When we redid our master bath in our Beaufort, NC house a huge, cast-iron soaking tub was the first thing we chose.
The carpenters joked that if there was a natural disaster we should stand on the first floor under the tub because the floor had been reinforced so heavily.
Although it’s not so much of a joke now because, in the wake of Hurricane Florence, we learned what can happen when you build a beautiful wooden enclosure around a cast-iron tub surrounded by windows. And the windows leak. Let’s just say ew.
We weren’t planning on a major house renovation just five years after the first one, but you can’t predict the weather, as they say.
And master bathroom, take two, is going to have a more breathable bathing solution, so we don’t find ourselves in this mess again.
Luckily, freestanding tubs are another favorite of ours. And, after all, the floor’s already reinforced , now we just have to choose the right one!
Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a great day. Today is officially the last day of school–the last day of preschool, even–which is incredibly hard to believe. I feel like I should be upset and contemplative over the fact that preschool is over and next year is Kindergarten, but I am so excited for summer I can’t muster much sadness! With almost three months of sandy feel, pool time and plenty of guests ahead of us, all we know is that our bathrooms are getting ready to work over time!
From replacing that chipped tile to finally getting that glass shower stall you’ve been dreaming of, there’s really no time like summer to get your bathrooms in great shape before the year ahead.
We know so many people that are making the most of their space by ditching their bathtubs all together in favor of generously sized showers.
While we love a gorgeous shower as much as the next person, we can’t even imagine not having a bathtub! It’s the perfect relaxing end to a day–especially when it looks like this! What about you? Could you ditch your bathtub for good?
One of the things that we’re always working on, something that can seem a little insignificant but adds to the overall spa-like feel, is finding beautiful toiletries to go inside our showers. It’s so nice to see through those pretty glass doors to bottles that look pretty and streamlined.
A gorgeous vanity is the perfect finishing touch in a well-appointed bathroom. We love the drawers for keeping everything neat and organized.
While we love frameless, elegant shower doors that seem to disappear, there’s no arguing that these steel doors make such a chic statement with a hint of industrial thrown in!
If we’re going to spend the next three months soaking sandy bathing suits and rinsing chlorine-laden hair, why not have the most beautiful possible spot to do so? We don’t know about you, but we’re so looking forward to summer, gritty floors and all!
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Upcoming on the Slightly South of Simple Tour:
Monday, June 12: Sapphire Valley Country Club, Cashiers, NC, 4-6pm, drop-in reception. Tickets are $25 and include light hors d’oeuvres and a copy of Slightly South of Simple. Open to the public. Contact Sidney Truesdale for more information 828-743-2462.
Whether your porch is neutral or bright, has wicker furniture, wrought iron or teak, we can all agree on one thing:
It should be comfortable!
We believe that outdoor spaces should coordinate with indoor ones, be an extension of the home’s decor–but, perhaps, with a touch more color and whimsy.
Then again, neutral surroundings that let the natural beauty shine are fabulous as well.
A beautiful fireplace is like icing on a fabulous cake.
And, of course, the view makes the porch.
With a view like this, you can’t help but want to get outside! Needless to say, these stunning photos have done nothing to cure our Spring fever! Are you sprucing your porch for spring?
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Only Two Weeks Until Slightly South of SimpleReleases! Coming up next week. we’ll be giving away a gorgeous Ferragamo Darina bag from our friends at Reebonz–so stay tuned for that.
NYC Friends, fun news! I have 5 tickets to my official launch at the 92nd St Y to give away! I’ll be talking about Slightly South of Simple and giving tips for Decorating Small NYC Spaces. Email me at [email protected] to claim your ticket!
Charm is one of the things that really makes a house feel like a home. And nothing adds that sought-after character quite like a fabulous arch. Detailed or plain, we think there’s a perfect arch for every space!
There is nothing quite as statement making in a bathroom than beautiful tile. Geometric… herringbone… mosaic… We love them all.
Marble tile in a bathroom may be our favorite, but since tile can be cold and slippery when stepping out of the tub, we want the perfect rug underfoot. We prefer to hang the mat over the tub so we don’t cover one inch of these floors.