Powder Room Planning

Hi Everyone!  I hope you’ve had a good week. Just finishing off my week over here with a quick post about a client project I’m working on.

I’ve been helping my client build their house from the ground up and we are in the thick of designing cabinets and planning plumbing and appliances and choosing a million light fixtures…and of course I love every minute of it!

We just finished up the plans for the powder bath…a simple walnut cabinet her amazing builders are in the process of construction, board and batten molding, and a mirror and lighting still to be determined (we’ve already nixed the sconces in favor of an light over the mirror).  To help her get a good picture of what the room will eventually look like I did a few little scenarios…we’re picking a paint color next!

Powder Room Planning | www.theanatomyofdesign.com

She of course loved the wallpaper on the bottom left, which her husband instantly nixed. But, now she’s leaning toward the Georgian Blue which is a great bold blue that’s not too dark. Which color would you pick? Ever use any of these specific colors?

I’ll be back Monday with some fun news and a brand new Room of the Week!
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A Guide to Using Mirrors in a Kitchen

It’s not often that you see mirrored cabinetry in a kitchen, maybe because it has a modern edge that won’t work with a lot of kitchen styles.  But, the mirrored inserts in the cabinetry in the Room of the Week add just the right amount of shine to this transitional kitchen.

andrewhowardThere are lots of ways, big and small, to successfully add mirrors in functional and beautiful ways in a kitchen.  Here are a few of them to get you inspired!


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The Perfect Upholstered Barstool

Those barstools in the Room of the Week look like the comfiest spot to share a meal or read the morning paper (i.e. check instagram) over breakfast.  Their generous proportions and soft seat make them one of the best seats in the house!

An Upholstered Barstool | www.theanatomyofdesign.com

Here are 12 beautiful barstools if you’re looking for some of your own.


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The Anatomy of a Transitional Kitchen

I’ve spent the last few weeks working on a kitchen for a client and so kitchens are on my brain.  I love kitchens best when they aren’t too modern or too traditional.  I love when they are right in the middle, in that transitional style.  And the kitchen I picked as the Room of the Week designed by Andrew Howard, is the perfect example of a kitchen done perfectly in this style.  Let’s jump right in and look at all the details that make it so!

The Anatomy of a Transitional Kitchen | www.theanatomyofdesign.com

What do you think of this kitchen?  Do you like this style? Or do you prefer something more modern or traditional?

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A Mid-Century Patio Chair Update

A few weeks ago I scored a pair of mid-century homecrest chairs off craigslist.  The paint, as you can see, was faded and there was a lot of rust.  Thanks to my mother-in-law who suggested I use an old bbq scraper, the flaky paint came right off!

homecrestchairsbeforeA few quick coats of yellow spray paint later and they became the happiest pair of chairs on the planet!  I wanted to get a photograph of them with the cute and very necessary seat cushion all day yesterday, but the weatherman was correct in his prediction of non-stop rain all day.  So you’ll just have to pretend these have cute little striped cushions.

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