The inspector came out to the bungalow and we are pleased with the results. We weren't expecting it to pass with flying colors or anything (the front porch is visibly falling off), but everything else that looks bad is apparently just cosmetic. The front porch, of course, will need to be rebuilt, and he recommended the same for the back porch, but it could have been much worse. So we're celebrating and starting to scheme a little bit about our plans for the place. We realized we've been holding back a little and waiting for the inspection. It just feels so much more ours now than it did this morning. Somehow thinking about all the work we will have to do makes us feel better about it all as well. We will definitely be earning the space and putting a lot into it.
Now the fun of thinking about owning is that we will be able to really make it ours. Almost every day since we first saw the bungalow, I have had one of the rooms in mind, but I think I was afraid to share in case the offer fell apart. I keep thinking about the potential and inspiration for materials and design. The room-of-the-day today is: the bathroom. It's one of my favorites in the house. Right now it's a bold pink and has the original fixtures: a small sink, a toilet with a detached bowl and a clawfoot tub. I love them all and would really like to give the room a bold, monochromatic look. Here are the two inspirations I have in mind:
1) Door Sixteen's upstairs bathroom: It's amazing how lovely and light the end result is in Anna from D16's bathroom. I love the way that the crisp, graphic floral of the wallpaper complements the more organic shading of the marble hexagon tiles on the floor. I also love the crisp, eggshell finish on the bead board that mimics the porcelain fixtures. This is all especially inspiring given that the current flooring in the bungalow bathroom is vinyl patterned to look like a carpet.
2. The Marion House Book bathroom : Emma of the Marion House Book has such a great eye for proportion and giving rooms natural, but modern details. She also really embraces the drama of a dark palette, especially here. I love how the sooty black contrasts with the porcelain and the Nelson pendant looks wonderful in such an unexpected location.
Two altogether different, but beautiful and modern, ways to work with the original (or original-style) features. I hope to incorporate a little of both...