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storage solution: under the sink

Love, love, love! Any way to increase storage under a sink is great in my book. And, I think drawers are essential in a bathroom; they are much more convenient than deep cabinets for small things like toothpaste and hair brushes.

I would also use this application for the “spa” cabinets many clients request right now. These often have an open shelf below the sink, which is a great look, but cuts out a lot of valuable storage. With this cut-out drawer, you could do both!

What do you think? Is this something you would put in your home?

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One way to tackle the storage space beneath your bathroom or kitchen sink is to put in a bank of drawers. Drawers are one way to ensure that you’re using every inch of cabinet space since you can pull them all the way out (with the help of full-extension glides) and get to the very back and bottom of the cabinet.

In this bathroom, we designed a bank of drawers under this sink. The top ‘drawer’ is false, while the second one is cut in a U shape to accommodate the plumbing. The bottom drawer is full-sized with a notch cut out of the very back, and it’s deep enough to store toilet paper, bottles of shampoo standing up, bathroom cleaners and other toiletries.

 
 
 

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Ferguson Offers Dream Bath Giveaway

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting has launched a Dream Bath Giveaway featuring up to $50,000 in Kohler products! Continue reading

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Contemporary Tile Design

I had the pleasure of working with a couple building a fantastic contemporary home in Hudson.  The home was designed by a local architect in Hudson, and I was hired to assist the homeowners with their interior selections.

I enjoy custom tile design, and had a blast working on this home!  We used the same porcelain tile in both bathrooms, but arranged it differently to define each space.

The main tile is a green-gray concrete look; the accent tile is actually a striped tile incorporating deeper greens, taupe and caramel tones!  We also used some irridescent green glass tiles as an accent in both spaces for a little sparkle.

So far, I have only been able to photograph the bathrooms; I hope to get shots of their fantastic kitchen at some point, as well, which includes recycled glass countertops from Vetrazzo and a gorgeous wall of glass mosiac tile!  The cabinetry throughout the home is bamboo, which adds such warmth to the spaces.

I would love to hear what you think of the tile design; it is a very subtle pattern, but adds just enough custom flair.  Leave your comments here!

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Poll: Bathroom Color

Personally, I like the colors of water in a bathroom – shades of green and blue are lovely and soothing.  What is your favorite bathroom color?

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Curtains For Me

I FINALLY got around to making a little cafe curtain for my newly-repainted bathroom.  If you recall, I removed the wallpaper in this bathroom during the summer, and painted Sherwin Williams “Vast Sky” on the walls.  The window used to be covered with a very sad, very dusty vinyl mini-blind – leftover from the previous owners of my home.  Just last week, I finally completed the cafe curtain:

My bathroom window - finally pretty!

If you have never made a cafe curtain, you may not realize that they can be a little bit of a pain – at least for those of us who are not gifted seamstresses.  I can sew a straight line (barely), but adding a lining to this curtain made everything more complicated.  I have a new appreciation for my drapery workrooms, and will never complain about pricing!  What they do is so specialized, and it’s something I cannot do for myself (or at least, I don’t want to do it myself).  That, alone, makes their labor charges well worth the money.

I used a fabric from Greenhouse Design (link on the right of my blog), and I just LOVE it!  My mom calls it a Dr. Suess fabric – and I can see why.  The brightly colored, but stylized floral pattern is outlined in black – much like the illustrations in a Dr. Suess book.  Since the art of Dr. Suess is some of my all-time favorite stuff, that’s just fine with me.  This tiny little curtain adds so much personality to my little bathroom, at a minimum of cost.  One yard of fabric was all I needed, along with a $8 tension curtain rod.  Let me know what you think!  Design on a budget can still be fun!

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Custom Tile Work

Custom tile can be tricky – there are so many parts and pieces to figure out.  From base trim, in corners, out corners, chair rails, end caps, bullnose and field tile to murals, inserts and borders, it can be a challenge to measure correctly!  A good tile installer is a must, and ordering correctly is essential.  Custom tile is not inexpensive, but it does add a one-of-a-kind detail to your home.  No other home will have exactly what you do.  Isn’t that nice to know?  Take a peek at some recent tile design I completed:

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Progress…

A sneak peek!  I'll show you the finished product as soon as it's complete!

A sneak peek! I'll show you the finished product as soon as it's complete!

For those of you following the saga of my bathroom wall project, I wanted to post pics of the progress I have made this weekend. The paint is now complete! The paint I used is Vast Sky from Sherwin Williams. Except for the inevitable touch-up needed when I pull off the tape, that part of the project is finished! Good riddance, I say! Next on the agenda is sewing a new curtain for the window with some amazing fabric I found at Greenhouse Design – see it here.   As soon as I get that part of the project complete, I’ll post more pics! I think you will be amazed at the transformation from such a simple (if not time consuming) project.

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