WHEW-- what a week! Here are some updated pictures of the progress on our bathroom renovation.
A lot has been happening, and as you can see, you're beginning to get a better picture of what the finished bathroom will look like. The initial coats of paint are up, and the vanity has been moved into place. Right now, we are waiting for the mirrors and new faucets that I ordered to arrive, so we can complete the plumbing and then install the light fixtures.
I found these mirrors at Pottery Barn for $249 each.... you would NOT believe how hard it was to find polished nickel mirrors.
The faucets that came with our vanity ended up looking cheap and were chrome, so we had to find replacement ones. I ended up choosing the same style and brand as the one I selected for our kitchen, in polished nickel. They're made by ROHL, and were $440 each. We ordered ours from Hughes supply in the Charlotte/Matthews area.
We are also adding custom cabinetry doors to the bottom of our alcove niche, which will match the woodwork on our vanity. I just realized that we didn't have enough storage, and adding some doors to the niche will really give us more room to store the bathroom stuff that isn't suitable for display!
We had some issues with the tile installation, which is why the shower area is left out of the pictures. Our contractor Matt is on top of getting the tile fixed and re-installed, and i'll post more pics of that when it's finished.
For now, i'll leave you with a picture of our custom dining benches from Ballard Designs that just arrived yesterday! Happy Holidays to everyone!
I did the usual White Trash (two huge batches to be exact) but I also added a hint of chocolate sweetness for our new neighbors.
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
- Raspberry Ganache
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, beat shortening and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds.
- Add brown sugar, baking powder and salt; beat until combined
- Beat in egg and vanilla until combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk flour and cocoa powder.
- Beat as much of the flour mixture into the butter mixture as you can with the mixture; stir by hand any remaining mixture.
- Stir in chocolate
- Shape into 1 inch balls and place on un-greased cookie sheet; press thumb into the center of each ball to make an indent.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are set.
- Immediately use the rounded side of a 1 tsp. measure to press down the center of each cookie.
- Transfer cookies to wire racks.
- Spoon Raspberry Ganache into center of each cookie.
- 6 oz dark chocolate
- 1/3 cup whipping cream
- 1 tbsp raspberry jam
- In a microwave safe bowl, combine dark chocolate, whipping cream and jam.
- Microwave for 1 minute; stir until melted
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|Dress by Mary Benson, Headband by Stylist|
|(Left) Crown by Keely Hunter, Dress by Alyssa Bird from Audrey Grace Boutique, Jelly sandals stylist's own, (on right) Hairslides by Keely Hunter, Dress by Mary Benson, Jelly sandals stylist's own|
|(Left) Choker by stylist, Dress, Angela Brandys, belt stylist's own, (on right), Dress by Angela Brandys, jelly sandals stylists own|
|(Left) Dress from Audrey Grace Boutique, Sandals stylist's own, (on right) Jumpsuit, vintage from Audrey Grace Boutique, Sunglasses by stylist|