Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Decorating Resolutions

Last year we did some major changes in our home, the biggest one being our family room where we installed new floors and painted.  We also spruced up our bedroom with a faux fireplace and then I completely changed our bonus room. ( which reminds me I still have to show you the whole room yet. : ) To top it off, my daughter and son got a room revamp as well.
Wow I was crazy!

I was thinking about what I wanted to do this year.
We are running out rooms to completely redo but there does remain one.
Our "big" bathroom that really isn't so big.
This room has haunted me since we moved in and I put it off every year, only changing accessories. 
It is narrow and consists of about a 3 x 7 foot area that you can walk in.  There is a huge vanity, a tub and of course the toilet.
The floor is made up of the sticky linoleum tiles that worked well at the time but are now starting to peel up.
Here is a look.

Very small!

Too much vanity!
Notice that the knobs are gone on the drawers by the door?
Either the door or our knees would hit them and they eventually broke off.

The door takes up too much space when open.
A pocket door would be perfect.
Trying to fit two kids and me in there is not fun in the morning.

SO here are some ideas that I have been ooohing and aaahhing over.

I would love to open it up with a pedestal sink and mirror like this.
(I actually really love this bathroom)

I would also like tile such as this or the smaller octagonal shapes and subway tile half way up the wall or even beadboard.

And of course a clawfoot tub which I am pretty sure that that won't happen because I don't even think that you can fit it into the room unless you blow out a wall.

These are the colors that I am leaning towards, something serene yet beachy.

I also need to finish up painting the the stairway wall that leads up to the bonus room and possibly doing something with the stairs themselves.  Right now they have carpet on them.  I am also going to re-re-repaint my entryway/laundry room.  It is a mud brown and I will just brighten it up with the white that I have used throughout the house.  
The last two will be easy fixes and I am not even sure when  the bathroom will get started because we want to do some landscaping this year as well.

I am linking up to Sally Lee by the Sea blog hop party on Decorating Resolutions!



Red Gate Farm said...

WOW if I could get half of that done I'd be happy :)

I love your bathroom ideas... the pedestalish sink, the hex tiled floor and of course beadboard, you can never go wrong with that!

Hopefully we'll be getting a few projects done in doors ourselves this year since last year was pretty much spent working on our rental property!

Can't wait to see what you come up with...


miabellavintage said...

Lovely images. A bathroom can be daunting. I know you guys can do it well....go for it!

Finding Home said...

I thought you might have had bathrooms on the mind based on your pinterest pins! I am confident what ever direction you go in, it will fabulous!

Take care my friend,

An Island Mom said...

I love your color choices! I like all of your bathroom choices too, but I'm partial to the first one. The shape and size of that pedestal sink is really appealing.

Kristen said...

Your going to have a lot of fun deciding what to do! I loveee the first picture with that awesome sink, holy cow, I want that!

Good luck on everything!

Just when you thought

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

You have some wonderful ideas...love the pocket door one!!!


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

your inspiration pics are AMAZING!!! i can't wait to see where this goes!

NanaDiana said...

We had a bathroom like that in our last house..it was narrow and 15 feet long. It felt like being in a tunnel. We actually shortened the room and made the back of it into a closet (that opened into the room on the other side of the bathroom). I think bathrooms are one of the hardest things to redo because you are stuck with plumbing, etc, unless you want to pay the bucks to change it all around. Good luck~ xo Diana

Deborah said...

Hi sweets!
You have accomplished so much on your sea-home!
I love, love, love everything you have done to make your home a dreamy, by the sea, haven.
It has such a light, airy, sea-mist about it all...just what you love!
I know...bathrooms can be a "big deal" when it comes to re-decorating etc, but I know you'll make it perfect in your time.
We've done ours too, but hubby still has to put the mud-stuff on the ceiling and one small wall, and then I have to prime and paint afterwards.
The beadboard is all up and once all the yucky stuff is finished ...all the pretties can get added. But its ice-fishing season here, and snow-mobiling time, and he's enjoying that while he can! As for me, Im loving those leisurely baths in a brand new tub even if the whole room isnt completed yet.
Love that wide sink and that last photo of that bathroom is so perfect..Ill take that one please!
Happy day sweetie!!
Love your choice of inspiring colours too..very soft and natural.

All my love,
Deborah xoxoxooxoxoxooxoxooxoxo

Tanya said...

