bathroom countertop side view with ashley longshore painting on wall
One Room Challenge- Guest Bathroom Reveal Week
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It is pretty amazing how quickly things can be transformed with a vision, constant work, lots of sweat, and a deadline! Luckily, with this guest bathroom remodel, I knew how I wanted it to transform from the start. My husband re-designed the layout of the bathroom in CAD and removed everything that was in the original room. Before we began the remodel of this entire home, we made an agreement with the sellers to keep the outside facade the same structurally. We were also bound by many historical preservation association rules. Inside the home, we were able to put our ideas into play for how to redesign the layout to make it work for our family. It was a challenge, but I feel like we were able to restore and remodel to create a fresh look. The guest bathroom was at the top of the list to re-do as it needed new structural support from the ground up. You can see how this bathroom looked when we first started by going here for Week 1. To follow the progress…you can see Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, and Week 5. And, now, here are the photos of our One Room Challenge “Final Reveal” of our guest bathroom …

white bathroom with antique brass mirror over sink
bathroom counter with brass hardware and blue and white porcelain bottle
White bathroom cabinets with large round brass hardware
white tile floor with black greek key pattern
brass hardware faucet with water running
white bathroom with brass accessories and antique brass mirror
white towels on double brass rack with pagoda tea towels
bathroom gold bamboo table with towel and soap
glass shower with white tile and brass hardware
white tile bathroom floor with black greek key pattern and wicker slippers with bows
pink toile trash can in black and white bathroom
white bathroom toilet with brass
antique chandelier hanging in bathroom
white bathroom with antique chandelier brass mirror ashley longshore painting
white bathroom with ashley longshore audrey painting
white bathroom with glass shower and antique brass mirror
pink pagoda candle with soap in a silver dish
side view of water running out of brass faucet
white bathroom remodel with antique brass mirror ashley longshore painting glass shower
bathroom countertop side view with ashley longshore painting on wall

For this bathroom remodel, I wanted to have a crisp, white, clean feel to the room to bring it up to date. Because the house was built in 1918, we had to give up on perfect lines and everything being “plumb”. We put in a new foundation under the house and stabilized everything, but we still have the quirks of a home being 100+ years old. I like the idiosyncrasies of a home that is historical- it adds to the charm and also makes us realize not to sweat the small stuff.

One of my favorite pieces in this make-over is the antique mirror that I bought about 11 years ago. It was originally in my home office at our previous house. I have loved it since I laid eyes on it and wanted it to be used and enjoyed in our new home.

I also love the Ashley Longshore painting that I chose for the room. I bought it and kept it in storage until we were ready to move into our home. The houndstooth pattern is one that I have always been drawn to, and I loved seeing it in this painting. What’s funny to me is that the background in the painting is very similar to the drapery fabric I am planning to use in the guest bedroom that adjoins this bathroom. Those two patterns and the pink won me over!

The lighting is also another of my favorites- the sconces and the chandelier complement each other in material and color. As you can see, I like to mix metals, materials, and colors.

My friends at Parker Kennedy Living always have unique finds and beautiful accessories, and so I made a late night run to pick up items that were from their shop. These helped me put the final touches on the room. I added the new accessories to the guest bath and felt like I needed to scale back on the countertop decor. I snapped a photo and sent it to them, and Lance suggested a few items to edit. It was just what I needed to hear and helped finalize the look I was trying to achieve- clean lines with lots of personality tossed in the mix.

I love how this room has turned out. It is bright and airy and happy. We were able to preserve the feel of an old home while updating everything in it. I love the combination of old and new…from the antique mirror to the pop art on the walls, it was fun to watch the transformation~ and it’s even more fun to live in it completed. There is also something special about doing this project with my husband and knowing we survived it! Lol! My parents always jokingly said not to hang wallpaper with your spouse because it will cause a big argument- and so I am extra proud that we accomplished this home restoration, and I have enjoyed sharing with you the first room that we fully finished!

