Designer Adds Her Personal “Touch” to First Floor Powder Room

Home exterior ideasNormandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD, and her husband were first attracted to their home because of the surroundings.  Large trees border the creek and pond in the backyard of the home, giving a sense of distance and serenity.  “The neighborhood was perfect for families and really had the small-town feel we were looking for,” says Leslie, “We knew our family would be able to quickly settle in as well.”
Like many homeowners, they were anxious to make the new home their own.  Being a designer, Leslie knew it would take time to complete, so they prioritized their projects.  They conquered curb appeal first – adding new windows, columns, and landscaping to the exterior of the home, then moved on to painting existing walls, railings, and doors- giving the home a new look and feel.  By removing old tile and carpet flooring, they were able to start completely fresh.

Feeling accomplished with the progress they had made, there was still one room of the house that was always in the back of Leslie’s mind, it was just a matter of getting started. After attending a new product training session with the KOHLER representative at the Normandy Remodeling showroom here in Hinsdale, she took it as a sign.  It was time to Bathroom remodeling ideascomplete the first-floor powder room.  “When the KOHLER representative first presented the new touchless toilet, I knew then and there, that I had to have it,” noted Leslie. “It was the inspiration I needed to finally start and finish my first-floor powder room.”

The KOHLER Touchless technology was just the beginning of this powder room renovation.  Leslie was going for an industrial-chic look and one of the key elements was a repurposed sink base that originated from the legs of an antique sewing table.  The sewing table was painted oil-rubbed bronze and accompanied by a rustic spout faucet.  The Italian vessel sink that was mounted atop the iron base of the sewing table was the perfect complement to the white, clean lines of her new KOHLER toilet.

Continuing with her industrial theme, Leslie also added a unique pattern to the walls.  “Given the attention I have to small details, I wasn’t sure I would be able to handle the stress of stenciling the wall, but I tried it anyway,” says Leslie.  Leslie chose a metallic paint and pattern that truly brought the bathroom to the next level.  With the addition of a few small accessories, Leslie was able to tie the space together and achieve the look she was determined to create.

Mounted vessel sink

No Need to Fret — How to Remodel with Your Pet

Homeowner with her dogWhen beginning your remodeling project, it is important to consider every family member before starting your construction. As important members of the family, pets need to be on board with the operation, too. Accommodating pets is a team effort that needs to be addressed by both the homeowners and the tradesmen to make sure the project runs smoothly.

Before you begin any kind of major construction, it’s a good idea to meet with the project manager for your remodel to go over the ins and outs of the upcoming renovation. This meeting is the perfect time to discuss the steps that need to be taken to ensure your pet has a safe remodeling experience.

One of the most effective ways to keep your cat or dog safe is to keep them in their crate or in a closed-off room while workers are actively creating your new space. By removing your pet from the work zone, you not only ensure their safety, but you may also even be able to reduce their anxiety by keeping the hustle and bustle of the remodel out of sight.

The plastic barriers and doors that help contain dust will also limit your pet’s access to the work area when they are not in the crate, which can be useful in the evenings when you’re at home and relaxing with your pets.

Keeping your pets safe and sound during a remodel is largely a matter of keeping them out of the work zone. Once the remodel is complete, your pet may even be surprised to find some unique design features created just for them.

Whether your pet is front and center in your remodeling plans or just the beneficiary of some upgrades, you can talk with a designer to explore all the options. Follow Normandy on Facebook and Instagram for even more home remodeling tips and insights.

Woman in a white kitchen with a cat on the chair  White kitchen with green island and gold accents and a golden retriever dog

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