January 01, 2011

Sweet Dreams

So many beautiful master bedrooms out there to glean from....

Frank Ropp via Room Lust

via Domino Magazine - oh how we miss you

 I love the neutral palette with just a splash of soft color.  via Velvet & Linen

 Emily Jenkins Followill via decorpad

Vanessa De Vargas via Lonny Mag

Max and Co via decorpad

I am not a big fan of the mirror above the bed, but other than that I think this bedroom from Elle Decor is beautiful and soothing.

More important things...

Happy New Year!  2011 is going to be great - I just know it!

It's hard to find the time to blog in general but lately it has been near impossible.  As we could have predicted, the construction on the upstairs has sucked up every free moment and ounce of energy for us.  Correction - for Mike.  Me - my time and energy has gone to one thing.  The baby growing inside of me.  Who knew a little 1 pound peanut could cause so much sickness and fatigue?!  I am 22 weeks along now and I have just finally regained some of my former life back.  I am once again able to keep food down and stay up past 9pm (barely).

The moment we learned we were pregnant I wanted to start decorating a cute nursery.  But first things, first - we have a bathroom and master bedroom to finish.  We're getting there.  More pics to come but here are a few to give you an idea of the scope of this "little" project.

After much talk and number crunching we decided rather than putting the bathroom into the existing blueprint of the upstairs, we would add another dormer and bump out some of the attic space.  It's a lot more work and expense, but in the end we won't be sacrificing any living space for the bathroom - which is a huge bonus.

 As you walk up the stairs the bathroom will be immediately on the left.  Thankfully we ended up with pretty clear skies during the two day roof demolition.

The man with the plan.

Renovation - not so pretty.  Our little boy - nothing but cute.

Getting bigger every day.  This is around week 20.

September 28, 2010

More Loveliness


Elle Decor

Elle Decor

September 23, 2010

Holy Crap!

Alright - admittedly, it's a terrible pun.  Today's blog post refers to a major, major renovation at the Lotzer abode.  We are putting in a second bathroom!  When we bought our home a year-and-a-half ago the one large compromise we had to make was the fact that it only had one bathroom.  Ergo - the walls are coming down and construction on our brand new 75 square foot bathroom has begun!

Stage one of the process for Mike: find the right contractor at the RIGHT price.  Done!
Stage one for me: get inspired by pretty things.  Done!  Inspiration abounds.

 This inspiration from HGTV is one of my favorites.  It normally takes me awhile to make design decisions, but I have known from day 1 that wainscoting is a must!

I am a big fan of vanities that resemble furniture, like this one from Apartment Therapy

Or repurpose an armoire!

Some lovely inspiration courtesy of Little Green Notebook

Chandeliers in bathroom = pure elegance



 The use of this vintage fireplace mantel is genius!

Bright and airy from The Newlywed Diaries

I love this privacy nook from KitchenBathIdeas

I adore four-legged console sinks like this one.  If only I could find one in my budget!

This small bathroom adds a twist with an angled tub

August 29, 2010

Weekend Project: Pergola - Day 2

No, it did not take us two months to finish the pergola.  The summer has absolutely flown by!  Between the usual summer craziness and a packed calendar of events at work there was just no time for blogging.

So with no further ado, here is the update and reveal of project: pergola.

We started off the day with, you guessed it, more sanding and painting.  Hurray!

Important public service announcement:  do not EVER try to paint lattice with a brush.  I seriously wasted 4 hours of my life on day one trying to get into every nook and cranny with a paint brush.  And the end result looked terrible!  The stain inevitably dripped through to the other side and created big dark globs.  It was so awful in fact that we didn't even use that piece of lattice.

So I wised up and called several places to find out how much they charge to rent a paint sprayer.  While at Home Depot (our fifth trip, mind you) the man at the rental center convinced me that the commercial paint sprayers (3000 psi) that they rent would be a bit overkill for our project.  He advised that I buy a cheap sprayer in the paint section.  So I picked up a Wagner (1700 psi) for $68 - which was just slightly more than it would have cost to rent one.  Score!

Hour 12,867 of staining.

Then it was time to put all the pieces together, and voilĂ !  Ain't it purdy?

And it's even better now that we have some hanging plants and lights.  We love having candlelight dinners outside (as long as the pesky mosquitoes don't drop in for a visit).

It ended up costing us slightly more than we had hoped, but it was still only 1/3 the cost of hiring someone to build it for us.  Can't beat that!

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