Monday, November 25, 2019

The Carriage House Project: The Kitchen

We were able to salvage some of the kitchen from our house for the carriage house.  Since the kitchen in our house is an addition with a separate roof it wasn't as affected by the water damage as the rest of the house.  Not all the cabinets were salvageable but we were able to piecemail some together. We were also able to reuse our pendant light, faucet and island counter top.  We didn't even need to adjust the size of the countertop to fit the smaller space!   It's like those jeans in that movie "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"! We felt really good about being able to reuse some of our original kitchen.  It seems environmentally responsible and there's also some nostalgia there.

The shelves were actually cut out of the wood from the beams.  I never thought we'd have open shelving since we aren't the tidiest people.  Having very few things lends itself to less mess though.

And this is our small "mudroom".  It's a much needed place for shoes and outerwear.

So that's it for the common space for all four of us.  It really doesn't feel that small to us, just very cozy. I'm kind of loving it. Good thing since we'll be here for a while.  The bedrooms are quaint as well.  Quaint is code for teeny tiny.  I'll get to them in another post. They still aren't quite done pretty-wise but they're functional .  Good enough for now!

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Carriage House Project: The Living Room

This is the moodboard for the living room/kitchen:
Bookcase via Ballard Designs, Almazan Buffet via Wayfair, Rivy West Chandelier from Home Depot,
Lederer Rug via All Modern, Deliah Coffee Table via Grandin Road, Donington Stool via Wayfair, Tobacco Road Acacia Floors from Lumber Liquidators

And this is how it turned out.

We got the couch second hand.  Someone was moving and had only had it for a very short period of time.  It was the exact one that we were looking at at a local store but for much less...score! The flush door is a storage area.  It's kind of a mini office for a printer, papers and anything else we need to hide out of sight. And a glimpse of a keyboard. Both of my kids play the piano.  We had a baby grand (not sure if that made it out alive) but we were very fortunate that their piano teacher had a keyboard to lend to us.

I love the beams and the ceiling.  It's probably my favorite part, honestly.  The exposed lighting wasn't what I wanted originally but I actually really like the feel of it in the room. We actually get quite a lot of light in the room but the weather outside was a bit meh when I took these so I needed the extra light.

Next post I'll show the kitchen.  It really wasn't ready for its closeup if you're picking up what I'm putting down. Until next time, cheers!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Carriage House Project: The Bathroom

This is what I envisioned for the bathroom.  
Vallie Outdoor Barn Light from Wayfair
Ikea Godmorgon/Rattviken Sink Cabinet/Medicine Cabinet from Ikea
Branwell Porcelain Field Tile in Lempicka from Wayfair
Thunderhead Gray Penny Round Tile from Home Depot
White subway tile from Daltile


The bathroom is small.  Period.  But that doesn't mean it can't have some personality!  It started with the floor tile. I knew I wanted to do a cement look tile which is popular at the moment.  I found this in my online search and I absolutely love it.  It wasn't going to break the bank either, especially since we didn't need a lot of it, #silverlinings!  Originally I wanted to do shiplap on the walls too but the room is small and already would have a lot of pattern with the floors and shower walls so we abandoned the idea.  It was also a money/time saver to not do it which was a bonus.  

Here's the progression:

The Schluter shower system.  Don't ask me what that is, I have no idea.  I know if I tried to look it up I'd spend a nanosecond before my mind would wander.  I have zero attention span for this stuff.  My husband, on the other hand, could probably teach a master class on it.  Oh opposites.  

And here's the shower wall/floor tile and bathroom floor tile in.  Just like that.  Bam! I wish it happened this quickly. It really looks amazing though. I'm so in love with the floor tile.  I seriously admire it every day.  

The sink, cabinets and medicine cabinets are from Ikea.  I really did NOT want to use something from Ikea because I wasn't sure about it's longevity.  Eventually I caved though because, 1) it was cheap and available and 2) it offered a ton of cabinet space, especially since the sink is so shallow.  The medicine cabinet is enormous as well.  I can store a cubic buttload in this thing which is much needed.

So this is the entire bathroom.  As you can imagine, it's very hard to get a good picture in such a small room (with no natural light to boot).  Right outside of the bathroom we do have another sink set up so it's not a total disaster, but the struggle is real when there's more than one person who has to use the toilet.  I know people that come from very large families that grew up sharing one bathroom.  I don't understand how that works but more power to them.  This is the one thing that I won't miss at all in this process.  As a mom, I already have zero privacy under normal circumstances.  We've dialed that up to an eleven now.


This is the extra sink outside of the bathroom.  When the architect first drew this into the plans I hated this idea.  Now that we're living here I get it. We needed an extra sink to brush teeth or wash hands in if someone was in the actual bathroom.  

So that's it for the bathroom.  I'll get to the other rooms in another post.