Renovation Update: Days Away!

A quick addition update before I leave for a couple days to shoot a project in Scarsdale, NY… we are about a week and change away from being done with construction! We had our built ins installed yesterday and things are really, really taking shape!

In the master suite entry hall we devised a set of built-ins to serve as Andrew’s closet and they came out awesome. The special mirrored doors are en route, but already Andrew is psyched about how much storage he has, and I ADORE the bookcase in the middle! :)

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We had originally planned on plain mirrored doors but last minute I decided to upgrade to mirrored doors with some detail- this X design allows Andrew to still sue the mirrors functionally, but gives them more style.


Picking a paint color has been so hard. Because the ceilings are angled and funky we are using the same color on the walls and ceiling (cleaner look and helps the ceilings look even higher because the eye doesn’t know where the wall stops and the ceiling begins).  So I want to keep it very light but a shade of taupe- and I’ve partnered with Sherwin Williams on this because when testing colors for my book I was SUPER impressed with their paint quality. And bottom you can see a peek of the wallpaper going on the wall opposite Andrew’s built ins. This is the west wall:


Big samples (’cause that top left tiny one is just WRONG): Top right: SW Windfresh White, Middle right: SW Incredible White, Bottom right: SW Eider White (bathroom wall color), left: SW Simple White

The east wall:


Large samples- Top left: Windfresh White, Bottom left: Eider White, Top right: Simple White, Middle Right: Incredible White.

I’m thinking I’ll go with Incredible White. Or Simple White. Shit.

Here’s the window seat taking shape, with lift up panels to store extra blankets and sheets!

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Our vanity came in- painted color matched Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray.  The top will be a white quartzite, and of course, lots of brass plumbing and hardware.

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The shower taking shape- dark grey grout next.

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By next week we should be WRAPPED. And then we wait for all the furniture to come in. :)

** After I wrote this the news of Robin Williams broke, and truly devastated me. I plan to write a little about this tomorrow. In the meantime, I wish his family peace, hope and comfort.




  1. Looking beautiful, Erin. I would pick ‘incredible white’.
    Tears have been streaming down my face every time I see another post about Robin. Suicide is so heartbreaking.

  2. Everything is looking fabu! Though, I had to laugh at what may have been a Freudian typo on the second photo…I too would like to “sue” my mirrors at times ;) And as to paint..Incredible White…make the call.

  3. Suing mirrors is definitely an option on bad hair days.

    I agree, his death is a tragedy, and a reflection on how devastating depression is…

  4. Wow! So beautiful! Can’t wait to see how it all turns out. As for paint colors, I’m digging the Eider White or Incredible White. But, dang, that west wall is making stuff look peachy. So hard to tell. Either way, you’ll rock it.

  5. Looks amazing! I am also in the middle of a renovation wrapping up in a few weeks, so I feel your pain/excitement.
    May I ask how wide the space is for your sink vanity? My bathroom space looks to be about the same width, but I thought it wasn’t wide enough for a double vanity. Yours looks perfect though!

  6. Thanks for sharing the progress with us Erin…it is coming along beautifully…I too, am shattered by the death of Robin Williams…such a brilliant soul.

  7. Beautiful! I am so glad you stayed with the neutral concept throughout the house (I vaguely remember you having some remorse during the initial downstairs renovation about not trying some bold colors). I think this is so elegant, soothing, relaxing, and airy — and makes a statement without the bold colors. And I am glad that Andrew took a stand and decided to ‘sue’ the mirrors and not ‘use’ them!

  8. Looking good! Incredible White gets my vote! But only you can really tell in person. It’s crazy how easily colors like these (light neutrals with subtle differences) can change in different light.

  9. Everything looks stunning so far. As for paint, A lot of those samples, other than the Eider white, do seem to have a pinky undertone. Then again, hard to tell from pics. I know you’ll make the right decision. (On a side note, I have used SW Accessible Beige at 50% with good success).

  10. On the west wall I agree with some of the previous comments that the Incredible White goes pinky, Simple White goes peachy. I prefer the Eider White as used in your bathroom. It looks like slight grey undertones, which may look nice with your finishes.
    I wish paint companies would put undertone colors on their swatch cards, or better yet organize them by undertones! I’ve made many mistakes when choosing whites or beiges and end up with peachy beige or greenish white.

  11. Ooooh, this is all so pretty! I can’t wait to see the paint color you chose. I’m stuck on a greige color myself for my living room and I cannot pin something down, so I’m especially interested in what you come up with. I’m super excited for the furniture…my favorite part!

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  13. I like the elder white as well because it has more of a grey cast. The incredible white is looking yellow to me.

    Who did you use to create all your built-ins. They are fabulous.

  14. We used Eider White in our master, bathrooms, and kitchen/breakfast, and I love it! It is a great, fresh taupe-y, grey-ish, white. We used Repose Gray (one down from Eider White on the swatch deck) at 75% for most of the rest of the house, and it is the perfect gray.

    Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  15. I love all of your chices, especially your husband’s cabinet-closet and the bathroom vanity. One the vanity standard height for a bathroom or a little taller that I’ve seen in newer homes?


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