Monday, April 30, 2012

The Bathroom Chronicles Part IV

Demolition day! 
After a ton of banging, cracking, and ripping, day 1 of the shower enclosure is over. 
We decided to bring in a professional to do this entire portion of the bathroom reno for many reasons.  Not only do I want to ensure the waterproofing is done properly, but after doing the floor ourselves and realizing what an incredibly hard job it was, the decision to hire someone for anything else involving tile was an obvious one!

Here’s what it looks like after today:

Bathroom Demolition Day 1

Bathroom Demolition Day 1

Thursday, April 26, 2012

HOW TO: A Summer Night at the Movies

I’ve been spending the past few days dreaming up a list of things I want to do this summer.  So far, my list includes: camping, concerts, sunning under a big floppy hat poolside, a group trip (hopefully to the Mediterranean), a picnic, watching the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, and the CN Tower ledge walk.  The latest addition to the list, an outdoor movie night, is one that I think I’m looking forward to the most.

Pottery Barn has posted some simple steps to make your very own outdoor movie theatre.  All you’ll need is 2 white queen size sheets, a couple poles, and some rope.
Outdoor Movie Theatre.  Photo via

For instructions on how to create your own outdor movie theatre, visit the Pottery Barn site by clicking here. 

Grab some snacks, a ton of pillows, blankets, candles, and a bunch of friends and you’ve got yourself a night out(side) at the movies!  For an ambient atmosphere, hang lights from nearby trees, plants, or fence.   

Outdoor Movie Night extras, photo via At Home with Kim Vallee

Outdoor Movie Theatre, photo via

Other ideas: 
Combine an outdoor movie night with a barbeque or outdoor dinner party.  After your main course, move your way over to the cushions and watch a flick with dessert!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Well Worth the Climb

Having been a swimmer for most of my life, I am always drawn to photos of magnificent swimming pools, but I have never seen anything like this before. 

This stunning mountain home in Park City, Utah designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects caught my eye not only because of its beautiful modern architectural structure, but mainly because of its extremely unique feature: the glass-enclosed indoor pool that appears to continue right into the forest.  Beautiful!
Glass-enclosed pool, Park City, Utah.  Photo Via.

Modern mountain home, Park City, Utah.  Photo via.

Modern Mountain home, Park City, Utah.  Photo via.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Bathroom Chronicles Part III: Vanity Affair

The vanity is one of the only pieces of furniture in a bathroom, so it needs to look fantastic.  The old vanity that’s in my existing bathroom is 21 years old, and still going strong.  It’s the perfect size for the room, has an ideal number of drawers in great sizes, and a good amount of additional storage under the sink.  Made of solid wood, this is a quality piece of furniture. 

Bathroom Vanity, Before

Because this reno project is on a budget, it made a lot of sense to salvage something that already worked perfectly in the space.  Nothing a little paint and a paintbrush can’t fix!

After removing all of the drawer and cabinet door handles, as well as the doors themselves from the vanity, I chose an acrylic latex semi-gloss paint by Behr called Bitter Chocolate (790B-7).   You can buy tester pot sizes (just a quart) from Home Depot, which is a great way to reduce waste and project cost.  Three even coats proved to do the trick, along with some new hardware.  I chose long modern handles in a brushed silver to bring the vanity up to date. 

Next step:  new counter top!
Bathroom Vanity, after paint and new hardware

Bathroom Vanity, after paint and new hardware

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Bathroom Chronicles Part II

Even though I just spent the past hour scrubbing myself in the shower after being covered in dirty water and buckets of dried up crunchy mortar, I’m still very excited about how my bathroom reno is coming along.  It’s my first time laying tile (with lots of help from my parents!), and I’m completely shocked at how difficult and time consuming it is.

Follow along on twitter (@kathleenedesign) and on Ambiance and Armoires as the bathroom reno continues!

Here’s a recap of the first few days:

Day 1:  Ripped up half of the existing tile.
Day 2:  Completed removing the remaining tile.
Day 3:  Layed the Ditra, let set for 24 hours.  Determine center point for tile pattern.
Day 4:  Began tiling.
Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 3 {Haley checking things out}

Day 4
Day 5

Day 6

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Bathroom Chronicles Part I

The bathroom renovation has begun!  Six days in, and I’m already exhausted.  Since I’m trying to learn how to lay tile, it’s been extra tiring, but I’m loving the hands on action.  Before I post any pictures of how the reno is progressing so far, I thought I’d post some ‘before’ pictures to get things started!

Stay tuned for more updates, and follow the progress on Ambiance and Armoires or twitter @kathleenedesign.

Bathroom- Before
Bathroom- Before
Bathroom- Before

Bathroom- Before

Bathroom- Before