9/26/17

Master Bathroom Remodel

At long last, my master bathroom is being remodeled.  The whole suite, in fact.

I feel like hitting an operatic high note and holding it for 30 seconds - or until I run out of breath.

This has been a long awaited project.

A while ago we discovered some issues with the plumbing in the tub and shower in this master bath. We decided to forgo the quick fix in the interest of really doing what we wanted  - to pull out the tub and put in a walk-in shower.  We had become 'empty-nesters' so moving to the guest bathroom wasn't much of an inconvenience. I just kept the goal of a complete remodel in my head.
The ugly before... after a little demo...
We were in the middle of a major remodel in the kitchen at the time, so I had a lot of time to plan and dream about the changes in my bedroom and bath.  The master bath hadn't been touched since its construction in the early 90's.  Oak vanity, cheap round bulb strip light fixtures, 2 inch white tile for the tub and shower, berber carpet...  It wasn't just a shower we were redoing, it was a whole room change.

Long. Awaited.
Inspiration...

demo-day


gutted


changing the tub drain to a floor drain


the hot mop - (my house smelled like tar)


first of the tile going up in the new shower
When we moved here I was so tuned in to what needed to be done to the main living spaces that neglected to follow my own advice - to focus on the master suite before the rest of the house - because its your sanctuary....  The rest of the house needed so much work that I put the 'sanctuary' last on the list.
love this gorgeous stone

Oscar.. the man!

And it was a long list.
love the new drain...

But now its happening and I'm over the moon excited.

I really do love remodeling.  I love taking everything away and starting fresh.  Its always good in a house that has been around for nearly 3 decades like mine, to see what is going on behind those walls and under that flooring.   In my case, I found a little water damage (rot) on my sub-floor from a past roof leak and rain damage (more rot) near the doors to the deck that needed repair.  The roof leak was a long ago repair, but the rain damage was hidden and could have caused problems later on.  It is no longer hidden and can be corrected so that it doesn't keep recurring.

just a bit of a glitch


all better


I also asked the guys to silence a very annoying creak in the flooring.  I figured, if it was creaking, it was flexing, and the thought of tile on top of that made me nervous.  Would my tile crack?   After many tries to muffle the squeaks with a whole lot of screws - to no avail - they had to remove baseboard and drywall to discover that the wall was no longer attached to the sub-floor in that area. Once it was reattached - no more squeaks.
check out this tile


over the moon!

There are a lot of wonderful things happening in this space, but I think I am most excited about painting this room a fresh new color!  I'm exploring those options - but first I need to choose grout color, pick up a new toilet, choose a medicine cabinet, sconces .... I'll update you later on the progress!

Hope you enjoyed the preview...

Best,
Claudine







8/1/17

ADDING EASY CUSTOM DETAILS TO YOUR HOME

The Hubs has a new hobby - he stalks Zillow, looking at all the places we could live and the amazing houses we could own in other places in America for the price of living in Orange County, California. Here we have a tract home in a nice neighborhood, on a golf course, with a postage stamp sized yard. We could have twice the house and 4 x the land in Texas, Georgia, Utah, Oregon or North Carolina...to name a very few, with ocean or lake views.   But this is South Orange County -  we have amazing weather, beautiful sandy beaches and incredible surf.  There are mountains, the desert and the beach all within a couple hours driving time. There is a steep price tag for living here.

The Hubs has no real intention of leaving his native state .... yet....
But it is fun to look.

When we purchased our home 17 years ago, we were pleased that there were upgraded baseboards, window casings and crown molding in some of the rooms.  We were pleased because a tract home is usually sorely lacking in any of the finishing touches we believe a home should have.  We have been upgrading a little each year, with our largest project so far being the extension of the family room and a complete remodel of the kitchen.

The difference between tract and custom homes can often be seen in the details. Not everyone can own a custom home, nor wishes to - however, we can all benefit from more beautiful details.

So, instead of living in a 'custom' home with beautiful details... I'm trying to make my tract home feel more custom by adding details.

And you can, too.

It can be as simple as framing your doors and windows in wider than the standard 2.5" moldings
Bluestone at :Point West
Insignia Homes
If you are handy or are married to someone who is, these DIY photos are a good guide...
The Joy of Moldings


burlap and tin



Here is a good way to incorporate that new wider doorway molding into the existing baseboards.
the handymans daughter

 Larger openings to rooms can also be framed with molding.
a charming nest

Here's an easy 'How-to' diagram...



While you are adding casing and moldings to that wide room opening, consider this treatment for adding additional storage and display...

It provides an amazing amount of storage for just 10-12" of room space.


You can also add a high wainscot to your walls. Combined with the framed windows and crown molding, it creates wonderful architectural detail.  This style is called 'board and batten' and is quite simple to create.
Sheri Olson
Sheri Olson Architecture PLLC


Thrifty Decor Chick (Tutorial)

I think this is one of my favorite treatments - very urban farmhouse!






Here is a Shiplap version



thrifty decor chick (with tutorial)

 a paneled version

homedecorforlife



and a beadboard version...
hazardousdesign
howtobuildit

They all have their own charm - and all add that custom "I love my home" look.  You just have the daunting task of choosing which one and where to use it!

Good Luck!!!

7/21/17

Once Upon a Time..... The Wedding

If you've heard the story about the girl, the shoes and the prince...
you will have the theme of this fairytale wedding...

If you've followed any of the weddings I have done, you will know that the delight for me is in the details.  All the little touches that take a wedding from ordinary to something a little bit fabulous.

So this wedding was a delight to plan and see come together,  with a lot of help from our friends.

A lot of friends helped us create so many of these details.  Thursday nights were project nights at my house with hours of gluing moss, covering books, creating table numbers, putting programs together and enjoying delicious food.  They made these tasks easy!  We so appreciate all who helped!

Shawna of Bleudog Photography not only photographed the wedding, but did florals with me - for 2 days...with her multi-talented hands...

Also, Brianna Sterling (see her wedding here)


 one of my darling brides, now a talented florist in her own right,
 who came to help just for the sheer fun of it.

Thank you, thank you!

We will let the pictures do the talking for this post...

 Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California
Rose Garden gazebo.


























































































 And they lived Happily Ever After....













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