Friday, January 29, 2010
When we moved into the new house, the first (and immediate) project was to complete the bathroom. The previous owner had demoed and had the room drywalled. The tub was in place, but nothing else. We moved into a house with only a powder room!
We chose travertine tile for the shower walls and floor with accents of green onyx. The onyx was a find when we tried to match the colors of the existing stained glass window - green, golden yellow and amber brown. None of the glass tile seemed to have the right intensity, but the onyx had a great blend of those colors.
We picked simple cleanlined fixtures and brushed nickel accessories.
We added a beadboard wainscot around the room and matched the house's existing moldings using some salvaged pieces from the basement and some new to fill in. Then we put up a vintage dresser mirror over the sink.
I think the room blends well with the age of the house, but looks fresh and modern at the same time.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
It's been a looooong time since my last post, but there is a good reason. We sold a house, bought a house and moved to a new town.
First there was all the fixing up of our old house and preparing to sell. Then there was the big open house and selling it. Then the minor thing of sorting and packing 10 years of belongings.
We have moved into our new/old house and there is a lot to do here. We are busy in the new house, which, as you can see, is really an old house. It is 100 years old!
The previous owner was a wonderful lady who took extreme pride in her yard. It is filled with flower beds big and small. There is not one tiny spot that has not been planted with love and care. We are lucky to be able to take over this gift. We will have a lot to keep up with when Springtime comes!
Inside the house, we are making it our own, as they say. There are wonderful original Victorian features to work with - stained glass windows, chestnut woodwork, pocket doors. But there are also the quirks of an old building - sloping floors, crazy wiring, damp basement.
I will try to post a bit in the coming weeks about the progress we are making. Before and afters are always fun, aren't they?