Master Bathroom – Design Inspiration

Now that most of the big stuff for the master bathroom has come together, I can focus on those small details that will make the room sing.  The design plan includes a marble backdrop (shower and floors), black vanity with white quartz countertop, white/light gray walls, and chrome accents.  I’ve been going back and forth trying to determine if I wanted to use brass/gold accents but after looking at my inspiration photos, I think I want to keep this room classic and will stick with chrome.  (I can have more fun in the other bathrooms. :-))

Here is the “inspiration” photo that started it all:

These are other images that I’ve been loving as well:

I’m trying to push myself to do something different with the design of this house.  Accordingly, this room (along with several others) will be devoid of bold colors.  If I decide later to bring in more color, I can always do it with artwork or accessories.

Now it’s time to focus on finishing touches…lighting, hooks, shelves, artwork, etc.  Onward!

Master Bathroom Design

Let’s kick this week off with a look at the progress in the master bathroom.  Taking a look back, this is how the master bathroom looked in all its pink glory:

Pink sunken tub with matching tile and curtains. Best part is that the showerhead hits your shoulder.

Master Bathroom with matching pink sinks.

Due to budget constraints, we decided to keep the footprint of the bathroom the same.  However, we replaced the sunken tub with a wider shower. We’ve also removed the vanity area and added a larger wall-to-wall vanity (taller and deeper).  Here’s the (updated) floorplan:

We’re using marble subway tiles for the shower and a marble/black basketweave for the floor.  I’m very excited about how the room is turning out and can’t wait to put in the finishing touches.  Here’s a sneak peek:

Shower stall tiling completed.

The shower glass has been installed, the heated floors connected, and the vanity and mirrors installed.  Still waiting on the countertops and deciding on lighting options.  Will provide a more detailed picture once those details are finished.

Happy Monday!

Renovation Update: Flooring

The last time I mentioned flooring, I was planning on going with this lovely acacia floors:

I decided that I didn’t want the floors to steal the show. With that much pattern and movement, I was concerned that it would overwhelm the space.  Essentially, I chickened-out and decided to go with a more uniform dark white oak floor.

 As I mentioned before, our good friends helped us get started with the install.  

My day laborers hard at work.

Unfortunately, because I chose the 2 1/4″ width, this install is taking FOREVER.  We’ve finished the living room, dining room, and kitchen but still have the rest of the house to do.  Wish us luck since we’re really only working on the weekend now.

Here’s a before and after to give us motivation:

Before: Carpeted loveliness

After: Sable White Oak (in the dark)

Have a happy turkey day!

I’m Baaaackkk!!

Hello Lovelies –

Sorry I’ve been away for so long.  We lived without internet in the new house for almost two weeks and then other things just took over my life.  It’s been a crazy few weeks but things are finally moving along.  I’ll be back later this week with more design-related news but here are a couple quick notes:

  • Living in a renovation is not as horrible as I thought but it’s also a little worse than I expected.  The hubby is being a trooper but I’m pretty sure he’s miserable.

  • Moving away from the ocean is a little sad but this view makes up for it.

I don’t think Nala agrees with me.  I think she’s a little depressed in her new surroundings.  But I would be too if I there were always people in the house banging away and waking me from my slumber.

  • Our wonderful friends flew all the way from New Jersey to help us install our hardwood floors.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get as far as we hoped while they were here but we had a good time and, more importantly, we got to spend time with this little angel:


I’m excited because we’re in the design phase of the project so I’ll be sharing all the plans. Glad to be back!



Moving Day!!

Craziness is happening at the house and I’m here with the movers trying to empty the apartment. Sad to be leaving this view:

20121031-110719.jpg And Nala will have no more of this:

20121031-110813.jpg But I’m excited for the new adventures in LA and living in a partially renovated house. Let the games begin!!

Crazy Week Ahead

Happy Monday!

I’ll likely be MIA this week as I’m packing and moving into the unfinished house on Wednesday. I thought I had a good start on packing but with the trip to Chicago and Detroit, I’m super screwed with the amount that needs to be done before the movers arrive (or I’ll pay them to pack which makes no financial sense).

