Balmoral {take one}

  I'm excited to share a new series on my latest project, Balmoral.  This project holds a special place in my heart because it's my sister's house in Arkansas.  I gave you a little sneak peak here on how the house currently looks.  It's really beautiful (on the outside) and the floor plan is perfect for their family, we just need to make it their own and the first item to change on the list is the WALLS!  My sister is a huge wallpaper fan and we started selecting those this past weekend.  Here is one of four we plan on using.  Sorry for such a small photo!

ikat wallpaper

Inspiration for the color palette we are thinking for the dining room - indigo and blush!
Inspiration for the color palette we are thinking for the dining room - indigo and blush! Insert reference to Steel Magnolias here.

My sister is really embracing bold color in this house and indigo seems to the common thread throughout the main rooms.  We are even thinking a very light shade of blue (on the gray side) for the main color of the house.  Paint samples are starting today, so we'll see which one makes the cut.  In addition to the walls, we are replacing all of the lighting.  Every last fixture!  We met yesterday to start looking at possible choices.

We really liked this one - her husband's reaction was "it looks like it belongs on a cruise ship" and I think he could be right!

This one is definitely a contender, just need to figure out the perfect spot!

I'm happy to be sharing this journey with all my readers.  You also may have noticed a new look to my blog.  I have moved it over to a different platform, so I'm still getting used to it.  The photos are done differently and the layout is more difficult, but I'm getting there.  Please forgive my growing pains and all the different fonts!

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Powder Baths

The powder bath is usually the smallest room in the house, but it probably gets more use than any other.  Not only is it used by the family, but also by your guests.  I love to take advantage of this little room and fill it with as much character as possible.  Almost always, my clients end of loving that space more than any other.  That's because they usually took a risk that they wouldn't do in another room - bold paint color, wallpaper, interesting light fixture, etc.

Here are some great examples I've found out there and why I love them so much!

This bathroom featured on Houzz has done everything right, in my opinion.  From the large scale wallpaper, to the lighting and vanity cabinet.  Perfection!

This bathroom from home is where the heart is shows a unique way of using swing arm lamps on either side of the mirror.  I also love the wallpaper and round table in the corner.

I wasn't sure about the window above the sink, but they made it work by keeping the vanity style simple.  Plus, you have a great mirror to the side to check your makeup.  This comes from Style Carrot.  Oh!  I love the pendant light, too.

There are so many things I love about this powder bath featured on White+Gold.  The herringbone style paneling creates much needed architectural detail.  The blue grasscloth not only brings in color, but texture as well. 

If anyone knows where this vanity came from, please let me know as I searched for this after a client showed me this photo while designing her new house.  The open shelving provides much needed storage a pedestal sink can't.  This bathroom was featured on Better Homes and Gardens.

This contemporary example from Houzz shows how tile can make such a huge statement in a small space.  The neutral colors was the way to go and I love it in contrast to the dark cabinetry.  The glass bowl looks like just another accessory.  Lovely!

So, take a chance when it comes to decorating your powder bath.  Go bold or go home!

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