Okay friends, the bathrooms in this house have had me freaking out for weeks.

Seriously, I can’t seem to make a decision and stick with it – it’s driving me crazy!

Here’s the problem – typically we spring for custom vanities and they can be whatever/however we want them to be, but this time we decided from the outset that we wanted to try out the Godmorgon vanities from Ikea for all of the bathrooms – they’re an insanely great price, they have wonderful reviews, tons of storage, and they look pretty darn good.

The trouble is, while the Godmorgon worked flawlessly when the “crisp & light” design scheme I’m having a hard time making it work with my “rustic modern” design (click here to see the mood board).

From the beginning I’ve been drawn to the white oak option, or else possibly the glossy white:

ikea godmorgon

I think they have the best chance of working with the design, and to me they look the nicest.  However, all of the light fixtures in the house are black, which can work with these options, but it’s just a little tricky.

Here are some images that help me picture how the light wood/black/white could look:

inspiration for bathroom

(via Tribe Studio Architects)

inspiration for bathroom

(via Smitten Studio)

bathroom inspiration

(via Jilly & Mia)

inspiration for bathroom

(via Bo Bedre)

bathroom inspiration

(via Hare + Klein)

inspiration for bathroom

(via Regan Baker Design)

inspiration for bathroom

(via Techné)

inspiration for bathroom

(Ziporah Towels via Interiors Addict)

inspiration for bathroom

(via Amber Interiors)

inspiration for bathroom

(via AlterEco)

The black paired with the white or white oak maybe reads a bit more Scandinavian than I’d intended.  (Translation – does it look too cold?)  A darker stain on the wood option would really warm things up, but I’m not a huge fan of the darker Godmorgon vanity (I’m not sure it looks as nice).  It might be possible to paint the vanities, but I’m not really wanting to add that expense and I’m not sure how paint would adhere to the vanity material.

What’s a girl to do?  If I go with white vanities then I can add darker, warmer wood accents – or I can go with the oak and try to add lots of interest and texture with the tile, like honeycomb, contrasting grout, etc.  There’s a line of insanely awesome tiles at Home Depot right now that look like cement tiles, but that might be a bit too out there for a flip.

cement tile lookalikes

Does this rambling post give you any idea of how jumbled my brain is right now?  :)  It would probably make life a lot easier if I would just spring for polished chrome light fixtures instead of black, but for some reason I’m feeling like it might be weird if every fixture in the house is black except for in the bathroom.  Then again, maybe it’s weird to have polished chrome plumbing fixtures and black light fixtures?


We Have Drywall!

So I fully realize that this isn’t the most thrilling or thorough update in the world, but . . .

. . . we have drywall!


On Saturday the walls were insulated (at least all of the open walls were) and drywalled.

10th Flip - Before
demo, framing & plumbing


There are still some areas that need to be finished, and the tape and bed crew will come in later, but it’s starting to look like a real house!

Dining Room Chandelier Options for the 10th Flip

You guys were so helpful with the kitchen lighting options, and I’m crossing my fingers that you’ll have the answer to all my dining room lighting needs as well!  :)  (BTW, I’m 99% sure that I’m going with Alexis’ recommendation – the Tilt Cone Sconce.  I’m obsessed!)

Here’s my dilemma – I had my heart set on a certain chandelier for the dining room.  It was perfect – modern, a bit industrial yet still refined, unique…I could go on and on.  The problem?  That sucker is backordered until late January.  Womp womp.  (If we’re still working on this flip in late January please send me prayers.)

So.  Here are the options I’m currently considering.  Could you pretty please let me know what you think?

dining lighting options

  1. Tangled Chandelier – Persimmon - $285.  I love it.  It’s cool and unique, but maybe TOO unique?  It comes in green or yellow as well, but I like the red the best.  But red would probably freak people out.  Brass and a blackened brass are options as well, for an extra $100, but if I go that route shouldn’t I just go for #11 instead and save some cash?
  2. Varaluz Wright Stuff 3-Light Black Pendant - $399.  Expensive.  Too crazy?  It’s a little aggressive-looking, somehow.
  3. Clive Chandelier - $379.  O.M.G.  So this is the chandelier that I had my heart set on.  $&*(@!  I love it!  I used it in my mood boards here and here!  Weep.  Any suggestions for a similar fixture?
  4. Two-Tone Pendant Lamp - $65 each pendant.  So how cool would it be to do a cluster of these in different colors?  Answer – so cool.  But again, maybe too weird for a flip.
  5. Bentwood Pendant - $189 each.  This seems like a very viable option, but it just has a single bulb.
  6. Industrial Chandelier - $249.  I like this one a lot, but for all you bare-bulb-haters out there, would it singe your eyeballs?
  7. Capiz Tiered Chandelier - $379.  Yes.  This one could be excellent.  You know how I love a capiz chandelier.  ;)
  8. Mobile Chandelier - $249.  So I’m thinking this one might be the new frontrunner.  It’s pretty awesome, right?!?
  9. Liberty Pendant - $229.  Pretty, but you can’t avoid that brass.  I’m digging brass these days, but we’ve now learned that not everyone has jumped on that bandwagon!
  10. Diamond Kiss Pendant - $179.  Kind of like #2, but less aggressive.  The cone shade softens it somehow.
  11. Radial Chandelier - $299.  This one is a good option, but I wonder if it looks a little too industrial?  That ring is flattened black metal, which seems pretty utilitarian.
  12. Peel Pendant Lamp - $199.  Kind of like #5 but with some sassy orange highlights peeking through.  Just one bulb.
  13. Warehouse Tiffany’s Jackstone Chandelier - $292.99.  This one is an obvious choice – but does it take the house too midcentury?  I don’t have a problem with it, and I think it would work with the overall design…
  14. Young House Love Geometric Diamond Lantern - $99.  Pretty, but not enough oomph to hold the dining space, I don’t think.
  15. Oversized Cone Paper Shade Pendant - $269.  I like this one (I like the one with the gold interior even better!), but I’m not sure it goes with the vibe we’re going for.
  16. Multi Glass Orb Chandelier - $358.  Love it.  Maybe this is the winner?
  17. Be Squared Modern Chandelier - $279.  Really cool, but it has some brass – would buyers run screaming?
  18. Uttermost Paxton 1 Light Pendant - $206.80.  A cheaper version of #2, but with only one bulb.  What is with chandeliers with only one bulb?!?  Do people eat in the dark?

So, in a nutshell, since I can’t have Clive I’m leaning towards #1, #7, #8, #13 or #16.  Do you have a favorite?  Or maybe an entirely different option?  Help a girl out!!

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