This weekend has been centered around the addition project. M’s mom came down for the weekend, and she kept the girls entertained while we tried to devote some serious daylight hours to working on that project. We were chained to our desks for the better part of the day, except for… well, you know. Breaks.
The light was particularly wonderful on one of those breaks, so I grabbed my camera and took a few shots of the bathroom. Let’s call this finished. Sure, there are a few things still on order, and the white trim needs a fresh coat of paint, but the majority of the room is together. And it’s glorious. (At least to me. I love this room.)
Every good ‘after’ series needs a good ‘before’. Here was the second floor when we purchased the house in 2000. The room to the right was a bathroom added to the second floor unit at some point in the last century. We got rid of it completely.
Here’s the same window, whiter and brighter. And the wainscoting, the perfect blue.
Here’s another ‘before’ shot – can you believe we actually lived in the house at this time? We still had a ladder in the middle of the house to get to this bathroom – the only one that was working at the time!
I love this photo below – the reflection in the mirror looks like a still life. Probably because I have no self control at the market. The flower vendor there is amazing.
I bought these flowers because of the mini sunflowers – they made me think of my friend, Nancy, and the pink zinnias matched her pink balloon release this past weekend. I feel like fresh flowers help me reflect and connect to things – the seasons, and the connections they have with people and places. I thought about putting them on a more open table downstairs, but I love the way the colors look against the blue in here. I also love the colors of the painting of E in there. I haven’t settled completely on the final artwork in this room, but I’m trying out various things that we already have on hand.
I really love these towels I purchased many months back in anticipation of this project. They are thinner Turkish towels with cotton on one side. I’ve fallen completely in love with them, and so I ordered four more. Also, pegs. Heart eyes.
I’ve ordered new white linen shower curtains for the tub. The current waffle weave curtains are in decent shape, but with the redo in here, I thought I could treat the tub to a little face lift as well. I’ll move these up to the girls’ bathroom so that we can circulate them up there as we launder theirs. Come to think of it, the tub did get a face lift – it got a fresh coat of white paint. That was a fun night!
Here’s one last shot of the bathroom in that stretch of time between the first mess you saw earlier, and this most recent (final) renovation.
The old mirror looks pretty in here, but the size is really too small for M. Still mulling over ideas for a replacement, but in the meantime we’re using the original one. I’m in love with the way the Artemide lights turned out in the space. They seem to perch right on the wainscoting, and they are unassuming but also lovely. The light in this room at night is a thousand times better than it was with our old cheesy sconces, and with dimmers it’s really easy to find a good light level for evening soaks. The chifferobe is the perfect size for the room, and has turned out to be such a useful piece. But the pegs are my favorite, hands down. When we packed for our recent vacation, we filled that long wall to the left of the cabinet with items – we hung our individual toiletry bags from them, and filled them as we finished using items. We lay out clothes for the next day, or hang up items that need to air dry. They are so functional – and there are 32 of them! – and also beautiful.
So let’s call this done, and let’s celebrate with flowers. (And a celebratory soak!)