The Tale of “The Lady Of The Lake Goes Condo” Chapter 3, “The Grand Dragon Bath, A Clever Master Ensuite Design, for A Small Space”

Our Lady’s story continues from the Grace of the Water to the Power of the Dragon’s Breath………………Summoned again, the Magic of the Design Fairy Godmother!

In honor of the Lady’s grandfather, the Grand Dragon, the Lady of the Lake wished to satiate her Dragon nature in a space that would calm the mighty beast in earth, air and smoke.

Her Zen Dragon inspired Master Lair already completed by you know who’s Design Magic, must now be complemented by a Master Ensuite to sooth the Flying Dragon’s Fiery Breath and also house a bevy of mighty hot toiletries and sexy French perfumes, all in one very small room. OOH LA LAaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrggggghchhhrrrrrrrrrR!

The Lady’s Condo Ensuite or Privy Chamber wish list included—lots of storage space- PLEASE! Create a low maintenance space with: a larger vanity that actually functions, a deep soaker tub, a new chamber pot, new medicine cabinet, a place to put towels, soothing colors, no muss-no fuss tile, new plumbing & electrical and overhead light, new lighting fixtures, new floor, a bit of a masculine edge, and an atmosphere of serenity to move the fire of the day into gentle smoke and……oh yes…….can you make it look bigger?!!!.” Hmmmmmmm, another miracle”, said the Design Fairy Godmother, not ever wanting to scorch the Lady’s dreams, nor the dreams of others, pray tell.

With little “Wing Space” here, (for Dragons or Design Fairy Godmothers), out came the faithful Magic Wand—uh— very carefully and with extremely directed movements not needing too much elbowroom!

First, the wand brought forth the Design Fairy Godmother’s team of Merry Men of Mirth & Reno Magic. Arriving in a puff of smoke, in pure Draco style, they crowded into this small space- the contractor, plumber and electrician- and soon began to demolish the old and rebuild the new, following the magical design plan, and trying hard not to bump into one another -not unlike the Three Stooges.

Then the Design Fairy Godmother conjured a most enchanting design for a beautiful new custom vanity (with TONS of storage!!!), matching mirror by ECLECTIC GALLERY, and matching combination medicine cabinet/towel closet/storage unit that would hang above the new chamber pot (uh….toilet). These pieces were stained a deep espresso brown as in the Master Bedroom furniture, and they featured beautiful art glass cutouts with a warm gray smoky texture right from the Dragon’s mouth, as well as sharp masculine lines.  A beautiful taupe colored countertop in CEASARSTONE from ARISTON MARBLE adorned our vanity, as did a square shaped under mount Mirabelle sink, and the AQUABRASS faucet in chrome, both from TAPS. The Square handles from LOWES and the square knobs from LEE VALLEY TOOLS in chrome gave it a sparkle!

For the Lady’s fiery French perfumes and sensual body butters, we created yet another storage space right by the sink, a Niche in the wall with crystal glass shelves from CANADA GLASS & MIRROR CO. Not an inch of space in this Grand Dragon bath was wasted on the Pixies!

A gorgeous three light chrome vanity fixture placed above the custom mirror, and a square chrome flush mount light fixture overhead, both from UNION, added even more radiance!

Using a feature edge tile, from OLYMPIA TILE, horizontally around the room, we created an optical illusion of breath and width—more space. This tile reminiscent of Dragon scales, was made of greenish/gray smoky colored glass with small square inserts of brown/beige marble, A medium taupe 6X6 square ceramic tile brought an earthy feel to the walls below our edge tile and around the room, creating high color contrast, with a little “Dragon cave quality”. The wall paint color from Sir BENJAMIN MOORE, in Hazy Skies#OC-48, a warm gray, gave us the air and dragon smoke above the tile to complete the optical illusion.

