Love it or Leave it| Concrete Bathroom

  |  in Adventure, bath, Bathroom, Beautiful Habitat, contemporary, Flooring, Gray, Love it or Leave It, modern, sustainable, urban, World Travel1 Comments

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Last fall my husband and I took another world-traveling adventure to Hong Kong, Cambodia and Thailand. It was my first time in Asia and it was amazing. The culture, the food, the architecture… it was all a wonder for the sense and I found several sources of inspiration for Interior Design.

Hong Kong Big Buddha

Our hotel in Cambodia had a very interesting bathroom… from top to bottom, the entire bathroom was made of concrete (sans sink, toilet and mirror). The vanity and bathtub were made in formed concrete. The walls and floor are all concrete. It’s such an interesting design concept.

Please excuse the photo quality. These were taken with my phone.

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I realize that this design concept is employed most likely because concrete is relatively inexpensive and easily accessible. However, the idea of using concrete in this way makes for a very interesting bathroom. It’s a modern and sleek, yet industrial look. Imagine the ease of cleaning this bathroom! The whole room can literally be hosed down.

Now, I realize that this particular bathroom is quite dark and many of you will dismiss it on that basis. Therefore, I have many other all concrete bathrooms to consider.

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Notice the addition of concrete floating shelves and a bench seat in this shower.

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This concrete bathroom has a wonderful organic feel with the addition of pebbles and the sculptural wood chair .

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This concrete bathroom adds a little glamorous bling. It’s an eye-catching combination.

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As with most design choices, there are pros and cons to using concrete in bathroom. Concrete is resistant, can be built on the spot, is quite low-maintenance, is light on the pocket and can be custom-made to your imagination! You could have your bathtub formed to be the ideal comfort for your body. The disadvantages are that it is heavy material and also semi-permanent. Once you install it, it will be quite a feat to move it around!

So what do you think of a concrete bathroom? Do you love it or would you leave it?

By the way, Cambodia is a treasure and I highly recommend a visit! We visited the temple complexes around Siem Reap. Siem Reap is a wonderful and vibrant city, like Asia meets New Orleans. Our concrete bathroom was in a splendid little hotel called the Khmere Mansion Hotel.

Dining Room Project | Repurposed Table

  |  in Antiques, Beautiful Habitat, Before and After, contemporary, creative, Custom, Denver, Designer's Home, Entertaining, Flooring, furniture, recycle, sustainable, table, Upcycle, upholstery1 Comments

A little over a year ago, I gave our dining room an update. I cannot believe that I have not yet shared the results with you! Life, it seems, has been far too hectic. But I’m here now to share the process, inspiration and results of this make-over. I hope you enjoy!

Flooring Repurposed as Table

In 2008, we replaced a wood floor with tile in the kitchen. This flooring change was done to expand the kitchen nook by several square feet and because the flooring and cabinets were too similar in color and we desired a bit more contrast.

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I kept the wood for 4 years, waiting for inspiration to strike. I knew I would dream up a clever way to reuse this wood…someday.

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Eventually Inspiration struck in the from of a repurposed table top. I found this image on Pinterest and the idea took off from there.

Repuposed wood table

To bring this vision to life, I contacted  my favorite custom furniture Designer and Builder in Colorado: Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture. Ryan went to work on the details of the design.

The completed table is lightly distressed and has a grayed, slightly weathered finish. The herringbone pattern is beautiful! I could not have been happier with the result. Thanks, Ryan!

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Giving New Life to Vintage Chairs

As the Dining Room started with upcycling, I thought I’d continue with an environmentally conscious room. Instead of buying new chairs, I found a unique set of metal neoclassical revival chairs on 1st Dibs. The chairs are circa 1950’s and are cast metal, allowing the lines of the chairs to curve and taper in a way that carved wood could not, yet has details to mimic carved wood.

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I immediately loved the lines of the chairs. The pea green paint and silk fabric were a bit “easter egg” for my taste. Instead, I opted for black paint with silver highlights and a combination of fabrics from Kravet and Osbourne & Little.

