Worth the Wait

August 26, 2016 at 12:42 PM 4 comments

Life has been moving along.  At moments, life feels to be going at a manic pace as I try to wrap my head around caring for another child in two weeks.  More often, life has been painfully slow, time stands still no matter how often I look at the clock.  My energy is drained as I waddle after my three and two year old.

The part of my being that has been completely zapped dry for the past month or so is the creative portion.  Creativity for me is a massive source of energy and so I feel the lag when I have no interest in writing or decorating.

Fortunately, a gift has fallen into my lap.  I was recently recognized for my decorating and something very exciting may come out of it.  I’d like to be annoyingly vague while I wait for more details.  However, it has helped to push me out of my artist slump.  While I can’t be taking on new clients currently, I figured the house is in need of attention.

Specifically, this powder bath that has been screaming to be turned into a “jewel box” since the moment we moved in.

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It has remained a neglected little spot under out stairwell but I’ve always wanted to give it the attention that it needs.

For several reasons, we will not be retiling.  The penny tile will for sure be painted white as it is in very dingy in person and it’s time for a facelift.  One option is to just paint the penny tile and to keep the mellow yellow 40’s wall tile as is.  In which case, this would be my plan…

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Make a roman shade above the sink in the beautiful Raoul Textile fabric, and then pull out the green in the fabric and wallpaper the walls and ceiling in the green grasscloth and then possibly pull out the seafoam blue  in the pattern and make a skirt for the sink with a yellow trim. Or make a skirt in the same green color as walls.  Also, that light is on order for the ceiling so that’s happening.  The Raoul sample is in the mail; I have to make sure the yellows are right with the tile or else this entire plan of keeping the antique tile is out the window.

Another option is to paint both the ground and wall tile white to give it a nice bright refresh – it is a pretty dark room.


For this plan, I would paint everything a creamy white and then wallpaper the walls and ceiling in a chunky raffia.  I would then use the beautiful Colefax and Fowler bowood fabric for a roman shade above the sink.  And I was thinking either a federal style mirror above the toilet or a gallery wall of antique mirrors around the room since there isn’t a mirror above the sink and it would also bounce around light.  Perhaps skirt the sink in the same bowood fabric.

Memos are ordered and in my current watermelon bearing state, I don’t have the willpower to drive to the design center so we’ll just wait for snail mail.  Seems I’m all about the waiting game nowadays.

But, I know, just like our small powder bath, good things come in tiny packages.  And really, truly, I’m over the moon excited for the arrival of our little man and the miracle of another baby.  I can’t stop thinking about the moment that I get to hold him in my arms.  And all that I get to experience with having a son!  I also am in disbelief that we get to have three children; a blessing science will never be able to explain.  As much as I want to move time forward to his birth, may he stay put for the next two weeks as I am very aware that all the best things in life are worth the wait.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Graham Belchers  |  August 26, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Great post!

    Sent from my iPhone


  • 2. Lindsey  |  August 26, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Kate – You are just the sweetest. You always close your post with such heart. Your appreciation for all you have (and will have) is lovely. May God bless this next chapter with a healthy baby boy AND a new powder room! ❤

  • 3. erin  |  August 26, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Two weeks!!!! Crazy and so exciting! Also I totally understand about the tiled powder room dilemma. Ours is on hold because I’m trying to decide between a patch job and total rip out. Leaning towards doing a gut reno this spring. Good luck, beautiful lady!

  • 4. Fran  |  August 27, 2016 at 5:41 AM

    Awww Kate – such a great post!! I love your posts; they are always straight from your heart and real. You have a talent with writing in addition to your awesome designs!! I love both of them – they both have a very different feel. Do the one that feels more like your home. Sounds like there are a lot of great things waiting for you just around the corner! Can’t wait to meet your little boy and hear your great news!! Good Luck!! xoxo Fran


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