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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Our Renovation: Camping At Home



Remember me?

I’m so sorry for the radio silence lately.  For some reason I thought I’d have plenty of time to post over the summer but, as it turns out,  just the opposite is true.   Between the renovation madness we’re living through and the kiddos being out of school I’ve had NO TIME  but I thought I’d check in today with a little renovation update.

Here’s how we’re camping living these days…

This is our living room with a lovely plastic wall facing the family room addition.

Renovation July 2014 012-editedThe dining room (yes, this is where we’ve been eating all our meals for the last three weeks. It’s like being at the Ritz.)

Renovation July 2014 009-edited Foyer full of HVAC stuff.

Renovation July 2014 010-editedThe sun room – aka storage locker.

Renovation July 2014 011-editedThis is the kitchen looking toward the dining room and the area where the new half bath will be.

SG Interiors Kitchen Renovation

This is the family room looking out toward the back yard/ patio.  There will be french doors on the left and right side of that wall (one is hidden behind my state of the art refrigerator) and in the center will be a double sided (indoor/ outdoor) fireplace.  The windows on the left are to the living room.  They’ll be replaced with a wall of built-in bookcases with an arched doorway in the center.

Kitchen Renovation

I wish I had more progress to show you but, honestly, it’s been all about plumbing and HVAC this week which isn’t so pretty to look at (not that the above pics are pretty by any means).

If you follow me on Instagram you know I did some tile shopping last week for our master bath.  Here are the three options I’ve narrowed it down to:

Option #1 – The fluid marble is for the floor.  I was planning to lay it in a herringbone pattern but, between the cuts and the installation, it may be cost prohibitive.  Regardless, I love it and we’re using it.  Just might have to install it differently.  The honeycomb was a possibility for the shower floor but I’ve ruled it out (more on that below) and the mosaic would be a feature wall in the shower.  I like it but, ultimately, I think it might be too busy.

Renovation July 2014 014Option #2 – which, sadly, isn’t really an option at all.  I’m in love with the tile on the right and would give my left arm to use it on the bathroom floor…but would need to hit the lottery to do so.  Moving on….(sigh)

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Option #3 – The probable winner.  Again, the fluid marble will be for the bathroom floor, the two side walls of the shower will be done in white subway tile and the mosaic tile which I really do love will be used on the back shower wall above a bench.  I’m thinking 3′x5′ framed out in a carrara chair rail.  The shower floor is still TBD but I’m thinking of doing either a darker marble with dark grout or possibly a ceramic tile (again with dark grout).  I’ve had problems in the past with marble on shower floors staining and am leaning toward a material that’s a little more practical this time around.

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Also starting to put together a final plan for the family room addition and need to order furniture asap.  Be back next week with the scoop on that.   Fortunately, we’ll be escaping the dust and chaos for the rest of the week as we’re heading to beautiful Martha’s Vineyard tomorrow morning.  Hallelujah!!!!  Be sure to  follow me on Instagram for lots of island loveliness.

Thanks for stopping by today and for hanging in there with me, friends!  I’ll be posting more regularly when the kiddos are in full day camp (next two weeks…woohoo!!!!!) and things are a little less crazy around here.

Until next week!!

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