Bathroom Rehab

Continuing the basement renovation meant rehabbing the second full bathroom – fortunately, all the important elements were there which made it easier to complete.  I knew I wanted to do a board and batten on the walls and use travertine in the shower so after that there wasn’t much to decide on except paint color. Since we had some leftover from our bedroom reno, we went with Benjamin Moore Smoke on the top half of the walls and painted the board and batten the same color White Dove which we used through-out the house on the trim.  Gavin made all the board and batten trim by hand and installed all of the tile in the shower and I just love how it turned out.  We ordered a glass shower door which is in but not installed yet but this way I can share a better picture of the tile work without the door on.

Before pictures:




After pics:





Master Bedroom

This is one space of our house that needed very little renovation work (sigh of relief from my husband).  Carpeting was removed, hardwood floors refinished, ceiling fan added and trim and paint.   The very first color I choose when agonizing over hundreds of paint swatches in the Benjamin Moore showroom was Smoke.  To me, it is the quintessential blue-gray shade that represents peace and relaxation.  I just knew I had to use it in our bedroom.  It’s got less green in it than the colors I used downstairs in our kitchen & dining room but still works well with the color palette for this home (read more about those colors here, here & here).

Our bedroom is rather large so we decided to upgrade to a king size bed.  We also bought some new bedroom furniture.  I’ve been in love with a tufted linen bed for awhile so we splurged to get that, along with some almost black night stands, dresser & mirror because I like the contrast between the linen bed and the darker case pieces.  The furniture was the easy part, the hard part was finding the right duvet cover.  In my mind, I knew what I was looking for, but either it was too overpriced or the wrong shades of blue.  Finally, this duvet I was stalking at West Elm went on sale!

Our bedroom is finally coming together.  We hung reclaimed solid oak shelves Gavin made along a large open wall, displayed with an accent chair & garden stool found at Marshall’s to create a seating area.  We added wood blinds to the windows through-out the house because they provide privacy but still let in so much natural light.

Here are the before pics (sorry, not the best pics):




Here’s our current bedroom: