Master Bathroom Stuff

bathroom black white gold brass walnut mid century vintage fixtures delta trinsic world market starburst sconce logan terrazzoHi guys! Homeschooling is requiring some initial start-up investments of time but I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I won’t bore you with the details for now, but we are so incredibly glad we gave it a shot. At a minimum, it’s allowed us to travel to our hearts content. We’ve been to Sequoia NP and Davis in the past few weeks with more trips on the way. And I see my kids all the time. Dream come true for me!

Posting and projects have, obviously, taken a temporary backseat while we figure out new routines so I’m checking in with a vague bathroom update today. No visible progress exists in the actual room to show, only visible deterioration, as we repeatedly run into dodgy and dangerous wiring additions. We’ve been patching repairs only to add new ones every week. So much so, that we’ve decided to rip it all out and rewire everything. It sucks, but better to do it now than have an electrical fire later. I can’t remember a more snowballing DIY project. Decisions that were made with consideration to the existing wiring and it’s quirks (boring ceiling lights and fan) no longer hold water, so we’re starting over and returning some things. Lame. The bright side is that all the setbacks and backtracking have given me ample time to change my mind a hundred times and collect stuff that will eventually go in the bathroom…if we ever get to that point. Here’s that stuff:delta faucet bathroom trinsic champagne bronze high arc brass gold bathroom fixture sinkThe Faucet. It was a close call between this Delta Trinsic faucet in champagne bronze and this black Delta bar/prep faucet. There clearly isn’t a wrong choice between them but I couldn’t say no to the gold.

Sconces. We’ll probably end up with these wonderfully wild Iron Throne-esque sconces from World Market (whaaaat????). I am obsessed with their shape, but the finish would be so much better if it was less antique brass. They have been selected and nixed about 10 times already but – for today – they are the chosen ones. That vintage white and gold swag light and its matching pair have my favor on alternating days. Again, not a wrong choice here.

Mirror. We’re hanging that vintage walnut mirror up. It’s so freaking heavy. I honestly don’t know how the wood will fare, but it’s not in tip-top shape as is, so I’m giving it a go because I want to.

Floors. Terrazzo tile has been unexpectedly hard to track down. But good news! I found great stuff in the most unexpected place: Costco. I complain about that mess of a store weekly but this gives me renewed respect. I will do a post all about the tile soon. It’s true love. For now, just look at that aggregate goodness! Squeals all around, right?

Countertop. I know I said before that the cultured marble is staying but since the place is literally torn to shambles, the time to replace the counter is now. (But man, that cultured marble sure can take a beating. I am dying my hair as I type, for the first time in 10 years because three gray hairs in my bang part have pushed me over the edge! I did a number on the construction zone, splattering and staining everything, except that indestructible plastic counter.) I already bought and sold a granite countertop that I wasn’t feeling and now we are exploring other options with a focus on surfaces that are cute but cheap…maybe even the terrazzo? I can’t stomach a surface that will cost more than the entire bathroom update because that is not what this is about.

Sink. Please, please don’t make me pick out a sink.

Walls. We need bright in here so the white walls stay (or, at this point, get repainted white). But this is heading towards every other trendy black/white/walnut/brass bathroom out there and that is sucking. I’d love a little wacky (like all the beauties I shared before) but not so crazy that it competes with the dressing room next door, seems completely out of place with the bedroom, or turns my face funny colors when I look in the mirror (orange bathroom problems). So here I am. I’m not sure if having a painted wall design right next to all that painted bamboo walls in the dressing room is overboard, but I’m going to try it because wallpaper is impractical and tile, at least the tile I want, isn’t cheap. I haven’t settled on the exact design but it will be black on white to tie in those black cabinets and make everything else pop. Maybe like the crosshatch in the photo or maybe some large geometric abstract design like this.

Hardware. The vintage copper oblong square/oval pulls are already on the vanity. Either the lucite pull (CB2) or the double cone gold pull (etsy, no longer available) will end up serving as towel hooks on the wall, but who the heck knows anymore…bathroom black white gold brass walnut mid century vintage fixtures delta trinsic world market starburst sconce logan terrazzoThe bathroom is the stupidest project ever undertaken and I’m not sure if it will ever come together beyond these photos, so this may be the end of the line for this one. But even if this project has aged me by years, let us not end on a discouraging tone friends: I just washed my hair and NOT A GRAY HAIR IN SIGHT OVER HERE!!!! :)



Hey guys, it’s that time again for mad respects…

I gotta start with the Eames Hang-It-All! I’ve rationalized not buying one of these for so long but I was pretty wrong in all ways. Turns out, it’s kind of a must have. Dramatic functionality in perfect proportions. I want one in like 4 other rooms, in addition to this bathroom. Spouse says that’s dumb and hook overload, but I’m not seeing it. Respects to those dang Eameses (aside from that philandering, Charles…whoa, pull yourself together man). They get stuff.eames hang it all bathroom mid century stripe ceilingI can’t really get over this upside down vintage mirror hanging beneath that Tom Dixon light, nor can I get over how one’s quality of life improves when one is following Orlando on Instagram.

