We have been completely blown away by our backyard. The previous owner was an avid gardener and made our giant backyard into an oasis. We've been spending more and more time outside, finding out what perennials are starting to bloom.
We've woken up in our new house every day for a month and a half and it's still hard to believe that this place is ours. SO much work has been started since mid-January. Each room has been turned upside down (for better or worse) and some rooms are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's pretty gratifying.
One area that I had willfully decided I wouldn't ever be good at was photography. My mom went to UCLA for photography, some of best friends in high school, college and today are photographers. I worked in publishing with professional photographers. My husband is a professional photographer. I haven't wanted to fail at it so I figured I just shouldn't try.
I really want to create an original, inspiring space to work from. My goal with this room and the rest of the house is that I don't want to have seen it before. I want to really push and design, not just replicate what others have done.
We've been demo-ing walls and fixtures to get them ready for the plumbers and electricians to be able to just come in and do their thing. Right now there are 5 rooms in the house that are partially demo-ed -- all three bathrooms, Austin's office and the kitchen.
Things look so different here. I can't believe we've only been working on this place for a week and a half. It's so encouraging how quickly things are taking shape but not having internet yet means I haven't been great at sharing it.
I love our new bathroom floor. Granted, I was not involved in putting it in, but it seems like it was fairly painless (am I lying, @austinhyler?). We didn't want to pay for shipping fees. Tile costs so much to ship since it's breakable and heavy. We decided that whatever Lowe's had in stock that we liked best, would be great for this little laundry and bathroom. I was hoping they had a hextile option. They had lots!
I may have fallen in love with a marble inlay hexagon tile that cost $14 per square foot...but then we found this! And it was perfect. It fits in with the period of the house while still looking modern and it was only $2.51 per square foot. It came backed with mesh and was easy to lay and grout around. So far it has been easy to keep clean and makes the room feel brighter.