Monday Moods: March Madness

It’s hard to believe that it is now almost March and that the worst of winter (fingers crossed) is hopefully over. Now there is nothing left to do but dream of coral lipstick, citrus fruits and blooming flowers…

mm-01 1. Grapefruit tart by Lark and Linen

2. Denim dress from Zara

3. Rebecca Judd’s Modern pink bathroom

4. The 50 best Spring NYFW shoes By Stylecaster

5. Halo light by Nate Cotterman

6. ‘Dance’ by Ashley Woodson Bailey at Citizen Atelier

Happy Monday, lovelies xx

Sneak Peek: American Standard Fixtures

Anyone who has been reading about #projectflip knows that I have been neck deep in renovations for what seems like forever! At times construction can be crazy hectic, but I have sincerely loved being able to pick and choose every element and fixture that goes into our new home. Though I am a big believer of high impact, investment pieces such as art and statement furniture, I also feel like the little details are what take the quality of the design to the next level.

As such, today I am giving a sneak peek of my favourite American Standard pieces that I’ve used in my #pineave bathrooms. Below are 3 completely different looks for 3 completely different rooms.

Product List

Ensuite Toilet

Ensuite Sink x2

Enusite bathtub

Powder faucet

Kids’ faucet x 2

Kids’ shower


Project Flip – Bathrooms and a Builder

There’s lots to update on…

project flip christine dovey style

…starting with the uber exciting news that we officially have a builder!!!!! Yes sir…I’m thrilled that RMS will be doing this renovation for us…

rms builders banner

So far I can’t say enough about how incredibly hard these people have been working for me…trying to find finishes for less…texting me from suppliers who might be interested in partnering…being available night and day to answer questions…I could go on.  I’m SO HAPPY that we’ve found a builder that is so flexible and excited about working on this with us…really, really, really.

And on the delighted train, I’m pretty sure that demo will be starting this week or next and I can’t wait to share all the progress pictures with on that front.  As you know, we bought this property over 2 years ago and I’ve been staring at it every day since just waiting and wondering if anything was EVER going to happen and now it really and truly looks like something is…I seriously couldn’t be more excited.

I’ve been making decisions and finalizing plans left right and center so here’s a few updates on what’s going to happen with the finished home…if all goes according to plan that is.

Bathrooms….I’ve nailed down most of what’s going to happen in all of these.

For the mainfloor powder room, I’ll be using Wall & Deco Stucco wallpaper for the walls…

wall and deco stucco wallpaper

I actually already have a few rolls of it leftover from a top secret little shoot I worked on a while back so it’s going up.  The bathroom is bitty so I want it to pack a lot of punch.  For the vanity, I want a solid slab of something going from one wall to the other…either wood, concrete or a marble look-a-like…something along these lines…

slab vanity project flip powder room

I have a really pretty thin framed black mirror that will go above the vanity and then I’m thinking of hanging this West Elm pendant on one side…

west elm framed sculpture pendant

Floors will be the white washed oak that’s on the rest of the mainfloor.

Next, the upstairs bathroom…for here, I want a playful sort of something.

To start, I want to do the floor in patterned black and white hexagons…like this…

black hex tiles

OR…something with a little more whimsy like this…only in reverse colours…

heart tiles

For the vanity, I’m going vintage with a wall hung troph sink…

troph sink project flip

…painted black of course;)

And for the walls, I’m thinking of leaving them painted…maybe with some good moulding…but doing a while herringbone with cheap tile in the shower…

white herringone tile project flip

I haven’t sorted out lights yet but thinking of re-using my Venetian mirror for above the sink…

venetian mirror project flip

Lighting isn’t sorted in here yet…maybe some sort of swing arm sconces on either side of mirror…or ball pendants like I did in a client’s bathroom a while back…

pendant lights christine dovey bathroom

I always loved how they played agains that style mirror.

