Daily Covet: Bathrooms you’d love to live in

The bathroom in our basement is a hot mess.

Guests who see it for the first time always exclaim, “It must be so nice to have that big Whirlpool tub!”

First of all, we NEVER use it. It’s two floors away from our bedroom. Secondly, aren’t Whirlpool tubs kindof 80’s, like having an outdoor, free-standing jacuzzi in your back yard?

Moving on.  The tile, which covers much of the walls around the infamous Whirlpool tub, is a sortof pink-ish, beige-ish color with a sea green wash to some of the trim tile.  I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be Southwestern or Tuscan…

It’s a great-sized bathroom, but the space is wasted as it really functions as the “powder room” because there is no guestroom down there either.

The vanity is oak, and kountry with a “k.”  Think craft fairs and wooden shelves full of knickknacks and gimcracks.  Sock dolls and wooden hearts hanging on rope.  To add insult to injury, the pulls are brass.  Not cool brass – like flowery, also kountry brass.

Above the ugly vanity is a mirror that I put up because I had no other place for it.  That I like, but it does not match in any way, shape or form the “disco” sconces that hang on either side of it.  I can’t fully explain these enough, so I must include this picture…

Throw in scuffed up, pale vanilla walls and cream-colored toilet and countertops, and you’ve got yourself one fugly bathroom.

I think I’d prefer it look a little something like this… because if it did, you wouldn’t get me out of it!

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Daily Covet: A Playroom with Room to Play

We need a playroom with some room to play.  Is that asking so much?

Last night, we decided that since my youngest has been wanting to sleep in the “guest bed,” which also is located in his room, it might be time for him to actually stop sleeping in his crib full time.

While my oldest begged us for almost a year for bunk beds, he declined the opportunity to finally sleep in the top bunk, as we had originally intended.  So we had the surprisingly easy task of taking the beds apart so that each boy has his own little twin bed.  In the same room!

The task we didn’t foresee was that of what do we do with everything that had it’s place before the room had two twins bed in it – unstacked.

I've been dreaming of this look since we've found out we were having our 2nd boy!

However, we are now missing an entire wall of formerly well-used real estate in the room.  Enter the need for a separate playroom, and that comes with a hitch.  That room also has to suffice as our family room in our basement.

Playrooms… playrooms…I perused google images for some ideas… and while it’s not this bad (from www.realsimple.com):

It's not this bad… YET.

It’s also not this good (from kencangbanget.com):

Great playroom, but my kids are not getting a nicer TV than me!

And let’s not talk crazy talk here (from http://www.roemahku.com):

Right… that'll happen.

But maybe something a little more this speed (from apartmenttherapy.com):

So this would be a nice room...

Why does a mixed-use space have to be so hard to create?

Daily Covet: A Royal Commode

Custom vanity, Ross & Main $667

At some point, we need to add a master bathroom to our Circa 1925 tudor.  And while we don’t have the money to do it yet, I am constantly reinventing what it would like it to look like in my head (and on my Pinterest boards!)

I always thought I’d want white pedestal sinks and subway tile, with a Carrerra marble shower and floor.  Can you guess what’s been in the way of our addition?  (<$$)

However, I found this beautiful, little chest on Ross & Main, and immediately envisioned dropping a Carrerra marble top and sink into it.  The perfect size to have two of them side by side for his and hers (read keep your stuff away from my stuff!) sinks.

And with the warm tones of the wood, I may have to rethink my tile selection too.  But I’m channeling my inner Louis XIV, while I picture golden sunburst mirrors over the top.

Suzanne Kasler Sunburst Mirror #4, ballarddesigns.com $99

And now I’m thinking maybe a better choice for a powder room… which we’d also need to add.

 

Daily Covet: Mirror, Mirror, you’re the fairest of them all

Mirrored Dresser, anthropologie.com $1298.00

I am absolutely head over heels for mirrored furniture.  This dresser reminds me of my trip to Versailles, where there were entire rooms of mirrored pieces alongside rich fabrics and beautiful crystal chandeliers.

I love how this very opulent piece has been turned a bit shabby chic similar to Mercury glass.

And while I would love to have two of them to use as bedside tables, the very NOT low price of $1298 means they will probably remain more of a covet than a probable purchase.

Daily Covet: It’s time to put MAC to work!

HGTV Home Design for MAC, apple.com $49.95

Last Christmas, my darling husband surprised me with a Macbook.  I wanted one specifically to pacify that creative side in me.  To date, I have yet to use it for anything remotely resembling create and design!  As I was looking around for some software that would allow me to dig my heels in, I came across this HGTV Home Design for Mac software.

I have previously done some virtual room design and redecorate on sites like Lowes.com or EthanAllen.com but neither was very intuitive and I usually ended up giving up before I had accomplished what I really wanted to.

So today, I am coveting this seemingly awesome software so that I can put MAC to work!