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Client Update

This summer, we’ve been working with a wonderful family in Evanston on a full-home renovation. They want their home to be transitional with some fun details, but timeless.  Nothing is complete (and you know we’ve been terrible at shooting our final projects anyway so don’t keep your hopes up!) but here are some less-than-stellar iPhone progress pics.

Kitchen lights are in and amazing. David Hicks pendants you never disappoint!

Two of their three girls are sharing this bathroom. Because it’s a bathroom for young kids, we didn’t want the choices to be too expensive so we used affordable materials in a fun way. A great porcelain tile was laid herringbone style, simple subway tile got a dark gray grout and for a little fun we did marble bubble tile on the shower nooks.

In the master bathroom, they really wanted their shower to be a statement so we did a gorgeous accent wall with a marble mosaic tile.  SO pretty!  The floor is a large hex which contrasts nicely with the tighter swirl on the accent wall. And who doesn’t love a statement light in their bathroom?

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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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