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Client Spotlight: Ambella Home Vanity & Game Room Renovation

Cathy B. bought an Ambella Home vanity from us for her home in Canyon Lake, TX. But as well as sending photos of the vanity in place, she also sent photos of other projects in her beautiful house. Cathy did a great job of describing the journey to her renovated “dream game room basement.”

before deck


Above is a ‘before’ shot of Cathy’s house. It was built in 2010 on the Guadalupe River, which is known for tubing and kayaking in the summer and trout fishing year round. Her family bought it as a weekend home in December 2012. “From the front of our house it looks like we have a two-story home,” says Cathy, “but we are on a terraced piece of property above the river and from the back we have 3 stories. The walk-in basement can only be accessed from the backyard. ”

after deck 2


Cathy’s first project in May 2013 was to build a concrete deck with Santa Fe Stone topping it, as well as the existing sidewalk and patio on the ground floor. Apart from the lovely landscaping, can you spot the other major difference between the before and after shot? “One of the major things I wanted to change was the direction of the stairs,” says Cathy. “In the ‘before’ picture, they block the lower patio. I wanted a clear view when we built out the walk-in basement. In the ‘after’ picture they are out of the way. It made a world of difference.”

Bar and Games RoomThe next project, In August 2013, was to work on that unfinished walk-in basement! Cathy’s crew started to build out the bar and turn it into this incredible bar and game room called Guadaloopy’s!  Let’s see some of the transformation as it happened and I’ll let Cathy tell the story in her own words.

River View BeforeThis is how the unfinished basement started out. You wouldn’t think it was the same space, would you?  “We hired a great contractor (Trampus Smith at Smith Development in Canyon Lake) with a vision and great ideas,” says Cathy. “We wanted rustic and he found some old tin from a rusty roof.  We wanted barn wood and he found that and cut and stripped it to fit.  We wanted an old brick wall.  He located a couple of pallets in Houston and my husband and I took them to the river house.  I wanted a specific metallic epoxy floor in a very specific color and he figured that out.”
Bar renovation

He also knew a young furniture maker (Artisan Custom Crafting in Fredericksburg) and he had him design and build the bar. “They delivered it in hundreds of hand-crafted pieces and then jigsaw-puzzled it together!” Says Cathy. “They were amazing.”

Custom made home bar

Memorabilia on Home Bar Counter

Finally, Cathy and her husband wanted to put their personal memorabilia under an epoxy coating on the bar top. What a great idea and it looks terrific.

This is where EuroLux Home came into the picture! From our wide range of new Ambella Home sink chests and vanities Cathy spied one that she really liked. “We were undecided about our vanity in the bathroom until I came across this gorgeous piece and had to have it!”

Ambella Home Sink ChestThe Ambella Home vanity is crafted with a gorgeous rustic look and a vintage finish. The marble top and copper farmhouse sink was a great fit for the bathroom in Cathy’s basement bar and game room.

Ambella Home vanityHere’s the Ambella Home vanity positioned in its new home.  Doesn’t it look wonderful?  It’s a slender 36″ wide, but the chunky design and earthy marble and copper materials suit the decor perfectly.

I was so impressed by the amazing basement transformation made by Cathy and her husband. They really did a lot of work, and Cathy had a great eye for the details she wanted to make this the perfect game room and home bar for her family.

We love seeing creative home makeovers like this, so thank you Cathy for being so generous and sharing your photos and your story.  Keep us posted, Cathy…  now you’ve finished the home bar and game room, do you have any other room makeovers on your calendar?

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Vintage Life: Look Inside the Bungalow 2


So far I hope you’ve enjoyed the view of the outside and part one of the tour of the inside of our 1920s bungalow restoration project.  If you recall, we left you in the second bedroom with the green floor at the end of part one.  Now let’s walk back through the hallway away from the bathroom and past the stairs to the left.

You are now in the original dining room, which is painted the same startling yellow-gold hue as the front room with dark burgundy paint on the window casings, moldings, and original pine floor.  The room has an interesting hexagonal shape with three large windows.

The door to the right goes to the yellow-gold front room.  The windows look out over the dilapidated wheelchair ramp and driveway.  There is a pass-through window to the kitchen to the right of a burgundy wall, behind which is an original fireplace.

Now walk through the door to the left of that covered fireplace to reach the kitchen.

At first glance, the kitchen looks decent, but if you look closely, you’ll see white mold growing on the outside of the bottom cabinet to the right of the stove.  This mold completely covers the inside of the cabinets.  I’ll spare you a peak inside the cabinets, oven, and microwave – it is truly gag nasty.


More white mold beginning to show on the outside of the lower kitchen cabinets – the door to the left is to a large pantry.  Notice the original beadboard ceiling.

That’s the stove you see at the back of the photo, while the space below the 1970s vintage chandelier was used as a dinette area.

The refrigerator was on the long wall in the kitchen, with the far door to the left going to the pantry.  The door to the immediate left goes out to the utility room and garage, we’ll get to those.  Turn around now and you’ll see the wood-paneled family room, with a view out to the back yard.  I know you’re hoping we’ll be able to save that avocado green and harvest gold patterned linoleum floor.

Oops, looks like there was a fire – not going to be able to save that linoleum floor after all.  Turn back around and head out through the door on the left to the utility room and garage.  Take a moment to notice the water damage on the ceiling to the left of the fan as you walk by.

But that’s it for today. We’ll finish the house tour in the next blogpost with views of the utility room, garage, and the upstairs.

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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