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Fall 2020 One Room Challenge: Week 2 – Bathroom Renovation

Hi there Emtek visitors! Amy here again—it’s Week 2 of the Fall 2020 One Room Challenge and due to the rules of the game and the Thursday posting schedule, I am mostly ready to share our plans for this 2nd space. While not as large as the kitchen plans from last week, the bathroom is no small task to take on simultaneously. In an effort to maximize the next 5 weeks of the challenge and every available waking moment I have left on the countdown clock, I’m going to try to keep this short and sweet so it doesn’t cut into my ambitious construction time too much.  

First, the before/current situation:

Note the western coyote bathtub tile. It’s truly something.

And here’s a bit of inspo of where this is headed:

I haven’t quite decided on the orientation of the muted green subway tile yet. The vertical feels more modern but still trying to stay true to the era of the house in some small ways. Do you prefer the vertical or the staggered? 

Currently the space is a 1.75 bath that is 7’x7’. There is a shared bathtub/shower and a small storage closet that reaches from the outside of the hallway into the bathroom. We’ll be installing a pocket door with one of Emtek’s many great pocket door lock options to help maximize the limited space (probably something like this. And will of course be utilizing a variety of Emtek bathroom accessories like our Transitional Paper Holder and Towel Bar.

To honor the 100 year old history, the floor will be a classic Carrara 2” hexagon tile and we’re hoping to salvage the headboard wainscoting already present in the room but will paint it a creamy white. The remaining upper part of the wall will be a neutral gray. We are also adding a separate clawfoot tub at the back of the room under the window and a large-ish walk-in shower behind the existing swing door and across from the vanity. 

Because one of the 4 walls is currently half closet and half bathtub/shower, we will likely need to continue the green tiling all along this wall, unless we can match the existing beadboard. Will this look odd? It’s possible! Will I know before it’s too late? Unlikely! So this is a TBD following demolition later this week but keeping my fingers crossed we can make something work. 

We are trying to stick with a mostly neutral metal theme of Polished Nickel with a few variations in the cabinet hardware and the bath fixtures. 

The 36” vanity was on sale a few weeks back via Joss & Main and comes with a marble top (but will be getting a Schaub & Company cabinet hardware upgrade yet to be determined—but that I hope you’ll help me decide on): 

We are also adding a built-in medicine cabinet from Rejuvenation, with a polished nickel latch and beveled mirror.

Here’s the lighting and the faucet

While I am not currently sponsored by Wayfair in any way whatsoever, I relied heavily on their extensive product offerings and highly recommend all of their adjacent brands. 🙂 

There will also be a small linen closet added outside the bathroom— AKA another opportunity for me to demonstrate Schaub’s extensive and beautiful product line. 

Maybe something like one of these?: 

https://schaubandcompany.com/products/collections/sonata

https://schaubandcompany.com/products/collections/chemin-de-fer

I think that’s it for now! There is still a bit up in the air as we determine what the situation is with the existing plumbing and what’s behind the walls. I’m sure next week will be a journey all its own— stay tuned for demo on both spaces in Week 3 and thank you for following along! 

xx 

Amy 

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Fall 2020 One Room Challenge: Week 1

Hi there and thanks for stopping by! Amy Switzer here, the Marketing Communications and Social Media Manager for Emtek and our sister brand, Schaub & Company. My husband and I recently purchased a home in Pasadena, CA and are in the midst of a slew of major renovations. Given the timing, we thought it would be fun to hop on board for the Fall 2020 One Room Challenge as a guest participant to share our renovation with the Emtek audience!

Emtek and Schaub are long time sponsors of the bi-annual event and our team always has a blast watching the featured ORC designers create magic over the course of the 6-week challenge. We are so excited to be tangentially involved this go-around!

Because of the toxic combination of terrible impatience, unrealistic expectations, and unbridled optimism that lives within me, I have committed to renovating not only my kitchen but also the only bathroom in the home over the next 6-8 weeks. All while also attempting to have a variety of other major projects completed simultaneously… Think everything from: new roofing, an AC system, floor refinishing, basement finishing, patio construction, major demolition of most available spaces, plus an actual move. *Deep breathing*.

