Project Ashcroft - color story

The huz has been really busy working on our current project. I feel like he does all the hard work of scheduling and organizing. I get to come in and do the fun stuff - pick paint, backsplash, counter tops, etc. The project we are currently working on is a ranch style 1960's home. 

 I really wanted to step outside of my comfort zone by working with gray. Gray is a good neutral. It is not a shade I naturally gravitate towards. I also knew I wanted to keep the kitchen white. Overall, the feel we are going for is fresh and modern with a hint of traditional.

 Below is a little glimpse of how the Ashcroft color story developed. I can't wait to share the final project!

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Mixing Metals

What I love so much about creating a space is being the designer. Each piece I incorporate is an extension of me in some way.  There are no rules to follow. Gold and silver can be friends. 

While we were in the process of updating our guest restroom I knew that I wanted to mix metals. Interweaving the colors throughout the space helps make it a cohesive look. The restroom is a good place to start experimenting with mixing things up. 

We removed the basic builders grade light fixture that comes with every house. I was so tired of looking at it. You know which one I am talking about. It's straight and has about ten lightbulbs (I believe it is called the Hollywood strip)...not something I consider beautiful. 

Below is a before and after:

One of my favorite stores to shop at is Pottery Barn. I found this light fixture that I loved and purchased but I ended up returning it.  I found something very similar to it on Craigslist for a fraction of the price and it is also a Pottery Barn piece. Nothing wrong with recycling something that someone else is getting rid of, especially when it is new! Can you guess which one is "used" and which one is new?

If you guessed the one on the left is new, you are correct! I saved about $130 by returning the new light fixture  and going with the "slightly used". Honestly, you can't tell the difference. 

Around the time I was working on the restroom I read about Remington Avenue's One Room Challenge. She spray painted her faucets instead of buying new ones. She posted a step by step tutorial that inspired me to do the same. If you haven't seen her work you should check her out. She has some awesome interior decorating ideas. Painting the faucet was pretty easy and it gave me the look I wanted.The light fixture is a antique bronze finish. I really wanted to try adding touches of brass that would pop against the black and look chic. I liked the way it turned out. I will say, the brass color looked better outside when I was spray painting under the sun. The natural light really makes it sparkle. There is not much natural light in our restroom so the color doesn't look the same. Overall, I am happy with the look...for now 😊. 

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Below are some great examples of restrooms with mixed metals. Aren't they adorable?

 

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Guest Restroom Update

I finally convinced the huz that it was time to update our guest restroom. We live in a relatively new home so there is no reason to be ripping out and putting in new countertops, painting the cabinets, etc., I just can't justify it, so for now I am focusing on updates. When Miguel moved in our house a few years ago the first thing we did was paint some of the rooms that we just could not live with. The guest restroom was one of them. It was this horrible avocado green and at the time I wanted drama so we went with a deep plum purple. I liked it for awhile and then I decided I was tired of the darkness.

I knew I wanted something spa like. Since I have been on a white kick I knew that I wanted to go that route. I happened to read an article on Veranda.com that talked about rethinking white for those that just don't love the idea of going with a white shade. It can be really difficult to get the right white shade that doesn't look too grey, too yellow, too pink, etc. If you are interested in reading the article you can find it here. We actually painted our guest bedroom Greek Villa first. Since I knew that I loved it, I decided to use it again for our guest restroom. Can we just stop to reflect on the name of this paint? Don't you think of this when you hear greek villa...yaaaass!!! 

How can you not draw inspiration from this!?

How can you not draw inspiration from this!?

We went with Sherwin Williams Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex paint which has the paint and primer all in one. It also is easy to clean.  

My top two places when it comes to purchasing paint are Sherwin Williams and Home Depot. You can usually get a good sale at Sherwin Williams (there is one actually happening now through Feb. 4th). We have one near our home so it is easy to drop in and get what I need quickly.

Below is an outline of the changes I made:

  • Paint - This gives any room an instant pick me up. It really is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to change a space. I usually like my walls to be matte. 
  • Floating shelves - We purchased a old barn beam and cut it in half to create two shelves. I think it adds character to the space. The floating aspect gives a very clean look and it allows for your decor pieces to be the center of attention. 
  • Mirrors - When we painted our restroom originally we cut the builders grade mirror we had smaller. My dad created a custom frame made of wood to go around it. I highly recommend doing this. It gives your mirror and your space a more lux look. There really is no reason to go out and purchase a new mirror if you have one that you can reinvent. I am in love with gilded sunburst mirrors.The gilded aspect reminds me a lot of the decor you might find in any european cathedral. This design actually dates back to King Louis XIV. I love the drama it adds. 
  • Fixtures - We finally got rid of our builders grade Hollywood strip light and replaced it with a antique bronze finish fixture from Pottery Barn. I also added a towel hook for guests to use. I have found some good Pottery Barn dupes at Hobby Lobby. I love them in a rustic antique bronze finish. I am all about mixing and matching while still keeping a cohesive look so I wanted to give mixing metals a shot. I was tired of looking at our polished nickel fixture so I decided to spray paint it and our toilet paper holder antique brass. I love the pop it gives when compared to the black granite. 
  • Decor - I don't like my spaces to feel cluttered. I stuck with the usual items: soap dispenser, hand towels, an oyster shell from one of our past father's day brunches (it doubles as decor and a unique jewelry dish) all neatly placed on a large tray. In order to keep with the spa feel, I rolled up towels and displayed them, I have soaps in the container on the floating shelf, I added a mini candle and pops of greenery. 

Below are some before and after shots. Keep in mind, Miguel and I are newlyweds so we are taking our time making our house a home. My main focus has been the rooms that everyone can see - such as the living room, kitchen, and dining room. We are slowly making our way to the other rooms, so many projects so little time! 

Collaboration

As the idea for Collection of Beauty ("CoB") came together in my mind, I shared a few thoughts with a few friends, one of which is Seleni Hernandez. Seleni is a photographer and after weeks of swapping photography stories and decor stories, we thought, why aren't we working together? I had this idea of her coming to our home and photographing me for the blog. She graciously agreed and the outcome was beautiful! If you are in the Houston area and you are looking for a good photographer to capture your special moments you should check her out at selenihernandezphotography.com. Below is a short film of what a Collection of Beauty means to me as well as a few of my favorite shots from our photoshoot. Some of her work is sprinkled throughout this blog. 

I've had the pleasure of working along side Seleni for awhile now. I can't tell you what a difference it makes when you know you are working with someone that is professional, dependable and a all around good person. In addition to checking out her website you should follow her on Instagram - @selenihernandez. 

What I loved the most about this shoot was that it took place in our home. We have worked so hard to create a space that we love (it is still a work in progress) but to see it on camera as if we rented out the space just for the shoot is awesome. 

Never underestimate the power of beauty, whether it be a beautiful friendship or a beautiful ambiance. 

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Photo credit: Seleni Hernandez Photography

Photo credit: Seleni Hernandez Photography