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Cape Cod Home Renovation: The vintage closet door dilemma

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Our closet door solution has been in the works for a long time. I knew I wanted to incorporate a sliding barn door setup somewhere in this Cape Cod home renovation. Sliding doors aren’t ideal for privacy, so we settled on our master walk-in closet.

I spent hours searching high and low for sliding door tracks that were affordable and good looking, to no avail. When we were back in The City of Roses over the holidays, we made our standard stop at Rejuvenation and found the perfectly imperfect old door track with two matching trucks, or wheels. It was a Christmas miracle.

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The hardware had been in a fire somewhere in Portland, so it was discounted to accommodate the repair work that was (and still is) needed. Thankfully the huz has that covered. Side note: if I was going to buy new, I’d probably choose from the awesome selection over at Rustica.

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The handsome three-panel door came out of a school in Spearfish, SD via an antique shop, kindly scouted by my cousin. As you can see, there’s a window in the closet, so the glass pane will diffuse the natural light and allow it to flow into the bedroom even when the door is closed. It was the absolute perfect find. We plan to keep its dark natural finish, but will likely patch the holes from the original hardware.

So let’s get to the dilemma part of this post, shall we?

I’ve been known to regret adding elements to designs when they’re not necessary, but this door is pleading for type on the window. Can you hear her? To test out my intuition, I’ve mocked up a few ideas which include slightly arched type and a combination of serif and sans serif fonts for a vintage feel. I settled on ‘Dressing Room’ because it’s old fashioned and true to the nature of what’s behind the glass.

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What type should I go with? Numbers only vs. Words only vs. Number + Words

And then we have to talk color: classic black vs. luxurious gold

Leave your vote in the comments below so I can settle this dilemma, place my lettering order and get this winsome door in working order. If you have any better ideas for a phrase I should use too, speak up! Thanks, friends!

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Previous Cape Cod Home Renovation Posts: The Main Floor / The Main Floor, continued / The Upper Floor / The Upper Floor, continued / Main Floor Inspiration, Part 1 and Part 2

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Cape Cod Home Renovation: The Main Floor Inspiration, Part 2

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Last week‘s renovation adventures included finalizing the tile selection for our living room fireplace, ordering window coverings (it’s early for this, but they’re on sale!), hanging, mudding and sanding sheetrock and ordering another dumpster to fill with our existing kitchen. Plus, the new kitchen cabinetry was ordered from Hilltop Custom Cabinetry. So far this week we wired the can lights in the kitchen, started filling the dumpster with everything but the kitchen (!) and got a beautiful brand new roof. We are whipping this house into shape, I tell ya!

But anyway, back to what’s to come. Below are some of the products, colors and inspirational images I’ve been collecting for the rooms on the main floor that weren’t covered in Cape Cod Home Renovation: The Main Floor Inspiration, Part 1. If you’re interested, you can see the old and new main floor layouts in this post.

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Guest Suite: Bedroom 1 mia table lamp / 2 wooden dresser inspiration / 3 popcorn loop rug / 4 natural red oak flooring / 5 nightstand inspiration / 6 silverpointe / 7 bedspread / 8 wardrobe (own a similar piece)

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Guest Suite: Bathroom 1 built-in linen closet / 2 leonia tile / 3 frameless beveled round mirror / 4 bathroom inspiration / 5 warehouse wall sconce, green / 6 snowbound / 7 subway tile / 8 shelby shower curtain / 9 fever grass soap

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Sunroom 1 scissor coat rack / 2 fan / 3 fiddle fig / 4 inspiration image / 5 jute rug / 6 seat cushion / 7 snowbound / 8 wicker armchair

Next up, upper floor inspiration!

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Previous Cape Cod Home Renovation Posts: The Main Floor / The Main Floor, continued / The Upper Floor / The Upper Floor, continued / Picking Paint Colors


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Cape Cod Home Renovation: The Main Floor Inspiration, Part 1

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We’re working hard to stay true to the time period of the home (built in 1935) and keep our design clean and traditional, with a little bit of industrial chic thrown where appropriate. Here are some of the products, colors and inspirational images I’ve been collecting along the way. You can see the old and new main floor layouts in this post.

