One Room Challenge :: Week 2

contemporary bathroom vanity

It’s week two of the One Room Challenge and today I’m sharing what inspired the design for my master bathroom + walk-in closet and the demolition process. Let’s start with the master bath. The space (as you can see from the before images) is a long and narrow – approximately 7.5′ x 24′. The original 1940s bathroom was enlarged and remodeled in the 50s and featured beautiful metallic silver and pink wallpaper. Closets, a double vanity and makeup vanity were added in the process. At first I wanted to removed the closets and add a free standing tub at the far end of the bathroom, but after living in the space I grew to love functionality, storage and high-quality. In the end, I decided to keep the footprint as is and focus on new flooring (the wall-to-wall carpet had to go!), fixtures and finishes (I was a little sad to see that the pink wallpaper had to go).
master bath floorplan // @simplifiedbee

As for the look and feel of the master bathroom, I wanted the space to feel contemporary, yet timeless. As you know, I love the hexagon and really wanted to incorporate the a hex or octagonal pattern somewhere. This tile floor in a bathroom by Grant Gibson (below) served as inspiration. I love the chunky marble bench seat too!
mosaic tile floor // bathroom // grant gibson

This bathroom designed by Laura Tutun also has a look and feel I love. The clean lined vanity with large square pulls are the best!
white bathroom // laura tutun interiors

Once I had a vision in mind, I started sourcing for the bathroom. Here are a few items that caught my eye at first glance:

master bathroom inspiration // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

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1 wall sconce // 2 lamb bench by jonathan adler  // 3 liquid amber by kamala nahas

4 ketut natural linen from caroline cecil textiles // 5 marble octagon tile // 6 brass octagon mirror

The bones of my husband’s walk-in closet are pretty good. There are a couple tweaks including adding some upper shelving in lieu of a second clothing rack.

master walk-in closet before // ORC // simplified bee

As for the look and feel, I had a good idea what I wanted from the start. We used a neutral wave pattern wallpaper by Cole and Son (available through ORC sponsor, DecoratorsBest) in our last closet and loved it so much I’m using it again. It has a wonderful calming effect that my husband loves and it’s a great starting point for the overall design.

wave pattern wallpaper // closet // @siimplifiedbe

Now onto demolition. Because we have an older 1940s home, several materials (plaster walls, tile, etc) were tested for asbestos and lead before we started the demo process. It’s always best to know what you are dealing with ahead of time for the safety of you and your contract workers. The bathroom’s vintage pink tile was tested and it came back positive for low levels of lead. The lead is actually found in the glaze of the tile and isn’t harmful until it’s disturbed. Therefore, the demo had to be done with special precautions including wearing a toxic barrier respirator, using a HEPA filter vac and covering over vents and doorways to keep dust from contaminating other areas. If you are thinking of having an older home renovated, consult with environmental inspection & control company first. If you do have hazardous materials that need to be removed, they can recommend specialized abatement companies in your area to do the work.

master bath demo // @simplifiedbeemaster bath demo // @simplifiedbee

Once the carpet was removed in the master bathroom we discovered that there was an additional sub-floor that once had linoleum over it. Linoleum floors produced in the 1950s commonly used an adhesive on the back side that contains asbestos. Because we didn’t know what the gray paper material consisted of (see image below), so we had it tested. In a matter of a few hours, I received a call from the environmental inspection company that surprising the material came back negative for asbestos and we could move on safely. Whew! We dodged a bullet that would have set us back a few days.

master bath demo // @simplifiedbee

Tune in next week… I’ll be sharing paint colors, wallpaper and stone selections for the master bathroom.

I’m so excited to see what the other ORC participants are up to! From bedrooms to kitchens – this talented group is transforming some fabulous spaces.

