cabin renovation

cabin progress: finished bathroom

bathroom afterOn the last trip over to the cabin, we finished all the rest of the work in the bathroom. It is hard to capture such a teeny tiny room on camera and next time I will try and get some more detailed shots, but for now I thought you might like to see a little side by side, before & after.

cabin bathroom beforeTo sum it all up, in the bathroom we…

1: gutted it down to the studs 2: removed all the fixtures 3: insulated & drywalled (with greenboard) 4: put in a new tankless water heater 5: re-did all the old plumbing 6: hired a guy to pour a shower base 7: tiled the shower & floors 8: installed a new toilet and sink 8: hung a new door & light fixture 9: trimmed out the window, floor, & ceiling 10: painted

and for the final touches we… hung a new shower curtain (there ended up not being enough room for a glass door, wah wahh) and I found that cool old shelf at a vintage shop for some much needed toiletry storage.

To see all of the progress on the cabin head over here.

cabin progress: patio planning 2

Tagging onto yesterday’s post and the table search, I picked out the Rocha table to see how it sits next to my favorite chair options.

smitten studio outdoor chair guideI don’t usually like to have a matchy matchy dining set (even though that’s exactly what we have on the inside of the cabin). Sometimes it works, but I prefer when it doesn’t look like it all came from the same place. I am loving how the Redsmith and the Tolix are looking with that table oh, and the Hogsten (a nice inexpensive option). Decisions decisions…

Shopping guide: 1: Dexter Chair from West Elm // 2: Redsmith Chair from Anthropologie // 3: Rex Chair from CB2 // 4: Tolix Marais Chair from Design Within Reach // 5: Teak folding chair from Linens & Things // 6: Hogsten Chair from Ikea

cabin progress: patio planning

cabin patio // smitten studioAs you can see, our patio is still very much empty. While it makes for great uninterrupted views from the living room, it makes relaxing on the deck next to impossible. Last year we did so much work on the cabin that we didn’t spend near as much time as I would have liked outside. So this year, my first project is to furnish that space.

You might remember from the inspiration, my plan is to have a dining and a lounge space. I’ve narrowed it down to getting a long rectangular table for the eating area and two chaise loungers for the space nearest the lake. Here is a look at how I plan to lay it out.

cabin-deckSince the table is such a large piece, I am on a mission to get that picked out first. Here are a few of my top options for outdoor dining tables.

smitten studio outdoor table guideI’m leaning towards a simple silhouette like the expandable one or the rocha. Any favorites?

Product Guide: 1: Expandable table by West Elm // 2: Giardino table by Ballard Designs // 3: Garden Court table by Viesso // 4: Rocha table by Crate & Barrel

To see the patio before photos look here
To see all the progress on the cabin look here

cabin progress: open shelves

cabin kitchen, open shelving // smitten studio
Here is a better look at the shelving we made in the kitchen. Yay for all the extra storage space!

cabin kitchen // smitten studiocabin kitchen shelves // smitten studiocabin kitchen // smitten studioIf you remember from the before photos originally the kitchen only had open shelving as the above counter storage. We knew we wanted to bring some of that back into the kitchen so here is how we did it.

Basically, we just picked up some poplar boards from Menards, cut them down to size with an angle at both ends as to not interfere with the window and the cupboards on either side, painted all the pieces, put up the brackets (made sure to find the studs), and then secured the boards to the brackets. It was one of our easier projects and I’m not sure why I waited so long to get it done.

It makes a big difference in the kitchen, especially since I was getting quite used to the blank space that was there for a while. Of course the best part of having the open shelving is that what goes up there is always changing, giving the room a space for a revolving display and making the stylist in me a little giddy. Right now, aside for the enamel dishes that we picked up at a vintage shop, everything up there is fairly new and I look forward to adding in some things with age and seeing how the collection evolves over time.

To see the kitchen before photos check here.
To see all the cabin progress thus far check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Product Guide: Rug by West Elm // RTA cabinets by Customer Service Hardware // Countertops, sink, and faucet by Ikea // Photo frame from Target // Arthur Umanoff Dining Set – vintage

cabin progress: new rug and the plate rail goes white

cabin kitchen // smitten studioI finally found a solution to my great rug debate. Remember when I had the floral one here and was trying to find a replacement? I received a lot of helpful tips on this one (thank you!) and even though some of you thought I was a little nuts to have a rug in the kitchen at all, I went with this simple blue option from West Elm.

I chose the rug for multiple reasons. One, the smaller size was perfect (the floral one I think took up too much of the space), two, the pretty pop of blue brought a bit of color and pattern into the room right where I wanted it, three, it’s reversible so when it gets dirty I can flip it over for double the use, and four, it was on sale so it was only $5.99! At that price, I don’t mind if doesn’t stay pristine for long.

cabin kitchen & dining  // smitten studioYou may also notice that I painted the plate rail white, which is working better for me then how it was before. The space between the countertop and the ceiling is no longer broken up visually by the darker line of the wooden plate rail, so the ceiling looks a little higher and the room lighter.

I also put together a quick & cheap piece of art for the room by framing a feather that I collected from outside. Buy the frame, stick a feather in it… done! Oh nature’s simple beauty.

The shelves on the back wall are another new addition that we made, but I will get into all of that on the next post. :)

So what do you think? Hit or miss on that rug?

To see how the kitchen looked before, check here.
To see all of the cabin progress so far, check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Product Guide: Rug by West Elm // RTA cabinets by Customer Service Hardware // Countertops, sink, and faucet by Ikea // Photo frame from Target // Arthur Umanoff Dining Set – vintage

cabin progress: rug search

cabin kitchen rugTagging on to last weeks kitchen update… I am on the search for a rug. Right now I have this floral rug from Urban Outfitters that I picked up long ago and while I do like the colors OK, I think the floral pattern is skewing the space more towards a country kitchen look then I would like. Here are a few rugs that are a bit more of what I am thinking.

rug optionsI thought it would be nice to get a little punch of color in the kitchen with a beautiful rug, however I am not yet completely sold on any of these. While I love #4 it doesn’t come in the right size… Wah wah wahh. I guess the search is still on. Any favorite rug resources?

To see all of the cabin progress go here.

Image by Sarah Sherman Samuel

1. Moroccan rug from rugs USA // 2. rug by Capel Heirs // 3. Boucherouite rug from Beldi  // 4. Vintage Kilim rug by Sukan