Wow, those are some big projects! I love all the inspiration pictures. This is the great thing about your blog...you know you're gonna see some beautiful makeovers! Can't wait to see how it all turns out :)

Calypso In The Country said...

I just LOVE the inspiration pictures! That pedestal sink is so pretty! I can't wait to see what you do!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Last year you did so much, all so gorgeous! The bathroom is going to be beautiful as well. I love allyour inspiration pictures. I don't understand why builders put HUGE vanities in little bathrooms. I think that was the first thing we changed out when we moved in 11 years ago :)
Hope you are doing well!
Lots of love

Robin said...

The planning stage is always so fun isn't it. Looks to me that you have a great look in your mind and I can't wait to see how it all works out. Love the color inspiration you've picked out too. So calm and relaxing.

Val said...

The claw foot tub pic is WOW!!!

michele said...

i feel so much better now hearing about your long list--it's overwhelming and i love how you're organizing your thoughts and getting that palette together. right now i have little painted swaths on all kinds of walls, and my kids say they like this random look. oh lord!



Kristin said...

I totally hear ya on the bathroom - I hate mine!! But it's one of those things that I keep putting off because it can be a lot of work (and $$$) to get it all done. Love your inspiration, and the color palette is very soothing.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Hi Michelle- love your 'big' bathroom. Our 'big' bathroom is roughly the same size as yours and it's the ONLY bathroom.
I've been looking at inspiration for that room too.
With the budget being what it is...one big fat $0... I'm hoping to make some changes I can live with a while longer. Mainly re-decorating. No remodeling.
I just painted it on Sunday. Wow...that was so much better already.

I loved your inspiration photos.
You can do much with a little...I'll be watching for you updated bathroom.
take care,Pat

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I absolutely love that huge pedestal sink! We have two pedestal sink in the master bath and one in the powder room. Regular size..., just love them. I know they don't offer storage..., so that's some thing to consider.

Karena said...

I would do a pedestal sink and then maybe shelves to hold what would have been in the vanity.

Adore the color palette!


Art by Karena

Coral and Coast said...

Can't wait to see how it turns out! We have a small bathroom to make over this year and it's so hard figuring out where the best place is to put everything! xo K

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

you picked some great inspiration pics that will be fabulous! i love the tile and want to replace both bathrooms in my hose with that hexagon tile. there is so much i want to do as well, so i hear you loud and clear! you have accomplished so much already though and all has been so beautiful!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

If you can do the pocket door then definitely do that. We did it and I LOVE it. SO much better. If you have another tub in the house, you could get rid of this tub and do a huge shower instead. We did that and I'm so glad we did. It really opened up the bathroom and we got a nice tile shower. We put a jacuzzi tub in our 2nd bathroom so it worked for us.

Amy Kinser said...

The inspiration photos are awesome and look just like you. I cannot wait to see what you do. Charge ahead, my friend, you will do amazing!

beachcomber said...

your bathroom is going to look great! i like the little beachy touches in there now. your inspiration pics are beautiful!

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Well if anyone can do it - you can! But I don't think it looks that bad now.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Anything you do always turns out so calm, refreshing and beautiful. Your bathroom will too. I must say though...that is one narrow bathroom.

Stacy Curran said...

Your inspiration photos are beautiful, and I'm sure you'll make it what you want!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You really do have some great ideas and I love the colors you are thinking about! I would love to change both of our bathrooms in this house and do something a little more nautical! I am thinking about a slate blue for my master bath. Enjoy your week! ♥♥♥

Heaven's Walk said...

I can just see all three of you in that little bathroom in the morning bumping into each other. Has anyone ended up in the tub yet...?? lol! Your vision is sooo spot on, as usual, Michelle! That pedestal sink is goooorgeous and would look fabulous in there. When you get done with yours....wanna help me tear up the carpeting in BOTH of my bathrooms? Yeah. Carpeting. In bathrooms. Yuck..... :) Can hardly wait to see what you come up with, girlie!

xoxo laurie

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh....and you can my clawfoot tub anytime you want, sis! You may have to fight Debbie and Diana for it, though....

xoxo laurie

Green Willow Pond said...

Oh I can't wait to see what you come up with! As always, I know it will be gorgeous. I am hoping to get to our main bathroom this year too. Ours will be a knock em' down, blow out the walls redo. I look forward to a new bathroom, but tremble at the scope of the work to be done. I have some other spaces to do first though, so I'll think of that later.

