Hello friends! We are all “sheltering in place” as mandated here in the San Francisco Bay Area. My husband is working from home. All non-essential businesses are now closed. The streets are quiet. If I do see a person while out walking Chief, we each step away to allow for at least 6 feet of distance. It feels awkward but necessary.
The restaurants that are still open are only selling takeout. So, last night we thought it was a good excuse to order Tony’s Pizza and have it delivered. We will try to support local restaurants in this way…but probably more healthy food. And we are cooking a lot as usual.
We need to “lower the curve” so all these businesses can get back on their feet!
Well, let’s take a little break from all this…
My client Molly’s California Cottage style home had a couple of closets that could be maximized. She wanted a beverage center and a powder room. Now that it’s mandatory for them to stay home, I’m so glad they can enjoy their new spaces.
New Beverage Center From A Closet Space
Together with Brovelli Architecture and Construction, we designed the beverage center on the left and the powder on the right (with the entrance around the corner).
The wall on the right was going to feel a bit awkward so we wrapped it in horizontal planking and carried it through on the backsplash of the built-in beverage area. The lower cabinet is painted in Benjamin Moore Hale Navy (looks nice with the existing wood floor) and the uppers are Benjamin Moore White Dove.
Closet Becomes A Compact Powder Room
Around the corner, on the other side of the horizontal planking is this new little brass and natural wood powder room. The floating vanity was custom made by Brovelli Architecture and Construction, the sconces are from Visual Comfort, the beveled mirror is from Pottery Barn and knobs are from Rejuvenation.
It was hard to get a good photo. Having added this little half bath adds value (and function) to their home.
Minor Kitchen Updates
I suggested a few kitchen updates trying to be respectful of their budget (replacing the countertops was not in it…perhaps down the road).
The dated sconces were obstructive in this small space so we replace them with recessed lights. Molly’s husband says that this was one of his favorite things! The walls are painted white. Horizontal planking was added to the island and it was also painted MB Hale Navy to tie in with the beverage center.
We needed lighter-weight counter stools…Molly found these at Target! On sale right now.
That navy blue reminds me of the Bay at dusk! A couple of readers mentioned that they enjoy the distraction of pretty pictures while we are all angst-ridden. Please know that I will be here for that. It’s a diversion for me, too.
Best wishes for good health to you all.