Newly Showered – Bath Remodel 2016

before and after bath

Adding a shower to a bathroom during remodel is tricky when you need to count every inch.  This bathroom was a 1980’s leftover and desperately needed a  2016 remodel.  The space needed a shower added, with only 8′ x 5′ of room to work with.

bathroom before
BEFORE

We knew the space was small and had a large window, but the only place for a shower was on the outside wall, which meant changing the window.  The vanity was allowed 30″ of wall space and the toilet 30″ of wall space and rest of the 66″ was left to create the shower.   The original space did not include the shower so adding was the biggest benefit to remodeling this bathroom. We hired our contractor John Bass. He created our custom cubbies and replaced the original window with the new sliding window.

My son and my husband handled the demolition of the old bathroom. The old bathroom needed a complete demo to the studs.

demo bathroom
Demo to the studs revealing the cast iron  pipes that should not be moved…

 

A bathroom size of 8′ x 5′ will allow only for a very small shower, vanity and a skinny size toilet.  The dual flush toilet was a Kohler Persuade  from Lowe’s.

My desire was to have shades of gray bathroom to blend with my new gray bedroom decor that is adjacent to this bathroom.  Choosing marble tile was the best match to the vanity, so I chose a subway tile in marble.  I purchased all the tiles at Lowe’s  so it was easy to return what I did not use.

After lot’s of shopping and lot’s of returning 3 vanities to find just the right one, we settled on this beautiful marble one.   My son the electrician Andrew, completed all the wiring and installing of lighting and fans.

The bathroom was completed in 6 weeks.

bath almost
Just before the plumber and painting
2016 bath in marble
Bath complete with shower added into the 8×5 space

 

Same view as photo before remodel

Bath remodel 2016
Full bath- remodeled 2016
before and after bath
before and after remember?
Sink and double flush toilet
Sink and double flush toilet

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;  Prov 24:3

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Mother’s Day -2016 – Kate Spade Inspired Table Setting

Kate Spade Table setting likeness

It’s here!…Mother’s Day 2016 Inspired Design table!

Kate Spade Table setting likeness
Kate Spade table setting

This special table setting is a nod to Kate Spade, in case you had not already guessed by the earlier posts, Creatively made, using a bit of sewing, painting and style.  Bright Pink color with black and white stripes and of course Kate’s signature bow.  Remember the handmade gold dotted plates? Here they sit in the middle of a basic white corelle plate, encircled by additional elements to set the designer mood.

The signature pink bow was made with a bright pink napkin pinched by a gold band ring. If you remember the table runners made with a black and white striped fabric were sewed on the last post.  Here these runners are across the table instead of set down the center.  The quick made chair covers on the six chairs bring the table alive with color. Set with some wine glasses for style and designed all for MOM.

Inspired setting black white polka dots and pink bow
Inspired setting black white polka dots and pink bow

It’s the one time a year we honor our Mother’s with a special Day.

Alternating the elements for this style was easy.  This time I changed the plates  and added a coffee cup all atop a fresh white placemat.

Kate Spade brunch table setting
Brunch setting

 

 

 

 

If you just wanted to serve Mom special desserts.  You can start with the simple plate and change the napkin ring to a flower.  Simplify the style and place the spoon at the head of the head of the plate which is the placement for dessert spoons.  I added a tall polka dot drinking glass to keep with the Kate Spade designer theme.

Kate Spade simple dessert place setting
Kate Spade simple dessert place setting

Try your hand a shaping a table setting to capture the look and feel of a designer.  Just a few quick changes and you could change the whole atmosphere for a special day. Lunch, brunch or dinner! Make your guests feel special by stepping up your game at the table!

Kate Spade another take
Another take on the place setting

 

 

 

This one song  reminds me of being a Mom and having a Mom,  sung by the late Whitney Houston “I will always Love You“.

Happy Mother’s Day !!!

Ephesians 6:1-3  “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Victoria’s Inspiring Designs

Dare to Dream!

 IMG_2043       Dreamed of being a designer all my life. 

I am creative and inspired by all things beautiful.  My hope is through this website to photograph, create and display things I see as delightful with my own eyes.  I will blog about travels and home designs,…to inspire YOU to take the leap to be daring and bold and creative.  So you can see the world and your home and all its beauty!

HE made everything beautiful in his time   Eccl 3:11a