Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Small and Chic Condo is on the Market

Does anyone else look at the MLS pretty regularly, even though you aren't in the market for a new home? I love looking at houses. I hope to see inspiration, but I often find myself in shock at the photos. Between the heavy-handed photoshopping and toilet lids that are up, I cringe a lot.

The other day, I saw a listing that made my pulse quicken. My beloved condo, the reason I started this blog, is on the market.

There are times when I wish we were back in the condo. I loved living downtown and walking everywhere. My car usually didn't move during the week! Our complex had a small dog park in the middle of it and I think meeting new people and dogs all the time helped make our first dog especially sweet and easy going. The unit was cheerful and bright once I painted it and living small meant less collecting.

 I showed the MLS pictures to friends and they immediately started comparing the current decor with mine. From my perspective, it's a happy, comfortable place. I hope the current owner loved her time there.

The Living Area

One of my friends said "she copied your layout," but you're almost forced to set the room up a certain way because of where the outlets are in the living room.

Here's how it looked when we lived there:

The Kitchen:

I left the hooks that held up my candle lanterns and I love that the current owner is using them! It looks like she is also using the magnetic strips I put up for spice canisters! I'm really glad the painted cabinets have held up reasonably well (I think it took 7 or 8 coats of paint!). Had we stayed in the condo, we would have done a modest upgrade to the kitchen.

Here's the kitchen from when we lived there:

The Dining Area

This nook is a tough spot and I think the current owner's table fits it much better than mine did. I was so fixated on having an oval table and I'm not sure it was the right choice!

Our dining area:

The bathroom
This was my first project in the house. A random comment from Stefanie at Brooklyn Limestone (why aren't you blogging?) when she put my bathroom on her blog was what started this blog.

I adored that bathroom and Marc talks about missing it all the time!

Here's the bathroom when we lived there:

The bedroom

The current own painted the room, but I think it still looks great! I miss this space so much!

From our days in the condo:

If you're interested in the cutest condo ever, email me and I'll send you a link to the listing!
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Save the Date: 2016 Charlottesville Design House

I'm so excited to have the next Charlottesville Design House to think about on this rainy day in Central Virginia. The Shelter for Help in Emergency has just announced that the 2016 Charlottesville Design House will be held May 7th through May 22nd. This year's house will be on my side of town, in the Keswick Estate.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Kitchen and Bath Ispiration for All! It's #KBIS2016 Time!

If you love kitchen and bathroom inspiration, make a mental note to check Instagram and Twitter for images with the #KBIS2016 tag for the next few days. KBIS is the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, a huge gathering of vendors showing off the latest products for kitchens and bathrooms.

Via @KBIS2016

Via Wellborn Cabinet

And there are plenty of appearances as well. This post from Genevieve Gorder made me smile.

A photo posted by Genevieve Gorder (@genevievegorder) on

Are you following KBIS, too? In addition to seeing a lot of posts on Instagram and Twitter, I also caught a demonstration in the Kohler exhibit by a member of the America's Test Kitchen team, which was pretty interesting. There are also a few bloggers covering the event, so I expect we'll see some more posts about what's happening at the show soon.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A John Morris Spirograph from Ryland Woodard Interior Design

An old friend who lives in Manhattan tagged me in a giveaway on Instagram a few months ago and I was surprised to see that the item was just an hour away from me. The Richmond-based team at Ryland Woodard Interior Design was giving away a spirograph by John Morris, also from Richmond.

Did you have a spirograph kit as a child? I didn't have one, but I remember being mesmerized by them at friends' houses. John's spirographs are definitely quite a bit nicer than the ones we made with ball point pens and scrap paper!

I haven't felt like any space in our house was complete enough to serve as a backdrop for photos of the piece. The newly-completed bathroom makes a great backdrop and the lighting is pretty nice!

As I've mentioned before, I like art that is quirky or that makes me smile. I love the fact that this spirograph reminds me of some of my childhood friends and that I won it because of someone I knew back in elementary school. I haven't found it's permanent home in the house just yet, but I know it'll make ms smile wherever it lands.
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Friday, January 15, 2016

Our Frameless Low-Iron Shower Panel is Installed!


The glass company was able to install our shower screen on Wednesday and so we are done with the major work in our downstairs bathroom!

There's an amazing variety of options when it comes to ordering glass for a shower. We originally thought we'd get a sliding or pivot door for this bathroom, but with such a small space, we decided a simple, fixed panel would take up the least amount of space.

Next, we had to decide what kind of glass we wanted to use. Traditional glass has a green tint to it when you get to the size and thickness needed for a shower. The alternative is low-iron glass. There are lots of different names for this kind of glass. Some companies also add coatings to combat haze or stains from soaps and hard water, but we opted for just simple low-iron glass since this shower won't get daily use.

When the glass arrived, I saw the green edge and got scared that we got the wrong panel, but even low-iron glass has a green edge. I even found a chart online that showed how the color of the edge was affected by the size of the panel.

