One that got away...

I spied this Hickory Chair french provencial sofa for $175 on Craigs-Houston last weekend. With visions of a fantabulous redo for my sister's formal living area, I immediately contacted the seller. Yes, she still had it, yes, she'd make an exception, and let me pay via paypal to secure it. Suh-WEET.
However, over the course of the last three days, lines of communication went awry, and well, she decided my sister and I were too complicated to deal with. Whaaa? I'm just a designer/sister in BRAZIL trying to coordinate a purchase ONLINE, that my SISTER who lives in ANOTHER TOWN will pick up in HOUSTON. How is that so complicated? got away...dammit.
Means something better is meant to be...right???

B&A Ecstacy!

A little over a year ago, my good friend Carrie said they were ready to take on the redo of their master bath. A pic I'd seen in Coastal Living struck me as something they might like, and sure enough, it served as a stepping off point for the bath remodel.
Over the course of the year, Carrie and her hubster, Scott, added a third son to their family, studied for work promotions, and nursed another kiddo's broken leg ALL while Scott gutted the bathroom. As Carrie has proudly said, this project has taken Scott well-beyond simple "handyman" status as he did all the work himself.

I know you all like a good B&A, so here ya go - feast your eyes on this transformation!
master vanity before
Standard, 80's builder-grade vanity and garden tub

master vanity after
Replaced with a rustic Craigslist console-turned-vanity, vessel sinks, and modern cultured marble counter that does a stunning job of mimicking Carrara.

vanity close-up after
Oh, and gorgeous wall-mounted gooseneck faucets!

The most challenging aspect of the project was Scott's plan to reverse the shower stall and tub placement, to take advantage of unused space in the tub's window seat.
master shower before

master tub before

Where the old shower stood, there's now an inviting claw-foot tub.
clawfoot tub after
Would you believe it's fiberglass?

Eye candy for a fixture junkie like me!

And, where the garden tub made inefficient use of space, there's now a multi-spray shower with plenty of room for a built-in seat. I can't say what I love more: the river stone floor, or the showerhead combo!

view into shower after
Crazy gorgeous, my friends! (Um, can I use your bath next time we visit? ;)

Sources and Secrets: Mary's Room

Y'all have been so sweet with your compliments of Mary's room - thank you!
I've received a few questions and comments about the sources and how-to's. There's no way I could hold out on amazing readers like you, so here ya go!
Using the images as review (numbered clockwise from top left):
Ideas for Mary
  • Image 1: Side chairs from Overstock, reupholstered in Spicer Hvy Basket in Celery from LS Fabrics.
  • Image 2: Shield-back accent chairs from our local Habitat for Humanity Restore - spray painted in Kryon's Ivy Leaf. Seats recovered in a natural linen from Hobby Lobby.
  • Image 3: Settee from Craigslist - Houston.
  • Peacock blue velvet throw pillows from Target
  • Abstract landscape (as well as butterfly prints) from
  • Adjustable Arc Sconces from Pottery Barn
  • Side tables from Hobby Lobby - originally black, I repainted them with gold "Rub 'n Buff" paint
  • Image 4: Console table from Tuesday Morning, repainted in Sherwin Williams Liberty Blue
  • Image 5: Buffet lamps (love that pattern on the shades!) from JCPenney
  • Image 6: Strands of chunky turquoise from the Warrenton Antiques Festival (at only $15 a strand, they were a killer deal!) *Coffee table came from same place
Not visible in these pics, but also received questions on: the cowhide rug: Ebay. The nubby jute rug: West Elm. The large blue and white ginger jar: Homegoods. Pair of white Chinese garden stools: Big Lots.

Hope that helps!

Mad Craigslist Skilz

There are simply some good souls out there, and I count many of you, MLHP readers, among them. I received an email from a Craigslist scout saying she had read my post about needing a french-style settee for Mary's Design Dilemma. Remember how Mary is crazy for this lovely, but pricey settee from Wisteria?Well, Dear Reader found this bee-YOOT version, and forwarded the link onto me...
It's smaller than the Wisteria version, but I think we can still work with it. Aaaand, it is otherwise ready to go in Mary's room - for A LOT less coin! Cross your fingers that we'll be able to snag it before it's gone.
(Thank you, again, Allie!)