Birmingham Bathroom Beauty

Oh my this brightened my weekend. (And by the way thank you for all of the love and support to our family on last week’s post.  no words. just no words.  thank you)

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Ok so DESIGN.  DECORATING. That is what I do here;  As many of you know I offer different levels of help and service.  Some online, some in person, some more full service, most just consulting. I see a project once or twice and make suggestions and you run with it.  That works for me with my boys the ages they are and it fits the budgets of many of my clients.  Of course there are exceptions but this particular client had me at “little old cottage in Birmingham.” I love that city and we immediately hit it off and went fast.  She did a mini which is like $295 for three questions via email (maybe its gone up ask leslie at clients at hollymathisinteriors.com) but its specific  and very focused.  This girl took that little mini consult and did this.

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I dare she may not have needed Holly Mathis Interiors but I am glad to be a part.  It was originally a 3 bedroom and 1 bath house and the homeowners figured out how to make it a two bath with parts from the master suite and mudroom. The house was originally built in the 1930s.  Love that. This style fits that age house so well…most already have it!

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So how did this work? We emailed a few times and exchanged ideas and some pinterest pics of tile floors and patterns to attempt… She showed what she already had in mind and I think my affirmation and slight direction allowed her to spread her wings and make bathroom BEAUTY!

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The chandelier and original rock wall add so much character.  I love how each surface is different: hex tile, marble, subway, brick and I think some sheetrock. Nothing says “old house evolution” like mixing materials this way and Nikki and her husband and tile guy and cabinet guy did AMAZING work!  Those Kingston brass fixtures make me want to cry!

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Door from the nursery that they moved to bathroom….um yeah we are probably thinking the same thing… Bamboo shaded (privacy lined) stat!

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More sources:
The tile floor was a custom design from pictures we discussed. Tile came from Dal Tile in Birmingham. (White subway, black and white hex and gray grout)
The plumbing fixtures are the living brass from Newport Brass via Ferguson Showroom in Birmingham. The cast iron tub and sink were also through Ferguson.
Cabinet maker, Tim Pollard at Alabama Cabinets who made the bathroom vanity.
Wall color is Moderate White from Sherwin Williams.
The vanity sconces came from Mayer Electric.
The chandelier over the tub is something a dear friend gave the homeowner. The brass knobs on the bathroom were also from that same friend’s garage. :)
The door leading into the bath was the original front door to the home that had been in our storage!
The brick wall behind the tub and shower is the original exterior wall left exposed.
Thank you Birmingham mini client for sharing your beautiful bath!

The Cottage Journal feature

I am so honored and thrilled one of my favorite e-projects was just featured in the Winter issue of The Cottage Journal.

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I know many of you enjoy that magazine and I was so happy when they inquired about Willow Wisp Cottage.  The homeowner Andrea’s style and look goes with their publication so well and it was a perfect fit!  Andrea is in CANADA and The Cottage Journal and I are both in the South…yet via the good ol’ internet we were able to work together AND get this published without any of us traveling.  It doesn’t hurt that Andrea is a great photographer and home enthusiast..She has such a good eye and ability to execute..all she needed was  a few sources and ideas and she was off and running!

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This was before

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And from the family room..the flow with the wainscot in the hallway is so nice!

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These lights over bar are placeholders..we had brass lights there but they are going to her new home..you can see the brass pendants in the photo below.

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We used oil rubbed bronze dark cup pulls and knobs on the outer cabinets and brass on the island hardware to tie back to the brass pendants.

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I love the good ol PB Bolton Lantern over the island…and that countertop on island..she had such amazing local craftsmen doing work like that..i love how their home has some stained woodwork and cozy feel but white cabinets too..such a great combo and it really illustrates how you can  have both..the little craftsmen cabinet doors at top ties it together i think! It’s like those pages in magazine where they say “what is different” well its the lights over the bar..both look good actually!  Which are your fave?

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I love her  coffee bar!

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And the counters…oh wow her counters.  Its Danby marble from Vermont  oh yes it is!

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Just at the contrast with the island top!

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View  into her family room..all we did was add the bird prints and slipcovers and a few fabrics…Andrea already had the rug.

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And her dining room…I had my signature buffalo check drapes sewn here in Texas and shipped to Andrea!

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She bought the table locally in Canada and the chairs are from Ballard…woohoo Ballard Designs for shipping to Canada!  The light is Pottery Barns anouk which i have used a lot like the Bolton they work well together!  This home is so pretty with so many great bones…the floors, the coffered ceilings the woodwork so it was a joy to work on and with Andrea..as you can see she is an awesome stylist and photographer…thank you for letting be involved Andrea!

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You can read all of the details about the renovation on Andrea’s blog here and here! In many ways the elements are simple and on trend (but classic I do believe), subway tile, white cabinets, marble mixed with wood counters and touches of brass, but each kitchen has its own soul and Andrea’s home certain has soul and warmth! And I think you can find the issue still on stands! Thank you again to The Cottage Journal!

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