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Bathroom Plans – Classic with Character

I’m zeroing in on final plans for our bathroom renovations. You may have seen my post from a few months back showing my master bath finishes, but now I’m working on the hall bath because as crazy as this may sound, it looks like we are going to do both bathrooms at the same time! Gulp. It’s going to be crazy for a few weeks, but I want to get them done and my contractor has assured me there can be some economy of scale. As much as I enjoy design and renovation, my family doesn’t so doing them both simply means I don’t have to put them through it again later. (And yes we do actually have a third bathroom so we can survive).

The hall bath functions as a guest bath, but also as a little girls bath and a pool bath so it needs to be functional and welcoming for guests at the same time. We have this quirky feature where the shower has a sliding glass door that leads outside to the pool. I actually love this feature because it means little people don’t have to drip and walk with wet feet across the wood floors! However, right now all the tile in this room is white so we get lots of dirt tracked in from the wet feet so my goal is to darken the floors, but keep the rest of the room light. Here’s what I’m thinking: slate floors, clean white for the shiplap walls, counters, cabinetry and shower tiles, polished nickel fixtures and a strategic use of cement tile for some character on the shower floor. I’ve been dying to use some fun cement tile, but I don’t want to commit to it in a huge way so by using the slate for the main floor and the patterned cement tile for the shower floor, I get to have my cake and eat it too!

Here are a couple of my inspiration photos:Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 9.19.10 AMVia: Tamara Magel

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Sources: cement tile // slate tile // round mirror // sconce

I promise to send some before and afters!

xo Kerry

Rincon House: Master Bedroom

Happy Sunday everyone. I don’t know about you, but in our house, Sundays are made for lounging in bed with coffee and iPad in hand. (For reading design blogs of course!) Speaking of lounging in bed,  I’m excited to share my master bedroom with you today. I’ve been slowly updating it over the past few months and waiting for the last piece of furniture to arrive and it’s ready for a look.

But first, here are some beautiful bedrooms that got me inspired.0b03fab9cb293cf4ad8faf16b51beeba018124fcbcc24ad23c0bd22f9728e31a34b14f5fbc103832974a543ebff7edec0adcbecba760fc9eccef410c707ffda7bb504e4240bc54382c692031dd01b39a

I wanted serene colors with layers of white, cream and blue. I lean towards classic lines, which lead me to the Chesterfield headboard. I love the tufting and the fact that it reads both masculine and feminine.  I also wanted some of that coastal, casual California feel, which is where the the scalloped capiz light fixture and vintage pillows came in. They add texture, character and dimension. And finally, I just had to incorporate some great pieces art, some of which I’ve found on Etsy and some that I’ve collected over the years.  Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 10.36.33 AM

Rising Clouds Art // RH Chesterfield Headboard // Dark Seas Art // Capiz Chandelier // French Ring Sheet Set // Vintage Indigo Hmung Tribal Pillow

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I hear there’s some kind of football game on today that everyone’s watching. I guess I better get out of bed and out to the store for snacks and drinks here pretty soon.  Enjoy!

xo Kerry

Rincon House Tour: Living Room

New Year’s resolution #1 is to finally share some of our remodeling progress with you. I know, shame on me! It’s one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place. It’s been over two years now since we moved into our home and as I’ve mentioned before there’s a long list of things that need to be done to bring the house up to this century. The first thing we did was renovate the kitchen, install new floors and update the living room by adding recessed lighting and updating the fireplace surround and staircase. These updates made a huge difference and we’re really happy with them, but I needed to add the finishing touches by updating the decor in the living room.

We wanted a new sofa and seating arrangement so I used that as a jumping off point and decided to tackle the room as a whole. Our previous home had a vintage-cottage vibe, but for this home I wanted to update our furnishings and bring in items with more of a modern polish. I love to mix old and new, clean lines with soft, graphic with organic, rustic with shine. You get the idea. The bones of our house are somewhat traditional and classic, which I love, but I wanted to mix in a little “modern California”. I also wanted to step outside my comfort zone a bit by adding some fun color and pattern. I’m really happy with the finished project and excited to be able to share it with you. IMG_0406IMG_0419Our new sofa is from Restoration Hardware. It’s a modern sillouette covered in a family friendly Perennials fabric.IMG_0431This little corner nook needed a major update. The previous cushion was inherited from the former owners of the home and was covered in a peach and blue tropical print. I love the way the lilac block print looks with the black and white dot. IMG_0414 copyThe lamp and side table were splurges I almost didn’t make, but I’m so happy that I did.IMG_0401I love the blue velvet side chairs and fun star print fabric. IMG_0413IMG_0428Below is a photo that shows the fireplace and floors mid-construction. The wood paneling is beautiful, but the finish was a pinkish whitewash, circa 1992. We had the mantle re-built a new stone slab installed and of course painted the paneling white. IMG_3189I’ll share more rooms soon. We’re currently working on the master bedroom and I’m plotting the bathroom renovations… one of these days.

xo Kerry

The Hunt for New Exterior Lighting

I’ve been looking for some new exterior lighting for our house and for a while I was in a serious analysis-paralysis. If you’ve read my very first blog post, you know that when we bought our home it needed to be rescued from the 80’s.  I’ve been shopping around and I had my eye on several, but was having a hard time making a decision. I decided to turn to my old pal Pinterest to start an exterior board to see if I could narrow down the look I’m after. Here are a few that I pinned as inspiration.  As you’ll see the lighting is mostly traditional, but with a modern, clean lined bent which is on par with my taste. I love mixing these two looks. Oh and apparently I really like white houses!Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 11.00.11 PM

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What I’m looking for is really an updated lantern shape. Here are a few I’ve had my eye on.

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Sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

Painting our house white isn’t in the cards at the moment. It’s closer to the style and color of this house below, via Studio McGee.

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So the winner is…drumroll please….

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I chose this one based on both look and price. I like that it’s traditional, but simple and un-fussy and ultimately I had to consider price. I have to replace 7 lights in total so that ruled out a couple of the others. The first of several is being installed today — just in time for the holidays.

Oh and just for fun… check out the lights we are replacing. They scream 1980, and not in a charming-retro way, right? IMG_5225IMG_5066Now as Thanksgiving approaches, I’m savoring the last moments of my favorite season before it’s time to deck these halls!

xo Kerry

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