Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Renovation week 24 | master bath

I just realized I have not talked about my master bath at all. The master bath is a part of room addition we made to my tiny bungalow. The bathroom started to take shape just recently. I thought this would be a good time to post some plan and progress. Here is the design the architect has drew up for us. There are huge medicine cabinets. Those are the biggest highlights for me. If you remember my old bathroom, I never had a counter space or a big medicine cabinet before. That's a big improvement. I'm excited.

I took inspiration from this photo when I was picking a look for this bathroom. I like the use of telephone style tub filler. It adds character to the space. Especially my bathroom being a new addition, I want it to reference some part of an old world.
In the process I took my own initiative to pick the fixtures my self. Here are my picks.
I decided to choose a tub filler first because that's going to be the biggest fixture of the room and it's right in the middle of the room. I go with cross handle because it feels vintage and classic. There are not that many brands that make vintage tub filler that doesn't cost me an arm and a leg. The one above is from Elizabethan Classic. 
For the sink faucet I'm using wall mount faucet because I don't wanna clean the water stain in the back of the faucet all the time. The reason why I picked this one was because my original choice from Elizabethan classic isn't comply with California lead code. They won't even ship it to me. 
Above is a low lead compliant, Hansgrohe Axor Montreux Wall Mount Faucet.

The shower doesn't really matter much for me. I just picked anything plain with small tiny knob that won't over power the tub filler. This one is Hansgrohe C collection. 

The floor is marble hexagon mosaic I ordered from Home Depot. They are pretty good price. I used the same tiles for my guest bath to save the cost. I have just received them today. They are beautiful.

This is where I'm at with the bathroom. The marble slab we picked out from that stone yard in North Hollywood has been installed. There's still a lot to do. And a lot to be fixed. To be continue...

Monday, May 27, 2013


Aww it's monday again...
Wait a minute... it's still holiday!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Are we done yet? 
cute furry version of the last supper

Monday, May 20, 2013


Always a great pleasure to lay down and relax after a long tiring weekend, the kind where you have to work constantly and wonder if you can find a time to slack off this coming week. sleeping alpaca
Alpacas laying down getting ready for bed
photo via gsomething

Do alpacas smell?

I have always wondered if they stink? What do they smell like? According to somebody at alpacanation  "The animals themselves generally don't have an odor, but their poop does." Hmm what's an interesting insight. "I'd say yes, there is an odor, and I love it!...If you love your 'pacas, I'd compare the scent of an alpaca to the scent of a newborn baby!" whoa what a statement!

stinky alpaca

Brown Alpaca by josierox

Sunday, May 19, 2013


I'm loving this vaulted wood ceiling. I'm a sucker for architectural symmetry like this. All those lines totally draw your eyes to the bed. 
Bedroom by Dillon Kyle Architecture

Friday, May 17, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Trying to push through Friday. 
photo via etsy

Jaded summer

Sometimes "like" is too strong.
fashion inspired by Bangkok street style

H M print shirt
$12 -

Pepe Jeans London cotton bag
$36 -


Joe Browns joe brown
$27 -

$69 -

Renovation week 24 | house exterior

They started wrapping the new addition with fire proof material. That black thing there. According to the contractor it's called 60 minute sheet. It takes 60 mins to burn. Good to know I have sometimes to put makeup on before I run.

Since I been really particular about matching old craftsman siding on my house. The contractor finally find a place to land those old sidings on. 

Renovation week 24 | kitchen update

I got a countertop!! And it's beautiful!! We went with Caesarstone Organic White as planned. I wanted them to be honed because I like matt surface. It feels rustic and it doesn't reflect so much light when I'm cooking. But Caesarstone doesn't offer this color in honed finish. We had to send this to a fabricator to honed it. I'm guessing they just sand off the surface.

There's a seam in the far corner of the counter. I wish it's less visible than this. 

We dried fit our faucet. It's pretty tricky with this sink because it's quite large. We had to add an extra inch to the cabinet depth  to accommodate this sink, otherwise we won't have enough space in the back for faucet considering there's a window sill in the back. Be careful for those of you who're planing for bridge faucet and large sink.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Just cold and not so bright. But still looking up. 

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