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Powder Room Redo

A client came to us a few weeks ago asking for help with a quick update of her powder room. We LOVE designing powder rooms because you can do a lot in a little space…because you’re not in there very long, it can be a little more “out there” and interesting.

So we quickly pulled together a new look for that WC and ended up here…

Client Powder Room Update

Our client wanted a little glam and I think we achieved that!  The ceiling fixture is a great change from the overhead flushmount with built in fan.

We ended up switching out the vanity–the one in the inspiration board came damaged and so our client substituted  it with a beautiful rustic wood one from Restoration Hardware that has a phenomenal curved edge. Also, the original mirror was on sale at Anthropologie and sold out before we could grab it so ended up with a great alternative.  Here’s the before and after…

Before & After Powder Room


Our client is thrilled with how her project turned out and it was completed in just a few weeks.

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Client Project Update

For the past few months, we’ve been working with a great couple helping them update their master bathroom. This is the design we landed on with them.

We had a chance to go and check on progress yesterday and thought we’d share a few progress shots…

Client Master Bathroom

The porcelain floor is just gorgeous. It’s the perfect balance of gray and taupe so it’s not too cold.

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And here you can see a peek of the shower floor which is a hexagon marble with inlay. The shower walls are a simple white subway tile with dark gray grout. There will be a bench in the glass-doored shower that is just a marble slab.

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Mirrors and sconces will go in next week along with paint. We’re planning on doing a very light greige on the walls, then doing a patterned roman shade on the window. Will keep you updated!

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Front Porch Living

It’s yet to feel like Spring is here, but we had a little taste of it this weekend and I want more. One of my favorite things to do in the summer, is hand my kids a bunch of sidewalk chalk and hang out on my front porch. So what makes a good front porch?

For me, it starts with the basics: a good front door (I tend to go classic colors on mine like this rich BM Hale Navy), a great light with clear glass shade, simple accessories in contemporary numbers, doorbell and a no-frills mailbox. The next thing to bring in that is invaluable is two comfortable chairs and a combo of affordable pillows. I love these ones from IKEA for a covered porch. Then bring in a ceramic stool in a contrasting color so you have somewhere to set down that evening cocktail you’ll be enjoying while your kids ride bikes in front of your house (sound Americana enough??) I like to use boxwoods in varying sizes of the same pot; at the end up the summer you can plant the boxwoods and enjoy them all year.

Front Porch Living


I like to keep my front porch design simple…nothing too showy from the road (maybe the modest Canadian part of me coming out!) Hopefully soon we’ll all be able to actually hang out outside soon.

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