Coastal Crafts

Hi Everyone
 Happy Tuesday
Love friends who are fun and talented 
they are such a blessing

Cynthia Shaffer is an amazing Friend, Photographer, Teacher,
Artist, Crafter, Sewer, Stylist and Author
{many of you took her photography 101 class at our home}

Cynthia's newest book which she not only
 created all the crafts for
 she also wrote and beautifully photgraphed 

Coastal Crafts is filled with fun  
 DIY crafts 
with easy to follow step by step instructions
 and gorgeous photographs 

These adorable driftwood sail boats
are one of my favorite projects in the book
how fun to capture the memories of
 a day at the beach finding driftwood and shells
and then making these adorable sail boats

If you look closely at many of the pictures in Coastal Crafts 
 you may recognize our home as the back drop
such as this perfect green patina side table 
that just pops off the page with color

Love these adorable kitchen towels 
{photgraphed in our kitchen}

White candle sticks embellished with twine and starfish

Cynthia hard at work
in our living room
 looking at the picture she photographed above
of the candle sticks

This is one of my favorite crafts in the book
these adorable pillows
dont they look great
sitting on the window seat in our kitchen
{love that she got the front gate in the pic too}

Thrilled to have been a small part of
 Coastal Crafts
 and for the opportunity to
have so much fun with such a talented and beautiful friend

be sure and follow
White Ironstone Cottage Designs
on Instagram
 for daily updates on my newest project
The Barnhouse remodel

The new pool for the backyard
at The Barnhouse

romantic saying for today
"I want to be yours for our whole life "




Coronado Beach House remodel bathrooms

Hi Everyone
 Happy Friday
The Coronado remodel had
 three very dated bathrooms that needed upgrades

This is the after picture of the upstairs bathroom that is now
 packed with style and luxury
Clean simple details such as penny marble tile floors 
a glass enclosed shower as well as a pretty new pedestal sink 
A Pottery barn medicine cabinet and a new skylight helped to make
 this space feel fresh spacious light and inviting

Here is the before pic 
You can almost see the window 
through the wavy glass shower door
it looks so dark with the tan ceiling and the wall paper

The second bathroom downstairs
was the most dramatic redo

With 1950's pink 4x4 tiles on the walls and floors
a pink bathtub as well as
a pink toilet and sink
the entire bathroom was gutted and space was maximized
to make this bathroom glamorous and elegant

This after pic shows the
 Pottery barn double pedestal sink that fit perfect and looks so elegant
white subway tiles
white penny floor tiles
 a massive new white soaking tub all ingredients for
a clean calm spa look and feel

The third bathroom
had floral wallpaper and gray bathtub and toilet

By Simply adding another door to make this bathroom a Jack and Jill bath
 this downstairs bathroom can now also be used as a guest bath
The white penny tile floors and new shower added space
 the wood based pottery barn sink added warmth
love the open shelves so great for storage

You may remember this inspiration pic the home owners
used for the master bath room

Love the result so filled with light
very clean and functional
white subway tiles and marble trim
large soaking tub and shower
double spaced mirror  and pretty new sconces
all helped to
add a simple elegance and charm

Which of these 3 bathrooms is your favorite

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 daily pics
of my new project "The Barnhouse"

romantic saying for today

"In one kiss you 'll know all I haven't said"
Pablo Neruda



Coronado Beach House before and after

Hi Everyone
 Happy Friday

So excited to share with you more
before and after pictures of the
 Coronado beach house remodel

The white kitchen is a dream it has 
carrera marble counter tops
 a glass door sub zero refrigerator
2  fisher paykel drawer dishwashers

A wolf range
a drawer microwave 
and a farm house sink
it is opened to the living room and dining room and 
has access to the backyard patio and pool
 as you can see it is also filled with tons of natural light

Here is the kitchen before 
the owners wanted to keep the original  turquoise seat 
we were able to place it where it now has a great view
 to the patio and pool outside as well as the rest of the kitchen
and dining room

The dining room before
the stainglass was pretty but made the room very dark

The dining room after
With the ceiling raised and a larger window 
the room is elegant and filled with light

The living room before

Notice the closed tunnel stairway to the right
 and the stone on the fireplace

The living room after
as you can see the ceiling was raised
the floors through out the house are tile
 {looks like wood}
The wall was removed seperating the kitchen from the living room 
the fireplace was completley redone
and a bifold door replaced the sliders to open up the entire house to the outside patio
and pool area

The stairway was opened up and a new dutch door 
with side lights was added to add charm and light to the front door and entry way

Here is the front door before

The front of the house before

The front of the house after

I will be sharing more pictures of the bedrooms and bathrooms soon
So much fun to finally get to share with you this amazing home
Let me know what you think of the changes

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on Instagram for daily pictures and updates
and to see my next project

sharing at Feathered Nest Friday

romantic saying for today

"What is Love? It is the morning and the evening star"