There are so many really wonderful homes to see at the One Room Challenge- everyone is sharing the finished room that they decorated. I have started looking at each one, and I am loving what I am seeing. I’m excited to see the rest over the weekend when I can take a virtual tour through more of the rooms. I hope you will stop by and see all of the hard work that has paid off in beautiful room after beautiful room! Also, thank you to Linda, creator of ORC, and Better Homes and Gardens, sponsor of the ORC. What a great community!

Wall Paint ~ White Custom Mix ~ I really wanted a glossy, lacquered paint but was convinced to go with less shine- I don’t know exactly what our painter put together to give it a little shine.

White Subway Tile~ Floor & Decor

White Marble- Floor & Decor

White Tile Floor with Greek Key in Black- Floor & Decor

Cabinetry- The Wood Doctor

Sink- Atlanta Marble

Faucet Hardware- Kingston Brass

Cabinet Hardware- High M Interiors

Antique Mirror- Hawthorne House

Sconces- Hawthorne House

Chandelier- Oyster White Interiors

Artwork- Ashley Longshore

Glass Shower Door and Walls- Quality Glass

Double Towel Rack

Faux Bamboo Side Table- Parker Kennedy Living- The Cellar

Blue and White Porcelain Jars- PKL The Cellar

Pink Pagoda Candle Holder- PKL The Cellar

Tea Towels- PKL- The Cellar

Pink Toile Trash Can- PKL- The Cellar

Mercury Glass Vase- Heery’s Too

Soaps- Appointments at Five

Vent Register- Similar Ones Here

Rattan Slippers- gift from my mom

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One Room Challenge Guest Bathroom Week 5
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Time is winding down until the One Room Challenge for Fall 2019 is complete! I wish I could say the room is complete for the guest bathroom remodel that we are doing! Lol! The biggest challenges are finished and now the final touches are trying to come together right down to the wire. We had one big glitch, but we have made peace with it. 🙂 Mainly, the decorative touches that I sometimes spend too much time deciding on are the ones that are slowing me. But here is what we have so far…

white cabinets with brass vintage hardware faucet

Because of the age of the house (built in 1918), I liked the idea of simple white subway tile for the backsplash and surround. I wanted a crisp, white, and clean feel. The cabinets went in and then the tile was installed.

Then the floor tile was laid…which is where our big glitch happened. Let’s just say we left the tile guy by himself too long. Ugh- a little wonky- and he ran out of tile that was carefully measured and ordered.

greek key tile floor in bathroom

My husband came to the rescue and was able to fix the problem. In one of the previous week’s posts, I mentioned that I wanted to have 1918 in the the middle of the decorative tile. I let that idea go, but maybe one day I will find a way to incorporate it somewhere in the house. I am just happy we have a new floor!

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Next on the list was the glass for the shower. That went a lot smoother than the flooring. 🙂

glass walls being installed in a shower

We bought and installed a bamboo shade for the window in the bathroom. I am trying to like it, and it is growing on me. But I just don’t love it. I would like to have a fabric shade or something that is prettier than the bamboo. I have ordered the fabric and now we will have to see if it arrives in time for me to have the shade made. My problem was choosing the right fabric to coordinate with another fabric that I want to eventually use in the adjoining bedroom.

So…next week will be what the One Room Challenge calls “The Big Reveal”! I am really excited to put the final touches in place and share it. You can also see many other fantastic rooms coming together when you visit the ORC website. There are so many talented, creative designers and bloggers working hard on getting their rooms completed! Go check it all out! Thank you to Linda (the creator of the ORC) and to Better Homes and Gardens (the sponsor of the ORC). See you all next week!! Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers xo,

Lydia

glass light fixture
One Room Challenge- Week 4

It is time for our weekly progress check in for the One Room Challenge. As I mentioned in the previous weeks, my husband and I bought a house that was ready for a complete make over. The home was built in 1918 and, as part of the purchase, we agreed that we would keep the front facade and most of the home as it was when it was built. We were also bound by strict housing codes in our area.

