Monday, October 17, 2016

Inspiration Begins First

Renovations for me always begin~
with an inspirational piece or style.

As you know, I've been mentioning 
my reno's here at
Rose Garden Cottage
taking place in two bathrooms.
Yes, two!
I know, a bit much to take on all at once.
But I figured while the dust is flying let's get it done and complete.

Now these rooms have been a bit of a work in progress over the years.
Starting with changes here and there with tiled floors,
cabinet painting and more.
This time, it's the final wrap to completion.

When I begin a project like this,
I always see it finished before I begin.

It's just the way my design style works.
At this point, I have  a mind set to work from as I go along.
I do at times sketch out a rough drawing, but most of the time,
I work by sight.

However, I always keep a design file on every renovation and project.
I love having it to refer to long after the project is complete.

Here was the starting point to my inspiration
for bathroom one on the second floor.
This is a guest bathroom, but now that it's almost done, I wish it was the master!!!

The inspiration began with this gorgeous summer sand glass tile in shades of earth tones and neutrals.
This was placed in the shower's shampoo box shelf and accent around the center.
I also used this for the sinks back-splash.

This floor was also my inspiration and already in the bathroom.
It is called ~ Cremfil Marble tile
 in shades of sand, ivory, white, light brown and very slight light pink.
This flooring looks amazing with the glass tile and new counter top. 

For the counter I choose a gorgeous Emperador Light Marble.
It is beautiful with the floor, glass tiles and wall color called, Winter Wheat.
This is a darker wall color for me and my light tones, but it lends itself to a great anchor for the room.

Beautiful blend of neutrals.

Let me share a little tip on countertops.
If you are only replacing the top and don't need a whole slab of granite, marble, etc,
source a slab yard that also specializes in fabricated tops for smaller projects.
These usually come in sizes of approx. 26/30 inches wide by 84 inches long. 
You will save thousands of dollars on purchasing a whole slab to do your project. 
Slab yards only sell full slabs, so if you don't need all that product, it's wasted money.
In my case, I only needed marble for the one counter on the second floor.
So picking out the smaller slab was a huge savings. 
All else with this smaller slab goes the same from the measuring, cutting etc.
You just don't have lots of slab left over saving money.
My contractor helped me source a company in North Texas and they were terrific.

Here you can see all the elements blended.
See the marble crack glazed over into the marble?
God made that!!
 This is why I love natural materials to work with in home design.

Now here we go just before the Demo began!

Below are the before photos.

This is 25 years old and dated.
Some have said, why take this out???

One thing I can say, looking back at these photos,
It's really not bad when it's kept very clean.
You know you can have old, but when it's clean it can work for awhile!!

What you can't see in the photos are the years of use and little cracks and imperfections
that warrant a take out.
The cabinet stayed because I already redesigned this beautiful solid piece and it's pretty in a soft shade of ivory with an antiqued French design on the cabinet doors.

 Demo Day 
went off without a hitch.

We have a great contractor who's crew is exceptional.
This is our tile guy who does nothing but tile and is
a true artisan professional and perfectionist.

I don't worry with him on the job.

Here is the second floor bath taken down to the studs.

And here is a pipe that had to be redirected 
because of my design idea for the placement of the shower's shampoo box.
No problem they said, and the plumber had it done in about an hour.
Okay, let me say, nothing is a problem when you pay for it, right???
Well let me say, in the end the extra $$$ paid off because it's gorgeous.

After demo, new walls go in made especially for shower and tub installation.
This wall behind the tile will never mold, mildew or rot.

Do you see the height of the new walls?
Well, my design idea was to take this the rest of the way to the window edge.
It made for more of an enclosure look and finish.

I went with very light almond subway tile for this shower.
The floor is also subway tile in 3x3 size with a matte finish.
This keeps the floor from being slippery.
After the floor was complete and the shower pan finished,
the walls were tiled next.

Moving on now to the before pics on the first floor bathroom.

Here was my starting point of inspiration.

This bathroom is also a guest bath and next to Mr. Southern DayDreams' office.
This gorgeous mosaic stone and glass tile was used in the shampoo box shelf.
It coordinates with the cabinet and granite counter top.
I'll share those in the final reveal.

Before photo with the 25 year old cultured marble walls.

Took the height a bit farther up on these walls too.

Taking it down to the studs once again.

Hardee backer walls also went in here to prevent mold, mildew and rot.
I have to say, there was none of that going on behind the walls we took down.
Great job on the builders part plus the old cultured marble, although dated, wears like iron!!!

Here's our tile guy again, working to perfection with each tile piece.
He was amazing!!

Well that's it for now, The project is nearly complete with the exception of the frameless
shower glass on the second floor bathroom.
That has to be custom made and takes about 10 days.

In the meantime, I am having so much fun putting the rooms back together
with those special touches that make it home!
I kept the wall colors
 I also repainted all the woodwork and doors.
To say I've been busy is an understatement.
But I love this work and feel blessed to work hard!!

Here is a little cabinet I finished and made over for the second floor bath.

Painted with an ivory shade of chalk paint.
I already took off the door here in this pic.
I get so excited to start, I forget the camera!!

This is the drawer with a pretty little stencil design.
I used bits and parts of other stencils to make a design like this.
The little dots are not part of the stencil, but painted with a stylus.
I like to add these in places I think need to have a trailing effect.

Raised rose design was already on this piece.
In fact, this cabinet is an old Rachel Ashwell piece from about 15 years ago or more.

The cabinet door is a mix of stencils used to create this design.
Three in all.
Here I used a burnt umber shade for the words.
It brings out the light brown in the flooring.

Love this sweet cabinet and it will live in the water closet on the second floor bathroom.
Great for storage and essentials.
On the wall above, I added a vintage drawer shelf
and I'll get pics of this for next time.

