Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Don't get cocky.....

I was pretty full of myself last week.....bragging about how I managed to get 3 post written.  Well this is a lesson on not getting too full of yourself cause look at me now.

Wednesday.  5 days of nothing.  Yep....not feeling too cocky now.  The truth of the matter is I might have just a few too many "irons in the fire" as they say.  

I'm not complaining, but between you and me....I think those clothes are STILL in the dryer.

I'm so excited about the fireplace mantel and surround.  It is awesome and they LOVE it!  I am waiting for the room to be painted before I show you the finished image.  I can be mean like that sometime.

As I said, this house was built in the 80's.....think Jane Fonda and leggings.

Since she has [the client, not Jane Fonda] 4 kids we concentrated on small updates in the bathrooms first.  Can you say carpet......yuk????

Yep.  Dark green tile.  


This is her only daughters room.

We had the tile guy dig out that green stripe and replace with black [not grouted yet]
Easy fix.

One of the boys bathrooms.  There was already 1/2 of the room with this white tile and it came from Home Depot....so just matched it.  To the left of the toilet was just wasted space.  We did this...

It is the perfect toilet paper holder.  What????  You say it is a little large for that?  OK...we will throw in some towels too.
This is the kids playroom.


Bookcases....window seat.  New carpet.  Beadboard on the walls.  

Mudroom/laundry room.  There was a fridge in this hole.  Ugly tile floor.
This is how the hole came to live a long and full life.  She made herself useful!

Whoops...when I like something....the same "honed" slate tile.  We have great plans for this room but I need your help on this one problema.....look to the right...that huge window.


What to put in there.....some thoughts....
cafe curtains...some pretty topiaries?  She said she does NOT have a green thumb.  But I said...please.  The faucet is right there.  Just give them a squirt every now and then.

Now...this is where I need your HELP!  I told them to remove this island right now, especially since they are having the floors redone.  Take the hardwood all the way in the kitchen.  NOW.  You must tell her also.....please help a sister out.

Begging here.

Think of the dust and disruption if they save this until after they move in.  I have some great plans on how to fix this kitchen that I will share with you.

This is the kind of stuff I obsess over.  Sleepless nights thinking about this one little issue.   Dreaming of going over there and doing it myself.

Without permission.  But he is a lawyer.  Might through my ass in jail.

That would really ruin my "no jail so far streak".......

Peek of the back yard...

Needs some work...but I could be cozy in the pool house!

Go get your Wednesday "on".....in a big way.

Freaky

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51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does the laundry room window overlook the pool or some other pretty place in the yard? If so, I would skip the curtains. What about a vintage wash pail or tub (from Scotts) filled with plants or herbs? Or a big foot bath you could take to Boxwoods and have them work their magic with some sun loving plants.

Maureen in Decautur

p.s. I'm supposed to be doing my laundry right now, but this is much more fun!

jlb said...

That island must go now!!!! They will never regret it. Yes, the hardwoods must continue into the kitchen..it will be fabu!

Love the pool house--seeing a great striped fabric out there...could be very Ruthie Sommers/Round Hill

Great potential-I can't wait to see the transformation

Jennifer

Ashley said...

Oh my goodness I would LOVE to have a pool house like that...after I win the lotto of course. Or marry a rich doctor of sorts.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh that mudroom nook! i LOVE it!!!

The Zhush said...

wow, what a tease...so much potential in that pool house alone...YOUR CLIENT MUST RIP OUT THAT ISLAND AND LISTEN TO YOU!!!!THEY WILL NEVER FORGIVE THEMSELVES IF THEY DON"T! MUST. Hardward floors for kitchen, topiaries, all of it...

The enchanted home said...

By all means GET RID OF THAT ISLAND! Is it seriously even a question? I dont mean to be so abrupt but its almost a 911 emergency....it reeks of "70's Brady Bunch era"......it will never be a choice you will look back on with regret, I promise you that!
Looks like there is loads of potential and its going to be fun to watch things progress!
The poolhouse looks like a fun project!

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

Coming from a fellow plant killer, I can't stress enough that topiaries are a bad idea. Maybe a decorative tureen or something.
I agree with you on the island. I have ugly flooring but I know there is no point in doing anything until we are ready for the kitchen redo.

nouveaustitch.com said...

PLEASE you guys! Ideas on that window, PLEASE!! I have been dealing with an identical set up for EIGHT years and I've not solved it yet! Tried an herb garden, which was my intent when I built the darn thing. That didn't work out....too far to reach to water and that squirty thing makes a mess when you just shoot it. So then I got the idea to add a collection of antique wooden tool boxes filled with antique-y stuff. Dust collectors. My cleaning guy almost quit over that.

Now it's empty with the exception of a lamp. And the sucker is huge....7' wide, 18" deep, 5' tall. Sherry, if your readers solve this for me...ummmmm....your client :-) I'll put together a prize package that rivals your wonderful give-aways. Serious.

Ellen

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Sheri, The island has to go! Tell her it is just ugly.... It looks like an outside barbecue. I would also make the window in the kitchen bigger. It looks like she could use the light.Everything is coming along beautifully.

