Monthly Archives: January 2016

testing, testing, one, two, three

I published a post last night, an update on the addition project, but this morning it’s vanished, along with some conversations in the comments. I’m hoping it can be tracked down, but I’m not holding my breath. It’s been a tough few weeks with my web host, and I’ve tried to be pretty chill about it. It is annoying to lose work that you’ve done, even when that work isn’t all that significant. (I’m using this post as a bit of test here.) If I lost the file I’m cranking on at work this week I’d be devastated. A few hundred words on a blog post is no big deal. Trying to go into the weekend with a little perspective.

I hope you have a wonderful Friday, and a great weekend. It’s supposed to be sunny and warm here, and there’s a running trail calling my name…

admiring: hanging bathroom storage and a couple of requests

Continuing the conversation about the master bathroom – I thought I’d check in with you guys on two things. First: Currently, to the left of our sink, we have a small glass shelf that holds a few items – a toothbrush holder, a canister with q-tips, and the occasional water glass. We’re not planning on reinstalling it once the wainscoting is done in the room. Instead, I’m hoping to make use of those new pegs by suspending some of our storage needs.

Once the room is complete, I plan to use the top of the new wardrobe in the room to hold a few more things. I’ll probably put a tray on the top to protect it, and we can always set a glass there if needed. We have a small clock on the dresser, and the q-tips could go in a pretty container, or even just in the drawers along with our other toiletries. But I think it would be handy to still have our toothbrushes next to the sink. I’m thinking that we could use a pretty hanging ceramic piece to do that job. I’ve seen so many lovely ones that hold plants, but there’s no reason they can’t hold small bathroom items instead.


I’ve found several that I love, and might just order one of them. But I was wondering if any of you local friends have seen something similar around town, or if you know of anyone around here making items like this? I’m going to stop into R. Ege Antiques in the neighborhood this weekend just to see what he has. (Have you ever been? This place is fantastic, and he has the best storefront display every month. Check the hours, I think he’s only open 3-4 days a week.) I’ll probably check in the shop at the garden as well, they may have something that will work. Bowood Farms might too. My days are just so full now, I rarely take the time to browse in shops anymore. But I know you guys have great taste, so let me know if you’ve got any leads.

(Of course, there’s always the danger that once we have a lovely hanging toothbrush holder, our free Oral-B’s from the dentist are going to look really sad. Then I’ll have to find some hand carved wooden toothbrushes!)

And if not, several of the planters in the photos above are made and sold in Brooklyn, and we’re moving into this brownstone there in a few weeks…


…well, technically just for a week, but I’m up for pretending this place is ours during that time! So, my second request in this post is for off-the-radar spots you’d recommend in NYC. We’re taking the girls for the first time, and they have a short list of big sites they want to see – E: Natural History Museum and the Highline, F: Guggenheim and the Statue of Liberty. We’re hoping to really explore some of the parks and gardens, and we also want to eat well! If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

So that’s two requests in one post, I hope you don’t mind.

progress in the bath

The great January clean-out is continuing in our house. I’m on my second trunk load of donations, and the resulting space to breathe is really quite nice. We’re on the second floor currently, and I’m skipping over the master bedroom briefly to update you on the bathroom. This is where we left off last time:

MBath_Wainscoting Previous

I tried out a couple of wainscoting layouts and was pretty happy with this one. But then the great peg quest began, and now that we’ve found a peg that we really like, I’ve further refined the wainscoting design.

That beech peg was really expensive – and hard to find. But I got a quote from a shop in the UK (closer to the source), and outside of a slightly larger shipping fee and longer wait, the price for the actual pegs is less than half the cost of purchasing them in the states. This is good, because my attempts to have similar ones made here were actually turning out to be more expensive.

The pegs are chunkier, and we’re thinking of leaving them in their natural state, not painting them. All of a sudden the wainscoting idea above (click on it to look closer) looked really heavy to me, plus we needed well over forty pegs which was going to be visual overload. I spent a few hours last night tinkering with a simpler design and I really love the way it’s looking.

MBath_Wainscoting Final

The uprights are much thinner, and we’re using far less pegs, but we still have them where we really need them for towels and other items we use on a daily basis.


This is a little closer to the proportions in one of my inspiration photos for this project – this modern take on the Shaker peg rail.



We ordered the Artemide lamps with some Christmas money we received – they should be in early next week. Last night we talked mirrors as well – the mirror we currently have is really pretty but way too small to accommodate the 12″ difference in our heights. We both really like this mirror from Restoration Hardware which comes in a ton of sizes:


but we really think we’ll like a pivoting mirror in the space better. I think it will look better with the wainscoting – floating off the wall a bit, and it’s also really practical for angling a mirror exactly where you want it to be. So we’re still not 100% sure of the exact mirror, but there are some simple options out there that might work, including this RH one below.



We’re making some progress now! We’re going to install the two sample pegs we have and use them for a few days to make sure we like them. Meanwhile, I’m getting a final quote on the shipping cost for thirty of them. I think we’ve got a good blue color we like, and I’m looking forward to losing the indigo patchwork quilt look we’ve got going on in there. Progress in the bath! Progress in the bath!