really need to work on!

Today, I stopped by to chit chat with my client about a few things and to drop off some accessories.

Maybe you remember this client from a previous post about the free design services available at furniture stores.

She had absolutely no accessories but beautiful expensive furniture to fill her rooms.

Here is a  Before photo of her Living Room….

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Here is the room done after we accessorized…

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What did we do?

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First we painted the fireplace wall Benjamin Moore Squirrel Tail to make it stand out as the focal point of the room.

Here is the Before….

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I wanted to raw your eye directly to the fireplace, since the furniture placement was so symmetrical and, the built ins were painted the trim color.

The wall color was something the client wanted to keep.

Here is the after…

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It is amazing what a quart of the right paint can do!!

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Then I brought in tons of throw pillows to draw out the colors in the artwork and the floral in the chairs. I also brought in some lamps with very little height because we did not really need to draw the eye up….those lamps turned out to be the perfect height when lit and you are seated on the sofa. Nobody likes a light bulb that is blinding them when they are sitting trying to relax!

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The last thing I did was mix some of their accessories with some I brought in to change the look of the bookshelves. I

t all flows well now and the clients are happy!

The Dining Room was also an issue. Here is what I walked into the first day….

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We have since ordered new host and hostess chairs with some pattern.

We also took the rug and moved it into the breakfast area off the kitchen.

A new mirror and artwork for the walls was just what we needed to warm up this room.

Here is what it looks like today but it is still a work in progress…

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We have a rug and new chandelier on order.

(And I still don’t love this mercury glass on the credenza…but the client does, and I don’t live there so I better shut it! Just a disclaimer!)

So, things are coming along at this clients house!

I hope to show you all the completed pictures soon!!!

 

Finally my Master Bath is done!

Well, summer is in full swing here on the Lake so between clients, kids, and lake side activity I haven’t had much time to update my site.

My master bathroom was finished a few months ago and I realized I never shared the photos so, better late than never.

Upon Entry to the bathroom, it is clean and restful. We did not have the option to change the footprint of the room, but just by hanging the white ship lap siding and painting it out in a crisp white with a Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray accent, it makes a bold neutral statement.

It makes me happy every morning when I step inside and that is all that matters…I am, after all, my own worst client!

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 Both vanities are identical but I added artwork to subtly denote the female side from the male side. In the design of this house, I have tried to take most of my art work from nature in keeping with the lake house theme.  I have a pretty french print on fabric stretched over canvas on my side and a pair of Giclee fish with a burlap accent for my husbands side.

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I couldn’t be more happy with the storage options I gave myself.

What a huge improvement over the tiny vanity I used to open and everything would spill out onto the floor!!

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This medicine cabinet holds everything!!

There is a mirror inside and one out….how in the world did I live without this?

I think I get ready faster now that I have everything so organized.

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Plus I love the retro hardware on the cabinet….I have always wanted that hardware in a house of mine and I made it happen!

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My makeup drawer has never looked so good! The large drawers on the vanities were a great storage idea. My Husband, who doesn’t have as many toiletries, can keep all of his in the medicine cabinet and then his drawers are for extra sheets and towels since we don’t have a linen closet on this side of the house.

I am not a huge fan of  “matchy” towel bars so I just purchased some simple hooks for each vanity area. This works great for towels, robes and to hang out your outfit for the next day.

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I kept the water closet area very simple.

We were going to hang shelves over the commode but after moving into the vanities we felt we had solved our storage problem. A simple basket to hold extra toilet paper is all we need.

Keeping it simple once again and it worked out much better!

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The shower was a huge project but probably the most worth it in the entire room!

I have never been so thankful to have a beautiful shower door instead of a curtain…what a clean simple look!

The grout shows no water stains and it is now easy to keep clean. All of those hours of staining and re-grouting were worth the end result.

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I love the penny tile….maybe I am crazy but it just makes me happy and it feels great on your feet.

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So that is it! A simple master bath renovation.

Of course, my husband and I did most of the work.

How much do you think it all cost? I just looked at the final numbers and was shocked myself….it really does pay to be a DIY’er!!

We spent about $3000 which is pretty amazing since the average master bath remodel costs around $10,000-$15,000.

We did hire a plumber to move some plumbing to fit the vanities which cost us about $200.

So, what is next?

Well, the master bedroom, of course!!

But first, I did a little rearranging in my family room and had my back yard landscaped this summer so, stay tuned…

I promise I will update you all on those finished projects.

There is always something changing here at my fixer lake cottage!!

From Panic Room to Media Room…..