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Entryway + Living Room 1 numbered hooks / 2 wire doormat / 3 silverpointe / 4 schoolhouse semi-flush light fixture / 5 antiqued mirror / 6 barn wall lanterns, black / 7 cushion cover / 8 fireplace inspiration / 9 ivetta black tile

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Dining Room + Kitchen 1 five light chandelier, antique bronze / 2 charlotte dining table (no longer available from World Market) / 3 natural red oak flooring / 4 herringbone subway inspiration / 5 metal flared pendant, bronze / 6 silverpointe / 7 caesarstone, london gray / 8 linen dining chairs

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Powder Room / Half Bath 1 audrey frameless mirror / 2 porcelain striped tray / 3 academy chrome sconce / 4 moen boardwalk faucet / 5 lathe wall inspiration / 6 hand towel / 7 vanity inspiration / 8 mineral deposit / 9 white pinwheel tile

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Breakfast Nook1 metal bell pendant, bronze / 2 natural red oak flooring / 3 banquette inspiration / 4 bistro chair / 5 honeycomb pillow / 6 metal tray / 7 silverpointe / 8 white table

Stay tuned – Part 2 is coming up next!

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Previous Cape Cod Home Renovation Posts: The Main Floor / The Main Floor, continued / The Upper Floor / The Upper Floor, continued / Picking Paint Colors


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Cape Cod Home Renovation: Picking Paint Colors

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This week we are picking interior paint colors for our Cape Cod Home Renovation. You might think that I would be good at this part of home improvement because of my design background, but if you did, you’d be wrong. I’m the worst. One time I had my dad paint pretty much our entire house a beautiful taupe, only to come home and see a saccharine shade of lavender everywhere. My light grays always end up being baby blue and my rich neutrals come out military green. See what I mean? The worst.

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This time around I’ve enlisted help from our dear friend and designer Dana Harroun. She and her husband have a serious level of talent and expertise when it comes to all things historic and renovation. Dana always uses Sherwin-Williams and gave me a short list of her tried and true tones (above). I’ve purchased no less than ten sample size cans. I’m still undecided, but have narrowed it down to four colors. Through the paint selection process I’ve come up with a handy tool that I thought some of you might find helpful too. It’s a free, downloadable paint swatch window with space for all of the information you need to pick the perfect paint colors.

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This free PDF paint swatch window tool should be printed on white 8.5×11” paper. It will give you a consistent, crisp and un-biased frame for each of your swatches, allowing your test swatch to be unaffected by the current wall color and/or the nearby test swatches. In the Cape Cod, our trim will be white (Sherwin Williams Snowbound, to be exact); if you’re dealing with natural wood trim, you may want to have a piece of it handy to hold up to the swatches as well.

Download the PDF. Then print it (as many times as you need), trim it and tape it up and you’re all set!

Cape Cod Home Renovation - Paint Tool, hifrienddesign.com

While we’re at it, will you vote on which color you like best for our living/dining and kitchen?

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1) SW Silverpointe, 2) SW Modern Gray, 3) SW Fleur De Sel, 4) SW Realist Beige

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Previous Cape Cod Home Renovation Posts:

The Main Floor / The Main Floor, continued / The Upper Floor / The Upper Floor, continued

 

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Viva Las Vegas + The Neon Museum

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Last weekend was spent sight-seeing, sunning and sipping mojitos in Las Vegas. The huz had to report to Sin City for work; I tagged along and got to squeeze in a client meeting at Magic Market Week. My parents met up with us on Saturday and we took a spontaneous drive to Hoover Dam, stepped foot in Arizona (and the Mountain Time Zone) and drove through Boulder City, Nevada.

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Before my Mom and Dad flew in, we did a little sightseeing of our own. The highlight: The Neon Museum. It’s been on my bucket list for ages, so I was stoked to finally be there. The huz was less than stoked, but mustered the kindness and patience to go on a tour with me.

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The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, hifrienddesign.comThe Neon Museum in Las Vegas, hifrienddesign.comThe Neon Museum in Las Vegas, hifrienddesign.comIf you get a chance the next time you’re in Vegas, grab a cab and head over to the museum. They do hour-long guided tours every half hour (reservations are recommended, but not required). It’s not far from the Strip and well worth the trip if you’re a retro/vintage/signage/history/design junkie like me. This is the stuff that inspired our Viva Las Vegas Wedding Invitation suite. I can’t get enough!

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Before we skipped town, we also took a self-guided tour o’ reality tv and saw Count’s Kustoms‘ garage, Pawn Stars‘ Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and Rick’s Restoration location from American Restoration (bonus: a Rick sighting!).

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It was a fabulous weekend spent with fabulous company.

P.S. The next time you’re headed to The City That Never Sleeps, book a room at the so-very-golden Trump International. There’s no casino, which means no smoke-filled air and no random loitering groups. Four super classy stars.

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