We are coming out of a crazy season and I am so glad it’s 2019! For all of you who didn’t know, we just moved our shop to downtown Franklin. I would much rather have moved my home because no one would care if I didn’t get around to decorating for awhile. But moving a shop that’s open to the public is a much more high-pressure situation.
In God’s providential timing, the move happened during our anticipated slowest month of projects. Not everyone wants to rip out their kitchen in the weeks right before Christmas (though a few feisty people did), making our December workload smaller. Perfect time to deconstruct our existing kitchen showroom and move it to a 200-year-old building downtown.
The only small problem is the manpower thing. Meaning, we were tired and didn’t feel like moving a business the week before Christmas. But, our team voluntarily stepped it up and somehow we got it all done before New Year’s. I can’t even tell you how thankful I am to have a great team. If it were just Dave and me at this point, we would be huddled in a corner sucking our thumbs and whimpering.
I had spent some time space-planning already and trying to figure out the best place for everything (the building has more than a few design challenges due to age and multiple additions over time) and it came together. We’re also adding designer bathtubs, sinks, and faucets, which we are already starting to order for people but that take awhile to get in as samples.
Here is one of my favorite tubs! It already arrived and is waiting for tile and wallpaper to complete its vignette.
A vintage-style clawfoot tub is actually going in front of the brick above and this copper tub is moving to the entry. The yellow wall you see is getting a modern, textured white tile, which you can see here on the right:
The sample on the left (above) is a purplish-pink marble mosaic, which is is a brand-new product and oh-so-amazing.
For the Crew kitchen (Starmark’s popular line of Shaker-style cabinets in popular colors, picured above waiting for its hood), I chose this tile:
It reminds me of water and sand or scenes like this:
The copper tub mentioned above is going on a little platform with this patterned tile, and will have small, beveled glass subway tile around it up to chair-rail level. This sample below is the larger size of the tile, but I think I’m going with the smaller, sparklier ones.
Above the tile, there’ll be this wallpaper:
Tip: Avoid “boring” at all costs
You may have noticed that the bathroom above is an interesting mix (patterned floor tile, copper tub, bling-y wall tile, transitional wallpaper, vintage-style vanity). That’s because you get amazing spaces by doing something out of the ordinary. Certainly it would have looked beautiful with marble floor tile too, and I may have chosen that if someone was asking for an elegant bathroom. But there are a lot of examples of “elegant” out there and not a lot of examples of “original”. It’s also a way to get people thinking out of the box and being creative with design.
Bathrooms are a great place to add pattern. You have less to coordinate once the “hardscape” is down. It’s not like buying a gigantic pattern on your sofa and never being able to find throw pillows or a rug you like that go with it. And, it’s self-contained so you can be more conservative with the rest of your house if you like.
I have seen way more people make the mistake of going too boring than too crazy with design. If you need help, come and visit us at our shop and we’ll help you! The key is quality materials and a thoughtful, well-planned design.
Tip: Have No Fear of Wallpaper
I have also noticed a lot of people afraid of using wallpaper in general because they have nightmares of the 1980’s and ’90’s and feel like wallpaper brings back those memories. Same with brass. I understand that. What happened back then was that people decided they loved wallpaper and brass so home decor companies knocked off nice products and turned out a barrage of tawdry reproductions. Naturally, over time, people started to see what total crap these things were. But don’t judge the real by the fake. Wallpaper and brass are amazing. Just get nice quality ones and they’ll be amazing for years to come.
Here is one of my favorite wallpapers, from Schumacher:
This is going in our shop as well as our house at some point, but it’s a pricier one, so we’re doing some other things first.
Is there anything you’re afraid to try? Are you going to try it or stay away from it?