Lighting in the Bathroom

Hi guys!

The school year is in full swing for most of the household and I, for one, am loving it!  Of course, I dreaded going back to a full-on routine with checking homework, regular showers (for them!) and finding lost shoes when all hell has broken loose in the am.  But now that we’re at it, it’s nice…

You’d think I’d instantly have some free time, but I’ve still got the tiny at home until Sept. 1 when he starts preschool.  Once he’s in school (cue Hallelujah!!) I’m really hoping I can knock out some projects that require all my brain cells.  I seriously cannot focus with a 3 year old around.

I’ve got a few projects in mind but I’d love to finally get a chandi back into the master bath.  I don’t want to force it though… it’s gotta be PERFECT!

Awhile back, I ripped out this photo from Architectural Digest.  It was one of their best bathrooms of 2016… Feast yo eyeballs!!

What strikes me most is the vibe… masculine, clean, timeless, sleek, modern.  I just love it.  And I LOVE the Rewire chandelier.  It’s a measly $9,500 plus tax.

So, uhm, that’s out.  But I think I can still get a similar look, hopefully at a fraction of the cost!

Here are a few that I’m considering…

First up, the ubiquitous West Elm mobile chandelier.  I’ve seen it in person and it is very nice.  I don’t love the cord situation, but it’s not terrible or anything… I wouldn’t be reinventing the wheel here, but it’s a good option for sure.

Surprisingly, I found this great option on ebay, Industrial 2/4/6 Lights, and I think it looks pretty awesome!  It’s just that for the price, I’m not really sure how it will look in person.  But it’s pretty close to what I’m looking for… and I like the 4 light version too!!

Though not sputnik-style, there is something I really dig about this Restoration Harware Cosmos option.  It’s classy and traditional, and with RH you know the quality is there.

This amazing find, is called Miro and it’s SO good.  But at 25″, is it too small??

What do you think?  I know that I want to get rid of the steps, and eventually change out the tile, but I’m not sure about the tub… keep it built in?  Get a free standing?  SO MANY IDEAS!!

Statement Niches!

Hi there!

Looking for a trend that could actually save you money and looks fabulous?!? YES!!

I’m so digging the fancy, statement bathroom niche trend!  Keep the surrounding tile simple (and affordable), then spend just a little for a WOW moment in the niche.  It’s such a great idea!

One day, in the far future, when I redo the tile in my master bath, I may just have to get me a fergilicious niche!!

The one negative?  Your bottles are totally on display!  Including that nubby soap bar and bright pink razor… Ooohhh, they should start making brass and glass razors.  Heart-eye Emoji!!

Topps Tiles, Katie Campbell, Ardesia Design, Fireclay, Erica Gelman

So, that’s what’s on my mind today!  With 3 of 4 boys in school and still recovering from my vacation cold (why?!?!) I’m slowly getting back into the rhythm of real life.  It’s hard, right??  I’ve been describing the summer as this big black hole, because when you have kids around the house, you don’t want to work, you don’t want to sand tables – you just want to play all day!!

Are you guys in the same boat?

Entry Vignette

Hi guys!

Per the norm, I’m switching things up around here.  I like trying out different pieces in new areas of the house and whenever I buy a new toy I’m all about putting it front and center!

I decided to take a few quick shots of how the area across from the front door has changed – quick shots, people.  I have this small wall space where the Nest and a light switch live.  It used to look like this,

And now, it’s looking like so…

I’m not sure if you remember that I found this antique with a broken leg for around $40… refresh yo memory here.  Luckily, I was able to remove the glue that was previously used and fix her up!!  The dresser sticks out a little farther than I’d like, but I really love it and this is probably the only place I can put it.  I changed nothing else, as you can tell, and didn’t even bother covering the light switch.  Doh.  Hey, maybe I’ll even plant something in that pot one of these days!

I’m not entirely good at vignettes, though.  I just gather things that I like and hope for the best.  I tweak here and there until it’s not hurting my eyeballs, and really just roll with the theory, “If I like looking at it, it’s working.”

Of course, there are people that make a pretty penny out of fabulous vignettes!  Here are a few, in entryways, that caught my eye…


Nate Berkus

AVE Styles

I prefer the collected, haphazard look to something so perfect that there’s no way people actually live there.  You?

And right now I have my vintage Asian console for sale on Chairish.  Check it out!