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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

Before…

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

…After

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.

Bookshelf: Cabin Decor and Rustic Retreats

I’ve been browsing some of the latest books on cabin decor and rustic retreats, as spring approaches and the idea of getting away to the great outdoors is very tempting. I bet I’m not the only one with cabin fever after this long winter, so check out these new titles. They give plenty of cabin decor ideas and inspiration for your vacation home or mountain lodge.  Even if you aren’t lucky enough to have a rural retreat, some of the design ideas could be incorporated into your home.

Back to the Cabin: More Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway

Cabin Decor in Back to the CabinArchitect and cabin expert Dale Mulfinger’s first book on cabins was so popular, he’s back with another one. A simple (or not so simple!) cabin in the woods is part of the American dream, and the 37 cabins featured in this book remind us why. It’s all about natural charm and traditional values. The cabins range from tiny rustic retreats to restorations and fancier cabins. The book’s photos give good ideas for all kinds of cabin decor as well as extras like saunas and gorgeous porches. Building your own dream cabin? There are floor plans too!

 

Homes from Home: Inventive Small Spaces, From Chic Shacks To Cabins And Caravans

Cabin decor and hideawaysIf your wilderness hideaway is a small one, you’ll get some great tips from author Vinny Lee. This book covers all kinds of tiny treasures, from cabins (naturally) to mountain chalets, renovated grain stores, boats, Airstream trailers, and even treehouses! There’s a real do-it-yourself spirit in these intimate and individualistic spaces. As Design NJ Magazine said in a review, the book is “a dreamer’s guide to getting away from it all”

 

 

Chalets: Trendsetting Mountain Treasures

Chalets decor and designChalets have evolved from simple herdsmen’s huts in the mountains of the Swiss Alps into something far more lavish today. But even the most upscale Aspen chalet is designed to blend with the mountain landscape in a way that stays true to the humble roots. With 700 photographs, this hefty book takes an armchair journey around chalets of the world, from Austria and France to Japan and South America. And Aspen, Colorado, of course! The stunning images of gorgeous interiors are very enticing, from streamlined modern chalets to rustic and historic beauties.

Tell us about your cabin decor or rustic hideaway in the comments box below!

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Bookshelf: Vacation Homes, Living Artfully, Period Gardens

Summer is a time for dreaming and the first book on my bookshelf this month inspires me with fantasies for my dream vacation home. Another recently published book inspires flights of fancy for designing a period style garden. Perhaps we’ll opt for a vintage 1920s garden once we’ve finished our 1920s bungalow renovation! But even in my wildest dreams I don’t imagine owning three homes as fabulous as those of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Never mind. We can get a sense of her style with a look inside the book…

Designers Abroad: Inside the Vacation Homes of Top Decorators

Designers Abroad: Inside the Vacation Homes of Top DecoratorsThis colorful book takes a peek inside 22 vacation homes owned by leading designers. There are more than 200 photos, from tropical escapes in Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand, to designer Stephen Shubel’s sanctuary in the Loire Valley. It is interesting to see how the decor in the vacation homes is inspired by different countries and cultures. Timothy Corrigan’s apartment in Paris is gorgeous. His dining room is to sigh for, with its decorative wood panel walls, marble fireplace, antique French furniture, and a splendid chandelier. The designers also tell how they achieved the looks in their vacation homes, so there is plenty of inspiration to be found!

American Home Landscapes: A Design Guide to Creating Period Garden Styles

American Home Landscapes: A Design Guide to Creating Period Garden StylesIf you want to create a period garden or just add in some period elements, this book shows the way! It looks at 400 years of American landscape design with more than 300 illustrations to provide inspiration. The authors are the horticultural historian Denise Wiles Adams and landscape designer Laura Burchfield. They clearly know their stuff. They divide garden history into six eras, from 17th-century colonial style up to the end of the 20th century. Dig in to the book to find out about the plants and features such as pathways and fencing used in different periods of history. Then get digging!

 

Living Artfully At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post

Living Artfully At Home with Marjorie Merriweather PostThe stylish heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post founded General Foods. The businesswoman was also famous for her parties, her philanthropy, and her homes! This illustrated book describes life at three of her homes from the 1950s to the 1970s. You can’t exactly call them vacation homes because she just shifted between them by season. She spent summer at Camp Topridge in the Adirondacks and winter at her villa in Palm Beach. In spring and autumn, you’d find her at her Hillwood Estate in Washington, DC. Marjorie Merriweather Post was a big collector and a fan of 18th century French decorative arts. So we’ve got a love of French antiques in common, although unfortunately I don’t share her enormous wealth! Visitors can see her collections at the Hillwood Mansion and Gardens. But if you can’t make it to the house, check out the book. The author, Estella M. Chung, is a curator at the estate.

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 you can sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!