As for storage, I spotted this antique curio yesterday and thinking if I painted it black, it could make for some pretty great towel/soap/bathroom stuff storage…


OR…I might save this for somewhere else and do something more modern like this Crate and Barrel goodie…

crate and barrel casement unit

We shall see on that front.

And that brings us to the master ensuite. I’d like to go for calm and serene in here so it’s going to be white. I’m considering wrapping everything in marble look-a-like porcelain tile in combo with Jason Wu for Brizo black fixtures…

master bathroom black jason wu brizo tapware marble tile

For the vanity, I’m doing a custom very simple floating white number…

master bathroom vanity and palate project flip

…with frameless mirror above and I’d love to have the wall hung faucets integrated into it…

master bathroom faucets out of mirror project flip

To save on costs, the flooring in here will be the white oak, with the marble that’s on all the walls, on the floor of the shower.

The shower situation will be like above as well…one panel of glass without a door, shower head from ceiling with a floating tub in that same ‘wet area’.  Because we’re doing two floors in here, we’ll need a threshold for the shower area.

Lighting is still pretty up in the air in here too but I LOVE these Parachilna pendants…

parachilna lighting project flip chrisitne dovey

…though they’re also on the contender list for the kitchen island so again, we shall see where it all lands out.

I also have these Lambert et Fils lovelies on the maybe list…

lambert and fils dot pendant project flip

And I think that’s that business for now.

I’m hoping for some good progress shots of total destruction next week so stay tuned for that:)


One Room Challenge – The Reveal!!!

I’m writing this post the day before the official reveal because as you read this, I’m on a plane over the Atlantic heading for London and the Amara Blog Awards…cue MAJOR excitement!!!

I really can’t believe I’m sitting here hours before the car picks me up for the airport, actually ready to showcase my One Room Challenge bathroom.

For those of you have been following along, you already know that this reno has not been smooth sailing for me at all.  If you haven’t been reading these past few weeks, you can catch up with week one, two, three, four and five…after reading, you’ll understand why I’m more than just a little happy to be able to share this reveal with you on deadline.

Thanks to: 1. my amazing Super Allen who demoed the original space and started the groundwork for what was going to be the finished product 2. my husband for always always always helping…not matter what…all the time…he did picks ups/delivery, drove me around most weekends to source goodies, helped me with cleaning/scrubbing/gluing/scraping/hanging etc. etc. He’s pretty swell and I’m pretty lucky. 3. Jamie the Magnificent…aka…the contractor who swept in like a construction white knight and within 4 days was able to take a bathroom that was essentially half done and to one that’s ready for its spotlight 4. My electrician Ben from 2B Wired for again, swooping in last minute and getting all of that business done. 5. Peter the Painter who always, always comes when I need him…he’s a gem among gems who I can always, always count on. 6. Me…I’ve worked really, really hard on this bathroom- probably harder than on any space I’ve done before…the stress of the ups and downs and fear of not finishing, combined with the days and weeks of sourcing, overseeing, painting, cleaning, scrubbing, installing and cleaning some more, were hard….but so so worth it.

Like I said earlier, finishing this bathroom in time for reveal day was really touch and go with this one. As of this past Friday, I had pretty much thrown in the towel thinking there was no hope but the gods shone down on me and miraculously, though all is not completely finito, the bathroom is ready to show you what it’s made of.

So, here she goes….my master ensuite, Fall 2014 One Room Challenge styles…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom taryn st michelle artwork

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom endeavour neaon sign

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom wayfair bench

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

christine dovey one room challenge tray with perfume



one room challenge christine dovey bathroom




So there you have it:)

I wish I had better photos because honestly, these don’t do the space justice at all. It’s a super hard room to shoot because of the huge mirror and narrow dimensions…I can’t wait to have it captured professionally.

For now though, these will give you an idea of what the place looks like…minus a shower door…we’re still waiting on that so the professional shots will showcase it as well:)

In any case, I’m so thankful I took the leap again and took part in this round of the One Room Challenge…they don’t call it a challenge for nothing but when all is said and done, it’s a process/trip I’d never not want to take.