An American Standard soaker tub from TAPS was installed, with luscious square designed AQUABRASS chrome faucets, spout and shower head, from DUPONT PLUMBING. A feature wall of 2X6 greenish/gray smoky glass tiles from CENTURA, were placed vertically to create a feeling of a smoky underground waterfall.  Another Niche was built inside the shower area complete with a crystal glass shelf for all the Lady’s bath and beauty supplies. We also added a rounded Hotel style shower curtain rod and curtain, request of our precious Lady.

Lastly, to finish this “spacious” look, square floor tiles in greenish/gray porcelain with brown speckled texture also from OLYMPIA TILE, were laid diagonally.

No Flying Dragon in their right mind would pass up the chance to soak their scales and sooth their fiery breath with a luxurious bath in this sensuous lair!

The ravishing Lady of the Lake was pleased again and each time she relaxed in her new Ensuite, she was reminded of the Grand Dragon, her royal blood grandfather, her mother’s Dragon breath with her freshly fired childhood S’mores, and a particularly very cute Parisian of Dragon blood ancestry, who was responsible for many of her delicious and enticing perfumes……………..but that is another Tale…a Fairytale…………..although one I shan’t tell……….Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, my dear Children!

THE END

© 2013 Andrea Carini

© 2013 Andrea Carini

AFTER Photos by Claire Louise Foster

INTERIOR DESIGN by Andrea Carini for Your Sacred Space Interiors

A Condo’s Master Ensuite to Sooth Any Beasty Dragon’s Fire!

BEFORE:

A crowded sink , tiny vanity with no storage space, a minimalist’s medicine cabinet, multiple light switches & plugs placed “willy nilly “wasting space, a huge mirror above the sink extends to toilet- wasting more precious space, and tons of things crowd the wrap around counter!  HELP!!!!

A crowded sink , tiny vanity with no storage space, a minimalist’s medicine cabinet, multiple light switches & plugs placed “willy nilly “wasting space, a huge mirror above the sink extends to toilet- wasting more precious space, and tons of things crowd the wrap around counter! HELP!!!!

This vanity couldn’t be more basic –actually substandard. There are no shelves or drawers inside, just a cramped open space. Not for an organized individual!

This vanity couldn’t be more basic –actually substandard. There are no shelves or drawers inside, just a cramped open space. Not for an organized individual!

A wrap around synthetic counter inviting tons of clutter, and a very short wide toilet (that leaked too) fit for a plump little gnome instead of a Grand Dragon! The first thing you see when the Ensuite door opens is……a towel rod. No tiles with the exception of the tub area and a dated contractor gray tile floor.

A wrap around synthetic counter inviting tons of clutter, and a very short wide toilet (that leaked too) fit for a plump little gnome instead of a Grand Dragon! The first thing you see when the Ensuite door opens is……a towel rod. No tiles with the exception of the tub area and a dated contractor gray tile floor.

Ah here are the contractor gray tiles! The shower area is crowded with hanging racks of beauty supplies and toiletries. There is a false bulkhead which does absolutely nothing but trap the moisture inside and create scum and mold! Additionally the ceiling inside the shower is not tiled and there is some water damage! This bulkhead has got to go!

Ah here are the contractor gray tiles! The shower area is crowded with hanging racks of beauty supplies and toiletries. There is a false bulkhead which does absolutely nothing but trap the moisture inside and create scum and mold! Additionally the ceiling inside the shower is not tiled and there is some water damage! This bulkhead has got to go!

A small shallow tub with rusted jets sits surrounded by equally tired faucets, downspout and showerhead. Hey! Next, the tile stops here! And abruptly! Notice the tiled wall above the tub, a space with no storage function but soon there will be a fabulous storage Niche!

A small shallow tub with rusted jets sits surrounded by equally tired faucets, downspout and showerhead. Hey! Next, the tile stops here! And abruptly! Notice the tiled wall above the tub, a space with no storage function but soon there will be a fabulous storage Niche!

DURING:

Yea!! Demolition! Remove those dastardly tiles, badly done electrical & plumbing and unsightly walls!!! Send back the old tub, toilet & sink to the Gob Trolls (who adore a good used toilet!)!!