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The new Dining Room!

I love the final results and look forward to seeing these beautiful pieces in the dining room of the new house soon.

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Things You Should Know About Commissioning Custom Furniture

  |  in Boulder, Custom, Denver, Dining, Dramatic, furniture, local, recycle, Salvaged, sustainable, tableNo Comments

I am currently working on a very fun and interesting project that involves both Architectural Salvage and Commissioning Custom Furniture. Before embarking on both aspect sof this project, I came across two wonderful articles from Colorado Homes and Lifestyles Magazines.I don’t know about you, but I’ve always dreamed of commissioning custom furniture. Much like building a custom home, or certain remodeling projects, it’s an opportunity to create exactly what you want.

Here are 10 Things You Should Know About Commissioning Custom Furniture, as printed in CH&L.

Furniture Design in ColoradoCustom Table via Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture

10 Things You Should Know About Commissioning Custom Furniture

  1. First ask yourself: Do I really need a custom piece? Both David Larabee, co-owner of Denver-based modern furniture line DoubleButter, and Andrea Schumacher of Denver’s O Interior Design agree: The best reason to purchase custom furniture is if your space has strange or uncommon dimensions. Otherwise, try to find a piece that already exists—it will be better for your wallet and your timeline.
  2. Determine the use of the piece. Think through all the specifics. What space will it occupy? What do you need it to hold? How many people does it need to fit? Also, says Schumacher, be aware of your personal dimensions and proportions—if you’re taller, you might want a larger chair or sofa. “If you get this bit right,” says Larabee, “you’re on your way to lasting happiness.”
  3. Don’t ask the designer to make a knock-off. If you just love the Seven table by B&B Italia (known for its three-sided, rounded-off top that accommodates seven) but don’t want to pay B&B Italia prices, don’t ask someone to copy the table for cheap, says Larabee. “You’ll end up owning a cheap knock-off of a piece you love—and you’ll know it.”
  4. Consider your budget and timeline. “Custom furniture is going to cost a little more and is going to take a little longer,” says Larabee. “Good design takes time to do right, and that time costs money.”
  5. Choose your materials palette before you choose the craftsperson to execute the piece. You’ll want to be sure the furniture designer can work skillfully with the materials you like. Also, says Schumacher, if you don’t specify what you want, you might end up with a piece made of cheaper materials, like pine, which won’t hold up in the long run.
  6. Know your artisans. Get references, visit the shop, see—or sit on—examples of their work. You want to find someone who can design furniture in the style you like. Also, says Larabee, pick a designer you feel comfortable with. “Creative collaborations work better when the collaborators are comfortable telling each other how bad some of their ideas are,” he says.
  7. Get multiple bids. Be a smart shopper. Compare price and quality among a number of artisans.
  8. Focus on the finishes. It’s the little details that will make your piece look better—and last longer. Some of Schumacher’s hottest tips: Get a stain sample on approval before you move forward. Pay more for high-end drawers and hinges, which last longer. And, if your budget allows, splurge on wood (rather than melamine) for the insides of the piece, to make it look and feel more substantial.
  9. Don’t change the design mid-project. Pick a course and stick to it or you’ll destroy your budget and timeline, and drive everyone involved with the project crazy.
  10. Go for it.When you buy locally made furniture, you are supporting the people who live and work around you. Plus, says Larabee, “Life is richer when we’ve got a deeper connection to the things that fill up our lives.” You might be handing down that table to your children someday—how special to be able to share the story of where it came from.

I’ll be honest – I did not do #’s 1 or 7. Regarding #1: I had a vision in mind for this particular table. The room itself didn’t call for a unique piece. Instead, the homeowners did. They are adventurers that really want a statement piece for their dining room. They called for something bold, unique, and using reclaimed materials. Regarding #7:  I just went straight to a furniture builder that I know and trust. The new table (to be revealed in a few weeks) is currently being built by Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture in Loveland, Colorado.

Custom Table via Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture

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