It feels pretty fantastic to have a vision for a room….

one room challenge christine dovey style master bathroom makeover concept board

…and see it come to life.

A huge thanks to my fellow ORCers for brining the shiz to this round and for being so awesome/inspirational…

ORC-Participant Fall 2014

Abby M. Interiors . Because It’s Awesome . Chinoiserie Chic . The Decorista . Design Chic . The Design Daredevil . Design Darling . Design Indulgence . Design Manifest . House of Turquoise . Jana Bek Design . Jill Sorensen . Maddie G. Designs . Mimosa Lane . A Piece of Toast . The Pink Pagoda . Stone Textile . Waiting on Martha . The Zhush

Trademarked by Calling it Home

And of course to Linda for organzing this whole thing.

I’ll be back after my trip to do a whole behind the scenes on the bathroom to show you the work that went into getting it ready to show you this past week.  I’ll also of course, go through all my sources.

For now, thanks as always for reading and stopping by. I’ll be away until Saturday so will draw for the winners of both my giveaways (CA/art and 219) then (sorry about the delay on the Gray Malin/Citizen Atelier one…just not enough hours in the day).

Oh and though I won’t be here, I’ll be posting all about my London adventures on Insta so make sure to have a peek over there.


One Room Challenge – Week 5

Welcome back to week 5 of the One Room Challenge

one room challenge christine dovey week five

…or what I’m starting to call…One Room Cascade of Ball Sacks.

That sounds negative.  I don’t mean it to. I LOVE this challenge to bits and pieces but holy man…in the case of this bathroom I’m working on, it’s been one problem or issue after another.

If you’ve missed progress so far, you might want to get the background with week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4 and then full circle back to now.

For today, I thought I’d start with the bollocks stuff so I could end on a super, ‘I think I can, I think I can’ note so here it goes.

Bad News:

1. My Super Allen had a rough week poor guy. On Thursday he fell and tweeked his back and couldn’t work Friday or Saturday.  He was back to business on Sunday and Monday, only to be down for the count again on Tuesday from a very nasty case of food poisoning:(((((((  If this had been any other space, hubs and I could have picked up the pieces but we’re talking about 12×24 marble tiles that need to be cut with a diamond blade…cement tile in a rather crazydoodle pattern that has to have a master’s hand to lay properly etc. etc. This sort of stuff just isn’t in our wheelhouse and really, without the tile finished, there was zero we could do in terms of actually getting the groundwork done so…as of now, we are not done tiling.  I suspect if Allen is feeling better today, the tile will be laid by Thursday and then I’ll seal the cement floor so that gouting can start Friday.  Hopefully.

2. Marble tile- this Bianco Gioia business has been a bit of a nightmare.  To start, it was a week late on the original delivery.  Once it arrived though, all was good…it was perfect…I love it…yadda yadda. But then Allen put it up on the wall and as you heard last week, we became very worried about the adhesive soaking through so work on the marble stopped for 3 days until we got some real answers about how to handle it etc.  A few days of good tiling progress happened until Allen figured out that we were likely going to be short. Because it had taken 2 weeks from the original order date to come, I was super dupes stressed that the marble was going to screw things up and well, it has.  I placed the order for 3 more boxes and was happily surprised when I was told it would be here in 3 days, which brought me to this past Saturday. And then, poof, just like that, my optimism was shattered when I was told ‘ so sorry but your marble was the only skid that wasn’t on the truck’.  Crying.  Within an hour though, I got a phone call the the marble was indeed there and we could go back and pick it up. Woot. Happy/relieved dance flips at this point.  So…hubs picked up the tile and I again began to think that I might actually be able to pull this off. But then…we Allen got to work putting the tile up and when I went up to check in a few hours later I noticed that the tile was COMPLETELY different tile to the original.  My tile is very lightly veined and the lines it does have run vertically with lots of faint faint spots. The new tile is heavily veined in a linear horizontal pattern…no beuno at all.

christine dovey one room challenge bianco gioia tile

As of now, I’m still waiting on the new boxes so regardless of Allen being here and ready to get back to business, I may not have actual tile for him to work with.