BethA said...

Yes. Good grief. Get rid of that hideous island. And yes to hardwood in the kitchen. I've got wood floors in my kitchen. Easy to care for. Damp mop works great. And much better than the knock-off of some 60s movie with Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Sorry. Harsh but true.

Renae Moore said...

OH YES...that island MUST GO! Wood floors for sure. For the space above the sink...how about some functional roman shades (no curtains) on the windows and an earthy type vessel with some dried hydrangeas purely for aesthetics...herbs and other such things look tacky after a while if not tended to!
Can't wait to see!

Cathy Wall said...

Buh Bye island!!!!! NOT AN OPTION! tell her we'll hog tie her so you can get it done! For the window... a collection of demi johns? moss balls? People without green thumbs, like me, kill topiaries. So beautiful as they are, not gonna fly.

Cathy

Carla Aston said...

Remove the island and the tile! It's like leaving the elephant in the room! I've written a blog post titled just that. Don't leave big things in your updated space that will bring everything else down. You've done a great job here, Sherry!

Sherri Cassara said...

My note to your client: "Trust Sherry - just look at what she has done in your home so far! She is 100% right in suggesting that you remove the island and continue the wood flooring into the kitchen. It will make your house flow and you will not regret it."

Love what you have done so far Sherry!

A Perfect Gray said...

dude. isn't hardwoods in the kitchen something like the 11th commandment? tell her she is def. committing a sin if she doesn't get rid of the island and put hardwoods in there, pronto.

rachel @ Just a Touch of Gray said...

OH dear me, get rid of the island now and definitely, yes definitely run your hardwood all the way in. We did that last year in our kitchen and LOVE it. That pool house is going to be AMAZING!!!!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

I agree that they should remove the island now and, extend the wood floor. Floor refinishing is a little messy and smelly, best to get it done and over with once - and I'm sure they won't miss looking at that island. We refinished our floors about a year ago - so nice now!

C.A. @ How To Be A Heroine said...

Agreed! The strange demi-lune island must go! Better to just tackle it now and get it over with!

Marlenda said...

BE GONE, WRETCHED ISLAND! Extending the wooden floors will be well worth it.

Regarding the mudroom: if it were my house I would seriously consider reconfiguring the whole room and consider a large apron front sink built into the window space, French style open shelving to replace the wall cabinets; and an appropriately scaled island for storage and workspace.

Angie said...

I can honestly say that is the ugliest island I have ever seen in my life. For the owner to even consider keeping it only proves how badly she needs your help. Tell her to concentrate on whatever she does for a living and leave the design decisions to you! It's going to look fantastic!!,

Kelly@Bungalow Blue said...

LOVE the slate tile...and in a herringbone pattern? You are a girl after my own heart! Looking good!

classic • casual • home said...

It's just too pretty of a house to keep that island. What a great pool house!

moccadesign said...

The island ruins the whole kitchen look: Island.Bye.Bye.

michele said...

1. you say jane fonda and leggings as if they're a bad thing!

2. omg that bathroom storage is gorgeous and genius.

3. delete that island this very minute. it's holding this kitchen back from its full potential and yes they need the flooring to be continuous!

4. i am not a designer but most def crazy about leggings.

:)
michele

Anonymous said...

They'll never regret new hardwood floors, nor will they miss that ugly island. I look forward to seeing the entire re-do.

Gretchen O. said...

The island must go...STAT! She just needs to trust.

In the nook....maybe a collection of lanterns? I mean, who was the builder of this house anyway...crazy nooks and weird islands...

Your client just needs to thank her lucky stars you have come come to the rescue! ( I imagine you in a cape bounding in the door "never fear Sherika is here!"

Looks amazing so far.

dawnineden.com said...

Love what's going on. Can't wait to see how it plays out. DEFINATELY get rid of the island. Seriously. It's time.
As for the window, how about putting a glass shelf across it and display a pretty plate collection or mercury glass candle holders. It would be pretty at night with the candles flickering. I use faux tealights with timers so I don't even have to worry about lighting anything.

Anonymous said...

Good-bye island! They need a cool rustic-top high table there! Love your work!!!

Deserae said...

I would remove the island like ASAP....it is really ugly!!!!
~Des

Beth said...

I am liking what I see Sherry...looking good! for the kitchen window, maybe some kinda big old metal tub or a flowerbox made out of beadboard.. but maybe with preserved boxwoods or other flowers, like Brian does at Scott's with a cafe curtain behind it???? just thinkin....

bluehydrangea said...

The island must go..far, far away never to be mentioned again. It makes me want to poke my eyes out.

Cindy said...

I'm with "Blue Hydrangea" the island makes me want to rip my eyeballs out and jump off a cliff...
and, i love the idea of topiaries or some structured green living stuff in the kitchen window...

Cindy

designchic said...

Well lots of goodies here today. If it makes you feel any better I have a load of clothes in the washer (24 hours)...Love all of the great progress on the house. My favorite room...the playroom!! Love all of the elements used - the window seat, the beadboard, the bookcases, something other than the carpet...love it all!! Oh yes, and please get rid of the island!!!

Anonymous said...