We have not yet moved in to the space (phew) but we are hoping to settle in by Thanksgiving. Naturally and humbly, I could use all the well wishes you are selflessly able to provide on my behalf. 🙂

Small caveat before we get started…While I consider myself a design enthusiast/rapid fan and a personal cheerleader for a large number of design bloggers, I myself am certainly NOT a design blogger, nor will I purport to be one here. This is a rather large project so I’m going to split these rooms into separate blog posts with respect to the challenge. Maybe that way, I can also spare you some of the more dramatic future details on whatever is certain to go wrong over the course of the renovation.

Which brings us to the before:

This 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom cottage near Eaton Canyon was built in 1925. While it does have some original features (Floors! Built-ins!), most of the home has been through its fair share of less-than-fully considered renovations over the years.

She’s cute right?

The current kitchen is small and awkwardly arranged. The entryway from the front door, into the kitchen feels cramped and claustrophobic. The cabinets are handmade by the previous owner but not terribly functional and– moreover– they ain’t gonna cut it for this cookware fanatic.

We are hoping to reuse them elsewhere, as a workbench in the garage- and we will attempt to salvage some of the components in the new design.

First order of business? The wall behind the oven is COMING OUT! In its place, we will be installing an island that opens into what is now a small bedroom, which will transition into a larger living space/dining room. Part of the wall, on the right of the oven shown here, will remain for the refrigerator with a surrounding cabinet unit. A tall pantry unit with pull out shelves will replace the current fridge situation.

Here’s a peek at what that should look like:

In this window rich corner, we will be building a breakfast nook with additional drawer storage underneath. Hoping to keep the glass storage cabinet on the left to showcase pretty plates and serving trays.

Like so (with a tall pantry unit where the fridge is currently located):

Here are the new line drawings, starting with the new island space at the top and the entrance into the kitchen from the front door on the left.

(Nook on the left under the double windows, then cabinets and sink on the right).

Admittedly, I can’t get enough of the Southern CA sunlight. The house is rather dark at the moment so we are also sprinkling in a few skylights for good measure—both in the kitchen, bath and the living space. You can just call me the “Oprah of skylight placements”:

So where are we planning on heading with this? I am so glad you asked! Here’s an inspo shot from ORC alums, Coco and Jack:

And from deVOL Kitchens:

And from Julie Blanner here:

Shaker-style cabinets will be painted a gray-beige/mushroom color somewhere between Benjamin Moore’s Stone Hearth and Feather Down. Backsplash will be minimal but done with beadboard finishing.

We will be using a combination of unlacquered brass hardware from Emtek, including the Cabinet Latch. Hoping everyone can help vote on the best cabinet hardware to pair it with—stay tuned for IG Story polls over the next several weeks!

Here are some potential options:

Globe: https://emtek.com/cabinet-knobs/brass-globe-knob

Norwich: https://emtek.com/cabinet-knobs/norwich-cabinet

Egg: https://emtek.com/cabinet-knobs/brass-egg-cabinet-knob

Waverly: https://emtek.com/cabinet-knobs/brass-waverly-cabinet-knob

And here is a mood board with items that I’m considering or planning to include: This polished brass faucet, with a fireclay apron-style sink, our current fridge that’s coming with, a new range and possibly these sconces.

Naturally, I am still working on additional details, like sourcing countertops and pendant lights for the island and breakfast table. But excited to share more soon!

Stay tuned next week for an overview of the bathroom plans! And be sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog and follow along with the guest and featured participants alike 🙂

Xx

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Spring 2020 One Room Challenge Highlights 

2020 has been anything but ordinary and the One Room Challenge is no exception to that. When the featured and guest participants alike signed on for the 6-week challenge, little did they know the rollercoaster of an experience they were in for.  

