Friday, July 31, 2009


This was the master bedroom. My closet, the size of a small room, was tickle-me-pink. My ex's closet was rubber duckie, the same color as the walls in my workroom on the third floor.
Bidets are great for washing your feet. This bathroom, once a bedroom, was huge, but the space was all in middle where nothing could be done. The house originally had 4 full bathrooms and we added this one because everyone needs 5 full baths!
The color in the bathroom was lilac. I wanted the bedroom to be lilac and the bath the aqua that's in the master. My ex wanted the bath to be lilac because the apartment we lived in before this house had a lilac kitchen with white fixtures and he just really liked the way it looked. Since I liked both colors in both rooms, I agreed. To this day, though, I would love to have a lilac bedroom.
Again, bathrooms (normal size, that is) are hard to take pictures of. This bathroom is on the second floor and has the original hex tile floor. We found a bathtub that was from 1913 in a salvage place. The house was built in 1920 (I think) so the tub fit right in.
My ex workroom. The floor was screaming green and the walls rubber duckie. The bathroom, which you can't see, was cerise. The colors on the third floor were much more intense. After a while, even the brightness of the colors seemed to fade and I remember thinking, "We need to repaint and punch up the colors." Yeah, right! This work space was about 24' x 12'. My cutting/work table was 12' x 6' x 43 1/2" high, the perfect height for me. We built the table in the room so there was no getting it out when I left.
The laundry room with under-the-counter washer and dryer. I also had another laundry room in the basement with large capacity appliances, so I could wash and dry fabric.
Exercise room.
The view out the master bedroom window. We had a fairly large yard for a city house. Of course, putting a three car garage took up a lot of that space, but with a house as large as this one was, a single car garage was silly. The house was approximately 6000 square feet. We paid $230,500 for it and then did the gut rehab, which took a year and a half and cost another $100,000 or so. Can you imagine what this house would cost in California?


Julie@beingRUBY said...

This is some amazingly huge house. Who did the cleaning? I love the blue master bedroom, and again some huge bed! Who made the bed? haha... The purple laundry is great also. Do you live in a small place now? Have a great weekend. Julie

Maya said...

You did pretty much what we did..., a total rehab, including converting a bedroom into a bathroom. Only our house is much smaller(it's only the two of us). It's looks great, love the bedroom with the fireplace.

Tattered Goods said...

I like what I saw... I am usually not a fan of purple however I loved that shade :) Hope your weekend is nice!!!


Karyn - (French Charming) said...

This house is Ginormous! "Bidets are great for washing your feet"! HA!

It's all so fabulous and truly a feast for the eyes...I just love your style Tamerie!


P.S. I don't feel old, but those people last night really looked old! Such a funny thing to see yourself in a crowd of like people and not see yourself the same way!!

NicNacManiac said...

Lovin all the color!! Your house seemed so happy and I love that each time you looked around it was another fabulous crayon!! So inspirational to live with so much color!! Way to chase the Chicago winter blues the heck away!!
Hugs xOxO, Nerina :)

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Tamerie, pretty pictures...big house! What is your home like these days? Do you have a garden where you are now? I know you feed all the birds...would love to see pics of them!

Serena said...

I love, love, LOVE that aqua bedroom! What a lovely array of colours throughout the house, you ever miss it? Where are you now and have you splashed colour through-out your current home too?

TUTU Monkey said...

Wow...when you say lots of mean it!! I love the blue bedroom!!!!!

I LOVE the work room too!!!

Bryanna Lenan said...

Seriously,Tamerie, this is a grogeous house that you made into a wonderful home!! The colors are amazing... you are too cool!

Pretty Things said...

I LOVE how you used color. My first house was a color riot, too. And I agree -- in California, you would be talking MILLIONS.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Very huge. Great job on the colours. Hope your havin' a great weekend.


Janet said...

You KNOW I love the master bath and the laundry! But the whole place is incredible. I would kill for that sewing room only I'd use it as a studio. Gorgeous!!!