ORC logo One Room Challenge guest participant

After securing the foundation and beginning to add a basement, my husband redesigned some of the layout on the main floor and then redesigned the attic to create more livable space. This is, no doubt, the biggest project we have ever taken on. We have re-done every room in the house (and still going), and for the One Room Challenge I am sharing our guest bathroom. I hope to share more of the rooms as we go along, but for today…let’s get back to where we left off with progress on our guest bath. The “old” is out and the “new” is in!

Here’s the old…

vintage bathroom with wallpaper on half wall and wood trim on bottom half of wall

Here is the “new”…

The cabinets are in and the sink and commode have been replaced. The tile floor that you see in the photo below is original to the house. We are replacing it with a small tile to keep a similar feel but to be fresh, new, and clean! The original tile was put right onto the concrete floor…we also had to correct the sloping in this floor by securing it from underneath the floor.

photo of new cabinet being put in an old bathroom during a remodel

My husband’s to do list looked more like this at this point… HVAC, electrical, insulation, sheetrock, tile for walls and floors (we found these together), and paint.

My to-do list consisted of faucet hardware, light fixtures, window treatment, accessories. My list seems way more fun than his, poor guy.

I showed you the brass hardware that I love for this room last week. Here are the lights that I found that I really love…

glass light fixture

I fell for these light fixtures when I saw them on Oyster White Interiors’ Instagram feed. I think I am going to go for it with this. It is fun and unexpected- so let’s do it! 🙂

I know this is a short update…I will have more to share next week! Be sure to go see all of the other rooms that are being transformed over at The One Room Challenge! Also, thank you to Better Homes and Gardens for sponsoring the ORC! You can also see the previous weeks of this project here…Week One, Week 2, Week 3.

See you next week! Thank you for stopping by to see the progress!!

Cheers xo,

Lydia

One Room Challenge Guest Bathroom Week 3
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Whew! Sometimes things get a little crazy with home remodels, and this little room was big on drama for a minute. Here is where we left off last week…demolition of the guest bathroom (you can see how it looked when we bought the house here). You can also find Week 2 here. Below you can see the ivory tile with the decorative pink border that was removed from the bathroom.

vintage bathroom remodel demolition broken tiles on floor br

After the tile came down, we also took down the wall that was at the end of the bathtub. That wall blocked a lot of the natural light and so it immediately opened up the room when the wall came down. Even in all of the mess there was literally light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.

bathroom remodel cast iron tub tile removed from walls

The photo above shows the floor of the bathroom that was the top layer floor. The photo below shows the tile that we uncovered when we took up the top layer. The smaller tile is the original flooring that was put down 100 years ago. The original tile was placed directly into the cement floor. For us to be able to put in new tile, we will have to add leveler to the floor and put the tile on top of it. The original tile floor is pretty, but the floor is also sinking and so we need to redo it all. Speaking of sinking…that is where the drama came in. The very, very heavy cast iron tub had a small leak in it over the years (decades?) and the original floor joists were made of wood. The moisture + the wood attracted termites…and the termite damage caused the floor under the tub to become unstable. I am not sure if I have mentioned this yet, but we also had the house lifted in order to build an entirely new foundation and to add a basement. With the house lifted 6 feet, we were able to go in and repair and replace floor joists before the entire tub ended up, unintentionally, in the basement. That was slightly terrifying to know that at any time it could have fallen through. Needless to say, when I say “we” fixed this room, I really mean my husband and several excellent and brave subcontractors. I stayed far, far away and basically said lots of prayers for them all! 🙂

home remodel guest bathroom demolition phase dusty floor with tile on wall removed

