SY: powder room. would you be open to wallpapering it for a little happy surprise? We're keeping toilet and wood floor. Also vanity? What about mirror and light fixture?If you add wallpaper, and swap out mirror and light fixture, voila! You've achieved this little jewel box effect. :) MCB - so is wallpaper a thing again? I could be convinced, but you'll have to give me your best pitch here... SY: it is! lol.
SY: floral/botanical option. Note also that ideally, we swap out your pedestal sink for a vanity with some storage, so we can get rid of the misc storage cabinet opposite the toilet. MC: Hmm - a good thought but not floral - would definitely try to make this an inexpensive piece tho...(like the silly cabinet is now).
SY: very warm and luscious here! When the kitchen is part of one big space, it has to work with the overall feel. What do you think of this? MCB: I like the feel (not the stools) and I LOVE the idea of real seating at the bar and not having two dining tables...but that's a bit of a discussion. Color wise I like the palette of the previous better - but you know I love our bath and this is closer to that color scheme. Not sure about the tile under the cabinet...not a real fan there. Actually like the light fixtures. SY: pulling this up as a primary inspiration image. We are working with wood and gray-sage-green, with touches of blue and brass and white and black. Blue cabinetry is not working as well in our opinions in this space, to achieve a warm furniture-y effect.
SY: Let's think about the feel and palette of a big opened up kitchen. When I think back on your ensuite bathroom project, I remember primarily that you both liked warmth! I assume that applies to this public space as well. I love lots of things about this image. Talk to me about this feel and palette? I kind of love it; the brick fireplace would flow well with it, as would the piano, and it reminds me of the SYH kitchen project you like. MCB: I do like this one - not quite sure how I feel about the different colored cabinets and I know the BB top on the island would be trouble for me _ probably? But I like what your are saying about the warmth (yes, we want that to continue). SY: pulling this up as good inspiration for feel, even if we don't use blue or butcherblock.
SY: the SYH kitchen you said you liked MCB Yes - love the feel but you're probably right that i don't what white cabinets. SY: pulling this up for good inspiration, but want to spread the white and blue out in the room rather than in the kitchen. Would like more warmth for your space than this has.
https://www.doornmore.com/miami-mahogany-3-lite-contemporary-modern-shaker-exterior-double-door.html?utm_campaign=product_feed&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=Google&utm_term=alldoors MCB: Same thought as my comments on next photo - really like the design, love the "mid century modern" type idea, but does that really fit the red brick? SY: need to think about the finish for sure! But I'm glad you are open to a new style.
SY: any interest in swapping out your front doors? Keeping the sidelites. The arches feel a bit dated. MCB Would definitely consider swapping out front doors. Not sure the wood look works for us, but open to all ideas. I agree that the arches are dated and it is time to replace. I do want to keep the sidelites - we don't get much light from that side of house. SY: yes, would keep the sidelights. And haven't even considered material/color yet - just design.
SY: more fireplace thoughts. Though I don't think I want another brick fireplace going all the way to the ceiling in here (and I don't want to paint your brick). Just the continuous mantle idea (though with a buffet/cabinet rather than wood storage).MCB - upstairs, right? and yes, I like this idea. SY: yep, upstairs!
SY: thinking about your living room fireplace. Which we are keeping! Seems it kind of wants to spread out in the space, filling in the bump out (vertically and/or left-to-right) and maybe even connecting to something like this toward the front windows (sans tv). The traditional surround you have feels a bit undersized and like an afterthought, and doesn't really go with other (three!) brick fireplaces, that hold their own architecturally, you know? MCB - Agreed. Let's talk through this. SY: thumbs up
MC: so this is beautiful - but I think impractical for any maintenance that might need to happen. I want to keep my full size machines side by side until I/we have to resort to the smaller versions and use our master bath laundry option. SY: yes, sorry I think I accidentally dropped this here and meant it for someone else!
SY: this shows two beverage fridges, but you could also do one beverage, and one standard mini fridge - both under counter. MCB - I think we already decided here and in the next photo that i really want that full size basement fridge. Not really sure why I can't let that go, but clearly I can't. SY: got it.
SY: not this hood, but this palette. Warm, bright, happy... thoughts on this feel/palette for kitchen/Public Zone? MCB: I like warm, bright happy - somehow the first photo still better color for me (maybe I do prefer the blue-grayish color cabinet to the green? I've thought about hanging pots, but not sure that works in our space. I can be convinced otherwise tho.
SY: For basement baths, we are looking for simple, affordable and accessible materials, keeping the warmth I know you like, and avoiding anything stark or drab because you don't have any natural light. I think just a touch of color is a good idea given the lack of natural light. This scheme above could be great: dark floors (love this small charcoal floor tile), greige wall tile, lighter neutral walls, white vanities (yours would not be pedestal of course) and a pop of color on each shower curtain. MCB - I like all these suggestions.
