It Takes Two

August 3, 2011 by Natalie Hager

It takes two (and sometimes three–a designer, builder & architect) to make a project great!

I’ve recently started working with a fantastic new builder in Nashville, Ethan Colclasure. The two of us are tackling a kitchen renovation with a wamping deadline of the end of August (we just started last week…eeekk!).

We are a tough team and can get it done! We’re confident.

Here are the two choices:

Which one do you like best??

I’ll keep you posted on what they decide and what the final product looks like (fingers crossed that we met their deadline).

Just in case you’re wondering, this is the before and the demo that took place earlier this week.


Bling Bling T I L — I N G

January 20, 2011 by Natalie Hager

Michael S Smith Gilt in Antique Gold by Ann Sacks
I love a little bling bling on anything–my finger, in my hair, on my sofa, behind my stove in my kitchen, on the walls, floors, anywhere, you name it, I like it. All of us need a little bling bling, so I thought that I would share some it in an unexpected way. No, I’m not talking about sharing the pyrite and quartz from my 1st grade rock collection (although, I would if I still have it–it was pretty killer!). I want to share some of my favorite bling bling through tile.
Northwest Glass in Mauve Rough by Ann Sacks 
Lake Garda (Color ?) by Ann Sacks
Aura in Deep Blue Sea by Ann Sacks
Beau Monde Grace 2 Peridot by Ann Sacks 
Beau Monde Hex Circle in Tanzanite & Chrysoberyl by Ann Sacks
Beau Monde Marilyn in Quartz, Agate, Amer & Tiger’s Eye by Ann Sacks 
Beau Monde Polly in Absolute White & Pearl by Ann Sacks
Davlin (Color ?) by Ann Sacks
Northwest Glass by Ann Sacks
Obsidian 1″ x 4″ Mercury Herringbone by Ann Sacks
Trend Aureo by Ann Sacks

Ann Sacks, you rock…literally! Happy blinging!


Freshen Up: We’ve Got Company

July 9, 2010 by Natalie Hager

Do you ever feel like you need a home facelift before company comes to town?

I know that when I’m out of town, I enjoy some of the perks of being a guest–a comfy bed, fresh towels and sheets, sweet smelling candles, a place to put my thingsand maybe a chocolate on the pillow (ok, not really, but that would be nice). When it comes to having guest, I like them to feel like they’re staying at a down-to-earth, cozy hotel.

There’s nothing nicer than knowing your company is comfortable. When it comes to hospitality, I’d like to think that its one of my gifts. So when some friends of mine asked if I’d be interested in helping them renovate their guest bathroom, I said of course!

Here’s the existing bathroom (which also functions as a laundry room too).

Just around the corner of the blue wall above is a bright red Jacuzzi tub. Shoot, I didn’t snap a picture of it. Sorry. Use your imagination.

My clients want to brighten up the space with lighter colors and soft woods and also make the room more functional.

Here is the inspiration board that put their thoughts into motion.

Like most folks, my clients are on a budget, but I know that we could still make their guest bath beautiful. Here’s what we ended up with…
This mirror is a flea market find from Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta. I didn’t know if the client would like it, but she ended up loving it.

I went with an open vanity designed by myself and built by our contractor. He did a fantastic job!

White subway tile is classic, timeless and affordable. To spice things up, I selected an ice blue glass accent band and a fun penny mosaic for the floor.

Here’s the laundry room.

And with the doors shut, you’d never know it was there.

Here’s a view from the other side of the room.

Ikea storage cabinets above and…

A laundry folding countertop with basket storage below.

So take a good look…

This guest bath is freshened up and ready for company.

But for now, it’s closed for business and waiting on its next guest.
A toute a l’heure,

Mission Accomplished

March 2, 2010 by Natalie Hager

Remember my Leap Year Challenge Post? If not, I’ll refresh your memory. Two clients of mine put me up to a challenge last month. They asked me to renovate two bathrooms in their rental unit condo by the end of February for around $5000 total.

With only a little time and budget, I’m happy to say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! 

I finished up the final touches yesterday (March 1st!) and can’t wait to share.

Here’s my design inspiration page to jog your memory.

Here are some before and after pictures:

Guest Bathroom

Master Bathroom


By far, the tile made the most difference. We installed a travertine looking porcelain 13″ x 13″ run in a brick pattern and purchased it from Buy Floors Direct for less than $3 a square foot! I chose porcelain for its durability and longevity, and I selected a nice sandy gray neutral color for the tile that will accommodate any renter’s decor.
I updated the bath and cabinet hardware with polished chrome hardware as well as installing new light fixtures (nothing dates a bathroom like bad lighting). I chose all from Home Depot. Buying from Home Depot is an economic and smart way to save money. While the store may seem to have a skimpy selection, their website sells the majority of main stream manufacturers.  I selected the Prescot Pivoting Wall Mirror for $79.00, towel bars and hand towel holders from the Preston Bath Hardware Collection for under $20 each
, the Two Vanity Light Swirl Glass Vanity Lights for $59 each and the Brushed Nickel Flush Mount Ceiling Light for just $45! What a steal!
A fresh coat of paint (Moth Gray from Porter Paints) was put on the walls. Also, the trim and cabinets were repainted in a crisp white paint (Gypsum from Porter Paints).
It’s amazing what new paint, hardware, lighting and tile can do to a bath. This bathroom is ready for its renters…anyone?

Here are some great things to decorate this bath!
Head Over Heals Bathmat $38 from Anthropologie        

Waterfall Ruffles Shower Curtain $68 from Urban Outfitters

Clear Glass Pharmacy Jars $14-$48 Restoration Hardware
Vintage Faucet Soap Dish $14 from Urban Outfitters
Little Birch Jewelry Stand $26 
from Urban Outfitters                    Pool Locker Baskets $39-$59 from Restoration Hardware

Upholstered Swivel Stool $199 from Ballard Designs
This Leap Year Challenge was a breeze thanks to the flexible and hard working team of contractors, home owners and Nashville resources! Thank you to all my readers that kept me accountable to my deadline…I couldn’t have done it without you!