brown eyed fox

benjamin moore

our master bath

building, nestingcarissa fox19 Comments

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it's where we brush our teeth...
and wash our faces...
where he shaves...
while i try to tame my hair.
where our little one loves to take a bath.

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i'll say... i knOw... it's a simple blank canvas of a space right now.
would like to add some color... and touches here & there...
but it's one of those things i've been "getting to".
oh my word... my "getting to" list in this house is mighty.

it's not super noticeable here...
but the frames around the mirrors are actually a lighter shade.
have been pondering a color change to those.... easy enough.
i just keep going back & forth on that.
hmmm 

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home...
the making of it...
is such a process isn't it?!

sometimes the process & ideas flow like a river...
it feels clear... the direction you want to meander...
and other times... it seems your feet are stuck in the mud.

 i'm learning... that bOth are good... at least i think so. 

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i'm not a bath tub person... but felt it was important for resale.
ha!
so used to moving... it's part of me.

lil bit likes to bubble up & watch a show in there every so often.
precious little... she's like a tiny peanut in there.

you would have thought it was the world's most important decision...
when it came time to pick the plumbing fixtures.
just as my sister told me... i called her a bazillion times you know....
she was right...
in the end either way would have been perfectly great.

to me they're a bit "modern"... and a bit "classic".
i like that.
i'm really happy with them though... would choose them again no question.

one thing i was certain i wanted... i had them build in a little foot ledge.
see it down there in the shower?
so when i shave... i've got a foot prop.
that thing may be my favorite! 

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subway tile... i clearly love it.
the grout color on the walls... the choosing of... of my word... that was a doozy too.
in this bath i finally leaped with subtle... by going low contrast.
for some reason i felt my mind would crave the simplicity... the quiet in here.

of course i see spaces with high contrasting grout... and i freak...
i love it so much.
:)

the sconces... when i saw them... i knew.
i love their shape against the rectangle tile.

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the man cave.
bahahahaha
 
the tile made it's way in here too...
in a high... almost five feet... wainscoting... around all walls.
can't believe i took a pic of the toilet. 

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there's a little nook on the opposite side of the shower...
right now... it's temporarily housing a small cabinet & a favorite print.
i'd like a tall narrow cabinet in there... to fit the area better...
and i'm thinking that might be a fun spot to add a pop of color too.

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it was funny... before it was built...
i imagined myself being at that sink (above)... the one on the right.
once we were actually standing in it... no way...
it felt right for me to be at the other.
hubby thought so too... we fell into place.
 i guess it's like when you go to a hotel and one side of the bed feels right.

i do want to add a hanging pendant above the tub.
just need to find one. 

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i look forward to seeing how this space evolves.
my feet might feel stuck right now... but when i do get them out...
i love that part!
after all one of my favorite things is tweaking home.
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cabinet color... Benjamin Moore Galveston Gray
mirror frame color... Benjamin Moore Ozark Shadows
tile... honed vein cut limestone... in Chenille
subway tile... Daltile Rittenhouse Square... arctic white... 3x6
hex tile... Daltile Keystone Shapes... arctic white
faucets & heads... Purist by Kohler
sconces... Hinkley Lighting
toilet... Kohler... Tresham
hide... Cowhides International
floor grout... Custom... Oyster Gray
wall grout... Custom... Snow White (99.9% sure... i'm checking)
cabinet hardware... Rusticware satin nickel... My Knobs

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if i'm missing something... and you're still curious...
by all means just give me a holler... super happy to share.
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rows of smiles

creating, nestingcarissa fox13 Comments

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this post will look oddly like the last post... but it just worked out that way.
i took these photos prior to leaving last weekend...
oh the fun (more on that later)...
but ran out of time to post before leaving.

i've been getting lots of messages about these ledges and frames...
so i thought i'd do a quick share.

we've done versions of these before... one here... and loved it so much...
we decided... yep... let's do that again.
i love how my sweet hubby dives in & helps me.
he's so handy & supportive like that... very thankful.