Yea!! Demolition! Remove those dastardly tiles, badly done electrical & plumbing and unsightly walls!!! Send back the old tub, toilet & sink to the Gob Trolls (who adore a good used toilet!)!!

Demolition of the tub/shower and the perfect wall for our tub Niche and shelves! The Niche is framed, dry-walled and ready for tile by our Merry Men!

Demolition of the tub/shower and the perfect wall for our tub Niche and shelves! The Niche is framed, dry-walled and ready for tile by our Merry Men!

And what a difference a tile makes! Our smoky “waterfall” glass tile is installed in the tub/shower area, while the taupe ceramic tile completes the shower wall. The “Dragon Scales” glass edge decorative tile and taupe ceramic tile are placed around the rest of the space giving it the appearance of a much wider room.

And what a difference a tile makes! Our smoky “waterfall” glass tile is installed in the tub/shower area, while the taupe ceramic tile completes the shower wall. The “Dragon Scales” glass edge decorative tile and taupe ceramic tile are placed around the rest of the space giving it the appearance of a much wider room.

To create a Niche storage space by the sink, we first removed the small medicine cabinet ( more Gob Troll fodder!), enlarged the cavity, reframed it and then finished with drywall, The sloppy electrical display was reconfigured for a clean and tidy usage of space.

To create a Niche storage space by the sink, we first removed the small medicine cabinet ( more Gob Troll fodder!), enlarged the cavity, reframed it and then finished with drywall, The sloppy electrical display was reconfigured for a clean and tidy usage of space.

Ahhh! And now the finishing touches! Toilet paper roll, towel rack, hand towel holder and away we go!

Ahhh! And now the finishing touches! Toilet paper roll, towel rack, hand towel holder and away we go!

THE PLAN:

The Elevation drawing for The Grand Dragon Ensuite.

The Elevation drawing for The Grand Dragon Ensuite.

The Designer Fairy Godmother’s rough sketch for Vanity & Cabinet.

The Designer Fairy Godmother’s rough sketch for Vanity & Cabinet.

AFTER:

The Grand Dragon Ensuite Transformation!

The Grand Dragon Ensuite Transformation!

The tub/shower magical makeover reveals a Niche storage area with crystal glass shelves, a Hotel Style curved curtain rod, a deep Spa soaker tub, and sparkling chrome faucet, spout and showerhead in a contemporary square design!

The tub/shower magical makeover reveals a Niche storage area with crystal glass shelves, a Hotel Style curved curtain rod, a deep Spa soaker tub, and sparkling chrome faucet, spout and showerhead in a contemporary square design!

The allure of a harmonious and interesting tile combination! Our “Dragon Scales” decorative edge tile combines curved glass with natural taupe & brown marble stone, and accents the taupe ceramic tile beautifully. The floor tile, a color combination of the smoky greenish gray with brown speckles compliments all of the different tiles used. The wall tiles gracefully transition into the shower’s feature wall, an “underground Dragon Waterfall” glass vertical tile.

The allure of a harmonious and interesting tile combination! Our “Dragon Scales” decorative edge tile combines curved glass with natural taupe & brown marble stone, and accents the taupe ceramic tile beautifully. The floor tile, a color combination of the smoky greenish gray with brown speckles compliments all of the different tiles used. The wall tiles gracefully transition into the shower’s feature wall, an “underground Dragon Waterfall” glass vertical tile.

The Niche storage area by the sink, complete with crystal shelves, is gently reflected in the custom mirror.

The Niche storage area by the sink, complete with crystal shelves, is gently reflected in the custom mirror.

A contemporary chrome lighting fixture for the vanity placed above the mirror, and a square design overhead light fixture on the ceiling brings the right light ambiance into the space!

A contemporary chrome lighting fixture for the vanity placed above the mirror, and a square design overhead light fixture on the ceiling brings the right light ambiance into the space!

A square under-mount sink is paired with a taupe Ceasarstone counter top and accented with a shimmering chrome square design faucet!