With that stressful piece of the puzzle under control. one of the main goals at this stage of the remodel is rerouting the plumbing. We want to change the plumbing from one end of the bathtub to the other end so that the shower head and faucet will come from the wall that connects to the guest bedroom. This exciting photo below shows the very old mixture of galvanized and copper plumbing pipe from 100 years ago that we removed. 🙂

Old mixture of galavanized and copper plumbing pipe in wall of bathroom demolition

I don’t know a lot about the plumbing behind the walls, but I enjoy choosing the fixtures that go along with the plumbing. I want to maintain the historical nature of the house and carry it through with the vanity fixtures- while also adding in fresh, new details that will mix the old with the updated. My goal is a great balance of historical preservation and youthful liveliness. One of my favorite pieces that feels historical is this bridge lavatory faucet from Newport Brass- I love the shapes of all of the pieces…

I also love the porcelain taps on this brass faucet…

I found the flooring design that I also think will be a good fit for the room. I love the Greek key pattern and so it was easy to decide once I saw it at the tile shop. The pattern is classic and just pretty to look at each day. I really want to put 1918 in the tile somehow…

These are the details that I get excited about- deciding on the cosmetic touches- while my husband is thrilled with the fact that we survived the bathtub adventure and that the plumbing is all new. I am really thankful for his knowledge and experience during this renovation- he has said a million times that tearing it down and starting over would be a lot easier and smarter…but we made a promise to the previous owners to keep the house with its original facade and basic structure. I am actually really happy to be able to preserve an old home, and I am thankful my husband is willing! His basic uniform for this project- dirt with a side of more dirt. 🙂

And so, that concludes the Week 3 Update for the One Room Challenge- as you can see we took on an entire house at one time and I am focusing on the design of one of the rooms. The guest bathroom is actually one of my favorites- I think because I have known what I wanted it to look like since day one and I’ve enjoyed executing the design. For the next three weeks, I will focus more on the design and watching the parts and pieces come together. Cabinets, floor, paint, and lighting are next up on the list to share with you. Fingers crossed that I can get the fabric delivered in time to have the drapery made for the window. Thank you for checking in each week- and be sure to see all of the other rooms being transformed at the One Room Challenge. Thank you to Linda for hosting such a fun way to motivate us all to get one room completely finished!! Please check back each week and see the progress! Have a great week!

Cheers xo,

Lydia

white subway tiles in show nook with shampoo soap and wash cloth
One Room Challenge~ The Guest Bathroom… Week Two

Ah, the dirty, dusty, demo week is always a sight to behold! The whole concept of getting worse before it gets better is so accurate here. But, thank goodness for demo because that gives us a clean (ok, dusty) slate to start fresh! For those of you who are new to my blog and my Instagram, my husband and I have been restoring a 1918 house for more than 2 years. We are finally in the design stages, and so I am sharing the design process that we are finally tackling. I am retroactively sharing the original state of the house when we bought it and this demolition phase. You can see the way the bathroom looked when we bought the house here. And, below…here is how it looked after we removed the tiles, the shower wall, the wallpaper, the ceiling, the sink, commode, etc.

guest bathroom in 100 year old house in mid demolition for restoration

You can see that we took down the floating wall where the bathtub ended. We have wanted to move the plumbing to the other wall so that the shower head and faucet will be at the other end. Our plan for this room has been to replace the bathtub with a shower only and use glass to open up the space rather than having an entire wall that blocks the light from the window.

home remodel guest bathroom demolition phase dusty floor with tile on wall removed

Also, the bathtub is SO HEAVY! Cast iron is no joke and that sucker is hard to move! These photos bring back so many memories and make me realize how far we have come! I can’t wait to tell you more about the saga of the bathtub in my next update. Whew- sometimes things get scary when you undertake a huge restoration!

