8.31.2012

Rug Me The Wrong Way

I took a little inspiration from the great blog post titles over at Young House Love today. Just wanted to give them a nod there even though they'll never see this post.

Ahem. Moving on.

Waaaay back in November or December, we sold an old rug of ours to my in-laws. We'd had it since the wee days of our marriage and it was no longer a good size fit for our needs. The rug was living in our current dining room so when we sold it, the floors were bare and cold in there.

I've been on the hunt for the perfect rug for months and months. Nothing seemed right. Last month, we finally ordered this bad boy from Crate and Barrel, the Zak rug:
Zak has been living with us for about a month now and yesterday I decided he's just not the one and arranged for C&B to come pick him up and refund my moolah. Don't get me wrong, this rug is super-fun, it's just not working in my dining room. See, here? (excuse the messy dining room - we're still moving in 2.5 years later)


I can't put my finger on the issue I have with it, but I just know I wasn't in love. And at $1,300, I want to be in LOOOOOOVE.  Three looks cute on it though, yes?


She's certainly taken her turn wallowing on it and wiping her wet face all over it. But C&B doesn't need to know that. Thankfully, they have a 90 day from receipt return policy and rugs were included so that's good news.

Back when I was looking, I kind of had a crush on another rug from Pottery Barn. In an effort to include my husband in the process I passed all potential rugs by him to get his thoughts. He ususally likes everything just fine and if he really doesn't he'll tell me. He wasn't crazy about this other rug, but sometimes, you just gotta ignore the hubs, especially when he's generally pleased by everything. I should've done that in this case.

Before I reveal the new rug to you, let me give you a little back story. Yesterday, within a few minutes, I had arranged to return the rug to C&B. Within just another few minutes, I had called Pottery Barn in Durham to find out if they had this other rug in stock in the actual store or if I needed to order it online. LUCK WOULD HAVE IT that they had ONE of the rugs in the size I needed and it happened to be the ONLY rug in an actual store in two states. Lucky me. So, I promptly paid for it over the phone to ensure it was MIIIINE and I sent my hubs to pick it up while I was at my cycling class.  SO all in one day I returned, bought, picked up, and found in my house the NEW RUG! FUN. I haven't rolled it out yet, but here is a peek at the winner, the Hayden Zig Zag Rug in Black from PB:



We actually have the runner in this rug already. It may move once we roll out the big one because they will basically connect and I don't know if it'll end up looking to busy and giving people headaches as they walk through our house (who am I kidding? no one comes to our house!). Here's the ole runner in the hall:


The room I'm standing in taking the photo above is the room where the larger version will live. So you can see the potential overload on chevron that may happen. For now, the new rug is living it up in the foyer preparing for it's new roll (haha, punny) in the dining room. I think this is going to be a beauuuutiful friendship. Look how nicely it plays with our living room rug (left of pic).


Voila!

8.27.2012

Going Green - Switching to Glassware

We did something kind of liberating and fun this weekend. We trashed all our gladware and plastic storage pieces and bought all new glass storage ware from Crate and Barrel. I've been wanting to do this for a few months, but this weekend was the weekend!

I don't know about you, but I was really starting to hate using all the plastic. Not only did it stain and do weird things in the microwave and dishwasher, I just didn't feel like it was a clean way to store food.

So it was out with the:

Photo from eating-made-easy.com

And in with the glass! Again, all from Crate and Barrel.

We got 4 of these guys. At $1.95 each, they were a steal. Probably less than the cost of one Gladware container. Perfect for storing small amounts of leftovers, dips, or even seeds and nuts.

 

We got 2 of the larger of these guys for $8.95 each. These will be great for bringing lunch to work. Large enough to fit a chicken breast and a little bit of a side.
And we also grabbed this 3 piece set for $16.95. They fit inside each other which is helpful for storage, but are also cool sizes since they are taller than they are wide.


Two of these came home with us for $2.95 each. They will be perfect for shaking up and taking to work one serving of dip or salad dressing. Plus, they are so cute.


