I Now Remember….

I have been working on a home yoga studio this week for a client.  It is a fairly quick turn around project since she needs the space revamped by May 1 and I leave for a vacation and a wedding starting on April 24.  The design includes a vinyl decal on the mirrored closet doors in the shape of a lotus.


I proudly patted myself on the back when the client flipped for the idea and quickly ordered the decal.  Today I installed it and remembered why I have not suggested a vinyl decal in over a year.  Even the simplest ones are a bear to put up, but thanks to my ingenuity (errr….stupidity) and the need to divide the decal between two sliding closet doors, I had to split the  decal into four pieces.

Have you ever tried to put up something that instantly sticks to anything, has to be aligned perfectly  and is a lint magnet? Now multiply that by four.   It wasn’t a pretty scenario.  There were curse words, a tear or two and the realization why I hated vinyl decals.   I finally called upon The Partner for assistance and he came to my rescue.  But even with his help, it took us almost 2 hours to install the decal.  We had to tweak the piece, torque some elements and perform some DIY surgery with my Exact-o knife, but in the end, I am really happy with the results….

I don’t even mind the brass molding on the doors – it almost acts like a frame in this scenario.  Well that is what  I keep telling myself since I can’t change the color.  Denial is a well-used tool in my wheelhouse this week.  So I  still have to paint out the trim and molding, hang artwork and arrange furniture, but I think by early next week, I will be done with the project.  Cross your fingers for me!

However, for the moment, I am going to bask in the glory that is called a lotus decal and write myself a large note NEVER to recommend one to a client again.  Well at least one that I have to install……

For those of you who have entered the April Give Away, thank you!  For those of you who have not, what are you waiting for?  I am basically giving you the dishes off my table!  What are you waiting on?  Blood?    Remember that the give away closes on Monday and you can enter multiple times!

Half Bath Tour…..

Honestly, this isn’t that exciting, but for those of you who asked, here are a few shots of my half bath on the first floor.

The half bath is an extremely small room as it occupies the dead space under the stairs that lead to the second floor.  From a design perspective, it is a perfect use of space that would otherwise have been a closet.  With a small sink and a toilet, is the perfect spot of guests to freshen up upon arrival.  The mirror pictured above is from Ikea and reflects a wall decal from Chiasso.  You can read more about the wall decal in this posting.

Above the toilet is a quick weekend DIY project I did using left over paints and wall spackle.

Here is a better shot of the decal and the wall it occupies.  I love the decal’s scale and how it acts as a large central focus in what is a pretty narrow room.

So that is the half bath…..not blow your socks off exciting I know, but some of y’all asked and I am a man of my word.  What is more exciting is that I have grouped all my room reveals together and have created a new page called Home Tour.  It’s a work in progress but it highlights the different rooms I have completed and photographed to date.  Check it out…….