Just for reference, here is how the bathroom looked before demo…

vintage home with retro bathroom with wallpaper

You have probably seen all you want of the demo process, and so I will show you what my inspiration board has looked like all along. My “inspiration board” is also known as “texts I send my husband so he understands what I’m going for”. LOL And his texts back to me usually look like :-/ I told you in my last post that I am obsessed with black and white tile floors. I really love typography mosaics in tile- there is something so beautiful and meaningful about them. Little works of art on the floor- the fine details are always my favorite ones! Here is the feel I was going for…

white mosaic tile floor with black tiles making the number 5
black and white tile floor mosaic spelling out london
This is actually a print by FAUXSAICS
Another print by FAUXSAICS

What I would love to have on our guest bathroom floor is the year 1918 in black tiles on a white floor. I would like for the year to be outlined with a decorative pattern. I love to give a nod to the year the house was built. Other ideas on my list that I want to add to the guest bathroom…

~I want to go with white subway tile to keep it simple and because I really like the clean lines. It is trendy right now but I also hope it will be relevant in decades down the road as it has been around forever. If it isn’t, well…it was just subway tile and we can change it without feeling too terrible about it!

white bathroom with white subway tile and a stack of white towels folded in a chair
white subway tiles in show nook with shampoo soap and wash cloth

~I also mentioned in the last post that I want to paint the walls white and have white cabinetry. I think it will make the accessories in the room stand out. For knobs and pulls and other hardware, I really love brass and/or gold. The hardware is so good looking in the inspo photo below…

bathroom with white subway tile and brass hardware
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And, I really want to hang an Ashley Longshore painting in the guest bathroom. I am always drawn to her vibrant use of colors and the beauty of her Audrey Hepburn paintings. She posted one on Instagram that jumped out at me and I was able to get it for this room. I saved it in its box for over a year. The photo below is when I visited with Ashley at her show in Atlanta…it gives you a sense of her bold and bright artwork.

Photo by David Ecton

That is what I have had planned for this room for quite a while now and it is fun to see it all coming together. I am happy to share the remodeling process at the One Room Challenge each week as we actually completely finish this room. All of our rooms feel like they need to be a part of this challenge! It motivates me to get it done! Please be sure to check out all of the other rooms that are being transformed over at One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda Weinstein.

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See you all next week for more photos of the remodel and redesign process!

Cheers xo,

Lydia

Jazz Up Your Life with Ashley Longshore Art

Have you met New Orleans artist Ashley Longshore yet? Let me tell you, Ashley is a force in the world that draws me in like no other. She is equal parts loving and caring mixed with unabashed raw humor and bluntness. Subtle, she is not. But let me tell you what I feel like she IS.

Soaking up the enthusiasm and energy of Ashley Longshore at her show in Atlanta

Ashley is praised for her dynamic use of color while she depicts pop culture icons, makes light of society’s fascinations with luxury items (all the while also making them more enticing and desirable), and sharing her amusements with everyday life. She literally finds the beauty and humor in life itself, embraces it, and paints it in the most spectacular ways. Bottom line, she just draws you in. Sometimes you will hear people say that her wildness is offensive, but I find that her wildness is what MAKES her- she sees life in a vibrant, more exciting way and wants to share it. Ashley’s mouth could be described as more colorful than any painting she has ever created- whatever she is thinking is spoken and whatever she feels… she shares. But, thank goodness that she expresses herself, because that is also the reason we have her art. Expressing herself is a gift she has and she makes it her career ~ a career that she created FOR herself. A career that has her currently as Bergdorf Goodman’s Artist in Residence. At Bergdorf’s in NYC, Ashley had 5 windows showcasing her art and the entire 7th floor- holy cow. She is the first female artist to have a solo show at Bergdorf Goodman’s in the history of the store (which is over 100 years old). She also just teamed up with Gucci on a project- and Diane von Furstenberg asked Ashley to create a collection of portraits of women for International Women’s Month for her NYC flagship store.