A square under-mount sink is paired with a taupe Ceasarstone counter top and accented with a shimmering chrome square design faucet!

A Custom vanity, stained an espresso brown, designed to hold many items, has a huge amount of space. Inside is a large drawer with a chrome pull, and a shelf for maximum organization. The doors have an art glass geometric insert in a smoky gray, and it is highlighted with chrome square knobs.

A Custom vanity, stained an espresso brown, designed to hold many items, has a huge amount of space. Inside is a large drawer with a chrome pull, and a shelf for maximum organization. The doors have an art glass geometric insert in a smoky gray, and it is highlighted with chrome square knobs.

Vanity Detail, art glass insert and lovely chrome square knobs!

Vanity Detail, art glass insert and lovely chrome square knobs!

The custom designed Medicine Cabinet/Towel Closet & Shelf piece is hung over the toilet with the matching mirror hung above the sink, all stained in espresso brown, to match the Master Bedroom furniture. Lucky Dragon!

The custom designed Medicine Cabinet/Towel Closet & Shelf piece is hung over the toilet with the matching mirror hung above the sink, all stained in espresso brown, to match the Master Bedroom furniture. Lucky Dragon!

The Cabinet has the same art glass insert detail and chrome knob as in the vanity. Inside the deep cabinet, there are two shelves for storage of towels and room for other items. In fact there’s so much space, you could throw in a Gnome or two!

The Cabinet has the same art glass insert detail and chrome knob as in the vanity. Inside the deep cabinet, there are two shelves for storage of towels and room for other items. In fact there’s so much space, you could throw in a Gnome or two!

ANDREA’S DESIGN PEARLS of WISDOM:

  • When Designing/Renovating your Condo Bathroom, first review your Condo Rules & By Laws. There may be restrictions on changes to plumbing, electrical wiring, roof and exterior of your Condo, and be aware that these rules vary from place to place. This info will impact on your creativity, so get your facts straight from the King of Condo Rules and a Great Bathroom Design will follow!
  •  New King & Queen Bathrooms in your Condo, magically increase the value of your real estate! So while you are luxuriating in your new soaker tub, know that your investment is getting richer!
  • Make your space feel LARGER by creating Optical Illusions with your bathroom design! Be clever with your paint choices and tile colors!  Run a horizontal tile edge around a narrow space to make it look wider as in our Mermaid Bath. Use a darker tile on the bottom and a light paint color on top to “lift” your ceilings. Lay tiles diagonally to create breath in the space as in our Grand Dragon Ensuite.
  • You do not have to paint a small space white to make it look larger! COLOR has a dramatic effect on every space. Whatever feeling you wish to achieve, be it bold or serene- make a statement with your Color Design! Whatever visual effect you wish to create- be it cozy, cave- like, expansive, can also be achieved with your strategic Color Plan!
  •  Your Condo Bathroom needs every bit of space utilized cleverly for storage! NICHES are NICE: Build Niches in your shower area or by your sink, as in our Mermaid & Dragon Bathroom Designs. Display your beauty regime! OVERSIZED MEDICINE CABINETS: Purchase or Custom Design an oversized Medicine Cabinet, like one that is fully mirrored as in our Mermaid Bath, or our Custom Cabinet with multi-functions designed for our Grand Dragon Bath. Great Ideas for tons of storage space!
  • CUSTOM VANITY:  A Must! A good vanity is already an expensive investment so why not get one custom designed to not only fit your space but also include features for the ultimate in organization and storage! While you’re at it—mix in your personality for that extra Pizazz- as we did in our Condo Mermaid & Grand Dragon Bathroom Designs! Interesting handles and knobs can also add sparkle & charm!
  • Replace a shallow tub with a lovely deep soaker with or without jets. It’s a Spa like feeling and there’s always room for one more! Add a glass “half wall” for the shower or a hotel style curved rod with a very chic curtain of your choice!
  • A Custom Frameless Glass Shower is a great choice for small Condo Bath spaces! Thick glass panels and hinges, gives your bathroom a wide open feeling. The glass comes in many different textures as well as clear AND you can design your own sandblasted pattern should you wish. No little pixies please!
  • Don’t be predictable in your Bathroom Design! Here’s an opportunity to reflect your personality and style! Knight? Court Jester? Wood Nymph? Mythical Creature? Elfin Queen?!!!
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The Tale of “The Princess and Two Princes of Air, Water & Earth, A Children’s Bedroom Design Story”. Chapter 3: “Princess of the Air”

Our story continues with the fairest little Princess in the land………..