The compilation of the Allen/tile bad news has meant that the bathroom is still very much in construction mode. As of now, things are looking like this…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  cement tile shop tulum tile

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  bianco gioia tile

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  cement tile shop tulum tile

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  cement tile shop tulum tile

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  cement tile shop tulum tlile

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  biano gioia tile

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom biano gioia tile

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

Now…I know there is great things to be seen in those photos.

For one, the Tulum tile is even more amazing than I had hoped. I’m obsessed with it and would sleep on that damn floor if I could. Also, I love the way the marble and the tile are playing together…they’re total love buddies.

All that Super Allen was able to do this week is genius. He’s amazing and I adore him and I feel terrible that he’s had such a crap week. Boo boo boo.

Aside from all of this, some pretty amazing things did also happen around these parts.

So…on to the good news.

1. To re-iterate, the tile that’s gone down is looking fabulous and I’m so so soooooooooo excited to see it all done.

2. Hubs and I were able to sort out my vintage lights and how to hang them dilemma. Originally, I had planned on hitting up my favourite vintage lighting store for the vintage caps to make these puppies hang but alas, the owner of the store wasn’t able to find a pair anywhere…I wasn’t that surprised…it went along with the kind of week this was but thankfully, with a little ingenuity, we we able to sort this shiz out. The solution started with a trip to IKEA (on a Sunday afternoon…ps…NOT ACES…I might have almost lost it due to a mild case of claustrophobia)…actually we went to Home Depot first but there wasn’t anything there that we could have MacGyvered so on to IKEA it was.  What we were looking for was something that could fit inside the bowl of my pendants and hold the glass. Enter the Helg pendant…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  ikea pendant

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  ikea pendant

What I forgot to take a photo of at this point is the most important part…this pendant is supported by a metal grid basket that holds the wiring to the whicker shade, that then runs to the white plastic cord above and ceiling cap.

The basket was exactly what we were looking for and if you are ever in the market to do the same sort of thing, let me save you the time searching through their lighting department…the Helg is the only pendant with this sort of apparatus so the only one that will work.

Anyhoo…though it worked, I didn’t love the plastic cord so enter, this stuff…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  ikea pendant black and white cord

…aka Ikea’s answer to my prayers…black and white electrical cord.

All we had to do was take the cap off the original plastic one that held it to the basket and voila…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  ikea pendant

Now you’ll notice that the black and white cord is plug in…that’s easy peasy to fix…we’ll just cut the plug off and string it through the original ceiling cap and then use wire cutters to expose the wires so that they can be fed into the junction box above…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  ikea pendant vintage light

And I’ll take off the sticker too;)

Oh and as for the leftover whicker shades, Jasper has re-purposed those too…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  ikea pendant

3. I was able to find a super amazing electrican who could come in Super Allen’s absence to move our sconces to the ceiling and then install a plug on the opposite wall for my neon sign.

If you’re in Toronto and looking for a supremely awesome electrician, 2B Wired is your answer.

Here are my new pendant holes and though the one on the right looks really far over there, it isn’t…they’re both exactly centred on the mirror that will go in that hole and the vanity…


Sadly the vent can’t be moved…well technically it could be moved but that’s beyond the scope of this project to be sure. I’m hoping that a clean vent cover will make it way less visible.

