Master Bathroom Lighting Update

Thanks for your feedback on the ceiling chandelier for my upcoming master bath reno. Over the weekend, I suddenly realized the crystal globe light reminds me of a disco ball…do you agree? Anyhow, I went ahead and ordered the Robert Abbey Bling chandelier hoping it would turn out great over the tub.

And now comes to the other lighting source in the room — wall sconce. I know I want to put up two mirrors over vanity, so that means I will need three sconces. I’ve been tossing among these options.
1. Visual Comfort’s Bryant Sconce: most expensive among all options, sleek and elegant.
2. Restoration Hardware’s Wilshire Sconce or Robert Abbey’s Muse Calliope Scone (they are the same btw): perfect size, would’ve been absolutely my #1 choice without the crystal accent.  
Another angle of the same Wilshire or Robert Abbey sconce.
3. Eurofase Bauhaus scone: local supplier, taller (15.75″H) than I prefer, not so keen on the crystal accents.
4. Go with something I’ve used and already known how it’s going turn out: Restoration Hardware’s Lugarno sconce. It’s also the cheapest among all options.

My basement bathroom

So which wall sconce do you like the most? In your bathroom reno, how do you balance between style and budget?


Master Bedroom Before and After

I should feel great that I’ve completed yet another room makeover in my house, or..should I? Well, perhaps not. I’ve missed not just one, but two awesome opportunities to meet some fellow bloggers in person — the Blogpodium on Friday due to work (aka rat race); and the Canadian Design Blogger Meetup due to mother nature (blizzard and skating rink at where I am). Regret aside, I am sure there will be more meetup opportunities, and hopefully then nothing could stop me from going again.

Since we were pretty much trapped inside, we decided to finish painting our master bedroom and wrap up the project. I would like to start by sharing a few pictures of what our master bedroom used to look like Before and During the makeover.

This is what it looked like from two years ago. I need the room to be completely dark in order to sleep and hence the ugly espresso dupioni drapes with blackout liners.

The new bedroom in the basement gave me a perfect reason to replace the bed set that we took with us from our last house.

And the new upholstered bed from Williams-Sonoma, and the Niche nightstands from West Elm arrived! 

So this is our After of our master bedroom. The entire project took about two months.  

The ever-popular Windsor Smith Pelagos Mist drapes with blackout liners.
West Elm Niche Nightstand/Bedside Table in White

I was hoping to find an area rug from the Elte Outlet, but unfortunately they only have ~50 patterns at 5×8 (all the rest are 6×9 or larger), nothing out of which really caught my eye. So I gave the Ikea Alvine Ruta rug a try, and I think it turned out great. Do you know how insanely cheap it is for a 5’7″ x 7’10”, hand-woven, 100% pure new wool rug like this?

And no master bedroom should ever go without displaying some girl’s best friends, right? My daily bling-bling.

In summary, these are the things we’ve done to transform our master bedroom:

  1. Ordered the Windsor Smith Pelagos fabric in Mist from the US for drapery;
  2. Replaced the old bed set with a upholstered bed from Williams-Sonoma, and two nightstands from West Elm;
  3. Replaced the old table lamps with two taller crystal lamps from Union Lighting;
  4. Replaced the ceiling light with a 6-light Maria Theresa-style crystal chandelier from Union Lighting;
  5. Painted the wall in ICI Dulux Silver Cloud;
  6. Re-upholstered an old bench in Laura Ashley Bowlin Driftwood Fabric from InVu Drapery;
  7. Added an Ikea Alvine Ruta Rug.

Total time spent: on and off over a 2-month period;
Total cost: too painful to recall.

Hope everyone has a great weekend, and stay warm!

Picking a Chandelier for Master Bath

Last night after dinner we went to Prima Lighting with the hope to pick out the master bath chandelier. To re-cap, this is the freestanding tub, and the light will hang over it.

This is the crystal ball chandelier that I worked into my design plan.

I found two different sizes in the store (pardon the lousy picture quality from my smart phone). The small one is 6-light, 16″ in diameter with a $1,500 price tag. It has all the glitter and shape I want to soften my master bath, but since it’s ball-shaped, the chandelier appears so much bigger. I am concerned it might be overwhelming in a relatively small room. 

