Monday, October 24, 2016

The Well Traveled Home - The Master Bedroom Reveal

When you have the luxury of a large master bedroom, then best believe you should make it as luxurious as possible. This was our mission for our clients Shakia and Michael, whose home renovation project we’ve been chronicling here and hereWe also revealed their adjoining master bathroom here.
We needed a bedroom retreat that was high on both style and function so we got to work.
This is where we began: 
Gotta love a blank slate. 

We would need to keep the laminate floors to stay in budget but would change everything else including paint, lighting, and the mirrored closet door. It is a space large enough for three distinct zones: a space to rest, read/work, and a must have makeup space for Shakia to get all dolled up. Here's how things are looking these days.

The first thing we all fell in love with was the wallpaper. We wanted something with a distinct yet subtle pattern and texture and this navy wallpaper on a grid was the perfect find.

Shakia and Michael work overseas and shipped us several rugs to use throughout their home. They chose this stunner from the markets in Afghanistan since it pulled in the blues from the wallpaper and has one of their favorite colors, red.

We wanted dramatic lighting over the bed, with very modern lines and we think this one fit the bill perfectly.

Oh these nightstands. I fell in love with them on my visit to High Point Furniture Market this Spring and swooned at the wood/chrome legs with Lucite handles juxtaposition. It fit right in with the goal for this space - a mix of textures, colors, patterns with modern and timeless flair. 

These nightstands were also insanely practical as they're able to fit lamps, storage boxes and my favorite accessories, books!

Shakia is a girly girl, and needed a designated spot for her makeup and accessory needs. We added this mirrored console, and mirror to give her just that.
And last but not least, they needed a small work zone with a chill vibe to lounge and read as well.
My heart! My heart. I think it's safe to say this is my favorite spot in this master suite.

Our original desk/console was stolen in transit! Yes! Stolen. WTH right? Madness, I know. But this replacement was just the simple/sleek balance for these stunning chairs.

I'm all about this corner right here. A book, some good wine and all is well with the world.

Details. Details. And more details. 

And there you have it. One of the swankiest yet functional master suites we've ever designed. See below on how to score some or similar items and let us know if your favorite area in this space.
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Friday, October 7, 2016

The Well Traveled Home - Master Bathroom Reveal

Awww. Another bathroom reveal. Y'all know how much I love ripping apart a tired and worn bathroom for a swanky update, and this one was a doozy.
This floating beauty of a vanity now sits pretty in the home we've been revealing here and here
We started this project at the beginning of the year and were given complete creative license to do whatever we wished. 
Here's where we started:
I've never understood this vanity layout developers seemed to love in South Florida. Just an awkward layout. 

Sigh. These bulky tubs drive me insane. Just insane. Deuces.

Ok, confession: we don't have the best photos of this bathroom. Just hard to find ones without someone looking back in the damn mirror. Our floor plan gives a clear sense of the layout which we re-worked by adding a double floating vanity, a free standing tub and a larger shower. 
Alright. Enough damn chatter. Here is our client's newly transformed master bathroom.
This floating vanity was an easy choice. Our clients love a modern vibe, so black vessel sinks, wall mounted faucets paired with a floating vanity lit from below would definitely turn up the design wattage in this once drab bathroom.

 The LED lighting below the vanity changes color and comes on automatically when you enter the bathroom. 

 Brass - from the previous bathroom decor - inspired these spray painted vanity handles. 

 It also inspired these ombre brass pendant lights and brass mirrors.

 Even though we technically shrank the vanity space from what they had previously, there's still ample counter space between the vessel sinks for hand towels and an accessory tray

 Oh lord, removing that bulky tub made the bathroom feel soooo much bigger, even with a new tub! A free standing tub, installed diagonally made it easily accessible and adding a distinctly dramatic touch to this space. Speaking of drama, yes! That's a Juju hat installed as our sole piece of art. 

 One of my favorite things to do in a bathroom is to mix metals as seen here with the chrome tub filler and wall mounted faucets, juxtaposed with the brass handles, mirrors

 And these hexagon shower tiles

We definitely wanted to go bold or go home with this shower tile and boy did this black hexagon tile take us there. Fun fact: sometimes our design plans evolve over time. We mulled over many, many tile options for weeks but when I saw this tile my heart stopped. And that's often how I make some design decisions. Just a gut instinct that says hey, when a tile or any finish makes your heart stop and your jaw drop, it's something you should run with.
 It was also a splurge but one we thought was oh so worth it. 

This isn't a choice for everyone, but this was a dream of a master retreat for a couple that craved bold choices so definitely felt confident they'd love it as much as we did and they sure did.

The shower is both stylish - tall seamless glass wall and doors, both a rainhead and handheld shower faucets with body spray; and practical - two niches for shampoo bottles and soap.

We used an off white porcelain tile on the main bathroom floors to balance the black of the shower wall and floor tiles and to serve as a contrast as well for the floating vanity with the reflective lights beneath.

And there ya have it. One of those master bathroom transformations that was sooooo far removed from where we started, that I seriously wanted to take a shower in, soak in the tub and use that vanity over and over again. P.S. I didn't. But there may or may not be shower selfie floating around.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

The Well Traveled Home - A Brass inspired Guest Bathroom

If you've followed me over the years, then you know that kitchens and bathrooms are kinda my thing. Knocking down walls, gutting ratchet tile jobs, well that kinda gives me an incredible high. Seeing those spaces utterly transformed? The sweetest of joys. So it's no surprise that we gutted this outdated bathroom with much glee. It's part of this Miramar House Tour project we first featured last week.


Builder grade tiles everywhere. Builder grade vanity. Sliding shower doors. But at least the brass was inspirational.
 The old school brass inspired this pendant, just one of several new lighting sources we added to this small guest bathroom.

Tiles were the star of the show in this space for sure. We were on a budget and used porcelain wood-like in a dramatic way on the walls with this detailed installation. Hexagon tiles on the shower floor added contrast to the linear details on the shower walls.

More modern brass updates on the shower and vanity faucets. Don't be afraid to use this old school finish in a new, modern way. 

There is no powder room, so this is the bathroom that all guests will use so we thought it should be as wow as can be down to the simple finishes like this towel hook and nail-head inspired mirror.

The vanity is smaller than the original, but it's loaded with storage as both drawers are deep and functional.


All photos by Jennifer Hillstead via JHillstead Photography
And there she is. A budget friendly bathroom that packs a heck of a punch. Have you used brass in your kitchen or bathroom? We'd love to see pictures or hear your thoughts. Are you loving or hating this comeback?

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  (1) Vanity (2)Mirror (3)Hexagon Tile (4)Wood Tile (5)Pendant or here 
 (6)Wall Hook

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