SR: How about a dark floor and wood vanity? With otherwise neutral elements like white walls and tile in shower/tub? SY: We could warm this scheme up a bit with less bright white walls if you want, though this is fresh and modern. Could still bring in pops of color in shower curtains / art / accessories. MCB - Leaning more towards feel of previous picture. I'm not cool enough for sleek and modern.
SY: here's another possible direction: warm but light walls, gray floors with an enlivening pattern perhaps, navy vanity. Tub walls would be accessible, affordable white tile, and we'd suggest some colorful art/accessories. Thoughts on this scheme? (Open up this and all these images to get the full effect - they are cropped on the main page.) MCB: I like this feel
SR: Or would you prefer a wood vanity of some sort? SY: This palette is warmer, which we know you like. We *think* you could find a good wood vanity ready made and affordable to get this effect. Again, a more interesting floor tile here - could be more expensive, but could also enliven things while keeping the whole fairly neutral.
SY: not as warm as I know you leaned toward in your ensuite bathroom, but fresh and bright and clean, with imminently available and affordable materials. What do you think? MCB- now you're talking my language for lower level bathrooms. I do like this feel as well - fresh and bright and white may be just what those enclosed spaces need.
SY: an example of a ready made gray vanity for the adjacent aesthetic direction. Most of these at 36" look to be $1200-$2000 including tops, and there are wood and painted options. We can also source out to a local cabinet maker who does non-custom; the price may be the same or similar. MCB Lovely. We don't need super expensive tops. Maybe even find some "remnants" ? - is there such a thing?
SR: tub/shower tile. Something simple and straight forward. Neutral for each bathroom. MCB Sure - what are the options for replacing those fiberglass one piece ugly units?
SR: I'm wondering if a warmer floor tile with white vanity might an option for you as well. Thoughts on warmer vs. cooler floor tile? Yes - I like this idea. Warmer floor tile with white vanities could work. I do like the idea of some splashes of color, but as in the photo above, there are no windows, so nice to make our own light,...
SR: This is satin nickel SY: I believe we put nickel in your bath, right? MCB Yes and they are lovely - but I don't need to go this high end in the lower level baths. I'd take the "entry level" Kohler or a mid-higher end Delta (but you know I am partial to Kohler). So perhaps Kohler in your basic chrome - no fancy finish.
SR: We would most likely be looking at chrome or satin nickel fixtures in the basement bathrooms, just to keep the costs down. MCB Yup - you got it!
SY: ok for a piano to sit by a stair, right? Just not by an exterior wall? (I'm asking, does it need to go up against a full, solid wall? I think it does not but figure I make sure. In fact the wall it sits next to now is not full height, is it?) MCB - correct - wall where it sits is NOT full height.
SY: I know you want to repaint all the public spaces on the main floor, and the basement family room and passageways. What about the basement bedrooms? MCB: Would probably do that on an individual basis- but happy to entertain color palettes. The girls rooms need new colors....
SY: a hickory engineered wood floor here (in an SYH project) MCB This is the Linden Hill House project - love the feel here but our space and light isn't really comparable I don't think.
SY: red oak floors (as I recall) - this is an SYH project MCB: I like this but again, maybe too much wood/neutral colors here.
SY: walnut floors (engineered) - an SYH project on LWB's site MCB: I like - maybe even too much "white wall" look even tho I don't think the cabinets are white/white.
SY: warmer/browner natural oak MCB: Like the palette here
SY: light/natural oak MCB; A little too white here.
SY: medium toned floor, likely oak MCB: I like the feel of this space.
SY: more rustic floor here...MCB I actually love light wood - but just not a fan here at all. Maybe too much of a wood vibe
SY: light/natural oak or maple flooring here
SY: light/natural oak flooring
SY: medium oak flooring
SY: light/natural oak or hickory flooring (I bet - could find out but that's the idea) MCB: nice feel here - the white is evened out by the painted cabinets.
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This is 30x40 (too big) and $600 (too expensive) but it's a nice representation of a very thin wood frame (shown in a gray to match(ish) your vanity, but other stains available) - if we wanted to talk to your cabinet maker about doing it locally.
This one! I love this one. 24"w x 1.5"d x 36"h. Perfect dimensions and warmer for you. And only $200. West Elm.
this could be pretty, turned vertically. 23.6"W X 1"D X 27.6"H - may be too short, as I was looking for 24x36. $400 each too.
walnut. I like this one. Small: 22.25"W X 4"D X 36"H, with a little ledge I think below. $500 though, and you'd need 2.
artifacts by kohler
Kohler Finial faucets in Polished nickel.
