Weekend Reading

May 15th, 2015

Hello and happy weekend! Summer is quickly approaching and the kids have only 3 weeks of school remaining. I spent yesterday drafting a makeshift yet flexible calendar for June through August and this year I allotted plenty of down time. I find as the years go by and the children grow almost as tall as me that I want very much to slow down. Slow it all down, the days, weeks, and months, before everything changes and they’re no longer under my roof.

I’m off to Las Vegas again for just a few days to oversee the kitchen and master bathroom countertop installation, in addition to a few other projects from plumbing to painting in the house we’re remodeling there. I’ll have a new update soon. Meanwhile here are the favorite links from the week…

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Living room trends.

This is such a delightful Santa Monica beach house.

Love the updates in this home makeover, especially the fireplace and brass shelving.

A pretty and budget friendly kitchen makeover.

A stylish and playful boy’s nursery.

Happy accidents and other wise decorating tips from mom.

Oh what fun! Attending the Derby is on my bucket list.

Here’s a handy herb growing chart.

A beautiful way to display family photos.

Teaching daughters about true beauty.

A refreshing approach to throwing children’s birthday parties.

On raising kids: exploration vs. "passion".

"Make me an offer, no mind tricks." A witty Craiglist ad.

My latest article at Lamps Plus: accents for an outdoor oasis.


Enjoy your weekend!


Wood Countertops in Bathrooms

May 14th, 2015

When we were looking for a countertop for our hall bathroom makeover, I knew I’d be painting the cabinets white so I wanted something economical that would provide warmth and contrast, so wood went straight to the top of the list. We chose a butcher block countertop, routed the edge, stained it dark, then used Waterlox to protect it. Two and a half years later, I’m happy to report our wood bathroom countertops have held up extremely well, there is no water damage and they still clean up very easily.

We also have a wood countertop in our kitchen and while it’s a higher maintenance surface (you can’t place anything hot on it or leave puddles of water for long periods of time) it also still looks beautiful 8 years after installation. A wood countertop in a bathroom has to be watched for signs of damage or rot because of its frequent exposure to moisture, but a product like polyurethane or Waterlox that renders it waterproof is the key to long term functionality and beauty.

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wood and white bathroom

a parallel architecture

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apartment therapy

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hooked on houses

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gray stained wood bathroom countertop

better homes and gardens

The live edge or wood slab raw edge against contrasting surfaces like porcelain or painted wood is a showstopper.

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jodie rosen design

navy vanity wood bathroom countertop


One of the reasons people turn to wood as a countertop in kitchens or bathrooms is the desire for more organic materials, a trend that has been growing in the past decade, one of several trends I’m highlighting over at the Interior Collective blog. Stop by and weigh in with your thoughts on the topic of trends in bathroom tile.

Have you thought about or installed a wood countertop in your bathroom? What did you treat it with and how has it held up?