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The Coolest Kid in School’s Bathroom

Playroom Bath | Covet Living Interiors

Y’all wanna vote on something far less mind-numbing than the election??  I’m currently designing 3 kids baths, which ps are about the most &#%@$ fun things, ever. This bathroom in particular is inside the playroom in one of my current projects. The sweet kiddo who holds court in these parts is in kindergarten, so Karrie’s giving me flack for it not reading “kid” enough…  however, here’s the thing about why I didn’t do a rubber ducky tile theme:

a) This kid is wise beyond his years – like a little old soul in a precocious 5-year old’s body.  He’s also def smarter than me, which makes him at LEAST 29.

b) The rest of the house is moving towards a very Santa Barbara, It’s Complicated vibe… but with a few modern touches.  Think unlacquered brass and antique rugs and steel doors & windows and Tabarka tile and clean-lined, cozy sofas. #nomnomnom.  So, I wanted to keep the look of this bath consistent with the rest of the house – yet still subtly playful.

c) Renovations are $-P-E-N-D-Y, and this bathroom needs to be able to grow with this little wizard, and/or be repurposed as a guest bath in a few years.  These doodles aren’t to scale – just designed to give you an idear of the finishes we’re working with.  The Tabarka tile will go on the floor… generally looking to do a calcatta gold marble countertop for the vanity, and an unlacquered brass faucet (this one is the Henry from Waterworks – I saw it yesterday at Cabochon and it was everything I could do not to lift it and sleep with it under my pillow at night… just kidding! #notreally).  Anyway, GO:

1 – COPPER PATINA

This one slays me.  Good luck getting me not to move in if this bath goes into my client’s house.
Playroom Bath | Covet Living

2 – SKY BLUE & RUST

Close second favorite.  I love the play of the blues against the rose-colored unlacquered brass faucet, and the rusty hue in the tile.

Playroom Bath | Covet Living

3 – BLUE HEAVEN

I love the deep pigment of this vanity, and the playful shape of the tile.  OMG THIS IS LIKE TRYING TO CHOOSE A FAVORITE STAR IN THE SKY, fer cryin’ out loud.  That vanity color almost reminds me of Vegas Peacock, if you know what I mean…

Playroom Bath | Covet Living

4 – NAVY, NIXED

We already nixed this one…. though it is baller, so I included it just for S’s & G’s.  The floor tile (Zaha 1 from Tabarka) is actually one of my favorites – brand new for them.  We would’ve done the vanity in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue, which is **basically** the most perfect color known to man… (a note on F&B: I’ve tried many times to match their colors, and you actually can’t do it.  Because they’re so perfect and so rich).  I’d take this bathroom any day, but the thing about a navy vanity + bistro sconce look is, I feel it’s been done.  Or it’s currently bein’ did, and circulating Pinterest the world over.  So, this one’s out for now.
Playroom Bath | Covet Living What say you, Campers??

xoxo,

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Fall Faves

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Sigh.  The most wonderful time of the year is upon us:  that time when the air gets a little cooler and crisper, and you can see your breath in the mornings… where I can almost hear the nostalgic sound of pencils sharpening and lockers closing, where the sight of cabled sweaters makes me weak at the knees, and when I wanna burn down the house with pumpkin spice candles.  It’s supposed to be straight summer weather this weekend in San Diego (not complaining), but I am gonna go ahead and rap about all the things that are screaming Fall to me and currently blowing up my shorts.  For starters, that pic above that I took standing up out of the sunroof last weekend in Crested Butte.  On a Sunday drive.  Like my grandparents used to take.  Next time I’m there, hopefully it’ll look like these apples:

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| SCOOTER’S NOT WRONG |

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| THE BEST SWEATER I’VE EVER SEEN |

Also, love the 3-ring index finger stack.  And the nail color.

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| THIS BAG MAKES ME WEAK AT THE KNEES |

You could slap a tassel on a turd and I’d buy it.  Don’t kill me but I have no idea where I saved this from.

