Bathroom Mood Board

The plan for this bathroom came together very quickly. Most people who know me know that I like to research and weigh design decisions forever, to the point that I often end up crippling myself in the process (our fireplace is a perfect example of this). But the nice thing about designing this house is that I’m not obsessing over it because I know I won’t have to be the one to look at it everyday. Wait, that makes it sound like I don’t care, which is far from the truth. I do care. A lot. But there’s something about making decisions for another, as yet unknown, person that makes them easier. Does that make sense? Anyhoo, here’s the plan:


  1. Style Selections Drayden Grey Integral Single Sink Bathroom Vanity with Cultured Marble Top, find it here for $199.  The space is really tight, so we could only do a 24″ wide cabinet. If there were another bathroom in the house, then I might have done a pedestal to make the space feel bigger but since this is the only bathroom I wanted to do something that had storage. I know there’s a closet in there, but I always think it’s a good idea to have a storage spot for extra toilet paper that’s within reach of the toilet.  You know why. 
  2. Moen Caldwell Brushed Nickel Faucet, available here for $89.  This is definitely a more traditional style than what I would pick for my own house, but I think the classic look will work well in this bath. Plus, it’s a Moen, so it’s built to last (or so say the plumbers and online reviewers) and the price was right.
  3. allen + roth 3-Light Kenross Brushed Nickel Bathroom Vanity Light from Lowe’s for $79. I liked the nod to an industrial vibe while still being a pretty straightforward piece. And again, for a 3-light piece in the finish I needed, the price was great. 
  4. White subway tile with grey grout. We bought the subway tile from Home Depot–it’s super cheap (only $1.76/sqft, so the whole shower surround of 70 sqft only cost us ~$123; I actually priced out subway tile from The Tile Shop and they offered me a discounted 70 sqft for ~$450 so it pays to shop around). 
  5. Moen Caldwell Spot Resist Brushed Nickel 1-Handle WaterSense Bathtub and Shower with Single Function Showerhead, available here for $144. This kit came with the necessary valve, so that was a big reason I chose it. From quickly looking at the other options in the store, the valves weren’t included in a lot of them and that would raise the price up another $150-300 just for the valve. No thank you. 
  6. Accent tile from The Tile Shop. This particular tile is discontinued which is why I got it for such a good price. The Tile Shop is great for cutting deals–don’t ever buy anything from there at their sticker price. Just ask for a discount and you’ll get it. Or, more often than not, they’ll offer a discount before you even have a chance to ask.  Because this tile was discontinued, and they only had 11 sqft in stock, they were eager to get rid of it. So they sold it to me for ~$10.75/sqft. I only needed 8 feet but they gave me all of it. Deal. 
  7. GBI Tile & Stone Inc. Aversa Frost Ceramic Floor Tile from here for $1.09/sqft.  Now that we tore out the old floor, we needed something new. I was pleasantly surprised at all the options at Lowe’s,which was really the only place I looked since I knew the vanity was on display there and that way I could do a little mock up in the store to see how it all looked. I also brought a subway tile sample and an Exalt sample so I could get the full picture. I had a hard time making the decision by myself though, although Baby Bunches did offer his suggestions, but thanks to Mr. B and another like-minded-in-design friend of ours, I was able to get some help. 

We haven’t decided on a paint color yet, but I’ll make that decision once the tiling is done (spoiler alert: the shots of the tile in the mood board are the actual shots of the tile as they currently are in the bathroom–so exciting!). 

Progress shots coming very soon, but here’s a teaser:


So what do you think? Did we do alright? Any wall color suggestions? Anything you would change/add/throw out? Do tell!

Kitchen Mood Board #1

I know I need to focus on just one thing, but I can’t.  Haven’t you learned yet that I’m totally crazy?  Well, if you haven’t, don’t worry–you will.  So I’ve started thinking about our eventual kitchen redesign (in addition to our wood floors, half-bath reno, furniture makeovers, etc.), and I put together one of what could be many kitchen mood boards using Kraftmaid’s Inspiration board tool.  The nice thing about the tool is that you can add your own images, so you’re not stuck with just their choices.  Which is a good thing since I had a hard time finding anything I liked in their options.  Oops–looks like we probably won’t be buying Kraftmaid cabinets.  But their design tool?  Yes please.  Only downside is that you have to add at least 3 images from them.  I found that annoying, and I later used Windows Paint to change out two of the pics (I know, I know–I need to learn how to use Photoshop to make my life easier, but when exactly I’ll find the time, I have no idea).  Anyways, on to the mood board breakdown:

1. Dark wood floors.  What can I say?  I just dig ’em.  Which means that it’s probably the direction we’ll go in the rest of the house, but the plan now is to at least see what they look like au naturel once we tear out the carpet.  (More on our hard wood floor dilemma here.)

These particular floors are the Congo Floors Bamboo Hardwood from Overstock for $107.99 for 31.09 sf (that equates to ~$3.48 per square foot).  No reason in particular that I grabbed this image over other dark hardwood images, although I do like the sustainability of bamboo, and I’m also a fan of wide plank floors.

