old world meets New MAster Bath
ORC Week 1: New MAster BAth Remodel Begins
First off, I am so excited about this Fall's One Room Challenge because drumroll.... we finally bought our own house!
As many of you know, I have indulged my love for interior design through our L.A. apartment and fixer upper properties that we purchased in Kentucky, all the while saving up for the day when we would be home owners out here in Los Angeles. Over the years, we prioritized investing in rental properties, prior to purchasing our first real home. If some of you are interested in hearing more about our strategy, I plan to write a separate post about this type of investing, All of this meant that we delayed getting a home of our own for a over a decade, while renting in L.A.
Luckily for us, our dream home found us through a synchronicity and events. We feel like we are living in a home that we visualized long before moving in and making it our own. For example, my best friend pointed out there are banana trees in the backyard where I host my natural dye workshops that look identical to the banana trees outside of our former apartment master bedroom window.
Our house is a California Spanish style home in an historic neighborhood called Miracle Mile. This area is about mid-way between the ocean and downtown. We had a ton of renovations to tackle upon moving in and I can't wait to show you more, one of which is the main bath. This bathroom is the largest in the house, although we have a small en-suite bath in our master bedroom. This main bath is actually the family and guest bathroom, so it serves the whole house.
Here is the bath prior to the renovation. Although, it is charming, we knew there were small changes that we wanted to make such as swapping out the vanity. The bathroom feels a little squished and did I mention there is a black toilet? Not my fave toilet color(: As it turns out, the tiles too were not original to the home. They were done later, influenced by the art deco period and you will find many similarly tiled bathrooms all around the area.
When we bought the house a few months ago, we had only planned little changes to the bathroom because we wanted to save money. Here is a short video that I took of the bathroom before, you can see the shower is on the right and outside of the bathroom there is a little linen closet off of the hallway. The black toilet, not pictured is just behind the door.
You can see from the video how packed the space feels although it is ample size. I will share the full measurements, inspiration and floor plans next week.
We decided to open up the space by removing the hall linen closet and including that closet space within the bathroom as a shower next to the tub. Then, we plan to wall off the existing shower making the bathroom more of an open square shape, whereas originally it was a shaped like a "Z".
This week, we jumped right into the demo with our contractor, who is busy working on multiple things around the house. To see all of the house projects, along with sneak peaks, you can check them out over on my Instagram stories. I decided to focus on the bath because the timing of it lined up perfectly with this challenge!
My husband really wants to go with a freestanding bath-tub, so I will be searching for a small freestanding tub that fits within the nook below. I want the bathroom to have a spa-like feel so looking forward to sharing that in the inspiration photos, next week.
I will share our vision for the space, along with a floor-plan and basic measurements to provide some more context to the project. Until then, I look forward to checking out the other ORC designers and guests participants. This is my 3rd time participating in the challenge and I'm excited there are quite a few of the featured designers that I regularly follow who are participating in this round. I also can't wait to see all the new talent. Heading on over to check out their projects!
Up until now, I have only tackled bedrooms in this challenge, to see my past projects follow the links:
See you next week!
ORC Week 6: Eclectic California Master BEdroom Reveal
Over the past six weeks, I have been working steadily to create a Laid Back California Master Bedroom as a part of the Spring One Room Challenge, and now it's finally time for the big reveal!
In a perfect world, I would have preferred to photo shoot our new Master Bedroom in the morning before noon because that is when the natural light is softly filtering into the room. The afternoon sun light can appear harsh on this side of our place by 3 p.m. Nonetheless, the room just came together in the nick of time and I did a mini photo shoot. I plan to snap a few more pics of the place first thing in the morning to show how the wall color changes based on the light in the room.
One of my favorite aspects of our room is all of the greenery that is growing outside of our windows. I must say, that I love chilling in here in the afternoons.
For this photo shoot, I followed Linda's guest guidelines and I tried to shoot 10-15 photos of the room, which capture all the little details for you to see. When I started working on our Laid Back California Master Bedroom, we had a few anchor pieces of furniture already. I began with our less than 1 year old bed, our white vertical bookshelf and this antique dresser below. I discovered that the dresser, a score from Craigslist, turned out to be built in the 1890's. While, I refinished it's look, I tracked down the Michigan based furniture business on the metal name plate inside the drawer a few years back. The dresser with it's diamond veneer lends character and is the only antique piece in the room.
Read on to see all of the eclectic details that make this room, minimal, peaceful and unique, plus the list of resources for you!
DIY TASSEL BASKET AND SNEAK PEAK at our Walnut NIGHTSTANDS
So this week, I am going to share with you 2 DIY projects that I have going on! One was a relatively simple tassel basket, while the other is a much more complex pair of custom walnut nightstands. The tassel basket was a relatively simple project that started at the tassel market in Mumbai about 1 month back. It so much interesting to go an soak in all of the options that were out there.
As many of you might know, leading up to this Spring One Room Challenge, I had been traveling for 20 days throughout India and Japan. Although, for the most part it was a family trip, I gathered tons of artistic inspiration and even squeezed in some design work while abroad. This work led me to the launch of my capsule indigo pillow collection and eventually the tassel market. Check out the picture of the tassel market below!
For the pillows, I really wanted to use chunky ivory wool yarn. Ultimately, I chose to design some tassels of our own. After coming up with this simple ivory design, I started to notice all of the tassel work that is out there and all of the amazing details that make the perfect tassel. You can meet the artist that made all of the tassels that I used in this basket.
I started out by choosing this basket. I'm sure you might have seen it because it has been around for a while now. After looking at many amazing baskets, I decided to use this one, although there were so many others out there. I will be sharing a basket round-up on Monday. This one is affordable, collapsible and the right size to be stowed beneath the DIY nightstand.
To make it look a bit more unique an authentic, I decided to customize it with the handmade tassels. I have seen so many cute pom-pom and tassel baskets out there. I love the way it looks with the ivory tassel against the neutral basket. Next, came the simplest part, I pushed the tie through a small hole in the opening of the basket weave, then I tied a knot in the yarn.
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