Ro Sham Beaux

Charleston Symphony Designer House Before and After

This Spring, I was asked to design a room for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League Designer Showcase Home.  This beautiful home in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, is located at 50 Hasell Street and has a stunning facade, the traditional piazzas on the side of the house and a little garden out back that will seriously take your breath away. I had such a great time watching it go from an old and deserted structure into a beautiful historic home that will host many memories to come!

Upon arriving at the home for the first time, I was taken into my room, an upstairs bathroom, and was greeted by a very old and tired space, full or broken tile, worn down grout, rusted plumbing and in serious need of some TLC. Because we only had a few weeks to complete our rooms, I knew there was no time to waste and I immediately got to work! 

Before

Before

I first decided on my design concept for the room.  Because it was a small room, and the home would later be used for a wedding venue, I wanted to create a space that would not only make a large impact, but have a historic and feminine touch. 

The exterior of the home was to be painted a beautiful historic color with a blend and pink and peach. The color reminded me of the stunning Charleston sunsets and was all the inspiration I needed to design the bathroom. My wallpaper was the first thing I selected, which was a beautiful Anna French paper full of lush flowers, birds and a peach background.

This little bathroom created a host of challenges but none that I couldnโ€™t handle.  The first and most important challenge was of course the flooring and tile. Because it was an old home, and the tile was set directly on the wall, removing said tile would have also taken off most of the plaster resulting in us having to ultimately take this baby down to the studs, which we didnโ€™t have time for. However, a miracle arrive, (literally) when I found the group at Miracle Method of Charleston, a company that restores old tile and tubs making them look better than new! They were so amazing to work with and with our tight schedule. Because the tile was almond at the time, I decided to go with a bright white for the floors and walls in order to brighten up the space. It took about two days for Miracle Method to complete the tile, and it turned out amazing! 

The sink chest was also one of my favorite things about the room and something anyone can do.  I selected a very simple white sink chest sourced from our friends at Lowes of Mount Pleasant. The chest came in a very plain white (still very pretty) with stainless hardware. I replaced the hardware with crystal knobs, and had my faux finisher, Crystal Eadie Miller or NewLook finishes come in and create a beautiful finish on the chest. A Kohler Bancroft faucet  in a stunning Vibrant polished nickel finished out the sink. It turned out great! 

As soon as I walked into my bathroom for the first time, I knew it needed a statement piece to really create that "wow" effect.  What instantly came to mind is what I have to say is my favorite light fixture of all time, the "Fiona" by Ro Sham Beaux.  When this chandelier was installed, it was like a piece of jewelry that was desperately missing from a ball gown!  

The shower curtain was also a bit of a challenge because there was nothing to support the L-Shaped Valance and Curtain. My drapery maker and I put our heads together and came up with the perfect solution which involved the making of a corner bracket, which held the structure together.  It was sturdy and a great way to get the look of the curtain floating instead of suspending from the ceiling with ugly rods or ropes. 

I completed the bathroom with a hand made Oriental rug from my friends at Pacific Rugs in Atlanta.  It softened the space immediately and really tied everything together! 

It truly was an honor being a part of such a wonderful event and organization.  I could NOT have done anything at all though without all of the vendors (sourced below) who helped to make it happen.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!  Also thank you so much Patrick Brickman for taking these beautiful photos! 


XO,

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Thank you to the following people who helped to make it happen! 

Miracle Method of Charleston

1st Class Painting and Restoration

John Kolodka Painting and Wallpapering

New Look Finishes

Ro Sham Beaux 

Kathy Shields of KS Designs 

Pacific Rugs - Atlanta

Lowe's of Mt. Pleasant

Patrick Brickman Photography 

 

Pink + Gold

I'm sure by this time...you all know how much I adore Instagram.  It's my go-to when I want to get inspired by some very talented people.  I not only find inspiration every time I take a scroll, but I have also made some great friends or "insta-friends" with like minded creatives. 

One of my favorite things right now are styled photos of desk/office details, closets, and artwork.  I love the clean, crisp feel of a beautiful white background and those amazing pops of colors.  It makes me feel happy, and relaxed knowing that there is so much beauty in small details such as these. 

Lauren M. Creative Blog - Pink + Gold

Recently, I have been on a serious gold and pink kick.  I love the soft colors or pinks and peaches with that pop of sparkle!  Below are some of my favorite items with this lovely color combination.  Enjoy and have an inspiring day! 

{I love these handmade prints from  Miss Poppy Design  on Etsy} 

{I love these handmade prints from Miss Poppy Design on Etsy} 

{Emily McCarthy Shoppe is one of my go-to spots for the cutest monogrammed invitations, and curiosities!  She just announced her Prosecco  Cocktail Candles  and I love  how it can be used as a cocktail glass after}

{Emily McCarthy Shoppe is one of my go-to spots for the cutest monogrammed invitations, and curiosities!  She just announced her Prosecco Cocktail Candles and I love  how it can be used as a cocktail glass after}

{Another Obsession of mine?   Kate Spade .  Pink is otherwise known as a neutral to Ms. Spade and paired with gold is simply divine!  I adore her office accessories and am guilty to have quite a few in my office as well!  Photo Credit to  M { Pression's fabulous blog.  }

{Another Obsession of mine?  Kate Spade.  Pink is otherwise known as a neutral to Ms. Spade and paired with gold is simply divine!  I adore her office accessories and am guilty to have quite a few in my office as well!  Photo Credit to M { Pression's fabulous blog. }

{I saw this little beauty at High Point Market this month and fell in love!  I love anything and everything  Ro Sham Beaux  and this little number doesn't disappoint!} 

{I saw this little beauty at High Point Market this month and fell in love!  I love anything and everything Ro Sham Beaux and this little number doesn't disappoint!} 

{Sorry...I had too...Okay!  Moving on!....}

{Sorry...I had too...Okay!  Moving on!....}

Stunning Kivita Rose Quartz Coaster Set of 2 at  Layla Grayce  

Stunning Kivita Rose Quartz Coaster Set of 2 at Layla Grayce 

{A Blissful Nest is not only one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram, but also one of my favorite Etsy shops.  I adore these custom pink and white pencils.  She does everything from pencils, to calendars to adorable phone covers.  These are on my   next thing to order   list!}

{A Blissful Nest is not only one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram, but also one of my favorite Etsy shops.  I adore these custom pink and white pencils.  She does everything from pencils, to calendars to adorable phone covers.  These are on my next thing to order list!}

{If you haven't heard of  The Mrs. Box , you just HAVE to go over to their website and check out their stunning handmade ring boxes which are made from vintage French velvet and come in an array of colors.  The pink ones are of course my favorite!}

{If you haven't heard of The Mrs. Box, you just HAVE to go over to their website and check out their stunning handmade ring boxes which are made from vintage French velvet and come in an array of colors.  The pink ones are of course my favorite!}

Emily Ley is another one that I really enjoy on Instagram.  I love her  Simplified Planner  and look forward to it each year!  This year, one of her designs is pink and gold!  Definitely on my list!!!  

Emily Ley is another one that I really enjoy on Instagram.  I love her Simplified Planner and look forward to it each year!  This year, one of her designs is pink and gold!  Definitely on my list!!!  

XO,

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