Friday, July 18, 2014

Living Room Before

I'm back from a nice long two week vacation to Beirut, Lebanon and I'm ready to jump back into my decorating projects at home and also for clients. I thought I'd share some of what's going on lately at my house and also my plans for my living room. The living room has really bugged me since we moved in mostly because it is small and my current furniture shall we say is less than awesome. But, I do have big plans for this room (of course) and hope to get some things accomplished soon. Right now the space is just a hodge-podge of furniture and items that I have collected over time and it is desperately in need of some help.



One of the main issues I have with the room is a lack of comfortable seating but like I said the room is not big so figuring out exactly what furniture I want to use and how to arrange it has been a little tricky. I've decided that for the space even a small sectional would be too overwhelming so I am going to stick with a three person sofa, and club chair, and an occasional chair with some small floating benches thrown into the mix for extra seats. I did have some luck with finding a club chair (pictured above) in a recent Kravet sale and it has much more of the look I am going for in this room.



I want the space to be comfortable and inviting but also have a slightly more "formal" feel since it is the only living space in the upstairs level ( we have a finished room in the basement that will be a secondary family room/den). I will be keeping the gray chair and also the tv armoire (may get a coat of paint) but everything else will be leaving. The brown West Elm sofa I plan to use in the downstairs tv room and possibly the jute rug as well.

 
In the entry I plan to add a Persian style runner and also rearrange the gallery wall (it's kind of in limbo at the moment!)
 
And a few images inspiring me for the finished space
 

 





XOXO, Christina Marie
 
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

House Adventures Part 6: Bathroom Reveal!!!

It's about time I shared photos of the finished main floor bath. We started this renovation last September (yikes!) and finished it up a couple months back.  We did a lot of the work ourselves but hired out the plumbing and electrical. My husband and father reframed for the medicine cabinet, put in new sheetrock and installed the subway tile and floor tile! I have a couple more small things to finish up like some towels hooks and a mirror for the wall opposite the sink but other than that it is finished! Check it out!

The hideous before


 
And the Afters!!











 
 
XOXO, Christina Marie
 
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Bathroom Updates and A new Lamp!

So a little bit of progress has happened in the bathroom since my last post. All of the wall tile is in and ready for grout. What a huge difference the tile has made already! I love how light and bright the bathroom is looking. I took these photos at 5pm and even with the lights off the room is still well lit! You can see a sneak peak of the floor too. We just laid some of it out to get the idea. Hopefully the flooring will be finished over the weekend. My husband and father have put a lot of hours into this little bathroom already and we're getting so close! I will be dancing a happy jig when we can finally use it!
 


 
Also, my custom vanity is ready to be painted! A big thank you to Mike at Cabot Contracting for making this for us! I'm planning on staining the lower shelf a dark walnut for contrast and painting the rest of the cabinet white.


 
I picked up these pretty crystal knobs for the doors.
 

 
I have the itch to start decorating the house for Spring (even though it is only February, wah wah)! I have been dreaming of a blue and white ginger jar lamp for my entry and I happened to be in Marshalls today and came across a beauty. And what do you know it's by Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort Co. which happens to be my absolute favorite lighting manufacturer! They make gorgeous lamps and lighting and this lamp would normally go for well over $200. I think lamps can make a room and this one adds so much pretty color and pattern to my entry table.

 
And, since I am in the mood for Spring I also added an orchid to my entry which is gorgeous and low maintenance. My favorite combination when it comes to plants!


 
Have a happy weekend everyone!
 
 
 
 
 
xoxo,
christina marie
 
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Farmhouse Bathroom Design in Connecticut


Since I'm on the subject of bathrooms, I thought I'd share another bathroom design board with you that I have created for one of my clients. My client is renovating her parents bathroom and she asked me to help with the material selections and overall look for the new bathroom. The house is an old farmhouse style in Connecticut and we wanted to keep the new bath looking like it could have been original to the house. 

The vanity were going with has a real farmhouse feel with the turned legs and basket, and were using a dark slate tile on the floor. I also suggested adding a paneled ceiling to provide some extra character to the space. Many times older homes have wainscoting on the lower part of the walls but since this bathroom doesn't have a whole lot of exposed wall space I'm suggesting adding the paneling on the ceiling.





The renovation is getting underway soon so I'll be sure and share the photos of the finished space once it ready!

xoxo,
christina marie
 
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