Kitchen and Bath Colors

We recently picked out tile for the Master Bathroom shower and jacuzzi tub, so we brought along a sample when we met with the foreman to see the cabinets and counter tops that the builder had shipped up from the lower 48.  Here’s the quartz that they picked out.  It’s a little darker than I’d hoped, but it works well with all the other colors so I think it will turn out fine.  And it’s better than the white quartz they used in another model!  I couldn’t imagine trying to keep that clean with my hubby’s cooking habits!

Quartz

Here’s a sneak peek of the cabinet color and shaker style.

Cabinets

Here’s the combo of the flooring, cabinets and counter tops.

FloorQuartzCab

The bathrooms will have the same counter tops and cabinets, so we chose a neutral ‘spa’ style tile and accent for the Master Bathroom.

FloorQuartzBathTile

To save the budget, the hall bath has this single piece shower/tub instead of a tile surround – san’s shower doors.

HallShower

Our sinks will all be under-mounted squares like this one, except the cut out won’t be rounded in the front as much as this one is.

SinkShape

While we were there we also confirmed that our front porch columns and fireplace will have this stone, which should also coordinate well.

ExteriorStone

As you can tell, our colors are ‘earthy’ yet neutral.  I plan to add pops of color with accessories that can be easily changed out when the mood strikes.  We plan to have oil rubbed bronze fixtures on all the sinks and showers to continue the craftsman and spa style.  It’s hard to envision what it will all look like together and I think I’ll silently stress about it  until I see the finished product.  But it’s all part of the process and I’m sure it will turn out just fine.

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Potty Pondering…

Now that the house is starting to take shape and I can envision the rooms within the framed walls, I’ve started thinking about details of each space.  The one in particular I keep pondering the most is our master bathroom.  Although I love the layout of the Master Bathroom, there isn’t much space for storage so I’m trying to incorporate storage into my design.  Of course that means I have a host of ideas pinned just waiting to be put into action.  Here are a few!

I plan to start with making the vanity super functional by framing in the mirror and adding shelves like this where I can display frequently used items in ‘pretty’ containers.

Inside the vanity there will be lots of organized storage with something like this.  Luckily, I spotted bins similar to this at the dollar store the other day so it shouldn’t cost much to create!

Then after we settle in I want to up the ainty with a hidden drawer around the sink bowls out of the false drawer fronts. It’s perfect to hold my makeup and brushes, while the hubby’s side can house his razor and brush along with other daily use items.

I also have plans to add shelves like these above the toilet to store extra towels and toilet paper along with a few decor items just to make it pretty.

Because of the layout in our bathroom there isn’t a good spot for a towel bar within easy reach of the shower.  This revelation led me to consider using towel hooks on the tiny sliver of wall next to the shower similar to this instead.  I’ve really come to love the idea because I’m constantly trying to get the towels folded and hanging evenly on the double bar we have in the rental right now.  Plus using hooks should make the towels dry faster!

The shower will have built in storage with two niche shelves similar to this designed to hold shampoo and other necessities.  That means the shower caddy we currently use can go live in the guest bathroom!

And since there really isn’t a logical spot for a towel bar in the guest bathroom layout I’m going to put them behind the door like this. Such an great idea for a small space!  I love this idea for hand towels, especially since it goes with my ‘seaside’ decor in the guest bathroom, but I plan to use it on the wall next to the vanity rather than under the window. Definitely better than those ugly towel rings, which I despise.

I also love this idea for both bathrooms! How unique is that!  And super simple to change out!  Apparently there is a wealth of styles and varieties to choose from, so I’ll have to pick something different for each potty!