………….. What I’m Working on Right Now………….. Gladwyne Master Bath Sink Wall

We are working on a variety of projects right now, one of which is a master bathroom design in Gladwyne.  The owners reached out to me requesting a space with a little pizzazz.  You know, more than your builder grade master.  They were also looking to achieve a more modern style in the bathroom but struggled with how to blend it seamlessly with the rest of their traditional home and furnishings.

All of this is music to my ears.  I love working in special details in a bathroom.  Mouldings, Tile, cabinetry, fixtures and finishes… there are lots of ways to take design (and function!) to the next level.  As for aesthetic, I love my modern mixed with a little traditional.  Tailored, classic yet clean lined.  It’s been fun to work on.

Here are some of the rooms and details I am using for inspiration for the sink wall:

floating vanity between walls

Design by Erin Martin

There are a lot of elements that I love about the bath above.  The simple arch over the vanity.  I like enclosing this space a bit and making it more intimate.   (The bathroom we are working on happens to be large and could use a little intimacy.)  I also like the darker vanity and mirrors hung from chains.  Not sure if we will do that, but its pretty stunning.  The last element I like is the stone on the back wall.  This looks to be slab marble behind the mirrors.  We will probably do a marble tile instead of slab to save a lot of money.

vanity and arch detail

arch sides

Design by M E Beck

Here is another arched vanity top I liked.  This one feels a little more dressed up with extra and molding atop the arch.  My clients may actually favor the simpler style and that’s fine with me.  What I also like here is that the arch is stepped in from the vanity base, so it’s not quite so imposing.  This may be beneficial to our layout.

chevron wall

Design by Melanie Turner

My clients were pretty jazzed to do a floating vanity and I was happy to jump on that gravy train.  I like the combination of the floating vanity with the tiled wall above.  I like that the tile peeks out underneath the floating vanity.  The underneath portion is also a great place to tuck accent lighting.  Both my client and I were really into the idea of herringbone tile.  Ultimately I felt it made a better statement on the floor, with something simpler behind the sinks.

As for the actual cabinet style, its needs to be something clean, yet interesting.  We are still figuring that part out.

Should it be a mix of wood (or perhaps painted gray) drawers and metal?

floating vanity with wood and metal

designed by Juniper Tedhams via House Beautiful

Or have a thick stone apron and then standard drawers?

thick marble apron with drawrs below

via Riviera Fine Homes

I love the two-tone tailored look of the vanity below.  The drawer faces are parchment-clad.

tailored vanity style.peter-marino-08-master-bath

designed by Peter Marino

I may re-interpret a few designs we have used in the past.  I love this stepped drawer detail we did in this Gladwyne Girls Bath.  (I haven’t shared this reveal yet!)

stepped drawer- custom cabinet by design manifest

Design by Us, photo by Courtney Apple

I love the idea of a simple vanity trimmed with a little metal with some fabulous hardware.  Since we are discussing doing gray and chrome, I don’t think it will pop the same way it does as below with the stained wood and gold.

vanity trimmed with metal

source unknown

While we are still working out the exact style of the cabinets I’m pretty excited about the direction.  Arched wall with tile alcove, floating modern vanity with special details, gray paint, white marble (or quartzite) and low lighting.  Hopefully my client’s desire for pizzazz will be answered.  Wish me luck- I’m off to present final design ideas this morning.

 

Before & After: Berwyn Bathroom Renovation

Fun bathroom Reveal to share with you guys today.  Every bathroom project we tackle is different.  Our big challenge with this space was figuring out the function and layout  for the room.  Once we worked that out it was all about the tile, tile, tile.  My clients started with a bathroom that was very white and blue.  While it was a simple and clean design, it was both (a little too) colorful and a little stark at the same time.  My goal was to create a bathroom that felt light and bright, but also had a little more depth.  I still wanted to incorporate color, but in a more subtle, layered way.    After searching high and low for the perfect statement tile, we found a pretty arabesque-like mosaic and built the palette from there.  The result, I dare say, is really beautiful.

Before you check out the Before and Afters, I did an extensive post on the design of this bathroom.  We discussed how we chose the layout, what was saved from the old bath and a little behind the scenes of the design and construction process.  If you would like to learn more about that, you can read the post HERE.

Now onto the pretty pictures!

BEFORE

master wide

AFTER

berwyn bath by design manifest

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Petite Hall Bath Makeover

Hello Lovers!  As you read this I am in the midst of a week-long Puerto Rican Vacation with my beau.  This is a much needed break for the both of us and I can’t wait to report back on what I hope is a fabulous adventure.