From a delay in commencement, to COVID related shipping delays and restrictions, to navigating weeks of social unrest, these interior designers displayed an abundance of flexibility and grace as they made their way towards the finish line. After 8 long weeks, the results are in and they were definitely worth the wait! Below are a few of the participants that we’ve selected to highlight:

Dwell by Cheryl

First up is Cheryl Luckett of Dwell by Cheryl Interiors. Cheryl revealed a revitalized and colorful kitchen that we absolutely love. In her own words, “I feel like I live at Disney World. For me this is the HAPPIEST place on earth.” Which makes us all the more glad to have played a role in her kitchen transformation. Pictured below is Emtek’s Melon Knob in Satin Brass:

Left: Melon Knob with Regular Rosette; Right: Melon Knob with Quincy Rosette + Quincy Deadbolt| Credit: Cameron Reynolds Photography

Clark + Aldine

Danielle and Michael of Clark + Aldine are super stars! They tackled their first floor open concept kitchen and dining space and the end result is spectacular. The french doors that lead to their office features Emtek’s Round Knob with Modern Rectangular Rosette in Satin Brass as well as the 6″ Flush Bolt in French Antique.

Design Maze

Tim Lam of Design Maze really blew it out of the ball park with his open concept kitchen and living room makeover. He created a soothing and tranquil modern space topped off with Emtek’s Helios Lever and Cabinet Edge Pull both in Flat Black which contrasts beautifully with the neutral colors throughout the space. Also, who wouldn’t mind that incredible view?

Featured: Helios Lever in Flat Black, Cabinet Edge Pull in Flat Black | Credit: Design Maze

Coco & Jack

Steve and Alyssa Terpstra of Coco & Jack, yet another dynamic duo, placed Emtek hardware throughout their master bedroom renovation. Starting with their closet space they utilized Emtek’s Cabinet Egg Knobs and Traditional Brass Robe Hooks in Unlacquered Brass. In their bathroom they creatively used another Cabinet Egg Knob to DIY their shower door! We are beyond impressed.

Other products used throughout the space include the Modern Brass Towel Bar, the Modern Brass Paper Holder, and the Modern Non-Keyed 9″ Lockset with Round Knob in Flat Black.

This season of the One Room Challenge was definitely one for the books! We congratulate everyone who participated and look forward to seeing their work circulating the web.

Seeing Emtek hardware out in the world bringing joy into people’s lives is always a delight. So if you spotted an Emtek item that you love or want to further explore our catalog head on over to Emtek.com for additional information on where you can purchase our hardware. We hope that you’ll consider Emtek for your next big renovation!

renovated bathroom with Emtek hardware.
One Room Challenge

Fall 2019 One Room Challenge Recap: Undecorated Home

It’s been a couple of months since the Fall 2019 One Room Challenge officially ended, but we’re still not over these jaw-dropping renovations! We were so blown away by the season’s transformations, we just have to keep showing them off. So sit back and enjoy while we look back at these iconic spaces:

First up in our blog series of One Room Challenge recaps is Megan of Undecorated Home. She completely reinvented her daughter’s bathroom, which doubles as a guest bathroom. She started out with a space that used to be a source of insecurity…

…Then, fast-forward six weeks, one covered up door, one closet removed, re-tiling, and a whole lot of interior design magic later… and voila!

A new and improved bathroom from interior design heaven! Megan simultaneously added so much to this space while also making this space feel significantly bigger and brighter.

Megan also integrated a double vanity, new lighting fixtures, and a transom window to boot! However, the part that we’re most excited about is the hardware, of course. In this case, we are especially thrilled because this bathroom is completely decked out in Emtek hardware!

Greeting you at the entrance is none other than Emtek’s Round Knob with Modern Rosette in Flat Black. A grand entrance isn’t really grand without Emtek, am I right?

Next in your line of sight as you step into Megan’s bathroom is the vanity, which displays Emtek’s Cadet Cabinet Knobs and Freestone Cabinet Pulls both in Flat Black. Functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Then, immediately to the right are Emtek’s Modern Brass Double Hooks in Flat Black. Why just hang your towels when you can do it in style, you know? Same goes for our Modern Brass Towel Bar! No detail can be spared!

Finally, the MVP of this room is, of course, our Modern Brass Paper Holder in Flat Black. Where would we be without this indispensable piece of hardware?

There you have it! Undecorated Home’s bathroom renovation is truly an Emtek wonderland. For more door, cabinet, and bath hardware inspiration and technical information visit emtek.com. Be sure to keep an eye out for the newest season of the One Room Challenge coming soon!