November 1st is gone already. The TV is promoting The Nutcracker and toys for kids. How did we get here already? I looked up last weekend, saw the date and panicked. I really wanted to update my own house before the family arrives for Christmas.

So where to better start than the plumbing and hardware. What could I do in time that would make things a little more 2018? I started with my loft room. It’s our fun room in the trees for Sunday coffee and sunset cocktails. Screen doors and decks extend the space. I went in and removed the wood bar sink and satin nickel faucet, polished aluminum cabinet hardware, and way too big coffee table. The wall light was satin nickel too and had to come down. Now here is what it is today.


The sink is now a flat bottom matt black ALAPE bar sink. And yes it IS too late to order that now in time for the holidays. But there are other things that could come in, in time. I paired it with a matt black bar fitting from DORNBRACHT. It is part of their new special finishes program. The DLV Cabinet Hardware is a combo of unlacquered brass and black and to die for. That wall lamp, well it’s now painted matt black. New art was added. A very large ottoman came in from the 1st floor. It holds a tray or just our feet. I bought two great mini martini tables for well, just that.

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But why stop there? The guest room needed a new fitting as the previous one looked dated. So THG came to the rescue with this perfect industrial looking fitting which coordinates with the existing legs of the console. And the mirror is from HASTINGS which was in stock in New York.


I wanted a pop of color to brighten things up so new pillows for the bed too from PERFECT QUILT in Houston. Carol is amazing!

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Then last weekend I decided to keep going and redo the powder room. On Sunday I stripped out the room, taking down the wall mount faucet, furniture, mirror, and more. I headed to the paint store, bought a very dark chocolate brown paint and got to work. You will see in the finished room the brown came from a one of a kind collage in that room created by MARLYS TOKERUD. We love it and it holds a special place in our hearts.


Off to the plater went the legs of the furniture and faucet. Voila, three days later my powder has unlacquered brass fittings with new accessories on the way.

And check out the gorgeous TURNSTYLE knobs that replaced the nickel square originals. Those are going to take a little longer.

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And as the Elle Décor prediction for 2019 bath trends says, incorporating a large fine art piece is hot. So of course, I did just that.

My last task is to replace the dining room chandelier. I headed over to our great client LADCO DESIGN CENTER and found the perfect thing in the lighting gallery. Thanks Lynn!

Now, I have a lot of rooms (great current rooms) to spread out the family and guests.

Thanksgiving and Christmas – bring it on. I’m ready!