Monday, April 27, 2015

Bathroom reveal! (two down, one to go)


Before we start a project here at Brandywine, we I am mindful of the history of the house.  I take into consideration the era in which it was built, the neighborhood it sits in, and the couple who traveled around Europe, collecting things to include in the construction of this house.  When all is said and done, I have spent months coming up with a plan and the appropriate materials for the space.  (This is where those Master's degrees come in handy!)

Why do we I do this when it would just be easier to hire a guy to do a Pottery Barn-esque renovation that everyone would love and they would squeal and clap their hands and use words like 'amazeballs'?

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.

Sharing at Naps!

I am Wowing them!

23 comments:

Rita C. said...

I am in love with your bathroom. It's perfect.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i LOVE it! love the colors, the glam touches, the rustic wood..... beautiful! amaz- i mean huzzah!

pcb said...

Looks great and job well done on combining old and new. Love, love that floor!

Eliesa Prettelt said...

It looks fabulous! We have the same floor tile in our master bath shower. I love that it's timeless without being boring. Great job keeping to the period of the house!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Y'all did such a great job! I love that you honor the original time period of Brandywine and use the old with the new. That sweet little watercolor is perfect and I love the blingy light fixture you moved from the hallway.

Bliss said...

The bathroom looks great. Hide the scale. Not because it's not a great looking scale, but because it scares me.

Junkchiccottage said...

Gorgeous Kirby just gorgeous!
Kris

karen@somewhatquirky said...

It's wonderful Kirbs! I love every bit of it. Go take a soak in that tub!

Art and Sand said...

Huzzah!

That sink is "amazeballs" - sorry, it is just too wonderful and you gave me the idea for the best adjective.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Kirby, the bathroom is beautiful and I love how much thought you put into it... staying with the era of the house. I love the exposed wood and the tongue in groove wall. I think it's very charming AND amazeballs :)

Donnamae said...

I really love what you did here...good for you for keeping the bath in the style of your home! It doesn't look like an old lady house either....and you are not an old lady! Just for the record I am older than you...and I do not consider myself an old lady! So no more old lady talk...okay?

Andrea said...

I like the sink even more now that we see the sconces over it!

Lynn@FernAvenueBlog said...

Love it so very much!!! Great job!!!

Ally said...

I just... you just...

Maybe when you're done with your place, you'd like to come help me with my 1930's farmhouse? Maybe? =)

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

It's beautiful, Kirby! I love your Little Old Lady's house!

Feral Turtle said...

I love that you are preserving the integrity of your home. You have done such an amazing job Kirby and DL. Looking forward to your final reveal! Haha DL on timeout. This is so funny to me.

fiona anderson said...

The fact that you want to makeover your home in such a way is truly admirable, but what you have created is something truly individual and I love it. Love the floor, the mirror, those sconces, the sink unit....wow.
I found a saying recently that seems to sum it up 'A home should feel collected not decorated' and that's just what you've done.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

GORGEOUS!!! I love the cabinet you used for your vanity and those beautiful scones...love it all!!

Suzy Handgraaf said...

Beautiful job, Kirby and I adore the sconces!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love your bathroom...the floor, walls, and all your vintagy choices. Thanks so much for sharing your makeover at Vintage Inspiration Party.

Christina said...

I LOVE that sink!! Great job with your bathroom redo - it's stunning!

Thanks so much for linking to The Handmade Hangout :)

Shannon said...

It looks awesome! Your sweat equity paid off big time!

Shannon from Bohemian Junktion

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Love that sink cabinet. Great color in the wood. We love subway tile here at the Posy house. We have it in the kitchen and in the one bathroom we gutted and redid. Our daughter is about to use it in the house she just bought. It's a tiny cottage-type house from 1940, so subway walls and 7/8" hexagon floor is her choice. Can't beat the classics.

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