Friday, March 21, 2014

tiny boxwoods porch

tiny boxwoods porch

Rattan garden furniture
$2,245 -

Restoration hardware planter

Restoration Hardware garden fountain

Outdoor chair

I visited Tiny Boxwoods in Houston a couple of years ago and have been slowly trying to duplicate the look on my patio.

I mean, who wouldn't want to hang out on a patio/porch or backyard that looked like this?! I have slowly been adding/replacing things to help complete my vision but an item on my wish list proved elusive.  In the 6th picture you can see on the lawn the large concrete pear sculptures.  Any large concrete object would do but I could only find things like this:

A couple of days ago I was killing time at Target and found these:

3 different sizes available, SOLD!  (currently 20% off with Cartwheel)
also found these replica olive galvanized buckets

and this outdoor wicker and garden stool:

To top it all off it's going to be in the 70's this weekend!!!
Happy Spring!

Friday, February 28, 2014


Here is the finished result!

We chose the hardwoods for comfort, cost, and contrast.  I had originally thought of using 12"x12" square marble tiles but then knew we would want to heat them from underneath.  Hardwood floors are not as cold and saved us a considerable amount.  I also really liked the dark contrast to all of the white.

I used these tiles from Home Depot on the shower floor and also as a bath "mat" under the tub.  I had seen this treatment in Waterworks in Dallas several years ago and kept it filed in my brain.

This crazy good drain from California Faucets is the "jewelry" in the shower.  I love looking down at it.

The tile in the shower can be found here and I used a pencil marble to surround the herringbone section and also to trim out the edges of the whole shower similar to this one .

The cabinets were custom built by Andy Hinton of Triangle Kitchen supply.  The lantern above the tub is from a show house sale and is seeded glass and nickel.

The100% linen curtains are these from Ikea, they used to come in 108", sadly they are not available in this length any longer.

It was a long and messy reno, mainly because every person who worked on this had to walk through our bedroom to get to the bath.  It was certainly worth it though, and even my kids are always asking if they can use our shower or tub now.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bathroom Reno

This renovation is a little over a year old.  I know that I took "before" pictures but I cannot find them, only the "during", so I'll set the scene.  Picture pink and gray faux marble floors with dingy gray grout. Ivory corian counters with those lovely molded shell sinks.  Directly under the windows was an extra large "jacuzzi tub" in all of its 90's glory:

(like I said, couldn't find the 'before' pics so these are some even older pics where the ugly bathroom was just a backdrop) note the already peeling pressed wood tub surround and add another 5 years of wear and tear.  Yep. that's where we were.  Reveal tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


I realized when looking back for my last post that I show a lot of "befores" and don't follow up with the afters.  I'm going to attempt to go through the blog little by little and update y'all on the "afters" or maybe the "I gave up ons".  


I showed you some Craigslist finds that I was working on refinishing for our tiny breakfast nook at the beach house.
My inspirations:

I found this faux bamboo Chinese chippendale dining set, 4 side chairs, 2 arm chairs and glass topped table (that sits in the garage as a serving table) and painted them in white lacquer.  I reupholstered them as well and will post a picture of the linen taupe zebra print later.

I wanted a limed / cerused oak trestle table similar to Gabby home or Restoration Hardware style.  Those were both too big and too expensive for our space... so the CL search began.

Stripping this of the orange shellac was a long painstaking process.
A combination of different strippers and chisels and steel wool got most of it off.

The a coat of minwax stain in driftwood and some liming wax

And here is the semi finished nook.

The light fixture we lived with for a year but finally bought several and spent a weekend with my husband hanging around like this:

 I was finally satisfied...

Until I came across this image:

 and I loved the texture of the gray wicker and the contrast of the different wing chairs.  The chippendale arm chairs had bothered me because the arms did not slide under the table.  As I said this isn't a true dining room, just a nook, and if you look at this picture, there is not much clearance between the table and the entrance stairs.  As a result I was always removing the one head arm chair to make more space to walk in with groceries or beach towels.

I also had two empty spaces next to our entertainment armoire (next thing to go?) that begged for some extra seating.
Enter the Cost Plus World Market Amelia woven kubu wicker wingback:

set of 2 for $227 a 25% off coupon? BaBAAAAM!   Alas, unavailable online. A statewide calling search began.  A six hour roundtrip to Charlotte later and these babies were home!

The table is now permanently set with just the 4 side chippendale faux bamboo chairs. These wicker wingbacks move to the ends when we need extra seating, leaving the stairs clear for walking.

More "AFTERS" to come!

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