12/25/09

Ideas For Upstairs Bathroom Pt. 1

I've been very indecisive about what to use on the bathroom floor. What kind of tiles should we use? Traditional sink or modern? What would fit our budget? I really want to have carrara hexagonal tiles in the bathroom with modern fixtures. Here is my idea of how our bathroom will look like.

Carrara hexagonal tiles.


lillholmen sconce


Ikea Ann Sink


Ikea Akurum base cabinet with stained wood door.


Ikea Lillangen double sink


Ikea Akurum base cabinet with stainless steel door.

12/23/09

Bowls



We went to the Crate and Barrel Outlet over the weekend for some Christmas gift shopping. Our Ikea bowls and plates chip and break so easily that it's time to replace them again. For the past couple of nights, Justin has commented on how much he loves the new bowls and I concur!

Justin picked out this as his cereal bowl...it's a little small for my taste.











I chose this because of the eye catching yellow, squarish shape, and for being neither too deep or too shallow...just perfect.



The Walls Are Coming Down

Here are more photos to show what the inside of the downstairs units look like. This is after 2 days work by one guy hired by our general contractor. At the time of this posting, he's finished the first room and have started working on the 2nd room. The trash guys will bring a huge dump truck this afternoon to remove all the debris.


Yeh! One big open space.

Demolition Day!

So we own a house now, but it will be a while before we can move in. Turns out that there is a little foundation problem because the house is so old. One side of the downstairs wall is jutting out, but thankfully it hasn't affected the rest of the house. Another thing is the upstairs living space was badly renovated years ago. The kitchen is cramped, the bathroom is inconveniently located behind a gigantic water heater tank. The washer and dryer room has no ventilation for the dryer and neither does the bathroom. So we have to basically gut tear out and knock out most of the walls in this two story house and redo the electrical wiring, plumbing and install new heating system...the list goes on. I guess we'll just have to take it one day at a time. We have someone who's doing all the actual demolition of the walls. Our first projects are changing the door locks and taking off the old doors and hardwares and try to refinish them. Here are some photos of the progress so far.

Justin changing the lock.


All there is under the nasty red carpet is the base board, we were hoping for hardwood floor.

First meal in the kitchen thanks to the taco truck parked outside of Home Depot.

Taking the antique door fixtures off for refinishing is not an easy job.

Looking forward to taking the thick layer of paint off the plates.

The orange stuff is called Citristrip. It's working slowly...

12/18/09

Sneak Peaks

Here are some photos of our house in it's current uninhabitable state. These are photos taken from the MLS listing of our house before we bought it, they kind of give an idea of how out dated the interior is. I can't wait to get rid of the hideous red carpet throughout the house. The tiny kitchen needs to be expanded and be open up to the living room. Oh, and don't get me started on the upstairs bathroom (unfortunately no picture of the bathroom with the blue bathtub)...



12/17/09

Today is the day!

We are officially homeowners today!!




12/15/09

Still waiting...

We did not close escrow on Monday as expected. This escrow process is dragging on longer than expected. In the mean time, I'll keep looking for inspirations of beautiful interiors and dreaming of the day when we can finally move into what is not yet our house...


12/13/09

Ebay finds

I kind of went on a shopping binge on Ebay recently and purchased couple of items from over seas. One item came in a huge box from Hong Kong and the other came in an adorable little package from Turkey. I love the postage stamps from Turkey. I can't wait to see them in our new house!





Beautiful Interiors

I am still on this neutral palette kick. 
Love the tile backsplash in the stone kitchen in the first photo. Adore the floor to ceiling book case in the second, and the industrial yet still homey feel of the third photo. 


























Final Stretch

This is the last week of my undergraduate career, but it's been out shined by the fact that it's also the week that we are going to become homeowners. We are hoping to close escrow on Friday and it looks like we will. I am finishing up my freelance work next week. Once we get the house, we have to start renovation to get the house ready for us to move in. Christmas is in 2 1/2 weeks, I still have to send out cards to friends and family. With so much going on at the moment, I haven't had time to sit down and think, it's just been go, go, go...

I like this lamp from Ikea.

12/4/09

Mr. Sandman

I've been really into a more neutral palette lately. Less dramatic pop colors and more natural and earthy tones.


11/27/09

Glacier National Park blanket

A while ago, a good friend paid a visit to my apartment. My blanket caught her attention. She told me it is a very famous design so I decided to look for more information online. That was over one year ago, I never knew where to start the search. Fast forward a year later, I was browsing another design blog and found out my blanket was made by Pendleton. Here is a little history of my blanket named, Glacier National Park blanket


11/25/09

Gobble Gobble

T'is the day before Turkey day, oh how time flies! Although we will be spending time with my family tomorrow, there will be none of the traditional Thanksgiving food items on our menu. We will be having Chinese food, in a restaurant no less. Justin and I promised ourselves that next year we'll have a real Thanksgiving meal in our house, that is assuming that we'll be homeowners by then. I am not sure if I have the stamina to continue looking for a house for another 10 months. I am especially looking forward to getting away for Christmas and getting some much needed R and R.

I have been diligently looking at interior design blogs for renovation ideas and inspirations, because we might be getting an old Victorian duplex in the near future and it's a major fixer-upper. I've noticed that the color grey is being used a lot for interior walls and kitchen cabinets. I guess grey is considered a neutral color. So depending on which shade and the saturation of grey being used, it could create varying soothing and dramatic effects. I think I prefer the lighter shades of grey over the darker, cooler greys.

Here are some examples.
1. Modern rustic bathroom
2. Retro rustic kitchen
3. Retro modern bedroom
4. Updated vintage bathroom
5. Chic London flat from decorpad
6. Industrial kitchen with vintage charm