2. An industrial chic slash restaurant-style faucet.  I just love the look of this style.  Plus, I think it’s handy to have the sprayer right in the faucet.  And at only $155.99, I think it’s a good deal.  Of course, since we’re not actually in the buying stage, I have to add the caveat that I haven’t done any hard-core bargain hunting yet; there very well could be (and likely are) better deals out there.  But for now, this Vigo Pull-Out Spiral Kitchen Faucet is on my list.

3. Subway tiles.  In white.  Maybe with dark grout or maybe with white grout.  I just love the simplicity of them.  And yes, I know they’re everywhere now and kind of predictable, but I also think they’re classic and timeless.  So there–take that you naysayers!  The particular picture I grabbed for my mood board wouldn’t work as a back splash (since they’re only mini versions measuring 1″x2″ available here), but you can buy the regular-sized subway tiles practically anywhere (here are some for 83 cents each; again–probably not the best price, but at least gives you an idea of what a big box store sells them for).

Anyways, I’m thinking I might like to use them for a back splash, but since this is just the first mood board, that could all change . . .

4. Countertops.  Holy decisions Batman!  There are so many options, so many materials, so many colors, so many finishes . . . my head’s spinning.  But for this mood board, I went with Bianco River Silestone (part of Silestone’s quartz River series).  I like that it’s bright with just subtle variations.  And I like that it doesn’t seem overly shiny, but not totally dull either.  Just a really good neutral.  Now, I have no idea how much Silestone costs, but I think it’s fairly pricey.  And I don’t know much about the pros and cons of it as a countertop surface, so definitely this decision will take some more research on my part, but for now I’m just loving the look.

5. Cabinet style.  Here, I think I’m decided–I want Shaker-style cabinets.  Probably a little more square than this version from Cabinets For Less, but you get the idea.  Simple, simple, simple.

6. And since I like these cabinets too (and plan to have mostly drawers anyways), here’s a good combo of the cabinets with a range top that I’m loving:

The image is from DecorPad here.  I love the six burner gas range (the Holy House currently has an electric range, so we’ll have to get a gas line run for the cooktop), and gas is definitely a must for a range top–it just lets you control your cooking heat so much better than an electric range.  However, an electric oven is the way to go since it’s able to keep a constant temperature much better than a gas oven.  Oh, and see the drawer styles–that’s kind of what I’m thinking about.  See how crisp and clean it looks?

7. Pendant lights.  I foresee multiple locations where pendant lights might end up in the kitchen–at least one over the sink, and then at least two over an island.  And I love the combination of modern, 60s-style, industrial radness that this Mega Bulb Pendant Light by designer Sofie Refer has:

But, at $285 each, and the impracticality of having to buy such a specialized bulb, it probably isn’t in the cards.  But isn’t is beautiful?  Sigh.

8. An apron sink.  Sometimes called a farmhouse sink.  This, for me, is a MUST-HAVE.  I’ve always wanted one, and yes, I know that they’re a bit on the expensive side, but I love it.  And it will make me happy whenever I’m the Mr. is doing dishes.  And I’m sure it will make him happy too–right Mr.?  Of course it will.

Now, I don’t recall where I got that picture from, but needless to say there are lots of places to buy farmhouse sinks (Amazon has one here for only $525 and free shipping–not bad really) . . .

My only instruction from the Mr. (since he usually does the dishes) is that he wants one large sink instead of a split sink.  Oh, and he wants a deep bowl.  Done and done.

9. A range hood.  See, while I haven’t totally planned out the layout of the new kitchen, my thought as of now is that the cooktop will be on the island, which means that we need a good-looking range hood.  And one that doesn’t block too much of the site line or become too over-bearing.  And that’s where this guy comes in:

And at only $483.99, I think it’s a steal!  (We went to a local appliance dealer and their similar range hoods were over $1,500!)  It’s the Contemporary Cidade Stainless Steel Range Hood from Overstock.  Basically, I want something that looks good but that also kind of just disappears.  This one could be a finalist.

10. Like I mentioned above, I’m planning on having a kitchen island.  And I like the idea of it contrasting a bit with the rest of the kitchen, probably with a different countertop.  Maybe a countertop like this concrete one:

Or even this one (yet another concrete option from here):

Again, I’d have to do some more research on how durable a concrete countertop is, but one thing I know: I definitely love the look.

11. Open Shelving.  I know it’s risky–sometimes it’s nice to be able to shut in all your schtuff inside cabinets; but the flip side is that it just makes everything more accessible and allows your schtuff a moment in the spotlight.  And I kind of like my schtuff.  I kind of want it to have its moment.  To have its chance to say to the world: here I am!  And here I shall stay. Okay, too much?  Sorry.

Image from here.

12. Random accessories.  Yep–I had a hole to fill in the mood board, so I chose this:

I think it was the 60s style of this Modcloth mug that made me want to include it.  You know, so it would make the Holy House feel more like its old 60s self.  Of course, the Mr. and I aren’t ones to spend $12.99 on a mug, especially since we aren’t card-carrying members of the Caffeine-Crazy-Club, so this will likely not make the final mood board.  But, alas, a hole had to be filled.  And filled it was.

Okay, so that basically sums it up.  What do you think?  Any countertop suggestions?  Anything that should definitely be stricken from the plan?  Anything we’re missing?  Any kitchen remodeling horror stories you want to share?


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