This has been a crazy busy summer and I am almost ready for school to start back just to get some normalcy back in our lives. But at the same time I know that the crazy may continue since our youngest starts Pre-K this year. But in the vein of peaceful summer spaces here are some that are really relaxing to me.
Well, we finished the lipstick job on our main bathroom. And in celebration we started our next project! We are insane. But this bathroom situation really was just a lot of paint. Except our new laminate counter didn't work out so the hubs built a new one from wood. With a cute little shelf. All of which we painted in marine grade paint. And if I have anyone else ask me, "really, a bathroom counter out of wood?" I may lose it. Marine. Grade. Paint. People. It says not for use below the water line but a boat gets spray above that. And my kids can be messy but surely not enough to fully immerse the entire counter top!
Anyway, pictures. The room gets NO natural light and is an awkward shape so . . . . . .
It really brightened up the bath and has made it look more intentionally done which was the whole goal. We will still probably be doing a bigger overhaul sometime down the road but I really hope this lasts us at least 2 years.
And now on to our master closet! We really may be crazy. . . . . . .
OK, can I first say that I am LOVING all of the stove alcove's I have been seeing lately. It would not work for the layout in my kitchen and that makes me sad but I love the way people are incorporating them in their homes. Elizabeth Demos seems to be installing one in her new kitchen, and Lauren Leiss has done them, and of course there is Maura Endres.
But I am saying all of that to lead into some beautiful kitchens all courtesy of DeVOL kitchens. Love all of their spaces so much. Their aesthetic is so timeless yet also so representative to me of the modern country style that is everywhere. Without being kitschy.
Love these all so much and I know that if we ever move odds are good there will be a stove alcove!
So, we aren't done with the hall bathroom yet, but I have already moved on to thinking about our next project. I really can't help myself, I don't know why. But, we found a good deal on some outdoor dining chairs and had a gift card so we went ahead and got them. But now I can't stop planning out the changes I want to make to our patio. It will really have to wait a bit, both for finances and for the weather to cool off, but at some point I want to redo the existing patio and extend it over a little further so we have both dining space and relaxing space.
I love the casual, french countryside look of pea gravel so I am thinking of outlining the patios with cobblestones or brick with a trellis pattern through it, infilled with some form of aggregate.
We just got some metal cafe style chairs and I want the hubs to build a farmhouse style table to pair with them. Ideally with a tabby or concrete top but we will see. And one day adding a pergola over this area.