4. We were able to pick up my toilet from the great folks over at PMF Plumbing…and though it felt like it was filled with cement and almost killed hubs and I when we were attempting to carry it from the car , we got it inside…my bathroom will have a toilet…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  pmf plumbing durvit toilet

5. I got a slew of pretty fantastic deliveries this week :

a) My very graphic/awesome/perfect Minted black and white photographs arrived…




b) My Jonathan Adler Canisters came from Shop 219 and they’re a black and white jelly donught with sprinkles…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  jonathan adler secrets glitter canisters shop 219

c) My Lux Holdups lucite/specially plated just for me chrome towel rack and toilet paper holder and well, these don’t really need anything to be said…just look…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  lux hold ups towel rod

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  lux hold up lucite towel rod

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  lux holdups lucite towel rod

6. I was also able to pick up some goodness from my super dope framer, including this stunner from Nicole Cohen

one room challenge christine dovey nicole cohen photograph

…and this pair of DIY photographs I took…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  diy photographs

7. I found some pretty pink soap at Whole Foods…3 for $6…

chrisitne dovey one room challenge good soaop

8. I brought home some very inexpensive accessorizing business from IKEA…

christine dovey one room challenge ikea black and white plate black and pink cups light cord

And…I think that sums up week 5.

As with all the others, there have been some definitely highs and lows and now all I can really do is cross my fingers that all will magically come together before Tuesday.

I had planned on having my favourite photographer Ashely Capp come on Saturday to shoot but I’m pretty sure there’s no way that’s going to happen so for reveal, you’ll be seeing the very amateur hour rendition of the bathroom as captured by yours truly. I’m hoping to eventually have the professional versions as well, once everything is totally finished.

For now, please pray for me and also send the the positive ‘get ‘er done’ vibes to my fellow participants…

ORC-Participant Fall 2014

Abby M. Interiors . Because It’s Awesome . Chinoiserie Chic . The Decorista . Design Chic . The Design Daredevil . Design Darling . Design Indulgence . Design Manifest . House of Turquoise . Jana Bek Design . Jill Sorensen . Maddie G. Designs . Mimosa Lane . A Piece of Toast . The Pink Pagoda . Stone Textile . Waiting on Martha . The Zhush

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And I’ll see you back here next week for the big REVEAL…come hell or high water, I promise there will be something here to show you:)


One Room Challenge – Week 4

Am I the only one who can’t freaking believe that it’s already Wednesday AGAIN?!?!?

one room challenge christine dovey week four

Like all the weeks before this one, I’ve had 7 days of ups and downs to be sure..

This little nugget’s face pretty much tells the tale…

one room challenge christine dovey endeavour neon sign ferm living basket upholstered bench wayfair

…as in “oh holy balls…this renovating a bathroom in 6 short weeks and actually finishing by Nov. 5th is going to be dicy pants.”

If you’ve been following along, you know that I’m working on transforming my master bathroom in just 6 short weeks as part of this thing we call the One Room Challenge…aka the brainchild of Linda over at Calling it Home.

With my last kick at the ORC can, I completed a client’s piano room, which involved major construction, millwork, tiling, ordering etc. etc.

When I began this round, I honestly thought my bathroom was going to be a walk in the proverbial park but well…such has not exactly been the case.

I think I’m pretty behind and by pretty, I mean really.

Most of the lag has to do with the delay of my wall tiles…they were delivered exactly a week after the expected date.

Thankfully, the magic marble truck arrived this past Friday and things were looking way up in my books but after just 6 tiles going up on the wall, all work stopped because of panic over the adhesive seeping through the porous marble…and to be honest, there hasn’t really been a resolution to this issue, even after discussions with many a tiler.  We’re very much hoping that eventually, the darn things will dry out and all dark/wet spots will magically disappear. Fingers and toes and all appendages are officially crossed.

Anyhoo…we didn’t resume tiling until yesterday so well, the walls aren’t exactly finished.  As he always does though, super Allen has banged out a ton in two days and will hopefully have the walls done tomorrow, so that we can start on the floor by the weekend.

And speaking of floor, my glorious Cement Tile Shop Tulum tiles arrived Saturday, thanks to my husband the cross border courier and well…that delivery was sort of akin to grown up Christmas morning with a large extra bubbly mimosa in hand.

