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Ocean Inspired Master Bathroom

There are basic, builder grade bathrooms all over this country that are crying out for inspiration. This is a tale about how Gina Sims Designs is taking on those bathrooms, one Octopus-loving client at a time. Here’s the original state of the master bathroom (extra points if you can find me in the images):

My client’s inspiration starting point was a decorative Octopus hook: it referenced the ocean without screaming THIS IS A HOOK FOR A NAUTICAL THEMED BATHROOM AT A BEACH HOUSE.  We adopted it as the project’s spirit animal and kept the ocean and the beach in mind while drenching this space (did ya see what I did there?) with inspiration and character.

The Octopus print over the newly tiled bath makes a subtle nod to our inspiration without being cheesy, thematic, or VRBO-beach-condo-bathroom. This is a sophisticated print that makes the space personal and interesting. We anchored (I’m so good at this) the space with a gray-toned, tile with a driftwood appearance.

Instead of a traditional bullnose tile trimming out the edges of the tub (and as you’ll see below, in the shower), we used a black schluter to give this traditional space a modern edge. (#funfact: a schluter is a metal border profile that can be used to create decorative designs in tile fields on walls and floors)

Moving on to the vanity area, we replaced the traditional lighting with these brilliant brass wall scones that bring a fancy-boutique-hotel-bathroom feeling to the space. Just that extra bit of special that everyone needs in the master bath. The vanity has been painted Indigo Batik and topped with quartz. The black framed mirrors echo the clean lines that the schluter creates in the tile. The orange runner provides a great pop of contrasting color against the deep blues in the room.

Another basic, builder grade bathroom has been thoughtfully redesigned: but the best part of my job is seeing this expression on my client’s face when its all done!




Proper Scale, Increased Function

Today, my dear friends, is a lesson is the importance of scale.

My clients had a living space that was dominated by a large sofa. They were in need of a guestroom, an office, and an extra place for the family to watch television, read, and relax. However, the room couldn’t function to meet the family’s needs because there wasn’t any space to do anything in the room but lounge on the couch.

Inspired by their travel photos that chronicled their adventures before children, we started transforming the room by scaling down the furniture and gaining all.the.function.

This Rowe sofa, upholstered with the child-friendly and stain-resistant Crypton fabric, folds out to provide a comfortable guest bed. The family’s design-savvy four-year-old picked out the fabric for the couch and he was THRILLED to see how well it turned out during the room’s reveal. The rug is also made out of child-friendly polypropylene and is extremely easy to clean. The midcentury lamp provides targeted light to the sitting and work spaces in the room while work is tackled.

The buffalo check side chair and leather ottoman provides additional seating when guests are in town. To provide the kids (and adults) with a comfortable place to binge Netflix, we placed the television on a simple IKEA cabinet that provides additional storage in the room.

The family’s need for an office space is satisfied with this simple, modern desk and olive and walnut midcentury desk chair. When there’s work to do, the french doors can be closed for privacy.

Simple changes, especially the selection of properly scaled furniture, added multifaceted function to this room. It’s not only comfortable, its a personal reflection of the family’s journey and they are so excited to share this space with family and friends.



Office In Progress

Today, I wanted to share an office design in progress. An attorney that works in the same firm as a client of ours (see her beautiful office transformation here) wants his office to have a “men’s club” feel – but he isn’t afraid of color. Our inspiration? The Dartmouth library. The office will be anchored by a very special gift: a burl wood desk from his father, also an attorney.

Office design is about function and inspiration. If an office fails to function for the specific needs of its occupant, it’s useless, no matter how beautiful it is! I am a firm believer that your work space should inspire your work. Some people feel free and inspired by white, blank spaces. Others want to have beautiful art and plants to breathe energy and life into their work every day. Are you ready to start your office transformation?



Rustic, yet Refined Dining Room

We continue our home tour, moving from the ship-lap clad foyer to the dining area. Here’s the space before we began the design process:

Dining Room: Before

The changes to the dining room were simple, but strategic. The paint was refreshed and window sashes were painted a dark charcoal (need new windows but can’t afford them? #protip: consider painting them!). Instead of finding new art, we “shopped the house,” moved things around, and completely changed the feel of the room. New chairs were the biggest investment. The side chars were swapped for modern aged brass and leather ones by SunPan Modern Home, and the host chairs are now a charcoal tweed with nail head trim detail.

Dining Room: After

The real showstopper is the gilded leg on that classic, traditional mid-century line by Hickory Chair. Masculine, curated, and lovely. It’s time for a dinner party!



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