Anyway, I came back from my trip to find that my contractor had completed everything I asked and the house looks AH-mazing. I have a kitchen, pantry, powder room, and master bathroom with proper plumbing, electrical and a little bit of drywall! Inspections are tomorrow and then the pretty stuff comes in!


I’m so happy about the progress! I’ll leave you with a pic of how Nala spent her weekend.


Traveling Today and New Walls

I’m on the road traveling today but I had a very productive day yesterday with our inspections going well, the kitchen and new powder room demo’d and ready for framing, and the bedroom walls and ceilings are all finished.

The guys have a work plan for the next few days while I’m gone and I hope that everything gets done during my absence. We’re only 6 day away from move in. Yikes!

So my current dilemma is what to do about the walls. I planned on adding wallpaper to most rooms but now that the walls are as smooth as a baby’s bottom, I don’t want to touch them (plus I’m traumatized by my pathetic attempt to remove the last wallpaper). I’ll post some of the wallpaper ideas next week but look at these smooth walls. They make me so happy!!



It’s the little things ;).

Renovation Realities: Decisions Decisions

This might be completely obvious to most people but there are many decisions to make when renovating a house.  I think the adjective “many” is not strong enough as it feels like MILLIONS of decisions.  On any given day, you are making decisions about small and large issues and sometimes you need to make them with little time to think about it.  

As a designer, it’s fun to make decisions about other people’s houses and spaces.  It’s almost as if I can look at the space and meet with the client and quickly have an idea of how I think the space should come together.  This initial idea might change over time as I work with the client but it’s very rare that I just have no ideas or am hesitant in making suggestions.  

This is the exact opposite of how I feel about my own house.  I’ve been planning and thinking about the house for months now and I’m still hesitant to pull the trigger on certain things.  It’s almost ridiculous in that I spend hours researching, I go to the store to see the product, and then redo it all a few weeks later.  This indecisiveness has left me scrambling this past week trying to finally pick the tile and bath fixtures because the contractor is ready for them NOW!  So now I’m kicking myself for being such an arse and not buying it weeks ago and might be forced to compromise and get my second choice items because I was so lame.  

So the advice this week from Renovation Realities is to be prepared to make decisions and try not to procrastinate. 🙂

Renovation Realities: Progress!!

So over the last week, there has been a ton of action at the house.  We still have a long way to go before it’s pretty but I’m so excited to see actual progress.

Here’s what’s happened in the last 6 days:

A lead abatement company came and removed all the tile that contained lead.

New windows were installed.

New plumbing has begun.

The new ceiling fixtures in the bedrooms are wired.

All the walls (and ceiling) in the bedrooms and hall have been skim coated and just waiting on one coat to make it super smooth.

Wish me luck because the next week is going to be crazy as it’s the last 10 days before we move in to this mess.  We have inspections, tile installations, more skim coating, etc. that all has to get done in the next week.  And to top it off, I had the audacity to plan a trip starting in the middle of the week and won’t be around for 4 days while the guys work.  I know it’s pure genius 🙂

Happy Monday!!

Tough Decisions: Wood Floors

If you follow me on Instagram (joystreetdesign) or Twitter, you likely know that we have a gorgeous chocolate labrador retriever named Nala.

She’s awesome in many ways but like all labs, she sheds like a beast.  She also has a tendency to vomit and it appears that she looks for any carpeted area (bypassing wood floors) when she does it.  All that being said, we (meaning the hubby) doesn’t want to have carpet in the new house.  So we’re looking for affordable solutions for putting hardwood floors in over 2000 square feet.

I’ve been dying for walnut floors in the new house.  However, walnut floors are terribly expensive ($8-$10/square foot) and evidently not very hard (a softer wood than most).  But aren’t they gorgeous.

So I could get a different type of wood (oak, hickory) that is stained in a walnut finish:

Hickory stained in a walnut finish

But recently, I came across a new-to-me type of wood that has similar variations and tones to walnut called Acacia.

It’s a little busier than walnut but I think it looks gorgeous once all down.  The price point is good ($4-5/square foot) and it’s a super hard-wearing wood.
What do you think?  It’s a big chunk of change and essentially no take-backs (:-)) once it’s down.  It’s on sale for the next four days so I’ll have to make a decision!
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