Coronado Remodel before and after

Hi Everyone
 Happy Wednesday

I am so thrilled to 
share with you 
 before and after pictures 
 of the Cornado beach house remodel 
This was 
such a fun project and a priveledge to work on

As you can see the living room before was dated 
the stone fireplace did not have a mantel
there was only one opening through the dining room into the kitchen
there was peach carpet through out the house
the stairway leading to the upstairs bedroom was a closed in tunnel
the ceiling was very low 

Here is the living room after picture
so much has changed
removing the wall on the left  and providing
 access to the kitchen opened up the entire house

Removing the old stone on the fireplace and creating 
a mantel as well as interest with  brick and mill work molding 
created a wonderful focal point for the room

opening up the stairway also helped to add interest
 and light to the room as well as eliminating the closed in tunnel effect
raising the ceilings allowed for a more 
expansive feeling to the room

The carpet was removed throughout the entire house
and tile was installed 
The  Ragno tile looks so much like wood 
it fools everyone 
 tile is such a marvelous product to use near the beach or a pool

The front entry now has a welcoming white dutch door and
my favorite nautical navy blue and white anchor door mat which
sets the tone for the rest of the house

I can't wait to share more pictures with you of the kitchen, bedrooms and front porch
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romantic saying for today

"Your Love comforts like sunshine after rain"



Vintage Style Magazine

Hi Everyone
 Happy Monday

Don't you just {Love} a great Flea Market
it is even more fun to go Flea Market  shopping with friends who are
 beautiful talented and  FUN !!!
I was so blessed to get the chance to visit the Santa Monica Airport flea market with stylist
Sunday Hendrickson
this is a pic from our adventure 
as you can see we found some amazing treasures
and had lot's of FUN too

Our adventure was published in the
 Spring 2015 issue of
Vintage Style Magazine
go shopping with the designers

We were blessed with a beautiful day in Santa Monica 

 Even though the flea market is small compared to the Rose Bowl
or the Long Beach flea markets Santa Monica Airport flea market
is always packed with great vendors and fabulous vintage finds
Designer Kathryn Ireland bought a fun tin sign about wine

It is fun shopping for clients and helping them
to see how fun and affordable
designing with vintage can be

Thank You to Sunday Hendrickson and Vintage Style magazine
be sure and get your copy of the Spring issue and let me know what treasures you would have come home with
next post I will show you what I bought

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romantic saying for today

"I found my always when I met you"



Coronado Update

Hi Everyone
Happy Tuesday

It has been such a fun Summer 
filled with 
decisions to make at the Coronado house

some of my inspirations 

Do you like the  fancy shingles
 above the balcony

{Love} the brick around the pool so classic
{and the  lounge chairs too}

Love white subway tiles
Here are the
subway tiles  finally going
 up in the kitchen

The counter tops are carrera marble
and  the wolf range gets to be center stage
do you see the metal brackets 
 for the shelves
there are three on each side going up the entire wall

You can follow my inspiration board
on Pinterest
 for more remodel ideas

I have received so many emails
about the tile floors
they look so much like wood that they have fooled 
everyone who has entered the house
even the camera guys
The color is  called  Cambridge Oak- Brown 
made by Ragno

 can't wait to show you how this house comes to life 
with paint on the walls
 and furniture inside  !!!

Its  getting very exciting!

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romantic saying for today

"The best thing about being married to you
 is  I can kiss you anytime I want"

Sweet Home Alabama



Coronado Garage sale

Hi Everyone
 Happy Friday 
It has been a busy
 fun filled power packed summer already
so much to share with all of you 
As you can see there have been a few changes here at 
White Ironstone Cottage
You will not believe where we found this amazing vintage 
zinc top table
that now sits in our dining room
We were recently invited to a preview dinner at the new
 Bluewater Boathouse in Coronado
 the restaurant is right across the street from the famous
 Hotel Del Coronado
it is a beautiful red roof building that sits right on the water
 and used to be the old Chart house restaurant years ago
Handsome husband worked at that Chart house for many years
{we had our first kiss on the top of the look out tower}
The  new owners of the Bluewater Boathouse did an extensive and beautiful remodel
 and decided to have a garage sale to let go of some of the old furniture 
There were chart house map tables for sale as well as wood captains chairs for 10 dollars
 white restaurant dishware a dollar each piece
so many amazing treasures and bargains

Here is Jimmy one of the new owners 
with a vintage lavabo
{great for plants}
 my eye kept going to this white zinc top table 

Grateful the table fit here in our dining room 
the way the zinc top enhances the gray paint on the walls

You never know what you 
will find at a garage sale
this beautiful treasure we all cherish
 it is filled with wonderful memories old and new
Hope you have been having fun this summer too

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joining in the fun for Feathered Nest Friday

romantic saying for today

"It all began with a kiss"