The youngest child, of exquisite angelic beauty, Princess of the Air, commanded all the wind currents, all the winged creatures, all dreams and all with a very feminine attitude. Her voice like a beautiful bell, when she sang, soothed all beasts, including her Father the King after a bad day at the office.

She loved the sky…ahem…of course, and wished to greet each morning in her bedroom and adjoining playroom, with her own sky that said, ”Have a wonderful day, Princess, and don’t forget your wings!” She loved roses, kitty cats, fairies, butterflies, and anything that sparkled, as did her late great Grandmother, another wonderful Queen, and wanted these special things to decorate her room. Being a Princess of course, she had quite the jewelry collection, –a little Elizabeth Taylor in fact–with tons of crowns, rings, and necklaces. Her motto was (just like her Mom, the Queen), MORE IS MORE!!! She loved to perform in front of a mirror (or people), singing, dancing, acting and giggling for her royal audience. She loved to draw winged creatures, usually fairies, and she could often be seen by the townspeople riding her little bike with her own fashionable wings on. In fact she wore them ALL the time with her tutu and had a collection for any occasion. Her nursery school teacher created a dream circle, (inspired by our little Princess), beginning the class each day with the Princess of the Air, in full regalia, sharing her last night’s dream with high drama and passion! Other children wanted to get in on her act, sharing their dreams as well, some making them up as they went along, and delivered with vim and vigor!

The new Princess bedroom, in this tired old castle was in dire need of magical transformation. Our Design Fairy Godmother whipped out her trusty wand, tons of sparkle! And began to call in the Merry Forces.

First, new electrical wiring replaced the old knob and tube. We included a light in her closet to help the Princess coordinate her wings and outfits any time of day or night. A beautiful 1940’s light fixture with green leaves and roses was miraculously found and hung from the original plaster rose medallion on her ceiling.  The floors were refinished! Covered with three layers of linoleum from different eras, black tar, and white glue, the beautiful oak floors were preserved but suffocating underneath. Sanded, stained with an off white paint glaze (a light airy look called “pickling”) and finished with satin verathane, made this floor fit for the Princess’s tiny royal tootsies. A beautiful morning sky was painted on her ceilings with paint glazes in an impressionistic style. Her walls were also glazed in an Italian faux fresco style, with a peachy rose color not unlike her little cheeks! Antique bedroom furniture with gilded leaf accents, custom bedding, custom curtains with ties and crystal/pearl details, rose garlands and pearls strands were added to complete this child’s bedroom story. Kitty cats, fairies, and butterflies found their home with this little Princess of the Air. And of course, an ancient enchanted mirror was placed in the right magical spot for our royal one to practice and perform her astounding routines! The Design Fairy Godmother chuckled with delight as she watched the little Princess jump up and down with happiness, squealing with excitement!

And as the Princess grew and sparkled, so did her multiple artistic talents. When she became a teen, her passion for fashionable fairy wings soon evolved to a fashionable shoe collection, although she never forgot how to fly. Her jewelry collection grew– of course, and she kept her last (and favorite) pair of fairy wings, safely in her closet, ready for action whenever she chose. The Princess of the Air acquired through her talents, determination, and some good luck, a real audience to entertain and her imaginative dreams became a reality…… except the one about the Kitty Cat Fairy Dragon.

THE END
…..and should you be wondering about THE PRINCESS of the FIRE, well that my dears, is another story………………….

