Weekly Roundup

We're heading out on our trip oh so soon! Ross has a gig in Chicago so we're extending his work travel with a vacation, and also stopping in Colorado to make it a double vacation. I really cannot wait. Thanks to all of you who gave travel recommendations! I have a nice list of activities and sights to see, but most importantly, a grand list of eateries.

The Crafter's Box at The Gold Hive

This past week, friends from The Crafter's Box came over to photograph their projects in our house. For those who love to make, The Crafter's Box is a unique delivery program that sends you the tools and materials needed to create pieces inspired by artisans. Some of the featured makers are favorites of mine like Emily Jeffords, Sarah K. Benning, Maryanne MoodieJenna Rainey, and more. How cool is it to have Jenna Rainey teach you how to watercolor a monstera leaf? Very.

Do you like pink? Check out the bathroom in this house for sale in a nearby neighborhood. Wowza.

Mr. Roger's Cardigan Colors

Mr. Rogers' signature look was his cardigan, so seeing all of the sweater colors in order of when he sported them is pretty cool. Even cooler is this video of a young Mr. Rogers advocating for children's educational television programming. Goosebumps.

NYT has compiled the best options for streaming some of the best movies of this year. I'll tell you again, Get Out was an exceptional film; and you must watch it.

When I was sourcing fabric for my chair upholstery project a few weeks ago, I wish I had Sarah's favorite sources for textiles.

I just got these shoes this afternoon and I'm already in love which how comfy they are, and how eco-conscious the company is. I'll give you a full report after I truly break them in.

Happy June! Happy Pride Month!

But, Where Do You Keep All of Your Things?

Bathroom storage is a biggie. In all of the infomercials of people in dramatic black and white reenactments spilling their toiletries all over the bathroom floor or in House Hunters when a couple is tripping over each other trying to both get ready in the morning, they all exasperatedly exclaim how they need more storage in their bathroom. We've all been there, amiright?

I try my hardest to live minimally and own as few makeup products as possible, but we all have stuff to store. Without a vanity to hide all of our things in, we carved out a nice spot in the corner of the room to store all of our goodies.

The Gold Hive Bathroom Storage

To revisit, here's the layout we played with during the design stage (the finished dimensions changed a bit).

Bathroom plan view

See that chunk of space at the end of the tub in the upper right corner? That pocket is the answer to all of our storage woes. The 6.5" deep space became what I call "wet storage" and is accessed from the shower/tub. The 12" wide section is our "dry storage" that opens into the main part of the bathroom. The goal was to create as much hidden storage as possible so things didn't sit on the sink or the edge of the tub. Also, I'm one of those people that decants my shampoo into an unbranded bottle aiming to see as few product labels as possible - sorry toiletry brand graphic designers.

With these terrible photos, you can see how the whole thing came together.

The Gold Hive Bathroom Storage Progress

Before the storage unit construction began, the window got sized, the subfloor was rebuilt and prepped for tile, electrical was put in, rough plumbing was installed, walls got cement board, and the floor was tiled.

The Gold Hive Bathroom Storage Progress

When we were interviewing contractors for this project, 85% of them said that adding this storage unit was a bad idea. They said that the weight of the tile would pull on the cabinet and the only way to prevent it was to make the unit super strong by building a wall between the tub and the shelves, which would only leave 5” of usable storage space. I refused to accept that, and the contractor we ultimately hired agreed that my cabinet dreams could indeed come true.

Well, the bathroom remodel wrapped up two years ago and the storage unit is in perfect condition! 

Kim and Scott of Yellow Brick Home did a similar cabinet at the foot of their tub using the wall and pre-made cabinet method - but did so much better a job than any of those doubtful contractors could have done. Either route works!

The Gold Hive Bathroom Storage Progress

A big part of what made this cabinet strong is we opted to permanently install the shelves, rather than adjustable boards that we can move up and down along pegs. The permanently affixed shelves hold the whole piece together from top to bottom. I don't have the luxury of resizing the cubbies, but that's perfectly fine for our needs.

The Gold Hive Bathroom Storage Progress

We also took the cabinet all the way to the ceiling. Which is storage heaven, and gives it extra rigidity being tied into the floor, ceiling, and wall.

The Gold Hive Bathroom Storage Progress
The Gold Hive Bathroom Storage Progress

The wet storage earned marble shelves to create three cubbies to rest shampoo bottles. The marble sits on top of the row of tile and gets wedged in on all three sides by the second row atop the slab.

Here she is - two years later and still going strong.

