Dual Vanities Make for a Peaceful Morning

As much as we might love our spouses, first thing in the morning is not the time for extreme closeness. We are usually not at our best and there is always that pesky morning-breath to deal with. Two bowls in one vanity are an upgrade for sure but completely separate vanity areas are the best way to start the day: no whiskers in her basin and no clusters of makeup containers to get in his way.

Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Hazelnut Glaze

Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Hazelnut Glaze

Another advantage of separating the vanities is that it allows varying the height of the countertop to suit the user. While most people today prefer the higher 36” vanity, still some need a lower height to be comfortable.Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Hazelnut Glaze

These vanities happen to be installed floating above the floor which gives an open feeling. The structural walls support the one on the right and the one on the left has a supporting base cabinet to the floor, which contains a nice surprise. It is a Full-Height Base Pantry Pull Out cabinet (typically used in a kitchen) works here as storage for toiletries. Every homeowner’s dream.

Secrets to Luxurious Bathrooms

Home improvement television shows often feature bathrooms that are the stuff of dreams. Luxury bathrooms every one of them. Whether they are master bathrooms, guest baths or powder rooms a little bit of luxury is worth the investment.

Waypoint's style 650F in Cherry Java

Photo compliments of Westminster Design Center

Luxury Finishes are the obvious part of a luxury bathroom. From high end countertops to upscale plumbing fixtures and fittings and beautiful cabinetry, it all makes a difference. A difference that will take a bathroom from ho-hum to one that is truly spectacular like the one above by Westminster Design Center of Westminster MD.

Heated floors are available in both electronic and hydronic systems. Besides the delicious feeling of a warm floor underfoot, they are quiet and don’t generate dust like a forced air system and so they are great for people with allergies.

Oversized Showers are what most desire these days.  They can be made luxurious by the addition of elegant tile work, frameless shower enclosures, a seat and lots of niches to hold shower toiletries as well as good lighting. And what about adding steam to make the space multi-purpose?

Photo compliments of Premier Floors, Inc.

Soaking Tubs have risen in popularity and while day-to-day we jump in the shower nothing beats a nice hot soak in a deep tub. The trend today is free-standing tubs like the one shown above in a project designed by Premier Floors of Sterling VA. They are elegant, create a focal point and are just plain beautiful.

Abundance of Storage in the form of beautiful cabinetry looks like built-in furniture but add a a sense of calm too because it allows easy organization. Glazing, crown molding and a detailed door style add to the sense of luxury in the room below created by Zelmar Kitchen Design & More of Orlando FL.

Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Hazelnut Glaze

Photo compliments of Zelmar Kitchen Designs and More

The final touches are thick towels, upscale lighting proper ventilation and enough counter space to make the space work easily. Perhaps the ultimate luxury would be adding a sound system to the room. There’s nothing like taking a bath to beautiful music.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

Good Things Come in 2s

We’ve all heard the expression that good things come in twos. When it comes to design, it often means symmetrical design. That just means that two identical items are placed equidistant from a center point. Imagine a fireplace mantel with a centered painting and two matching vases on either end. Viola symmetry!

Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Butterscotch glaze

This is a perfect example of symmetry with cabinetry. This mud room built-in has a balanced arrangement of tall storage cabinets flanking the bench seat.

Waypoint's style 650S in Maple Linen

Individual vanities can have the added benefit of each user having their own space.

Waypoint's style 740F in Cherry Chocolate Glaze

Built-in trash cans come in singles and doubles. I like the double unit because you can use the second container for recyclables.

Several companies offer dual drawer dishwashers. These are great for singles, small families and people who don't cook a great deal.

Waypoint's style 750F in Maple Cream Glaze

This double decker divider makes sure there is a place for everything and makes organization simple.

When one of something is good, two can be fabulous!

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

Adding Storage to a Vanity Area

No home has enough storage and this bathroom has more than enough for most. Let’s take a look.Waypoint's style 740F in Cherry Chocolate Glaze

One of the interesting aspects of this design is the stack of angledWaypoint's style 740F in Cherry Chocolate Glaze cabinets on the left. The Wine Storage Cabinet in the center has been  re-purposed as a towel storage and the cabinet below houses a tiered cutlery divider that is used to organize makeup and pull-out trash bins that can also be used for hampers.

Waypoint's style 740F in Cherry Chocolate Glaze

The overhead cabinets are set up for decorative items but they would be equally suited to storage in baskets or with doors with solid center panels.

Every tiny space can be utilized. Here a tiltout at the sink can conceal tooth brushes, combs or other small items. Usually found tucked in the front of a kitchen sink, it’s just as useful in the bathroom.Waypoint's style 740F in Cherry Chocolate Glaze

While not everyone has as much space as we had in this bathroom, any one of these ideas would improve the average bathroom.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

Bathroom Details You’ll Love

Beautiful bathrooms are just a collection of beautiful details. Even If the bathroom has a clean, contemporary look, attention to detail will make the room special. Details can be decorative or purely functional; here are some that will make any bathroom a better place to be.

Waypoint's style 420R in Maple Spice

An open shelf to hold towels is the feature of this cool contemporary bathroom. Supported by metal tubing, the look is simple and functional. Of course the view is something I wish we all had!

Waypoint style 650S in Oak Tawny

Adding furniture feet to vanities dresses up even a simple door style. This tapered leg has an Arts & Craft look but there are a variety of options for other looks too.

Few things are more important to a well-functioning bathroom than good lighting. Here, contemporary wall sconces flank both mirrors washing the users' faces in an even glow. This is just what is needed for applying makeup or shaving.

Waypoint's style 630F in Maple Coffee

An inverted vanity frame with the drawer on the bottom provides extra storage. It does require that plumbing come through the wall if it is the basin base.

Waypoint's style 720R in Cherry Java

Who wouldn't want a pull-out wastebasket in their bathroom? Admitedly, it requires room for the extra cabinet but what a nice way to keep the bathroom tidy at all times.

Waypoint molding in Maple Cream Glaze

Molding treatments on wall or linen cabinets can be as plain or elaborate as preference dictates. This stack of molding clearly goes in a traditional home but more contemporary options are also available.

Not only is this shower generous in size, has a beautiful tile detail, trendy clear glass shower doors and features a seat. It's a combination that is hard to resist.

Waypoint's style 410S in Maple Espresso

Stacked cabinets add much appreciated storage. Note the pedestal made from backsplash material. It prevents water from pooling against the beautiful wood.

Until the next time….think details!

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

Eclectic Bathroom

I don’t usually use the term eclectic but in this case it is the proper word for this bathroom. The term eclectic means: deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources. Whether we know it or not most of us live in some version of an eclectic home. We just surround ourselves with the things we love.

In order for eclectic style to be successful rather than just a collection of unrelated items, some sort of theme and relationship to each other. Let’s take a look at this photo and see how things work together:Waypoint's style 650T in Oak Espresso

From the farm ladder style towel rack to the contemporized traditional style wall sconces, the finish is dark. Not necessarily the same finish but similar enough to ‘read’ as the same. It’s that connection that makes  the look work.

Even though the accent wall is in a color frequently associated with the southwest style, it works here because it is surrounded by a neutral palette.  The recessed panel door style on the cabinetry is often called Shaker. It is probably today’s most popular door style. It’s shown here in a dark stained oak but with a change of wood specie, finish and decorative hardware it would look good in nearly every decorating style. Even the classically simple mirrors can cross over from contemporary to traditional to country. It’s all about artful combinations.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces