Our Home Renovation…an Update!

First of all let me start by introducing myself:

I’m Susan.

You might remember me from a little blog I used to write. :)   Then again, you probably don’t  because it’s been FOREVER (about three months!)  since I’ve posted anything!

So sorry.  It’s embarrassing….

To catch you up quickly:  We’re FINALLY nearing the end of our nightmare….I mean, renovation and I have TONS to share with you!  Sadly though, we’re not quite ready for any big reveals today.  Too many punch list items still to be finished and…God forbid anything should actually GET DONE!!!!!!!

What I can do though is give you some glimpses as to where we are in the process today.  Hopefully, in the next week or so,  I’ll be able to show you at least one space that’s actually finished and give you all the scoop on it.  In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of what things are looking like around here now…


If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this one. We just had the back splash installed a couple of weeks ago and are now waiting for the finish electrical to happen so these pretty pendants can be installed.

Kitchen Renovation

White Kitchen


Almost done.  Again, waiting on lighting to go in as well as some finish plumbing fixtures.  Who knew that putting in a simple shower could be so complicated?

Bathroom Renovation

Standing in the shower taking this one.

Marble Master Bathroom


Again (I’m a broken record) waiting on electrical (these awesome picture lights above bookcases) and, obviously, need to put the finishing touches on the space with a new rug, window treatments, accessories, etc….

Built in bookcases

Meet our ginormous television.  My husband has never been happier in his life.

Family Room Addition

OK, that’s it for the moment.  Don’t want to give too much away since I plan on doing a full post on each space with details of what we did, why we did it, sources etc….

Oh, and aside from my own projects, I’ve been finishing up some work for a favorite client.  We recently had this amazing Cole & Son wallpaper installed in her foyer…

Cole & Son Wallpaper

… and last week added this incredible mirror.  It’s gorgeous and I have major mirror envy!

(Oh and can you see the amazing chandelier and Schumacher shade reflected in the glass?  Girl’s got taste!)

Jonathan Adler Mirror

We also added some new pillows from Tonic Living and a window seat cushion in her family room.

Tonic Living

LOVE the colors we used here and that toile fabric is a knock out.

Tonic Living Pillows

Thanks for stopping by today, everyone….and for hanging in there with me!  Be back SOON… I swear!



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Renovation Updates: Progress and Purchases

Hey, Everyone!  Hope all is well and that you’re still out there!  It’s been, basically, impossible to post, work, or do much of anything from home for the last month considering we have no office, living room or dining room.  Dust, noise and fumes from the floor staining (holy sh*t was that BAD!)  have driven me out of the house most of the time so, I apologize, my friends, but I’ve had good reason for being MIA.

Fortunately, all the dust and fumes have lead to some actual progress.  Praise Jesus!!!

Here’s where we are today:

The master bath – The shower was just grouted the other day and I’m really happy with the way it’s turning out…and it feels HUGE!!!  The centerpiece is a fun mosaic done in carrara and bardiglio marble, the bench seat is carrara marble and the floor is a fluid marble mosaic.


Marble mosaic tile

The flooring for the rest of the bathroom and water closet are going in now, herringbone style!!  We went with honed fluid marble in 6″x18″ planks.  I think the linear veining really accentuates the herringbone pattern.

Fluid marble in herringbone pattern

The custom gray vanity will go in early next week and then I’ll need to figure out sconces.  The ones I originally planned to go with (here) won’t work after all.  Back to the drawing board.

On another note – I was fabric shopping for roman shades the other day and came across this lovely little sofa!

Ivory and gray sofa

It was a floor model (and on clearance!!) so I grabbed it for our sun room.  I’ve told the kids that they’re not allowed within 15 feet of it.  EVER.  Let’s see if that works…

I wish I could show you the kitchen but, honestly, we’ve had nothing but problems with the cabinetry (much of it needs to be replaced) and if I start to think about it I’ll dissolve into a sobbing mess ….so I’ll save that story for another day…

One bright spot though is the fab flush mount I picked up for over the kitchen table.  We were originally planning to hang a pendant but realized it would interfere with TV watching if you’re in the kitchen (God forbid!) so I went with this Alexa Hampton fixture that I’ve loved forever (click on image for link).

Sophia Flush mount

Thanks for stopping by today and sorry again for the radio silence.  Life will get back to normal one of these days, right?



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Our Renovation: The Lighting Round-Up

Lighting has taken over my life lately.  Seriously.  Last night I FINALLY made the last lighting purchase for the renovation and thought I’d share my choices with you.  There are some pretty good deals here, so if you’re in the market for a sconce or two, check it out.

Stylish Lighting

1.  We’ve decided to move our current dining room chandelier into the kitchen so the Jonathan Adler Ventana will take it’s place.  I think it’s a beautiful mix of both modern and traditional styling which is the overall look we’re going for.

2. I’m CRAZY about these Cole pendants from Robert Abbey and, if you ask me, they’re a lot of bang for the buck.  Two of these will hang above the kitchen island.

3.  After scouring every lighting website for good looking, affordable sconces for the bathrooms, I ended up getting all of them from Restoration Hardware.  This Cade double sconce will go in the powder room and I’ll hang it horizontally above this mirror.

4.  The Thomas O’Brien Ziyi.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it….and I’m really hoping to use it in our living room.  It may be a bit too tall for the space (damned 8′ ceilings!) but, ultimately, I think it’ll work.