More photos to come of the completion soon.

But before I go,
I'll leave you with a sweet giveaway win I received from
our dear Cindy from

Cindy had a giveaway to guess art work done by herself and coworkers.
I won the giveaway to my surprise  and here is the darling gifts she sent to me.

The sweetest pumpkin set in ivory with rusty style leaves.

An acrylic box filled with crafting goodness.
Buttons, charms, ribbon, and sweet note tags.

Love all these elements and having so much fun using them.
Thank you Cindy!!
Make sure you stop by and say hello to this sweet lady.
You will love her!!

Thank you for staying to the end of this long post.
See you soon with the finish.
Till then,
Wishing you a great week.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

The Autumn Garden

Welcome friends!

With the temps still a bit warm,
my garden is blooming and giving a pretty show
for the last of the season.

This wreath greets us when we walk to the side yard
and potting bench.

Stunning Purslane is still blooming each day when the sun shines.

One more hydrangea bloom pretty in pink.

Mums blooming with fall color.

In the Meditation Garden,
sweet mums take a seat on the old chair.

Ivy has grown beautiful this summer
and my potting bench is
wrapped in green.

Pansies are just beginning to give a pretty show for fall.
I love these sweet blooms.
Think I'll paint a few~

Mr. Frog is still enjoying his spot on the red bike
and mums replace the summer blooms.

More mums among the ivy are filled with buds soon to open.

Summer flowers and begonias are
 not ready to end their time in the garden.

Lantana giving a seasonal blooming in shades of rust.

This bush is called Texas Bush Rose.
I've never seen a rose bloom per say, 
but it's huge vines produce a stalk like flower.

 this garden must have 
a garden house for the birds to enjoy.

Here we see a gorgeous fall bloom on the purple potato vine.
These are going strong and loaded with flowers similar to a trumpet vine or morning glory.

Not all purple vines bloom however!

Warm afternoons will find me enjoying
some time here for tea when I can catch a few moments
for a break.

I'm currently working on two bathroom makeovers.
The process is fun, but hectic at times.

It's a bit busy here at Rose Garden Cottage
but I'll be back to share more of my renos next week.
Blessings to ya'll

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall In Love With Texas, A Blog Hop Home Tour

Hi Friends
Welcome to 
The Texas Bloggers
Fall Blog Hop!!
This week we are sharing our fall decor,
homes, recipes and more!!
20 plus Texas Bloggers 
have joined together to inspire and bring on the fall season.
Please join us all week with links each day and be inspired!!

Our Hostess is Katie from,
Let's  Add Sprinkles!

It's so much fun to be apart of the Texas fall blog hop tour
and today I'll share a few snippets from around my home!
I decorated with a less is more approach this year 
adding fall touches throughout
and  cozy accents to  inspire the season with a touch of aqua.

I believe the welcome begins right at the front door
so I always bring a touch of the season to the porch.

If you've followed me for long, 
you know I always add flowers of the season to my door urn
with a little greeting.
This season I've accented with sunflowers and a greeting to
welcome fall!!

Walking up to the door and to the right,
is a flower cart I accent with a seasonal vignette.
I've added a variety of faux pumpkins
with a metal rooster and mums nestled in
the bushes.
These can tolerate the heat without rotting away!

Stepping inside I welcome you to Rose Garden Cottage,
 please make yourself at home
as I share a few vignettes and accents from my entry, 
dining room and through the front sitting room.

The table is set to enjoy a fall dinner.

Fall leaves grace this pretty plate.
For the charger, I painted it aqua using chalk paint and then sealed with varnish.
You can change any of your chargers to new colors with chalk paint and varnish.
Need a special color for your chargers? ~ just paint them and seal.

For the centerpiece, I've added a large wood basket that has been dry brushed white
and filled with an assortment of pumpkins and leaves.
Notice a few aqua pumpkins tucked about too.

Topping the vintage hutch, I've added a parade of white roosters and a garland of fall leaves.

To the side board, also in the dining room, I've added a few dried hydrangea from my garden
mixed with faux daisy mums in a pumpkin pitcher sitting on a few decorating books.

This year, I've used bits of aqua with my fall colors and really love it.
Blues are coordinating and complimentary colors for rust and orange so it works beautifully.
Here on the hutch, I'm using that combo of colors.

Inside the hutch among the dishes, I've added candle rings topped with light aqua pumpkins.

Walking into the living room,
I've added a variety of pumpkins and pears
in a long aqua tray.
The vintage plate is a fall country scene also painted with those colors.

Across the room we are ready to cozy up
 on the sofa and count our Autumn Blessings like the pillow implies.
This pumpkin vase flower arrangement is one I designed several years ago.
This year, I added glittered white roses and painted the pumpkin white.

The mantel is graced by a simply banner!
Neutral tones keep with the decor in this room.
The center print is a Georgia O'Keeffe painting.
Love the colors for fall through Thanksgiving in her orange poppy!

A basket from Magnolia Market  (Fixer Upper)
is filled with lots of soft pretty pumpkins
in the colors I've used throughout.
Vanilla, brown, aqua and rust or orange.

Another spot to enjoy, cuddle up with a good book and dream!

All we need is a fire and a cup of hot chocolate!

Believe and Dream of beautiful autumn days ahead!

This little dark aqua shelf was a recent junkin find.
It's perfect topped with a little pumpkin
 and gorgeous cross stitch
 gifted and created by my dear Texas friend and past fellow blogger
Stephanie from Angelic Accents.

Wishing you peace and plenty this new season.

Thank you for visiting today and joining in the Texas Fall Tour
and blog hop.

Here's the week's line up!

Fall In Love With Texas Blog Tour Schedule





Thank you for stopping by
See you next week!!

Happy Fall and enjoy the tours.

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