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Bathroom Remodel

July 18, 2013

After reading The Pioneer Woman’s remodeling posts on her beautiful new blog, I feel quite unworthy to post these photos. That said, we are thrilled with our renovated bathroom. I’ll start with a couple of the wiring photos. I always needed an additional light over my dark shower and had also seen such lovely sconces over at Houzz.com. Actually, I got most of my inspiration there. I originally wanted them at the ends of the vanity but the barely visible pocket door caused a problem. I searched for something affordable and loved some at Restoration Hardware but these from Lamps Plus are taller and the shades are glass instead of linen which seems quite important in the bathroom. The first step in the project was to paint the walls Gray Wisp by Benjamin Moore. After I finally hunted down the paint chip in Rockford, I purchased the paint from Sherwin-Williams in Freeport. Next, Heidi Stukenberg of Lily Field Furniture painted the oak vanity with chalk paint called Graphite by Annie Sloan. Love this so much I want my master vanity painted, toO!

Old Light Bar

Old Light Bar

Sconces from Lamps Plus

Today was just my day. I went to Twice as Nice Home with a mission and, this time, I scored – big time! I was actually looking for dessert plates to match my old, old punch cups from the Unicorn Restaurant. Find #1: 20 dessert plates for $15. They have one rectangle for dessert, one to fit the punch cup and one is an ash tray! How shockingly retro. Find #2: This sweet antique doll that was asking to go home with me and sit on the bed with Grandma’s quilt. She reminds me of the China Girl from Oz a little bit – can you think of a good name for her? Find #3: these hand-painted plates that were made in China. 20 dessert plates and seven dinner plates came home with me for $9.99. Leaves are so beautiful, aren’t they? Find #4: paper towel holder now holding the garden string that I’m fond of using to tie up my climbing roses. Find #5: a garden angel that matches my purple bird bath and candle holder. Find #6: this tray magazine holder. I’ve been sorting through everything in my house and was having such a tough time giving up some old Southern Living, Country Living, Midwest Living, Martha Stewart, etc. and now I don’t have to!

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Plates

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Garden Angel

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I’m a little slow to become aware of the need to recycle everything. I just read that plastic grocery bags never break down in the environment and have been regulated in many places which then led me to look at how I clean and store things and make changes there. My latest change has been to always look at ways to re-purpose furniture that I own or that needs a new home. Enter Lily Field Furniture.

I have been watching Heidi’s Facebook posts since purchasing the cute turquoise piece; waiting for the right one to become available to hold our new TV. The size was right in every direction and appeared to be a quality, well-made piece of furniture. Now, it’s sitting in our “West Wing”, adding a beautiful design statement with its color and form. Seeing the inside label in the drawer made me do some further research into the rich history of White Furniture company of Mebane, NC. I learned that the company was started in 1881 and finally closed in 1993. This research led me to Bill Bamberger, a photographer known for documenting social issues, who shot over 350 rolls of film when the factory equipment was being dismantled. His images of the laid off workers are especially touching and emotional. I’d love to find a space just like that old factory to re purpose into my own photography studio with an abundance of natural light.

Fits TV Perfectly

Fits TV Perfectly


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White Furniture Mebane NC

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Dovetailed Drawer

Dovetailed Drawer

Lily Field Furniture

A couple of months ago, Lars and Dawn did some quick redecorating in preparation for a dinner party. They chose this rich brown color and then gathered several of their newly framed photographs that were scattered around the house. I think this grouping design looks beautiful with the different combination of sizes and makes a nice impact.

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Reconnected friend, Pam, who’s a needlework expert, designer and shop owner sent me the petite, silver tree that she designed and stitched with those teeny, tiny little stitches.

Another new and favorite decoration is one-of-akind unique, stained glass star. It was as close as the house next door where friend, neighbor and artist Sue lives. The stars are very delilcate and it adorns one window of my office. Also, in my office is this funky tree that I happened upon while perusing the back of Marshall’s in Rockford. I stuck it on my file cabinet and was done with my office decorating!

Merry Christmas to all of you – praying for safe travels and a peaceful New Year!

New Ornaments

Teresa Williams and I had a great time watching the progress of the installation of my photography last Monday. It was finally happening!! It proved to be quite a time-consuming job but we are SO happy about how they look and the great job that Gitz-Meier did with the installation. Teresa was so easy to work with on this project – I hope we get to do it again soon.

More Photos

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For the past several weeks I’ve been working on a large photography project for Highland. The photo below shows the seven images which are 30″ by 40″ laid out onto the Board Room tables where Teresa and I, along with Dr Kanosky and Dr Davidson were able to preview them last Thursday. The next step will be to mount the images between layers of Lexan and then to install them onto the curved wall of the Science Center lobby. It looks like we will meet our deadline by next Wednesday, May 6th, the date of the Nursing Wing Dedication.

Board Room Review

Board Room Review

I wish I would have taken some good before shots of my studio bathroom remodeling project, but I didn’t. I will describe it as 1990 country/shabby and I didn’t realize HOW shabby it was until we started the project (months ago). This Pottery Barn bathroom was my inspiration but the only thing I purchased from there are the wild zebra towels. I ordered the cabinet, top and flooring from LeBaron & Miller here in Freeport, the mirror from Lowe’s, most other miscellaneous including the shower doors are from Menard’s.

I still hope to change the doors and woodwork, too. I left the base of the shower stall but everything else is new. I’m crazy about the Tarket Fiber Floor – it was inexpensive, a good choice for a cement floor and adds some different texture to the little room. I’m still searching for the perfect accessories and I’ll do the touch-up painting this weekend. The photo of Kelby from a couple of years ago has finally found a perfect home!

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