Blessings dear friend.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

All of your ideas are just STUNNING. It can happen dearest. You should see what we did to our old bathroom; we now have a sink similar to what you show and it is heavenly in there!!!!! Anita

Tricia said...

You are always so busy, Michelle, it makes me tired just watching you. Those are some pretty great inspiration ideas. I'm in love with hexagon tiles. I like the kind that are made of stone. Have you ever seen them? They're gorgeous. I love your color palette too...such soft serene colors. Okay, get on it, I want to see how it all comes together...lol :)

Pierre BOYER said...

Very nice...
Best regards from France,


Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Always busy! I think the bathroom in the middle looks good and I love the color scheme. Whatever you decide to do I am sure it will turn out great.

Anonymous said...

I'm all for blowing out walls if it means fitting in a clawfoot tub ;-)
Afterall you need somewhere decent to soak away the hard labor that is renovating.


ReFresh ReStyle said...

Michelle, I love your inspiration photos and the color choices. I can't imagine a mud brown room in your house, but I'm sure it pretty. Have a great week and don't work too hard :)

Tonya said...

Whatever you decide, I'm sure it will be beautiful! The inspiration photos you have found are dreamy!! It's a shame you don't have room for that clawfoot tub, because I am seriously drooling over that last picture!! Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Anonymous said...

You know what? if you want, blow up the wall n git that tub fixed. So worth it!

Love your inspirations and color choices. I'm pretty sure you'll turn it into a space for us to ooh and ahh at in no time. :) I love the snippets of your home and you are so talented. From the bottom of my heart!

Sally Lee by the Sea Nautical Cottage said...

Love the bath inspiration photos, Michelle. It will be fabulous when it's done. Your bath now looks pretty great compared to mine lol!

Thanks so much for sharing our linky party with your dedicated readers. You're the best


Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Your inspiration is inspirational! I bet when you finish yours will be prettier than these!

once in a blue moon said...

love your first one :) we just did a mini facelift on an old bathroom at the beach, pulled out a 35 year old vanity and tucked in a new one. feels so good to have change!

badBarbara said...

your blog is soothing :)
that sink you adore is amazing

Low Tide High Style said...

What beautiful inspiration photos, and I love the color palette! Home updating is never ending isn't it?! Whichever way you decide to go I know it will be beautiful, because your never disappoint with your decorating style.

Kat :)

Brandi said...

You chose some really great inspiration photos! I love the direction you're headed in with your bathroom remodel. I added a few beachy touches to my bathroom recently too. Have a wonderful night my friend!!!

Debbi Beverage said...

Michelle, it's so good to catch up! Somehow I lost touch with you! Good luck with the bath remodel. I love your inspiration pics and your color choices! Take care!
Debbi @ the beach

Anonymous said...

Loving your bathroom ideas....i have the third picture saved in a file i think it is really beautiful and the large chippy mirror over the roll top bath makes me sigh.
Look forward to seeing what you come up with xxx

keity said...

I love that clawfoot tub!
And with pedestal sink and mirror are perfect!!!
Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

That is an enormous list, Michelle. You have been a busy bee this last year.

I love your ideas for the bathroom. That first picture blew me away. I want it. All!!!


Pam said...

I have a bathroom that's dying for a makeover so I'll be anxious to see what you pick. I love the idea of a pedestal sink though. It would really open up the area if you don't need the storage (that's my dilemma).

A Cottage Muse said...

I am excited to see what you create Michelle...I know it will be beautiful! Love the colors you are going with!

Debbie said...

Love the ideas for the bathroom, Michelle.
Lots of work, but a labor of love.

Jenni said...

Hi Michelle!

You got so much done last year! I was impressed all along the way! And I love your list for this year, too! Your bathroom inspiration pictures are gorgeous, too, and I especially love the one with claw foot bathtub! I love your ideas for your bathroom, and know it is going to be beautiful when it's finished. :) I have our hall bath on our list this year, and I plan to include a claw foot bathtub, if I can find a smaller one! I have been looking, but as long as I find it by summer, I'm good! What are the dimensions of the area you have for your tub? Just curious! :)

I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a fun weekend! :)


Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Oh I like all of your inspirations, especially the second (?) one...the one that had octagon tiles on the floor. Really pretty! Keep us posted on what you'll be doing. Can't wait to follow your progress!


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