Dave the Builder and I had big, big plans for the renovation of our new house, which also happens to be my childhood home. My parents moved in with us last year and we agreed to give them the master suite. That decision meant it was time for the guest bathroom remodeling ideas to begin.
The before pictures have been lost in the shuffle, but you don’t need a great imagination to envision what we were working with. A vast knowledge of outdated ugly will do.
The first question Dave the Builder posed was “Are you going to leave the existing tile walls?” I don’t care for what is involved with the removal of ceramic tile. The bathroom walls had the original gray and green decorative 4″ square tiles, randomly placed on a background of predominately white 4″ square tiles. Not exactly atrocious, but leaning more to the tune of forty plus year old taste. I did not want to remove the timeless white tiles. Why? Because you see the exact same tiles used today. We cut around and extracted the gray and green tiles, replacing them with 4″ glass tiles. The original ceramic floor was left in place, and we overlaid it with 12″ square slate purchased from Lowe’s.
Step three involved the removal of a double flush mount sink vanity. We replaced it with a piece of custom built furniture for the wow factor effect. We removed the wood top, replacing it with a solid marble top and decorative single sink and faucet from the Artist Editions collection by Kohler.
The gorgeous framed mirror was a gift from my equally gorgeous mother-in-law.
Now came the time to select colors and make the decision to paint or paper. I selected a classic brown Toile pattern with blue background wallpaper by York to enhance the colors of the slate floor and vanity.
Dave wanted to go with a dark brown glass tile, and I wanted to go with Café au lait glass tile. We compromised with the old half and half trick.
I wish Lamps Plus partnered with the United Mileage Plus program. It would be Viva Las Vegas time! The four light bronze bathroom fixture perfectly matched the mirror frame.
One successful shopping trip to our local Marshall’s for guest towels, and one easy order placed at JCPenney for the shower curtain set put us in home decor business.
I could not be happier with the finished product. It was the logical, practical and most cost efficient choice for us to make. Our renovation and remodel repertoire grows.
If you’re a TV child of the 70s, it’s probably safe to assume you remember a particular question from a little show long on corny and short on my do we really have to watch this nerve. As much as I tried to forget the corny antics of the Hee Haw gang throughout most of my teenage years, invariably I hear “Hey, Grandpa, What’s for Supper?” in my ear every time I ponder what’s for dinner supper ideas.
Hee Haw was a Saturday night must see TV staple in our house. Country music, silly skits and rounds of pickin’ and grinnin’ rang out from the Zenith. Yes. I did chuckle when Grandpa Jones answered the “Hey, Grandpa, What’s for Supper?” with his here’s what’s on the menu tonight menu monologue. Speaking of questions, here’s another question for you. Dinner vs. supper. What say you?
Talking on the telephone to my best friend is a nightly ritual. The topic of conversation eventually turns to our modern-day version of what’s for supper/dinner. If I had a nickel for every time…
Apples don’t fall far from family trees. During a recent phone conversation, and surprised by the words coming out of my mouth, I asked the question “Hey Grandpa, What’s for Supper?” You could have heard a corn shuck hit the floor. I waited for my friend to graciously excuse my gaffe and overlook my slip of the retro tv tongue sin. It appears great television kids of the 70s think alike. Without missing a beat she answered the question beginning with the words, “Here’s what’s on the menu tonight.”
Regardless of how the question is posed, it is asked so we can glean info and culinary ideas from each other. All cooks at one time or another draw a blank when it comes to tasty, healthy, easy and appealing menu ideas to suit and set the family round table. As I stood in front of the pantry wondering for the 8,629th time what to make for dinner, I spied a package of taco seasoning mix and connected the dots to the rotisserie chicken in the refrigerator. Rotisserie chicken served in the traditional entrée sense is good for a one time only offering around the Places In The Home dinner table. Time to get with the culinary inspiration program!
Chicken taco lettuce wraps it is. Shredded leftover rotisserie chicken, taco seasoning, one heaping tablespoon of onion flakes, 2/3 cup water, and the juice of one lemon hit a waiting skillet. Over medium high heat, I stirred all the ingredients together until heated through. I put the butter lettuce wrap logic in motion and built my taco house upon it. Believe me, I know I didn’t reinvent the wheel, but I did put enough of a spin on the average hard shell or soft chicken taco to please. These tacos were olé hell yeah good! Guess what my friend served her family for dinner the next night? The power of palette persuasion is the what’s for dinner supper ideas point. I think even Grandpa would be proud to shout this menu from his window on the cornfield. Yum-Yum!
Movies are not the only thing Hollywood does well. Some of the most memorable motion pictures in the history of cinema are not simply known for their cast or cinematic content, but for the classic Hollywood interiors of big screen legend.
When the architectural vision of near perfection captures the viewers attention and commands top billing it doesn’t necessarily speak to the weakness of the movie, but to the strength of the chosen piece of real estate.
Nineteen sixty seven is dear to my heart. It is the year I turned five, the year The Beatles introduced the world to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the year one of my favorite movies, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, was released.
