Remodel Woes

Bathtub Bliss

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

I almost didn’t post this article.  This almost never happened.

Not because I don’t want to talk to you all.  Believe me, I do. It’s just that I am dangerously close to disappearing from the earth into a new twilight zone known as my master bathtub.

Now I am a gal who finds no greater bliss than taking an evening bubble bath.  A hot bath + a glass of red wine + a bit of dark chocolate + my iPod + twenty minutes to myself = priceless.  No vacation spot could ever compare.

Since I am an attorney, I feel a warning label is appropriate at this time.

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Now that I’ve finally put the finishing touches on my master bathtub space, you may never ever ever EVER hear from me again.

bath from side

It looks posh, but compared to most designer spaces, it really wasn’t that expensive.

Do you want to see the ‘Before’ ?

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DIY: Invisible Trellis

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

When we began our remodel in 2005, it required that we dramatically grade our rear yard to accommodate for the extension of the home.  Our rear yard has an uphill slope.  After all the tractors departed, I was left with a gigantic six foot eyesore of a retaining wall.  The only way to cover it was with clever plantings.

In the spring of 2008, I started the landscaping process by making my own invisible trellis to hide the wall.  An invisible trellis is an inexpensive way to train a vine up a wall without the expenditure and installation of wood lattice or a metal trellis.

Here’s a look at my version up close:

An invisible trellis is very easy to install, and virtually maintenance free.  The only tools you need are a drill for pilot holes, wire cutters, and a measuring tape.  The only supplies you’ll need are screw eyes and galvanized steel wire, pictured below.

 

The first step is to map out your trellis on your wall or fence.  I used a pencil to mark off the location for the screw eyes along the upper diagonal of my wall, then created a vertical and horizontal grid 12 inches apart.  The second step is to drill pilot holes where you’ve marked the location for your screw eyes.  Once all of your screw eyes are installed, simply connect the eyes with your galvanized wire to form the trellis.

The invisible trellis virtually disappears on the wall, and allows the beautiful vine to put on a show.  And here is the wall after installing the invisible trellis, a citrus tree, and some shrubs.  It’s amazing how greenery can turn something functional into something lovely.

 

Last summer, I planted two pink bower vines, a type of jasmine.  In summer, my bower vines give me pink trumpet shaped blooms with dark pink throats.  The added bonus is that the plant is an evergreen, so it stays green all winter long, hiding my wall throughout the year.

 

 

For another brief tutorial by Martha on installing an invisible trellis, look here.

Happy trellising !

 

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Doll of a Wall Mirror

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

I’ve got this thing for wall mirrors in sets of three.  Come to think of it, I try to display anything in sets of three.  To me, in décor, odd numbers reign, and trios are just more interesting than pairs. 

So I found this set of mirrors last week at the local Goodwill that called out my name.  “Kate, over here, over here !”   Alas, the poor downtrodden mirrors had been sitting in a corner all by themselves.  Apparently, from what history I could gather, these mirrors used to belong to a dresser, but sadly had been abandoned by their bigger mate.  But oh, the potential within !  You know I have a soft spot for hidden potential, so naturally I brought said mirrors home with me.   

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