Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It's not FINISHED but ...

edited to add: We're not quite finished, so please know that these are just updated photos to keep you in the loop! :)

Well, we finally found the charger for one camera, and I purchased a second charger for emergency situations - should they arise in the future; and after waiting for the exhausted battery to warm up, I can finally show you all pictures of the bathroom in its slightly unfinished state. Of course, the challenge is knowing where to start. I suppose at the entry is best:

The floor went from drab to fab with these octagon/dot tiles. Although they were a lot of work(read: pain in the butt) to put down, the overall effect is nothing short of classic and traditionally 1920's. The band of black dot tiles make a sizable rectangle in the middle of the room, acting as a simple and sophisticated area rug. This is something that Scott and I discussed for what seemed like days: "How many dots?" "Should it be in the middle or wrap around the outside?" "Should we fill in the rectangle with more black dots?"

I'm very happy with what we ended up with. Of course, there is still work to be done here. The tub needs to be faced, the quarter round to finish out the baseboards needs to be installed, and the paint needs to go up. Followed by no doubt, another coat of paint.

The addition of the 5' custom wainscot was something that I was hesitant of at first, but now I'm jumping for joy. It adds such character to the room that once had none at all. On the wall that now is free for display (thanks to the change of the swing on the entry door), I set up an antique pine wash stand with all of my favorite things. If you know me, or have been reading this blog for an extended amount of time - you'll know that I'm a lover of the rustic/elegant mix.

Here the rough and rustic nature of the pine washstand mix with the soft and elegant lines of glass spoons for bathsalts, carrara marble trays for crystal glasses filled with the softest of cotton balls and q-tips, and some cucumber & olive oil soap ... mmm, delicious!

An ancient hand carved wooden kitchen spoon is a great scoop for lavender bath salts, stored in this over sized apothecary.

TIP: Love to have a carrara tray but thank you can't afford it? This is actually nothing more than a carrara marble threshold from Lowes that I had cut to 12.5" in length. The $9 4"x36" piece of carrara already has a beveled front and back edge and is the perfect width for most scotch glasses like I used to hold our cotton balls and q-tips!

Nothing quite reads elegant spa bath like fluffy white towels, and nothing is better than having a calgon moment with a bottle of Pellegrino and soft music.
The sink and faucet were two of my favorite things for this bathroom. A console sink made from white porcelain and a popular but perfect bridge faucet made this bathroom really shine.

Bridge faucets can be pretty expensive. This one came from http://www.signaturehardware.com/ a great place to find amazing deals on superb products! Be aware, this faucet did not come with install instructions, so the plumber took quite a while installing it - all worth it in the end.

And the lights were quite a deal too! I had originally looked for sconces that weren't "bathroom-y" at all, but found that none of them were right for what I had in mind. Then I happened upon some sconces at http://www.rejuvination.com/ that I thought were perfect. Only problem was, at $149/ea. they were a slam to the budget, and I started looking for places to cut the fat. That was until I found the ones we installed at http://www.csnlighting.com/ for an incredible, WAIT FOR IT, $6.67/ea! These brushed nickel fixtures feel like a million bucks, with their heavy metal frame and soft opal glass shade. If you're looking to do a classic remodel and school house fixtures are on your list - check these out, you won't be sorry!
Speaking of never being sorry. I'm in love with our shower head(s). Every morning stepping into the shower is like stepping into a heavenly carwash. LOL!

Oh, and the mirror. Remember the mirror?

The rustic composure of its wood, and the clean and crisp lines of the frame were a perfect fit for my ideal bathroom, and with just a $10 price tag - yes, $10 dollars! I can't think of a better mirror for the space. Again, (in this picture) you get to take a peak of the beautiful lines the custom wainscoting provides to the new space.

So, there you have it - you've been caught up to speed. What's left? Well, the not so fun parts. Finishing the painting, the woodwork, and the window blinds and art install. I had hoped to get them finished this weekend, but the premature spring like weather we've had in WNY has had me outside enjoying the fresh air. Don't worry though - work on the pergola starts first of April, so I'll have this bathroom finished and picture ready well before then! Hope you've enjoyed the tour, please - let me know what you think!


  1. Fabulous bathroom! Great job! Thanks for sharing such an inspirational room. Cheers, Andrea

  2. Looks great! love the floor!

  3. What I think is "Wow, Artie!" I love how the bathroom turned out. What a labor of love. I really like how you brought in the pine table for fluffy towels, bath salts and Pellegrino! It does have a spa feel to it. The sink, faucet and mirror are perfect. Great job!

  4. Wonderful news; one 'Charger' down, and one to go. (It will turn up.)

    What do I think? Ooooo looking good Artie and I personally feel you more than proved to be the exceptional Decorator that you are. You really put a lot of labour and love into this project and yes there was the occasional up 'n down, but there are those who cannot boast the same. Be very, very proud! Many Hugs

  5. oMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i can't believe this. it looks like a magazine - it's gorgeous!!!!

  6. Beautiful...stately. I love how the pine table and mirror match the door! Looks the era of the house.


  7. Love it all!Especially the tips about the marble and the scotch glasses for canisters.You have captured the essence of the 20's era home.
    p.s. I still wanna live in your bathroom!

  8. Oh, Artie. Just OH!!!!! I've scrolled back 3 times already! Amazing job- just elegant and simple and perfect. I actually squealed when I saw the spoons (WHERE did you find the glass one??) And I am SO stealing the idea for the marble tray! My bathroom is calling for one! Your house must be so grateful that you and Scott found her. Standing ovation here!
    xoxo Pattie

  9. You did a great job, it is fantastic ! Love your plumbing fixtures.

  10. Dear Artie! After all the angst, the injury, the decisions ... you and Scott have ended up with the most delicious of baths. Every detail so well thought out, perfectly reflecting your tastes. Good job!