Here’s a quick little post for you.  Courtney Apple snapped a few photos of this teeny bathroom we remodeled last year and I never got around to sharing.    Remember the petite master bathroom I revealed several weeks ago?  Well this is the same house and this bathroom is even smaller than the last.  There were no new layout options, so we simply updated fixtures and mechanicals.  New wallpaper, lighting, tile, faucets and fittings and boom! its a fresh new space.  Sorry for the lack of angles- this room is just too small.

BEFORE

guest med cab

guest sink

Here’s the plan I showed my client…

petite hall bath

I started with the wallpaper- a delicate ginko –

and then layered on some extra green with a Ming and Thassos basketweave marble tile.

We lightened up the walls with a classic white subway tile.

We added a border of ming marble on the walls for a little intrigue.

A mix of brass fixtures and lighting warm of the crisp room.

 

AFTER

hall bath with paper up

hall bathroom wall sconce- design manifest

faucet detail design manifest hall bath

I typically like a widespread faucet, but in a sink this small, a single handle faucet allows for more counter space.

guest tub and window wall

floor and wall detail hall bath design manifest

Small bathroom, short story!

See you next week… hoping to keep the reveals coming : )

Why are we so Afraid of Color? {In Kitchens and Bathrooms}

As much as I love decorating (textiles, chairs, lamps, mirrors oh my!) kitchens and bathrooms continue to be my favorite spaces to design.  Perhaps it’s the blending of architectural elements with more decorative softer touches.  I love specifying millwork with special details, laying out tile patterns, accentuating lighting with the perfect pendant or sconce.  Compared to a living room with lots of textiles and furnishings, these spaces usually have less materials, making each selection more profound and important.

Kitchens and bathrooms tend to be more “permanent” renovations.  Remodels are lengthy, messy and expensive.  I find that people tend to be much more risk adverse when remodeling these rooms.  There is a much greater concern over creating a timeless look vs a trendy design.  After all, changing out a pillow in a living room is no big deal, but swapping out a tile backsplash in a kitchen is not so cheap or easy.  I totally GET wanting a kitchen that will look classic in 10 years, I wouldn’t want to spend a lot of money to then have it look dated within a decade.  Buttttt does classic have to mean a white kitchen?  I often wish I got more calls to do more colorful kitchens.  People are open to color in other areas, so why not in the heart of the home?

pink and orange bathroom

As much as I love a bold statement of color and pattern,  you can add a special punch to your kitchen or bathroom without going 110%.  I adore the bathroom above…. but not for my home.

So how do you add more color into these functional rooms in a smart and dare I say “safe” way?  Here are tips to be classic yet colorful in your kitchen and bathroom.

 

#1 A colorful base cabinet paired with classic white backsplash tile (or light wall.)

I think of this as updated classic.  Keep the architectural lines clean and let the color on the cabinets do the talking. The light walls keep the room from feeling overly saturated.

blue base cabinets

I love this kitchen so much!  The choice of a navy blue base cabinet is so rich and warm.  White counters, subway tile, a traditional beaded inset cabinet all give this kitchen a classic look.

green base cabinets

orange vanity

Hallie Henley Design

#2 Mix white perimeter cabinets with a bold colorful island

When the majority of the kitchen is clean and crisp, you can go a little bolder on the island!  You can even pair the white perimeter with a special tile or wallcovering that ties into the island.  The white cabinet will help balance the space and keep it from feeling too busy.

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Petite Master Bathroom BEFORE & AFTER

Happy Hump Blog Day!  That sounds a little weird right?  I’ll have to come up with a more catchy term for blogging Wednesday.  This week is a busy one for us and the next three days are looking to be long ones.  Now that we’ve fully recovered from the holiday season we are diving full force into the first of the new projects for the year.  I’m REALLY pumped for what we are working on right now.  I feel lucky to have clients with such a diverse variety of  taste and wants.   We’ve been having lots of fun with tile (mostly marble,) wallpaper, fabrics, rugs, leather, wood, metal, lighting, lighting and more lighting.  It’s a droolfest over here between me and my assistant, Rachael.

Speaking of drooling, today I have a little treat for you.  My favorite teeny bathroom yet! Design and built by Dad and me!  And No I don’t say that about all of them.  This is a project we completed last year that I teased a few weeks ago.  Calling it a master bathroom is kinda funny because its the size of a postage stamp, but alas Philadelphia is full of old houses with teeny bathrooms and we have to do the best we can to steal inches and make them as efficient as possible.

Here are a few BEFORES.  Be warned, they ain’t pretty…

master sink

mast med cab before

And the AFTERS…   Click HERE TO SEE THE REVEAL

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