I just love the tiny gadgets section of Crate and Barrel. You can always find some kitchen tool you never knew about in there. Then when you see it you wonder how you ever lived without it. This time, I couldn't live without the cute little procelain condiment spoons! For $.95 each - really, it was a no-brainer. If you squint you can see them in the jelly in the picture below.  


Going clean and green is still fun for me. It feels good to be getting rid of plastic storage. In addition to our purchase above, we have a gracious plenty of glass cookware in larger sizes that we received as wedding gifts almost 7 years ago. Can't say I've had any plastic ware for that long. You can't go wrong with glass!

What are you doing to go green and clean??

8.20.2012

Master Bathroom - Part Two

Since I last posted, not much has happened in our bathroom. Our anticipated start time is early to mid-September. Our contractor is finishing up other jobs and waiting for our cabinets to receive a delivery date. For now, we're in a holding pattern.

To keep all three of you readers interested, I'm sharing fixture choices!

First, let me back up and say that since we got our estimate, we have decied to eliminate (for now anyway, possibly for always) some cabinets we were going to have installed in the spot where our shower stands currently. They were going to be an extra $1,000 and I could think of better ways to spend that in the bathroom or even save it perhaps (what a novel idea, right?).

So, we decided to splurge a little on our fixtures and got them from Restoration Hardware. Yes, I know, I crunk on them for their hideous new store design, but take some items OUT of the store and they are still quite lovely and classic. Plus, I love their Turkish towels too much to throw in the RH towel (pun intended).

I'm a symmetrical girl and I also love to match certain things (I know, the shame) so I really wanted a cohesive look when it came to the fixtures, especially because they are going to be chrome and will stand out. Sue me, I wanted them all to MATCH.

We selected some pieces from the Campaign collection at RH. Added bonus being that they were all on sale since RH is currently having it's Summer Bath Sale. Score.

FAUCETS
We ordered these sight unseen and then found them on the display at RH. The spout is quite wide (maybe an inch and half), but I kind of like it so we're going with it. That wasn't apparenty from this side-angle view, so it was an interesting surprise, but again, we're down with it.


DOUBLE TOWEL BAR
This bad boy is purely for decorative purposes. We inherited a double towel bar when we moved in and it's great for displaying your monogrammed or fancy "do not use" towels.


TOWEL RINGS
Two of these to hold our hand towels. We have none right now and I use my regular shower towel to dry off my hands. Mine hangs right by my sink, but the hub's is behind him which I suppose is a little annoying.


TOILET PAPER HOLDER
The ever-classy and much-discussed toilet paper holder. Sans-spring. How fancy. Not much more to say.


SINGLE SCONCES
We aren't installing a giant wall mirror in our new bathroom (I'm 95% sure on that). I like the coziness and opportunity to paint or tile the walls that hanging individual mirrors allows. So, we're installing a single sconce on the outsides of our mirrors and the double sconce (below) in the middle.


DOUBLE SCONCE
For inbetween the mirrors.


The only fixture we did not buy to match due to its extreme cost was the shower fixture. Here's the one we picked instead, by Delta.
Isn't she lovely?

We're also getting a new toilet! At first, we saw that as an unnecessary expense. Then the sound of a fresh new toilet on which no foreign ass had sat before sounded so appealing! So we're going with The Drake by Toto. I'm not posting a picture because, really?, it's a toilet. Use your imagination.

The last few things I'm mulling over in my head are window treatments and mirrors. Mirrors are harder to find than I thought. In pairs anyway. The ones I'm currently loving are from West Elm (shocker) and I'm trying with all my might to wait until this Thursday night to head over to our brand spanking new WE store in Durham to lay my eyes on the mirrors in person before I buy them.


This is the Parsons mirror in a lacquered white. We have 9 foot ceilings in our bathroom so I want the mirrors to make an impact. I'm not sure these are going to be the scale I'm looking for so we'll see.

And lastly, the curtains I'm considering. Also West Elm.


