Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Modern Vintage Look Achieved in Vintage Chicago Home

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Using the words “modern” and “vintage” in the same sentence doesn’t seem to make sense, but entrepreneur and professional blogger Nicole Balch was going for that look in her 100-year-old Chicago home. After four years of living in her home, Nicole and her husband were looking to modify their grandeur home with modern touches to accommodate their growing family. The Balch's have a 2-year-old daughter and a newborn son.

So Nicole tackled the task of remodeling their half-bath and re-finishing the basement including the installation of a laundry room. “I wasn’t really going for a ‘period specific’ look, but I wanted to find items that wouldn’t be out of place (in a century-old home),” Nicole explained. That’s when she reached out to Vintage Tub & Bath to complete the look she was going for. After researching links from other blogs, she was led to Vintage Tub.

She contacted us with her ideas for her remodeling plans back in late fall 2010, and the ball started to roll. Working with the Vintage Tub design team, Nicole got the bathroom of her dreams. The half-bath was a little challenging because of its size—a cozy 5’x 6’x 6’—a typical size for a small room in that time period. With the space limitations, Nicole found a toilet and pedestal sink from Vintage Tub that fit the “vintage” bill and was also practical. She polished the look of the antique-style sink with a faucet set that was perfect for the powder room. 
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Then came the laundry room. “Old-fashioned sinks completely charm me,” gushed Nicole. She chose a Kohler Harborview large utility sink with a wall mounted kitchen bridge faucet with metal lever handles. “The laundry tub is A-MAZING!” exclaimed an ecstatic Nicole. The artist is already planning craft projects to do with her kids, like silk screening and other fun, messy things toddlers love to do. With this sink, clean up will be a snap!

Nicole chronicled the progress of her home renovations on her own blog which is an interior design blog geared for anyone, especially moms. Luckily, Vintage Tub was able to dodge the blizzards and snow storms throughout the winter season to deliver the bathroom and laundry room products with no delay. Some of the home's makeover was done by the Balch's, but a very pregnant Nicole let the installation of the sinks and toilet to a professional contractor.

So with the birth of her son August in February, remodeling projects kind of took a back seat. Now that it's March, a semi-sleepless Nicole is ready to get the projects completely finished. She unveiled part of her renovated half-bath on her blog.

The laundry room is in what Nicole calls the 1.5 version…functional but not quite finished. Painting the room wall a robin’s-egg blue will add that touch of spring and will just about complete the room.

“You guys have been great to work with!” Nicole chirped, speaking of the Vintage Tub & Bath team. With their help, Nicole successfully updated or is in the finishing stages to her vintage Chicago home while maintaining the classic look and antique charm she wanted to keep.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Bella Casa invites you home for a relaxing spa retreat

Have you noticed the gas prices lately? What a fabulous reason to create your own in-home spa retreat. The exclusive Bella Casa line of luxury bathroom products can transform your bath into your own personal retreat.

Bella Casa’s clawfoot and pedestal bathtubs are built for luxury and comfort while offering grace and style in the bath. The authentic Bella Casa bathtubs are not only beautiful but functional and durable. The tubs are literally made of iron—sturdy cast iron covered with a silky blanket of the finest quality porcelain. Imagine yourself lounging in a spacious slipper tub or romantic double slipper tub surrounded with bubbles.

The Bella Casa designers have created distinctive British Telephone style faucets and fixtures. This newest line of products complements the current line of Bella Casa classic clawfoot and pedestal tubs and completes a stylish bathroom.

The solid brass faucets feature ceramic disc cartridges for smooth operation sans goutte (without drips). The fixtures are finished in a variety of appealing and luxurious finishes including regal Polished Brass, rich Oil-rubbed Bronze, lustrous Chrome, and noble Satin Nickel.

With the British Telephone design, the hand-held shower attachment gives you the control of directing the water flow during a shower. This design feature results in using less water. Beautiful, functional, and environmentally-friendly.

So it may be time to re-think that vacation and turn your bathroom into a personal retreat. has the exclusive Bella Casa line of tubs and fixtures and the design team to create your perfect bathroom.

By: Sue Gannis