60 watt bulb. Only $89! Pottery Barn sale retail price. Francis Sconce. Overall: 9.25" wide x 6" deep x 14.5" high
sconces? MCB: yes, I like these. Generally I'm all in on Pottery Barn styles. SY: Great. These are nice.
Pretty. $430 retail price from Pottery Barn. Overall: 6" wide x 7" deep x 16" high Bulb (1): 60 watt candelabra type B (not included) MCB: This is pretty but seems awfully pricey. I don't love it and I appreciate all the shiny finishes, but I'm not sure I want that many shiny finishes. SY: Yes, I think it's clear that it's not $300 better than the Francis to the left! :)
Similar but more squared off. Kensington Pivot from Pottery Barn. Extra large is $299 and 23" wide x 36" high. So pretty. This is quite pretty and I do like a slightly more squared look (maybe?). My comment of the next mirror is lengthy, but if my inclination is to like a non metal framed mirror, does that make it look too DIY or is that just my taste and is it valid or does it violate all design principles. SY: see my comment on next mirror too. :)
here is the Pottery Barn Vintage Pivot in polished nickel. Mirror: 23" wide x 34" high. $299. MCB So I like this but I think I have envisioned "framed" mirrors, not shiny polished nickel finished framed mirrors. While I'm not going for "farmhouse" as you know, I do like some wood or some matching finish to the cabinet, whatever that will be to frame the mirror. I don't think that's too "matchy," or do you? On a related note, I think might like shiny sconces more if they are toned down next to a non-shiny mirror. Does that make any design sense? I'm completely out of my league at what design principles say about keeping finishes consistent and the the accessories working together. I also feel that with all the glass of the shower, I want to bring down the glass/polish feel with a little more warm wood.. SY: I was just having that conversation with another client yesterday. :) I have trouble finding traditional wood/painted frames around mirrors that I don't find too bulky in bathroom spaces... but perhaps if we found one that was not too fat but also not metal. I wonder if we could just buy mirror from City Glass, mount them to your walls, and have your cabinet makers cr...
Not this finish but this mirror would be great. VIntage Pivot for $299 from Pottery Barn (retail price). Mirror: 23" wide x 34" high
probably not on brass, right? This is just a nice little mix and a lovely aged color. I think it would be a nice change from the polished nickel elsewhere. 60 W. Fixture: Width 5", Height 18.75", Depth 5.5" $200 or so
30x42, polished nickel from Rejuvenation
$450 for this one. (15"Hx10"Wx6.75"D). 60 watt candelabra base
this isn't the right size, but looking at shape, hardware, warm taupey color MCB: I like the taupe-y color, and I do like the shape and the hardware, too.
just dropping here for warm tile
colors, materials and feel of this space? MCB: A little too modern and minimalist here for me - also a little too much "see through" if that makes sense. MEB: too white or sterile colors without warmth. rather harsh straight edges. None of the tubs in any of the images make me want to keep/add a tub. SY: YES it does make sense and is very helpful. And I hear you loud and clear on the too white/sterile images. We are ditching your tub (but leaving room for someone to add one later if they desire).
colors, feel here?MCB: Like the colors and feel here much more - but the open shower is almost too much for me; this is a good likeness of the space we have with the window - and essentially the shower being located our current closet MEB: warmer color here. the shower might have a half tile ledge with glass top as we discussed. the chandelier belongs in a dining room, not a bathroom, eh? SY: This color is lovely, I agree - especially with the rug. Would you be open to a rug like that to warm things up? Not sure what we we do for vanity if this color were on the walls... I bet this vanity is white or wood and I don't think you want that.
colors, feel? MCB: too English country homelike - Love the look of the baskets but it wouldn't work for me practically... MEB: I would want a couple of drawers for shaving stuff, mouthwash etc. SY: yep, agree about the function. And this color isn't as nice to you, clearly, as the taupier image next door.
painted shiplap. subtle color. thoughts? MCB: I like the look here and love the shutters, but we do like the insulating effect of the window cover we currently have - meaning some kind of shade is probably what we're after. Had to look up "shiplap" and it looks pretty here - but was thinking a palette closer to the second photo - more of a warm taupe or something with more bite and depth than our current yellow. SY: Understand about the shade! And got it on the palette too.
more color here. thoughts about the color, wall paneling, floor tile? (obviously you'd have a full vanity) MCB: I do like the floor tile here - but it might commit us to a more classic (? London Victorian) feel that the space is really suited for. MEB: nope on the color combo on the walls and basin and tub SY: gotcha. Out.
very serene here. thoughts on this palette and feel? MCB: Really like the look here - looks more like me. Would like to try a bit darker wall color, though, for a bit more contrast, but I like the tile and the feel. SY: yes, I see that! Creamier and warmer rather than white and bright.