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pull it, push it any way you like it

Reader Maryann e-mailed me to inquire about the drawer pulls we used in Ali’s bathroom with the walnut cabinetry. The brand is Haefle and we love the look, we used them in all of our bathrooms and also in the bedroom built-in cabinet we had made. They do need to be notched at the top of the drawer so they sit flush on the cabinet so a little extra work is needed there. We chose them in a chrome plated polish but it looks like other finishes are available.

We ordered them through our cabinet makers, but I found them online at knobsandthings.com
Cost: $4.70 each

To get the same look in our laundry room, we used the Ikea’s Strecket (shown below on the right) which come in at $3.99 a 2-pack. Much more economical. These look great with the Besta cabinets we installed in gloss white, really clean and simple. Granted they aren’t of the same quality, but depending on what you’re using them for, you can justify.

While checking out sources online, I came across this blog entry. Looks like we have the same love for the look.

me likey, likey anenome lights

I’m thinking of getting these Robert Abbey Anenome lights for our master bath. Two on either side of the mirror will keep the spa look flowing. Photos of our bath are coming this weekend! (If I can bear to get out of the tub long enough to make a post.)

I want it bad – anything by Kartell

I have had my eye on this awesome Kartell t-table for a few months and I’ve decided I have lucite lust. Can’t decide between the blue or gold. I mean how can you not love a line that produces sure-to-be classics alongside gnome side tables?


Between this and the Louis ghost chair, I could be very satisfied. Anyone want to send me a late birthday present?


wishy washy dishwasher

With references from friends and knowing we wanted to incorporate environmentally friendly products into our home, we chose the Fisher & Paykel Dishdrawer, a two drawer dishwasher for our kitchen remodel. The idea is that you can load just one drawer at a time and save water and energy. Perfect for our little family of three. Or so we thought. It seems that the dishwasher is going more now than before, thanks in part to the fact that it is very sensitive to overloading and over crowding. Half the time our bowls and glasses end up upside down and full of water, it must have mega gusts of water for less amount of time. Plus the washing part is a little wishy washy. We’re figuring it out, but should have gone for the old standard.


Choose blue (renewable energy that is)

Sign up for Rocky Mountain Power’s Renewable Energy program and you’ll help reduce your carbon footprint without even making that extra trip to the recycling can. Yes, it’s a little more expensive, but eat lunch in one day a week and we’ll call it even.


Green insulation


We knew that we wanted to incorporate green into the remodel, and an easy and way to do that was with blown-in cellulose, a product that is made from recycled newspapers, magazines, etc. The texture is truly like basic recycled papers so when they do ceilings, they put a simple screen in the joists to hold it. I first learned about it from one of my editors Erin Bean in Utah Style & Design.

The bonus is that unlike many green options, it was actually less expensive! Add in the fact that you have no toxic VOCs etc and you are sitting pretty. We used and recommend Bonded Insulation located in Murray. It only took two days to do and they were very clean and tidy.

Cellulose is blown into the framing
Jeff shows his happiness that this job is contracted out!
Light and fluffy, sort of like snow. But not, it’s gray and recycled.

flush a little, or a lot. you decide

For eau d’ toilets, we chose the Toto Aquia™ Dual Flush Toilet. The great thing about this toilet is it had a dual flush, so you can choose to flush with gusto as needed or with a gentle flow when its mellow. We had Toto toilets in Los Angeles, and Jeff loves the way the toilet lid gently falls instead of slamming when you’ve done your duty, the fact that is a bit higher for our creaking knees and an elongated seat for comfort. Plus, it’s good looking & energy efficient!


rub a dub dub, big mama in the tub

Plans, plans, we’re full of plans. Actually, the kitchen and the bath are the only two rooms that actually had plans that were drawn up. Here’s an overview:




Can’t wait to have our expanded master bath complete so I can languish in my 5’5″ Kohler Tea for Two instead of cramming myself into our rental’s 4′ straight back with a lip that crams into my back lame-o “tub” apparatus.


It’s the same tub we had in our L.A. house, and given that I take a tub every single night, you could say that I’ve missed it. No need for whirlpools and all of that extraneous jazz, just give me a good soak and I am a happy girl.

To make room for the big, deep tub, we took up 40″ of the living room and also built out the master bedroom and bath to cantilever out the backyard.


Jeff roughing out the big tub with his best friend Sierra


the box in front of the tub will be a step covered in tile


tile by the mile

We’re in the midst of choosing our tile for the baths. Originally we were going to go with recycled glass tiles by Oceanside, but changed our minds due somewhat to cost but more so because we’ve seen the look for a while now and it doesn’t seem as fresh anymore. Plus I think the irregularity of the tiles would wear on me after a while.

So, we’re going to go with matte glass, as seen at Ann Sacks in their Mondrian style. We actually found some we really love at Contempo Tile, manufactured by Walker Zanger, but their links won’t show up due to their site being in flash. We love the 2″ X 10″ look of the tiles, stacked horizontally on the walls. Clean and simple with straight lines and edges.


For the floors we’re thinking of 2″ X 2″ glass tiles in a matte smokey color.


For Ali’s bath, I want to do it in the glass penny rounds. Cute as a button just like her. This will be in the “main” bath for the house, so I want it to still be clean but have a bit of fun too.


For the downstairs bath we’re going to do concrete dyed charcoal gray on the floors and the shower, similar to our L.A. house.



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