Before we start a project here at Brandywine,
Because we see ourselves more as 'caretakers' than 'owners' here. Because we hope that when we're ready to move on, the next owner won't be tempted to tear this house down and build yet another soulless McMansion as they have all throughout our neighborhood. We hope to incorporate enough of something special and appropriate that someone else will see the charm and squeal and clap their hands. I'm not a fan of 'amazeballs,' though a well-timed 'huzzah' would be appreciated.
Some of the first choices I make are materials. I knew I wanted a basketweave floor because it would be appropriate to the period, and I really wanted marble. It was very expensive...especially since we moved the tub to create more floor space (more floor=more tile to cover it=more money). But it was well worth it; I love the gradations in the grays. More than fifty shades, actually.
The sconces were another consideration. DL and I purchased several items from the estate of the woman who originally designed this house. These sconces were in her final home, Leatherwood, and Adam, who encouraged us to incorporate her things into Brandywine, suggested we take them. They have more of an Early American vibe, and the colors aren't colors I would ordinarily use, but this home is more about incorporating things that belong here, rather than making it look the way someone thinks it should look. (And yes, I realize that no matter what, it will always look like an old lady house. Guess what? I'm an old lady.)
The sink (read about that here) is asymmetrical, so I needed something to balance out the faucets, which come out of the wall. I had (in my stash) a tiny watercolor print of Notre Dame. I bought it about 15 years ago from the cutest store in Winston, Finders Keepers. It was owned by ANOTHER Kirby, and she had a great eye. She got married and left town and I have this little watercolor to remember (the other) Kirby and her cute shop.
I love the provenance on the back of the painting. Anything with a provenance? I'm all in.
Across from my wonderful soaking tub (that was not up for debate--a soaker tub was second on my list after the basketweave floor), there is a small enamel stand next to the sink. It DID come from Pottery Barn--we're not complete Philistines here--and it holds the stuff I use every day, like the hair dryer. I don't know about you, but I like to keep stuff out. On the bottom shelf are towels. This area was left when a virtually unusable cabinet was removed. (Much of this bathroom was poorly designed when last updated. Dumb choices were made, and I was determined to not have any regrets about this reno.)
The exposed wood siding was from the floor-to-ceiling cabinet that was removed. DL wanted to drywall over it, but I said to heck with that--that stuff is tongue-in-groove and it stays!! It was originally in shades of off-white with varying degrees of wear and I would have kept it that way, but DL had already slapped some Kilz on half of it when I caught him, so it had to all be painted. But I put him in time-out for not noticing that it was perfect. He won't make that mistake again, if he knows what's good for him!
The floor-to-ceiling "timber" is to echo the tobacco timber header over the tub.
DL and I had the 'to heat/not to heat' discussion about the marble floor, and we decided not to heat it. One reason was that we didn't want to feel like wusses because what kind of self-respecting Yankee heats a floor in NC? Also, it was almost a thousand dollars extra. So no heat. But I did double up the floor mats while I wait to find something I really love. The bottom rug is an indoor-outdoor rug from Target, which provides good warmth (where IS Spring, anyway?) and the little soft one on top was an el-cheapo from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
As I mentioned in my other post, we used floor-to-ceiling subway in the shower, and a sunflower shower head. All fixtures are Moen Weymouth in chrome. (I love them because they came with French 'hot' and 'cold' buttons! Or should I say 'chaud' et 'froid'?) We have a recessed light in the alcove so that when I take a bath, I can also read.
This fixture made the move from the hallway into the bathroom as the ceiling fixture. I know it's appropriate (it came with the house, after all), and fortunately it was the right size. I wanted something that had metal elements, and there's nothing wrong with a little bathroom bling!
We do have one more element to address--a small, handmade cabinet for next to the tub. We have an antique door to use on it, and it will be the perfect size to keep extra rolls of paper, washcloths, cleaning supplies, etc.
I have decided to post this information on a few different sites, as folks have been interested in the materials we've used. In doing so, I know that I am opening it up to all kinds of flak from all over the web. As a teacher who has 'internet safety and courtesy' as part of her curriculum, I thought I'd mention that there's juju in everything you say. Use your words for good, peeps.
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