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we went with red oak wood this time.
because of the strong grain... i ended up painting them a heavy white wash look.
 
didn't want them too deep... but deep enough for layering frames...
so we went with... for each ledge... two 1x4's and one 1x2.

drilled pilot holes through back of 1x4 (at base)...
and edge of bottom (ledge) 1x4.
then screwing through back of 1x4 into edge of bottom (ledge) 1x4.
the 1x2 was simply attached with small finish nails.
we went straight through the back 1x4 into wall studs.
i could hang off these things they're so sturdy.
wait... i did.
gotta to test.

for reference... we made each 10 feet long.
but... of course... they could be any length by cutting or combining. 

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i like their simplicity... their ease... how i can switch things up whenever.
they're pretty neato like that. 

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the frames i used here are super inexpensive... especially when on sale.
hobby lobby... like these...
and michaels... like these.
 basically... the really simple plastic or metal frames.
they seem to do the trick... give the overall feel i'm after...
keeping things light & open.
any frames... of any color & size... are certainly great... perfect. 

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so far i've only had them hold frames...
but goodness... you could pop lots in there.
art.
books... perfect for kids room.
treasured knacks.
there are loads & loads of options.
and if you google picture ledges... loads & loads of inspiration. 

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and this one... mabel... sat there the whole time watching me snap.
sweet little thing...
and her sopping wet chin.
she sticks her whole face in the water bowl.
silly goose.


hope your week is off to a super start.
your smile is big... your hope high.
it's gonna be a good one!
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wall color - Benjamin Moore Classic Gray
trim and "washed" photo ledges - Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

like two big clementines

buildingcarissa fox11 Comments

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when it came time to to pick the color for these doors...
i thought one direction... then another... then...
i decided to just go for it.
it was the push i needed.

i had been dreaming of adding bits of orange throughout the new house...
and well... i'd say i leaped with these.

when it comes to paint...
there are a mind boggling amount of choices.
sO many.
truly terrific ones too.
i think you finally just chOOse.

if down the road you decide you are not in "that mood" anymore...
your tastes change... and Lord knows they do...
you can paint it something new.
easy enough.
paint is sO forgiving... and really... sO fun! 

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we have thrown around a bunch of names for the room behind those slider doors.
studio...
orange room...
clementine...
art room...
basically... it's a space the girls enjoy quite a lot.
they draw in there.
doodle.
paint.
dream.
i'm really looking forward to spending more & more time in there myself. 
playing... planning... creating...... letting things become.
feel so lucky to have such a space...
hubby making sure it was part of our plans... for my creative juices.

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our den/family room is just outside the space.
where we play games... watch movies... retreat.
i like how it's basically one big room really...
but we can shut those doors and close it off a bit... or just hide the mess!

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the trim carpenter built them from my rough drawing...
and they pretty much came out just as i hoped.
did consider having them mimic our interior doors... but then... eh...
why not have a bit more fun with them.

i like their casual and yet proud look.
how they like the attention they get... but are graciously thankful.
good grief carissa... they're doors!  

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i have lots more to share inside the space... in another post...
but i'll say that table in there...
has been with us since ohio... to kentucky... texas... colorado... wyoming...
and now back to texas.
crazy to think about that.
she's the perfect fit in there...
letting us spill... spatter & play on her without a fuss.
she's the best.

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i had a feeling way back in the planning stages of this casa...
these would bring me grins...
they've not failed me... they truly do just that.

thanks so much for letting me share... y'all are the best.
and i mean that!
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sources / where i found it / who made it

the doors - built custom
door's paint - BM calypso orange
wall color - BM classic gray
slider/barn door hardware - rustica hardware 
computer armoire - custom (source no longer building them)
the clock - pottery barn (years ago)
the wings - antique farmhouse
the "legs"/vintage stocking stretchers... ebay
metal/wood shelving - sundance (years ago though)
stools - school outfitters 
pendant - barn light electric
cool dude hanging out on shelving - red shoes

and by all means... if you see something i'm missing...
or are just curious...
just holler... i'll be sure to add it.