* disclosure: some links in this post may be affiliate links
** first image via kapito muller
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Design Trend :: Black Kitchens

After the master bathroom renovation is complete, we will be tackling a larger project: our kitchen and great room. I’m leaning toward a white/neutral kitchen, but have been drawn to black kitchens. It’s a design trend that’s certainly picked up over the last couple years. I’ve spotted sleek black cabinetry in all types of kitchens from traditional to modern. Here are a few of my favorites.

black kitchen cabinetsblack kitchen cabinetsblack cabinet // amber interiorsblack modern kitchen // lonnyblack + white kitchen // Marianne Brandiblack kitchen // lisa mende design

image sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

black paint colors for kitchens

one pitch black by farrow & ball // two pitch by serena & lily

three universal black by benjamin moore // four night by serena & lily

five tricorn black by sherwin-williams

* disclosure: some of the links in this article are affilaite

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Read full story By on April 11, 2016 in color, design trends, Features, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen

One Room Challenge Spring 2016 :: Kick-Off

As some of you know, I moved last year to a house that needs a ton of work. It’s a 1940s traditional colonial style home and last fall I redesigned the foyer and staircase for the One Room Challenge (ORC). As an interior designer, I enjoyed the process from inspiration to completion – but of course I’m my toughest client, so it wasn’t always easy, breezy!

Recently, Linda of Calling it Home invited me back to participate in her One Room Challenge this spring. For those who may not know, the ORC is a collection of 20 bloggers that document the transformation of a room over the course of six weeks. Although the tight timeline adds a lot of pressure, I jumped at the chance to be part of this fabulous series again.

Even though our house has seemingly endless makeover needs including the kitchen, bathrooms and backyard patio, the room choice for the ORC was quite obvious – our master bathroom & walk-in closet. We selected the space mainly because we were battling several leaky faucets that couldn’t be repaired (too old) and our closets needed some serious organizational help. It’s a big undertaking for such a short amount of time, but I was up for the challenge!

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be sharing my design process from inspiration to finishing touches. Each Wednesday, there will be a new blog post revealing the progress and you can also get sneak peeks via InstagramTwitter and Facebook. I hope you will follow my journey!

Here’s a look at the space before – starting with the master bath (which includes my closets) and leading to the walk-in closet for my hubby.

master bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemaster bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemaster bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemaster bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemaster closet before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemaster closet before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge

I’m thrilled and honored to be among the following bloggers chosen for the One Room Challenge this spring. Be sure to check the other blogger in the series to see what rooms they have selected for their challenge!

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Read full story By on April 6, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Closets, interior design, Interiors, Organization, simplified bee portfolio, tile, Uncategorized, vintage, wallpaper

Foyer Updates + Announcement

As you may recall, the carpet stair runner didn’t arrive in time for the big One Room Challenge reveal. I was so bummed not to have it complete, but was thrilled to have it installed just a few days before Christmas. I selected a wool carpet with an antelope pattern by Stark. It’s the perfect dose of pattern and neutral color for the space. I couldn’t be happier with the result!

foyer // antelope carpet stair runner // @simplifiedbeefoyer // antelope carpet stair runner // @simplifiedbee

Another item that was needed in the foyer (yet, that’s not as glamorous) was a rug pad for under the diamond pattern natural rug. Because rug pads can be full of glues, chemicals and off-gases, I jumped at the chance to test out an eco-friendly rug pad from Rug Pad Corner. Each rug pad is cut to order down to the inch, so it’s a perfect fit for your rug. They also provide a variety of rug pads based on type, use and floor material. For our foyer we needed a non-slip rug pad that wouldn’t damage the hardwood floors. We went with the Ultra Premium and are very pleased with it’s performance. Although it doesn’t apply in our case, the Ultra Premium rug pad can also be used over radiant heat floors – thought some of you may want to know!

eco-friendly rug pad // @simplifiedbeeformal foyer // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

Now that I have the foyer complete, it’s time to move on to the next project in our new home. There are several rooms that need a complete redesign and I’m excited to be sharing one of them with you through the One Room Challenge Spring 2016 edition! I’ve been planning away and can’t wait to share with you the space which I will be introducing next Wednesday, April 6th. Stay tuned!!!

* disclosure: rug pad provided by Rug Pad Corner although opinions are all my own as always // this post may contain affiliate links

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Read full story By on March 29, 2016 in foyers, interior design, Interiors, rugs