© 2012 Andrea Carini

© 2012 Andrea Carini

AFTER photos by Michael McDonald
INTERIOR DESIGN by Andrea Carini for Your Sacred Space Interiors

BEFORE: An absolute mess to demo & redo! New electrical, plastering and removing the layers of "history" from this floor to reveal its hidden beauty. The walls an ugly fleshy color--this is no a room for a Royal!!! (1-before pic with window & door------2- before pic of ceiling medallion and hanging knob/tube)

BEFORE: An absolute mess to demo & redo! New electrical, plastering and removing the layers of “history” from this floor to reveal its hidden beauty. The walls an ugly fleshy color–this is no a room for a Royal!!! (1-before pic with window & door——2- before pic of ceiling medallion and hanging knob/tube)

AFTER: A lovely room fit for any little Princess! Pickled Floors, Italian Fresco Walls, Antique Heirloom Bedroom Furniture, Designer Bedding, Roses, Pearls, Kitty Cats, & Fairies! 

AFTER: A lovely room fit for any little Princess! Pickled Floors, Italian Fresco Walls, Antique Heirloom Bedroom Furniture, Designer Bedding, Roses, Pearls, Kitty Cats, & Fairies!

AFTER: An impressionistic sky tops this airy space and a gorgeous 1940's light fixture is the "icing on the cake"! Simple elegant window treatments let the light shine through!

AFTER: An impressionistic sky tops this airy space and a gorgeous 1940’s light fixture is the “icing on the cake”! Simple elegant window treatments let the light shine through!

AFTER: A Princess Mirror, Mirror on the Wall!

AFTER: A Princess Mirror, Mirror on the Wall!

AFTER: A Magical Playroom with a view of the garden! Sky above and a "pond" floor below! A Princess storage chest for all her lovely dresses and crowns is accented with two vintage stain glass windows from 1915.

AFTER: A Magical Playroom with a view of the garden! Sky above and a “pond” floor below! A Princess storage chest for all her lovely dresses and crowns is accented with two vintage stain glass windows from 1915.

ANDREA’S DESIGN PEARLS OF WISDOM:

  • When designing a child’s room, consult and get to know your child, Prince or Princess. The space should reflect their individual personalities, and interests, not those of their parents, interior designers or cookie cutter cartoon character. Ask questions. Find out what they like AND don’t like. AND LISTEN.
  • An Interior Design Professional (or fabulous Design Fairy Godmother) will LISTEN intently, and skillfully blend/harmonize your child’s wishes, dreams, interests and personality into their special space. Not only should a child’s bedroom be functional, but must also encourage him/her to be and express themselves comfortably in their own personalized environment, conducive to their healthy growth.
  • Children should be partners in the design process of their own bedrooms. They must own their space. What colors do they like? Allow him/her to express their imaginative and creative ideas! The design-challenge? Make it all work!
  • Don’t follow trends. These have nothing to do with who your little Prince or Princess is. If you must as a result of their current interest, then represent these trends in decorative items, accessories, you can use and later remove and sell on Kijiji. Remember as the child’s interest changes, so will those accessories!
  • A child’s bedroom should grow with them. They will not remain 4 years old forever!  After the baby stage, choose furniture that has multi-functions and can organize the space with lots of shelves and storage. Someday your child will be a teen and will need places to put things– other than the floor—or at least have the option!
  • A child’s needs for their new bedroom design includes; a place to sleep, a place to play/entertain, a place to do homework, a place to relax, and most importantly a place to feel safe.
  • Don’t be afraid to paint the ceiling with a lovely relaxing accent color, or even a sky! Lying on the bed, a child can look up and be inspired.
  • Great Lighting is important for your child’s space. Make sure to have soft light, and a lamp for reading. If possible, install dimmers to control the brightness in the room (actually great for all bedrooms). Have an interesting light fixture as a focal point. Remember lighting affects our moods—even children—to read, play and relax.
  • Place your child’s art in their rooms. Frame their artworks, and display them proudly.
  • HAVE FUN! A child’s imagination is unlimited and has no boundaries!