when new becomes old

Way back (like over 5 years ago) the first big renovation in our house was the upstairs bathroom. Since this all happened before hello sunshine, let me rewind and fill you in…

The bathroom, although charming with an original clawfoot tub, was pretty grimy. Plus, the clawfoot was hidden and its condition matched its age. It was (and still is) our only full bathroom (there is an itty bitty powder room downstairs) and with a baby in the house, we felt it needed a facelift. David was about seven-months-old and now looking back, I see this renovation as major foreshadowing to the renovation we endured a few short years later.* You see, here’s the thing, as it was our only bathroom with a shower/tub and we survived several weeks without. I lugged baby David to my parent’s apartment for daily washing and Mike boycotted showing altogether during the duration of the renovation as solidarity to his project (he sponged bathed in the sink).

We worked with our friend and designer Erica on the design and made the most of our small space. Mike and his dad did everything on their own and although tiling was a bit of a learning curve, I think it turned out well! before1 before2 before3

 

during1 During2 during3 During4

I loved my little bathroom and still love it but as David has grown into an independent messy boy, I feel like a refresh is in order. The walls and trim need painting plus, when we replaced the window, the mess around the frame was never fixed. I like the colour but I think it’s too magazine.

Note: Magazine is when it looks good in a photo but in reality, it shows the filth of everyday life. after1 after2 after3

So with all the being said, I have some ideas. Before Mike freaks out, the good news is it is almost all cosmetic. I am keeping the sink, toilet, tub, cabinet and tile but just want to update the decor.

My first thought was wallpaper! I am itching to hang wallpaper somewhere in the house and this one has been on my radar for years: pottokprints

However, I am saving it for the powder room. It will be mine.

I also love these: wallpaper

But with a shower, I think paint is the smarter choice and I’ve been wanting a kelly green room for awhile. There’s something about kelly green and navy that just screams bathroom.

Then I saw this: katespade

Again, wallpaper but isn’t it amazing. It’s Scalamandre Zebra in Kate Spade’s bathroom so of course it’s amazing.

So back to Kelly. I can still use the shower curtain above and update my linen. Then the only other thing I would like is a new shower head. I regret not getting the rain shower / handheld combo and am trying to convince Mike it’d be a good investment. Bathroom

While I work on convincing Mike to move forward on this … we are also finishing David’s room. An old house (or at least my house) is never done!

A. Marimekko Pieni Unikko (Red) / B. Hygge and West Peonies (Mint) by Rifle Paper Co. / C. Hygge and West Daydream (Blue) by Julia Rothman / D. Waves of Chic removable wallpaper / E. Whitby Wallpaper – Washed Denim / F. Flamingos wallpaper by Albany / G. Anchors Aweigh removable wallpaper

H. Zoe Atlantis Rain Shower Head  / I. Ikea Godmorgon Mirror Cabinet (our wall cabinet already installed is Godmorgon) / J. Anthropologie Monarch Mercury Jar / K. Threshold Color Block Shower Curtain from Target / L. Casa White Tissue House from CB2 / M. Anthropologie Medora Bathmat / N. Stripped Dobby Waffleweave Towels from Pottery Barn / O. Kelly Green by Benjamin Moore

*The renovation that followed this left us seven months without a kitchen!

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bed bath and beyond

Lets daydream. Way back when we did our renovation, we got our dreamy open-space kitchen/dining/living combo plus a basement (which is still not being used to its full potential). It’s been great and we have no regrets buuuuuut…. we still have big plans for our home.

Let me start by giving you the details. We have four bedrooms upstairs:

  1. The ‘master’ bedroom: ~9 x 11 feet with no closet
  2. David’s bedroom: ~10 x 10 with an itty-bitty half closet
  3. The spare bedroom / our closet room: ~10 x 11 feet with an itty-bitty half closet, a futon, dresser and wardrobe
  4. My office: ~9 x 10 feet with a cubby closet

The bathroom is also small measuring in at a whopping ~7 x 6 feet

When we added the addition to the main floor we gained an extra 14 x 20 feet and due to architect and contractor mis-calculations, the new space has a flat roof. Although I would have preferred the look of a slopped roof from the outside, the benefit to a flat roof is that it was built like a floor – meaning, we could make it a patio or we could add an upstairs addition without needing to worry about changing the current structure. Easy but still pricy.

And, if we do decide to add an addition upstairs, the plan would be to make a real master bedroom with a closet and ensuite. Imagine that!

Here’s what it looks like now (approximate measurements as I did this in illustrator, not a house layout program)Print

And here is what we are thinking Print

  • We’d move the window in David’s room to the the other end and add another one on the side  of the house. Plus, we’d extend his room by two feet and expand his closet
  • We’d put our ensuite next to the current bathroom – making the plumbing all in one spot. I am really liking this layout:

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  • The front room (without a closet) will become a proper guest room
  • A roomy closet would be put in the master bedroom
  • A small patio would be built with a door from the master bedoom.

Of course, what’s a renovation without a bit of decor. After all, the only thing that got me through our long (long) ((long!!!)) seven months without a kitchen was the thought of decorating at the end. I’d like to keep things light and white with gold accents including this wallpaper i’ve been eying for a long time. Because I have the upmost appreciate for storage space, I would have a bed and bench with storage space too. I mean really, why not? bedroom

A. West Elm Round Capiz Chandelier / B. West Elm Terrace Side Table / C. Hygge & West Oh Joy! Petal Pusher wallpaper in gold / D. Lighthouz Monroe Low Back / E. 100 Layer Cake White Pouf / F. Wayfair Clifton Storage Bench / G. Pottery Barn Classic Single Wide Sink Console / H. Schoolhouse Electric Isaac Plug-in Sconces Brass / I. West Elm Gallery Frames, Gold Leaf / J. West Elm Chevron Wool Shag Rug / K. Anthropologie Luminous Dot Pillow / L. DIY Gold Vase / M. Anthropologie Tassel Trace Pillow / N. West Elm Molded Brass Side Table / O. Room&Board Pixo LED Table Lamp / P. Ikea Fjell Bed with Storage / Q. Ikea Fjell 4-Drawer Chest / R. Garnet Hill Floral Tapestry Nourmak Rug / S. Pottery Barn Vintage Tri-Fold Mirror / T. Anthropologie Spliced Linen Duvet / U. Max Wanger Talum print

Let me know what you think. Do you have any alternative layout ideas? What would you do with more space? As I mentioned, this is all a dream at this point but it’s still fun to think about the possibilities.

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