Definitely! Take out the island. Is it attractive in any way? No. Don't wait until later.

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

Why do they not just listen and do everything you say?! Yes- remove island - extend hardwood floors - duh? -Just do everything that Sherry tells you to do! What an awesome house - forget the pool house - I'll take the mudroom! Loving that tile in the girl's bathroom - fun and timeless = perfection!

Normangirl said...

I think the window treatment should be a simple roman shade with a Greek Key Trim. The window treatment should start at the ceiling and just skirt the top of the windows to cover.
I would get some garden type urns and put orchids in the urns. The orchids are reasonable as far as price and low maintenance. I have recently purchased some from Wal-Mart for $14 each. They only require watering once every 7-10 days depending on the amount of light she gets from the window. If the orchid die...replace them. I will forward pictures of what I am talking about.
Looking good...can't wait to see the finished product!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

OK, I haven't looked at the other comments, but I'll bet you have 36 people before me, supporting your efforts! FORGET THE KIDS ROOM, EVERYTHING ELSE UNTIL YOU DEAL WITH THIS KITCHEN! Run, don't walk, to your nearest sledge hammer and get that tile out of there. And is that real brick? Color it gone! See you can let us be the nasty ones, and you can be your sweet old self! Leave it to the professionals and you'll be happy-ever-after! How about a little "pot" farm, growing in the window. Tell the kids it's parsley! I've never grown it, but if a silly pot-head can grow it...it can't be that hard!

Carol@HouseandHomeDefined.com said...

Seriously, is there really any debate about the kitchen island? Bye bye! Sorry, homeowner, no intention to offend, but here's another designer saying "out with it!" It's definitely holding up a beautiful space just wanting to shine!

tanyaj said...

what does the kitchen window look out on? maybe some very sheer roman shades that she could pull down and put something decorative there. of course it looks like it was made for plants but it could be just as pretty with a glass bottle collection or wonderful crocks. or hullware planters sans the plants.
FIX that kitchen now, is she CRAZY--

Rosa @ flutterflutter said...

I, also, have not blogged nearly enough!! I'm working on our mud room right now... yours looks like it's going to be great!

gatheredhouse.com said...

Yes, the island must go before they move in and it becomes too much of a hassle. She will hate it, start avoiding the kitchen and family life will spiral out of control!!!

I would find a pretty object to put in the window, the tureen suggestion is brilliant because it's covered or I've also seen someone use a beautiful oversized bowl in a similar window...

I like what you've done so far, which is frustrating that she's not listening to you more. Good luck with the rest!
Renata

Kristy @ I Design Love said...

That home looks like it needs a lot of work, but it looks like it will be gorgeous once you get finished with it :)

www.idesignlove.com

René said...

Yes to all of your ideas - you are the best at this!!! If you figure out what to do in that window you will be my hero. I have the same quirky bay window in my kitchen. Never been satisfied with it.

nouveaustitch.com said...

Rene, should we start a support group? Seriously, I have come to hate the window I once loved more than George Clooney.

Kathysue said...

No question about the island it needs to go along with the brick. If it is an option I would remove the window and put in a larger flat window. I really think it would be worth the expense. The window was a add-on, probably and I would look into that for sure. If it is not an option I would put 3 large demijohns and no window covering. A filler that is see through and reflective, gives shape but not solid. IMHO, Kathysue

diane said...

Please, please remove that island and tile floor! When I first saw the pic I wondered what the heck was going on...wood floors would be so much prettier

pam {simple details} said...

Did you see the bay window in the kitchen Maryann @ classic. casual. home. just showed? That's my vote! Wouldn't it be sad if your homeowner was asked what is your one regret in life...and she said "keeping that island!" :)

Linda said...

Ooo! Yeah - ditto the classic-casual-home window today. Especially the stick shades. If she has a sense of humor (it's the laundry room - free to express herself) "carpet" it with faux lawn and find one great ie: large garden ornament/sculpture. Anything from a copper weather vane to an antique gnome. Her love of shoes = copy one of her favorites (or flashy-est) in mosaic blown up extra large.
She'll be so distracted with joy you can tear out the island with out her noticing (just get lawyer hubby to sign off on it first). ;-)
Cheers!

helen tilston said...

Ah the window and you say you have two to deal with.

How about bevelled glass or stained glass panels on the side windows.

Two glass shelves installed and to contain the owners crystal and collectables - which would sparkle and reflect light to the kitchen area.Perhaps just one small plant or a terrarium.

Helenxx

Jessie said...

This is such a great house and it's full of potential and possibilities! I agree that the island must go, it's too small and looks very outdated.

For the windows near the faucet area, you may ask your client to grow some orchids. I don't have a green thumb but orchids are very hardy. They won't die even if you don't water them for a month. (I went for a vacation for a month and it's still there) :)

Looking forward to see the big reveal.

Happy weekend!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

Lisa said...

I hope that island is history by now. Shudder.
My idea for the window, since they don't want plants, would be those big glass storage jars with glass lids, and put things like clothespins, stones/rocks or shells, etc in them. I keep podered borax in one, but accessing them in the window might be difficult and/or messy.