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When we downsized to this little lake cottage, we knew we were giving up a 1200 square foot finished basement.

Our old basement was half the size of this cottage!!

But, we are a family of three and we did not need a 3600 square foot home with 5 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths.

We made the decision that we would rather have lake front property than the big suburban home…..plus, who wants to clean all that?

Not Me!!

The lake cottage does have a tiny basement…. pretty much a 105 square foot room with a small entry foyer to the home, a garage and a tiny workshop.

So, the question was what do we do with this small 105 square foot room that was dark, dirty and smelled pretty musty?

The room does have a door but is right off the entry foyer to our home.

The old owners used it as a storage room and probably had never vacuumed the musty old Berber carpet that was inside.

For the first year we lived here we did nothing. We had a kitchen to tear out and we had plenty of other projects to make the main spaces livable.

The room inevitably became storage…..and became known as “The Panic Room”.

Why, you ask?

Well, my 6’2″ neighbor decided that is what it should be called because every time he entered, he panicked a bit…..what I haven’t told you yet, is that this room only has 7′ ceilings!!

Yikes!!

What are we ever going to do with this space? It would be a shame not to use it!

So, last spring, after a gathering at a friends home, I was lamenting the fact that we did not have a separate place for my daughter and her friends to play video games or watch movies, like in our old basement.

Perfect!

That is what I would do with The Panic Room!

We need to convert it to a Media Room!

First, I needed a bit of design inspiration.

We would go with a bit of Coastal Chic like the rest of the house, but what would my colors be?

My husband happens to be the worlds largest Chicago Cubs fan and that spring he was mad because he had no place of his own to watch the game….I think my daughter and I had taken over with HGTV again!

Even my husband complaining gives me inspiration sometimes!

We have plenty of Cubs memorabilia left from our old basement and what is more fun for a lake house than Red, White and Blue with the Stars and Stripes?

Lets get Started!!! And we should probably begin with the smell, LOL!

I needed to get rid of that musty carpet….but do I replace it with carpet?

It does stay pretty chilly down there in the winter?

No! We don’t want this old basement to smell like a basement anymore!

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So, off to Lumber Liquidators I went.

I absolutely fell in love with this gray laminate floor!

Why Laminate?

Because it is does very well laid over a concrete basement floor when installed properly over a vapor barrier.

The carpet and pad only soaked up the moisture that come up through the concrete.

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We gutted the ceiling of the room first….hoping maybe it was dropped a bit.

No luck, but we solved the many electrical issues that awaited us.

I swear this house is Pandora’s Box!

Did I mention that in a 7′ room they installed fluorescent flush mount lights with oak trim?

Who had these bright ideas?!?!? (No pun intended)

There is my electrician looking perplexed as usual….

We installed puck lights with MR16 bulbs.

I love the light they cast….yes, I can be a huge lighting nerd but I promise you, it makes a difference.

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Instead of dry-walling the ceiling again, we installed white bead board just like the rest of the house. This, unfortunately, is my only before/in progress photo. I wish I could have bottled the smell so people would understand how gross this room really was!

It looks fantastic now….and even though we were not able to raise the ceiling, the room has the illusion of more height.

The room also had bead board installed a bit higher than chair rail height in about 3/4 of the room but never finished?

We finished it and trimmed it all up, painted it all white, and the Panic Room was finally causing less Panic!

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The drywall in the room needed a bit of color. I took a cue from the driftwood floor and choose a neutral gray called Bedford Gray by Martha Stewart.

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We hung an older spare TV we had on the wall….yes, I know we need a larger one!

How can this be a Media Room with such a small TV?!?!

The 55″ Flat screen will soon move down there when we acquire a new TV for our family room. Our Family room is in the process of a face-lift as we speak!

We had the credenza from our old basement plus the old game board on the wall.

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My mom sent me these antique decoys that she had collected 30 years ago.

They have to be over 100 years old and perfect for my Lake Cottage!

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This one is my favorite!

Thanks Mom!

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The seating in the room is a bright red sofa from Ikea with some patriotic pillows courtesy of Pottery Barn.

I used the basket cubes from my daughters room as a coffee table….they now contain all the Lego’s for she and Daddy to create with!

This room has turned out perfect for Father-Daughter bonding.

What is better than video games, Cubs baseball and Lego’s?

The rug is a soft jute from Rugs USA and completed the look….plus warms up the floor a bit.

The entire room was done with almost all things we had here in the house already!

There is nothing better than shopping in your own house for decor.

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It is now a clean, family space to throw your feet up and watch the game!