5. These Keller Sconces are for the master bath.  Again, great style and at only $125, super affordable.

6. An RH flush mount for the pantry which I found at the outlet for a steal.  Honestly, my first choice was the Basil from Alexa Hampton (here), but I think the RH one will work well and at $150 I couldn’t pass it up.  Although….as I’m writing this I’m second guessing myself, of course…. Did I make the right decision?  What do you think????

As far as other progress goes, I’m sad to say there really hasn’t been any.  We were told that walls were going up last week, then it was supposed to be this week and, sadly, nothing is happening.  Needless to say, we’re beyond frustrated.  Fingers crossed I’ll have something exciting to show you next week.

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Our Renovation: Master Bathroom Updates


Anyone out there?


I know I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks but I do have a good reason:


Funny Quotes

(OK,  maybe I’m a little dramatic… but just a little)

I’ll start by saying that the crew we’ve hired is working hard all day, every day and they’re doing a great job, but we’ve had some unexpected set backs and delays on inspections that have put us behind schedule by a couple of weeks.  This might not sound like a big deal but considering the fact that we’re almost four months into this renovation and we’ve been living without a kitchen for seven weeks now, set backs are JUST A LITTLE FRUSTRATING!!!

Tired of hearing me whine yet?  OK, I’ll stop….and show you a few pics of how things are looking in the new master bathroom.

Here’s the shower:

BAthroom RenovationIt’s BIG (Yay!!!) at over 4’x6′ and the framing you see there in the back is a bench (obviously).  We’re keeping it pretty simple in terms of hardware and plan to do a regular, wall-mounted shower head as well as a rain shower head.

This is the tile scheme we finally went with:

Master Bathroom Renovation

The fluid marble is for the main floor of the bathroom.  I was originally planning to lay it in a herringbone pattern but, since the space is 4 feet wide, I’m thinking it might make it feel bigger if it were to lay it side to side across the room (like a hard wood floor).  We shall see…. The side walls of the shower will be done in a beveled white subway tile and the back wall (above the bench) will feature this pretty mosaic bordered by a carrara pencil edge.

The shower floor is still TBD but I really like this fun mosaic.

Bathroom Tile Scheme

Oh….and these are the sconces we’re going with.  I’ve used them before and really like them.  The price is also right considering we need to buy four of them.

Keller Sconce Restoration Hardware

Don’t have pics of the vanity yet but it will be just over 8 feet long, painted in a medium gray and will be topped with carrara marble.  I wasn’t planning to do marble at first but have changed my mind.  It’s beautiful, timeless and, most importantly,  about half the price of quartzite (the other option we were considering).

Speaking of bathrooms, I’ve also been working on the first floor powder room. This is the wallpaper I’ve fallen in love with (at least online).  It’s Union Square by Phillip Jeffries.  Haven’t seen it in person yet but I’m 99% sure it’s the winner.

Phillip Jeffries Union Square

I’m also desperately searching for a double sconce to go above this mirror (again for the powder room.) I’m pretty sure I’ve looked at every lighting website ever created and haven’t found anything that knocks my socks off.  Anyone have any ideas/ suggestions?  The finish needs to be polished nickel and it can’t be more than 12 inches tall.

Well, that’s the update for now friends.  I’m told this week walls and ceilings will be going in.  Next week floors and kitchen cabinets.  WOOHOO!!!  We’re getting there….THANK GOD!!!!

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Escape to Martha’s Vineyard


For a few brief, fun-filled days we escaped the noise, the dust, the dirt, the chaos…and it was lovely.

Here are a few pretty pics from our get-away to Martha’s Vineyard last week:

I think I take a pic of this house every time I visit the Vineyard.  It sits on the waterfront in Edgartown (my favorite town on the island) and is insanely beautiful.

martha's vineyardMore waterfront loveliness…

edgartown ma

martha's vineyardJust your average back yard

Edgartown MAI could walk around Edgartown all day just looking at the beautiful architecture. Loved this sweet little yellow cottage with the flag flying proudly out front.

Edgartown HomesOne of the prettiest driveway/ garages I’ve seen in a long time.  Look at those doors!

Edgartown HomesThis one stopped me in my tracks.  The cedar shakes, the gorgeous windows, the ivy…and can you see what’s parked in the driveway?

Edgartown Real EstateA pint sized Land Rover!!  My kids freaked out and are now begging for one.  Super cute for sure…but not happening ;)

Martha's VineyardAfter an hour of so of drooling over the gorgeous homes we wandered into town and stopped into a few shops.

Edgartown MAAnd fed the ducks in the harbor

Martha's VineyardAll this sight seeing made us tired

Edgartown MAOh..and did I mention that we stayed in a fabulous home in the town of Aquinnah courtesy of my super cool brother-in-law?


Martha's Vineyard LandscapingHe rents the same house every year and one of the best things about it is the landscaping. This little rose covered gate leads to the lovely pool..

Aquinnah MA

Aquinnah Homeswhich kiddos and adults alike thoroughly enjoyed every day.

Pool HouseLife is good on the Vineyard :)

Martha's Vineyard Landscaping

We’re back to reality now and, unfortunately, we no sooner got back when my little girl came down with a horrible bug.  (Today was day four of a fever.  Ugh!!!)  That being said, I’ll be signing of for the week to take care of her and will check back in next week with our renovation updates.  Only a couple more weeks until dry wall goes up and I’m told it will all start to come together quickly after that.  Thank God!!

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