The green edge of our 76" tall glass panel was totally normal.

When looking at the glass straight on, it was totally clear. No green tint!

Our friend who did the tile left a notch for the glass when he put the chair rail in place. It was perfect!

After letting the adhesive set for 24 hours, the shower is ready to be used! Jack has taken to sitting in the shower, but I don't think he realizes that he's going to be getting a bath this weekend in his favorite hangout spot!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bathroom Eye Candy from Around Central Virginia

I missed a call from the glass company that is ready install the glass screen in our newly remodeled bathroom because I was in a meeting today. I found myself flipping through Houzz last night to distract myself and stumbled upon some interesting bathrooms from right here in Central Virginia. Here's some local bathroom eye candy for you...

Everyone knows that wallpaper is back in a big way and I love seeing it in bathrooms. I also love the symmetry in the design.

I don't have a vanity, but I have a plan to get one built into our future dressing room (that might have to happy way down the line). I love a bathroom with natural light and a pretty space to sit and put on makeup.

I'm not usually attracted to rustic details, but the arch over the tub in this next bathroom is so cool. I also like the juxtaposition of that rustic arch and the gleaming surfaces around it.

More symmetry and another vanity. I guess we know what's on my mind these days!

Between that amazing wainscoting and the lamp, I'm loving this bathroom. The light fixtures are larger versions of the one I used in my condo bathroom!

I hope that my next update with be about that glass shower screen being installed!
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Monday, January 11, 2016

An Unconventional Mirror for the Bathroom

I didn't select a vanity mirror for the new bathroom in advance. In the back of my mind, I thought I'd buy the same style of mirror I used in our last bathroom. The pivot mirror from Restoration Hardware was great in the condo. These days, you can find the same style at Pottery Barn, Rejuvenation, and discount sites like Wayfair and Overstock.

At some point, I decided that I wanted something unexpected and different for the mirror in the new bathroom. I had been looking at mirrors designed for the bathroom and nothing really excited me. I decided to look at mirrors not really meant for the bathroom instead.

After looking at dozens of websites, I found a scalloped, frameless mirror on One Kings Lane. I looked it up with Google Images and was thrilled to see that I could order the mirror through Horchow. Between getting a percentage back through Ebates and a 25% off bed and bath sale, I got a great deal on the mirror.

When the box arrived, I was thrilled to see that the mirror was from right here in Virginia. This is the second time I have ordered something from Horchow and the item has been made in the Commonwealth. This mirror was from Bassett Mirror Company (not the same as Bassett Furniture, which someone commented has moved production abroad when I considered a bed by them). My china cabinet was the other piece and it was made by Pulaski Furniture.

So the mirror didn't come with much documentation. There was a sticker on the back saying to use anchors that could hold 100 pounds and that was pretty much it. The mirror weighs about 20 pounds, but I am totally the type of person to use a 100 pound hanger for a 20 pound mirror. I approve of their cautiousness.

One of the reviews I read of the mirror said it was hard to hang straight because of the odd shape. I decided to make a template with kraft paper to get it right.

I traced the mirror and then used the side of a pencil to mark where I'd need to drill for the anchors.

I folded the paper to mark the center horizontally and to show where the hangers would be. Then, I used a laser level to hang the paper on the wall in the right. A traditional level helped double check the placement.

While I love my power tools, I am always a little nervous using my drill when I need to use a large drill bit (the drywall anchors called for a 5/16 drill bit). I've had to fill my share of incorrectly placed holes, so I usually start with a tiny bit and then slowly move up in size until I get to the big one. It takes a little longer, but patching a hole and waiting for things to dry takes even longer.

Anyway, using my baby steps drilling method, we arrived at this point in about 5 minutes:

We're closer to being done with the room every day. We're expecting to hear from the glass company this week and that will complete the shower!
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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Our First Bathroom Remodel (a pre-accessorizing reveal)

The first and second posts that I wrote this week were covering the progress on our bathroom from July to December. Today's post is about where we are today.

There are still a few things left on our checklist (the glass shower screen, a vanity mirror, and towel bars), but we're at the point where there is not more major work to be done.

I should note that I don't love the paint color on the walls (Benjamin Moore Ice Mist), but it works for now. We might opt to put some color on the walls once we have other rooms decorated.

I can't believe Whole Foods has peonies right now. Are they going to be a year-round flower? 

I was so nervous about buying our vanity online, but I am really impressed with it.  

 I held my breath as I installed the toilet paper holder. I have a whole post about the hardware coming. Needless to say, Restoration Hardware can be such a challenge to work with...but their hardware is so darn pretty. 

No monograms on the towels yet, but I'll get to them eventually. 

The niche! You can't really tell here, but it's super deep.

The floor and shower tiles side-by-side, with a nice, marble threshold between them. 

We expect the shower screen and mirror to be done within the next week, so I'll still have some developments to share!

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