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Bachelor Recap: The Rise of Minnie Mouse / The Vegas Meltdown

Camps!… sorry for the no-screen-shots this week.  Casa Covet Living‘s lighting plan and tile selections call.  But a book without pictures will suffice, right?  OPA!

1. Wait. How does Olivia know that Hello Kitty having kids “isn’t what Ben wants“? Oh wait; that’s right. They speak their own (AIRQUOTES) “secret love language.” Stay there one quick sec while I go pull my own trigger and heave.

2. I love Lauren just a little bit more after she spit fudgsicle juice at him thru her night guard / retainer.  The only thing that could’ve made that whole scene better is her doing the dance she made up in 4th grade to a track off of Rhythm Nation in an adult onesie.

3. Mickey Mouse aka Deadbeat Dad is the WORST. Got lotsa love for Minnie Mouse.  If you’d handed me 2 kids at the age of 25 ida lost my marbles… because at 34 when Gus has a headache, I pull an Annellle from Steel Magnolias at the State Fair à la (“OH MAHHH GAHHHHHD MAH CON-TACT LANNNNNNSSS!  NOBODY MOOOOVE!) and call in the National Guard and take sick leave from work.  Gotta give the girl props.

4. Ben should run for President. I mean, Gus would still win (OBVI), but Ben would be a worthy opponent.  He is so charismatic it’s stupid.

5. Becca Becca honey the 4:30am scene is ova – take your hair outta that pink foam hot roller on toppuh your head.

5.5.  It actually does look cute.  Don’t listen to me.

6. Do you think if I throw a piece of popcorn at the TV, Olivia will catch it I her gaping bug-catching mouth?

7. Heather’s bit about the kids menu = cackle worthy.

8. Olivia keeps talking about how amazing Ben is and all I wanna say to her is:”…you know what? You got BE a deal to get a deal.”  Cuz kids.  She ain’t a deal.

9. Best outfit in bachelor history goes to (!!!): Lauren B. in the white twosie tube top and long skirt.  Also.  She might weigh 75 lbs soaking wet by DAYYYUM she’s been doing squats or something because her tiny duh-donk sits up higher than Jubilee’s at a military tension.

10. Omg I love Lauren the Teacher. She’s like the sweet, Midwest G-rated girl I was friends with in 4th grade.  Nice and normal as normal could be.  I bet she would’ve made me a friendship bracelet and braided my hair after gym class while we reenacted scenes from Babysitter’s Club.  I think Ben has a healthy adoration for who she is, and I could see him swapping friendship bracelets with her, but I don’t see rings or parties in her pants in their future.  Am I wrong?

11.  Poor Vegas.  She’s growing on me… ‘spesh without makeup (way betta).  But that whole scene at the end where she had one too many rum & cokes and took one for the team and outed Olivia in an all-out meltdown.  Not her most flattering moment, but hey girl – thanks for layin’ down on the tracks for your peeps.

xoxoxoxooxoxoxoxox

-S

Casa Covet Living: People, we have liftoff.

Casa Covet Living Demo

Oh y’all.  It’s goin’ down.  That there picture above was sent to me last Monday. Boston Joe doesn’t mess around! PS: Boston Joe is our contractor who is a BOSS. Here are s’more of the current state of the interior:

(Master Bedroom)

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(Current Family Room looking into Formal Living / Front Door)

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Wanna see the plan we decided on??  Grab your magnifying glass…

Casa Covet Living | Floorplan Before & After | Stephanie Ballard Interiors

Here’s a bigger version… we’ll dig deeper into each space in a few:

Casa Covet Living | Floorplan by Stephanie Ballard

Howsabout a play-by-play of how each space / element is shaping up???  Since the layout is set and we’re now in demo mode, we’re also in hurry-up-and-choose-lighting-and-tile-and-flooring-mode.  Here’s how selections are coming:

{HARDWOOD FLOORS}

Karrie & Tim wanted a darker floor with some texture… and something that’s relatively indestructible since a) they have a lab named Kilroy, b) Kilroy has a friend named #GusGusforPresident who visits often, and c) Karrie is a self-professed Pig Pen of sorts.  This was one of our faves:

(Inspo)

Inspo Floors

I sourced these two options for them:

(Option A)

Walnut, Variable plank, Hand-Scraped Finish

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(Option B)

European Oak… has a bit more of a weathered but still sophisticated beachy look to me.

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(Winner: Option A!)

The hand-scraped walnut won out!  It was the closest to what Karrie had envisioned.  Both choices were SUPER reasonably priced for the quality.  The color of this one is also perfect.

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{MASTER BATH}

*These* beauts in all their glass tile glory have long-since been what Karrie & Tim both wanted for their master shower:

Master Shower | Casa Covet Living

Here are the tile options I pulled for ’em that are the closest match to their inspo…

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Also pulled a slightly lighter color which was my personal favorite… this picture doesn’t even START to do it justice.  It’s a STUNNER and that hue of blue is completely unique.