This terrible photo below is about my respect for Costco but not solar panels but maybe solar panels. Even though I literally gave a solar company solicitor a MOUTH FULL yesterday at my front door about how I’m not interested in solar panels because “the low price on paper isn’t reflective of the true cost when the government heavily subsidizes the industry with taxpayer money, and I really don’t want the government to subsidize anything, and any industry that can’t stand on its own shouldn’t stand, and really the government needs to just get out of everybody’s business,” (yikes!) I’m really loving these solar spot lights from Costco. I’m holding off on buying more until I know the batteries don’t need frequent replacement, but crossing my fingers that isn’t the case because this might be the most awesomeness ever garnered from the least amount of work. I was too lazy to drag out the tripod so you can’t really grasp the greatness from this sub par photo, but take my word. (Hey nice guy from that solar company who was just trying to do your job: Sorry for being the weirdest person you interacted with yesterday. My missing social skills and strong convictions sometimes makes for terribly awkward interactions. That’s on me. Respect.)costco solar light landscapeI finally got around to watching Love and Mercy, mostly because I wanted to watch it alone and squeal to my heart’s content, and WHOA SOOOOOO GOOD. I’d be content to just look at that sweet 60’s house (Who knows anything about it? The pool that hugs the house is bananas!), but being a Brian Wilson fan(atic/creep) made it over-the-top good. Thank God for you Brian Wilson and your happy sad songs. Respects, love and mercy forever. And good job movie makers too. John Cusack, this almost tops Better Off Dead.

Speaking of musical heroes…dear Descendents, I love you, I appreciate you immensely, and I can’t even wait for this. Thank you for playing the way you play in advance on this one.

The only reason I usually kind of like summer is because it precedes fall but so far, so great. Having a getting-better-by-the-day backyard is moving it up the ranks. So for the first time ever, respect to you Summertime for just being your hot self!It has been way too hot for my first love, massive house projects, these past few weeks so we’ve taken to an exhausting life of leisure filled with late nights, late mornings, and lots of visitors. I hope your summer is finding you the same! Thanks for reading! xoxo

Random Updates

Excuse my slacker blogging the past few weeks. It has been a bit of a wild ride around here. Just normal everyday stuff like broken dryers and kids on Spring Break and mourning missed secret Neil Young shows…and then some actual heavy stuff with a youngin’ in my family that involved paramedics and lots of stress crying. Everybody is doing good now, so here I am.

I feel like nothing has gotten done around here in awhile, but that’s not entirely true. Proof:

Remember this load of a coffee table? Well, it got some better legs. They are a few inches shorter than the old ones and they are walnut. It’s looking real good, in case you don’t have eyes.

Mosaic mid century coffee table how to replace table legs vintage

This sweet little stool in our guest room got a reupholstering. My father-in-law found this at the swap meet for dollars and I’ve been on an upholsterer’s wait list forEVER. I finally got the call.

Heywood Wakefield Vanity and Stool

Our dryer died and we got a new one. I have been waiting for appliances to break so I can replace them for the very superficial reason that they are pukey bisque colored instead of white. I didn’t factor in the time of choosing new ones (and always finding them backordered) while you go without the broken thing. A dryer is the easiest appliance to live without, but it still threw me off big time. The makeshift clothesline in our backyard was getting to be a full time job. We waffled on the top vs front load. Long story short, we ended up with a used but fairly new front load dryer that is awaiting it’s match.

new dryer

And, in the midst of aforementioned chaos, this beauty unexpectedly came into my life. I mentioned before how I was waiting for a smaller, Danishier desk to fall from the sky. That’s pretty much how this happened. A house up the street was having an estate sale that I almost didn’t go to. I’m so glad I did. Not only is this desk exactly what I was looking for at the right price, I bought it from an old friend of the original owner of our house. Now that you’ve had a glance at my sentimental side, take this in:

Mid Century Modern Desk Danish Teak

After living in our house for 1.75 years, there is a mirror in our kids/guest bath…but still no light. We live luxuriously.

Bathroom mirror

And, mostly, I’ve been cleaning up stuff like this daily, just like every other mom. Our den is somewhere under this fort pile.

Den mess