The Gold Hive Bathroom Storage
The Gold Hive Bathroom Storage

The original plan was for the shower niches to be 6.5" deep, but I found a remnant slab at a local stone yard that was 8" deep, so why not! Each shelf varies in height from 8" to 14" tall to allow for different sized bottles. The whole recessed niche is 19" above the edge of the tub so it's low enough that the bottom shelf can be reached while soaking in the tub, yet not so low that we're bending down to grab things when showering.

The Gold Hive Bathroom Storage

I'll talk all about the tile in another post, but I love this detail at the bottom of the cabinet with the base tile wrapping underneath the door.

The Gold Hive Bathroom Storage
The Gold Hive Bathroom Storage

The bottom shelf is 23" tall to allow for the toilet brush, plunger, and cleaning supplies. The rest of the shelves are 13" tall. It's the perfect size for these baskets and this modular acrylic storage. With 17" of depth, I can fit 24 rolls of toilet paper easily within reach. Any deeper and it would be hard to reach anything in the back of the shelves.

The Gold Hive Bathroom Storage

The concealed storage and the tucked away shower niches give all of our toiletries some privacy. Yet, whenever guests ask "Where are all of your things?!" I proudly open up the cabinet and pull back the shower curtain to reveal the shampoo bottles. Which kinda defeats the purpose of designing a hidden niche and a concealed cabinet. oops!

The Gold Hive Bathroom Storage

I'm only part way through sharing the bathroom design, so catch up with the plans, the demo, and the window, then subscribe so you don't miss out on all the future updates.

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If you've ever looked at professional photos of interior spaces, chances are at least one of the images was captured by photographer, Tessa Neustadt. She just launched an online shop with new and vintage home furnishings. If her shop is anything like her photos and her style, it is sure to be a winner.

The American Museum of the House Cat just opened in North Carolina. Who's in the area and will check it out for me? I've been to the Kattenkabinet in Amsterdam and highly recommend it. The more cat museums the better.

We're going on vacation pretty soon, but I'm already dreaming about my next one. Visiting Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondacks looks pretty swell.

If It Isn’t Posted to Social Media, Did It Still Happen? Designer, TV host, and all-around cool chick, Sabrina Smelko writes about her take on the weird world of sharing on the internet.

If there's one thing I like more than sweaters, it's murder mysteries. This is both.

Memorial Day weekend brings lots of sales! Here are a few deals for you:

  • Rugs are already 50% off, but you can take another 20% off with code SUMMER20 at eCarpetGallery
  • Framebridge is offering $10 off their custom white frames with code WHITEHOT
  • There are several savings events at AllModern, plus you can get an extra 20% with the code SPLASH
  • 20% off and free shipping at one of my favorite art sources, Society6
  • Use code MW1725 to get 25% off everything at House of Antique Hardware
  • Code BBQ200 will get you $200 off customizable seating at Interior Define
  • Lighting is on sale at Lumens - up to 40% off
  • My favorite place to buy my (men's sized) shoes is ASOS. Use code LIT20 for 20% off
  • Get 15% off everything at Rejuvenation with code MEMORIAL15
  • Everything is 20% off at Rifle Paper Company
  • Non-toxic and eco-friendly mattresses are $150 off at Avocado Mattress
  • No coupon code needed for Wayfair's major markdowns
  • There are too many deals to list for Amazon, but you can get a free trial of Amazon Prime so all of those goodies can ship free
  • Buy more and save more with code SUMMER at West Elm
  • Home Depot and Lowe's both have a rebate for $10 off for each gallon of paint you buy
  • Target has patio and home and furniture items for 30% off. With code HERO you get another 15% off
  • With code MEMDAY you can get 20% off Joss&Main's sale events
  • Fellow San Diegan Janell is offering 20% off her vintage rugs at Mesa Vintage with code REMEMBER
  • Many modern furnishings from Article are on sale this weekend
  • There's a bunch of killer deals at Old Navy's Memorial Day Sale
  • Jeans are 30% off at Levi's with code MEM30
  • Warby Parker's eyeglasses home try on is always free - no coupon needed!
  • Code SUMMER will earn you 20% off at McGee & Co.
  • I swear by this period underwear. No coupon needed to get 30% off at THINX this weekend
  • There are many discounts on Pottery Barn but with code SAVEMORE you can get an even bigger discount
  • One of my favorite art retailers is offering 25% off. Use code SUMMER2017 at Artfully Walls
  • San Diego and Los Angeles folks - get 10% off vintage furniture at Loveseat

Happy weekend!

Putting a Custom Wood Window in the Bathroom

It's been awhile since I talked about the bathroom remodel. Sorry 'bout that!

The Gold Hive - Installing a Wood Window in a Bathroom

After gutting the whole room, rebuilding the walls and window was next on the list. The previous window was a little aluminum sliding thing with opaque textured glass. It wasn't great at letting in light or providing ventilation.