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This is pretty close to what it would look like installed, which is about as close to perfection as you can get:

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But alas… my pick was also completely pricey because it’s Glasshaus + has a completely long lead time, which rendered it completely out of the running.  (Sad face).  We also entertained the two at left:

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Both gorgeous, in a sea glass / coke bottled hue sort of way, but in the end we chose to stick to their original vision and go with the more unique, deeper Caribbean blue.  PS if you like the second from the left above (seafoam greenish), it’s available at Home Depot:

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For the master bath floor, we have a few options…  wanna weigh in?

(TOP LEFT):  Linen-like textured porcelain floor, which I love, and which is also relatively inexpensive.  Porcelain is a great choice for bathroom floors because of its price point but also its durability – you can literally throw bleach on it and it won’t jack it up.  Not sure what sizes we’d cut it into or how I want it laid – gotta work that one through still.  Probably will do a larger format (maybe 6×12 cuts) and maybe in a herringbone pattern – to keep it from being to matchy-matchy and dizzying against the 3×6 glass subway in the shower.

(TOP RIGHT): Classic basketweave (Carrara).

(BOTTOM LEFT): 3/4″ white porcelain hexagon.

(BOTTOM RIGHT): Carrara-like 3/4″ penny tile (shown) -or- a white porcelain penny tile which – anything you do on a floor, especially a bathroom – you want to do in a honed or matte finish to prevent slipping.  Cuz aint nobody need to bust they hip or break a neck falling down & going boom in the bathroom.  You put something in a polished finish down and you might as well layer the floor with nanner peels.

Master Bath Flooring Choices | Casa Covet Living

Also thinking we’re gonna do these vessel sinks in the master bath… it gives it kind of a spa-like feel, which I love.  Haven’t added the sinks into their cabinetry drawings yet but you get the idea:

Casa Covet Living | Master Bath

(Plan View)

They’ve got some decent counter space (about 54″) in here to spread out stuff like Karrie’s rusted Con-Air curling iron from high school, my travel toiletry bag (just kidding Teem!  I’ll stay on my side of the house), and spray bottles of Poo-Pourri. Hey – don’t knock that stuff till you try it.  Someday it’ll put matches outta biz.

Casa Covet Living | San Diego Custom Cabinets

{HALL BATH}

Get ready to soil your drawers, cuz that’s what I do every time I think about what we picked for the Hall Bath… aka Guest Bath.  AKA my bathroom – bfjkdlsajfkdshjahfhdhsahaha.

Casa Covet Living | Hall Bath | Stephanie Ballard Interiors

We almost lost the battle for Hygge & West’s Pineapple in Mint wallcovering when I posted it on Insta, but I think we’ve since won him over.  (HOORAAAAAAY!)

Tim on Pineapple Wallpaper

As for the hall bath vanity, here’s what we’re dealing with: a) no linen closet in or outside of the bath, b) a small space, and c) a 41″ wide recessed area for the sink/vanity.  We entertained a pedestal sink BUT since we need little bit of storage, we decided on a freestanding vanity that’s open underneath so we can fill baskets with bath towels/linens for guests.  Like-a-zeese!

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I also suggested to Karrie that we have the countertop fabricated: a) with a little detail on the side, like this… just to keep from doing a run-of-the-mill 4″ cut-straight-across backsplash… but also to keep thangs from falling off the side, since we made the vanity freestanding and there are about 2″ of open space on either side:

Marble Vanity Corner Detail | Casa Covet Living

And b) with a wee ledge up top, like our good buddy Betsy Bracken (owner/shopkeeper of our favorite store, Bixby & Ball – aka the Mothership) has in her gorgeous bathroom (which Karrie and I may or may not have posted up in for an hour at Betsy’s Christmas party last year, with our jaws on the floor, like a coupla goons.  (PS: pics of Betsy’s home featured in Better Homes & Gardens is here.)

Betsy Bracken Bathroom | Better Homes & Gardens

{KITCHEN}

Vegas Peacock it is (!)  Thanks so much for weighing in!!

Casa Covet Living | Stephanie Ballard Interiors

PS we almost peed ourselves when this happened:

Joanna Gaines weighing in on Casa Covet Living

Here are the countertop & backsplash finishes…

  • Inset above range: Tabarka Signature, Oxford on Lavan
  • Countertop: Silestone (Lagoon) or Caesarstone (Carrara-like)
  • Backsplash / Field Tile: White, handmade ceramic 3×6 subway – we chose this vs. a regular flat subway because it has a little bit of undulation and movement… hard to see from the pic, but since we’re doing tiling the whole way up the wall behind the range and behind the sink, ye know – that’s a lotta ONE tile in one color, so it’s nice to add a little texture / interest.

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Lighting for the kitchen:

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That’s about it for now!  Such a long post (sahhhreee) and so many moving parts! Thoughts on the master bath floor??

PS… she kills me.  BAhahdhdjksahda:

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xoxo!

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