Contemporary Bathroom With Large White Tiled Shower
This light and bright bathroom features a spacious walk-in shower with floor-to-ceiling white tiles and chrome fixtures. A custom handmade vanity boasts a medium grain wood countertop and ivory rectangular sinks, while natural wood floors provide a finishing touch.
Carter Design opened up a wall and created a counter to eat at and enjoy the view to exclude the need for a table, as space was limited.
The bleached walnut was a material used on all the cabinetry throughout the condo to bring in an organic wood element that did not overtake the art. Jason Koharik's custom light and the vintage Bertoia chairs add just the right pop.
Texture is the way to bring visual interest to a monotone room. Here, glossy surfaces like the dining table and cabinetry combine with leather, stainless steel and glass to give this all-white penthouse dimension.
This coastal chic living room features large framed art in a blue pattern that flows seamlessly to the wicker cushioned sofa with navy throw pillows and complimentary wicker coffee table. Two sturdy and matching blue side tables flank the couch with floor lamps on a neutral rug.
Anyone who needs a quiet spot — whether Miranda’s preparing homeschool lessons or one of the kids is playing a computer game — can find it in here. Normally the wire shelves are filled with books and plants, but they got cleared out for an Advent calendar made of gift boxes, with a treat in each one. Ever the retro furniture fan, Luke found the military desk at a thrift store and the chair at a garage sale, then had it reupholstered.
“I love a bath at the end of the day, so I think Luke was channeling me in here,” says Miranda. He paired the fiberglass tub by AKDY with a floating vanity he designed that’s topped with black soapstone. Tall mirrors from IKEA look even sleeker with globe pendants hung low in front—since they’re see-through, they don’t obstruct the view in the mirrors.
Luke and Miranda got a king bed for the first time — their old place didn’t have the space — and it’s appreciated by everyone. When Luke designed the room, he was going for something unexpected. “I thought the ‘Love Always’ sign, which I had made as a headboard, was romantic,” says Luke. (Yes, it has a dimmer.) The rug, nightstand and dresser are vintage finds.
One of Luke’s early visions for the house was a matte black kitchen. “It contrasts nicely with wood and makes the appliances blend in seamlessly,” says Luke. The cabinets and the island are from IKEA, and he got vintage green pendants from a local flea market to play up the hints of green veining in the black soapstone counters. Industrial-style counter stools from Craigslist provide the perfect place to perch with hot chocolate after playing in the snow.
This spot off the kitchen, where both meals and schoolwork happen, is bustling all day long. Luke brought in pops of color with yellow chairs by Coavas and a wall hanging by local artist Kate Crowley-Gilbert. “I don’t like spaces that seem cold or sterile, so Luke gave every room softness,” says Miranda. Here it’s a round table (vintage) and a woven pendant (from Candelabra). The wood piece against the wall is a refurbished plant stand, found at Boise Vintage.
Going for maximum airiness, Luke and Clint gave this space a 20-foot-high ceiling and two-story windows. It’s cozied up by a gas fireplace clad in smooth cedarwood, with soapstone on the hearth. Aggregate concrete floors with embedded river rocks stand up to occasional basketball dribbling. The 1960s leather sofa and the rockers are from Boise Vintage—Luke had the chairs reupholstered in buffalo check fabric from JoAnn.
The floating concrete staircase is one of Luke’s favorite features in the house — shout-out to Clint for helping make it structurally sound. It’s spruced up for the holidays with cypress garland and black-and-white bows, while wrapped presents ready to be doled out to extended family do double duty as decor.
It’s vital to blow out the pipes on an in-ground pool. Call a professional if you’re uncertain how to do this procedure—it’s what protects the water lines from freezing. Afterwards, plug the return jets and install a Gizzmo in the skimmer to prevent it from cracking. If you do these few tasks, you don’t have to drain the pool for winter unless you have ornamental tile edging the pool. In that case, drain water 4 inches below the tile.
Dress up spent summer and fall container gardens with boughs of fresh evergreens for a colorful winter display. Greens like spruce, fir, mountain hemlock and Virginia pine retain color and needles to provide a long winter display. Treat cut greenery with an anti-transpirant to help stems retain moisture. Use bunched ornamental grass stems or bundled branches to add a strong vertical element to designs.