Bathroom renovation

Jul 28, 2014


After celebrating our new home for almost a week, now it is time to start preparing and planning for the first big renovation: the bathroom. Before I present to you with the before images (which I know will make you cry), why don't we take a peek at this gorgeous modern farmhouse style bathroom to serve as inspiration! Love the mix of wood with some whitish tiles or perhaps in the cream tones. The vanity in these type of bathrooms is the main character, freeing the space from drawers and pulls for a more relax look. (For more inspiration visit my Pinterest Bathroom board)
At the moment, the only bathroom we have is the smallest one you can ever imagine. One toilet, one very old shower in which my husband (6'2") wouldn't fit in and one pedestal sink! To top it all, almost the entire space except for the ceiling, is covered in blue mosaics... YIKES! Before you scroll down, let me advise you that these pictures were all taken during the appraisal and that right now everything is gone (even the tiles).

So, now take a deep breath and let me present to you my new (and in the making) bathroom. The original space (an almost 5'x7' area) was between two bedroom entrance doors and one linen closet. To gain some space, we took that closet down and expanded the area as you'll see on the floor plans. My design proposal is to place the shower right in front of the window changing completely what was set before, and the toilet on the right side corner for more privacy. Now we have space for a double vanity which hopefully will have a farmhouse style look. 

Faucet: 90 Degree Double Handle Widespread Wall Mount Bathroom Faucet from Wayfair. Sink: Kraus Ceramic Rectangular Vessel Bathroom Sink from Wayfair. Tiles: White Carrara Marble from Porcelanosa and Dakota Grigio from Flaviker. Paint: White Dove OC-17 from Benjamin Moore. Lamp: Feiss Hounslow 1-Light Polished Nickel Mini Pendant from The Home Depot. Console: Hendrix Media Stand from Pottery Barn
To keep this space looking light, I'm going with the white Carrara Marble for the shower walls and on the floors, wood like tiles in sand tones for a bit of warm. The rest of the materials are going to to evoke a sense of illumination and radiance throughout. This perspective I did using SketchUp will serve to give you a better understanding of my design for this space.

As always, I love reading your feedback and ideas. Have you done a bathroom renovation? What is the worst I can expect? Share your experiences with me!

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New home... First home

Jul 18, 2014

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Although "Orange is the new Black", this 1938 home is about to have a change of color (among other things) .
At last and after all the search, investigation, and signing a dozen of documents... the house is finally ours!!! The last couple of weeks have been a bit nerve racking for us because if this was going to be our first home, we might as well select the one that fits our needs as a family of 5. We've been living in a rented apartment for 3 years now, so it was about time we made a huge change.

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Love how small details around this structure speak of an era gone, but never forgotten. 
This process hasn't been easy since the realty around Miami has been escalating during the last year. But nevertheless we were fortunate enough to find the perfect home. Although this 1938 jewel needs some repairs, we can not deny it has an era charm on its little details.

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Garden floor that screams help! A dark wood flooring that will soon have a "floor-lift" and my pride and joy, a mango tree!
Today I've decided to share with all of you some photos of our lovely nest which I hope will be taking a better form during the next couple of months. So, stay tuned and let the "Renovation Games" begin!

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Wish I could figure these letters out! The details on this original 1938 fireplace mantel are astonishing.
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Beach house bathroom inspiration

Jul 15, 2014


You don’t need to live near the beach or in a warm, sunny place to update your bathroom now that summer is here. With some basic elements and accents (and perhaps a handful of paint) you can transform your salle de bain into a breezy, coastal room. Click here for more ideas I've gathered for the DesignHappy blog from +HomeGoods.
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