I admittedly did have a small 24 hour freak out after first opening the tiles because they’re not really black and white as I had planned, but in fact more black and taupey/beige. Against subway tiles, they read pretty white but when put beside my very white marble, the cement tiles look pretty beige and my marble looks sort of bluey.  So yup…a momentary panic ensued on that front…thankfully cooler brain waves prevailed after sleeping on it and I’m not embracing the cool/warm mix. You know me…I always like a bit of tension so this extra bit of contrast can’t hurt.

What else?

Oh yes…as with past weeks, I shopped a bit on the weekend because unlike a regular room where I can really do stuff every day, waiting on the tiles has left me with not much to do on the labour front so…to ease ‘my hands are tied and I can’t do anything pain’ I got my retail therapy on. A quick visit to one of my faves, the Drake General Store landed me some pretty little bathroom accessories because heck…if I couldn’t have tile at that point, a pink toothbrush sure as heck was in order.

Along with the new bag of goodies, some delivery trucks swung by my hood.

My bust photograph from Nicole Cohen (speaking of Ms. NC, if you missed my post from yesterday link over and then link over again to buy a copy of her new book #absurdistsummer) arrived and is heaven in print form.

Along with that, my Wayfair prezzies arrived, including: my ferm living pink basket which is maybe the best such thing I’ve ever seen but admittedly a tad (and by tad I mean way) larger than I anticipated so might quite possibly not fit in the bathroom but will likely get forced in against its will because it’s that awesome; the upholstered bench I momentarily thought about recovering because it was actually beige and not white until the instant the cement tile arrived and it very obviously became the Sonny to my tile Cher.

And finally for this week, my furniture transformation guru, Tim Welsby of Beresford Inc. finished painting my vanity and whoa Nelly she looks purdy.

So…again…as with week one, two and three, this one was a cacophony of ups and downs, all of which I’d like to show you in a semi-artistic way that will hopefully, tell the tale of the week that was…the good mixed with the bad…the pretty ‘what the bathroom will eventually be’ mixed with the ‘broken but partially put back together Humpty’ it is now…and PS, putting this little collage together has prompted a DIY art idea that might result in a little gallery wall of sorts…stay tuned.

For now, ORC bathroom week 4 in pictures…



























one room challenge christine dovey bathroom vanity kohler tim welsby beresford inc


And there you have it.

To recap…hidden within those photos is the realization that I managed to cross a grand total of three things of last week’s list:

1. Tile walls, shower and built in shelves

2. Drive to NY state to pick up floor tiles

3. Tile floors

4. Order custom piece of mirror to sit behind vanity

5. Frame vanity mirror in black metal and install

6. Frame shower class in black metal and install

7. Purchase caps and cords for pendant lights

8. Move electrical and hang pendants

9. Frame any art that needs framing

10. Hang neon sign and art

12. Clean

13. Style

14. Pick up toilet

15. Install toilet

16. Shop for accessories

But here’s hoping that by next Wednesday, I’ll be making out large with the strikethrough button and crossing off a bunch more (including some I forgot to add to the list, which I’ve edited now and put on there.)

Positive thoughts, positive thoughts.

In the meantime, I’m blocking off baby’s nap time this morning to visit all of my fellow ORC friends to see how they’ve made out this week…

ORC-Participant Fall 2014

Abby M. Interiors

Because It’s Awesome

Chinoiserie Chic

The Decorista

Design Chic

The Design Daredevil

Design Darling

Design Indulgence

Design Manifest

House of Turquoise

Jana Bek Design

Jill Sorensen

Maddie G. Designs

Mimosa Lane

A Piece of Toast

The Pink Pagoda

Stone Textile

Waiting on Martha

The Zhush

Trademarked by Calling it Home

And I think you should do that too:)

See you back here in a week, with that I’m hoping will be a completely tiled bathroom.