  11. What stunning makeover...luv the faucet and wainscoting!


  12. Amazing! I love the wainscoting and am drooling over the pine wash stand! and mirror. Sheer luxury!
    Can't wait to hear and see more about the pergola. We are putting one in hopefully soon too!

  13. Yay! Finally! It's looking SO good, Artie, and I love what you did on the pine table! The sink is beyond beautiful. I can't wait to see the room with color on the walls!!!

    Justine :o )

  14. Just beautiful! So happy for you! You will enjoy all that hard work for YEARS to come!!! Great job!

  15. Dana in TexarkanaMarch 23, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    I'm in love with your style Artie. First, the floor. Wow. I can't imagine how much work went into that, but it is such a statement in the room. Next, the wainscot. So custom looking and perfect for the space. That table is gorgeous, and your styling is impeccable. WOW! I'm definitely jealous. If this is 1/2 finished, I can't wait to see the whole thing!

  16. Dear Artie and Scott, just a quick note to say what an amazing job you did. I love every aspect of the renovation. It is so calming and the colors, tile,towels...etc etc !!! Beautiful

    kelley xx

  17. Fob job Artie!!
    Congrats and enjoy the bath! iT LOOKS FAB.

  18. Thanks for stopping and your nice comments about my chunky candles!

    Your bathroom looks wonderful! Glad I stopped over for a look. We are in the process of redoing our bathroom. The pipe under the tub busted,(not fun)so we started from scratch down to the studs. Still not fun. My bathroom has been torn out since Oct. I'm ready to get it finished. Not much longer. Seeing your bathroom has got me motiviated. It really looks great! can't wait to see it "finished".

  19. YEAH!!!!!!! Finally some pics for us to see- I LOVE it. Actually love is an understatement, it is STUNNING! I wish it was in my house and I could come home to a warm bath everyday. You did an amazing job!!

  20. Hard to imagine that you didn't just 'spruce up' the bathroom in your 1920's home! Beautiful! I l love the touches of the honey toned wood...warms your room up just perfectly. Thanks for the sneak peek.
    Now, I can't wait for the pergola. :-)
    Our weather here in Syracuse was great this past 2 weeks...makes you think it really is spring...almost. :-) Tami

  21. It is perfect, the rustic touches really add alot to the look. You have styled it with the hand of a artist. Thanks for not letting me miss it. 5 stars for sure!

  22. Fantastic choices. I hope the rest of it is easier than the first part. I for one, can't wait to see it finished and styled to perfection like only YOU can do!

  23. Great work. Where ever did you find the side table? myra918@yahoo.com

  24. Artie~~~~

    I love what you and Scott have done with the bath, The floor is a classic...like the black dots where you have them.

    Rustic elegance...that is is me all the way. I love the way you have the Q tips, cotton balls and water set up. It is very inviting and will make your guests very happy indeed.

    Fabulous!!! :-)



    G in CT

  26. such a wonderful transformation... great job!.. now come do mine...:)



  27. This is my third visit to this post -- I am green! But I was always in a rush earlier so . . . no comment!

    Your bath is so perfect! Love every element and I especially like the pine table with the bit of marble (thanks for the tip BTW -- $9 isn't bad) --

    BTW, today is Tuesday and the only snow remaining are what used to be big piles! Go figure!

  28. BTW, you're one of Linderhof's friends and if I get on and you pop up with a new post, I'll visit even if I don't have time to comment!

  29. The floor is amazing! Great bathroom. Enjoy!


  30. Wow, wow, wow, wow, WOW. Amazing. It looks so wonderful - love how the black tile turned out, and the way you've accessorized is beautiful. I would love love love to inject some of your rustic aesthetic into our bathroom - it needs a few good wood tones to warm it up! :)

  31. Everything is looking FABULOUS, Artie. - as all of your projects do! I love the black tiles you put in, and you are the KING of vignettes. Nobody does it like you =)
    xo Isa

  32. O, Artie, this is looking like something right out of a magazine..and I wouldn't be surprised if, at the end of the project, it ended up IN a magazine. It is so so amazing...beautiful...functional...

  33. Hey, Artie, wow, that bath is looking fantastic. I love all the little details you've added in there & one of my faves is your pine table with all those cute little accents. Gorgeous!!! What a timeless and classic bathroom ya'll are doing. This is a project done right.

  34. It looks fantastic Artie! Love the tile. I also really love the antique pine wash stand and how you decorated it.

    Great job!

    ~ Tracy

  35. Hi Artie,
    Doing some catch up blog reading and enjoying it! Hope you guys been good! Oooo am loving your bath redo, looking fabulous! I like the color of the mirror frame against the white, and am loving the floor. Come give me tile lessons for when we need to do ours!!!
    Hugs, Linda

  36. Holy moly, I love your bathroom! The tile is divine, your faucets are gorgeous, and I love the idea of using a marble threshold on your beautiful pine washstand...genius! And don't even get me started on that wonderful wainscoting! Can I come and spend the weekend with you and Scott?! I promise I won't mess up your beautiful new bathroom!

    Kat :)

  37. The bathroom is looking great! Personally, I like the old fashioned look. I am getting a vintage tub in my bathroom with the claw feet. I can't wait for it to be finished!