Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Stuff Kris and I Found For Her Bathroom Redo

OK class, I am back for another post 
I hope you guys are suitably impressed, 
because I SURE AM.
Let's continue looking at what I've done to with Kris's bathroom.
For those of you just tuning in, look at last weeks post, to catch up.

When Kris decided to redo her bathroom, I didn't take her seriously, seeing nothing wrong with what she already had.
(since I had been the one to design it.)
(and as we all know, my designs are timeless.)
(and wonderful)
(and stand the test of time.)
her shower didn't.
stand the test of time, that is.
It leaked
Down to her new kitchen ceiling.
Kris was not amused.
I would like to point out that I had nothing to do with the labor of the first renovation.
this inspired her,
 now that her kids were grown,
flown the coop,
left the nest,
cut the apron strings (we can only wish),
to redo the bathroom in Kris's idea of a fancy schmancy grownup loo.
I started to take the idea seriously several years ago when we came across this server in a local auction.
Nice quality image?
Only the best for you guys!
Let's see if I can do better.
It was French marquetry.

  1. inlaid work made from small pieces of variously colored wood or other materials, used chiefly for the decoration of furniture.

The top was a warm toned piece of marble that we matched when we chose the marble tiles in the bathroom. 
So now you know why we chose the marble that we did!!!!!!
Kris stored the server in her basement for a million years, until we were ready to redo her bathroom.
Then we started to choose what else we would need in the space, as well as take the server to the furniture doctor who turned an affordable piece into an expensive piece!!!
He replaced all the missing marquetry, and refinished it in a low luster lacquer that could hold up to the moister in a bathroom.
Here is a shot of it in the basement before it was fixed.
We had the extra ormolu pieces inside the drawers.

  1. a gold-colored alloy of copper, zinc, and sometimes tin, cast into desired shapes and often gilded, used especially in the 18th century for decorating furniture and making ornaments.

I had to find a mirror to go with the glamorous look of the room as well as fit inside the space.
I decided on a Louis Phillippe mirror, as I love the look and style of these babies.
They are elegant without being fussy.

I rely on 1stdibs a lot, as it can supply me with very specific items when I am designing for a very specific look.
What could take me years to find, I can find in a day, as it represents the best of antique stores across the country.
I drew an elevation of the vanity, mirror and sconces so that I would be sure that what we chose would fit. 
I never understood how decorators could design without drawing out what they were doing.

After we (I) found the mirror, I attacked the problem of finding sconces that would work with this room.
I looked at lots.

I looked at these.....
I looked at these.....
I looked at these.....,

They will go great with the server.
Kris admitted to me that she always wanted a chandelier in her bathroom.
I was taken aback.
I was somewhat horrified to realize that my best friend was 
one of those people!!!!!
But because I love her to bits,
I found her one.
There was no place to put it in the main part of the bathroom, 
but it fits perfectly in the throne room, 
commonly referred to by the unwashed masses as the toilet room.
(see what I did there???? 
Unwashed masses???
 This is a story about a bathroom!!!!
I am funny!!!!)
It will be seen from the hall doorway looking into the room, as it will be centered on the toilet room door.
It's little, so it fits the scale of the room.
Kris wanted crystal, and I found her crystal. We love the barrel beads on the chains 
It works with the pair of sconces.

This is why I wanted the wallpaper we found. 
The slight gold in the pattern, picks up the gold leaf of the mirror and ormolu, as well as working nicely with the warm tones of the wood.

Last week we were able to install the vanity.
Below is the placement against the wall.
Then they hung the mirror!!!!!!!!!!
Then they placed the marble!!!!!!!
You can now see and I hope understand, why we chose the tile that we did.

Kris and I had taken the slab to a local marble vendor and had the hole cut in it.
Our furniture restorer reworked the cabinet to fit around the sink and plumbing.
The wood glows and is so beautiful.
That's as far as we have gotten.
Kris has been rambling in Cornwall, and will be back tomorrow, so I expect the bathroom work will continue this week.
We need to do the electrical and plumbing finish, then the shower enclosure..... and then add the shutters on the lower parts of the windows so no one can look in on my buddy while she is sans clothes.
All the hardware is unlacquered brass, so it will mellow over time. 
Once again we chose all of it from Waterworks.
The sink is from Kallista

Kris fell in love with it because of the overflow holes.
You gots to love a good overflow set of holes!!!!!

On that note, 
Latah, Gatah



One Charlotte Court said...

Gosh, that sink cabinet is a beauty! The inlay work is fantastic. This is going to be a gorgeous bathroom, can't wait to see it finished.

Rhonda said...


Charisse said...

I love marquetry, and I adore the cabinet. The restorer did a beautiful job. I can't wait to see the finished bath. Have fun!

Unknown said...

Love it all, good job...☺

Mary said...

Gorgeous gorgeous ! Love it all!!!

Mary from Virginia

Linda said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME !!!! One of my very favorite emails ..... something from Betsy Speert... was waiting for me on my birthday ! You made my day !!! This is going to be an amazing bathroom. Thank you for sharing Betsy.

Marlene Stephenson said...

Love what you are doing,beautiful cabinet.

Wrenda said...

What a beautiful cabinet!! I'm a little green ;-) . Can't wait to see all finished.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh my...the French cabinet is magnificent...or should I say magnifique! Love those sconces and chandy too!

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Alysha | Furniture Fitouts said...

Hi, Betsy. That cabinet is beautiful! With the cabinet and the chandelier, I could imagine some glam output in your project. I'm excited to see the reveal!

Katie Mansfield said...

That cabinet is gorgeous. I had to chuckle at the chandelier in the bathroom part.

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