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Grand Tour: Master Bath

Monday, October 5th, 2009

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m a big believer in making your home your personal refuge from the world. I’d rather spend my money on feathering my nest than taking a grand vacation.  Those new to this blog should know that we expanded our home in a (nightmarish) remodel back in 2006, but never got around to finishing the master bath, mostly due to lack of funds.  Over the past year, we’ve slowly been finishing the space.  And this past weekend, we put the finishing touches on the master bathroom.  Yippeeeeee !

Five years ago, before we expanded our home, our master bathroom was not a pleasant prepping area.  At least not for me.  It was so so very tiny.  So small that Mr. CG and I were elbowing each other and quarreling over counter space.  I finally resorted to primping in the children’s bathroom.  But not any more darlin’.  All of that has now changed.

We’ve purposely doubled the size of our bathroom and budgeted in room for a separate primping zones.  One year ago, the space you’re about to tour was nothing more than sheetrock and a plywood floor.  At last, at last, at last it is finished !

Welcome to our sanctuary.  Away from the world.  Away from the kids !

Come on in !

I feel like I’m living in the lap of luxury in here.  We had the cabinets custom made.  They are alder wood with a walnut stain.

We topped the counters with inexpensive cultured marble instead of the real thing.  Modern cultured marble is easeir to maintain and you can get the lastest versions with a pure white surface and with bullnosed or ogee edges.  The mirror is the Florentine by Hitchcock Butterfield.

The toilet is hidden behind a door for privacy.


And you’ve seen the bathtub zone before.

This inexpensive chandelier over the tub is a favorite detail – found at a local home improvement store.



And you’ve also seen the master shower before too.

This pair of towel hooks are another favorite detail.


Here is my personal vanity, in an old Hollywood style where I prep and powder my nose and also paint my little girl’s toenails.


Beauty products are organized with kitchen drawer dividers:

Now if only I could keep these little munchkins preoccupied elsewhere. But it’s totally not happening.


Double vanity.  Plenty of elbow room.  And they lived happily ever after!

The paint color is my own custom blend.  1/3 Behr ‘Mountain Creek’,  1/3 Restoration Hardware ‘Silver Sage’ and 1/3 ‘Swiss Coffee’ white. 

So there it is, the whirlwind tour.  It’s quite a big change from a year ago!  And it is a dream come true for both of us.  After ten years of marriage, it’s nice to have a little sanctuary to call our own.   At least, until we’re invaded by you know who.



Parisian Powder Room

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

I love all things Paris. Not Hilton. The City. 

My downstairs half bath, or powder room, is only 7 feet long by 3 feet wide.  Needless to say, it is a very small space.  When I redid la toilette, I wanted to give it a light, airy feeling, and also a little French flair.  

On the wall color choice, I took the easy road, and I painted it about six months ago ‘Silver Sage’ by Restoration Hardware.  I also added a curtain I found on clearance for $49 while picking out the paint.  It is the Etched Filigree drape, done in what Restoration Hardware calls “the French devoré manner—a process that burns out fabric, leaving a lacy design”.  The color of the drape?  You guessed it: Silver Sage.

powder from left best

The filigree drape doesn’t provide much privacy, so we do have a pull down shade any guest can access.  However, there is a very large bouganvilla plant outside that obstructs anyone’s view in, and also provides a garden view from the inside.

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