An associate in the store suggested this oval-shaped (or donut) crystal chandelier as an alternative to the crystal ball as it`s shorter. I don`t find anything unique about it, nor I am really crazy about the look. Do you like it?

And then there is this popular Cyan Design’s Janus pendant in chrome (perhaps you remember it from February’s Style at Home).

This is what it looks like in the store. It’s the right size, simple, subtle and has a bit sparkle, but the downside is that it only comes in one-light and not bright enough for a 12’x13′ bathroom. Plus it seems to belong more in a kitchen than a bath retreat.

And then this light caught my attention, and I wondered why. It’s the Anemone light by one of my favourite designers Jonathan Adler.

I like that the shape reminds me of a rainshower head, but a all-metal construction makes it appear cold. And my lovely husband`s comment finally made me walk away from it: “oh this? It looks like octopus attack!“

And then there`s this fabulous Robert Abbey Bling chandelier that Janice used in her own master bath.

So which one do you think will work nicely with the tub?

Master Bedroom Update – Bedside Tables and Lamps

Just before the holidays I took advantage of West Elm’s 25% bedroom furniture sale, and ordered two Niche bedside tables in white. Color and scale wise, they go so much better with the new upholstered bed. While I am still debating whether to do something special to the headboard wall, I picked up two of the carved crystal lamps that are taller and more substantial than the old ones (thanks Shannon).

As you could also see from the pictures, I put up two paint color samples on the wall(Valspar Polar Star and ICI Dulux Silver Cloud). I find these two are pretty tricky colors to work with, as they can appear in different shades of blue, grey and taupe under different lightings. Therefore, I’ve been testing them at different spots throughout the bedroom to make sure I choose the right color.

The next steps are painting the walls, adding an area rug and some more artworks.

Hope you all had a great weekend! Isn’t this weather nuts?! Yesterday it was lovely at plus 7C; overnight it snowed, and today it was -4C!

Home Office Before and After

Two months ago while flowers were blooming, birds were chirping and grass was growing at an insane speed outside of the house, I realized if I had to work indoors most of the day, I needed to be in a room that’s not as dark and messy as my home office. Acting on impulse, I quickly drew up a mood board (which was shortly upgraded to 2.0) to revitalize the room. Though it’s pretty much a wiping-the-slate-clean type of transformation (replaced every single piece of furniture and fixture), this project turns out to be quite painless and enjoyable.

So here are before-and-after pictures from different corners of the room. You can click on the image to enlarge.








  • From Ikea: Ikea’s office furniture rocks!
    • Billy bookcase x 3 in white with custom crown moulding;
    • Micke desks x 2;
    • Rast dresser hacked in library chest style;
    • Malm 4-drawer dresser in white;
    • Ribba photo ledge in white.
  • Bergère chair: a family gift.
  • Ikat drapery fabric from Tonic Living, sewing by yours truly.
  • Antique Windsor comb-back chairs x 3 spray painted in Krylon Satin White. Chair pad fabric from Etsy.
  • Ceiling light fixture: Semi-flush white organza/linen double shades by Z-Lite.
  • Lantern: Bowring.
  • Framed art prints on the wall: “Noon I” and “Noon II” by Caroline Gold from

Picking a Ceiling Light for the Home Office

Last Friday I decided to revitalize my home office. You can view the design plan here, and I’ve since made some minor changes to the storage.

With this design board in mind, I am now ready to pick a ceiling light. I probably spend more time in this room than any others so it has to be very functional. Here are a few facts that prevent me from going wild on ideas.

  • Our second floor ceiling is only 8.5 feet, so pendant or ceiling mount is pretty much the only way to go without constantly bumping my head against it when I stand up.
  • The ceiling fixture has to be bright enough (but not glaring) and casts no shadow what-so-ever. Therefore, that rules out crystal, capiz shell, feather or any other funky chandeliers along the line.
  • Minimalism and industrial styles might work the best in a clean-lined workspace.

So here are a few options I am thinking. Which one(s) do you like the most?

A. Donut-shaped Glass Light
B. Ikea Brasa

C. Ikea Fillsta

D. Industrial Metal Pendant Light

E. Fabric Shade with Crystal Finial

In one of my previous posts I had mentioned that there’d be another giveaway by a local furniture company. It’s still on but due to summer vacations and hence short of response, the furniture company has decided to postpone it until Sept/Oct time frame.