Visit our other brands: danishdesignstore.com, adogslife.net

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Inspiration Monday: A D.I.Y. Bathroom Makeover

Becky

Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
Leave a comment!

I’ve been wanting to show you my good friend Richard’s economic and fabulous bathroom redo for quite sometime, but I’ve been holding back because the pictures are terrible and don’t do it justice. However, bad as my photography skills are, it’s still worth showing. Most of the fixtures including Richard’s dream Murano-esque light chandy came from a big box store, the tiles came from Floor Decor and More, and the vintage clawfoot tub was simply reglazed. So here’s the makeover!

The “Before”: A crumbly moldy bungalow bathroom with a fabulous clawfoot tub that was painted with peeling pink paint, linoleum peel-and-stick tile, a painting covering up a window and old fixtures.

The After:

Simple square white porcelain tiles and decorative black border tiles from discount chain Floor Decor and More:

A simple vanity and mirror from Lowe’s:

A re-enameling of the original tub, and a new shower curtain:

Oh too hard to see, but a fabulous black chandy from Lowe’s replaces the hideous original one, as well as a black paint job from Richard and his parents!

O.K. so I am a HORRENDOUS photographer and in my defense, this bathroom was too small to be able to get good shots of and all I had was my iPhone, but it’s a great example of how to completely redo a full bath with under $5,000 in your budget. In this case, the total elements were floor tile, wall tile, re-enameling of the tub, a new vanity, mirror and fixtures, shower curtain, light fixtures and a splurge on the border tile. Oh, and yes, a father that knows how to tile and plumb, and the sweat equity put in by Richard and his father!

Share

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

I Gotta Hand it to GOOP

Becky

Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
Leave a comment!

At first, Gwenyth Paltrow’s website, GOOP, annoyed me to no end. I don’t know why, because I really like her – as an actress, she seems really cool, and one time on Oprah she described a hilarious teenage prank she and her friend played on Arnold Schwartzenegger when he lived next door to her family and it’s made me like her ever since. But GOOP seemed so pretentious and name-droppy. However, since then I have heard her explain that she has been able to do a lot of extraordinary things in her life, and wants to share what she finds out with her friends and anyone else who wants to know as well, so I’m softening on the whole GOOP thing, sitting back, and enjoying the newsletters. Unless they have to do with Tracy Anderson – those just make me feel irrationally bad that I am not size 00 and that I don’t survive on fish and kale.

Today there is a post about how Annette Joseph renovated Gwynnie’s temporary apartment in Nashville that was really fun to read – the apartment was ripped down to a shell, rebuilt and re-decorated in TEN DAYS! The only thing I don’t like are those cheap knockoffs from the discount website – if I’m going to get an iconic chair, I’m not going to settle for some Canal Streetish wannabe, copycat version of it, I’m going to save and save and get the one that’s really special. Wow, I ‘m just full of personal opinions in this quick link post, perhaps I should just give you the link and shut the heck up! Here’s a teaser, starring a sofa from Blu Dot:

Share

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Dream Loft Real Estate (Atlanta)

Becky

Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
6 Comments »

I was dropping stuff off at the Salvation Army on the West Side of Midtown Atlanta last week (yup, my effort to avoid winding up on Hoarders continues – this was from attic crawl space number three) and I found myself completely taken by Allied Factory Lofts. As I stopped to take a picture, I noticed that one of the units was for sale. While I live in a cottage in town on a postage stamp lot, I sometimes dream of going more urban and moving into a loft. Not one of those brand new high rises that calls itself a loft building, but a true Flashdance-esque converted warehouse or factory. This place is a 2 bedroom/2 bath that has been super glammed up, and when I picked up the flyer, it was priced just under $300K:

I cannot even imagine how much this place would cost if it were in NYC! Anyway, if you are interested, the West Side is becoming very artsy and cool (salvage yards meet high end design shops, artist studios meet dive blues bars), and you can find out the details about it here.

Share

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

House Beautiful Follows a Sixties Ranch Modern Makeover

Becky

Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
2 Comments »

Do you ever read about someone and everything about them just resonates with you? I chuckled when I read that Annie Selke was downsizing from her 8 bedroom 1887 Berkshires house to a sixties ranch half its size because “I knew I had to move after watching Grey Gardens on HBO. I thought ‘That could be me one day, surrounded by my dogs and piles of old magazines, with raccoons living in the empty rooms.’” Hmmm, that sounds so familiar – I wonder if Annie has ever caught an episode of Hoarders on A&E? She also recommends hiring an opinionated professional organizer and leaving town when you sell off the leftovers. In addition, she says she was drawn to her current sixties ranch house because she was in a Mad Men frame of mind. Oh, by the way, Annie is the visionary behind Pine Cone Hill, and as I was reading this article I was wearing the softest pink fuzzy Pine Cone Hill top that my mom gave me for Christmas (every woman in our family now has one. If you’ve never tried their PJs, I highly recommend them!).

So, I read all about Annie in the February 2010 issue of House Beautiful that arrived today. I am so excited to follow their new year-long series which will follow Annie as she renovates her new ranch. Her friend and architect, John Gilmer, will be helping her every step of the way.

While you’re going to have to buy the current issue of HB in order to follow Annie, it’s worth it. Here’s a peek at another one of her designs on the cover a year ago.

Already a House Beautiful fan? Don’t miss the ladies of The Skirted Roundtable chatting with Stephen Drucker, the Editor-in-Chief of HB.

House Beautiful cover photographed by John Kernick

Share

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Monty’s House

Becky

Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
1 Comment »

A friend of ours up in Maine told us where he was working on a house so we went and checked it out. At the edge of the forest where the dark, moss-covered spruce trees meet the cliffs of the rugged coastline, Marty’s house is perched on a bunch of footings. The house was built, I believe, in the sixties, and the renovation was more for safety than anything else. Most of the original feel appears to remain – it seems like a modern Scandanavian kit house, and it has such a perfect relationship with its sublime site. These were the best pictures I could get from outside on the deck of a place that’s private property, check them out:

Share