Curtains seem like a weird thing to put in a bathroom, especially ones that touch the floor, but our one and only regular window is away from the shower and over by the toilet. I think these will look nice and break up all our crisp, sharp lines and be just yummy. Perhaps with a sheer curtain in the middle so we can toss the blinds but keep out eyes and let in the light.

As always, stay tuned. I'm guessing demo is up next!


8.06.2012

Master Bathroom - Part One

 I'm such a slack blogger. I can't even call myself a blogger. I just post here when I'm bored at work. That's sad. I have no idea who would ever want to read what I write here (and really, no one does) so I have zero motivation to post. Even when things get exciting.

So, we're redoing our master bathroom.

About a month ago, I had taken a shower and gotten ready to go to church. I headed downstairs while the hubs was in the shower. The next few sentences relay events and thought that happened in a span of about 15 seconds so I'm giving you the slo-mo version of what I experienced in that short amount of time. So...I noticed our new, shiny, black fridge looked like it was sparkling on it's lower half. Hmmm. My first thought was that the exterior of the fridge had some how shattered, but upon closer inspection that was not the case. Then I realized there was water on the floor in front of the fridge. I assumed it was from the water and ice dispensers on the fridge door. Did we leave some spilled ice on the floor over night and it melted? Then I felt it. A drop of water on my head. I looked up to see water dripping at an alarming rate through the pot light in our celing. There was a wet ring of water on the ceiling, too. Oh. Crap.

I ran upstairs to report this horror to my husband who was still in the shower. Let me interject here - our master bathroom sits directly above our kitchen so clearly, it was the source of our leak. I hyperventilatedly told him OMGWEHAVEAPROBLEM and he told me to chill. Really? Thou who are in the shower of doom? Oh ok. NP.

I ran back downstairs to soak up the water on the floor and found something to put under the drip to catch the water. I selected our bright orange, oval Le Crueset dutch oven. We use the good stuff to catch our drips, y'all.

I was all gung ho to call our insurance company, call someone to come fix it now. Hubs thought I was insane and then we kind of argued about how much of a hurry we should be in to get someone to come look at it. In my mind, our ceiling was full of water and hours from collapse, if that. Other wet spots were starting to form on the ceiling and then I started seeing phantom water lines everywhere.

Eventually, the drip died down and the ceiling dried out (left a lovely stain around the pot light) and I chilled out. Then we left it for 3 weeks and did nothing.

After a recommendation from the lovely lady that built our home, we found a contractor who lives literally blocks from us and he's doing the remodel for us. Sure it's fun to get to redo your bathroom and add things on your wish list NOW instead of later, but in a way, it sucks to feel like you can't use what you've got.

Turns out, we had a large crack in our fiberglass shower and it apparently had finally had enough. Add to that the fact that our shower was too large to just replace and there you have our decision to just move forward with all our upgrades now, all at one time.

Here's where we're at with...

TILE

The grey is for the floor (shower and regular). The floor tile is pretty cool - the darker parts are kind of a bronzy sparkly color. The white subway is for the shower and we're going a light grey grout. The mosaic is for the shower accent.


This is similar to what our grout color will be. I'm most excited about this little detail. This grout color will be used everywhere - floors, mosaic, etc. It's really going to tie everything together.


After initially choosing a light grey cabinet, once we picked the flooring, it seemed a bit too much grey. We're going with white cabinets to balance out all the while tile that'll go in the shower. Not necessarily the ones pictured here, but the color for sure.


This entire display really rubbed me right. We're going with those countertops and that lovely rectangular sink. Cabinets will be white as mentioned above. They will also be more plain that those on the display.



And this is the design for the floor. We'll use all small tiles on the shower floor.



The bathroom as a whole is getting a new layout. Nothing dramatic. We're basically scrapping our tub and moving the shower to the tub area. The corner that used to house the shower will just be empty. We plan on putting a piece of furniture in there for storage and a place to keep jewelery, perfume, etc. Like a little dressing area kind of. More on the layout later.