Monday, November 28, 2011

Guest Blogger: Erin from The Impatient Gardener

Hi everybody! I'm Erin, but not the Erin you're used to seeing here. I'm Erin from The Impatient Gardener and I'm thrilled to be guest blogging on House of Turquoise today.

Erin (the other one) does such a wonderful job posting inspirational spaces featuring one of my favorite colors so it's no surprise that the spaces I saw here on House of Turquoise influenced many of the rooms in our house, which underwent a pretty substantial renovation last year. You can read about the renovation here, but it can be more or less summed up by saying that our goal was not to make our house bigger, just better. We had the top of half the house (an old Cape Cod-ish cottage located about 500 feet from the shore of Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin) taken off and put back on higher, allowing us to add much more usable space, including a second bathroom.

Turquoise and blue (along with a healthy dose of gray) featured prominently in many of the rooms.

The bathroom was the most fun to decorate and we went all out because it will probably be the only bathroom we'll ever design. It's a relatively small bathroom—8 feet square—but we fit in a sizable shower, vanity and lots of storage.







The master bedroom stayed basically the same size as before the renovation, but it feels twice as big thanks to the addition of windows on the east wall and a high ceiling.







In the hallway I made a small gallery wall. It's really the only place we display family photos so we have everything from a wedding photo, to pictures of our dogs and cat to a great black and white photo of my grandmother. At the bottom is a board we uncovered when we took the roof off that says, "Put here July 11, 1938." I put it in a shadow box with some linen fabric on the back. I also hung a piece of driftwood that I've been hanging onto for awhile just because I thought it was interesting looking. I collected a variety of frames for the wall and painted several of them different shades of blue mixed from paint I had laying around.





I hope you enjoyed this peak at some of our renovated spaces. You can see more over at The Impatient Gardener, where I blog about gardening, cottage living and misadventures in DIYing. Thanks for having me, Erin!



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15 comments:

Kathy said...

Oh it's beautiful!!! Great post

Robin Baron @ Simplifying Fabulous! said...

I love the touches of color! They are delicate but really tie the house together!

La Maison Boheme said...

Love the tile in that bathroom!

Musette said...

Your home is lovely - I'm christening it Livable Glam! :-D Those tiles are gorgeous, as is your dog. May you spend many, many happy years in your beautiful home!

Norma2 said...

Erin, un saludo muy grande desde Argentina. Trato de entender con el traductor, pero aveces con mirar basta.
Besos para ti.
http://norma2-siempreesprimavera-norma2.blogspot.com

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

Thanks for the nice comments, everyone! @Musette: Livable Glam, I like that.

I hope it's not some sort of sign that the dog pictures get hung above the wedding picture!

Beth said...

beautiful. i love it. (:

Sarah said...

I love your site. I found you when I was searching for a turquoise Christmas tree. I just can't get enough of the color!

Karen Joy said...

Love everything, especially all the blue tiles. Congratulations on a marvellous job!

Ellen said...

I love all the wonderful wooden details and the Photos!....smiles

Johnson Family said...

Beautiful! What is the color of paint used in the Master Bedroom?

Toronto Home Renovations said...

It's so gorgeous, looking so great. Specially there are your home design and painting is center attraction for me. Lighting arrangements is very nice. I really like your theme style and design. Thanks for sharing this!!

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arrielle_p said...

What a beautiful world when you live in a beautiful home like this.

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Cindy said...

Would someone share how a teak floor works in the bottom of a shower. Mold? Clean? Much appreciate it.

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