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| OLIVE SUEDE PUMPS.  I REPEAT: OLIVE SUEDE PUMPS. |

Perfect for dressing up the best outfit ever – AKA jeans + white tees.  Under $50…      (( boom ))

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| TAKE ME TO THERE |

Not sure who this chick is, but pretty sure I’d like to show up with a bottle of wine and make friends with her, so I can plop myself into that pillow situation.

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| MOODY NAIL POLISH |

Which I still can’t pull off but love it when other people do.  Essie “Power Clutch” is a good color.

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| NOMNOMNOM |

Karrie posted this recipe for the most amazing Rosemary Orange Chicken I made for her & Teem a few weeks back, but I’ve since tweaked it…  follow the recipe in the link above, EXCEPT: 1. Add zest of 1 orange to the chicken stock / orange juice / honey part.  This is vital.  2.  Leave out the maple syrup.  The 2 Tbs honey makes it plenty sweet.  3.  Cook it about 1 minute longer on each side in the cast iron skillet on the stove, and bake it for about 10 min less (check to make sure it’s done though, ‘fore you go getting salmonella poisoning or the runs on my account).  4. Add a pinch of corn starch to thicken the sauce towards the end.  It never reduces / gets thick enough for me by just simmering on low.  5.  I like it served with quinoa and a green veggie, like broccolini.

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| GET COZY |

Fall is for piling on the layers – onto your person, and onto your bed.  The Boyfriend Matelassé from Pine Cone Hill is **the** softest, nubbiest, coziest &^$% thing you’ll ever lay a hand on.

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| BEST FALL CANDLES |

I just bought this (scent: Butternut Spice – the green one below) as a gift for someone, and it smelled so good in my suitcase I literally almost kept it. #whoops

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This one’s a little more woodsy and gender-neutral.  Great for dudes.

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| THE GREATEST PLAID FLANNEL SHIRT KNOWN TO MAN. |

I bought this last week in Colorado, and I didn’t take it off the entire time I was there.  You would literally think I didn’t take a bath for 10 days because I’m wearing it in EVERY SINGLE PICTURE.  I usually don’t do well with button-ups because something about them always feels a little masculine and a little constricting to me, but this one is SO perfect.  And so cozy.  And fitted without being tight.  Probably gonna have to snap it up in ivory too and slab some red lipstick on.

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| BOOTIES TO DIE FOR |

I don’t know where these came from or how to find them, which is an absolute tragedy because they’re perfect, but these are similar.  Pretty sure the ones below are Jeffrey Campbell from a few seasons ago.

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| FRAGGLE ROCK FAB |

I might be insane, but I feel like I need this.  All you’d have to do is throw it on over a wife beater with jeans, heels and a top knot for dinner and it’s like yer wearin’ a party.  { via }

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| THE BEST & CHEAPEST JEANS YOU’LL EVER BUY |

I used to be a Citizens / 7’s devotee and thought I had to spend good $$ to get good jeans.  And while those are all stacked high in my closet because I feel guilty for having spent so much cheese on them, I never touch them.  I have 3 favorite pairs in my rotation, and they’re all different colors of these.  From H&M.  For $39, but I swear I always get them on sale for $19.99.  I mean, it’s almost like stealing.

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| MY FAVORITE NEW SWEATER |

Currently living in this.  If you’re like us in SoCal and sweating Fall – but literally sweating in real life cuz it’s still summer where you are – this is perfect for channeling Autumn, sans le swass.

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| NEXT BOHO FEST |

Insert plaid + pumpkins & you’ve got a yard rager.

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| BEST WINE GLASSES EVER |

I just zero’d in on that table top above and remembered that I saw the best wine glasses (ever) at West Elm a few weekends ago in Denver.  These are seriously some of the coolest ones I’ve ever seen.  Whoops I accidentally just bought a set of 8.

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| MEOW |

I’ll give Gus’ first born to anybody who can name that eyeliner.

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That’s all I got kiddos!!  Happy Saturday!

xoxo,

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