The Gold Hive - Before Window

Since the walls were opened up, we had the opportunity to make the new window frame as big as possible. During the initial design phase, I was digging gigantic windows that took up nearly the whole wall above the tub - like this, this or this. I was genuinely considering making the window fill a major part of the wall and trying to come up with creative ways to provide privacy, but we ultimately downsized. I'm so glad we did. The final dimensions are 45"x26" and it lets in so so much light - without sharing too much with our neighbors. For reference, the room is 9 feet tall.

The Gold Hive - Installing a Wood Window in a Bathroom

Now, most everyone would say that wood windows don't belong in showers. Water plus wood equals rot and termites and mushy windows. However, I don't care too much for aluminum or vinyl windows in old houses. Plus, I wanted a window that hinged (more on that in a bit) which isn't a common off the shelf vinyl window option. So, we went with a custom wood window. To make sure it was water resistant, we took some precautionary measures.
1. The window is surrounded by tile that's installed on top of a waterproof membrane on top of cement board.
2. The wood itself is coated in marine-grade primer.
3. The window is situated at a height that doesn't get hit with water from the shower head.
4. When water does get on it, the marble sill tilts down so water doesn't pool next to the wood.
5. It's a window, and we open it. It gets all sots of breezy ventilation.

The Gold Hive - Installing a Wood Window in a Bathroom

Was that a convincing argument? Will you still follow my blog even though I put a wood window in a shower? Please do!

Once I ruled out the plan to have a gigantic window, the idea of having any kind of mullions or details in the glass was also nixed. One big piece of glass was the only way to go. Thus, the window had to open with a hinge, (since you need multiple pieces of glass to have any kind of sliding mechanism). Enter, transom hinges. I got these beefy brass transom hinges in 24" and they work like a dream. While they are pretty, they also hide behind the frame when the window is open, so there isn't a bunch of hardware to get in the way of the view.

The Gold Hive - transom window hinge

I love that the window opens like an ol' fashion hinged transom, plus with the opening at the top, the steam floats out of the room swiftly.

If you're reading this post in an RSS reader, this spiffy animation of the window opening may not show up - click through to the main post.

Those hinges get a ton of range and tilt the frame 90 degrees. On a daily basis, we only open the window a few inches to release the shower steam. Yet it's super convenient to open it all the way to clean both the interior and exterior glass. My preferred cleaning method is a squeegee - i'll never clean windows with towels again.

Note that we used tempered glass in this window. It's what building code calls for, and it's the safe thing to do. If it shatters, small pieces of glass would fall into the tub rather than big shards. Be safe, folks.

The Gold Hive - transom latch

That cute lil' latch at the top of the window? It's this gal. On my to-do list is to get flathead screws to look more authentic to an old house. Maybe one day.

The window frame was custom made by our trusty contractor. After the cost of his labor, the materials, and the hardware, the window cost the same, if not less, than a vinyl one from a big box store.

The Gold Hive - Bathroom window view

Have I mentioned we live under the flight path? I get to enjoy views of landing planes while I bathe.

The Gold Hive Bathroom Window

The exterior wall got an update, too, with new the siding to surround the resized window. Previously, a piece of plywood was used to surroung the aluminum window. Nice, eh?

The Gold Hive - Bathroom window view

The view looks into the side of our neighbor's house, but it kind of resembles a painting, no?

I jumped way ahead in the bathroom renovation to show you "after" photos, but fear not. I'll dish on the recessed shelves and storage cabinet, the window, the extra tall shower curtain, the tile, the finishes, and all the other goodies. You can also revisit the plans and demo. Stay tuned by subscribing!

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Happy Friday!

White paint isn't always the solution for making spaces feel bigger. Apartment Therapy shows off how dark paints can make walls recede and thus, make the room look more vast. Truth.

Ross has work in Chicago in a few weeks, so we're making a vacation out of it! We'll first make a stop in Denver and hope to relax in a woodsy cabin before heading to Chicago for some big city exploring. I have quite a great list of Chicago sites, but I'm still researching activities and eateries in the the Denver area. Any tips?

Emily Henderson just revealed her patio makeover and it is so so dreamy! We just landscaped the front yard a few months ago (I promise I'll show it off soon!), but our backyard is the MOST neglected space in our home. Emily's cozy outdoor space is giving me some motivation to think about updating the backyard.

Have you seen the McMansion Hell blog? It breaks down the design elements that make McMansions such unfortunate pieces of architecture. Here's some 101 to give you an intro to these poor houses.

I just saw the Casting JonBenet movie the other day. Chilling! It's on Netflix and totally worth a watch - a unique take on documentary filmmaking.

There are so many good shows available right now! Here's a comprehensive list.

Who else is ready for the weekend? Enjoy!