Art by Ashley Longshore

And the reason that I love Ashley and her message so much is that Ashley’s story reminds me to be the type of mom that embraces her children’s personalities, qualities, interests and differences – and to remember that they are here to leave their own mark on the world and not necessarily the mark we may have envisioned they should leave. I love the reminder that our kids aren’t simply replicas of their parents to forge the exact same path or the path we have created in our minds for them. I really love that. Ashley is an example of what is possible when you let a child grow into their own rather than trying to force them into a certain mold.

I love the beautiful place setting with the cheeky message
Artwork by Ashley Longshore Photo by Lydia Menzies
Commissioned artwork by Ashley Longshore

I was originally drawn to Ashley’s story of her childhood that she freely shares. As a child, Ashley’s mom wanted Ashley to fit into her ideal vision and Ashley’s Dad was very happy to see her soar on her own (you can read more in Ashley’s words in the questions below). Fast forward several years, and you can clearly see the results of being allowed to pursue her own vision for herself.

Artwork by Ashley Longshore Art

Ashley is the type of business lady that inspires all business ladies (and men) to step up and strengthen your game. She encourages us all to stretch ourselves to be better than yesterday and to be unapologetically ourselves- while also reminding us to be our best selves on our way to realizing who we are and what we are capable of achieving. But her way of sending that message is unlike what you might imagine it is…it varies from a gorgeous post of her work on Instagram to the craziest meme or video you’ll see all day- and both are typically sprinkled with expletives and captions that will make you blush or make you laugh out very loud. She’s a hoot, as we say in the south.

Ashley is from the south which I also love. She was raised in Montgomery, Alabama (near where I went to college) and went to boarding school in Gainesville, GA (near where I live now). She is now in New Orleans which seems like a perfect match to her unbridled energy. In New Orleans, Ashley has assembled a team of ladies to help her run her gallery, and they seem like one, big, happy family who really get things done- and have a great time doing so! When I was interested in one of Ashley’s pieces of art several years ago, Ashley sent me a video of herself showing me the art but she first showed me around the gallery. I thought it was a brilliant move on her part. What a personable way to share your products and to see the personality behind the art! It stuck with me because it was helpful but also such a treat to receive such personalized attention.

I had a chance to ask Ashley a few questions recently and I wanted to share those with you…I feel like Ashley’s overall message in life is very uplifting just like her art. She is inspiring and unique- and I am so happy to have her work in my home as a daily reminder of all of the good that she shares!

Here is what I am talking about – directly from Ashley’s mouth…

Self Portrait by Ashley Longshore. Photo by Lydia Menzies

1.  You have worked so hard to accomplish goals and you encourage others to do the same…what are some of the goals that you set for yourself for the future?  I want to have a career like Andy Warhol and I want to leave a legacy like Peggy Guggenheim. I want to give lots and lots of scholarships and buy HUGE buildings and fill them with artists for the public to enjoy. I am a big art collector and hope to display my personal collection so that people can enjoy for years to come… I want to help artists understand that giving up 50% to a gallery is NOT the only way to have an art career. I want artists to have MONEY so they can make their biggest ideas come to life!!!!!!!! 

2.  Tell us about your Dad. He seems like a really cool guy to have in your corner. I adore my own dad, and learn so much about life from him. What can other parents learn from your father about raising a child?  He is the BEST. He always let me be me.. and he let me follow my passions… the best gift he ever gave me, was to cut me off and let me figure out how to financially take care of myself….. he is self made…. he taught me work ethic …. he is my favorite human. 


3.  My teenage daughter wants to ask…what is your favorite thing to paint? I love to paint everything.., the act of painting brings me soo much joy…. it is the foundation of my journey to self love… art saves me everyday, it brings me soooo much JOY! 

And, with that, I think my feelings about Ashley’s art have come full circle…her bright, colorful, happy, larger-than-life artwork brings me so much joy probably because it was created out of her joy. There you go! I think it all makes perfect sense! What are your favorite paintings by Ashley Longshore? I am drawn to the “Audreys”. You can see her gallery of work here.

Lance Jackson, Lydia Menzies, Ashley Longshore, David Ecton