Update on my Master Bathroom Reno

Today, we leave for a much needed Spring Break family vacation but first, I wanted to update you on the progress of our Master Bathroom Renovation.

It has been a loooooooong winter here in Michigan and unfortunately, we have had some set backs on this project and it seems, every other client’s project too!

I have been playing the waiting game a lot lately.

All of my current clients are waiting on painters mostly so we seem to be at a stand still….my own house is no exception!

Today we are waiting on plumbers actually but, after I arrive home, I am hoping to wrap this project up.

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Does everyone remember how ugly it was before?

Pretty basic….and pretty ugly!

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So, first things first, we did demo! My favorite part!

We busted up all the tile, which was no easy task because it was porcelain.

Typical of this house….lets spend the max on the ugliest tile we can find so the next person that wants to change it has a heck of a time.

Do I sound bitter?

Its been a long 2 1/2 years remodeling this house!

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We tore out the floor, shower floor and vanities.

It got even uglier before it got better but, thats pretty standard on any renovation.

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I bought Penny tile for the shower floor and Carrara Marble for the bathroom floor and shower surround.

Love it!!!

So excited to get it all installed!

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I also came up with a plan to eliminate the white grout that drives me crazy on the existing subway tile we kept.

The white grout would drive me crazy when cleaning the shower.

I decided to dye it gray and go with gray for the entire tile project.

Easier said then done….would I do it again?

NO!

I am a perfectionist and my picture should be on the side of the bottle with a line threw it…..crazy, OCD Interior Designers need not apply!

I may have even gone over the edge one afternoon and busted out the niche to add a bit more penny tile just so I did not have to dye the grout in that area.

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It took us a few weekends but, we laid the floor tile and the shower tile.

We went with a hopscotch pattern on the floor which really widened the small room.

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I also decided to add height and character to the wall we would install this paneling from Home Depot. I really wanted Ship Lap siding but my tight budget would not allow for it.

I found this product instead and decided to hang it sideways.

It looks fantastic!!!!

It looks exactly like ship lap for a fraction on the cost and for such a small space, it only adds 3/16″ to the surface of the wall.

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The paneling is painted Behr Ultra White, as is all the trim in the rest of our home.

We painted the walls above Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray, which really makes the gray veining in the marble floor pop!

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The grout is finally all gray and the marble floor and surround are in!

The shower door is on order and I look forward to using the shower soon!

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We installed medicine cabinets to add extra storage. Unfortunately, we could not recess them because the wall behind them is load bearing, but I think they turned out fantastic! They really add the character we were looking for.

We did have to put up the old lights….maybe temporarily? Maybe Not? We have limitations on ceiling height that is making it a challenge for me to find new fixtures I actually like….stay tuned on that one!

It may take some time!

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Last night, we installed the vanities and that brings us to where we must wait for a plumber. In order for the bottom drawers to close on both vanities, he needs to move the water shut off valves a bit. It has been a slow process of trial and error and, ups and downs this last two months but, I am really proud of the way it is turning out.

We still have loads of trim work to do and a few faucets would be good but, we are getting there!

Up until this point, My husband and I have done all the work ourselves too!

What a a great feeling of accomplishment!

 

 

Before photos…..adding accessories and life to this blank canvas!

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A few weeks ago I started work with a new client. She came to me after she had hired a local furniture store to help her with design in this large new construction home. Here is a lesson for everyone out there….the designers at furniture stores are great but, they are also in the business of selling furniture. When they offer “Free Interior Design Services”, it is really not free. Isn’t that the first thing we all learned in Econ 101? There is NO free lunch! I can hear my crazy scatterbrained Econ professor saying it now, LOL! The design services are included in the commission they make off the furniture they sell you.  So, if you are looking for a specific piece of furniture or are in need of a sofa, then a furniture store if the place to go. They are a great design resources for sure but, if you are looking for someone to tie a complete room together then you need a designer who has limitless resources available to them.

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This particular furniture store really helped her choose some great pieces but when it came to accessorizing the home that is where the design stopped….most furniture stores has very few accessories so a designer who can shop outside of the store is really needed. In my opinion, accessories are really the most important part of the home! I can’t wait to post the after pics of this house. Those sofas are screaming for throw pillows and lamps flanking the artwork. The bookshelves need books to add character to the space and to be properly styled.

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We also have decided to paint the wall the TV is on Benjamin Moore Squirrel Tail to make the fireplace tile pop!

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The lighting is also an issue. These photos say it all and the homeowner is chomping at the bit to get it all replaced. We are ordering it all now so look for updates!

So, off I go, room by room to add character and life to this family home.