An Entire Floor for Little Boys!!!

Today I worked on the preliminary design for the second floor of an upcoming project.

I can not tell you how excited I am to be part of this remodel!

This home is part of Kalamazoo’s history….and its the cutest 1920’s colonial ever!!

In the best shape too!

The previous owner took great care of this house and now we are going to tweak it a bit for my clients before they move in.Unfortunately, it has to be rewired first due to knob and tube wiring.It’s a total budget killer….and I am not looking forward to the weeks of plaster work that will follow before we can get inside to start the design transformation.

The entire second floor of this colonial belongs to two little boys….are they lucky or what?

Here is what we have in store for them!

First Up….The Play-space they share at the top of the stairs. This is the perfect little space to hang out and play video games or watch TV.I even had a request for a mini-fridge from a four year old!! Too Funny!

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There is a room off to the left of the playroom that is the ultimate boys room. The previous homeowner sold us his two antique brass twin beds from Europe, which are so fabulous!! The room has a built in desk area and small sitting porch, which will make a great place to play toys. We went with a fun “Bug Theme” that can be easily changed as this oldest sibling grows up.

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The other bedroom is a bit smaller for the youngest boy in the family. I think his bed is by far the coolest though….lets hope there is no sibling rivalry over the beds!!!

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Kids spaces are the most fun part of my job for sure!

Stay tuned….next is the first floor and master bath!

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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!

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!