The cold refuses to relent. I don't think it will ever be warm again. My buddy Ellen is in Orlando and wants me to come down for a weekend, but I can't afford it with the powder/bath redo on the not too distant horizon. So I'm stuck here in 20 below windchills. It actually was a balmy 10 below zero F yesterday, the walk to the bus stop was a breeze. The sun is out again today. Not that it's helping, it's such a teeze! The forecasters say it will get up to about 17 above zero F today, woo woo! Snow is expected later on. In fact, I should be getting my butt dressed and to the Pick 'n Save before the weather turns instead of sitting here in my robe doing this!
Inspiration photographs, the joy and bane of my (and yours?) existence. Wonderful because they get the ideas flowing, most of the time. Horrible because they create cravings for things that are ridiculously expensive and excessive dissatisfaction with my home as it currently looks. Sigh. Why wasn't I born a billionaire? Why didn't I marry the millionaire when he asked? Geesh.
One thing scootching around the internet looking at pics has taught me is that I want to live like European royalty. RICH European royalty. Or someone on Fifth Avenue, across from Central Park. Near the MET, in a penthouse, not in a cardboard box over a subway grate (just to clarify).
|From la Dolce Vita, April 13, 2011 guest blog entry by the Decorista, on what her|
dream house would look like.
|Nancy Corzine's powder room. The mirror is probably worth more than my entire house.|
Posted at New York Social Diary, along with lots of other photos of her spectacular
household with breathtaking views of New York city.
|This is from a home in Raleigh (NC) by Debbie Golmulka Designs.|
|I found this gorgeous room at The Lennoxx, near the end of the article.|
|From Digs Digs, near the end of the article on dramatic powder rooms.|
|From Archimagz, May 2013.|
I am keeping my dark vanity cabinet. I cannot afford to replace it and storage is an issue. My current vanity, besides being in excellent shape even after all these years, has traditional styling in a dark cherry finish, no dated hardware, and offers good storage for bathroom necessities and a place where guests (who use this bath when visiting) can stash their stuff too.
I love the marble (?) tile floor in photograph 4, but a pattern kept repeating itself in photos of rooms I was drawn into -- dark wood (or wood look) floors. First choice would be going dark wood look. I am not a tile fan. A bathroom floor should be water-resistant at the least, and waterproof at best. I discovered vinyl plank flooring a few weeks ago at Lumber Liquidators website and there are some amazing cost effective options available. The technology has come a long way in the past few years and the higher-end products look and feel like wood, but are waterproof and can be scored and cut to fit without a saw. Some don't even have a glue strip on them but are designed to entirely float across an existing surface and can be moved with you when you move. I could totally do this flooring by myself, would not have to hire Kevin the Wonder Handy Man to do it for me. Wow! Check out Centsational Girl's February 5, 2014 posting on the topic.
White or cream woodwork. My bathroom woodwork was stained a deep, dark red mahogany almost 24 years ago and I still love it. I tried to get a color as close to matching as I could the vanity color. But I think the bathroom woodwork would look great painted a creamy white and would balance out a dark floor. Once committed, though, I would not be able to go back to stain unless I replaced the woodwork! I have read over and over again that one can paint over stain, but one cannot stain over paint.
A gorgeous mirror is a must. I cannot afford a Venetian glass mirror, or even a faux Venetian glass mirror. Well, you see what I was drawn to, and you know my budget ($350). LOL! I started pricing out mirrors while I was waiting for someone (anyone) to email me and say they would love to win $50 for designing a powder room/bath for me. Sticker shock!
I cannot afford to replace my over the mirror lighting with sconces, and the way the room is configured, sconces would not work, they would be off-kilter to each other as the toilet is next to the vanity and there is no room on the right side of the mirror for a wall sconce. I want the look of glitter (crystal), glam, and cloth lamp shades! Surely I can find something that will go above a new mirror centered over the vanity. Current builder's grade mirror is 24" wide and 36" tall. I'm aiming for approximately the same dimensions, but it depends on cost.
Oh, the wallpaper! Holy Hathor! A quick way to get an eye-popping design without the hassle of stenciling. I've no patience for stenciling. I've seen gorgeous stenciled walls done by very patient and persistent d-i-y'ers, that's not me :)
Okay, it's starting to snow, I've really got to get dressed and get to the Pick 'n Save!