I hit the Turner Classic Movies jackpot when I noticed it was on the afternoon viewing schedule. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner holds my attention on three points:
A relevant and positive message.
Three Academy Award winning actors showing why they deserved Academy Awards.
Something’s Gotta Give is a four star design winner on every level. To describe this space as just romantic, peaceful, and elegant doesn’t fit it well. It is the perfect, lovely, sexy, and inviting setting for the lady of the manor to discover that in fact her mojo hasn’t left the building, and for the viewer to glean a few ideas of their own in both the love and decor departments.
Some people think it is too safe- a boring option hinting at a lack of decorating imagination. It’s not that it is safe or boring, but that it is a great choice of classic color scheme to build your design and decor upon. This point is evident throughout the interiors and exteriors in the film It’s Complicated.
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Barton Cottage in Sense and Sensibility, the period drama film based on Jane Austen’s 1811 novel of the same name,remains one of my favorite movie houses. It possesses a quaint English charm suited to the period piece and period pieces featured in the film.
Set decorator Susan Bode Tyson wonderfully re-created Julia Child’s kitchen for the film Julie & Julia, a film contrasting the early years of Julia Child’s life culinary career with Julie Powell, the New York blogger who deliciously mastered the culinary detail of cooking all 524 recipes printed in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook, one recipe per day for one year.
My husband and I now live in the house I grew up in. The house was built in 1965 by my parents, underwent two major renovations under their ownership, and recently challenged us to our own up-to-date home improvement ideas renovation. The standard issue formal living room/dining room combination of the 1960’s ranch house served its entertaining, special occasion shower or tea and makeshift photography studio for homecoming and prom pictures purposes for many years. Thankfully, my mother received the all good things come to an end memo and did away with the design relic during the great renovation of 1986. Let me show you our home improvement ideas.
My mother had the design idea to turn the formal living room into a formal dining room, and repurpose the small formal dining space into a sitting parlor. What designs worked for the previous homeowners is not working for the current homeowners. Here’s the new home improvement ideas plan: keep the formal dining room space in place, but with one major design modification. I’m a huge fan of taking down walls and opening up a space to new design and decor possibilities, so taking down the wall between the sitting parlor and the kitchen it is. With the home improvement ideas flowing, it’s bye-bye swinging ’60s, get down tonight ’70s, and don’t you forget about how you hated the decorating trends of the ’80s interior design.
As soon as the subject of home improvement ideas came up, Dave the Builder read my mind. “The wall is coming down, isn’t it?” Call me Mr. President, because we’re taking down that wall. It was really the only option. Running the numbers through my head convinced me even more I was on the right track. It would be much more cost efficient to repurpose the existing rooms to emphasize function, relaxed formality and flow.
Though the eight foot ceilings are not exactly a hot design favorite, they are not a design deal breaker either. We vaulted the ceiling in the foyer and added the decorative molding to accommodate our modern day taste.
As I snapped the shot the bulb went out. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
For less than $200 we added the beveled glass panes to the front door unit. The five figure estimate we got from the architect to raise the ceilings throughout the house put a big “that ain’t happening” damper on that idea real fast.
Subtle replacements, salvaged fixtures, deeply discounted flooring and wholesale lots helped to make this a cost efficient update.
Two and a half rooms down with a few more to come. Stay tuned.
It came to me one evening as I was going over the afternoon spent with family that the walls and windows of a home frame so much more than the house, they frame the life lived within. Think of it in terms of a baseball diamond. The entire game starts and ends at home plate. The bases represent milestones in the lives we lead, the good & bad in between, and the memories made along the way.
Your home should provide the calm in the storm, and reflect the personalities of those seeking shelter. Scarlett O’Hara worked her fingers to the bone in war ravaged fields, and Dorothy walked off a month’s worth of calories on the yellow brick road for it. A rebel with a cause and a Kansas farm girl both knew the score. Home, there really is no place like it.
Each space within the home should have a personality all its own. I feel I’ve done my best interior decorating work when a space stands on its own while creating a key essential- the all important and pleasing interior decorating flow. In the name of all that is tasteful, try not to be guilty of subjecting others to a interior decorating snafu guaranteed to result in Pretty Baby Face Syndrome (PBFS). Allow me to explain.
Your close friends have recently had a baby and all they can talk about is how precious little Johnnie or little Susie is. The proud parents present their bundle of joy and immediately you begin to experience Pretty Baby Face Syndrome(PBFS). It’s too late at this point, and the window of control over your reaction has just closed. Smack dab across the middle of your face is one part fear and two parts shock.
I don’t believe I’m going out on a limb here by saying precious is probably not the first word that comes to your scrambled mind. Being the good friend you are (and an even better actor) you will gracefully pull it all together, aiming in the end to save not only the day, but the friendship as well. Time will bring beauty to the baby. Together, you and I will bring beauty to your home. I’m big on celebrating the homeowner’s individuality and decorating choices. You own, lease, or rent the house- stand tall and own your interior design, decorating and home decor choices. Just remember to go with the interior decorating flow.
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